Monday, July 13, 2009

General Knowledge

Something You May Not Know:

   1. Coca-Cola was originally green.

   2.  The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

   3.  The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start  with.

   4.  The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

   5.  There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

   6.  TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the  letters only on one row of the  keyboard.

   7.  Women blink nearly twice as much as men!

  8.  You can't kill yourself by holding your  breath..

   9.  It is impossible to lick your  elbow.

   10.  People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your  heart stops for a  millisecond.

   11.  It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the  sky.

  12.  The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest  tongue twister in the English  language.

   13.  If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to
   Suppress a sneeze; you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or  neck and  die.

   14.  Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history.  "Spades" - King David; "Clubs" - Alexander the Great;  " Hearts" - Charlemagne; "Diamonds" -  Julius  Caesar.

   15.  111,111,111 x 111,111,111 =  12,345,678,987, 654,321

   16.  If a statue of a warrior on a horse has both front  legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front  leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in  battle. If the horse has a all four legs on the  ground, the person died of natural causes.

   17  What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in  common?

   Ans. - All invented by  women.

   18.  Honey - This is the only food that doesn't spoil.

   19.  A crocodile cannot stick its tongue  out.

   20.  A snail can sleep for three  years.

  21.  All polar bears are left  handed.

   22.  American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from  each salad served in  first-class.

   23.  Butterflies taste with their  feet.

   24.  Elephants are the only animals that can't  jump.

   25.  In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been  domesticated.

   26.  On average, people fear spiders more than they do  death.

   27.  Shakespeare invented the word 'assassination' and  'bump'.

   28.  Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left  hand.

   29.  The ant always falls over on its right side when  intoxicated.

   30.  The electric chair was invented by a  dentist.

   31.  The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to  the body to squirt blood 30  feet.

   32.  Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million  descendants.

   33.  Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear  by 700  times.

   34.  The cigarette lighter was invented before the  match.

   35.  Most lipstick contains fish  scales.
    36.  Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Google Squared - Bug found in the google squared

Google Squared, a new search tool that Google described last month, is now live.

Squared pulls information about members of a category from all over the Web and presents it in a table with rows and columns, instead of the series of page links typically returned by search engines.

A typical search on Google will return a list of relevant web sites, but users still have to visit ten to twenty Web sites to find information on complex questions, said Alex Komoroske, associate product manager for Google Squared in a post on Wednesday on Google's blog.

The experimental search tool Google Squared, on the other hand, collects information from different Web sites and presents it as an organized collection.

A search for U.S. states on Google Squared for example returns the names of the states in the first column, and pictures from the states, descriptions, the state's motto, information on population, and state birds in subsequent columns.

Users can customize the table to add a new column such as capital of the state or name of governor from a list provided, or add to the list.

The information on the grids on the table links to Web sites containng more detailed information on that particular aspect of the topic.

Users can also save the table using a Google account, and move on to the usual search on Google from within the same page.

The technology has just been released as part of Google Labs, and is by no means perfect, Komoroske said.

More info @

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Future's ultimate brain implant

Pranav Mistry, a grad student at MIT's Media Lab and former UX researcher for Microsoft, has developed a wearable device that "enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data." That sounds dry, but once you watch the 9-minute demo that just rolled out, which features Lab leader Pattie Maes, you'll know why Mistry's work is getting a whole lot of buzz.

Maes ends her talk with the phrase "ultimate brain implant." Take a look:

North Indian Vs South Indian girls

***************U have to think twice b4 committing to a North IndianGirl*********************

1. At the time of marriage, a north Indian girl has more boyfriends than her age

2. Before marriage, she looks almost like a bollywood heroine and after marriage you have to go around her twice to completely hug her.

3. By the time she professes her undevoted love to you, you are bankrupt because of the number of times you had to take her out to movie theatres and restaurants. And you wait longingly for her dowry.

4. The only dishes she can think of to cook is paneer butter masala,aloo sabji, aloo gobi sabji, aloo matar, aloo paneer, that after eating all those paneer and aloos you are either in the bed with chronic cholestrol or chronic gas disorder.

5. The only growth that you see later in your career is the rise in your monthly phone bill.

6. You are blinded by her love that you think that she is a blonde. Only later do you come to know that it is because of the mehandhi that she applies to cover her gray hair.

7. When you come home from office she is very busy watching "Kyonki saas bi kabi bahu thi" that you either end up eating outside or cooking yourself.

8. You are a very "ESpecial" person to her.

9. She always thought that Madrasis a state and covers the whole of south India until she met you.

10. When she says she is going to "work out" she means she is going to "walk out"

11. She has greater number of relatives than the number of people you have in your home town.

12. The only two sentences in English that she knows are "Thank you" and "How are you"

13. She thinks Govinda can dance better than Michael Jackson.

******WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A South Indian GIRL-FRIEND***********

Her mother looks down at you because you didn't study in IIT or Madras /Anna University.

Her father starts or ends every conversation with " ... I say..."

She shudders if you use four letter words.

She has long hair, neatly oiled and braided (The Dubai based Oil Well Company will negotiate with her on a 25 year contract to extract coconut oil from her hair.)

She uses the word 'Super' as her only superlative.

Her name is another name for a Goddess or a flower.

Her first name is longer than your first name, middle name and surname combined (unless you are from Andhra)

When she mixes milk and rice you are never sure whether it is for the Dog or for herself.

For weddings, she sports a mini jasmine garden on her head and wears silk saris in the Madras heat without looking too uncomfortable while you are melting in your singlet.

She thinks Mohan Lal is the sexiest man alive.

Her favourite cricketer is Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

Her favourite food is dosa though she has tried North Indian snacks like Chats (pronounced like the slang for 'conversation')

She bursts into songs with her cousins in every movie.

She bores you by telling you which raaga each song you hear is based on.

You have to give her jewellery, though she has already got plenty of it..

Her thali (Mangal Sutra) weighs more than the championship belts worn by WWF wrestlers.

She is more educated than you.

Her father thinks she is much smarter than you...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bring the Humanity Out - Two Choices - what would you choose?

Two Choices - what would you choose?

At a fund raising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?'

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.'

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact...

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game. Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first! Run to first!'

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!
Shay, run to third!'

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!