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Happy Pi Day

Today is 3/14, we are celebrating Pi Day- that crazy number- Pi, is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter or
3.14 etc etc
1 Million digits of pi.

Here is Google’s image

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DID YOU KNOW?

  1. A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.

  2. A cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds up to 60 mph.

  3. Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie.

  4. A fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.

  5. A sneeze can exceed the speed of 100 mph.

  6. Every person has a unique tongue print.

  7. According to German researchers, the risk of heart attack is higher on Monday than any other day of the week.

  8. After spending hours working at a computer display, look at a blank piece of white paper. It will probably appear pink.

  9. An average human drinks about 16,000 gallons of water in a lifetime.

  10. A fingernail or toenail takes about 6 months to grow from base to tip.

  11. An average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.

  12. It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.

  13. Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood, we only have 206 in our bodies.

  14. Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his
    lifetime.

  15. By age sixty, most people have lost half of their taste buds.

  16. By the time you turn 70, your heart will have beat some two-and-a-half billion times (figuring on an average of 70 beats per minute).

  17. Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels.

  18. Every human spent half an hour as a single cell.

  19. Every square inch of the human body has an average of 32 million bacteria on it.

  20. Fingernails grow faster than toenails.

  21. Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour and about 1.5 pounds a year. By 70 years of age, an average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin.

Amazing Lung Facts

  • At rest, a person breathes about 14 to 16 times per minute. After exercise it could increase to over 60 times per minute.

  • New babies at rest breathe between 40 and 50 times per minute. By age five it decreases to around 25 times per minute.

  • The total surface area of the alveoli (tiny air sacs in the lungs) is the size of a tennis court.

  • The lungs are the only organ in the body that can float on water.

  • The lungs produce a detergent-like substance which reduces the surface tension of the fluid lining,
    allowing air in.

Amazing Heart Facts

  • Your heart is about the same size as your fist.

  • An average adult body contains about five quarts of blood.

  • All the blood vessels in the body joined end to end would stretch 62,000 miles or two and a half times around the earth.

  • The heart circulates the body’s blood supply about 1,000 times each day.

Alexander Puskin, a Russian author

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (June 6 [O.S. May 26] 1799–February 10 [O.S. January 29] 1837) was a Russian author of the Romantic erawho is considered to be the greatest Russian poetand the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin pioneered the use of vernacular speech in his poems and plays, creating a style of storytelling—mixing drama, romance, and satire—associated with Russian literature ever since and greatly influencing later Russian writers.

Here is Google Russia’s logo for the day

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51 Facts

  1. People who ride on roller coaters have a higher chance of having a blood clot in the brain.

  2. Black bears are not always black they can be brown, cinnamon, yellow and sometimes white.

  3. People with blue eyes see better in dark.

  4. Each year 30,000 people are seriously injured by exercise equipment.

  5. The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet.

  6. The sun is 330330 times larger than the earth.

  7. The cow gives nearly 200000 glass of milk in her lifetime.

  8. There are more female than male millionaires in the U.S.A.

  9. A male baboon can kill a leopard.

  10. When a person dies, hearing is usually the first sense to go.

  11. Bill gates house was designed using Macintosh computer.

  12. Nearly 22,000 cheques will be deducted from the wrong account over the next hour.

  13. Almost all varieties of breakfast cereals are made from grass.

  14. Some lions mates over 50 times a day.

  15. American did not commonly use forks until after the civil war.

  16. The most productive day of the week is Tuesday.

  17. In the 1930’s America track star Jesse Owens used to race against horses and dogs to earn a living.

  18. There’s a great mushroom in Oregon that is 2,400 years old. Covers 3..4 square miles of land and is still growing.

  19. Jimmy Carter is the first U.S.A. president to have born in hospital.

  20. Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.

  21. Cleopatra married two of her brothers.

  22. Human birth control pill work on gorillas.

  23. The right lung takes in more air than the left.

  24. It is illegal to own a red car in shanghai china.

  25. A hard-boiled egg will spin. An uncooked or soft-boiled egg will not..

  26. Astronauts cannot burp in space.

  27. The snowiest city in the U.S.A. is blue canyon, California Lake Nicaragua in Nicaragua is the only fresh water lake in the world that has sharks.

  28. Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.

  29. The great warrior Genghis khan died in bed while having $ex.

  30. No matter how cold it gets gasoline will not freeze.

  31. SNAILS have 14175 teeth laid along 135 rows on their tongue.

  32. A BUTTERFLY has 12,000 eyes.

  33. DOLPHINS sleep with 1 eye open.

  34. A BLUE WHALE can eat as much as 3 tones of food everyday, but at the same time can live without food for 6 months.

  35. The EARTH has over 12,00,000 species of animals, 3,00,000 species of plants & 1,00,000 other species.

  36. The fierce DINOSAUR was TYRANNOSAURS which has sixty long & sharp teeth, used to attack & eat other dinosaurs.

  37. DEMETRIO was a mammal like REPTILE with a snail on its back. This acted as a radiator to cool the body of the animal.

  38. CASSOWARY is one of the dangerous BIRD, that can kill a man or animal by tearing off with its dagger like claw.

  39. The SWAN has over 25,000 feathers in its body.

  40. OSTRICH eats pebbles to help digestion by grinding up the ingested food..

  41. POLAR BEAR can look clumsy & slow but during chase on ice, can reach 25 miles / hr of speed.

  42. KIWIS are the only birds, which hunt by sense of smell.

  43. ELEPHANT teeth can weigh as much as 9 pounds.

  44. OWL is the only bird, which can rotate its head to 270 degrees.

  45. In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

  46. On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

  47. The c!garette lighter was invented before the match.

  48. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

  49. Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.

  50. German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.

  51. A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.

Kandovan- The Stone Village

Kandovan– The Stone Village

Kandovan (Candovan) is a tourist village located near the
city of Tabriz, in Iran.. Its name is the plural of kando �whiche means bees nest.

Legend says the first inhabitants of Kandovan moved here
to escape from the invading mongols,
They dug hideouts in the volcanic rock and ultimately ended up
transforming them into permanent houses.
It is now one of Irans most popular tourist destinations
The main occupations of Kandovans inhabitants
are agriculture and animal raising..

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Did you know, or even care?

Space scientists have invented underwear that can be worn
four or five days – without causing a stink.

Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese astronaut to live on the
International Space Station, is now testing them in space.

The clothes are designed to kill bacteria, absorb water, insulate
the body and dry quickly.

The new undies should reduce the amount of clothing that
needs to be sent to the space station, which has no laundry
facilities.

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The first TV commercial advertisement was sponsored by
the Bulova Watch company on July 1, 1941.

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Did you hear about the man who thought he would try
being a salesman?

About a week later he ran into a friend, and the friend
asked him if he had sold anything.

The man replied, “Well, no, but I got three orders last
week — get out, stay out, and don’t come back.”

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Authorities in Florida allege a Camden County inmate broke
out of jail, burglarized a store and was then apprehended
sneaking back into jail.

Harry Snapp was arrested Saturday entering the jail with
14 packs of cigarettes allegedly stolen from store about a
block away. Harry the crook allegedly escaped by using wire
from a broom to unlock an electronic door in the jail.

Snapp already was serving time for various other charges
including burglary.

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Authorities in Tennessee say an allegedly intoxicated man
stole a school bus to pull his car out of a ditch, then returned
the vehicle to where he found it.

Deputies arrived at the scene of an accident to find Nikobaum
Creech had taken the school bus, used it to pull his car from a
ditch and returned the bus to where it had originally been parked
outside a residence.

Creech was arrested at the scene after a brief struggle with deputies.
He was charged with driving under the influence, felony thief,
resisting arrest and vandalism to county property.

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DID YA KNOW OR DO YA CARE?

Pogonology is the study of beards.

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You know you’re from up north when:

You have more miles on your snowblower
than your car.

You have 10 favorite recipes for venison.

The local Hardware store on any Saturday
is busier than the toy stores at Christmas.

You live in a house that has no front steps,
yet the door is one yard above the ground.

Driving is better in the winter because the
potholes get filled with snow.

Making it home during Mud Season is a
competitive sport.

You owe more money on your snowmobile
than your car.

The local paper covers national and
international headlines on l/4 page, but
requires 6 pages for sports.

At least twice a year, the kitchen doubles
as a meat processing plant.

The most effective mosquito repellent is a
shotgun.

Your snow-blower gets stuck on the roof.

You think the start of deer hunting season
is a national holiday.

You frequently clean grease off your barbecue
so the bears won’t prowl on your deck.

There is only one shopping plaza in town.

The major parish fundraiser isn’t bingo- its
sausage making.

You find -20F a little chilly.

The trunk of your car doubles as a deep
freezer.

You attended a formal event in your best
clothes, your finest jewelry and your
snowmobile boots.

Amazing pictures of money

Money makes the world go around. It also makes for some truly amazing pictures.

Lifted from an email I got, I claim no authorship


1. World’s Largest Gold Bar
The Mitsubishi Materials Corporation of Japan poured the World’s largest Gold bar. The bar is 17.9 inches by 8.9 inches and 6.7 inches high. All though it takes up the same amount of space as a large shoe box, you would not be able to lift it as It weighs 551.15 pounds. At the time it was poured it was worth $3.7 million.


2. $10,000 Dollar Bill

Yes it is real. The Federal Reserve used it to transfer money to and from banks and was never issued to the public. They also produced a $500, $1,000, $5,000 and even a $100,000 dollar note, see below. They were last printed in 1945 and have since been discontinued.


3. $100,000 Dollar Note

This is the 1934 $100,000 dollar note. It featured Woodrow Wilson.

4. What 50 Million Pennies Look Like

50 Million pennies were added to this “Memorial to the Missing”. It is suppose to represent the number of abortions since legalization in 1973. This enclosure weighs 156 tons and is worth a half million dollars. Pylons were driven into the foundation to support the bullet proof glass structure above.
5. Security Glass Advertisement

Most people have seen this picture floating around on the internet. Very simple and catchy advertisement. The money was real, but there was a security guard posted to make sure no one tried anything funny, like running over the sign with a SUV.
6. Dress Made With $100,000 Dollars
The dress was made to help promote a new gigantic lottery fund in the UK. The dress is made from Sterling Pound notes.


7. Portraits Made of Pennies

The artist behind these portraits and other artwork like this is Adrian Firth. The two pieces are called, Lizzie – pennies on mdf board 2008 and Made of Money – pennies on mdf board 2007.


8. Vault Of Gold
Fort Knox is where the mother lode of Gold is. This is a picture of one of many vaults filled with Gold.


9. What $1 Million Pennies Look Like

2.3 Tons of pennies sit in this glass box. It is part of a Holocaust memorial.
10. Pyramid Of Pennies

Another favorite that has been circulating the web. This pyramid contains 289,318 pennies to beat an old World Record. The owner has been adding to the pyramid and the website says it now has 403,135 pennies.
11. Largest Bank Vault Door In the World

The vault is located at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The door has a height of 226 inches and weighs 42 metric tons. It also carries the distinction of having the largest hinge ever built. The vault is not longer in use, but the door remains for historical value.


12. 100 Million Pennies

It’s called the “Penny Harvest Field”. $1 million dollars worth of pennies were gathered for charity. The exhibit is 30 ft by 165 ft.


13. Drug Money

Another internet favorite. $207 million is said to have been taken during a raid on a drug dealer’s house in Mexico.
14. A Wall Of Gold

This Gold is part of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. The vault sits on the bedrock of New York 80 feet below the street surface and 50 feet below the sea level. You won’t be digging to get to this one. At the time of the photo, the vault had $86 billion in gold, 269 Troy tons.


15. Origami Money

Artist Marc Sky of New Jersey has hundreds of Origami Sculptures made of money. You can order his works online or book him for parties.


16. Largest Gold Nugget Ever Found

This is the world’s largest Gold Nugget ever found. Discovered in 1872 and is called the Holtermann Nugget. It was 630lbs in weight.


17. World’s Largest Gold Coin

The gold coin contains $2 million worth of gold and weighs in at 220 pounds. It is 20 inches across and 1 inch thick. There are 3 coins like it and they went up on auction last year.


18. Don’t Flush the Money Down the Toilet

Yes, this money seat can be yours for only $60. There are many novelty money seats for sale.
19. First Cash Register

James Ritty an owner of a Saloon in Ohio, invented the first cash register in 1879 to stop his employees from stealing money. Later he sold his cash register company and the new owner added a roll of paper to it and started the first line of registers with receipts.


20. Walls of Money

Over $500,000 has been added to the walls and ceilings of this Irish pub. Would hate to see a fire take out this pub. It started with the first waitress who stapled her first tip to the wall. It has grown since then.
21. Stack of Silver Certificates

Not too much info here. A woman posed with stack of packages of $1 silver certificates at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, D.C. [between ca. 1950 and ca. 1969]
22. Another Vault of Gold

This gold vault hold gold entrust for the owners of the streetTRACKS Gold Shares EFT (AMEX:GLD), the world’s most popular gold fund.
23. Money Tree

This is a random picture of a money tree. They can be found throughout the world. If you are lucky enough to come across one, grab a seed.


24. Ceiling of Money

This ceiling can be found in the No Name Pub in Big Pine Key, FL. The whole pub is filled with money on the ceiling and walls. Started in 1931, and feuled by the popularity of Jimmy Buffet, people have continued to put money of the walls. It is estimated that the pub has $750,000 dollars in money on it’s wall.