Saturday, October 29, 2011
Are you ever stuck for words or in need of a way out of a tricky conversation? Not any more – ‘Self-Annihilating Sentences‘ are the perfect get-out clause which will instantly put an end to any argumentative or stagnant discourse!
- Food ration cards must be tasteful.
- Don't give up hope. There's a chance the inevitable won't happen.
- If you want to be certain about the unpredictable, use statistics.
- The probability is one, but don't count on it.
- The best time to do a full day's shopping is in the morning.
The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.
- If you want to think independently, you must imitate me.
- It's a great activity for someone who doesn't have to do it.
- Precision is a fuzzy concept.
- Every ambitious man should be modest.
- No more wine or women, but you may sing all you want to.
RICHMOND BRIDGE (LONDON, ENGLAND)
Richmond Bridge is the oldest Thames bridge in Greater London
Richmond Bridge is an 18th-century stone arch bridge in south west London, England, designed by James Paine and Kenton Couse, and crosses the River Thames at Richmond, connecting the two halves of the present-day London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
The bridge was built between 1774 and 1777 as a replacement for a ferry crossing which connected Richmond town centre on the east bank with its neighbouring district of East Twickenham (St. Margarets) to the west. Its construction was privately funded by a tontine scheme for which tolls were charged until 1859. Because the river meanders from its general west to east direction, flowing from southeast to northwest in this part of London, what would otherwise be known as the north and south banks are often referred to as the "Middlesex" (Twickenham) and "Surrey" (Richmond) banks respectively, named after the historic counties to which each side once belonged.
The bridge was widened and slightly flattened in 1937–40, but otherwise still conforms to its original design. The eighth Thames bridge to be built in what is now Greater London, it is today the oldest surviving Thames bridge in London.
- Crosses: River Thames
- Locale: Richmond
- Designer: James Paine, Kenton Couse
- Design: Stone arch bridge
- Material: Portland stone
- Total length: 300 feet (91 m)
- Width: 36 feet (11 m)
- Number of spans: 5 Piers in water 4
- Clearance below: 26 feet (7.9 m) at lowest astronomical tide
- Opened: 1777
- According to National Geographic, Mt. Everest grows about 4 millimetres a year: the two tectonic plates of Asia and India, which collided millions of years ago to form the Himalayas, continue to press against each other, causing the Himalayan peaks to grow slightly each year
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the single-seeded fruit of the giant fan palm, or Lodoicea Maldivica, can weigh 44 lbs. Commonly known as the double coconut or coco de mer, it is found wild only in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.
- According to the United Nations F.A.O. yearbook 1991, Australia had a population of 17,800,000 people compared to 162,774,000 sheep [ 9.25 : 1 ], and New Zealand had 3,400,000 people compared to 57,000,000 sheep [16.75 : 1].
- Actress Jayne Mansfield accidentally exhaled her breast out of her dress during the telecast of the Academy Awards in 1957.
- Actress Sarah Bernhardt played the part of Juliet (13 years old) when she was 70 years old.
- Acute hasopharyngitis is more commonly known as a cold.
- Admiral Lord Nelson was less than 1.6 metres tall.
- Adolf Eichmann (responsible for countless Jewish deaths during World war II), was originally a travelling salesman for the Vacuum Oil Co. of Austria.
- Advertisements for coffee in London in 1657 claimed that the beverage was a cure for scurvy, gout and other ills.
- After reading the script for Men in Black, Will Smith did not want any part of the movie. It was wife Jada that persuaded him to take the part.
Friday, October 28, 2011
- You don't even wait for the water to boil anymore.
- Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter scale.
- You think being called a "drip" is a compliment.
- You don't tan, you roast.
- You don't get mad, you get steamed.
- Your three favourite things in life are...coffee before, coffee during and coffee after.
- Your lover uses soft lights, romantic music, and a glass of iced coffee to get you in the mood.
AURORA BOREALIS OR NORTHERN LIGHTS
These is stunning light phenomenon often seen in the northern regions of countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Alaska and Canada. The Northern lights have often been described as the most amazing natural firework display possible.
The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular features of the natural world, having been carved out by the Colorado River over millions of years. This immense and intriguing canyon through arid desert 277 miles long and almost 18 miles wide, and more than 1,500m deep.
“Your Rainbow Panorama” by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is a circular walkway with coloured glass walls that sits atop the ARoS art museum in Aarhus, Denmark. The glass walls comprise all the colours of the rainbow as they encompass the 52 meter diameter walkway.
- About half the piano's in England are thought to be out of tune.
- About one-tenth of the earth's surface is permanently covered with ice.
- About two-thirds of the world's population have no regular contact with newspapers, television, radio or telephones.
- Abraham Lincoln was shot with a Derringer.
- Absinthe is another name for the herb wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and the name of a liquorice-anise flavoured green liqueur that was created at the end of the 18th century, and manufactured by Henry-Louis Pernod. Called the 'green Muse' it became very popular in the 19th century, but was eventually banned in most countries beginning in 1908. The reason is the presence of the toxic oil 'thujone' in wormwood, which was one of the main ingredients of Absinthe. Absinthe seemed to cause brain lesions, convulsions, hallucinations and severe mental problems. Thujone was the culprit, along with the fact that Absinthe was manufactured with an alcohol content of 68% or 132 proof.
- Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.
- According to an old English system of time units, a moment is one and a half minutes.
- According to Genesis 1:20-22 the chicken came before the egg.
- According to Genesis 7:2, God told Noah to take 14 of each kind of 'clean' animal into the ark.
- According to German researchers, the risk of heart attack is higher on Monday than any other day of the week.