YouTube Caption not that great yet – Watch for spellings!

March 7th, 2010

I was watching Matt Cutts video over YouTube WebmasterHelp and I realized that the new Youtube Caption feature has yet to go through some more testing. For instance if you go to this youtube link and move the time line to 1:09 seconds, you will realize that Matt is saying “how much you weight social media links” instead the YouTube caption shows “WAIT” which I doubt Matt meant to say. I thought I will just share this, I find the new feature great but it can ruin your spellings if you are someone into YouTube :(

Why do Brazilians have nicknames?

March 7th, 2010

If you know a Brazilian they probably have a nickname or just a fraction of their name will be used when talking about them. If you watch soccer(European football) you will surely have noticed phenomenon. If you see Brasil playing you will often see players with one name, examples include: Kaka, Ronaldo,  Ronaldinho and many more. Most of these players have longer names it wouldn’t  be conventional to have it on their jersey and for the commentators. But it goes even deeper than just soccer, even their president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is only refereed by her nickname. Some say it is because of Brazil’s past illiteracy but not many agree with that anymore.

Some people don’t even know their best friends real name because of the nickname phenomena. Some are called by their traits, like an American friend of mine who studied there was called Americano, which is […] Continue Reading…

Why Do We Call The Red Crustacean a “lobster”?

March 7th, 2010

Why do we call the delicious red crustacean a “lobster”? It has more old more origins than you might think. Lobsters were famous in the new world in the places like New Brunswick, Shediac and Nova Scotia, where the largest ever lobster was caught in the history of mankind. Even though Scotia is not considered the world capital of Lobster it has been a place of interest for lobster enthusiasts because of the record holding lobsters there. That lobster weighted 44.4 pounds that is heavier than some humans. Now days people don’t lobster each day and the dinning’s that serve it are often of high order. But before the 20th century lobster was for poor people. Lobster were common in port city, where the society was often middle class hard worker and not fancy rich men. Though that has changed recently…

The word itself comes from the dead language Latin. […] Continue Reading…

Interesting facts about Human Origin and birth of civilization

March 7th, 2010

One of the most fascinating and interesting subjects that has been under scrutiny by man is his quest about the origin and the birth of civilization New discoveries from the remains of fossilized bones excavated from the earth at various places throw more light on the subject and makes it more interesting.

The latest line of thinking in regard to human origin zeroes down to two major theories:

• According to one theory, different types of humanoid developed in parallel across the different parts of the universe, and

• The second theory believes that mankind originally developed several million years ago in what we call at present as Africa, and from there man moved across to other regions in the world – especially – first to Asia, then to Australia, followed by Europe and finally the Americas.

We have arrived at some broad consensus with regard to the human origin and birth […] Continue Reading…

Fun Facts About Ancient Rome

March 4th, 2010

Ancient Rome was one of the most successful civilization on earth to ever exist. They conquered many lands, created so many things we use till this day. Changed alot of things in a lot of ways. Here are some facts about them.

-The ancient city of Rome is the same as the present one in Italy.

-Slaves in ancient Rome made up to 40% of the population.

-The forum in ancient Rome was a place where people would converse about politics and religion, it was also a focal gathering, meeting point.

-Asparagus was a favorite of the roman people, they kept it frozen in the Alps to keep it fresh.

-Ancient Rome’s Colosseum was the biggest arena of all time, it could seat more than 200,000 people.

-Gladiators in ancient Rome would fight till death and if the Emperor wasn’t impressed with the winner […] Continue Reading…

Why are slaves to substance abuse called “addicts”?

March 4th, 2010

The word slave comes from the Romans. When they conquered most of Slavonia, the word Slav since then has become synonymous with people who are subjugated with slavery. Slavs were given to Roman warriors as a reward for their on field performance. They were also called addicts, which is a Latin word. Someone who is a slave has not control over what he does, the same is said about addicts when they are controlled by drugs. Your often controlled against your own will, that is why your a slave of your substance. Slaves of other kind can also be called addicts. This might also have influenced the word Slav by which many eastern European nations are called by.

Many other civilizations used slavery without much thought about it. But the Romans were known to be very cruel, that is why they were conquering lands after lands, they would sell the […] Continue Reading…

Why is a terrible doctor called a “quack”?

March 3rd, 2010

Many people will go to a check up with their doctor and come back n’ say “wow my doctor is such quack”. Because he seems incompetent, or just says nonsense. Well basically that’s where the word originated from..nonsense. It comes from the old days, when dubious medicine men traveled from town to town and sold their amazing healing aliments and ointments. The Quack comes from the Quack of a duck which is repeatedly nonsensical just like the dubious medicine man’s words.

Did you know that only the female dabbling duck is the only duck that quack’s and not any other duck of any other family? It was also always thought that a duck’s quack don’t echo but the myth has been since debunked by many sources, universities and even the famous tv show Mythbusters.

Why do the Chinese Name Years After Animals?

March 3rd, 2010

The Chinese have tied animal names to the calender years for a very long long time. But from where does this come from? It comes from the base of the Chinese society, Buddhism . This religion has many influences on the Chinese perspective of life and view of many other things such as love, family and many more.  The origin comes from Buddha himself, thought the story itself is a myth. Buddha had invited all the animals on earth to visit him in New Year’s Day. But only a few of the thousands existing turned up, 12 of them and what a coincidence the calender has 12 months, so Buddha rewarded them for showing up by giving them each an year. The animals who showed up were the rat, the ox, the tiger, the hare, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey, the rooster, the dog […] Continue Reading…

Why are Americans Called Yanks/Yankees ?

March 3rd, 2010

There must be a reason why the Americans of USA are called Yanks/Yankees. The word actually has no relation with the animal Yak, which some think has something to do with this. The word was coined by English pirates in reference to the Dutch, who were known pretty much for their diet of cheese only. Which in their language is Kaas, a christian name such as Jan tied with this would become Jan Kass, pronounced (Yan-Kas). So it could be that’s how the English called the Dutch who had settled in New York. However it could be the other theory, the one about the native Indians, they use to call the English, Yengees that’s how they pronounced the French word of English, Anglais.

Did you know that New York was formerly called New Amsterdam and it was also the capital of New Netherlands. That is why there are many historical […] Continue Reading…

Why do we call someone too smart for his own good “smart aleck”?

March 2nd, 2010

The expression, smart aleck is often used for someone who is too smart for his own good. But where does this term come from? Does aleck have some deep roots in some other culture like almost every other word in our dictionary, actually no it comes from a name. In 1840s, when New York scam artist Aleck Hoag paid off the cops to look the other way while her wife acted like a prostitute to bring men in their home, then Aleck would come in the room and frighten the man, he would then demand money which the man would pay. Aleck was doing good business with this scam but he was tired of paying the middle man, the cops. He tried to do it without paying them and didn’t quite work out. The cops caught him and his wife, they called him smart aleck.

Some say Aleck was a […] Continue Reading…