Monday, August 20, 2007
Born: 1 November 1973
Birthplace: Mangalore, India
Best known as: Star of the 2002 Bollywood movie Devdas
Aishwarya Rai is an international triple threat: model, beauty pageant queen, and movie star. Since 1997 she has been one of the superstars of "Bollywood," the Indian film industry. As a college student she entered and won the 1994 Miss World contest, an honor which opened the door to work as a model. A striking brunette with hooded eyes and full lips, she appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Elle, and other fashion magazines. Her first film was the 1997 political drama Iruvar. As Bollywood underwent an explosion of success and innovation, Rai became one of its favorite daughters. She proved to be a voluptuous presence in the mode of Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida; like Lollobrigida, Rai has often been hyped as "the most beautiful woman in the world." Her 2002 film Devdas was a tremendous hit. She has worked mainly in Indian films, but in recent years she has appeared in Western productions, including Bride and Prejudice (2004, a colorful take on the Jane Austen tale) and Mistress of Spices (2005). Rai was married to actor Abhishek Bachchan on 20 April 2007. The wedding was a spectacular event in India; as noted by Agence France Presse, "The couple have been dubbed 'India's Brangelina' after Hollywood's A-list couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie."
Extra credit: Rai is known as "Ash" or "Aishu" to her fans... Abhishek Bachchan is the son of another famous actor, Amitabh Bachchan... Her official site once described Rai as "the first Indian female to be immortalized in wax at the world famous Madame Tussauds wax museum in London"... Also according to her website, Rai's favorite film is Casablanca (1943, with Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart).
Aishwarya Rai (Tulu-Kannada: ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯ ರೈ, Devanāgarī: ऐश्वर्या राय, IPA: [æʃvərjɑː rɑːj]) (born November 1, 1973), is an award-winning Indian actress. Rai, who won the Miss World title in 1994, made her film debut in Mani Ratnam's Iruvar (1997) and had her first critical and commercial success with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), with whom she repeated this success with Devdas (2002). Since then, she has acted in nearly forty Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and English films. Today, she is considered to be one of the most popular actresses in India and the best-known Indian actress in the world. Rai is married to Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan and is daughter-in-law to Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan.
Rai was born in Mangalore, in the South Indian state of Karnataka, to Krishnaraj Rai, a marine engineer, and Vrinda Rai, a writer. Her ancestors are from the Bunt community of Mangalore. Her family relocated to Mumbai (Bombay) after her birth. Rai has one elder brother, Aditya Rai who is a film producer. Rai attended the Arya Vidya Mandir at Santacruz, Mumbai, then entered Jai Hind College, Churchgate, Mumbai for one year and then moved to Ruparel College, Matunga, Mumbai to finish her HSC. She was an A student and was on track to become an architect. Her mother tongue is Tulu. She also speaks Hindi, English, Kannada, Marathi and Tamil.
Rai began modeling on the side while pursuing for studies in Architecture, which did not materialise. In the 1994 Miss India contest, she was controversially placed second behind Sushmita Sen, and went on to win the Miss World title that same year and the Miss Photogenic award. After the one year reign as Miss World in London, she then worked as a professional model, in advertising and Indian fashion magazines and later got into Indian film industry.
Rai debuted in Mani Ratnam's Tamil language film, Iruvar (1997) with Mohanlal. She was introduced to Bollywood in the film, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya; the film did not do well at the box office. However, her third project, a Tamil-language film, Jeans (1998) by S. Shankar was a critical and commercial success for which she was awarded the Filmfare Best Actress Award South. Aishwarya then appeared in many Bollywood films; a few successful films of her career include Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Taal (1999) for which her performance was lauded. She was awarded the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role in the former. In 2000 she had a supporting role in the hit film Mohabbatein and also in another hit film Josh.
In 2002, Rai appeared with superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in the lavishly produced Devdas, which was a major box-office success. and earned her the Filmfare Best Actress Award. The film attracted overseas attention as well, receiving a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival. It was during this time that she garnered the attention of the West as an Indian actress and went on to appear in a few Hollywood projects.
As her name gained popularity in the West, she was chosen by Time magazine in 2004 as one of the World's "100 Most Influential People" and in 2003, appeared on the cover of Time magazine. She was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile on January 2. A month later she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. She was also featured on Oprah's "Women Across the Globe" segment. In 2003, she acted in the critically acclaimed and commercial success Bengali film, Chokher Bali, an adaptation of one of Rabindranath Tagore's novels by the same name.
Rai has been a regular at the Cannes Film Festival since 2002, and was a member of the Jury at Cannes in the year 2003. In October 2004, a wax figure of Rai became on display in London's Madame Tussaud's wax museum. The same month, her first foreign film was released: Bride and Prejudice. The film was an Indian version of Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice. The film did well commercially in the U.K but not in India. Her next overseas venture, The Mistress of Spices, was critically acclaimed though not commercially successful. She then appeared at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, as part of a performance showcasing Indian culture, on behalf of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, to be held in New Delhi. In between her overseas acting stints, she appeared in the Indian film Bunty Aur Babli in a hugely popular seven minute dance sequence for the song "Kajra Re".
At the end of the year 2006, she had two releases: Umrao Jaan and Dhoom 2. Umrao Jaan did poorly in India; however, her role in Dhoom 2, a sequel to the 2004 hit movie Dhoom brought her great attention. It was a hit commercially too. 2007 saw the release of Mani Ratnam's Guru which premiered in Toronto. The film, based on the life of Indian businessman Dhirubhai Ambani, was critically acclaimed and a big box office hit. Her most recent film, Provoked, based on the book "Circle of Light" where she portrays a real life character, was released on 6 April, 2007 in India and the UK. The film did well commercially in the UK. It was critically acclaimed all over the world. At the end of April 2007 her first American film, The Last Legion, was released in Russia and the Netherlands. The film opened in North American theaters in August 2007.
After much speculation concerning their relationship, her engagement to Abhishek Bachchan was announced on January 14, 2007. They married on April 20, 2007 in a private ceremony held at the Bachchans' bungalow Prateeksha. The event was heavily covered by the media.
Year Title Language Role Notes
1997 Iruvar Tamil Pushpa/Kalpana
Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya Hindi Ashi Kapoor
1998 Jeans Tamil Madhumitha/Vaishnavi Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award South
India's official entry to the Oscars
1999 Aa Ab Laut Chalen Hindi Pooja
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam Hindi Nandini Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Ravoyi Chandamama Telugu Special appearance (song)
Taal Hindi Mansi Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
2000 Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke Hindi Sahiba Gareval
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Hindi Preeti Virat Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Josh Hindi Shirley
Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil Meenakshi Bala
Mela Hindi Champakali Special appearance
Mohabbatein Hindi Megha Cameo. Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Sanam Tere Hain Hum Hindi Special appearance (item number)
2001 Albela Hindi Sonia
2002 23rd March 1931: Shaheed Hindi Cameo
Devdas Hindi Parvati (Paro) Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
India's official entry to the Oscars
Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin Hindi Komal Rastogi
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam Hindi Cameo
Shakti: The Power Hindi Special appearance (item number)
2003 Chokher Bali Bengali Binodhini
Dil Ka Rishta Hindi Tia Sharma
Kuch Naa Kaho Hindi Namrata Shrivastav
2004 Bride & Prejudice English Lalita Bakshi
Khakee Hindi Mahalakshmi
Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na Hindi Diya Malhotra
Raincoat Hindi Neerja Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
2005 Bunty Aur Babli Hindi Special appearance (item number)
Shabd Hindi Antara Vashist
2006 Mistress of Spices English Tilo
Umrao Jaan Hindi Umrao Jaan
Dhoom 2 Hindi Sunehri Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
2007 Guru Hindi Sujatha
Provoked English Kiranjit Ahluwalia
The Last Legion English Mira
Jodhaa Akbar Hindi Jodhaa Bai
Sarkar Raj Hindi Neha Filming
2008 The Pink Panther 2 English Filming begins August 20
Sanjay Dutt was born to one of Bollywood's most well-known star couples, Nargis Dutt and Sunil Dutt. He has two sisters, Priya Dutt and Namrata Dutt. He was educated at the Lawrence School Sanawar. At the age of 12 he made his first film appearance in his father's film Reshma Aur Shera where he had a small role as a qawali singer.
While he was still in high school, Sanjay Dutt became a drug addict, probably as he was unable to handle the pressure of being the child of two celebrities. His drug problems worsened his mother's health, who was already diagnosed with cancer. Nargis Dutt died a few weeks before Sanjay Dutt's first film, Rocky, was to be released. A heartbroken Dutt took to doing more drugs. His father sent him to a rehab center in Miami. After attending a rehabilitation program in the United States, a sober Dutt started working in films again.
Rise as a notable actor
Sanjay Dutt acted in several successful films in the 1980s, including Vidhaata (1982), Naam (1986), and Hathyar (1989). He was reportedly director Subhash Ghai's first choice to play the lead in Hero (1983), but after witnessing Sanjay Dutt in his drug phase during the shooting of Vidhaata, Ghai picked Jackie Shroff in his place. Sanjay Dutt married Richa Sharma in 1987 (a small-time actress discovered by Dev Anand) who had nursed him back from a lung injury. A year later, the couple had a baby girl, Trishala. Just two months after Trishala's birth, Risha was diagnosed with cancer and the couple separated. Richa moved to United States with her daughter to live with her parents while Dutt pursued his career in Bollywood. After his wife succumbed to brain tumor in 1996, a bitter custody battle between Dutt and his in-laws over the custody of his only daughter ensued, which Dutt lost. Sanjay Dutt's sister, Namrata, married actor Kumar Gaurav, the son of yesteryears Bollywood star Rajendra Kumar.
Sanjay Dutt resurrected his cinema career with movies like Sadak (1991) and Saajan (1991). He received his first Filmfare nomination for the best actor in a lead role, for the film Saajan. His breakthrough role came in Subhash Ghai's Khalnayak (1993), which became a huge hit and gave his career a boost. He received a filmfare nomination for the film.
Arrest in 1993
The release of Khalnayak (1993) happened to coincide with Sanjay Dutt's arrest in connection with the 1993 Mumbai Bombings. He was convicted of illegal possession of arms and ammunition, which were allegedly part of the consignment used in the bombings. According to the CBI case filed in a TADA court, it was alleged that the gangster Abu Salem and his men went to Dutt's house on 16 January 1993 and gave him three AK-56 rifles, 25 hand grenades, one 9 mm pistol and cartridges. He returned two AK-56 rifles, hand grenades and cartridges to Hanif Kadawala and Samir Hingora but kept one AK-56 rifle with himself. The rifle and cartridges allegedly formed part of the consignment, which was smuggled into India at Dighi Port on 9 January 1993.
On learning that Mumbai police were looking to question Sanjay Dutt, his father asked him to immediately return from Mauritius, where he was shooting for a film. On learning of Mumbai Police's investigation about his involvement in the blasts, Dutt instructed his friends to destroy the rifle. The rifle was destroyed by Yusuf Nullawalla, Kersi Adjenia, Rusi Mulla and Ajay Marwah in accordance with Dutt's request. Dutt then called the then Mumbai Police Commissioner of Police and informed him of his plans to return to India immediately, where he was arrested upon landing.
Sanjay Dutt acknowledged that he personally knew the other accused, but denied the charges that he was involved with the larger conspiracy. He was arrested on 19 April 1993 (about a month after the blasts) and spent more than 18 months in Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, before being released on bail. During this time, he received considerable support from the Indian Film Industry, as well as his fans.
After release in 1995
Once he was released from jail, Sanjay Dutt married Rhea Pillai. In 2001, he was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate about alleged hawala deals in connection with the probe into the underworld-Bollywood nexus. No charges were filed in this case. Also in 2001, an audiotape, allegedly containing a phone conversation between Sanjay Dutt and gangster Chhota Shakeel, surfaced in media. In the conversation, Dutt allegedly complained about his fellow actor Govinda coming late to the sets, among other things.
Dutt won himself a fan following with a variety of roles, including gangster and comic roles. He was noted for his performances in several films including Vaastav (1999), Mission Kashmir (2000), Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003). He also set up a production company with director Sanjay Gupta. The company, called White Feather Films, produced several films, including Kaante (2002), Musafir (2004) Zinda (2005) and Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007).
Sanjay Dutt and Rhea Pillai divorced in 2005, after spending the last few years of their marriage apart. Rhea later married tennis player Leander Paes. Sanjay Dutt's father, Sunil Dutt, an active politician, also died in May 2005.. Sanjay Dutt's sister, Priya Dutt, contested and won the election for her father's constituency and became a Member of Parliament.
Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) earned Sanjay Dutt rave reviews. His latest release, Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), also did well.
2006 court verdict
On 28 November 2006, a special TADA court found actor Sanjay Dutt guilty under the Arms Act of possessing an illegal weapon. He was cleared, however, of the charges of terrorism and conspiracy. Judge P D Kode said of the ruling in the open court, "During my reasoning I have not found him (Sanjay) to be a terrorist." Dutt's bail has been extended a number of times since the ruling and is still in progress. While Sanjay was cleared of terrorism charges namely the TADA Act, one of his friends who transported the AK-56 guns for Sanjay namely Baba Chouhan was found guilty under TADA Act.
In January 2007, a person by the name of Abhimanyu Altekar filed an Intervener's Application, which opposed Sanjay Dutt's release in the 1993 bombings case. In his application to the court, Altekar argued that there was a great deal of contrast between how a court treated Sanjay Dutt's case and how a court treated a case in which Altekar himself was involved as an accused. In Altekar's case, he had been acquitted by a sessions court, 16 years after he was arrested in a false case of planting a bomb outside the house of an Marathi daily editor in 1990. Altekar compared this treatment with Sanjay Dutt's case and noted that one of the grounds of Dutt's application for seeking time to surrender was that he was the only earning member of the family and also that Sanjay Dutt was on bail for more than 12 years earning enough to make provisions for his family in case of a jail sentence. Altekar also argued that Dutt was mature enough at the time of buying illegal weapons, and did not deserve a reduced jail term. Though the intervener application filed by Altekar was eventually rejected by the court, it nevertheless raised doubt against of prosecution, the State Government of Maharashtra and the Indian Judiciary.
Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to 6 years rigorous imprisonment on 31 July 2007 by judge P.D.Kode. His aide Rusi Mulla, however, was awarded probation and is under observation for one year. The media reported that Sanjay Dutt's arrest put Rs. 1.5 billion of Bollywood business at stake. Sanjay Dutt was also fined Rs. 25,000 and his probation plea was rejected. The actor, who had hoped to be freed under the Probation of Offenders Act, said with folded hands: “Sir, I made a mistake 14 years ago. Please give me some time to surrender." But the judge rejected the plea. “Act till the age of 100, I have only taken away six years," the judge said, even adding that he had liked the actor’s performances in films. Sanjay Dutt’s lawyer, Mr Satish Maneshinde, said the actor would appeal against his sentence in the Supreme Court. "We will appeal against the order in the Supreme Court. He has accepted it with a heavy heart,"
A petition seeking bail and challening the actor's conviction was filed on August 7, 2007 by Satish Maneshinde, Dutt's lawyer. The Lawyer's contention is that Dutt cannot be convicted under the Arms Act because no arms are recovered from him. The Supreme Court accepted the bail petition on August 10, 2007, issued notices to the CBI and deferred the hearing to August 20, 2007.
On August 2, 2007, Sanjay Dutt was moved from Arthur Road jail in Mumbai to the Yerwada Jail in Pune. Some journalists have noted that in 1922, Mahatma Gandhi was also sent to Yerwada Jail (in reference to Dutt's role as Munna Bhai in Lage Raho Munna Bhai which led to the popularization of the term Gandhigiri in India ) . Since 2002, Yerwada jail has conducted a 'Gandhi Darshan' course in "Gandhian principles" which ends with the 'Gandhi Vichar Pariksha' exam. Dutt has agreed to take the course and the exam according to the director of the program, Asim Sarode.
Sanjay Dutt to be released on Tuesday 21 August 2007
The Supreme Court has granted interim bail to actor Sanjay Dutt in the ’93 blasts case. There was an argument that went on for over an hour in the Supreme Court following which the Court said that all the convicts had a right to get their conviction report. Till such time all of them have a right to be on bail. Says Priya’s secretary Krishna Hedge,” Dutt will be back home tomorrow by late evening as his bail copy has to be first submitted to the TADA court and then to Yerwada Jail officials. We are gearing up and trying our best to get him out as soon as possible. It is just a matter of hours now before Dutt should be free.” Meanwhile, there is continuous police patrolling outside his building Imperial Heights in Bandra, Mumbai.
Dutt had been sentenced to 6 years rigorous imprisonment by the TADA Court on July 31. Earlier, on November 28, 2006, a special TADA court found actor Sanjay Dutt guilty under the Arms Act for possessing an illegal weapon. He was cleared, however, of the charges of terrorism and conspiracy under TADA.
* Reshma Aur Shera (1971) ... Qawalli singer (child artist)
* Rocky (1981) ... Rakesh/Rocky
* Vidhaata (1982) ... Kunal Singh
* Johnny I Love You (1982)
* Main Awara Hoon (1983)
* Bekaraar (1983) ... Shyam
* Mera Faisla (1984) ... Raj Saxena
* Zameen Aasmaan (1984)
* Jaan Ki Baazi (1985)
* Do Dilon Ki Dastaan (1985) ... Vijay
* Mera Haque (1986) ... Prince Amar Singh
* Jeeva (1986) ... Jeeva/Jeevan Thakur
* Naam (1986) ... Vicky Kapoor
* Naam O Nishan (1987) ... Inspector. Suraj Singh
* Inaam Dus Hazaar (1987) ... Kamal
* Imandar (1987)
* Mohabbat Ke Dushman (1988) ... Hisham
* Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988) ... Raja
* Kabzaa (1988) ... Ravi Varma
* Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988) ... Govinda
* Mardon Wali Baat (1988) ... Tinku
* Taaqatwar (1989) ... Inspector Sharma
* Mohabbat Ka Paigham (1989
* Kanoon Apna Apna (1989) ... Ravi
* Hum Bhi Insaan Hain (1989) ... Bhola
* Hathyar (1989) ... Avinash
* Do Qaidi (1989) ... Manu
* Ilaaka (1989) ... Inspector Suraj Verma
* Zahreelay (1990) ... Raaka
* Tejaa (1990) ... Tejaa/Sanjay
* Khatarnaak (1990) ... Suraj 'Sunny'
* Jeene Do (1990)
* Krodh (1990) ... Vijay (Munna)
* Thanedaar (1990) ... Brijesh Chandar (Birju)
* Yodha (1991) ... Suraj Singh
* Sadak (1991) ... Ravi
* Qurbani Rang Layegi (1991) ... Raj Kishen
* Khoon Ka Karz (1991)
* Fateh (1991)
* Do Matwale (1991) ... Ajay Jamesbond 009
* Saajan (1991) ... Aman Verma/Sagar
* Jeena Marna Tere Sang' (1992)
* Adharm (1992) ... Vicky Verma
* Sahebzaade (1992) ... Raja
* Sarphira (1992) ... Suresh Sinha
* Yalgaar (1992) ... Vishal Singhal
* Sahibaan (1993) ... Prince Vijay Pal Singh
* Khal Nayak (1993) ... Balaram Prasad "Ballu"
* Kshatriya (1993) ... Vikram Singh (Mirtagarh)
* Gumrah (1993) ... Jagan Nath (Jaggu)
* Zamane Se Kya Darna (1994)
* Insaaf Apne Lahoo Se (1994) ... Rajoo
* Aatish (1994) ... Baba
* Amaanat (1994) ... Vijay
* Jai Vikraanta (1995) ... Vikranta
* Andolan (1995) ... Adarsh
* Namak (1996)
* Vijeta (1996) ... Ashok
* Sanam (1997) ... Narendra Anand
* Mahaanta (1997) ... Sanjay 'Sanju' Malhotra
* Dus (1997) ... Captain Raja Seti (Incomplete)
* Daud (1997) ... Nandu
* Dushman (1998) ... Major Suraj Singh Rathod
* Daag: The Fire (1999) ... Captain Karan Singh
* Kartoos (1999) ... Raja/Jeet Balraj
* Safari (1999) ... Captain Kishan
* Haseena Maan Jaayegi (1999) ... Sonu
* Vaastav: The Reality (1999) ... Raghunath Namdev Shivalkar, Winner for Best Actor
* Khoobsurat (1999) ... Sanju (Sanjay Shastri)
* Khauff (2000) ... Anthony/Vicky/Babu
* Baaghi (2000) ... Raja
* Chal Mere Bhai (2000) ... Vicky Oberoi
* Jung (2000) ... Balli
* Mission Kashmir (2000) ... SSP Inayat Khan
* Kurukshetra (2000) ... A.C.P Prithviraj Singh
* Raju Chacha' (2000) ... Gafoor
* Jodi No.1 (2001) ... Jai
* Pitaah (2002) ... Rudra
* Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (2002) ... Munna Bhai
* Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002) (uncredited) ... Shera (special appearance)
* Maine Dil Tujhko Diya (2002) ... Bhai-Jaan
* Hathyar (2002) ... Rohit Raghunath Shivalkar
* Annarth (2002) ... Iqbal Danger
* Kaante (2002) ... Jay Rehan 'Ajju'
* Ek Aur Ek Gyarah (2003) ... Sitara
* LOC Kargil (2003) ... Lt. Col. Y.K. Joshi
* Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003) ... Murli Prasad Sharma (Munna Bhai), Winner for Best Comedian
* Plan (2004) ... Mussabhai
* Rudraksh (2004) ... Varun
* Deewaar (2004) ... Khan
* Rakht: What If You Can See the Future (2004) ... Rahul
* Musafir (2004) ... Billa
* Shabd (2005) ... Shaukat Vashisht
* Tango Charlie (2005) ... Squadron Leader Vikram Rathore
* Parineeta (2005) ... Girish Babu
* Dus (2005) ... S Dheer
* Viruddh... Family Comes First (2005) ... Ali
* Shaadi No. 1 (2005) ... Lukhwinder Singh (Lucky)
* Ek Ajnabee (2005) ... Special Appearance (Song)
* Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! (2005) ... Yamaraj M.A.
* Zinda (2006) ... Balajeet Roy
* Tathastu (2006) ... Ravi Rajput
* Anthony Kaun Hai (2006) ... Master Madan
* Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) ... Murli Prasad Sharma (Munna Bhai)
* Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007)
* Nehlle Pe Dehlla (2007) ... Johnny
* Sarhad Paar (2007) ... Ranjeet Singh
* Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007) ... Shamsher Khan
* Dhamaal(September 7, 2007) ....Kabir Nayak
* Happy New Year(2007) (Stuck/On Hold)
* Anthony Kaun Tha (2007) (announced) ... Master Madan
* Mohabbat Ho Gayi Hai Tumse (2007) (post-production)
* Mehbooba (2007) (pre-production)
* Dus Kahaniyan(2007) (pre-production)
* Alibaug (2007)  (announced)
* Jaan Ki Baazi (2007) (pre-production)
* Mera Bharat Mahaan (2007) (announced)
* Kabul Ka Gangster (2007) (announced) ... Ismail Khan
One of the key elements of Bollywood features can be found in the musical scores, filling up the three-hour+ full-length films. Soundtracks and songs from every new release fall into the arms of avid fans well before the movie release-it's all part of the grand formula. It doesn't matter whether the actors themselves are singing the musical tracks; Bollywood singers have their own share of fame, and many make their debut alongside the season's fresh stars. The leading ladies and gentlemen are usually lip-synching those lyrics, but the growing fan base continues to follow this commercialized world of love and romance.
Lively dance choreography with a touch of designer costumes are another element of these colorful productions; each film offers a unique theme incorporated with folk dancing, Bhangra, hip-hop, Latino style, and contemporary western influences. These spicy mixes are often copied at weddings and events, and thousands of fans imitate the stars' latest moves. It's the Indian version of MTV, only with actors and actresses taking part in each segment.
Elaborate award shows and events around India and the U.K. draw even more fans to pay homage to their actor or actress du jour. The Zee Cine Awards, Stardust Awards, Star Screen Awards, and IIFA Awards shows are blockbuster events that sell out within weeks of ticket releases. Indian producers keep up with the times by infusing their films with some western Hollywood trends; don't be surprised when you come across complete remakes of popular U.S.-based romantic comedies. Many Bollywood screenplays are adaptations of popular western scripts.
Funding for Bollywood movies comes from just a few large production studios around India; it's interesting to note that Indian banks were once barred from lending money to Bollywood productions until recent years. As a result, many private distributors pulled together funds for modest productions; the arena has changed significantly in recent years, with many cinema deals from U.K. and U.S.-based companies.
Latin America, Arab countries, and even Russia have all joined the bandwagon for Bollywood mania. The stars are slowly making appearances in Western film culture too-Aishwarya Rai is one of India's prized gems who's made it across the border to share her talents. Bollywood's success relies heavily on loyal fans and a stead audience. When you're looking for a change of pace from the standard Hollywood megastars, maybe it's time to head East for a fresh take. . .
Friday, August 17, 2007
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Dugg Trends Beta - Auto-refreshing Digg mirror site that provides access to current Digg trends and allows you to filter results by category.
Digglicious - A real time mashup of Digg and del.icio.us top stories.
Original Signal - Provides an overview of current Digg stories separated by category and chronological order.
DiggTree - Flash-based RSS aggregator for Digg.com.
Digg Notify Beta - Notifies you every time someone digg’s one of your last fifteen submitted stories. It also shows you how many digg’s the story has received, who dugg it and provides a button to click and open up the page.
Digg With Diggnation - Check out the latest items from a number of RSS feeds from Digg and get the latest audio and video episodes of Diggnation.
DiggUpdate - Receive updates when new stories hit the front page of Digg or when your friends Digg a story.
Digg IRC Bot - Reports newly listed front page stories in IRC. You can also configure the bot to private message you with current headlines.
Digg’s Top Stories - Plugin for the Google Desktop Sidebar that displays the ten most recent stories from Digg.
pspDigg - View Digg RSS feeds directly from the browser on your PSP system.
Diggth Widget - A widget configured for reading various Digg RSS feeds.
Digg News Widget - Aggregates news via various RSS feeds from Digg.
Digg Anywhere - Digg RSS feed optimized for mobile access.
mb3D Engine - A Digg RSS engine that shows Digg feeds in a three dimensional atmosphere.
DiggFiltr - Allows you to create your own custom Digg feed.
WordPress Plug-ins and Widgets
Blogthis - Adds a set of blog-this links to Digg, del.icio.us, and Technorati to your WordPress blog.
Digg This - WordPress plugin that detects incoming links from Digg and displays a link back to the Digg page.
Digg Integrator - Provides your users with the ability to submit your posts to Digg and digg the posts directly from your blog.
AstonishMe Digg Plugin - Quickly and easily add a Digg button at the bottom of your WordPress posts. After the article has been submitted this plugin will begin showing the Digg count as well.
Digg Plugin - Post new Digg articles based on your current posts information and attach “Digg This” buttons anywhere within your posts.
digg IT - This plugin lets your visitors easily submit your articles to Digg or digg them if they have already been submitted.
Digg Dugg - Embed the latest news from Digg into your WordPress blog.
Digg Defender - Caching plugin that directs traffic coming from Digg to Coral Cache to try and prevent a server crash from the Digg effect.
DiggClick - Displays a “Digg It” button on selected posts and displays the Digg count on previously submitted articles.
Everything Else For Digg Users
Digg Entourage - Web-based tool to search your previous 25 submissions and pull detailed information on who has dugg your stories the most.
Rigglations - A widget that displays the relationships between members of Digg.com and click to user profiles.
Digg City - Shows the 10 most popular Digg stories in a SimCity-esque format.
Jedi Digg - Toolbar that displays the Digg front page stories in rotation. Other features include viewing the story in an embedded browser, viewing the story on duggmirror and Digg the story on the fly.
DiggTop - An application for Windows and MacOSX that lets you view a blended list of your favorite Digg topic or keyword feeds.
Diggitzer - Web based tool that analyzes millions of successful (in terms of popularity) Digg titles and combines them with your keywords to create optimized titles.
Digg vs Dot - Simple website that highlights the act of cross-posting articles between Digg and Slashdot.
Digg Dashboard Widget - This widget retrieves the latest headlines from Digg every fifteen minutes and displays them in an attractive interface.
diggsig - Create an automatically updating Digg signature for your website, MySpace or online forums.
DC Digg 1 - Use this application to browse Digg from your Apple iPhone.
Diggaz With Attitude - Program that displays the latest Digg and Google news articles in your taskbar.
PHPDug - Create a Digg-like site where people can rate and comment on stories posted by other users.
Digg Ticker - Displays a customizable scroller or ticker of the most recent Digg news stories on your website or blog.
Digg 1 - Submit and share stories, news, videos or comments on other user’s content.
Digg Expose - Takes snapshots of pages from Digg and displays them in a configurable expose view.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Article adoped from the 330 Network
Interesting Facts about the Human Body
The thickness of your skin varies from 1/2 to 6 millimeters, depending on the area of your body.
The four taste zones on your tongue are bitter (back), sour (back sides), salty (front sides), and sweet (front).
The five senses are sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste.
Your body contains eight pints of blood.
You use 14 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.
The strongest muscle of the body is the masseter muscle, which is located in the jaw.
Muscles normally account for 40 percent of one's body weight.
There are 230 joints in the body.
Kids have 20 first teeth. Adults have 32 teeth.
The small intestines are about 25 feet long.
The large intestines are five feet long and are three times wider than the small intestines.
Most people shed 40 pounds of skin in a lifetime.
Your body is 70 percent water.
Normal body temperature is 98.6° Fahrenheit.
When you sneeze, air rushes through your nose at a rate of 100 mph.
An eyelash lives about 150 days before it falls out.
Your brain sends messages at the rate of 240 mph.
About 400 gallons of blood flow through your kidneys in one day.
You blink your eyes about 20,000 times a day.
Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day.
Humans breathe 20 times per minute, more than 10 million times per year and about 700 million times in a lifetime.
You have about 100,000 hairs on your head.
There are 10 million nerve cells in your brain.
Each of your eyes has 120 million rods, which help you see in black and white.
Each eye has six million cones, which help you see in color.
One in 12 men is color blind.
Placed end to end, all your body's blood vessels would measure about 62,000 miles.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Besides the standard voice function of a telephone, latest cell phones (telephone cellular) have features such as SMS for text messages, MMS for multimedia messages, radio, games, internet connectivity for email, browsing, blogging, music (MP3) playback, memo recording, built-in cameras and camcorders, ring tones, personal organizers, Push-to-Talk (PTT), Blue tooth and infrared connectivity, call registers, streaming video, downloading video, video call, and also serve as wireless modems for PCs that can be connected to the Internet.
The power in a cell phone (telefone celular) is obtained from rechargeable batteries, which can be recharged from the mains, a USB port or a cigarette lighter port in an automobile. Nickel Metal Hydride were the most common types of batteries, which due to the "memory effect" (the user can recharge only when the entire battery is drained off) were replaced by Lithium-Ion batteries, which did not suffer from any memory effect.
Cell phones (telefone celular) came into existence because of the invention of hexagonal cells in 1947, for the base stations by Bell Labs engineers at AT&T. This was further developed during the 1960s by Bell Labs. During a call, the channel frequency could not be changed automatically from one cell (base station coverage area) to another cell (base station coverage area) as the person traveled from the area of one cell to the area of another cell. Amos Joel of Bell Labs invented a breakthrough invention and called it as the `call hand off` by which the channel frequency could be changed automatically from one cell to another cell, during the same call, as the mobile user traveled from one cell to another cell. Due to their heavy construction, these phones were used mainly in automobiles.
The first practical cell phone in a non-vehicle setting, and which could be handheld, was invented by Martin Cooper, the General Manager (Communications Division) of Motorola, who made the world`s first handheld cell phone (telefone celular) call on April 3, 1973.
The technology by which the cell phone (telefone celular) works depends on the mobile phone operator; however, all of them use electromagnetic radio waves, which are in touch with a cell site (base station). The base station is composed of several antennas which are mounted on a pole, tower, or building. Cell sites are spread at a distance of 5 to 8 miles (approx. 8 to 13 km) from each other. The low power transceiver from the cell phone transmits the voice and data to the nearest cell site. During movement, the cell phone will "handoff" the information to other cell site. Mobile phone operators use many technologies to maintain the smooth stream of digitized data from the cell phone to the cell site and vice versa.
The wireless telephone technologies are grouped under heads known as generations, starting from zero generation or 0G. The current generation going on is 4G; however, there are old cell phones (telefone celular) that still operate on 1G, 2G, and 3G technologies. The wireless telephone technologies used in each generation are as given below:
0G: PTT, MTS, IMTS, AMTS, OLT, MTD, Autotel/PALM, ARP
1G: NMT, AMPS/TACS/ETACS, Hicap, CDPD, Mobitex, DataTac
2G: GSM, iDEN, D-AMPS, IS-95/cdmaOne, PDC, CSD, PHS, GPRS, HSCSD, WiDEN, CDMA2000 1xRTT/IS-2000, EDGE (EGPRS)
3G: W-CDMA, UMTS (3GSM), FOMA, TD-CDMA/UMTS-TDD, 1xEV-DO/IS-856, TD-SCDMA, GAN (UMA), HSPA, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+, HSOPA
4G : UMB, UMTS Revision 8 (LTE), WiMAX
Frequency bands: SMR, Cellular, PCS
The impact of cell phone (telefone celular) usage on human health has been of considerable worldwide concern. Research studies in Copenhagen, from the Danish Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, the National Cancer Institute, and the Institute of Cancer Research, do not establish any link between cancer and cell phone usage. However, an intergovernmental agency IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) forming part of the World Health Organization of the United Nations, undertook a study of 4,500 users and found a statistically significant link between cell phone usage and tumor frequency. Further research is going on.
Cell phone (telefone celular) usage and driving is a common worldwide phenomenon. Some jurisdictions have banned usage of hand-held phones during driving, but allowed the hands-free fashion of cell phone usage while driving. However, studies have found out that the distraction is caused by the conversation itself; hence, both hand-held and hands-free cell phones contribute towards road traffic accidents. Further studies on cell phone usage and driving are going on.
Nokia Corporation is currently the world`s largest manufacturer of cell phones (telefone celular). Other notable cell phone manufacturers, in alphabetical order, are 3G, Audiovox (now UT Starcom), Benefon, BenQ-Siemens, Fujitsu, High Tech Computer Corporation (HTC), Kyocera, LG Mobile, Motorola, NEC, Panasonic (Matsushita Electric), Pantech Curitel, Philips, Research In Motion, Sagem, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Siemens, Sierra Wireless, SK Teletech, Sony Ericsson, T&A Alcatel, Toshiba, and Verizon.
This article is under GNU FDL license and can be distributed without any previous authorization from the author. However the author's name and all the URLs (links) mentioned in the article and biography must be kept.Nokia Corporation is currently the world`s largest manufacturer of cell phones (telefone celular). Other notable cell phone manufacturers, in alphabetical order, are 3G, Audiovox (now UT Starcom), Benefon, BenQ-Siemens, Fujitsu, High Tech Computer Corporation (HTC), Kyocera, LG Mobile, Motorola, NEC, Panasonic (Matsushita Electric), Pantech Curitel, Philips, Research In Motion, Sagem, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Siemens, Sierra Wireless, SK Teletech, Sony Ericsson, T&A Alcatel, Toshiba, and Verizon.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
|"Canada" is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".|
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
"Duff" is the decaying organic matter found on a forest floor.
"Fickleheaded" and "fiddledeedee" are the longest words consisting only of letters in the first half of the alphabet.
"Asthma" and "isthmi" are the only six-letter words that begin and end with a vowel and have no other vowels between.
"Fortnight" is a contraction of "fourteen nights." In the US "two weeks" is more commonly used.
"Forty" is the only number which has its letters in alphabetical order. "One" is the only number with its letters in reverse alphabetical order.
"Four" is the only number whose number of letters in the name equals the number.
"Hang on Sloopy" is the official rock song of Ohio.
"Happy Birthday" was the first song to be performed in outer space, sung by the Apollo IX astronauts on March 8, 1969.
"Kemo Sabe", meaning an all knowing one, is actually a mispronunciation by Native American of the Spanish phrase, Quien lo Sabe, meaning one who knows."
The lunula is the half-moon shaped pale area at the bottom of finger nails.
"Ma is as selfless as I am" can be read the same way backwards. If you take away all the spaces you can see that all the letters can be spelled out both ways.
"Mad About You" star Paul Reiser plays the piano on the show's theme song.
"One thousand" contains the letter A, but none of the words from one to nine hundred ninety-nine has an A.
"Ough" can be pronounced in eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough, coughing and hiccoughing thoughtfully.
"Rhythms" is the longest English word without the normal vowels, a, e, i, o, or u.
"Second string," meaning "replacement or backup," comes from the middle ages. An archer always carried a second string in case the one on his bow broke.
"Speak of the Devil" is short for "Speak of the Devil and he shall come". It was believed that if you spoke about the Devil it would attract his attention. That's why when you're talking about someone and they show up people say "Speak of the Devil."
"Stewardesses" is the longest word that can be typed with only the left hand.
"Tautonyms" are scientific names for which the genus and species are the same.
"Taxi" is spelled exactly the same in English, French, German, Swedish, Portuguese, and Dutch.
"Teh" means "cool" in Thai. (Pronounced "tay").
"The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.
"THEREIN" is a seven-letter word that contains thirteen words spelled using consecutive letters: the, he, her, er, here, I, there, ere, rein, re, in, therein, and herein.
"Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und." $203,000,000 is spent on barbed wire each year in the U.S.
1 and 2 are the only numbers where they are values of the numbers of the factors they have.
1 in 5,000 north Atlantic lobsters are born bright blue.
| ||1 in every 3 people in the country of Israel use a cell phone.|
1 kg (2.2 pounds) of lemons contain more sugar than 1 kg of strawberries.
1,525,000,000 miles of telephone wire are strung across the Unites States.
1.7 litres of saliva is produced each day. In Discovery Channel, its a quart.
10 percent of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment.
10% of human dry weight comes from bacteria
11% of the world is left-handed.
111, 111, 111 X 111, 111, 111 = 12, 345, 678, 987, 654, 321
1200 equals 1 pound (72 rupees).
123,000,000 cars are being driven on highways in the United States.
166,875,000,000 pieces of mail are delivered each year in the United States.
1959's A Raisin in the Sun was the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway.
2 and 5 are the only prime numbers that end in 2 or 5.
203 million dollars is spent on barbed wire each year in the U.S.
22,000 checks will be deducted from the wrong bank accounts in the next hour.
23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their buttocks.
25% of a human's bones are in its feet.
259200 people die every day.
| ||27% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.|
27% of U.S. male college students believe life is "a meaningless existential hell."
3% of all mammals are monogamous
315 entries in Webster's 1996 dictionary were misspelled.
315 words in the 1996 Webster's dictionary were mispelled.
4 tablespoons of ketchup has about the same amount of nutrition as a ripe tomato.
40% of all people who come to a party snoop in your medicine cabinet.
40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
43.7% of all statistics are made up right on the spot
48% of astronauts experience motion sickness.
52% of Americans drink coffee.
55.1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses.
56,000,000 people go to Major League baseball games each year
67 million pounds of pesticides and about 3 million tons of fertilizer are used annually on lawns in the US.
78 rpm albums, used prior to 1948, were only capable of recording for four minutes. It wasn’t until later that year that Columbia Records introduced 33 rpm albums capable of playing 23 minutes per side.
80% of animals on earth are insects.
80% of arrested criminals are male.
In Disney's Fantasia, the Sorcerer to whom Mickey played an apprentice was named Yensid, which is Disney spelled backward.
By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.
One in ten people live on an island.
84% of a raw apple is water.
It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
85% of men who die of heartattacks during intercourse, are found to have been cheating on their wives.
85,000,000 tons of paper are used in the United States each year.
28% of Africa is classified as wilderness. In North America, its 38%.
Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
90% of bird species are monogamous; only 3% of animals are.
90% of New York City cab drivers are recently arrived immigrants.
98% of all murders and rapes are by a close family member or friend of the victim.
98% of the weight of water is made up from oxygen.
99% of the pumpkins sold in the US end up as jack-o-lanterns.
A "2 by 4" is really 1 1/2 by 3 1/2.
A "Blue Moon" is the second full moon in a calendar month (it is rarely blue).
A "hairbreadth away" is 1/48 of an inch.
A "jiffy" is actually a proper time unit for 1/100th of a second
A "quidnunc" is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip.
A 1,200-pound horse eats about seven times it's own weight each year.
A 1.5 oz. milk chocolate bar has only 220 calories. A 1.75 oz. serving of potato chips has 230 calories.
A 10-gallon hat actually only holds about 3/4 gallon.
A 14-year old French girl had extraordinary electrical power. With a gentle touch she could knock over heavy pieces of furniture and people in physical contact with her received an electrical shock.
A 17 year old girl from Miami, Florida started to sneeze on 4th January'66 ant continued till 8th June'66.
A 6 pound sea-hare can lay 40,000eggs in a single minute.
A 7-year study, which concluded in the summer of 2000, found that 33 U.S. deaths were caused by rottweilers, pit bulls were responsible for 27 deaths.
A acre of coffee trees can produce up to 10,000 pounds of coffee cherries. That amounts to approximately 2000 pounds of beans after hulling or milling.
A B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945.
A Baboon called "Jackie" became a private in the South African army in World War I.
A bat is the only mammal that flies.
A bathometer is an instrument for indicating the depth of the sea beneath a moving vessel.
A bean has more DNA per cell than a human cell
A bee could travel 4 million miles (6.5 million km) at 7 mph (11 km/h) on the energy it would obtain from 1 gallon (3.785 liters) of nectar, or it could just sit down on and enjoy that honey properly.
A beaver's teeth never stop growing.
A bibliophile is a collector of rare books. A bibliopole is a seller of rare books.
A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.
A Blue Earth, Minnesota, law declares that no child under the age of twelve may talk over the telephone unless monitored by a parent.
A blue whales heart only beats nine times per minute.
A body decomposes four times as fast in water than on land.
A Boeing 747's wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
A bowling pin only needs to tilt 7.5 degrees to fall.
A broken clock is right at least twice a day.
A butterfly can look at you through 12,000 eyes.
A Californian doctor has set the record of eating 17 bananas in two minutes.
A Canadian tattoo artist had 4,831 tattoos on his body.
A capon is a castrated rooster.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A cat has 4 rows of whiskers.
A cat uses it's whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through.
A chameleon can move its eyes in two directions at the same time.
A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.
A Cheetah at full speed takes strides of 8 meters.
A cheetah is the fastest animal, clocked in at: 70mph.
A chef's hat is tall and balloons at the top so as to counteract the intense heat in the kitchen. The unique shape allows air to circulate around the scalp, keeping the head cool.
A Chicago law forbids eating in a place that is on fire.
A chicken who just lost its head can run the length of a football field before dropping dead.
A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but monkeys can't.
A citizen of Calcutta, India , grew the fingernails on his left hand to a length of 76 inches.
A cluster of bananas is called a hand and consists of 10 to 20 bananas, which are known as fingers.
A cockroach can live nine days without its head before it starves to death.
A cockroaches favorite food is the glue on the back of stamps.
A company, Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song "Happy Birthday".
A Cornish game hen is really a young chicken, usually 5 to 6 weeks of age, that weighs no more than 2 pounds.
A cough releases an explosive charge of air that moves at speeds up to 60 mph.
A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
A cow produces 200 times more gas a day than a person.
A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
A crocodiles tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.
A cucumber is 96% water.
A Dalmatian is the only dog that can get gout.
A day on the planet Mercury is twice as long as its year.
A decree declares that anyone caught stealing soap must wash himself with it until it is all used up.
A dentist invented the Electric Chair.
A device invented sometime around the time of the birth of Jesus as a primitive steam engine by the Greek engineer Hero is used today as a rotating sprinkler.
A diamond will not dissolve in acid. The only thing that can destroy it is intense heat.
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. A quarter has 119.
A dog can hear high frequency sounds, which a human ear cannot.
A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule will not.
A dragonfly can fly 25 mph.
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A dragonfly is also known as "devil's darning needle", "horse stinger" and "devil's steelyard".
A Fag is to work hard or to tire by strenuous activity and cigarettes are sometimes called Fags
A fagot is a bundle of sticks or a bundle of pieces of wrought iron to be shaped by rolling or hammering at high temperature.
A father Emperor penguin withstands the Antarctic cold for 60 days or more to protect his eggs, which he keeps on his feet, covered with a feathered flap. During this entire time he doesn't eat a thing. Most father penguins lose about 25 pounds while they wait for their babies to hatch. Afterward, they feed the chicks a special liquid from their throats. When the mother penguins return to care for the young, the fathers go to sea to eat and rest.
A father sea catfish keeps the eggs of his young in his mouth until they are ready to hatch. He will not eat until his young are born, which may take several weeks.
A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.
A female swine or sow will always have an even number of teats or nipples.
A fetus acquires fingerprints at the age of three months.
A fingernail or toenail takes about 6 months to grow from base to tip.
A fish's memory span is 3 seconds.
A five and a half year old weighing 250 pounds was exhibited at a meeting of the Physical Society of Vienna on December 4, 1894. She ate a normal diet and was otherwise in good health. The problem: she wasn't able to sweat.
A flea can jump 350 times is own body length. (say..you jumping the length of a soccer field)thanx seraph
A flock of sheep grazed during Woodrow Wilson's term. Their wool was sold to raise money for the Red Cross during World War I.
A fly always jumps backwards for a quick getaway when you try to hit it.
A fly hums in the middle octave, key F.
A foal is a baby horse.
A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon.
A full-grown bear can run as fast as a horse.
A full-grown pumpkin has about 15 miles of roots.
A ghost writer pens an anonymous book.
A giant squid has eyes that can grow up to 20 inches in diameter. (Now think of how big your computer screen is..)
A giraffe and rat can go longer without water than a camel can.
A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue. i know some people who can do some amazing stuff too.
A goldfish has a memory span of 3 seconds.
A googol is a 1 followed by 100 zeros. Mathematician Edward Kasner supposedly asked his nephew Milton Sirotta to suggest a name for the number, and he came up with this word.
A grasshopper needs a minimum temperature of 62 degrees Fahrenheit in order to be able to hop.
A group od geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group in the air is a skein.
A group of crows is called a murder.
A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.
A hard-boiled egg will spin. An uncooked or soft-boiled egg will not.
A healthy (non-colorblind) human eye can distinguish between 500 shades of gray.
A healthy individual releases 3.5 oz. of gas in a single flatulent emission, or about 17 oz. in a day.
A hedgehog's heart beats 190 times a minute on average and drops to only 20 beats per minute during hibernation.
A hedgehog's skin is so tough that when they get run over, its entrails come out of its mouth and its ass.
A herd of forty-five thirsty, rambunctious elephants stampeded into a brewery in Midnapore, where they smashed vats and slurped up beer in a bender that went on for two days.
A hinny is the offspring of a female donkey.
| ||A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside.|
A hippopotamus can run faster than a man can.
A Holstein's spots are like a fingerprint or snowflake. No two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots.
A honey bee must tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey
A honey bee travels an estimated 43,000 miles to gather one pound of honey. A pound of honey consists of 29,184 drops.
A honeybee can fly at fifteen miles per hour.
A horse can sleep standing up.
A Horse has 18 more bones than a Human.
A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day.
A human has a bone just after the spine ends, which helps proves that humans once had tails (possibly).
A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated.
A human's scent membrane in the nose is about the size of a postage stamp. A dog's is about the size of a handkerchief. It's olfactory lobe is also 4 times that of a humanThanx liz chell
A humming bird flaps its wings up to 90 times in one second or over 5000 times a minute.
A hummingbird weighs less than a penny