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Amazing facts… must read

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

There are few things which perhaps we didn’t know.. like……

1. Coca-Cola was originally green.

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

3.The name of all the continents end 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 heador

neck and die.

14. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great kingfrom

history.Spades King DavidClubs Alexander the Great,Hearts CharlemagneDiamonds Julius Caesar.

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

16. If a statue of a person in the park 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. Question - This is the only food that doesn’t spoil. What is this? Ans. Honey

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 firstclass.

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

37. And finally 99% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

For every child the mother loses a tooth!

Friday, June 27th, 2008
by Ann

The old wives’ anecdote ‘for every child the mother loses a tooth’ may hold a lot of truth after all. A new study has found that women who give birth to more children tend to lose more teeth during their lives.

A study of 2,635 women by Dr. Stefanie Russell, an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology & Health Promotion, bases its conclusion on information on white and black non-Hispanic women ages 18-64 who reported at least one pregnancy in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a representative study of the U.S. population.

Results showed that women aged 35 to 49 with no children had lost around two teeth on average.

Those with one child were missing around three teeth, while women with two children lacked four. The number of lost teeth increased to about five (three children) and seven (four or more children).

“This is the first time we’ve seen a connection between pregnancy and tooth loss affecting women at all socio-economic levels in a large, heterogeneous sample of the U.S. population,” Dr. Russell said.

Profound biological and behavioral changes related to pregnancy and childbirth is likely to be a factor in tooth loss, she added.

“Although further research is needed on the specific reasons for the link between pregnancy and tooth loss, it is clear that women with multiple children need to be especially vigilant about their oral health,” Dr. Russell said.

“We, as a society, need to be more aware of the challenges that women with children may face in getting access to dental care. That means offering these women the resources and support they need – which can be as simple as making sure a working mother gets time off from work to see the dentist,” she added.

Mallya is “thinking out of the bottle”

Friday, June 27th, 2008

UB Group LOGOUB Group of India has developed the technology and been granted the US patent for manufacturing diet whisky and vodka, chairman Vijay Mallya said in what he described as an example of “thinking out of the bottle”.

“The plant called Garcenia contains some natural substances that works on your digestive system and actually breaks down your sugar cells and fat cells,” Mallya said Monday.

“It has been used in the United States health food industry for decades. But making this Garcinia soluble in liquid is a technology that we have developed and patented in the US,” he added.

“So we now have a legitimate diet whisky and a legitimate diet vodka,” which had beenMallya with Diet Whiskies and Vodkas successfully tested for calories.

The flamboyant Indian entrepreneur told students at the London Business School that his Vittal Mallya Scientific Research Foundation in Bangalore has developed the technology to convert the active ingredient of an Indian fruit that helps fight obesity into a safe liquid version.

“We sent it to a lab to check the calorific value and we proved it,” Mallya said.

Mallya said manufacturing and marketing was delayed “because of the fighting with the European Union over classification”.

“All of this was developed by us in India. We do think out of the box - no, make that out of the bottle,” he said during a lecture and interaction session with LBS students - an event organised by the UK India Business Council and the business school’s India Business Forum.

Research by the Vittal Mallya Scientific Research Foundation has centred around a fruit from the Garcinia family, the Malabar Tamarind (biological name, Garcinia Cambogia), whose primary acid, hydroxycitric acid (HCA), can help bring about weight loss.

Garcinia fruits have been used as a common natural food flavouring agent on the Malabar Coast “for ages”, the foundation says on its website.

The research foundation says it has developed a unique soluble salt after extracting HCA acid from the Malabar tamarind, which not only lowers appetite but also helps control cholesterol, with no side-effects, including the ‘rebound effect’ which causes rapid weight gain after a weight loss.

The salt, described as a “highly soluble, off-white, free flowing, amorphous, tasteless and extremely pure calcium salt of near-neutral pH with 75 percent HCA content”, is available under the name of Hydroxycitrisol.

“Due to its soluble nature, Hydroxycitrisol can be readily incorporated into beverages, chocolates and other food formulations,” adds the research foundation.

Diet Whiskies and Vodkas

Poor diet, Poor memory

Friday, June 27th, 2008
by Sue

A new study in mice has linked memory loss to a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Arizona State University found that rodents that were fed a diet high in cholesterol and saturated fat exhibited impairment in working memory.

This memory loss is linked to inflammation in the brain, as well as the impairment of structural proteins that affect how a nerve cell functions.

As inflammation is linked to a poor diet, the failure of functions in other key organs such as the eye and the ear also could be expected.

Assuming that the same phenomenon occurs in human beings, the study suggests that as humans’ age, memory may be preserved and brain functions improved by restricting the consumption of cholesterol and saturated fats.

Woman - Best business deal crackers

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Made all the arrangements to crack that business deal worth millions, but still apprehensive? Well, then get a woman involved in the negotiation, for according to a new research, the ladies may be more skilled in the talks than their masculine counterpartsbest-negotiators

According to the research, feminine touch could be a company’s secret weapon.

Dr. Yael Itzhaki of Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Management at the Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration carried out simulations of business negotiations among 554 Israeli and American management students at Ohio State University, in New York City, and in Israel.

“Women are more generous negotiators, better co-operators and are motivated to create win-win situations,” says Itzhaki.

The results of her Ph.D. thesis project indicated that in certain groupings, women offered better terms than men to reach an agreement. And women were good at facilitating interaction between the parties, she says.

negotiatorsThe model involved negotiating the terms of a joint venture, including the division of shares. The point of the simulations was to examine how women behave in business situations requiring cooperation and competition.

Itzhaki also discovered that men have begun to incorporate feminine strategies into their negotiating styles.

“Women in mid-management positions are criticized for being too ‘cooperative’ and ‘compassionate,’ so they don’t get promoted. Then men come in and use the same tactics women are criticized for.”

Although both men and women can be good negotiators, Itzhaki emphasizes that there should be more women in top management jobs. Women have unique skills to offer, Itzhaki says, “They’re great listeners, they care about the concerns of the other side, and they’re generally more interested in finding a win-win situation to the benefit of both parties than male negotiators.”

A lot of women don’t care to “fight” to be recognized, she says, preferring cooperation over competition. But more women in management can translate to a healthier bottom line, Itzhaki says.

“Businesses need to develop an organizational culture where everyone is heard, because women’s opinions and skills can give businesses a competitive edge,” she said.

Deal Done




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