Amazing Facts

  • If you are one in a million in China… there are 1,300 people just like you.
  • The 25% of India’s population with the highest IQ’s… is GREATER than the total population of the United States.
  • Translation: India has more honors kids than America has total kids.
  • The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010… did not exist in 2004.
  • We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist…  using technologies that haven’t been invented… in order to solve problems we don’t even know yet.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38.
  • 1 in 4 workers has been with their current employer for less than a year. 1 in 2 has been there less than five years.
  • 1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met online (2007).
  • There are over 200 million registered users on MySpace.
  • If MySpace were a country, it would be the 5th-largest in the world (between Indonesia and Brazil).
  • The #1 ranked country in Broadband Internet Penetration is Bermuda, #19 The United States, and #22 Japan.
  • We are living in exponential times… there are 31 Billion searches on Google earth month. In 2006 this number was 2.7 Billion.
  • The first commercial text message was sent in December of 1992. Today, the number of text messages sent and received everyday, exceeds the total population of the planet.
  • RADIO took 38 years to reach a market audience of 50 million… TV 13 years… Internet 4 years… iPod 3 years… Facebook 2 years…
  • The number of internet devices in 1984 was 1,000… in 1992 it was 1,000,000…in 2008 it was 1,000,000,000
  • There are about 540,000 words in the English language. About 5X as many as during Shakespeare’s time.
  • It is estimated that a week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century.
  • It is estimated that 4 Exabyte (1.0×10^19) of unique information will be generated this year. That is more than the previous 5,000 years’ total.
  • The amount of new technical information is doubling every 2 years… For students starting a 4 year technical degree this means that… half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.
  • NTT Japan has successfully tested a fiber optic cable… that pushes 14 trillion bits per second down a single strand of fiber. That is 2,660 CDs or 210 million phone calls every second. It is currently tripling every six months and is expected to do so for the next 20 years.
  • The computational capacity of the human brain is estimated at 2 * 10^16, or 20 million billion calculations per second, which is twenty times greater than the supercomputer Blue Gene’s predicted achievement of 10^15, or 1 million billion calculations per second, by 2005.
  • The computational capacity of the human brain will be accomplished on supercomputers, or clustered systems, by 2010, followed on personal computers by 2020.
  • By 2013, a supercomputer will be build that exceeds that computational capabilities of the human brain. Predictions are that by 2049, a $1000 computer will exceed that computational capacity of the entire human space.
  • Every 5 min 67 babies are born in the US…274 babies in China… 395 in India and 6,94,000 songs were downloaded illegally.
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The difference between the poor countries. Think and Act!!

The difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is not at the age of the country.
 
This can be shown by countries like India and Egypt which are more than 2000 years old and are poor.
 
On the other hand, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, that 150 years ago were inexpressive, today are developed countries and are rich.
 
The difference between poor and rich countries does not reside in the available natural resources.
 
Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture and cattle raising, but it is the second world economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw material from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.
 
Another example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate of the world. In its little territory they raise animals and plants the soil during 4 months per year. Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality. It is a small country that transmits and image of security, order and labour, which made it the world’s strong safe.
 
Executives from rich countries who communicate with their counter parts in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual difference.
 
Race or skin colour are also not important: immigrants labeled lazy in their countries of origin are the productive power in rich European counties.
 
What is the difference then??
 
The difference is the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education and the culture.
 
On analyzing the behaviour of the people in rich and developed countries, we find that the great majority follow the following principles in their lives:
 
1. Ethics, as the basic principle
2. Integrity
3. Responsibility
4. Respect to the laws and rules
5. Respect to the right of other citizens
6. Work loving
7. Strive for saving and investment
8. Will of super action
9. Punctuality
 
In poor countries, only a minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.
 
We are not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel to us.
 
We are poor because we lack attitude.
 
We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional principles of rich and developed societies.

World First’s – Invention and DISCOVERIES…

1. Worlds First Digital Camera (1975): Created by Kodak’s engineer Steve Sasson

In December 1975, Kodak engineer Steve Sasson invented something that would, decades later, revolutionize photography: the worlds first digital camera. It was the size of a toaster, and captured black and white images at a resolution of 100×100 – or 0.01 megapixels in todays marketing terminology. The images were stored on cassette tape, taking 23 seconds to write. The camera uses an ADC from Motorola, a bog-standard (for the 1970s) lens from a Kodak movie camera, and a CCD chip from Fairchild Semiconductor – the same technology that digital cameras still use today. To playback the images, a special computer and tape reader setup (pictured below) was built, outputting the grainy images on a standard TV. It took a further 23 seconds to read each image from tape.

2. World’s First Motel (1925): Motel Inn

Motel Inn in San Luis Obispo, California, is the worlds first motel. It was built in 1925 by LA architect Arthur Heineman, who coined the term motel meaning “motor hotel.” Motel Inn was originally called the Milestone Mo-Tel. Back then, one night stay was $1.25. Heineman couldnt afford the trademark registration fee, so his competitors were able to use the word “motel.” The motel is still in operation today.

3. World’s First Album Cover (1938): Smash Song Hits by Rodgers and Hart

Before Alex Steinweiss, then a 23-year-old designer, invented album covers in 1938 for Columbia Records, albums were sold in plain brown wrappers. The album “Smash Song Hits by Rodgers and Hart” was the very first album cover in the world.

4. World’s First Novel (1007): Tale of Genji

More than a thousend years ago, on 1007, a Japanese court lady put the finishing touches on what is considered the world’s first novel. Spanning 75 years, more than 350 characters, and brimming with romantic poems, the “Tale of Genji” tells the story of an emperor’s son, his quest for love, and the many women he meets along the way. It is attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu.

5. World’s First Web Server and Web Site (1990): a NeXT computer at CERN

Info.cern.ch was the address of the world’s first-ever web site and web server, running on a NeXT computer at CERN. The first web page address was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, made by Tim Berners-Lee.

6. World’s First Motorcycle (1885): Daimler’s “riding car”

The First Motorcycle was designed and built by the German inventors Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Bad Cannstatt (Stuttgart) in 1885. It was essentially a motorised bicycle, although the inventors called their invention the Reitwagen (“riding car”). It was also the first petroleum-powered vehicle.

7. World’s First X-Ray (1895): Rntgen’s wife hand

In 1895 Wilhelm Conrad Rntgen, professor of physics the University of Wurburg in Germany, was doing experiments with electrical discharges in evacuated glass tubes. Late in 1895 Wilhelm Rntgen was alone at night doing his experiments, this time in the dark and noticed a glow was produced on the wall, which he knew was not caused by fluorescence or visible light. He named these new, unidentified rays ‘X’ or if you prefer; X-rays. After several months of playing with his discovery he noticed that objects place in the path of the rays cast shadows and created images on the wall. Soon after he used a photgraphic plate and had his wife, Frau Rntgen, place her hand in the path of the X-rays, creating the world’s first X-ray picture. In 1901 Wilhelm Rntgen was awarded the very first Nobel Prize in Physics for this discovery.

8. World’s First Computer Mouse (1964): by Douglas Engelbart

The world’s first computer mouse was made by Douglas Engelbart in 1964, it consisted of two gear-wheels positioned perpendicular to each other — allowing movement on one axis. Ergonomic shape, great button placement — and it’s made of wood.

9. World’s First Skyscraper (1885): Home Insurance Building in Chicago

Considered to be the first skyscraper in the world due to the building’s unique architecture and unique weight bearing frame, the Home Insurance Building was built in 1885 in Chicago, Illinois and demolished in 1931 to make way for the Field Building (now the LaSalle National Bank Building). It was the first building to use structural steel in its frame, but the majority of its structure was composed of cast and wrought iron. It was the first tall building to be supported, both inside and outside, by a fireproof metal frame. It had 10 stories and rose to a height of 138 feet (42 m) high.

10. World’s First Concept Car (1938): Buick Y-Job

Designed in 1938 by the famous General Motors designer Harley Earl, the Buick Y-Job is considered by most to be the first concept car. The car had power-operated hidden headlamps, “gunsight” hood ornament, wraparound bumpers, flush door handles, and prefigured styling cues used by Buick until the 1950s.

11. World’s First MP3 Player (1998): MPMan 32MB

Released in 1998, the Eiger Labs MPMan was the world’s first MP3 player, boasting 32MB of internal memory — expandable to 64MB. Available in F10 or F20 models, the latter boasting SmartMedia compatibility, this player set you back a mere $69 + shipping. It measures a slim 91 x 70 x 16.5 mm.

12. World’s First Crossword (1913): Arthur Wynne’s Invention

In 1913, Arthur Wynne had the job of devising the weekly puzzle page for Fun, the eight-page comic section of the New York World, a major newspaper of the time. When he devised what he called a Word-cross for the Christmas edition, published on 21 December, he could have no idea that he would be starting a worldwide craze.

13. World’s First Microprocessor (1971): Intel 4004

In November, 1971, a company called Intel publicly introduced the world’s first single chip microprocessor, the Intel 4004 (U.S. Patent #3,821,715), invented by Intel engineers Federico Faggin, Ted Hoff, and Stan Mazor. After the invention of integrated circuits revolutionized computer design, the only place to go was down — in size that is. The Intel 4004 chip took the integrated circuit down one step further by placing all the parts that made a computer think (i.e. central processing unit, memory, input and output controls) on one small chip. Programming intelligence into inanimate objects had now become possible.

14. World’s First Magazine (1731): The Gentleman’s Magazine

The Gentleman’s Magazine, first published in 1731, in London, is considered to have been the first magazine. Edward Cave, who edited The Gentleman’s Magazine under the pen name “Sylvanus Urban”, was the first to use the term “magazine”, on the analogy of a military storehouse of varied materiel, originally derived from the Arabic makazin “storehouses” . It ceased publication in September, 1907.

15. World’s First Photograph (1826): “View from the Window at Le Gras”

Centuries of advances in chemistry and optics, including the invention of the camera obscura, set the stage for the worlds first photograph. In 1826, French scientist Joseph Nicphore Nipce, took that photograph, titled View from the Window at Le Gras at his familys country home. Nipce produced his photo a view of a courtyard and outbuildings seen from the houses upstairs window�by exposing a bitumen-coated plate in a camera obscura for several hours on his windowsill.

Waste Material – Interesting Facts 03

426,000 cell phones discarded daily.

200,000 cigarette packs, the same number of Americans who die every six months due to smoking.

 11,000 commercial flights taking place in the U.S. every 8 hours.

65,000 Americans under 18 that start smoking every month.

1 million of plastic cups trashed every six hours in commercial flights.

60,000 plastic bags, discarded every 5 seconds.

2 million plastic bottles, dumped every 5 minutes.

It’s 106,000 aluminium cans, thrown into the garbage every 30 seconds.

The numbers mentioned were obtained from the quantities of waste discarded only in the United States.

Imagine what world figures are!

Some Interesting Facts

  • The Statue of Liberty’s index finger is eight feet long
  • Rain has never been recorded in some parts of the Atacama Desert in Chile
  • A 75 year old person will have slept about 23 years.
  • A Boeing 747’s wing span is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight. the Wright brother’s invented the airplane)
  • There are as many chickens on earth as there are humans.
  • One type of hummingbird weighs less than a penny
  • The word “set ” has the most number of definitions in the English language;192
  • Slugs have four noses
  • Sharks can live up to 100 years
  • Mosquitoes are more attracted to the color blue than any other color.
  • Kangaroos can’t walk backwards
  • About 75 acres of pizza are eaten in in the U.S. Everyday
  • The largest recorded snowflake was 15in wide and 8in thick. It fell in Montana in 1887
  • The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that the sound it makes is actually a tiny sonic boom.
  • Former president Bill Clinton only sent 2 emails in his entire 8 year presidency
  • Koalas and humans are the only animals that have finger prints
  • There are 200,000,000 insects for every one human
  • It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery had in it to begin with.
  • The world’s largest Montessori school is in India, with 26,312 students in 2002
  • Octopus have three hearts
  • If you ate too many carrots, you’d turn orange
  • The average person spends two weeks waiting for a traffic light to change.
  • 1 in 2,000,000,000 people will live to be 116 or old
  • The body has 2-3 million sweat glands
  • Sperm whales have the biggest brains; 20 lbs
  • Tiger shark embryos fight each other in their mother’s womb. The survivor is born.
  • Most cats are left pawed
  • 250 people have fallen off the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • A Blue whale’s tongue weighs more than an elephant
  • You use 14 muscles to smile and 43 to frown. Keep Smiling!
  • Bamboo can grow up to 3 ft in 24 hours
  • An eyeball weighs about 1 ounce
  • Bone is five times stronger than steel.

Effects of Smoking‏

SMOKING CAUSES PROBLEMS OTHER THAN LUNG CANCER AND HEART DISEASE

The fact that smoking causes lung disease and oral cancer isn’t exactly news, and only tobacco industry executives would express (feigned) shock at being told. But cigarettes can lead to a whole slew of problems involving every system of your tar-filled body, and most people aren’t aware of this.
The American Council on Science and Health’s book Cigarettes: What the Warning Label Doesn’t Tell You is the first comprehensive look at the medical evidence of all types of harm triggered by smoking. Referencing over 450 articles from medical journals and reviewed by 45 experts — mainly medical doctors and PhDs — if this book doesn’t convince you to quit, nothing will.

Among some of the things that cancer sticks do:
..Besides cancers of the head, neck, and lungs, ciggies are especially connected to cancers of the bladder, kidney, pancreas, and cervix. Newer evidence is adding leukemia and colorectal cancer to the list. Recent studies have also found at least a doubling of risk among smokers for cancers of the vulva and penis, as well as an eight-fold risk of anal cancer for men and a nine-fold risk for women.

..Smoking trashes the ability of blood to flow, which results in a sixteen-fold greater risk of peripheral vascular disease. This triggers pain in the legs and arms, which often leads to an inability to walk and, in some instances, gangrene and/or amputation. Seventy-six percent of all cases are caused by smoking, more than for any other factor, including diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.

..Smokers are at least two to three times more likely to develop the heartbreak of psoriasis. Even if that doesn’t happen, they’ll look old before their time. The American Council tells us, “Smokers in their 40s have facial wrinkles similar to those of nonsmokers in their 60s.” ..Smokers require more anesthesia for surgery, and they recover much more slowly. In fact, wounds of all kinds take longer to heal for smokers.

..Puffing helps to weaken bones, soft tissue, and spinal discs, causing all kinds of musculoskeletal pain, more broken bones and ruptured discs, and longer healing time. “A non-smoker’s leg heals an average of 80 percent faster than a smoker’s broken leg.”

..Smoking is heavily related to osteoporosis, the loss of bone mass, which results in brittle bones and more breaks.
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.Cigarettes interfere with your ability to have kids. “The fertility rates of women who smoke are about 30 percent lower than those of nonsmokers.” If you’re an idiot who continues to smoke while you’re expecting — even in this day and age, some people, including stars Catherine ZetaJones and Courtney Love, do this — you increase the risks of miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, low birth weight, underdevelopment, and cleft pallet. If your child is able to survive outside the womb, it will have a heavily elevated risk of crib death (SIDS), allergies, and intellectual impairment.

..Smoking also does a serious number on sperm, resulting in more deformed cells, less ability of them to swim, smaller loads, and a drastic decrease in overall number of the little fellas. The larger population of misshapen sperm probably increases the risk of miscarriages and birth defects, so even if mommy doesn’t smoke, daddy could still cause problems. What’s more, because smoking hurts blood flow, male smokers are at least twice as likely to be unable to get it up.

..Besides shutting down blood flow to the little head, smoking interferes with the blood going to the big head in both sexes. This causes one quarter of all strokes. It also makes these strokes more likely to occur earlier in life and more likely to be fatal.

..”Depression — whether viewed as a trait, a symptom or a diagnosable disorder — is overrepresented among smokers.” Unfortunately, it’s unclear how the two are related. Does smoking cause depression, or does depression lead to smoking? Or, most likely, do the two feed on each other in a vicious cycle?

..”Smokers experience sudden hearing loss an average of 16 years earlier than do never smokers.”

..Smokers and former smokers have an increased risk of developing cataracts, abnormal eye movements, inflammation of the optic nerve, permanent blindness from lack of blood flow, and the most severe form of macular degeneration.

..Lighting up increases plaque, gum disease, and tooth loss.
..It also makes it likelier that you’ll develop diabetes, stomach ulcers, colon polyps, and Crohn’s disease.
..Smoking trashes the immune system in myriad ways, with the overall result being that you’re more susceptible to disease and allergies.
..And let’s not forget that second-hand smoke has horrible effects on the estimated 42 percent of toddlers and infants who are forced to inhale it in their homes:

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), children’s “passive smoking,” as it is called, results in hundreds of thousands of cases of bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, and worsened asthma. Worse yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 702 children younger than one year die each year as a result of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), worsened asthma and serious respiratory infections.
It’s very surprising to note that smoking can have a few health benefits. Because they zap women’s estrogen levels, cigarettes can lead to less endometriosis and other conditions related to the hormone. Smoking also decreases the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the knees, perhaps because the pliability of thin bones takes some pressure off of the cartilage. And because it jacks up dopamine levels, it helps ward off Parkinson’s disease. Of course, these benefits seem to be side effects of the hazards of smoking, so the trade-off hardly seems worth it 

 

The 5 most expensive addictions

* Alcohol. Estimated annual cost: $166 billion. Binge drinking hits the unemployed harder on a per capita basis — 10.4%, vs. 8.4% of employed people. It is most prevalent in small metropolitan locales, rather than big cities or rural areas. The $18 billion spent on alcohol and drug treatment last year represented 1.3% of all health care spending.
 
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* Smoking. Estimated annual cost: $157 billion. The tab includes $75 billion in direct medical expenses, with the rest in lost productivity from ill patients missing work. Given the low-tax (or no-tax) underground cigarette economy on the Web and on Indian reservations, it’s unlikely that sales and usage have dropped much over the past decade, official government statistics notwithstanding.
 
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* Drugs. Estimated annual cost: $110 billion. Like alcohol, illicit drug use is more prevalent among the unemployed. Most addicts are also heavy drinkers, though only a small minority of alcoholics are drug abusers. Crystal meth has followed marijuana, cocaine and heroin as the drug of choice among the young set.
 
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* Overeating. Estimated annual cost: $107 billion. Overeating increases the risk of many health problems, including heart attacks. Obesity causes 14% of attacks suffered by males and 20% of those suffered by females, the National Institutes for Health says, and fewer than a third of adults get regular exercise. The bulk of the $107 billion is the direct cost to treat heart disease, osteoarthritis, hypertension, gall bladder disease and cancer.
 
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* Gambling. Estimated annual cost: $40 billion. Addicted gamblers often feel compelled to chase after bad bets with more money in the hope of winning back their losses. And some who catch the fever develop the need to periodically raise the betting stakes to keep the same thrill. Also, addicts often face job loss, bankruptcy and forced home sales, and they are at greater risk to commit crimes like forgery and embezzlement.