Friday, January 11, 2013

5 Of The Most Brutal Serial Killers Of The World

Thug Behram, India (killed over 900 people)
Serial killing phenomenon is as old as human race. Thug Behram killed more people than any other serial killer. Over the span of 50 years, Thug killed more than 900 people by strangulation using Handkerchief. He was caught, convicted and hanged in 1840 in the age of 75.

Annoying Roommate Notes

Roommates..... huh....

Garden Of Poisonous Plants In Alnwick

The Alnwick Garden is a complex of formal gardens adjacent to Alnwick Castle in the town of Alnwick, Northumberland, England. The very same castle is the second largest in the UK and the main difference between this garden from other gardens is that it has the most dangerous plants of the world, many of which can kill a person.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Strangest Unsolved Mysteries

Disappearance of Frederick Valentich
The disappearance of Frederick Valentich is one of the eeriest mysteries that remains unsolved. On October 21, 1978, the 20-year-old Valentich was piloting a Cessna 182L light aircraft over the Bass Strait en route to King Island, Australia. During the flight, Valentich was in radio communication with Melbourne air traffic control, and he repeatedly made mention of a "strange aircraft hovering on top of me." Right before a strange noise severed the transmission, Valentich went on to say, "It is hovering and it's not an aircraft." Other moments of the radio transmission recorded Valentich saying, "Delta Sierra Juliet—Melbourne. It seems like it’s (stationary) or (chasing me). What I'm doing right now is orbiting, and the thing is just orbiting on top of me also … It's got a green light, and sort of metallic (like). It’s all shiny (on) the outside." In the moments leading up to Valentich's last reported contact, a plumber named Roy Manifold had set up a time lapse camera on the shoreline to capture the sun setting over the water. Upon developing the photos, the images appeared to depict a fast-moving object exiting the water nearly 20 minutes before Valentich's final transmission. A report conducted by The Scientific Journal of Exploration said witnesses reported an "erratically moving green light in the sky" at the time of Valentich's flight. No trace of Frederick Valentich nor his aircraft has ever been found. In 2012, Keith Basterfield, an Adelaide researcher who has been investigating the disappearance since 1978, concluded, "The only thing we can say for sure is that the plane and pilot disappeared while he was describing a UFO - which is one of those things that just makes people wonder."

Some First World Problems Solved

Some of these inventions / solutions are innovative and practical; others are just plain weird....

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

All The Jewelry Cut From One Legendary Stone

Together for the first time, the royal gems all cut from one legendary stone. The Cullinan Diamond, weighing 3,106 carats in its rough state, was first discovered in 1905 at a mine near Pretoria in South Africa.The interesting thing is that the stone was originally thrown away as it was thought it to be too large to be a diamond!! Once recovered, it was presented to King Edward VII as a gift and cuts were used in the Crown Jewels and so on and so on…

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

World's Ugliest Airports

Flying through these airports? Don’t bother looking around.
From February 2010 By Karrie Jacobs 

We know, we know: about 90 percent of the world’s airports - from jam-packed hubs like Frankfurt to dusty outposts like Muscat, Oman - could easily compete for the title of world’s ugliest. After all, while each beautiful airport is beautiful in its own way, the ugly ones blend together in a fog of beige paint and low-hanging acoustic-tile ceilings. Some airports, however, stand out as particularly egregious. And in the course of narrowing our list - with help from an unscientific survey of design-savvy frequent fliers - a few things became clear. First, the worst offenders are ugly by choice rather than necessity: certain airports, like those in Bali and Sofia, Bulgaria, seem to have gone out of their way to acquire the uncanny placelessness that typifies the modern airport.

Second, pretty much everyone loathes the airport they use the most. For New Yorkers, that’s JFK. “I am sure there are worse airports, but New York should have one of the best,” argues Paola Antonelli, design curator for the Museum of Modern Art. For Angelenos, it’s LAX: “spread out, incoherent, and mean,” complains Silver Lake–based photo rep Maren Levinson. Frederico Duarte, a tastemaker from Lisbon, decries the faux granite and giant Martini & Rossi ads of his hometown airport, while architect Johanna Grawunder, who regularly commutes between San Francisco and Milan, issued a cri de coeur about Milan’s Linate. This local loathing makes sense. Not only do travelers hate returning time and again to such chronic dysfunctionality and overwhelming dinginess, they’re also embarrassed that this is how others first encounter their beloved cities.

The Beauty Of Motherhood In The Animal Kingdom

Wonderful pictures. Human could learn from them....

Monday, January 7, 2013

Bizzare Insect - The Golden Tortoise Beetle

Shown here is the golden tortoise beetle - a tiny, metallic North American insect that belongs to the leaf beetle family, Chrysomelidae, which includes the flea beetles, asparagus beetles and longhorn beetles

Sunday, January 6, 2013

World's Most Beautiful Airports

Flight delays are less painful inside a gorgeous, well-designed airport.
From January 2010 By Karrie Jacobs

Envision a majestic space, two miles long, shaped like a dragon. Above, a flurry of reds and yellows color a dizzying mesh ceiling, backlit by the sun, and below, 50 million people pass each year. This building, one of the world's largest, is no palace or museum - it's Terminal 3 at Beijing International Airport.

Airports, of course, aren't always so glorious. Most often, they're merely utilitarian entry and exit points for travelers who may be too harried to notice the design. But a growing number of cities have spent lavishly, hiring starchitects to elevate the basic terminal-and-tower structure into a city's captivating gateway. This is especially true in Asia. Eager to demonstrate their affluence and technological mastery, countries like China and South Korea have led the world in the construction of gargantuan new facilities that are unparalleled in their architectural style and engineering. "Airports are a national symbol, therefore no expense is spared to make sure mine is better than yours," says architect Ron Steinert, an airport expert with the international architecture firm Gensler.

Cool DoorStops

A door may be stopped by a door stop which is simply a heavy solid object, such as a rubber, placed in the path of the door. These stops are predominantly improvised. Historically, lead bricks have been popular choices when available. However, as the toxic nature of lead has been revealed, this use has been strongly discouraged.

Mount Roraima: An Island Forgotten By Time

Deep within the heart of Venezuela’s dark and mysterious jungle lie islands, not islands that have coconut laden palm trees swaying in the warm summer breeze or crystaline blue water lapping backwards and forwards onto white sandy beaches, but isolated islands of sandstone forgotten by time. The majestic Mount Roraima is the highest mountain in the Pacaraima Mountains. Roraima lies on the three borders of Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana. The mountain is part of Venezuela’s Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Angels Falls is also part of this beautiful park. Mount Roraima’s highest point is Maverick Rock at 2,810 meters (9,219 feet), and the whole of Mount Roraima’s fairly flat top surface area is surrounded by 400+ meter (1,312+ feet) high sheer cliffs. Mount Roraima can be climbed, though all routes besides the Paraitepui route require technical climbing gear. Visitors can get a stunning view of Mount Roraima and the greater Canaima National Park from a memorable helicopter ride.

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