Posted on 21 January 2011.
With the holiday season comes the much awaited vacation. Traveling for many can be hassle, especially if their journey involves destinations with bad airports. This article will make your life easier by warning you about the dirtiest airports in this world.
Here are the top 10 Most Shabby Airports across the globe:
1. Los Angeles LAX Airport
This airport has interiors that scream 1980’s. The airport needs major overhauling. Traveling from one terminal to another is tedious and the place is crowded. Another major issue is that there is always a long queue at security check. Few terminals are filthier than others.
2. Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris
Several people have found this airport mocks the fact that it is located in a modernized country. It is considered as one of the filthiest and disorganized of all the airports. If you are stuck in transit here, it is advisable that you carry a cushion along as the metal seating is painful. The toilets are best avoided because they are filthy and the stench can make you throw up. The terminals are small, badly designed and poorly lit. At times the air conditioner in the passengers lounge is not working and dirty.
3. JFK Airport, New York
When you arrive at terminal 2, 3 and 4 you are in for a rude shock, this “Gateway to America” desperately needs to be razed and rebuilt. The floor is beyond filthy, and when you reach the immigration you have to walk bare feet which could be a traumatizing affair. It is badly lit and desperately needs cleaning. The staff adds to your woes. They are very unruly and treat the passengers badly.
4. Annadurai International Airport, Chennai
When you enter the airport you know that the airport was constructed in a different century. The state of the airport is sad to say the least and is in a desperate need for revamping. It is wise to clean the seats before you sit. The toilets are dirty; the stench excruciating. The airport is dimly lit to make matters worse. It is wise to avoid drinking and eating here.
5. Tribhuvan International Airport, Katmandu
This is by far the most chaotic and the dirtiest airport. The business lounge is much better but they do not have toilets. There is always a queue in the toilets and the reek. The toilets are best avoided. The staff are equally unpleasant and disrespectful adding to the woes. They are also money minded and try to scam and tip you off.
Posted in Featured, Travel
Posted on 09 July 2010.
The first four decades of cinema saw only silent movies and because nothing was known about the field, every technique had to be created from scratch. The following are the top 10 silent movies of all time.
1. The Phantom of the Opera
Made by Rupert Julian in 1925, this movie was an adaptation of a book by Gaston Leroux of the same name. Lon Chaney was the Phantom and is best-known for this film because he did his own make-up which involved painting the area around his eyes black, pulling the tip of his nose upwards and keeping it in place with the help of wires and more.
2. Un chien Andalou
This film was released in 1929 by Luis Buñuel and contributions were made by Salvador Dali. The film is short and is basically a series of dream-like and disturbing images. Andalou is Luis Buñuel’s most famous film and after its release, the nature of film-making changed and was seen from a different perspective.
3. Sherlock, Jr.
Sherlock, Jr. was a comedy released in 1924 by Buster Keaton. The plot revolves around a janitor who wants to become a detective. After the release of this film, Keaton gained immense respect which is clear from the fact that his unique style is imitated even today.
This film was released in 1924 and was originally 9 hours long. It talks about a dentist’s wife who strikes gold after winning a lottery but becomes quite obsessed with the wealth soon after. The movie is 4 hours long and the remaining 5 hours were cut out which is considered to be quite a tragedy till date.
5. The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation made by D.W. Griffith in 1915 changed the entire foundation of films forever. This Civil War epic made use of techniques like close-ups, eyeline matches and camera pans which were brand new and accepted readily by the audience. The film created controversy because it depicted the slaves in a discriminating manner.
Posted in Entertainment, Featured
Posted on 04 July 2010.
These singers influenced lots of other contemporary singers during their time and continue to do so. One can think of them as teachers who imparted their knowledge but were not given enough credit. Here’s a list of the top 10 underrated singers.
1. Richie Havens
Richie Havens is both a guitarist and a singer who is known for performing at Woodstock. The way he played the guitar was very unique and the style so created was rhythmic without having a proper pattern. If you listen to his music, you will hear a faint drumming sound which is actually the sound of foot tapping. He was famous in his own village and was only locally successful.
2. Ian Curtis
This vocalist and lyricist died in 1980 after committing suicide. It has been believed that he got overly anxious as a tour was around the corner and was also finding it difficult to deal with his epilepsy. People thought that he was merely dancing when he had seizures on stage. This underrated singer has left behind a remarkable legacy.
3. Vini Reilly
Reilly was a singer and guitarist and his music belonged to the ‘post-punk’ era. His first album was groundbreaking and was released in 1988. He was a part of the musical movement fondly referred to as the ‘chill-out electronica’. Vini Reilly worked with Anne Clark, John Cooper Clarke and many more.
4. Gram Parsons
This underrated singer found mention in the top 100 Great Artists of All Time in the Rolling Stones magazine. He headed a prominent rock movement during the 1970s and was associated with bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and International Submarine Band. His style was unique and completely new.
5. Jeff Buckley
This American songwriter, guitarist and singer had a beautiful voice and was thought to have great potential after his debut album was released in 1994. Unfortunately, before the audience could experience his music to the fullest, he drowned in 1997.
Posted in Featured, People
Posted on 06 June 2010.
Movies that revolve around a character with mental illness are always fun to watch because the ending is always climatic and shocks the audience.
1. Play Misty for Me (Borderline Personality Disorder)
Evelyn Draper is an obsessive fan who dotes on Dave Garver, a Disc Jockey. She starts dating him and ultimately admits that she’s the one who keeps calling him and asking him to play the well-known song “Misty”. Evelyn then takes to stalking the man, ruining his career, killing his maid and basically, destroying his life.
2. Through a Glass Darkly (Schizophrenia)
Karin is a young woman who has recently checked out from a mental hospital. She decides to spend time on the family island with her father, brother and husband. Karin slowly loses touch with reality and her relationship between the family members gradually changes as well.
3. Ordinary People (Anxiety Disorder)
Bath and Calvin are married and they have one son- Conrad. Their other son dies and the family is overwhelmed with grief. Conrad is guilty and tries to commit suicide and is told to meet with a psychiatrist. It is then revealed that Beth always loved the other son more which is why she finds it hard to show love towards Conrad. This is an amazing story of compassion and love.
4. Psycho (Dissociative Identity Disorder)
Norman Bates grows up emotionally disturbed because his mother, Norma, drills it into his head that women are loose and sex is the root of all evil. Norman then kills her and her new lover because he is overcome with jealousy. He develops the disorder and takes on Norma’s personality.
5. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (Autism)
Gilbert Grape lives with his family which includes Arnie, his autistic brother. It is Gilbert’s job to take care of him which he finds quite difficult as he works at minimum wage at a grocery store. Becky enters the picture and Gilbert falls in love with her. A really amazing performance by Johnny Depp makes it a must watch.
Posted in Entertainment, Featured, Health
Posted on 04 June 2010.
The Superbowl is a championship game of American football. It is so widely watched that the day it airs on television is said to be a national holiday all over the USA. The advertisements that are featured during the game are some of the best. Here is a list of the top 10 Superbowl Advertisements.
This advertisement was featured during the 1993 Superbowl and showed Larry Bird and Michael Jordan competing during the HORSE championship for fries and Big Mac from McDonalds. There are a number of obstacles in their way which is what makes the commercial as interesting as it is.
2. Apple’s Macintosh-1984
The advertisement featured a woman running through a massive auditorium and breaking the screen with a hammer. A person similar to Big Brother was speaking on the screen before it exploded and “We shall prevail” were his last words. The main idea was to make the audience understand that Macintosh was on its way.
3. Master Lock- 1974
This company ran a series of advertisements through the year which showed sharpshooters targeting Master Locks and hitting them but leaving them unscathed and unopened. The message is simple- the strong lock will not open without its lock even if you burn it down.
This superbowl advertisement featured “Mean Joe” Greene. A young fan gives him a can of Coke and as repayment, he throws the kid away effortlessly. ESPN says that this popular advertisement was never featured during the superbowl, but fans argue that it was.
5. Coke- 2008
Coca-Cola created this advertisement during the 2008 superbowl. It showed two parade balloons, one was meant to be Underdog and the other was Stewie. The two then fight for another parade balloon in the form of a Coke bottle but are defeated when a fourth Charlie Brown parade balloon shows up and snatches the aerated drink from them. The popular cartoon characters are adored by Americans which is why Coke decided to use them.
Posted in Business, Featured
Posted on 03 June 2010.
Disney movies have been a part of our lives ever since we can remember. These films always have the most adorable songs! Here is a list of the top 10 most memorable songs composed for Disney movies.
1. You’ll Be in My Heart from Tarzan
This song was written by Phil Collins and won an Oscar for Best Original Song. The music was so brilliant that it allowed Phil Collins to relaunch his career and get back in the game.
2. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah from Song of the South
This song was written by Ray Gilbert and Allie Wrubel. It became so popular that Disney used the melody for a majority of their movies and shows for several years. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah was catchy and upbeat and became an integral part of pop culture at the time.
3. Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) from Mary Poppins
Many people don’t like this song because it does not fit in with the theme of the movie. The scene it plays in has a homeless woman walking around giving bread crumbs to the birds and the locals. This beautiful song by the Sherman Brothers made the scene memorable, to say the least.
4. Colors of the Wind by Pocahontas
This song by Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menkin won an Oscar in 1995 for Best Song. People loved it so much that it featured in the American pop charts for held the #4 slot for many weeks. It is the best in the movie and the lyrics capture the view point of Native Americans perfectly.
5. Someday My Prince Will Come from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
This song is considered to be amongst the best songs ever written for a motion picture. It was written by Frank Churchill and Larry Morey and raised the bar considerably. Not only that, but it also influenced the Jazz genre and those women who believe that their prince charming will arrive by the end of it all.
Posted in Entertainment, Featured
Posted on 02 June 2010.
Even though these writers died too young, it cannot be ignored that they were great in their field. They all died before their 40th birthday and left behind a remarkable legacy.
1. Stephen Crane
Stephen Crane was multi-talented and tried his hand at writing short-stories, novels and poetry. He wrote books like The Red Badge of Courage and Maggie: A Girl of the Streets. Crane dropped out of college and did odd jobs in order to support his literary career. He died at age 29.
2. Anne Brontë
This author wrote Agnes Grey and her siblings were Charlotte and Emily Bronte. She worked with her sisters briefly and took up different jobs from 1839 through 1845. Anne contracted tuberculosis in 1848 and died at age 29.
3. Denton Welch
Denton Welch was both a novelist and a painter who wrote In Youth Is Pleasure and Maiden Voyage in 1944 an 1943 respectively. He was seriously injured in 1935 after which he found it difficult to function normally. However, he continued writing and painting till he died at age 33.
4. Raymond Radiguet
Raymond Radiguet was a poet and novelist who wrote an extraordinary book called Le Diable au corps at 17. He became Jean Cocteau’s protégé soon after. Unfortunately, the young boy got addicted to alcohol and died of typhoid at age 20.
5. John Kennedy Toole
Toole is remembered for A Confederacy of Dunces which remained unpublished while he was alive. After he committed suicide, his mother took the manuscript to Walker Percy who sent it to a publishing house almost instantly. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981- 12 years after his death.
Posted in Education, Featured, People
Posted on 01 June 2010.
While we all hope that you never go to prison, the following tips will come in handy in case you manage to land yourself in some serious trouble.
1. Stay away from punks
In jail, this term is used to describe those people who attach themselves to new inmates and are referred to as their ‘girlfriends’. It is done mainly for protection and the inmate may benefit in the short run but ultimately the other prisoner will not only abuse the inmate but also treat him like a slave.
2. Keep Quiet
When in prison, only speak when you are spoken to. This means that you should not talk about unnecessary things and definitely not discuss your crime. This becomes all the more important if you have been convicted for a sexual crime. If you are foolish enough to brag about it, you will become a huge target for brutality and rape.
3. Do Not Gamble
If you want to die in prison, you should definitely start gambling behind bars. When you play with other prisons, you will find yourself in a lose-lose situation. If you lose, you make them angry and if you win, you make them angrier. However, it is okay to play a few friendly games as this will help you pass time faster.
4. Respect the Guards and the Prisoners
If an incidents occurs in the jail and you know who is behind it; keep it to yourself if the guard asks you anything about it. If you start telling on your inmates, you will have to face the music. In addition to that, be sure to be nice to the guards whenever you can.
5. Understand that nobody is nice
If somebody is in prison, it probably means that he is not a kind person, unless of course he has been wrongly accused. Therefore, if somebody lends you something, always refuse because if you don’t, you will become indebted to that person and end up getting killed eventually.
Posted in Featured, Mis
Posted on 26 May 2010.
Many books out there have changed the world simply because they were well-written and easy to read. The following are so disturbing that you will turn progressively greener as the story moves on.
1. Misery by Stephen King
Stephen King is definitely the King of disturbing novels and this one is no exception. One particular portion of the book involves the use of an axe- the protagonist uses it to remove his foot from the rest of his body. The pages are full of his pain and the psychological agony he goes through.
2. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
The protagonist’s senses are alert enough to distinguish the scent of one human from another but he does not have a smell of his own. He wants to produce a perfume that is perfect in every way which is when he decides to kill some people.
3. Justine by Marquis de Sade
When this book was published, Napoleon was so disturbed by it that wanted to have the author arrested. According to him, the novel was ‘abominable’ and created by somebody with an imagination that nothing if not depraved. It is about a girl named Justine who is sexually abused at every turn in her life.
4. American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis
The beginning of this book is nauseating enough and those who go on really deserve an award of some kind. The novel involves a lot of people who get slashed, diced, gutted and sawed to death. The most disturbing part is that the main character is actually indifferent to it all.
5. The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosiński
The Painted Bird is meant to be a holocaust novel but it is primarily about a young boy who is sent away to safety during the war. The boy is tortured in every way possible and the things he goes through are mind-numbingly shocking.
Posted in Education, Featured
Posted on 16 April 2010.
We sleep peacefully at night, walk safely in the streets because of the policemen in their patrol cars are there all day and night. Here is a list of the current best vehicles used all over the world.
1. Ford Crown Victoria
It is the most widely used police Interceptor in North America. The V8 engine, rear-wheel drive and body-to-frame chassis makes it suitable for the job. Easily the most recognizable police car, it combines raw power and strength to chase down and ram the cars of fleeing suspects.
2. BMW 5 Series
This mid-size executive car with its status and price is widely used by Diplomatic Protection Group. The 3.0l diesel engine gives it a high-performance compared to the civilian versions. The Germans use it in both sedan and station wagon designs. Along with its cousins in the previous series, it finds use among the forces in the Low Countries, France and UK.
3. Toyota Land Cruiser
Product of precise Japanese technology, this 4WD jeep can be seen all over the world serving with various law enforcement agencies, from Japan itself to third-world countries. It is the simple outlook, easy maintenance and cost that make it the first choice for many budget-restrained countries wanting a good vehicle for its forces. It has been in duty since the earliest of its model.
4. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
It is the high-performance version of the Lancer since 1992. Its 2.0L engine gives more than 300 horsepower. This large-engine sedan has been chosen by the forces of UK, Malaysia and Australia. It is ideal for sustained car chases and patrols because of its endurance.
5. Alfa Romeo 159
Alfa Romeos stand for quality and that’s what the Italians want from their cruisers too. The ‘Gazella’ as all Italian carabinieri cars are called, heavily modified for the task is roaming the highways of the country. With newer generations of vehicles being inducted by the various agencies in Italy this one has been in service since 2006. It is pleasant to look at and not easy to shake off.
Posted in Auto, Featured