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3671  Fun Zone / The Video Zone / Important report on tire safety problems on: January 31, 2010, 10:16:09 PM
Important report on tire safety problems

Please watch this and head the warning! The lives of you or the ones you love could depend on it!
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There is a 30 sec. Commercial at first --- and then the video.  The video is well worth watching.  Please watch until the end, because some of the most important stuff you need to hear and see are past the middle of the segment.   It could save your life or that of someone you love.  Pass it on after you've seen it.  I think you'll want to.

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3672  General Category / General Discussion / 15 Things You Never Noticed on a Dollar on: January 31, 2010, 03:05:35 PM
15 Things You Never Noticed on a Dollar

Pull a buck from your wallet now and prepare to be amazed.

We’re serious. Did you know a dollar bill has hidden pictures, flecks of color, and mysterious symbols? And that’s just the beginning. What do all those seemingly random letters and Latin phrases mean, anyway?

The Basics: How much is a dollar worth?

The question seems simple, but the answer is quite complex. Since 1973, the dollar bill has had no value tied to it. You cannot trade in a dollar to the government for gold, silver, or any other commodity. The value of the nation's currency is related to the decree by the government that a dollar is legal tender for all debts. This means if someone attempts to pay a debt using dollars, the person being paid must accept the money or the law no longer recognizes the debt. This is important enough that the phrase is printed on every bill the government creates.

It is also vital for the nation's citizens to agree that the bills have value. If the members of a society decided that they did not believe in the currency, it would quickly be worth no more than the paper it is printed on. For the record, each bill costs the government 6.4 cents to print.

What kind of paper are the bills made from?

Bills are made from a blend of linen and cotton, which is why they don't fall apart in the wash the way paper does. If you look closely, you can see red and blue silk fibers woven throughout the bill. The threads are thought to be an anti-counterfeit measure.

Hint: Look in the white spaces on the face of the bill for little bits of the colored thread. They look like lint but you can't scratch them off!

On the face of a dollar, what does the letter inside the circular seal mean?

The black seal with the big letter in the middle signifies the Federal Reserve bank that placed the order for the bill. A = Boston, B = New York City, C = Philadelphia, D = Cleveland, E = Richmond, Va., F = Atlanta, G = Chicago, H = St. Louis, I = Minneapolis, J = Kansas City, K = Dallas.

The letter also corresponds to the black number that is repeated four times on the face of the bill. For example, if you have a bill from Dallas with the letter K, then the number on the bill will be 11 because K is the eleventh letter in the alphabet

Can you find any tiny owls or spiders hidden on the front of the bill?

Many people believe they can see a tiny owl (some say it is a spider) next to the large "1" on the upper right of the bill. If you look at the shield shape that surrounds that "1," the tiny owl rests on the top left corner.

More than likely, the markings are nothing, just a point where the webbed design of the border varies. That won't stop some people from associating the peculiar detail with Masonic symbols, or with more practical things, like anti-counterfeit measures.

The Great Seal of the United States

The green back of the dollar bill features the two sides of The Great Seal of the United States. The founding fathers approved its design in 1782. Ben Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson all had a hand in devising it. The seal provides great insight into the values of the newborn nation and, like the Constitution, provides a direct link to its formative days.

What does Annuit Coeptis mean?

The first of three Latin phrases on the back of the bill is translated as "God has favored our undertakings." Many founders, Franklin and George Washington among them, believed that God's will was behind the successful creation of the United States.

Beneath the pyramid, what does Novus Ordo Seclorum mean?

These Latin words mean "New order of the ages." Charles Thomson, a statesman involved in the design of The Great Seal of the United States, proposed the phrase to signify the beginning of what he called "the new American Era," which he said began in 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Why is MDCCLXXVI on the bottom of the pyramid?

The letters are Roman numerals for 1776. M is 1,000, D is 500, CC is 200, L is 50, XX is 20, VI is 6. Add the numerals on the pyramid together and you get the year 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, and when the Novus Ordo Seclorum began.

Why is there an unfinished pyramid with a glowing eye?

Thomson explained the sturdy pyramid as a symbol of "strength and duration". He did not explain its unfinished state, but many believe it signified that our nation remained unfinished. The pyramid also stops at 13 steps, the number of the original colonies.

The "Eye of Providence" is a visual representation of the words Annuit Coeptis, and reinforces the founders' notion that God looked upon the endeavor of the new nation with favor. Many theorists mistakenly believe the symbolism of the eye is related to the Freemasons (a secret society whose members believed they were under the careful scrutiny of God), but the symbolism of the glowing eye is far older than any Freemason thinking. Scholars have traced versions of the symbol as far back as the ancient Egyptians.

What does E Pluribus Unum mean?

"Out of many, one." The 13 disparate colonies came together to form one nation.

Why a bald eagle? The founders wanted an animal native to America to be the new nation's symbol. In its talons the eagle holds arrows and olive branches, signifying war and peace.

Fun activities you and the kids can do with a dollar bill

Track your bills. Go to the website Where's George? and enter the serial number of the bill. If the bill has been in circulation long enough, you might be able to see where your bill has been as it travels from wallets to registers and back. After you enter your bills, check back later to see where they have gone.

Play dollar-bill poker. Each of you takes a dollar bill and examines the green serial numbers as if they were a hand of playing cards. Make your best poker hand and see who wins.
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3673  Image Zone / Funny Pictures / There! I fixed it! on: January 31, 2010, 01:24:08 PM

There! I fixed it!

Some Fast ideas on how to fix everyday problems

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3674  General Category / The Newsroom / 9-year-old girl gives birth in China on: January 30, 2010, 09:25:04 PM
9-year-old girl gives birth in China

BEIJING: A nine-year-old girl has given birth to a healthy child in northeast China, making it possibly the first case of childbirth at such a young age.

The mother and the 2.75kg baby are doing well after the caesarean operation at a hospital in Changchun in Jilin province.

The Changchun-based City Evening News reported the girl’s parents have sought legal help. Under Chinese law, anyone having sex with a girl under the age of 14 is convicted of rape.

There are no cases from India and China in Wikipedia’s list of young mothers up to the age of 11. There are only two cases of girls less than nine years given birth and five instances of 9-year old mothers in the world.

Another report from Shanghai based hospital said 30% of young girls who had surgical abortions were school students. The hospital run by the People’s Liberation Army revealed that 50% of them were in vocational schools and the rest studied in colleges. The hospital reported that most cases of pregnancy took place immediately after school and college vacations. At least one-third of the cases were in the secondary or advanced stages of pregnancy by the time the girls came to the hospital, it said.

The youngest girl to become a mother was aged five year seven months in 1939 in Peru, says Wikipedia. The second case was in 2006 when an 8-year old girl gave birth in the same country. There were five cases of childbirth of girls aged nine, nine cases of girls aged 10 and eight cases of 11-year old mothers.
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3675  General Category / Technical & Science & Mysteries / Welcome February 2010….!!! on: January 30, 2010, 05:00:02 PM
Welcome February 2010….!!!
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3676  The Lounge / The Astro Section / Brightest, biggest full moon of 2010 will be seen on Saturday on: January 30, 2010, 03:23:47 PM
Brightest, biggest full moon of 2010 will be seen on Saturday

Don't forget to watch the moon on Saturday ie Tdy. The brightest and biggest full moon of 2010 will be seen tomorrow. 

The moon will be closest to the earth on that day and will appear to be bigger and brightest of the year. Saturday's full moon will be around 15 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter as compared to other full moons during the year.
Explaining the reason, director SPACE (Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators) C.B. Devgun said: "Some full moons are genuinely larger than others and the one on Saturday will be huge."

"This is because the moon's orbit is an ellipse with one side 50,000 km closer to earth than the other. In the language of astronomy, the two extremes are called 'apogee' (far away) and 'perigee' (nearby).

"On Jan 30, the moon becomes full, three hours after reaching perigee, making it bigger and brighter than we are going to see for the rest of 2010," said Devgun.

The moon at perigee will look bigger than it looks in all other positions, as the apparent size of closer objects is always more.
"As this is the second full moon of the month, this will also be a blue moon," said N.S. Raghunandan Kumar, general secretary of the Planetary Society of India.

"The moon will not only shine brighter but will also appear bigger as compared to other full moons during the year," Science Popularization Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) Director C B Devgun said.
The full moon will be at its best at around 8 PM, he said.

The phenomenon occurs as the Moon's orbit is elliptical with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other.
At closest, our natural satellite lies roughly 3,56,630 kms from Earth compared to the Moon's average distance of 3,84,800 km from Earth
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3677  Image Zone / Amazing, Breathtaking, Cute, etc. / Noumea, New Caledonia on: January 29, 2010, 09:20:41 PM
  Beautiful Photos of Noumea, New Caledonia

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3678  General Category / Health and Fitness / 10 exercises to burn 200 calories daily! on: January 29, 2010, 04:29:00 PM
10 exercises to burn  calories daily!

There is nothing better than being in great physical shape. You look attractive to yourself, and to your partner, not to mention how you light up every party. So look and feel on top of the world by trying out these exercises which will help you burn at least 200 calories daily.

Qigong: These exercises involve various breath control techniques, meditation and relaxation. It is similar to pranayama. While doing Qigong, the practitioner spends little energy, but at the end of a session there is profuse perspiration, little elevation in blood pressure, but increased levels of energy.

Budokon: If you enjoy yoga but are also in love with the high-intensity kickboxing class across the hall, try a fusion class like Budokon (bu-do-kon) and get hip with the Hollywood crowd.

Spinning: This is a relatively new phenomenon, which is performed on a specialised cycling machine. The classes take place in a fitness studio with specialised lights and music that create an upbeat atmosphere.

Aerobics: A great form of exercise to fast paced racy music makes you lose enough calories. Whether it is for 45 minutes daily or every three days, there's something about aerobics that will bring a smile on your face.

Yoga: Whether it is power yoga, artistic or ashtanga yoga, the lightness of body, serenity and bliss you feel will keep you hooked for ever. You may never want to try out another form of exercise ever.

Hooping: A form of aerobic exercise, it uses the hula hoop and has moved from being a toy to being a dance and exercise aid. It is fun, childlike, and meditative, all of which make it good for the spirit.

Walking: 20 minutes of brisk walking everyday will make sure you don't put on an ounce of weight. It will keep you in such great shape that you wouldn't ever feel the need to go on a diet!

Dance: The best form of exercise, it helps you lose plenty of weight apart from keeping you lithe! US research shows that a vigorous dance class can burn as many calories as a gym workout. Calories danced away per hour: Ballroom: 180-480; Belly dancing: 180-300; Jive/swing dance: 250-400 Salsa: 400.

Jump rope: Single-rope freestyle jump roping is one sport that is increasingly becoming famous among fitness freaks, both as a competitive activity and a way to increase strength, balance and cardio-respiratory endurance.

Aero boxing: The workout involves a combination of aerobic exercises with boxing techniques and has been formulated for the first time to help people stay fit.
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3679  The Lounge / The Astro Section / An enjoyable journey called yoga on: January 29, 2010, 04:18:42 PM
An enjoyable journey called yoga

Yoga represents a process through which one can learn how to live in the most integrated way. Therefore, it involves the process of identification and then elimination of all that would contribute to disintegration.

The term yoga is derived from yugil (Sanskrit), which means unite or integrate. It’s a combination of science and arts and a highly enjoyable journey towards perfection. One can trace the origin of yoga way back to the Indus Valley Civilisation, ie, at least 3,000 years BC. And for the past 5,000 years, it has remained as one of the most important facets of our culture.

With the goal of restructuring the society on spiritual values, through revival of ancient yogic discipline, Swami Kuvalayananda established the Kaivalyadhama Yoga institute in 1924, at Lonavla, near Pune. It is one of the oldest yoga institutes in the country and recently played host to the 6th International Conference on Yoga Research & Cultural Synthesis, where over 1,200 delegates participated from the world, including the US, France, Brazil, China, Germany, Canada, Greece, Argentina, Korea and Japan.

Yoga represents a process through which one can learn how to live in the most integrated way. Therefore, it involves the process of identification and then elimination of all that would contribute to disintegration. Hence, it becomes a continuous process, requiring constant vigilance, involving all the aspects of life.

According to O P Tiwari, one of the most recognised and accomplished masters of yoga and chief administrative officer of Kaivalyadhama, “Yoga, which is a science of personal growth for spiritual experiences, has simultaneously become a science of health and healing. All its techniques and methods are geared for bringing the healing touch to the body and mind, which suffer from ill-health.”

For this purpose, it has three main components.

First is the practical discipline (asanas, pranayama and dhyana). Asanas involve the increased awareness of various physical and physiological processes influenced by controlled stretching contraction and relaxation of various muscles, their co-ordination in balancing and during maintenance of posture. Pranayama similarly involves the manipulation of breathing mechanism along with the awareness of the pressure changes inside the chest cavity and abdomen. Dhyana increases the awareness of one's mental processes, including the thoughts, emotions and memory. It can make one aware how the constant restlessness at the level of mind contributes to the feeling of emotional stress, constant fear and insecurity. This increased awareness, combined with the techniques of dhyana, restores the psycho-physiological functions back to its healthy and balanced state.

Second component is the regulation of diet as well as daily habits involving the pattern of sleep, recreational activities and working habits. This helps remove all those irritants, which are responsible for the imbalance in the functioning of body-mind complex.

Third are the changes in one's attitude, behaviour and lifestyle, which help induce the feeling of sharing, warmth in friendship and concern, love and respect for the whole world. This acts as an antidote for the feeling of hopelessness, and loneliness. “If you do yoga keeping this spirit in mind and comply with all the instructions given to you, you would find that yoga not only gives you relief from your problems but also opens up a new way of enjoying your life,” adds Tiwari.

Many a time, when people talk about yoga, they focus their attention on the first component involving asanas, pranayama and dhyana. Thus they confine yoga to a small period of their daily life as if rest of the day has nothing to do with it.

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3680  General Category / Health and Fitness / Regular yoga can trim waistline on: January 29, 2010, 04:06:25 PM
Regular yoga can trim waistline

Is your waistline bothering you in middle age? Try regular yoga, says a new study.

The study, led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre (FHCRC), is the first of its kind to measure the effects of yoga on weight.

The study involved 15,500 healthy, middle-aged men and women who were asked to complete a written survey recalling their physical activity (including yoga) and weight history between the ages 45 and 55.

The study measured the impact of yoga with weight change, independent of other factors such as diet or other types of physical activity.

The researchers found that between the ages of 45 and 55, most people gained about half a kg a year, which is a common pattern as people age and do not trim calorie intake to their declining energy needs.

"However, men and women who were of normal weight at age 45 and regularly practised yoga gained about three fewer pounds during that 10-year period than those who didn't practise yoga," said FHCRC's Alan R. Kristal, study co-author.

For the study, regular yoga practice was defined as practising at least 30 minutes once a week for four or more years.

"Men and women who were overweight and practised yoga lost about five pounds, while those who did not practise yoga gained about 14 pounds in that 10-year period," said Kristal, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health (WUSM).

What accounts for yoga's apparent fat-fighting potential? Kristal, himself a long time yoga practitioner, suspects it has more to do with increased body awareness than the physical activity itself.

"During a very vigorous yoga practice you can burn enough calories to lose weight, but most people don't practise that kind of yoga," he said.

"From my experience, I think it has to do with the way that yoga makes you more aware of your body. So when you've eaten enough food, you're sensitive to the feeling of being full, and this makes it much easier to stop eating before you've eaten too much."

Study co-author Denise Benitez, owner of Seattle Yoga Arts, agrees. "Most people practise yoga in a way that's not aerobic enough to burn a lot of calories, so it has to be some other reason."

These findings appeared in the August issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

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