Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Human World

Interesting facts and tidbits

The women of the Tiwi tribe in the South Pacific are married at birth.

When Albert Einstein died, his final words died with him. The nurse at his side didn't understand German.

St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was not Irish.

The lance ceased to be an official battle weapon in the British Army in 1927.

St. John was the only one of the 12 Apostles to die a natural death.

Gabriel, Michael and Lucifer (more commonly known as Satan) are the only 3 angels to be named in the bible.
According to Genesis all demons are angels who were cast out of heaven after Lucifer tried to take God's throne and several of the other angels bowed down and worshiped him.

Many sailors used to wear gold earrings so that they could afford a proper burial when they died.

Some very Orthodox Jew refuse to speak Hebrew, believing it to be a language reserved only for the Prophets.

A South African monkey was once awarded a medal and promoted to the rank of corporal during World War I.

Born 4 January 1838, General Tom Thumb's growth slowed at the age of 6 months, at 5 years he was signed to the circus by P.T. Barnum, and at adulthood reached a height of only 1 metre.

Because they had no proper rubbish disposal system, the streets of ancient Mesopotamia became literally knee-deep in rubbish.

The Toltecs, Seventh-century native Mexicans, went into battle with wooden swords so as not to kill their enemies.

China banned the pigtail in 1911 as it was seen as a symbol of feudalism.

The Amayra guides of Bolivia are said to be able to keep pace with a trotting horse for a distance of 100 kilometres.

Sliced bread was patented by a jeweller, Otto Rohwedder, in 1928. He had been working on it for 16 years, having started in 1912.

Before it was stopped by the British, it was the not uncommon for women in some areas of India to choose to be burnt alive on their husband's funeral pyre.

Ivan the terrible claimed to have 'deflowered thousands of virgins and butchered a similar number of resulting offspring'.

Before the Second World War, it was considered a sacrilege to even touch an Emperor of Japan.

An American aircraft in Vietnam shot itself down with one of its own missiles.

The Anglo-Saxons believed Friday to be such an unlucky day that they ritually slaughtered any child unfortunate enough to be born on that day.

During the eighteenth century, laws had to be brought in to curb the seemingly insatiable appetite for gin amongst the poor. Their annual intake was as much as five million gallons.

Ancient drinkers warded off the devil by clinking their cups

The Nobel Prize resulted form a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered after his death as a propagator of violence - he invented dynamite.

The cost of the first pay-toilets installed in England was tuppence.

Pogonophobia is the fear of beards.

In 1647 the English Parliament abolished Christmas.

Mao Rse-Tang, the first chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, was born 26 December 1893. Before his rise to power, he occupied the humble position of Assistant Librarian at the University of Peking.

Coffee is the second largest item of international commerce in the world. The largest is petrol.

King George III was declared violently insane in 1811, 9 years before he died.

In Ancient Peru, when a woman found an 'ugly' potato, it was the custom for her to push it into the face of the nearest man.

For Roman Catholics, 5 January is St Simeon Stylites' Day. He was a fifth-century hermit who showed his devotion to God by spending literally years sitting on top of a huge flagpole.

When George I became King of England in 1714, his wife did not become Queen. He placed her under house arrest for 32 years.

The richest 10 per cent of the French people are approximately fifty times better off than the poorest 10 per cent.

Henry VII was the only British King to be crowned on the field of battle

During World War One, the future Pope John XXIII was a sergeant in the Italian Army.

Richard II died aged 33 in 1400. A hole was left in the side of his tomb so people could touch his royal head, but 376 years later some took advantage of this and stole his jawbone.

The magic word "Abracadabra" was originally intended for the specific purpose of curing hay fever.

The Puritans forbade the singing of Christmas Carols, judging them to be out of keeping with the true spirit of Christmas.

Albert Einstein was once offered the Presidency of Israel. He declined saying he had no head for problems.

Uri Geller, the professional psychic was born on December 20 1946. As to the origin of his alleged powers, Mr Geller maintains that they come from the distant planet of Hoova.

Ralph and Carolyn Cummins had 5 children between 1952 and 1966, all were born on the 20 February.

John D. Rockefeller gave away over US$ 500,000,000 during his lifetime.

Only 1 child in 20 are born on the day predicted by the doctor.

In the 1970's, the Rhode Island Legislature in the US entertained a proposal that there be a $2 tax on every act of sexual intercourse in the State.

Widows in equatorial Africa actually wear sackcloth and ashes when attending a funeral.

The 'Hundred Years War' lasted 116 years.

The British did not release the body of Napoleon Bonaparte to the French until twenty days after his death.

Admiral Lord Nelson was less than 1.6 metres tall.

John Glenn, the American who first orbited the Earth, was showered with 3,529 tonnes of ticker tape when he got back.

Native American Indians used to name their children after the first thing they saw as they left their tepees subsequent to the birth. Hence such strange names as Sitting Bull and Running Water.

Catherine the First of Russia, made a rule that no man was allowed to get drunk at one of her parties before nine o'clock.

Queen Elizabeth I passed a law which forced everyone except for the rich to wear a flat cap on Sundays.

In 1969 the shares of the Australian company 'Poseidon' were worth $1, one year later they were worth $280 each.

Julius Caesar wore a laurel wreath to cover the onset of baldness.

Ernest Bevin, Minister of Labour during World War II, left school at the age of eleven.

At the age of 12, Martin Luther King became so depressed he tried committing suicide twice, by jumping out of his bedroom window.

It is illegal to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy, if your name is Mary.

The Turk's consider it considered unlucky to step on a piece of bread.

The authorities do not allow tourists to take pictures of Pygmies in Zambia.

The Dutch in general prefer their french fries with mayonnaise.

Upon the death of F.D. Roosevelt, Harry S Truman became the President of America on 12 April 1945. The initial S in the middle of his name doesn't in fact mean anything. Both his grandfathers had names beginning with 'S', and so Truman's mother didn't want to disappoint either of them.

Sir Isaac Newton was obsessed with the occult and the supernatural.

One of Queen Victoria's wedding gifts was a 3 metre diameter, half tonne cheese.

Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never phoned his wife or his mother, they were both deaf.

It was considered unfashionable for Venetian women, during the Renaissance to have anything but silvery-blonde hair.

Queen Victoria was one of the first women ever to use chloroform to combat pain during childbirth.

Peter the Great had the head of his wife's lover cut off and put into a jar of preserving alcohol, which he then ordered to be placed by her bed.

The car manufacturer Henry Ford was awarded Hitler's Grand Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle. Henry Ford was the inventor of the assembly line, and Hitler used this knowledge of the assembly line to speed up production, and to create better and interchangeable products.

Atilla the Hun is thought to have been a dwarf.

The warriors tribes of Ethiopia used to hang the testicles of those they killed in battle on the ends of their spears.

On 15 April 1912 the SS Titanic sunk on her maiden voyage and over 1,500 people died. Fourteen years earlier a novel was published by Morgan Robertson which seemed to foretell the disaster. The book described a ship the same size as the Titanic which crashes into an iceberg on its maiden voyage on a misty April night. The name of Robertson's fictional ship was the Titan.

There are over 200 religious denominations in the United States.

Eau de Cologne was originally marketed as a way of protecting yourself against the plague.

Charles the Simple was the grandson of Charles the Bald, both were rulers of France.

Theodor Herzi, the Zionist leader who was born on May 2 1860, once had the astonishing idea of converting Jews to Christianity as a way of combating anti-Semitism.

The women of an African tribe make themselves more attractive by permanently scaring their faces.

Augustus II, the Elector of Saxony and King of Poland seemed to have a prodigious sexual appetite, and fathered hundreds of illegitimate children during his lifetime.

Some moral purists in the Middle Ages believed that women's ears ought to be covered up because the Virgin May had conceived a child through them.

Hindus don't like dying in bed, they prefer to die beside a river.

While at Havard University, Edward Kennedy was suspended for cheating on a Spanish exam.

It is a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.

The Emperor Caligula once decided to go to war with the Roman God of the sea, Poseidon, and ordered his soldiers to throw their spears into the water at random.

The Ecuadorian poet, José Olmedo, has a statue in his honour in his home country. But, unable to commission a sculptor, due to limited funds, the government brought a second-hand statue .. Of the English poet Lord Byron.

In 1726, at only 7 years old, Charles Sauson inherited the post of official executioner.

Sir Winston Churchill rationed himself to 15 cigars a day.

On 7 January 1904 the distress call 'CQD' was introduced. 'CQ' stood for 'Seek You' and 'D' for 'Danger'. This lasted only until 1906 when it was replaced with 'SOS'.

Though it is forbidden by the Government, many Indians still adhere to the caste system which says that it is a defilement for even the shadow of a person from a lowly caste to fall on a Brahman ( a member of the highest priestly caste).

In parts of Malaya, the women keep harems of men.

The childrens' nursery rhyme 'Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses' actually refers to the Black Death which killed about 30 million people in the fourteenth-century.

The word 'denim' comes from 'de Nimes', Nimes being the town the fabric was originally produced.

During the reign of Elizabeth I, there was a tax put on men's beards.

Idi Amin, one of the most ruthless tyrants in the world, before coming to power, served in the British Army.

Some Eskimos have been known to use refrigerators to keep their food from freezing.

It is illegal to play tennis in the streets of Cambridge.

Custer was the youngest General in US history, he was promoted at the age of 23.

It costs more to send someone to reform school than it does to send them to Eton.

The American pilot Charles Lindbergh received the Service Cross of the German Eagle form Hermann Goering in 1938.

The active ingredient in Chinese Bird's nest soup is saliva.

Marie Currie, who twice won the Nobel Prize, and discovered radium, was not allowed to become a member of the prestigious French Academy because she was a woman.

It was quite common for the men of Ancient Greece to exercise in public .. naked.

John Paul Getty, once the richest man in the world, had a payphone in his mansion.

Iceland is the world's oldest functioning democracy.

Adolf Eichmann (responsible for countless Jewish deaths during World war II), was originally a travelling salesman for the Vacuum Oil Co. of Austria.

The national flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte.

The Matami Tribe of West Africa play a version of football, the only difference being that they use a human skull instead of a more normal ball.

John Winthrop introduced the fork to the American dinner table for the first time on 25 June 1630.

Elizabeth Blackwell, born in Bristol, England on 3 February 1821, was the first woman in America to gain an M.D. degree.

Abraham Lincoln was shot with a Derringer.

The great Russian leader, Lenin died 21 January 1924, suffering from a degenerative brain disorder. At the time of his death his brain was a quarter of its normal size.

When shipped to the US, the London bridge ( thought by the new owner to be the more famous Tower Bridge ) was classified by US customs to be a 'large antique'.

Sir Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' cloakroom after his mother went into labour during a dance at Blenheim Palace.

In 1849, David Atchison became President of the United States for just one day, and he spent most of the day sleeping.

Between the two World War's, France was controlled by forty different governments.

The 'Crystal Palace' at the Great Exhibition of 1851, contained 92 900 square metres of glass.

It was the custom in Ancient Rome for the men to place their right hand on their testicles when taking an oath. The modern term 'testimony' is derived from this tradition.

Sir Winston Churchill's mother was descended from a Red Indian.

The study of stupidity is called 'monology'.

Hindu men believe(d) it to be unluckily to marry a third time. They could avoid misfortune by marring a tree first. The tree ( his third wife ) was then burnt, freeing him to marry again.

More money is spent each year on alcohol and cigarettes than on Life insurance.

In 1911 3 men were hung for the murder of Sir Edmund Berry at Greenbury Hill, their last names were Green, Berry , and Hill.

A firm in Britain sold fall-out shelters for pets.

During the seventeen century , the Sultan of Turkey ordered his entire harem of women drowned, and replace with a new one.

Lady Astor once told Winston Churchill 'if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee'. His reply …' if you were my wife, I would drink it ! '.

There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos.

The Great Pyramid of Giza consists of 2,300,000 blocks each weighing 2.5 tons.

On 9 February 1942, soap rationing began in Britain.

Paul Revere was a dentist.

The Budget speech on April 17 1956 saw the introduction of Premium Savings Bonds into Britain. The machine which picks the winning numbers is called "Ernie", an abbreviation, which stands for' electronic random number indicator equipment'.

Chop-suey is not a native Chinese dish, it was created in California by Chinese immigrants.

The Russian mystic, Rasputin, was the victim of a series of murder attempts on this day in 1916. The assassins poisoned, shot and stabbed him in quick succession, but they found they were unable to finish him off. Rasputin finally succumbed to the ice-cold waters of a river.

Bonnie Prince Charlie, the leader of the Jacobite rebellion to depose of George II of England, was born 31 December 1720. Considered a great Scottish hero, he spent his final years as a drunkard in Rome.

The Liberal Prime Minister, William Gladstone, was born of the 29th December 1809. Apparently, as a result of his strong Puritan impulses, Gladstone kept a selection of whips in his cellar with which he regularly chastised himself.

A parthenophobic has a fear of virgins.

South American gauchos were known to put raw steak under their saddles before starting a day's riding, in order to tenderise the meat.

There are 240 white dots in a Pacman arcade game.

In 1939 the US political party 'The American Nazi Party' had 200,000 members.

King Solomon of Israel had about 700 wives as well as hundreds of mistresses.

Urine was once used to wash clothes.

North American Indian, Sitting Bull, died on 15 December 1890. His bones were laid to rest in North Dakota, but a business group wanted him moved to a 'more natural' site in South Dakota. Their campaign was rejected so they stole the bones, and they now reside in Sitting Bull Park, South Dakota.

St Nicholas, the original Father Christmas, is the patron saint of thieves, virgins and communist Russia.

Dublin is home of the Fairy Investigation Society.

Fourteen million people were killed in World War I, twenty million died in a flu epidemic in the years that followed.

People in Siberia often buy milk frozen on a stick.

Princess Ann was the only competitor at the 1976 Montreal Olympics that did not have to undergo a sex test.

Ethelred the Unready, King of England in the Tenth-century, spent his wedding night in bed with his wife and his mother-in-law.

Coffins which are due for cremation are usually made with plastic handles.

Blackbird, who was the chief of Omaha Indians, was buried sitting on his favourite horse.

The two highest IQ's ever recorded (on a standard test) both belong to women.

The Tory Prime Minister, Benjamin Disreali, was born 21 December 1804. He was noted for his oratory and had a number of memorable exchanges in the House with his great rival William Gladstone. Asked what the difference between a calamity and a misfortune was Disreali replied: 'If Gladstone fell into the Thames it would be a misfortune, but if someone pulled him out again, it would be a calamity'.

The Imperial Throne of Japan has been occupied by the same family for the last thirteen hundred years.

In the seventeenth-century a Boston man was sentenced to two hours in the stocks for obscene behaviour, his crime, kissing his wife in a public place on a Sunday.

President Kaunda of Zambia once threatened to resign if his fellow countrymen didn't stop drinking so much alcohol.

Due to staggering inflation in the 1920's, 4,000,000,000,000,000,000 German marks were worth 1 US dollar.

Gorgias of Epirus was born during preparation of his mothers funeral.

The city of New York contains a district called 'Hell's Kitchen'.

The city of Hiroshima left the Industrial Promotion Centre standing as a monument the atomic bombing.

During the Medieval Crusades, transporting bodies off the battlefield for burial was a major problem, this was solved by carrying a huge cauldron into the Holy wars, boiling down the bodies, and taking only the bones with them.

A ten-gallon hat holds three-quarters of a gallon.

George Washington grew marijuana in his garden.

Friday, July 27, 2007

The Secret of Life

If you, like many other people, are anxious because you do not know what you are supposed to do with your life, if you are looking into mysticism, the occult, metaphysics, and so forth trying to find out what your purpose in life is, then look no further. There is a reason why you were put on this planet, it's for the same reason we are all here, to be happy. Plain and simple, no 4 page explanation digging into quantum physics or exploring the prophecies of the Mayan calendar.

You are living right now and I guarantee eventually you won't be. This means that for a limited time you can do stuff and I recommend FUN STUFF!!

We are designed by nature to pursue pleasure and happiness. When we do something we consider good like aceing a test, we get a rush adrenaline, we feel pumped, we smile, we begin to exude confidence, we feel good, we are HAPPY. On the other hand, if we find out our significant other is being unfaithful, we feel cheated, enraged, we bow our heads, we cry, we lament, we are SAD. This is our body's response to external stimuli, and as we can all tell, our bodies want good things to happen to us, which is why it rewards us with all these awesome feelings. On the other hand it punishes us, if you will, with negative emotions when “bad” things happen, this is to deter us from doing them and to have us minimize the chances of having them occur.

There are 2 kinds of happiness: Temporary, derived from pleasure, like sex, drugs, food and the like and Long term, comes slowly with time. The big difference between these two is quite simple: Temporary happiness is produced by dopamine which is quickly broken down in the body, so when you have your favorite meal, you feel absolutely great until a few minutes after your done. Then you feel pretty much the same as you did before eating.Long term happiness is what endorphins produce, and you get this when you have worked for something and finally get it, like finishing med school or being a good parent, this happiness can last a lifetime.

Both these happinesses are great and we should get as much of both as possible, here are 10 easy steps to help you archive happinesses:

  1. Enjoy life, it's doesn't matter if you are a US soldier in Irak or an heir to the throne, you CAN make the best out of all situations if you try hard enough. There are plenty of stories of kids and adults having “fun” in extermination camps during the Nazi regime, it's all in your head.

  2. Laugh and smile as much as you can, be happy, remember it comes from within, you have the amazing ability to “create” happiness out of nothing.

  3. Have goals, it doesn't matter if they are easy or hard, short term or long term, we are happier when we have things to look forward to.

  4. Lead a healthy life, this encompasses a natural balanced diet, exercise and overall healthy lifestyle, your body will reward you for it, you'll feel much better when you are in shape.

  5. Have faith, you can be an Atheist, a Christian or Muslim, whatever you are will do, so long as you believe in something and feel that love, regardless of where it comes from if you believe it, it's there.

  6. Make others happy, when you make people around you happy, it makes you even happier, try it, tell a really good joke to a group of friends, you'll be glad you did.

  7. Avoid negative thoughts, these thoughts turn into negative feelings which defeat out main goal which is feeling good.

  8. Be gratefully, no matter how bad your situation is, it's usually much better than that of many other folks, so be thankful for small blessings, they tend to add up!!

  9. Love your life, love everything about it, your bed, your, house your wife (yes even her!!) your body, your family, your friends, the trees, the pets, EVERYTHING, when you love you ARE happy.

  10. Don't waste time, you are here for a limited amount of seconds, seize the day, don't let your mind wander, you NEED to be happy, allowing your mind to fly away and not make you feel good is not time well spent.

I hope these tips to the trick and remember, you DO have the power to be happy, USE it!!

BS quotes and then some.

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Reality is an illusion that occurs due to lack of alcohol. Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact. Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life. The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk, they're sober. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.

At lunch time, sit in your parked car and point a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down. The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense. No elected body is the country, we are the country. You and me. Us. It can only stay that way as long as we care to keep it so. A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. Page yourself over the intercom. Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. Yesterday is a dream, tomorrow but a vision. Ask people what sex they are to be sure. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore to this day. Please remember that Beer 6.1 is a very bad program that will create SnoringLoudly.WAV files. Everything has been figured out, except how to live. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that. It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.

I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it. All right, Brain, I don't like you and you don't like me -- so let's just do this and I'll get back to killing you with beer. Always ask people what sex they are. Some books fill a much-needed gap. Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being. I've had a wonderful time, but this wasn't it. I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher. Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world. A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.

Touch is the most fundamental sense. A baby experiences it, all over, before he is born and long after he learns to use sight, hearing, or taste, and no human ever ceases to need it. Keep your children short on pocket money - but long on hugs. Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you. Not because they are nice, but because you are. Life is a waste of time, time is a waste of life, so get wasted all of the time and have the time of your life. The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist fears this is true. Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it's their fault. While we are postponing, life speeds by. Don't be so humble - you are not that great. You can widen your life by yourself, but to deepen it you need a friend. Each encounter that becomes a friendship turns into a lifeline. One can never have too many, only too many to properly take care of. I personally recommend Hot Food 3.0 and Single Malt Scotch 4.5 combined with applications such as that old stand-by...Lingerie 6.9 (which has been credited with improved performance of his hardware). A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. The quality of the moment is more important than the number of our days. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines. Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. Reply to everything someone says with, "That's what you think." When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks. Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose. Put your garbage can on your desk and label it "IN." My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher. Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks. If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose. Who so loves believes the impossible Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us. Develop an unnatural fear of staplers. Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it. Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg. When ideas fail, words come in very handy. There are two ways of constructing a software design; one way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult. Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life. Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance Reality is an illusion that occurs due to lack of alcohol. When you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. If you are going through hell, keep going. Luck is the residue of design. Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours. In the memo field of all your checks, write 'for sexual favors. A witty saying proves nothing. Touch is the most fundamental sense. A baby experiences it, all over, before he is born and long after he learns to use sight, hearing, or taste, and no human ever ceases to need it. Keep your children short on pocket money - but long on hugs. Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.

Facts are the enemy of truth. From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it. When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. Anyone who considers arithmetical methods of producing random digits is, of course, in a state of sin. Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. Take away love and our earth is a tomb. 24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. Who so loves believes the impossible. This book fills a much-needed gap. There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life. Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it's their fault. The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'. Time is never wasted when you're wasted all the time. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy. Solitude, if rightly used, becomes not only a privilege but a necessity. Only a superficial soul fears to fraternize with itself. Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems. If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer shoot out your nose. The difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'. Did i repeat my BS again. Who knows what BS is, unless they see it. Seeing is believing.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

What Goes Around Comes Around

This short story says it all, what goes around DOES come around.


His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."
"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.
"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.
"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
"I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of." And that he did.

Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill ....... His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.
Someone once said: What goes around comes around.

Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching. Sing like nobody's listening. Live like it's Heaven on Earth.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Ten Ways to Improve Your Quality of Life

Greetings all,

I came across this very interesting article, it's short and to the point, definitely worth a read!

10 ways to improve your quality of life.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Stop Smoking

We ALL know smoking is bad for you. It's the leading cause of many different types of cancers and let's face it, it's disgusting, it smells bad, it stinks up your hair, hands, clothes, the air you breathe.

Smoking is an addiction, the smoker derives pleasure from smoking, it's plain and simple. Upon taking that initial puff, Dopamine receptors are activated, the person feels good, relaxed; this is why some smokers can become very aggressive an intolerant towards non-smokers who protest when they light one up; they feel that the non smoker is selfishly preventing them from acquiring pleasure, when the truth is that the person is simply protecting his/her health.

Based on some knowledge on the subject of addiction and common sense I devised an almost fail-proof formula to help you to quit smoking; its all-natural, drug-free and requires minimal effort. The only thing it DOES require is your will, you need to want to quit, you've got to truthfully and honestly want to quit, anything less than 100% commitment won't do.

I've had a few people try this, all but one has quit for good, the one that quit and got hooked again is bipolar, needles to say, she required extra attention.

Anyways, first thing is first: “do you want to quit?” do you want to live and extra 20 to 30 years (if you are a regular smoker, you can cut your lifespan by as many as 40 years!!) Wanna see the daughter get married? your son graduate? Would you like to improve your quality of life? be able to walk a flight of stairs with out gasping for air, maintain a healthy lifestyle, not have to hide the smell in your car and apartment, etc.? Want to feel that your life is NOT controlled by a little “cancer stick”? If you answered YES and feel the need to stop smoking, for yourself as well as for your family then read on, if not, click on one of the Google ads to your right a good luck!
So you decided to quit?, good for you, I'm glad to help. My method is remarkably simple and easy to follow, it will never be patented, it won't make a pharmaceutical company any richer, there are no drugs, patches, special gadget or things to buy. This is about helping you quit, not making a buck, Karma is better than money.

Let's say you smoke a pack of 20 a day, I recommend you keep doing that for 2 more days, on the 3rd day after reading this, buy your pack of 20 open it and quickly throw one in the trash, go on with your day and smoke your 19 cigs. After 4 days of doing this (throwing 1 a day) go up a level and throw 2.

Remember, buy your pack, quickly open it and throw the 2 cigs away and then smoke normally. Keep doing this, remember to stay anywhere from 2 to 4 days smoking the same amount before going up a level. This will prevent your body from manifesting any withdrawal symptoms, since it will more easily adapt to a slighter lower dose, than to quitting “cold turkey”.

Keep this up and play it cool, don't comment it to your friends, don't brag about your superhuman ability to curb the cravings, lead your life as happy and normal as you can. The time will come, after a few months, where you will be smoking one cigarette every few days and one day your body, after slowly detoxifying itself all this time, will reward you, you will dread having to smoke that one cigarette. The taste will be repulsive, the smell will make you nauseous, your body WILL rebel against the poison! And congratulations!! you will have triumphed against the most worthy of adversaries, YOURSELF!

This method works, it's almost too easy to think it works, but it is worth trying, you have nothing to loose and a few decades to win.

One thing,please keep in mind that your emotional state will influence your results, so if you are down to 5 cigs a day and your spouse dies (god forbid) chances are you WILL go back to 20 cigs a day if not higher. This does not mean you're weak and should resolve to lead a half life as a smoker, give yourself time to resolve your emotional issues and then get back on the horse.
In the case of smokers Quitters never quit. On average, a smokers tries to quit up to 6 times before quitting for good (using nicotine patches, special filters etc.) This method works medium to long term and since it works naturally with your body it's close to 100% effective.

I hope this post has been of some help, feel free to let me know what you think.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Proper Workout

We all know the importance of working out to ensure adequate health and well being, not to mention the psychological benefits of exercise, there’s plenty of documentation on this.

I recently began training with a friend of a friend who happens to be a Jiu-Jitsu, instructor.
Now, I was not really expecting much from a guy who states that you can’t work out more than 3 times a week and that these workouts should last no more than 45 minutes in the gym. In my head, this was impossible, you NEED to stress your muscles in order for them to grow, what he was proposing was just too little. However, he has a very athletic physique with minimal body fat, so I figured I’d train with him just to see if the whole thing worked.

The first day, I was impressed, he quickly pointed out how my form was all wrong, I had NO idea, doing the exercise in the “Proper form” kept me from using the weight I regularly use, we did Dumbbell Presses (both flat and inclined) combined with Parallel Chin Ups and Seated Rows. At the end of the work out I was DEAD! I could barely breathe; I was sweating like a piece of meat on a barbecue grill. I also had an incredible pump; this was one of the first times in a long while where I felt like a really worked out in every possible sense!

Since then, I’ve been following the man’s advice; I look and feel much stronger as I’ve strengthened my body’s core. I FEEL GREAT!

We should pay more attention to how we exercise; I totally recommend training with a Certified Instructor, heck, if you can afford it, try a Sports Medicine doctor, you can get the most of your time at the gym and get the results you want in a more effective manner.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Fear of Death

I was talking to a friend today and she spoke of her worst fear: “death”. She mentioned how the thought of dying would cripple her with freight; this is, in my view, kind of bizarre, since we are ALL going to die, yes, even you!!! And we don’t have an expiration date either, we can die in the next few hours, it’s a real possibility, maybe not highly likely but still possible.

I told her: “Let’s suppose you were born with an expiration date and you knew you were going to live for 73 years, 6 months, 2 weeks, 6 days, 14 hours, 35 minutes and 16 seconds. Would it make sense to spend ALL of this time dreading the inevitable, knowing that the moment of your death is unavoidable? The answer is a resounding HECK NO!! you’re going to want to live those years to the limit, have as many strong emotions as you can, get pleasure from life, not worry about anything, enjoy the little things, the big ones, all of them!! You want to be able to say your life was worth living, that you were happy, made a difference in people’s lives, you were loved, admired and respected and those you left behind are sad, but content knowing you lived life the way it was meant to be lived. This would give you such a great sense of peace and well being, that you will see death for what it is, the natural culmination of one’s existence.”

She was brought about, I guess she was just expecting me to ridicule her for having such a childish fear, but no, it’s natural to be afraid of death, we are programmed to live, we are instinctively prepared to survive, death is the last option in our mind’s and body’s design.

So I asked her: “when you play a game, let’s say basketball, you play to win and sometimes you do others you don’t, either way the game ends. That’s life, a game, win or loose, it ends, so let’s go out there and win it!! Let’s make the best out of this game and WIN, let’s be prosperous and happy, so that once the games DOES end you can quickly look back and say like Sinatra: I did it my way…..

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Was Man Meant To Be a Vegetarian?

There has always been a great dilemma with vegetarians, they are known to have lower incidence of cancers, CVD, diabetes, lower rates of obesity, etc. Many people also love the idea of veganism, because of animal rights, peace, love and all that "tree-hugging-hippy-crap."

Personally, I went vegan for almost a year, I admit feeling pretty good, very "light", there was, however, one setback; I lost a lot of muscle, nearly 15lbs worth.

My cousin is a MD and amateur bodybuilder, he gave me the low down, you can have the same positive benefits of vegetarianism, by simply eating smart, mainly low carb. I’m not going to go very deep on this; rather, I took the liberty of posting this link with an article written by Mr. Ron Koslov, from Read more about him here.


Is Man Vegetarian Or Carnivorous?

Sunday, March 4, 2007

The Story of John

This blog has a mission; there is a reason why am writing this and it’s is that I’ve been noticing how so many people are living their lives in such a way that they are either miserable or not nearly as happy as they could be. If you ask any person the following question: "what’s more important? health or money?" you will unequivocally get a 100% response rate of "health, money’s no good if you can’t enjoy it" or “I’d much rather be poor and healthy that rich and sick.” It is a no-brainer; health comes first, no doubt. Now, being this the case, why do we act like the answer is the complete opposite?

If health is SO important, why do we sleep less in order to stay up late in order to finish a project that will provide us with more money? Why do we subject our bodies to the extreme stresses of modern life? It’s to make money, isn’t it? We do a lot of hurtful things to our bodies and minds, all in the name of the almighty dollar.

Money does not equal happiness, most people know this, but few actually believe it. Benjamin Franklin said: “Money has never made a man happy, nor will it; there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.”
We should keep this in mind every time we sacrifice something as important as our health for wealth.

Classic example, I have a dear friend, let’s call him “John”. As a young man he was probably medium to low class, he was a attending an upper middle class high school, since his father was a very wealthy man. He (john’s father) married his mom before he made his money, once he did, he divorced her and went out and sought greener pastures
John had feelings of inadequacy, struggling to fit in with his wealthier friends and also having a bad case of “divorced parents syndrome,” you know, when the child feels his father did not love him and left, so he’s got to try to make the old man accept him and win his approval.

John was a great guy, smart, decent, well-spoken and very respectful, he always had flower for the girls and kept a relatively low profile, everyone liked him. Later on, in college his almost estranged father decided to have his oldest son (John) help out in his thriving company. This was a great chance for John to rise economically and also to earn daddy’s acceptance and trust.

He worked and learned as much as possible, this was the most important thing for him and he did it well, with hard work, help of his dad and a few strokes of luck he eventually became President his dad’s company, he was admired and respected by pretty much everyone that knew him, even those that didn’t. Then, The pressures of “being on top” started building, all those stressful meetings, sleepless nights in front of a laptop, countless hours on the cell phone began to take their toll.

He had gained a considerably amount of weight too, John, who used to love basketball, cycling and weight training in school, had gone from a semi athletic to a pear shape. His sleep pattern was severely disrupted, he would sometimes go 48 hours with only 3 or 4 hours of real sleep, his mood had also changed, he became very cranky and was no longer as well-liked, he yelled at clients, suppliers, employees, friends, girlfriends, even family.
He seemed to have lost touch with reality. He had turned indiscreet and irrational. Sometimes he would talk for hours and not make any sense whatsoever. He would brag so much people stopped believing a word he said.

One day he woke up in pain and went to the hospital, stress and bad diet had exerted their toll, he had to be operated on for an inguinal hernia and intestinal complications. After the surgery his doctor looked at his blood test results and told him that he needed to relax and improve his diet.

He also added that John should not work for at least a month.

Just 3 days after leaving the hospital, he was back on the job, this time even crazier than before, with greater mood swings and an uncontrollable temper. Eventually, he lost it, in a stakeholder meeting he snapped at one of the main stakeholders of the company he presided, his own uncle!! This was far too much, so he was forced to resign. This story does not end here; he is still jumping around as a minor stake holder and making people hate him more each day.

Now, what happened to John?

Two things: one, he needed and still needs desperately to win his father’s approval and this will not change since he will never feel he has truly earned it and two, he wanted money, lots of it, his health is just an innocent bystander as far as he’s concerned, he can’t go to the gym, there’s no time!, he can’t take a walk in the park or even turn off his cell phone, he’s stuck where he is and will inevitably hit a another wall.

John’s story is an ongoing one; it has served as the story that has driven me to write this blog. He is NOT happy, he is making lots of money but there’s no bliss.

He is unaware that, if he would chose so, he could be very happy, with his work, friends, family and most importantly, himself!

Stay tuned, you will eventually learn how to improve the quality of your life without the use of any drugs. You WILL be truly happy as long as you life.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

This Blog´s Mission

The reason I created this blog, is to help people from all over experience the sheer joy of living life to the fullest. This entails that awesome feeling of bliss, it means always feeling good yourself, always being greatfull for all the wonderfull blessing bestowed upon us and being able to make the very best out of ANY negative situation.

If I can help one person, my job here would be done.