Interesting Facts about Tornado

What is a Tornado?

A Tornado is a column of air violently rotating  across the earth's surface.  The column of air most frequently attached to a cloud or thunderstorm overhead, which then extends down to the ground.  Tornadoes can form into any shape, but generally form the shape of a tunnel, narrow near the bottom and larger at the top.

What causes a Tornado?

The most common cause of a tornado is from a thunderstorm.  Tornadoes form when warm, moist air or air from a  thunderstorm meets cooler, dry air creating an unstable atmosphere. After creating an unstable atmosphere, changes in wind direction and wind speed creates a spinning effect near the earth's surface, eventually forming a tunnel of wind that rapidly grows and violently rotates along the earth's surface, destroying homes and uprooting trees that are in it's path.

Where are they  most likely  to  occur?

Tornadoes are likely to occur anywhere in the world, but most tornadoes occur in "Tornado Alley," which stretches from Texas to Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas and into the Dakotas.  The reasoning for "Tornado Alley," is because warm, moist air from the gulf of Mexico mixes with the cooler, dry air from the north creating dangerous tornadoes.  Tornadoes can occur during any time of the year, but typically happen during the spring.

What to do in case of a Tornado-

If you find yourself in danger of a tornado, it's important that you take shelter to protect yourself.   The safest place to be in the case of a tornado is in the basement of your house or the building that you are in.
Do not go near the walls that face in the southern or western directions, this is generally the direction tornadoes move in.  You should seek shelter under a stair case, inside a closet or under a heavy table.  You should also use a heavy blanket or trash can for protection against debris.
You may also seek shelter in the bathtub, in many homes that have been destroyed by tornadoes, the bathtub plumbing is the only thing left standing.  This is because the plumbing is anchored into the ground.  If you driving near a tornado, you should leave your car and find shelter inside, you should not keep driving, you may not know what you may encounter on the road. It's also important to realize that a car cannot outrun a tornado.

15 Facts About Tornadoes

1. In order for a vortex to be classified as a tornado, the violently rotating column of air must be in contact with both the cloud above and the ground below.

2. Though tornadoes do occur on other continents, North America’s geography makes it more vulnerable to them. Bradley Smull, an atmospheric scientist at the National Science Foundation, explained yesterday in a Washington Post online chat: “In particular, the proximity of a major north-south mountain range…and the Gulf of Mexico…all in a latitude range frequented by strong upper-level jetstreams amounts to something of a “perfect storm” for severe (supercell-type) thunderstorm formation.”

3. Tornadoes are rated on the Enhanced F (EF) Scale (the old scale was called the Fujita (F) Scale), which assigns a number (0 to 5) based on estimates of 3-second wind gusts and damage. There have been more than 50 F5/EF5 tornadoes recorded in the United States since 1950.

4. Rain, wind, lightning and/or hail may accompany a tornado, but none of them is a reliable predictor of an oncoming tornado.

5. A tornado can last from a few seconds to more than an hour. On average, they persist for about 10 minutes.

6. It is a myth that a tornado cannot pass over features like valleys, mountains, lakes and rivers. When it passes over a lake or river, a tornado becomes a waterspout.

7. Tornado alley is the region in the middle of the United States where tornadoes are most frequent. However, every U.S. state and every continent (except Antarctica) has experienced a tornado.

8. A tornado watch means that conditions are ripe for a tornado; a warning means that a storm has been spotted on the ground or via radar (and you should take cover immediately).

9. Since the first tornado forecast was made in 1948, tornado warning lead times have been increasing and now average 13 minutes. However, they have a 70 percent false alarm rate, which may lead some people to take them less seriously than they should.

10. Mobile homes aren’t more likely to get hit by a tornado than any other type of building, but their flimsy structure provides little protection against strong winds and flying debris.

11. It’s also a bad idea to take shelter in a car—which can be easily tossed about—or under a bridge, where a person would be vulnerable to flying debris or a bridge collapse.

12. The single deadliest tornado killed 695 people in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana on March 18, 1925. The series of tornadoes that struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama and other Southern states in April 2011 set a new record. According to NOAA, there were 312 recorded tornadoes that touched down from 8 a.m. on April 27 through 8 a.m. on April 28. The death toll these storms was over 250 people, and did not break the 1925 record mentioned above.

13. A tornado that struck Washington, D.C. on August 25, 1814, is credited with driving the British invaders out of the city and preventing them from carrying out further destruction. They had burned the White House and much of the city the day before.

14. The city of Greensburg, Kansas was flattened by a tornado in 2007, but instead of abandoning the town, the people are rebuilding with an emphasis on green technology.

15. In 2009 and 2010, more than 100 scientists participated in VORTEX2 (funded by the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), which set out to track tornadoes as they formed and moved across the landscape. The V2 researchers are trying to answer many basic questions about tornadoes, such as how, when and why they form, how strong the winds get near the ground, how they do damage, and how predictions can be improved. During the two years, they collected data from dozens of storms and tornadoes. In order for a vortex to be classified as a tornado, the violently rotating column of air must be in contact with both the cloud above and the ground below.

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City occupies 720,000 square meters (7,747,200 square feet / 180 acres). The Topkapi Palace in Istanbul measures 700,000 square meters; the Vatican measures 440,000 square meters; and the Kremlin measures 275,000 square meters.

There are 9,999 rooms in this series of exquisite palaces inside the City. Nine is a lucky number for the Chinese. (Some books quote 8886 rooms — but this does not include antechambers.)

The walls are 32 feet high (10 meters). The surrounding drainage moat is 165 feet wide (50 meters). The main part of the city was constructed over 14 years (1407-1420) using 200,000 laborers. Building materials were shipped over thousands of miles from all parts of China using the network of canals constructed in the 6th and 7th centuries.

All of the buildings are made from painted wood. To deal with the fire risk, giant bronze cauldrons filled with water were placed at intervals throughout the Palace.

At the end of the 18th century approximately 9000 people lived within the Forbidden City, composed of guards, servants, eunuchs, concubines, civil servants and the Royal Family.

The inner sanctum rooms were forbidden to women except to the Empress on her wedding day.

The tradition of castrating male servants dates back over two thousand years. The Qing Dynasty started with 9000 eunuchs, reducing to about 1500 in 1908. Their testicles were mummified and stored in jars, to be buried with them after their death. Many eunuchs were harshly treated, or executed at whim. Corruption, power struggles and personal vendettas flourished.

Emperors were entitled to several wives and many concubines. (Qianlong had two official wives and 29 concubines). Concubines were well-educated women selected from the best Manchu families. Nightly, the Emperor would decide which concubine would visit him that evening. She would then be stripped, bathed and depilated before being carried to his chamber. The wife or a concubine that was chosen by the emporer was brought into his room naked all the way from her room. This was not done to make her horney bu8t to make sure that she is not carrying a weapon. The number of times a concubine was chosen secured her social standing.

Depending upon status, each rank would dine from "color-coded" plates, cups and bowls. Only the Emperor and Empress were entitled to use real gold or "radiant yellow" porcelain. Over 3000 pieces of gold and silver plate were held in Qing kitchens during the 18th century.

The Emperor's choice of successor was usually kept secret until after his death, when it was verified by bringing together a document held by the emperor with a document previously concealed in a sealed box.

Ministers and officials had to prostrate themselves on the floor before reporting to the Emperor.

No one was allowed to see the emporer's face in the whole dynesty except from a very few people. The panelty for seeing the emporer's face was none other than death.

The Supreme Harmony Hall of the Forbidden City was attacked by fire and struck by lightening many times.

Manchu women did not bind their feet, but wore shoes mounted on six- to eight-inch platforms, giving them the tottering gait considered seductive.

There were alot of shemales in the Forbidden City who worked there. At one time there were 70,000 shemales in the forbidden city. They were not shemales naturally but males used to get themselves operated to live in the Forbidden City. Sometimes parents also turned their boy into a shemale by getting him operated without his consent. Though with the passage of time number of shemales kept on reducing and the last emporer had just 1500 of them in the Forbidden City.

Instead of jousting with lances, Chinese courtiers took part in the competitive sport of poetry composition.

Portraits have a special significance in China because of the widespread practice of ancestor worship.

"The Last Emperor", familiarly known as Puyi, succeeded to the throne when he was not even three years old. He was forced to abdicate in February 1912, but was held in the Forbidden City until 1924. During those years he had a British tutor, Reginald Johnston, who gave him his first bicycle.

Puyi once said that he was weeping when he first sat on that huge throne. People in his palace whispered that weeping is a bad omen and it proved to be a bad omen as he was forced to abdicate three years later. This ended the 2000 years old rule.

Puyi was imprisoned for a total of 15 years, first in Russia and then in China.

The forbidden city might have still been forbidden for the general public if the last emporer Puyi would not have planned to go back to the forbidden city. It was converted into The Palace Museum by the government to stop him from going back to the forbidden city.

The Palace Museum holds close to 50,000 items of paintings. Of these, more than 400 date from before the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). This is the largest such collection in China and includes some of the rarest and most valuable paintings in Chinese history.

The Palace Museum has one of the largest collections of mechanical timepieces of the 18th and 19th centuries in the world, with more than 1000 pieces.

The Palace Museum's bronze collection dates from the early Shang Dynasty (founded c. 1766 BC). Of the almost 10,000 pieces held, about 1600 are inscribed items from the pre-Qin period (to 221 BC). A significant part of the collection is ceremonial bronzeware from the imperial court, including complete sets of musical instruments used by the imperial orchestras.

The articrafts of the Palace Museum were moved away from the museum because of the Japanese invasion on China in 1933. Later they were restored to the Palace Museum and surprisingly it is claimed that none of the articrafts were lost or destroyed, though some of them are now in taiwan but not destroyed.(Some historians disagree with this and they are of the view that some articrafts were lost.)

The Palace Museum holds 340,000 pieces of ceramics and porcelain. These include imperial collections from the Tang Dynasty and the Song Dynasty, as well as pieces commissioned by the Palace, and, sometimes, by the Emperor personally. This collection is notable because it derives from the imperial collection, and thus represents the best of porcelain production in China. The Palace Museum holds about 320,000 pieces of porcelain from the imperial collection. The rest are almost all held in the National Palace Museum in Taipei and the Nanjing Museum.

The Palace Museum has one of the largest collections of mechanical timepieces of the 18th and 19th centuries in the world, with more than 1000 pieces. The collection contains both Chinese- and foreign-made pieces.

The first mechanical clock was brought to the Forbidden City by a priest in 1601.

The biggest time piece in the Palace Museum is more than 2 meters long.

9 Gigantic Hearts From Above

So you've got some spare airmiles and want to impress on a date but you're struggling to think of a place to go which is unique and romantic at the same time. Well you can't go wrong with a visit to one of the many heart-shaped features of our planet. Heart-shaped forests, lakes, islands.... provided you can find the right vantage point when you arrive, these spots can't be beaten when it comes to romance.

1. Heart-Shaped Forest, Cantabria, Spain

This beautifully shaped forest can be found in Cantabria, Northern Spain. However, the forest will only take on the heart shape seen in the above photograph when viewed from this angle. See the forest on Google Maps here.

2. Heart-Shaped Island, Gutierrez Lake, Patagonia

A beautiful heart-shaped, tree covered island can be found in Patagonia, Argentina, and is best viewed from the East side of Gutierrez Lake. See the island on Google Maps here

3. Heart-Shaped Wetland, Guandu Nature Park, Taiwan

Guandu Nature Park is, believe it or not, a nature park situated in Taipei City. Within the park you'll find the heart-shaped wetland pictured above. See it on Google Maps here.

4. Tavarua Island, Fiji

Tavarua Island is a stunning heart-shaped island paradise just off the coast of Viti Levu, surrounded by coral reef. It's also home to a beautiful resort, perfect for a spot of romance. See the island on Google Maps here.

5. Galesnjak, Croatia

Another beautifully shaped island can be found just south of Zadar in Croatia. Called Galesnjak, this little gem measures just 1/2 kilometre at its widest point and must be reached by boat. See the island on Google Maps here.

6. Heart-Shaped Lake, Ohio

A perfectly heart-shaped lake can be found near Columbia Hills Corners in Ohio, but not much else is known about this curious feature. It seems to be part of a private residence. See the lake on Google Maps here.

7. Heart-Shaped Mangrove, Voh, New Caledonia

Probably the most well-known heart-shaped piece of land is this incredible mangrove in New Caledonia, made famous by aerial photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand and featured on the front cover of his book, Earth From Above. See the mangrove on Google Maps here.

8. Heart-Shaped Lake, Chembra, India

Itself a major tourist attraction, the lake near the top of Chembra Peak in India is said to have never dried up. Apparently over 150 people pass the lake every day during the 3km journey to the top. See the area on Google Maps here.

9. Heart Reef, Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays

Heart Reef is a naturally formed, heart-shaped collection of coral in Australia. Obviously the reef can only be appreciated from the air, but the view is definitely worth the cost. See the area on Google Maps here.

Amazing facts-Fastest time to enter a suitcase

According to the Guinness book of Records, the fastest time to enter a suitcase was 5.43 seconds taken by Leslie Tipton to enter a zipped suitcase.

Amazing facts-Fastest bog snorkelling triathlon

England’s Daniel and Natalie Bent are the world’s top brother-sister bog snorkelling duo, with Daniel setting the men’s triathlon record of two hours, 21 minutes and five seconds in July 2009 and Natalie setting the women’s record of two hours, 45 minutes and 40 seconds in July 2010.

Amazing facts-The world’s smallest artificial heart

Doctors in Italy successfully implanted a little titanium pump into the chest of a 16-month old boy to act as his heart until a donor heart was found. The baby, whose identity has not been disclosed, was kept alive for 13 days before the transplant and is now doing well.
The tiny titanium pump weighs only 11 grams and can handle a blood flow of 1.5 liters a minute. An artificial heart for adults weighs 900 grams.
“This is a milestone,” surgeon Antonio Amodeo told Reuters television, adding that while the device was now used as bridge leading to a transplant, in the future it could be permanent.

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Amazing facts about Snow

 Top 10 Amazing Facts About Snow
Did you know that each winter one septillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) of snow crystals drop from the sky and that it takes about a million little droplets to make one snowflake? As common as it might seem at first glance, snow is actually a very complex type of precipitation. If you are wondering which is the world’s largest snowflake or what is the record for the greatest snowfall in the United States, Here are the Top 10 fascinating facts about snow:
10. Funny Snow Terminology
Not all snow is the same and who knows this better than skiers and snowboarders? Skiers created in the early 1900s their own terminology to describe various types of snow. The crazy lingo used by them includes funny terms such as “pow pow,” “mashed potatoes,” “champagne snow (powder),” “cauliflower,” “sticky snow,” “dust on crust” and many other descriptive terms. Slang adds humor, color and personality to any vocabulary. Did you know that “pow pow” or simply pow (from powder) is the fresh powder snow, which is actually a soft, fluffy type of snow? “Champagne snow” has such an extremely low moisture content that you can’t even make a snowball with it. While “champagne powder” is great for skiing because it’s smooth and dry, “mashed potatoes” is an old, dense and heavy snow that is hard to turn skis in.
09. The World’s Largest Snowflake
According to specialists, “snowflakes are agglomerates of many frozen icecrystals, most snowflakes are less than one-half inch across”, NSIDC. The water content of snowflakes is more variable than we think. An average snowflake is made up of 180 billion molecules of water, but the snow-water ratio depends on various factors such as temperature, crystal structure, wind speed etc.
Even if there aren’t any images of the biggest snowflake ever recorded, the Guinness Book of World Records states that a giant snowflake was found at Fort Keogh, Montana on January 28, 1887. It was 15 inches wide and 8 inches thick.
08. The Colors of Snow
While many think that snow is either white or blue, its ‘colors’ range from yellow and orange to green and even purple, but…believe it or not, snow is actually colorless. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, “the complex structure of snow crystals results in countless tiny surfaces from which visible light is efficiently reflected. What little sunlight is absorbed by snow is absorbed uniformly over the wavelengths of visible light thus giving snow its white appearance.”
Cold-tolerant algae are small, photosynthetic organisms which grow on snow and ice in the polar and alpine regions. Different strains of algae can color the snow yellow, red, orange, brown, green. Of course, the snow acquires its color after it has fallen. You may see snow that falls pink, brown, orange or red, if the air is filled with dust, pollutants or sand. Orange snow fell over Siberia in 2007 and Krasnodar (Russia) was covered by pink snow in 2010.
07. Snowfall Record
If you ever wondered where did the most snow fall in one year, here is the answer. Mount Baker, in the North Cascades of Washington State, holds this amazing world record, a reported 1,140 inches accumulated during the 1998-99 snowfall season. It is the youngest volcano of the Mount Baker volcanic region and the most heavily glaciated of the inhospitable Cascade volcanoes. Mount Baker (10,775 feet) is for sure one of the snowiest places on earth.
06. Snowfall Record Within 24th
The greatest amount of snow to fall within 24 hours in U.S. occurred in Silver Lake – Colorado in 1921: 76 inches of snow. Another impressive record of 63 inches was registered in Georgetown, Colorado on December 4, 1913. It can never be toO cold to snow. Actually, it can snow even at incredibly low temperatures “as long as there is some source of moisture and some way to lift or cool the air.” (National Snow and Ice Data Center). However, major snowfalls occur in relatively warm temperature climates. If you are curious to know how much snow falls where you live, check out the Snowfall Table provided by the National Climatic Data Center.
05. The Longest Winter Road in the World
Constructed each January on ice and snow, the ‘Wapusk Trail’ road has a length of 467 miles and links Gillam, Manitoba with Peawanuk, Ontario, Canada. ‘Wapusk Trail’ is the longest seasonal winter road in the world. It even got a Guinness World Records certificate. This type of ‘temporary highways’ have a crucial role in enabling goods to be delivered to communities without permanent road access. Warm weather forces the closure of the winter road staring with March, early April. Air transportation is an alternative, but it’s quite expensive.
04. Snowstorms and Bombs
Did you know that a single snowstorm can drop more than 39 million tons of snow, carrying the energy equivalent to 120 atomic bombs? ‘The Great Blizzard of 1888’ was one of the most devastating snowstorms to hit New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The storm dumped up to 50 inches of snow. ‘The Great Snow of 1717’, ‘The Washington and Jefferson Snowstorm’, ‘The Long Storm of November 1798’ and the ‘Portland Storm’ are other major snowstorms that struck America.
03. The Fastest Ever Half-Marathon Run Barefoot on Snow
Dutch daredevil Wim Hof holds the world record for running the fastest half marathon barefoot on snow and ice. He completed the marathon in 2 hr 16 min 34 sec near Oulu, Finland, on 26 January 2007. Hof’s stunning abilities to withstand harsh winds, snow, ice and freezing temperatures won him the nickname ‘Ice Man’.By courageously swimming 80 meters under the North Pole ice, Wim Hof earned another Guinness World Record.
02. The Largest Snow Sculpture
A team of 600 amazing sculptors unveiled at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival held on December 20, 2007 – ‘Romantic Feelings’ – the world’s largest snow sculpture. The Olympic Games were the source of inspiration for the staggering 656 ft long and 115 ft tall sculpture. This magnificent ‘landscape’ was the centerpiece of the festival opened in the Heilongjiang Province, one of China’s coldest places.
01. The Snowflake Man
Throughout time, snowflakes have fascinated many eminent scientists and philosophers such as René Descartes, Johannes Kepler and Robert Hooke, but the man who literally devoted his entire life to showing us the diversity and beauty of snowflakes is American Wilson A. Bentley (February 9, 1865 – December 23, 1931).
This ‘snowtastic’ Top 10 list is a tribute to Wilson Bentley, the first man to capture snow crystals on film. Known as “The Snowflake Man”, Bentley captured more than 5000 photographs of snowflakes. He received international acclaim in the 19th century for his pioneering work in the fields of photomicrography, because he perfected a process of photographing snowflakes before they either melted or sublimed.
Bentley’s legacy is an extraordinarily rich one: a vast library of detailed journals, books, published articles and over 5000 photographs of “tiny miracles of beauty”, as he often referred to snowflakes.

Amazing facts-24 karat Gold Leaf face mask for Valentine’s Day

Budgets may be tight, but that hasn’t stopped Hanoi’s beauty mavens from doing some serious primping in honor of Valentine’s Day. Despite rampant inflation, the city’s love birds are still spending upwards of 1.8 million Vietnam dong ($86.41) on 24-karat gold-leaf face mask treatments, said to help make skin whiter.

Amazing pictures-Ice Hotel in Sweden

 When you travel to Lapland you can’t escape the magic of the Ice Hotel. Set deep inside the Arctic Circle, in the small village of Jukkasjärvi, on the banks of the powerful Torne River, Ice hotel is an artistic dream born from the colorful imagination of the talented artists who are carefully selected byIce Hotel to create their ICE masterpieces.
The entire Ice Hotel is carefully carved and constructed from the natural materials provided by mother nature during the winter months. Crystal clear ICE is harvested from the metre thick layer of ICE on the surface of the Torne River and is the basic building material for stunning architectural ICE structures decorating the ICE church, reception, main hall and your beautiful room of ICE
As summer approaches the entire ICE HOTEL slowly melts into the Torne River. Fortunately, the imagination never dies and Ice Hotel is reborn the following year as yet another impressive hotel of ICE takes shape.

Amazing pictures-Angel Falls

At fifteen times the height of Niagara Falls , Angel Falls is the highest in the world. Just how tall is it? How did it get its name? Did someone seriously BASE jump from the top? Littered amongst the stunning images below you will find the answers.
Angel Falls is the world’s highest waterfall, with a height of 979 meters (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 807 meters (2,647 ft). It is located in the Canaima National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State , Venezuela . It is one of the country’s top tourist destinations despite its isolated location.
Did you know the height of the falls is so great, that before getting anywhere near the ground, the water is atomized by the strong winds and turned into mist? The mist can be felt a mile (1.6 km) away!
The base of the falls feeds into the Kerep River (alternatively known as the Rio Gauya), which flows into the Churun River , a tributary of the Carrao River.
Apparently, the falls were not known to the outside world until American aviator Jimmie Angel flew over them on November 16, 1933 during a flight searching for a valuable ore bed. Returning on October 9, 1937, Angel tried to land his Flamingo monoplane, El Rio Caroni atop the mountain, but the plane was damaged when the wheels sank into the marshy ground. He and his three companions, including his wife Marie, were then forced to descend the mountain on foot. It took them 11 days to make their way back to civilization, but news of their adventure spread, and the waterfall was named Angel Falls in his honor. Angel’s plane remained on top of the mountaintop for 33 years before being lifted out by helicopter. It was restored at the Aviation Museum in Maracay and now sits outdoors on the front of the airport at Ciudad Bolívar.

Amazing facts-Addicted to heights

Climber Dean Potter scales El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California. Dean says: “I’m addicted to the heightened awareness I get when there’s a death consequence. My vision is sharper and I’m more sensitive to sounds, my sense of balance and the beauty all around me. A lot of my creativity comes from this nearly insane obsession. Something sparkles in my mind and then nothing else in life matters.”

Amazing creations-Butterflies bursting out of a Book

Artist David Kracov was commissioned to create an award to be given in honor of, and named for, the late director of Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl.
Called the “Book Of Life,” it was inspired by the extraordinary life of Rabbi Yossi Raichik, a man who saved thousands ofchildren’s lives from the devastating effects of the Chernobyl disaster. The metal sculpture has pages filled with words from those he touched, and also features a flurry of butterflies, each representing the 2,547 children he helped save and give new lives.
Below are the making of photos along with some snapshots of the finished sculpture. What an amazing creation!

Did you know-Some more uses of Salt

1. A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea.
2. Salt improves the taste of cooking apples.
3. Soak your clothesline in salt water to prevent your clothes from freezing to the line; likewise, use salt in your final rinse to prevent the clothes from freezing.
4. Rub any wicker furniture you may have with salt water to prevent yellowing.
5. Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.
6. Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty.
7. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them next day to remove burned-on stains.
8. Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt.
9. Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added.
10. Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor.
11. Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash.
12. Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added.
13. Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth.
14. Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.
15. Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains.
16. Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.
17. Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs.
18. Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.
19. Sprinkle salt in milk-scorched pans to remove odor.
20. A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee.
21. Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched.
22. Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.
23. Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.
24. Remove offensive odors from stove with salt and cinnamon.
25. A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.
26. To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one part salt to four parts alcohol.
27. Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.
28. Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don’t want grass growing.
29. Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a brighter look. Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.
60. If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won’t smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled

Amazing facts-Building plays music when it starts raining

Building plays music when it starts raining
According to Atlas Obscura, “when the rain starts to fall, this colorful drain and gutter system attached to the outside of a building in the Neustadt Kunsthofpassage, turn into charming musical instruments. The Funnel Wall is one of the strangest and most enjoyable attractions in Dresden’s student district in the new town. ”
The Neustadt Kunsthofpassage, is an artsy neighborhood in Dresden. One wall of a building there is covered with funnels and gutters shaped like musical instruments. It’s like a Rube Goldberg machine with water.

Bizarre facts-Magnetic body

Etibar Elchiyev poses with 50 metal spoons magnetized to his body during an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Most spoons on a human body” in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Did you know-Many uses of Salt

Salt is a wonderful chemical with many uses. Check out how useful it can be in your day-to-day life.
1. If you drop a whole egg on the floor, pour salt all over the egg, let it sit for awhile, then use dustpan,
the egg will come right up, without all that mess.
2. Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing.

3. Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.
4. Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.
5. Put a few grains of rice in your saltshaker for easier pouring.
6. Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.
7. Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink bad ones float.
8. Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.
9. A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.
10. Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.
11. Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won’t stick.
12. Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.
13. Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.
14. Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.
15. Soak nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.
16. Boil clothes pins in salt water before using them and they will last longer.
17. Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour.
18. Add a little salt to the water, your cut flowers will stand in for a longer life.
19. Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up the stain.
20. Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface.
21. Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster.
22. Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.
23. To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make
stiff putty.24. Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water.25. Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.26. Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher.27. Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn.28. Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.29. A dash of salt in warm milk makes a more relaxing beverage.30. Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for a while.

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A Gentle Tiger. :)
#Taj, a 370lb Golden Bengal Tiger bows its head and placed a paw up to the hand of a small girl.
-Photographer Dyrk Daniels says: “I noticed this little girl was leaning against the glass with both hands out stretched staring at the ‘big kitties’. I could not believe my eyes when Taj approached the girl, bowed his head and then placed his huge right paw exactly in front of where the little girl’s left hand was. It was incredible to watch. Taj let down his right paw, rubbed his cheek against the glass where the little girl’s face was and moved off.” Far from being scared, the little girl was so excited that she started clapping as she walked back towards her mother.

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Where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic in Eleuthera, Bahamas. :O

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A camera on the International Space Station (ISS) snapped this shot of stratocumulus clouds, released on January 4, as the ISS passed over the Pacific Ocean, flying east of northern Japan.
This cloud pattern is a common sight over the northwestern Pacific. Classified as low-level clouds—occurring below 6,500 feet (1,980 meters)—stratocumulus clouds produce little to no precipitation. From the ground they look like a flat layer of clumpy grey clouds
Photograph courtesy NASA

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This Image now goes viral in the Internet. I just didn’t know it is a real drink! This gorgeous concoction is called Aurora Jungle Juice. It’s pink in natural light, but when viewed under black light it glows aquamarine. It’s made of gin/vodka, Rose’s Mojito Passion/pink lemonade and gin.

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Astronauts Can’t Cry in Space…..!!!!!!!!!
our eyes will produce tears in space, but it isn’t exactly a pleasant experience. Without gravity, tears don’t flow downwards out of the eye and wash away irritants like they do here on Earth. They actually conglomerate into a little ball of liquid that hangs out in the eye. When those space tears build up enough liquid mass, they’ll actually break free of the eye and float around. Perhaps that counts as non-conventional crying

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Her “brother” was an elephant, her best friend a leopard and her playground the African bush. Tippi Degre has been labelled the ‘real-life Mowgli’

Amazing facts-Whale learns to blow halo shaped bubble

A Beluga whale has become a sensation at an aquarium after learning how to blow halo-shaped bubbles. The extraordinary sight was captured on camera by photographer Hiroya Minakuchi at the Shimane aquarium in Japan. He said:”This beluga started making bubble rings when she was seven. And a couple of years ago she developed her technique. Now she blows the water from her mouth to make a current, which is not visible for us underwater. She then blows air from her blow hole into the current and that makes a ring shape.”

Amazing facts-Limestone cave

The Reed Flute Cave is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. It is over 180 million years old.
The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes. Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes.
Inside, there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty. These aged inscriptions tell us that it has been an attraction in Guilin since ancient times.
It was rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees fleeing the Japanese troops.

Amazing facts- Sun dogs

Sundogs, also known as Mock Suns or Parhelia, are a pair of brightly coloured spots on either side of the Sun. They are most easily seen when the Sun is low.
Sundogs form when sunlight is refracted by ice crystals with diameters larger than 30 micrometers. They are visible when the Sun is near the horizon and on the same horizontal plane as the observer and the ice crystals. When the sunlight passes through the ice crystals, it is bent by 22° before reaching the observer’s eyes, just like what happens with 22° haloes. The bending of the light causes sundogs to form.
Sundogs differ from haloes in the preferential orientation of the ice crystals. If the hexagonal ice crystals are oriented with their flat faces horizontal, then a sundog is seen. If the crystals are randomly oriented, a halo is seen.

Amazing facts-Sea otters

Sea otters sleep together while floating in groups and hold hands while sleeping so they don’t drift away from each other.

Amazing facts-the sun

Normally we think of the sun as being that big, hot ball of light 93 million miles away. But actually,the
sun’s outer atmosphere extends far beyond its visible surface. Our planet orbits within this tenuous
atmosphere, and we see evidence of this when gusts of the solar wind generate the Northern and
Southern Lights. In that sense, we definitely live “inside” the sun. But the solar atmosphere doesn’t end
at Earth. Auroras have been observed on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and even distant Neptune. In fact, the
outer solar atmosphere, called the “heliosphere,” is thought to extend at least 100 A.U. That’s nearly 10
billion miles. In fact the atmosphere is likely teardrop shaped due to the sun’s motion in space, with the
“tail” extending tens to hundreds of billions of miles downwind.

Amazing facts- The relics of St Gratianus

The relics of St Gratianus on the Marienaltar of the Basilica of Waldsassen, Germany
St Gratianus is enrobed in rich jewels and fine fabric be fitting his state as a martyr. It is known he died
for his faith because his bones stand above a chalice filled with dried blood. His remains are on display
in the Basilica of Waldsassen in Germany.

Amazing facts-Key board

Ever wonder why keys are in the order they’re in on the keyboard?
The keyboard we most commonly use today is called the “qwerty” keyboard for obvious reasons, but did you ever wonder why the letters are in that order? It’s actually because the original keyboards would jam if letters that were next to each other were pressed in too rapid succession.
In 1874 Christopher Sholes, who developed the layout, was aiming to slow typists down by putting the most common letters in the most hard to reach places, and thus reduce jamming. Although modern technology has no issue with jamming, the keyboard stuck and is stillthe one we use today!

Amazing facts-Super Human

Living on the Edge – Yosemite National Park 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor.
The person sitting on that ledge is Alex Honnold. He’s been proclaimed the best free soloist (i.e., climbs without ropes) in the world.

Amazing facts-Titan super computer

Titan — World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer — Is Also a Green Powerhouse
Not only is Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan the world’s most powerful supercomputer, it is also one of the most energy-efficient.Titan came in at number three on the Green500 list. Organized by Virginia Tech’s Wu-chun Feng and Kirk Cameron, the list takes the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers — as ranked by the Top500 list — and reorders them according to how many calculations they can get per watt of electricity.The Cray XK7 system contains 18,688 nodes, each with a 16-core AMD Opteron 6274 processor and an NVIDIA Tesla K20X graphics processing unit (GPU) accelerator. Titan also has more than 700 terabytes of memory.Because they handle hundreds of calculations simultaneously, GPUs can go through many more than CPUs in a given time. By relying on its 299,008 CPU cores to guide simulations and allowing its new NVIDIA GPUs to do the heavy lifting, Titan will enable researchers to run scientific calculations with greater speed and accuracy.

Amazing facts-Wave Rock

“Wave Rock” is a natural rock formation that is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. This real nature wonder is located 3 Kilometers east the town of Hyden in Western Australia. The Wave Rock is 15 meters high and almost 100 metres long.
According to scientists, this stunning stone formation is 2700 millions years old. The rock is composed by grey and red granite strips. According to geologists, the particular shape of the rock was formed by subsurface chemical weathering followed by removal of the soft weathered granite by fluvial erosion; this weathering occurred below ground level before it was exposed. The colours of the rock were produced by the rain chemical deposits (carbonates and iron hydroxide) down the face, forming vertical stripes of greys reds and yellows. It is an interesting and nice spectacle to see how the rock changes its colors along the day, producing awesome views.

Amazing facts-Under water stage

The Underwater Stage is an underwater film studio stage at Pinewood Studios in Iver, Buckinghamshire,
United Kingdom. It is the only one of its kind in Europe.The stage was opened in 2005 after four years of planning and development. The stage’s water tank is
permanently filled, and the water is constantly heated, maintained at 30 ?C (87 ?F). The water is
using an ultraviolet system which creates crystal clear water and a comfortable environment to work in,
for both cast and crew.Plans for the construction of the stage were first announced in April 2004. The stage was opened on 18
May 2005, by Gordon Brown, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer. Brown opened the stage by
pressing a button that dropped an automobile into the water tank.The stage has been used for television, film, commercials, pop videos and photo shoots. The stage has
hosted: The Da Vinci Code, Basic Instinct 2, Scoop, Silent Witness, a music video for James Blunt,
and a Water Aid promotion with actress Keira Knightley

Amazing facts-The Mummy baby

The Mummy Baby: 6500 Years old Peruvian Child Mummy:This Peruvian child mummy, known as the “Detmold Child,” has been radiocarbon dated to 4504-4457
B.C. more than 3,000 years before the birth of King Tut. The child, which was about 10 months old when
it died, naturally mummified in the hot, arid desert environment.More than 6,500 years ago in Peru, this tiny baby’s brief battle for life finally came to an end. The child,
no more than 10 months old, had a serious heart defect and suffered from growth problems.After contracting pneumonia and then suffering circulation failure the sick child died and was wrapped in
linen and buried with an amulet hung around its neck.

Amazing facts-Volkswagen Aqua

Volkswagen Aqua would be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and would emit zero carbon dioxide.The all-
terrain vehicle, which has a top speed of 62mph and works like a hovercraft, can move seamlessly
between different surfaces..

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