2007年9月30日 星期日

Girl bites off boyfriends lip when kissing 大陸一女子接吻時咬掉男友一半下嘴唇

24 year-old Wei has a very loving girlfriend -- Maybe too loving.

When Wei went to see his girlfriend recently they began to kiss. She apparently got so excited that she accidentally bit off Wei’s lower lip. Bit off to the extent that the bottom lip was actually still hanging in her mouth.

Wei was rushed to a hospital in the Chongqin area of China, but the tissue from his mouth was already dead. The doctor was forced to use tissue from other parts of his body to fix his lower lip.

As strange as this story is, it is not the first time Wei’s girlfriend has taken to biting him. It seems whenever she gets excited, biting and hurting Wei is the only way she can be satisfied.

"My girlfriend’s zodiac sign must be a dog," Wei jokes… while the doctor seems to suggest it might be something psychological with the girl. (Xinhuanet)

China's 5-year-old breakdancing kid 中國5歲霹靂舞小子

Break dancing has been a popular underground and urban style of dance in the US and around the world for almost 40 years.

In recent years the dance has become so popular that even seniors and young children are performing the complicated dance steps and taking part in the breakdancing culture.

Check out this awesome little Chinese 5 year-old breakdancing and tearing up the stage: (weirdasiannews.com)

Russian woman gives birth to 17lb child 俄婦女產下7.75公斤巨嬰

A Siberian woman who gave birth to her 12th child - doing more than her fair share to stem Russia's population decline - was stunned to find that little Nadia weighed in at a massive 17.1 lb (7.75kg).

Nadia was delivered by caesarean section in the local maternity hospital in the Altai region on September 17, joining eight sisters and three brothers, a local reporter said.

"We were all simply in shock," said Nadia's mother, Tatyana Barabanova, 43. "What did the father say? He couldn't say a thing - he just stood there blinking."

"I ate everything, we don't have the money for special foods so I just ate potatoes, noodles and tomatoes," she told the reporter, adding that all her previous babies had weighed more than 5 kg.

The Guinness World Records lists a 10.2 kg baby boy born in Italy in 1955, and a 10.8 kg baby boy who was born in the United States in 1879 but died 11 hours later.

The average weight for most healthy newborn babies is around 7.06 lb, according to World Health Organisation figures. (Daily Mail)

2007年9月27日 星期四

1 GB memoy, then and now 今昔1 Giga記憶體的比較

As you can see from the photo, a clear comparison between 20 years ago and today's one gigabyte memory is made. You must be stunned by the huge progress made in the computer products during the past two decades.(m3.bestpicever.com)

Acupucture is best for back pain 針灸是腰酸背痛的最佳療法

Acupuncture - real or sham - is more effective at treating back pain than conventional therapies, research suggests.

A German team found almost half the patients treated with acupuncture felt pain relief.

But the Archives of Internal Medicine study also suggests sham acupuncture works nearly as well as the real thing.

In contrast, only about a quarter who received drugs and other Western therapies felt better.

The researchers, from the Ruhr University Bochum, say their findings suggest that the body may react positively to any thin needle prick - or that acupuncture may simply trigger a placebo effect.

One theory is that pain messages to the brain can be blocked by competing stimuli.

Researcher Dr Heinz Endres said: "Acupuncture represents a highly promising and effective treatment option for chronic back pain.

"Patients experienced not only reduced pain intensity, but also reported improvements in the disability that often results from back pain and therefore in their quality of life."

Needles not manipulated

More than 1,100 patients took part in the study. They were given either conventional therapy, acupuncture or a sham version.

Although needles were used in the sham therapy, they were not inserted as deeply as in standard acupuncture. Neither were they inserted at points thought key to producing a therapeutic effect, or manipulated and rotated once in position.

After six months 47% of patients in the acupuncture group reported a significant improvement in pain symptoms, compared to 44% in the sham group, and just 27% in the group who received conventional therapy.

Dr James Young, of Chicago's Rush University, said: "We don't understand the mechanisms of these so-called alternative treatments, but that doesn't mean they don't work."

Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese theory that needles can be used to release the body's vital energy, or qi.

Conventional therapies tested in the study included painkillers, injections, heat therapy and massage.

It is estimated that as many as 85% of the population experiences back pain at some point, and the problem costs the NHS around £500m a year.

The study echoes the findings of two studies published last year in the British Medical Journal, which found a short course of acupuncture could benefit patients with low back pain.

Mike O'Farrell, of the British Acupuncture Council, said: "Through these controlled research findings demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture, we believe that both the medical health profession and members of the public will see the benefits of acupuncture as part of an integrated healthcare service." (BBC)

2007年9月24日 星期一

Rare giant reddish quartz 罕見的巨大淡紅石英

The rare giant reddish quartz was seen on the website of Fabre Minerals, Europe's first Internet mineral dealer since 1996.

Earth after 250 million years 2億5千萬年後的地球

After 250 million years, the now separating continents on the Earth may be again clustered together (OMG! there must be many disastrous earthquakes!).

Is this what will become of the Earth's surface? The surface of the Earth is broken up into several large plates that are slowly shifting. About 250 million years ago, the plates on which the present-day continents rest were positioned quite differently, so that all the landmasses were clustered together in one supercontinent now dubbed Pangea. About 250 million years from now, the plates are again projected to reposition themselves so that a single landmass dominates. The above simulation from the PALEAOMAP Project shows this giant landmass: Pangea Ultima. At that time, the Atlantic Ocean will be just a distant memory, and whatever beings inhabit Earth will be able to walk from North America to Africa.(Astronomy Picture of the Day)

2007年9月20日 星期四

China's first solar-powered primary school 中國第一所太陽能小學

China's first solar-powered primary school was formally inaugurated on Monday in city Qingdao, east Shandong province.

Peninsula Metropolitan News reports on Tuesday that the Hushanlu primary school, integrated with solar energy heat and photovoltaic generating systems, can generate electricity to support its water supply and heating system.

With a combined generating capacity of 30 kilowatts, the photovoltaic generating system can produce150 kilowatt-hours of electricity everyday.
Meanwhile, the heat utilization system, which is able to collect sunlight in an area of 600 square meters, can convert solar energy for heating and boiling water for 30 classrooms, 860 students and teachers.

The system, which costs about 3 million yuan, also less than one ninth of the total investment in building the primary school, can work even on a cloudy or rainy day because its stored electricity can support the normal need of the school for five days. There are also more than 100 solar-powered lights on campus.

Staff members of the school were quoted by the newspaper as saying that by using solar energy, the school will be able to save about 65 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and over 261tons of coal, reducing at the same time some 695 tons of carbon dioxide, 4.6 tons of sulfur dioxide, and 4.9 tons of industrial waste emissions, as well as decreasing atmospheric pollutants by 4 tons every year.

The authority of the school believes that their experiment will better help their students learn how important renewable energy resources will be in their daily life and studies.(CRIEnglish)

Piano-shaped building in Anhui, China 安徽鋼琴形狀的房子

A piano-shaped building was rbuilt at the New District of Huainan city, Anhui Province, China (安徽省淮南市新城區). The building is like a piano, and its stairs is in violin shape. It's learned that the building is primarily used to display models of the city new development projects.

2007年9月18日 星期二

Hong Kong man stole hospital blood samples to drink 香港男子潛入醫院偷喝血液樣本

A Hong Kong man suspected of stealing blood samples to drink at Yan Chai Hospital in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong (香港荃灣仁濟醫院) on September 14, 2007. Judging from the closed-circuit television footage, the man slipped into the blood bank and emergency testing laboratory of the hospital in the early hours of the morning and stole three tubes of blood, then appeared to have drunk the contents. Awesome! Isn't he afraid of contracting any contagious disease?(news.qq.com & Random Citations)

Baby tattoo 嬰兒紋身

Hope this is not a child abuse case! (Random Citations)

Pure gold moon cake 純金月餅

A salesgirl shows a "moon cake" made of pure gold at a shop in Shijiangzhuang, capital city of Hebei province (河北省會石家莊市), September 12, 2007. The gold moon cakes are put on sale these days for the forthcoming Mid-Autumn Festival.(Chinanews.cn)

Barry Bonds' record ball auctioned for $752,467 美國職棒巨砲邦茲破紀錄的全壘打球以逾75萬美元拍出

Barry Bond's record-breaking home run ball was auctioned for more than $750,000, well above what sports memorabilia experts had expected the ball to fetch, the auctioneer said on Saturday.

An unidentified bidder paid $752,467.20 in an online auction run by SCP Auctions Inc, which sells sports' collectibles' in partnership with Sotheby's, according to SCP.

Bonds hit his 756th homer, beating Hank Aaron's major league baseball record, in the San Francisco Giants's game against the Washington Nationals on August 7.

The record has been shadowed in controversy over whether Bonds, 43, may have used steroids in his late 30s to extend his slugging powers, an age at which many players start to slow down.

A number of sports memorabilia auction houses had said the record-beating ball might have a value of up to $500,000. The opening bid on August 28 was $100,000. There were 31 bids.

Matt Murphy, a 22-year-old tourist visiting from New York, was submerged by other fans after he grabbed the ball in the San Francisco stands last month. He was helped away by police officers. Murphy put the ball up for auction through SCP.

Bidding, which had languished under $300,000 for most of the auction accelerated only in the final hours.

The final figure is well above the $450,000 another ball fetched at auction that Bonds hit to set the single-season record of 73 home runs in October 2001.

A parallel auction for the ball with which Bonds hit home run 755, tying Aaron's hitting record, closed on Saturday with a winning bid of $186,750, according to SCP. Adam Hughes, a 33-year-old from La Jolla, California had caught that ball.

Bonds has hit 28 home runs this year, his 21st season.(Reuters)

Hilarious gangster fight 令人捧腹的混混打架

2007年9月15日 星期六

World's smartest parrot, 31, dies 世界最聰明鸚鵡逝世,得年31

Alex, a randomly selected African grey parrot, from a pet shop for Dr. Irene Pepperberg's cognition and communication research of birds in 1970's, has died. It is 31 years old.

Alex, the world renowned African grey parrot made famous by the ground-breaking cognition and communication research conducted by Irene Pepperberg, Ph.D., died at the age of 31 on September 6, 2007. Dr. Pepperberg’s pioneering research resulted in Alex learning elements of English speech to identify 50 different objects, 7 colors, 5 shapes, quantities up to and including 6 and a zero-like concept. He used phrases such as “I want X” and “Wanna go Y”, where X and Y were appropriate object and location labels. He acquired concepts of categories, bigger and smaller, same-different, and absence. Alex combined his labels to identify, request, refuse, and categorize more than 100 different items demonstrating a level and scope of cognitive abilities never expected in an avian species. Pepperberg says that Alex showed the emotional equivalent of a 2 year-old child and intellectual equivalent of a 5 year-old. Her research with Alex shattered the generally held notion that parrots are only capable of mindless vocal mimicry.

Alex has been featured worldwide on numerous science programs including the BBC, NHK, Discovery and PBS. He is well known for his interactions with Alan Alda in an episode of Scientific American Frontiers on PBS and from an episode of the famed PBS Nature series called “Look Who’s Talking.” Reports on Alex’s accomplishments have appeared in the popular press and international news from USA Today to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. The Science Times section of the New York Times featured Alex in a front-page story in 1999. (Alexfoundation.org & Random Citations)

China's tallest building nearly done 中國最高建築物幾近完工

After a more than a decade of delays, China's tallest building is slicing through Shanghai's hazy, skyscraper-studded skyline — a new trophy built by a Japanese property tycoon.

The 101-story Shanghai World Financial Center (上海環球金融中心), a 1,614 foot wedge-shaped tower (shorter than 1667-foot-high Taipei's 101 Building) with a rectangular hole at the very top, was topped out on Friday as its last beam was laid amid a drizzle that obscured the building's panoramic view of endless high rises.

In a city whose skyline evinces the belief "the taller the better," the building is bound to be a major tourist destination and landmark.

With China's economy growing nearly 12 percent a year and stock and real estate prices soaring, "the timing is just about the best it could be," said the builder, Minoru Mori.

"When I saw the building this morning, at its full height, I thought it's really beautiful. I think we've really succeeded," Mori told reporters at Shanghai's Jinmao Tower, a silver spire next door to the World Financial Center that at 1,381 feet was China's tallest building until now. (Newsvine.com)

Gay pride dance 同性戀自豪舞

2007年9月14日 星期五

China's largest stone tripod debuts 中國最大的石鼎亮相

China's largest Ding(鼎), a stone tripod, made its debut on Monday September 10 in eastern China's Shandong province.

The tripod, at the Mengshan Mountain scenic spot in Pingyi County, was made from pure black marble. The 9.99-metre-high vessel weighs about 600 tons. It was called "Fu Shou Kang Ning" in Chinese, which means "good fortune, longevity, health and peace". Nine hundred and ninety nine Chinese characters of "Shou", meaning longevity, are carved on the body of the vessel.

In Chinese, Ding is a three or four-legged round or square cooking vessel created in ancient China.(CRIENGLISH.com)

2007年9月13日 星期四

A woman desperate for sex? 極度渴望性愛的女人?

2007年9月11日 星期二

Office timetable of world's best job 世界最棒的工作的作息時間表

Gigantic gold ingot 巨型金元寶

A huge 2.5m*1.5m*1m ingot made from pure gold was displayed at a jewelry shop in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu province. The gold ingot is reportedly worth nearly one million yuan (4.38 million NT dollars).(Xinhuanet)

Laughing baby 笑到不行的小孩

He is laughing so hard that he keeps falling down.

2007年9月9日 星期日

Eurostar sets Paris-London record 「歐洲之星」巴黎倫敦線締造新速度紀錄

Eurostar has set a record on its inaugural journey from Paris to London via a new high-speed line in Britain.

The train, carrying journalists and VIPs, arrived at St Pancras, instead of Waterloo, for the first time. It took two hours, three minutes, 39 seconds.

The 68-mile line is expected to help cut times on the entire route by 20 minutes to two hours, 15 minutes when it opens to the public on 14 November.

Construction of the line and revamping St Pancras cost £5.8bn in public funds.

The high cost of the project is partly due to some major engineering challenges, including laying track to pass over the River Medway, under the River Thames and through 11 miles of tunnels beneath London.

The train left central Paris on its 306-mile (492km) journey at 0944 BST.

The BBC's Nick Higham, on board the train, said a GPS device had recorded a speed of 202mph (325km/h) in France and 195mph in Britain.

Trains will normally reach speeds of up to 186mph on the high-speed section in Britain.

The train joined the new 68-mile (110km) line, known as High Speed 1, at the Channel Tunnel near Folkestone, Kent, before arriving at St Pancras International at about 1148 BST.

It passed through the new £100m Ebbsfleet International station near Dartford, in Kent.

Ben Ruse, of London and Continental Railways, the company behind the new line, said: "It's an absolute milestone in the history of rail travel in the UK." (BBC)

Human calculator and Mike's Math 人腦計算機與麥克數學

"My name's Mike Byster, and according to psychologists … I have one of the fastest mathematical minds in the world."

This is what Mike Byster told students at his "Mike's Math" seminars, and he wasn't exaggerating.

Mike Byster is a math teacher, but he's also a human calculator. He can answer complex math problems in front of his students instantaneously: Miss Lewis: "999 divides by 56?" Byster: "That equals 17.83928571"

Byster created a system for solving complex math problems he calls "Mike's Math." The system uses a series of patterns and shortcuts that demystify how numbers work.

He shows students how to solve complex math problems in their heads, by teaching them math games, and different ways to categorize information. "Mike's Math" is changing how these students organize information, and is helping them improve in all areas of academics. Click here to visit Mike's Web site.

His Wonder Years

Byster started developing his system and methods at a young age. "I was always able to find patterns in things when I was a little kid. When I was 3 or 4, I was able to memorize all the presidents of the United States," Byster said. "Kids have such a tremendous amount of mental capacity if they push themselves and use it."

At a young age Byster applied his unusual talents for memorization to math problems, but he always wanted to do more than just party tricks with his special gift — he didn't always intend to become a teacher.

Today Byster lives with his wife, Robin, and 8-year-old son, Joshua, in a suburb of Chicago.

"When I first met him he was working at the mercantile exchange and he wasn't so happy. He always knew he wanted to do more," Robin Byster said. "And I have to say that I think the most rewarding or heartwarming thing about being married to him is that he is doing what he loves, and he's doing what he was born to do," she said.

A New Calling

Byster changed careers after a cousin called in a favor. "I knew I had a system, but I thought I was the only one that could do my system," he recalled, "and one day my cousin who was a math teacher asked me to come and speak to her class, and the kids loved it."

After working with the kids, Byster decided to devote himself to teaching "Mike's Math" full-time. He gave presentations in Chicago-area schools, from the poorest to the most affluent, teaching everyone from gifted students to the learning disabled. Byster gets requests to speak at schools all across the country, and around the world -- and he does this all as a volunteer.

Teaching Kids to Think Differently

The Byster family hopes that by spreading "Mike's Math," they can teach kids everywhere the benefits of thinking in a new way. "It's very easy to get caught up in keeping up with the Joneses kind of a thing, but it goes back to your choices," said Robin Byster.

"We live in a certain area where we have what we need. We share certain values that life is more than just what you have and the material things," she said.

Mike's students love the lessons they have learned, and they're using the new skills in their everyday lives. Some of the techniques Mike uses are not new, like mnemonics, for example.
He asked our class in New Jersey to memorize 10 random words. On average the students were able to recall half the list. Then, Mike used a simple mnemonic device -- he told a story using the same words, and the retention rate went up 94 percent.

The kids gain confidence from the tricks:

"One of the biggest things we do is, we've empowered your brain in math. Now take that to words and letters," Mike explains. "Everyone spells "television" the same way: T-E-L-E-V-I-S-I-O-N. I will spell it E-E-I-I-L-N-O-S-T-V. I can take the letters and put them in alphabetical order."

Melanie, now in 11th grade, was one of Byster's first students.

"I think learning how to do these different types of math things helped me to become more confident," she says, "and it helped me believe that I could do anything if I tried to do it."

Byster's wife agrees about just how much confidence can do for kids.

"I think what we are seeing now is the people that get all the fame and the riches, are the good athletes and the good singers, which is fine," she said, "but the smart kids -- they grow up to cure cancer and to do things that will change the world, and that's cool."

The Future

"20/20" first reported on Mike Byster in December 2006. He was volunteering at Chicago area schools, teaching students "Mike's Math" and looking for an investor to help him put "Mike's Math" on the Internet and on DVDs so kids around the world could benefit from his system.

After the show aired, Byster was flooded with more than 20,000 e-mails from more than 30 different countries inquiring about his program. Byster found an investor, and now "Mike's Math" is "Brainetics" -- what he calls "a revolutionary math and memory system."

Though the Brainetics Web site is still in production, you can visit the Mike's Math Web site (http://www.mikesmath.com) to stay up to date on his progress. Byster is currently in the middle of production with a series of seven DVDs and workbooks due out this November. (ABC News)

2007年9月8日 星期六

Teacher admits she had sex with 5 students 23歲女老師承認與5學生發生性關係

LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. -- A former Laurens County teacher pleaded guilty Thursday to having sex with at least five students.

Allenna Williams Ward, 23, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Bell Middle School, had sex with several students in cars, parks, a hotel and at the school.

She pleaded guilty Thursday to six charges -- three second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and three lewd acts on a minor. Family members and her attorneys accompanied her as she made an emotional statement to the court.

She said, "Today, I publicly admit my guilt and would like to apologize. I sincerely apologize for the effects of my actions."

Clinton police said that Ward had sex with at least five boys: three 14-year-olds, and two 15-year-olds. The students were at Bell Middle and another school that was not named.
Ward was fired when the allegations were made public in March.

While awaiting trial, Ward has been required to wear a tracking device and she was allowed no contact with her alleged victims or their families. She has only been allowed to leave her home to go to church or visit her lawyer. She was not allowed to use a cell phone.

Ward's family was required to pay for the electronic monitoring device, including a $150 administrative fee plus a $70 a week fee.

Thursday, Jerry Peace, 8th Circuit Solicitor, said, "She was in a position of authority. She had the trust of the community to teach kids right and do what you need to do around children to let them grow to be responsible adults. She violated that trust."

Ward will be sentenced at a later date. She could face a sentence of up to 105 years in prison. (Wyff4.com)

'Black Widow' snags Buffalo's wing-eating crown 「黑寡婦」奪下水牛城吃雞翅比賽后冠

Sonya Thomas, center, swallows another chicken wing during the National Buffalo Wing Festival eating contest held in Buffalo.

When it comes to wolfing wings, Sonya Thomas is a wiz.

The 105-pound competitive eater who goes by "The Black Widow" bested a dozen beefy rivals Saturday night, scoffing 173 wings in 12 minutes to win the wing-eating contest at the National Buffalo Wing Festival.

"That's 5.17 pounds of wings," said Brian Kahle, spokesman for the annual Labor Day weekend event in the city where Buffalo wings were born.

Thomas, 40, of Alexandria, Va., also held the festival's previous record of 161 wings in 12 minutes, set in 2004.

"She's the crowd favorite," Kahle said. "It was 12 huge guys and her."

Thomas has set numerous records in competitive eating events, including 37 hot dogs in 12 minutes; 35 bratwursts in 10 minutes; 11 pounds of cheesecake in 9 minutes; 44 lobsters in 12 minutes; and 250 Tater Tots in 5 minutes.

She is ranked No. 5 by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. According to the federation's website, No. 1-ranked Joey Chestnut holds the 12-minute record for chicken wings, downing 7.5 pounds of them May 21. (AP)

2007年9月6日 星期四

Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor, is dead at 71 世界男高音帕華洛帝辭世,享年71

Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti has died at his home in the northern city of Modena, his manager has announced.

The singer, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, was 71.

His charismatic performances - particularly alongside fellow tenors Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras - helped bring a new audience to opera.

Pavarotti had cancer surgery in July 2006 in New York, five months after his last performance. He had not made any public appearances since then.

He underwent five bouts of chemotherapy in the past year, and was admitted to hospital with a fever on 8 August. He was released two weeks later following diagnostic tests.

Fellow tenor Domingo said he had "always admired the God-given glory" of Pavarotti's voice.

'Long, tough battle'

Although his wife had told papers he was fighting like a lion, it had been feared that he had gone home to die among his friends and family, says the BBC's Christian Fraser in Rome.

Manager Terri Robson said in a statement that the tenor died at 0500 local time (0400 BST) on Thursday.

"The Maestro fought a long, tough battle against the pancreatic cancer which eventually took his life," she said.

"In fitting with the approach that characterised his life and work, he remained positive until finally succumbing to the last stages of his illness."

Pavarotti enjoyed 40 years on the world stage and became one of the world's biggest-selling artists.

He brought a new audience to opera, particularly with his signature tune Nessun Dorma, from Puccini's Turandot, which became associated with the 1990 football World Cup.

'So much fun'

His performances with Domingo and Jose Carerras at this time - in the Three Tenors concerts - were seen around the world.

"We've reached 1.5 billion people with opera," Pavarotti told critics of the shows.

"If you want to use the word commercial, or something more derogatory, we don't care. Use whatever you want."

In a statement from Los Angeles, Domingo said he had fond memories of the Three Tenors shows.

"We had trouble remembering we were giving a concert before a paying audience, because we had so much fun between ourselves," he said.

Nessun Dorma was part of Pavarotti's final performance, at the opening of the Winter Olympics in Turin in February 2006.

London's Royal Opera House - where the tenor last performed in Tosca in January 2002 - called Pavarotti "one of the finest singers of our time".
"He was one of those rare artists who affected the lives of people across the globe in all walks of life," it said.

"Through his countless broadcasts, recordings and concerts he introduced the extraordinary power of opera to people who perhaps would never have encountered opera and classical singing, in doing so he enriched their lives. That will be his legacy." (BBC)

Changbai Mountain Ginseng King auctioned for RMB10,000,000 「長白山人參王」開出千萬人民幣天價

On the ongoing 3rd China Jilin - Northeast Asia Investment and Trade Expo, Ginseng King of Changbai Mountain, a 300-year-old ginseng unearthed in Wusong County of Jilin Province earlier this year, was auctioned at a baseline price of RMB10,000,000, or around US$1,300,000, but nobody bid it. For sure, those rich men would like to buy a diamond studded human skull with $100 million rather than to buy a meaningless plant rhizome. (Xinhua)

Europe's tallest Mount Etna spews lava 歐洲最高的艾特納火山噴出岩漿

Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano, spews lava on the southern Italian island of Sicily September 4, 2007. There was no danger to villages lower down on the slopes, officials said. (Reuters)

Most Funny Pictures With Good Music You'll Laugh ! 有趣的圖片,博君一笑

Most Funny Pictures With Good Music You'll Laugh ! - video powered by Metacafe

2007年9月5日 星期三

Tiny duckling has three legs 三腳鴨

A yellow three-legged duckling at a duck farm in Tancheng County, East China's Shandong Province on September 4, 2007. Although it is reportedly eating well and quacking all day long, a rare mutation has left the male duckling with an extra leg dragging behind him.(China Daily)

UK's oldest worker 英國年紀最大的勞工

Great-grandfather Buster Martin just turned to 101 years old on September 1, but that day he didn't take day off while cleaning vans at the Pimlico Plumbers in Lambeth, south London. The following excerpts from BBC are some info summarized for the British oldest employee:

The centenarian was born in France, but came to England as a baby and grew up in an orphanage in Cornwall until 1916.

Moving to London he got his first job helping stall holders on Brixton market before joining the Army at 15 and served a total of 35 years before joining the Navy.

After taking up a wide range of trades, he finally went full circle and was working at Brixton market until he retired aged 97.

Mr Martin, who married in 1920 and had 17 children with his wife, said he took up working again because he became bored.

"Working keeps me active, that's the main thing. If you're active it saves you sitting in a wheelchair," he said.

Talking about how the world had changed in 100 years he said: "It's a bit too fast... I've never owned a telephone and I never will." (BBC)

Panda-like dog in Chengdu 成都一隻像熊貓的狗

How dare the guy tie a panda? Alas! It's not a panda but a 'panda dog.' The Chengdu dog was dyed black and white and looks like a panda. The dog owner has been reportedly detained 36 times to date on suspicion that he kept a panda illegally. (Sina)

Look? What a panda-like dog!

2007年9月3日 星期一

World's oldest blogger and Youtube user 全球年紀最大的部落客和Youtube用戶

Born in 1899 well before Australia as a federation exists, the great-grandmother Olive Riley is turning to 108 years old this October, but the age and lack of computer knowledge can not defer her to be a blogger and also a youtube user.

AT 107 she is probably the world's older blogger and cyber granny Olive Riley may also lay claim to being the oldest YouTube user.

From her home on the Central Coast, the great-grandmother of seven files her The Life of Riley blog (or blob as she calls it), which has won her thousands of fans across the world.

Mrs Riley was born in 1899 in Broken Hill when Australia as a federation did not exist and NSW was still a British colony ruled by Queen Victoria.
She survived two World Wars and the Great Depression, witnessed the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, raised three children and worked any number of weird and wonderful jobs, including as an egg sorter and a station cook in western Queensland.

Watch below her YouTube film Olive Riley Returns to Broken Hill.(News.com.au)

First Philippine solar-powered car 菲律賓第一部太陽能車

Eric Tan, one of the students who designed and constructed the first Philippine solar-powered car, drives along a street after it was unveiled in Manila September 1, 2007. The solar-powered car will be participating in the World Solar challenge in Australia from October 21 to 28, 2007.(China Daily)

An 88-year-old lesbian comes out 88歲女同性戀者出櫃

After spending 44 years with her life partner, Laguna Woods, California, woman Loraine Barr, 88, finds the courage to go public with their relationship. (OC Register)