Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Amazing Colourful Salt Ponds Art

 


This unusual sight can be seen in the San Francisco Bay where artificial pond water evaporates and leaves only crystallized salt, coloured algae and micro-organisms. Ponds with low or medium salinity have a green or pink colour and as the salinity increases, the water takes on a more reddish pigment. In addition, the weather also influences the colour of the body of water as more rain makes the water more transparent.




Monday, February 18, 2013

Cleverest Ways To Cheat In Exams

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Top 3 Longest Name Of Places

 

 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (57 letters) is a large village and community on the island of Anglesey in Wales, situated on the Menai Strait next to the Britannia Bridge and across the strait from Bangor. This village has the longest place name in Europe and one of the longest place names in the world. The short form of the village's name is Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, also spelled Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll. It is commonly known as Llanfair PG or Llanfairpwll.
According to the 2001 census, the population of the community is 3,040, 76% of whom speak Welsh fluently; the highest percentage of speakers is in the 10–14 age group, where 97.1% are able to speak Welsh.[citation needed] It is the fifth largest settlement on the island by population. Visitors stop at the railway station to be photographed next to the station sign, visit the nearby Visitors' Centre, or have 'passports' stamped at a local shop. Another tourist attraction is the nearby Marquess of Anglesey's Column, which at a height of 27 metres (89 ft) offers views over Anglesey and the Menai Strait. Designed by Thomas Harrison, the monument celebrates the heroism of Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey at the Battle of Waterloo.
The long form of the name is the longest officially recognised place name in the United Kingdom and one of the longest in the world, being 58 characters in length (51 letters since "ch" and "ll" are digraphs, or single letters, in the Welsh language).
The name means: [St.] Mary's Church (Llanfair) [in] the hollow (pwll) of the white hazel (gwyngyll) near (goger) the rapid whirlpool (y chwyrndrobwll) [and] the church of [St.] Tysilio (llantysilio) with a red cave ([a]g ogo goch).
This village was originally known as Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll (and is sometimes still referred to as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll) and was given its long name in the 19th century in an attempt to develop the village as a commercial and tourist centre (see Significance of the name below). Today the village is still signposted as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, marked on Ordnance Survey maps as Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll and is known to locals as Llanfairpwll or simply Llanfair.
The name is also seen shortened to Llanfair PG, which is sufficient to distinguish it from the many other Welsh villages with Llanfair in their names. Other variant forms use the full name but with tysilio mutated to dysilio, and/or with a hyphen between drobwll and llan. In Welsh, the initial Ll may be mutated to a single L in some contexts.

The name would be often shortened to Taumata by the locals for ease of conversation. The New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database, maintained by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), records the name as "Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­pokai­whenua­ki­tana­tahu".[1] It has gained a measure of fame as it is the longest place name found in any English-speaking country, and it is the second-longest place name in the world, according to Wises New Zealand Guide and reported in the New Zealand Herald.
The name on the sign that marks the hill is "Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu", which translates roughly as "The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one". At 85 letters, it has been listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest place name in the entire world.
 Lake Chaubunagungamaug, [Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, (45 letters)] also known as Webster Lake, is a lake in the town of Webster, Massachusetts, United States. It is located near the Connecticut border and has a surface area of 1,442 acres (5.84 km2).
The lake's name comes from Nipmuc, an Algonquian language, and is said to mean, "Fishing Place at the Boundaries -- Neutral Meeting Grounds". This is different from the humorous translation, "You fish on your side, I fish on my side, and nobody fish in the middle", thought to have been invented by the late Laurence J. Daly, editor of The Webster Times.
Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg a 45-letter alternative name for this body of fresh water, is often cited as the longest place name in the United States and one of the longest in the world. It is not spelled correctly on the sign bordering Connecticut.
Today, "Webster Lake" may be the name most used, but some (including many residents of Webster), take pride in reeling off the longer versions.
This lake has several alternative names. Lake Chaubunagungamaug is the name of the lake as recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior, however, many area residents, as well as the official website of the town of Webster, consider the longer version correct.
 
Algonquian-speaking peoples had several different names for the lake as recorded on old maps and historical records. However, all of these were similar in part and had almost the same translation. Among other early names were "Chabanaguncamogue" and "Chaubanagogum". Early town records show the name as "Chabunagungamaug Pond", also the name of the local Nipmuc town (recorded in 1668 and 1674 with somewhat different spellings). This has been translated as 'boundary fishing place', but something close to "fishing place at the boundary" or "that which is a divided island lake" may be more accurate.
A map of 1795, showing the town of Dudley, indicated the name as "Chargoggaggoggmancogmanhoggagogg". A survey of the lake done in 1830 lists the name as "Chaubunagungmamgnamaugg", the older name. The following year, both Dudley and Oxford, which then adjoined the lake, filed maps listing the name as "Chargoggagoggmanchoggagogg".
"Manchaug" is derived from the "Monuhchogogoks", a group of Nipmuc that lived by the lakeshore. Spellings of the long name vary, even on official signs near the lake; in 2009, following six years of press reports, the local Chamber of Commerce agreed to have the spelling corrected on its signs, where a 45-letter version of the name arrayed in a semicircle was used. It did not correspond to any of the two dozen variants in the GNIS.[9] Webster schools use one long form of the name in various capacities.
Three songs about the lake's name have been written. The first was a regional song from the 1930s. The second was recorded by Ethel Merman and Ray Bolger and released in 1954 by Decca and incorporates the tale about the lake's name according to Daly. The most recent was released in 2010 by Diane Taraz.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Craziest Valentine's Day Gifts

 

Flowers die but unicorns are forever, especially plush ones. The Plush Unicorn Bouquet ($49.99) comes with a herd of 11 little plush unicorns in a bouquet wrapping. Each unicorn is on a stem, like a flower except way cooler, and of course they can be detached and placed anywhere you want.
If you're searching for a devilishly naughty gift for a loved one then you can't beat these couple "Sexiest number of all time!" pillowcases!

You can both have a piece of the naughty number 69 – extremely fun and hilarious to show any guests, yet excellent to show your partner the devil in you!

The Heart Gelatin Mold ($6.95) makes it easy to give someone your whole heart. Now you can sit back and watch while they devour it with delight. It's perfect for lovebirds, med school students, and aspiring cannibals.
Need instant love? Blow one up! The inflatable heart ($4.95) is the most convenient, portable and unconditional form of love ever created.
This hilarious novelty gift looks just like a TV remote control, but is in fact a great way to try to control your partner! The Control Your Woman Remote Controller ($29.99) offers a unique way to get your perfect woman through the powers of a simple device (not guaranteed, but it's a nice thought). Simply press a button and hope that your command comes true. We specifically like the breast buttons, which don't seem to work but get the most use!

Are you sick of people telling you that Valentine's Day is right around the corner? Does the thought of a heart shaped box of chocolates make you want to gag? Show your disdain for Valentine's Day and Valentine's Day candy with the mint flavored Underpants Sucker ($3.45). This delicious pair of edible tighty whities on a stick is the perfect way to tell people to eat your shorts while keeping your breath minty fresh.

Excited about cracking open that bottle of wine? This fabulous red Happy Man Bottle Stopper ($14.95) will greet you with a happy face and wide open arms whenever you open the cutlery drawer. The perfect gift for him.

The Ex Voodoo Knife Set ($79.99) Is a rather bizarre set that would probably make most chefs smile, whether they are Men or Women. It could be taken as a perfect Valentine's Day gift that is somewhat sadistic but also practical.

This Gummy Bear in the World ($41.90) is probably the sweetest Valentine's Day gift ever because it is the largest, being the equivalent of 1400 regular gummy bears. Of course, this also means the calorie count is much higher, but then again…it is much easier to share with your Valentine lover.

Could this be the perfect Valentine's Day or romantic Birthday present for the hot sauce lover? ($9.01) What you do with it is up to you....ooh-ER!
The Headphone splitter ($11.95) lets two people listen to the same music source.

The Ask Me First Eye Mask ($3.62) is a cheeky gift for women that are fed up with using the headache excuse at bedtime. It's ideal for ladies who hate being rudely awakened from their sweet dreams by randy husbands.

Are you looking to pick up the perfect Valentine's Day treat for your sweet? This lucious kitchen gadget ($9.95) is perfect for serving up some food for the soul.
Blow your own trumpet with this Elephant Willy Warmer ($3.27), the ideal gift for any discerning gentlemen. Ideal Valentine's Day gift!

You can run and you can hide, but Valentine's Day will find you. Accept your fate and start looking for fun ways to express your undying love for someone. Might we suggest the drop dead adorable Zombie Cupid ($14.95)? They are not only romantic but they are also very practical. This little guy's quiver is empty and can be used to hold a flower or pencil.

Top 10 Ghost Towns Of The World

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Marilyn Monroe Statue Leaves Chicago

 


Crews began dismantling the 40,000-pound, 26-foot statue of Marilyn Monroe on Chicago's Magnificent Mile Monday evening, which turned out to be a visual experience in itself.
Seward Johnson's sculpture, depicting Monroe in her famous "The Seven Year Itch" atop-a-subway-grate stance, was unveiled in the city's Pioneer Court last July.
The statue -- titled "Forever Marilyn" -- was panned by critics and locals alike, and named among the nation's top 10 pieces of bad public art by VirtualTourist.com. The piece was vandalized multiple times, once with red paint splattered under Monroe's white dress that ran down her leg.
As the Associated Press reports, the sculpture has attracted innumerable visitors posing for photographs under the legendary film star's dress.
Despite the less than enthusiastic response to his piece, Johnson said in a statement that he "thoroughly enjoyed seeing the variety of reactions to the sculpture. The City of Chicago is richly appreciative of public art in all its forms, and is a model for other cities to follow," CBS Chicago reports.
The statue is now heading west -- to Palm Springs, Calif. -- where it will stay for one year.
Johnson was previously responsible for a large "American Gothic"-inspired sculpture installed temporarily in the same spot, just off the Magnificent Mile, in 2008, as well as a 20-foot-tall sculpture depicting King Lear the following year.