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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

World's most premature baby

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A baby girl said to have spent the shortest time in her mother's womb is to be released from the hospital in Miami where she was born.
Amillia Taylor is believed to be the first baby to have survived following a gestation period of less than 22 weeks. She weighed a mere 10 ounces (284 grams) at birth on 24 October. Doctors generally consider that babies born weighing less than 14 ounces (400g) at birth stand no chance of survival.[...]

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Stumpy the "four-legged duckling"

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An ugly duckling has made waves on a farm after being born with four legs. A rare mutation has left eight-day-old Stumpy with two extra legs behind the two he moves around on. Owner Nicky Janaway, of Warrawee Duck Farm in the New Forest, Hampshire, said she was gobsmacked when she turned Stumpy over to check his sex. "It was absolutely bizarre. I was thinking 'he's got too many legs' and I kept counting: One, two, three, four,'" she said. [...]

The Pacific Islanders who worship an American GI

There is always something strange in the newspapers, and here is something you don't get to hear everyday. There is a small population on an Island in the Pacific that believes that one day an American GI by the name of "John Frum" will bring them wealth and happiness - their own version of the Christian Jesus. Read for yourselves.

At the base of a sacred volcano in an isolated corner of the South Pacific young men play the "Star Spangled Banner" on bamboo flutes. Every February they parade in old US army uniforms with wooden weapons. Others go bare-chested with the letters "USA" painted in bright red letters on their bodies.

Nearby, a giant Stars and Stripes flutters in the breeze from the main flagpole. This is the heart of John Frum country on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu. Villagers at Sulphur Bay worship a mystical figure who they believe will one day bring them wealth and happiness.[...]

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Saturday, February 10, 2007

The 10 worst technologies in Q2 2006

We love seeing great new tech, but there's also a side of us that takes delight in seeing the other end of the technological spectrum. Like with a bad movie that achieves cult status because it's just that bad, we love to hate something about these unlucky 13 products and downloadable duds from the past three months. Keep in mind, each of the items listed below has its share of redeeming qualities. But each of them also stands out for all the wrong reasons. In no particular order, here are some recent tech turkeys. And if you want to catch up on the entire year's most worthless gear, read our roundup of the worst tech of the first quarter. Compiled by CNET Reviews.

1. Worst new sport: Segway polo

Hmm, if only there were a way to combine the dorkiness of riding a Segway with the snobbery of a polo match. It seems Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak's next venture is to popularize the game of Segway polo, once he's done finding ways of cheating in it and forcing them to rewrite the rules every week. When Woz isn't busy annoying everyone on the Segway polo grounds with "tactics" such as throwing his mallet and clubbing shots over their heads, he's busy braining passersby with errant shots. See all this and more in our incredibly uncomfortable video. [...]

Thursday, February 08, 2007

The beautiful people of Kalash

Not too long ago, I first read about a small tribe of people called the "Kalash" who reside in the valleys of Hindu Kush, Pakistan. By the looks, it would be difficult for one to determine the origin of this intriguing civilization. Some claim they are descendants of Alexander the Great himself, however, DNA testing has shown little contribution from the Greeks and it seems as though they are an aboriginal people. When I first read about them and heard about their pagan culture, I was highly impressed. A small population with such contrasting identities to their host nation have found a piece of heaven for themselves and have survived for centuries. Here are a few pictures of the Kalash people and some of their handicrafts. It will give the reader an idea of how colorful their culture is.

Another video on lovely Karachi

Friday, February 02, 2007