Top 10 Biggest Volcanic Eruptions in History

The recent eruptions of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland were a stark reminder of nature’s ability to bring human activity to an abrupt standstill. The cloud of smoke that drifted over Western Europe made aviation travel untenable, returning European skies to a quietude not felt for decades..

Luxury Dining Rooms Ideas

A lingering hint of contemporary gothic pervades these luxury dining room ideas by Cattelan Italia. Black and white color schemes throughout simply demand attention… hints of sparkle add glitz and glamour

Top 10 Most Memorable Celebrity Weddings

The upcoming Chelsea Clinton nuptials have provoked endless speculation – from whether she’ll opt for an Oscar de la Renta or a Vera Wang dress, to whether the former First Daughter will be serving anything other than vegan food to her guests.

Pirelli Calendar 2011

During a press conference in Moscow this past Tuesday, Karl Lagerfeld presented his rendition of the famed Pirelli Calendar for 2011.

Vogue Paris Calendar 2011

Mikael Jansson shoots the stunning new Vogue Paris 2011 Calendar featuring Daria Werbowy. Styled by Anastasia Barbieri and Jewels by Louis Vuitton.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

20 Interesting facts about kiss



There’s more to kissing than most people think. These are collections of facts about kissing. Some are brought by science or show business.

1. Thirty-seven percent of men keep their eyes open while kissing whereas 97 percent of women close theirs.

2. A one minute kiss can burn as many as twenty six calories.

3. Research shows that almost every muscle in the body can be used when two people kiss.

4. It is said that if you kiss a person with the same hair color as you, the result is more passionate.

5. In a lifetime we can expect to receive some 25,000 kisses, ranging from pecks on the cheek to the full-blown weak-at-the-knees variety.

6. Our brains have special neurons which help us to locate another pair of lips in the dark.

7. A kiss can be ten times more effective than morphine in reducing pain, as it’s thought that it activates the body’s natural pain-killers. So when a mother tells her injured child that she’ll kiss it better, that’s exactly what she does.

8. The Ancient Egyptians kissed with their noses. Lips didn’t come into it.

9. The average person spends around fourteen days of their life kissing.

10. The longest kiss lasted for 17 days, 10½ hours in Chicago, 1984. The longest screen kiss between Jane Wyman and Reg Toomey, who smooched for 185 seconds in You’re in the Army Now in 1940.

11. It is still technically illegal in Indiana for a mustached man to “habitually kiss human beings.”

12. In medieval Italy, if a couple were seen kissing, they could be forced to marry.

13. The most famous screen kiss of all time has got to be Between Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind. But in reality, Gable’s false teeth and whisky-laden breath made Leigh shudder with distaste!

14. Kissing acts as a beauty treatment. It makes your eyes shine and your skin glow.

15. Babies who are kissed are often more affectionate in later life.

16. Men that kiss their wives before you going to work, live five years longer.

17. A passionate kiss lasting 90 seconds increases the blood pressure, pulse and blood hormone levels, which in term shortens life by one minute.

18.According to U.S. statistics, a woman kisses about 80 men before marriage.

19. Kissing helps women to relax and reduce stress.

20. Kissing people of the Far North – is more than just rubbing noses. After touching their organs of smell, the Eskimos open lips while inhale, then exhale, pressing her lips. After enjoying the flavor of each other, the lovers press their nose to cheek of partner and wait  for a minute or longer.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake : Are They Together?


Justin Timberlake And Mila Kunis, Are They Together?, Kunis began dating actor Macaulay Culkin in 2002, who is an American actor famous for his role of Kevin McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. At the height of his fame, he was regarded as the most successful child actor since Shirley Temple, they dated till On January 3, 2011 when they said that the split was more then anything defiant and will stay friends that was no doubt a sad and miserable situation when you break a 11 years old relationship, everyone was thinking that they are going o get married now, because it was a long time or period, well! They both moved on and they are good friend now.

Justin Timberlake was in a relationship with superstar Britney Spears, and they were together for more or less for 11 years they were so close to each other but then they split in very bad condition she is still in the same pain and she has been suffering so much just because of that broken heart. He has a reputation of a playboy kind of person he dated more than half a dozen girls from the industry and he has always been looked so serious in that specific relationship.
Now he seems to have a relationship with Mila Kunis, are they together or it is just a kind of friendship???





Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Annie Leibovitz and the Walt Disney`s One Million Dreams

Annie Leibovitz’s style of lighting combined with the use of bold colors and poses in the 80`s got her a position with “Vanity Fair” where she photographed celebrities for the American Express ad campaign that won her a Clio Award which is given to reward individuals for creative excellence in advertising and design. We all could learn a lot from Ms. Leibovitz’s style of photography or just be inspired by what she has already done. In this post I would like to share some of her work from 2007 when the Walt Disney Company hired her to do a series of photographs with celebrities in various roles and scenes for Disney Parks “Year of a Million Dreams” campaign.

So drop everything for awhile and let’s bring out the inner child in all of us, during the time when anything seems possible and worries are a million miles away. Let’s all just sit back and find inspiration in the photos of Annie Leibovitz.

Alladin
Jennifer Lopez as Princess Jasmin and  Marc Anthony as Alladin, this is obviously “A whole new world”.
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony as Princess Jasmin and Alladin
Whoopi Goldberg as the playful Genie, is there still time for my three wishes Genie? There is? Whoppi! Hehehe, I couldn’t help it!
Whoopi Goldberg as the Genie

Alice in Wonderland

We have here Beyonce as Alice, then Grammy winner country crooner Lyle Lovett as the March Hare then last but not the least Mr. Oliver Platt as the Mad Hatter.
Beyonce, Lyle Lovett and Oliver Platt in Alice in Wonderland


Cinderella

Scarlett Johansson accidentally left a glass slipper or is it a shoe in Cinderella.
Scarlett Johansson in Cinderella

King Arthur

Roger Federer traded his tennis racket for a sharper “Excalibur” as King Arthur.
Roger Federer as King Arthur

The Little Mermaid

Julianne Moore dreams of feet as Princess Ariel while Michael Phelps practices his Olympic lungs in Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Julianne Moore and Michael Phelps in The Little Mermaid

 Queen Latifah as Ursula from ‘The Little Mermaid’, which is captioned, “Where memories take hold and never let go.”
Queen Latifah as Ursula

Peter Pan

Mikhail Baryshnikov the Russian dancer daintily flies into the room as Peter Pan, while Gisele Bündchen looks ravishing as Wendy, and although she’s too small to be recognized at first glance Tina Fey spreads some magic dust as Tinkerbell.
Gisele Bündchen, Tina Fey, Mikhail Baryshnikov in Peter Pan


Pinocchio

Julie Andrews poses as the Blue Fairy while looking at Abigail Breslin “Little Miss Sunshine” herself as the apprentice fairy in Pinocchio

Julie Andrews and Abigail Breslin in Pinocchio


Pocahontas

Run Forrest ruuuun, seriously it’s Jessica Biel and her obviously strong legs running through the forrest as Pocahontas.
Jessica Biel as Pocahontas

Snow White

Rachel Weisz rolls around with some forest critters as Snow White.
Rachel Weisz as Snow White
And of course Snow White’s friend Princess Aurora better known as Sleeping Beauty wouldn’t be awake if it wasn’t for Prince Charming *slash Prince Phillip and who better to pose as a prince than David Becham.
David Beckham as Prince Phillip

Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin as the Spirit of the Magic Mirror from ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. The caption reads, “Where magic speaks, even when you’re not the fairest of them all.”
Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen and Alec Baldwin as the Spirit of the Magic Mirror


Beauty and the Beast

Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges in the Final Scene from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ . Caption reads, “Where a moment of beauty lasts forever.”
Penelope Cruz and Jeff Bridges in  ‘Beauty and the Beast’



And they lived happily ever after…



Find Annie Leibovitz on the web:

Vanity Fair Profile: Annie Leibovitz

PBS Photo Gallery: American Masters

Andrew Smith Gallery: American Music

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cuba Libre (Rum & Coke) Cocktail Recipe

Cuba Libre translated means “Free Cuba” and was popularized around the end of the Spanish American War. This mixed drink is similar to a Rum & Coke, but the addition of fresh lime juice lightens up the drink and defines the Cuba Libre. It's an easy drink to remember and popular enough that it would be good to add it to the drinks to know list.


Ingredients:

    * 1/2 lime
    * 2 oz light rum
    * 4 oz cola

Preparation:

   1. Squeeze the juice of half a lime into a collins glass.
   2. Drop the lime into the glass.
   3. Add ice cubes.
   4. Pour the remaining ingredients into the glass.
   5. Stir well.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How to turn the Potholes Into Art by Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano

`Potholes' by canadian creatives Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano is a series of photographs depicting the concave cracks as functional tools in a collection of imaginative tableus in the city. Captured within the backdrop of los angeles, montreal, and new york city, the set explores the urban.
Flaw as a playground, creating a multitude of uses out of them including a swimming pool, an oil tank to fry doughnuts, a bath for pedicures, a giant plate of spaghetti, and more.
Directly engaging with the street and the city, the highly imaginative series transforms the bad into good, Creating a tongue-in-cheek collection of tableus that are at once contextual and surreal. Taking no more than 10 minutes from start to finish, the photoshoots are done during uninterrupted traffic where there is a suitable - and sizeable - pothole.
















Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cousin Island in Seychelles

Cousin Island is a granitic island covering 27 hectares and lies approximately 2km from Praslin island. It became the world’s first internationally owned-reserve when it was purchased in 1968 by the International Council for the Protection of Birds (ICBP), now Birdlife International. The objective was to save the last remaining population of the Seychelles warblers.
First made into a Nature Reserve in 1968 it was afforded further protection when it was designated a Special Reserve in 1974. It is not only significant for sea birds and endemic land birds but is also the most important breeding site for Hawksbill turtles in the Western Indian Ocean . The reserve is managed solely by local staff and benefits local communities on the neighboring Praslin island through eco-tourism.
Looking around Cousin today, it is hard to believe that this vibrant and diverse island ecosystem was once a coconut plantation.  When the island was first settled in the early 1900's, the original vegetation on the plateau was cleared to make way for profitable coconut trees as well as a small garden. Cousin has been successfully restored to its original vegetation, creating homes for many endemic species of land birds and important beeding sites for seabirds.
Today, Cousin is managed by Nature Seychelles.  Conservation activities include monitoring of the island's biodiversity, research, re-introduction of endangered species such as the Seychelles Magpie Robin, ecotourism and education.

Cousin has received international awards for its conservation and ecotourism efforts  by Conde Nast Traveler and  Bristish Airways.






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