Steve Jobs biography preliminary review indicates this book is very interesting. Jobs biography was said to be a rich portrait of one person with the best minds of his era. Here are some startling facts about Steve Jobs in the biography.

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1. Where did the name Apple originate?

Executek, Matrix, to Personal Computers Inc. are the names that had considered Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak for technology companies that will they founded. Jobs express the name Apple after returning from an apple farm and eventually the name was used. "This name sounds fun, vibrant and not intimidating," said Jobs.

2. Bill Clinton asked for advice to Jobs about Monica Lewinski scandal

Bill Clinton's scandalous affair with Monica Lewinski had horrendous United States in the decade of the 1990s. Clinton who looked confuse, asked Jobs for advice. "I do not know you had an affair, but if it is true, you must tell that thing to (citizens) this country," advices of Jobs to Clinton.

3. Why Jobs is always wearing a black sweater?

Jobs appearance identically with a black sweater, it started when Jobs visited the Sony factory in Japan and meet employees there in uniform. He loved it and had thought that Apple employees were in uniform too. Although it was not so accomplished, Jobs decided to create a unique outfit for himself. So he always wore a black sweater, designed by Japanese designer Issey Miyake.

4. Jobs disillusioned with Barack Obama

Jobs is a supporter of President Barack Obama. But he was disappointed with some of Obama's policies and at the time the two met, Jobs are expecting Obama will serve only one period. Jobs argued the government should be more friendly to business circles and reforming education.

5. Jobs initially refusing cancer surgery

At first Jobs refused a cancer operation that could potentially save his life. Jobs apparently did not like if someone ‘open’ his body . "He really not ready to 'open' his body," said Jobs's wife, Laurene Powell.

6. Jobs had rejected the idea of ​​an application for Apple devices

Application services are Apple's key success factors. But who would have thought at first Jobs does not like the idea of ​​a third party may make application for Apple devices due to various reasons such as the possibility of virus attacks. But finally, Jobs was convinced to allow the application on the Apple device.

7. Jobs felt depressed during the launch of the iPad first generation

Various criticisms lunged at the launch of the Apple iPad though ultimately this gadget is successful. This device was considered lack features. "'I seem to get depressed today," Jobs said in Isaacson, night after Jobs introduced the iPad.

8. Jobs wrath on Google

"I'll spend my last breath if necessary and I would spend all the Apple money of USD 40 billion in the bank, to correct this error. I will destroy the Android because it is a stolen product," said Jobs on Android. He did not accept Google's stealing iPhone ideas on Android.
A poor government clerk from a remote and poverty-stricken region of northern India was partying with film stars on Thursday night after becoming the first person to win 50 million rupees, worth over $1m or £634,000, on an Indian gameshow.

Sushil Kumar shows his 50-million-rupee cheque with the film star Amitabh Bachchan.

In an astonishing real life version of the plot of the 2008 Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, whose impoverished hero from a tough neighbourhood of the Indian commercial capital Mumbai wins the biggest prize on a TV quiz show, 27-year-old Sushil Kumar answered a final question correctly to take the jackpot of the massively popular local edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

"We can't believe it. The whole village have come to our house. We are worried that my dad will die of happiness," Sunil Kumar Patel, the winner's brother, told the Guardian. "We can't speak to Sushil. His mobile is off because he is out with the stars and on and off planes."

Kumar, who has a master's degree in psychology from a local college, wept when the Indian movie legend Amitabh Bachchan, the show's host, handed him a cheque for 50 million rupees after the contestant gave all the right answers in the show's final round.

On his blog Bachchan described "the tension as each question was meticulously answered … and then [he] waited … till almost eternity to decide on that final answer.

"The entire place just exploded. The family of the contestant … ran on to the set in uncontrollable joy and screams and tears of happiness, whilst the live audience were whooping it up on their feet with the loudest scream I have ever heard," Bachchan wrote.

Before Kumar went on the programme, which was recorded on Tuesday and will air next week, he earned around £90 a month as a government office worker and supplemented his income as a private tutor in the small town of Motihari in the eastern state of Bihar.

The third of five sons, he was working on a short-term contract as a computer operator on a public works scheme in the rural West Champaran district, close to the Nepali border.

Bihar is one of the poorest states of India and its remoter areas, such as Motihari, have been largely untouched by India's phenomenal recent economic growth. Social indicators in much of Bihar are on a par with sub-Saharan Africa or worse.

Kumar's brother said his family had been too poor to afford a television set and had watched the quiz show at a neighbour's home. "We all used to watch the show from its beginnings years ago and Sushil always knew all the answers. People used to say: 'Why don't you try it? You could win the money!'"

Another reason was the dream of meeting Bachchan in person. A cousin, Sanjay Kumar, told the Calcutta Telegraph newspaper that the winner had first learned about his selection to appear on the programme – known locally as KBC, short for Kaun Banega Crorepati in Hindi – only two weeks ago. He had travelled to Mumbai with his wife Seema and two brothers last week. None had flown in an aeroplane before, or travelled to a big city.

On his crucial ninth question in the final round, Kumar sought the help of a local teacher on his "phone-a-friend" lifeline, the cousin told the newspaper.

According to the Associated Press news agency, Kumar said he would spend some of his prize money on a preparatory course for India's tough civil service exam, which could lead to a secure and prestigious lifetime job.

Kumar said he would also buy a new home for his wife, pay off his parents' debts, give his brothers cash to set up small businesses and build a library in Motihari so the children of his village would have access to "books and knowledge".

Full story at theguardian

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The Eh`häusl in Amberg, Germany bills itself as the smallest hotel in the world. It is only eight feet wide! The structure was built on a property of only 20 square meters, between two other houses. The history of the hotel is interesting, as told by Metafilter member woodblock100:

So here’s the story:
It’s 1728 and you live in Amberg, a little Bavarian town somewhere north of Munich. You and your lady friend really, really want to get married, but there is a little snag; the council laws permit only homeowners to marry, and you’re still stuck renting a place. But all is not lost! You pick up a little strip of empty land between two other buildings – just 2.5 meters wide. You run up a quick wall on the front, another on the back, slap a roof on top, and presto – you’re a homeowner. The council falls for it, and allows you to get married.

But now what? Well, it’s not liveable, so you head back to the rental place to live, but you recoup your investment by selling the Eh’häusl (Little Wedding House) to the next couple with the same problem.

There is no reliable record of how long the practice continued, but the building survived, and in 2008 it received a complete refurbishment, transforming it into a luxury hotel. Total size? 56 square meters. Maximum number of guests at any one time? Two. [Google street view]

But there's more! According to an old legend told by the locals, couples who spend their wedding night at the tiny hotel are guaranteed* to live happily ever after and never get divorced!
Wesley Warren Jr., who suffers from a condition called scrotal lymphedema, rests his 100-pound scrotum on a milk crate

A terrible condition that has been affecting the life of Wesley Warren for three years already, his 100 pound scrotum requires a seven figure operation that he has to pay himself. this is his story.

A terrible condition that has been affecting the life of Wesley Warren for three years already, his 100 pound scrotum requires a seven figure operation that he has to pay himself. this is his story.

47 year-old Wesley Warren Jr. lived in New York before moving to Las Vegas 15 years ago, in NYC he work in security as a messenger he relocated to sin city in hopes top work as a Casino, he never could. Today he is described by many as the man with the 100 pound testicle, but Warren was not born with this condition according to him it all began on 2008 when his leg accidentally striking his testicles, the next morning he woke up with his scrotum the size of a soccer ball and it has continue to grow ever since.

Doctors said Wesley Warren condition is called testicle elephantiasis a condition that people in Africa and Asia suffered and that is caused by mosquitos, however Wesley hasn’t been to any tropical location to get infected.

Other said his condition is called scrotal lymphedema a rare condition that has made his lymph nodes in his scrotum swell up with watery fluid. at first doctors at o University Medical Center treated him antibiotics because they thought it was an infection, after that he went from doctor to doctor.

Sadly last year when the growth was so overwhelming he was forced to quit his job, went on disability and has been living on his social, that same year he went to UMC where a group of doctors wrote a 20 different documentations of what they found. They corrected a hernia they found on Wesley and told him that a surgery done through Medicaid would put an end to his misery however they also told him that although they would tried to reconstruct his testicles and penis is the bleeding was too much they would have to removed those as well.

“Basically, he was telling me there was a good chance that I would be castrated and have to go to the bathroom through a tube for the rest of my life,” he said. “I really would like to have a relationship with a woman. I should be in the prime of my life right now.”
Wesley then went to UCLA where doctors told him they could save his genitals, but unfortunately Medicaid won’t pay for the surgery and he has to pay for the $1M surgery himself. It was because of that that Mr. Warren Jr. decided to come public, revealed his shame and go to the Howard Stern show to raise money for his surgery.
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A number of recent studies have revealed how making several small lifestyle changes could help you lose weight without feeling deprived of the food you love.


A Cornell University study found that when a fixed portion of food was eaten from a large plate, diners felt they had been give a smaller than average portion, so ate more. When the same portion of food was eaten from a smaller dish, the meal seemed more substantial, so they ate less.

An Italian study into the relationship between fork size and consumption found that diners who used smaller forks ate more than those given larger forks. Researchers believe those with smaller forks felt they were making slower progress in satisfying their hunger, so ate more.

...If you're a woman. According to psychologist Meredith Young, women eat less if there are men around. She told The Atlantic: 'It is possible that small food portions signal attractiveness.'

Those who read nutrition labels on food packaging eat around 5 per cent less fat than those who don't bother, according to researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

A 12-week study of 48 people aged between 55 and 75 on low-calorie diets found that those who drank two glasses of water before each meal lost an average of 4.5lb more than those that didn't.

This includes late-night television and computer use. A study into the effects of bright light, dim light or darkness on weight-gain in mice found that those under a bright light at night gained 50 per cent more weight than those in darkness.

...And keep healthy snacks in sight. Office workers ate less chocolate when dishes of candy were moved from their desks to the other side of the room, reveals a study by Mindless Eating author Brian Wansink.

The same trick can be reversed to positive effect. A Cornell University study found that when a middle school cafeteria salad bar was moved to a more prominent position, consumption of some items increased by 250-300 per cent in a year.

Children eat more with a friend than with a stranger, according to a study at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Researchers said that this trend, which applies to adults too, can be blamed on the fact that friends act as so-called permission-givers, and encourage one to indulge.

Worse still, are thin friends who have large appetites. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that participants snacked more during a movie when accompanied by a skinny person who ate a lot, compared with those sitting next to a fat person who ate a lot.

A University of Illinois study revealed that participants who were shown advertisements encouraging exercise ate more than those who weren't. The same was true of participants exposed to subliminal words relating to exercise during mealtimes.

Being engaged is all about going to cake tastings, being forced to have an opinion on centerpieces, and answering “how did you propose” about one billion times. Women expect to hear something romantic, like you swooped down on a flying unicorn and popped the question as you flew past the sunset. No one wants to hear that you asked her during halftime to order some more wings and/or marry you. Avoid looking like a complete douchebag by not proposing in any of the following ways.

7. The Post-Pregnancy Proposal

Since it’s not the 1950′s anymore and out-of-wedlock mothers aren’t required to wear the scarlet letter, there’s no reason to pop the question just because she’s pregnant. Getting married won’t change the fact that a baby is coming and all your beer money is now going to be going into the diaper fund. Do the gentleman-like thing, ask for the kid to be named after you, write her a check for 18 years of child support, and get a vasectomy.

6. The During Her Marriage Proposal

Despite what Hollywood may tell you, brides do not want you barging into their wedding, stopping the vows, and proclaiming your love for them. And I’ll tell you what, there are extremely high odds that she will say no. So have some class and save the big, romantic movie gestures for moments when they’re needed — such as when you ask your girlfriend to choose you over her wildly successful job.

5. The Edible-Ring Proposal

It sounds romantically-cliche to propose via an engagement ring hidden at the bottom of chocolate mousse. In reality, it’s a subconscious death wish for your significant other. After all, if you were caught placing choke-able objects in someone’s food in any other situation, you would be arrested for attempted murder.

4. The Funeral Proposal

Going to a funeral naturally makes you freak out about your future. You’re wondering if you’ve done anything worthwhile with your life besides that 9 minute keg stand junior year of college. But your mid-life crisis is no reason to reach out to last week’s one-night stand and ask them to marry you. Instead of putting yourself on the fast track for a divorce, ask out the hottest girl at the funeral, and pray like hell you’re not related.

3. The Public Proposal

Deciding to get married is kind of a big deal. It’s up there with deciding what you should do for a living and what secret file name you should hide your porn under. So why put your girlfriend on the spot by popping the question in front of family and friends? Odds are she won’t want to say “let’s talk about this later” in front of everyone. Instead you’ll get an awkward silence while she contemplates the question followed by a half-assed yes.

2. The Social Media Proposal

Just because everyone communicates in 140 characters or less these days doesn’t mean that you should propose via Facebook status. Nothing says I’m too lazy to get offline like an e-mail with the subject line “will you marry me.” And please don’t think adding in a clever kissy smiley face will help matters at all.

1. The Valentine’s Day Proposal

Isn’t there enough going on with women carrying around carnations and adult men dressed as giant baby cupids? There’s no need to add to the corniness of the holiday by throwing in a wedding proposal. The only exception to this cliche proposal is if you forget to get a gift and need to think of something in a hurry.
Marc Guilbert has cooked up the world’s most expensive dessert which has a mouth watering price tag of £22,000.

The extravagant chocolate pud smashes all previous records thanks to its pricy list of ingredients which includes gold, champagne caviar and a stunning 2 carat diamond.

Managing director of Lindeth Howe Stephen Broughton says: “Marc has used all of his culinary talents to whip up a truly incredible concoction of chocolate, champagne and gold leaf all topped off with a diamond. It looks spectacular, tastes incredible and has a price tag to match!”

The pudding – which will be launched in National Chocolate Week (October 10-17) – is made with four different types of the finest Belgian chocolate flavoured with a combination of peach, orange and whiskey.

Styled like a Faberge Easter egg, the beautifully-crafted dessert is layered with champagne jelly and a light biscuit joconde before being finished with bitter dark chocolate and glazed with edible gold leaf.

The centrepiece of the dessert is a stunning 2 carat diamond which has been supplied by the award-winning Wave Jewellery which has shops in Kendal, Bowness-on-Windermere, Lancaster, Manchester and London.

The pudding is decorated with intricate handmade chocolate flowers. As a finishing touch the indulgent dessert is served with champagne and strawberry caviar.

It also comes with one of the finest and most expensive bottles of dessert wine – Chateau d’Yquem which is priced at around £500 per bottle.

The idea for the record breaking dessert was dreamt up by Lindeth Howe’s Mark Abbott and Marc Guibert. Mark Abbott says ’ Here at Lindeth Howe we think we make world class desserts, so we wanted to create something that would smash the world record.’

At £22,000 per egg, the dessert easily breaks the previous world record which was held by New York’s Serendipity 3 Restaurant with a pudding priced at £12,000.

Lindeth Howe’s new dessert will take its place in the Guinness Book of World Records as soon as a customer has deep enough pockets to order one.

Anyone wanting to buy the dessert will need to order it from Lindeth Howe three weeks in advance. For everyone else, the dessert will be on display at the hotel.

The four-star Lindeth Howe hotel has been awarded two AA Rosettes and recently won the Lancashire & Lake District Life Magazine’s Lake District Restaurant of the Year Award.

Lindeth Howe is set in six acres of mature gardens with gently sloping lawns, woodland, a sun terrace and magnificent views over Windermere to the fells beyond.

The hotel has a traditional country house feel plus an award-winning restaurant and an in-house leisure facility featuring pool, sauna, sunbed and fitness room. Tee times at the local golf course can be arranged as well as fishing, walks and watersports.

To find out more about the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, visit or call 015394 45759.
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What if you could play a game of cards with your buddies and recall every card that had been played? You can.

What if you could meet a client today and six months later see him at a football game and recall his name along with his wife’s and kids’ names? You can.

What if you could look at a 50 digit number for 90 seconds and then repeat the number forwards and backwards from memory? You can.

So how do you master your memory to this level? By utilizing a simple system of mental maps, you will be amazed at the amount of knowledge you will be able to store.

Here’s how to begin:

1.Select 5 rooms in your home or office.

2. In each room, number 5 large items. Number these items 1-25. The first item in the first room is #1, the first item in the second room is #6, the first item in the third room is #11, and so on. For example: Bedroom–1. desk, 2. bed, 3. tv, 4. dresser, 5. computer…Bathroom-6. toilet 7. window, 8. shower, 9. sink, 10. towel rack…etc. Remember, this is just an example.You want to select the pieces of furniture in the way they flow around your particular room.

3. Practice saying these pieces of furniture and their corresponding numbers over and over until it becomes second nature to say them forwards or backwards. We will refer to these pieces of furniture as “files.”

4. Now whenever you wish you to recall something, turn it into a picture and imagine it interacting with this piece of furniture.

Let’s say that you want to memorize all the Super Bowl winners. Once you have your files (the pieces of furniture) memorized, the next item of business is to turn whatever you wish to recall into a picture.

So you would be looking at a list that looks like this:
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
New York Jets
Kansas City Chiefs
Baltimore Colts
Dallas Cowboys
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers

In order to remember anything, it must be an image that you can imagine. For example, if you wanted to recall the number 593787, it might be tough to recall. But a photo album with a coffee cup in it would be easy to remember. That is my picture for 593787. For now, lets address turning the football teams into pictures, a much simpler task that turning 593787 into an image.

What could you picture for the Green Bay Packers? Perhaps packaging. Coming up with an image for the Jets is easy–just picture an airplane jet. For the Chiefs, you would picture an Indian chief. The Colts would be a horse and the Cowboys a cowboy. This is pretty simple actually when you’re dealing with teams.

Now this is where it gets fun. Take each of these images and place them mentally around your 25 files in chronological order. For example, since the Packers won the first Super Bowl, imagine someone packaging a box on your number one file. To use the example above, you would picture someone packaging a box on top of your desk. The more action/emotion you can put into this image, the better chances you will recall it later. On your number two file, or your bed, you would also see packaging. On your number three file, you would imagine a jet landing or crashing into your tv. For your fourth file, you could imagine an Indian chief sitting on your dresser.

To memorize all the Super Bowl winners, you will need at least 45 files, but that is easy enough to mentally construct by simply selecting more rooms in your home (or other buildings and selecting 5 items in each). Because you are placing 5 files in each room, you should be able to memorize the numbers of your files rapidly.

The rationalization of 5 in a room, is that if you want to know what the 15th Superbowl winner was, it might take a minute to figure it out if you had 4 files in one room, 6 in another, and 9 in another. However, if there are 5 in a room, it is very easy. All you need to do is mentally jump to the 15th file in your home, or the last item in your third room, and you will see it getting raided by bandits, and this tells you the Oakland Raiders won Super Bowl 15.

Now whenever you wish to remember the whole list of teams, you simply mentally walk through your house, and imagine yourself looking at each piece of furniture–and its corresponding team–as you go from room to room.

This system can be used to memorize anything from 50 digit numbers, business presentations, chapters of books, college homework, product knowledge, or even sports team champions.

Happy memorizing!
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A Hong Kong design student’s poignant tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs became an internet hit Thursday with its minimalist, touching symbolism and brought a job offer and a flood of commemorative merchandise using his design.

Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Mak, a student at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University School of Design, came up with the idea of incorporating Steve Jobs’ silhouette into the bite of the Apple logo, symbolizing both Jobs’ departure and lingering presence at the core of the company.

The design spread like wildfire in cyberspace, drawing hundreds of thousands of posts, and even commemorative caps and T-shirts peddled on eBay featuring his design.

The logo was even used as the twitter profile picture for Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher.

“It’s been a crazy day for me,” Mak told Reuters.

“I’m both excited and terrified,” added the teen-ager.

Mak said he had received a job offer because of the design.

“I really am speechless,” he said in a Twitter post.

Apple’s co-founder Jobs, who created revolutionary products and reshaped the way the world approaches computing and personal communications, died Wednesday at the age of 56.

Mak, who first created the logo after Jobs’ stepped down as Apple’s head in August, said it hadn’t made much of a splash until he reposted it Thursday.

“Originally, I was going to put a black modified logo against a white background,” said the bespectacled Mak who paid tribute to Jobs at Hong Kong’s Apple store.

“It just didn’t feel somber enough. I just wanted it to be a very quiet commemoration. It’s just this quiet realization that Apple is now missing a piece. It’s just kind of implying his absence.”
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A Canadian man has tossed more than 4,800 messages in a bottle into the Atlantic Ocean in the past 15 years — and received more than 3,100 replies.

Harold Hackett, who lives in Tignish, Prince Edward Island, the smallest province in Canada that hugs the Atlantic coastline, told his story to the BBC.

He uses discarded juice containers to hold his letters, dates each one and asks the finder of the bottle to respond.

And they have, in droves, in what the BBC describes as the "oldest form of social networking."

He started the hobby in May 1996 and since has received responses from Russia, Iceland, Holland, the U.K., Florida and even Africa and the Bahamas, wherever the wind and tide go.

"I never dreamt I'd get that many back that quick," Hackett said, emphasizing that the responders have become more than one-time pen pals.

"I usually get about a 150 Christmas cards, Christmas gifts, souvenirs," Hacket said in a video posted on the BBC website. "I just love doing it the old way. The reason I won't put my phone number on my letters is they'd all call me back, and I wouldn't get any letters."

"Harold the bottle man" has become somewhat of a living legend, according to The Guardian, a Prince Edward Island newspaper. The 58-year-old has a display of some of the letters he's received at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum in the nearby tourist town of Cavendish.

Hackett said he sends as many as 200 bottles off every week. He doesn't think he'll ever stop.

Read the story on The Guardian website
See the video interview on BBC
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Funny cartoon of the day

Funny cartoon of the day