Emotional Countries !!

A map of the world’s countries by most and least emotional. Click to enlarge. (Max Fisher)

Gallup polling firm has surveyed people in 150 countries and territories on, among other things, their daily emotional experience. Their survey asks five questions, meant to gauge whether the respondent felt significant positive or negative emotions the day prior to the survey. The more times that people answer “yes” to questions such as “Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?”, the more emotional they’re deemed to be.

Following are the main results:

  • Singapore is the least emotional country in the world
  • The Philippines is the world’s most emotional country
  • Post-Soviet countries are consistently among the most stoic
  • People in the Americas are just exuberant
  • English- and Spanish-speaking societies tend to be highly emotional and happy
  • Africans are generally stoic, with some significant exceptions
  • The Middle East is not happy

Source:Washington Post

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What is a Pufferfish?Animal Behind Mystery Circles On Seafloor

This tiny architect—which builds elaborate nests to woo females.

There are 120 pufferfish species in the Tetraodontidae family. The fish live in warm, coastal waters around the world, and some even live in fresh water. They tend to have tapered, torpedo-shaped bodies with bulbous heads and large eyes.

A male pufferfish (center) made this nest to lure females in Japan in 2012. Photograph courtesy Kimiaki Ito

Puff Up

Pufferfish are best known for their ability to “puff up” into a ball several times their normal size. Scientists think the fish developed this defense to compensate for their slow, clumsy swimming style.

A pufferfish might look like an easy meal to a predator, but if pursued, it will quickly fill its extremely elastic stomach with large amounts of water, making itself much bigger and nearly spherical in shape .

Dangerous Delicacy

Despite the risks of ingesting tetrodotoxin, pufferfish are a delicacy in many parts of the world.

In Japan,  trained and licensed chefs may prepare pufferfish, known as fugu. Young chefs spend years learning how to properly prepare fugu, making sure that it is free of the toxic liver, gonads, and skin. Even with these precautions, several people die each year after ingesting improperly prepared fugu dishes.

Zombie Fish

The pufferfish’s tetrodotoxin is so powerful that some believe it even has the power to create real-life zombies.

In the 1980s, ethnobotanist Wade Davis—now a National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence—traveled to Haiti to investigate reports of zombification. During his research, Davis discovered that the voodoo sorcerers believed to be capable of turning people into zombies used homemade powders in their rituals. Davis collected and tested samples of zombie powders and discovered they contained pufferfish tetrodotoxin.

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Geography ( Bhoogol) : Study of Bhoolok

Lovely Discussion about Geography. In India in Hindi language we call it BHOOGOL (Means Earth as a Sphere). Infact it is not so as it looks, the actual word was BHOO-LOK ( The whole earth that includes BHOO ( Earth) and LOK ( All that animate and inanimate that exist on the Earth) LOK means not only the People, After that – LOK converted in to LOG (People).
In hindi language there is a principle of VARN VIPARYAYA ( use of other or opposite letter in pronouncing any word) as sometime we call LUCKNOW as NAKHLAU.In the same way we have used LOG as GOL and after adding BHOO in it the word became as BHOOGOL. So the study of BHOOGOL or GEOGRAPHY primarily was the study of the whole of the Earth so that Man could live wisely with it, with the best co-operation with nature and feeling one god in every one in animate and in inanimate. After that who has not got the real sense, changed it and well understood word LOK got the existance as LOG so they made it as the study of LOG (People) so it was understood as the study of Earth Surface and it’s People.Afterwards in the word People they have included other features, useful for MAN as Flora and Fauna etc while in the previous concept of Bhoolok (INDIAN GEOGRAPHY) man, flora and fauna etc all were included in LOK because earlier we have never used the concept of SHOSHAN. It was the concept of PAR HIT SARIS DHARM NAHI BHAI ( there is nothing valuable except the well being of others whether it be animate or inanimate). If i can give any life to any tree by troubling myself then it’s the best work because the same god resides within that tree as lives within me.
So I am sure noone can underestimate Geography as a Subject. The only need is that we could understand it in full terms as it was earlier as BHOO – LOK = BHOOGOL.

Chemical Culprit Behind Indian Poisoning

The pesticides blamed for killing at least 25 children in India are widely used around the world and health experts have raised safety concerns about this class of chemicals in the past also.

Known as organophosphates, the pesticides were developed in Germany in the 1940s and soon became an important defense against agricultural pests.

They are extremely toxic.

The Indian children, aged four to 12, fell ill on Tuesday after eating a lunch consisting of rice, soybeans, and lentils in the village of Mashrakh in the eastern state of Bihar.

The school that the children attended provided free meals under a nationwide program known as the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. Early reports suggest the food—perhaps the rice or the cooking oil used to prepare the food—contained unsafe levels of the pesticide.

Upon entering the body—through ingestion, inhalation, or contact with skin—organophosphates inhibit cholinesterase, an enzyme in the human nervous system that breaks down acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that carries signals between nerves and muscles.

When cholinesterase is inactivated, acetylcholine builds up in the nerves, which become overactive. Victims of organophosphate poisoning typically die because they can’t breathe.

“It’s a painful way to die,” Boyd Barr said. “You end up suffocating because you are essentially paralyzed.”

The risk of death depends on the amount of exposure and the age of the victim. The symptoms tend to be more severe in young children.

“They’re more vulnerable because their detoxification systems are more immature, so they can’t eliminate the pesticide as well,” Boyd Barr explained.

Doctors typically treat organophosphate poisoning with atropine to alleviate the symptoms and help the patient feel better, and oxine to help replenish the body’s store of cholinesterase.

Small Amounts Tolerated

In the United States, a small amount of organophosphates on crops after harvesting is tolerated and farmers take care to ensure that the amounts don’t reach dangerously high levels.

But in countries such as India, where regulations may not be as strict or the implementation and enforcement of regulations are not as effective, the likelihood of organophosphate poisoning through the contamination of food can be higher, Boyd Barr said.

The Indian school case is not the first instance of organophosphate poisoning: In 1986, more than 20 people in Sierra Leone, many of them children, died after eating bread made with flour that was transported in a truck that was previously used to carry organophosphates.

While high-level exposure to organophosphates can lead to death in the short term, several studies have suggested that chronic low-level exposure can also have serious health consequences, especially for infants and young children.

Source(s): Nat Geo

Poverty is not only a lack of income

 Amartya Sen defines poverty as a lack of basic capabilities to lead the kind of life one values. Poverty should therefore not be seen only in financial terms. Poverty has three dimensions: poverty of income and productive assets, poverty of access to essential services, and poverty of power, participation and respect. Deprived of these essential attributes, people will not be able to realize their full capabilities, and therefore will not be able to benefit from,contribute to and have an influence on development.

WHY THE COWARDS STRUCK AGAIN

Remember those terrorists terrorizing northern Nigerian? BOKO HARAM as they are called. They showed up again at a school certificate examination (NECO) hall in Borno State, North Eastern Nigeria, where youths between the ages of 17 and 18 years were writing their certificate exams and opened fire indiscriminately on them  killing defenseless youths in their dozens. What a cowardice! their grouse-the youths are suspected to be giving information to the Army concerning BOKO HARAM’S whereabout. They forgot something! Their kit and kins are in the crowd. Their agenda: to annihilate tomorrow’s generation of leaders. Any fore sight? obviously no but just being dastardly.

What could be this group’s objective? could it be that they  abhor a youthful society? could any sane group fathom  this type of society that BOKO HARAM is trying to create for themselves? why should any group attempt to obliterate its own future? youths are the hub of any society world wide. This monstrous act must cease now. The leaders of this group must as a matter of urgency  exercise restraint. This cowardice must stop! ha the Army have banned the use of cell phones. No cause for alarm! information dissemination has suffered a serious set back. Are you going back to the dark age? Yes i believe  cowards live in the dark age. BOKO HARAM please treat your brains and retreat honorably from seeking self destruction because you have shot yourselves in the foot by your latest killing of innocent youths. After illicit struggle life continues and society must  get better whether you like it or not. Please remember only the best gets better.