Author archives: prems

Here Are 14 Things You Can Only Buy At A Wal-Mart In China. 12 Put My Jaw On The Floor.

It seems like you can find anything at your local Wal-Mart, and most of the products are of course made in China these days. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll feel at home when you walk into a Wal-Mart in China. It’s quite the contrary based on these pictures. After all, China is known for its exotic, if not eccentric, food tastes. Take a look. 1. Crocodiles in the frozen meat section   […]

Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh: How the world’s largest NGO has changed the face of Indian democracy

In October 1947, soon after India became independent, Pakistani troops had reached the borders of Kashmir. All the efforts of political leaders had failed. Time was ticking. In these conditions Sardar Patel sent a message to the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), MS Golwalker, requesting him to use his influence to prevail upon the Maharaja to accede to India. ‘Guruji’, as he was fondly called, cancelled all engagements […]

What will happen if the bees disappear?

As thoughts turn to warm weather and gardening, it’s a good time to consider planting flowering trees, shrubs and other plants that are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. You can beautify your yard, diversify the landscape and feed and protect pollinators, all at the same time. The bees need you. Honeybee colonies are dying at frightening rates. Since 2007, an average of 30% of all colonies have died […]

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi claims victory

 Narendra Modi, the leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, claimed victory as India’s next Prime Minister on Friday, bringing to power a man whose controversial past at one point led the United States to deny him a visa. Official results were expected late Friday. Viewed as pro-business, Modi, 63, has pledged reforms to revive the nation’s flagging economy. But his past is not without controversy. Throughout his campaign, […]

Christian in Sudan sentenced to death for faith

 Hours after a Sudanese court sentenced his pregnant wife to death when she refused to recant her Christian faith, her husband told CNN he feels helpless. “I’m so frustrated. I don’t know what to do,” Daniel Wani told CNN on Thursday. “I’m just praying.” This week a Khartoum court convicted his wife, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith. Ibrahim is Christian, her husband said. But […]

‘Sleep is not an indulgence’: It’s arrogant to think you don’t need adequate rest, scientists say

“It’s not rocket science,” says Russell Foster, explaining how most of us are deprived of sleep and in need of an early night. No, but it is neuroscience — and as Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at Oxford University, he should know. Foster is one of the U.K.’s leading experts on sleep, and an evangelical advocate of us all getting eight undisturbed hours each night, not just to improve our physical […]

16th century 'vampire' unearthed - complete with a rock in its mouth to stop blood sucking and a stake driven through its LEG

Archaeologists in northwestern Poland have a  found a suspected vampire The burial was found in a  cemetery in the town of Kamien Pomorski A stake had previously been  driven through one leg of the skeleton This was designed to stop it rising from the  grave after its death It also had a small rock in its mouth to  stop it sucking blood from victims The body is  believed to date […]

Seeing Jesus or Virgin Mary on a slice of toast just part of normal brain functioning, Toronto researchers say

TORONTO : There are numerous well-publicized examples of people reportedly discovering famous faces on everyday objects, from the visage of Jesus on a grilled cheese sandwich to the Virgin Mary on a flour tortilla and Elvis Presley on a potato chip. Is it a miracle? Are these people just plain crazy? Or is it something else? Toronto researchers have found that “face pareidolia,” where onlookers report seeing well-known countenances in […]

Austria's 'bearded lady' Conchita Wurst won Eurovision 2014

Austrian Conchita Wurst has arrived home to a heroine’s welcome after the bearded drag queen won the Eurovision Song Contest Sporting high heels, butterfly eyelashes and a full beard, Wurst – whose birth name is Tom Neuwirth – swept to victory with her Rise Like a Phoenix ballad before a global television audience of about 180 million people in 45 countries “I share the opinion that this was not a […]

Australia: More than 170 sharks caught under controversial cull program

The Western Australian government caught 172 sharks, and killed 50 of the largest animals, as part of a culling program that has sparked anger among conservationists. The three-month program, which ended last week, used baited lines attached to floating drums to catch sharks off popular beaches in Western Australia following a spate of fatal shark attacks in waters off the state in recent years. The scheme, which was part of […]