Fact # 8: A man married a pillow.

We say that “Love is blind” and “True love can take many forms”. In this case, it has taken the form of a Korean man falling in love with, and eventually marrying, a large pillow with a picture of a woman on it. Lee Jin-gyu fell for his ‘dakimakura’ – a kind of large, huggable pillow from Japan, often with a picture of a popular anime character printed on the side.  In Lee’s case, his beloved pillow has an image of Fate Testarossa, from the ‘magical girl’ anime series Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha. 

Now the 28-year-old otaku (a Japanese term that roughly translates to somewhere between ‘obsessive’ and ‘nerd’) has wed the pillow in a special ceremony, after fitting it out with a wedding dress for the service in front of a local priest. Their nuptials were eagerly chronicled by the local media.


His friends said, “He is completely obsessed with this pillow and takes it everywhere.”

They added, “They go out to the park or the funfair where it will go on all the rides with him. Then when he goes out to eat he takes it with him and it gets its own seat and its own meal.”

This is actually part of a broader cultural phenomenon. There is a growing subculture of men in Japan who engage in romantic relationships with pillows that have cartoons on them. People who have difficulty with romantic relationships with real (3-dimensional) people instead find themselves attracted to 2-dimensional anime characters.

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Apple’s WWDC 2012 Summery: New MacBook Pros, SIRI became more intelligent, iOS 6, and more.

After a long time, Apple finally announced few updates in its MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, and MacBook Air lines at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference). I have tried to keep this post short and simple (since it is only “summary”). This post covers all the summary of the event including what they released and what they promised to release.

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1. Apple unveils next generation MacBook Pro with Retina display and updates other MacBook models. 
Few updates about the New MacBook Pro:

  • 15.4 inch (diagonal) screen
  • Total 5,184,000 pixels or 220 pixels per inch
  • Screen has a 178 degree wide viewing angle with 75 percent less reflection, and 29 percent higher contrast than previous generation
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 with 8 GB of 1600 MHz RAM (upgradable to 16 GB)
  • A GeForce GT 650 M graphics processor with 1 GB of VRAM, and 256 GB of flash storage
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2. Siri to get new features, iPad support with iOS 6:

  • It knows more about sports. For example, you can ask baseball questions like “What was the score in the last Giants game?”, “What are the National League standings?”
  • Siri also knows about basketball and NFL
  • It also knows a lot more about restaurants, including more details like ratings, average meal prices, restaurant styles, hours, reservations (via Open Table), integrated Yelp reviews, and more
3. Mac pro quietly gets first update since 2012.
 Apple offers two standard configuration of the Mac Pro:

  1. The $2499 model:

  • A 3.2 GHz quad-core Xeon W3565 processor, which is capable of a speed of 3.46 GHz using Turbo Boost
  • The processor supports Hyper-Threading for up to eight virtual cores, and has 8 MB of L3 cache
  • 6 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM

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2. The $3799 Model:

  • Two 2.4 GHz six-core Xeon E5645 processors, with Turbo Boost performance up to 2.67 GHz
  • The E5645 also has Hyper-Threading (24 virtual cores) and 12 MB of L3 cache
  • 12 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
Both Mac Pro models come with a 7200-rpm 1 TB hard drive, with the three other hard drive bays open for customization. For video, the Mac Pro comes standard with a 1 GB ATI Radeon HD 5770 PCI Express cards. The 5770 has two Mini DisplayPorts and a dual-link DVI port.
Apple announced other few updates on Mountain Lion, iOS 6 (coming this fall), AirPort Express, and iCloud. Read on Apple.com. What do you think about these updates? Leave a comment below, it helps us and we appreciate it. 

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First Look: Windows 8 Release Preview.

Windows 8 Release Preview is a prerelease version of Windows 8. Based on the “social media” trend, it focuses on people and apps which will give users new powerful ways to use social technologies to connect with other people who are important to them. With the security and reliability features, it will have the new generation “touch feature”. 

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Few “facts” about System Requirements:
1. Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
2. RAM: 1 GB (32 – bit) or 2 GB (64 – bit)
3. Hard Disk Space: 16 GB (32 – bit) or 20 GB (64 – bit)
4. Graphics Card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM Drive


Additional Requirements:

  • To use touch, you’ll need a tablet or a monitor that supports “multitouch”
  • A screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 is required to access the Windows Store and to download and run apps
  • To snap apps, you’ll need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
  • And of course an internet connection
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My suggestion is, download it….

  • If you like to use and experiment the latest, newest software and technology
  • If you are used to back up a PC, formatting a hard drive, and installing a Windows operating system from scratch
  • If you are comfortable with troubleshooting your PC problems “yourself”
  • And if you have knowledge about how to restore your previous operating system (in case you messed up, just kidding :D)
Before downloading and trying the new version, go through the Frequently Asked Questions here.
And finally, Download it from here. Let me know if you have any issues, comments, thoughts, etc.

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Add a cute flying Twitter Bird to your blog.

With 140 million active users and 340 million tweets daily as of 2012, Twitter is becoming very popular among bloggers. Tweet button can generate lots of traffic to your blog. One of the best ways to find new followers for your blog is to link your blog with its Twitter account. There are many plugins, widgets, and scripts to do that, but we have come up with a unique idea. The idea is based on java script and it will display a cute flying Twitter Bird that flies corner to corner of your web pages as you scroll up and down. When you place the cursor over the Twitter Bird, it will say “tweet this” and “follow me”. This will let users easily tweet your blogs and websites.


Here is a step-by-step guide to add the flying Twitter Bird:

Blogger:

1. Go to your Blogger > Template
2. Backup your template > Edit HTML

3. Search for

4. Paste this code above :


5. Replace Factbook4u with your Twitter account username.

6. Save your template and done, your Twitter Bird should be flying!

WordPress:

1. Go to your WordPress.

2. Navigate to > Appearance > Plugins > Add New

3. In the search box, type “Animated Twitter Bird” and press enter.

4. Install and activate the plugin. Done! 
Let me know if you have any issues with this.

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Fact # 7: It’s normal to fart up to half of a gallon.

I know it stinks, but anything we drink or eat gives us gas. Scientists say that it is normal to fart up to half of a gallon (1.9 liters) or about 15 to 20 toots worth of gas each day. 

When we eat or drink something, air comes with it, remember that the air has to leave our body one way or another. Let’s look at it from the scientific point of view: “Fragrant flatulence, however, comes from colonies of bacteria shacked up inside our lower intestinal tract. In the process of converting our meals into useful nutrients, these food-munching microbes produce a smelly by-product of hydrogen sulfide gas—the same stench that emanates from rotten eggs.

The response of bacteria to food differs from person to person (as each person has a unique collection of their own, just kidding :D). Just like all of us, bacteria like munching on sugary foods, especially Fructose (onions, corn, wheat, pears), Lactose (milk, bread, cereal), Raffinose (beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus, and other vegetables), and Sorbitol (all fruits, sugar-free foods or drinks). Other fart-forming ingredients are fiber and starches found in foods like corn, potatoes, and wheat. Fats and protein don’t cause gas, but they can make a meal take longer to digest and give bacteria more time to generate gas from other ingredients.

Now you may be thinking is there any food that doesn’t give us gas? The answer is: Rice. If you were too much serious about this matter, after reading this fact, you should be out of worry. It’s normal, so keep farting. 

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Fact # 6: Democratic Republic of the Congo is the world’s poorest country.

All the information is according to the data gathered by the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and CIA World Factbook.  The wealth of a country is measured by GDP per capita. GDP per capita is an estimate of how much an individual spends as a consumer compared to the total population spending on products and services. 9 out of 10 poorest countries in the world are situated in Africa.

Democratic Republic of the Congo has become the poorest country in the world as of 2011. It’s GDP per capita is $348 (in international dollar) as of 2011. The country is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest in the world, located in central Africa. It is the nineteenth most populous nation in the world with a population of over 71 million. The country was known as Zaire until 1997. It is also the largest country in the world that has French as an official language.

Beginning in 1998, the Second Congo War has devastated the country which involves at least 7 foreign armies is the deadliest conflict in the world since World War II. It has already killed 5.4 million people. The war is called African World War in Africa. It is estimated that in 2010 at least 45,000 people in Congo are killed monthly.


In Congo, people were hunted down and eaten like animals by neighboring tribes. Eating people is a way to survive the hunger which is affecting about 67% of the population. It is also believed to be the worst place in the world for women. It has the most rapes per women in a year. Although citizens of the DRC are among the poorest in the world, it is widely considered to be the richest country in the world regarding natural resources; its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of US$ 24 trillion.

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Fact # 5: The only state in the U.S. that doesn’t have a rectangular flag is Ohio.

John Eisemann designed the flag of the state of Ohio and it was adopted in 1902. Ohio’s hills and valleys are represented by the large blue triangle, and roads and waterways are represented by the stripes.  The five stripes also represent that Ohio is one of the five states that comprised the Northwest Territory (Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin). Ohio was the 17th state admitted to the union which is symbolized by the 17 stars. The 13 stars around the circle (above, below, and left) represent the 13 original colonies of the U.S. The white circle with its red center represents the first letter of the state’s name and its nickname, “the Buckeye State”.


John Eisemann was an architect and a designer for the Ohio State Pan-American Exposition Commission. Burgee is the name of this type of flag which is based on the design of cavalry flags of the Civil War and Spanish-American War. It is the only American state flag that is non-rectangular, and one of only a few non-rectangular official jurisdictional flags, at the state level or above, in the world (the other is the flag of Nepal). Take a look at the all flags of the U.S. states by clicking here.
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Google Glasses: Is this really possible?

One month ago, Google publically released a video “Project Glass: One day…” which shows the concept of the Google Glasses. A man uses his voice to do things like checking weather, sending massages, getting directions, scheduling meetings, taking pictures, and placing a video call. You don’t need a smartphone anymore; Google Glasses will do everything for you, but is this really possible? If yes, how long it will take to come in the market?

Director of the Augmented Environments Lab at Georgia Tech, Blair MacIntyre said, “In one simple fake video, Google has created a level of over-hype and over-expectation that their hardware cannot possibly live up to.”

And according to Pranav Mistry, an MIT Media Lab researcher and one of the inventors of a wearable computing system called Sixth Sense, “The small screen seen in the photos cannot give the experience the video is showing. Even if Google was able to overcome technical barriers, you shouldn’t expect to see real AR glasses on the market for at least two years. That’s because of limitations with what current head-up displays can do and the fact that actual augmented reality in a display would necessitate additional eye-reading hardware, allowing for dynamic focus.”
The New York Times reported earlier that the glasses would be available for public by the end of the year. We hope that this will turn into reality soon.
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Introducing "Groups for Schools" on Facebook.

In very near future, all U.S. colleges and then other colleges around the world will be able to create groups on Facebook for their classes, clubs and more. These groups can be used for posting lecture notes, schedules, assignments or anything related to school. Anyone can upload and download files within that group. You can also create events and send messages to other students and teachers.

Here are some facts about “file sharing” in groups:

  • Facebook will not allow copyrighted files, which means you can’t share music files with your classmates (just kidding :D). 
  • The maximum size of a file you can upload is 25 MB.
  • Again, “.exe” files are not allowed to upload to keep it safe and secure.
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How to Join?

Only students and faculty can join their school’s group with their “.edu” email addresses. You can join multiple schools, but Facebook will verify that you have an active email address for each school.
Once groups are available at your school, you should see a message on the left side of your home page and then follow the instruction or you can go to groups for schools page to search for your college or university. 
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