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30 Million People Live In Caves In China



30 Million Live In Caves In China


China is one of the fastest growing and technologically evolving nations in the world – with high-tech building industries flexing their ample construction muscles for the past decade in places like Beijing and Shanghai, it’s pretty unbelievable that tens of millions still live in underground homes just a few hundred miles away.


China’s Shaanxi province, where the region’s porous soil is particularly well-suited for easy digging is where the majority of these ‘cave dwellers’ or ‘cavemen’ live. It may sound funny or insulting calling someone a caveman/cavewoman in the 21st century but when you consider that most of these underground, burrowed dwellings have all the facilities of modern homes, perhaps in China it shouldn’t be taken as an insult. These cave houses don’t need much for building materials and since the hills and mountains they are dug into act as natural insulation all year round, they are actually more energy efficient than most conventional family homes!



The caves, called yaodong in Chinese, are usually dug into the side of a mountain. Their semicircular entrances are covered with rice paper or woven blankets to serve as makeshift doors. Their not much to gripe about, but the swankier caves are equipped with modern-day amenities like electricity, phone and plumbing if there’s enough money to spend. Otherwise, with no running water or sewage system, locals are as reliant as ever on the raging muddy waters of the nearby river. The majority of China’s cave dwellers can do without all these expensive features, though, and prefer to enjoy their homes’ natural bonuses – high ceilings and lots of space with a nice yard out front where you can exercise and sit in the sun.




The village’s nine terraced levels are linked by stone stairways that date back to the Ming Dynasty, and most homes still have paper windows rather than glass panes. Inside, their owners sleep on large stone beds, known as kang; cool in the summer, but with cavities underneath so that fires can be lit inside them during the winter months. Pretty cool!

It all sounds like something from a history book, but there are qualities here that would impress the most forward-thinking of modern architects. Intrinsically linked to the earth, cave homes are, unsurprisingly, pretty kind to the environment. Sounds good to you? A basic one-bedroom cave without plumbing rents for about $30 a month. A cave with three bedrooms and a bathroom might sell for $46,000, the New York Times reported.


World’s Largest Swimming Pool Guinness World Records - Chile's San Alfonso del Mar Resort

San Alfonso del Mar Resort Swimming Pool



The largest swimming pool in the world is the San Alfonso del Mar seawater pool in Algarrobo, Chile. It is 1,013 m (3,324 ft) long and has an area of 8 ha (19.77 acre), it was completed in December 2006.

It is situated inside the beautiful San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile is the world's largest swimming pool officially documented in December 2006 by the Guinness Book of World Records.

This gigantic pool spans an remarkable 1,013 meters in length which totals just under 20 acres. The pool is big beyond belief, holding 66 million gallons of water. To put in perspective, the pool is roughly the same size as 6,000 8 meter long swimming pools put together. Seeing that this swimming pool is measured the largest pool in the world, many tourists flock to San Alfonso del Mar every year.

















Corpse Flower – The Largest Flower in the World

Corpse Flower - Amorphophallus Titanum

This giant claims the title of the plant with the largest unbranched flower in the world. Believe It or Not! Its huge flowering structure (inflorescence) rises over 8.2 feet above the ground!

The Largest and the Smelliest

Due to its odor, which is similar to the smell of a decomposing animal, this behemoth of the plant world is also known as the “corpse flower”.
It is not completely certain why they release the foul smells, but it could have something to do with attracting possible pollinators.

Worth the Wait

These rare plants, while in the wild, only bloom every 30 to 40 years! Every time there is a “scheduled” flowering, huge crowds of people gather to witness the amazing event.
As gorgeous and amazing as they look, we recommend you bring a hankie, or a mask if you are planning on witnessing one of these rare flowers blooming. Unless you happen to enjoy the smell of rotting flesh.



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World’s Oldest Living Man Celebrated his 115th Birthday

World’s Oldest Living Man Jirouemon Kimura (Born on April 19, 1897)


Born on April 19, 1897, Jirouemon Kimura is Japan’s oldest person and the world’s oldest man. This past April he celebrated his 115th birthday! Kimura worked at a local post office for 38 years before He changed careers after his retirement at 65 and became a farmer, not stopping until the age of 90.


Mr. Kimura currently resides in western Japan near Kyoto and spends most of his time in bed these days. However, he still manages to eat his three square meals everyday with his family and reads the daily newspaper to keep his mind active. Learning English is among one of his new interests that he’ll often put into practice…
“Thank you very much. You are very kind man,” Kimura told reporters
Kimura has seven children (five who are still alive), 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

“It is all thanks to the grace of god,” Kimura said. “I have nothing but gratitude for the life I’ve been given.”

At his age, Kimura has had quite a life – he was around when the Wright brothers had their first flight, lived through two world wars just before his 48th Birthday, watched as man landed on the moon and was into his 90′s when the World Wide Web was born.

The oldest living man in the world, Kimura is just 237 days shy of the oldest living person, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. That title belongs to supercentenarian Besse Cooper, who lives in Monroe, Ga.


Amazing Two Headed Milk Snake : Albino Milk Snake

Two-Headed Albino Milk Snake

Two Headed Milk Snake

A University of Central Florida biologist says a rare, two-headed albino milk snake was recently born.
Most two-headed snakes have typical coloration. Albino snakes don’t have dark pigmentation in their skin. Albino milk snakes appear in bright shades of red, orange and white.








The biologist says two-headed snakes have been documented to live as long as 20 years in captivity. But with two brains giving commands to a single body, Parker says the snake would have a difficult time surviving in the wild.

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Amazing Two-Faced Kitten : Harvey Dent


Say Hello to Harvey Dent: The Two-Faced Kitten




If cats are believed to have nine lives, how many lives could a cat with two faces have? Appropriately named Harvey Dent after the two-faced character in the Batman Series, this adorable little kitten was recently born healthy in the Port Charlotte, FL home of Nash Hand and his wife Amanda Forsythe.
Hand said that the television news station could not believe what he was telling them,
“[She said] ‘What are you talking about? What do you mean two faces?’ I said it has two faces! This cat has two faces!”







Just after having seen a show about a two-faced cat, this rare occurrence caught the couple by surprise, more so after having just discussed how “wouldn’t it be weird if that happened to us?”. The little kitty has four eyes, two noses and two mouths of which all work simultaneously.
“When he eats on one side it looks like he is eating on the other. When he meows it comes out of both sides.”
Courtesy : http://www.ripleys.com

Amazing horse World Records : Guinness World Records

Smallest living horse 



As of 7 July 2006, the record for the smallest living horse is Thumbelina, a miniature sorrel brown mare who measures 44.5 cm (17.5 in) to the withers and is owned by Kay and Paul Goessling (Both USA) who live on the Goose Creek Farm Inc, St Louis, Missouri, USA. 

Longest tail on a horse 

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The longest tail on a horse is 381 cm (12 ft 6 in) and was measured on the mare JJS Summer Breeze on 23 August 2007. She is owned by Crystal and Casey Socha of Augusta, Kansas, USA.
Two slightly different measurements were provided. One was 12 ft 7 in by Mrs Williams, one of the witnesses, the other the above, by mr Mohney, a Vet. We decided to go with the measurement that was provided by the Vet because he is the expert in the field.



Tallest Living Horse - Big Jake


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Nine-year-old Belgian gelding Big Jake stands at just a quarter of an inch under 6 feet 11 inches - 2 3/4 inches taller than the previous record-holder, a Clydesdale from Texas named Remington.
Big Jake's owner Jerry Gilbert, the owner of Smokey Hollow Farm near Poynette in Wisconsin, often takes Big Jake to horse shows, where he pulls stuff around in a team of four or six draught horses. 

And he uses his size for a good cause, helping to raise money for a Ronald McDonald House (charity houses supported by the fast food chain, where parents of hospitalised children can stay to be close to their kids.)
Mr Gilbert says Big Jake, who weighs about 2,600lbs, is good with people, who are astonished when they see just how big he is.




Amazing Dog World Records : Guinness World Records


Longest tongue current - dog 


The longest tongue on a dog measures 11.43 cm (4.5 in) and belongs to Puggy, a male Pekingese owned by Becky Stanford (both United States). The measurement was taken at Avondale Haslet Animal Clinic, Texas, United States, on 8 May 2009, when Puggy was 9 years old.
 

Tallest living dog 


The tallest dog living is 'Giant George' a Great Dane, who measured 1.092 m (43 in) tall on 15 February 2010 and is owned by David Nasser of Tucson, Arizona, USA. 

Smallest dog living (height) 


The smallest dog living, in terms of height, is a long-haired, female Chihuahua called Boo Boo, who measured 10.16 cm (4 in) tall on 12 May 2007 and is owned by Lana Elswick of Raceland, Kentucky, United States.
 

Longest ears on a dog - ever


The longest ears on a dog measured 34.9 cm (13.75 in) and 34.2 cm (13.5 in) for the right and left ears, respectively, on 29 September 2004. They belong to Tigger, a bloodhound, who is owned by Bryan and Christina Flessner of St Joseph, Illinois, USA.
Tigger has won many show titles and over 180 Best of Breed awards. He was inducted into the Bloodhound 'Hall of Fame' in 2003.
Unfortunately Tigger passed away in October 2009.

Kaitlyn Maher - Youngest and Cute little girl Singer I have ever seen, Full of Talent

Kaitlyn Maher

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Kaitlyn Ashley Maher (born January 10, 2004) is an American child singer and actress born in Michigan, and raised in Ashburn, Virginia. In 2008, she reached the final ten on the third series of television talent show America's Got Talent. Maher has since appeared live at The Great Kids Expo in Chantilly, Virginia, on October 25, 2008, a live broadcast of the 2008 lighting of the National Christmas Tree, on December 4, 2008 attended by President George W. Bush, and the 2009 Cherry Blossom Festival on April 11, 2009. On October 3, 2009, Maher was to be the opening act of The Addi and Cassi Hempel Fund benefit. Maher has appeared in a Harris Teeter commercial airing during December, 2008.

Maher signed a recording deal late in 2009 with Indie Extreme for the release of her debut album You Were Meant To Be. The album was released December 1, 2009. Maher appeared in the Disney direct to video animated movie Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws [short title: Santa Buddies][9] as the voice for the Yorkshire terrier character, Tiny, which was released on November 24, 2009. She has a starring role as the orphan Quinn in The Search for Santa Paws which continues the story which began with Santa Buddies. It is scheduled to be released as a direct to video on November 23, 2010.

Cute little girl sings on America's Got Talent






Kaitlyn Maher "Santa Paws" Behind the Scenes (11/26/09)
Kaitlyn Maher "Santa Paws" Behind the Scenes (11/22/09)
Kaitlyn Maher "Santa Paws" Behind the Scenes (11/16/09)

Live Performances

Kaitlyn singing “Above All” at Christian Fellowship Church (05/01/09)
Kaitlyn singing “Sleep Well Little Children” at the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree (12/04/08)

Media Interviews

Kaitlyn's Interview on Breakfast Television Vancouver (12/09/09)
Kaitlyn’s Interview on Washington’s NBC4 (06/23/09)
Kaitlyn on Access Hollywood (10/01/08)
Kaitlyn on the Today Show (09/24/08)

Commercials

Kaitlyn’s PSA for the Addi & Cassi Charity Fundraiser (08/29/09)
Kaitlyn’s Harris Teeter Commercial (11/13/08)

America's Got Talent

Kaitlyn’s Top 10 AGT performance… singing “I’ll Be There” (09/18/08)
Kaitlyn’s Top 20 AGT performance… singing “Beauty and the Beast” (09/10/08)
Kaitlyn’s Top 40 AGT performance… singing “What a Wonderful World” (09/03/08)
Kaitlyn’s Las Vegas AGT performance… singing “When You Wish Upon a Star” (08/07/08)
Kaitlyn’s 1st/NYC AGT performance… singing “Somewhere Out There” (06/17/08)

Other Videos

Kaitlyn sings Amazing Grace at 3 years old (08/29/07)





Courtesy :  http://www.kaitlynmaher.com

Snake Shyam : Snake Enthusiast, Wildlife Conservationist & Lecturer From India

Snake Shyam


M.S. Balasubramaniam, popularly known as Snake Shyam, is a snake enthusiast, wildlife conservationist and lecturer in Mysore, India. Though not a trained herpetologist, he is known throughout the Mysore region as a "naturalist on wheels". Shyam rescues and rehabilitates snakes and educates the public about them. He is also sometimes consulted by local hospitals to identify a species of snake prior to treating a snakebite victim.

Shyam has been widely recognized for his work. National Geographic featured him in its Croc Chronicles: Snakes, Karma, Action special. Mysore city has named a street for him and has dedicated its first "urban forest" to him and fellow environmentalist Hyder Ali Khan.

Shyam is also known for his personal flamboyance and has been described by The Hindu as "easily the most recognisable characters [sic] of Mysore, complete with his sun hat, overflowing beads and multiple rings that adorn his fingers".

Shyam was born to M.R.Subbarao and A.Nagalakshmi Mirle in Krishnarajanagara in the state of Karnataka, India, which is in the Mysore district. He demonstrated his interest in snakes at an early age, when a snake invaded a neightbor's home. After convincing those around not to kill the snake, he caught it and released it into the garden. From this incident, he earned his nickname.

By profession, Shyam was a driver, transporting children to school, but beginning in 1982 he began to be frequently called upon to retrieve snakes that had encroached on people's properties, a job for which he receives no pay. Called multiple times each day, Shyam uses a pillowcase and a badminton racquet without strings to net the snakes, which he then releases into the forest. Though his avocation to safely remove these snakes has cost him considerable expense, Shyam continues from the desire to see these snakes released rather than killed. Recently, authorities in Mysore have offered to defray some of Shyam's expenses by paying his telephone bills.

In 2004, he estimated that he may have caught and released over 40,000 snakes since he began in 1982; as of February 2008, the official record, which he began in 1999, was 11,755. Though Shyam has only been bitten four times in his rescue work, he has developed an allergy to antivenin, which requires that he exercise great care in handling snakes.

His knowledge of snakes—he can identify 28-30 local species of snakes—is founded on personal experience, but supplemented by reading the works of or speaking to professionals such as Romulus Whitaker, J.C. Daniel and faculty at Mysore University. Shyam's van features paintings depicting snakes and also displays his slogans: "Snakes are not as poisonous as human beings" and "Care for the rare".

Snake Shyam, "The Naturalist on Wheels" - Challenging the Conventional 




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