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Wazza News! – Part II

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The universe is huge. It’s just huge. We’re going to spend our entire life educating ourselves about new things – new hobbies, new skills, information about the tens of thousands of cultures, technological advances, linguistic variations, psychology and behavioural characteristics of various humans, space discoveries, and new facts. Even then, it’s never going to be possible for us to be exposed to even 0.1% of all the stuff out there. It might peak at 1% for Barrack Obama, or the NASA guys. Or Batman. (Kidding, Batman is fictional.) But that doesn’t mean we stop learning – because that would imply we stop living.

I’m not going to try to increase that percentage. We’ve got Wikipedia for that. I will, however, pursue to entertain you with these weird, hilarious facts.

(Missed out part 1 of this series? No worries, check it out here.)

A Pizza Parlour in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England claims to serve its customers the world’s ‘hottest pizza’. Nicknamed Death By Pizza, it is so spicy that it can make people’s tongues bleed! Definitely wouldn’t want that to happen to me – love my tongue too much for that. What’s more, the pizza, which is full of 20 Trinidadian Moruga scorpion chillies (yes, that’s an intimidating name), even induces heart attacks. It rates a whopping 12 million units on the Scoville scale, which is used to rank spicy food.

During the Sochi Olympics, the US security officials had issued warnings to all airlines that were operating outbound flights flying to Russia to check for toothpastes which may contain dissolved ingredients to prepare bombs while the flight is air borne. I have to say, the terrorists do have a creative mind, don’t you think? If you think the security officials were out of their minds to issue such a warning, you should probably know that in 2009, a nigerian man tried to set off a bomb hidden in his underwear aboard a US bound airliner.

The Walking Dead fans will probably know that the mid season kicked off recently, about two months back. Well, the advertising people went a step ahead this time to publicise the return of the mid season. They staged an elaborately thought out prank in New York City to scare people out of their minds at Union Square Park. Dressed in meticulous zombie costumes with the elaborate make ups, similar to that in the show, these people were ‘lurking’ in the sidewalk grates, with hands dangling out of the iron bars, to get a grab at peoples’ legs. You can easily imagine the magnitude of the shock those poor pedestrians must have received! Wait, why don’t you watch the clip yourself?

As you all should probably know by now, (it’s a shame if you don’t. Seriously.) WhatsApp was recently bought by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for a staggering 19 billion dollars. WhatsApp, supposedly the most popular instant messaging service, is used by 450 million users, while adding an astounding 1 million per day! What is more interesting to note, is that the widely used service hires only 55 people, 37 of them being engineers. That is ingeniously simply mind blowing.

UK crime author, Lynn Shepherd, found herself at the receiving end of many angry remarks and hate comments after she urged JK Rowling to stop writing because she “had [her] turn” and that the other authors needed “room to breathe”. While I appreciate her guts to make such bold statements, I certainly do not appreciate the intention behind it. As a wild fan of Harry Potter, I greatly respect JK Rowling and her fantastic writing. But if you think about it, this lady actually improved Rowling’s reputation, by highlighting the fact that Rowling is one of the toughest competitors in the world in the field of writing. Gotta thank her for that. I think it’s fair to assume that Rowling didn’t even have to bat an eyelid to combat this crazy lady – the millions of fans, including authors, did it for her.

Starting this April, all climbers with a dream to scale the world’s tallest mountain will automatically have to become garbage pickers. Those who make it past the base camp of Mt. Everest will have to bring back at least 8 kilograms of garbage – a bold move taken by the Nepali Government in a desperate measure to declutter the beautiful mountain peak. An estimated 13 tonnes of waste has been accumulated since 2008 – including oxygen cylinders, human waste, and, yes, hiker’s dead bodies which haven’t been decomposed due to the subzero temperatures.

This one’s quite hilarious. An American airlines plane was forced to divert to Kansas city of an emergency landing due to  – brace yourselves – not a technical glitch, but because of Whitney Houston. Yep, you read that right. Shortly after taking off, an avid fan of Whitney Houston started singing, raucously indeed,  I will Always Love You, which won Record Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 36th Grammy Awards in 1994. The other passengers could bear with the singing for a while, but later on it got too irritating, ultimately requiring involvement of the flight marshals, who handcuffed her and took her away. There’s even a clip of it on YouTube.

A crazy man in New Zealand lost a bet five years ago and actually went ahead to take the penalty – the  official changing of his name to a 99 character one. Fortunately, the New Zealand laws don’s allow names more than 100 characters, otherwise it’s hard to imagine what form his name would have taken. I’m sure you’re interested to know what his official name is. Well, here goes – Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova. 

That’s it for now. I’ll be keeping an eye out for any of such stupid crazy facts. Stay tuned!

Wazza! News

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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!