Interesting Facts About India
"India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only."
These are not our words. These are the words of the great Mark Twain. India is one of the sought after destination. And here are some Indians facts to support his statement:
1. A floating post office
India has the largest postal network in the world with over 1, 55,015 post offices. A single post office on an average serves a population of 7,175 people. The floating post office in Dal Lake, Srinagar, was inaugurated in August 2011.
2. The wettest inhabited place in the world
Mawsynram, a village on the Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, receives the highest recorded average rainfall in the world. Cherrapunji, also a part of Meghalaya, holds the record for the most rainfall in the calendar year of 1861.
3. Kumbh Mela gathering visible from space
The 2011 Kumbh Mela was the largest gathering of people with over 75 million pilgrims. The gathering was so huge that the crowd was visible from space.
4. Bandra Worli Sealink has steel wires equal to the earth's circumference
It took a total of 2,57,00,000 man hours for completion and also weighs as much as 50,000 African elephants. A true engineering and architectural marvel.
5. The highest cricket ground in the world
At an altitude of 2,444 meters, the Chail Cricket Ground in Chail, Himachal Pradesh, is the highest in the world. It was built in 1893 and is a part of the Chail Military School.
6. The Indian national Kabaddi team has won all World Cups
India has won all 5 men's Kabaddi World Cups held till now and have been undefeated throughout these tournaments. The Indian women's team has also won all Kabaddi World Cups held till date.
8. Water on the moon was discovered by India
In September 2009, India's ISRO Chandrayaan- 1 using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time.
9. Science day in Switzerland is dedicated to Ex-Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam
The father of India's missile programme had visited Switzerland back in 2006. Upon his arrival, Switzerland declared May 26th as Science Day.
10. India is the world's second-largest English speaking country
India is second only to the USA when it comes to speaking English with around 125 million people speaking the language, which is only 10% of our population. This is expected to grow by quite a margin in the coming years.
11. The human calculator
Shakuntla Devi was given this title after she demonstrated the calculation of two 13 digit numbers: 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 which were picked at random. She answered correctly within 28 seconds.
12. Rabindranath Tagore also wrote the national anthem for Bangladesh
Rabindranath Tagore is credited not only for writing the Indian national anthem, Jana Gana Mana, but the Bangladeshi national anthem, Amar Sonar Bangla, as well. He was also offered knighthood by the British but refused the honour after the Jalianwala Bagh massacre.
13. Dhyan Chand was offered German citizenship
After defeating Germany 8-1 in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Major Dhyan Chand, the wizard of hockey, was summoned by Hitler. He was promised German citizenship, a high post in the German military and the chance to play for the German national side. Dhyan Chand however declined the offer.
14. Snakes and Ladders originated in India
Earlier known as Moksha Patamu, the game was initially invented as a moral lesson about karma to be taught to children. It was later commercialized and has become one of the most popular board games in the world.
Hope you all enjoyed, excerpts taken from information available on internet.
How to stop overthinking
Overthinking doesn't sound so bad on the surface--thinking is good, right?
But overthinking can cause problems.When you overthink, your judgments get cloudy and your stress gets elevated. You spend too much time in the negative. It can become difficult to act.
1-Put things into perspective.
It's always easy to make things bigger and more negative than they need to be. The next time you catch yourself making a mountain out of a molehill, ask yourself how much it will matter in five years. Or, for that matter, next month. Just this simple question, changing up the time frame, can help shut down overthinking.
2-Stop waiting for perfection.
This is a big one. For all of us who are waiting for perfection, we can stop waiting right now. Being ambitious is great but aiming for perfection is unrealistic, impractical, and debilitating. The moment you start thinking "This needs to be perfect" is the moment you need to remind yourself, "Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress."
3-Change your view of fear.
Whether you're afraid because you've failed in the past, or you're fearful of trying or overgeneralizing some other failure, remember that just because things did not work out before does not mean that has to be the outcome every time. Remember, every opportunity is a new beginning, a place to start again.
4-Realize you can't predict the future.
No one can predict the future; all we have is now. If you spend the present moment worrying about the future, you are robbing yourself of your time now. Spending time on the future is simply not productive. Spend that time instead on things that give you joy.
5-Accept your best.
The fear that grounds overthinking is often based in feeling that you aren't good enough--not smart enough or hardworking enough or dedicated enough. Once you've given an effort your best, accept it as such and know that, while success may depend in part on some things you can't control, you've done what you could do.
You can't have a regretful thought and a grateful thought at the same time, so why not spend the time positively? Every morning and every evening, make a list of what you are grateful for. Get a gratitude buddy and exchange lists so you have a witness to the good things that are around you.
7-Don't think of what can go wrong, but what can go right.
In many cases, overthinking is caused by a single emotion: fear. When you focus on all the negative things that might happen, it's easy to become paralyzed. Next time you sense that you starting to spiral in that direction, stop. Visualize all the things that can go right and keep those thoughts present and up front. Info taken from internet and Inc.com plus author information.
Top 5 Richest country in the world
• GNI per capita: $116,799, • 2017 GDP: $308.6 billion (51st out of 196 countries), • Population: 2.6 million, • Life expectancy at birth: 78.3 years
Qatar is, by far, the richest country in the world, with a GNI per capita of $116,799 -- more than $20,000 higher than any other nation.
2. Macao SAR, China
• GNI per capita: $95,304, • 2017 GDP: $65.3 billion (98th out of 196 countries), • Population: 0.6 million, • Life expectancy at birth: 84.0 years
Macao has become one of the world's top gaming destinations, and the sector has pumped billions of dollars into the economy of this relatively small region. Only one nation has a higher GNI per capita than Macao's $95,000.
• GNI per capita: $82,503, • 2017 GDP: $480.0 billion (39th out of 196 countries), • Population: 5.6 million, • Life expectancy at birth: 82.9 years
Sitting on the southern edge of Malaysia, Singapore is an important shipping point, connecting much of mainland Asia to the rest of the world. Singapore's economy, which has a GNI per capita of $82,503, is one of the most business-friendly in the world due in part to a lack of cumbersome regulations.
• GNI per capita: $76,427, • 2017 GDP: $30.8 billion (125th out of 196 countries), • Population: 428,697, • Life expectancy at birth: 77.4 years
Petroleum accounted for more than 90% of Brunei's exports in 2017. As a result of its wealth of valuable resources, the relatively small Southeast Asian nation has become one of the world's wealthiest.
• GNI per capita: $72,872, • 2017 GDP: $271.1 billion (57th out of 196 countries), • Population: 4.1 million, • Life expectancy at birth: 74.8 years
Kuwait is one of just five nations with a GNI per capita above $70,000. Unlike most other countries that rank among the wealthiest in the world, Kuwait does not have a diverse economy.
Poorest Countries in the World 2019
All these extremely fragile and underdeveloped economies have either recently been through a civil war or are suffering from ongoing sectarian or ethnic conflicts. The world has enough wealth and resources to ensure that the entire human race enjoys a basic standard of living. Yet people living in countries like the Central African Republic, Burundi or the Democratic Republic of the Congo—the three poorest in the world—continue to live in desperate poverty.
The small landlocked country of Burundi, scarred by Hutu-Tutsi ethnic conflict and civil war, has fallen two places in the ranking since last year. President Pierre Nkurunziza, a former Hutu rebel who won a third term last year in controversial elections boycotted by the opposition after a failed coup, has come under international pressure
2. Central African Republic (CAR)
Rich in gold, oil, uranium and diamonds, the Central African Republic is a very wealthy country inhabited by very poor people. However, after claiming the title of poorest in the world for the best part of the decade, this nation of just 4.7 million is showing some signs of progress.
3. Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Since gaining independence from Belgium in 1960, the Congo has suffered decades of rapacious dictatorship, political instability and constant violence. Now the country is ready to turn a page: on 24 January 2019, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo—the son of legendary opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi—was elected as the new president.
One of Africa’s smallest nations, in recent years Malawi has made strides in improving economic growth and implementing crucial structural reforms. Its per capita GDP, which went from about $975 in 2010 to $1,200 in 2018, is now projected to reach $1,580 by 2024.
With 80% of its this landlocked territory covered by the Sahara desert and a rapidly growing population largely dependent upon small scale agriculture, Niger is under threat from desertification and climate change. Food insecurity is high, as are disease and mortality rates, and the army’s recurrent clashes with jihadist group and Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate Boko Haram have displaced thousands of people.
The former Portuguese colony has plenty of arable land and water, and ample energy and mineral resources. On top of that, a recently discovered natural gas offshore field could add an estimated $40 billion to its economy by 2035.
Africa’s oldest republic has also ranked amongst the poorest nations for the longest time. While the country has enjoyed peace and stability since the ending of the civil war in 2003, its governments failed to adequately address serious systemic problems and structural challenges.
8. South Sudan
South Sudan is the newest nation in the world. It was born on July 9, 2011, six years after the agreement that ended the conflict with Sudan, Africa's longest-running civil war. However, violence has continued to ravage this land-locked state of 12.5 million
This volcanic archipelago in the Indian Ocean, north of the Mozambique Channel, is a natural paradise with pristine beaches and incredible forest vegetation. Economically speaking, however, it is a nightmare. Unemployment amongst the generally under-educated low-skill workforce is high, as is dependence on foreign aid and technical assistance.
Situated 400 kilometers off the coast of East Africa, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Known for its astonishing wildlife, the flourishing tourism industry has not been able to lift the country out of poverty. The majority of the population is still dependent upon agriculture for their livelihoods, leaving the country’s economy especially vulnerable to weather-related disasters.
Top 10 Richest People in World, Check Out
1. Jeff Bezos, $131bn
The former hedge fund manager turned online book seller started Amazon in his garage in 1994. He still owns 16% of the e-commerce colossus which has seen its share price rise nearly 500% in the past five years. Bezos has invested heavily in space technology and also owns The Washington Post newspaper.
2. Bill Gates, $96.5bn
A permanent fixture at the top of Forbes’ list for the past 20 years, the Microsoft founder has sold or given away much of his stake in the company – he owns just 1% of Microsoft – and now focuses predominantly on his philanthropic work.
3. Warren Buffet, $82.5bn
Now in his ninth decade, the Berkshire Hathaway chief executive, known as the “Oracle of Omagh” is one of the most successful investors of all time. Like Gates he has pledged to give away more than 99% of his fortune to charity.
4. Bernard Arnault, $76bn
Arnault is the wealthiest European on the list. The Frenchman oversees an empire of more than 60 brands including Louis Vuitton and Sephora.
5. Carlos Slim Helu, $64bn
Mexico’s richest man, Slim Helu, and his family control America Movil, Latin America’s biggest mobile telecommunications firm. He also owns a stake in Mexican construction, consumer goods, mining and real estate, as well as 17% of The New York Times.
6. Amancio Ortega, $62.7bn
Ortega stepped down as chairman of Inditex, known for its Zara brand, in 2011 but he still owns nearly 60% of its shares.
7. Larry Ellison, $58bn
Co-founder of software firm Oracle, Ellison stepped down as CEO in 2014 but still serves as chairman of the board and chief technology officer.
8. Mark Zuckerberg, $62.3bn
The Facebook chief executive and founder’s wealth has shrunk by $8.7bn (£6.6bn) in the past year, as the company battled privacy scandals, the BBC says.
9. Michael Bloomberg, $55.5bn
The founder, chief executive and owner of mass media firm Bloomberg LP, Bloomberg took time off from business between 2002 and 2013 in order to serve three consecutive terms as the 108th mayor of New York City.
10. Larry Page, $50.8bn
In 1998, Page co-founded Google with business partner Sergey Brin, and still helms Alphabet, Google’s parent company.
Above information as per Forbes.
7 Tallest Buildings in the World
1. Burj Khalifa
Location: Dubai, Height: 828 meters (2,716 feet) | Floors: 163, Public observatory? Yes | Completed: 2010
Like Dubai itself, the Burj Khalifa is setting the pace in the early part of the 21st century.
Blending Islamic influences with modern, energy-saving features, Burj Khalifa "redefined what is possible in the design and engineering of supertall buildings," according to Skyscraper.com. It also connects to Dubai's mass transit system, making it both beautiful and practical.
2. Shanghai Tower
Location: Shanghai, China, Height: 632 meters (2,073 feet) | Floors: 126, Public observatory? Yes | Completed: 2015
While China dominates the list, no city in China itself has a monopoly. And it should probably come as no surprise that prosperous Shanghai has the tallest building in China and second tallest in the world.
3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower
Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Height: 601 meters (1,972 feet) | Floors: 120, Public observatory? Yes | Completed: 2012
The Makkah Royal Clock Tower is the most distinctive structure in the Top 10, and it's the first of two buildings from the Middle East in the round-up.
Built in the busy center of Mecca next to the Grand Mosque, the tower offers a place for devout Muslims that make the Hajj journey.
4. Ping An Finance Center
Location: Shenzhen, China, Height: 599.1 meters (1,965 feet) | Floors: 115, Public observatory? Yes | Completed: 2017
Shenzhen, another economic powerhouse city in southern China near Hong Kong, makes its mark with the Ping An Finance Center.
5. Lotte World Tower
Location: Seoul, Height: 555 meters (1,821 feet) | Floors: 123, Public observatory? Yes | Completed: 2017
Industrious Seoul has put the skyscraper to good use with retail, luxury hotel, apartment and office space. It even has a concert hall and rooftop cafe.
6. One World Trade Center
Location: New York City, Height: 541.3 meters (1,776 feet) | Floors: 104, Public observatory? Yes | Completed: 2014
Once the skyscraper capital of the world, New York has the lone Western Hemisphere entry on the current top 10 list.
One World Trade Center replaced the Twin Towers destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, and the footprint of its cubic base is the same of the original two towers.
7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre
Location: Guangzhou, China, Height: 530 meters (1,739 feet) | Floors: 112, Public observatory? No | Completed: 2016
Yet another entry from dominant China, the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is in the bustling southern port city of Guangzhou.
Overlooking the Pearl River, the building's distinctive features include four setbacks, which allow for green sky terraces and skylights.
Is it Coffee good for health ?
Coffee is enjoyed in numerous ways. And this caffeinated drink is the supposed “life-blood” of many people pushing through this modern world, where everything demands to be fast and instantaneous.
Thankfully, coffee can accommodate just that, giving you a boost of energy and alertness that can get you through the day. This is the same reason why coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the entire world, and why some people are so dependent on it that getting through the workday without a cup or two is nigh impossible.
But if so much of a good thing can be bad, does that mean coffee is too?
Good news, coffee lovers, it’s not. In fact, according to Edward Giovannucci, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the most important thing we learned about coffee in the past two decades or so is that there is very little indication that it’s bad for you.
According to numerous studies, coffee easily has a positive effect on the risk of a wide array of diseases and conditions, which even includes several types and forms of cancer. Per the same studies, these benefits are probably due to the antioxidants and anti-inflammatories found in the drink, which include polyphenols (such as chlorogenic and quinic acids) and diterpenes (such as cafestol and kahweol). And because decaf coffee only removes caffeine, many of these benefits are carried over as well.
Of course, that’s not to say that you should drink all the coffee you want. Per recommendations, a person can safely drink around 400 mg of caffeine per day, which translates to around two to four eight-ounce cups of the drink.
Just how solid are these health claims?
Well, the benefits with the strongest evidence is that coffee can lower the risk of developing liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, liver cancer, oral cancer, gallstones and endometrial cancer. There’s also moderate evidence that it can help improve alertness, concentration and focus, while there’s only limited evidence that it can lower the risk of age-related cognitive diseases.
Top Places in India That Every Tourist Must Visit
Kashmir – For its captivating natural beauty
One of the most incredible places in India, Kashmir is known for its enthralling beauty and is rightly nicknamed as the ‘Heaven on Earth’. With its Picturesque lakes, striking fruit orchards, verdant meadows surrounded with thick woods of pines and deodars, lush green gardens teeming with vibrant flowers and captivating valleys enclosed with snow-covered peaks of Himalayan and Pir-Panjal ranges – Kashmir seems to have directly made its way out from a picture postcard.
Leh-Ladakh – For its unmatched trekking options
The land of majestic snow-capped mountains, serene alpine glacial lakes, enchanting valleys and ancient colourful Buddhist monasteries, Leh-Ladakh is one of the ‘must-visit’ destinations in India for nature lovers and people seeking peace and serenity away from the busy city lives. Being home to plenty of serene alpine glacial lakes, some of the world’s highest mountain passes and high-altitude scenic trekking trails, Ladakh is also a dream destination for intrepid travellers and adventure freaks across India and different corners of the world.
Delhi – For its incredible history and past
Delhi, the bustling capital of India makes for one of the perfect travel destinations in India. A city of heritage monuments, teeming bazaars and mouth-watering street food reminding you of its rich past from the Mughal era to a city that is today, more cosmopolitan and contemporary with its sprawling boulevards, high-end malls, shopping complexes and luxury hotels & restaurants; Delhi is for sure, a true amalgamation of age old cultures and present day’s modernization.One of the must-visit destinations in India, a trip to Delhi should definitely be on the travel list for all curious travellers, knowledge seekers and gastronomes looking out for a holiday trips in India.
Agra – For its unprecedented Mughal grandeur
A city immersed in a splendid Mughal charm, Agra needs no introduction. Home to the eternal symbol of love, the iconic ‘Taj Mahal‘, Agra finds one of the top most places on the world heritage map. Having to its acclaim of being the only city in the world glittering with three world heritage sites, Agra definitely makes it to the list of popular Indian travel destinations. With its three gems, the impressive Taj Mahal, magnificent Agra Fort and splendid Fatehpur Sikri; the city lures thousands of tourists including historians and art lovers from all across India and the world.
Sikkim – For its breathtaking natural vistas
One of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in India, Sikkim is a glittering gem of the North-East Himalayas. With its enchanting snow-capped mountains, quaint little villages, pristine lakes and vibrant Buddhist monasteries, Sikkim is one of the best destinations in India to spend a peaceful and laid back holiday amidst extreme tranquillity and solitude.
Meghalaya – For its spell binding man-made artistic splendours
Also known as the ‘abode of clouds’, Meghalaya is a hidden gem nestled in the lap of pine covered Khasi and Garo Hills in the Eastern Himalayas. One of the most picturesque states of North East India with its lush terraced slopes, gushing waterfalls, mystic caves, dense forests and sparkling lakes and rivers; Meghalaya is an ideal holiday destination in India for trekkers, cavers and nature enthusiasts. It is only in Meghalaya where you will come across unique man made living root bridges that are grown and not built. Yes! You heard it right the ‘bridges which are grown’.
Kerala – For its backwaters and much more
Pristine backwaters, coconut fringed beaches, rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages and colourful festivals; Yes! You guessed it right. I am taking about the God’s own country, Kerala, one of the most picturesque places in India with a footfall of thousands of tourists every year. Tucked between Arabian Sea and Western Ghats, Kerala has been blessed with immense natural beauty. Besides serene backwaters and pristine beaches, Kerala is also home to scenic hill station and numerous wildlife sanctuaries
Andaman & Nicobar – For its pristine beauty and array of water sports
Known for their picturesque beauty with pristine beaches, azure waters and verdant forests, Andaman & Nicobar are a group of more than 500 shimmering islands tucked in an infinite expanse of the Bay of Bengal. Relatively unexplored, these islands have that enigmatic charm to them that lures thousands of tourists every year. Packed with an array of interesting activities, a holiday in Andaman & Nicobar is sure to be one of the best vacations in India.
India’s richest tech billionaires 2019
Azim Premji — ₹117,100 crore
Wipro chairman Azim Premji is the richest tech billionaire in India. His net worth of ₹117,100 crore is greater than the average wealth of the list of ₹5,300 crore. But, he gets 'no thrills' from riches and has given 30% away more than his net worth crore — ₹148,925 crore.
Shiv Nadar — ₹43,500 crore
The founder and chairman of HCL, Shiv Nadar, is India's second richest tech billionaire. Nadar received the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, in 2008 for his efforts in the IT industry. His contributions to philanthropy stand at ₹7,091 crore.
Roshni Nadar — ₹36,800 crore
Daughter of Shiv Nadar and CEO of HCL Enterprise, Roshni Nadar, comes in third with a net worth of ₹36,800 crore. She was also 51st on the Forbes 'World's Most Powerful Women' rankings in 2017.
Jay Chaudhry — ₹36,700 crore
Founder chairman and CEO of Zscaler — a global cloudbased information security company — Jay Chaudhry is India's fourth richest tech billionaire. Some of the other companies he has founded include CipherTrust, AirDefense, CoreHarbor and Secure IT.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma — ₹20,400 crore
The founder of PayTM — India's first homegrown mobile payments company — Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the fourth richest tech billionaire in India. More notably, he's the only entrepreneur from a startup to feature in the top of the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List. Sharma's net worth stands at ₹20,400 crore — higher than Airtel's Sunil Mittal and Mahindra Group's Anand Mahindra, who are veteran Indian businessmen.
Divyank Turakhia — ₹13,000 crore
Divyank Turakhia, the founder of Media.net, is the fifth richest Indian tech billionaire. When sold Media.net to a Chinese consortium in 2016 for $900 million, it was the third largest ad-tech deal ever.
Kavitark Ram Shriram — ₹11,600 crore
Kavitark Ram Shriram is one of the founding board members of Google. He has also worked with Amazon, Junglee and Netscape in the past. In 2000, Shriram started his own company — Sherpalo — which is a venture capital firm that invests in new disruptive technologies.
Romesh T Wadhwani — ₹11,600 crore
Romesh T Wadwhwani is an Indian-American billionaire who is the founder, chairman and CEO of Symphony Technology Group STG. He founded the private equity firm for software, Internet and technology services companies in 2002.
Sanjeev Bikhchandani — ₹10,700 crore
Founder and executive vice chairman of Info Edge, Naukri.com's parent company, Sanjeev Bikhchandani is the 9th richest Indian tech billionaire. Info Edge was the first Indian company to go public in India.
Thomas Kurian — ₹10,600 crore
The CEO of Google Cloud and former president of product development at Oracle, Thomas Kurian is the last of the top 10 richest Indian tech billionaires. In 2010, Kurian was the 18th highest-paid man in the US, according to CNN.
Most Famous Identical Twins in the World
The percent of people born with a twin increased significantly over the years. Today, one out of every 30 babies born is a twin. Twins can be fraternal where they look alike, or identical. It is also quite difficult to recognize when standing with each other. So let's see who are most famous twins around the world.
1. Barbara and Jenna Bush
Barbara Bush was named after her paternal grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush who was the wife of President George H. W. Bush, and mother of President George W. Bush and Governor Jeb Bush. Some people might not know that George W. Bush had twin girls, Jenna and Barbara. Born on November 25th, 1981, these two were the first famous identical twins to ever be part of the First Family. Since becoming adults, the sisters have taken an active role in charities, primarily focusing on promoting education and are known for their writings, including a joint memoir.
2. Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren
Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren are two of the most well-known US columnists in history. These famous identical twins have hosted a number of different columns over their careers, including most notably the famous ‘Dear Abby’. The sisters reached over 200 million people with this column alone and were known to receive up to 15,000 letters from readers each week. They were born on July 4th, 1918 in Sioux City, Iowa. The sisters were inseparable for most of their lives. They even had a joint wedding!
3. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
Possibly the most famous identical twins to have ever been in show business, the Olsen twins hit it big sharing the role of Michelle on the show Full House. The Olsen sisters have since gone on to a multitude of highly profitable entrepreneurial pursuits.
4. The Winklevoss Twins
You might be familiar with this pair if you’ve seen the film The Social Network, which chronicled and witnessed the advent of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s rise to power. The twins approached Zuckerberg with their idea to create a social networking site for Harvard students and alumni. This was an idea they later claimed Zuckerberg had stolen and repurposed as Facebook. The Winklevoss Twins are also known for their athletic talents, having gone to the 2008 Olympics for men’s rowing. Despite their setback with Facebook, the famous identical twins continue to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and in large part due to an investment in Bitcoin, have a net worth of over $600 million today.
5. The Bella Sisters
Brie and Nikki Bella, born November 21st, 1983, are collectively known as The Bella Sisters, a WWE professional wrestling tag team. The sisters rose to fame within World Wrestling Entertainment in 2008. They’re known for a move they call “Twin Magic”. In 2011, they became the WWE Diva Champions. The sisters also have a wide media presence, having appeared in the E! Network
shows Total Divas and Total Bellas, and also a variety of WWE programs. They were also the voices and inspiration for ‘The Boulder Sisters’ in the Flintstones-WWE mash-up Stone Age Smackdown!.
Quotes from billionaires to motivate yourself
Jeff Bezos, founder, Amazon
“We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first, invent, and be patient.”
Jack Ma, founder, Alibaba
“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.”
Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
"You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong."
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder, Facebook
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk ... In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to
fail is not taking risks.”
Larry Ellison, founder, Oracle
“I have had all of the disadvantages required for success.”
Michael Bloomberg, CEO, Bloomberg
“You must first be willing to fail — and you must have the courage to go for it anyway.”
Oprah Winfrey, TV Personality
"The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning."
Larry Page, co-founder, Google
“It is often easier to make progress on mega-ambitious dreams. Since no one else is crazy enough to do it, you have little competition.”
Bernard Arnault, CEO, Louis Vuitton
“I think in business, you have to learn to be patient. Maybe I’m not very patient myself. But I think that I’ve learned the most is be able to wait for something and get it when it’s the right time.”
Bill Gates, co-founder, Microsoft
“It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
David Koch, Executive VP, Koch Industries
“If you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. If you teach the man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime.”
World's most expensive materials
Certain things on this planet are worth more precious than gold – literally. And this ranges from Iranian Beluga caviar to antimatter. Check out below to know some of the world's most expensive substances by weight and what makes them so pricey. and attractive.
White truffle – $2,322 per pound
The seasonal fungus is a kitchen delicacy and can be shaved over dishes like pasta, salads and fried eggs, or infused in oil to be used as a flavoring agent. Found only in Italy, white truffles are hard to grow because they need a special type of soil.
Saffron – $8 per gram
Each Crocus sativus flower yields just three strands of aromatic saffron and they are in bloom for only a few weeks in the fall – reason enough for it to be counted among the most expensive spices in the world. Other than culinary purposes, saffron is also used in medicines and cosmetics.
Iranian Beluga caviar – $30 per gram
Known as "almas," this caviar is produced from the eggs of the Iranian Beluga fish, which swims in the southern Caspian Sea. It holds the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive type of caviar available. This roe is eaten cold as an appetizer.
Rhodium – $172,050 per gram or $5,550 per troy ounce*
English chemist William Hyde Wollaston discovered rhodium in a crude platinum ore. The hard metal is used in three-way catalytic converters to reduce carbon emissions in vehicles, as an anti-corrosive agent and also in making jewelry.
Red beryl – $10,000 per carat
One of the world's rarest gem, discovered in handful of places in the U.S. including Utah and New Mexico, it is primarily used to make jewelry. Bit softer than diamond, the crystal owes its rich color to manganese found in its composition. It featured in Forbes' 12 Most Expensive Gemstones in the World list, with that price, in 2015.
Antimatter – $62.5T per gram
This invention could fuel future spaceship trips to planets and other celestial bodies. Presently, this highly unstable matter is difficult to produce and store, since it breaks down minutes after its creation. The cost of production is extremely high and therefore it is that expensive. NASA on April 12, 1999, declared antimatter, the most expensive substance on earth, at the given price.
Taaffeite – $35,000 per carat
Taaffeite was named after Richard Taaffe, who discovered the gem. It is made up of magnesium, beryllium and aluminum. A million times scarcer than diamond and more durable too, this explains the gemstone's sky-high price. It featured in Forbes' 12 Most Expensive Gemstones in the World list, with that price, in 2015. Information taken from information available on internet and from msn.
Richest Criminals of all Time
Whoever said that crime doesn’t pay? These gangsters managed to gather fortunes through drug trafficking and various other crimes. However, in most cases, it wasn’t enough to save their skins from Law.
Dawood Ibrahim: fortune estimated to be 10 times greater than Osama bin Laden’s
Currently wanted by Interpol and several government agencies around the world, this notorious Indian criminal may be laying low in a luxury bunker in Karachi, Pakistan according to media sources. He controls 75% of the world’s heroin trafficking, but has various other business interests including diamonds, gold and real estate.
Pablo Emilio Escobar: $30 billion
In the ‘80s, the head of the Medellín cartel was the 7th richest man in the world. Drug trafficking certainly paid off for this Colombian until he was shot in 1993.
Al Capone: $100 million
This notorious American gangster made his fortune in alcohol business illegally and contraband goods during the prohibition era of the 1920s. Arrested in 1932, Capone served 11 years in Alcatraz.
Frank Lucas: $52 million
From the end of the ‘60s until the middle of the ‘70s, this New York gangster earned up to $1 million per day dealing heroin. During the Vietnam War, Lucas made money with contacts in the US army to smuggle drugs inside the coffins of soldiers killed in combat.
Amado Carillo Fuentes: $25 billion
In the ‘90s, “el Señor de los cielos” (“The Lord of the Skies”) trafficked tons of drugs from Colombia and Mexico to the USA. The head of the Juárez cartel came, however, to a sticky end, dying during a cosmetic surgery procedure in an attempt to change his appearance.
Bernard Madoff: $820 million
This American swindler is notorious for cheating thousands of investors through a Ponzi scheme. He’ll have lots of time to reflect on the consequences of his actions, however. In 2009, he was sentenced to 150 years in prison for extorting $60 billion from his clients.
Viktor Bout: around $6 billion
Nicknamed “The Merchant of Death”, the world’s biggest arms dealer is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence in the USA. This ex-officer in the Soviet Air Forces sold arms in all four corners of the world after the fall of the Berlin wall.
Allen Stanford: almost $2 billion
In 2012, this American billionaire was found guilty of a $7-billion fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice.
Leona Helmsley: $2 billion
Leona Helmsley also called “The Queen of Mean”, built a property empire with her husband, the real-estate magnate Harry Helmsley. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison for tax evasion in 1992.
Dennis Kozlowski: $600 million
The ex-CEO of the industrial conglomerate Tyco received a 25-year prison sentence for embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars out of the company between 1999 and 2001. He used the money to finance his lavish lifestyle, buying things like luxury apartments in New York and yachts.
José Figueroa Agosto: $100 million
This famous Puerto Rican drug dealer has been arrested several times. His fortune, however, remains well hidden.
George Jung: $100 million
This cocaine smuggler made his fortune in the ‘80s, trafficking drugs to US shores.
El Chapo: $1 billion
Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the former head of the Sinaloa cartel, is one of the biggest drug traffickers of all time. The governments of Mexico and the USA plan to share his colossal fortune.
Lucky Luciano: $105 million
Born Salvatore Lucania, this famous Italian-American Mafioso was in charge of a large bootleg alcohol network in the USA. His other criminal activity included heroin trafficking and prostitution. He made history through being the mafia boss who, in 1929, created the National Crime Syndicate to organize crime in the same way as big business.
Kenneth Lay : illicit profit of $90 million in 2001 only
In 2006, the former CEO of the powerful brokerage firm Enron, in Texas, was found guilty of the group's resounding bankruptcy. This fraud led to many thousands of employees and investors getting broke.
Khun Sa: $5 billion
Burmese warlord Khun Sa was in charge of opium trafficking in the Golden Triangle from 1974 to 1994. At the time, most of the heroin that reached the USA from the Golden Triangle was grown in Khun Sa’s opium fields. He surrendered to the Burmese authorities in 1996.
Must Watch War Movies of all Time
Set against the famous World War II Dunkirk evacuation, the movie stars Fionn Whitehead , Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy. It follows Allied soldiers stuck on the beaches of Dunkirk who are evacuated while coming under heavy enemy fire.
The silent film is loosely based on the 1905 rebellion of the Russian battleship Potemkin's crew against their officers. The scene featuring the massacre of civilians on the Odessa Steps is considered one of the most iconic moments in the history of world cinema, as it introduced the concepts of film editing and montage.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Set in the backdrop of U.S.-Soviet Union Cold War and nuclear tension, the black comedy revolves around an unhinged general who triggers off a nuclear holocaust and a group of politicians and generals who must stop it at all costs.
The Battle of Algiers
An Italian-Algerian production, this war film is based on the events during the Algerian War in North Africa.
Surprising perks of being United States of America President
Being president of USA is no cake walk but being the super power in the world and president enjoys variety of perks given to serve the country. Lets see what so interesting perks.
Air Force One
In fact, any plane that the President boards becomes Air Force One. The President has two Boeing 747-200B jets he regularly flies, which have perfect safety records and have the ability to survive the electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear detonation. According to a Freedom of Information act request, each Air Force One 747 is said to cost an eye-watering $206,000 per hour to run.
Each aircraft has 85 telephones, 19 TVs and can be re-fueled in the air. There’s a personal suite for the president with an office, bathroom, bedroom and gym. And if the President gets injured mid-flight, not to worry, there’s even a doctor and an operating theater on board!
You Take Off in Marine One
The greatest getaway vehicle in the world, Marine One is a super-specialized helicopter that goes wherever the president does. It is designed to rescue the president in the event of an emergency. Only four pilots from the vaunted Marine HMX-1 "Nighthawks" squadron are bestowed with the honor of flying the presidential super-chopper every year.
You Ride in 'The Beast'
"The Beast" is the nickname given to the presidential limousine, which President Obama described as "a Caddy, basically on a tank frame." Actually, it's a fleet of 12 identical bulletproof and bombproof vehicles the president uses when moving by car.
Fox News reports that a new Beast is being built , and each vehicle will cost an estimated $1 million to $1.5 million.
You Live in Cool Digs
Presidents always have lived well in the White House, which had running water in 1833, central heating in 1837 and an elevator in 1881. The White House was built for $232,272 in the 1790s, according to sources. The White House Historical Association says the building has 132 rooms.
Contrary to popular belief, there are no secret passages or hidden escapes — none known to the public, at least. However, there is a well-known underground complex that includes a florist and bowling alley.
You Earn Post-Presidency Office and Travel Expenses
The General Services Administration is required to furnish former presidents with enough money to cover travel and business expenses. In 2016, Congress presented President Obama legislation that would have capped taxpayer spending on former presidents' office and travel expenses at $200,000 a year. The soon-to-be former president vetoed the bill.
You Pull in a Hefty Pension
Not only do presidents get cushy offices and free travel, they also receive a presidential pension — they were, after all, government employees. The Former Presidents Act sets into law what ex-presidents receive in compensation. All four living former presidents — Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — received annual pensions of $205,700 in 2016.
A Top-Notch Security Detail Watches Over You
When you see the president, you might notice intense-looking, hyper-alert men and women with earpieces following behind. That's the Secret Service, the agency tasked with protecting the president — even at the cost of their own lives.
Well-armed, trained and prepared, members of the Secret Service are more than bodyguards. They conduct advance work, threat assessments, counter surveillance and airspace security. Ex-presidents get Secret Service protection for life, and their children are protected until the kids turn 16. The agency's 2016 budget was $2.2 billion.
Your House Has a Movie Theater
Presidents who happen to be movie buffs are in luck: The White House is home to a 42-seat tiered theater where the presidential family and guests can watch movies, sports and television. President Franklin Roosevelt converted the East Terrace cloakroom into a theater so he could watch newsreels from World War II.
How to Avoid Stress and Depression
Depression is a common and serious medical condition that affects how people feel and act. The illness can lead to emotional as well as physical problems and can cause issues in all aspects of a person's life.
Many people take medication, such as antidepressants, to treat their depression, but there are a variety of natural methods available that work and reduce the risk of future episodes.
Exercise offers a range of health benefits including helping prevent depression. Both high-intensity and low-intensity exercise is beneficial in this respect.
High-intensity exercise releases the feel-good chemicals, known as endorphins, into the body.
Low-intensity exercise sustained over an extended period helps release proteins called neurotrophic factors, which improve brain function and make a person who is exercising feel better.
Many people who are depressed have low motivation for exercise, so it is a good idea to start with 5 minutes of walking or doing an enjoyable activity and gradually increase the length of time over the coming days, weeks, and months.
The brain needs the right mix of nutrients to function properly. Avoiding trans fats found in processed meat, ready meals, cookies, and cakes. Eating more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Eating protein with tryptophan, found in fish, poultry, eggs, and spinach.
Eating oily fish containing omega-3 oils or taking omega-3 supplements at least twice a week.
Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Avoiding caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and soda.
Not getting enough sleep has a significant impact on people psychologically and physically,
Creating a bedtime routine. Avoiding using electronic equipment before going to bed. Spending 30 minutes doing a relaxation exercise or reading a book before trying to go to sleep.
Going to a quiet spot and doing more relaxation exercises if still struggling to sleep
4-Avoid alcohol and drugs
For most people, moderate alcohol consumption is not a problem, but for people with depression, alcohol or drug use can make their symptoms worse. It is better to avoid these things in order to recover from stress quickly. Excess of alcohol and drugs can lead to unhealthy life. During stress , people tend to to inclined towards alcohol as a back up but that should not be the case.
A variety of factors, including work, education, family life, or relationships, can cause stress. It is important to try managing and addressing these stressful situations when they arise. Sometimes it gets difficult to stay happy due to unwanted things may be occurred which leave people broke. Try to take advantage of hard times and see it as an opportunities to make it work in your favor.