Aug 6, 2009

Mouth Gag - (1880s-1910s)

This handy dandy, wooden, screw-shaped mouth gag would be inserted into an anesthetized patient's mouth to keep the airway open.


Talk is the activity of the mouth. Listening is the activity of the heart.

Top Ten Movies

Do you know the highest grossing movies of all time? The top four each grossed over a billion dollars - and probably another billion in popcorn.

Title, Gross Dollars (millions), Year Released

1 Titanic $1,842.9 1997

2 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $1,119.1 2003

3 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest $1,066.2 2006

4 The Dark Knight $1,001.9 2008

5 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone $974.7 2001

6 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End $961.0 2007

7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix $938.2 2007

8 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $925.3 2002

9 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace $924.3 1999

10 Shrek 2 $919.8 2004

Finders Keepers

According to the Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, the saying "Finders keepers (losers weepers)" dates as far back as the early 19th century, recorded as, "No halfers-findee keepee, lossee seekee."

Almost 150 years later, Elvis Presley put it to music in 1963 when he sang "Finders keepers, losers weepers. The loser has to pay the score."


A man convinced against his will,
is of the same opinion still.

What's the Matter

27 Jul 09 - Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminum by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. ‘Transparent aluminum’ previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.

An international team, led by Oxford University scientists, report that a short pulse from the FLASH laser ‘knocked out’ a core electron from every aluminum atom in a sample without disrupting the metal’s crystalline structure. This turned the aluminum nearly invisible to extreme ultraviolet radiation.

''What we have created is a completely new state of matter nobody has seen before. We have turned ordinary aluminum into this exotic new material in a single step by using this very powerful laser. For a brief period the sample looks and behaves in every way like a new form of matter." said Professor Justin Wark of Oxford University’s Department of Physics, one of the authors of the paper.

The discovery was made possible with the development of a new source of radiation that is ten billion times brighter than any synchrotron in the world. The FLASH laser, based in Hamburg, Germany, produces extremely brief pulses of soft X-ray light, each of which is more powerful than the output of a power plant that provides electricity to a whole city.

The Oxford team, along with their international colleagues, focused all this power down into a spot with a diameter less than a twentieth of the width of a human hair. At such high intensities the aluminum turned transparent.

Whilst the invisible effect lasted for only an extremely brief period – an estimated 40 femtoseconds (A femtosecond is one millionth of a nanosecond or 10 to the minus 15th of a second. For comparison, a millisecond is one thousandth of a second).

Professor Wark added: ‘What is particularly remarkable about our experiment is that A report of the research, ‘Turning solid aluminium transparent by intense soft X-ray photoionization’, is published in Nature Physics.

Lance Armstrong

He was born Lance Edward Gunderson, 18 September 1971 in Plano, Texas, USA. His name was changed when he was adopted. His ancestors have been in the US since the 1600s. In 1992, Lance Armstrong finished last in the San Sebastian Classic, his first race as a professional. Then went on to win the Tour de France seven times, before taking a few years off.

Armstrong willingly took a backseat to Contador and put the team before his own needs assisting the 26-year-old Spaniard in winning the Tour de France this July. Armstrong put his aspirations for a eighth Tour victory on the backburner, but most certainly has his eyes on the prize in 2010.

Kaiser Permanente EHR

How much does it cost to implement the new EHR (Electronic Health Records) systems that are demanded by the government? One group, Kaiser Permanente took 7- years to switch to EHR system and it cost $4.2 billion so far to implement an electronic health records system at all facilities. It is not finished yet. Numbers for EHR implementations are not included in the CBO estimates of cost for the healthcare bill.


Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. A true patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government.