Monday, December 22, 2008
The Mendelssohn Stradivarius has become the world’s most expensive musical instrument. It has been bought on behalf of a professional musician for £902,000 from an auction at Christie’s in London. The previous record for a musical instrument was £682,000 set in 1988.
The Mendelssohn is believed to be one of the finest violins by Stradivari to appear on the market in recent years. The violin which once belonged to the descendants of the great composer Mendelssohn, dates from 1720, towards the end of Stradivari’s Golden Period, when he produced his greatest and most celebrated violins.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
A sever sunburn, like any other major burn, can be painful and dangerous enough to land you in the hospital. But even a minor burn is a problem, it makes the skin peel and lose whatever sun-protective tan it had developed.
The best thing to do for a mild sunburn is to cool your skin in a lukewarm bath and take aspirin. (Acetysalicylic acid, which is what aspirin is, helps reduce inflammation.) If blisters form, see a doctor, because you can develop a bacterial infection.
Compresses soaked in cool water, milk or tea can provide temporary relief for minor sunburn pain, as can local anesthetics (over-the-counter products that frequently have “-caine” as part of their brand name). Some people can become allergic to these anesthetics, so they should be used sparingly. Cold cream and other lubricants will not do anything for pain but will help the dryness of sunburned skin. If simple home remedies don’t work, see your doctor and be extra careful next time you’re in the sun.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Some early American writers used what they said was an American Indian expression, when they said a person spoke with a “forked tongue.” It may be that people thought the expression sounded like something an Indian might say.
One very old expression is to accuse a person of “lying through his teeth.” It means to purposely tell a big lie. If you accuse someone of “lying through his teeth,” you are making a very strong accusation.
Another expression describes lies that are not too bad, even if they are not complete truth. The expression is a “little white lie.” A white lie is a false statement or lie that seems harmless. It called white because the color white is linked to innocence and purity.
A white lie can be forgiven, because it usually is told to keep someone’s feelings from being hurt. That kind of a lie – a white lie – does two things. It keeps your friend’s feelings from being hurt. And it keeps her as a friend.
English churchman William Paley 200 years ago that white lies usually introduce darker ones.
Castro offered to commit suicide for $7,000 (it sounds better in Portuguese currency – 1,320,000 escudos). He even submitted a breakdown of how the money was to be spent on his commemorative funeral: 70,000 escudos for revolver and bullets: 500,000 for cremation and scattering of his ashes in the Tagus River flowing through Lisbon: 500,000 for good orchestra to play Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder , and 250,000 for an orchestrated performance by two hundred clowns.
Not surprisingly, the foundation refused the detailed and imaginative offer which nevertheless became known to the press possibly through information furnished by the prospective “victim”. In any case the poet got the publicity he wanted without having to kill himself for it.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Akhil lives in the state of Virginia. He is 12 years old. And he is very creative. Last December 1992, he received a patent for a special device he made that helps people pour liquid from heavy containers. The device is added on to the opening of the container. It permits a person to move the container just a little to get the liquid to pour out.
Akhil calls his invention E-Z gallon. He says that when he was seven years old his mother hurt her hand. She could not pour milk from big milk bottles. He was too small to help. That difficult situation led him to create something that would make it easier to pour from heavy containers. Akhil's pouring device is made from clay. He says he hopes to sell his device to the public.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We are told in the Bible, II Kings, if you like, the 9th chapter and 30th verse, that Jezebel "starched her face, and tired her heed, and looked out a window." This is from a 1539 version of the Sacred Book. Jezebel was really putting a white powder on her face, and was fixing her hair up with an ornament or headdress, for that is what tire meant at the time. The word tire is a shortened form of attire, which comes from the Old French atire, "to put in order," derived from a, "to," and tire, "row," which, incedentally, gave us word tier, that "row" of boxes in the opera house. Of course, from dressing the hair, the sense of attire has widened to dress in general.
BELLADONNA: Beautiful lady
Way back in the Renaissance days of the evil Borgias of Italy, when political purges were accomplished by poisoned rings and with foods and wines that were drugged with fatal doses, the lovely, dark-eyed ladies found a pleasant use for belladonna, the extract of the deadly nightshade. They discovered that a drop of this substance in each eye would expand the pupils and give them an expression of languorous beauty. And that seems to be the reason for the name belladonna, which an Italian means "fair lady".
COLLAR: around the neck
The collars that men and women wear today are nothing like the elaborate jeweled affairs that Cleopatra wore, or the iron ones that choked the slaves, but they are collars just the same for they are worn around the neck. The Latin word for collar can easily be seen in the French word decollete, "low-necked", because it is "away"(Latin de-) from the "neck".
FAVOR: usually a ribbon
Favors that are given at parties have a romantic history. In the Middle Ages ladies watched the tournaments and encouraged the knights with soft looks and tokens. The tokens they gave were varied, a ribbon, a mantle, a glove, sometimes even a portion of a dress. The knight wore this token, called a favor, on his arm. The word favor is through French from latin faveo, "to regard warmly or with good will."
GARTER: where the knee bends
The Countess of Salisbury once lost her garter while dancing with Edward III, or so claims the old story. With real 14th centrury gallantry the king picked it up, fastened it on his own leg, and spoke this immortal words: "Honi soit qui mal y pense;" Evil to him who thinks evil," which is the motto of the Order of the Garter. The word itself comes from the French gartier, which in turn derives from garet, "the bend in the knee." So the garter is named from the limd on which it is worn.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The Mississippi man, of course, isn't the only person in the world to have ever endured an anomalous collection of eyes. There was an English foureyed man, for example, who could open and clese each eye independently and look in four different directions at once.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
1. No Breakfast
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.
It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.
It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.
4. High Sugar consumption
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.
5. Air Pollution
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.
6. Sleep Deprivation
Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.
7. Head covered while sleeping
Sleeping with the head covered, increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.
8. Working your brain during illness.
Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.
9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.
10. Talking Rarely
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
* EAT SMALL, FREQUENT MEALS. Ulcers tend to be the most painful when the stomach is empty. If you eat often, food helps buffer the effects of digestive acids and enzymes.
* AVOID UNNECESSARY USE OF ASPIRIN OR NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS. Since these can irritate the digestive tract, your doctor may advise taking them with food.
* DON'T SMOKE. "Smokers have more ulcers, their ulcers are harder to heal, and they're more likely to have recurrences", says David Graham, M.D.
* CUT BACK ON COFFEE, TEA AND COLA DRINKS. Caffeine stimulate acid production, which may in turn exacerbate ulcers.
*AVOID ALCOHOL. This is particularly important for individuals taking the antibiotic metronidazole (Flagyl), which can make them severely ill if they drink.
* DON'T USE MILK AS THERAPHY. Doctors say it's one of the worst treatments for ulcers.
* AVOID FOODS THAT UPSET YOUR STOMACH. You don't have to eat a bland diet, but steer clear of too spicy foods or any that have irritated your digestive system before.
* CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU'VE HAD ULCERS IN RECENT YEARS. "If any of may ulcer patient test positive for H.pylori, I treat them immediately rather than waiting for a recurence," says Dr. Graham.
Monday, December 8, 2008
The star is tiny and dense. it is only about 12 miles wide. But it has more mass than the sun. The star is called pulsar. It was formed when a larger star exploded. Pulsars produce no light. But they create radio waves as they rapildy turn.
Scientists discovered the star by observing a giant cloud of gas that is following the pulsar. The cloud is shaped like the musical instrument, the guitar. Scientists say the unusual shape may have resuldted from the movement of the stars as it traveled through different levels of as in the universe.
Scientists say the discovery of a pulsar is common. But they say it is unusual to find such a fast-and-forward-moving one. They say it probably will leave our galaxy in about 100 million years.
Friday, December 5, 2008
In the 19th century a street juggler, originally a zouave or member of a French infantry unit noted for its quick-spirited drills, used to allow spectators to touch the projection of a saber pressing against his stomach wall below the sternum. He was a braver fellow than most, for many performers of this feat swallow a 17 to 19 inch guiding tube beforehand and retain it, partially swallowed, throughout the performance. The tube protects the path along which the sword will descend.
Caroline Sutton's "How Do They Do That" says that in order to gradually overcome the gag reflex, a sword swallowers begin practicing with smaller objects, such as spoons and forks, being careful not to drop them whole. With head titled back , mouth open wide, he aims to align with the descending object his mouth, pharynx, esophagus, cardiac opening and distended stomach. The total distance is about 21-1/2 to 24-1/2 inches about the length of the flat blade of the saber. Needless to say, the sword swalloers must fast before such a performance.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
That goes to the others, linked to this card.
1. Simple Things cant be Ignored
In Holland, the Dutch people told children the gifts came from Saint Herr Nicholas. In the Dutch language his name became "Sinter Klaas". The Dutch brought the Sinter Klaas tradition to America. Americans called the gift giver " Santa Claus". And they included him in their Christmas celebration.
Thomas Nast first drew the Santa Claus we see today. Thomas Nast was an American artist. He drew pictures for books and newspapers. Someone asked him to draw a picture of Santa Claus.
Thomas Nast remembered when he was a boy in Germany, a fat little old man had given toys and cakes to children. So that is how he drew Santa Claus. That drawing made more than 125 years ago has remained our picture of Santa Claus. Santa is a fat, smiling, little old man with a red nose and a white beard. He is dressed in a red suit, with a black leather belt and black boots.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
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Friday, November 28, 2008
The earth behave as though there were gigantic magnet inside it. It has two "magnetic poles", which, at the moment, are about 1,000 km. away from the corresponding geographical poles. They are found in north east Canada and Antarctica, respectively. The magnetic poles are not stationary; they move in small circles over a period of about 500 years. The origin of the earth's magnetic field has not been completely explained. One theory assumes that because of the earth's rotation, the current molten material inside the planet act like gigantic dynamos, capable of producing the electric currents required to maintain the earth's magnetic field. Another suggests that the planet's heavy core is made of magnetic material.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The oldest mathematical puzzle dates from 1650 B.C. This is an English version:
As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife has seven sacks, every sack had seven cats. Every cat has seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks and wives, how many were going to St. Ives?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
You can improve your ability to remember if you can eat meal immediately after you learn something rather than wait before you sit down at the table. We keep memories by activating a series of hormones that send them to the appropriate area of the brain for storage. It turns out that these hormones are released during digestion.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Ruby has produced almost 100 paintings in the last year. She has earned more than 40,000 dollars for the zoo.
Zoo officials say Ruby first showed a talent for art about years ago. Zoo workers wathed her make marks in the sand with her trunk. She rubbed out the marks, then made new ones. The zoo workers gave her brushes and paints. Soon, Ruby was painting pictures.
Ruby's work earn money to help the zoo and help save threatened animals. Zoo officials say they don not force Ruby to paint. They believe she paints because it is fun.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
The first Thanksgiving Day was observed when the Pilgrim Fathers held a three-day festival after the harvest of 1621. But the day was not celebrated as a regular national holiday until more than two centuries later. Gradually each state adopted the idea until, in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed a national harvest festival on November 26.
The festival is still basically a home celebration, with religious overtones, for families and friends. Turkey is the traditional meal at the feast, and such autumnal dishes as pumpkin pie and plum pudding stress the harvest theme.
For a heftier outlay of $2 million, hospitals can install a device called Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) imaging that is said by some to be the greatest advance in diagnostics since the X-rays. Superior to the X-ray Computed Tomography (CT scan), it is better for producing images of the back of the brain, the brain stem and the upper spine. It is also useful for diagnosing knee problems.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Meanwhile, educators had improved their learning strategies through seminars and conferences. Ms. Alma T. Café and Mrs. Dalisay C. Estabillo attended the SSP ICT Integration Training on Discovering and Creating Digital Communities conducted at Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City last May 26 to 28,2008 . The said training was sponsored by Smart Schools Program which aims to help teachers in making their lessons in class more creative, alive and meaningful through the use of the new technology - computer and internet. Last September 10 to 11, 2008, Ms. Alma Café, a computer educator and ICT trainer for Davao Oriental attended the 3rd National ICTs in basic Education Congress held at Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City, organized by DepEd, Foundation for IT Education and Development, Inc. (FIT-ED), and University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). This year’s theme was “Teaching the net Generation: Curriculum, pedagogy, and the challenge of 21st Century Learning”. Another batch of teachers were sent for another training on Drop out Reduction Program (DORP) Implementation held last November 3 to 7,2008 at Cebu Business Hotel, Cebu City .The teachers who attended the training were Mrs. Trifina F. Simo, Mrs. Josefina Arbol, Mrs. Mary Jean Alterado, Mrs. Allen A. Rodriguez and Mrs. Doris D. Macarona. The purpose of the training were to reduce, if not totally eliminate school dropout, increase retention rate, increase significantly the achievement level of the students-at-risk of Dropping Out (SARDO)., retrieve learners who are out of school, increase the capability o schools to establish, implement, monitor, evaluate and continuously improve the DORP, design and continuously improve DORP practices and learning materials and benchmark the best DORP practices.
The mentors prove their professions in solacing their students to come up with a desired effort that which might open the portals for their apprentices to a better and brighter future. In the long run, Lupon Vocational High School had showed much and attests that they can lick other schools in terms of academic and co-curricular skills. Without batting an eyelash, altogether we will continue to boost and uplift the institution for further completions and achievements. Once and for all, LVHS will soon be a great high flier of learning triumphs which ensconces the brilliant young minds of the nation.
Monday, November 17, 2008
However, warmer waters in the shallow oceans contributes to the death of about quarter of the world’s coral reef in the last few decades. Because of warmer temperature it may affects human health, this may lead to death due to heat waves and more allergy attacks as the pollen seasons grow longer. Warmer temperature that have led to more intense rainfall events in some areas can cause much flooding. And as the temperature warms, species may either move to cooler habitat or die. And because of too much heat there is tendency that the mountain glaciers in all areas of the world may decrease in size an so has the amount of permafrost. For seawater it will become acidic that might have impacts on coral reefs and marine life. With those effects of climate change, is this what we want to happen? Definitely NO!
Most of those happenings nor effects that is now slowly occurring is very likely to have been caused by human activities. Human activities that contributed to climate change including the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation and kaingin, which causes the emission of carbon dioxide—the main gas responsible for climate change as well as of other greenhouse gases.
Destruction of properties, deaths, starvation, sickness or illnesses will happen because of our very erroneous actions. Our mother nature is crying. And to save her from total destructions, let us plant trees because it’s our life, our survival. Planting trees is one of the essential actions in saving our lives and world as a world. Therefore, let ourselves be much educated for climate change is harmful to every mankind.
Touted by scientists as “miracle vegetable,” malunggay has been promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the past 20 years as a low-cost health enhancer in poor countries around the globe. In fact, during the Marcos administration, there was already a craze about malunggay, being a solution to the malnutrition problem in the countryside.
Perhaps not too many people know that the late President Ferdinand Marcos himself was a malunggay addict, consuming soup littered with green leaves in every meal in addition to the legendary ‘saluyot’ and ‘labong’ (bamboo shoots) as his main fare.
Malunggay trees are generally grown in backyards. The small, oval, dark-green leaves are famous vegetable ingredient in soup, fish and chicken dishes. Scientifically, it is called ‘Moringa Oelifera’. Despite its legendary potentials, malunggay is still relatively unknown.
“The sale of all forms of vitamins, minerals, and health supplements is a big business,” points out Moringa Zinga, an American Company that promotes and sells malunggay products in capsules. “If you are a company selling hundreds of nutritional products, why would you sell a product that will wipe out all your other products? This is true for the pharmaceutical industries as well. These industries would rather that the general public remains ignorant about the Moringa leaves.”
According to the Bitechnology Program Office of the Department of Agriculture, the malunggay has been found by biochemists and molecular anthropologists to be rich in vitamins C and A, iron, and high-density lipoprotein or goon cholesterol.
Due to its high calcium content (four times the calcium in milk); lactating mothers in the Philippines are often advised to consume malunggay leaves to produce more milk for their babies. The young malunggay leaves are being boiled and drink as tea.
Malunggay leaves are loaded with nutrients. Gram for gram, malunggay leaves also contain two times the vitamin A in carrots.
Health nutritionists claim that an ounce of malunggay has the same vitamin C content as seven oranges. An important function of vitamin C not known to many is its being antioxidant. In fact, it has been recognized and accepted by the US Food and Drug Administration as one of the four dietary antioxidant, the others being vitamin E, Beta-carotene and selenium.(a dietary oxidant is a substance in food that significantly decreases the adverse effects of harmful chemicals)
There are more health benefits. Vivencio Mamaril, of Bureau of Plant Industry, told a national daily that in India, malunggay is used in treating various ailments. A 2001 study in India has found that the fresh root of the young tree can be used to treat a fever. Asthmatics are advised to drink the fusion from the roots of the plant.
Tender malunggay leaves also reduce phlegm and are administered internally for scurvy and catarrhal conditions, while the flowers are used to heal inflammation of the tendons and abscesses. Unripe pods of malunggay can prevent intestinal worms, while the fruit also prevents eye disorders.
Other studies have shown that eating malunggay fruits can lead to higher semen count. This is good news for men who may not able to sire children. They can now count on the malunggay to work its magic on them.
Because of its nutritional content, malunggay strengthens the immune system, restores skin condition, controls blood pressure, relieves headaches and migraines, manages the sugar level thereby preventing diabetes, reduces inflammations and arthritis pains, restricts the growth of tumors, and heals ulcers. This information comes from Dr. Kumar Pati, an Indian doctor who is an expert in natural medicine.
The “next big thing” in Philippine agriculture. That is how the agriculture department considers malunggay. “Malunggay can save illnesses, increases incomes, generate millions of jobs, utilize vast tracts of idle agricultural lands, make the Philippines globally competitive, impact local international market, and help attain socio-economic equity.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
The first printing press in the Philippines was established by the Dominican friars in Manila in the year 1953. That was 47 years before the appearance of the first printing press in the United States. The first printing press in Manila printed books by means of the old xylographic methos, that is, printing by using engraved woodblocks.
In 1602 Father Francisco Blancas de San Jose, with the help of Juan de Vera (Chinese Christian printer), improved the printing press by using the typographic method, that is, printing by means of movable types.
In 1608 Father San Jose transferred the printing press to Abucay, Bataan, where he was assigned as parish priest. In this town, he trained a young Filipino named Tomas Pinpin in the art of printing. In subsequent times the printing press was moved from place to place - from Abucay to Pila (Laguna), from Pila to Manila, from Manila to Bacolor (Pampanga), and from Bacolor back to Manila. It is still existing as the University of Santo Tomas Press. Truly, it is one of the oldest printing presses in the wolrd.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The Japanese are chewing their way through twelve billion pairs of throw away chopsticks a year. This, says Any Crump, a reporter of the third World Compass News Feature Agency of Luxembourg, amounts to the wood used in 12,000 average –sized family houses. Waribashi, the disposable wooden chopsticks common used in Japan, have conservationist up in arms. The thousands of tons of wood that Japan’s 120 million throw out after each meal is making a quite a dent in the world’s forests, they say. The Japanese demand for wood, says Crump, has been largely responsible for the destruction of half the hardwood forest in the Philippines in about one-third of the forests in Indonesia. Japanese conservationists are now urging dinners to refuse to accept waribashi and instead to use their own non-disposable chopsticks.
Reading a book is one of the most popular ways of enjoying yourself. Some people read just for the fun and relaxation a book gives them. Others read to acquire information and improve their minds. A few read special books in history, science, or stamp collecting because it is their hobby. Students usually read to become acquainted with the best writers whose thoughts or stories have become a part of our language. Very often, students read certain books to increase their knowledge of science or history, or some subject in which they make a career.
Can you write a review of a book or tell a friend why or why not he should read it? If you will follow this few rules, you can easily help someone to decide to read or not to read a book.
1. State the author or title. The jacket of the book will usually tell you whether the author has written other books, whether he is English or American or some other interesting facts dealing with his life.
2. Tell what kind of a book it is: story, travel, biography, science.
3. Tell the principal parts of the story, but do not give away the ending if there is a plot. To take away the suspense by telling the ending is to spoil the story for anyone else.
4. Describe the main characters so that the reader will know more about them.
5. If there is something unusual about the story, give our readers about it.
6. Tell why you like or dislike the book.
You, too, have to commit important rules to memory. However, your memory is called on more often to fix the important ideas of a lesson so as to express them in your words whether you must remember some passage by heart, or study it for the important ideas it contains, you would do well to observe this few rules to improve your ability to memorize.
1. Read the material carefully. Understand its meaning before you memorize it. Underline important ideas or facts.
2. Study the whole paragraph or lesson, not individual parts. Form a question for each paragraph and see how you would answer it.
3. Recite aloud the paragraph, the rule, the stanza as you go. Tie it in with what went before.
4. When you are memorizing something, especially a word for word subject, such as poem, study no longer than 15 minutes at a time. Several 15 minute period over a few days, or even during one day, is better than studying a lesson at one time.
5. An excellent way of remembering is to write the important ideas on cards. Feel in essential details. Then memorize the order in the cards, the principal statements, and be able to develop each statement in your own words.
For many years, the Department of Agriculture has been warning people who prepare food that they should not cut food on a wooden surface. The best thing to use, the Agriculture official said, was a piece of plastic. However, new research says is safer than plastic. Scientists were surprised to discover the almost 100% of the bacteria died almost immediately. The publication Organic Gardening reports that when the researchers put the same kind of bacteria on a plastic cutting board, none of them died. The report says the bacteria could not be removed from the plastic even with soap and hot water.