Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Shangri La Diet

The Shangri La Diet is quite simply one of the most unusual weight loss books ever written. Author Seth Roberts presents his radical ideas without melodrama or hype, and comes up with a weight loss diet that is both controversial and intriguing. The diet itself consists of taking 100–400 calories in the form of either extra-light (not extra-virgin) olive oil or sugar water per day, either all at once or spanned throughout the day. This must be consumed in a flavorless window, which is at least one hour after flavors have been consumed, and at least one hour before flavors will be consumed.[5] The consumption of these flavorless calories supposedly lowers the set point, and therefore, lowers weight. That's it. No calorie counting, no recipes, no forbidden or restricted foods, no meal plans, and no deprivation.

The Shangri-La Diet was turned into a famous book by its inventor, Seth Roberts, a professor at Tsinghua University and professor emeritus of psychology at UC Berkeley, and became a New York Times bestseller

Monday, September 28, 2015

Slingshot bikini

It seems a bit uncomfortable and like a walking wardrobe malfunction disaster waiting to happen, but, I guess that’s pretty much the whole point of this design.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Strange jobs

Condom tester

An Australian manufacturer has called for applications for what it claims could be the world’s best job – condom tester.

Prostitute tester

Train pushers

The Tokyo Subways are legendary for the way people are “packed in” at rush hour. A “Train Pusher” or oshiya, pushes bodies into every inch of space during the morning and evening rush hours.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Top tourist destinations in Israel

1 ) Akko/Acre

The old city of Acre (Akko) is a large walled city on the shores of the bay of Haifa. As the largest natural port in the Galilee and Israel, it has a long history of conquests and ruling empires. It was one of the main Crusaders’ fortifications and ports. Acre was once a leading port in the Middle East, in the same league as Alexandria and Constantinople. Today, it is home primarily to small fishing boats. A part of the kingdom of Israel, Acre was incorporated into the empire of Alexander the Great after his conquest in 332 B.C.E. The city was subsequently seized by the Egyptian king Ptolemy II, who renamed the city Ptolemais in the 2nd century B.C.E. This name stuck until the Muslim conquest in the 7th century CE, when its ancient name was restored. Confusion over what to call the city was compounded by the Crusaders’ conquest in 1104, after which it became known as St. Jean d’Acre, or Acre for short. Napoleon landed in Palestine and assaulted Acre in 1799, but he was unable to take the city. His Middle Eastern campaign subsequently collapsed and he withdrew to France.

2 ) Dead Sea

The surface of the Dead Sea is over 1,300 feet below sea level. The very bottom of the sea, in the deepest part, is over 2,300 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea has some of the most saline water on earth; as much as 35% of the water is dissolved salts! The Dead Sea is completely landlocked and it gets saltier with increasing depth. Deep in the Jordan Valley and 55 km southeast of Amman, is the Dead Sea, one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the whole world.

It is the lowest body of water on earth, the lowest point on earth, and the world’s richest source of natural salts, hiding wonderful treasures that accumulated throughout thousands of years. Scientifically speaking, its water contains more than 35 different types of minerals that are essential for the health and care of the body skin They also provide the raw materials for the renowned Jordanian Dead Sea bath salts and cosmetic products marketed worldwide.

3 ) Eilat

A resort town of 20,000 and bustling port, combining sea and desert, Eilat lies at Israel’s southernmost tip. The sun always shines in Eilat (it rains about a half dozen days a year) and the average daytime temperatures rarely dip below 70°F (21°C), even in winter. The main attraction of Eilat is diving in the Red Sea (actually an inlet from the sea known as the Gulf of Eilat or Aqaba), one of the world’s most spectacular underwater preserves. You can see brightly colored coral and fish and may see everything from a venomous lionfish to a moray eel to a shark to a sea turtle to a manta ray. Breathtaking scenery of the magnificent Red Mountains and the crystal-clear Red Sea gloriously lap this exciting fun. Eilat provides its visitors with the ultimate relaxation, given greatly by the magical beauty of the desert-like nature. All this, along with the endless sun and the pleasant, warm winter, makes Eilat the leading tourist city in Israel, preferred both by foreign visitors (European charters mostly) and Israeli vacationers.

4 ) Haifa

Haifa is not the most beautiful city in the world, nor is it the most exciting. It is not the biggest city in Israel (it is the third), and unfortunately not the most interesting city in Israel. Nevertheless, Haifa is my hometown, I was born and raised in it, and I have grown to like it. Haifa is situated on and around the beautiful Carmel mountain, next to the Haifa bay in northern Israel. The picture above was taken from my apartment in Ramat Chen, a neighborhood overlooking Nave Sha’anan (a large neighborhood on the Carmel), and the small Ziv neighborhood in particular. More pictures of Haifa are included below: The first picture below is of a part of the Haifa Bay Industrial Zone (at the foot of the Carmel mountain), as seen from the Nave Sha’anan neighborhood on the Carmel mountain.

A 2007 report commissioned by the Haifa Municipality calls for the construction of more hotels, a ferry line between Haifa, Acre and Caesarea, development of the western anchorage of the port as a recreation and entertainment area, and an expansion of the local airport and port to accommodate international travel and cruise ships.

5 ) Jerusalem

All branches of the Israeli government are located in Jerusalem, including Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, and the Supreme Court. Jerusalem is home to the Hebrew University and to the Israel Museum with its Shrine of the Book. The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo has ranked consistently as Israel’s top tourist attraction for Israelis. The popular Teddy Stadium is considered one of the leading football stadiums in the country. Jerusalem plays an important role in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The 2000 Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem lists 1204 synagogues, 158 churches, and 73 mosques within the city. Jerusalem’s religious landmarks today remain the top draw for foreign visitors, with the majority of tourists visiting the Western Wall and the Old City.

6 ) Sea Of Galilee

The sea of Galilee has a hot and dry weather, sweet water, and calming atmosphere. This makes it a favorite vacationland. During almost year round the lake is full of tourists, and especially local tourism on the weekends. The entire lake is surrounded by public and private beaches, and high-rising hotels in Tiberias. The Sea of Galilee, known to Israelis as Lake Kinneret, is only 13 miles by 7 miles, but is one of the most well-known bodies of water in the world. It was on these beautiful shores that Jesus delivered sermons and performed miracles. Many famous sites are located around the lake, including Capernaum, home to at least five of the twelve disciples. The Church of the Beatitudes is said to be where the Sermon of the Mount was preached and Tabgha, believed to be the site where Jesus fed 5,000 followers from five loaves of bread and two fish, is marked by The Church of Multiplication. The nearby lakeside town of Migdal is the hometown of Mary Magdalene.

7 ) Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor is a hill rising 500m above the Jezreel Valley in the region of Galilee. Due to its strategic location along the north-south road, it has been an important fortress since ancient times. Christians have identified a rock atop Mt. Tabor as the place of the Transfiguration of Christ since the 4th century AD. Mount Tabor is located in Lower Galilee, at the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley, 17 kilometres (11 mi) west of the Sea of Galilee, in Israel. It is believed by many Christians to be the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus and site for the battle between Barak and the army of Jabin, commanded by Sisera. Mount Tabor can be seen from miles around and there are fine views across the Jezreel Valley from the top, demonstrating its strategic importance. The 13th-century walls can still be seen around the summit, which is divided into Greek Orthodox (northeast) and Latin Catholic (southeast) areas.

8 ) Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv insider is a tribute to the great city of Tel Aviv – Yaffo. These pages are all about the genuine Tel Aviv experience, the “insider” stuff. The small places that only the locals would know about. The information given here, you will not find in any tourist travel guide. It was written by Tel Aviv residents for those wishing to learn or visit Tel Aviv. Come visit us in sunny Tel Aviv and enjoy its sandy, lively beach scene, even during winter months. If you are coming on an israel tour during winter from cold US eastern coast or Europe, you will be delighted with the mild weather and easy going spirit.

The unique Bauhaus building style of Tel Aviv has earned it the “white city” title and from 2003, a world heritage site by Eunesko.Enrich yourself with the building culture and historical assets of the first Hebrew city. The story of Tel Aviv is interwoven with the marvelous revival of modern Israel itself. But Tel Aviv is not just history. Present day Tel Aviv is one of the liveliest cities you will come across. Enjoy a very rich night life scene. Whether you are into clubbing, restaurants, coffee shops, or smoke-filled bars, Tel aviv has something for you.

9 ) Tiberias

Tiberias has been a popular destination for tourists for more than 2,000 years. As early as Roman times, this thriving recreation spa, built around 17 natural mineral hot springs more than 600 feet below sea level, welcomed visitors from every part of the ancient world. Built by Herod Antipas (one of Herod the Great’s three sons who divided up Palestine after their father’s death), the city was named Tiberias in honor of the Roman Emperor Tiberius. Many churches were also built outside the walls of the Old City. Concerts are occasionally held in the modest basalt Church of Scotland, founded by Dr. David Watt Torrance – also the founder of Tiberias’s first hospital, or in its lush gardens on the shore. Across the way is the Scots Hotel, serving Christian pilgrims visiting the area.

10 ) Nazareth

Nazareth is a town of about 60,000 people in northern Israel, about 88 miles north of Jerusalem. It is the capital of the northern region of the country and the largest Arab city in Israel. Jesus grew up in Nazareth with his mother Mary, making the city one of several Christian pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land. A real visit to Nazareth is much more than just a tour of the Old City. One of the basic rules for understanding Nazareth is to get to know its surrounding landscape: a horsehoe-shaped bally whose concave side faces the Jezreel Vallry. At one end of the horseshoe, on the open side, a large cliff steeply drops down to the vally’s fields. The heart of Nazareth is the Old City, which is comprised of two parts: the nucleus – the historical and religious core – and the “casing” – the markets, mansions, and houses on the slope of the Nebi Sa’in Ridge. The expansion of the city’s tourism area will bring the visitors to the top of the ridge and from there to the city and its chrches.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Most Toxic Poison

What’s the last thing you would want to inject into your face? “The world’s deadliest poison” would be in them. Not so, though, in the medical community; you’ve all heard of Botox, no doubt, and “deadliest poison” is it’s main claim to fame. Botox uses botulinum toxin, produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, and it is so deadly, an amount equal to a grain of salt is enough to kill a 200 lb man. In fact, they even suggest that it would only take 4kg, properly dispersed, to kill every last person on earth

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein

More commonly known as The Cradle of Humankind, this site is a complex of over 36 limestone caves in South Africa, not far from Johannesburg. Within these caves scientists have found a huge number of hominid fossils dating back over 3.5 million years, with one cave alone containing over a third of all hominid fossils ever found. The caves also show signs of occupation as well, including the first ever in-situ hominid stone tools, and the oldest controlled fire dated to over 1 million years ago. Scientist believe prompt burials, along with the unusual conditions within the caves, allowed for the bodies within to become fossilized, which in itself is an extremely rare occurrence. Some of the better known finds include Mrs Ples, the most intact skull of an Australopithecus Africanus ever found, although the sex is not definitely female, x-rays of the teeth seem to show that this was a sub-adult. Another famous find is Little Foot, an amazingly complete hominin skeleton which is believed to be between 2.5 to 3.3 million years old.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Chubby cat

Have you ever seen a super fat cat? It could be that a cat in China is one of them. Its waist reached 68.58 cm. The owner Xu Jirong, the owner, believes the cat will break the world record for heaviest cat.
Xu said the cat was very good as a guard cat. “He attacked every foreigner who came to the apartment with a claw. He’s really quite frightening,”said Xu.
But veterinarians warn – Chubby obviously has problems being overweight and as every other pet it needs a healthy diet and exercise.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Alois Irlmaier prophecies

Irlmaier was a simple German man who, in the 1950s, made predictions of a third world war. This is a small sampling of what he claimed the third world war would look like: “Everything calls peace. Shalom! Then it will occur — a new Middle East war suddenly flares up, big naval forces are facing hostility in the Mediterranean — the situation is strained. But the actual firing spark is set on fire in the Balkans: I see a ‘large one’ falling, a bloody dagger lies beside him –then impact is on impact. Two men kill a third high-ranked. They were paid by other people. One of the murderers is a small black man, the other a little bit taller, with bright-colored hair. I think it will be at the Balkans, but I cannot say it exactly. [...] Immediately the revenge comes from across the large water. However the yellow dragon invades in Alaska and Canada at the same time. But he comes not far. And then it rains a yellow dust in a line. When the golden city is destroyed, it begins…” Most interesting in these predictions is the fact that he believes the war will begin in the Middle East which seems certain to many people in the 21st century.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

US Mexico border

On the left is San Diego, located in the United States. On the right is the densely populated border town of Tijuana, located in Mexico.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

This Church in St Petersburg, Russia was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory. It should not to be confused with the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land, located in the city of Yekaterinburg where the former Emperor Nicholas II (1868-1918) and several members of his family and household were executed following the Bolshevik Revolution.

During World War II, the church was used as a warehouse for vegetables, leading to the sardonic name of “Savior on Potatoes.” It suffered significant damage during the Siege of Leningrad and after the war, it was used as a warehouse for a nearby opera theatre.

In July 1970, management of the church passed to Saint Isaac’s Cathedral (then used as a highly profitable museum) and proceeds from the cathedral were ploughed back into restoring the church.

The church is prominently situated along the Griboedov Canal. The section of street where the assassination took place was enclosed within the walls of the church, and part of the canal filled to allow the street to pass around the building.

Architecturally, the church is out of place in St. Petersburg. The city’s architecture is predominantly Baroque and Neoclassical, but the Savior on Blood is more in line with medieval Russian architecture. It intentionally resembles the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.

The interior was designed by some of the most celebrated Russian artists of the day – including Viktor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Nesterov and Mikhail Vrubel – but the church’s chief architect, Alfred Alexandrovich Parland, was relatively little-known. An elaborate shrine was constructed on the exact place of Alexander’s death, garnished with topaz, lazurite and other semi-precious stones.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nude wedding

In Brisbane, Australia Mr and Mrs Ellie and Phil Hendicott were married in a ceremony they won from a local FM radio station B105. It was no ordinary wedding.

The excited pair were required to give their nuptials in the nude at a wedding attended by 250 guests.

Mrs Ellie Hendicott wore a white, painted on "dress". The only thing she really wore was a long white wedding veil.

Phil Hendicott wore nothing but a black top hat to cover his manhood. The wedding ceremony was conducted in the morning, live on FM radio to hundreds of thousands of Australians.