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3671  Fun Zone / The Video Zone / Yogic Flying on: April 24, 2010, 07:26:47 PM

Yogic Flying

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/NHwhGUo90jw&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/NHwhGUo90jw&rel=0</a>
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3672  Fun Zone / The Video Zone / Sai Baba Opens his eye on: April 24, 2010, 07:07:37 PM
Sai Baba Opens his eye

Viist following link.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/KyxZcc9Oy_M&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/KyxZcc9Oy_M&rel=0</a>
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3673  Fun Zone / Chain Forum Games / http://funzu.com/index.php/crazy-video/how-to-open-a-bottle-of-wine-when-you-are on: April 24, 2010, 01:05:02 PM

How to open a bottle of wine when you are drunk

This guy is drunk but it is still a pretty nice trick to renember. Nice one french guy.

Read more: http://funzu.com/index.php/crazy-video/how-to-open-a-bottle-of-wine-when-you-are-drunk-23042010.html#ixzz0m0731HXP
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3674  General Category / Health and Fitness / Improve your posture in 3-steps on: April 23, 2010, 11:57:33 AM
Improve your posture in 3-steps

A wrong body posture can predispose people towards aches and pain, but it''s never too late to work towards correcting one''s pose and keeping the spine healthy.

Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or laying down. Good posture involves training the body to stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments.

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia''s Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Dr. Greg Thielman has now offered simple exercises and solutions to improve the posture, and keep aches and pains at bay.

"Poor posture can lead to loss of shoulder motion, chronic pain, walking deficits, neck-related headaches, the inability to exercise, and more," said Thielman.

He added: "However, aside from contributing to a good appearance, the long-term benefits of proper posture include helping to decrease abnormal wearing of joint surfaces, lessening stress on the ligaments of the spine, preventing the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions, and preventing backache and muscular pain."

Thielman shared the following exercises and tips to help you keep your spine healthy:

1. Evaluate your workstations-A workstation is anywhere that an individual spends a notable amount of time daily and for many of us, our primary workstation is standing or sitting at a desk.

"If you''re sitting, don''t drop a ton of money on an ergonomic chair. Instead, position the chair to provide lumbar, shoulder, and if needed, head support,'' said Thielman

2. Perform daily exercises-Thielman has recommended regularly exercising the large muscles on the front and back of the thigh, the abdominal muscles, and performing three exercises daily:

Pelvic Tilt: "While sitting, push your pelvis back into the chair, hold it for three seconds and then relax. This tightens and strengthens your abdominal muscles," explained Thielman.

Chin Tucks: "Also while sitting, put your pointer finger on your chin and push straight back. Be sure your head isn''t tilted up or down and this exercise will realign your spine and combat forward head position," said Thielman.

Lean Back: "Lastly, most of what we perform at our workstations forces us anterior, so we''re constantly bending forward. To straighten the spine, stand-up, put your hands on your lower back, and lean back. This exercise combats the effects of being in a forward position," said Thielman.

3. Invest in supportive shoes- Stiletto heels may look good, but Thielman has warned that they don''t do women any favors in the posture department.

"There is no such thing as a good high heel shoe." Shoes that cover the top of the foot are ideal. "Each brand fits differently, but the key is to find one that works for you and that gives the much-needed overall support,'' said Thielman.

Thielman also cautioned against carrying backpacks that weigh more than 20 pounds, attempting to lift objects that are too heavy, and repetitively making the same moves without taking frequent breaks.

In his opinion, any one of these actions encourage the forward leaning motion that causes poor posture and back problems.

"A common misconception about good posture is that it can be maintained by only doing occasional strength training. Good posture is more than just standing-up straight and holding your shoulders back, and if you don''t have the muscle strength, you aren''t going to be able to hold that posture for very long. By maintaining your strength and being consciously aware of your posture, you can maintain proper posture and mobility well into your mid-60s, before the natural onset of aging," he said.
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3675  General Category / The Newsroom / McAfee antivirus crashes PCs worldwide on: April 23, 2010, 11:50:54 AM
McAfee antivirus crashes PCs worldwide

NEW YORK: Computers in companies, hospitals and schools around the world got stuck repeatedly rebooting themselves after an antivirus programme id entified a normal Windows file as a virus.

McAfee Inc confirmed that a software update it posted at 9 a.m. Eastern time caused its antivirus program for corporate customers to misidentify a harmless file. It has posted a replacement update for download.

McAfee could not say how many computers were affected, but judging by online postings, the number was at least in the thousands and possibly in the hundreds of thousands.

McAfee said it did not appear that consumer versions of its software caused similar problems. It is investigating how the error happened "and will take measures" to prevent it from recurring, the company said in a statement.

The computer problem forced about a third of the hospitals in Rhode Island to postpone elective surgeries and stop treating patients without traumas in emergency rooms, said Nancy Jean, a spokeswoman for the Lifespan system of hospitals. The system includes Rhode Island Hospital, the state's largest, and Newport Hospital. Jean said patients who required treatment for gunshot wounds, car accidents, blunt trauma and other potentially fatal injuries were still being admitted to the emergency rooms.

In Kentucky, state police were told to shut down the computers in their patrol cars as technicians tried to fix the problem.
The National Science Foundation headquarters in Arlington, Va., also lost computer access. Intel Corp appeared to be among the victims, according to employee posts on Twitter. Intel did not immediately return calls for comment.

Peter Juvinall, systems administrator at Illinois State University in Normal, said that when the first computer started rebooting it quickly became evident that it was a major problem, affecting dozens of computers at the College of Business alone.

"I originally thought it was a virus," he said. When the tech support people concluded McAfee's update was to blame, they stopped further downloads of the faulty software update and started shuttling from computer to computer to get the machines working again.

In many offices, personal attention to each PC from a technician appeared to be the only way to fix the problem because the computers weren't receptive to remote software updates when stuck in the reboot cycle. That slowed the recovery.

It's not uncommon for antivirus programs to misidentify legitimate files as viruses. Last month, antivirus software from Bitdefender locked up PCs running several different versions of Windows.

However, the scale of this outage was unusual, said Mike Rothman, president of computer security firm Securosis."It looks to be a train wreck," Rothman said.
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3676  General Category / Technical & Science & Mysteries / Volcano pictures on: April 22, 2010, 12:30:26 PM
 Volcano pictures

You just have to stare at them and feel the awe for nature.
Here is a link that'll take you to the site that displays pictures of the awesome destructive power of nature.

http://www.boston. com/bigpicture/ 2010/04/icelands _disruptive_ volcano.html
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3677  General Category / General Discussion / Driving in India on: April 22, 2010, 12:23:40 PM
Driving in India

This hilarious article was written by an Expert from Baan , Netherlands who spent two years in Hyderabad

For the benefit of every Tom, Dick and Harry visiting India and daring to drive on Indian roads, I am offering a few hints for survival. They are applicable to every place in India except Bihar , where life outside a vehicle is only marginally safer.

Indian road rules broadly operate within the domain of karma where you do your best, and leave the results to your insurance company. The hints are as follows:

Do we drive on the left or right of the road?

The answer is "both". Basically you start on the left of the road, unless it is occupied. In that case, go to the right, unless that is also occupied. Then proceed by occupying the next available gap, as in chess. Just trust your instincts, ascertain the direction, and proceed. Adherence to road rules leads to much misery and occasional fatality. Most drivers don't drive, but just aim their vehicles in the intended direction. Don't you get discouraged or underestimate yourself except for a belief in reincarnation, the other drivers are not in any better position.

Don't stop at pedestrian crossings just because some fool wants to cross the road. You may do so only if you enjoy being bumped in the back. Pedestrians have been strictly instructed to cross only when traffic is moving slowly or has come to a dead stop because some minister is in town. Still some idiot may try to wade across, but then, let us not talk ill of the dead.

Blowing your horn is not a sign of protest as in some countries. We horn to express joy, resentment, frustration, romance and bare lust (two brisk blasts), or, just mobilize a dozing cow in the middle of the bazaar.

Keep informative books in the glove compartment. You may read them during traffic jams, while awaiting the chief minister's motorcade, or waiting for the rainwaters to recede when over ground traffic meets underground drainage.

Occasionally you might see what looks like a UFO with blinking colored lights and weird sounds emanating from within. This is an illuminated bus, full of happy pilgrims singing bhajans. These pilgrims go at breakneck speed, seeking contact with the Almighty,
often meeting with success.

Auto Rickshaw (Baby Taxi): The result of a collision between a rickshaw and an automobile, this three-wheeled vehicle works on an external combustion engine that runs on a mixture of kerosene oil and creosote. This triangular vehicle carries iron rods, gas cylinders or passengers three times its weight and dimension, at an unspecified fare. After careful geometric calculations, children are folded and packed into these auto rickshaws until some children in the periphery are not in contact with the vehicle at all. Then their school bags are pushed into the microscopic gaps all round so those minor collisions with other vehicles on the road cause no permanent damage. Of course, the peripheral children are charged half the fare and also learn Newton 's laws of motion en route to school. Auto-rickshaw drivers follow the road rules depicted in the film Ben Hur, and are licensed to irritate.

Mopeds: The moped looks like an oil tin on wheels and makes noise like an electric shaver. It runs 30 miles on a teaspoon of petrol and travels at break-bottom speed. As the sides of the road are too rough for a ride, the moped drivers tend to drive in the middle of the road; they would rather drive under heavier vehicles instead of around them and are often "mopped" off the tarmac.

Leaning Tower of Passes: Most bus passengers are given free passes and during rush hours, there is absolute mayhem. There are passengers hanging off other passengers, who in turn hang off the railings and the overloaded bus leans dangerously, defying laws of gravity but obeying laws of surface tension. As drivers get paid for overload (so many Rupees per kg of passenger), no questions are ever asked. Steer clear of these buses by a width of three passengers.

One-way Street: These boards are put up by traffic people to add jest in their otherwise drab lives. Don't stick to the literal meaning and proceed in one direction. In metaphysical terms, it means that you cannot proceed in two directions at once. So drive, as you like, in reverse throughout, if you are the fussy type. Least I sound hypercritical; I must add a positive point also. Rash and fast driving in residential areas has been prevented by providing a "speed breaker"; two for each house.

This mound, incidentally, covers the water and drainage pipes for that residence and is left untarred for easy identification by the corporation authorities, should they want to recover the pipe for year-end accounting.

Night driving on Indian roads can be an exhilarating experience (for those with the mental makeup of Chenghis Khan). In a way, it is like playing Russian roulette, because you do not know who amongst the drivers is loaded. What looks like premature dawn on the horizon turns out to be a truck attempting a speed record. On encountering it, just pull partly into the field adjoining the road until the phenomenon passes. Our roads do not have shoulders, but occasional boulders. Do not blink your lights expecting reciprocation. The only dim thing in the truck is the driver, and with the peg of illicit arrack (alcohol) he has had at the last stop, his total cerebral functions add up to little more than a naught. Truck drivers are the James Bonds of India, and are licensed to kill. Often you may encounter a single powerful beam of light about six feet above the ground. This is not a super motorbike, but a truck approaching you with a single light on, usually the left one. It could be the right one, but never get too close to investigate. You may prove your point posthumously. Of course, all this occurs at night, on the trunk roads. During the daytime, trucks are more visible, except that the drivers will never show any Signal. (And you must watch for the absent signals; they are the greater threat). Only, you will often observe that the cleaner who sits next to the driver, will project his hand and wave hysterically.

This is definitely not to be construed as a signal for a left turn. The waving is just a statement of physical relief on a hot day.
If, after all this, you still want to drive in India, have your lessons between 8 pm and 11 am-when the police have gone home and The citizen is then free to enjoy the 'FREEDOM OF SPEED' enshrined in our constitution

Having said all this, isn't it true that the accident rate and related deaths are less in India compared to US or other countries!!? ?How IntriguingÖ
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3678  General Category / Health and Fitness / Donít dillydally, save your dentures! on: April 22, 2010, 11:54:45 AM
Donít dillydally, save your dentures!

We have all along known the importance of dental care, but donít pursue it religiously. Blame it on the smattering of information available, we are left wondering from where to begin, and how to do it the right way.

In a brief tÍte-ŗ-tÍte, Dr Sushant Umre, expert in aesthetic dentistry, shares some invaluable notes on oral hygiene.

Here are excerpts...

Most appropriate way to brush your teeth

Proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon, round-ended bristles that will not irritate teeth or damage gums.

Place bristles along the gumline at a 45-degree angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline. Gently brush first, the outer tooth surface and then the inner surface of the tooth using a vibrating back and forth rolling motion.

Tilt brush vertically behind the front row of teeth. Make several up and down strokes using the front half of the brush. Place the brush against the biting surface of the teeth and use a gentle back and forth scrubbing motion. Brush the tongue from back to front to remove odour-producing bacteria.

You may want to supervise your children until they get the hang of these simple steps. Use a pea-sized dab toothpaste, preferably fluoride free if the child is below six years of age and take care that your child does not swallow the toothpaste.

The right tooth paste and toothbrush
Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon, round-ended bristles that will not irritate teeth or damage gums. One of the main things to look for in a toothbrush are its bristles. Most dentists recommend soft bristles, especially for those individuals who have sensitive teeth and gums. Both adults and children should use a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Toothbrushes with harder bristles are not more effective at removing plaque or stains.

Be sure to select a toothbrush head size that can easily fit into the mouth and is capable of brushing a row of teeth at a time. With this in mind, be sure to select a toothbrush with a very small head for a very young child.

Toothbrushes should be replaced about every three months or earlier if the bristles begin to look worn or frayed (bristles that fan out or spread is a sign that it is time to get a new toothbrush).

After consulting with your dentist or hygienist about your oral health's greatest needs, look for products within that category (for example, within the tartar control brands or within the desensitizing toothpaste brands). Always pick a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride toothpastes have been shown to prevent cavities, but in children under six years of age it can be avoided as they have a tendency to swallow it.

Early beginnings
Proper dental care can begin before an infant gets his/her first tooth. Soon after the baby gets the first tooth, make an appointment to see the dentist.

Rinsing mouth after eating
If you don't rinse your mouth after meals, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Food that collects between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums can rot, leaving an unpleasant odour. Dentures that are not cleaned properly after meals can also harbor odour-causing bacteria and food particles.

Limit coffee, tea and alcohol. Caffeine products as coffee, tea and colas act as diuretics which in turn contribute to a dry mouth. Water is the best solution so drink plenty of liquids at least 8-12 glasses of fluid a day, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

Tackling bad breath
Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, contribute to objectionable breath odour. Once the food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is transferred to the lungs, where it is expelled. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash will only mask the odour temporarily. Odours continue until the body eliminates the food. Beware dieters, as you may develop unpleasant breath from infrequent eating.

Bad breath can also be caused by dry mouth (xerostomia), which occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Saliva is necessary to cleanse the mouth and remove particles that may cause odour. A dry mouth may be caused by various medications, salivary gland problems or continuously breathing through the mouth. If you suffer from a dry mouth condition, your dentist may prescribe artificial saliva, or suggest using sugarless candy and increasing your fluid intake.

Tobacco products too can cause bad breath. If you use tobacco, ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit.

If you think you have constant bad breath, keep a log of the foods you eat and medications you take. Some medications may play a role in creating mouth odours. Let your dentist know if you've had any surgery or illness since your last appointment.

Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your tongue, too. Once a day, use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth.

Tooth jewellery, a good idea!

Tooth jewellery is an elegant compliment to standard jewellery. When placed on the tooth, the jewellery creates a distinctive expression of oneís individuality. A range of glass crystals are available in nine different colours Ė diamond, rainbow, ruby, sapphire, emerald, emerald green, aquamarine, pink, sapphire light.

If somebody thinks he or she was better off without tooth jewellery, it can be easily removed without any side-effects on the dental tooth structure as the procedure is non-invasive. What's more, tooth jewellery can be fixed again at a later stage so there is no real disadvantage to having it done.

Dental reconstruction popular with brides and models
One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. A healthy attractive smile can boost your confidence and enhance your personal and professional life and this is exactly what a blushing bride or aspiring model is looking for.

Until recently, most people were satisfied if their teeth were straight and free of stains, chips or other obvious imperfections. But in the last few years, the combination of Hollywood glamour and advances in cosmetic dentistry most people want their teeth to be perfectly uniform and dazzlingly white.

Cosmetic dentists have also pioneered a technique called computer imaging that allows them to perform virtual restorations on a computer screen. A patient who is thinking about having work done can see what the results will look like before he or she makes the decision to go forward. New composite resins, invisible fillings, porcelain veneers and high-strength resin cements are stronger, long-lasting and do not change colour over time which combined with new single sitting teeth whitening technology can give both women and men just the sparkling smile that they want.

Care for gums
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Periodontal (gum) disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums.

The good news is that you can help prevent periodontal disease by taking good care of your gums every day and having regular dental checkups. Here's how to keep your gums healthy:
- Brush your teeth well twice a day
- Clean between your teeth every day.
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Choose a variety of foods from the basic food groups, such as breads, cereals and other grain products; fruits; vegetables; meat, poultry and fish; and dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt. Limit between-meal snacks.
- See your dentist regularly.

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3679  Image Zone / Funny Pictures / Dress Code finalized for Kochi IPL Team & Cheer Leaders..... on: April 21, 2010, 12:53:01 PM
Dress Code finalized for Kochi IPL Team

& Cheer Leaders.....

                               Two new teams are adding up to the IPL Arena next Year - Pune & Kochi

                                   We 've got a leaked information on Teams Cheerleaders and their Outfits.
                                              Have a look below on the Kochi's Outfit.



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3680  General Category / Health and Fitness / Morning's best time to exercise on: April 19, 2010, 12:38:27 PM
Morning's best time to exercise

There are many reasons why you should exercise in the morning and not late in the evenings as some people may be doing...

- Early mornings are one of the best times to workout. Though it may seem tough at first, once you start, youíll feel exhilarated.

- Getting done with your workout first thing in the morning means you are less likely to use job or family obligations as an excuse to skip it.

- Itís proven that working out bright and early boosts metabolism and gives additional energy, making one more productive throughout the day.

To motivate yourself...
- Change is the name of the game. Ensure that your workout is a little different every morning. Vary your walking route or the pace of your exercise. Donít let boredom be an option.

- Schedule your workout to coincide with the sun rising. It will help make your morning workout fulfilling, psychologically as well as physically.

- Give yourself a reward. Have a special treat planned upon your return from your workout session like a cup of your favourite coffee or tea. After all, nothing motivates like rewards.

- One of the best ways to motivate yourself is to lay out your exercise clothes and shoes the night before. Youíll be less likely to change your mind about heading for your workout when you see everything ready to go.

- And hereís the best one, sleep well. Try to get at least seven hours of good and deep sleep if youíll be working out in the morning. Once youíre well rested, youíll be more motivated to follow through with your morning workout routine.

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