Thursday, December 13, 2012

What You Don't Know About Squirrels

1. Squirrels can jump a distance of up to 20 feet. They have long, muscular hind legs and short front legs that work together to aid in leaping.

2. The hind legs of squirrels are double-jointed. This helps them run up and down trees quickly.

3. A male squirrel can smell a female in heat up to a mile away. Mating season is February through May with a 44-day gestation period. Typically 2-4 young are born per liter.

4. Squirrels have 5 toes on their back feet and 4 toes on their front. Their front toes are very sharp and help in gripping tree bark for climbing.

5. Squirrels in general are found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia.

6. Squirrels can fall up to 100 feet without hurting themselves. They'll use their tail both for balance and as a parachute.

7. The hibernating artic ground squirrel is the only warm-blooded mammal able to withstand body temperatures below freezing.

8. Squirrels eyes are positioned in such a way that they can see some things behind them.

Squirrels can be a big problem once they get into your property. Check out and learn how to keep squirrels away from your home and garden!

All About The Cross

1. The cross as a Christian symbol came into use as early as the 2nd century and the marking of a cross upon the forehead and the chest was regarded as a talisman against the powers of demons.

2. In the 4th century, Constantine the Great adopted the cross as the symbol of his banner.

3. The Feast of the Cross, an important Christian feast, is celebrated in 12 different dates in the calendar known as Great Feasts.

4. The world’s highest cross is the one located in Valle de los Caidos. This gigantic cross, with a height of 150-meter and can be seen as far as 32 km, is located near Madrid in Spain.

5. One of the biggest crosses in the world is the Millennium Cross in Skopje, Macedonia. It is 66 meters in height.

To know more interesting facts about the Cross, check out now!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

What's In A Kitchen?

Food, people and pets are the primary germ carriers in your kitchen. Once the germs access it, they can go anywhere. Here are a few important facts about the unseen enemy in your kitchen that you should be aware about:

Kitchen Sink

Many people believe that the toilet is the dirtiest part of the home.  The truth is, your kitchen sink normally have 100,000 times more germs compared to your bathroom or your lavatory.

Kitchen Sponge

A used sponge in the kitchen can have thousands of bacteria in every square inch, like salmonella and E. coli. Its moist micro-crevices serve as a trap for microorganisms and are very hard to disinfect. Make sure to replace it on a regular basis.

Cutting Board

A chopping board contains about 200% more fecal bacteria than your toilet seat. Health experts suggest using separate cutting boards for fish, poultry, red meat and vegetables.

One effective way of protecting your family from these opportunistic germs is to have a dependable storage for all your kitchen stuff. Go to and choose the best storage cabinets for your kitchen!

Amazing Facts About Eyeglasses

Contrary to what many people believe, eyeglasses were used long before their adaptation by Benjamin Franklin in the 1700s. In 1000 AD, the first eyeglasses were made in Italy using  quartz lenses and frames made from leather, metal, monocles and even bones. However, such glasses were used solely for magnification.

Today, modern eyeglasses are typically made from plastic instead of glass to avoid cracking as well as eye damage in case of accidents. The plastic is resistant to breaking or cracking and tend to snap and not shatter. 

Eyeglasses underwent many various evolution stages that range from the making of bifocals, fused bifocals, trifocals and multifocal lenses.

Most of the plastics being utilized to make eyeglasses nowadays have a chemical coating that make them resistant to glare, water and scratching.

Did you know that over 4 million pairs of eyeglasses are thrown away each year in North America? Make sure that the eyeglasses you buy for your kid is worth keeping. Check out and find tons of quality options to choose from!

How Can You Tell if a DVD Is Pirated?

Purchasing a discounted pirated movie is most likely prohibited in your area. Fortunately, pirated DVDs are easy to spot.  Here's how:

Pirated DVDs undercut the usual retail cost of a brand new DVD. Thus, if a movie sells for $5, it's most definitely just a pirated copy.

Look at the DVD cover for imperfections. A pirated DVD's cover art may look pixelated or just printed on a simple printer paper. Also, it may have spelling errors or incorrect fonts, Asian wordings or have a black and white print.

Check to see if the DVD contains bonus features. Legitimate DVDs routinely contain such bonus features as trailers, interviews, audio commentaries and animated menus. Typically, pirated movie discs contain just the movie itself. 

Look at the DVD packaging. The case must be wrapped in a transparent cellophane. The casing itself must have a security sticker seal. If the DVD is not wrapped or does not have the security sticker, it's most  likely a pirated version.

Take a look at the disc. The pirated ones usually look homemade and contain simple texts or sometimes without any label at all.

If you go as far as purchasing a suspicious DVD, you can play the film to know if it is pirated. Since pirated movies are frequently recorded using a video camera at the back of a theater, they usually have poor quality when it comes to picture and sound. You might also hear people talking inside the theater.

Only buy original DVD copies and make sure you organize them in a nice DVD storage cabinet. Check out and choose the best one that suits your taste!

Friday, November 30, 2012

What You Should Know About Cupcakes

Many people think that the word “cupcake” came from the concept that this tasty delight is a cake baked in a cup. But actually, cupcakes got this name because in the past, it was placed inside an athletic cup in baseball games. Abner Doubleday was the first person to put a cake there. He was also known to nibble his “cup cake” even while he was running the base.

The very first cupcake didn't have any frosting as most people think.  Instead, it was covered with lard that served as a gravy to moisten the cake. It was Winston Churchill who first suggested to put a type of sweet frosting on top of the cupcake. 

If you want to make your cupcakes look yummier, go to and choose from the different cup cake boxes that's best for your needs!

Friday, November 16, 2012

The First Roller Coaster

The very first roller coaster was launched in 1902 in Pennsylvania by Edward Joy Morris. Standing at 41 feet in height, the Lead-the-Dips joyride was supposed to be the future biggest attraction in Lakemont Park.  However, it wasn't safe for riding at that time. 

Its wooden cars and the absence of additional wheels to avoid derailing made it impossible to use. It took 14 years to renovate Lead-the-Dips. It was opened in public for for the second time in 1999.

5 Minutes and Your Case is Closed in India

The court system in India is exceedingly behind its schedule that they would require over 450 years to pull through from the slacking and start hearing cases on time. Since there are many people who have been waiting (if still alive) for their case to be heard  for over 20 years now, the New Delhi Court is rushing the cases, gives 5 minutes for each party and then makes a decision right after that.

The primary reason for this unfortunate scenario is the few judges available and the fact that a lot of people waste the Court's precious time with their silly arguments. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

You Can Be Asleep Even If Awake!

A lot of studies have already been conducted to explore the human mind's conscious and subconscious levels while a person is sleeping and while he is awake after having little to no sleep at all for a long time.

Having a system closest to humans when it comes to the brain, rats were used to perform the studies. Based on the trials done on these rats, even though the brain is fully awake and can function in general, there are certain abilities that become limited or completely shut down every now and then. This is due to the fact that the neurons transferring information throughout the body cannot work well when a person is deprived of sleep and alternately  turns on and off.

Neil Armstrong Was Almost Not Accepted As Astronaut

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, was almost not accepted as an astronaut. He needed to seek help from a friend working in the Manned Spacecraft Centre for his registration form to be filed together with the other applicants' records because it's already 1 week late! This friend was able to put Armstrong's application into the pile of documents without being noticed by anyone. If this "act of bravery" didn't happen, Neil Armstrong wouldn't be the first astronaut to step on the moon.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Interesting Facts About Tickling

Tickling evokes involuntary laughter in humans by touching a certain body part. Some body parts are more ticklish compared to others and the reason behind it remains unknown. 

Tickling is also used by others for sexual fetishism and the act of tickling is known as "tickle torture". 

A research conducted by Dr Sarah-Jayne Blakemore from London's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience discovered that when robot arms are used in tickling people, the effect is just the same with human arms. 

Both males and females are "ticklish." However, a couple of studies found out that males can be slightly more ticklish compared to women. 

A research led by Dr. M Blagrove from the University of Wales discovered that normal tickling response might not be present in people with schizophrenia. 

Before, tickling was utilized by the ancient Romans as a torture mechanism.  

What's most surprising about tickling is that if a person tickles himself, no laughter or stimulation is produced. 

Is It Safe to Drink Seawater?

We all know that humans need fresh water in order to stay alive. Water helps digest the food we eat and regulate different body functions. It also helps in temperature regulation inside the body and enhances physical conditions as well. 

On the other hand, Alain Bombard introduced the idea that a person can live by drinking seawater, too, although it needs to be taken in little amounts (not over 32 oz daily). Thus, in theory, we can gradually 'teach' the human body to tolerate seawater.  However,  intake of too much sea water can make an individual sick because it contains salts that can cause dehydration and eventually, death. Seawater pulls out the water inside our body cells which depletes them. Also, it is generally unsafe to drink sea water because it carries too many bacteria that can make us ill.  Moreover, the salt content in seawater is very high that the human body won't be able to digest it. Seawater can also damage the kidneys leading to kidney failure. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Watch Out for Carnivorous Caterpillars!

There are caterpillars that eat meat! Yes, some are carnivorous in nature. But you don't need to panic when you see one since only 1% of the caterpillars eat meat, and in general, they feed on soft flesh such as spiders and insects. There are many species of caterpillars in various places in the world with different characteristics. They start their life by consuming specific type of plants, but once they grow, they eat certain insects. 

What's most interesting about these caterpillars is how they kill just to get food. Some use camouflage or seductive smells to catch their prey. A particular specie in Hawaii disguises like  a bark of a tree to catch insects like spiders. In Australia, carnivorous caterpillars specifically prefer green tree ants. 

Eating Fish Alone is Fatal!

Fish contains all the essential amino acids we need in order to live. However, death may result if we only eat fish and nothing else. The reason for this is that fish doesn't have Vitamin C which is vital for humans to survive. Even at present, we use a couple of lemon drops when we eat cooked fish. The fish that eats plankton is the only one that contains Vitamin C but the sole way to extract it properly is to eat it raw including its intestines.

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Pyramids Used To Be White

If someone mentions about the Egyptian Pyramids, you'll usually envision a big mountain-like structure that is made up of brown heaps of stone with a rough outline standing in the middle of the desert. But did you know that in 2500 BC, when pyramids were first constructed, their color was paper white and they're very smooth like glass? On top, you would also find a gold-colored capstone that shined under the sun. Indeed, the Pyramids were a breathtaking spectacle at that time. However, when the Arabs invaded Egypt in 500 AD, the pyramids' smooth limestone was stripped off to build a huge portion of Cairo. Most of Cairo's palaces and mosques consist of the pyramids' ancient stones. It's quite disappointing but it's true.

What's In a Coke?

Why can't we resist drinking Coca Cola? Truth is, we're addicted to the soda that contains caffeine and big amounts of sugar. If you read the label of Coke, you'll find its ingredients like carbonated water, caramel color, cane sugar, food acid (or phosphoric acid 338), caffeine and "flavor." And speaking of flavor, did you know that Coca Cola has a secret ingredient named 'Merchandise 7X'? The ingredient's description is kept secured inside a security vault located in Atlanta, Georgia. Just a few selected officials know the content of this controversial 'secret ingredient'. It sounds a bit creepy to many but definitely, that doesn't make us say NO to Coke, at all.