Posted on 08 April 2010.
A phobia is a consistent fear of a particular object, situation or person. While some are afraid of heights, others are scared of men in top hats. Let us look at the 10 most unusual phobias.
Also known as Phallophobia and Medorthophobia, this is the fear of erection. Surprisingly, it is a very common phobia and creates unimaginable stress for those who are scared of an erect penis. It can make people want to hide from their friends, family and colleagues. Those who suffer have this phobia need to be exposed to their fear in order to get over it.
This is the fear of youth and can impact the person psychologically and socially. It has been proposed that if a large chunk of the society has this phobia, it can damage the economic health of the country. Those who have this phobia tend to avoid and loath teenagers.
People who have this phobia have an irritational fear of clowns. While it is considered to be normal amongst children as it is felt that they may grow out of it, a good number of adults and teenagers have the phobia as well. They find the mere appearance of the clown treacherous and even though they know that the fear is illogical, they cannot shake it off without consistent therapy.
Ergasiophobia is the fear of work and can lead to severe psychological problems. Those individuals who have this phobia generally suffer from an additional health problem like depression.
This is the fear of nudity and those who have this phobia are scared about either seeing others in the nude or having someone see them naked. The cause of this phobia may be low self-esteem related to the individual’s inferior opinion about his own body. They also feel that if somebody sees them naked once, they will continue picturing them the same way every time they meet them.
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Posted on 05 April 2010.
Our world now is heavily depended on these machines even for the basic functions of our daily life. They have become a necessity from the luxuries in history. Here are some which changed our lives and made it easier.
Who can live without a telephone? Mr. Bell’s invention can be held responsible for making the world a smaller place. Since its introduction in the late 19th century, it has brought our loved ones closer and now help is just a call away.
This wooden box proved everyone wrong. By 1930’s it had the America glued to its screen. It is now sitting in nearly every household around the world. The best friend of a child and the medium of the any government to reach to its people. It is also the easiest medium of transfer of information after the internet.
The ‘Fridge’ is the compilation of many inventors. For millennia’s we have tried to preserve our food just to survive. Now we can do it easily in our kitchen. With increasingly new cheaper and efficient models, we now see this appliance in every corner of the world.
4. Solar Power
Tapping the most abundant energy, this technology can provide energy in form of heat or electricity to the most rural regions in the world. It also helps to cut back the harmful emissions in these critical times of environment degradation.
5. Barbeque grill
Not a western product as people think but a tradition in every society from ancient times. These grills can come in different sizes and designs around the world. Barbeques in this hectic world are the perfect outdoor get together for families and friends to celebrate any occasion.
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Posted on 04 April 2010.
Tanks have revolutionized the battlefield making the static warfare a thing of the past. Now an army can capture an entire country in weeks or days with these machines charging ahead and destroying all in its path. Hers is a few of them who have done just the same.
1. M1A1 Abrams
This 62-ton American warhorse sits in the top with its 120mm smoothbore cannon, classified Chobham armor and a 1500hp engine giving it a top speed of 40mph. Equipped with advanced fire-control computer and damage control systems, it is surely the most hi-tech. Never defeated in a conventional tank battle but it has suffered in the hit-and-run tactics in Iraq.
The Russians managed to built the perfectly balanced tank with firepower, mobility and easy to produce. More than 84,000 of them were built. Its sloping 65mm armour and the 76.2mm gun was capable of challenging most of the axis tanks. The massed charges of these tanks across the plains of Eastern Europe is one of the famous scenes of the war.
3. Mk.VI Tiger
The rightly feared Tiger tank was the German answer to the allied tank superiority. Its famous 88mm could outshoot any other tank and the 100mm armour was virtually impenetrable. But it was difficult to manufacture and could not be fielded in large numbers.
4. Mark I
World’s first combat tank was introduced in 1916. Though a tin can in the modern era, it was a revolutionary idea back then. The tank was the answer to the stagnant trench warfare in Europe. It was the reason for the allied victories and the father of the modern tanks to come.
This post-war tank saw action nevertheless around the world. It served with the Israelis and the Indians. Its 150mm armour and 105mm gun was a very powerful combination. It performed well against all the other tanks of its generation.
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Posted on 02 April 2010.
All 10 of these sky-scrapers are magnificent in terms of design, height and architecture. While some were built over 90 years go, others opened only recently.
1. Burj Kalifa
The Burj Kalifa is the tallest sky scraper in the world and is found in Dubai. The construction started in 2004 and ended in 2009. The building stands at an awe-inspiring height of 2,717 feet.
2. Empire State Building
This building was considered to be the tallest in the world at one point. It was built in 1931 and stands at 1250 feet. Unlike most buildings, this magnificent sky scraper took a little less than 2 years to build. It goes without saying that the Empire State Building is the pride of those who reside in New York City.
3. Petronas Tower
This sky scraper is found in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and stands at 1483 feet. It was built in 1998 and is said to be a symbol of Asia’s power and aspirations. The infrastructure and architecture is breath-taking and can be seen in popular Hollywood films like “Entrapment”.
4. Woolworth Building
The Woolworth Building is found in New York City and was built in 1913. An interesting fact is that Woolworth financed the construction of this sky scraper only with cash. It stands 792 feet tall and will undoubtedly mesmerize you every time you lay your eyes on it.
5. Sears Tower
The Sears Tower stands at 1454 feet in Chicago and was built in 1974. After selling 9 billion dollars worth of merchandise, Sears decided to shift all operations under a single roof in Chicago. The Sears Tower is the tallest of its kind in North America and one can clearly see at least four states if one stands on the terrace of this building.
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