Posted by ashley @ 1:03 pm on May 24th
Fear of long words
Posted by admin @ 1:55 pm on May 23rd
KFC in China
Posted by admin @ 1:14 pm on May 20th
KFC was the first quick-service restaurant chain to enter China in 1987, the first to bring franchising to China in 1992 and the first to open a drive-through in China in 2002. KFC continues to be the number one quick-service restaurant brand and the largest and fastest growing restaurant chain in mainland China today, with over 3,300 restaurants in more than 700 cities. Yum! opens nearly one new KFC every day in mainland China.
Posted by admin @ 1:55 pm on May 18th
Can You Really Die in Your Nightmares?
Posted by admin @ 12:42 am on May 14th
Wes Craven’s horror movie “A Nightmare On Elm Street” (1984) remains one of the most popular horror movies of all time. But for all its outlandish content, a real disease called “sudden unexpected nocturnal death syndrome” (SUNDS) inspired the movie, Craven said in an interview with Cinemafantastique magazine in 2008. SUNDS strikes otherwise healthy young people dead in their sleep, not unlike a certain claw-handed villain in the Elm Street movies.
In SUNDS, which is genetic disease, the body fails to properly coordinate the electrical signals that cause the heart to beat, said Matteo Vatta, an assistant professor of cardiology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. The disease primarily strikes young adult men, especially those of Southeast Asian descent.
“The heart can be normal for quite some time, and then it may stop unexpectedly,” Vatta told Life’s Little Mysteries. “Usually, the heart stops at night, and in Southeast Asia it once caused more deaths amongst young males than car accidents.”
The deaths occur at night because the heart beats more weakly when people sleep, Vatta said. When the heart slows down for sleep, the electrical problems that cause SUNDS become more pronounced, overtake the body’s ability to regulate its own heart beat and send the heart into a deadly spasm.
There have been some theories that link the onset of SUNDS to the stress caused by nightmares, but no scientific studies have shown a correlation between SUNDS deaths and the content of dreams.
Currently, there is no effective treatment for SUNDS, and no clear reason why it tends to affect Southeast Asians more frequently than other groups. And the syndrome is very difficult to detect, even with a dedicated electrocardiograph reading, Vatta said.
Doctors in the U.S. and Europe first recognized the disease among refugees who were fleeing the Vietnam War, according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention report. As those refugees began settling in the U.S. in the late 1970s and early 1980s, mysterious stories of apparently healthy Southeast Asian men dying in their sleep, and others who refused to sleep from fear of SUNDS, began appearing in newspapers across the country. And a cinematic dream was born.
Past Encounter At Disney For Man & Wife
Posted by ashley @ 2:20 pm on May 6th
Alex and Donna Voutisinas thought the first time their paths had crossed was when the couple had begun working together at a hotel. As it turns out, they had come within feet of each other at Disney World when they were just toddlers. They came to this startling realization just days before their marriage while searching for baby pictures to be used at their reception. While looking at a photo of Donna’s family taken at the ‘happiest place on Earth,’ Alex saw HIS FATHER pushing a stroller in the background! As it turns out, both the bride and groom’s families had been vacationing on that same day, and they had the photographic evidence to prove it.
Mike the Headless Chicken
Posted by ashley @ 12:16 pm on May 3rd
On September 10, 1945, farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, Colorado, United States, had his mother-in-law around for supper and was sent out to the yard by his wife to bring back a chicken. Olsen chose a five-and-a-half-month-old cockerel named Mike. The axe missed the jugular vein, leaving one ear and most of the brain stem intact.
Despite Olsen’s botched handiwork, Mike was still able to balance on a perch and walk clumsily; he even attempted to preen and crow, although he could do neither. After the bird did not die, a surprised Mr. Olsen decided to continue to care permanently for Mike, feeding him a mixture of milk and water via an eyedropper; he was also fed small grains of corn.
When used to his new and unusual center of mass, Mike could easily get himself to the highest perches without falling. His crowing, though, was less impressive and consisted of a gurgling sound made in his throat, leaving him unable to crow at dawn. Mike also spent his time preening and attempting to peck for food with his neck.
Both Hitler and bin Laden Announced Dead on May 1
Posted by ashley @ 12:10 pm on May 1st
On May 1, 1945, Germany announced that Adolf Hitler was dead, leading to the end of the allied campaign in Europe during World War II. That same date 66 years later, President Obama announced the death of the al-Qaeda leader and international terrorist, Osama bin Laden.