Monthly Archives: December 2007

Top Ten Great Love Affairs in History

Last 3rd of December, CNN listed the top ten great love affairs in history. Below is the list with Antony and Cleopatra on top.

1. Antony and Cleopatra
2. Catherine the Great and Grigory Potemkin
3. Napoleon and Josephine
4. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
5. Czar Nicholas II and Alexandra Federovna
6. Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr. and Anne Spencer Morrow
7. (Prince) Edward and Wallis Simpson
8. Julius Waties Waring and Elizabeth Avery Waring
9. Juan Domingo Perón and Maria Eva Duarte (Evita)
10. Harry Tyson Moore and Harriette Simms Moore

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Cullinan Diamond, World’s Largest Gem-quality Diamond Ever Found

At 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g), the Cullinan Diamond is the largest gem-quality diamond ever found. It was found by Frederick Wells, surface manager of the Premier Diamond Mining Company in Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa, on January 26, 1905. It was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, the owner of the diamond mine. The picture above shows the Cullinan diamond after it was cut into 9 pieces. Link

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Man, Robert Schoff, Spends Christmas Eve in Septic Tank

A 77-year-old man, Robert Schoff, was trying to find a clog of his septic tank when he lost his balance and stuck upside down, with his head inside and his feet kicking in the air above. It was an hour before his wife, Toni, walked by a window and saw his feet in the air and called 911.

“It wasn’t good, I’ll tell you what,” Schoff said Tuesday. “It was the worst Christmas Eve I’ve ever had.”

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New Zealand Woman Finds Dead Mouse in Christmas Cracker

While sharing Christmas cracker with her family, Betty Lawrence found a dead and decaying mouse in it – far from the standard bad jokes, paper hats and proverbs that comes with it.

“I had said to my granddaughter, ‘What’s that smell?’ and we couldn’t work it out until we pulled the cracker,” Lawrence said.

“My niece started pulling it out, thinking it was a soft toy,” she said, adding the discovery wrecked the festivities. “It ruined my appetite for the rest of the day.”

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Three Maryland Dogs Inherited $800,000 Estate

These previously-stray dogs, Buckshot, Katie and Obu-Jet, are extremely lucky to have found an owner like Ken Kemper who leaves to them and $800,000 estate.

The dogs — named Buckshot, Katie and Obu-Jet — inherited $400,000 and a house in Hagerstown with the death last year of owner Ken Kemper. Altogether, their estate is worth about $800,000.

The beagle and two Labrador mixes were strays when Kemper adopted them. They now live at their house with caretaker Roy Grady.

They might not be aware of their wealth, but they do know that on one night a week Grady treats them to spaghetti dinner, with meatballs and garlic bread.

“They love it,” he said. “They know when it’s coming on Friday, too. They have that time clock.”

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Finns Developed First Ice Skate 5,000 Years Ago, To Save Energy

(Above is a replica of the first ice skate) According to recent study, Finns were the one who invented the first ice skate more than 5,000 years ago. This was their method of transport to make getting across frozen lakes less of a struggle. The primitive skates have blades made from bone. With this tool, researchers calculated that it reduced energy expenditure by 10 per cent.

“In central and northern Europe 5,000 years ago people struggled to survive the severe winter conditions and it seems unlikely that ice skating developed as a hobby,” said Dr Formenti.

“As happened later with skis and bicycles, I am convinced that we first made ice stakes to limit the energy required for our daily journeys.”

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Fattail Scorpion, World’s Deadliest Scorpion

While the fat-tailed scorpions (the common name given to scorpions of the genus Androctonus) is not the most venomous scorpion, it is the deadliest. Causing several deaths per year. Their venom contains powerful neurotoxins and is especially potent. These moderate sized scorpion, attaining lengths of 10 cm, are found throughout the semi-arid and arid regions of the Middle-East and Africa. Link

No. 5, 1948, World’s Most Expensive Painting at $140 Million

No. 5, 1948, an abstract painting by American painter Jackson Pollock (1912–1956) was done on a 8 x 4 feet sheet of fiberboard, with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance. It was sold to a David Geffen and then allegedly to David Martinez in 2006 in a private sale for a record of $140 million. Link