National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Alan Taylor National Geographic is currently holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30. For the past nine weeks, the society has been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2011 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 45 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [45 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: Many people pilgrimage to Uluru, but what is seen there often depends on where you've come from. Eruption of the Cordon del Caulle. Beluga whales in the arctic having fun. This is a streetcar in New Orleans traveling back towards The Quarter on St. This image captures almost 6 hours of climbing parties on Rainier going for the summit under starry skies. Russia, polar region of West Siberia, Tazovsky Peninsula.
The Bureau of Communication - Fill-in-the-blank Correspondence in the land of bacon and surprises There will always be someone that you feel is better than you. Always. Learn to accept that.What takes you two days now will, with practice, take you two hours later. Keep at it.There will be people who tell you that you’re too fat, or thin, or black, or white to cosplay a character. cosplay cosplaying cosplay costume cosplay community convention community
John Cleese’s Eulogy for Graham Chapman: ‘Good Riddance, the Free-Loading Bastard, I Hope He Fries’ The British comedian Graham Chapman delighted in offending people. As a writer and actor with the legendary Monty Python troupe, he pushed against the boundaries of propriety and good taste. When his writing partner John Cleese proposed doing a sketch on a disgruntled man returning a defective toaster to a shop, Chapman thought: Broken toaster? Why not a dead parrot? And in one particularly outrageous sketch written by Chapman and Cleese in 1970, Chapman plays an undertaker and Cleese plays a customer who has just rung a bell at the front desk: “What can I do for you, squire?” “Um, well, I wonder if you can help me,” says Cleese. “Ah, well, we can ‘elp you. “Dump her?” “Dump her in the Thames.” “What?” “Oh, did you like her?” “Yes!” “Oh well, we won’t dump her, then,” says Chapman. “Which would you recommend?” “Well, they’re both nasty.” From there, Chapman goes on to explain in the most graphic detail the unpleasant aspects of either choice before offering another option: cannibalism.
The most beautiful river on the planet Cano Cristales - Crystal River. River of five colors, as the locals call it, originates in the south of the mountain chain Macarena, Colombia, and flows eastward to its confluence with the Guayabero river. In the Cano Cristales found five colors: yellow, blue, green, black and red. All of them are waste product of many algae and, depending on time of year, color saturation, or weakened or strengthened. Share on Tumblr Ceili 2 Save Time With Effective Phone Screening | Rich Dad Education - Real Estate Blog Real Estate Marketing: Phone Screening In sales, there is an expression that a salesperson should not “pit polish.” This expression means that they shouldn’t spend their time trying to turn a pit (someone that is not interested or qualified) into a piece of fruit. In a very similar way, investors do the same thing. The whole point is that we only want you to spend your time with properties that really are deals instead of trying to force a deal. The call-screening process is split into two parts. After they have answered, ask how you can help them. 1. 2. 3. All you need to determine at this point is motivation. The second part of the process is to determine whether we would approach this with a cash offer or a terms offer. 1. 2. 3. After you ask these questions, you should have a pretty good idea whether to approach this deal from a cash standpoint or a terms standpoint. If the seller is open to either price or terms based on the questions, make more than one type of offer. Like this:
French Jokes Did you know the toothbrush was invented by the French? If it had been invented by anyone else it would have been called the Teethbrush. Q: when was the last good french barbecue? A: 1431, and it involved Joan of Arc Q: Why don't the French Barbeque? A: The snails keep slipping between the grills. Q: How do you get a French waiter's attention? Q: What's the difference between France and Quebec? Q: Why do the French like smelly cheeses? "A Frenchmen's home is where another man's wife is." - Mark Twain -1878-79 Journal "There is nothing lower than the human race...except for the French." - Mark Twain 1878-79 "French history: They turn on their friends and surrender to their enemies!" I got a tip for you , if you install the french versions of your favorite programs, THEY RUN A LOT FASTER The makers of French's Mustard made the following recent statement: "We at the French's Company wish to put an end to statements that our product is manufactured in France. Q. Hey ! Q. Q. Q. Q. Q. Q. Q. Q. Q.
Still life: Bent objects UPDATE: The Return of Bent Objects Wires transform these objects from inanimate to hilarious works of art. Little polish girl McDonalds as Sculpture Materials Yeah, this is where those come from Dancing Queens English breakfast Sylvia Muffin put her head in the oven. The introvert Bananas in bed – let’s slip into bed together You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto. Fruit with life experience Zombies are nuts about brains Modest pear Literary interpretations Paper training our little dog, Frank A little cat doodle Photo Credits: Terry Border at Bent Objects View more In Pictures sets on Owni.eu
Ceili 1 Why this place is becoming the new Switzerland Reporting from Sydney, Australia Switzerland is the place that has traditionally stood above all the rest in its reputation for financial stability. Why? Because the currency was well-managed, the banking system was sound, and the country had a long tradition of treating capital well. Over the last few years, however, these advantages have collapsed. Switzerland has voluntarily surrendered banking privacy, and the many Swiss banks are now hemorrhaging cash. Even worse, the Swiss government destroyed its reputation for respecting capital when they pegged the Swiss franc to the euro in 2011 to arrest the franc’s rapid rise. The country’s top central banker at the time, Philipp Hildebrand, claimed that he would buy foreign currencies in ‘unlimited quantities’ to defend the peg. This is not something a responsible steward of currency should ever say. Since then, the market’s need to find a financial safe haven has only become more desperate.
Humor Theories and the Physiological Benefits of Laughter | Julia Wilkins There are 3 main theories used to explain the functions of humor: (1) the relief theory, (2) the incongruity theory, and (3) the superiority theory. While these theories focus on the speciﬁc role that humor plays for people in situations... more There are 3 main theories used to explain the functions of humor: (1) the relief theory, (2) the incongruity theory, and (3) the superiority theory. While these theories focus on the speciﬁc role that humor plays for people in situations such as dealing with misfortune, making sense of rule violations, and bonding with others, we propose that underlying each of these theories are the physiological beneﬁts of laughter. We draw on ﬁndings from empirical studies on laughter to demonstrate that these physiological beneﬁts occur regardless of the theory that is used to explain the humor function. Download (.pdf) Share Download (.pdf)Humor_Theories.pdf69 KB Loading Preview