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World’s Most Expensive Coffee

April 17, 2009

Indonasian Style of cofee will welcome you to the sunlight with the most expensive coffee in the world.

Kopi Luwak[ad#ad-link] the most expensive coffee in the world does exist, and those who drink the expensive coffee insist that it is made from coffee beans eaten, partly digested and then excreted by the Common palm civet, a weasel-like animal.[ad#ad-3rect]

mostexpensive-coffee-kapi-luwakKopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world, selling for between $120 and $600 USD per pound, and is sold mainly in Japan and the United States. It is increasingly becoming available elsewhere, though supplies are limited; only 1,000 pounds (450 kg) at most make it into the world market each year.One small cafe, the Heritage Tea Rooms, in the hills outside Townsville in Queensland, Australia, has Kopi Luwak coffee on the menu at A$50.00 (=US$33.00) per cup, selling approximately four cups a week, which has gained nationwide Australian press.In April 2008, the brasserie of Peter Jones department store in London’s Sloane Square started selling a blend of Kopi Luwak peanut and Blue Mountain called Caffe Raro for £50 (=US$99.00) a cup.It has also recently become available at Selfridges, London, as part of their “Edible” range of exotic foods. It is also available in Toronto, Canada, at Coffeeholic: Handdrip Roastery in the upper Forest Hill village on Eglinton Avenue West.

Production and Origin:

Kopi is the Indonesian word for coffee, and luwak is a local name of the Asian Palm Civet. The raw, red coffee berries are part of its normal diet, along with insects, small mammals, small reptiles, eggs and nestlings of birds, and other fruit. The inner bean of the berry is not digested, but it has been proposed that enzymes in the stomach of the civet add to the coffee’s flavor by breaking down the proteins that give coffee its bitter taste. The beans are defecated, still covered in some inner layers of the berry. The beans are washed, and given only a light roast so as to not destroy the complex flavors that develop through the process. Some sources claim that the beans may be regurgitated instead of defecated.

In early days, the beans would be collected in the wild from a “latrine,” or a specific place where the civet would defecate as a means to mark its territory, and these latrines would be a predictable place for local gatherers to find the beans. More commonly today, captured civets are fed raw berries, the feces produced are then processed and the coffee beans offered for sale.

Making it Worth:The Research[ad#ldpost]
A popular and intuitive hypothesis to justify this coffee’s reputation proposes that the beans are of superior quality before they are even ingested. At any given point during a harvest, some coffee berries are not quite ripe or overripe, while others are just right. The palm civet evolved as an omnivore that naturally eats fruit and passes undigested material as a natural link to disperse seeds in a forest ecosystem. Where coffee plants have been introduced into their habitat, civets only forage on the most ripe berries, digest the fleshy outer layer, and later excrete the seeds eventually used for human consumption. Thus, when the fruit is at its peak, the seeds (or beans) within are equally so, with the expectation that this will come through in the taste of a freshly brewed cup. As this may be true for the beans derived from wild-collected civet feces, farm-raised civets are likely fed beans of varying quality and ripeness, so one would expect the taste of farm-raised beans to be less.

Further research by Dr. Massimo Marcone at the University of Guelph (CA) has shown that the digestive juices of the civet actually penetrate the beans and change the proteins, resulting in their unique flavor.

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World’s Most Expensive Car

April 17, 2009

Bugatti Veyron 16.4: It is not just the expensive car but also the 2nd Fastest car on the roads.

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 “$1,192,057” is a mid-engine grand touring car produced by Volkswagen Group subsidiary Bugatti Automobiles SAS and was introduced in 2005 as the fastest production car in the world. It is currently the fastest accelerating and decelerating production car in the world, with a 0 – 100 – 0 km/h time of 8.6 seconds and, at ($1,192,057 USD), it is also the most expensive production car in the world.bugatti-veyron-back-vie

bugatti-veyron-bluebugatti-164-veyron-grand-sport-full-viewbugatti-164-veyron-grand-sport-front-viewbugatti-164-veyron-grand-sport-back-viewPowered by a 736-kilowatt (1,001 PS; 987 hp) W16 engine, it can reach 408.47 km/h (253.81 mph). The car reached full production in September 2005, and is handcrafted in a factory that German automaker Volkswagen built near the former Bugatti headquarters in Château St Jean in Molsheim (Alsace, France). It is named after French racing driver Pierre Veyron, who won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1939 while racing for the original Bugatti company. 133 examples of the Veyron are known to have been built since production began. There will be a total of 300 built. All the Veyron editions contribute to the 300 being built. The editions that are contributing are the Veyron, Veyron 16.4, Pur Sang, Hermes Edition, Sang Noir, Targa, Vincero, and the Bleu Cenetaire. It will be replaced with the Grand Sport, which is essentially a Veyron Convertible.

Birth Place of Bugatti Veyron:

The Bugatti 16.4 is masterfully manufactured in the new Atelier in Molsheim, Alsace.

The new production facility is located near the former Bugatti headquarters at Chateau St. Jean. It was build under the aegis of internationally renowned architect Gunter Henn. Only a short distance away is the simply designed storage building that houses the parts and spare parts supplied by top European manufacturers. The futuristic Atelier workshop has little in common with the completely automated production facilities of today’s automotive industry. The modern, functional building is marked by its elliptical layout, calling to mind the shape that Ettore Bugatti himself favored in his designs – so much so that it is epitomized in the company logo.

In front of the tall window façade that offers a beautiful view of the Vosges Mountains, three workstations are set up on the bright, epoxy-coated floor. Eight carefully selected and highly qualified employees assemble the Veyron piece by piece in this Spartan environment. No more than one or two vehicles per week are produced in the Atelier, each one requiring almost three weeks of careful assembly. The mechanics create the Veyron’s lightweight chassis; the formidable body is assembled; the 1,001 HP engine, four-wheel drive, and brake system provide the car’s basic functionality; the electronic control systems, convenience functions, and sound system disappear beneath the impeccable surface made of the finest leather and uniformly gleaming aluminum elements. For the customer, it is a special treat and unforgettable experience to witness the creation of his very own Veyron here at Molsheim, the venerable birthplace of Bugatti.

Aesthetic Principle behind Bugatti:

With its luxurious length of 4.47 m, the Veyron is a perfectly balanced combination of high-powered performance and sleek, racy design.
Even at complete standstill, the car’s enormous power is made visible by its impressive mid-engine, elevated majestically beneath the chassis. Simultaneously, the Veyron’s bold proportions, well-balanced surfaces, and clear line structures give an impression of pure, sleek elegance.

The design of the Veyron honors a great heritage without drifting off into retro style. Every detail of the classic two-tone color scheme, a quote from the 1920s and 1930s, has been carefully thought out, resulting in the typical Bugatti profile with the classic, contrasting ellipsis – the stylistic element used by Ettore Bugatti himself. The “crest line”, which runs uninterrupted from the hood to the only 1.21-m-high roof, is a proud homage to the Veyron’s forebears. Thus, the Veyron’s classic paintwork and harmonious design connect this state-of-the-art super sports car to the glorious heritage of Bugatti automobiles.

With its classic look, the large radiator grill – adorned with the hand-enameled Bugatti emblem – represents the grandness of the Veyron. The sports car’s distinctive front is defined by the harmonious contrast of its broad headlights and majestic grill. The rear end, 1.99 m wide, features the formidable retractable spoiler and generously designed fenders. The Veyron perfectly fulfills the main design objective governing the development of the new Bugatti: an uncompromising combination of highest elegance and state-of-the-art technology.

World’s Longest snake

April 16, 2009
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If u think Anaconda is the biggest snake in the world then you WRONG.

Asiatic Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus) is the biggest snake , with a record length of 33ft which is much more than the biggest anaconda in the world.They are found in asia. They dont have girth similar to anaconda, infact they are much thinner when compared to anaconda. But when in come to length they are no 1.

Asiatic Reticulated Python a species of python Found in Southeast Asia.They are non-venomous constrictors and normally not considered dangerous to man, even though large specimens are powerful enough to kill an adult and attacks are occasionally reported.An excellent swimmer, it has even been reported far out at sea and has consequently colonized many small islands within its range. The specific name is Latin meaning net-like, or reticulated, and is a reference to the complex color pattern.

Classification:

Scientific namePython reticulatus
Common name – reticulated python
Domain – Eukarya – Being eukaryotic, the reticulated python is like the other eukaryotes in that it contains a nucleus within a membrane-bound cell.

Kingdom – Animalia – Reticulated pythons are members of the kingdom animalia because they are motile and heterotrophic (do not produce their own food).
Phylum – Chordata – Because it is in the phylum chordata, at some point in its life Python reticulatus has a notocord (which gave rise to the backbone) a dorsal nerve cord (giving rise to the brain and spinal cord), pharyngeal gill slits, an endostyle, and a post-anal tail; all characteristics of the chordates.
Class – ReptiliaBeing a reptile, Python reticulatus is cold blooded, and has a body that is covered in scales. Its embryos are also covered by an amniotic membrane.
Order – Squamata – The squamata consist of lizards and snakes. They are defined by their skin, which is comprised primarily of scales. A feature of the squamata which is found especially in the snakes is their ability to open their mouths very wide in order to consumer their prey.
Family – Pythonidae – Being a member of the pythonidae means that Python reticulatus is non-venomous. The family pythonidae consists of some of the largest snakes in the world, including the reticulated python, which competes with the green anaconda for the title of world’s longest snake.
GenusPython – The genus Python consists of 7 species of non-venomous snakes. They are: Python anchietae, Python curtus, Python molurus, Python regius, Python sebae, Python timoriensis, and of course, Python reticulatus.
SpeciesPython reticulatus – Python reticulatus is the scientific name of the species, and refers to the reticulated patterns which occur on the python’s skin.

Asiatic Reticulated Python:longest snake

Asiatic Reticulated Python:longest snake

Geographical Locations :

Found in Southeast Asia from the Nicobar Islands, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, east through Indonesia and the Indo-Australian Archipelago (Sumatra, the Mentawai Islands, the Natuna Islands, Borneo, Sulawesi, Java, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Flores, Timor, Maluku, Tanimbar Islands) and the Philippines (Basilan, Bohol, Cebu, Leyte, Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro, Negros, Palawan, Panay, Polillo, Samar, Tawi-Tawi).

Feeding:

Their natural diet includes mammals and occasionally birds. Small specimens—up to 3–4 meters (10–14 ft) long—eat mainly rodents such as rats, whereas larger individuals switch to prey such as Viverridae (e.g. civets and binturongs), and even primates and pigs. Near human habitation, they are known to snatch stray chickens, cats and dogs on occasion. Among the largest prey items that are actually fully documented to have been taken were a half-starved old female Sun Bear of 23 kilograms that was eaten by a 6.95 m (23 ft) specimen and took some 10 weeks to digest, as well as pigs of more than 60 kg (132 lb). As a rule of thumb, these snakes seem able to swallow prey up to ¼ their own length, and up to their own weight. As with all pythons, they are ambush hunters, waiting until prey wanders within strike range before seizing it in their coils and killing via constriction.

Reproduction:

Oviparous, females lay between 15 and 80 eggs per clutch. At an optimum incubation temperature of 31–32°C (88–90 F), the eggs take an average of 88 days to hatch. Hatch lings are at least 2 feet (61 cm) in length

Incidents proving danger to Human:

The attack on Human is rare but there are few cases that have made this species belong to highly unrelaible pythons.

  • Two incidents, apparently in early 20th century Indonesia: On Salibabu, a 14-year-old boy was killed and supposedly eaten by a specimen 5.17 m (c.17 ft) in length. Another incident involved an adult woman reputedly eaten by a “large reticulated python”, but few details are known.
  • Franz Werner reports a case from Burma (or Myanmar) either occurring in the early 1910s or in 1927. A jeweller named Maung Chit Chine, who went hunting with his friends, was apparently eaten by a 6 m (20 ft) specimen after he sought shelter from a rainstorm on or under a tree. Supposedly, he was swallowed feet first, contrary to normal snake behavior but the easiest way for a snake to actually swallow a human
  • In 1932, Frank Buck wrote about a teenage boy who was eaten by a pet 25 ft reticulated python in the Philippines. According to Buck, the python had escaped and when it was found they could recognize a human child shape inside the snake, which later turned out to be the son of the snake’s owner.
  • According to Mark Auliya, the corpse of 32-year-old Mangyan Lantod Gumiliu was recovered from the belly of a 7 m (c.23 ft) Reticulated Python on Mindoro, probably in January, 1998.
  • On October 23, 2008 a 25 year old Virginia Beach woman, Amanda Ruth Black, appeared to have been killed by a 13-foot pet reticulated python. The apparent cause of death was asphyxiation. The snake was later found in the bedroom in an agitated state.
  • On January 21, 2009 a 3 year old Las Vegas boy was wrapped by an 18-foot pet reticulated python, turning blue. The boy’s mother, who had been babysitting the python on behalf of a friend, rescued the toddler by gashing the python with a knife. The snake was killed by animal control officers

World’s largest Penis

April 14, 2009

Everyone searches for world’s largest diamond,rock,stadium etc etc..I think there might be several search in the major search engines from the most curious people about the most incredible act of our lives-Sex.[ad#ldpost]

this-man-has-the-largest-penis-in-the-world-13-5-in-34-29-cm-erect-2Yeah.. we are so much embarred to see the penis of the elephant standing in the zoo.Think about the same with the men.There are people who go to the doctor,take viagra.. etc etc to enhance the growth of their penis.This act is done because the women believe in BIG is Better.[ad#ad-3rect]

How far is it true.. here is a case who can be apparently regarded as the World’s Largest Penis.It appears to be the New Yorker Jonah Cardeli Falcon (born July 29, 1970). His willy is 9.5 in (24.13 cm) flaccid, 13.5 in (34.29 cm) erect! The average human penis is 6 in (15 cm) long…
The person with the world’s largest is
an American actor and talk-show host, which appeared in some sitcoms, British television shows and Hollywood movies. He was born in Brooklyn and identifies himself as bisexual.
Having a largest penis is not a boon at all since there is no one to match his.So he lives with his mother now and he has no girlfriend since 13 years.

He says….[ad#ldpost]

“When I meet people they find it hard to look me in the eye, they just see what’s in my trousers. It’s become a real problem. When I was younger I went out in tight pants and would sleep with a different person every night, but I became burned out and disillusioned. My last relationship ended in 1996. Now I just want to find a steady girlfriend who doesn’t think I’m a freak show”.

Do you want to entertain your partner with the Big One!!

Worlds Largest Football Stadium

April 13, 2009

Football needs no introduction. It has a huge fan following all around the world and huge STADIUMS too. Well when it comes to the size , RUNGRADO MAY DAY STADIUM is the largest stadium in the world .

RUNGRADO MAY DAY STADIUM

location :Pyongyang , North Korea

CApacity : 150,000 .

RUNGRADO MAY DAY STADIUM beats the next biggest stadium by 30,000 capacity . next biggest being the salt lake stadium in India which has a capacity of 120,000.

Did you know? There are more than 450 stadiums in the world which hav more than 40,000 capacity.

USA alone has 12 among the top 20 stadiums in the world.

Brazil, the football maniac nation . has only 2 in top 50 stadium

largest football stadium

largest football stadium

FIVE RICHEST COUNTRIES

April 12, 2009
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1>Luxembourg{Europe} with a gross national product of USD 45,360

2>Switzerland{Europe} with GNP 44,355$

3>Japan :{Asia} GNP $41,010

4>liechtenstein{Europe} :GNP $40,000

5>Norway{Europe} : $34,515 GNP

Europe is among the richest continent . Four of the top five richest countries are in europe . GNP is the gross national product of a country. Its the total value of the products or service produced by the citizen of that nation plus the income coming from abroad.

World’s Largest Bank-2009

April 11, 2009

According to Bankersalmanac.com which tracks the database of all the banks has ranked The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc , Edinburgh , UK as the largest bank in the world.Last year Switherland’s UBS AG , Zürich based bank topped the list of the largest bank.But it is ranked in the 5th position this year probably due to recession:-)

The Royal of Scotland has currently an asset of  *3,782,880 US m$ and a local currency of 118.09%.It has total US capital of $5,035m.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (LSE: RBS) is a majority part-nationalised British banking and insurance holding company in which HM Treasury holds a 74% controlling shareholding, through the UK Financial Investments Limited. The group is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the world’s largest company by assets.

bankIn the United Kingdom it includes The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc founded in 1727 by a Royal Charter of King George I and the National Westminster Bank, which can trace its lineage back to 1650, and Ulster Bank in Ireland.

RBS Group is the largest banking group in Scotland, and at its peak was the second largest in the UK and Europe (fifth in stock market value), and the fifth largest in the world by market capitalisation. According to Forbes Global 2000, it was the tenth largest company in the world.[5] Its shares have a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange. The registered head office of the group and the UK clearing bank are located at St Andrew Square. In 2005, Queen Elizabeth II opened the bank’s new head office building in Gogarburn, Edinburgh.

The RBS Group operates a wide variety of banking brands offering personal and business banking, private banking, insurance and corporate finance throughout its operations located in Europe, North America and Asia. In the UK and Republic of Ireland, the main subsidiary companies are: The Royal Bank of Scotland; National Westminster Bank; Ulster Bank; Drummonds and Coutts & Co. In the United States, it owns Citizens Financial Group, the 8th largest bank in the country. From 2004 to 2009 it was the second largest shareholder in the Bank of China, itself the world’s fifth largest bank by market capitalization in February 2008. Insurance companies include Churchill Insurance, Direct Line, Privilege, and NIG.

This is the top list of banks that has been rated by bankersalamanac.com considering various factors.

Current
Rank
Previous
Rank
BANK Assets
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(local curr)
Capital
US$m
Balance
Sheet
1 (1) The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc , Edinburgh , UK *3,782,880 +118.09% 5,035.83 31.12.07
2 (2) Deutsche Bank AG , Frankfurt am Main , Germany *2,953,727 +27.51% 1,985.38 31.12.07
3 (3) BNP Paribas SA , Paris , France *2,477,272 +17.64% 19,695.91 31.12.07
4 (4) Barclays PLC , London , UK *2,442,996 +23.13% 3,286.23 31.12.07
5 (5) Crédit Agricole SA , Paris , France *2,067,577 +12.19% 31,480.99 31.12.07
6 (6) UBS AG , Zürich , Switzerland *2,007,224 -3.14% 182.83 31.12.07
7 (7) Société Générale , Paris La Défense , France *1,566,904 +12.01% 852.34 31.12.07
8 (8) ABN AMRO Holding NV , Amsterdam , Netherlands *1,498,849 +3.86% 1,586.26 31.12.07
9 (9) UniCredit SpA , Milan , Italy *1,493,799 +24.11% 9,770.00 31.12.07