Saturday, 18 April 2015

15 Most Famous Old Photos

The Eiffel Tower, under construction, 1888.

It is thought that one of these icebergs struck the RMS Titanic, on this day 103 years ago.

"Raising a flag over the Reichstag" the famous photograph by Yevgeny Khaldei, taken on May 2, 1945. The photo shows Soviet soldiers raising the flag of the Soviet Union on top of the German Reichstag building following the Battle of Berlin. 

Unpacking the head of the Statue of Liberty, 1885.

During the Partition of subcontinent, a librarian divides the books between two piles Pakistan and  India on 
August 14-15, 1947

Zebra-drawn carriage parked outside The Royal Albert Hall, London, 1900. 

Anti NAZI demonstration in Berlin, 1932. 

Abraham Lincoln with his son Thomas, 1860. 

5th Avenue and 59th Street, New York City, 1897.

Henry Ford & his 1921 Model T

Young girl barely makes it across the border between East and West Berlin, 1955. 

Iraq, 1984. Photo by Steve McCurry

Miss USA Lynda Carter, in London, 1972

The Paris Library floods, 1910. 

Another well known Hiroshima building located just beside the alleged A-bomb explosion in the background - but just burnt down by napalm bombs. Notice all the trees standing bare like after a forest fire. Most of them survived

Friday, 17 April 2015

Gizem Karaca is a Turkish actress and model

Gizem Karaca 
Beauty pageant titleholder
BornGizem Karaca
7 September 1992 (age 22)
Istanbul, Turkey
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorBrown
Title(s)Miss Turkey World 2011
Miss Turkey 2011 (1st Runner-up)
Miss World 2011
(born 7 September 1992) is a Turkish actress and model who represented her country at the 2011 Miss World competition.
Gizem is a student at the faculty of social sciences at Istanbul University. Besides her mother language, she can speak English and French. She competed at the Miss Turkey competition held on June 2, 2011 at TIM Show Centre and finished second overall, which selected her as Turkey's representative for Miss World.
Having such beauty award turned the attention of the tv producers and she received great offers. Her first major tv starring was EVe Düşen Yıldırım, after this series she joined Emir’in Yolu tv series and starred with Çağatay Ulusoy.
In the year of 2013, she had started to the tv series Benim Hala Umudum Var(I Still Have a Hope). This series was a bout a girl whom lives in the suburb within a poor family and suddenly becomes a famous model and fell in love to a man who was rich but slowly losing his wealth… The series become very popular and got great rankings on tv ratings.
She has 53 kgs wight and 1.72 cm height. Her official twitter account:
Photo gallery of Gizem Karaca


Giant Human Skeletons found in Different parts of the World

Giant Human Skeletons found in Different parts of the World an...
Giant Human Skeletons found in Different parts of the World and Maybe Giant Humans Walked the Earth over Two Thousand Years Ago.

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The Unfinished Obelisk – Aswan, Egypt

No rock speaks such volumes as the Unfinished Obelisk. Commanding the presence of a lost city from its rocky bed in an ancient quarry high above Aswan, it speaks of the hubris of the pharaohs and the grueling labor of their minions, of the triumphs of quarrying and its unimaginable failures. Had it ever made it out of its stone cradle and assumed its position before Karnak (or wherever its creator planned to place it), it would have been the greatest obelisk ever raised, a monument worthy perhaps of "Wonder of the Ancient World" status. As it is, the Unfinished Obelisk is the obelisk raisers' most grievous tragedy, a lasting reminder of the limits of human engineering.

If it had been extracted and erected as originally conceived, the Unfinished Obelisk would have stood 137 feet tall and weighed 1,168 tons, dwarfing all others. (The largest survivor, the Lateran obelisk in Rome, rises 105 feet and weighs 455 tons.) However, months or perhaps years into its removal, fissures began to appear in the granite. With each crack, its designers scaled back the size of the obelisk, but each time the quarrymen came upon a new one. When they uncovered a profound fissure near the obelisk's center, the project was abandoned.

"[T]he Aswan Obelisk," wrote the English archaeologist Reginald Engelbach, "enables the visitor to look with different eyes on the finished monuments, and to realize ... the heartbreaking failures which must sometimes have driven the old engineers to the verge of despair before a perfect monument could be presented by the king to his god."

The unfinished obelisk in its quarry at Aswan, 1990

Every great monument has its great chronicler, and the Unfinished Obelisk has Engelbach. Chief Inspector of Egypt's Antiquities Department in the early part of this century, he fell under the obelisk's spell as completely as Carter did with King Tut's tomb. In 1922, the year he had it cleared of the rubble that covered all but 20 yards of its upper shaft, Engelbach published a slim but seminal volume, "The Aswan Obelisk, With Some Remarks on the Ancient Engineering," and a year later, a more popular version. It is to Engelbach that we owe much of our understanding of this extraordinary artifact.

Its history is obscure. As Engelbach notes, since it was a failure, it was in no one's interest to lay claim to the obelisk, and we have no idea who commissioned it. As I stood beside its enormous bulk yesterday—each side at the base is almost 14 feet high—I kept whispering to myself, "The audacity ... The audacity ...." You just can't believe that anyone would try to carve, much less move, much less erect such a hillside of rock. Until, perhaps, you recall the achievements of pharaohs like Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III, who together were responsible for 10 of the 17 obelisks erected at Karnak and who scholars believe are the most likely candidates. (Personally, I'd bet on the granddaddy of all monument-builders, Ramses the  Great.)                                                                                                
As I stepped through the deep, rock-hewn trenches that define the obelisk, my shoulders brushing the rock on either side, my mind was not on the pharaohs, however, but on their quarrymen. For months and months, in that cramped space under the unrelenting sun, and all for naught, they had bashed out those scalloped trenches with cantaloupe-sized pounders of dolerite. Engelbach estimated that at any one time 130 men each worked a pair of scallops, in a space about four feet square. 

At Hamada Rashwan's quarry, I got a nasty taste of their job—minus the cramped space and the pressure to succeed. Cupping a greenish-black dolerite ball in my hands, I brought it down with a crack onto a block of granite. Over and over, I bounced it on the same spot, till I thought I'd scrape the skin off my palms. After ten minutes, my wrists hurt from trying to guide the 12-pound rock in at an angle—the better to break the granite—and stabs of pain began shooting up my arms. Mark Lehner recalled that after once pounding for several hours, he could barely type on a computer. ("All I wanted to do was smash the keys," he said.) I did it for only 20 minutes, and all I had to show for it was a baby's palmful of granite dust. And the granite's surface looked no different than when I'd started.

Imagine, then, doing this for hours and hours, day in and day out, for months on end—for your life. (Your life must have been brutally short.) Though evidence for slavery in this context is inconclusive, the labor was certainly compulsory. (As Lehner put it: "They didn't have Locke or Hobbes, no concept of individuality or freedom, no unions. It's hard to think it was fun.") If there was a silver lining to the abandonment of the Unfinished Obelisk, I thought, it was that the workers were spared having to pound it out underneath, which must have been the most back-breaking work of all. But then again, perhaps they felt cheated after all that effort. 

As we left the quarry in the late afternoon yesterday, the low-angled sun burning the cliffs amber, the phrase "galling beyond words" kept floating around in my head. It comes from a line of Engelbach's: "It must have been galling beyond words to the Egyptians to abandon it after all the time and trouble they had expended, but today we are grateful for their failure, as it teaches us more about their methods than any other monument in Egypt." 

Giant Human Skeletons found in Different parts of the World and Maybe Giant Humans Walked the Earth over Two Thousand Years Ago.

Possibly this explains why some massive temple like structures were built back in the old days, that look like they were designed for big people.. Some scientists also claim it might all be due to the disease gigantism, however i am sure the size cannot be as big as these unless gigantism was a more effective disease back then. Whatever it is, these big human skeletons found which they call the Nephilims sure opens up possibilities if they are real.
“Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath”. – Amos 2:9

Get a load of the size of this guys dimensions! Do you think he might just match the height of a cedar tree somewhere around 36 feet. I mean just compare his head and limps with the guys on the job…

The Giants Found in Romania and the CIA Cover-Up

Everyone has heard of the giant characters of legend, sometimes called cyclops or ogres. Giants were generally presented as creatures so big that the earth trembled when they walked.

It seems however that the giants are not just fairy tales, considering the fact that their remains have been found all over the world. The mystery of their civilization remains to this day and there is even a sort of secrecy in this regard, a convention to sweep any evidence of their existence under the rug.
In the 1940’s, archaeologists were overseeing a dig at Argedava in Romania, searching for priceless artifacts within the ruins of what was once the greatest citadel of the Dacian leader Burebista. The locals did most of the digging and they were glad to be making a little extra during those times of hardship.

Among them was Ionita Florea, now an old man well in his eighties. He was the one who dug up an enormous skull, two or three times the size of a regular one. When he notified the archaeologists, the workers were quickly dismissed and the researchers resumed the digging themselves. Their findings were loaded onto trucks and shipped away with the utmost secrecy. By the end of the excavation, they had collected around 80 skeletons, most of them complete. They had also recovered giant ceramic pots filled with grains.
To this day, nobody knows where the skeletons are.
This is not an isolated incident. In more recent years, villagers in Scaieni uncovered an ancient giants’ graveyard while planting an apple orchard. Once again, it was the skulls’ giant sizes that puzzled everyone. Alongside the complete skeletons, the villagers also found pottery fragments, jewelry and strange metal statues about 3 feet tall. A team of archaeologists came, dug everything up and vanished. No public statement was made and the locals refuse to discuss what happened after they announced their finding.
Were they strong-armed into silence? Is this event part of a greater conspiracy?

There are plenty legends about giants in the area. According to folklore, giants once inhabited the mountains and forests around Scaieni. In fact, huge thrones were found sculpted in the mountainside, in an area inaccessible to regular human beings. Legends tell that there are two gigantic underground vaults beneath the mountains, holding the giants’ ancient treasures. Could these vaults be real? If found, what stories would they tell?
In 2009, a local news channel started an investigation about the giants and their secret tunnels beneath the Bucegi mountains. Just as their report went on air, they received a live phone call from a man who refused to identify himself. The journalists were threatened to stop their ongoing investigation or else. As the mysterious man put it, they were “playing a dangerous game.”
“Stop talking about the Bucegi [mountains]. Information like that must not be made public and there are certain structures that deal with cases such as this. You do not wish to know us, you don’t want to interview us. That’s all I want to say.” He then hung up and the broadcast was interrupted. Was this an orchestrated hoax or a live case of a threatening secret cover-up? Only the journalists know and they refuse to discus the subject.
In an intriguing twist, the airspace above the Bucegi Plateau is a restricted no-fly zone. Many sources point to the CIA being involved.
Incidents like these happen all around the world. There is a distinct lack of physical evidence whenever people report findings of giant skeletons. Authorities arrive first, leaving behind hastily covered excavations, no artifacts and muted locals. One might think something really strange is going on.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Baisakhi Regional Celebrations

Baisakhi Regional Celebrations

 Auspicious day of Baisakhi is celebrated in various regions of India by different names and different rituals. This is because the day of Baisakhi holds special significance for Hindus along with Sikhs. For Hindus, April 13th mark the time for New Year and they celebrate the day with rituals like bathing, partying and worshipping. Another legend associated with the day is that Goddess Ganga descended to earth thousands of years ago on this day. Many Hindus therefore celebrate the day in the honor of Goddess Ganga by taking a sacred dip in the river Ganga.
preparing field for a wheat crop before celebrating Vaisakhi harvest festival

Regional celebrations of Baisakhi are marked as Rongali Bihu in Assam, Naba Barsha in Bengal, Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Vishu in Kerala and Vaishakha in Bihar. In a relatively much different form, Baisakhi celebrations are marked in the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh. Here, Baisakhi is celebrated twice a year in the months of Vaishakha (April-May) and Kartika (November). People celebrate Baisakhi by worshipping Goddess Jwalamukhi and paying tribute to the deity’s idol near a popular hot spring that issues flames.

These different regional ways of celebrating Baisakhi reflect on India’s pluralistic tradition and her rich cultural heritage. Regional celebrations of Baisakhi also portray the unity of people of India in spite of the social, cultural and linguistic differences.

A depiction of Guru Gobind Singhinitiating the first five members of theKhalsa

About Baisakhi festival

Baisakhi or Vaisakhi is a harvest festival, Punjabi New Year and commemoration of the founding of the Khalsa (also known as Khalsa Sirjana Diwas), all rolled into one occasion.
In 1699, Guru Gobind Singh (the 10th Sikh Guru) decided to put an end to the tradition of Gurus in Sikhism. He declared the Granth Sahib (holy scripture) to be the eternal Sikh Guru. He then formed the order of the Khalsa by selecting five fearless leaders of his followers, who were ready to lay down their lives to save others.
Vaisakhi parade in Surrey, BC, Canada

When is Baisakhi festival celebrated?

April 13-14 every year
A band performs at Vaisakhi day celebrations in Kuala Lumpur (2013).

Baisakhi festival celebration:

Vaisakhi is celebrated with a huge deal of feasting, folk music, bhangra and gidda dancing and fairs. The gurudwara all across the world are decorated and illuminated and 48 hour akhand (without break) path is organized.
The Baisakhi fairs are organized all over Punjab and are the main attraction of the festival for many people. People get dressed up in new clothes and sing and dance. There are races, wrestling bouts, acrobatics, and folk music. Numerous stalls selling trinkets, handicrafts, and food add to the sikh celebrations.

Baisakhi Rituals:

In the morning, Sikhs visit the gurudwara as special prayers are organized. Punjabis from all across the globe specially visit Golden Temple in Amritsar or Anandpur Sahib, where the Khalsa was declared.
The Granth Sahib is bathed with milk and water, placed on a throne and read. Karah Prasad (sacred pudding made from flour, sugar and butter) is distributed. In the afternoon, Granth Sahib is taken out for procession, along with music, singing, chanting and performances. Offering seva in gurudwara during Baisakhi has also huge importance.