Mohammed Khurshid Hussain is currently the Guinness World Record holder for accurately typing the English alphabet in just over 3.4 seconds. In an effort to take his skills to the next level, Hussain replaced his fingers with his nose. So you think you got some crazy typing skills? Well, they’re probably not quite up to par with Mohammed Khurshid Hussain’s abilities.He is currently the Guinness World Records holder for accurately typing the English alphabet in 3.43 seconds. He recently tried to break the current record for typing with his schnoz. As part of the effort, Hussain placed his hands behind his back and keyed in a 103-character sentence in under one minute and 33 seconds. The listed record holder for the face typing feat is an Indian named Neeta, who successfully nose typed the sentence in that time frame at the Guinness World Records Pavilion in Dubai in 2008. Hussain shattered that previous record, by using his nose to type the sentence in 47.44 seconds . It’s not yet official, as he hasn’t received the confirmation paperwork from Guinness World Records. The newest nose typing accomplishment isn’t his first either. Hussain explained ‘This is my second attempt to break the record. A few months ago, I typed the sentence with my nose in 54 seconds, for which I am yet to receive the certificate.’
The supercomputer known as Watson, developed by IBM, has been programmed to develop innovative recipes in the food truck operated by the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Watson received media attention for winning the trivia game show Jeopardy in February of 2011, but now it is being used to help chefs come up with new recipes. IBM has programmed their supercomputer known as Watson, to create innovative recipes in collaboration with the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and serving the tasty results from their Cognitive Cooking food truck. Watson received media attention for winning the trivia game show Jeopardy in February of 2011, but now it is being used to help chefs come up with new recipes. It works by pairing different ingredients that most people wouldn’t think of putting together. "You tell it what you want to make. You tell it what kind of cuisine you like. Maybe you like Asian cuisine or you like Greek cuisine or you like Indian cuisine and then it crunches through thousands of reciopes, millions of ingredients and it tells you at the molecular level here are the ingredients that will go well together." [IBM]"Today, we made an Austrian chocolate burrito. It had beef, chocolate, endmame, orange in it and it was absolutely delicious." [IBM] According to James Briscione, the director of culinary development at the institute and one of the food truck chef’s, "It has driven up some flavor pairings that we would not have thought of, but we haven't come across an instance yet where something didn't taste good."
Considering our close relationship with it, many may be surprised to learn they don’t know as much about it as they thought. Here are 10 little known facts about blood. Considering our close relationship with it, many may be surprised to learn they don’t know as much about it as they thought.Here are 10 little known facts about blood.Number 10. It accounts for 7 to 8 percent of human body weight. In liquid measure, it amounts to around 5 liters, over half of which is plasma. Number 9. A newborn has about one cup of blood. Should more ever be needed, it can only come from adults who have never been exposed to the fairly common cytomegalovirus, or CMV, as some infants are particularly vulnerable to it.Number 8. People with type O blood are more attractive to mosquitoes. That means about 45 percent of the population is considered tastier than the rest. Number 7. Cows have 800 possible blood types. Humans only have 4 – A, B, AB, and O. Even if you factor Rh negative and positive aspects, that’s still only 8 options. Number 6. In the United States, somebody needs blood every two seconds. That means to keep up with demand, 41 thousand daily donations are needed. Number 5. A typical donation is 1 tenth of a person’s total supply. Of the 10 pints coursing through the average person’s veins, only 1 pint is generally taken at a time. The body recoups the plasma loss in about a day. Full red blood cell counts bounce back within a couple of months. Number 4. Human blood has over 4 thousand components. The most popular are the 4 we all know: red cells, white cells, plasma and platelets. Number 3. In the donations category, the Guinness World Records title holder is John W. Shepphard. As of 2011 when he claimed the title, he’d donated 315 whole blood units. Number 2. O negative blood can be given to anybody. Unfortunately for them, they can only receive 0 negative themselves. According to the American National Red Cross, it’s estimated that only 7 percent of humans have that type.Number 1. There are many types of blood donations. People can give whole blood, or its separate components. Plasma, red blood cells, and platelets are three common variations. The process of giving specific parts is called apheresis.
There is an abundance of chicken feathers left behind from the 8 billion chickens that are consumed in the United States annually. Many people don’t know that chicken feathers are used in a variety of products like computers, running shoes, cars, boats and storm proof roofing. There is an abundance of chicken feathers left behind from the 8 billion chickens that are consumed in the United States annually. Many people don’t know that chicken feathers are used in a variety of products like computers, running shoes, cars, boats and storm proof roofing. Just like human nails and hair, feathers are mostly made of a strong protein called keratin. The keratin rich feathers can also be turned into a form of biodegradable plastic that in turn can be molded into just about anything.Scientists have been experimenting with using chicken feathers in cosmetics, and in diapers as an absorbent to replace wood pulp, which saves trees from being cut down. Experts believe that modified feathers could also be used to clean up oil spills in large bodies of water. If they are cut to be the right size, surface tension causes the feather to form networks that trap the oil on the surface of the water. The 5 to 6 billion pounds of chicken feathers generated by the poultry industry each year would reportedly be capable of cleaning an oil spill over a 200 thousand square mile area.
A recent study discovered at least two species of Toronto’s bees pitching in to recycling efforts by reusing plastic in their hives. Each year, people fill the world’s land and oceans with millions of tons of plastic waste, a very small percentage of which actually gets reused. A recent study discovered at least two species of bees in Toronto are pitching in by recycling plastic in their hives.The research team at University of Guelph, led by alum J. Scott MacIvor, has joined forces with many “citizen scientists” to monitor about 200 artificial bee nesting areas on roofs and in parks and gardens.One kind of bee that normally uses tree resin to create honeycomb cells for its young had switched to sometimes using a type of polyurethane-based sealant, or caulk. Another type, the alfalfa leafcutter, switched out about a quarter of its typical leaf use with polyethylene-based plastic bags. The team’s analytical microscopy supervisor Andrew Moore said, “The plastic materials had been gathered by the bees, and then worked -- chewed up and spit out like gum -- to form something new that they could use.” What's amazing is that the bees had an ample supply of leaves available to them. Plus, the larvae that emerged from the cells made with plastic were parasite-free. According to MacIvor, “The novel use of plastics in the nests of bees could reflect the ecologically adaptive traits necessary for survival in an increasingly human-dominated environment.”
One recent and extremely bizarre incident unfolded in south London. A building recently caught on fire and the cause of the blaze is thought to be related to a bird carrying a lit cigarette. Do you think tossing a lit cigarette on the ground is harmless? One recent and extremely bizarre incident unfolded in south London. A building recently caught on fire and the cause of the blaze is thought to be related to a bird carrying a lit cigarette. Nine people fled from the building after it broke out in flames. Fortunately no one was injured. The aftermath of the blaze left approximately one fifth of the roof burnt.London Fire Brigade investigators arrived at the structure to investigate how and where the fire originated. At first, they had no idea.The crew thoroughly examined the roof but the ignition source could not be located. No one had been on the roof in quite some time and there was no electricity. Said one of the investigators, Matt Cullen ‘Neighbors told us they often saw birds flying in and out of a hole in the roof. We believe that one of the birds picked up a cigarette butt that was still smoldering and dropped it into the nest, causing it to catch fire and set the roof alight.’ Cullen used the incident as an example to highlight the importance of putting out cigarette butts.
A man in Valley Center, California recently passed away after getting stung by bees. A man in Valley Center, California recently passed away after being stung by bees."He hasn't been allergic his whole life. ""Jamie Umbland was with his father, 67-year-old Bruce Umbland when he was stung by 3 bees just before two this afternoon. His father hadbeen burning a pile of brush that's been on the property for years."[KGTV]Police authorities along with staffers from the Valley Center Fire Department were dispatched to Umland’s home. They quickly attended to him but he was in distress. Despite medics’ frantic efforts to save his life, Umland was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. According to the local police sergeant, Umland had been legally burning on his property and piled brush into the fire. Law enforcement authorities suspect the smoke might have disrupted a beehive in the vicinity.The victim’s son Jamey Umland said his father was stung atleast three times but seemed to be medically fine right after. He continued working in the yard for a little while before he fell to the ground. Umland had no known allergy to bees, however deputies did say he had an ‘existing medical condition.’ The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office is working on determining Umland’s exact cause of death.
A Bronx woman won the lottery by playing numbers which were obtained from a fortune cookie. Most people would agree that the future predicting abilities of fortune cookies aren’t that precise. However, a recent story may shatter that belief.A Bronx woman won the lottery by playing numbers which were obtained from a fortune cookie. 75-year-old Emma Duvoll won 2 million dollars from a February first drawing. "It all started here at Sammy's Noodle Shop. Her son picked up dinner. When you get the fortune cookie, do you always open it? Not always, no. This time she did. The fortune led to a fortune."Duvoll choose to accept the windfall in the form of a lump sum, which officially makes her $1.2 million richer thanks to the printed numbers on the fortune cookie. Duvoll said ‘I was surprised, but pleased. I took some time contemplating what I will do with the money. I plan to invest most of it and maybe take a trip to Switzerland to visit family.’Duvoll, a great-grandmother of one child and grandmother to eight kids, played her numbers at a Hannaford’s grocery store. [cut from vo]She claimed to have previously played family members birthdays and anniversaries as her number choosing methods without much luck.
Students and parents in Greene, New York recently got quite a scare. The trouble started after a high school teacher, Justin Pisanello brought a dead fox to school to show it to his three classes . Students and parents in Greene, New York recently got quite a scare. The trouble started after a high school teacher, Justin Pisanello brought a dead fox to school to show it to his three classes .About a week after the dead fox was showcased to students, a parent was alerted and contacted the school district. Superintendent Jonathan Retz quickly issued a letter to the parents, informing them that the adolescents may need a rabies vaccination. "The teacher Justin Pisanello brought the remains in after students told him they saw it on the road. According to Chenango County Health Department, he brought it in without any safety measures like gloves or goggles." [WBNG]In total, 55 students had been exposed to the fox. The Chenango County Health Department was also notified. The fox was tested for rabies and thankfully the results came back negative. Many local residents were outraged and shocked over Pisanello’s decision to bring the fox to school, as it had nothing to do with his teaching lessons. Pisanello reportedly obtained the dead fox from the side of the road and did not wear gloves while handling the remains. He also failed to bring the fox into the office and alert staffers of the dead animal. The district is currently investigating the incident.
Women who have trouble climaxing during sex might have a new best friend. A machine has been patented that is designed for women to have orgasms with just the push of a button. Women who have trouble climaxing during sex might have a new best friend. A machine has been patented that is designed for women to have orgasms with just the push of a button. The device works by using electrodes implanted in the spinal cord to stimulate certain nerves that trigger orgasms. It is smaller than a pack of cigarettes, but in order to use the device it needs to be surgically implanted in an invasive surgery comparable to a pace maker. The invention was stumbled upon by accident when Stuart Meloy, a surgeon working at Piedmont Anesthesia and Pain Consultants in Winston-Salem, North Carolina was working on one of his patients. Meloy is quoted as saying: “I was placing the electrodes and suddenly the woman started exclaiming emphatically. I asked her what was up and she said, ‘You’re going to have to teach my husband to do that.’” Further medical tests still need to be carried out before the device will be available on the market. Studies have shown that anywhere from 11 to 41 percent of women worldwide suffer from female orgasmic disorder.
Police in Washington D.C. are currently busy trying to determine what caused a very bizarre accident. At around 3 in the morning, a car went airborne and landed against a tree. Police in Washington D.C. are trying to determine what caused a very bizarre accident. At around 3 in the morning, a car went airborne and landed against a tree.The vehicle was left in the vertical position, with the hood reaching the upper portion of the tree and the back end resting on the ground. No one is quite sure what went wrong, but it was mentioned that the car was traveling northbound on South Capitol Street at a high rate of speed just prior to the violent wreck. Somehow the operator lost control and smashed into two trees, one of which ended up being the final destination of the auto. The male driver was trapped inside the car when first responders arrived at the scene. He was freed and swiftly transported to a local hospital. His condition was deemed critical. The investigation of the accident caused numerous streets in the vicinity to be temporarily closed. South Capitol Street between C Street SE and D Street SE was taped off.
Neighbors of one certain man recently got to witness a shocking and absolutely disturbing sight. The dwellers of a street in Tampa contacted police after they allegedly witnessed their neighbor having sex with a pit bull right in his yard. Neighbors of one man recently got to witness a shocking and absolutely disturbing sight. The residents contacted Tampa police after they allegedly witnessed their neighbor having sex with a pit bull right in his yard. Law enforcement officers arrived at the home and spoke to the witnesses, who claimed they yelled at the male to stop what he was doing. The suspect, 57-year-old Bernard Marsonek who is said to be a convicted felon, ignored the screaming and continued the sex act right in plain view of bystanders.Authorities from animal services were called to the scene to investigate. They produced a search warrant which allowed them to examine the residence. Eight pit bulls were found and subsequently removed from the home. A firearm and ammunition were confiscated by police. Marsonek was arrested. He is now facing numerous charges including ‘sexual activity involving animals’, ‘aggravated cruelty to animals’ and ‘felon in possession of a firearm’. He is currently being held at the Hillsborough County Jail on $17,500 bond.
Health authorities have issued a warning to residents and visitors in New York City who handle raw fish. Health authorities have issued a warning to residents and visitors in New York City. There have been reports of people suffering from a rare skin infection.They’re breaking out in lesions and encountering pain in their hands or arms shortly after handling raw fish. Thus far, 30 cases have been documented.Doctors reported them all to the Health Department following the outbreak. The bacteria that causes the infection is called Mycobacterium marinum. It easily enters the body through a minor cut or opening in the skin. The infections can be treated with antibiotics but if left untreated, surgery may be required. All of the cases pertain to fish that was purchased from vendors in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Symptoms of Mycobacterium marinum include difficulty wiggling fingers, pain in the hands or arms and swelling underneath the skin. Health officials have asked people who think they may have contracted the infection to seek medical help immediately. Anyone who purchases or prepares food from New York City’s Chinatown markets is urged to wear waterproof gloves as a precaution. It was pointed out, however, that eating cooked seafood poses no risk. --------------------
A Chinese passenger plane carrying 220 people was put in danger recently after unknowingly crossing the path of a North Korean rocket. A Chinese passenger plane carrying 220 people was put in danger recently after unknowingly crossing the path of a North Korean rocket. The missile had been launched, without notification, minutes before the aircraft, which was flying over international waters, entered its trajectory. At its highest point the rocket reached double the jet’s altitude. "This was an extremely irresponsible act on behalf of North Korea. Typically, countries when they fire a missile or do something like this, they'll have an exclusion zone." [CNN]It was South Korea that first noticed the near miss and alerted the Chinese government. Given their proximity, history, and current tensions, the country is keeping close watch on North Korea’s military activities, including long-range missile trials and possible nuclear testing. That same day it was observed that several other launches took place, and in some case the rockets reached distances equivalent to that of Seoul, the South Korean capital.
J. Craig Venter, the man who helped map the human genome, is at it again. This time, the goal is to add decades onto everybody’s lives. J. Craig Venter, the man who helped map the human genome, is at it again. This time, the goal is to better understand aging and age-related diseases and use that information to add decades onto everybody’s lives. The new company, funded by 70 million dollars in venture capital, is called Human Longevity, Inc. At the top of its ‘to do’ list is to start sequencing genomes at a rate of 40 thousand per year. That will be made possible with the help of a 10 million dollar machine, which will also lower the cost of individual analysis to a thousand dollars per subject. The first mapping of the human genome racked up a tab of 100 million dollars and took 9 months. In this project, the sequencing is only part of the much bigger picture.Once the data is collected, it will be combined with the medical records and target biological information of those who participated. Combined, it’s hoped that enough information will be provided to crack the mystery behind aging and, as their Vice-Chairman said, ‘make 100 the new 60’. -----------------
A shocking video was recently released showing an insanely brave man in Costa Rica teasing a large crocodile with food. A shocking video was recently released showing an insanely brave man in Costa Rica teasing a large crocodile with food. At the start of the footage, the man can be seen standing in a muddy lake.His hand, which was holding bait for the crocodile, repeatedly slapped the water. Using the food, the barefoot male led the croc right out of the river and onto the muddy shore.He then walked backwards as the reptile leapt up and snapped as part of efforts to retrieve the food. After a little provoking, the man tossed the croc a few pieces of bait.With the last piece of food, the male decided to go out with a big bang. In a finale of sorts, he bit one end of the bait and let the rest hang out of his mouth.The reptile crawled over to him and seemingly waited patiently for his snack to drop to the ground. The croc continued to do nothing, so the man lowered his head and let the food touch the reptile’s nose. That’s when the crocodile gingerly opened his mouth and snatched it up.
One of the iconic local dishes in France is escargot, or snail, but the discovery of an invasive species of flatworm from Southeast Asia means that snails in France might be facing extinction. One of France’s iconic dishes, escargot or snails, is under threat after the discovery in Normandy of an invasive species of flatworm from Southeast Asia.The New Guinea flatworm also known by the scientific name Platydemus manokwari is reportedly on the list of the top 100 most dangerous invasive species because of the devastating effect it can have on native snails and earthworms. The indigenous habitat of the flatworm is in the moderate climate 10 thousand feet and up in the mountains of New Guinea. PeerJ, a publisher of peer-reviewed studies is quoted as saying: "Platydemus manokwari represents a new and significant threat to biodiversity in France and Europe, which hosts hundreds of species of snails, some of which are endangered and protected. It is therefore important to consider the implementation of eradication and control of this flatworm.” Another invasive species of flatworm from New Zealand is already causing problems after turning up in the northern British Isles, where it is being blamed for a decrease in the number of earthworms there.