Free Rice

p Free Rice is basically a word power game which donates 20 grains of rice for each correct answer. Let me tell ya, i am already hooked on this thing and have already donated more than 5000 grains of rice! I learned all these new words and at the same time it donates rice in your behalf. So what are you waiting for? Channel your inner Merriam-Webster and fill rice bowls for the hungry! Do it!


p Look at the above images from your seat in front of the computer; Mr. Angry is on the left, and Ms. Calm is on the right. Now, get up from your seat, and move back 10 or 12 feet. The angry man turns calm, and the calm woman turns angry. Philippe G. Schyns and Aude Oliva, University of Glasgow


p A little fellow, a long-coated chihuahua dubbed Heart-kun, came into the world with a perfect heart-shaped pattern in his fur.

One Cent

p So why does Lincoln face to the right on the U.S. cent while the other presidents face left? Do you know?

A Vending Machine Dress

p p " On a narrow Tokyo street, near a beef bowl restaurant and a pachinko parlor, Aya Tsukioka demonstrated new clothing designs that she hoped would ease Japan's growing fears of crime. With a deft motion, Tsukioka, a 29-year-old fashion designer, lifted a flap on the front of her skirt to reveal a large sheet of cloth printed in bright red with a soft drink logo partly visible. By holding the sheet fully open and stepping to the side of the road, she showed how a woman walking alone could elude pursuers - by disguising herself as a vending machine. The wearer hides behind the sheet, which is printed with a life-size photo of a vending machine. Tsukioka's clothing is still in the developmental stage, but she has already created several versions, including one that unfolds from a kimono, and a deluxe model with four sides for more complete camouflaging. These elaborate defenses are coming at a time when crime rates are actually declining in Japan. But the Japanese, attuned to the slightest signs of social fraying, say they feel growing anxiety about safety, fanned by a sensationalist news media. Instead of pepper spray, though, the Japanese are devising a variety of novel solutions, some high tech, others downright quirky, but all reflecting a uniquely Japanese sensibility. " - International Herald Tribune more photos here

Happy 2008!!!

Happy New Year to all! Wishing you lots of surprises, fun, excitement, and good fortune this new year! Here’s wishing everyone the best year ever.

Hedgehog in the Fog

pic Yozhik v Tumane, Yuri Norstein, 1975 – an award winning Russian animated short about a little hedgehog, on the way to visit his friend the bear, gets lost in a thick fog, where horses, dogs and even falling leaves take on a terrifying new aspect.