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Interesting Facts!!!

  • People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because when you sneeze,your heart stops for a mili-second
  • Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales
  • Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different
  • Hot water is heavier than cold
  • Sloths take two weeks to digest their food
  • Guinea pigs and rabbits can’t sweat
  • Deer can’t eat hay
  • One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!
  • Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!
  • Earth is the only planet not named after a god
  • It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
  • The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds
  • Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue
  • An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain
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Pink Lakes In the World

Lakes… Pinkish??

It’s not just one in the row 😍

Lake Hillier, Australia

Situated on Middle Island, the water in Lake Hillier is permanently pink. Lake Hillier is a saline lake on the edge of Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago in the Goldfields-Esperance region, off the south coast of Western Australia. It is particularly notable for its pink colour. A long and thin shore divides the Southern Ocean from the lake.

Lake Retba, Senegal

Lake Retba or Lac Rose (meaning Pink Lake) lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, some 30 km (18 miles) north-east of the capital, Dakar in northwest Africa. The lake is separated from the Atlantic Ocean only by a narrow corridor of dunes, and is named for its pink waters, caused by Dunaliella salina algae. The algae produces a red pigment to assist in absorbing light, which provides energy to create ATP.

Hutt Lagoon, Australia

Unlike the first two pink lakes on this list, Hutt Lagoon on the western coast of Australia actually gets its pink color thanks to the color of algae that’s in the water. It is also a salty lake, but that’s because of the ocean water that feeds the lagoon.

Pink Lake, Australia

It’s called Pink Lake, but it only turns pink when the right mixture of salt and sunlight interact with the algae that call this lake home. It is nice, however, because the sands around the lake also take on the pink hue in different shades, giving you a unique pink/red beach rainbow that you won’t find in many places around the world.

 

Salina de Torrevieja, Spain

Torrevieja used to be a salt mining community and fishing is always an option with its location on the Mediterranean Sea. It’s also got one of the best pink lakes in the world today, even though the salt content of the lake isn’t very high. Much of the city sits on an isthmus between the Sea and the lake, providing a nice little microclimate for Torrevieja that makes it a wonderful place to visit virtually any time of year.

Dusty Rose Lake, Canada

This pink lake located in British Columbia, Canada, is quite unusual, unknown and probably unique. Yet this masterpiece in British Columbia is a marvel that draws visitors every year, although it might also be one of the most difficult pink lakes to access with its remote location.

Masazir Lake, Azerbaijan

It’s definitely the salt that makes this lake pink. The locals have commercialized this lake extensively to harvest the over 1 billion tons of salt that are in the water and surrounding ground. For added fun, there are extensive sulfur deposits in the area as well for that wonderful rotting egg smell

Quairading Pink Lake, Australia

What makes this lake unique is not that there’s a road that cuts through the middle of the lake. It’s not for the fact that it is in a fairly remote part of the country. It’s the fact that the lake generally develops two different shades of pink throughout the year because of the road passing through it. Calling it a lake, however, is a bit generous. This one might fit better in a top list of pink ponds.

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

The flamingos that call this lake home have the perfect camouflage. The color is caused by a combination of red mineral sentiments and algae in the water with a heavy concentration of borax to turn the dark red to a nice pink. It’s often quite shallow and is part of a nature preserve.

Champagne Pool, New Zealand

This geothermal pool offers a unique experience because carbon dioxide bubbles up from the bottom, reminiscent of a glass of Champagne. Although the entire pool isn’t pink, as there are a number of different colors based on the different currents and levels of bacteria, there are times of the year where there is definitely a pink hue to the waters.

 

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Thanksgiving Day!!!

Every year Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. This day was historically a religious observation to give thanks to the almighty God. People celebrate this day with a great zeal with their family and friends..

Thanksgiving Day is a time to feel gratitude for the good things in life. If we pause a moment to think what we have to thank in our life, it is absolutely true that we need to thank every good and bad things that happened to us. Thank everyone, good or bad, who has made us to be what we are today.

Like good people support and motivate us, bad attitude people teach us lesson from their behaviour. Every situation designed around us teach us, favours us, pampers us and most importantly makes us live.

Thank your family and friends for being with you and supporting you through all ups and downs, tolerating our nonsenses, motivating in our tough times, and what not?

Thank your colleagues for making your day good by supporting in every aspect inside workplace. Thank every person in your life even if they have done a very little favour to you.

We should not forget to thank the people who are with us every day helping us in some way but we don’t give much attention to them. Say, bus drivers, conductors, servers…

Let it be a perfect thanksgiving to everyone starting from God to every single human being, pets, nature and everything which makes our life more beautiful.

By the way, don’t stop reading. There is an extra benefit in being thankful 😉 It improves your overall immunity and gives us peace of mind. Spread thanks!

Thank you 🙂

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Oldest Trees in the World

Here are some the oldest living trees that has lived millions of years coming through many generations witnessing rise and fall of civilizations….

1) Old Tjikko (Sweden)

The world’s oldest tree, a 9,500-year-old Norwegian Spruce named “Old Tjikko was found after Professor Leif Kullman’s Siberian husky is in Sweden. It was discovered in 2004 by Kullman, professor of Physical Geography at Umeå University, the age of the tree was determined using carbon-14 dating.

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2) Methuselah (California)

Methuselah is a 4,848-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine in eastern California. It was sampled by Edmund Schulman and Tom Harlan in 1957. Methuselah was considered as the world’s oldest living tree for many years, until in 2012 an older bristlecone pine was discovered.

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3) Llangernyw Yew (North Wales – England)

Llangernyw, a village in Conwy County, is most renowned for the 4500 -5000 year old yew tree in the grounds of St Digain’s Church that sits in the centre of the village. The tree is fragmented and its core part has been lost, leaving several enormous offshoots. The Yew tree took root somewhere around prehistoric bronze age and is still a flourishing tree today.

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4) Zoroastrian Sarv (Iran)

The Sarv-e-abarkooh Cypress tree is located in Abarkuh, Yazd, Iran which is protected by the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran as a national natural monument. It is estimated to be over 4000 years old with a height of 25 metres and circumference of 18 metres.

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5) Fitzroya Cupressoides (Chile – South America)

It is also called as Alerce which is a coniferous tree that is the only species of the genus Fitzroya, of the cypress family. Though, many of these soaring evergreens have been recorded in the last two hundred years, but scientists have been tracking and protecting one specific tree, which is thought to be more than 3,600 years old.

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6) Patriarca da Floresta (Brazil)

Believed to be sacred, this tree is estimated to be 3000 years old. Its species is endangered due to forest clearing in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. It stands at a height of 49 meters and the diameter of this tree’s trunk is 16 meters.

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Keep Smiling…

Time to Smile!

World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. Harvey Bell, an artist created the Smiley face in 1963.World’s first Smile day held in 1999 and is continued every year from then.

Mission of World Smile Day is “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile!”

Lets celebrate the Smile Day by making the people around you smile. Also, don’t forget to pay tribute to those who keep you smiling.

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Let’s see some of the benefits of smiling:

  • Obviously, it reduces our anxiety and stress, increases productivity
  • You will look younger and attractive
  • Smile strengthens your Immune System! Stay healthy so easily 😀
  • Smile makes you more comfortable even in unfamiliar situation
  • You look trustworthy
  • It kills pain
  • Oh Wow! When you smile your brain rewires to make more positive patterns

 

Smiles from Sowmya 😉

 

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Virtual Assistance : A Boon

Your business is growing, and you are getting more busy now a days. Need someone to work in your budget? Now, it is time for you to become virtual and hire a virtual assistant.

What is a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant is a highly skilled professional who offers business support services virtually. This can consist of an individual or a team of virtual assistants with virtually meaning they are located off site and work remotely. They are independent contractors and entrepreneurs who specialize in providing an array of services such as administrative, creative, technical, and legal support.

Benefits of a Virtual Assistant

Appreciable Skill Set – Virtual assistants are highly skilled independent contractors who have had a broad range of knowledge and experience. Most virtual assistants work in a specific role, meaning they’ll understand your industry better than someone who doesn’t focus on a particular role.

Saving on Hiring a Full-Time Employee – An important advantage of using a virtual assistant for your business is the saving aspect. By working with a virtual assistant, you will save on the expense of hiring a full-time employee. This includes the amount of time and money spent on interviewing and training a new employee. This also includes the cost of employee benefits such as health insurance, employee-related benefits, and tax savings. Most importantly you pay only for the time spent on the project.

Save on Office Space – Since the contractor is virtual, they work off site. This allows you to save on expenses such as ordering a new desk and purchasing a computer. As a matter of fact, they use their own resources. So you save on the space that a new employee would incur. This is a win particularly if you happen to work remotely or independently yourself. You can work remotely and at the same time have the additional assistance you need.

Virtual Assistant Tasks And Jobs

What not? Whatever that can be done through online is offered by virtual assistants/virtual assistant services now-a-days!

How to Hire a Virtual Assistant

Now that you have a feel for what a virtual assistant is and the benefits of using one, how do you go about hiring one?

  • Few websites where you can directly select the assistant you want to work with like elance.com, freelancer.com etc.
  • There are concerns which do virtual assistance as business and can offer many services with expertise in nominal costs. Few among them are GetFriday, AskSunday etc…

Lastly, Whatever your particular need is, a virtual assistant can be a great benefit to your business.

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ISRO successfully Test launched Scramjet Engine

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on 28 August 2016 successfully test launched the Supersonic Combustion Ramjet engine, called Scramjet, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta in Andhra Pradesh.

The experimental mission aimed at realisation of an Air Breathing Propulsion System (ABPS) uses hydrogen as fuel and oxygen from the atmosphere air as the oxidiser.

Two scramjet engines were mounted alongside of a two-stage, solid fueled rocket called Advanced Technology Vehicle (ATV), which is an advanced sounding rocket. The national space agency said that its first ever experimental mission met all the specified goals. The rocket carrying Scramjet engines weighed 3277 kg at lift-off.

After a flight of about 300 seconds, the vehicle touched down in the Bay of Bengal, approximately 320 km from Sriharikota. The vehicle was successfully tracked during its flight from the ground stations at Sriharikota.

With this success, India joined the select league of four space faring nations that have demonstrated flight testing of Scramjet engines.

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Scramjet engine

A scramjet engine is an improvement over the ramjet engine as it efficiently operates at hypersonic speeds and allows supersonic combustion. Thus it is known as Supersonic Combustion Ramjet, or Scramjet.

It is a variant of a ramjet air breathing jet engine in which combustion takes place in supersonic airflow.

The scramjet engine is used only during the atmospheric phase of the rocket’s flight.

It uses the oxygen from the atmospheric air as the oxidizer and hydrogen as fuel.

Benefits of the engine

Once the new technology is adopted, the cost of satellite launches would come down significantly and heavier satellites can also be launched using smaller vehicles.

Advanced Technology Vehicle (ATV)

ATV is a two stage spin stabilised launcher with identical solid motors (based on Rohini RH560 sounding rocket) as the first as well as the second stage (booster and sustainer).

 

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These Facts  might surprise you!!!

Every full moon has a name. The one on August 18 is the Sturgeon Moon or Red Moon. (Source: Mozilla)

August has the highest percentage of births (Me too!!!)

Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries

Birds need gravity to swallow

Dreamt is the only word that ends in mt

Goldfish can see both infrared and ultraviolet light

Cats spend 66% of their life asleep

The only continent with no active volcanoes is Australia

The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English alphabet

All the blinking in one day equates to having your eyes closed for 30 minute