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22 August, 2009

And you thought English was simple?

I just received this by email from one of my friends – it definitely helped changed the way I used to regard English – that’s why I gotta share it. So here it is:


We wonder why people have trouble learning the English language – even those of us have it as our first language!!!

You think English is easy?

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let's face it: English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted – but if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS: Why doesn't “Buick” rhyme with “quick”?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this.

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is “UP”:

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends. And we use it  to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: a drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP...

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP. When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so… it is time to shut UP!

Oh… one more thing: what is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night? U-P

Unknown source.

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20 August, 2009

Window Phone Concept: weather forecast in your palm!

While idly browsing the web, I found something totally awesome Idea: a gadget which is called Window Phone, and what’s basically? It’s just a piece of polished transparent glass, able to display the current weather conditions just by blowing onto it. If it is a sunny day Smart icon for sunny day, it will remain a transparent clear glass, behaving like an usual phone. If it rains Rain for instance, it will display water drops. If it is cold, snowy or whatever Umbrella, it will be steamy. It will not get steamy actually Nerd, it will only display it. Scroll down the post to see images.

  BB1 BB2 BB3

NOTE! This is only a concept – don’t go eBaying for it. Don't go eBaying for it! 


Source: http://www.tuvie.com/window-phone-blow-your-cell-phone-to-write-a-text-message

19 August, 2009

Deal of the century, or the biggest screw-up of his life


Cut-up cards

I had just recently read this article on the news about how a guy managed to steal ~130,000,000 credit cards! Not physical cards of course, but their details. Enough to give him access to the bank accounts linked to these cards. Fun thing is that he was actually an agent for US Secret Service and his job was to track and hunt down hackers. He learned something, got some ideas, he probably understood that he could make more money than he could ever dream of, by doing what exactly he was supposed to prevent from being done.


Aged 28, he got these many millions of credit cards on top of the allegedly 40 mills he managed to stole previously. Or well… at least this is what the federal prosecutors are stating. As Secret Service agent, he got in touch with some hackers and it seems this is how he got into the “business”. He used to warn them before they were raided, and by doing that, he used to protect his own arse.


The trick he used to do was simple, really simple: "wardriving", which involved cruising through different areas with a laptop computer and looking for accessible wireless Internet signals. Once they located a vulnerable network, he would install a "sniffer" that captured credit and debit card numbers as it moved through a retailer's processing network.

Now, if convicted, he might face either 20 years in prison, or he could get life sentence – his lawyer did not comment that.

I am just wondering now… the guy was smart, obviously smart. Not everybody can do that, to get such big amount of cards. Yet, he got caught. He was supposed to know the techniques used to get guys like him, but they still got to him. Seems they have outsmarted him though.

Assuming the info about the 40m is correct, couldn’t he just withdraw somewhere, buy himself a private island, invest the rest in something legal and live happily ever after? Maybe it was not that simple as it sounds, but faced to 20 years in jail or even worse… life sentence, it guess it would be a considerably option.

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16 August, 2009

Things you should not do when you sit next to the driver

And I did not know where the Pope was!! Or where the Titanic was filmed. Cute as well. Damn, as hell! See 4 and 10.