Officials at the Guinness World Records came to the decision after comparing the earning power of several celebrities and the publicity surrounding them.
Jennifer's love life has been under the microscope since she split from ex-hubby Brad Pitt, who then hooked up with Angelina.
The couple, branded Brangelina, have not been out of the headlines since, with their ever-growing adopted family and the birth of their own daughter Shiloh last year.
There is also talk of a possible Oscar nomination for Angelina for her critically acclaimed role as the wife of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl in A Mighty Heart.
Tom Cruise knocked Johnny Depp off the top spot to regain his crown as most powerful actor, with the help of his recent box office success and the constant coverage of his marriage to Katie Holmes and the birth of their daughter Suri.
Meanwhile, Samuel L Jackson set a world record for the highest grossing actor at the box office, starring in 75 films that have raked in more than £3.95 billion globally.
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PITTSBURGH - It was a serious contribution to the electronic lexicon. :-) Twenty-five years ago, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Scott E. Fahlman says, he was the first to use three keystrokes - a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis - as a horizontal "smiley face" in a computer message.
To mark the anniversary Wednesday, Fahlman and his colleagues are starting an annual student contest for innovation in technology-assisted, person-to-person communication. The Smiley Award, sponsored by Yahoo Inc., carries a $500 cash prize.
Language experts say the smiley face and other emotional icons, known as emoticons, have given people a concise way in e-mail and other electronic messages of expressing sentiments that otherwise would be difficult to detect.
Fahlman posted the emoticon in a message to an online electronic bulletin board at 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 19, 1982, during a discussion about the limits of online humor and how to denote comments meant to be taken lightly.
"I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-)," wrote Fahlman. "Read it sideways."
The suggestion gave computer users a way to convey humor or positive feelings with a smile - or the opposite sentiments by reversing the parenthesis to form a frown.
Carnegie Mellon said Fahlman's smileys spread from its campus to other universities, then businesses and eventually around the world as the Internet gained popularity.
Computer science and linguistics professors contacted by The Associated Press said they were unaware of who first used the symbol.
Variations, such as the "wink," which uses a semicolon, emerged later.
Instant-messaging programs often contain an array of faces intended to express emotions ranging from surprise to affection to embarrassment.
"It has been fascinating to watch this phenomenon grow from a little message I tossed off in 10 minutes to something that has spread all around the world," Fahlman was quoted as saying in a university statement. "I sometimes wonder how many millions of people have typed these characters, and how many have turned their heads to one side to view a smiley, in the 25 years since this all started."
Amy Weinberg, a University of Maryland linguist and computer scientist, said emoticons such as the smiley were "definitely creeping into the way, both in business and academia, people communicate."
Emoticons reflect the likely original purpose of language - to enable people to express emotion, said Clifford Nass, a professor of communications at Stanford University. The emotion behind a written sentence may be hard to discern because emotion is often conveyed through tone of voice, he said.
"What emoticons do is essentially provide a mechanism to transmit emotion when you don't have the voice," Nass said.
After clinging on to the plane's wing for the entire 1,300 km flight to Vnukova Airport, the boy, named Andrei, collapsed on the tarmac.
His arms and legs were so severely frozen that rescuers were at first unable to remove his coat and shoes, the radio station said on Monday.
The airport did not confirm the report. "We have no information on this," the Vnukovo press service said.
However, Moscow's air and water transport control department said the radio's claim was true. A department spokesman said the incident occurred on Friday, and that the boy's parents were immediately informed, and flew to the capital the same day.
Doctors said it was nothing short of a miracle that Andrei survived the flight, with temperatures hitting minus 50 degrees Celsius, the radio station said.
The Boeing-737 has a cruising speed of 900 kmph. The boy reportedly made the journey after a domestic dispute. Angry with his father, who is reportedly an alcoholic, and his mother for siding with her husband in family rows, Andrei ran away to a neighbouring village where his grandmother lives.
On reaching the village, he decided to go on, and hitched a 220 km ride to the regional centre Perm where he was dropped off at the airport.
It remains unclear how Andrei was able to climb on a plane wing unnoticed, and the Perm Airport security service is being asked some serious questions, the radio station said.
Andrei is now being treated in a Moscow hospital, Radio Mayak said.
The ferris wheel is expected to be completed by the end of April and operating on May 1, according to the Harbin amusement park where it is being built.
The ferris wheel, costing 20 million yuan (2.42 million US dollars), will hold 378 visitors and take 20 minutes to turn a full circle.
Visitors would be able to enjoy views of the whole city from the ferris wheel, the amusement park source said.
At 135 meters, the world's highest ferris wheel is located in London and the world's fifth highest, in Japan, is 2.5 meters higher than the Harbin model.
The London Eye, part-owned by British Airways, is the current Guinness Book of Records' world leader. The wheel, next to the River Thames, stands at 135 metres (450 feet).
Construction of the Shanghai wheel will begin before the end of the year and be finished in three years, the Shanghai Daily said.
Shanghai, China's largest city, has other big building plans.
The planned 460 metres (1,509 feet) Shanghai World Financial Centre is due to open ahead of the 2008 Olympics which Beijing is hosting.
Shanghai is already home to the 88-storey Jinmao Tower, currently China's tallest building and the third tallest in the world.
The hulking stainless steel cooking pot, set up outdoors in downtown Caracas, contained about 3,960 gallons of "sancocho" stew, Food Minister Rafael Oropeza said. That would dwarf the current record-holder listed on the Guinness World Records Web site, a pot of 1,413 gallons of spicy soup prepared in Durango, Mexico, in July.
Oropeza called it "Bolivarian stew" -- a play on the name of Chavez's socialist movement, named in honor of South American independence hero Simon Bolivar. He said it was enough to feed 60,000 to 70,000 people.
Government workers stand on a platform as they stir a soup in Caracas, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007. Venezuelan officials claimed a world record Saturday for the world's largest pot of soup, a giant cauldron of stew prepared by President Hugo Chavez's government. (AP Photo/Howard Yanes)Workers stood on raised platforms stirring the soup with poles, and then dished out servings to a crowd at a state-run market.
It contained 6,600 pounds of chicken, 4,400 pounds of beef and tons of vegetables.
Addressing reporters next to the pot, Oropeza said the government is solving supply problems that have made it difficult for Venezuelans to find staples like milk and eggs in recent months. He said the state-run market had ample reserves of all products.
With price controls in place, rising demand has outstripped domestic production of some foods, prompting an increase in imports. Oropeza said the only product that remains in short supply is milk, a situation he blamed on a "world problem" of unusual cold snaps and dry spells hurting milk production.
As for the soup, he introduced a representative of Guinness World Records who he said was on hand to certify the record.
The 5,413-gallon pot was about three-quarters full. "We didn't add more for security reasons," Oropeza said. "There's plenty for second helpings."
Independence of the Seas - Worlds Largest Cruise on Way of ocean
The biggest cruise liner to be based in Britain took to the water yesterday at the Finnish shipyard where she is being built.
The £400 million, 160,000-tonne Independence of the Seas will be based in Southampton when she enters service in May. At the moment she is two-thirds complete, with 2,500 people working on her, according to Kvaerner Masa-Yards, the company building the liner.
At 1,112ft (340m), she will be bigger than the Queen Mary II and able to carry 4,375 passengers and more than 1,000 crew. This makes her the joint-biggest cruise liner in the world, along with her sister ships Liberty of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas, which are already in service. Facilities include a climbing wall and ice-skating rink.
The placing of the ship in Britain is an indication of the booming cruise market in the UK and Europe and the fierce competition between operators for a share of passengers.
But its reign as the biggest liner in the world will soon be usurped. Royal Caribbean, Independence of the Sea’s owner, is constructing a 220,000-tonne ship in the same yard called Project Genesis. The £700 million vessel, which will be able to carry 5,400 guests, is due to be completed in 2009.
1) The bandage was wound around the wound .
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) There is no time like the present, he said it was time to present the present .
8) At the Army base, a bass was painted on the head of a bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) After a number of Novocain injections, my jaw got number.
19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear .
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
22) I spent last evening evening out a pile of dirt .
Better yet, keep them before you daily.
(1) Never think or speak negatively about yourself; that puts you in disagreement with God.
(2) Meditate on your God-given strengths and learn to encourage yourself, for much of the time nobody else will.
(3) Don't compare yourself to anybody else. You're unique, one of a kind, an original. So don't settle for being a copy.
(4) Focus on your potential, not your limitations. Remember, God lives in you!
(5) Find what you like to do, do well, and strive to do it with excellence.
(6) Have the courage to be different. Be a God pleaser, not a people pleaser.
(7) Learn to handle criticism. Let it develop you instead of discourage you.
(8) Determine your own worth instead of letting others do it for you. They'll short-change you!
(9) Keep your shortcomings in perspective - you're still a work in progress.
(10) Focus daily on your greatest source of confidence - the God Who lives in you
* Winning isn't everything. But wanting to win is.
* You would achieve more, if you don't mind who gets the credit.
* When everything else is lost, the future stillremains.
* Don't fight too much. Or the enemy would know your art of war .
* The only job you start at the top is when you dig a grave.
* If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for everything.
* If you do little things well, you'll do big ones better.
* Only thing that comes to you without effort is old age.
* You won't get a second chance to make the first impression .
* Only those who do nothing do not make mistakes.
* Never take a problem to your boss unless you have a solution.
* If you are not failing you're not taking enough risks.
* Don't try to get rid of bad temper by losing it.* If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
* Those who don't make mistakes usually don't make anything
* There are two kinds of failures. Those who think and never do, and those who do and never think.* Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
* All progress has resulted from unpopular decisions.
* Change your thoughts and you change your world.
* Understanding proves intelligence, not the speed of the learning.
* There are two kinds of fools in this world. Those who give advise and those who don't take it.
* The best way to kill an idea is to take it to a meeting.
* Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.
* Friendship founded on business is always better than business founded on friendship
Google has been lobbying the U.S. government for changes in wireless policy. While it did not achieve as much as it wanted in the planning for the upcoming 700 Mhz spectrum auction in January, it did push for the fact that consumers in the U.S. can buy any phone and use it on any carrier in the future. Meaning, that when the Gphone does drop, most likely you'll be albe to use it on any carrier you please. The Googlephone will most likely be 3G as well, which means video conferencing, yea you can't do that with the iPhone. For you iPhones users though, would this be enough to make you switch?
The Observer of London is reporting that Google might be working with HTC and mobile/telecom giant Orange to build a Google Mobile Phone, which could possibly have Google software inside the device, and would be able to do many of the web tasks smartly. The device, article speculates, could go on sale in 2008. (Of course, we would all have forgotten by then… if it doesn't happen.) Orange and Google, both declined to comment.
Their plans centre on a branded Google phone, which would probably also carry Orange's logo. The device would not be revolutionary: manufactured by HTC, a Taiwanese firm specialising in smart phones and Personal Data Assistants (PDAs), it might have a screen similar to a video iPod. But it would have built-in Google software which would dramatically improve on the slow and cumbersome experience of surfing the web from a mobile handset.
Think it's big enough? Notice that 207' beam means it was NOT designed for the Panama or Suez canal . It is strictly transpacific. Check out the "cruise speed". 31 mph means the goods arrive four days before the typical container ship traveling at 18 to 20 mph on a China-to-California run. So this behemoth is hugely competitive when carrying perishable goods.This ship was built in three, perhaps as many as five sections. The sections floated together and then welded. It is named Emma Maersk. The command bridge is higher than a ten story building and has eleven rigs that can operate simultaneously.
Additional info: Country of origin - Denmark Length - 1,302 ft Width - 207 ft Net cargo - 123,200 tons Engine - 14 in-line cylinders diesel engine (110,000 BHP)Cruise Speed - 31 MI/h Cargo capacity - 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 ft3 container) Crew - 13 peopleFirst Trip - Sept. 08, 2006Construction cost - US $145,000,000+ The silicone paint applied to the ship's bottom reduces water resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year
The skyscraper's developer, Emaar Properties, confirmed on Saturday that the tower had reached 512 metres, overtaking Taipei 101, which stands at 508 metres.
The structure how has 141 storeys, more than any other building in the world.
The Burj Dubai is to be the centerpiece of a city within a city. The development as a whole will include 30,000 homes, nine hotels, 6.2 acres of parkland, 19 residential towers, the Dubai Mall, and a 30 acre man-made lake. The development will cost about $20 billion.
Despite now being the tallest manmade free standing building in the world, Burj Dubai will not be recognised by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat as the tallest until it is finally completed.
By then, the building could be over 900 metres tall. Emaar has still not confirmed the final height it is aiming for. Rumours range from 700 metres to 1000 metres tall.
Present records of tallest Building
*Building with most floors: 140 (previously World Trade Center - 110)
* Tallest skyscraper to highest occupied floor: 507.3 m (1,664.4 ft) (previously Taipei 101 - 439.2 m (1,440.9 ft)
* Tallest skyscraper to top of roof: 507.3 m (1,664.4 ft) (previously Taipei 101 - 439.2 m (1,440.9 ft)
* Vertical concrete pumping (for a building): 507.3 m (1,664.4 ft) (previously Taipei 101 - 439.2 m (1,440.9 ft)
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The fashion world is a mad, often bizarre place, where in the name of creativity almost anything is acceptable. But how about a necklace that houses within its acrylic heart a shoal of live fighter fish that swim merrily around while you flaunt this mini aquarium at your next cocktail soirée?
Yes, topping the list of eccentric, yet supremely imaginative creations is a one-of-a-kind necklace by jewellery designer Laksh Pahuja that is made from 18K gold, diamonds, rubies, Tahiti pearls and acrylic.
“I have always wanted to do something different and a necklace that had live fish was something my ever-fertile imagination came up with one fine day,” says Laksh, who’s rather kooky necklace costs a not-so-kooky Rs 25 lakh... oh, and that includes the cost of the fish!
No wonder then that Laksh has made just one piece and has no plans to make any more.
“There is no way I can make another one. It was too much effort. In fact, I want to enter this piece in the Guinness Book of World Records,” says an optimistic Laksh. Taking four years to conceptualise and three to craft, the inspiration to make this oddity came to Laksh when he was on a deep sea diving trip at Lakshadweep Islands.
“It was there that I got the idea of putting rubies and diamonds — not just on the sides of the necklace, but also within the acrylic cavity to mimic the sand and coral. In fact, the lower part of the necklace is in the shape of the southern tip of India,” elaborates Laksh.
But before we have any animal... err, we mean fish rights activists up in arms, Laksh is quick to point out that “No fish were harmed during the making of the necklace”.
But how does he ensure the well-being of the ‘live jewellery’ once the necklace is worn? “I did research on the type of fish that would be able to brave the wear and tear,” explains Laksh.
“So I decided to use fighter fish that can safely swim in the necklace for 48 hours without oxygen. But still as a backup plan I have put in two air vents into the sides of the necklace. Once you are done wearing the necklace the fish can be released from the back compartment of the necklace into a normal aquarium.”
Now that’s what we call indulging in some pretty fishy business! What say?