Wednesday, January 03, 2007


China Is Growing So Fast You Can See The Progress From Space..

A GREAT coal rush is under way across China on a scale not seen anywhere since the 19th century.

Its consequences have been detected half a world away in toxic clouds so big that they can seen from space, drifting across the Pacific to California laden with microscopic particles of chemicals that cause cancer and diseases of the heart and lung.
Meanwhile Louisiania Is Sinking
(it's a glacial pace though).. link
NEW ORLEANS - A new report by scientists studying Louisiana's sinking coast says the land here is not just sinking, it's sliding ever so slowly into the Gulf of Mexico. The new findings may add a kink to plans being drawn up to build bigger and better levees to protect this historic city and Cajun bayou culture.
The report, which appeared in December's Geophysical Research Letters, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Geophysical Union, says the bedrock under heavily populated southeast Louisiana is breaking away at a glacial speed — at the pace fingernails grow.
Well it might be global warming and rising sea levels that we might need to worry about first.

Did I depress you folks?

On a lighter note....

Oddities From The Year Before... link
  • While "Miss Israel" Yael Nezri was exempted from carrying her assault rifle in the Israeli army because it bruised her beauty queen legs, "Mr Switzerland" Renzo Blumenthal lured lonely women who hate soccer to his country for the World Cup.

  • Careless thieves once again made headlines round the world. A burglar in Germany left behind a vital clue - his finger tip.

    "We usually find finger prints but it's not every day that the thieves leave the original there too," a police spokesman said. It took only a few hours to track down the thief.

  • A Jordanian salesman was arrested for trying to fleece a money exchanger with a fake ID card bearing a Brad Pitt picture.

  • In Vienna, burglars fled after finding eight severed human heads. A dentist had stored the mummified heads for research.

  • Village leaders in India ordered 150 men to dip their hands in boiling oil to prove their innocence after food was stolen.
  • In Cologne, a plastic surgeon cheated out of payment by two women using fake names gave "wanted" pictures of their enlarged breasts to police.

    "It's probably the most unusual 'wanted' poster police ever had," wrote top-selling Bild newspaper, which helpfully published life-size pictures of the boosted breasts.

  • Two women working at the German Labour Office got into trouble for writing emails at work moaning about their dull sex lives - and sending the exchange to thousands of co-workers.

  • A pilot of Air Canada's Jazz subsidiary got locked out of the cockpit after stepping out to go to the washroom.

  • Three doctors in India were caught by a TV camera agreeing to amputate healthy limbs of beggars who wanted more sympathy.
  • And in Finland, a court ruled against a woman in her 20s who charged a 74-year-old man €25,500 ($42,685) to fondle her breasts on 10 occasions.

    "Based on general life experience, it is indisputably clear that a €25,500 charge is disproportionate to the compensation in question," Judge Hasse Hakki said.


Asha said...

Happy New Year dear friend!

Hope you had a great time in NY!I still have to catch up with lot of blogs and your old posts too!:))

Sai said...

Well your posts have a mixture of stark reality which is undisguised but then it always ends with a lighter note, which makes your readers smile.

Sanjay said...

@Asha..wish you the same. NY was fun, but a bit too short.

@Sai.. Thanks. I prefer not to unplug myself from reality, and I know some of this might sound depressing to some folks so the lighter edge at the ends helps.

Merili said...

Hahahah... very interesting info about this year!
Have a great new year may it bring wonderful moments for you to live through and for us to read about! All the best!

ML said...

Great post! I enjoyed reading about all the goings on.

Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment on my blog.

Take care!

Aditi said...

All interesting.. i didnt know that thing abt dipping heads in boiling oil

Maggie said...

Hey Sanjay, great post once again. The wanted poster had me laughing.

Fuzzylogic said...

It's scary how unstable things are becoming due to global warming,I don't even want to imagine how it will be 30-40 years down the road.Already the weather conditions are getting bizzare more and more,it's Jan in Toronto and there has still been no snow,not that I'm complaining the lack of it but feels strange.
Jordanian salesman trying to pass off as Brand Pitt,I had to laugh!atleast he could have chosen a much lesser known celebrity!
Doctors helping beggars to maime themselves that's just sad,where are the ethics of these people?
Asking people to dip their hands in boiling oil to prove their innocence I'm surprised such things still happen,what did the leaders expect?that the one who didn't would be scald free?Ignorant!
Nice collection of interesting snippets of the year.Shows its really such a strange world!

Carrie said...

It may be depressing but it is the truth and I'm glad that you educate. Sometimes, I wish I could do more.

And sai is right, you do end your post on a happy note. :)

Keshi said...

Thieves r usually dumb..thats why they decide to steal in the first place LOL!


priya said...

Happy new year buddy:-)) You always bring interesting facts and funny thou'.

Teri said...

That China thing begs a nice long post ... I'm filing it away in my list of topics, and may get to it someday...

deepsat said...

great post sanjay!!

it might be depressing but thats the reality!!!


moegirl said...

Happy New Year- bungling criminals never fail to amaze