Monday, October 30, 2006

All Soul's Day

All Soul's Day (sometimes called the "Day of the Dead") is always November 2 (November 3rd if the 2nd falls on a Sunday).

All Soul's Day is a Roman Catholic day of remembrance for friends and loved ones who have passed away. This comes from the ancient Pagan Festival of the Dead, which celebrated the Pagan belief that the souls of the dead would return for a meal with the family. Candles in the window would guide the souls back home, and another place was set at the table. Children would come through the village, asking for food to be offered symbolically to the dead, then donated to feed the hungry.

The day purposely follows All Saint's Day in order to shift the focus from those in heaven to those in purgatory. It is celebrated with masses and festivities in honor of the dead. While the Feast of All Saints is a day to remember the glories of Heaven and those there, the Feast of All Souls reminds us of our obligations to live holy lives and that there will be purification of the souls of those destined for Heaven.

The Christian holiday of All Soul's Day pays respect and remembers the souls of all friends and loved ones who have died and gone to heaven. The living pray on behalf of Christians who are in purgatory, the state in the afterlife where souls are purified before proceeding to heaven. Souls in purgatory, who are members of the church just like living Christians, must suffer so that they can be purged of their sins. It is a time to pray for their souls that they may be received into heaven.

Upon death, it is believed that souls have not yet been cleansed of sin. Praying for souls of loved ones helps to remove the stain of sin, and allow the souls to enter the pearly gates of heaven. Through prayer and good works, living members of the church may help their departed friends and family. There are three Requiem Masses that are said by the clergy to assist the souls from Purgatory to Heaven: one for the celebrant, one for the departed, and one for the pope.

The traditions of the Feast of All Souls began independently of the Feast of All Saints. The Feast of All Souls owes its beginning to seventh century monks who decided to offer the mass on the day after Pentecost for their deceased community members. In the late tenth century, the Benedictine monastery in Cluny chose to move their mass for their dead to November 2, the day after the Feast of all Saints. This custom spread and in the thirteenth century, Rome put the feast on the calendar of the entire Church. The date remained November 2 so that all in the Communion of the Saints might be celebrated together.

Many customs are associated with The Day of the Dead celebration. In the home an altar is made with an offering of food upon it. It is believed that the dead partake of the food in spirit and the living eat it later. The ofrendas (offerings) are beautifully arranged with flowers such as marigolds (zempasuchitl), which are the traditional flower of the dead. There is a candle placed for each dead soul, and they are adorned in some manner. Incense is also often used, and mementos, photos, and other remembrances of the dead also adorn the ofrenda.

It is also traditional in some areas to see the play Don Juan Tenorio. Paper mache and sugar skulls are popular, as are cardboard coffins from which a skeleton can be made to jump out. Special masks are also worn, allowing a person to achieve a facial expression for which they feel they are inadequate to achieve.

Traditional Catholics still honor customs related to the relief of the souls suffering in purgatory. One custom is for persons to pray six Our Fathers, Hail Mary's and Glory Be's for the intentions of the Pope in a church, and thereby, receive a plenary indulgence for a soul in purgatory. This action may be repeated for another soul, by leaving the church and re-entering it to repeat the prayers.

All Soul's Day lives on today, particularly in Mexico, where All Hallows' Eve, All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day are collectively observed as "Los Dias de los Muertos" (The Days of the Dead). First and foremost, the Days of the Dead is a time when families fondly remember the deceased. But it is also a time marked by festivities, including spectacular parades of skeletons and ghouls. In one notable tradition, revelers lead a mock funeral procession with a live person inside a coffin.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Caffeine Heats Up

That morning jolt. You need it. Every morning you turn to the coffee pot or your neighborhood barista in hopes of adding a little pep to your step. Caffeine fuels our days and is a necessity for those of us stuck in meetings or locked in lecture halls.

However, all this caffeine consumption could come at a cost. A recent study showed abuse of caffeine pills among youngsters trying to keep their eyes open in class. The dark side of dark roast? Here are a few soy lattes and ranked the top caffeinated beverages in Search...

1. Coca Cola
2. Pepsi
3. Coffee
4. Red Bull
5. Dr. Pepper
6. Mountain Dew
7. Monster Energy Drink
8. Espresso
9. Cappuccino
10. Black Tea
11. Rockstar Energy Drink
12. Chai Tea
13. Frappuccino
14. Latte
15. Mocha
16. Full Throttle
17. Macchiato
18. Bawls
19. Tab Energy Drink
20. Cafe au Lait

Taken from Health News

Blinded by BEAUTY

It's an axiom of evolutionary psychology that beautiful people are healthier too. New evidence suggests that that's a lovely fiction. In fact, beauty may actually blind us to the real state of physical health.

S. Michael Kalick, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts, set out to look for truth in beauty. He asked 32 judges to rate the attractiveness of 333 faces by photograph. Then he compared the ratings with the actual, indisputable health records of the people pictured. Kalick found that the ones judged attractive were no healthier than their homelier peers. Kalick then had a second group look at the photographs, this time to indicate which people they thought were physically healthy. The raters' guesses were surprisingly accurate--except when the face was especially good-looking or especially ugly.

Attractive faces were almost always labeled healthy, while unattractive ones were usually thought to be unhealthy. This was so, even when there seemed to be other, more trustworthy cues to the contrary

Though Kalick isn't sure how they do it, it seems that people do know how to judge health from appearance--but they ignore this knowledge when presented with faces that fall at either extreme of attractiveness.

Biologically justified or not, beauty will remain important in picking a mate.

Taken from Health news

Saturday, October 21, 2006

All about ROSE

A ROSE is a flowering shrub of the genus Rosa, and the flower of this shrub. ROSES are ancient symbols of love and beauty. The rose was sacred to a number of goddesses (including Isis and Aphrodite), and is often used as a symbol of the Virgin Mary. Roses are so important that the word means pink or red in a variety of languages (such as Romance languages, Greek, and Polish).

According to the Victorian "Language of flowers", different coloured roses each have their own symbolic meaning:

* Red: love
* Pink: grace, gentle feelings of love
* Dark Pink: gratitude
* Light Pink: admiration, sympathy
* White: innocence, purity, secrecy, friendship, reverence and humility.
* Yellow: Yellow roses generally mean dying love or platonic love. In German-speaking countries, however, they can mean jealousy and infidelity.
* Yellow with red tips: Friendship, falling in love
* Orange: passion
* Burgundy: beauty
* Blue: mystery or attaining the impossible. They are believed to be able to grant the owner youth or grant wishes.
* Green: calm
* Black: slavish devotion (as a true black rose is impossible to produce)
* Purple: protection (paternal/maternal love)

Friday, October 20, 2006

More than 101 different ways of saying 'I love you'

The English dictionary describes love as deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.

Here 'I love you' as defined in relationships between people, with translations from many different languages and dialects.

1. Afrikaans - Ek is lief vir jou
2. Albanian - te dua
3. Alentejano (Portugal) - Gosto De Ti, Porra!
4. Alsacien (Elsass) - Ich hoan dich gear
5. Amharic (Aethio.) - Afekrishalehou
6. Arabic - Ana Ahebak / Ana Bahibak
7. Armenian - yes kez shat em siroom
8. Assamese - Moi tomak bhal pau
9. Assyr - Az tha hijthmekem
10. Bahasa Malayu (Malaysia) - Saya cinta mu
11. Bambara - M'bi fe
12. Bangla - Ami tomakay bala basi
13. Bangladeschi - Ami tomake walobashi
14. Basque - Nere maitea
15. Batak - Holong rohangku di ho
16. Bavarian - tuI mog di
17. Belarusian - Ya tabe kahayu
18. Bengali - Ami tomake bhalobashi
19. Berber - Lakh tirikh
20. Bicol - Namumutan ta ka
21. Bisaya - Nahigugma ako kanimo
22. Bolivian Quechua - Qanta munani
23. Bosnian - Ja te volim (formally) or volim-te Turkish seni seviyorum
24. Bulgarian - As te obicham
25. Bulgarian - Obicham te
26. Burmese - chit pa de
27. Cambodian (to the female) - bon saleng oun
28. Cambodian (to the male) - oun saleng bon
29. Canadian French - Je t'adore ("I love you")
30. Canadian French - Je t'aime ("I like you")
31. Catalan - T'estim (mallorcan)
32. Cebuano - Gihigugma ko ikaw
33. Chamoru (or Chamorro) - Hu guaiya hao
34. Cherokee - Tsi ge yu i 35. Cheyenne - Ne mohotatse
36. Chichewa - Ndimakukonda
37. Chickasaw - Chiholloli (first 'i' nasalized)
38. Chinese - Ngo oi ney a (Cantonese)
39. Chinese - Wuo ai nee (Mandarin)
40. Corsican - Ti tengu cara (to female)
41. Corsican - Ti tengu caru (to male)
42. Creol - Mi aime jou
43. Croatian - Volim te (used in common speech)
44. Czech - Miluji Te
45. Danish - Jeg elsker dig
46. Dutch - Ik hou van jou
47. Dutch - Jeg elsker dig
48. Ecuador Quechua - Canda munani
49. English - I love thee (used only in Christian context)
50. English - I love you
51. Eskimo - Nagligivaget
52. Esperanto - Mi amas vim
53. Estonian - Ma armastan sind / Mina armastan sind (formal)
54. Ethiopia - afekereshe alhu
55. Faroese - Eg elski teg
56. Farsi - Tora dost daram
57. Filipino - Mahal ka ta
58. Finnish (Minä) rakastan sinua
59. Flemish (Ghent) - 'k'ou van ui
60. French (formal) - Je vous aime
61. Friesian - Ik hald fan dei
62. Gaelic - Tá mé i ngrá leat
63. Galician - Querote (or) Amote
64. Georgian - Miquar shen
65. German - Ich liebe Dich
66. Ghanaian - Me dor wo
67. Greek - agapo se 68. Greek - S'agapo
69. Greenlandic - Asavakit
70. Gronings - Ik hol van die
71. Gujarati - oo tane prem karu chu
72. Hausa - Ina sonki 73. Hawaiian - Aloha au ia`oe
74. Hebrew - Ani ohevet ota
75. Hiligaynon - Guina higugma ko ikaw
76. Hindi - Main tumsey pyaar karta hoon / Maine Pyar Kiya
77. Hmong - Kuv hlub koj
78. Hokkien - Wa ai lu
79. Hopi - Nu' umi unangwa'ta
80. Hungarian - Szeretlek te'ged
81. Icelandic - Eg elska thig
82. Ilocano - Ay ayating ka
83. Indi - Mai Tujhe Pyaar Kartha Ho
84. Indonesian - Saya cinta padamu ('Saya', commonly used)
85. Inuit - Negligevapse
86. Iranian - Mahn doostaht doh-rahm
87. Irish - taim i' ngra leat
88. Italian - Ti amo/Ti voglio bene
89. Japanese - Anata wa, dai suki desu
90. Javanese (formal) - Kulo tresno marang panjenengan
91. Javanese (informal) - aku terno kowe
92. Kannada - Naanu ninna preetisuttene
93. Kapampangan - Kaluguran daka
94. Kenya (Kalenjin) - Achamin
95. Kenya (Kiswahili) - Ninakupenda
96. Kikongo - Mono ke zola nge (mono ke' zola nge')
97. Kiswahili - Nakupenda
98. Konkani - Tu magel moga cho
99. Korean - SA LANG HAE / Na No Sa Lan Hei 100. Kurdish - Khoshtm Auyt
101. Laos - Chanrackkun
102. Latin - Te amo
103. Latvian - Es mîlu Tevi
104. Lebanese - Bahibak
105. Lingala - Nalingi yo
106. Lithuanian - As Myliu Tave
107. Lojban - mi do prami
108. Luo - Aheri
109. Luxembourgeois - Ech hun dech gäer
110. Macedonian - Jas Te Sakam
111. Madrid - lingo Me molas, tronca
112. Maiese - Wa wa
113. Malay - Saya cintakan mu / Saya cinta mu
114. Maltese - Inhobbok hafna
115. Marathi - Me tula prem karto
116. Mohawk - Kanbhik
117. Moroccan - Ana moajaba bik
118. Nahuatl - Ni mits neki
119. Navaho - Ayor anosh'ni 1
20. Ndebele - Niyakutanda
121. Nigeria (Hausa) - Ina sonki
122. Nigeria (Yoruba langauge) - Mo fe ran re
23. Norwegian - Jeg elsker deg
124. Osetian - Aez dae warzyn
125. Pakistan (Urdu) - May tum say pyar karta hun
126. Pandacan - Syota na kita!!
127. Pangasinan - Inaru Taka
128. Papiamento - Mi ta stimabo
129. Persian - Tora Doost Darem
130. Pig Latin - I-yea Ove-lea Ou-yea
131. Polish - Kocham Cie
132. Portuguese (Brazilian) - Eu te amo
133. Punjabi - me tumse pyar ker ta hu'
134. Quenya - Tye-mela'ne
135. Romanian - Te ador (stronger)
136. Romanian - Te iubesc
137. Russian - Ya tyebya lyublyu
138. Samoan - Ou te alofa outou
139. Sanskrit - tvayi snihyaami
140. Scottish Gaelic - Tha gra\dh agam ort
141. Serbo-Croatian - Volim te
142. Setswana - Ke a go rata
143. Shona - Ndinokuda
144. Sign language - Spread hand out so no fingers are touching. Bring in middle & ring fingers and touch then to the palm of your hand.
145. Sindhi - Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
146. Singhalese - Mama oyaata aadareyi
147. Slovenian - ljubim te
148. South Sotho - Ke o Rata
149. Spanish - Te quiero / te amo / yo amor
150. Sri Lanka - mame adhare
151. Surinam - Mi lobi joe
152. Swahili - Naku penda
153. Swedish - Jag älskar dig
154. Swiss-German - Ch-ha di gärn
155. Tagalong - Mahal Kita / Iniibig kita
156. Tahitian - Ua here au ia oe
157. Taiwanese - Wa ga ei li
158. Tamil - Naan Unnai Khadalikkeren
159. Telugu - Nenu Ninnu Premisthunnanu
160. Thailand - Khao Raak Thoe / chun raak ter
161. Tunisian - Ha eh bak
162. Turkish - Seni Seviyorum
163. Ukrainian - Yalleh blutebeh / ya tebe kohayu
164. Urdu - Mea tum se pyaar karta hu (to a girl)
165. Urdu - Mea tum se pyar karti hu (to a boy)
166. Vietnamese (Females) - Em yeu Anh
167. Vietnamese (Males) - Anh yeu Em
168. Vlaams - Ik hue van ye
169. Vulcan - Wani ra yana ro aisha
170. Welsh - Rwy'n dy garu di
171. Wolof - Da ma la nope
172. Yiddish - Ich han dich lib
173. Yoruba - Mo ni fe
174. Yucatec Maya - 'in k'aatech (the love of lovers)
175. Yugoslavian - Ya te volim
176. Zambia (Chibemba) - Nali ku temwa
177. Zazi - Ezhele hezdege (sp?)
178. Zimbabwe - Ndinokuda
179. Zulu - Mina funani wena

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Bibliophilia is the love of books; a Bibliophile is a lover of books.

The classic bibliophile, exemplified by Samuel Pepys, is one who loves to read, admire and collect books, often nurturing a large and specialised collection. Bibliophiles do not necessarily want to possess the books they love; an alternative would be to admire them in old libraries. However, the bibliophile is usually an avid book collector, sometimes pursuing scholarship in the collection, sometimes putting form above content with an emphasis on old, rare, and expensive books, first editions, books with special or unusual bindings, autographed copies, etc.

is one who spends much time reading or studying. A person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit or someone who spends a great deal of time reading.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Hey! can you guess some of the riddles in here?

1.) You are in a cold house in the winter. It is dark. You have one match. There is a candle and there is a wood burning stove. Which do you light first?

2.) A man was found murdered on Sunday morning. His wife immediately called the police. The police questioned

the wife and staff and got these alibis:
The Wife said she was sleeping.
The Cook was cooking breakfast.
The Gardener was picking vegetables.
The Maid was getting the mail.
The Butler was cleaning the closet.

The police instantly arrested the murderer. Who did it and how did they know?

3.) What is greater than God, more evil than the devil, the poor have it, the rich need it, and if you eat you will die. What am I?

4.) I'm not an airplane, but I can fly through the sky. I'm not a river, but I'm full of water. What am I?

5.) Soldiers line up spaced with pride, Two long rows lined side by side. One sole unit can decide, If the rows will unite or divide. Tell me, tell me, scream it out. What's the thing I talk about?

6.) What english word has three consecutive double letters?

Friday, October 06, 2006

Time for Halloween

is an observance celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets.

The term Halloween, and its older spelling Hallowe'en, is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the evening before "All Hallows' Day"[1] (also known as "All Saints' Day"). In Ireland, the name was All Hallows' Eve (often shortened to Hallow Eve), and though seldomly used today, it is still a well accepted label. Halloween was also sometimes called All Saints' Eve. The holiday was a day of religious festivities in various northern European pagan traditions, until it was appropriated by Christian missionaries and given a Christian interpretation. Halloween is also called Pooky Night in some parts of Ireland, presumably named after the púca, a mischievous spirit. In Australia it is sometimes referred to as "mischief night", by locals.

A jack-o'-lantern is a pumpkin whose top and stem have been cut out and interior removed, leaving a hollow shell that is then decoratively carved. Jack-o'-lanterns are associated with the holiday Halloween.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Let's Talk about WORDS in ENGLISH

Here is some trivias about english words to ponder. See for youself!

List of word without vowel

What else you have in mind of those word without a vowel?

The longest word in any major English language dictionary is pneumono­ultra­micro­scopic­silico­volcano­coniosis, a 45-letter word supposed to refer to a lung disease, but research has discovered that this word was originally intended as a hoax. It has since been used in a close approximation of its originally intended meaning, lending at least some degree of validity to its claim. Awesome, right?

Are you a text fanatic? There are various single letter words used as abbreviations in text-speak and related uses:

* a – "eh" (a popular Canadian phrase)
* b – "be" or "bee"
* c – "sea" or "see"
* f – "fat"
* I – "eye"
* k – "okay"
* n – "in" or "and"
* o – "oh"
* p – "pea" (small green vegetable) or "pee" (to urinate)
* q – "cue" or "queue"
* r – "are"
* t – "tea" or less commonly "tee"
* u – "you"
* v – "very"
* w – "with"
* x – part of the phrase "x out"
* y – "why"

Various digits have also been pressed into service in this manner:

* 1 – "won"
* 2 – "to", "too". Can also be used as part of a word. Example: 2moro (tomorrow).
* 4 – "for" – Can also be used as part of a word. Examples: a4d, 4cast, 4give, 4got, 4m, 4mer, 4milk, 4most, 4t, 4tell, and b4 (before).
* 8 – "ate" – Can also be used as part of a word. Examples: l8r, navig8, m8, sk8, veget8, w8, and copul8.

What you think? Amazing isn't it? there are lots of word which we use to communicate with our love ones but in our entire life we hadn't use all words available of today. What I mean is that there are also word which we haven't known that are existing, am I right? Well this are a few things I would like to share about regarding trivias in word.