Metaphysical Origin of Human Evils

When man identifies himself with his body, his senses, and his mind, he falls into the realm of relativity and is subject to the experience of pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, gain and loss.

It is only through the self sense or ahamkara or egoistic consciousness that all the mental cares, dangers and the ever-increasing actions of life arise. There is no greater enemy than Ahamkara or egoism; so long as this is present, it continues to engender in man desires and desires are the wombs of all suffering.

In men of egoistic consciousness passion too takes a full hold and makes impossible the birth of divine love

Skoda Fabia Car Amazing Cake TV Ads 2007 Video

Skoda Fabia Car Amazing Cake Best TV Commercial Ads in the Year 2007 Videos

Škoda UK has created a television advertisement featuring the making of a Skoda Fabia car out of cake. The TV ad, another in the Happy Drivers series, is highlighted online at, along with a ‘making of’ documentary, brochure and opportunity to test drive a vehicle. See Exclusive Video of Skoda Fabia Car TV Ad Campign 2007

A crew of white-overall-wearing bakers prepares and assembles the ingredients for a Skoda Fabia to the sounds of Julie Andrews singing, “Some of my Favourite Things”.

The Skoda Fabia campaign was developed at Fallon London by creatives Chris Bovill and John Allison.

Filming was directed by Chris Palmer via Gorgeous Enterprises, with producer Rupert Smythe.
Visual effects and modeling were overseen by model maker John Pennicott, Pennicott Payne, London.

Sarah Tildesley, home economist, provided advice and on-site baking direction for the team. Her recipes involved 10 kg white chocolate chunks, 3 kg orange peel strips, 1 kg Angeliques, 12.5 kg raspberry jam, 100 kg wheat flour, 100 kg caster sugar, 20 kg glacier cherries, 30 kg brown almonds, 20 kg raisins, 25 kg dried apricots, 5 kg cacao powder, 180 fresh eggs, 42 kg chocolate fudge, 180 kg orange sugar paste, 90 kg brown sugar paster, 40 kg black sugar paste, 50 kg white sugar paste, 200 kg cake margarine sun cup, 270 kg icing sugar atlas, and 40 kg mil calets.

Clare Grotefeld, cake fabricator, explains that it took a team of eight people a week to mould the car, and three days to pour the rice crispies. See the 16 step process described with photographs at the Daily Mail.

The Skoda team thought about giving the car cake away to local charities after the shoot but found it impossible due to the effect of studio lights over several days. It would have posed a health and safety risk if eaten. Some car parts, such as the marzipan wing-mirrors, chocolate speedometer, wafer engine fan and the Fabia badge icing, were preserved and vacuum packed to be held as mementos of the production.

The cake itself was composted at the East London Community Recycling Project in Clapton, a project set up to provide local residents and members with quality compost for use on their gardens or allotments.

24 Cents Jenny Stamp sells for $825,000

One of the most famously flawed stamps in U.S. history sold for $825,000 to a New York man who bought it slightly cheaper than the record price another "Inverted Jenny" copy fetched at auction last month.

The rare 1918 24-cent stamp, depicting an upside-down Curtis JN-4 biplane known as "Jenny," was sold privately this week to a Wall Street executive who did not want to be identified.

Heritage Auction Galleries president Greg Rohan, who brokered the sale, said the buyer is the same collector who lost an auction last month in which another "Inverted Jenny" sold for $977,500. Rohan said his client, whom he described as not being a rare stamp collector, was glad to get another chance at the prized misprint.

"I suspect he's going to enjoy owning it and showing it to a few close friends," Rohan said.
The mint condition red, white and blue stamp is one of the finest known surviving stamps from the original sheet of 100 misprints. The original 100 were bought at a Washington, D.C., post office in 1918.

Randy Shoemaker, founder of Professional Stamp Experts, said there are probably fewer than 1,000 collectors in the world with the money and obsession to seriously pursue such a rare item.
"This is the Rolls-Royce," Shoemaker said. "It's the most expensive airmail stamp in the world."

Rohan said Heritage acquired its stamp from Sonny Hagendorf, a dealer from Scarsdale, N.Y. Rohan said the copy sold by Heritage is one of fewer than five to have never been hinged, meaning affixed with adhesive to be placed in a stamp album.

News Story and Image by Associated Press

Leona Lewis-Spirit -Fastest-Selling Debut Album Record

SINGER Leona Lewis has broken the record for the fastest-selling debut album in Britain as Spirit went into the chart at number one on Sunday. Some 375,872 copies of Spirit sold in the first week since its release, beating the record set by British rock group Arctic Monkeys.

Their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, sold 363,735 copies in its first week in January 2006.

"On it's first day of sales alone, Spirit sold over 130,000 copies, which was outselling the rest of the top 10 put together," said a spokesman for newcomer Lewis.

"On average it worked out that Leona was selling an amazing 200 albums per minute."
The 22-year-old, who won a television talent contest, remains atop the singles chart for the fourth week running with Bleeding Love, the competition winner's song.

Spirit saw off strong competition from the Spice Girls' Greatest Hits album, which debuted at number two in the album chart. Last week's number one, Back Home by Westlife, dropped to third place.

Mothership, a compilation album by veteran rockers Led Zeppelin, entered the list at number four, while power ballad queen Celine Dion's new album Taking Chances went in at number five.
In the singles chart, Take That remained in second place with Rule The World, while Timbaland's Apologize stayed at three.

2 Hearts by Kylie Minogue rose eight places to number four while Valerie by Mark Ronson and featuring troubled singer Amy Winehouse fell one spot to fifth.

10th December Mega Monday Christmas Shopping Record

As the shopping malls brace themselves for the last few days of Christmas madness, the online retailers are shutting down Seasonal PPC campaigns and preparing themselves for New Year sales. Most online shops in the UK will only guarantee delivery if you order before 12pm today, so if you haven’t ordered yet, do it NOW!

About three weeks ago I posted predictions for the busiest online shopping day in UK for 2007, with Monday 3rd and Monday 10th December being the contenders. The results show that Monday 10th has won, with the Times Online reporting that £370 million was predicted to have been spent on that day, beating Monday 3rd’s record of £291 million it record breaking shopping on end of the day reported.

1.09pm was the busiest minute of the day, with a staggering £750,000 spent in the “Mega Minute” of the UK online shopping year. Now you know what all your employees do during lunch….

And what were the top 10 best selling items christmas mega monday?

Wii games

Apple iPod Shuffle, 1GB

Wii accessories

Apple iPod Nano,
8GB No 7 Protect and Perfect Face Cream
Gillette fusion Power Razor pack
Champagne and truffles
Technika SH-340T Digital Camera
In The Night Garden — Iggle Piggle Dancing Plush
Tom Tom 1GB

World Record Common Carp set by Emir Caro

Guinness World record for carp - Emir Caro is a well respected German carp angler who has a amazing track record of huge carp. Emir has been targeting this fish for the past three years from a very difficult water - It sets a new world record for a common carp at 38.45 kg (84lb 12oz).

He tempted it on a 20mm boilie, Mako super fly hook size 3, 18lb Krystonite with a 65lb Score Gold lead core leader.

The fish was weighed, witnessed and photographed and then returned to the water very quickly after capture.

Emir thought the fish was close to spawning and made sure the fish was on the bank for as little time as possible.

This fish was wrongly reported as being found dead.

The fish found dead was the Rainbow Fishery World Record mirror carp recently caught by Graham Slaughter that died shortly after its capture.

World Stone Skimming Record by Russell Rock Bottom Byars

World Stone Skimming World Record 2007 by Rock Bottom Russell Byars - See Professional stone skipping Video

For anyone who has ever tried skimming a flat pebble on water, you have to see this. The nine-second film shows Russell "Rock Bottom" Byars smashing the world record for stone skimming.

Guinness World Record experts have examined the footage and declared Byars's stone touched the surface 51 times before sinking into the Allegheny river in Pennsylvania. The previous world record was 40.

Most of us have tried stone skimming - a game sometimes known as Ducks and Drakes - on the beach or by a river. We might have been pleased with several consecutive bounces... but 51 times seems impossible.

That's what 43-year-old engineer Russell Byars managed on the Allegheny River, near Pittsburgh, in the US. Luckily, he is happy to share his technique.

He promises that by following the Stone Skipping Tips, even the most novice skimmer could achieve an impressive 15-20 bounces or more.

1: Pick flat, oval, palm-sized stones. Use forefinger and thumb to spin
2: Throw the stone fast and flat
3: Stone should strike water at an angle between 10-20 degrees

See Official Website of Russell Byars -

Bear Grylls - Record Breaking British Mountaineer Adventurer

Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls (born 7 June 1974), known as Bear Grylls, is a British mountaineer, adventurer, author, television presenter and motivational speaker.

Bear is a man who has always loved adventure. After breaking his back in three places in a parachuting accident, he fought his way to recovery, and two years later entered the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, aged only 23. He has since led ground-breaking expeditions across the world.

Famous firsts achivement and world records :

Grylls first entered the record books in 1997 by being the youngest Briton to summit Ama Dablam in the Himalayas, a peak famously described by Sir Edmund Hillary as "unclimbable".
Then in 1998, Grylls claimed to have broken another record of becoming the youngest Briton, at 23, to summit Mount Everest, a claim also referenced on his personal website. However, James Allen, who Bear describes as "Australian" and ascended in 1995 with an Australian team, using an Australian passport, but has dual citizenship, was born in Britain, lived in Britain, and was referred to by the British press as British, beat him to the summit it at age 22.

Additionally, British climber Rhys Jones reached the summit on his 20th birthday in May 2006.
In an interview with David Letterman (June 2007) Letterman calls him "The youngest Briton to summit Everest" and Bear "corrects" him by saying another man (Michael Matthews) did it the following year but died on the way down, and regardless of his death it has become this man's record.

In 2000 Grylls led the first team to circumnavigate the UK on personal watercraft, to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) Lifeboats. Three years later he led a team of five British men on the first unassisted crossing of the north Atlantic Arctic Ocean, in an open rigid inflatable boat. The team was hampered by giant waves, icebergs and storms.

In 2005 Grylls led the first team ever to attempt to paramotor over the remote jungle plateau of the Angel Falls in Venezuela. The team was attempting to reach the highest, most remote high tepuis, made famous by Conan Doyle's Lost World.

In 2007 Grylls claimed to have broken a new world record by flying a petrol-powered paraglider over the Himalayas, higher than Mount Everest (original claim, "over Mount Everest", and after being challenged, "above Everest" on his website).

His report of the flight described coping with temperatures of - 60C and dangerously low oxygen levels to reach 29,500 feet, almost 10,000 feet higher than the previous record of 20,019 feet. He also reported seeing people clapping and cheering on the ridge. The expedition raised $1 million for the charity Global Angels. Grylls described the expedition, filmed for a 2 hour film for Discovery Channel worldwide as well as Channel 4 in the UK, as "the hairiest, most frightening thing" he had ever done.

While Grylls initially claimed that the flight was over Everest itself, the permit was only to fly over the Pheriche Plateau, and later news reports indicated that he didn't approach Everest itself out of fear of violating Chinese airspace.

World’s Fastest Production Car record

The Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero Twin Turbo set the new World’s Fastest Production Car record with an average top speed of 255.83 mph.

On a temporarily-closed 2 lane public highway in Washington State, the SSC Ultimate Aero posted a top speed of 257.11 mph (413.83 kph) on its first pass and 254.55 mph (409.71 kph) on its return pass, achieving a new top speed record: a staggering 255.83 mph (411.76 kph).

SSC used a turbo V8 outputting 1183 HP and 1094 lbs. of torque. The use of lightweight carbon fiber materials allows for a low dry weight of 2750 lbs. giving the Aero TT the production record for lbs/hp ratio at 2.33.

The Ultimate Aero achieved 0-60 mph in 2.78 seconds and 1/4 Mile in 9.90 seconds at 144 mph. The Aero TT is not completely stripped either, it features air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, a navigation system, and a 10 speaker Audio/CD/DVD. Base price is expected to be around $585,000

First News - World's Smallest Newspaper

First News - the record breaking newspaper in UK for children aged 7-14.

First News, an educational and entertaining weekly national newspaper and website for children, received the Guinness World Record for their smallest newspaper on November 8, 2007 in London. They have created the world’s smallest newspaper, measuring just 32x22mm.
Visit official website of First News

Longest skate trip world record set by Khoo Swee Chiow

Professional adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow (picture) has broken the record for the world's longest journey on skates – in the middle of his trip. The Singaporean, sponsored by Brocade, surpassed the Guinness World Record of 4,175km in Hua Hin, Thailand, on Monday.

Mr Khoo began skating from Hanoi on Oct 20 and travelled through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. He will continue skating through Malaysia before finishing in Singapore next month, covering a total of 6,000km. He intends to complete the trip within 100 days.

Mr Khoo, who scaled Mount Everest in 1998, also holds the Guinness World Record for the longest scuba dive in a controlled environment.

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5000 Pushups in One Hour World Record

A youth from Bhatkal has succeeding in gaining entry into Guinness Book of World Records by with having done 5,000 pushups within a short period of one hour. Mr. Manjunath S Devadiga of Bangere Mavin Kattey village in Bhatkal taluk is hoped to shine the name of Bhatkal town.

Being poor he just studied till class 2 and later started working in a hotel in Dharwad. Though he wanted to continue his education he couldn't do so. However, he decided to create his identity in the society hence started pushup exercise.

Mr. Manjunath t married just before seven months and took the responsibility of married life. He had left the pushup exercise and decided to live in his village. For seeking his livelihood he decided to be a laborer. After this job not suiting him he got back to hotel job and started his pushup exercise. Initially he was exercising 2000 pushups later he tried for 5,000 pushups within a single hour without any type of fatigue.

Manjunath says that he does 48,000 pushups from 5am to 5pm daily. The local people say that despite exercising pushups for continuous twelve hours he does not feel tired. He has won many prizes in many wrestling competition held in Dharwad and Hubli. Manjunath astounded the people of his village by demonstrating this skill. The people of the village assured him to provide their support to him.

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Worlds Fastest Head Spinner Japan World Record

worlds fastest head-spinner, 18-year-old Aichi Ono from Japan, will attempt to break his own record on New Year's Evening. Aichi Ono currently holds the record for 101 head spins in one minute with Guiness World Records.

Watch our Amazing Videos of Aichi Ono

He will attempt to beat this with 130 spins in just one minute, at a celebration to open a massive street party in Hong Kong's Causeway Bay.

Check out this Live video clips of a headspin war between Ono and Boom:

US 2008 Presidential Election Declare Yourself Campign

ONE YEAR FROM ELECTION DAY, DECLARE YOURSELF ISSUES VOTER REGISTRATION CHALLENGE TO 18-TO-25-YEAR-OLDS - Challenge Aims to Register 300,000 New Voters Before 2008 Presidential Primary Season and Two Million New Voters Before Election Day.

Declare Yourself, the nonpartisan, nonprofit youth voter organization founded by television pioneer Norman Lear, issued a challenge to 18-to-25-year-old Americans to claim their political power by registering to vote before the 2008 presidential primaries.

“Nearly one year before the 2008 presidential election, and only weeks before the accelerated primary schedule, we are challenging young adults to step up and play a leading role in this presidential election,” said Norman Lear, founder, Declare Yourself. “Our goal is to register 300,000 new voters before the 2008 presidential primary season and two million new voters by the 2008 presidential election.”

Declare Yourself registered 1.2 million young voters in the 2004 campaign, helping raise participation from 18-to-25-year-olds by 11 percent over the 2000 election. Still, in 2004, only 47 percent of 18-to-25-year-old citizens voted, compared to 66 percent of citizens over 25.

“As the largest generation since the Baby Boomers, the 18-to-25 year olds have the potential to move political issues and change policy if they act—and the first step is registering to vote,” explained Marc Morgenstern, executive director, Declare Yourself. “We use the power of youth culture — especially young celebrities and viral videos - to draw attention to the voting gap. We then provide the latest Internet and mobile technology to make it as simple as possible for young adults to register.”

Declare Yourself Partners To support its Registration Challenge, Declare Yourself has enlisted its partners to provide extra support in the days leading up to primary registration deadlines in December and early January. Yahoo!, MySpace and Google will be highlighting Declare Yourself’s online registration tool on their Web sites. Presenting sponsor Cricket Wireless will be sending special messages to its user base, and Clear Channel radio stations will be offering public service announcements. Other partner commitments will be announced soon.

About Declare Yourself
Declare Yourself is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign to empower and encourage every eligible 18-year-old in America to register and vote in the presidential primaries and 2008 presidential election. Using the power of strategic media partnerships, celebrity spokespeople, the sports arena, and most importantly, mobile and Internet technology, Declare Yourself's campaign blankets the landscape of popular culture, as well as universities and high schools, with a simple, clear message: REGISTER and VOTE!

For the 2008 primary season and general election, Declare Yourself is enlisting an unprecedented array of partners including Cricket Wireless, Yahoo!, MySpace, Google, Evite, UWIRE, Good Magazine, Clear Channel, Comedy Central, American Eagle Outfitters, HarperCollins, Starbucks, and Voto Latino. Easy registration is available through or by texting VOTE to 55355 on your mobile phone.

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Top 50 Best Selling Books 2008

Top 50 Best Selling Books 2008 by Best Book Seller in World Reporting stores include:, B. Dalton Bookseller, Barnes &, Barnes & Noble Inc., Books-A-Million and Bookland,, Borders Books & Music, Bookstar, Bookstop, Brentano's, Davis Kidd Booksellers in Nashville, Jackson, Memphis, Tenn., Doubleday Book Shops, Hudson Booksellers, Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Lexington, Ky.; Cincinnati, Cleveland), Powell's Books (Portland, Ore.),, R.J. Julia Booksellers (Madison, Conn.), Schuler.

1. "Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia" by Elizabeth Gilbert (Penguin) (NF-P)
2. "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town" by John Grisham, (Dell) (NF-P)
3. "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett (NAL Trade) (F-P)
4. "I Am America (And So Can You!)" by Stephen Colbert (Grand Central Publishing) (NF-H)
5. "Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven Trilogy, Book 1" by Nora Roberts (Jove) (F-P)
6. "The Dangerous Book for Boys" by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden (Collins) (NF-H)
7. "Double Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown and Company) (F-H)
8. "You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty" by Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz (Free Press) (NF-H)
9. "T is for Trespass" by Sue Grafton (Putnam) (F-H)
10. "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead Hardcover) (F-H)
11. "The Daring Book for Girls" by Andrea J. Buchanan, Miriam Peskowitz, (Collins)(NF-H)
12. "For One More Day" by Mitch Albom (Hyperion) (F-H)
13. "His Dark Materials" by Philip Pullman (Knopf Books for Young Readers) (F-P)
14. "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman (Yearling) (F-P)
15. "Atonement" by Ian McEwan (Anchor)
16. "Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day" by Joel Osteen (Free Press) (NF-H)
17. "Deceptively Delicious" by Jessica Seinfeld (HarperCollins) (NF-H)
18. "The Darkest Evening of the Year" by Dean Koontz (Bantam) (F-H)
19. "Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today" by Tom Brokaw (Random House) (NF-H)
20. "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead) (F-P)
21. "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson (Tor) (F-P)
22. "Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Vintage) (F-P)
23. "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne (Atria Books/Beyond Words) (NF-H)
24. "Three Cups Of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (Penguin) (NF-P)
25. "Playing for Pizza" by John Grisham (Doubleday) (F-H)
26. "The Choice" by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing) (F-H
27. "Jim Cramer's Stay Mad for Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich (Make Your Kids Even Richer)" by James J. Cramer, Cliff Mason (Simon & Schuster) (NF-H)
28. "Rachael Ray: Just in Time" by Rachael Ray (Clarkson Potter) (NF-H)
29. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPre (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
30. "Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life" by Tony Dungy, Nathan Whitaker (Tyndale)
31. "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen (Algonquin) (F-P)
32. "Clapton: The Autobiography" by Eric Clapton (Broadway)(NF-H)
33. "Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life" by Steve Martin (Scribner) (NF-H)
34. "Guinness World Records 2008" by Guinness World Records (Guinness) (NF-H)
35. "World Without End" by Ken Follett (Dutton) (F-H)
36. "Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish" by Mark R. Levin (Pocket) (NF-H)
37. "An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems" by Glenn Beck (Threshold Editions) (NF-H)
38. "A Family Christmas" by Caroline Kennedy, (Hyperion) (NF-H)
39. "Into the Wild" by John Krakauer (Anchor) (NF-P)
40. "Stone Cold" by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing) (F-H)
41. "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown) (F-P)
42. "Good Dog. Stay." by Anna Quindlen (Random House) (NF-H)
43. "90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life" by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey (Revell) (NF-P)
44. "Next" by Michael Chrichton (Harper) (F-P)
45. "Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy" by Matthew Reinhart (Orchard Books/Scholastic) (F-H)
46. "Home to Holly Springs" by Jan Karon (Viking) (F-H)
47. "Christmas with Paula Deen: Recipes and Stories from My Favorite Holiday" by Paula Deen (Simon and Schuster) (NF-H)
48. "P.S., I Love You" by Cecelia Ahern (Hyperion) (F-P)
49. "Skinny B----" by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (Running Press) (NF-P)
50. "Book of the Dead" by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam Adult) (F-H)

Note : Key: F-Fiction; NF-Nonfiction; H-Hardcover; P-Paperback

Tallest Christmas Cake World Record India 2007

What would you do after making the world's biggest sandwich? Rest on your laurels? Eat the sandwich perhaps? But this is not a hotel in Thiruvannathapuram is doing. It has followed up its 50-foot sandwich, with what it says is the tallest Christmas cake in the world.

Giving finishing touches to what could be the world's tallest cake or at least that's what a hotel in Thiruvananthapuram claims.

Standing nearly 30 feet tall and weighing 2,500 kg, it's the result of all the hard work put in by 10 chefs and their associates, who worked eight hours a day for three weeks. The ingredients include 200 kg of white flour, 120 kg of sugar, 1500 kg of egg mix and 50 kg of dry fruits.
And hotel authorities say this towers over the previous world record for the tallest cake, 27.6 feet held by a hotel in Bangkok.

Rajagopala Iyer, Corporate Director, Uday Samudra said, "I am sure it will definitely make it. We are sending the videography and photos and people will come and measure it and also health officials will come and examine."

So who'll get to eat this cake, that will be cut into 22,000 pieces. Well, 12,000 pieces will be distributed among 12 charitable societies on Christmas Day and the rest will be served to customers. For a price, of course.

In October, the hotel had claimed to have made the world's largest sandwich, which was nearly 50 feet long. An accreditation is awaited from the Guinness Book of World Records.

Apart from record-breaking feat this gigantic cake also symbolises abundance and Christmas is all about abundance of joy, happiness and prosperity.


Worlds Most Expensive Dessert Guinness Record

A day after New York City came up with a $1,000 bagel, a local restaurateur unveiled a $25,000 chocolate sundae on Wednesday, setting a Guinness world record for the most expensive dessert.

Stephen Bruce, owner of Serendipity 3, partnered with luxury jeweler Euphoria New York to create the "Frrozen Haute Chocolate," a blend of 28 cocoas, including 14 of the most expensive and exotic from around the globe.

The dessert, spelled with two Rs, is infused with 5 grams (0.2 ounces) of edible 23-karat gold and served in a goblet lined with edible gold. At the base of the goblet is an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of white diamonds.

The sundae is topped with whipped cream covered with more gold and a side of La Madeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier, which sells for $2,600 a pound.

It is eaten with a gold spoon decorated with white and chocolate-colored diamonds, which can also be taken home.

"It took us a long time to experiment with all the ingredients and flavors, and more than three months were needed just to design the golden spoon," Bruce told Reuters.

Four years ago, Bruce unveiled a $1,000 ice cream sundae called Golden Opulence, a staple on his menu and a favorite with rock stars, socialites and other celebrities.

Both desserts are sold only with advance orders. Bruce said he has received inquiries about his latest creation, mostly from Europeans planning to visit New York.

"I wouldn't be surprised if soon we get a call from a Middle Eastern prince or Shah willing to give something sweet to his many wives on his next trip to the city," Bruce said.

On Tuesday, New York chef Frank Tujague of The Westin New York hotel at Times Square unveiled the $1,000 bagel, topped with white truffle cream cheese and goji berry infused Riesling jelly with golden leaves. Sales will help raise funds for culinary school scholarships.

Source : Reuters 2007

World Records for Acting in 754 Indian Films

Brahmanandam has earned a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for acting in a phenomenal 754 Telugu films in a career spanning 20 years. Dr Brahmanandam confirmed that he got the official confirmation on Wednesday from the Guinness Foundation.
Brahmanandam is the comedy king of Telugu cinema. He is the household comedian of Andhra Pradesh

Prior to movies, he was a Telugu lecturer in the town of Sattenapalli, a rural town in the state of Andhra Pradesh. He began his filming career with popular Telugu director and writer, Jandhyala's Aha Na Pellanta in which Rajendra Prasad played the lead role. Owing to his comic abilities, he is now one of the most respected comedians in the history of Telugu cinema.

Every year he acts in a minimum of 35 films, for the past 22 years. According to him, Jandhyala was the best comedy director he has ever worked with. He is presently writing a book based on his experiences in the film industry.

More about Dr. Brahmanandam

Greatest Average Mileage Run Daily Record GWR

Three years after finding an entry into the Guinness Book, long distance runner Tirtha Kumar Phani has now improved upon his own world record for the Greatest Average Mileage Run Daily.

Phani, now 48 years of age, had etched his name in the 2004 and 2005 editions of the prestigious almanac for his astounding feat of running an average of 61.824 km a day for a whole year from August, 2006 to July, 1997. He had then covered more than 22,000 km over a one-year period.

Phani, who hails from Lalgola in West Bengal's Murshidabad district but now settled in the metropolis, achieved a new record in the same category by running an average of 61.866 km a day from June 30, 2006 to June 29, 2007 here. He ran a total of 22,581.09 km spread over the one-year period.

The bespectacled Phani has received a certificate and a letter from the Guinness World Records confirming the improved mark.

"The Greatest Average Mileage Run Daily is 61.866 km (38.44 miles) and was achieved by Tirtha Kumar Phani (India) from June 30, 2006 to June 29, 2007, in Calcutta, India," said the certificate and the letter.

However, the letter said that the certificate did not guarantee Phani an automatic entry into the organisation's world famous annual books. But it said, "We do consider all new records for inclusion in all future Guinness World Record publication and products".

Phani told PTI that he attempted to better his old record as per the directive of the GWR.

Amazing Modern Funny Defination

Here are few selected words with Amazing Modern Funny Defination which will make you laugh and you will love to pass to your friend circle too. I am sureyou will love to read again and again and have a relax for a while.

School : A place where Papa pays and Son plays.

Life Insurance : A contract that keeps you poor all your life so that you can die Rich.

Nurse : A person who wakes u up to give you sleeping pills.

Marriage : It's an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her masters.

Divorce : Future tense of Marriage.

Lecture : An art of transferring information from the notes of the Lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through 'the minds of either'

Conference : The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.

Compromise : The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.

Dictionary : A place where success comes before work.

Conference Room : A place where everybody talks, nobody listens and everybody disagrees later on.

Father : A banker provided by nature.

Criminal : A guy no different from the rest....except that he got caught.

Boss : Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.

Politician : One who shakes your hand before elections and your confidence after.

Doctor : A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you by bills.

Classic : Books, which people praise, but do not read.

Office : A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.

Yawn : The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.

Etc . : A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.

Committee : Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.

Experience : The name men give to their mistakes.

Atom Bomb : An invention to end all inventions.

Philosopher : A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead

Smile : A curve that can set a lot of things straight.

Guinness Record Videos of Tongue Lift by Blackthorne

Guinness Record Videos of Tongue Lift

Thomas beats his own Guinness record by lifting a big steel-framed perspex box full of pasta - with his tongue!The record attempt was in Rome on the show "Circo Massimo" which is the reason for the pasta.

When in Rome...The english subtitles are not a full translation of the Italian - just a few words to explain what's going on.

The box weighed 12 kilos which is 26 and a half pounds US, or just shy of 2 stone if you're from the UK!

David Straitjacket - A Modern Houdini & Great Escapologist

From an early age David showed an inclination towards escapes, experimenting with ropechallenges when he was as young as seven, as well as spending hours in the library pouring over old books on circus sideshow stunts, restraints and the techniques employed by the escape artist of the early 20th Century.

David's only failure came when he was just about 7 years old. During an attempt where heallowed his cousins to tie him to a chair with a length of rope borrowed from his uncles shed, his cousin tied the rope tightly around his neck, cutting the blood supply off to his brain and rendering him unconscious within seconds.

David's world record are listed and published by - The Guinness Book Of Records and the Alternative Book Of Records.

The Worlds Fastest Suspended Straitjacket Escape With Chains
In September 2006, on a live broadcast of one of the UK's most popular TV shows, The New Paul O'Grady Show. David set a brand new world record for the fastest escape from a straitjacket, while suspended and chained. With two representatives from Guinness on hand, and David was restrained, and winched high above the studio floor. Escaping in a time of 54 seconds.

The Worlds Fastest Underwater Handcuff Escape
In June 2005 David successfully set a new world record for the fastest underwater handcuff escape at the Clitheroe street festival. Using a set of Hiatt's Speedcuffs handcuffs brought to the event by a local police officer. After the usual searches and checks by recordofficials David had 3 attempts at escaping in record time.

The clock was started as soon as he vanished under the water, and stopped when he emerged free of the cuffs. The third, andFastest attempt produced a staggering world record time of just 4.25 seconds

The Big Record:
On January 8th 2005 David attempted to break three world records in just one day, at theArndale Centre, Manchester, UK. This was in aid of Save the Children and the Tsunami appeal. The event was a great success, raising almost £2000 for the charities and giving Save theChildren the opportunity to introduce hundreds of people to their campaigns. David's attempts at all three records were also successful. Details are below

The World's Fastest Straitjacket Escape:
David Straitjacket currently holds the world record for the fastest ever straitjacket escape. This was completed in a time of 81.24 seconds. Easily beating the target of 90 seconds. The Straitjacket used was a 'Posey' brand. If the above time seems slow to you, it is because you have never seen anyone escape from a Posey Straitjacket.

Unlike the jackets commonly used by magicians and street performers this jacket has a range of security features not found in any other Straitjacket. There are three extra loops holding the arms against the chest, special 'friction' buckles which are designed to be inoperable from inside the jacket, and much more. In short, a massive challenge for any escape artist, and one of the most devious medical restraints ever devised. Guinness will now only allow Straitjacket records attempted with this jacket, and no other.

The record took two attempts, the first failing to reach the target time of 90 seconds (with a time of 99 seconds), and leading to David dislocating his right shoulder. After a short pause for medical attention, David was given the medics permission for one further attempt, and set a new world record.

The World's Fastest Escape from Police Handcuffs:
This record was broken using a pair of police issue rigid Speedcuffs. At the time of the escape the current record was held by Stuart Burrell (UK) with a time of ten seconds. The cuffs were checked by three independent assessors, and although the rigid nature of the cuffs means that the keyhole cannot be reached by the restrained person, David and the curtain he would stand behind were nonetheless inspected for hidden keys. David successfully broke this record with a time of 7.25 seconds.

The World's Fastest Straitjacket Escape on Stilts:
For this record the same 'Posey' Straitjacket was used. But with a major, and potentially very dangerous new twist. He was precariously balanced on stilts at the time! No one else in the world has ever successfully freed themselves from this restraint while balancing on stilts, and the stunt carried with it the danger of falling, head first and unprotected onto the hard floor of the Arndale Centre.

David was not wearing any protective padding for the escape, nor were there any crash mats to land on. Falling while restrained in a Straitjacket meant that David would not be able to put his hands out or break his fall in any way. A very risky undertaking indeed! Apart from the pain in his previously injured shoulder and a very lucky (excuse the pun) escape after a fall on the first attempt, David was successful, and set a new world record of 98.71 seconds.

The Heaviest Person Stood on the Chest While Lying on Broken Glass:
In October 2005, at the East Lake Festival, Wuhan, China. David successfully withstood the weight of fellow world record holder, 151 kg Strongman, John Evans. David lay barebacked on a pile of 100 broken bottles with John stood on his chest. The weight of the 6 ft 2 inch,strongman grinding the broken bottles into his bare skin, and threatening to collapse his chest. To set the record David needed to withstand John's weight for a full ten seconds.

On the first attempt David was forced to ask John to step off after only 6 seconds, John's weight was simply too much for his chest to take. However, after a short break, a second attempt went ahead. This time David was able to bear John's weight for the full ten seconds. With his chest bruised, and his back sore, but not cut, David had set another Guinness World Record.

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funny world records in cycling backwards with violin

Christian Adam (neé Patzig) couldn´t believe it ! He set up a new world record. In a suisse motorway tunnel he was cycling backwards 60.45 km while playing J.S. Bach on his violin. The well - known Showmaster Kurt Felix had asked Christian Adam to try this record for his Suisse TV Show "Supertreffer". Christian did it. Everybody was astonished to see him sitting on the handlebar and pedaling 60 kilometer quite relaxed. The music stand was fixed where the " visual " cyclist has his saddle. Christian was astonished about the good sound in the motorway tunnel. Undouptedly he is better in the Concert hall of Hamburg. Here he is studying music with the violin as main subject. Beside he was concertmaster for many years in the youth Orchestra from Schleswig.

some personal data of perfomer
Christian Adam (neé Patzig)
born 11.11.1963 in Meldorf / Germany
learned cycling at the age of 4 playing violin since 1970
studying music with main subject violine in Hamburg 1981-89 participant in several orchestras since
1988 working full-time as a violinmaker
2000 examination for the master craftman´s diploma as a violin maker

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world's fastest window cleaner world record

Terry Burrows first appeared on television back in 1993. The programme, on London Weekend Television, was called "You Bet". With presenter Mathew Kelly and friend John McLean it just started as a bit of a laugh. But, as Terry's feet first walked on the TV set, he knew that this was the start of something much bigger. This was the opportunity for Terry to realise his dream: to become the fastest and most famous window cleaner in the world!

The world record, held by Terry Burrows of course, is currently 9.24, this was set at the NEC in March 05 . You might think that is pretty fast for cleaning a window that measures 45 inches square including wiping the window sill. But, what makes Terry's record incredible is that the strict competition rules state that he must clean three windows, each measuring 45 inches square, and wipe the sill! There are time penalties deducted for any water marks left on the glass and the competitor is limited to a maximum squeegee size of 12 inches. Unlike some other world record attempts, we say "do try this at home". Then you will realise how difficult a challenge this is.

Terry's ambitions are to become a TV presenter and to break his own world record again, taking it down to a time that is so low it will stay with him for the rest of his life.

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World's fastest knife thrower world record - David Adamovich

David Adamovich - Professional Impalement Artist — World Champion — Guiness World Record Holder — 7 World + 1 Russian Record for world's fastest knife thrower

The throw/catch team of Dick Haines and David Adamovich (The Great Throwdini) performed the "Throwdini Knife Catch" stunt non-stop for one minute. Dick thre 29 16: knives for one spin in one minute (i.e., 2 seconds apart) and Throwdini successfully caught 25 of 29 throws.

David Adamovich (The Great Throwdini) threw and stuck 76 14" knives for 1/2 spin, one knife at a time, around his partner Ekaterina in one minute. The target girl stood before a 4 foot wide by 6 foot high target board.

David Adamovich (The Great Throwdini) threw and stuck 144 14" knives for 1/2 spin, three knives at a time, around his partner Ekaterina in one minute. The target girl stood before a 4 foot wide by 6 foot high target board.

SINGLE KNIFE THROW: 84 knives in 1 minute
David Adamovich (The Great Throwdini) threw and stuck 84 14" knives for 1/2 spin, one knife at a time, in one minute into a target board.

FREQUENCY OF THROWING: 3 knives in 1 second
David Adamovich (The Great Throwdini) threw and stuck 14" knives for 1/2 spin of which 3 were recorded to stick in the board within a 1 second time period. Note: This breaks his previous record of 2 per second.

THE DOUBLE LADDER OF DEATH: 16 knives in 6.1 seconds David Adamovich (The Great Throwdini) and Harry Munroe threw 16 14" knives in 6.1 seconds (0.34 second intervals) crisscrossing the body of their partner Tina who stood before a 4 foot wide by 6 foot high target board. Breaks their previous record of 6.5 seconds.

ASSOCIATION OF RUSSIAN RECORDS: David Adamovich, 72 knives in 1 minute around a human assistant. This record is recorded in the category of Foreign Citizens of which David Adamovich is the first American citizen to have this distinction. One of the 72 knives used for the Russian Record is on display in the Museum of the Association of Russian Records, Moscow. April 2006

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Top 25 Amazing Facts World 2007

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2. Jerry Mika an Honest Man Returns Mistaken $2M Check

3. Learn How To Wear a Indian Saree in Easy Seven Steps

4. Google co-founder Sergey Brins wedding

5. Amazing Body Painting in the Illusion of Colours

6. Dress up as Santa and Became Guinness World Record Breaker 2007

7. shiloh nouvel baby of angelina jolie and brad pitt - Hello vs. People

8. Largest Bikini Photo shoot world record

9. Ford Cortina Car Sold for over £136,000

10. One Liner Amazing Funny Facts

11. Today is World No Tobacco Day

12. J K Rowling Fairy Tales Sell for $4M

13. Daniel Radcliffe buys a Manhattan penthouse for 2.2 million

14. worlds smallest piano - Amazing Music Facts

15. World Records for 78.5 Hours in Giant SnowGlobe

16. World's largest coloring book world records 2007

17. Pablo Picasso Painting stolen from Sao Paulo art museum Brazil

18. Biggest Christmas Tree World Record

19. Toilet Paper Wedding Dress by Hanah Kim

20. 2000 People click Nude Photos on Parking

21. Guinness World Record 2008 worlds longest chain of shoes

22. Eco friendly boat attempt record breaking world tour

23. World oldest man dies in his 117th year

24. Two Guinness Book Records for Hindu Temple India

25. LA Ink Amazing Tatoo Artist Set a Guinness World Record

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Pablo Picasso Painting stolen from Sao Paulo art museum Brazil

Thieves broke into Sao Paulo's leading art museum before dawn on Thursday and stole two oil paintings, including one by Pablo Picasso that could be worth some $50 million (25.2 million pounds).

Picasso's 1904 "Portrait of Suzanne Bloch" -- from the Spaniard's Blue Period -- and Brazilian painter Candido Portinari's 1939 "The Coffee Worker" were among the Art Museum of Sao Paulo's most important exhibits, the museum said in a statement.

The thieves probably specifically targeted the paintings, which were on display in separate rooms on the second floor, it said.

"We believe that this has the hand of some collector, for his private use," Marcos de Moura, who is heading the police investigation, told a news conference. "This was a professional job, nothing amateur."

Three thieves broke through the main door of the museum just after 5 a.m., then smashed another glass door while an accomplice kept watch outside, de Moura said. They spent only three minutes inside the building.

There was no alarm on either door. Security cameras filmed the break-in but not the exact moment when the paintings were lifted from the walls, he said. None of the thieves wore a hood, he added.

The museum said it would be closed for the next few days and asked Brazil's Foreign Ministry and the international police agency Interpol for help.

Museum officials and police declined to say how much the paintings might be worth.

But Globo news quoted art expert Jones Bergamin as saying the Picasso could be worth as much as $50 million. He valued the Portinari at about $5.5 million.

In October two thieves tried to break into the museum but were spotted and fled.

Its collection is considered the most important in Latin America, featuring works from European masters including Velazquez as well as modern artists such as Dali and many Brazilians.

Source : xinhua

How to Buy Good Business - Amazing Business Tips

This exclusive article is one of a series that offers insight and guidance into the process of buying selling or auction your businesses. Whether you want to buy, sell, or appraise the valuation of a going concern business, these amazing tips provide specific guidance and references to help you accomplish your goal.

How to Buy Good Business - Amazing Business Idea Tips by Sunbeltne

Owning and running a small business is quite different than working for a larger company. You may provide some new perspective but the principal requirement for success will be energy and hard work.

Think positive while buying a new business.

Provide a resume and financial statement. Remember, the seller will most likely be your banker and will want to be convinced that you can run "his" business successfully, protect the employees, and pay down the note.

Don't drag out your due diligence after agreeing on price and terms. Keep the focus on key business issues and avoid getting tangled up in minutia. This is not the time for an "audit."

Are you up to the challenge?
Owning and running a small business is quite different than working for a larger company. You may provide some new perspective but the principal requirement for success will be energy and hard work.

Owning and running a small business is quite different than working for a larger company. You may provide some new perspective but the principal requirement for success will be energy and hard work.

Just about anybody can buy assets, such as inventory and equipment. But you are buying a company. Focus primarily on the company's discretionary cash flow or EBITDA, i.e., what the business really earns now for the seller, then determine what it might earn for you in the future. Most good small businesses will be priced at two to four times cash flow.

If there will be a landlord other than the seller, he usually will have little to gain by changing the status quo. Go to your initial meeting with him armed with your resume and financial statement.

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Most Amazing Search Terms 2007

No year-end list would be complete without a look back at what dazzled us on-screen and delighted us musically. Here are some of the most watched, most downloaded, and most enjoyed google search queries of the year 2007. All of these searches had the largest volume on in the U.S.

Young Hollywood Actor Search

Paris Hilton
Britney Spears
Lindsay Lohan

The Playing Field Query Search

Red Sox
Manchester united


On Tour Searches
rolling stones
hannah montana

On the Tube search

dancing with the star
south park

Top TV Shows search Terms


Top Hollywood Movies Search Terms

the simpsons movie
epic movie
bee movie
harry potter
iron man
amazing grace

Top Lyrics Search Terms

umbrella lyrics (rihanna)
soulja boy lyrics
bubbly lyrics (colbie caillat)
paramore lyrics
lil wayne lyrics
taylor swift lyrics
apologize lyrics (timbaland)
hannah montana lyrics
girlfriend lyrics (avril lavigne)
avril lavigne lyrics

Top Who, What, How Question Search

who is god
who is who
who is lookup
who is jesus
who is it
who is buckethead
who is calling
who is keppler
who is this
who is satan

What is...

what is love
what is autism
what is rss
what is lupus
what is sap
what is bluetooth
what is emo
what is java
what is hpv
what is gout

How to...

how to kiss
how to draw
how to knit
how to hack
how to dance
how to crochet
how to meditate
how to flirt
how to levitate
how to skateboard

Google News Most Popular Searches (global)

american idol
britney spears
2007 cricket world cup
chris benoit
anna nicole smith
paris hilton
vanessa hudgens

Presidential Campaign (most searched-for)

ron paul
fred thompson
hillary clinton
barack obama
john edwards
mitt romney
john mccain

Lawsuits query Search

borat lawsuit
vonage lawsuit
iphone lawsuit
facebook lawsuit
jamie gold lawsuit
pants lawsuit
mcdonalds lawsuit
paxil lawsuit
riaa lawsuit
dell lawsuit
RIP (or rumors of)
anna nicole smith
travis barker*
vince mcmahon*
chris benoit
fidel castro*
michael jackson*
ryan sheckler*
bob barker*
criss angel*
kurt vonnegut

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Toilet Paper Wedding Dress by Hanah Kim

Toilet Paper Wedding Dress by Hanah Kim - The 2007 Toilet Paper Dress Wedding Contest Winner -
Lovebirds Jennifer Cannon and Doy Nichols of Lexington, Ky., plan to get hitched Wednesday in a public restroom. She'll be wearing a gown fashioned from glue, tape and Charmin Ultra Soft and Ultra Strong toilet tissue.

The intricately detailed dress was designed by Hanah Kim, winner of the 2007 Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, sponsored by officials said that Congratulations to Hanah Kim. Hanah your dress is absolutely gorgeous! We love the original design including the cap sleeves and the pleated insets and all of the minor details that you put into the dress.

We look forward to our Sponsor turning into a real wedding dress. Stay tuned for Hanah's t.p. creation to be turned into a beautiful gown worthy of any couture designer! Hope you enjoy your $500.00 Prize deserve it!!

J K Rowling Fairy Tales Sell for $4M

A book of fairy tales created, handwritten and illustrated by J.K. Rowling sold for nearly $4 million at auction Thursday. The buyer, Web retailer Inc., now owns one of only seven copies of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," which is leather bound with silver mounts.
Amazon, in its unaccustomed position as a buyer rather than seller of books, was represented by London art agent Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox.

The book originally had been expected to sell for about $100,000. The standing-room-only crowd at Sotheby's auction house applauded as bidding topped the $2 million mark.

The money will benefit The Children's Voice, a charity co-founded in 2005 by Rowling and Baroness Nicholson, a member of Britain's House of Lords.

Rowling, 42, watched the auction on the Web from her home in Edinburgh, Scotland, and said she was ecstatic.

"This will mean so much to children in desperate need of help," she said in a statement. "It means Christmas has come early to me." posted a handful of photos of the book's contents and said it will review the tales on its Web site. The company also launched a discussion board to answer questions about the book's contents from fans of Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Craig Berman, an Amazon spokesman, said the company plans a tour for the book of libraries and schools.

Rowling, whose Harry Potter books have sold nearly 400 million copies and been translated into 64 languages, wrote the Beedle tales after finishing the seventh and final work in the Potter series.

"'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' is really a distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books, and writing it has been the most wonderful way to say goodbye to a world I have loved and lived in for 17 years," Rowling said.

She said the six other copies of the Beedle books have been given to people who were closely connected to the Harry Potter collection.

The Children's Voice campaigns for children's rights across Europe, especially in Eastern Europe, where many children and teenagers grow up in institutions, often in what many activists regard as unacceptable conditions.

Rowling said the proceeds of the auction will "help institutionalized children who are in desperate need of a voice."

Sotheby's also auctioned "Marrakech," a painting by Sir Winston Churchill that he gave to President Truman in 1951 and had remained in the Truman family. The work, which shows a panorama of the Atlas Mountains in Marrakech, Morocco, sold for $955,645.

Truman's daughter, Margaret Truman Daniel, had hand-carried the painting from 10 Downing St. to the United States on behalf of her father.

Churchill, who painted as a pastime and gave away many of his works, was Britain's prime minister from 1940-1945 and 1951-1955.

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World Record for Most Sumo Squats in One Hour

On December 16, at the age of almost 40, Dr. Thienna, a leading skin care author who is conscious of health and fitness on all levels, broke the Guinness Book World Record for the most Sumo squats in one hour. The event was overseen by an official adjudicator from the U.K. at the San Francisco State University Basketball Gymnasium.

Adjudicator, Carlos Martinez, watched while Dr. Thienna, without a break, completed an incredible 5,135 squats in one hour.

Dr. Thienna started practicing the Sumo squat in her 20s when she felt it was time to start maintaining her physical health. She was first introduced to the move by her father, a fourth-degree black belt.

"Sumo squats work every major muscle group in the body," Dr. Thienna said. "Specifically, they help to strengthen problem areas such as the inner and outer thighs while working the whole upper body and providing a vigorous cardiovascular workout and improved flexibility."

Dr. Thienna is thrilled about having achieved this new record, not only for personal satisfaction, but to raise the awareness of the benefits associated with Sumo squat exercise, especially for women.

"Squat exercises are typically associated with men. My hope is that women will embrace this exercise as it targets many common problem areas that typically concern them," Thienna explained.

Sharing her love of health and fitness is what Dr. Thienna enjoys most. She is the author of "Unlocking the Mystery of Skin Color" (ISBN: 978-0-9792103-0-3), a book that teaches people how to obtain a brighter, clearer, and healthier complexion.

During research for the book, she discovered that the techniques involved in the Natural Fairskin Method(TM), not only gave her a clear and healthy complexion, but it also provided her with amazing strength, endurance, and stamina.

When Dr. Thienna first started practicing squats, she did them three times per week, 500-1,000 squats per session. Normally, it took 30 to 45 minutes to complete each session. So, to complete 5,135 in one hour is a tremendous breakthrough and one which she greatly attributes to the Natural Fairskin Method(TM).

In addition, Dr. Thienna reports no back, shoulder, wrist, hip, or knee pain; minor muscle soreness quickly disappears.

Dr. Thienna was born in Saigon, Vietnam three months after Viet Cong forces attacked the city during the infamous Tet Offensive. Eleven years later, Dr. Thienna and her family fled communist Vietnam in a 50-foot wooden boat that carried 285 passengers. On its way to Indonesia, the vessel was attacked by pirates. Less than one year later, Dr. Thienna's family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in San Francisco.

She is the founder of Thienna, Inc. and is one of the world's leading authorities on human skin color. She holds a number of academic degrees, including a BA in Economics; a BS in Microbiology; a Graduate Certificate in Genetic Engineering; an MA in Business Administration; and a Ph.D. in Scientific Nutrition. She also has performed significant additional study in the fields of chemistry, biology, and molecular biology.

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Daniel Radcliffe buys a Manhattan penthouse for 2.2 million

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry potter) buys a Manhattan penthouse for 2.2 million

He occupies a box room at his parents' London home and has hardly touched his estimated £25million fortune.

So it is hardly surprising that Daniel Radcliffe has decided the time is right to enter the property market.

The Harry Potter star has spent £2.2million on a newly-built bachelor pad in Manhattan.

But he has no immediate plans to live in it, and it is available for rent by well-heeled New Yorkers at £10,000 a month.

Radcliffe gained full control of his earnings after his 18th birthday in July.

Along with the other teenage Potter actors, he received personal consultations from Coutts, bankers to the Queen, on how best to invest his fortune.

The 1,843 sq ft fifth-floor apartment is a 13-storey, glass-walled condominium in trendy SoHo.
Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, it has been dubbed the "sexiest new development" in the area. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the Manhattan skyline.

The building - which contains 40 flats - also has a 50ft swimming pool, a steam room and concierge.

It would provide a convenient base for Radcliffe when he makes his Broadway debut next September in a repeat of his controversial West End performance as a disturbed young man in Equus.

However, Chris Pomeroy, from the U.S. property firm Halstead, said that it was available for rent "for at least a year", which would keep it occupied until after the scheduled opening of the production.

Property records reveal the flat was bought by Gilmore Jacobs, the company set up by Radcliffe's parents just before the first Potter movie's release in 2001, when he was 11.

Since then he has appeared four more times as the quidditch-playing wizard and has signed up to play Harry in the final two films of the series.

Radcliffe has denied that he is particularly extravagant, adding: "The things I like buying are things that cost about £7 - books and CDs and DVDs."

worlds smallest piano - Amazing Music Facts

Japanese toymaker has unveiled what it says is the world's smallest fully functioning grand piano. It may be a toy-sized, but the instrument has a full 88 keys and sounds much like a full-sized piano.

Japan's Sega Toys developed the piano, which measures 7 inches tall and almost 10 inches wide.

It's extremely difficult to play by hand, since each key is only about 1/5-inch wide. The tiny piano also has an auto-playing function that can crank out tunes by Tchaikovsky and Billy Joel.

One of the piano's developers said Japan's housing situation allows only a very few people to have the room for a full-sized grand piano. The piano will go on sale in Japan in April for about $500.

Eco friendly boat attempt record breaking world tour

Guinness World Records for attempt round-the-world trip

New Zealand built boat that runs exclusively on biodiesel will kick off an attempt to break the world speed record for circumventing the globe in a motorboat next year.

The 24-metre Earthrace, skippered by New Zealander Pete Bethune will set off from Spain in March and traverse the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans as well as the Panama and Suez canals.

Earthrace, which can submarine under big waves will try to break the current world record of 74 days, 20 hours and 58 minutes set by the Cable and Wireless Adventurer boat in 1998.

Bethune believes his trip can help promote biodiesel as a viable alternative to petroleum diesel.
Bethune's also made a symbolic gesture towards the project undergoing liposuction with two other volunteers which produced 10 litres of human fat.

That's enough to power the boat for 15 kilometres.

Source : Livenews

Future of Dubai Fashion Luxury Brand Industry

UAE’s economic growth over the past few years has given rise to a new wealthy elite looking for ways to spend their money.

By 2010, the Middle East luxury market potential is expected to hit the $100 billion mark as UAE ranks amongst the top five countries worldwide for consumer purchasing power of luxury clothes and accessories.

According to an Industry report by Swedish industry analyst group Generation DataBank, the regional market will see an average growth of 12.2 per cent per annum over next five years in the Duty Free and Travel Retail Sales, compared to the global average of 7.6 per cent.

These figures underline country’s growing prominence as a primary trading hub for the regional luxury industry, which also expected to get a boost with the introduction of the Millionare Fair, region’s leading luxury fair.

Major Luxury industry players will now be looking to use the first edition of this show, scheduled to be held from 15th December to 17, 2007, to take advantage of the opportunities Dubai presents for the luxury industry.

The trend-setting lifestyle event was launched in 2002 in Amsterdam by Gijrath Media Group. With brands such as Bentley, Bvlgari and Breitling, Rolex, Remy Martin and Rolls Royce under one roof, the event brought in a new era in luxury and lifestyle.

The fair offers not just the latest in world’s luxury brands but its unique spirit is based on a great variety of displays, entertainment and hospitality.

“Dubai with its booming economy seems a perfect host for this trendsetting concept that aims to provide an excellent platform for exclusive luxury brands to display their products and brand philosophy before their regional target audiences and business prospects.

The per capita luxury goods consumption in the Middle East outweighs global standards; and rightfully so as the region houses possibly more luxury connoisseurs than anywhere else” said Aldrin Fernandes, CEO Concept Group, the organisers of the Millionaire Fair.

“Concept Group has been associated with some of the most pioneering initiatives in the fashion and retail segment. As publishers of Millionaire magazine in the region, we are uniquely positioned to bring this event into this market.

With more than a year of deep understanding and research of the market, via the magazine, the fair becomes a natural extension of the brand,” he added.

Dubai, a veritable luxury capital shall host the Millionaire Fair this year after successful editions at Amsterdam, Moscow, Shanghai and Belgium.

The event is known to offer invaluable reciprocal opportunities to its exhibitors and event visitors alike by ensuring the quality of the offering of individual exhibitors and the people attending the annual events across.

Those in the luxury product market find this an ideal event for launching new products, meeting prospective clients and cultivating relationships.

The gala opening is a get-together of the who’s who in business, fashion and entertainment - a glamorous parade of evening dresses and black ties.

During the event’s inaugural edition, some of the finest luxury brands will display the finest collections of antiques, jewellery, real estate, luxury yachts and other high-end products before a most exclusive audience.

Besides the ‘world’s finest’ on display, the event will offer ongoing entertainment for its visitors and exhibitors.

Feet Protected Elephant Shoes - Amazing Animal Facts

The GORE-TEX Hong Kong team came to the rescue of two of Singapore Zoo's Asian elephants in need of special footwear.

The intensive year-long effort by the zoo and W. L. Gore & Associates, creators of the legendary GORE-TEX fabric, recently culminated in the elephants being presented with comfortable yet protective footwear to help with their ongoing foot problems.

As the world's largest land animal, elephants naturally place an enormous amount of stress on their feet. Due to a bad stumble a number of years ago, Tun, the younger of the two elephants, has one front leg longer than the others.

As a result, she limps painfully and the extra pressure she places on the shorter front leg has created lesions on the sole of this foot. Meanwhile, 30-year-old Jamilah has lesions on the soles of both her front feet owing to her habit of swaying from side to side.

As Singapore Zoo veterinarian, Dr Sonja Luz explains, treatment has been difficult. "Try asking an elephant to take some weight off for a while," she jokes.

Dr Luz's team began thinking about ways to protect the elephant's bandages so that the lesions had time to heal. Tun's unbalanced walk also had to be addressed if she was to have a chance of full recovery.

"The best solution we could think of was some type of protective boot that was durable enough for elephant wear-and-tear and possibly also waterproof, it had to be made from a material that allowed the wound to breathe to prevent fungal infections. Most importantly, it would also provide comfort to the elephant."

"GORE-TEX fabric immediately came to mind," she says. In December 2006, Dr Luz contacted W. L. Gore & Associates in Hong Kong to seek expert advice on whether the breathable, waterproof technology of GORE-TEX footwear could possibly be adapted to footwear solutions for the elephants. The project immediately captured the hearts and minds of the product development team.

Led by GORE-TEX footwear specialists Raymond Lee and CK Yau, development work began soon after. Surprisingly it wasn't the first time such an unusual assignment had been accepted. In fact, Gore's unique corporate culture enables and encourages associate to take advantage of opportunities to think laterally and creatively.

"It is one of the advantages of working at Gore," says Lee. "With Tun and Jamilah, we had the opportunity to use our expertise and equipment to make a real difference in their quality of life."
Understandably the project had a number of fundamental challenges. Measuring the size and shape of the elephants' feet was the first. Dr Luz also had to calculate the difference in length between Tun's left and right front legs so that elevation could be built into her shoe.

"Elephants rarely lie down so we couldn't get a good mould of Tun or Jamilah's feet without anaesthetising them which we prefer not to do. Instead we manually took measurements and made a number of plaster casts for the GORE-TEX brand team in Hong Kong to start working with."

While the size was certainly abnormally large, Lee soon discovered that an elephant's foot behaves very differently from a human's foot in terms of weight, balance and the way they walk.
"A foot of an elephant it is very unlike that of a human's they weren't designed with shoes in mind," says Lee. "They're shaped like a stump which means the shoe has few places to really grab on to."

Lee also soon learnt that the size of an elephant's foot increases by a few centimetres on contact with the ground. "We had to devise a boot that was big enough to accommodate this size increase but small enough so that it would not be too loose at other times."

Comfort was yet another vitally important consideration. "Elephants are incredibly intelligent. If the shoes are uncomfortable, they will quickly work out how to take the shoes off. Zippers are unfortunately only a temporary challenge," says Dr Luz.

Over the 12 month period, many prototypes were developed and trialed on the elephants to ensure the best possible fit. Velcro, zippers and even wire laces were all used to fasten the shoe. Metres of GORE-TEX fabric later, Tun and Jamilah are now set to receive their custom-made boots just in time for Christmas.

"As a vet, my passion is to make the lives of animals better," says Dr Luz. "Going into this project, I always knew there was a possibility that it would fail but I always felt it was important that we at least gave it a try. That the GORE-TEX brand team has supported our efforts so passionately is a fantastic vote of confidence."

World Records for 78.5 Hours in Giant SnowGlobe

Snowglobe Boy, aka 24-year-old Ben Eckerson, has spent over 3 days living in a giant snowglobe as an advertising stunt for the advertising firm he works for. And though I can't imagine he had much competition, Eckerson also managed to set a world record for most time spent in a giant snow globe.

World Records Academy officially deemed Eckersons stunt as "Longest time spent in an inflatable snowglobe." Snowglobe Boy was allowed to take up to an hour a day to shower, use the bathroom, etc. But aside from that, he was confined to his snowglobe, where he spent his time using his laptop, playing video games and generally acting like a tard.

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World's largest coloring book world records 2007

There are some creative people in Kuwait who aim to make great achievements in order to be registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. Salma Al-Jadi, a Kuwaiti dental care technician, is one of those people. Al-Jadi designed the largest coloring book in the world, which is 180 centimeters long and 150 centimeters wide.

The 150-page coloring book is titled 'Our Bright White Teeth' and aims to teach kids about correct and healthy oral habits through pictures, photos, and informative sentences. "This coloring book teaches kids how to take care of their teeth and will make them love brushing their teeth," Al-Jadi told the Kuwait Times.

The book took Al-Jadi a long period of time to make. "I got the ideas for my book from my profession, which is the dental care field. The mouth is an important organ of the human body, it is the mirror of your health," she noted.All the photos and pictures included in the coloring book were collected and drawn by Al-Jadi. The book is made of paper and is at her house.

I was reading the Guinness Book of World Records just for fun and in order to learn about some interesting information and then I decided to make the largest coloring book in the world. After finishing the book, I emailed the representatives of Guinness and I received their reply which stated that I had made the biggest coloring book in the world," Al-Jadi pointed out.

Al-Jadi received the response from the Guinness Book of World Records just two weeks ago and is very proud of her achievement. "Hopefully you will see my coloring book in the next Guinness Book of World Records. I really hope people will like it," she concluded.

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Two Guinness Book Records for Hindu Temple India

In a rare event member of the main management committee of the Guinness World Records flew down to Ahmedabad to present certificates of two world records created by BAPS, a sub-sect of Swaminarayan. His visit marked the 87th birthday of Pramukh Swami, the head of the BAPS.

Bochasanwasi Akhsar Purushottam Sansthan which is celebrating its centenary has set up a record with its head consecrating as many as 713 temples in five continents in a 26 year span starting April 1971.

This includes its temple in New Delhi which is adjudged as the world's largest comprehensive Hindu temple by the Guinness World Records. This temple was consecrated on November 6, 2005.

Michael Whitty, senior member of the main management committee presented certificates of these two world records to the Pramukh Swami at the venue of centenary celebrations in Chandkheda on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India.

World oldest man dies in his 117th year

Ukraine’s long-living man, a resident of the Lvov region, Grigory Nestor, died on Sunday in his 117th year, the head of the village administration has said.

Nestor lived in the village of Stary Yarychiv at his grand niece. Several days before his death he did not even complain of health problems.

“Nothing aches all over. Only eyes begin to see poorly and I feel shivery a bit,” Nestor said.
For a long while he worked as a shepherd in his village. Nestor was an inveterate bachelor and lived his last years at his sister’s daughter.

In reply to the question about recipes of long-living he said with a smile “I had never been married and did not undermine my nervous system on the family front.” He said he was a lover of women for all his life, but things did not come around as they were expected to.

Nestor liked to sing different songs, not only in Ukrainian, but also in Russian, German and Polish. He said he learnt these songs during the two world wars that raged across the western Ukrainian village.

He said he had never had heavy diseases, used no medicines and did not abuse alcohol.
Authors of Ukraine’s book of records recognized Grigory Nestor as the country’s oldest man and promised him to put his name in the Guinness Book of World Records, but he died before they fulfilled the promise.

Ukraine’s oldest man was born on March 15, 1891.

According to the Guinness World Records, the world’s oldest person was Emiliano Mercado del Toro from Puerto Rico, who died aged 115 on January 24. He became the world’s oldest person after 116-year-old Elizabeth Bolden died in Tennessee on December 11, 2006.

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National Geographic Kids Sets a New Guinness World Record

Guinness World Record (GWR) for the world’s largest gathering of plush toys

It’s official! At a December 6 ceremony at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, National Geographic Kids set a Guinness World Record (GWR) for the world’s largest gathering of plush toys—2,304, to be precise! Since June, stuffed animals have been sent in by National Geographic Kids readers from countries all over the world, including Japan, the Czech Republic, and Norway.

The record was officially witnessed by Toys for Tots representative Staff Sgt. Johnny Noble, WUSA-TV 9 chief meteorologist Topper Shutt, and Washington Capitals mascot “Slapshot.” National Geographic Kids magazine Editor in Chief Melina Bellows officiated the ceremony, and the record was accepted by GWR representative Stuart Claxton.

At the ceremony, National Geographic Kids reader Shawn from Newburgh, New York, also received a certificate of outstanding achievement for organizing a drive at his school to collect stuffed animals. The 237 animals that seven-year-old Shawn contributed were the largest single donation in the record.

In addition to setting a new world record, the toy collection serves a good cause. All of the stuffed animals were donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program, which collects new toys to distribute to needy children during the holiday season.

“It was really fun seeing all the different kinds of animals readers sent in,” said Rachel Buchholz, National Geographic Kids’ special projects editor, who organized the record-setting effort. “But it was even better knowing that all the stuffed animals will be given to needy children.

”A big thanks goes out to all of you who helped set this record!

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