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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 102 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 4 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 469kb.

The busiest day of the year was August 31st with 338 views. The most popular post that day was FIBA World Championships 2010: Day 3: USA Survives Clash, Serbia Bounces Back, Germany Hammered.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, stumbleupon.com, twitter.com, and kadmous.org.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lebanon basketball, lebanese basketball, fiba asia stankovic cup 2010, you’ve got a friend in me, and nkotbsb.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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FIBA World Championships 2010: Day 3: USA Survives Clash, Serbia Bounces Back, Germany Hammered August 2010

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Lebanese National Basketball Team : Our Pride in Sports July 2010

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[SBC] Eminem, Rihanna and Megan Fox Fire up “Love the Way You Lie” August 2010
11 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com

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3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup: Lebanon on the Rise August 2010
4 comments

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Baby, Let Me Love You Down: Usher Goes O.M.G August 2010
3 comments


Here are two videos that are bound to make all the programmers and IT people really happy on this evening. Feel free to laugh, especially at the second one, which I think is really well executed, especially that Lady Gaga herself hasn’t thought of a Floppy-Disk-based dress (that’s if she could find some lying around).

Enjoy :D

And So You Code ( Alors On Dance Parody)

Lady Java (Bad Romance + Poker Face parody)

 

 


Hello Everyone!

As you may have realized, our content has not been updated for around a week now- something which is agonizing to both Tom and myself. Truth be told, this lack of fresh content has been mainly due to a mix of Writer’s Cramp and getting ready to start our senior year of college next week, as well as Tom having a familial obligation. Therefore, please be patient with us as we get readjusted to the “normal” life, and I’m certain this will be a source of inspiration for some new content. We also have a lot of reviews coming up, with this being the high-season for album and movie releases, so we can guarantee that no matter what, you’re going to be entertained.

In the meantime, we’d just like to share some really exciting news with you all. TnT has been running for almost 3 months now and last night we received word that this little project of ours was reviewed by Kadmous.org, a wonderful website that specializes in celebrating Lebanese achievements and culture. Naturally, we’re thrilled about this and we would like to thank Lebanos for taking the time to check out our blog and write this review, and also for sorting out the few concerns we had straight away. You can check out the review (which is in Arabic) right here :)

And of course, keep checking back for new stuff! :D


Since we haven’t done this in a while, we present you now with a list of random, funny, and bizarre facts we adopted from PHIL BRODIE BAND’S FUN PAGE

  • You will have to walk 80 kilometers for your legs to equal the amount of exercise your eyes get daily.
  • The Chinese used fingerprints as a method of identification back in 700.
  • Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than it does through the air.
  • A greenfly born on a Tuesday can be a grandparent by Friday.
  • Image via Wikipedia

    Mobile Phone Evolution

    There are more mobile phones in UK than there are people.

  • Termites are affected by music; the termites will eat your house twice as fast if you play them loud music.
  • One gallon of used motor oil can ruin approximately one million gallons of fresh water.
  • Thomas Edison got patents for a method of making concrete furniture and a cigar which was supposed to burn forever.

    A photograph of Henry Ford, Thomas Alva Edison...
  • A cubic mile of ordinary fog contains less than a gallon of water.
  • If you think of the Milky Way as being the size of the continent of Asia, our solar system would be the size of a penny.
  • The average driver will be locked out of their car nine times during their life time (yes, men are in the stats).
  • A Boeing 767 airliner contains 3,100,000 parts.
  • Belief in the existence of vacuums used to be punishable under Church law.
  • Your skin weighs twice as much as your brain.
  • An owl can see a mouse moving from over 150ft away by a light no brighter than candlelight.
  • The average person has walked 100,000 miles by the time they reach the age of 85.
  • Your hearing is less sharp after eating too much.
  • In the course of a lifetime, the average person spends 2 years on the phone.
  • In a lifetime, the average clean-shaven man will spend five months shaving and will remove 28ft of hair.
  • Beethoven was extremely particular about his coffee , he always counted 60 beans per cup. (more…)

This is a continuation of the post we had up last week adapted from the fantastic Thrillist where we gave you a list of 22 random facts that you may or may not have come across in your daily life. We now present you with a few more for you reading enjoyment. Here goes :)

  1. The average heart will beat 3,000,000,000 times in a lifetime. That is a lot.
  2. Mount Everest grows 4 millimeters a year. Good luck if you’re attempting to climb it in the near future.
  3. The most common lie is “I’m Fine.” Can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that.
  4. Golf is the only sport to be played on the moon. What about being bored out of your mind?
  5. But there is no superman!

  6. (more…)

If you ask any Internet savvy user (but Microsoft users of course), everyone will tell you that Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are much better than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

The IE team is now saying otherwise.

With rumors of IE9 to be released soon, Microsoft’s IE team is saying that Internet Explorer 9 is months away from being released, and that IE9 basically depends on hardware acceleration, as the Internet Explore 9 Platform Preview showed in an impressive performance.

Although Firefox 4 beta 1 is already out, and has its own GPU (graphics processing unit) acceleration, IE’s group program manager, Robert Mauceri, says that IE9′s harwdware acceleration is “a lot more comprehensive”, where IE9 accelerates much more on the page according to Mauceri, and the GPU is used as all text, graphics, video and images are being rendered.

According to Microsoft's speed test, IE9 runs faster Firefox 4.

According to Mauceri, some tests have shown that FF4 and IE9 are really similar, but in other features, Firefox and Google Chrome are playing catch-up to Internet Explorer. For example, as Mauceri said, Firefox’s new HTML5 parser uses a “separate thread from the one handling Firefox’s interface”, something already exists in IE8 by running each tab in an isolated process.  Google Chrome’s first steps into native code is nothing really special, as IE has had native code for years according to the IE group manager.

I have a good feeling about IE9 and I can’t wait until it’s out. What do you say?


Here is a bunch of random facts that I’d like to share with you on this beautiful Sunday. They’re taken from this website Thrillist.com which is actually pretty cool and updated everyday. Read along for some pretty interesting fun-facts and my comments.
1-Neilasparophobia is the fear of aliens. That means you can’t get past the first 10 minutes of ET.
2-In an average life, a human walks 3 times around the Earth. That’s a long walk!
3-The chances of a plane crashing are 1 in 11 million. That does nothing to lessen my fears of flying.
4- The average life of a web page is between 44 and 77 days. Let’s hope TnT’s pages get to live longer than that.
5-Barbie has had 125 careers since 1959. Talk about ambition!
6-Charles Dickens invented the word Boredom. I’m glad he gave the English language something other than A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol
7-The first calculator (not abacus) was invented in 1642. My life would have been so much more complicated if not for that invention.
8-Phobophobias is the fear of phobias. Wonder how long it took them to figure that!
9-In chess, there are 19651882910054400000000000000 ways to play the first ten moves. Wow.
10- Only 3% of adults get the recommended 8 hours of sleep. College students do not belong to that category.
11-The Big Bang Theory was developed by a priest. No comment.
12- Micheal Jackson’s white glove was a modified golf glove. And it sold for freaking millions!
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Somehow I'm not suprised


14-Scrabble was originally going to be called Lexiko. Somehow Scrabble sounds much better.
15-A glass bottle takes 4 thousand years to degrade. Plastic is no better.
16-Chocolate is good for your teeth
17-You can die from laughing. Sad, but true.
18-The average smoker loses 2 teeth every 10 years. And that is one reason why you should stop smoking.
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Maybe it's time to repaint the bedroom walls


20-An average bannana has more calories than a KitKat. See, junk food is health, sometimes
21-And finally. High heels were originally made for men. So don’t blame Nicolas Sarkozy or Tom Cruise for wearing platform shoes.

See, it's a fact


The following list is from one of my most absolute favorite websites Listverse since they publish a new list about everything and anything everyday. They tend to specialize in the bizarre and odd, and the following list is no exception. You can find the link to the site in our blogroll section. In the meantime, you can enjoy this list right here on TnT, since at the moment, we are still working on improving ourselves and our blog. Here it goes:

Every so often, we’ll come across strange and inexplicable conditions found in the human body. These are the mysteries science can’t easily debunk, the kinds that defy natural laws and how we’ve come to understand ourselves. There’s always debate concerning these supposed powers. Are they just hoaxes derived from our imagination, or are we looking at the first steps into the next evolutionary leap? So here’s what we’ve seen; you decide what to believe from these bizarre human mysteries.

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Entrancing Healers

Shamanistic practices were once much more prevalent in the world, and considered a profound foundation of the tribes that believed in them. These spiritually based rituals are still found today and are revered as legitimate procedures. In the Philippines, an entrancing healer, allegedly, has the ability to materialize and dematerialize matter. The shaman will enter a mild trance, where they gain the supernatural ability to perform surgeries with little to no contact with the patient. They would then be able to remove foreign objects within the body such as glass and metal and provide alleviation from similar pains.

Many of these shamans have been discovered as fraudulent, proving the use of slight of hand tricks and passing them off as legitimate procedures, but that isn’t the case for all of them. Some entrancing healers can pull out molars with their bare hands, while others can remove and replace eyeballs. There is still not enough evidence to dismiss what these shamans have been apparently able to achieve for decades.

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Psychic Surgeons

Much like entrancing healers, psychic surgeons can perform procedures that would normally require tools and what we consider conventional medical supplies (like anesthesia). But, unlike the healers, psychic surgeons go deep into the patient’s body, and literally pull out tumors and organs from their patients.

These types of surgeons are mostly found in Brazil and the Philippines, where people strongly believe in spirits (which aid every procedure/treatment). Patients are told to recognize that negative feelings and thoughts toward disease and illnesses only serve to aggravate the condition, and that they can’t be healed if they don’t believe in the possibility of overcoming it. In other words, they must form a bond between the mind, body and spirit, to achieve the balance required for recovery; the body can’t be healed if the mind and spirit aren’t aligned. This is also the reason why psychic surgeons argue that outsiders who come to them seeking help are more difficult to work on because they lack that faith.

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Spontaneous Human Combustion

SHC is burning from the inside out. It certainly sounds strange but by now, most of us are familiar with this supposed phenomenon. Famous cases include Jack Angel’s account of SHC that led to his hand needing amputation, or Mary Reeser who was burned to a crisp and found with a shrunken skull. Even fiction has its examples of SHC, as seen in Charles Dicken’s novel, Bleak House (Dickens was fascinated by the topic and researched it thoroughly).

Already you can probably come up with a few facts off the top of your head that would debunk this mystery, but consider this: crematoriums pre-heat their furnaces to about 1837.4 degrees Fahrenheit, because the human body is relatively difficult to burn. It takes between one and two hours for tissue and major bones to become ashes. SHC victims are usually found in a liquid form, meaning their bodies had to burn at a temperature exceeding 2998 degrees Fahrenheit. And in some cases, not the entire body is burned and we’d expect to see burn marks all over the body in a traditional house fire scenario.

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Fire Immunity and Fire Starter

On the subject of fire, we come to the Leidenfrost effect. The effect actually creates an insulating, protective barrier of vapor that forms over a liquid exposed to extreme heat. This same effect protects you when you pinch out candles with wet fingers. It’s a phenomenon we’re all capable of doing given the right circumstances (like in firewalking), but it’s only a fraction of what people with fire immunity experience.

Nathan Coker was a blacksmith in Maryland who could stand on white hot metal, swill molten lead shot in his mouth until it solidified, and hold red-hot coals. His skin was so dexterous, he never even showed signs of burn marks. Is it a practice of mind over matter or did his skin, over years of handling fire, get tough enough to keep him from feeling the burn?

On the opposite spectrum, pyrokinetics can attract or project fire. A.W. Underwood was able to cause a handkerchief to burst in to flames by blowing on it. Starting a fire with the mind, or a wave of the hand, is rejected much quicker than those that have fire immunity but it remains the favorite in fiction.

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Dowsing

Dowsing has existed as early as the 15th century. Using a divining rod, a dowser may find water, metals and other substances in the ground without the use of scientific tools. The thought is that divining rods amplify invisible movements of the hand coming from the dowser who has some ability to sense magnetic fields or may possess a form of ESP.
One way to explain the phenomenon is by exploring the environment. If a dowser can detect hints about their surroundings, then they make subconscious movements with their hands, forcing the rods to shake and dip, indicating they’ve found something of value. Most dowsers can’t offer a plain explanation how the process works but the practice has been used to locate substances successfully throughout the centuries.

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Bioelectricity

You have probably seen Youtube videos of people showing signs of bioelectricity. As early as the 19th century, there have been cases of people being electrically charged or magnetized, resulting in an odd electromagnetic effect on the objects around them. Some people even show allergic reactions to technology, finding it difficult to live around devices that emit too much magnetic and electrical charge.
There have been cases of people being so charged that they are able to light a bulb simply by holding it. Others cause fuses to blow out, without any means of controlling the effect. It’s even been recorded that people with this strong force can give a static electricity shock continuously, and be powerful enough to actually hurt someone.

4
Bioluminescence

Surprisingly, most cases on bioluminescence in humans comes from ill patients. Anna Monaro had asthma and for several weeks, a blue glow would emit from her chest while she slept. In his book ‘Death: Its Causes and Phenomena’, Hereward Carrington reported the body of a boy radiating a blue glow after his death of acute indigestion.
This glow-worm effect still doesn’t have many cases, but recently Japanese researchers discovered that the human body glimmers. The light we emit is about 1000 times lower than the naked eye can see. This light fluctuates during the day, in cycles, leaving us brightest in the afternoon (the skin around your mouth lightens most around this time of day too) and dimmest in the evening.
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Levitation

D.D. Home was a famous medium who had many witnesses claim he could indeed levitate. Homes most incredible feat happened in 1868, when he floated out one window and into another during a séance. His abilities were never proven to be fraudulent, even by Harry Houdini, who attempted to duplicate many of Homes “tricks.”
Today, levitation is common during magical performances, but they all came from reports of people actually floating. It was considered a normal occurrence in séance, not just by the people in attendance, but of the objects around them. And if you ever want to experience levitation for yourself, try the Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board game. It’s been scaring kids for years now.

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ESP

ESP is an extrasensory perception, able to gain information through use of a sense unknown by science. Before getting into ESP, first you should realize you do in fact have more than five senses. You can sense temperature variations, proprioception (position of your muscles), and the force of gravity (you do this by knowing at what angle your head is in while your eyes are shut). ESP covers the senses that are left.
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence of ESP, but what about legitimate science? In the 30s, the Ganzfeld experiments took place. People claiming to have ESP were told to lie down, and then forced to listen to white noise to clear their minds. Someone observing from another room would then attempt to mentally send him/her an image. Afterward, that person would pick which image it is they saw in their mind from four. Critics predicted a 25% accuracy but were surprised to learn it was 35%. That isn’t statistically a lot more but this experiment was used to show that perhaps there was something to ESP after all.

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Prophecy

The Delphic oracle did it. Nostradamus did it. Hell, you can call fortunetellers over the phone nowadays to hear about the future. History is riddled with people claiming to know the future. Some have visions that come and go, others have foretelling dreams. There are those who seek the future by means of ritual, and then there are people who are struck with precognition randomly. You might have experienced it yourself. Ever thought of a friend and they called you (or in this modern age – they Facebooked you) seconds later? Is that an example of precognition or just coincidence?
Nostradamus had a number of prophecies that, when interpreted in a certain manner, predicted the Great Fire of London and the rise of Adolf Hitler (among others). However, Nostradamus was purposefully vague and cryptic in each of his predictions, leaving them open for interpretation. To say that he unmistakably foresaw those events in history would be a bit of a stretch. Still, among all the items on this list, the ability to see the future is the most abundant bizarre trait people believe they possess.