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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The $300,000 Diamond Crown of Miss Universe 2015 Ms. Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach!

The majestic diamond crown of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is worth around $300,000, produced by renowned Czech Republic company Diamonds International Corporation.

It  is made up of 311 pieces of diamonds, five pieces of blue topaz, 198 pieces of blue sapphire, 33 pieces of crystal, and gold. It was designed to emulate the Manhattan skyline.

It took four months to make the crown which involves the combination of the traditional techniques of Czech glassmakers and the best jewelers, cutters and polishers from the Czech Republic famous for its jewelry production.

They are also famous for its cut crystal, more commonly known as Bohemian Crystal.

Monday, December 21, 2015

STAR WARS - Lightsabers: A Visual Guide

STAR WARS: Lighstabers a visual guide
Infographic by Star Wars Fact File

Miss Universe 2015 Winner Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo (Steve Harvey Epic FAIL)


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Thai faces jail for insulting King's dog on Facebook!

In this file photo taken late on February, 27, 2010, Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej holds the leash of his dog while sitting in a wheelchair at a hospital in Bangkok. Photo by AFP
BANGKOK, ThailandThailand's controversial Lese Majeste laws imposing harsh penalties for defaming the country's royal family is under increased scrutiny once again. In an apparent escalation of the already draconian royal defamation law, Thai, Thanakorn Siripaiboon, 27, faces prison after being charged with lese majeste for insulting the King Bhumibol Adulyadej's dog in a satirical Facebook post according to his lawyer Pawinee Chumsri. 
Lese majeste suspect Thanakorn Siriphaibun, 27, arrives at Bangkok Military Court on Monday morning. The court approved a police request to detain him for 12 days for further investigation.(Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya)
Anyone convicted of insulting the revered but ailing King Bhumibol, 88, or the queen, heir or regent can face up to 15 years in jail on each count. Over the last decade his favourite dog, an adopted stray called Tongdaeng (Copper) which is praised for her loyalty and obedience, has been used to outline his vision of how Thais should behave.
An international rights group Amnesty International says Thailand should stop applying the royal defamation law to criminalize freedom of expression, with the law leaving dozens of individuals in jail or facing military trials without access to appeal.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hungry Ghost Month: Infamous World Events!

It is said that incidents do tend to be worst or the chances of individuals getting into bad things are heightened during the Hungry Ghost Month. As I noted in my other post (August: The Dreaded Hungry Ghost Month!), while the Ghost Month is always associated to the month of August , following the Gregorian/Western calendar, the Hungry Ghost Month always do cut across the month of August- BUT in actuality it can land on different dates before or beyond the month of August. Depending on the year it falls on, sometimes the Ghost Month starts in July and ends in August, or starts in August and ends in September.Below are but some infamous events from around the globe that happened during the dreaded Hungry Ghost Month. 

8 August 1963- Britain’s Great Train Robbery.

The Great Train Robbery was the robbery of substantial sums of money from a Royal Mail train heading between Glasgow and London in the early hours of Thursday 8 August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England.[2]
The scene of the Great Train Robbery: the largest train heist in Britain's history.
Evening Standard/Getty Images

16th August 1977 Elvis Presley was found dead.

Elvis Presley was found dead on his bathroom floor on August 16, 1977- right on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival.

August 16, 1977 - 12.28 a. m.: Elvis Presley´s last known photo before death.

August2007. Minneapolis I-35W bridge (Minneapolis, USA).

On August 1, 2007, during the evening rush hour, the main spans of the bridge collapsed, falling into the river and onto its banks. Thirteen people died and approximately one hundred more were injured. The 1,907-foot bridge fell into the Mississippi River. Currently under investigation
August 1, 2007. Minneapolis I-35W bridge (Minneapolis, USA)

13 August 2007. Tuo River bridge (Hunan, China)

The 140-foot-high bridge spanning the Tuo River in the central Hunan city of Fenghuang collapsed as workers removed scaffolding from its facade. Investigation underway.
August 13, 2007. Tuo River bridge (Hunan, China)

11 September , 2001  (9/11) attacks .

The 911 attacks on the World Trade Center complex in New York City on September 11, 2001 attacks (9/11) is perhaps one of the most high profile cases worldwide that happened during the Hungry Ghost Month. To be exact, it happened on the second to the last day of the Hungry Ghost Month of that year .The September 11 attacks (September 11September 11th, or 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States in New York City, New York, and Arlington CountyVirginia, on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

31 August 1997 Death of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed  

On 31 August 1997, during the Hungry Ghost Month, Diana, Princess of Wales died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma road tunnel in ParisFrance. Her friend, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes-Benz W140, Henri Paul, were pronounced dead at the scene; the bodyguard of Diana and Dodi, Trevor Rees-Jones, was the only survivor.

Diana, Princess of Wales actual car crash photo. 

5 September, 1972 The Munich Massacre. 

The Munich massacre happened four days after the Hungry Ghost Festival and was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in MunichWest Germany, on eleven Israeli Olympic team members, who were taken hostage and eventually killed, along with a German police officer, by the Palestinian group Black September

Victims of the Munich Massacre

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OOOPs! Boy Accidentally Damages Million Dollar Painting!

Talk about a "major" accident! A 12 y/o Taiwanese boy accidentally damaged a  $1.5M Italian painting 'Flowers' by Italian artist Paolo Porpora which dates back to the 1600s!

'Flowers,' by Italian painter Paolo Porpora valued at  $1.5 million dates 
back  to the 17th century; the only Porpora painting  signed.
Check out the now viral video showing the boy accidentally punching a hole through the centuries-old Italian oil painting when he tripped over a platform in front of the artwork and then brace himself against the painting to break his fall putting a fist-sized tear in it.
A close-up view of the puncture in the canvas. Photograph: TST Art of Discovery Co
The painting is part of a collection of 55 artworks on show in the country's capital.The organizers of The Face of Leonardo exhibition in Taipei have decided not to seek damages from the boy's family, according to Central News Agency
Museum staff and famous restorer Tsai Shun reviewing the damage to the painting in Taipei. Photograph: TST Art of Discovery Co
The painting was restored on site Monday, August 24 and is now back on exhibition.

Monday, August 3, 2015


Saeed Khan / AFP - Getty Images. Ethnic Chinese devotees set fire to a 26.71 foot high paper-made statue of Chinese deity "Da Shi Ye" (Guardian God of Ghosts) during the festive event of Hungry Ghost in Malaysia.
The Hungry Ghost Festival, is one of the most dreaded festival of the Chinese. The Chinese believe that every year, the Gates of Hell are opened for spirits and ghosts to return to earth and roam freely in search of food and to visit their living ancestors. During this festival the devotees burn paper-made models to appease the wandering spirits and offer prayers. The Festival is always associated to the month of August as, following the Gregorian/Western calendar, the Hungry Ghost Month always cuts across the month of August- BUT in actuality it can land on different dates before or beyond the month of August depending on the year it falls on. Sometimes, it starts in July and ends in August, or starts in August and ends in September.

Vincent Thian / AP. Ethnic Chinese burns joss sticks after a giant paper statue of the Chinese deity "Da Shi Ye" or "Guardian God of Ghosts" burns during the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival in Bukit Mertajam,Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.
Simply called Ghost Month (鬼月, Guǐ Yuè) in Chinese, the word "hungry" is added to clarify the nature of the ghosts that best characterized this season which is basically the time when hungry ghosts are released from hell so that they can eat. Because a lot of these hungry ghosts lived a negative life or died violent deaths, a lot of them still harbor ill feelings brought about by their fate, so when they’re released from hell, they also tend to do bad things to us.

from carlassocialrealism blog
It is said that there’d be more paranormal and ghostly manifestation during this month. Furthermore, hungry ghosts will also look for victims that they can bring with them to hell, and thus there’d be more accidents. Because of the strong yin and negative energy of this season, business becomes bad and it is highly advisable that one shouldn’t sign any contract, move to a new house, get operated on during the entire Hungry Ghost Month.

To ward off the negativity brought by the Hungry Ghost Month, the following are some more simple rules from a post "Be safe during the Hungry Ghost Month" by Carla Mortel

  • Do not swim at night.
  • Do not go out late at night.
  • Do not start construction of any structure.
  • Do not get married.
  • Do not buy a home.
  • Do not start a new business.
  • Do not move into a new home.
  • Avoid too much travel.
  • Avoid medical procedures.
It is also advised to wear bright colors during this month to invite more yang energy. Somber colors represent the yin energy.

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