Tsunami Relief Fund Raising Match

Weekend is here…..so am I.

I was at work today and it was pouring badly at times, so nothing interesting happened. Southern California’s freeways are not in a good shape due to snow.

Whatever I wrote above was just random stuff. More randomness: The Bay Area’s traffic is a pain. A lot of people who live here would defy. agree with me. Most of the time I use I-80 freeway and its too bad, esp. around Berkley. Here are some pix clicked about 20 days ago. You can certainly appreciate my picture-taking-while-driving skills (the car was crawling at the speed of 0 – 10 mph)

In my last post I mentioned that I wanted to blog about keywords – Indonesia, Tsunami aid, politics. Here is the detail

Last week I heard on the radio, that donations given by people living in U.S. (not the US govt.) was the highest given by any country and was more than combined aid given by England, Germany and France (not 2 sure). I have to say that, I really appreciate that the people who re-elected the Bush are doing wonderfull job. The response has been tremendous. Other day I went to BestBuy to get ink cartridge for my new printer, I have already used all the black ink. Anyways, after I had paid, I saw a message on their Credit Card processing instrument, appealing for Tsunami Relief Donation. It was really great that even corporations are trying to help. On the other hand, US government did donate a lot (last I checked was 350 million), but it is not donating it out of sympathy or to help someone. US govt. is treating this donation as an investment, so that they can get muslims’ trust towards them.

Acc. to an article published in NY Times

“We’d be doing it regardless of religion,” Mr. Powell said. “But I think it does give the Muslim world and the rest of the world an opportunity to see American generosity, American values in action.”

Acc. to another article “Powell: Tsunami Aid May Help Fight Terror”

The United States bankrolls humanitarian relief in part “because we believe it is in the best interest of those countries and it’s in our best interest,” Powell said. “It dries up those pools of dissatisfaction that might give rise to terrorist activity.”

Politics……sigh!!

Anyways…..politicks will always remain same. Tomorrow Asia XI will play against World XI. Its a fund raising match for Tsunami relief efforts. I am also gonna buy the match to help the victims. Its just 10 bucks off willow.tv (online) or dishnetwork.com (TV). I’d get it on TV. It starts at 7.00 pm PST.

2-3 days back, I got an email from cricinfo about something very cool. Its a flash game where you can play cricket and choose to be Asian XI or World XI. I have been hooked to that game now and have been playing it since 3-4 hours. So far my best score is here.

Playing fast bowlers is too easy (may not be initially) but playing spinners is too hard. Also sometimes when spinners r bowling, the bat gets stuck and doesn’t move 😐

You can also get addicted to the game by clicking this link. Do post your highest scores or any findings.

Here are some facts for you (with my comments):

1. Chewing on gum while cutting onions can help a person from stop producing tears. Try it next time you chop onions!!!!!!!!

2. Until babies are six months old, they can breathe and swallow at the same time. Indeed convenient!

3. Offered a new pen to write with, 97% of all people will write their own name. // I do that too

4. Male mosquitoes are vegetarians. Only females bite.

5. The average person’s field of vision encompasses a 200-degree wide angle.

6. To find out if a watermelon is ripe, knock on it, and if it sounds hollow then it is ripe.

7. Canadians can send letters with personalized postage stamps showing their own photos on each stamp. // I knew that, I think US has also started similar service.

8. Babies’ eyes do not produce tears until the baby is approximately six to eight weeks old.

9. It snowed in the Sahara Desert in February of 1979. // Thats really amazing

10. Plants watered with warm water grow larger and more quickly than plants watered with cold water.

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

12. Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave. //I’ll try it

13. Those stars and colours you see when you rub your eyes are called phosphenes. // I don’t see any stars or colors 😐

14. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

15. Everyone’s tongue print is different, like fingerprints. //tounge – chaap

16. Contrary to popular belief, a swallowed chewing gum doesn’t stay in the gut. It will pass through the system and be excreted.

17. At 40 Centigrade a person loses about 14.4 calories per hour by breathing.

18. There is a hotel in Sweden built entirely out of ice; it is rebuilt every year.

19. Cats, camels and giraffes are the only animals in the world that walk right foot, right foot, left foot, left foot, rather than right foot, left foot… //amazing

20. Onions help reduce cholesterol if eaten after a fatty meal.

21. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.

22. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch and make it look like it is smiling.

23. The color blue can have a calming affect on people.

24. Depending upon the shade, the brain may send up to 11 tranquilizing chemicals to calm the body Leonardo da Vinci could write with the one hand and draw with the other simultaneously. Now we know why his pictures were exquisite!!

25. Names of the three wise monkeys are: Mizaru (See no evil),
Mikazaru(Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).

26. The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning it’s
head are the rabbit and parrot.

27. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a
letter is uncopyrightable.

28. Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until the
child reaches 2-6 years of age

29. The names of the continents all end with the same letter with
which they start.

30. Electricity doesn’t move through a wire but through a field around the wire.

31. All U.S. Presidents have worn glasses; some of them just didn’t
like to be seen wearing them in public.

32. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver,
and purple.

33. Raw cashews are poisonous and must be roasted before being eaten

You should follow me on Twitter at @gsharma.
  • http://www.aainaism.com Aaina

    I think having a match for fundraising for the tsunami victims is an excellent idea. I mean, a lot of people are cricket freaks (like Gaurav) and they don’t mind spending 10 bucks for watching a match. More so, because it can help rebuild lives.
    Those amazing facts are simply amazing. I read everyone of them (I generally don’t). Kewl!! :)

  • http://www.aainaism.com Aaina

    I think having a match for fundraising for the tsunami victims is an excellent idea. I mean, a lot of people are cricket freaks (like Gaurav) and they don’t mind spending 10 bucks for watching a match. More so, because it can help rebuild lives.
    Those amazing facts are simply amazing. I read everyone of them (I generally don’t). Kewl!! :)