Monday, 22 August 2016

Pictures of Men Piercing Themselves with Metal Objects (GRAPHIC PICS)

Well, the name of my blog is things out of the ordinary, so it is only right I have posts like this. Below are pics of Asian men (mostly Thai men) during their annual vegetarian festival, where they pierce themselves with knives and other metal objects. They are vegetarians, who are members of the Chinese Samkong Shrine, and this ritual is done during a 9 day festival in Phuket (Thailand). They believe this act can help them shift evil spirits and obtain peace of mind. This festival is believed to have started in Thailand in the 1800s.

Hmm! I wonder if those wound would ever properly heal.

5 Great Men Who Died Broke

It is one thing to be great and contribute greatly to the world, and it is another thing to actually reap the fruits of your labor in financial rewards. Some people get rich off their contributions to the world, and lost it all all after a couple of years. Some don't even reap the fruits of their labor while alive. Below is a list of 5 great men who died broke, after contributing greatly to the world. 

1.  Joe Louis
People still consider him the greatest boxer of all time. Joe Lewis held the World Heavyweight Championship for a record of 140 months, between 1937-1949. What the heck, right? Yea, he was that much of a great fighter. He earned millions during his time as a professional boxer, but died a broke man in 1981.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Top 20 Best Selling Books of All Time

Below are the top 20 best selling books of all time. It is interesting to know that J.K Rowling has 7 of her Harry Books on the list. She has really done good for herself. My personal favorites on the list are Think and Grow Rich, and The Alchemist. Which of the books below have you read?

20. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov) 
The book was published in 1955, and has sold approximately 50 million copies.

19. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
The book was published in 1967, and has sold approximately 50 million copies.

18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (J.K Rowling)
The book was published in 2007, and has sold approximately 50 Million copies.

17. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K Rowling)
The book was published in 2003, and has sold approximately 55 Million copies.

16.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K Rowling)
The book was published in 2000, and has sold approximately 55 million copies.

15.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K Rowling)
The book was published in 1998, and has sold approximately 55 million copies.

14.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K Rowling)
The book was published in 1998, and has sold approximately 60 million copies.

13. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
The book was published in 1988, and has sold approximately 65 million copies.

12. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D Salinger)
The book was published in 1951, and has sold approximately 65 million copies.

11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (J.K Rowling)
The book was published in 2005, and has sold approximately 65 million copies.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Top 15 Most Generous People in the World (2016)

There is a famous saying- givers never lack- when you read through this post, you would totally agree with this saying. Below are the top 15 most generous people in the world. The amount in bracket represent what they have donated to charity so far in the lifetime.

15. Jon Huntsman Sr ($1.2 Billion Lifetime Donations)
Mr. Huntsman is the executive chairman and founder of a chemical product manufacturing company called, Huntsman cooperation. He is a cancer survivor (he had prostrate cancer as well as mouth cancer), and has given most of his donations to colleges and cancer research centers. He also gives to other charity organizations that are not related to cancer research.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Immortality Might be Possible in the Near Future (Part 1)

Yes. I believe Immortality will be possible in the future. And i don't think it will take hundreds of years to become achievable; I think it is something that scientists can make possible in about 30-40 years. Advancement actually grows in an arithmetic progression kind of way, so you can't tell what technological advancement which we might come up with in the next 5 years that can make Immortality a possibility in maybe even 25 years time. But, If you think of the future only in terms of present intelligence and technology, then of course it  would sound unlikely, or even frightening to you.

We are not our bodies. The body you are in is just a vehicle that houses your consciousness, which is who/what you really are. Your physical body is just a shell; you are your consciousness, your mind. And if your mind can be copied, stored somewhere safe and transferred when your physical body dies, then you can go on living in a new body. Yea, the body would/might not be the same body you lived those many years with, but to begin with, that body wasn't you. You are consciousness. Even your brain is not you. It is a tool your mind use to carry the functioning of thinking, and the brain also handles coordination of your whole body movement, in terms of conscious and unconscious actions, but it is still not you. And of cos, like other parts of your physical body, your brain gets old, and loses most of its abilities to coordinate the body. But your consciousness (soul) never dies. All that has to be done is to find another shell for it to live in and the best way to transfer your consciousness to that body, and you can become immortal. 

If you have seen the Johnny Depp movie, Transcendence, you would have a better grasp of the possibility of immortality. In the movie, Johnny Depp's character, scientist, Will Caster and his wife worked on the science of uploading a human consciousness to a super computer, and when he got shot with a poison and was on his dying bed, he and his wife agreed to put their theory to the test. His consciousness did get transferred to the computer, and and then later to a nano technologically built human body. Yea, it might sound like jargon, but whatever the human mind can conceive, it can achieve. I am sure if you had told people that lived in the 13ths century that there would come a time when human voice would travel through thin air, through millions of miles, within seconds, they would have thought the person thinking of such was crazy. Now we make international calls between destinations thousands of miles apart, and it is like nothing. 

I don't know whether the kind of immortality you see in vampire movies where the man would live for thousand of years is ever going to be possible in my lifetime, but I am positive that the kind of immortality where the consciousness can be uploaded and transferred to another body will become a reality before I die. You have people like Sergey Brin and Larry Page (owners of Google) backing this immortality research with their billions. In fact, they started a company called, Calico in 2013, with the sole aim of combating ageing. There vision might be more of the vampire kind of immortality reality, but one way or the other, all these researches will help ultimately in the research for human immortality.

Top 7 Biggest Wild Cats in the World

The cat family is very big. From the little sized domesticated cats, to the wild cats of the jungle, like the Tiger, and the Lion. There more than a dozen members of the cat family, but today we are going to be dealing with the top 7 biggest (in size) of them all. You might be surprised at the cat sitting on the number one spot.

Below are the top 7 biggest cats in the world.

7.  Cheetah
The cheetah is our number 7 on the list. I guess it's smaller size compared to other wild cats has to do with why it is the fastest in its family, and also among all land animals. An average cheetah weighs 54kg, and it can be found in eastern and southern Africa, and some parts of Iran.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Some Successful Jewish People Around the World

A lot of people believe Jewish people are the chosen people of God, and that God is always behind them. Personally, one thing that marvels me about them is how successful most of them are and have been in the past. So, today I decided to list a couple of successful Jews of the world. Some of them, you might be surprised are Jews.

Jimmy Iovine
Founder of Interscope Records, the music record label responsible for heavyweight rap musicians like Eminem, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent. Iovine gave Dr. Dre a platform on Interscope when Dre was having problems with Suge Knight at Death Row Records, and Dre was able to build his Aftermath label under Interscope Records. They (Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine) also partnered up to start Dre Beats Headphones. So, when Dre Beats was sold to Apple for $3 billion in 2014, Dre and Iovine got equal share of the money that got to them after taxes and all other modalities. Smart Jew, right?

Calvin Klein
Successful American fashion designer, Calvin Klein is also of Jewish descent. His clothing line is very successful and he is also into perfumes, watches, and jewelry.

Woman Searching for a Second Wife for Her Husband

Yup! It seems unbelievable but it is true. It is definitely out of the ordinary for a woman to e searching for a second wife for her husband, but Aisha Abdur Rahman is doing just that. Aisha, who is a resident of America went on Facebook to post her advert. Below is what her post said.

Monday, 1 August 2016

6 Months of Daylight and 6 Months of Darkness in Some Parts of the Earth

Do you know that there are places on Earth that experience 6 months of daylight, the next 6 months would be of darkness. I mean, for the 6 months, there is daylight all through the day, and then there is 6 months where there is darkness all through the day. These places are located in the north and south poles. That is, in the Arctic Circle (north pole), and in the Antarctic Circle (south pole). Antarctic circle is mostly ice, but in the Arctic Circle, you have countries like Finland, Russia, Canada, Norway, and Sweden having their northern parts experiencing this phenomena.

I studied Geography at the University, so I totally understand how this is so. But, my problem is finding the simplest way to explain why it is so. Let me try my best without making it look like a boring lecture. But for those that don't want to know why this phenom is so, you are okay knowing that northern parts of Norway, Canada, Finland, Russia, and Sweden experience what is close to 6 months of daylight and 6 months of darkness through the year. Oh, yea, and parts of Alaska (state in USA) too. If you have seen the Al Pacino movie, Insomnia (2002), there is a part where He asked some people to take him to a school he was meant to begin his investigation and they laughed. It was daylight but was actually night time in the small Alaskan town, and the school had already closed for the day.

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