I’ve taken to reading the newspapers quite thoroughly in the last few months. It has become like sort of a routine for me now, to have a paper in one hand while I sip on my BournVita. (Yeah, I prefer that to tea.) And you know, there have been some really interesting things that got me quite fascinated. I have handpicked a few and decided to share it with you! So here goes –
Edythe Kirchmaeir is the oldest user on Facebook at 105. She first gained attention when she tried to enter her birth year as 1908 and was refused a profile by Facebook. After a complaint to the officials, she was finally allowed to create a profile, and has been using it since the age of 95. She has roughly about 41000 friends. Popular much?
French was voted as the sexiest language in the world, with it’s romantic pronunciations and a classy sound to it. Italian was the runner up language. The third was the British accent of the English language, which caught me by surprise, because the English accent has a reputation of making people speaking it sound smarter, but romantic? I don’t think so. But that’s just my opinion.
(I was really impressed by this one) Leaning Tower of Pisa is losing it’s tilt over the years – it has straightened up by almost an inch, as a result of an 11 year long restoration project. It’s tilt was initially increasing by a millimetre every year before the onset of the project, causing the emergence of a fear that it may collapse altogether.
The Da Vinci Tower in Dubai, (to be built) based on David Fisher’s architecture, is designed in such a manner that each floor rotates on it’s own, at about a maximum of of six metres every minute, and in different directions. This means that the tower will have different shapes at different times of the day! I wouldn’t mind a building like that near my house. I would love to get up in the morning with a different structure to look at each day!
As of december 2013, an estimated 50 sailors are held hostage by the pirates, eight of them being indians. The rescued survivors tell us that the Asian pirates are relatively milder, in the sense that they rob you of everything you have and don’t cause any physical torture as long as you don’t resist them. The african pirates, especially the Somali ones, in stark contrast, are outrageously barbaric. Hell, I didn’t even know pirates existed before Captain Phillips Released last year!
The Mars One programme, which seeks to settle a human colony on the uninhabited red planet, ( I know! crazy right? if this thing works out, we might have a place to move to once Global warming destroys Earth!) has shortlisted about 1508 candidates from a hundred and seven countries in round two, which only the 0.5% of the original applicants have managed to pass. There will be two more rounds after this and the lucky ones remaining in the rigorous process will be trained professionally to be sent to Mars. Out of the 1058 candidates, 297 are front he US, 75 from Canada and 67 from India. Here is a link to the official website – http://www.mars-one.com
Google Maps has found an unidentified object on the surface of the moon, (it wasn’t flying, so I guess you can’t really call it a UFO) which has a very unusual shape, leading researchers to think that it may be alien spaceship!
’123456’ has been named as the world’s worst password for 2013, followed by ‘letmein’ and ‘monkey’, as released by SplashData. It has topped ‘password’ which was the world’s worst password for 2012. Well. I guess, I can proudly say that I have never ever used these passwords in my life. Yes, I’ve had pretty embarrassing passwords in the past (come on, who doesn’t?), but that’s not the point.
A new-age father in Yemen has adopted a modern approach and thought up a funky new way of demanding dowry – a million Facebook likes! If the to-be son-in-law can whip up a million likes, he can marry the daughter. The dowry is supposedly a way to test how dedicated and hardworking the son-in-law can be. It’s a pretty tough job, considering Yemen’s population is only 25 million. As of December 2013, the poor man only has about 30,000 likes. It’s a long way to go. But that’s any day better than paying a financial dowry, isn’t it? I hope this man can achieve his goal, and I wish him luck!