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What Amazes Me!

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by Oldhand, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. Fidget

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    Well, it's crowded if you count hermit crabs and quahogs.:)
     
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    I wonder how they could still play when the tide comes. ;)
     
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    just call those water and towel down breaks:D
     
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    Fidget, where (in Canada, I assume) is this? :)
     
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    Darn! So they have to wait for long hours for low tide to come. Not to mention that they have to trace lines again in the sand. Still, court or no court, that wouldn't stop me from palying badi. :D
     
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    This is exactly where plastic shuttles should be used.
     
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    Actually, this is where Speedminton should be used and played :D
     
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    Where is Maria S.?
     
  9. Fidget

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    It's Nova Scotia.:)

    If you want to be more specific, it's half-way between Pugwash and Tatamagouche. (I can never pass up an opportunity to say "tatamagouche")
     
  10. Oldhand

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    Japanese Humour

    What amazes me is that a standard Visa form can be this interesting! :D

    Check out Japan's official guide to filling its Visa application form (see Page 2).

    Technically, the title itself is in error... but we will move on to better things :p

    To begin with, the stipulated size for the applicant's photograph is:
    45 mm x 45 mm
    2 in x 2 in

    So, which is the correct one?
    After all, 45 mm is not 2 inches (45 mm = 1.77 in)

    The guide has been filled in for a fictional applicant named, er, John Firzgeraid Kneddy.

    (I'm guessing that this guide was prepared in New York.
    The airport's name is just one of the many pointers.)

    The birth-date chosen is 15 April 1970. Although nothing earthshaking happened on that day in 1970, the fifteenth of April is an interesting date.

    (Um, if crazy things count, 15 April 1970 is when Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi launched his 'Green Revolution'. 38 years on, Libya is still a desert :D)

    As a birthday, 15 April is shared by a lot of people, including actress Emma Watson, genius Leonardo da Vinci and eternal crackpot Kim Il-Sung.

    It's also the day Abraham Lincoln died, the Titanic sank and the protests at Tiananmen Square erupted. Lastly, it's also the official deadline for filing an individual tax return in the US :D

    I have no clue as to why they chose Skipton as the birthplace.
    It's a very old but unremarkable English town whose biggest native is Thomas Spencer, the co-founder of Marks & Spencer (he died in 1905).
    And I don't think there's a M&S store in the US.

    JFK, our fictional applicant, is a former UK citizen who switched to the USA.
    Kennedy would have loved that :D

    When filling in your 'Purpose of journey to Japan', please be clear...
    ...or, in the guide's words, '(Please clarify as concrete as possible)' :D

    Incidentally, no visitor could arrive in Japan on JAL 006.
    That's because JAL 006 flies from Tokyo to New York.
    To fly New York to Tokyo, JFK needs to fly JAL 005 :p

    (The flight number is another clue that this was prepared in New York.)

    321 East Maple Street -- this home address is very interesting.
    Drop the 'East' and you get the fictional address of a fictional superhero.
    If you didn't know it, Superboy lives on 321 Maple Street (in Smallville).

    By the way, 'Los Angeles, California 90012' is clever!
    That's where Little Tokyo is in LA :D

    America Trade Inc. is an actual company.
    I wonder why they didn't choose an imaginary one.

    Its fictional address is 654 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171.
    Replace 654 with 299... and you are at the Consulate-General of Japan in New York! (Even the telephone number is similar to the actual number.)

    (That's yet another clue that this was prepared in New York.)

    Whoever created this guide has a real sense of humour.
    Ah, but we could do without the 'as concrete as possible' thing :D
     

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    Danish ace is youngest World Series of Poker champ












    LAS VEGAS (AP)—A 22-year-old Danish poker professional won the World Series of Poker early Tuesday, turning a wheel straight on the last hand to become the youngest champion in the history of the no-limit Texas Hold ‘em main event.
    Peter Eastgate hit an ace-to-five straight on the turn and instantly called an all-in bet from Ivan Demidov on the river to win the title and $9,152,416. Demidov held two pair, twos and fours.
    The previous youngest champion was 11-time gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, who was 24 when he won the tournament in 1989.
    “It feels good to beat Phil’s record,” Eastgate said after taking pictures with stacks of $100 bills and his new gold bracelet. “I was not focused on the record that I could break, I was just focused on the game.”


    Eastgate said he got a call from Hellmuth wishing him luck before the more than three-hour session.
    Eastgate built a 7-to-1 chip advantage before the decisive hand by sniffing out two bluffs by Demidov for big pots.
    Eastgate, of Odense, Denmark, put Demidov on his heels by stopping the 27-year-old from bluffing a pot worth roughly 44 million chips with an ace high. Eastgate called with a diamond flush.
    He won a significant pot four hands later with a full house and immediately began putting pressure on the final opponent standing between him and the title.
    “My motivation was $9 million and a bracelet,” Eastgate said. “That’s what kept me focused.”
    Demidov, a 27-year-old semiprofessional poker player from Moscow, took home $5,809,595 for second place, some $3.3 million less than Eastgate.
    “I’m someone who’s not going to cry,” Demidov said. “I’m disappointed, but I’m going to be happy. That’s the way it turned out.”
    Demidov erased Eastgate’s initial 24 million chip advantage in their quest for the gold bracelet in less than 30 minutes to start the night.
    But Eastgate regained his chips and then some by the first break in play— taking a 35.8 million chip lead after hitting two pair, aces and queens.
    Eastgate took a nearly 2-to-1 chip advantage after calling a 7 million chip river bet with a pair of jacks. A queen was on the board, but Demidov turned over an ace high. The call indicated that Eastgate sensed his hand was good despite the large bet and plenty of cards that could have beaten him.
    “He was playing me very aggressively so I was kind of looking to kind of trap him,” said Eastgate, who said he felt Demidov was not helped in the hand by the river queen. “It worked out in different spots.”
    Eastgate had to collect all the chips in play—some 137 million—to win the tournament. Chips have no monetary value and each player started the no-limit Texas Hold ‘em tournament in July with 20,000 chips.
    The players were deliberate in their decisions, not rushing to shove their chips in the middle early on. As Eastgate distanced himself from Demidov, it became apparent that Demidov would need to double his stack to keep his options unhindered.
    “I learned that I need to improve my hands-on game,” Demidov said.
    Demidov’s finish concluded a dream tournament run that included final table finishes at the series’ main events in Europe and the United States. The Russian said he hoped his performances would help poker grow in his native country, and said he planned to play in more high-stakes live tournaments.
    “A few years ago it was mostly U.S. players,” Demidov said. “Now you see more European, South American and Asian players. Poker is growing in the world.”
    Eastgate eliminated five players, including Demidov, at the final table to take the title. The nine players met Sunday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to settle the title after taking a 117-day break to build hype for the tournament.
    Eastgate started fourth in chips on Sunday with 19.7 million chips, more than 4 million away from Dennis Phillips, the chip leader at the time. Phillips finished in third and won $4,517,773.
    The final grouping emerged from a field of 6,844 players that whittled down to nine over 11 days in July.
    On the Net:
    World Series of Poker: www.wsop.com




    http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ap-worldseriesofpoker&prov=ap&type=lgns&print=1
     
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    Lunch on the Skyscraper - Once Upon A Time in America, Circa 1930s

    No Harness, no problem...But BOY AM I GLAD THAT I WASN'T INVITED FOR LUNCH !! :eek:
    Don't know if kwun is up to the challenge if he were Mr. Ebbets..[​IMG];)

    (Some of you have probably seen these or a couple of these pics)..
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    The photos in this presentation, are real. Some of them are historical photographs and were made by Charles Ebbets in the early 1930’s. Most of them depict daily scenes of the workers who participated in the construction of the skyscrapers between 1920 and 1935.As you will see, the safety measures were somewhat peculiar and the photos were done trying to play down that situation.

    I title the first of the following photographs "Lunch atop a Skyscraper" or "Lunch at the top of a skyscraper". The author is Charles C. Ebbets. He is one of the more solid photographers of the world. The photographs were taken in New York, on September 29th 1932, and published in the New York Herald Tribune in the Sunday supplement of the Oct. 2nd of that year. It was taken on the 69th floor of the 70 floors that is the GE building in the Rockefeller Center.

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    This is Charles Ebbets while taking some of these photographs
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    And this one, is another mythical photo "Resting on the girder" of 1932
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    Many of these images comprise the Bettmann file, founded by Otto Bettmann in 1936. It contains a collection of 11 million photographs and includes some of the best historical images of the United States. At the present time the file belongs to the Corbis company, property of Bill Gates.

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    It also means Poulter arranged to have it stolen ;)

    "...Ian Poulter has pulled out of the Singapore Open after being unable to replace the driver he had stolen at the HSBC Champions Tournament in Shanghai..."

    Take out the 'he had'... and the sentence reads right :)
     
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    Some of them fellas are smoking!!
    Don't they know that's dangerous?!?:p
     
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    warning to younger viewers

    be happy of what u have
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    Hang Mioku, now 48, had her first plastic surgery procedure when she was 28; hooked from the beginning she moved to Japan where she had further operations - mostly to her face.

    Following operation after operation, her face was eventually left enlarged and disfigured, but she would still look at herself in the mirror and think she was beautiful.

    Eventually the surgeons she visited refused to carry out any more work on her and one suggested that her obsession could be a sign of a psychological disorder.

    When she returned home to Korea the surgery meant Hang's features had changed so much that her own parents didn't recognise her.

    After realising that the girl with the grossly swollen face was indeed their daughter her horrified parents took her to a doctor. Once again the possibility that Hang had a mental disorder was raised and she started treatment.

    However, this treatment was too expensive for her to keep up and she soon fell back into old ways.

    Amazingly, she found a doctor who was willing to give her silicone injects and, what's more, he then gave her a syringe and silicone of her own so she could self-inject.

    When her supply of silicone ran out Hang resorted to injecting cooking oil into her face.

    Her face became so grotesquely large that she was called "standing fan" by children in her neighbourhood - due to her large face and small body.

    As Hang's notoriety spread she was featured on Korean TV. Viewers seeing the report took mercy on her and sent in enough donations to enable her to have surgery to reduce the size of her face.

    During the first procedure surgeons removed 60g of foreign substance from Hang's face and 200g from her neck.

    After several other sessions her face was left greatly reduced but still scarred and disfigured.

    And it would seem that even Hang can now see the damage she has done; she now says that she would simply like her original face back.
     

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    Curious of what her original face look like???
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    The Korean lady's tale reminds us of another wacko's story!
    Michael Jackson ;)

    Think of the ridiculous lengths to which he went to create a 'better' face :eek:
     
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    Can You Read the truth lies behind this misplaced words...................................


    I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
     

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