World Press Photo Winners 1955-2011

World Press Photo Winners 1955-2011


A competitor tumbles off his motorcycle during the Motorcross World Championship at the Volk Mølle race course. (Mogens von Haven)


A German World War II prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his daughter. The child had not seen her father since she was one-year-old. (Helmuth Pirath)

The 10 Most Decadent Gourmet Hot Dogs From Around The Country

The 10 Most Decadent Gourmet Hot Dogs From Around The Country

"The Dragon Dog"- $100

"The Dragon Dog"- $100
History: The decadent Dragon Dog was created by Dougie Luv, the owner of DougieDog in Vancouver, BC.
What's in this decadent dog? So, I'm sure you're wondering, what exactly you'd get for $100? This hotdog consists of a pork bratwurst infused with Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac (which sells for anywhere from $1,900 to $2,500.) The bratwurst is sautéed in olive and truffle oil, placed on a sourdough sweetbread bun, and topped with Kobe beef, fresh lobster, tomatoes, truffles, aioli and a hot sauce that is “just a little spicy.”

Paper Castle

Paper Castle

London At Night From Sky

London At Night From Sky



Sweden had an unusual day in history-February 30, 1712! it was because Sweden's calendar then was not synchronised with either the Julian or the Gregorian calendar. Sweden"s calendar was finally converted to the Gregorian system in 1753 with a 10-day correction by leaping from February 17 to March 1.

In order to catch up with the solar cycle, the practice of adding one extra day every 4 years(366 days instead of 365) was first introduced in 45 BC by the Roman emperor, Julius Caesar. The Julian calendar which remained in use in some countries until as late as the 20th century had thus taken into account the yearly shortfall of 6 hours.

A year that is evenly divisible by 4 is a leap year. But century years are not leap years unless they can be evenly divided by 400. This is because the exact period of 365.242 days has been rounded off to 365.25 for convenient measurement. However, over many centuries the difference between the approximate value (0.25 day) which is about 11 minutes, accumulates significantly. To compensate for this, the leap year is omitted three times every 400 years. Thus 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not leap years but 1600 and 2000 were.

This change was incorporated in the Gregorian calendar that we use today which is actually a modified version of the Julian calendar.

Quiz for Bright People

Quiz for Bright People
There are only nine questions.

This is a quiz for people who know everything.
I found out in a hurry that I didn't.  These are not trick questions.  They are straight questions with straight answers...

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators, nor the participants, know the score, or the leader, until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark
is constantly moving backward?  

3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons.  All other vegetables must be replanted every year.
What are the only two perennial vegetables? 

4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

5. In many liquor stores, you can buy Pear Brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way.
How did the pear get inside the bottle? 

6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ' dw' and they are all common words.  Name two of them.

7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar.
Can you name at least half of them?

8. Name the only vegetable, or fruit, that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form, except fresh.

9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter 'S.'

Answers To Quiz: 

1. The one sport in which neither the spectators, nor the participants, know the score, or the leader, until the contest ends:

2. North American landmark constantly moving backward:
Niagara Falls ....
The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water and sand that rush over it every minute.

3. The only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons:
Asparagus and Rhubarb.

4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside:   Strawberry. 

5. How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle?...
It grew inside the bottle.
The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree.  The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season.  When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.

6. Three English words beginning with dw:   Dwarf, dwell and dwindle. 

7. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar:
Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.  

8. The only vegetable, or fruit, never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh:

9. Six, or more, things you can wear on your feet beginning with 'S':
Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings and stilts. 

16 Things to learn

16 Things to learn

1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."

3. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

5. You should not confuse your career with your life.

6. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

7. Never lick a steak knife.

8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

9. You will never find anybody who can give you a compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.

12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

13. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to a waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)

14. Your friends love you anyway.

15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.

16. Thought for the day: Men are like fine wine. They start out as grapes, and it's up to the women to stomp the crap out of them until they turn into something
acceptable to have dinner with.

Spices to help lose weight

Spices to help lose weight

Food and spices fills faster than the same dish, but not flavored. Just half a teaspoon of red pepper to the sauce or a teaspoon of horseradish to the meat can work wonders. Namely - the metabolism speeds up to 25%. However, it is not their only advantage.

Number 1 of spices for weight loss. A study conducted at the University of Peshawar (Pakistan), showed that cinnamon has successfully controlled blood sugar levels and thus does not give him disposed to fat. Total ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon per day is 20 times better carbohydrate metabolism.

The scientists from the National Agricultural Research Center (USA) found that a particular substance in cinnamon reduces the ability of fat cells to accumulate fat. Moreover, a cinnamon smell can be deceiving his appetite, creating the illusion of saturation without a single calorie. Add cinnamon can be in coffee, tea, oatmeal, fruit and baked in the bird.

Cayenne pepper
Ideal for those on a diet. It speeds up metabolism and reduce blood sugar levels, preventing it from becoming a layer of fat. The substance capsaicin, which is in the pepper, slightly increases the temperature of the body, and along with it - the body's ability to use the energy needs of ingested carbohydrates and fats. Moreover, significant: about 50% over three hours. And finally, cayenne pepper stimulates the production of epinephrine and norepinephrine, which in tandem have the ability to suppress appetite.

A very popular Indian spice, which is not only used in cooking, but also in medicine. Turmeric - is an antioxidant that fights free radicals, and yet it has anti-inflammatory action. But the most interesting of its ability to activate metabolism: the active ingredient curcumin prevents fat cells accumulate in the fat itself. In addition, turmeric aids digestion - including the digestion of heavy meals and fatty meat. Add a pinch of turmeric can be oil-vinegar salad dressing, to steamed vegetables, in stews and casseroles.

Another star of Indian medicine, which has zhiroszhigatelnymi properties. You can add cardamom seeds in coffee, tea or a marinade for poultry. Another option: 1 tsp. cardamom seeds lower in 250 ml of boiling water, let them cook for 10 minutes, cool and drink this decoction after meals.

The perfect remedy for appetite, which also has a tonic effect. In ancient Greece, athletes before competition chewed seeds of anise, to deceive the hunger, not to fill the stomach prior to physical activity and raise the spirit. Take their example, and every time your appetite will overcome at an inopportune time, chew anise. As a bonus, a pleasant taste and fresh breath.

Ginger not only gives the dish a fresh taste and unique flavor, it also speeds up the metabolism. As well as cayenne pepper, ginger, slightly raises the body temperature, and thereby activates metabolic processes. Research at the Medical Institute in Springfield (Australia) has shown that the metabolism is accelerated by ginger eaten by 20%! In addition, ginger reduces the level of harmful cholesterol.

Black pepper
Does not enjoy the mass popularity of healthy eating, but in vain. Black pepper is able to destroy fat cells and accelerate the exchange veschestv.Piperin, the active ingredient of pepper, affects the brain and nervous system, which in turn causes our body to burn more calories. And Pepper is struggling with heartburn, indigestion, and abdominal distention.

It has a pleasant ability to destroy fat cells and has a cleansing effect on the body. Improves digestion (especially paired with fat and meat dishes), and it can be combined in various ways: to make horseradish sauce or a snack pickled horseradish, which is sold in "Japanese" sections of supermarkets.

Unusual Car Parade

Unusual Car Parade

Deep Space and Photos of the Earth

Deep Space and Photos of the Earth

The lens most interesting photos of NASA deep sky and the earthfor the last 2 months. Supermassive black holes, craters on Mercury, the cosmic wind blowing at a speed of 32 million km / h and more.
Mena Crater on Mercury, named after the Spanish poet Juan de Mena. Has a diameter of 20 kilometers. Photograph taken January 3, 2012:
Galactic Cluster El Gordo large cluster (superstructure, consisting of several galaxies) ever observed by astronomers. Located at a distance of 7 billion light years from our planet:


A Quality Engineer married an average girl. After 24 months of tough life with her,
Finally the Engineer got angry and sent a note to his father-in-law Stating that:
The smart father-in-law replies

Camouflaged Creatures

Camouflaged Creatures

other nature has got a wicked sense of humor. She’s also fiercely protective of her creatures as famed wildlife photographer Alex Hyde discovered on his voyage into the world of animals that utilize camouflage for survival. The pictures are awesome and will have you wishing upon a silver star for the ability to blend in.

A Long-Spinnered Bark Spider


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