Sprinting Science: Can Usain Bolt Break His 100m Record Again?

The London Olympic games is in one year from now and the world is wondering if Usain Bolt will be able to astonish us one more time. One of the questions that has been hunting me since he finished his 100m in Beijing celebrating before the race was done, "scientifically and physiologically, can the Human body run faster than that?". Bolt proved that he can a year after and now I was looking to find out if he can do it again... This article explains it best.
One year from now, the 2012 Olympic Games will begin in London, where all eyes will be on the incomparable Usain Bolt -- the Jamaican sprinter who is more than living up to his name.
Since 2008, Bolt has taken a jackhammer to the 100-meter world record, lopping off a whopping .14 seconds. That might not sound like a huge chunk of time until you consider it's twice as much as any other sprinter has shaved off the world record since the advent of electronic scoring.
Logically, one would think that Bolt did so by moving his legs faster than anyone else. Only he didn't.
Speed, as it turns out, may be completely misunderstood.

When Bolt established the current 100-meter world record in the 2009 world championships, running it in 9.58 seconds, he did so by moving his legs at virtually the same pace as his competitors. In fact, if you or I were to compete against Bolt, our legs would turn over at essentially the same rate as his.

This is a theory put forth by academics and track coaches alike who contend that running fast has more to do with the force one applies to the ground than how quickly one can move one's legs.

More than a decade ago, Peter Weyand, a science professor at Southern Methodist University, conducted a study on speed. Comparing athletes to non-athletes, Weyand clocked both test groups as they ran at their top speed. What he found shocked him.
"The amount of time to pick up a leg and put it down is very similar," he says. "It surprised us when we first figured it out."
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How to Buy Organic Foods

It's true, organic produce is more expensive. So choose the fruits/vegetables that have the most residue from pesticides and opt to buy them organically instead.

TIP: If you buy apples or any other fruit, in bulk, and can't afford to buy them organically, that's fine. What you can do is peel the skin off before you eat them to avoid ingesting pesticides and toxic substances.

These are known as "the Dirty Dozen" and should therefore, always be bought organically:
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Bell pepper
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes
  • Carrot
  • Pears
Sometimes it's not easy buying everything organically, sometimes your closest supermarket doesn't have what you're looking for, or better yet, has deals on foods that you just can't pass up! Here's a list of fruits/vegetables that are OK to buy non-organic (although, supporting the organic industry in general is always better and should always be considered first!)

  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Papaya
  • Watermelon
  • Broccoli
  • Tomato
  • Sweet potato
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2012 Maserati GranCabrio Convertible Sport

For the longest time Maserati has been sitting in the shaddows of Ferrari's larger than life status in the industry. This may be the only shortcoming for the beautiful Maserati. Ferrari probably makes it frustratingly difficulte for everyone at least with Maserati we are looking at one of the best (right after Ferrari).
Now to say that Maserati  isn’t trying is likewise a slap in the face of the Italian automaker. And to be completely on the up-and-up, if there’s a car that can definitely make the world stand up and take notice, the brand’s new 2012 GranCabrio Convertible Sport is that car. Scheduled to be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the newest Maserati GranCabrio Convertible is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Even though it can't compete with Ferrari in terms of top speed, HP and 0 to 60, it definitely captures your attention with her looks.
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2014 Lexus GS 350 Coupe

Lexus will be unveiling the new generation GS sedan on August 18th, in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. That much we already know, but what many don’t know just yet is that the company is planning a coupe version of the model. The new GS Coupe will be a spiritual successor to the SC 430 and will target models like the Audi S5, BMW 650i, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe.
In an interview with Inside Line, Ben J. Mitchell, Lexus’ product planner manager said: "I’d like to do a coupe. We’re really trying to increase the emotional qualities of our brand. We want to emphasize exterior styling and dynamics."
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2013 BMW Gran Coupe

So it has been a while since BMW gave us something to admire and drop our jaws. Thankfully they finally came to their senses and decided to give us a BMW with a little more personality and character. Well, hopefully...
The Gran Coupe concept has finally been pushed through to production. With the AUdi A7 lurking at the segment and the Mercedes CLS in it's second version, BMW needed a new star. For that they are signing the Gran Coupe with a contract starting in 2012.
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Green is NOT just the "New Black"

We sit around and criticize people for trying to be too green, animal-friendly, etc. But guess what: it's not a fad. If people are being green because it's "the new black", then they're wasting their time. It shouldn't be one way of life, it should be THE way of life. People who don't care about what they're doing to the environment because they won't be around forever and therefore, only give a hoot about what the environment is like NOW, are selfish, ignorant idiots: think about your children and their children. Think about your legacy. Think about how you're affecting nature, and making it worse. Here's how you can help right here, right now. These are just a few things to think about.

In a more sentimental perspective, consider the way that the Quechua people in the Andes worship and give back to the mountain upon which they live. In a book I strongly recommend called 'Mountain of Condor', Joseph W. Bastien penetrates their culture by comprehending the importance of the mountain as a metaphor for meaning and hierarchy in their lives. The Earth is what naturally governs them, and why should we not do the same? These Incan people feed the mountain before they feed themselves. A friend of mine told me that during a trekking tour in Machu Picchu, their tour guides would regularly take out a bottle of water and pour some on the ground before they drank some for themselves, which would be their way of thanking the Earth before indulging in its fruitful offerings. If you are still not convinced, watch how the people in BBC's documentary "Human Planet" reciprocate aid to the Earth and animals around them, whether they are animals for food like the Indonesian sailors who harpoon a sperm whale to feed their entire village, or the way that a Mongolian father and son train their eagles to hunt after foxes to feed them during their harsh winters.

Since food production is responsible for 12% of greenhouse gas emissions (Pazderka et al. n.d.), choose your food and eat your meat wisely. Due to mass production, which not only feeds society's stomachs, but our mind set, to make meat or dairy the main ingredient in all three meals of the day, over the past 50 years, world meat consumption has gone up 50%.

At the same caloric and nutrient levels, vegan diets have the least effect on the environment, followed by vegetarian and omnivorous diets. This doesn't mean that vegetarian and vegan diets are always better than carnivorous. If we consumed organic meat, that would be much better for the environment than non-organic cheese, milk, etc.

When organic was compared to conventional systems on each diet, the organic diet wins whether vegan, vegetarian or omnivorous. (Baroni and colleagues, 2006). So maybe instead of going vegan, opt for an omnivorous diet that consists of organic produce.

Water use:

To produce 1 calorie of meat it takes 100 times the amount of water that it takes to produce 1 calorie of grain.

Land use:

Transportation: Moving the food to the animals, then moving the animals to slaughter and transporting the meat to a store magnifies harmful emissions

Energy and Fossil Fuels.Animals must eat 6 kilograms of plant protein to make 1 kilogram of animal protein . Ittakes 40 calories of energy to produce one calorie of beef, making it the worst offender. Following close behind aremilk (14:1), and eggs (39:1). The average energy-in to energy-out ratio for animal protein is 25:1.

Read more at Suite101: Meat's Effect on the Environment: Environmental Impact is Highest for Animal Foods | Suite101.com http://www.suite101.com/content/meat-and-the-environment-a61306#ixzz1TKYMmM29

The point is...

In order to reduce the number of gas emissions that are truly harming our environment, we need to consume a little bit less than we do today, not solely in amount, but in variety. Especially since food is constantly being wasted or coming from ruthless (in terms of anti-green) factories who don't care. This doesn't mean that everyone should just go vegan to protect the Earth or cut down their food intake by half. Instead, we should try to consume more organic products in general, so as to not feed the mass production industry of animals for their meat and by-products. The reason that these industries are constantly mass producing animals is because we DEMAND it, and therefore they SUPPLY it. Support grass-fed beef, and organic produce. It's better for your health and the environment.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts:

Meatless (or Eat LESS) Mondays

Companies that do & don't test on animals

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Can you judge a man based on his beard?

Here's a little guide...

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Mr. Bean has a V-16 engine in his RR Phantom!!!! V16!

Rowan Atkinson, ring a bell? OK let's try this again...
Mr. Bean, now you know who I'm talking about! Bean is known by most as the funniest man in the world. After all Mr. Bean hardly needs an introduction but what most people don't know is that Atkinson is also an avid car lover and collector, and he drives like a pro. After all in one of his movies he was able to brush, undress, dress and eat while late to a doctors appointment.

Keep on reading for more information...
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2012 Audi R8

The Audi R8 was first launched back in 2007 and even though it has remained successful throughout its many years on the market, Audi is preparing it for a major makeover for the 2012 model year (2013 for the US market). The first details of the future model suggest that the car will receive a facelifted exterior and interior design, and more powerful engines - both V8 and V10 options. The new Audi R8 is expected in the summer of 2012.
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This is just too sad...

I will not comment as my opinon might be a little offensive to some but this should tell you a little more about this war that Bush claims glorious.

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Guide To Table Place Setting And Dining Etiquette To Impress

Some people really need this, some need it to impress but I think everyone should have an idea about it!
Party events and holiday celebrations are such fabulous time to spend with people we care about, to share the fun and capture memories with photography. It can also be a time to offend people unintentionally if things were not done right. The same goes when doing business with others. When you have been invited to a formal dinner, it is vital to exhibit grace and poise to make a lasting, positive impression. People adopt strong messages about you and your business from the manner you present yourself or your image. Your manners can speak volumes about you as a professional. Dining etiquette play an important rule here to keep the negotiation alive.
Before we go to the basic dining etiquette that we need to know, let’s take a look at the different table place settings and learn about this inforgraphic on Formal Silverware Functions. When one is entertaining guests for dinner, the first question that crossed our mind is how to arrange the dinner table.

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Funny Pictures 1

Daddy hired a body guard!
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Top 10 Most Extreme Substances

10. The Darkest Substance Known to Man

What do you get when you stack carbon nanotubes on their ends and sandwich them together? A material that absorbs 99.9% of the light that touches it. The microscopic surface of the material is rough and uneven, which breaks up the light and makes it a poor reflector. Then add to that carbon nanotubes act as superconductors in certain arrangements, which makes them excellent light absorbers, and you have a perfect storm of black. Scientists are really excited about the potential applications of the substance; since virtually no light is “wasted”, it would be used to improve optical tools like telescopes, and even be used to make nearly 100% efficient solar collectors.
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10 Most Expensive Hotel Rooms In The World

Like luxury? Planning a romantic trip? Perhaps you just like to spend and be pampered... Or just a creep like me searching where rich people go... Which ever one you are, you should check out this list and keep it for reference.
Just keep in mind, those prices don't include tax so be prepared to add 10 to 17%

10- The Penthouse Suite, The Martinez Hotel, Cannes
Nightly Rate: $18,000

This is the biggest, most expensive, and the only terraced penthouse suite on the Cote d’Azur. Both of the two suites has a jacuzzi, plasma screen televisions, DVD library, kitchen, open bar, private butler on call 24/7 (ditto for a limousine), and an option to join both suites into one big apartment. The luxury has no limit here – the design is kept in the Art Deco style, with streamlined furniture, silk curtains and teak parquet floors.

The wraparound terrace is 2,000 square feet with the views of the Lerins Islands as well as the entire Bay of Cannes and can comfortably hold 100 people. One Saudi sheik liked the suite so much he wanted to rent it for five years. The hotel said no. What else can you say? Tres magnifique!

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30 Incredible Infinity Pools

1- Incredible Infinity Pool in Bali.
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The erectrician

Get it? or not yet?

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Even he knows...

First the look then the universal head nod, known by all men. Best Blogger Tips

Moments some people would like to erase from their memory

We've all been there , we all have those embarrassing moments that we wish never happened. So we're allowed to laugh at those people since we fall in the same category

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Fireworks in the ghetto

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Kobe's day with the Jackass crew

Don't know if the dunk is real, it looks fake to me but his reaction the the pool filled with black mambas is hilarious. Then you see Jackass members chilling in the pool with the snakes

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How optical illusion works

I never thought it would be that simple and easy.

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Gaming screen of the future

Gamers all around the world look for the best gaming experience. Perfect size TV, graphic cards in laptops, equipment, are all things that help them accomplish the most realistic experience. Jdome doesn't only beat any other product in the market, it also makes you part of the game, as if you were in it.

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Remote control of the future

Today living rooms are equipped with multiple entertainment systems, each comes with it's own remote control. Some smart people rely on the more practical universal remote control, which can control ever electronic device if programmed the right way. Even then finding the remote is sometimes a big challenge. This is the solution to all these problems. A table remote control that doesn't only control the TV, sound system, DVD player but also all the rest of the room.

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Best carpet in the world

If you are a clumsy person, you should invest in one of those. It's a carpet made out of material that doesn't absorb liquid. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo vs Freestyle Champion Jeremy Lynch

If you ask me Ronaldo looks very bad here. Jeremy is ten times better. I couldn't believe my eyes when Cristiano couldn't keep the ball off the floor with very basic dribbling.  

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Are women born this way?

Did you ever sit with a girl who would not shut up? Don't blame her, it's not her fault, she was just born this way...

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Great passwork

Is soccer people always like to see exceptional goals, it gives spectators a great thrill and a not so deserved elongated celebration. When I watch a soccer game, these kinds of plays give me more pleasure than the goal itself...

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Extreme herding

If you had a few border collies, a camera and a herd of sheep, what is the first thing that comes to mind? LED Samsung TVs right?
For this video Samsung went to the hills of Wales, armed with sheep, LEDs and a camera. The help of well trained herding dogs and farmers who know a tiny bit more than Samsung about herding was greatly appreciated. They came up with a huge amazing LED display.

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Porsche Design Shisha

The Porsche catalog is filled with items other than cars, from high end pens to tea sets, it's clear that they've ventured into the world of recreational paraphernalia. Now Porsche design introduced they're latest item to help you chill and relax in class...
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Chimps reaction to magic tricks

As I was watching this video I was thinking to myself, why didn't anybody try that before. Only Japanese TV would think of something like that. There's our reaction to magic then there's kids reactions, animals who are completely oblivious to magic then there are chimps, after all they are the closest to us. You can see how chimps react to magic almost like us only with 10 times more expression of surprise.

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Senior Synchronized Swimming

This is actually a sad story of an old women, passionate about synchronized swimming and living life to it's fullest but her age was limiting her abilities. She then turned to medical marijuana and it helped a little bit but MS was also another problem she was facing and eventually she couldn't live the same way she did before. I am sad to see some people consume marijuana for the wrong reasons, I think it's very hypocritical... It's like eating a lot of food while someone right next to you needs it and can't get it. But I like to see the humor in everything I see, it makes life a lot more fun, so I present to you "Aquadettes" the senior synchronized swimming team from California. The 2012 Aquadettes calender will be out soon...

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Are Air Canons The Future Weapons?

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If We Landed On The Moon Today...

This is interesting, nothing more... It shows what would the worlds reaction be if we landed on the moon today for the first time.

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Guinness Book of World Records : Fastest...

Keep in mind this is post Usain Bolt...

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Girl has an orgasm on roller coaster

And they say it's hard to please a girl... Just don't take your girlfriend to disneyland she might never leave again.

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My Beef Stroganoff Recipe

This recipe I've been working on for the past year or so (I've tried everything) Yesterday I was finally satisfied with the result.

Prep time: 30min

Cook time: 2 hours

Ready in: 2 hours 10 min

Servings:    4
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Bartending skills

Watch till the end, the finally dropped my jaw and dilated my pupils

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Hungry animals

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Who's phone is this?

I bet you there's not one husband out there who would've said that!

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Funniest slap EVEN, Kung fu style

I would've told you pull this finger :p

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Some people are born lucky, some even breath luck!

No I don't envy them... No really I don't.... Ok maybe a little... but not a lot... alright I hate them! We breath the same air and live similar lives, why do I always find a way to hit the ground, burn my food, lose my passport while traveling, get my credit car stolen, get hit by a car, and fall into a deep empty pool... and they don't!

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Insane beat box

There are those who can sing, there are those who can beatbox, then there is a very small number than can sing and beatbox at the same time, and THEEEEEEEENNNNNN there are those who can sing, beatbox AND change the radio channel together.

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Awesome people

The reason why I like those kinds of video makes me feel like a kid but it really motivates me... I tried some of the things I saw in this and I succeeded after a little bit of practice and repetition.

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Mr. Bean on stage, "Drummer"

What he is doing is actually harder then playing the drums. I am impressed but can't stop laughing.

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Watch out gamers, grandma hardcore is online!

Video games don't know sex, race or age, as proven in this video. A senior gamer who feels as old as she thinks she is. Her age is close to her highest score online.

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A new car for only 5 bucks! For real!

I am very tempted to try this website but I have a feeling if I try it once I won't be able to stop!
This aired on cnn yesterday. Don't stop watching halfway and go on the bidding website, watch the whole thing first.

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Street art, inflatable garbage bags monsters

Garbage bags are for your garbage or can be used sometimes by some people as suitcases but did you ever imagine they can also be used for art? The smelly, disgusting, dripping bag that you run to throw it out before it drips on your floor could have had a much different life if it fell in the hands of someone other than you...
While the idea may seem stupid and pushing it a little, check out the reaction of people looking at it.

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Rap in 30 different languages

Some are really funny!

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Flute beatbox

Rahzel doesn't look so good anymore... It's funny how many things people can think of and succeed to do. Don't think about how much spit is in that flute after he's done, you will be disgusted.

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Guitar mouth...

You think it's real?

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Intelligent, athletic, creative and impressive wheelbarrow race

I was watching this and thinking to myself, how did they come up with this? You need t o be athletic and have a good sport IQ, you need to know a lot about mechanical physics and kinetics, so unless these guys thoughts of this on the spot they did what a sport innovators did on a lower scale.

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F***ing tacky! Avec un accent sur le A!

A mugger mug anyone? Yes it is just a mug!

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Never ending Volleyball rally

I am writing this post with two people in mind... Any scouts looking to recruit, look up Tamara Hayat (Concordia university, Montreal), and Muhannad Ibrahim (Mcmaster University, Hamilton).

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Safest saw in the world

For me this technology is even cooler than iPad and PS3...

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Want to lose significant weight in one day only?

I must admit, even though I'm not too proud of it, I'm still cracking up!

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Bugatti Veyron Vs Maclaren F1

It's a known fact to all usual readers of my blog that I'm very impressed with the Veyron but to see it beat, not any car, not any Maclaren, but the F1 itself was thrilling enough for me to come back and watch this video over and over again... That being said, I would love to see these two babies race on a track with numerous turns. Knowing the torque capability of the Maclaren I think Bugatti will have a lot of troubles winning. I promise you, the day I own a Veyron and a Mclaren F1 I will make sure I race them in my personal track... :p

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Jones bbq and foot massage

A new restaurant opening in Illinois... Can it get any worse? Are people running out of ideas?

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Beauty of science, the human brain... split in two!

This is a must see video... 

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Need motivation?

So I came across this video while looking for either Michael Jordan's quote or Nike commercial that says "I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed"
Don't forget to check out the Nike commercial it's just as good...

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An Egyptian revolution would be incomplete without camels

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Sears.com accidentally prices iPad at $69

You know the old saying if a deal is too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true?
That's what happened to a major retailer's online shoppers Friday afternoon. Sears.com inadvertently advertised Apple's 16GB iPad 2 for $69, much less than the regular advertised price of $744.99. That low price got the attention of web shoppers and the deal went viral on Twitter and other social media websites.
Many people took advantage of the unbelievable deal, though a Sears spokesperson couldn't give an exact number. Friday night, Sears posted a statement online telling customers the error was made by a third-party vendor and the deal will not be honored.
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Human dissection (WARNING Very Graphic Content)

From the tiniest veins, arteries and nerves to serial cross-sections of the spinal cord, these incredibly detailed dissections show and label most every part of the human body.
The collection is the product of a 17-year collaboration between David L. Bassett, a School of Medicine alumnus and faculty member known for his elegant dissections and love for the human body, and William Gruber, the photographer who invented the View-Master stereoscopic viewing device.

 A deep dissection of the side of the head shows the many blood vessels (red arteries, blue veins) and nerves (graying white) in the facial region. The hole is the external ear canal. The temporal muscle, used for chewing, is the prominent fan shaped muscle on the side of skull, behind the mouth and above the jaw.
Check out the rest...
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Go Lebanon Go... OH wait!

July 17th 2011 UAE Vs Lebanon, the last soccer game Lebanon should play, a very unusual penalty kick at the 78 min. The score was already 5-2 when Awana Diab attempts an insane penalty kick, and it works (probably only because it was against Lebanon). 
Call it impressing, insane, first of it's kind, beautiful, what ever you want but it won't change the fact that Diab is facing either a suspension or a fine for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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2011 Ferrari 458 "Italian Stallion" By Wheelsandmore

When I first read this I thought, how can anyone dare messing with my favorite car but Wheelsandmore proved once again that they might be the best at what they do. It seems as though they are never short of ideas when it comes to tuning projects. On the same day they introduced separate tune-ups for the Ferrari California and the Lamborghini Murcielago, the German tuning shop also dished out one for the Ferrari 458 Italia. It’s called the ’Italian Stallion’.
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Only in Kuwait...

All pictures were taken in my two week trip to Kuwait, summer of 2011...

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A friend I met at Frankfurt airport...

As soon as I mentioned vegetarianism he got so pissed, we became good friends afterwards...
Click on the picture to read the last line.

If you still can't read it, it says, " There's plenty of room for all of God's creatures... Right next to the mashed potatoes" Best Blogger Tips

For those who didn't believe me when I told them, Kuwait is damn hot!

This is at 2:48 pm, my plan was to take the picture at noon but I got busy... After 1:30 pm the weather starts "cooling down", but that day, at noon the temperature reached 67 degrees Celsius.

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UsainA Bolt?

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Lebanon Vs Kuwait soccer game end in gun fire

Personally I don't like what happened, I am Lebanese and lived in Kuwait most of my life so for me this is just ridiculous, specially when you look at the score (6-0 Kuwait) in a friendly game. But there's a little funny moment for me in this video. No disrespect for any Kuwaity person and I think it's sad about the Lebanese players, but if you notice when the gun shots were fired (in the air) the difference in reaction between the two teams is unbelievable. The Kuwaity players aren't use to hearing gun shots retrieved and backed away, while the Lebanese players, more or less, completely discarded them...

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Squirrel dodged a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 bullet

The squirrel did lose a little portion of it's tail but knowing he was standing in front of a Murcielago going at full speed he probably is the luckiest animal crossing a road. 
P.S. If the Murcielago wasn't as fast as it is, the squirrel would've been folded very nicely under the back tire.

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The best thing to do during a layover in Amsterdam airport

3ed of July 2011, I traveled from Montreal to Kuwait with an 8 hour layover in Schiphol, Amsterdam. Just like any long layover, I started wondering around thinking about a way to pass time. On top of that, I needed to use the bathroom very badly and I just can't find it in me to use the airport stools. Not only I get very disgusted but people using the other stools think that the doors are sound proof, the symphonies you hear are unbelievably gross. Boredom didn't help. When I couldn't hold it any longer I accepted my faith and started looking for the cleanest bathroom. What I came across was better than I would've imagined. Bathrooms with showers cleaner than any place in any airport. At the Mercure hotel on the higher floor they give you the option to shower for as long as you like for 15 euros. The best thing about it is, a person cleans the bathroom thoroughly after every use. I got to use a clean bathroom, shower, pass an hour of my layover and I was fresh and clean again.
Check out the rest of the pictures I took...
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A new guest start on Mission impossible 4, The BMW I8

The Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol, will air on December 16, 2011, but while many people think Tom Cruise will be the star of the show, I think differently. I want to watch this movie for it's guest star, even if it's just so I can get a glimpse of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car that will inspire the production BMW i8 version.
(watch the trailer here)
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