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The World gets its tallest man

08 July 2005 - 03:37 AM

A Mongolian man, Xi Shun, has been officially recognised as the tallest man alive, standing at 7ft 8.95 inches or 2m 38.1cm.

The 54-year-old farmer, who belongs to the remote of Inner Mongolia, has surpassed the previous record holder by just five hundredths of an inch.

Xi, whose mother only stands at 5ft 2 inches tall, started to shoot up in his teens.

"He's an incredibly exciting find", The Mirror quoted a Guinness World Record spokesman as saying.

Source: http://hindustantimes.com/news/181_1423825,0005.htm

One more attack on a Hindu shrine

07 July 2005 - 03:47 AM


Rakesh Sarang
July 6, 2005

I am outraged. One more attack on a Hindu shrine and once again we have people blaming Hindus themselves for it! Once again we have a bunch of people calling to abandon the efforts to build a Ram temple at the site in Ayodhya because terrorists don't like it! I wonder what those terrorists would be making of it when they read such comments. They must be celebrating with fellow terrorists, "yo brother, we have achieved our goal of intimidating and bending the Hindus at the cost of six of our men. A few more of these attacks, and they will even stop eating and drinking if we demand that."

Is this how we should be responding to ghastly attacks on religious places? And if some odd people blurt out such comments, should a responsible newspaper be publishing it so prominently? Let us remember how the Americans responded to the demolition of the WTC twin towers by Islamic terrorists. To send a clear signal of strength and resolve, they started building even bigger towers at that very same spot. If we go on a self-criticising, confusing, roller-coaster ride after every attack, the terrorists will be the happiest people on the earth.

There can only be one truth about this attack: it was a cowardly and dastardly attack by Islamic terrorists against a Hindu shrine. Full stop. No excuses please. Some people might object to the use of the word 'Islamic' here. But why is it that it is always the Hindu shrines and pilgrims that are attacked, whether at Ayodhya, Akshardham, Raghunath temple, or Vaishnodevi temple. Why is it that the Hajj pilgrims (Muslims) travel to Mecca without any fear - and that too with the luxury of Government subsidy - while the Amarnath pilgrims (Hindus) have to reach their shrine amidst heavy security cover?

This string of attacks against Hindus cannot be allowed to continue for ever. It is high time we Hindus loudly demanded the right to live peacefully and with dignity. If the Government fails to provide us that, Hindus will eventually be forced to fight the battle in their own way.

source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/7700_0,0093.htm

Inspiring Thing

11 June 2005 - 03:37 AM

Every one of us, unconsciously, works out a personal philosophy of life, by which we are guided, inspired, and corrected, as time goes on. It is this philosophy by which we measure out our days, and by which we advertise to all about us the man, or woman, that we are. . . . It takes but a brief time to scent the life philosophy of anyone. It is defined in the conversation, in the look of the eye, and in the general mien of the person. It has no hiding place. It's like the perfume of the flower Eunseen, but known almost instantly. It is the possession of the successful, and the happy. And it can be greatly embellished by the absorption of ideas and experiences of the useful of this earth.

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Say 'sorry' for a longer marriage

02 June 2005 - 03:44 AM

Say 'sorry' for a longer marriage

A British couple who hold the world record for the longest marriage said on Wednesday their success was down to a glass of whisky, a glass of sherry and the word "sorry."

Percy and Florence Arrowsmith married on June 1, 1925 and will celebrate their 80th anniversary on Wednesday.

The Guinness World Records said on Tuesday the couple held the title for the longest marriage and also for the oldest married couple's aggregate age.

"I think we're very blessed," Florence, 100, told the BBC. "We still love one another, that's the most important part."

Asked for their secret, Florence said you must never be afraid to say "sorry."

"You must never go to sleep bad friends," she said, while Percy, 105, said his secret to marital bliss was just two words: "yes dear."

The couple have three children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and are planning a party soon.

"I like sherry at lunch time and whisky at night and I'm looking forward very much to my party," said Florence.

Article source: http://hindustantimes.com/news/181_1384216,001100020002.htm

Grasping metaphors linked to a specific brain area

31 May 2005 - 03:46 AM

Grasping metaphors linked to a specific brain area

Are you unable to make sense of proverbs and metaphors? The fault may lie with a defective or damaged left angular gyrus region of your brain, says Vilayanur S Ramachandran, director of the Centre for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego.

The finding, presented at the American Psychological Society’s annual meeting in Los Angeles on Friday, may fill one of the many grey areas in understanding the human brain.

“While it would be premature to conclude that the angular gyrus is the ‘metaphor centre’ of the human brain, we suggest that the evolution of the dominant angular gyrus contributed enormously to the evolution of many quintessentially human abilities, including metaphorical — and other abstract thinking,” he says.

As part of his research, reported by Scientific American, a set of four volunteers who had experienced damage to the left angular gyrus region of their brains due to stroke or tumour were put through intensive comprehension tests.

All the volunteers were fluent in English, intelligent, mentally lucid and able to engage in normal conversations. But, when confronted with figures of speech, they were clueless. Ramachandran and his colleagues found their interpretations were completely off the mark.

When asked for the meanings of common proverbs and metaphors such as “the grass is always greener on the other side”, “reaching for the stars” or “all that glitters is not gold”, the volunteers tended to interpret them literally.

One of them, a former physician of good standing, got all the 20 proverbs wrong. When “all that glitters is not gold” was put to him, he came up with the explanation that one should be careful while buying jewellery as the sellers could make a fast buck.

“Any monkey can reach for a peanut, but only a human can reach for the stars or even understand what that means,” remarks Ramachandran, who has been named by Newsweek magazine as a member of its “Century Club” — a hundred most prominent people to watch in the 21st century.

article source: hindustantimesDOTcom