Archive for July, 2011
A mother and her daughter have been extremely lucky to win a total of $15.8 in five lottery wins. The latest win by Kimberly McCauley, 35, won $100,000 on a scratch-off ticket.
It started in 1991 when the mother, Amy McCauley, won a $15.5 million in the New York Lotto. At that time she was unemployed and searching for job and her husband’s salary was slashed in half. Twenty years after her huge lotto win, Amy went with her daughter Kimberly to collect her win.
To summarize the mother-daughter wins:
- 1991 – $15.5 million in the New York Lotto Jackpot
- 2008 – $161,172 in the Carolina Cash 5 lottery game.
- 2009 – two $1,000 prizes in North Carolina lottery’s Blockbuster game
- 2011 – $100,000 on a scratch-off ticket
The daughter, Kimberly, is planning to use her latest win to pay off her student loan and purchase a Mini Cooper. She will receive a sum of $68,001 after taxes.
Yes, some people have all the luck… But no worries, others have all the ideas to make it big too!
In New Zealand has banned to name the newborns to be named Lucifer. In the similar manner, naming a child Messiah is also not allowed.
New Zealand’s Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages has rejected three different parent’s attempts to register newborns Lucifer. New Zealand
It is told that, in the past two years, the registrar has denied more than a hundred names. Some of the rejected names include names with slashes (\), asterisks (*), full stops (.) and names similar to different titles like – Bishop, Knight, Baron, Judge, General, Justice, King, Duke and Mr were also rejected.
The registrar had to formulate the new rule when there were protests in 2008 after approving the names like Violence and Number 16 Bus Shelter.
It is not only New Zealand that is trying to regulate it’s people to ban some names, the Dominican Republic, a judge proposed a ban on names that were either confusing or gave no indication of gender.
In Sweden, a court approved Google and Lego as baby names, but denied naming kids Superman, Elvis and Metallica.
The government officials in Huili county, Southwest China in Sichuan province, got a huge media attention when the local officials published a photo of three government officials inspecting a road. The photo of three men was photoshoped in such a crude manner that they seem to be floating over the road, rather than stepping on it.
Government of Huili county later apologized for publishing a doctored photo in its official website.
Today Canadians are celebrating the 144th birthday of Canada. I wish everybody a very happy Canada Day!
Newly married British royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton who arrived in Canada yesterday, took part in the Canada Day celebration. Prince William also addressed Canada Day crowd in Ottawa.
Why does Google hate Canada Day?
I don’t know the answer to this question. But, it is now clear that Google has grown the dislike of Canada Day, for some unspecified reasons. I have two good reasons to believe that Google hates the day.
Reason 1 – Google Doodles stopped recognizing the day since 2007
Until 2008, Google used to design it’s Google Doodle (Google Logo) to honor Canada Day. Starting 2001 Google had started displaying the Canada Day logo on every July 1. But, it stopped the practice abruptly in 2008. The Cannucks weren’t happy on the Google decision.
Reason 2 – Today, on July 1 of 2011, when I checked the “Canadian Version” of Google News, there were no news mentioning Canada Day! What a surprise?
Yes, Google doesn’t write news, but it is surprising no newspaper Google syndicate talk about the country’s birthday.
Do you know of any particular reason Google might be upset of the Canada Day? Or, is there no Canada Day in Google calendar?
China has opened the World’s longest sea-bridge, winning ove the United States. The 26.4 miles long bridge spans Jiaozhou Bay on the North-Eastern China.
The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge beats the previous record holder, 23.83 miles long Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Guinness Book of World Records, state that the the new bridge is about 2.5 miles longer than the previous record holder.
The six-lane Qingdao-Haiwan road bridge, which spans Jiaozhou Bay in China’s Shangdong Province, is 42.5 km (26.4 miles) long. …. It is 4.07 km (2.53 miles) longer than the former record holder, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana, USA.
The bridge was built in four years, at a cost of $2.3 billion. Some of the note-worthy features of the bridge are – six-lane, 5,200 pillars, earthquake- and typhoon-proof, and designed to withstand the impact of a 300,000-tonne vessel.
Nice areal-view of the bridge:
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