If Men Got Pregnant - Amazing Funny Facts

If Men Got Pregnant - Amazing Funny Facts

Maternity leave would last two years... With full pay.

There would be a cure for stretch marks.

Natural childbirth would become obsolete.

Morning sickness would rank as the nation's #1 health problem.

All methods of birth control would be 100% effective.

Children would be kept in the hospital until toilet trained.

Men would be eager to talk about commitment.

They wouldn't think twins were so cute.

Sons would have to be home from dates by 10:00 PM

Briefcases would be used as diaper bags.

Paternity suits would be a fashion line of clothes.

They'd stay in bed during the entire pregnancy.

Restaurants would include ice cream and pickles as main entrees.

Women would rule the world!!

Amazing Leather and Footwear Facts


From the History
The primitive man, even more than 7000 years ago, made and used leather goods. He dried fresh skins in the sun, softened them by pounding in animal fats and brains, and preserved them by salting and smoking. Of course, the products were crude, made for protection than as fashion.
The Egyptians and Hebrews developed around 400 BC, the process of vegetable tanning that involved simple drying and curing techniques.

Under the Arabs during the Middle Ages, the art of leather making became quite sophisticated. Morocco and cordovan leathers were in great demand.

The ancient puppet theatre in the southern India used primarily leather dolls. The tradition continues even today.

Following the industrial revolution in Europe, power driven machines were introduced to perform operations such as splitting, fleshing, and dehairing. The chemical tannage were introduced towards the end of 19th century.

Evidence of shoemaking exists as early as 10,000 B.C.

Napoleon Bonaparte had his boots worn by servants to break them in before he wore them

The boots worn by Neil Armstrong for his walk on the moon in 1969 were jettisoned before returning to earth to prevent contamination

The original French version of the Cinderella story features a fur slipper instead of a glass one.

The confusion arose in the similarity of a French word for white fur (vair), which resembled the word for glass (verre).

Common Leathers

cattle, including calf and ox
sheep and lamb
goat and kid
equine animals, including horse, mule, and zebra
pig and hog
aquatic animals as seal, walrus, whale, and alligator

The process
The hide, left to itself, would rather decompose than become leather. It is cured of such inclinations by a dehydrating process (air-drying, salting, or pickling with acids and salts) before being shipped to a tannery.

The hide has about 60 to 70 percent water and 30 to 35 percent protein (of which 85 percent is fibrous). Tanning displaces water from the hide's protein fibres and cements these fibres together. Tanning derives its name from tannic acid found in plants (vegetable tanning), mineral salts (mineral tanning) or in oil and fatty substances (oil tanning)

The tanned pelt is dried, dyed, oiled and greased to lubricate it and to enhance its softness, strength, and ability to shed water. The leather is further dried and reconditioned with damp sawdust to a uniform moisture content of 20 percent. It is then stretched and softened, and the grain surface is coated to give it additional resistance to abrasion, cracking, peeling, water, heat, and cold.

The leather is then ready to be fashioned into any of a multitude of products. These include shoes and boots, outer apparel, belts, upholstery materials, suede products, saddles, gloves, luggage and purses, and recreational equipment as well as such industrial items as buffing wheels and machine belts.

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Fashion Brand Book by Uche Okonkwo

Prolific and gifted, Uche Okonkwo is one of the pioneer Business Strategy Consultants in the luxury industry. Recently, she launched her first hardcover book Luxury Fashion Branding - Trends, Tactics, Techniques.

Intriguing world of luxury and fashion requires in depth understanding and equally deft scripting to put across one's views to readers across the world.

Uche has done it all, while handling this business of luxury and fashion. Her book focusses on key areas like consumer behaviour, retailing tactics, branding and marketing strategies, e business, business modeling, the new luxury, customization strategies and best and worst industry practices.

An industry that changes by trend, Uche presents a study which by and large, unravels business intricacies explaining luxury fashion branding phenomenon, through the years.

Intrestingly, three important subjects covered in the book : Digital luxury, Le new luxe, Customize me!, seems most appropriate in terms of content and coverage, in addition to other relevant sections of the book.

Equipped with MBA from Brunel University, London, she is a Doctorate candidate at Ecole Superieur de Commerce, Rennes, France where she also guest lectures.

She is the Director and Co-Founder of Luxe E.t.c., the pioneer Business Management Consultancy company specialized in the Luxury industry and its affiliated sectors.

With extensive cross-sector experience in Luxury Goods Management, Strategy & Management Consultancy, Commercial Aviation and Travel, Telecommunications and Academics, she is also the Editor of online luxury business magazine - Luxe-Mag.Com and The Luxury Business Series, a collection of business texts on Luxury, being written by luxury industry experts.

Luxury Fashion Branding, has a Foreword by James Ogilvy, Publisher of Luxury Briefing Journal and one of the most respected Opinion Leaders in the Luxury Industry.

Luxury Fashion Branding is published by Palgrave Macmillan (London, New York, Hong Kong) and is distributed worldwide through major bookstores.

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Astronaut Sunita Williams returns after record stay in space

Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams returned to earth after a record 195-day stay in space as space shuttle Atlantis touched down at the Edwards Air Force Base in California today.
The spacecraft landed at 0119 IST at Edwards in the Mojave Desert where it was diverted after poor weather at the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral forced mission managers to skip three landing attempts there over the last 24 hours.

"Welcome back and congratulations on a great mission," NASA mission control said to the seven-member crew soon after the shuttle landed.

Soon after the touchdown, a Crew Transport Vehicle pulled up to the orbiter. It has beds and comfortable seats for the astronauts to receive medical checks immediately after returning to Earth.

"I will not call her Miss Universe. I will call her India's daughter," a beaming Deepak Pandya, father of Williams, said in Houston soon after her return to earth.

He said the entire family would be visiting India as soon as possible after NASA permits to travel.

Williams crossed the milestone for longest uninterrupted stay by a woman in space on Saturday last surpassing the 188-day, four-hour mark set by US astronaut Shannon Lucid in 1996 on a mission to the Russian Mir space station.

She had set off from Cape Canaveral in December nine last year on space shuttle Discovery for what was to become the longest space journey by a woman.

Although it is only her first space flight, Williams became the world's most experienced woman walker in space on February four with four excursions clocking over 29 hours and 17 minutes to top Kathy Thornton's 21-hour space walking record.

During her stay at the space station, Williams has worked with experiments across a wide variety of fields, including human life sciences, physical sciences and Earth observation as well as education and technology demonstrations.

Some of these experiments give scientists critical insight into the effects of weightlessness on human bodies while others show ways to prevent effects already known about like muscle and bone loss.

In addition to rigorous exercise, Williams also collected and stored her blood while in space to add to an ongoing study on nutrition, another key element of living in space for long stretches of time.

The results of this study may impact nutritional requirements and food systems developed for future ventures in space.

Congratulation and salute from Ahmedabad,

Amazing Heart Problems Facts

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty , Narayana Hrudayalaya ( Heart Specialist) Bangalore, India was arranged by WIPRO for its employees .The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.

Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?
Ans: 1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control blood pressure and sugar

Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?
Ans: No

Qn: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?
Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.

Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?
Ans: Yes

Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?
Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.

Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?
Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints .

Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?
Ans: Mother Theresa , who was my patient.

Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?
Ans: Extremely rare

Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age(I'm currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?
Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.

Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?
Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.

Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?
Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.

Qn: Can yoga prevent heart ailments?
Ans: Yoga helps.

Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?
Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.

Qn: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?
Ans: All oils are bad .

Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?
Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?
Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position , place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.

Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?
Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.
Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, edentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?
Ans: Yes.

Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?
Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child

Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend?
Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?
Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?
Ans : No.

Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?
Ans : No.

Qn: How would you define junk food?
Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala dosas.

Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?
Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?
Ans : No.

Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?
Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?
Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?
Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?
Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?
Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight.

Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?
Ans : No.

Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?
Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet toreduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?
Ans : No.

Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?
Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45.

Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?
Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkup s if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended)...

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Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams set New Record

Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams today made history, by setting a new record for the longest uninterrupted space flight undertaken by a woman. International Space Station, ISS engineer Williams, whose father hails from Gujarat, surpassed the 188-day, four-hour mark set by her compatriot Shannon Lucid in 1996. This is not for the first time that the lady has set a record.

About Sunita William - Brief Profile

US-born Sunita Williams, along with astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria and Mikhail Tyurin, have been selected as part of the 14th crew for the six-month long International Space Station Expedition. The expedition will be carried out in September this year.

37-year-old Sunita who will be flight engineer will join Expedition 14 after traveling to the station on space shuttle mission STS-116, NASA announced. This will be Sunita's first space flight. Michael Lopez-Alegria will be the commander and the station science officer and Mikhail Tyurin will be the flight engineer and Soyuz commander.

Born on September 19, 1965 in Euclid, Ohio, to Deepak and Bonnie Pandya, who reside in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Sunita is married to US-based Michael Williams. She has no children.

Sunita is a graduate of the Naval Academy. She graduated from Florida Institute of Technology and, in May 1987, received her commission as an Ensign in the US Navy from the US Naval Academy. In 1989, she was designated a Naval Aviator and in 1993, she graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School in 1993.

She was later assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 8 in Norfolk, Virginia. She made overseas deployments to the Mediterranean, Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf supporting Operation Desert Shield.

Largely because she has logged 2,770 flight hours on 30 different aircraft, she was selected as an astronaut in 1998. She has since then been under training and waiting for a space flight assignment.In 2003, Sunita was appointed by NASA as a backup crew member for a space mission to the space station orbiting 240 miles above Earth.

'Smoke on the Water' 1683 guitar players attempt a world record

More than 1,683 guitar players attempt a world record by playing the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water" in Kansas City, Kansas, on Sunday. Kansas - City radio station hosts effort to break a Guinness world record - "Smoke on the Water" was first song many participants ever learned - Previous record had been 1,323 guitarists in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994

More than 1,680 guitar players turned out, tuned up and took part in what organizers say was a world record rendition of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" -- a song that was the first many of them ever learned.

Some came from as far away as California and Germany on Sunday to take part in a Kansas City radio station's effort to break a Guinness world record for the most people playing the same song simultaneously. The record had been 1,323 people playing the same song in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994.

"It was cool to see little kids playing, people who had been playing for their whole lives, like older people, and then I'm sure there were people like me who just picked up the song a couple days before," said Autumn McPherson, of Winfield, a senior at the University of Kansas.

Preliminary numbers show 1,683 people played the popular early '70s guitar riff on Sunday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

"I thought it was going to be kind of cheesy," said Hannah Koch, of Prairie Village, who came clad in an elf costume. "But after I got here, I got caught up in the excitement of it."

Tanna Guthrie, a morning show host for KYYS (99.7 FM), came up with the idea for the record attempt. She said her station will send participant sign-up lists, photos, videos and copies of media coverage to Guinness seeking official recognition of a record.

Guthrie said she chose "Smoke on the Water," a track off Deep Purple's "Machine Head" album, because it's one of the first songs many guitarists learn.

"You never know if you can pull something like this off," she said.

One of the participants, John Cardona of Hanford, California, said he brought felt-tip pens so he could get others to sign his guitar.

"It was the guitar I learned on," the 41-year-old said. "It was very dispensable on the way here, but very valuable to me now."

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Bra Removal Contest Controversy

Models pose in a file photo. A Singapore radio station was fined for organizing a contest in which women were asked to remove their bra as quickly as possible from under their clothes.
Singapore's Media Development Authority said state-owned MediaCorp Radio would be fined S$15,000 ($9,800) for broadcasting "exploitative and inappropriate content" in its program "No Bra Days with the Muttons" in March.

"The two DJs had made sexually suggestive comments on how fast the bras were removed, as well as the color, design and cup size of the bras, and the size of the girls' breasts," the regulator said in a statement late on Monday.

The Media Development Authority said the women were also asked to pose with their bras for videos that the radio station posted on its Web site and on the video-sharing YouTube Web site.
MediaCorp officials were not immediately available to comment.

Dutch Students invented Alcohol Powder - Just add Water

Dutch students have developed powdered alcohol which they say can be sold legally to minors.

The latest innovation in inebriation, called Booz2Go, is available in 20-gramme packets that cost 1-1.5 euros ($1.35-$2).

Top it up with water and you have a bubbly, lime-colored and -flavored drink with just 3 percent alcohol content.

"We are aiming for the youth market. They are really more into it because you can compare it with Bacardi-mixed drinks," 20-year-old Harm van Elderen told Reuters.

Van Elderen and four classmates at Helicon Vocational Institute, about an hour's drive from Amsterdam, came up with the idea as part of their final-year project.

"Because the alcohol is not in liquid form, we can sell it to people below 16," said project member Martyn van Nierop.

The legal age for drinking alcohol and smoking is 16 in the Netherlands.

In Germany, alcopops -- sweet drinks containing alcohol and in powder form -- caused quite a stir when launched on to the market. Alcohol powder, classified as a flavoring, was sold in the United States three years ago.

The students said companies interested in making the product commercially could avoid taxes because the alcohol was in powder form. A number of companies are interested, they said.

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Teen finds 2.93-carat diamond

Walking along a path taken by thousands of others at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, Nicole Ruhter noticed something everyone else had missed — a tea-colored, 2.93-carat diamond.

Ruhter, 13, of Butler, Mo., said she would name her find the "Pathfinder Diamond" after pulling what she described as a broken pyramid from the ground. Her parents, grandparents, brother and two sisters had already spent the day digging in two other fields before heading down the path just after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

"We were walking through the path and I just walked and saw this little shine," said Ruhter, who has just finished the seventh-grade. "We wrapped it up in a little dollar bill and took it back and showed them."

Ruhter said both park rangers and her vacationing family got excited about the diamond, found along a service road. So far this year, visitors to the park have found 332 diamonds, three of them Tuesday alone, said Bill Henderson, assistant park superintendent.

While the park does not do appraisals, Henderson said experts appraised a 4-carat diamond found previously in the park between $15,000 to $60,000. Henderson said Ruhter's diamond did have chips and several imperfections.

"It's a nice diamond," he said. "It looked like it had been broken off at one side."
For now, Ruhter and her family said they'd keep the diamond for a time and find out how much it is worth before attempting to sell it.

"I was kind of praying to God. I was saying, 'I don't care if it's worth whatever it's worth, I don't care if it's a tiny little sliver of something, I just want something,'" Ruhter said. "Ten minutes later, I just found it."

Crater of Diamonds State Park is the world's only diamond-producing site open to the public and visitors are allowed to keep the gems they find. On average, two diamonds are found each day at the park.

The largest of the 25,000 diamonds found since the state park was established in 1972 was the 16.37-carat Amarillo Starlight, a white diamond found by a visitor from Texas in 1975.

by AP

WC out Toilet in at Beijing China

Beijing's battle to standardize and correct English-language signs ahead of the 2008 Olympics has claimed another head -- "W.C.."

By the end of the year, all public conveniences in the city will be called "toilets" instead of the venerable, Victorian-era sounding abbreviation for "water closet," state media reported on Wednesday.

"In many Western countries they don't use the term W.C. at all," the Beijing Morning Post said.
"Because in English, it's equivalent to what we would call in China an outhouse, and is a rather crude slang term," it added, without explaining how it had got this impression.

Also on the list are road signs. Use of the romanized form of Chinese, known as "pinyin," will be replaced by the actual English word, except for proper names, the newspaper added. Out will go Dong Changan Jie and in will come East Changan Avenue.

But a rather more vexing question has been what to do about menus to help the hundreds of thousands of tourists, athletes and reporters expected to flood the city, many of whom will not speak a word of Chinese, let alone understand Chinese characters.

An initial list had been formulated and sent to experts for approval, the Beijing News said.
All restaurants and hotels rated three star and above will have to use the standard names once they come out, it added.

Linguists are struggling about the best way to translate popular dishes like "ants climbing the tree" -- spicy fried vermicelli with finely chopped pork -- into English accurately yet preserving the original meaning, officials have said.

They are hoping to avoid confusing visitors with the mish-mash of translations now on offer. One well-known Beijing restaurant chain has dishes called "It is small to fry the chicken miscellaneous" and "mixed elbow with garlic mud."

Harry Potter First Book Edition Auction in London

Harry Potter First Book Edition Auction in London

Auctioneers said a first edition of JK Rowling's debut Harry Potter novel is expected to sell for a magical sum later this month in London.

Bonhams auction house said the hardback edition of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (sold in the U.S. as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone") will likely fetch between $10,000 and $20,000 when it's put up for sale on June 26.

Luke Battenham, book specialist at Bonhams, said, "The person selling the edition got some prize money in school, went to the bookstore and bought the first book she saw in the window."

Battenham said "there may be others out there who also have a first edition, and have no idea how exceedingly valuable it is."

The auction house said between 500 and 1,000 copies were printed in the novel's first run.

Source : AP

2000 People click Nude Photos on Parking

Thousands of naked people pose in a parking garage during a massive naked photo session with U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,

Dozens of women posed naked on their bicycles on a bridge over one of Amsterdam's historic canals Sunday — a unique sight even in a city famed for its relaxed attitude toward nudity and sex.

They were among 2,000 men and women who participated in a series of four nude group photos in the city in the early hours of the morning as part of the latest project of U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick.

The first and largest composition was in a decidedly prosaic location: a parking garage on the outer ring of the city.

But what the location lacked in romance, it made up for in style. Participants lined the railings of the garage's twin circular towers, creating a pattern of multicolor stripes against the white building and an overcast sky.

The women on bikes were selected from the larger group and posed with their chins pointed triumphantly upward toward the sky.

Other compositions included a group of men posing together near the parking garage and a mixed group of men and women on another bridge.

Tunick, from Brooklyn, N.Y., has become famous for photographing thousands of naked people in public settings worldwide, from London and Vienna to Buenos Aires and Buffalo. He set a record for naked photography with a photo of 18,000 people in the buff in Mexico City last month.

Photos from Sunday's session were to be exhibited at an Amsterdam club later Sunday.

Source : Agency

New Hot Dog Eating Record

Amazing Hot Dog Eating Record

A California man smashed the world record for hot dog eating at a contest Saturday, gobbling up more than 59 franks in 12 minutes.

Joey Chestnut, 22, of San Jose, shattered the record held by Takeru Kobayashi of Japan by downing 59½ "HBDs" — hot dogs and buns — during the Southwest Regional Hot Dog Eating Championship at the Arizona Mills Mall in suburban Tempe.

Kobayashi's old record of 53¾ was set last year at Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, held at Coney Island in New York, said George Costos, who helps runs the regional contests for Nathan's.

Chestnut placed second in last year's world championships, consuming 52 hot dogs.

"He's unbelievable — he just keeps on going," said Ryan Nerz, who works for Major League Eating, which he describes as "a world governing board for all stomach-centric sports."

"These guys' numbers have just been going up at a tremendous clip," Nerz said. "I always thought there was a limit — a limit to the human stomach and a limit to human willpower — but I guess not."

Chestnut won a free trip to New York, a year's supply of hot dogs and a $250 gift card to the mall.

He flew to New York on Saturday night for a previously scheduled trip to throw out the first pitch Sunday at a game between the New York Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Costos said.

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Scuba Diving from Eiffel Tower

Scuba Diving from Eiffel Tower

The weather was nippy and overcast and the water just chest-high, but a new scuba-diving pool in Paris has something Bali, Belize and other diving hotspots don‘t: a terrific view of the Eiffel Tower.

"Through the water you can see the monument. It‘s magnificent," said New Zealand tourist Adrian Carter, one of the first to try it.

"This is better than the Eiffel Tower," said Carter, a 28-year-old computer programmer, his hair dripping from the 30-minute dive — his first ever.

The above-ground pool is under the Tower, between its four legs. It‘s small, at 50 feet by 50 feet, about half the size of a basketball court. Just 4 feet deep, it‘s safe for beginners and children aged 8 and older, said the event‘s organizers, an umbrella group of scuba associations. To add a touch of realism, the bottom of the pool is studded with waterproof photos of fluorescent fish.

More people milled around the pool‘s perimeter — watching the instructors as they floated on their backs staring up at the tower‘s steel girders — than actually queuing up for a lesson.

Organizers of the 10-day diving event said they were angling for tourists and Parisians alike.

He said organizers also hope the diving experience will focus attention on the environmental dangers threatening the ocean.

Organizers expect up to 3,000 people to take the plunge before the lessons end June 10 — so long as the dismal weather improves.

"I‘m still shivering," he said through chattering teeth. "I‘m going again tomorrow."

By : Associated Press


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