Today is World No Tobacco Day

Today is "World No Tobacco Day" or World Anti-Tobacco Day and the worldwide Cancer organization is calling on all smokers to at least ensure that they do not smoke today.

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If you are seriously considering quitting smoking, you should be looking at the benefits of kicking the habit.

After 20 minutes, blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal. After eight hours, oxygen levels in the blood returns to normal. Chances of heart attack starts falling.

After 24 hours, carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body. Lungs clear out mucus and other debris.After 48 hours, nicotine is no longer detectable in the body. Ability to taste and smell is improved.

After 72 hours, brreathing becomes easier as bronchial tubes relax. Energy level increases.

After two to 21 weeks, circulation improves throughout the body.

After three to nine months, breathing problems such as coughing, shortness of breath & wheezing decrease. The overall lung function increases by five to 10 percent.

After five years, risk of heart attack falls to about half of that of a smoker.

After 10 years, risk of lung cancer falls to about half of that of a smoker. Risk of heart attack falls to about the same as non-smokers.

RIYO MORI Miss Universe 2007

This evening, during one of the year’s most exciting live international television events, a star-studded panel of judges chose Miss Japan, Riyo Mori, as MISS UNIVERSE® 2007
Ms. Riyo Mori is 20 years-old and has been dancing since she was 4. She loves traveling the world and enjoys visiting museums and watching musicals.

The judging panel for the 2007 Miss Universe Pageant included NBC's "Heroes" James Kyson Lee, NBC's "Deal or No Deal" briefcase model Lindsay Clubine, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, rocker Dave Navarro, World and Olympic figure skating champion Michelle Kwan, fashion designer Marc Bouwer, Novela Star Mauricio Islas, "Project Runway" judge and Elle magazine fashion director Nina Garcia, and former Miss Universes Dayanara Torres (1993) and Christiane Martel (1953).

Throughout the two-hour event, contestants from 77 countries around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit; evening gown; and personality interview. Zuleyka Rivera, Miss Universe 2006, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast, before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of more than 1 billion in over 170 countries.

The MISS UNIVERSE® 2007 prize package includes: Official Miss UNIVERSE Mikimoto pearl tiara; 2 Year Scholarship from The NY Film Academy in NYC; custom designed wardrobe by Tadashi; National and International multi-media advertising campaign and a complete denim wardrobe from YMI Jeanswear; Swimsuit wardrobe from BSC Swimwear Thailand; Shoe wardrobe from Nina; A Ritmo Mundo Jumbo Jet Mystery Dial time piece; Year-long supply of hair care products and tools from Farouk Systems; Membership to Gravity Fitness and papering at John Barrett Salon; Fashion Portfolio by leading fashion photographer Fadil Berisha; Consultation with stylist Billie Causieestko; New York City apartment for the year of her reign including living expenses; professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization and Trump Model Management; and a personal appearance wardrobe.

The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® competitions, is a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal partnership. Utilizing its global grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women's health and reproductive issues. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education such as the Latino Commission on AIDS, Global Health Council and God's Love We Deliver, Miss Universe is armed to impact women today.

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New 7 wonders 2007 Announced on 07 07 07

New 7 wonders 2007 Announced on 07 07 07 - Only 8 Days Pending for vote.

New 7 wonders 2007 was Announced on 07 07 07. This is your last chance to vote and choose your New Seven Wonder 2007. Mentioned here with Nominee Seven Wonder of the World

The Taj Mahal (1630 A.D.) Agra, India

This immense mausoleum was built on the orders of Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife. Built out of white marble and standing in formally laid-out walled gardens, the Taj Mahal is regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India. The emperor was consequently jailed and, it is said, could then only see the Taj Mahal out of his small cell window. In short - vote for the Taj Mahal,the greatest symbol of - Love & Passion!

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The Acropolis of Athens (450 - 330 B.C.) Athens, Greece

Built atop what is known as the “Sacred Rock” of Athens, the Acropolis was to radiate power and protection for its citizens. The temples of the Acropolis have become the some of most famous architectural landmarks of ancient and modern history. Today, the Parthenon in particular is an international symbol of Greek civilization. A graphic illustration of the temple also appears in the UNESCO logo, representing culture and education.

Alhambra (12th century) Granada, Spain

Mohammed I, the first king of the Nasriden – a Moorish dynasty in Granada - converted a 9th-century castle into his private royal residence, and it is this which we now know as the Alhambra. The structure, which covers an area of 13 hectares, is renowned for its stunning frescoes and interior detail. The building is one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in the world and is among Europe’s most-visited tourist attractions.In short - vote for the Alhambra, because it now represents- Dignity & Dialog!

Angkor (12th century) Cambodia

Angkor is the most important monument of the south-east Asian Khmer Empire and the world’s largest sacred temple. Built during the reign of King Suryavaman, at the beginning of the 12th century, Angkor is noted for its intricate ornamentation and striking beauty. With its water moats, concentric walls and magnificent temple mountain in the center, Angkor Wat symbolizes the Hindu cosmos, with its oceans at the periphery and the Meru mountain at the center of its universe.In short - vote for Angkor,because it is a great symbol of- Beauty & Sanctity!

This statue of Jesus stands some 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro. Designed by Brazilian Heitor da Silva Costa and created by French sculptor Paul Landowski, it is one of the world’s best-known monuments. The statue took five years to construct and was inaugurated on October 12, 1931. It has become a symbol of the city and of the warmth of the Brazilian people, who receive visitors with open arms.In short - vote for Christ Redeemer, because it stands for - Welcoming & Openness!

The Roman Colosseum (70 - 82 A.D.) Rome, Italy

This great amphitheater in the centre of Rome was built to give favors to successful legionnaires and to celebrate the glory of the Roman Empire. Its design concept still stands to this very day, and virtually every modern sports stadium some 2,000 years later still bears the irresistible imprint of the Colosseum's original design. Today, through films and history books, we are even more aware of the cruel fights and games that took place in this arena, all for the joy of the spectators.In short - vote for the Colosseum, because it is now a symbol of - Joy & Suffering!

Statues of Easter Island (10th - 16th Century) Easter Island, Chile
Discovered on Easter Sunday, 1722 by Dutch explorer Jakob Roggeveen, this collection of 25 meter-high stone sculptures still puzzles historians and archaeologists as to its origins. It is believed that a society of Polynesian origin settled here in the 4th century and established a unique tradition of monumental sculpture. Between the 10th and 16th centuries, they erected the enormous stone figures, known as the Moai, which have long fascinated the entire world and endowed this island with a mythical atmosphere.In short - vote for the Easter Island Statues, because they are a symbol of - Mystery & Awe!

The Eiffel Tower (1887 - 89) Paris, France

The creation of Gustave Eiffel, this magnificent steel tower has come to serve as a symbol of Paris, as well as of France itself. The structure is not only a landmark that is recognized all over the world, but is perhaps the most popular architectural achievement in the Western world. It was the tallest man-made structure in the world until the Empire State Building was constructed. The tower is visited by six million people every year.In short - vote for the Eiffel Toweras a symbol of - Challenge & Progress!

The Great Wall of China (220 B.C and 1368 - 1644 A.D.) China
The Great Wall of China was built to link existing fortifications into a united defense system and better keep invading Mongol tribes out of China. It is the largest man-made monument ever to have been built and it is disputed that it is the only one visible from space. Many thousands of people must have given their lives to build this colossal construction. In short - vote for the Great Wall of China, because it is incredible proof of -
Perseverance & Persistence!

The Hagia Sophia (532 - 537 A.D.) Istanbul, Turkey

The Hagia Sophia was erected during the reign of Emperor Justinian (532 - 537 A.D.), when the Byzantine Empire was at the height of its power and influence. The massive dome, which is the prominent architectural feature, has since often been used as a model for the design of Islamic mosques. Indeed, after the fall of Byzantium, the Hagia Sophia was converted into an Ottoman mosque. Today, the monument is a museum serving both Christians and Muslims.In short - vote for the Hagia Sophia, because it now stands for - Faith & Respect!

Kiyomizu Temple (749 - 1855) Kyoto, Japan
Laid out in 794 A.D., the palaces and temples of Kyoto were the residences of Japan's emperors and shoguns for more than 1,000 years. The Japanese Emperor is enthroned at the Imperial Palace of Gosho. Among other significant works are the Higashi Nonganji and Nishi Hoganji temple complexes, the Kinkakuji Temple with its 'Golden Pavilion' and the Kiyomizu Temple, the temple of “clear waters.” The Kyoto sites have been destroyed and rebuilt many times throughout history and are today among Asia's greatest cultural heritage sites.In short - vote for the Kiyomizu Temple as a symbol of -
Clarity & Serenity!

The Kremlin and Red Square (1156 - 1850) Moscow, Russia
Built as a residence for Ivan I, the Kremlin was the official residence of the Czars until the 1917 Russian Revolution. Today, it still houses the President’s office. In front of the Kremlin is Red Square – an impressive and exuberant plaza which, for many people, is associated with the infamous May Day demonstrations. Rising from the square is St Basil's Cathedral, built in the 1550s to commemorate Ivan the Terrible's capture of the Mongol stronghold of Kazan.In short - vote for the Kremlin/St.Basil's,as a representation of - Fortitude & Symbolism!

Machu Picchu (1460-1470), Peru
In the 15th century, the Incan Emperor Pachacútec built a city in the clouds on the mountain known as Machu Picchu ("old mountain"). This extraordinary settlement lies halfway up the Andes Plateau, deep in the Amazon jungle and above the Urubamba River. It was probably abandoned by the Incas because of a smallpox outbreak and, after the Spanish defeated the Incan Empire, the city remained 'lost' for over three centuries. It was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.In short - vote for Machu Picchu,as it is a symbol of - Community & Dedication!

Neuschwanstein Castle (1869 -1884) Schwangau, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle was built in a time when castles and fortresses were no longer strategically necessary. Instead, it was born of pure fantasy – a beautiful, romantic composition of towers and walls in the perfect setting of mountains and lakes. The combination of various architectural styles and intrinsic craftwork has inspired generations of adults and children alike.In short - vote for Neuschwanstein Castle, because it is a great tribute to - Fantasy & Imagination!

Petra (9 B.C. - 40 A.D.), Jordan
On the edge of the Arabian Desert, Petra was the glittering capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV (9 B.C. to 40 A.D.). Masters of water technology, the Nabataeans provided their city with great tunnel constructions and water chambers. A theater, modelled on Greek-Roman prototypes, had space for an audience of 4,000. Today, the Palace Tombs of Petra, with the 42-meter-high Hellenistic temple facade on the El-Deir Monastery, are impressive examples of Middle Eastern culture. In short - vote for Petra,as it is a great symbol of- Engineering & Protection!

The Pyramids of Giza (2600 - 2500 B.C), Egypt
The Pyramids of Giza, the oldest and only Ancient Wonder still standing, are testimony to perfection in art and design, never subsequently achieved. They were built by planners and engineers purely to serve their earthy rulers - who were also their gods. Philosophy did not exist at this time, and creation was not subject to any questioning. The pyramids are the purest of constructions, built for

The Statue of Liberty (1886) New York City, U.S.A.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift of the French government to the United States to honor the ideals of freedom and independence. It was a very early gesture of national generosity. This huge statue became a symbol of hope and freedom for many hundreds of millions of people who immigrated to the United States during the 20th century to find a new life of peace and prosperity. It is also the one New7Wonders candidate that most closely resembles one of the Ancient 7 Wonders - The Colossus of Rhodes.

Stonehenge (3000 B.C. - 1600 B.C.) Amesbury, United Kingdom
Construction of Stonehenge took place between ca. 3000 and 1600 B.C. With each stone weighing around 50 tons, it is regarded as a truly amazing feat of engineering. Although it is not clear who built the monument, nor for what purpose, it has been speculated that it was either a temple dedicated to the worship of ancient earth deities, an astronomical observatory or a sacred burial site.

Sydney Opera House (1954 - 73) Sydney, Australia
When the Sydney Opera House was finished in 1973, this landmark building - in the true sense of the expression, - put the whole continent of Australia on the world map. This building does not imitate or reflect what we generally imagine an opera house might look like, indeed, it is a completely abstract interpretation. The ability to create abstract art only developed after the invention of photography in the late 19th century, when painters first began to experiment with an abstract, cubist interpretation of reality.In short - vote for the Sydney Opera House, because it reflects- Abstraction & Creativity!

Timbuktu (12th century) Mali
In the 12th century, Timbuktu was at the crossroads of the four most important caravan paths supplying the Arab world, which then spanned from the Middle East all the way to Spain. The accumulation of wealth made it one of the wealthiest places on earth at the time. This allowed one of the first universities in the history of humankind to be established– the celebrated Islamic university called the Koranic Sankore, where 20,000 students studied law, medicine, rhetoric, etc. Today, it remains with us as a powerful myth and, in this way, resembles another Ancient Wonder, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.In short - vote for Timbuktu,because it stands for -
Intellect & Mysticism!

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American Idol winner Jordin Sparks honor from Queen Elizabeth II

Sparks is crowned new American Idol winner

The big voice overwhelmed the beatbox Wednesday night as Jordin Sparks was crowned the newest and youngest “American Idol.”

Sparks, 17, of Glendale, Ariz., prevailed over Blake Lewis, 25, of Bothell, Wash., after a triumphant performance Tuesday that wowed the show's judges and viewers who gave her a majority of the record 74 million votes cast.

“Mom, Dad, I love you,” Sparks, the daughter of retired NFL player Phillippi Sparks, said tearfully after a bear hug from Lewis.

The contest came down to either the stronger singer, Sparks, or the better entertainer, Lewis. Sparks delivered her songs simply and powerfully; Lewis' flourishes included his sound-effects beatboxing and sharp dance moves.

The finale pulled out the stops and the stars, with Gwen Stefani, Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, Green Day and more performing. The two-hour show opened with Lewis and Sparks dueting on the Beatles “I Saw Her Standing There,” followed quickly by a touring Stefani singing 𔄜 in the Morning” via satellite from Massachusetts.

Midler took the stage as the show came toward its close, singing “The Wind Beneath My Wings.”
Auburn native DelPiano back as Baldwin's agent In an about-face, Alec Baldwin has returned to CAA and agent, Auburn native, Matt DelPiano.

Citing personal reasons, Baldwin had left the agency late last month. The abrupt exit came as he was dealing with the blowback from a Web site leak of a four-minute voicemail tirade he left for his daughter after she missed a scheduled phone conversation. It was the latest chapter in his contentious divorce with actress Kim Basinger, who is also represented by the same agency - a situation that may have exacerbated his ire.

Baldwin, who briefly said that he didn't want to return to his series Rock” and would instead devote himself to raising awareness of parental alienation during divorces and the inequities that fathers receive from the courts, is quietly getting things back in order, as his return to CAA indicates.

Through a spokesman, Baldwin said, “I could not imagine being represented by anyone other than Matt DelPiano.”

Laurie receives honor from Queen Elizabeth II

Hugh Laurie, who stars in the hit TV medical drama “House,” was made a member of the Order of the British Empire on Wednesday.

Queen Elizabeth II presented the honor to Laurie at Buckingham Palace. The 47-year-old actor has been part of the comedy establishment in Britain for more than 20 years. He has won two Golden Globe awards for his role on “House” as the brilliant but flawed Dr. Gregory House, who heads a medical team specializing in the diagnosis of rare disorders.
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Latest Rumor or Truth in Florida USA

Three women in North Florida turned up at hospitals over a 5-day period, all with the same symptoms. Fever, chills, and vomiting, followed by muscular collapse, paralysis and finally, death.

There were no outward signs of trauma.

Autopsy results showed toxicity in the blood. These women did not know each other and seemed to have nothing in common. It was discovered, however, that they had all visited the same Restaurant (Olive Garden) within days of their deaths. The Health Department descended on the restaurant , shutting it down. The food, water, and air conditioning were all inspected and tested, to no avail.

The big break came when a waitress at the restaurant was rushed to the hospital with similar symptoms. She told doctors that she had been on vacation, and had only went to the restaurant to pick up her check.

She did not eat or drink while she was there, but had used the restroom.

That is when one toxicologist, remembering an article he had read, drove out to the restaurant, went into the restroom and lifted the toilet seat .

Under the seat, out of normal view , was a small spider. The spider was captured and brought back to the lab, where it was determined to be the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata), so named because of its reddened flesh color. This spider's venom is extremely toxic, but can take several days to take effect. They live in cold, dark, damp climates, and toilet rims provide just the right atmosphere.

Several days later a lawyer from Jacksonville showed up at a hospital emergency room. Before his death, he told the doctor, that he had been away on business, had taken a flight from Indonesia , changing planes in Singapore , before returning home. He did NOT visit (Olive Garden), while there. He did (as did all of the other victims) have what was determined to be a puncture wound, on his right buttock. Investigators discovered that the flight he was on had originated in India .

The Civilian Aeronautics Board (CAB) ordered an immediate inspection of the toilets of all flights from India and discovered the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata) spider's nests on 4 different planes!

It is now believed that these spiders can be anywhere in the world . So please, before you use a public toilet, lift the seat to check for spiders. It can save your life!

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Brazilian striker Romario claims 1000th goal

Veteran Brazilian striker Romario claimed the 1,000th goal of his career late on Sunday playing for Vasco da Gama against Recife Sport in a league game.

The 41-year-old, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, moved into four figures by converting a 41st minute penalty which helped his side to a 3-1 win. According to the player’s own calculations and that of Vasco da Gama, he reached the 1,000 goal mark after playing in 1,254 games that took him to PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona and Flamengo before joining Vasca da Gama. He scored 56 times for the Brazilian national side.

The goal-scoring statistics, including youth games and testimonials, however, have not been ratified by world governing body Fifa.

Dog nurses Tiger triplets at China zoo

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a dog feeds tiger triplets and her own puppy, right, at the Paomaling Zoo in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Wednesday, May 16, 2007. The tiger triplets were rejected by their mother shortly after their birth. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Lu Chuanquan)
It's a dog's life for three newborn tiger triplets in eastern China. The cubs, whom officials at the Jinan Paomaling Wild Animal World in Shandong province are so far just calling "One," "Two" and "Three," have been nursed by a dog since they were rejected by their tiger mother shortly after birth, said Paomaling manager Chen Yucai.

The trio's adoptive mother, a mixed breed farm dog called "Huani," is expected to nurse them for about a month or until their appetites outpace her supply, Chen said.
Chen said it is common for Chinese zoos to use surrogate dog mothers to nurse rejected tiger cubs and that Huani has nursed tigers before.

In the past, Paomaling put dog urine on their rejected cub's fur to make the surrogate think she was nursing one of her own puppies but the zoo didn't bother with Huani because she seemed not to mind nursing the tigers, he said.

"The family is getting along well and seems to enjoy each other," Chen said.

People comes into your life for a Reason

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person. When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.!

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Send this to every friend that you have, including the person who sent it to you.

1 Replies - you may need to work on your "people skills"
2 Replies - you are nice but probably need to be more outgoing
4 Replies - you have picked your friends well
6 Replies - you are downright popular
8 Replies or More - you are totally awesome (and that's probably why you're on MY list)

Mercedes-Benz Bionic Fish Shaped Car Launched

DaimlerChrysler on Tuesday unveiled a diesel concept car that gets more than 70 miles per gallon, reduces some pollutants by 80 percent, seats four and looks like something that popped out of a Caribbean reef — only magnified.

The company attributed the high mileage and lower emissions to new technology and an aerodynamic design based on the biology of a boxfish.

The fully functional car was on display at a company technology exhibit in Washington, D.C. DaimlerChrysler said it had no plans to mass produce the vehicle, but that some of the technology would show up in future vehicles.

In a statement, DaimlerChrysler said its engineers "for the first time looked for a specific example in nature which not only approximates to the idea of an aerodynamic, safe, comfortable and environmentally compatible car in terms of details, but as a formal and structural whole."
Stronger, lighter frameWith the help of biologists, the engineers settled on the boxfish, a cube-shaped, tropical fish whose anatomical structure was used to design a vehicle body with a wind drag coefficient of just 0.06 in the wind tunnel.

The boxfish, the company said, "is also a prime example of rigidity and light weight. Its skin consists of numerous hexagonal, bony plates which provide maximum strength with minimal weight and effectively protect the animal from injury."

DaimlerChrysler researchers used those principles to design external door panels that are 40 percent more rigid than conventional designs. Designing an entire body around those principles, DaimlerChrysler said, would reduce total weight by one third "with undiminished strength and crash safety."

84 mpg on highwayThe low drag and lightweight components are key reasons for the fact that the 140 horsepower concept car gets 20 percent better mileage than other diesels of its size, DaimlerChrysler said.

The vehicle also uses a new diesel filter technology that reduces smog-causing nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80 percent, the company said. A mixture based on animal urine is sprayed into the exhaust system, neutralizing the nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen and water.
European automakers have long touted diesel engines, which get 30 percent better fuel economy and emit 20 percent less carbon dioxide than comparable gasoline engines.

But diesel's biggest hurdles in the United States have been the smog-forming nitrogen oxides and the perception that diesel engines are noisy and smoky.

Volkswagen and DaimlerChrysler have been trying to reintroduce diesels to Americans, showcasing engines that are much quieter and less polluting than predecessors.
A diesel-powered Jeep Liberty is available as is the Mercedes E 320 CDI diesel sedan. Volkswagen sells Beetle, Golf and Jetta diesel models.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Daughter Yolanda King Dies at 51

Yolanda King, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest child who pursued her father's dream of racial harmony through drama and motivational speaking, collapsed and died. She was 51.
King died late Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, said Steve Klein, a spokesman for the King Center. The family did not know the cause of death, but relatives think it might have been a heart problem, he said.

"She was an actress, author, producer, advocate for peace and nonviolence, who was known and loved for her motivational and inspirational contributions to society," the King family said in a statement.

Former Mayor Andrew Young, a lieutenant of her father's who has remained close to the family, said King was going to her brother Dexter's home when she collapsed in the doorway.

Her death came less than a year and a half after her mother, Coretta Scott King, died in January 2006 after battling ovarian cancer and the effects of a stroke. Her struggle prompted her daughter to work with the American Heart Association to raise awareness about strokes, especially among blacks.

Yolanda King, who lived in California, was an actress, ran a production company and appeared in numerous films, including "Ghosts of Mississippi." She played Rosa Parks in the 1978 miniseries "King."

"Yolanda was lovely. She wore the mantle of princess, and she wore it with dignity and charm," said the Rev. Joseph Lowery, one of her father's close aides in the civil rights movement. He added she was "thoroughly committed to the movement and found her own means of expressing that commitment through drama."

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who also worked with her father, said: "She lived with a lot of the trauma of our struggle. The movement was in her DNA." The Rev. Al Sharpton called her a "torch bearer for her parents and a committed activist in her own right."

White House press secretary Tony Snow said President Bush and the first lady were sad to learn of King's death, adding, "Our thoughts are with the King family today."

Yolanda King founded and led Higher Ground Productions, billed as a "gateway for inner peace, unity and global transformation." On her company's Web site, she described her mission as encouraging personal growth and positive social change.

The flag at The King Center, where she was a board member, flew at half-staff on Wednesday.
Yolanda Denise King -- nicknamed Yoki by the family -- was born November 17, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, where her father was then preaching. Her brother Martin III was born in 1957; brother Dexter in 1961; and sister Bernice in 1963.

She was just two weeks old when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus there, leading to the Montgomery bus boycott spearheaded by her father.

When she was 10 weeks old, the King family home was bombed in Jan. 30, 1956, as her father attended a boycott rally. Neither she nor her mother was injured when the device exploded on the front porch.

In 1963, when she was 7, her father mentioned her and her siblings at the March on Washington, saying: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
She was 12 when her father was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968.

King was a 1976 graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she majored in theater and Afro-American studies. She also earned a master's degree in theater from New York University.

Yolanda King was the most visible of the four children during this year's Martin Luther King Day in January, the first since her mother's death.

When asked by The Associated Press at that event how she was dealing with the loss of her mother, she responded: "I connected with her spirit so strongly. I am in direct contact with her spirit, and that has given me so much peace and so much strength."

At her father's Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, she performed a series of solo skits that told stories including a girl's first ride on a desegregated bus and a college student's recollection of the 1963 campaign to desegregate Birmingham, Ala.

She also urged the audience to be a force for peace and love, and to use the King holiday each year to ask tough questions about their own beliefs about prejudice.

"We must keep reaching across the table and, in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, feed each other," she said.

Funeral arrangements would be announced later, the family said in a brief statement.

Soruce : CNN

Amazing Facts of the Year 1904

Amazing Facts of the Year 1904

Maybe this will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! The year is hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some of the U.S. Statistics for 1904 :>The average life expectancy in the U.S. Was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. Had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average wage in the U.S. Was 22 cents an hour.

The average U.S. Worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 perYear, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. Took place at home.

Ninety percent of all U.S. Physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death in the U.S. Were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two of 10 U.S. Adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores.

According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health." (Shocking!) Eighteen percent of households in the U.S. Had at least one full-time servant or domestic.

There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.(And didn't Chicago just have it's first murder free day in 5 years, wow)

And I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and sent it to you in a matter of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years. It staggers the mind.

Upcoming Corporate Wedding Industry Happenings in India

Indian weddings, long renowned for their penchant for lavish spending, are attracting corporates across a clutch of industries, transforming the wedding services industry into a more organised business.

Firms are making substantial investments in the segment to offer services spanning the entire gamut of the matrimonial business from matchmaking and entertainment to insurance.
"It is one time no one minds spending," says Manjunath Jyothinagar, president, business development, Gitanjali group, which is investing 1 billion rupees over the next three years in wedding-theme malls and luxury retail.

He expects family spends of 1-2 million rupees each on jewellery and designer brands at these malls, where group firm Gitanjali Gems Ltd. will house its retail jewellery.

"If you want to be in the jewellery business, you are catering for weddings," said V. Govindraj, vice-president, retail and marketing, Tanishq, pegging about 40-60 percent of India's jewellery revenues to weddings and festivals.

Tanishq is owned by Titan Industries Ltd., which derived more than half its revenue from jewellery sales in FY07.

Real-estate developer Omaxe Ltd., which has filed initial listing documents with the market regulator, is building three wedding malls slated for completion by end-2007.
Non-traditional businesses also see an opportunity here.

People Interactive (I) Pvt. Ltd. offers match-making services through its portal and its 'ShaadiPoint' retail chain is expanding to 400 outlets from 150 in the next 18 months.
"It's a very large industry, easily upwards of $10 million if not more, and 99.9 percent of it is unorganised," says Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Mittal.

Catering to this demand are also other matchmaking websites like jeevansathi, promoted by Info Edge (India) Ltd., and

Insurance provider Bajaj Allianz General Insurance has introduced wedding policies to cover losses due to postponements or cancellations due to fire or other accidents.

"The need is there, but people don't look at it because the awareness is not there and for superstitious reasons," a company spokesman said. "It's a niche product." While few policies have been sold, the firm is sure it would grow, he added.

Ghai Enterprises, which operates banquet hall chain Mayfair Celebrations, reported 70 million rupees in revenue from banqueting services for weddings alone in FY07.

Weddings bring in 65 percent of its banqueting revenues, said Srinidhi Rao, chief operating officer, Ghai Enterprises, adding it plans to have nine halls from three now by end-2007.

The clientele is now more demanding with requests that range from champagne bars and theme weddings to exotic cuisines and entertainers from around the world.

"People are not concerned about discount, but they are about value," says Thomas Abraham, resident manager of luxury hotel Leela Kempinski Mumbai, owned by Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. "It is a consumer's market."

Larger firms also act as 'in-betweens' for the smaller players, said Rao of Ghai Enterprises. "Service providers are more flexible now. They say yes to everything--there are more options available, more competition and more awareness."

World's fastest train on display in Paris

A French high-speed train code-named V150, which broke the world speed record on rail last April by reaching 574.8 km an hour, toured Paris on a barge to the delight of Parisians and tourists.After a cruise on the Seine River, the barge will moor near the Eiffel Tower where tourists and Parisians will have the chance to see the interior of the V150.An exhibition recounting the history of the French TGVs will also be open to visitors until May 20.

A French high-speed train broke the world speed record on rail on Tuesday, reaching 357 miles an hour (574.8 kilometers) in a much publicized test in eastern France, exceeding expectations that it would hit 150 meters a second, or 540 kilometers an hour.

The train, code-named V150, is a research prototype meant to demonstrate the superiority both of the TGV high-speed train and of its probable successor, the AGV, which is also manufactured by the French engineering group Alstom. The performance on Tuesday came close to but did not break the world speed record for any train, set by an electromagnetic train in 2003.

The French railroad company SNCF and Alstom publicized the event as a test of “French excellence,” building on national pride for the 25-year-old bullet train.

The train reached its maximum speed in about 16 minutes at a site about 125 miles from Paris on a specially chosen sector of tracks of the new Eastern Europe TGV line, which will begin service between Paris and Strasbourg in June. The V150 train, with a reduced number of train cars and larger wheels, incorporates technological elements from the AGV.

SNCF and Alstom insist that the demonstration does not fulfill any immediate commercial purposes, but others say the speed could serve as a selling point in Asia and other markets.
“This world speed record is intended for research, to improve security and performance,” said Anne-Marie Idrac, the head of SNCF upon leaving the train. “And today the train that runs the fastest is the Eastern TGV. We don’t see the market today for such high speed.”

Alstom, the world high-speed train leader, with 21 percent of the market, is hoping it might parlay the record into sales, as its competitors — Siemens of Germany and
Hitachi of Japan — have cut into Alstom’s lead in the competition for the market.

But Alstom has 70 percent of the market for trains that reach 270 kilometers (168 miles) an hour or more, Patrick Kron, Alstom’s chief executive, said in an interview.

“There are big developments to come in Europe, but also Latin America where we just announced we are competing for an order in Argentina,” Mr. Kron said.

High-speed trains are a potentially lucrative market in developing countries — China and India are the biggest markets, with China spending about 15 billion euros a year on its rail network, while India is looking at developing a high-speed train system.

Crowds gathered on bridges overlooking the rail tracks to watch the train race by, and national television broadcast live images from the train.

“It’s quite an achievement; I hope it’s going to help us sell a lot of TGV’s,” said Arnaud Delahaye, a 32-year-old technician from nearby Reims as he watched the V150 train from behind fences after its arrival at a purpose-built control center.

The Maglev from Japan holds the world record for a train with a speed of 581 kilometers (361 miles) an hour recorded in 2003; it uses electromagnetic technology, where the train does not actually touch the rail. This technology is more costly, typically runs shorter distances and is less compatible with existing rail networks.

High-speed trains have not caught on in the United States as they have in Europe, where TGV travel is generally considered faster transportation than air travel for distances that the TGV can cover in less than three hours.

France operates 400 TGV trains on about 1,100 miles of track built especially for high speeds.

Worlds Longest Saree in Guinness Book of World Records 2007

A leading garment firm here has claimed to have woven the world's longest saree in a non-stop 18-day effort.

The 2,007 feet saree was made recently for adorning the presiding deity of Parshwa Padmavathi Jain Temple in Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu, P R Kumar, managing partner of city-based Kumaran Silks, said.

The 'kumkum' (maroon) coloured saree, handed over free of cost to the temple authorities, has already been draped around the deity.

The Guinness Book of World Records has registered it under the tag 'the Longest Saree, offered to Goddess Padmavathi', he said.

Kumar said it was an onerous task taking up the work considering the challenges that lay ahead.

"We thought about for a while before taking up the order but later took it as a prestige issue and decided to go ahead," he said.

"First of all, members of the Jain community are not supposed to use silk but to give the rich look of silk, we went in for Silkon, a thread closely resembling silk, which is rarely used in weaving sarees," he said.

Kumar said his firm was given a deadline of 21 days to deliver the saree but it was completed in A leading garment firm here has claimed to have woven the world's longest saree in a non-stop 18-day effort.

Three experts were employed and the machine was made to run 24 hours a day, with each of them working in eight hour shifts, Kumar said.

"Even a power fluctuation would result in the thread giving away which means we have to set things again and start all over," Kumar said.

"Lest a power failure should destroy the entire process, we decided to run the machines with the help of generators," he added.

The packaging of the product was important and it was literally 'on a roll' since it started taking shape. "The only way to keep it going was to keep it rolled," he said.

Kumar said he did not wish to reveal how much money was spent on the saree.
He has no qualms that the Guinness record was credited to the temple authorities.
"They perceived the idea, we only produced it," he said with a smile.

"It was a test to our capability and we did not want to sell it for a price since it was meant for a deity," he added.

Weaving long sarees of late has become a prestige issue among leading textile firms in South India. Last year Kochi-based 'Seematti' had come out with a 1,585 ft saree. In 2005, 'Pothys', another firm in Chennai, had woven a 1,276 ft saree.

Amazing Hollywood Movies Mistakes 2007

Recently i have expore over 100 movie mistake of Spider Man 3 at - here i have mentioned Best Movie Mistakes 2007 list from the same.

Epic Movie

During the fight between Aslo and the weird white guy, Aslo is seen lying on his back in a closeup. But when the shot changes to a wide shot, he is suddenly on all fours.

Ghost Rider
In the day following the Rider's first ride, Cage shows up at the street that has been burned down the center. A person very close to the beginning of that scene walks on the broken up rocks and it moves as if it were a pad or a sponge. It wasn't a rock moving because the street moves with the rock. It happens a couple of times during that scene.

The beginning of the movie was set on Thursday, the day after Jim died, and Bridgette's face was just fine. Later in the movie, on Saturday, Bridgette was at the funeral with cuts and stitches on her face. Then, the movie goes back to Tuesday, the day before Jim died, and they show Bridgette running into the glass door and cutting her face. So if it happened on Tuesday, the first scene of the movie (Thursday) should have shown the cuts on her face.

Music and Lyrics
When Sophie and Alex are in the cafe the camera shows Alex from behind Sophie, and Sophie picks up a drink in the very next shot she has put it down. This happens throughout the scene in the cafe with her hands.

After Norbit crashes on his bike and causes the old men to laugh, he gets up and has multiple leaves in his afro. After two simultaneous takes, they disappear, with no explanation - or wind.

Hot Fuzz
Nick's character is eating an ice cream in the police car and eats the whole thing. When the shot changes to Simon's side, he's still got about half of it left.

Becoming Jane
It's late 18th, possibly early 19th century and, as Jane and her sister walk along the beach, a construction crane is visible on the horizon.

The Dukes of Hazzard:
The Beginning This movie is supposed to take place before the film released with Johnny Knoxville, yet in this film the vehicle is freshly painted and bears the Confederate Flag that wasn't added until halfway through the first film.

In the scene the morning after the taxi driver murder, the detectives were driving on a San Francisco street where a 'bus lane only' diamond was visible/painted on the street. These did not exist then.

Freedom Writers
When Miss Gruwell and the students are discussing Junior year for the first time, she has her back turned and she is writing on the board. She writes, "First Person Nar". Then she turns around. When the camera shows the board again, the board says, "First Person Narrative"

The Number 23
When Walter uncovers the skull in the makeshift grave, he and his son immediately leave and call 911 on an emergency street phone, only to find that the skeleton is gone when they return with the police. In less than 30 minutes, the entire unarticulated skeleton (all 206 bones) has been completely dug up and removed by someone else.

Blades of Glory
When Chazz Michael Michaels goes to Katie Van Waldenberg to "comfort" each other Chazz leaves the door slightly open. Then it has a shot of Katie then back to Chazz and the door is completely closed. Then right before Jimmy walks in it shows a shot of Chazz and the door and it is slightly open again.

Mr Bean's Holiday
In the scene where the security guard halts Mr Bean (dressed as a grandma) and the supposed kidnapped child, he is asked for his pass. Mr Bean hands the guard an already opened ID style flip card, but when the guard takes it, he is seen opening it as if it were closed.

I Want Candy
The first time Candy enters the house, John waves to the guy across the street. Whilst he's doing this, you can see a reflection of the crew in the front door window.

The Hills Have Eyes 2
At the start of the film just after the war exercise when the Sargent begins yelling at the recruits you can see the outline of his microphone under his T-Shirt (It's not his dog tags because you can see the shape and dog tags are not shaped like that).

The Reaping
After the scene where the car door is ripped off by the cow, it shows the truck with the door intact.

Splinter's ear does not ever reveal his injury incurred from his first encounter with The Shredder where the top half of his left ear was cut off.

Spider-Man 3
During the battle among Venom, Sandman and Spider-Man, we see a news reporter with an English accent. She is narrating the fight, standing to the immediate right of her cameraman, who is pointing his camera skyward, at the fight. The reporter begins voicing her concern over the outcome. There is a cut to a TV showing the news report, where we see her finish her thought. Except we see a head-shot of her, and not the shot of the battle we should be seeing, considering the positioning of the camera.

Persuasion (2007)
In the scene where Anne is running along Camden Place with the houses on the right, as she stops to talk with Harriet there is a gentleman with a walking cane and lady on each side walking ahead of them. As Anne starts to run away the camera shoots her looking along Camden Place from the reverse angle i.e. with the houses on the left, the gentleman and ladies are now behind when they should be out of shot behind the camera. The change occurs at 1:25:06. Incidentally, I am the 'gentleman' in the scene.

Because I Said So
When Daphne's birthday cake is brought in, the candles on the lower half are not lit, but when it's set down, all of the candles are lit.

Wild Hogs
Any time when the guys on are on the motorcycle, you see their camera, cars, set lights or crew are reflected in the chrome of the bikes.

The Last Mimzy
In the scene where Emma shows the baby-sitter her spinners, she throws them all down at once and they still work. In all the other scenes, she has to spin each one by itself so they work.

After Kale kills Turner he tosses him into the pit of water. However, just being dead, Turner goes in stiff as a board (instead of his arms and legs dangling) showing it was a dummy thrown into the pit.

Are We Done Yet?
In the scene were Nick is on the roof of the jeep, the stunt double is visible - just look at his hair.

Amazing Spider Man 3 - Key Facts

"Spider-Man 3" smashed box office records across eight Asian markets on Tuesday, as the superhero sequel got a head start on the rest of the world, the film's distributor said. The movie debuts globally May 4.

Here are some Amazing Key facts about the character and the film:

* Spider-Man, the comic hero in a webbed red and blue costume, was originally created by Stan Lee, a former Marvel comic book writer, with artist Steve Ditko in 1962 for an issue of Amazing Fantasy.

* The story revolves around Peter Parker, a teenager who is accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider and develops superhuman powers. He disguises himself as the superhero to fight crime in his spare time.

* Under an agreement with Marvel Enterprises, which holds the intellectual property rights, Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, produced the first film "Spider-Man" in 2002 with a sequel "Spider-Man 2" in 2004.

* A day after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City in 2001, Sony Pictures pulled from theaters trailers for "Spiderman" in which bank robbers are caught in a web spun between the World Trade Center towers. Sony also withdrew its posters in which the towers were shown.

* In the comic version, Spider-Man's college sweetheart, Gwen Stacy, ended up being kidnapped by the villain Green Goblin and died during a bridge-top battle in "Amazing Spider-Man" issue 121. Though the 2002 movie featured the famous battle with the Green Goblin, it was Spider-Man's high school love interest, Mary Jane Watson, who was abducted, and in a Hollywood twist to the ending, she survived.

* The new film "Spider-Man 3," which the studio said cost $258 million, shows tension between the three main characters, Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire), his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and his best friend and sometimes adversary, Harry Osborn (James Franco). Spider-Man also battles new villains in the Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Venom (Topher Grace).

* The film's new video game version produced by Activision, expands the story of the film to include 19 more side missions and exclusive comic book villains such as Lizard, Scorpion and Carlyle.

Amazing Ratings Reviews and Study Facts

80% of online shopping time is spent researching products rather than buying them. (TechCrunch)

71% of online shoppers read reviews, making it the most widely read consumer-generated content. (Forrester)

Marketing Experiments tested product conversion with and without product ratings by customers. Conversion nearly doubled, going from .44% to 1.04% after the same product displayed its five-star rating. (Marketing Experiments Journal®)

63 percent of all word of mouth is positive. Across all of Bazaarvoice clients, 80 percent of product ratings are 4 or 5 stars out of 5. As a third confirmation, JupiterResearch’s study concludes that 60 percent of online shoppers provide feedback about a shopping experience, and are more likely to give feedback about a positive experience than a negative one. (Keller Fay)

Positive bias: Average ratings across all Bazaarvoice clients = 4.3. 80% of all reviews are 4 stars or higher. (This is what's known as "The J-Curve"). (Bazaarvoice)

Ratings and Reviews is the second most important site feature behind search and online buyers who site ratings and reviews most useful site feature has more than doubled from ’05 to ’06. The report, entitled Retail Marketing: Driving Sales Through Consumer-Created Content, cites user-generated ratings and reviews as the second most important site feature behind search, and says that retailers who adopt ratings and reviews as a differentiator and retention strategy will gain market share. (Jupiter)

In a study of 2,000 shoppers – 92% deemed customer reviews as “extremely” or “very” helpful and ~ 71% used keyword searches to find products. (eTailing Group)

59% of their users considered customer reviews to be more valuable than expert reviews. (Bizrate)

The State of Retailing Online study, conducted by Forrester Research, found only 26% of the 137 top retailers surveyed offered customer ratings and reviews, but 96% of them ranked customer ratings and reviews as an effective or very effective tactic at driving conversion. (Forrester)

After their order, PETCO asked customers, "What online tool most influenced your purchase decision?" The #1 answer was Product Ratings & Reviews, with site search coming in a distant second. (PETCO)

CompUSA exit survey: 81% consider the availability of customer reviews to be Very important (33%) / Somewhat important (48%) (CompUSA & iPerceptions study)

63% of consumers indicate they are more likely to purchase from a site if it has product ratings and reviews. (CompUSA & iPerceptions study)

Of consumers who indicate product ratings are important to them, 50% are more likely to purchase from Amazon than Wal-Mart. (CompUSA & iPerceptions study)

Shoppers who browsed the site’s new "Top Rated Products" page, which features products rated most highly by customers in departments like hunting and fishing, had a 59% higher conversion rate than the site average and spent 16% more per order than other browsers of products. (Bass Pro Shops )

Dave Seifert of Bass Pro Shops noted at a round table discussion that Top Rated Products were "the #1 merchandising technique ever utilized on their site." (Bass Pro Shops )

Conversion rates are higher on products with less than perfect reviews (less than 5 stars) than those without reviews at all, indicating that the customer feels that the product has been properly reviewed by other customers. (Burpee)

Average order value of those who have left a review is $200 (Bazaarvoice)

Site Navigation: Top-rated products path featuring four- and five-star products in each category delivered 35% higher conversion and 40% higher average order value. (Bazaarvoice)

Email study: PETCO realized a 5X increase in email click-through rates by including relevant ratings and reviews content in the campaign promotion. (PETCO)

Nearly half (49 percent) of online holiday gift purchasers recall seeing online customer product reviews. Overall, the 49-percent group's satisfaction score was 21 percent above the average score of all survey respondents (91 versus 75). (Foresee Results Study, 2006)

39 percent of those who bought from sites with reviews cite the reviews as the primary factor influencing the purchase decision. (Foresee Results Study, 2006)

Among first-time buyers on review-equipped sites, 42 percent said they were the primary factor. (Foresee Results Study, 2006)

Purchasers who cited reviews as the primary purchase influencer are 18 percent more likely to buy from that retailer the next time they buy similar merchandise (92 versus 74). Customer product reviews benefit the retailer all the way to the bottom line. (Foresee Results Study, 2006)

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Word of Mouth - Amazing Business Facts and Reviews

Recently i have visit website - There have been a number of studies conducted spotlighting the latest in digital Word of Mouth. Here are a few facts that have been brought to light.

According to the survey, 92.5 percent of adults said they regularly or occasionally research products online before buying them in a store. (BIGresearch)

Trust in "a person like me" increased from 20% to 68% from 2003 to 2006. (Edelman)

Lists "word-of-mouth" atop the influences that sway decisions cited by 71% of respondents. (The New York Times)

Consumers trust friends above experts when it comes to product recommendations (65% trust friends, 27% trust experts, 8% trust celebrities). (Yankelovich)

The average 1970s city dweller was exposed to 500 to 2,000 ad messages a day. Now it's 3,000 to 5,000. (USA Today)

In 2005, MTV viewers had to put up with 21% more prime-time commercials per hour than in 2004, says TNS Media Intelligence and media firm MindShare. (USA Today)

Advertising is so ubiquitous that it's turning people off, it's desensitizing people to the message, says Rance Crain, Editor-in-Chief of Ad Age. (USA Today)

75% of people don't believe that companies tell the truth in advertisements. (Yankelovich)

91% of moms prefer brands that other moms have recommended (Marketing VOX, October 2006)

67% of moms would rather talk to a peer than hear from a celebrity about products (Marketing VOX, October 2006)

Just 20% of mothers say advertisers connect with them (Marketing VOX, October 2006)

86% of moms make online purchases (Marketing VOX, October 2006)

A recent consumer survey by the JC Williams Group, ranked consumer content as the #1 aid to a buying decision, cited by 91% of respondents (JC Williams Group, 2006)

Online Laughter Challenge - Exclusive Funny Jokes

Online Laughter Challenge - Exclusive Funny Jokes

Two men met while both where looking for their lost wives.
1st: How yours look like?
2nd: She is 5"7, 36-24-36, Fair, Black eyes. What about yours?
1st: Forget mine. Lets find yours!!

Man comes home, finds his wife with his friend in bed.
He shoots his friend to death.Wife says,
"If you behave like this, you will lose ALL your friends ".

What is the definition of Mistress?
Someone between the Mister and Mattress

Husband asks , "Do u know the meaning of WIFE??
"Without Information Fighting Everytime" Wife replies,"
No, It means ,"With Idiot For Ever !!!"

Three Feelings:
What's the difference between stress, tension and panic?
Stress is when wife is pregnant,
Tension is when girlfriend is pregnant,
and Panic is when both are pregnant.

Teacher: u know the importance of period?
Kid: Ya, once my sister said she has missed one, my mom fainted, dad got heart attack & our driver ran away.

Women asked man who is traveling with six children, all these kids are urs ???
No, I work in a condom factory & these are customer complaints .

Sons asks difference between confidence and confidential
Dad says, you are my son, I'm confident. Your friend is also my son, that's confidential!

Mother to her teenage daughter: I think this is the right time we should talk about sex.
Daughter (Excitingly ): Sure mom, tell me what do you want to know. Mother Faints... --

Latest Founded Amazing Facts and Tips

1. Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a Person from stop producing tears. Try it next time you chop onions!!!!!!!!!!

2. Until babies are six months old, they can breathe and swallow at the same time. Indeed convenient!

3. Offered a new pen to write with, 97% of all people will write their own name.

4. Male mosquitoes are vegetarians. Only females bite.

5. The average person's field of vision encompasses a 200-degree wide angle.

6. To find out if a watermelon is ripe, knock it, and if it sounds hollow Then it is ripe.

7. Canadians can send letters with personalized postage stamps showing their own photos on each stamp.

8. Babies' eyes do not produce tears until the baby is approximately six to eight weeks old.

9. It snowed in the Sahara Desert in February of 1979.

10. Plants watered with warm water grow larger and more quickly than plants watered with cold water.

11. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

12. Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.

13. Those stars and colours you see when you rub your eyes are called phosphenes.

14. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears Never stop growing.

15. Everyone's tongue print is different, like fingerprints.

16. Contrary to popular belief, a swallowed chewing gum doesn't stay in the gut. It will pass through the system and be excreted.

17. At 40 Centigrade a person loses about 14. 4 calories per hour by Breathing.

18. There is a hotel in Sweden built entirely out of ice; it is rebuilt Every year.

19. Cats, camels and giraffes are the only animals in the world that walk Rightfoot, right foot, left foot, left foot, rather than right foot,left Foot...

20. Onions help reduce cholesterol if eaten after a fatty meal.

21. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.

22. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch And make it look like it's smiling.

23. The color blue can have a calming affect on people.

24. Depending upon the shade, the brain may send up to 11 tranquilizing Chemicals to calm the body

25. Leonardo DA Vinci could write with the one hand and draw with the other simultaneously. Now we know why his pictures were exquisite!!

26. Names of the three wise monkeys are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru(Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).

27. The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning it's head are the rabbit and parrot.

28. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

29. Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child Reaches 2-6 years of age

30. The names of the continents all end with the same letter with which they start.

31. Electricity doesn't move through a wire but through a field around the wire.

32. All U.S. Presidents have worn glasses; some of them just didn't like to be seen wearing them in public.

33. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.

34. Raw cashews are poisonous and must be roasted before.

Amazing Rhyme - Rhythming Couplets Humors

A local newspaper (in England) ran a competition asking for a rhyme with the most romantic first line... But the least romantic second line. Here are some of the entries they received.

My feelings for you no words can tell,
Except for maybe " go to hell"

Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you.
But the roses are wilting, the violets are dead, the sugar bowl's empty and so is your head.

Oh loving beauty you float with grace
If only you could hide your face

Kind, intelligent, loving and hot;
This describes everything you are not

I want to feel your sweet embrace
But don't take that paper bag off of your face

I love your smile, your face, and your eyes -
Damn, I'm good at telling lies !

I see your face when I am dreaming.
That's why I always wake up screaming

My love, you take my breath away.
What have you stepped in to smell this way

The Inevitable Laws of Work

The Inevitable Laws of Work

  • If you can't get your work done in the first 24 hours, work nights.
  • A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.
  • Don't be irreplaceable, if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
  • It doesn't matter what you do, it only matters what you say you've done and what you're going to do.
  • After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.
  • The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.
  • You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.
  • Eat one live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.
  • When the bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves.
  • If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.
  • There will always be beer cans rolling on the floor of your car when the boss asks for a ride home from the office.
  • Keep your boss's boss off your boss's back.
  • Everything can be filed under "miscellaneous."
  • Never delay the ending of a meeting or the beginning of a cocktail hour.
  • To err is human, to forgive is not our policy.
  • Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he/she is supposed to be doing.
  • Important letters that contain no errors will develop errors in the mail.
  • If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.
  • You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.
    People who go to conferences are the ones who shouldn't.
  • If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.
  • At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens that person is carrying.
  • When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.
  • Following the rules will not get the job done.
  • Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules.
  • When confronted by a difficult problem you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?"
  • No matter how much you do, you never do enough.
  • The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong.


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