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Sunday, 30 November 2008

Why wrap e'm up

I was at work a while ago and a group of kids came in to the store they were ranging from about 7 to 12 years old and there was about 6 of them and they were just looking around the store innocently but they caught my atention when I heard one of them saying to the rest of them "I'm getting a Xbox 360 for christmas and that game and that game and I'm getting 500 pounds to spend." Then his friend said " I'm gonna ask my mom for this game for christmas."

The group went silent for a minute as the walked over to the Playstation section Then what looked to be the youngest of them all says to his friends "I've got that game and that one and for christmas I'm getting them two games for christmas.

Then they all left the store and I remember thinking to my self why even wrap the christmas gifts seems to me they know what they are getting anyways. I remember when I was younger I never even had a clue what I was gonna get for christmas until I ripped open the wrapping paper.

I knew what I would have liked and afew times that's what I got But My christmas gifts were alway top secret. In my opinion half the fun of christmas was trying to guess what I would have got even if I was mostly wrong but thats the fun.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Thankful thursday

This is thankful thusday

A blog Idea that My beautiful Jenn come up with and it is a list of things that you are greatful for so here is mine

The things that I'm thankful for are

I'm thankful for the most beautiful woman in the world My Jenn who love more than anything.

I'm also thankful for many hours I have been given at work this week wich will give me more money to get to my Jenn.

I'm thankful that I have good health and a good life compared to those who go without food or water or the every day things that I somtimes take for granted.

I'm thankful for my mother even though she nags alot.

I'm so thankful that me and my Jenn have been given the strenght to endure any challenge that comes our way.

I'm greatful that we found eachother and Im thankful that I have such a wonderful woman who will always stand by me and support me through thick and thin I am so lucky to have found my Jenn and I'm greatful every day for that

So theres my list of thankful for this week.

Myths and legends true or false Thanks giving special

This legend follows how Thanksgiving all started and I should find this one rather intresting also. Without further a do lets get started.

Ok so the tradition of thanksgiving has been a American holiday for such a long time now but what made it a American holiday where did it all begin.?

To findout we need to go to the year 1621 when a group of pilgrims had a great havesting season and decided to celebrate by having a large feast. but however this large feast was not officialy repeated until half a cetury later in 1676 when the govenor of Bradford proclaimed a second day of thanks . so how could this posibly be called the begining of Thanks giving?

The second of the feasts wasn't even considerd a Thanks giving feast by the pilgrims or colonists
infact these religious radicals had been driven in to exile and a day of thanksgiving and praying could be done any day they felt it was needed.

Actualy the second day of thanksgiving in the usa was celebrated by the dutch govoner of manhatan in 1642 Offering thanks for the first scalp bounty wich was later to include bounty for natives fit to be sold as slaves.

The Governor at the time, William Bradford, was quick to recognize the problem. This excerpt from his diary, written in the 1620s, explains all:

The failure of this experiment of communal service, which was tried...by good and honest men proves the emptiness of the theory of Plato and other ancients, applauded by some of later times, - that the taking away of private property, and possession of it in community, by a commonwealth would make a state happy and flourishing...For in this instance, community of property (so far as it went) was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment which would have been to the general benefit and comfort.

So every family was assigned a parcel of land according to the proportion of their number...It made all hands very industrious, so that much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been...and gave far better satisfaction.

Thankful for the re-institution of private property and the plenty which it provided, the Pilgrims invited their benefactors in 1621 to a three-day celebration. More than 80 "Indians" came to enjoy the festivities. They brought venison, wild turkey and other victuals. There was much singing, rejoicing and even sermons.

Thanksgiving itself is reminiscent of other harvest-time celebrations in Europe. It's character there as well as in America is deeply religious. The idea is that we thank God for the plenty of the harvest. Of course, over the years the holiday has been secularized somewhat. It is even commonly called "Turkey Day".

The first Thanksgiving in Plymouth was not meant to be an annual event. Even so, it became a custom in many New England Colonies. During the Revolutionary war Thanksgiving Days were proclaimed to celebrate victory in battle or survival in the face of adversity. After the war and the founding of the government under the U.S. Constitution, George Washington, as President, proclaimed a day of thanks.

Proclaiming a day of thanks became popular. There was no official national day, but individual states, cities and towns began to pick out a particular day every year, usually in the autumn. The state of New York was the first to do this in 1830. By the time of the Civil War thanksgiving had become a popular public event. In 1863 and 1864 President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a "day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father."

It was at this point that the last Thursday in November became fixed in the minds of Americans as a day for giving thanks, at least until 1939 when President Roosevelt moved it up a week to make a longer Christmas season for the retail industry. Some people did not like the break with tradition and various localities refused to comply. Finally, Congress intervened and changed the holiday permanently to the "4th Thursday in November". It has been celebrated on this day ever since.

so I guess that explains it for now but what is it that carrys the traditon on

It's the great american people who know that life is a blessing and we should be thankful for every thing that is great in our life

So I guess that is how the legend began and dont just be thankful on one day be thankful every day life is the greatest gift of all and we live it every day so be thankful every day.


Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Scary optics

devilish women

Frightened? Of a lady in mirror? Scary, isn't it. It's called "All is Vanity" (by Charles Allan Gilbert).
scary illusion - skull and mirror

Can you see the hidden skull (by Istvan Orosz).
hidden skull

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide scary illusion.
Step away from your computer screen. You should see the two faces swap over! Come closer to the screen again and they swap again. Spooky, isn't it. This hybrid image was created by Phillippe G. Schyns and Aude Oliva of the Univ. of Glasgow. It proves that we may not be seeing what's actually there, all the time.
Dr. Jekyll - Mr. Hyde scary illusion

Do you see any grey dots where the black lines intersect? In fact, there is nothing.
grey dots

Follow the movement of the rotating pink dot with your eyes and the dots will remain only one color, pink. But if you stare at the black + in the center, the moving dot will turn green. (by Jeremy L. Hinton)
pink dots

If you stare at one yellow dot for a while, the other yellow dots disappear.
yellow dots

Is this really a square?

3 perfect squares.
perfect squares

Which soldier is taller?

Life's too short for the wrong job - that's the name of this great billboard campaign.
wrong job 1
wrong job 2
wrong job 3
wrong job 4
wrong job 5

Even more wierd stuff

Beautiful scene. But there is something more to it.
hidden baby

It is quite interesting that all numbers can be created by using only two numerals - 4 and 8.
84 illusion

1st Color Blindness Test - can you see a "12" on this plate?
number 12

2nd Color Blindness Test - there is a "26" on this plate.
number 26

3rd Color Blindness Test - can you trace a line from one "X" to the other?
trace a line

4th Color Blindness Test - you should see 58 (upper left), 18 (upper right), E (lower left) and 17 (lower right).
are you color blind?

There is nothing moving on the picture. (© Akiyoshi Kitaoka: Used with permission.)
no motion eye illusion

Another static picture. (© Akiyoshi Kitaoka: Used with permission.)
no motion

Motion is just an eye illusion. (© Akiyoshi Kitaoka: Used with permission.)
no motion

There is nothing moving below. (© Akiyoshi Kitaoka: Used with permission.)
no motion

Boats on the picture are not moving. It's just an eye illusion. (© Akiyoshi Kitaoka: Used with permission.)
boat race

Who do you like more - women or saxophone players?
player and woman

Are there really just flowers?
flowers and faces eye illusion

Is this really a spiral?

Are the horizontal lines parallel? (of course they are)

If you can read the following picture, then you can shout ...

bad eyes

You may read across and upright.
A-B-C or 12-13-14?

This impossible object is called "Devil's Fork" or "Schuster's Conundrum" (by D. H. Schuster)
devil's fork

Given the wood do you think you could make this?

Or this one?

A realistic photo?

Try to arrange dice like this.

Another interesting building.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Wierd stuff of the day

This one is so famous. Turn the picture upside down to see how men see women after 6 beers.
beers illusion

Can you find "the hidden tiger"? Not the obvious one that everyone sees. Look for words in stripes (by Donald Rust).
the hidden tiger

A mysterious face found on Mars. This is a real photo of the surface of Mars taken by Viking 1 in 1976.

Stare at the four black dots in the center of the image for 30 - 60 seconds. Then quickly close your eyes and look at something bright (like a lamp or a window with sunlight coming through it). You should see a white circle with an image inside it.
jesus illusion

A wonderful moving bicycle illusion. (© Akiyoshi Kitaoka: Used with permission.)

A hilarious moving curtain illusion. (© Akiyoshi Kitaoka: Used with permission.)

A nice visual illusion using perfect squares. (© Akiyoshi Kitaoka: Used with permission.)

Perfect squares one more time. (© Akiyoshi Kitaoka: Used with permission.)

Fish eating sailboats.
fish vs. sailboats

This one is a classic - no need to introduce.
classic illusion

There should be 11 faces on this picture. Average people see 4-6, sensible 8-10. The best see all 11, schizophrenics and paranoics 12 and more. And you? (don't take this one too seriously, I have even heard that there are 13 faces)
11 faces

Can you identify a face in this coffee beans pile? Take your time, it is there.
coffee illusion

Do you see some squares or rectangles? Really, this is nothing more than a bunch of lines going in every which direction, but the way our mind interprets these lines are totally different!

A perfect circle.

Even though the letters are jumbled in the following paragraph, most people have no trouble reading it!
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Have you ever noticed a hidden arrow in the FedEx logo? It stands for speed and precision. Check the space between "E" and "x".
fedex logo hidden message

Can you read the below?
west illusion

At first glance, what do you see. Could it be the word "liar" or is it something more. I would definitely give this one a second look!

This painting is called "Optical Illusion" - literally - you can read it (by John Langdon).
optical illusion ambigram

Victory or defeat? Both (by Veja Magazine).
victory or defeat

Try to say the color of the words, instead of actually reading them. You will find it surprisingly difficult. The right half of your brain is trying to say the colors, the left half is trying to say the word itself.This is used by mountaineers to test if they're concentration is ok. (by J. R. Stroop).
stroop effect

When you first look at this, how many colours do you see? Some might say they see 3 or even 4 colours, but there are 2 - red and green! People usually think they see 2 shades of red, but there is only 1. Look closely and you will notice on one side that white boxes surround the red boxes, and on the other side, green boxes do! Due to the placement of these boxes you get the "illusion" of different colours. Since white is not considered to be a colour (it is the presence of all colours in scientific terms) we can safely say that there are 2 colours present here! Still don't understand?

And as I began, the same way I end.
Ms. or Mrs. 2