Why is a cup of coffee called a cup of joe?

January 28th, 2010

In 1913, The US navy use to have the same habits as the British Navy. Drinking too much rum. They would drink rum every hour or so, that was the tradition. But it soon changed when the Secretary that year was Joseph(Joe) Daniels, a non-alcohol man, he prohibited any alcohol on any American navy ship. The coffee was the strongest drink for the sailors, they didn’t like it but nothing else was much better. So they started calling their coffee mugs a cup of Joe.

Did you know rum was often used by the politicians in that era to persuade people to vote for them. They would often treat them with Bumbo(better rum than the navy’s) at the elections.

Why is someone who is dazed said to be Groggy?

January 28th, 2010

Someone who is hazed or confused or dizzy is often said to be dazed. They see your groggy because you might be drunk from the grog.  Back in the 18th century, a British Admiral E. Vernon tried to change the drinking habits of his sailors by modifying their rum with more water in it. So it would prevent them from getting too drunk. The old admiral use to wear a grogram coat and was known as Old Grog. Grog was often used to describe rum but not so often these days.

Also a nice fact is that George Washington’s brother Lawrence Washington was on one of Vernon’s ships. Though he wasn’t George’s actual brother but rather his half brother.

Interesting facts about Capoeira

January 28th, 2010

Have you heard of a sport that involves martial arts, music, and dance as an integral part of the game? It is Capoeira – an art form that is part of Brazilian culture and is also the national sport of the country.

Historical records reveal that this unique sport has been brought into Brazil way back in the 16th century by the slaves from Angola. Basically it is a combative sport disguised in a dance form with music.

According to some historians, the game of Capoeira emerged as an emotional outlet for the slaves to get relief from their oppression both through violence as well as art forms of music and dance. Because of the violence, the game has been banned in the second half of 19th century. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the game has been revived and treated more as a sport and […] Continue Reading…

Fun Facts About Haiti

January 26th, 2010

Haiti has been on the news a lot recently not for the good reasons though, sadness and catastrophe have taken over the island. People all over from the world are helping them right now. Here are some great facts about this little Island.

The First natives of Haiti were the Taino Amerindians.
It was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus.
In about 25 years the Taino natives were all gone, because of diseases brought by the Spanish or just them killing them meaninglessly.
The Spanish called this area Hispanyola.
The Spanish gave control of the colony in 1697 to The French, hence why they currently often leave to French parts of the world.
It soon became one of the wealthiest colonies in the west because it’s sugar cane, wood and other natural resources. This was only achieved through Slavery and environment degradation.
In 1804, they were one of the first black colonies to declare independence.
They have […] Continue Reading…

All that you should know about the CCIE BootCamp

January 25th, 2010

Do you know which one is the Cisco’s best professional certification? If you are still scratching your head, then the answer is…..the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert certificate (Now you would say “I knew this one”). If you have this certification, grabbing your dream job would become a reality. With the CCIE BootCamp, you will be all set to take the CCIE exam with utter ease.

When one talks about internetworking, the benchmark is the CCIE. There cannot be anything above this one!! CCIE BootCamp helps you to prepare for the certification exam. It is a disciplined course that would completely immerse you in it and with sheer hard work the respectable CCIE certificate will be right in your hand.

The CCIE BootCamp redefines excellence. Your instructors at the CCIE BootCamp program are highly skilled and will provide you not only the methods to crack the CCIE exam but also enough knowledge […] Continue Reading…

Facts about Carbon dating

January 24th, 2010

Many people might have no doubt heard about the word “dating”, a new culture that has crept into the life in recent years, especially among the young men and women. Dating among celebrities is of course a hot cake news among the newspapers and magazines. What we want to discuss has nothing related to dating as is understood among common people.

“Carbon dating” is a boon for the archaeologists.

Carbon dating, also referred to as “radiocarbon dating” in technical terms, refers to the process of determining the age of a carbonaceous material which might be as old as 58,000 years to 62,000 years.

This interesting discovery has been propounded by William Libby in the year 1949 at the University of Chicago. It was this for great invention or discovery, William Libby was honored with the Noble Prize for Chemistry in the year 1969.

William Libby has proved his novel […] Continue Reading…

3 Smart Things Plants Can Do

January 20th, 2010

Plants don’t have a brain! But they can do some pretty damn smart stuff, that some humans have trouble doing.

1. Reproduce

They reproduce, who ever said sex is something you don’t need brains to do, is right. The plants use pollen and the pollen goes on a ovum. The pollen is carried by the wind or bee’s. Ovum is the equal of an egg in need of a fertilization. Pollen is like Sperm but the plant equivalent.

2.Respond To Stress

Plants, what would they stress about? Because plants can’t move and they have to depend on good weather. They have some stress signals and tactics for cases like: High Salinity, Heat and Chill.  Though their tactics to survive only work for short periods, if it is a long period stress they die.

3.Plants Can Kill You

Plants can kill you, but there is no need. Some plants produce waste, like the waste you produce […] Continue Reading…

Fun Facts About Barcelona

January 19th, 2010

Spain has been dominated by great generations of Madrid teams but Barcelona have always been there to make their lives difficult. Here are a few facts about the Club that represents the Catalan heritage in the Spanish league.

Full Name: FC Barcelona

Nicknames, often just called Barca, sometimes called Blaugrana, Los Cules.
Their stadium is Camp Nou, the capacity is 98,772.
They were founded in 1899 by Joan Gamper.
Until 1929, they won a few Copa Del Reys but not yet becoming, but from 29 to 39 Spain was under the rule of Francisco Franco, he ordered Barcelona to remove their Catalan emblem. Barca went into an identify crises and financial one too.
In 1930, their president was killed by soldiers of Franco.
They had won their first title in 29, they won their second one in 45.
For Fans the club is representing the entire region of Catalonia, that’s why the Los Cules say “Més que […] Continue Reading…

Facts About Juventus

January 18th, 2010

Italian football has synonymous with one word and that is Juventus. Since their comeback after the calcio scandal, they finished 3rd in their 1st season back, 2nd last year but equal to Ac Milan on points. And currently they are in fourth under Napoli, lot of discussion has happened recently about their inexperienced  coach, Ciro. Forgetting their current state, here is a few facts about Juve.

Full Name: Juventus Football Club
Founded In 1897
Nicknames: Bianconeri (Black and White), La Vecchia Signora (The Old Lady), La Goeba, La Fidanzata d’Italia (The Girlfriend of Italy), Zebre (zebras), Madama, La Signora Omicidi(The Lady Killer).
Juventus is the third oldest club in Italy after Genoa, Pro Patria and one of the oldest still active in the world.
The club was founded by Irish Students, who were in Turin at the time.
Juventus means young in Latin, it was named so because the creators were young students.
Their Chairman in […] Continue Reading…

Fun Facts about Nexus One, the Iphone Killer

January 18th, 2010

The Google’s much awaited phone, Nexus One has finally arrived. Google has some big dreams with this one and is all set to compete with the mobile giant companies such as Apple and Motorola. Mobile phone lovers have their hands outstretched in anticipation for this new gadget but the question is will Nexus One will be able to live up to its name and the buzz that it has created. If you have your heart set on this android phone, then the following fun facts about this phone will be enjoyable and beneficial for you.

The display of the Nexus One is quite great. Its OLED 800 X 480 and 3.5-inch screen is bigger than the iPhone, which has a 480 X 320 pixel screen. Though, compared to the Droid with 3.7-inch and 480 X 854 pixels, TFT-LCD screen, the Nexus One screen is much smaller, but nevertheless, OLED screen […] Continue Reading…