Animal & Insect Facts Friday, Jul 31 2009 

 

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What happens when a male lion and a female tiger breed? A Liger – the largest of all felines. A liger looks like a giant lion with diffused stripes and some male ligers grow sparse manes. These massive creatures are 10 feet long on average and weigh about 700 lb (320kg). Liger love swimming – trait common to tigers but lacking in lions. Ligers have been bred in captivity, deliberately and accidentally, since shortly before World War II. The largest liger alive today is appropriately named Hercules and lives in Jungle Island in Miami.

 

Fireflies and Internal lights

Do you wonder where fireflies got their internal light? Fireflies actually contain the so-called Luciferin. This substance when combined with oxygen will enable them to produce light. This process is called bioluminescence and they light up to attract the mate. Same is true with angler fish which also produces light, but they use it to catch the prey.

 

 

 

Margarita Ruhl:The German Top Model Saturday, Jul 11 2009 

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Meet Margarita Ruhl, currently competing alongside Germany’s elite beauties to be crowned the winner of Germany’s Next Topmodel. The show, hosted by FHM favourite Heidi Klum, will whittle down an original pool of nearly twenty hopefuls to just one winner. And that one winner should then (unless she blows it) go on to cultivate a stratospheric pay packet, be the proud owner of Germany’s most revered brustwarze and sign-on for a pay-per-view, all-you-can-drink showdown with David Hasselhoff. Or not.

But the real news? We shot Margarita back in December, as part of the FHM Advent Calendar. And if she’s as popular in Germany as she was with FHM.com readers, well, just remember where you saw here first.

Sania Mirza–Breaks The Millions Of Youth Heart Saturday, Jul 11 2009 

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Hyderabad: Tennis star Sania Mirza with Mohammed Shorab Mirza after their engagement at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad on Friday.

10 Days 15 Death Saturday, Jul 11 2009 

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THE British Army has now suffered more deaths in Afghanistan than in Iraq.The grim landmark came with the loss of six soldiers yesterday – five slaughtered in one devastating ambush. A total of 184 UK military personnel have fallen fighting the Taliban, passing the 179 who perished battling Saddam Hussein and insurgents.

The ambush happened in the early hours, near the Helmand hotspot of Sangin. Taliban fanatics used a small “come-on” explosion to draw a British unit on a routine night patrol towards a huge bomb.It was detonated as the troops, from 2nd Battalion The Rifles, grouped together, military sources revealed.

The attack was the worst single incident the Army has suffered in Afghanistan since the Taliban were toppled by US-led allied forces in 2001. The sixth soldier to die yesterday was from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment. He was blown up by a roadside bomb while travelling on a Viking tracked vehicle.

The much-criticised machines are currently being withdrawn because they cannot withstand blasts from the Taliban’s improvised devices.
The families of all six dead soldiers were being informed last night.
Earlier, the Ministry of Defence announced that two troops were killed on Thursday in the ongoing Operation Panther’s Claw offensive against the Taliban.

Playboy want naked Winslet Wednesday, Jul 8 2009 

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IF an Oscar, two Golden Globes and a Bafta aren’t enough for KATE WINSLET – she’s now been bestowed with another honour. HUGH HEFNER has offered the British actress a spot on the cover of Playboy with a nude spread inside.
If Kate takes Hugh up on his offer she would follow in the footsteps of MARILYN MONROE, SHARON STONE, PAMELA ANDERSON and fellow Oscar winner CHARLIZE THERON.

The 82-year-old Playboy boss told a newspaper: “There’s no question we would be interested in Kate. “It’s a competitive market, more than it used to be, so she would be a most welcome addition in our pages.” Kate has been filmed topless in many of her movies, including Academy Award victors The Reader and Titanic. But she has vowed to never again appear naked on screen again, for fears of being typecast.She said: “I don’t want to be known as that actress who gets her kit off.”

Mystery Surrounds Michael Jackson’s Burial Wednesday, Jul 8 2009 

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Michael Jackson’s body left the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a funeral motorcade Tuesday after a star-studded public memorial service for the singer, but it wasn’t immediately clear where the King of Pop’s body was headed.

Los Angeles police told FOX News that the hearse carrying Jackson’s golden casket would be taken to a cemetery, but it appears unlikely that the cemetery will be Forest Lawn Memorial Park, as was originally expected.

FOX News obtained a copy of Jackson’s death certificate, dated Tuesday, which names Forest Lawn for temporary use. The family held a private service there before the casket was taken to the Staples Center, but Los Angeles Officer April Harding said Jackson’s body will not be returning there.

Very good news for celeb fans Tuesday, Jul 7 2009 

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INTERNET shopping is bigger – and better – than ever.

And now fashion fans have a new site to bookmark.Very.co.uk is the latest in shopping sites for stylish surfers.

Featuring ranges designed by celebrities whose style we love to dissect, including Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby and Peaches Geldof, the site lets you rate the items, chat to other fashion lovers, read the stars’ blogs and even upload your favourite outfits to your facebook profile.

We’re loving Fearne’s rock chick inspired collection, and we’re sorely tempted by this leopard print coat . . . even though it’s 30 degrees

Source: Jackson’s body to be at Staples Center Tuesday, Jul 7 2009 

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Michael Jackson’s body will be brought to the memorial service at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, a source involved in the planning said.


They poured in to Los Angeles from places far-flung, an army of Michael Jackson fans hoping to collectively mourn their idol in a massive ceremony at the Staples Center downtown Tuesday.

Police put up concrete barriers around the center, allowing only fans with tickets to the star-studded event to enter — beginning at 6 a.m. (9 a.m. ET).

Parking lots in the area raised their prices, some as high as $30. Airports in Southern California saw a spike in bookings. And several movie theaters in the area announced special screenings of the event, which will also be carried live by some television networks and Web sites.

“I guess the crowd estimate is the $64,000 question that everybody is wondering about, and we are as well,” Jim McDonnell, assistant police chief for Los Angeles, said Monday.

Report: Jackson’s Ex-Wife Debbie Rowe Says ‘I Want My Children’ Thursday, Jul 2 2009 

Michael Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe broke her silence Thursday and declared she wants custody of the two children she had with the late King of Pop.”I want my children,” Rowe said during a 90-minute phone interview with NBC-LA early Thursday.

A judge later that day delayed a guardianship hearing for Michael Jackson’s children at the request of attorneys for Rowe and the singer’s mother.The hearing, originally scheduled for Monday., was rescheduled for July 13.

Katherine Jackson will retain temporary guardianship of the children until then.Rowe, who married Jackson in 1996 and filed for divorce three years later, told the NBC-LA she is willing to submit to DNA testing to prove maternity and psychological testing.She also said she’ll seek a restraining order to keep their grandfather, Joe Jackson, away from the children. Michael Jackson had a strained relationship with his father, who he said struck him as a child.

Michael-Jacksons-final-show Thursday, Jul 2 2009 

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THIS is the King of Pop’s sensational last ever rehearsal video.The recording shows Michael Jackson finalising his act for London’s O2. The star looks on sizzling form – leaping across the stage as he performs his hit, They Don’t Care About Us.Watch Video

Photographer Kevin Mazur – who watched the final show said: “I watched in awe. From what I saw, Michael was back – and in real style.”He was amazing, happy and energetic. He performed virtually non-stop for two hours and ran through about a dozen greatest hits. He stopped just a couple of times to tweak arrangements and work on moves with dancers.

Elvis Presley vs Michael Jackson Thursday, Jul 2 2009 

Family: Michael Jackson viewing won’t happen at Neverland Wednesday, Jul 1 2009 

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Michael Jackson’s family will not hold a public or private viewing of his body at the Neverland Ranch, a spokesman for the family said Wednesday. “Plans are under way regarding a public memorial for Michael Jackson, and we will announce those plans shortly,” Ken Sunshine said in a written tatement.Jackson’s will, which was filed in court Wednesday and dated July 7, 2002, did not specify where he wished to be buried.

Jackson placed his entire estate, which he estimated to be worth at least $500 million, in the Michael Jackson Family Trust, which was described in another document not filed in court

Yemen plane’s black box located Wednesday, Jul 1 2009 

One of the black box flight recorders from the Yemeni plane which crashed in the Indian Ocean on Tuesday has been located, a French official has said.Efforts to retrieve the recorder will begin during the day, the official added, quoted by AFP news agency.Meanwhile doctors say the only survivor of the crash, teenage girl Baya Bakari, is recovering and in no danger.

The plane, flying from the Yemeni capital Sanaa to the Comoros, came down in bad weather with 153 on board.There were 66 French nationals among the passengers. Most of the rest were Comorans.

Insomniac Michael Jackson begged for sedative Wednesday, Jul 1 2009 

LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson was so distraught over persistent insomnia in recent months that he pleaded for a powerful sedative despite warnings it could be harmful, says a nutritionist who was working with the singer as he prepared his comeback bid.

Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse whose specialty includes nutritional counseling, said Tuesday that she repeatedly rejected his demands for the drug, Diprivan, which is given intravenously.

But a frantic phone call she received from Jackson four days before his death made her fear that he somehow obtained Diprivan or another drug to induce sleep, Lee said.