Posted on 22 February 2010.
This is a top ten list which records the most publicized and sorry celebrity losses of the last 10 years.
1. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson, also known as the King of Pop died On June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. It has been said that he overdosed on strong painkillers and was under great stress due to his upcoming concert. Michael Jackson has inspired almost every singer in the industry and could out-dance any one of them. This legend will be remembered for years to come.
2. Ryan Dunn
This daredevil and an American reality star was well liked. He was a member of Jackass and Vive la Barn. He also hosted shows like Proving Ground and Homewrecked. In a dui, Dunn crashed his car into a tree on June 20, 2011. He was traveling around 130-140 m/h in a 55mile zone.
3. Amy Winehouse
She was an English Singer-Songwriter with great talent. Constantly she suffered from mental health problems, depression, suicide, eating disorders and substance abuse. Despite such problems she was a critically successful singer. In 2006, she was nominated for 6 Grammy Awards, 5 of which she won. With the announcement of her death on July 23, 2011, it is a great and darn shame that she joins the tragic 27 club so early in life.
4. Patrick Swayze
Patrick Swayze will be remembered for his role in “Dirty Dancing” as well as “Ghosts”. He died at the age of 57 after fighting with pancreatic cancer for years.
5. Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy died in December 2009, aged 32. Even though she was a part of movies like “8 Mile”, “Sin City” and “Girl, Interrupted”, her career had started to dwindle during her last few years. There were a number of concerns surrounding her gaunt appearance.
Posted in Featured, People
Posted on 21 February 2010.
The following temples are considered to be the most amazing in the world. The list covers different religions.
1. Wat Rong Khun
This temple is located in Thailand and is completely white in color. It is adorned with mosaic mirrors which makes the temple shine. This beautiful temple is still getting constructed and it is said that in another 90 years, it will feature in the List of the Wonders of the World.
2. Shwedagon Pagoda
This temple is located in Mynamar and is also known as the Golden Temple. The structure is all gold and Buddhists use their savings to purchase gold leafs which they then attach to the walls of the temple. The dome holds 2,000 rubies and 5,000 diamonds.
3. Tiger’s Nest Monastery
This temple is located in Bhutan, at the edge of a cliff. It is said that Guru Rinpoche landed on the cliff while he was riding a tigress after which he went on to meditate for years in a cave. This cave can be found in the monastery.
This Hindu Temple is situated in Indonesia. It holds 8 large shrines and over 200 other small ones. The walls are covered with writings about Vishnu and Hanuman. These stories also talk about the Ramayana as well as other legends.
5. Temple of Heaven
This Taoist temple is located in Beijing. Every part of this temple is circular in shape which is said to represent Heaven. However, the ground is square and represents Earth.
Posted in Featured, Travel
Posted on 20 February 2010.
An exceptional guitarist is one who is adventurous with his style, is open-minded and unafraid of going the extra mile. These guitarists make sure that their music is not just ‘good’, but beautiful as well.
1. Will Sergeant
Will Sergeant was part of “Echo and The Bunny” and is quit an under-rated guitarist. Some of the best and most innovative guitar playing of all time is featured in their album “Ocean Rain”. He was exceptional with the instrument and could play any kind of music, no matter how complicated the sound was. The best part was that his music was always his own and unique.
2. Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher’s solo in the track “Live Forever” may be simple but it is full of emotion and fits in perfectly with the rest of the song. In the song “D’Ya Know What I Mean”, his sound has been described as psychedelic as it was completely new. His guitar work in songs like “Columbia” and “Up in the Sky” is nothing if not hypnotic and it goes without saying that Gallagher knew what he had to do to make a song top the charts.
3. Jonny Greenwood
Jonny was a part of the well-known band “Radiohead” and tracks like “Paranoid Android” and “Just” are testaments to his talent. The way his fingers moved over the fret board was magical and he definitely goes down in history as one of the best guitarists of all time.
4. Kevin Shields
Kevin Shields was a part of “My Bloody Valentine”. His music was beautiful and it has been said that the sound of his music was a combination of volcano explosions and flowers. It was gentle and fiery at the same time and blew the listeners away every time. Nobody has been able to imitate his style till date.
5. Jimmy Page
Jimmy Page has been called the “riff master” even though his music has been said to be queer. For him, the guitar was like a toy, one that he commanded with great ease and for which he will never be forgotten. His moves were mystical and he is definitely the best among the best.
Posted in Entertainment, Featured, People
Posted on 19 February 2010.
There is perhaps hardly anything fulfilling and beautiful as dance, when the entire body sways to rhythm and the dancer ceases to hear the music and becomes the music itself. This list compiles a list of the ten most beautiful dance forms of the world.
This form of dance evolved sometime in the sixteenth century in Europe and has changed dramatically since. Now it has become an art that requires grace and practice, and is choreographed to orchestral music in a flowing, acrobatic style. There are different types of ballet in the present age all of which retain crucial elements of their progenitor.
A recent dance form born in the heart of the Caribbean, salsa is an energetic mix of European and African dance forms. It combines these two heritages together and creates an explosive fusion of smooth movements, gaining popularity all over the world in popular culture with each passing day
3. Indian dance
To couple all of the Indian dances in one paragraph is a crime, but not to do so will exclude several other types from around the world. There are several Indian dance forms such as the kathak, kathakali, bharatnatyam, odissi, mohiniattam, manipuri, and kuchipudi – all of which are classical dance forms and have very old roots. Every one of these dance forms is an art in itself and requires lifelong practice to achieve excellence – and each one is supremely beautiful.
4. Belly dance
The traditional Arabic dance form, raqs sharaqi, is popularly known as the belly dance in the western world. There are many different schools of belly dancing such as the Egyptian, Turkish, and Western – each of which is highly sensuous, and comprising of fluid hip movements to the music.
This is the famous Brazilian form of dance that the whole worlds identifies the carnival at Rio de Janeiro with – where scantily clad samba dancers gyrate to the primal beats of the drum. This dance has its roots in African and European dance forms and has spread throughout the major portion of South America.
Posted in Entertainment, Featured
Posted on 18 February 2010.
Fast food is fast only in technique. Otherwise are more than a hundred reason why we should have all detailed, nice and slow descriptions to follow and see why some of our favorite fast food is so good, and what makes it batter than the other.
1. Burger King’s
No kidding. Burger King’s Whopper, which comes with bacon and cheese, deserves the first position for sure. Its nice to see that an equation drawn on votes showed that people across the world, preferred the simple in food, over everything else. This being one reason why the Whopper came up as the king. Cheese toppings raked to a perfect crisp, lettuce, together with a pretty fragile mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup.
2. Taco Bell Beef Burrito
“Yo quiero Taco Bell” is the punch line, with which this cheesy Mexican came up. Though as the good nice Chihuahua showed its face and went backstage, the burrito decided to stay. Taco Bell antennary got votes on the higher end of it.
3. Cheese Pizza from Papa John
In case you appreciate the delight visually, and then you may like to see a huge load of liquid cheese and juicy tomato syrup on a really fine crust. Next, Papa John’s makes sure that you are surrounded from all angles. Handed out hot out of the oven, the cheese will never be up until its too late, and will keep your taste buds very much on the edge.
4. A Big Bacon Classic from Wendy’s
There is a sound reason why Wendy’s has maintained a high rank on voter and non voter accounts. Let’s believe that Dave Thomas has a lot of love for his daughter Wendy. His notice of customer tastes and careful stress on novelty is the reason Wendy’s had the uppermost number of entries on the Top 25 items. The Kahuna from Team Wendy’s was never supposed to be any different from the Big Bacon Classic which comes with Cheese.
5. Chicken Wings, the Buffalo Style
Apart from anchoring parties, Chicken wings go down pretty good at parties as well. They are known to be moist irrespective of their mild or spicy packing. Since everyone had an equal share, and almost none of the eating places stood out from the disorder and the votes cast were uneven, we are convinced that chicken wings in a wide-ranging market may come like a first runner-up through and through.
Posted in Featured, Health
Posted on 10 February 2010.
Today, in the age of computers, children hardly read. But as it is very important to cultivate a habit of reading, one must start early with some of the best books that are available. So, if you want your child to read the books that would not only be informative but also entertaining, here is the list of some of the popular children’s books of the year 2009:
1. Never smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to Remember
Children love animals, but animals can sometimes be extremely dangerous. They have their own way to protect themselves. This wonderful picture book by Steve Jenkins tells what one shouldn’t do when he/she is facing a considerably difficult situation with an animal. Children have showed great interest towards this book since it tells them not to tease a tiger or not to bother a black widow spider, but interact in different and friendly manner with these creatures.
2. Little Oink
The Amy Krouse Rosenthal book is a cute little story about a young pig who, unlike others, loves to be clean and orderly. As it is normally seen that it is the family which demands the kids to be clean, in this story it is just the opposite. The parents want their son to be like other pigs-messy and dirty. The story follows a simple track and shows the working of family dynamics. This book has got good reviews and is sure to be a children’s favorite this year.
3. Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy
This story is a highly imaginative one which surrounds the playful deeds of two kids, Lulu and Sam. They play various games and think themselves as super powers saving the playground from mean robots like tire swing. This David Soman creation helps to spark the creativity within children and is a favorite by now.
4. Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon
This great colorful adventure book by Andrew Chaikin talks about the moments and the voyage of Apollo 11 when in landed on the moon on July 1969. This book is a wonderful collection of the memories of Alan Bean who walked on the moon with Pete Conrad on Apollo 12. The illustrations in this book are some wonderful paintings about the voyages undertaken by these astronauts to the moon.
5. Let’s Do Nothing
This story is about two boys, Sal and Frankie, who have done everything that was possible for them under the sun. They finished their drawings, solving puzzles and other such work. And they end up thinking what they are supposed to do next. Sal is the one who gets brainwaves regarding various ideas and thus he proposes to do nothing for ten seconds. They thus settle into a chair imagining themselves as statues. But Frankie’s imagination forces him to think that they are redwoods or tall buildings, ultimately leading them nowhere in their ‘let’s do nothing’ plan. A wonderful comical piece by Tony Fucile, we might just find it in the theatres soon.
Posted in Education, Featured
Posted on 09 February 2010.
May it be a festival, an anniversary or any other occasion, presenting your loved ones with gifts is a very common practice. Gifts are for people of all ages and groups. Some of the items have been quite popular amongst the crowd and comes to our mind as the first choice when it comes to gift someone something special. Here is a list of top 10 items which have proved to be the most sought after gifts this year.
1. Nintendo Wii
Topping the list as the world’s most sought after gift is Nintendo Wii. This gaming system has been designed for people of all ages. The popular game titles such as “Wii Fit” are a do-it-yourself game simulation. Its popularity can be estimated by the fact that it has been rated as the most searched item on Google. The famous “MarioKart Wii”, can also be played using Wii. The Nintendo Wii has been priced at $250.
2. Wii Fit
Standing on the second spot is Wii Fit. This product is most searched for and is an ideal gift for anyone. The best thing about this video game is that helps players not to become couch potatoes as all the games are based on motion sensing technology. Apart from the “Wii Fit “disc comes a balancing board. While staring at the television you can perform various exercises like yoga and aerobics on the balance board.
3. IPod Touch
This is the latest offering by Apple and just like any other Apple product it has become the favorite among the crowds in no time. IPod Touch has become an outstanding alternative for those who like their existing phone or don’t want to pay heavy price for AT&T’s data plan. With a 32 gigabyte hard drive, it is the third most preferred gift.
4. Xbox 360
What do you think would make even a videogame nerd squeal? Xbox 360 Pro. The ultimate gaming equipment stands fourth on the list. The base model comes with a 60 GB hard drive and 500MHz graphics processor. With the Xbox Live you can even play online with your friend on the other side of the world. For those who are crazier about Xbox, there is Xbox 360 Elite which is much more powerful and also $100 more costly.
5. Nintendo DS
The Nintendo DS is part of an all new continuation in the original Game Boy systems, which have been the most popular handheld gaming systems. The Nintendo DS is quite different from its predecessors as it is equipped with a crisp color graphics and a battery life of at least of 6 to 7 hours. Along with this, the product also has a built-in wireless mode allowing players to chat and share games online.
Posted in Featured, Mis, Technology
Posted on 08 February 2010.
Teenagers make up a large part of our population, and their taste in movies is of a rather unique kind. They like different kinds of movies, movies which cater specifically to their wishes and personalities. In this article, we list the top 10 teen movies, movies which teenagers will definitely love watching.
1. The Breakfast Club
This movie, one of the Ted Hughes classics, is about a group of children in detention early on a Saturday morning. Each teenager represents one particular stereotype – the jock, the spoilt brat, the trouble-maker, the weirdo, etc. What follows is a very interesting movie on how teenagers can come together no matter what – The Breakfast Club is a refreshing look into the lives of troubled teenagers.
2. American Pie
The ultimate teenager classic. Who can forget Jim trying his best to get the sexy girl from school into the sack? With corny jokes, dark humor, and lots of good old fashioned American dirty comedy, this is one movie that every teenager out there will enjoy watching.
3. Pretty in Pink
One of the most famous teen romantic-comedies out there, also by the famous Ted Hughes. One girl is caught between her goofy best friend, and the popular, yet seemingly unattainable rich boy in school. Whom will she choose? With good music, great acting by Molly Ringwald, and a prom at the end, this is one movie the girls must not miss.
4. Not Another Teen Movie
The most famous of the teen-movie spoofs out there, which directly makes fun of stereotyping in teenage films. A highly entertaining movie that will get you laughing no matter what.
5. 10 Things I Hate About You
If you like the late Heath Ledger, this is the film for you. It’s a take-off on a Shakespearean play “The Taming of the Shrew”, and has all the elements of a classic teen movie –an unattainable, moody girl, the “don’t give a damn” guy, and a bet!
Posted in Entertainment, Featured
Posted on 07 February 2010.
As technology gets more and more advanced, devices are getting smaller in size and design. This is the list of the top 10 slimmest laptops currently available across the world.
1. Dell Latitude E4200
The Dell Latitude E4200 is 0.8 inches thick and allows the user to travel in style. The finish of these laptops is long-lasting and the material used is of the best quality. While this may not be the slimmest laptop ever launched, it is definitely among the best. It is durable and reliable- what else does one need?
2. Lenovo Thinkpad X301
This thinkpad is 0.83 inches thick and consists of such features that leave no room for complaints. It has been designed in such a way that it uses the least possible amount of electricity- making it both effective and efficient. It costs about 2600 dollars.
3. Lenovo IdeaPad U110
The Lenovo IdeaPad U110 weighs about 1.05 kilograms and is 0.72 inches thick. While most compact notebooks are definitely reliable, they are not visually appealing. However, this ultra-thin laptop is both easy on the eyes and extremely durable. The price of this slim notebook has been estimated at 1,899 dollars.
4. Dell Latitude E4300
The Dell Latitude is 0.7 inches thick, making it the slimmest model in the Latitude series. While it may not be the slimmest in the world, it is of the highest quality and is extremely attractive. The build is solid and there is no doubt that if you decide to go for this laptop, it will assist you for years to come.
5. Samsung X360
The Samsung X360 is about 0.66 inches thick and is extremely lightweight. Samsung marketed this laptop with the help of a catchphrase that described the laptop to be lighter than air. It weighs about 1.27 kilograms and is extremely durable due to the nano technology which keeps bacteria at bay.
Posted in Featured, Technology
Posted on 06 February 2010.
These man-made waterways are all extremely beautiful and this list consists of the top 10 artificial canals from all over the world.
1. Oxford Canal
The Oxford Canal is found in England and runs through two country sides, namely, Oxford and Coventry. This beautiful canal cascades through 70 miles of scenic beauty- which has managed to escape development projects and remains as pure as it was centuries ago.
2. The Canal du Centre
This canal is found in France and was initially called the Canal du Charollais. It runs from Chalon-sur-Saône to Digoin. From 1792, this canal has made the passing of boats easier from Northern France to Southern France. It runs for over 112 kilometers.
3. Aller Canal
The Aller Canal is found in Lower Saxony which is a state in Germany. The main purpose of this canal was to prevent Aller from flooding the land. It runs for about 11 miles between Gifhorn and Wolfsburg.
4. Wesel-Datteln Canal
This canal is found in Germany as well and runs over 60 kilometers. It meanders between two areas, one near Wesel and the other near Datteln. This canal was constructed in 1930 and it runs across a river called Lippe.
5. Kennet and Avon Canal
This canal is nothing if not beautiful and meanders between Bristol Avon and Thames. It passes West Berkshire which boasts natural beauty. The area around the canal is rich with flora and fauna and one can explore the entire area either by bike, boat or on foot. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the Kennel and Avon canal is among the favorite canals of England.
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