Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Believe me

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.

The 'Hundred Years War' lasted 116 years.

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

Henry VII was the only British King to be crowned on the battlefield.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

The national flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte.

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

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.

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 .

Between the two World Wars, France was controlled by forty different governments.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chilling news about Children

A 38-year-old Saudi man has been arrested on charges of setting up a child pornography website - Arab news


Child pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry and among the fastest growing criminal segments on the Internet according to the USA. There is a massive increase in the production and dissemination of child pornography - " in the availability, accessibility, and volume of child pornography. Child pornography on the Internet is becoming more brutal and graphic, and the number of images depicting violent abuse has risen fourfold since 2003.

About 82 percent of cases worldwide of children being sexually molested occurred in places that were supposedly safe — and some 77 percent of molesters were people whom the children trusted.

Such statistics should be a wake-up call to threats against childhood innocence, not only at home but also in kindergartens and schools where children spend so much time.

Sexual harassment results in adverse effects on the child, physically and psychologically. Molested children may turn away from the opposite sex. These children may never be able to live a normal life, especially if the molester is one of the parents. The child victim may end in becoming a molester himself when he grows up.

Harsh punishments and deterrent laws are still not in the offing. Our society is pointing an accusing finger to the West. It would be more useful to learn from the laws of the West in such cases instead of just condemning it as being a promiscuous society.

We have to enlighten our children about sexual harassment and instill in them the confidence to refuse any attempt at abusing their bodies.

Masha Allen, who was adopted at age 8 from the former Soviet Union by an American man was sexually abused for five years She testified before the United States Congress about the anguish she has suffered at the continuing circulation of the pictures of her abuse A law named for her "Masha's Law," is included in the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act passed in 2006.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Do you know ?

If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has
both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.
If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person
died as a result of wounds received in battle.
If the horse has a all four legs on the ground, the
person died of natural causes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over million descendants.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

All polar bears are left handed.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

Honey - This is the only food that doesn't spoil.

Monday, February 2, 2009

This and That

Coca-Cola was originally green.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard

You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.

Each King in a deck of playing cards represents great kings from History.

Spades - King David;
Clubs - Alexander the Great;
Hearts - Charlemagne;
Diamonds - Julius Caesar.