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Submitted by ant on Fri, 02/18/2005 - 5:27pm.
Funny Pictures | Nature | Sight Seeings
Yahoo! News' Photos had some nice shots of animals doing crazy things. Here are Ant's favorites:
- #1 -- A participant bites the tail of his bull to urge it to run faster during a bullock cart race on the second day of the rural games, also called the 'Mini Olympics', at Kila Raipur, India.
- #2 -- People watch sheep-fighting to celebrate China's traditional Spring Festival in Huaibei city, east China's Anhui Province.
- #3 -- Mother's tongue : A camel mother sticks her tongue out while standing by her newborn calf 'Joachim'.
Submitted by ant on Fri, 02/18/2005 - 5:19pm.
History | Reading Materials | Science | Sight Seeings
Yahoo! News report that archaeologists have begun underwater excavations of what is believed to be an ancient city and parts of a temple uncovered by the tsunami off the coast of a centuries-old pilgrimage town.
Submitted by ant on Thu, 02/17/2005 - 3:49pm.
Audio | Sight Seeings | Web Games
Compfused.com posted a cool simple Flash game called Bubbles. Your objective is to float a bubble through the water while collecting other bubbles to increase your size and score. Also, you must beware the nasty spiked balls that happen to be passing by that will pop your bubble and end the game.
Submitted by ant on Thu, 02/17/2005 - 12:43pm.
Hacking/Modification/Cracking | Personal | Reading Materials | Sight Seeings | Web Games
Image Puzzle (Internet Explorer is a MUST!) is a graphical puzzle divided into 15 stages. Each stage comes with a digital image that contains a text that allows you to get to the next stage. If you manage to solve the puzzle on a stage, erase the current HTML page from the address/URL field. The text is always in written in a clear form, it's just disguised in some way. There are no riddles or such things. The text is always located within the image file. it's never a reference to a place outside this website!
Submitted by ant on Thu, 02/17/2005 - 11:53am.
Food/Drink | Personal | Reading Materials | Science
I saw this on KTLA 5's morning news yesterday, but I forgot to look for an online story to post on here.
CNN reports that hot cup of coffee may do more than just provide a tasty energy boost. It also may help prevent the most common type of liver cancer. A study of more than 90,000 Japanese found that people who drank coffee daily or nearly every day had half the liver cancer risk of those who never drank coffee.
Animal studies have suggested a protective association of coffee with liver cancer, so the research team led by Monami Inoue of the National Cancer Center in Tokyo analyzed a 10-year public health study to determine coffee use by people diagnosed with liver cancer and people who did not have cancer. They found the likely occurrence of liver cancer in people who never or almost never drank coffee was 547.2 cases per 100,000 people over 10 years. But for people who drank coffee daily the risk was 214.6 cases per 100,000, the researchers report in this week's issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Submitted by ant on Wed, 02/16/2005 - 9:48pm.
Food/Drink | Personal | Reading Materials | Shopping | Technology
This CBC News story says that China has surpassed the United States to lead the world in the consumption of basic food and industrial goods, a study says. The booming Asian country now uses more meat, grain, steel and coal, according to an environmental think-tank's report released Wednesday. The only basic commodity still consumed in greater quantities by Americans is oil, says the report from the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute. The Chinese have even eclipsed Americans in consumer goods, buying more refrigerators, more televisions and cell phones.
Submitted by ant on Wed, 02/16/2005 - 2:43pm.
Communication | Education/School | History | Personal | Reading Materials | Science
TheShadow (remove AQFL to e-mail) sent me an interesting PBS' documentary on how Americans, as seen and heard, through the way we speak. It was premiered on January 5th, 2005, but its Web site was still informative like:
- Words that shouldn't be -- Spambot, cybercat, etc. Are we ruining the language?
- From sea to shining sea -- Exactly how many varities are there of American English?
- What speech do we like best? -- Language expreesses who we are, and who we want to be. It can also unite or divide us.
- What lies ahead? -- Is TV making us sound alike? Will cars sound like men or women? What's ahead for American English?
Submitted by ant on Wed, 02/16/2005 - 12:29am.
Personal | Reading Materials | Work
This CNN/Money article says the growing popularity of blogs is a double-edged sword for companies. On the one hand, corporate managers recognize the power of word-of-mouth as a sales tool. On the other hand, they're acutely aware of the dangers inherent in the rapid and widespread dissemination of company information.