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    Amazing Snails .......
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    Amazing Snails 2
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    Arrow "That's not amazing", says the snail

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    "That's not amazing", says the snail. "That's hard work".
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    Default this explains alot

    US officials flunk test of Amerian history, economics, civics
    Thu Nov 20, 2:24 pm ET

    WASHINGTON (AFP) Ė US elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent, the group that organized the exam said Thursday.

    Ordinary citizens did not fare much better, scoring just 49 percent correct on the 33 exam questions compiled by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

    "It is disturbing enough that the general public failed ISI's civic literacy test, but when you consider the even more dismal scores of elected officials, you have to be concerned," said Josiah Bunting, chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at ISI.

    "How can political leaders make informed decisions if they don't understand the American experience?" he added.

    The exam questions covered American history, the workings of the US government and economics.

    Among the questions asked of some 2,500 people who were randomly selected to take the test, including "self-identified elected officials," was one which asked respondents to "name two countries that were our enemies during World War II."

    Sixty-nine percent of respondents correctly identified Germany and Japan. Among the incorrect answers were Britain, China, Russia, Canada, Mexico and Spain.

    Forty percent of respondents, meanwhile, incorrectly believed that the US president has the power to declare war, while 54 percent correctly answered that that power rests with Congress.

    Asked about the electoral college, 20 percent of elected officials incorrectly said it was established to "supervise the first televised presidential debates."

    In fact, the system of choosing the US president via an indirect electoral college vote dates back some 220 years, to the US Constitution.

    The question that received the fewest correct responses, just 16 percent, tested respondents' basic understanding of economic principles, asking why "free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government's centralized planning?"

    Activities that dull Americans' civic knowledge include talking on the phone and watching movies or television -- even news shows and documentaries, ISI said.

    Meanwhile, civic knowledge is enhanced by discussing public affairs, taking part in civic activities and reading about current events and history, the group said.

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    This explains the phenomenon named George W Bush

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    Default Hmm..

    Quote Originally Posted by cooler View Post
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    The question that received the fewest correct responses, just 16 percent, tested respondents' basic understanding of economic principles, asking why "free markets typically secure more economic prosperity than government's centralized planning?"
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    ..hmm, sounds like the latter is what the U.S.' government is headed towards in the next 4 yrs??..

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    Space and time.

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    Default Here's one..aboard the space station..

    a snippet from this article:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081124/.../space_shuttle

    "...Managers wanted to give the astronauts more time to fix a machine that's supposed to turn urine into drinking water and more repair work was on tap Monday for the fifth day in a row.
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    EEEEEEUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!

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    Kevin Rudd said to George W. Bush, "Sir, will you attend the G20 meeting?" George W. Bush said, "what is the G20?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete LSD View Post
    Kevin Rudd said to George W. Bush, "Sir, will you attend the G20 meeting?" George W. Bush said, "what is the G20?"
    Actually this was Bush's second big gaffe. The first big one was when he proposed a G7 or G8 to solve the financial crisis but was told that G7 was actually the ones in trouble and they had to get a G20 to help save the sinking G7. Hence we now never hear about the G7 when it comes to the financial crisis. Rudd was just giving Bush a second rubbing.

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    Cool Surf's Up!!..

    (some of you guys have probably seen pics of this place, maybe even been there; jhirata, have you been here before??)..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtUAuPKnUOc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj2heWCf4eE

    Unbelievable- Made in Japan -
    Here's another nice piece of engineering and construction. This time the locale is JAPAN. Here's the exterior shot of the building. Note the surrounding area . . mountains, sea shore, golf course, residential area.


    What do you think is inside this building?



    AH SO!

    It's an 'OCEAN DOME'

    It is the world’s largest indoor water park: Seagaia Ocean Dome, Miyazaki

    Imagine a beach where the sky is always blue, it's never too hot or cold, the water isn't filled with salt and pollution, and the surf is always perfect - welcome to Ocean Dome, the world's only indoor beach.

    Ocean Dome has its own flame-spitting volcano, crushed white marble 'sand', and it also boasts the world's largest retractable roof, providing a permanently blue sky. Temperature, wind and humidity are closely controlled to provide an ultra-safe 'sea-side' experience. Every hour, the volcano erupts and the hi-tech wave machines start up, starting a few minutes of sanitized surfing. Entrance cost is US $50 per person, which seems especially expensive given that there is a free, natural beach only 300 meters away (5 min. away!).
    The roof is retractable . .
    so the SURF'S UP . . .rain or shine!

    When the roof is closed, you still get blue sky and puffy white clouds .















    too bad it's now closed (as of 2007)..

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    Why is it closed?

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    Default Why was it closed??....

    ..well, apparently the tourists who went there thought "Wait a minute, why do i need to waste $50 where there's a real ocean & beach within 5 minutes where i can surf for free!"........

    .................

    No, the real reason is because it was most likely never profitable.
    From what i've read, apparently a plausible reason as to why they built it was that the currents from the ocean are too strong for 10 months of the year. That is why they built it.
    Here's the official announcement:
    http://www.seagaia.co.jp/english/gui.../20070807.html

    *There's an even larger tropical indoor resort called Tropical Islands Resorts in Germany.
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    Nope, I haven't been there before even though I lived quite near it. I was afraid of water back then when I lived in Japan.. :P

    I think it's closed now.
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    So what is it doing now? Just sitting there rusting

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    Default ^^Most likely..^^

    ..it's almost as if it was a major investment blunder.....maybe this story is more apt to be put in the "The Stupidity Chronicles" thread....

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    I went to a similar one in Osaka, but just smaller. Funny how while the rest of my family was enjoying the weird attractions there, I was very keen to go on the badminton courts which was connected to the indoor wave-park building.

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