Tuesday, June 2, 2009
How small are redwood seeds?
The seed of the redwood trees are so small that 123,000 of them weigh scarcely a pound.
Who signed the first U.S. passport?
Until the Middle Ages, passports were given only to the privileged well-to-do. In 1215, the Magna Carta established that "All merchants are to be safe and secure in leaving and entering England." One of the earliest U.S. passports on record was issued in France in 1778. It was signed by Benjamin Franklin, Arthur Lee, and John Adams.
What is the Bible's shortest verse?
The King James version of the Bible has 50 authors, 66 book, 1,189 chapters, and 31,173 verses. The shortest verse in the Bible consists of two words: "Jesus wept" (John 11:35).
How quickly do London cabbies drive?
London cabbies estimate their average driving speed to be 9 miles per hour due to increasing traffic congestion.
Where is the world's largest pyramid?
The largest pyramid in the world is not in Egypt but in Cholulu de Rivadahia, Mexico. It is 177 feet tall and covers 25 acres. It was built sometime between 6 and 12 A.D.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I am finally organizing a shopping trip in Italy with Venice sightseeing. As you know Italy is very famous for its porcelain and ceramic collections which are hand made. It is especially famous for its capodimonte. I have been there thrice already and bought some porcelain and ceramics as my collections. If you have not been in Venice, this is already the chance for you to see this beautiful city. Without further adieu, here are some infos and itinerary about the trip.
Please feel free to contact me with any question or concern. Here are my contact infos:
or you can simply leave a message in any of my sites below
THIS ITINERARY IS TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO MINOR CHANGES*
Trip Date: May 15-17, 2009
Transportation: Bus with Trailer
Fare: 75.00 Euros per person (bring a friend or partner and save 20.00Euros for both)
ITEMS YOU SHOULD BRING
1. Euros and Dollars (most stores will accept credit cards)
2. items to freshen up
3. Pillow, Blanket
4. Umbrella in case of rain
5. Snacks, drinks, water, etc.. or any personal needs
Please bring military ID Cards, passports are not needed for Italy but I would suggest to bring them just in case any needs arise.
We will be leaving from Parsberg, Mercedes Benz (Arnold Autohauz) parking lot at 8:30 PM on Friday May 15, 2009. ( across from MCDonalds in Parsberg), you may leave your car parked in the parkplatz for free)
Arrive approximately 4:30 am (Saturday May 16) at the highway restaurant to freshen up, get coffee or souvenirs.
Back on the rode at 5:30 am
Arrive Vicenza, Italy at RG PORCELAIN @6:30 AM (1 HR. SHOPPING)
Arrive Union Porcelain @7:45 am flowers, roses, pictures, etc. (1 HR. SHOPPING)
Arrive VBC factory @9:00 AM (1 HR Shopping)
Arrive Nove, Italy @ 10:00AM (Devis, Larry's, Stella, Ancora and other stores in this area)
OFF TO VENICE, ITALY!!!
*Price for Gondola/Boat Ride around 8.00- 10.00 Euros
We will spend the whole afternoon in Venice.
Return to the bus between 6:30-7:00 PM
Arrive Parsberg after Midnight!
TRIP CONFIRMATION AND PAYMENTS NEEDED ON OR BEFORE THE END OF APRIL 2009..THANKS!
I WISH EVERYONE IN ADVANCE A HAPPY AND SAFE TRIP!!
DON'T FORGET TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS OR NEIGHBORS TO MAKE THIS TRIP MORE POSSIBLE!!
FEEL FREE TO VISIT MY OTHER SITES FOR MORE PHOTOS AND UPDATES! THANKS!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Women's ultimatum: Sex or fireworks
NAPLES, Italy (UPI) -- A group of more than 40 women in Naples, Italy, said they will withhold sex if their husbands or boyfriends set off fireworks during the holiday season.
Dr. Vincenzo Sorrentino said the idea for the committee of women pledging to withhold sex came after years of injuries and deaths resulting from Christmastime fireworks, ANSA reported Friday.
"We've tried everything to stop the mayhem caused by fireworks but we've never reached the results we hoped for," Sorrentino said. "We decided to get women involved because they are more convincing and they always achieve their goals."
Carolina Staiano, 42, the head of the women's committee, said her own father was seriously injured years ago by exploding fireworks.
"So far we've had more than 30 women join up and we're hoping for more," she said Friday. "We're fed up with these stupid annual massacres. This time they're just going to have to choose: sex or fireworks."
Copyright 2008 by United Press International
Friday, November 14, 2008
Genetic basis for some birth defects found
Copyright 2008 by United Press International
CLEVELAND (UPI) -- U.S. medical researchers report they have determined the genetic basis for some birth defects that affect the development of the heart and head.
A multidisciplinary team led by Case Western Reserve University Professor Gary Landreth discovered a common genetic pathway for a number of birth defects such as abnormal development of the jaw, palate and brain.
The researchers said they developed a mouse model of the disorders by removing a gene, ERK2, responsible for the pathway. The scientists, in collaboration with Dr. William Snider at the University of North Carolina, discovered the mice missing the gene for ERK2 in neural crest cells had developmental defects resembling those of human patients with a deletion that includes that gene.
Landreth, with Case Western Associate Professor Michiko Watanabe, found the mouse hearts had characteristic defects resembling those seen in the patients with ERK2 deletions.
"Given Dr. Watanabe's findings, we determined that we had in fact developed animal models that mimicked the human deletion syndrome," said Landreth. "This work sheds light on how these developmental errors occur."
The research that included Dr. Sulagna Saitta at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Termites helped destroy New Orleans dikes?
Copyright 2008 by United Press International
NEW ORLEANS (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've discovered evidence termites might have been to blame for the failure of some New Orleans dikes during Hurricane Katrina.
Louisiana State University Professor Gregg Henderson says he discovered Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki) in the floodwall seams of some New Orleans dikes five years before Katrina struck.
After the dikes were breached in 2005, Henderson and colleague Alan Morgan inspected 100 seams for evidence of termites where major floodwall breaks had occurred. They said they discovered 70 percent of the seams in the city's London Avenue Canal, which experienced two major breaks during Katrina, showed evidence of insect attack, as did 27 percent of seams inspected in the walls of the 17th Street Canal.
Henderson said the termites might have contributed to the destruction of the levees in New Orleans by digging networks of tunnels, which can weaken the levee system.
"I believe the termites pose a continuing danger that requires immediate attention," Henderson wrote, suggesting New Orleans' 350 miles of levees and floodwalls should be surveyed for termite damage.
The researchers detail their findings in the fall issue of the journal American Entomologist.
What do the Japanese use their handkerchief's for?
Blowing your nose in public is considered rude in Japan. The handkerchief is use primarily for wiping the mouth or drying your hands when leaving a restroom.
Do people in India wear their pajamas all day?
In India it is perfectly proper for men to wear pajamas in public. Pajamas are accepted as standard daytime wearing apparel.
Who eats the most cereal?
Ireland boasts the highest per capita consumption of cereal in the world – 15 pounds per person annually.
How many puppies does the U.S. produce?
Every hour, nearly 12,500 puppies are born in the United States. That's 15,600,000 puppies born annually!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
1. A good head to be able to evaluate the quality of ideas and
suggestions presented to him.
2. A good heart to be able to be compassionate and fair with the
3. A good spirit to be able to hear the voice of God. Some paths
God will lead you down don't make head and heart sense at the
4. A good eye to be able to see things other people cannot.
5. A good tongue to be able to communicate the vision to the
people and motivate them to follow.
6. A good hand to be able to do the things that need to be
done. Knowing the right way is not the same as doing it.
7. A good foot to set an example for the people. A minor flaw
can outshine a major mission in the eyes of small minds.
~A MountainWings Original by James Bronner~
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Date: 09/29/2008 11:19 am
Subject: just to let u know...
hi ate rubz,
just to let u know ate grace passed away last aug. 9, 2008. nanaginip man gud ko sa iya last night telling me for not informing u. sorry po!
I just read it today and I didn't realized that tears were already fulling from my eyes after reading it. My chest is even harden until now after I read again another message coming from her sister, the reasons why she passed. I just can't imagine and ask why???? My friend's name is Grace. She had been a very good friend of mine in College days. I am also very close to her family back in Midsayap. She was my former classmate and I really treasured the friendship we had. Grace is really one in a million!! This post is dedicated to her and I hope and pray that she rest in peace with our Creator now. She is just so young, in her mid thirty's just like me. I had a great time with her back in College days.
How can you imagine that!!!...she already passed-away but came back thru a dream in her sister just to tell me that she already passed-away. I was really deeply touched that a dear dead friend of mine still remember me!! I know I have been a good friend to her and she had been always a good friend to me too. I know I can' t forget all the memories, the friendship and the beautiful moments we shared before in Midsayap.
It was really a very sad happening or even a traumatic experience when our dear friend or loved ones will passed away. To you Grace, I promise to keep our memory. I know I might not express my love for you as a friend but deep in my heart you are always there..You're great and you're one in a million.!! You will never be forgotten especially by your family and good friends out there!!
I love you Grace and I pray that your soul will rest in peace.
To all my friends out there especially the ones who came from my home country, my friends both online and offline, I might not be sending you messages all the time or might be talking to you everyday but I want to let you know that you are always in my mind and in my heart. God bless us all..Thanks for all your friendship and camaraderie!!
Please also pray for the soul of Grace and all souls who passed-away in this world.
“I haven't seen you in a while, yet I often imagine all your expressions. I haven't spoken to you recently, but many times I hear your thoughts. Good friends must not always be together. It is the feeling of oneness, when distant that proves a lasting”
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The email below which I received today is a scam. if you also receive such mails, please don't entertain them and immediately put it in you spam mails. I even don't know these persons and they call me dear!!!ngeekkk...nakakapanindig balahibo!!! kakadiri to the bones!!
Below is the body of the scam email..
Good Day My Dear
It is our pleasure to contact you for a business venture which i and my sister intend to establish in your country. Though we have not meet you before but we believed,one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in life.My name is Hadi Sidiki.I am here with my sister Biba we are the only children of late Mr and Mrs Bisan Sidiki, from Mann District of Madina Province in Republic of Guinee Conakry. our late father before his death was a prosperous Gold merchant in Republic of Guinee before his untimely death,Our mother died when we was little ,
but Could you believe that since the death of our late father all the properties of our late father including cash have shared among his brothers,There is this huge amount of ($15million) dollars which our late father deposited with a security company here before he was assasinated by unknown persons in Madina.Now we decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside our country for security and political reasons.we want you to help us to receive this fund from the security company to your country for investment purposes on these areas:OR Call TEL +22466347110
2). Transport Company
3). Hotel investiment,
or any investment that you know very well that can help our future life with this money.
If you can be of an assistance to us, we will be pleased to hear from you,
God Bless you.
Hadi And Biba,
Thursday, August 28, 2008
happy Thursday!! Good night..need to go to bed now!!
Details of anthrax investigation revealed
Copyright 2008 by United Press International...arcamax.com
WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A team of U.S. scientists spent nearly seven years working in secret to help crack the 2001 anthrax letter case, the FBI said.
Federal investigators asked scientists from a number of research institutions, including Sandia National Laboratories, to help in the investigation of letters containing bacillus anthracis that were mailed in 2001 to several media organizations and two Democratic U.S. senators -- Tom Daschle of North Dakota and Pat Leahy of Vermont. Five people were killed and 17 people were injured.
Sandia said research by the lab demonstrated to the FBI that the form of bacillus anthracis contained in those letters was not a weaponized form. Investigator Joseph Michael said the information was crucial in ruling out state-sponsored terrorism.
Michael, Paul Kotula and roughly a dozen other researchers examined more than 200 samples over six and one-half years, Sandia said Thursday in a release.
"Sandia's work was the first to actually link the spore material in the New York Post, the Daschle and the Leahy letters," the release said. "The elemental signatures and the locations of these signatures, while not indicating intentional weaponization, did show that the spores were indistinguishable and therefore likely came from the same source. That conclusion was corroborated a few years later by the DNA studies."
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Can gold help with your aches and pains?
Gold salts are sometimes injected into the muscles to relieve arthritis.
Which was the first plastic?
The first plastic ever invented was celluloid. It came about as an alternative for billiard balls made from ivory.
What was David O.'s middle name?
Famous for his pet film project Gone With the Wind (1939), movie executive David O. Selznick’s middle name was Oliver.
How many blood vessels do we have?
If all the blood vessels in a single human body were stretched end to end, they would form a string capable of going around the world.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
As I made my German Oath of Citizenship, I was given a Book entitled "Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland". This means in English "The Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany".
I am specifically sharing below Basic Right which is stated in page 111 of this Book.
The first basic law of Germany is this;
(1) Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar. Sie zu achten und zu schützen ist Verpflichtung aller staatlichen Gewalt.
Below is the translation of this right in English;
I. Basic Rights
(1) Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority.
I believed this law is very clear stating that we must respect the honour and dignity of a person. Not doing so will violate the above basic law. I believed, it is not only Germany who have this kind of law but all countries around the world who believed in the rights and protection of its people. Even Philippines have the same basic law.
For those who cannot stop their tongues in telling other people's life and affair especially by not telling the truth and does damages the personality of a certain person, You don't have the right to do that especially if you really don't know that person. "makakarma din kayo or baka dumating na nga ang karma sa inyo". You don't have the right to destroy other people's life.
So please "LEARN TO HOLD YOUR TONGUE ABOUT THE LIFE AND AFFAIR OF OTHERS UNLESS YOUR DUTY OBLIGE YOU TO SPEAK". Pero kung magtsitsismis ka naman , please naman yung totoo at purong katotohanan... Huwag yung kasinungalingan!!!
By legal means, the law will oblige you to speak for the Truth. So just be ready to depend for the Truth and don't tell lies!! Truth hurts but it is the only means to set us free. I am not afraid to tell the Truth and I will defend for it especially if my own honour and reputation is at risk. "Hindi ko talaga yan mapapalampas"
"THE BEST DEFENSE IS SIMPLY TRUTH"....I remember this saying that I copied now from one of my friend's website...sorry friend but I need this saying now..leave a message in your tag board to ask for permission!!! thanks!!
I hope what I share here now will serve as a lesson to all especially to those people who don't can hold their tongues. "Kung wala man kayong masabing maganda, itikom na lang ninyo ang mga bunganga nyo lalo't ang sinasabi nyo ay pawang kasinungalingan lang!!!! Pahabol pa, bago kayo magsalita ng kung ano-ano sa ibang tao, tingnan nyo muna ang sarili nyo!!! Perpekto ba kayo????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
have a nice evening to all!!
The World Wide Web Addict
Friday, July 4, 2008
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, baseball games, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States, but is often also viewed as simply a summer festival, apart from its patriotic overtones.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
just for your info. Special mention to all bloggers who added my links already...I will try to add you asap..Thanks a lot!!
Take care everyone!!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Cacao tree beans are cut and piled in the farmer's field where they ferment for 6 days. During this process, children and adults walk over the piles; insects, rodents, small animals and other living things that make their nests in the piles. Actually the The U. S. Department of Health publishes a book entitled "The Food Defect Action Levels" in which they list unavoidable defects in food (insect, rodents etc.) all allowed by FDA.
Monday, June 16, 2008
The Union of National Defense Employees wants a mandate to employ more women in the hazardous materials and security units following an anthrax scare last year at a military base in Quebec, in which an all-male team took off female employees clothing and scrubbed them through the decontamination process, the Ottawa Citizen reported.
Union President John MacLennan told the newspaper there are only seven female emergency responders in the Defense Department across the country.
"You have to have a hazardous response team that represents gender, male and female," he said.
Defense Department spokeswoman Lynne Rattray told the newspaper in an e-mail the incident is being overblown by the union.
"In this particular case, all personnel present were informed of what was involved in the decontamination process, and voluntarily complied," she wrote.
Copyright 2008 by United Press International
Friday, June 13, 2008
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration during the weekend expanded its warning that a salmonellosis outbreak has been linked with consumption of certain uncooked red plum, red Roma and red round tomatoes, as well as products containing such tomatoes.
The FDA said consumers can continue to eat cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes and tomatoes sold with the vine still attached, or tomatoes grown at home.
"Since mid-April, there have been 145 reported cases of salmonellosis caused by Salmonella Saintpaul nationwide, including at least 23 hospitalizations," the FDA said in a statement. "States reporting illnesses linked to the outbreak include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin."
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.
Copyright 2008 by United Press International
Thursday, June 12, 2008
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