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The Cutest Baby Dream Photography

Adele Enersen is an author, amateur photographer and blogger living in Helsinki, Finland with her daughter, Mila, her composer husband, and another baby on the way. She’s currently on maternity leave from her day job as a copywriter and concept designer. While she spends most of her time looking after her daughter, creativity is still a big part of her life, whether that means writing and illustrating stories or avoiding housework.

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Pirate Sites Founders Who Changed The Internet

The Internet is a place for exchange of different content, mostly inaccessible to arms of the law. When The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and The PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA) laws were suggested, many sites for sharing files were closed or changed their policy. It seems that the freedom of the global network is slowly shutting down, but we all ask ourselves who are the greatest modern “pirates” on the internet who fight against this?

Kim Dotcom

As a teenager, Kim Dotcom earned a reputation in his native Germany for cracking corporate PBX systems in the United States, and tried to parlay it into a career in data security. In 2001, Dotcom purchased $375,000 worth of shares of the nearly bankrupt company LetsBuyIt.com and subsequently announced his intention to invest €50 million in the company.On 21 March 2005, Dotcom founded Megaupload Limited, a Hong Kong-based file hosting and sharing business that eventually became the 13th most popular site on the internet with over 150 employees, US $175 million revenues, 50 million visitors daily, and estimated to be responsible at its peak for 4% of all internet traffic.

Julian Assange

Julian Paul Assange is an Australian publisher, journalist, media and internet entrepreneur, media critic, writer, computer programmer and political/internet activist. He is the editor in chief and founder of WikiLeaks – international online self-described not-for-profit organisation that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources, news leaks, and whistleblowers.

Shawn Fanning

Shawn Fanning is an American computer programmer, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor. He developed Napster, one of the first popular peer-to-peer (“P2P”) file sharing platforms, in 1998. Soon after, however, Napster was the target of several music industry-backed lawsuits, which ultimately led to the end of the service.

Sean Parker

Sean Parker is an American technology businessman and entrepreneur. He co-founded Napster, Plaxo, Causes, and Airtime. He was Facebook’s founding president. As of the third quarter of 2011, Parker’s net worth was estimated to be $2.1 billion.

Niklas Zennström

Niklas Zennström is an entrepreneur best known for founding several high-profile online ventures with Janus Friis including Skype and Kazaa. More recently he founded the investment group Atomico and has become a significant figurehead for entrepreneurs in the tech sector. Kazaa was commonly used to exchange MP3 music files and other file types, such as videos, applications, and documents over the internet. The Kazaa Media Desktop client could be downloaded free of charge; however, it was bundled with adware and for a period there were “No spyware” warnings found on Kazaa’s website.

Christopher Poole

Christopher Poole is an American internet entrepreneur from New York City, noted for founding the websites 4chan and Canvas. 4chan is an English-language imageboard website. Launched on October 1, 2003, its boards were originally used for the posting of pictures and discussion of manga and anime. Users generally post anonymously and the site has been linked to Internet subcultures and activism, most notably Project Chanology. 4chan users have been responsible for the formation or popularization of Internet memes such as lolcats, Rickrolling, “Chocolate Rain”, Pedobear, and many others.

Jay Freeman “Saurik”

Freeman first released Cydia in February 2008 as an open-source alternative to Installer.app on iPhone OS 1.1, but Cydia quickly became the most popular package manager after iPhone OS 2.0′s release in July 2008. In August 2009, Freeman said “about 4 million, or 10 percent of the 40 million iPhone and iPod Touch owners to date, have installed Cydia. In September 2010, Freeman’s company, SaurikIT, LLC, announced that it had acquired Rock Your Phone, Inc. (makers of Rock.app), which made the Cydia Store the largest third-party app store for jailbroken iOS devices. In December 2010, Freeman announced plans to also release a Cydia Store for Mac OS X as a supplement, not an alternative, to Apple’s Mac App Store. As of April 2011, Cydia had $10 million in annual revenue and 4.5 million weekly users, with $250,000 in profit after taxes annually.

Bram Cohen

Bram Cohen  is an American computer programmer, best known as the author of the peer-to-peer (P2P) BitTorrent protocol, as well as the first file sharing program to use the protocol, also known as BitTorrent. He is also the co-founder of CodeCon, organizer of the San Francisco Bay Area P2P-hackers meeting, and the co-author of Codeville.

Mark Howard Gorton

Mark Howard Gorton is the creator of LimeWire, a peer-to-peer file sharing client for the Java Platform, and chief executive of the Lime Group. Lime Group, based in New York, owns LimeWire as well as Lime Brokerage LLC (a stock brokerage), Tower Research Capital LLC (a hedge fund), and LimeMedical LLC (a medical software company).In November 2010, as a response to the legal challenges regarding LimeWire, an anonymous individual by the handle of Meta Pirate released a modified version of LimeWire Pro, which was entitled LimeWire Pirate Edition. It came without the Ask.com toolbar, advertising, spyware, and backdoors, as well as all dependencies on LimeWire LLC servers.

Peter Sunde

He is best known for being a co-founder and ex-spokesperson of The Pirate Bay, a BitTorrent search engine. On 17 April 2009, Sunde and his co-defendants were found to be guilty of “assisting in making copyright content available” in the Stockholm district court (tingsrätt). Each defendant was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay damages of 30 million SEK (approximately €2,740,900 or US$3,620,000), to be apportioned between the four defendants.[8] After the verdict a press conference was held where Sunde held up a handwritten IOU statement claiming that is all the damages he will pay, adding “Even if I had any money I would rather burn everything I own and not even give them the ashes. They could have the job of picking them up. That’s how much I hate the media industry.”

Hana Beshara

NinjaVideo was a website created in February 2008 containing links to uploaded videos of TV shows, movies, and documentaries. Since June 30, 2010, the site has been unavailable, as a result of a multinational anti-piracy effort led by the US federal government. Originally optimistic that her actions were in a “gray area” of the law, the co-founder and public face of NinjaVideo, Hana Beshara, pled guilty to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement on September 30, 2011. She was sentenced to 22 months in prison, another two years probation after that, 500 hours of community service and she has to pay back the $209,896.95 that she supposedly made from NinjaVideo to the MPAA.

Controversial Benetton Ad Campaign

Benetton is now promoting a new initiative, called simply Unhate, in support of the Unhate Foundation. It’s meant to promote peace and harmony between people of different cultures – and what better way to do that than by presenting leaders of different cultures sharing the love. One photo shows the Pope kissing another man in the mouth, and it will be pulled from the campaign.

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Please Take A Seat…

If somebody invite you to his house and and ask you: “Please take a seat”, don’t get surprised if you sit on thousand eggs-couch, tetris-couch, tiger or couch made of hundred teddy bears. Take a look at the gallery with some of the coolest (or the weirdest) couches for your home. If you like it and you are eccentric, maybe these photos will help you to decide what is the best choice for you. Enjoy.

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How To Get Famous Online

If you want to get in famous club, you need to have someone famous to get you in. If you want to be popular on the internet probably the best way is to have photos with famous people. Imagine those pictures uploaded on social network like facebook, twitter, myspace or similar. Definitely you will be famous, probably like people on this photos.

25 Hottest Victoria Secret Models Since 1977

Victoria’s Secret was started in San Francisco, California, in 1977 by Stanford Graduate School of Business alumnus Roy Raymond, who felt embarrassed trying to purchase lingerie for his wife in a department store environment. He opened the first store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, and quickly followed it with a mail-order catalog and three other stores. Since than, a lot of beautiful women were models for Victoria Secret. We probably didn’t mention someone who should be on this list, but still it was really hard to pick up 25 from many, many beautiful and sexy girls who have worked for Victoria Secret. So, lets begin…

25. Amanda Marcum

Marcum comes straight out of the heartland, born and bred in Oklahoma. She’s appeared on the cover of Stuff magazine and in advertising campaigns for many clothing lines including Tommy Hilfiger and Armani.

24. Jessica Van Der Steen

Van Der Steen is a Belgian fashion model, and is actually currently working with Victoria’s Secret. She’s also an SI swimsuit alum.

23. Andi Muise

Muise was discovered in a shopping mall at the age of 14 in Canada. Muise recently appeared in a season finale of Project Runway.

22. Candice Swanepoel

Swanepoel is a South African model who was discovered in a flea market of all places. She’s appeared in advertisements for Nike as well as working for Victoria’s Secret.

21. Josie Maran

Maran is a model, but she’s also just as known for acting having appeared in movies such as Van Helsing and The Aviator. She also appeared on Dancing with the Stars, but only made it through one episode before being voted off.

20. Jarah Mariano

Mariano is Hawaiian, but grew up in California. She’s modeled for Abercrombie and appeared in SI’s swimsuit edition in addition to her work with Victoria’s Secret.

19. Estella Warren

Warren has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and two television commercials for Chanel No. 5 perfume. She was named Maxim Magazine’s Hottest Woman in 2000. She was ranked Number 61 in FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005″ special supplement and was the November 2007 entry in Stuff magazine’s 2006-07 pinup calendar.

18. Kim Smith

Smith has worked for Guess as well as Victoria’s Secret. She appeared in Catwoman alongside Halle Berry, and has also starred in numerous music videos including NSync’s “Bye, bye, bye”. Don’t hold that against her though.

17. Niki Taylor

Niki Taylor is one of the original models considered to be super models. Appeared on the cover of Vogue at the age of 14, and has since appeared on more than 400 magazine covers in total.

16. Stephanie Seymour

Another massively famous supermodel, Seymour has appeared on over 300 magazine covers. A serial dater back in the early 90′s, Seymour was attached to various famous men such as Warren Beatty and Axl Rose.

15. Rebecca Romijn

Romijn is obviously one of the msot famous models in the world, but she’s just as well known for her acting work in movies such as the X-Men franchise as well as the television show Ugly Betty.

14. Olga Kurylenko

Kurylenko is probably best known for being the Bond girl in Quantum of Solace. She also just recently appeared on the cover of Maxim for their December, 2008 edition.

13. Jill Goodacre

She was a primary lingerie and hosiery model for the relatively new Victoria’s Secret company in its mail-order catalogs and retail stores in the 1980s, and she appeared extensively in the catalogs. She, Stephanie Seymour and Dutch model Frederique helped Victoria’s Secret grow from a new company to one of the world’s giants in women’s lingerie, hosiery, swimwear, and clothing.

12. Nichole Robinson

Nichole Robinson, also known as Nichole Mercedes Robinson, is a Panamanian-American actress and model. She has had a recurring role on the Showtime television series Huff, and before that appeared in roles that showcased her bikini body beauty with a supporting role in the 2003 movie Love Don’t Cost a Thing and as one of the 3 main girls (along with Jaime Pressly and Kim Smith) in the Aerosmith video for their single “Girls of Summer” off of the O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits compilation.

11. Petra Nemcova

She has modeled for Victoria’s Secret and been featured in advertising campaigns, including Cartier and Max Factor. On 3 June 2004, she was one of the telecast judges during the 53rd annual Miss Universe competition in Quito, Ecuador.

10. Anne Vyalitsyna

“I’ve wanted to be a model ever since I was little, playing with my Barbie doll,” she told The Age. “It helped (for the catwalk) that I can dance but everything is self-taught.” She also had the honor to walked in the 2008 and 2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In addition to working with world class photographers on her Sports Illustrated shoots, she was the object/subject of Joanne Gair body painting works in the 2005 edition.

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Best Of Creative Playboy Advertisements

Playboy is an American men’s magazine that features photographs of nude women as well as journalism and fiction. It was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner’s mother. The magazine has grown into Playboy Enterprises, with a presence in nearly every medium. Playboy is one of the world’s best known brands. In addition to the flagship magazine in the United States, special nation-specific versions of Playboy are published worldwide.

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Gramophone Records Reworked To Retro Clocks

The gramophone record in the form of a flat grooved disc that rotates on a turntable was invented in 1888 but only became popular once the patent expired 30 years later. It became the most popular medium for recorded music until the emergence of the compact disc, but remains popular with some music fans who believe it offers a more nuanced sound and is more collectible. These include records that play at unusual speeds, records made of an unconventional material for easier distribution, records that play tracks at random for comedic or entertainment purposes and records for fun. Here we can see how records for fun are reshaped into great retro clocks. Enjoy in this innovative & creative collection.

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Female Police Officers From All Around The World

They are here to protect and serve, but also they are very beautiful and sexy. If you are getting arrested, you would probably like to be arrested by some female police officer. Everyone of us had a dream to be with a police woman, especially with sexy one. Here you can see many beautiful woman from different countries all over the world. Enjoy…

Russia

Austria

Poland

Iraq

Japan

Iran

Malaysia

Netherlands

Singapore

Peru

Pakistan

Israel

England

Chile

China

Dominican Republic

India

Jordan

Norway

South Korea

Philippines

Republic of Yemen

Sweden

Taiwan

USA

The Republic of Nicaragua

North Korea

Lithuania

Indonesia

Romania

Hungary

Finland

Cuba

Cyprus

Republic of Zambia

Kuwait

France

Serbia

Algeria

The Republic of Singapore

Canada

Germany

Iceland

Colombia

Egypt

Italy

Ukraine

Movie Stars Without Make Up

Let’s take a look at these adult movies actresses without makeup. My opinion is that they are not so ugly without make up. They look like regular women, with huge breasts. What do you think? Who’s your favorite actress? :)

Crissy Moran

Phoenix Marie

Jenna Jameson

Stormy Daniels

Nina Mercedes

Natasha Nice

Tara Lynn Fox

Isis Taylor

Admit you have searched for all actresses you haven’t heard before! :)

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Victoria Beckham Like You Never Seen Before

She was repeatedly called a style icon and the most famous woman of the 21 century. Her face has been on the covers of fashion magazines and the Internet is literally teeming with her photos. But who knew her before she became a soloist of the “Spice Girls” and the wife of David Beckham?This is first photo shoot of 17-year old girl from a quiet provincial English town. No one could imagine that soon the whole world to speak about the “Spice Girls”, a bit later – about Victoria Beckham. At the beginning, she was only Victoria Adams. Here are the pictures of Victoria Beckham twenty years ago. My opinion: She was hotter back then…

How Did They Get So Famous

Why do people choose a particular brand of commercial varieties? The biggest secret of advertising is discovering the motive for buying. Here are some examples of how global brands look for the true reasons for buying their products through trial and error and then use small advertising tricks to boost sales.

Snickers

The first Snickers chocolate bars in Russia appeared in 1992 presented as a snack that can replace a complete meal. For a long time, a consumer from former Soviet Russia could not get used to the fact that they could eat chocolate instead of soup for dinner, and bought a Snickers as a “sweet with tea.” Once the agency BBDO Moscow advertised the product as the real thing for teens who love sweets and do not like soup, the popular bar sales went through the roof.

Dewar’s

Brandy, rum and gin were very popular in London in the late 19 th century . Promoting whiskey, therefore, was not easy. Thomas Dewar, the co-founder of ancestral brand, chose a surprising strategy.
He hired fake shoppers who visited various pubs and required whiskey Dewar’s. Naturally, it was not available, and they left. After several parishes Dewar himself appeared at the bar and offered to sign a contract on the supply of whiskey.
In 1892, Thomas Dewar went on a trip around the world. Over the period of two years he visited 26 countries, and the company began working in 1932. The sales increased by 10 times. Tommy Duhart wrote his famous book “A Walk Around the World.”

Alka-Seltzer

Once in the 1960′s in advertising Alka-Seltzer threw a glass of water, not one as earlier, and two tablets, the sale of the drug increased exactly in half. Cunning publicity stunt invented agency Tinker & Partners. There is a similar stunt for a shampoo advertising: once in the instructions for use shampoo indicated that it should be applied to the hair and rinse twice, the sale  universally doubled.

Pepsi

Nikita Khrushchev first advertised Pepsi in Russia . In 1959 at the American National Exhibition in Moscow, Sokolniki the  U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon, skillfully playing the role of host, invited Nikita Khrushchev to drink the sample. The photo in which the Soviet leader is holding the cup with the Pepsi logo had been on the pages of newspapers and advertising journals for a long time. That fateful moment in the history of the brand is considered a “Happy Birthday” Pepsi in Russia.

Parliament

An interesting trick was also used for the cigarette brand Parliament. Initially, its price was lower than their main competitor, Marlboro, and sales were fairly modest. Parliament cigarettes were in the low-price category and few consumers appreciated their exclusive filter. Then, a year later, their price became higher than Marlboro, hitting a niche “premium”, which happened because of their different filter.

Woolworth

Founder of the biggest store chain Woolworth have found the correct insight that allowed him to forge millions. Shy and stammering young man from a village in the age of 21, settled as assistant seller in a small shop. In that time the price of goods in the stores, placed on the counter for the seller, was not shown. Seller “by eye” determined the richness of the buyer, and called its price. Further, the buyer  trade, or buy. Poor Frank didn’t know how to do that. He was so afraid that one day even fainted while he worked. Because of that, a shop owner fired him. Before opening the store Frank attached to the lowest possible price on paper  (a prototype of the modern price tag). The whole sticker, dumped in a warehouse, he put on a huge table, and attach the plaque with the inscription “All five cents.”  He placed table near a window so that the goods and the plate was visible from the street. Shaking with fear, he waited for customers by hiding behind the counter. All goods are sold out for several hours. Frank retired from the owner, took the money and opened his own shop. In 1919, the Woolworth empire consisted of thousands of shops, and a personal fortune of Frank was about 65 million.

Guinness World Records

The famous and best-selling (after the Bible) “Guinness World Records” is nothing more than a publicity stunt invented by the Managing Director of Guinness Brewery, Sir Hugh Bivero. In 1954, at a dinner hosted by “Wexford” for hunters, Hugh Beaver started with one of the guests asking him, who flies faster – plover or grouse. This is where the Beaver started this unfolding debate about the “most-most.” And he decided that he should create a book that will contain the records officially confirmed in various fields. Years was spent on research, and in August 27, 1955 everything was ready for the first book on 198 pages. The success was stunning: even before Christmas it became a bestseller in Britain, bringing a good income.

Camel

In 1913, the Camel cigarette brand is one of the first in America tested the teaser ads. Deciding that a camel – it is not only a vivid image, but also an excellent opportunity for advertising innovations, experts of the company RJR for a few days before admission to the sale of cigarettes, published a cryptic messages in the newspapers . “Camels” – read the first one. A few days later, a new message: “The camels are coming” and then: “Tomorrow, the camels will be greater than in Asia and Africa combined!” The next morning, intrigued by the Americans finally learned the truth. “Camel cigarettes are here!” and new cigarettes are born.

Nestle

The original logo of the company Nestlé, founded in the 60 years of 19 century, was as follows: nest with three birds and their mother. As a trade mark for its first product, Henri Nestlé (Henri Nestlé) used a family coat of arms. It is believed that traditional family should have parents and three children, at that time. Later, closer to the mid 20 th century, the tradition has changed. And logo was changed also.

Marlboro

Marlboro brand  first time appeared in 1924 and positioned itself as the first lady’s cigarettes. It was picked purely feminine slogan: «Mild as May» – «Gentle as May”. Mae West, Hollywood star,  was hired as an advertising person. Packing of cigarettes was also made for ‘The ladies’ audience: a filter with a stripe of red serve. It has a dual purpose: to hide sloppy trail of lipstick and to protect women’s white teeth from yellowing. But no matter how they tried, product was not enough attractive to women: people had  a painful dry cough. Therefore, in order to survive in the market after two decades, the brand had to change their sex. In order to change the perception of cigarettes with filter, as a product “for girls”, Philip Morris has hired one of the best American specialists on advertising – Leo Burnett, which coined the image of “Cowboy – tamer of the prairie.” Cowboy – the embodiment of American spirit – touched a consumers. Posters of these heroes of America – brutal guys, the likes of wild steppes, was a huge success. They conquered all – men and women, black and Latino. Marlboro sales in just one year grew so much that began to occupy the fourth position in the ranking of sales of all tobacco products. In addition, Malrboro were produced in, which later became the standard packaging, «Flip-top». Such a package has and a tremendous marketing value.

Red Bull

When the drink Red Bull started to work in Europe and the U.S.,  main competitors were Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Molson, Labatt and Anheuser-Busch. The concept was similar among all – all toned and stimulated, while energy Jolt Cola contained doubled, compared to Red Bull, caffeine. Then Dietrich Mateschitz was preparing to made risky step. He put a double price  compared with its competitors, reducing the amount of container and began to place banks in stores, not only in departments of drinks, but also among other products. In addition, boxes of Red Bull were distributed free to students on college campuses. Red Bull was especially popular on collage and, later, parties because it has ben discovered he it made a perfect drink mixed with  vodka. Thus were born a new and hugely popular cocktail Vodka Red Bull.

Ariel

Rumor has it that the so-called casual fridays, when you can depart from the strict dress code, adopted in large companies and change the official costume for casual clothes, came up with P & G for promotional purposes. In the 80 years of 20 century the world’s largest company P & G has been the market leader in washing powders in the USA. But, despite the high advertising activity, market share does not want to grow. The company then conducted a study and evaluate the market care for clothing. In percentage terms it was found out that the powder used in 65% of cases, and dry cleaning – 35%. Further, the company found that 70% of washing powder are employed and 5 of 7 days a week, go to the suits that they give to the dry cleaners. Furthermore, joint research P & G and Levi Strauss Jeans showed that employees in their everyday clothes are much more creative and efficient people. And what have they done? P & G within the company introduces the right to go to job on Fridays in everyday clothes. This  efforts of both companies received huge coverage in the press, and many corporations have followed. Market detergents grew by 20%.

Tefal

Tefal has long believed that the primary motivation for buying a frying pan with teflon coating is that the preparation of these pans do not require spending a single gram of oil. However, subsequently it became clear that the main incentive for their purchase was the fact that the pan  is very easy to clean because food does not stick to their surface. Content of the advertising campaign then has been changed and that greatly increased its effectiveness.

Timberland

In the early 1980′s Timberland Company went through difficult time. It produced high-quality court shoes, and the price was lower than the industry-leading companies Topsiders. It seemed that a good product and low price should be a wining combination, but things went bad. Then,  Timberland took a very simple solution: they raised their prices, so those are much greater than the prices offered by Topsiders. Sales have increased dramatically. That confirms the authenticity of statements by David Ogilvy, “The higher the price, the more desirable it becomes good in the eyes of the buyer.”

IKEA

When the U.S. opened the first stores IKEA, after already received recognition in Europe, sales of furniture does not justify any expectations. After the study which found that Americans like the simplicity of design, and they wanted to match furniture to larger size of their houses. All that needed to be done – to increase the size of furniture.

Chupa Chups

Usually, all the children, after they eat candy, has sticky hands, and they’re just wipe them on cloth. Lollipop (original wood), which could suck invented in 1958 by Enrique Bernat. Main characteristic of the product was that it could suck, not dirtying clothes and hands. In the same time appeared the first slogan of Chupa Chups – «It’s round and long-lasting» (~ He is round and long). Fifty five years later, it’s still very popular.

De Beers

South African diamond company De Beers offered the men a solution to all their problems with women, with brilliant advertising campaign. In 1948, Harry Oppenheimer, head of De Beers, went to New York to meet with representatives of the advertising agency NW Ayers. They went there with the intention to change the way people thought about diamonds: it is necessary to make the stone ceased to be a trinket-bags, and became everyday commodity, without which ordinary people could not do without. Promotional posters featuring spectacular actresses with the rings on his fingers and earrings have replaced black and white posters with images of diamonds and the words “It removes the headache from 1888″, “Think about it. Divorce is expensive “, ” No, your wife did not pay for this advertisement (But she told us which newspaper you read)” and so on. Since De Beers has proven that you can sell a luxury for women through their men.

Jesus Statue Hit By A Lightning

A 62-foot statue of Jesus Christ at a church in Ohio was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm on Monday night and exploded into flames.
The statue, worth US$300,000 and made of fiberglass and Styrofoam, burned to the ground, leaving only a wire frame behind. The resulting fire also caused US$400,000 damage to Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio.
Church officials said they would rebuild the statue.
The statue was known as “Touchdown Jesus” because of its raised arms. It was erected in 2004 and officially called the “King of Kings” statue. It became famous thanks to its position by a major highway.

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So Close To God

I think these are some of the most beautiful monasteries. Hidden in the mountains, so close to the sky, they are quiet shelters far far away from secular society. No matter the religion, these isolated wonders remain an expression of pure faith and peace beyond time and space. Some of them are still inhabited, others, forgotten will become dust with time.

St George Monastery, Wadi Qilt, Israel

The monastery, originally dedicated to the Virgin, was founded about 480. It flourished in the sixth century but was destroyed by the Persians in 614 and thereafter was abandoned. The present buildings were erected between 1878 and 1901. The church dedicated to the Mother of God has fine icons and wall paintings; the church of St John and St George preserves a sixth century mosaic pavement. In a cave are the remains of the monks who were killed during the Persian advance on Jerusalem.

Xuan Kong Temple, near Datong, China

In China’s Shanxi Province around 500km (300 miles) south west of Beijing is located The Hanging Temple (named Xuan Kong Si). This amazing structure is one of the most precarious structures in the world. Long wooden beams extend from the outer edge of the temple buildings down to holes chiseled into the massive rock face.

Anapafsa Monastery, Meteora, Greece

The Greek word Meteora means “suspended in the air”, and our words meteorite and meteorology come from the same root. The conglomerate rock at Meteora, Greece, has eroded into fantastic peaks upon which medieval monks built monasteries, several of which are still active. The isolated monasteries of Meteora helped keep alive Greek Orthodox religious traditions and Hellenic culture during the turbulent Middle Ages and Ottoman Turk occupation of Greece (1453-1829).

Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery, Serbia

Djurdjevi Stupovi Monastery in Ras ,Republic of Serbia,near Novi Pazar was founded by the first Serbian ruler Stefan Nemanja in 1170-1171 according to the incarved inscription from the main church portail. It was built on a hilltop near old Ras and its location is a significant point in the area at his new just established state with the tour of Ras as a capital.

Petra Monastery, Jordan

Petra is a historic and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an that has rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourism attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra is an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

Madonna del Sasso, Switzerland

High up above the town of Locarno, there is a sanctuary located on a forested cliff; Madonna del Sasso. Sasso means rock, so hopefully I won’t be struck down for translating it as Madonna on the Rocks. The church was consecrated in the 19th century when a local monk, Brother Bartholomeo, claimed that the Madonna had appeared before him whilst walking in the woods.

Popa Mountain Monastery, Myanmar

Rising majestically out of the plains of central Burma, 2,417 feet up in the air atop an ancient, sheer-sided volcanic plug, the Buddhist monastery of Popa Taungkalat surveys the surrounding scene. An amazing example of a human construction merged organically with its natural setting, Taung Kalat also draws thousands of pilgrims each year because of its great spiritual significance. More about this monastery here

Glojene Monastery, Bulgaria

According to the legend, the monastery was built in the 13th century (1224), when Ukrainian knyaz Georgi Glozh settled in the area with Ivan Asen II’s approval. The knyaz founded a monastery carrying the name of St George, whose icon he had brought with himself. The icon then disappeared numerous times only to be found on a hill not far from the village of Glozhene, which was interpreted by the monks as a divine sign to move the monastery there. This was eventually done near the end of the 14th century.

Le Mont Saint Michel, France

Mont-St-Michel (also written Mont Saint Michel) is a small rocky island about 1 km from the north coast of France at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy. The mount is best known for the medieval Benedictine Abbey and steepled church that occupies most of the 1km-diameter clump of rocks jutting out of the waters of the English Channel.

Run For Your Life!

Every year from July 7th-14th thousands pack into Pamplona to start Spain’s most famous bull-running fiesta to honour Navarre capital’s patron saint, San Fermin. Spain stages more than 3,000 fiestas (festivals) each year but the 7 days of bull-running are the favourite in terms of spectacle and excitement.
The Pamplona bull run takes place at 8am every morning from 7th to 14th July. Runners must be in the running area by 7.30am. The actual run stretches from the corral at Santo Domingo where the bulls are kept, to the bullring where they will fight that same afternoon. The length of the run is 825 metres and the average time of the run from start to finish is about three minutes. The streets through the old town which make up the bull run are walled off so the bulls can’t escape. Each day six fighting bulls run the route as well as two herds of bullocks.
And you are wondering how dangerous this can be? Just watch this article and you’ll see…

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The World’s 5 Most Crazy and Strange Tunnels

A tunnel is typically an underground passageway, built in an effort to address the growing needs of roads, highways and bridges to handle a large volume of traffic. The exact definition of a tunnel has been twitched many times in the past. Irrespective of that, tunnels are the results accomplished by a magnificent feat of engineering, with boring giant holes in mountains, or laying several feet of pathway under the ocean. Let us have a look at the world’s strangest tunnels. Continue reading

All You Need Is A Strong Spirit

A woman from Russia named Svetlana, after one year and a half she lost nearly 155 lbs. If you wonder how did she made this amazing change you should see her diet:
Breakfast: 2 eggs, or a piece of cheese, or porridge, a piece of black chocolate or a spoon of honey, coffee without sugar.
Second breakfast: half of a pomegranate, green tea. Lunch: boiled lean meat, fish or a chicken breast, fresh vegetable salad with vegetable oil, green tea. Snack: a handful of shelled seeds, green apple, grapefruit or pomegranate. Dinner: green tea.

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