Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
A Doctor at a health conference said,
"The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago.
Red meat is awful. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining.
Chinese food is loaded with MSG.
High fat diets can be destructive,
and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water.
But there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all have, or will, eat it.
Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?"
After several seconds of silence, a 70-year-old man sitting in the front row raised his hand, and softly said, "Wedding Cake."
Monday, December 27, 2010
A man walks up to a cashier in a grocery store. He says,
"Hey, how much for these jalapeño peppers?"
He pronounces it "jo-la-pen-o", not "ho-lo-peen-yo".
The cashier says, "Sir, that's not what those peppers are called."
The man replies, "Listen, buddy, this is America, and I can pronounce any word the way I please."
The cashier says, "Sir, that's not what those peppers are called."
The man replies, "Listen, buddy, this is America, and I can pronounce any word the way I please."
The cashier responds, "That is as may be, sir, but those are green peppers."
Thursday, December 23, 2010
99 Facts about Guys that Girls should know!
This is from a girls' view...
I got 99 Facts About Guys that Girls Should Know!!! Here it is :
- Guys don’t actually look after good-looking girls. they prefer neat and presentable girls.
- Guys hate other flirts.
- A guy can like you for a minute, and then forget you afterwards.
- When a guy says he doesn’t understand you, it simply means you’re not thinking the way he is.
- Are you doing something?” or “Have you eaten already?” are the first usual questions a guy asks on the phonejust to get out from stammering.
- Guys may be flirting around all day but before they go to sleep, they always think about the girl they truly care about.
- When a guy really likes you, he’ll disregard all your bad characteristics.
- Guys go crazy over a girl’s smile.
- Guys will do anything just to get the girl’s attention.
- Guys hate it when you talk about your ex-boyfriend.
- When guys want to meet your parents. Let them. …….dont think so
- Guys want to tell you many things but they can’t. And they have one habit to gain courage and spirit to tell you many things and it is drinking! but do not generalise
- Guys cry!!!
- Don’t provoke the guy to heat up. Believe me. He will.
- Guys can never dream and hope too much.
- Guys usually try hard to get the girl who has dumped them, and this makes it harder for them to accept their defeat.
- When you touch a guy’s heart, there’s no turning back.
- Giving a guy a hanging message like “You know what?!..uh…never mind!” would make him jump to a conclusion that is far from what you are thinking.
- Guys go crazy when girls touch their hands……yeh rite – watever.
- Guys are good flatterers when courting but they usually stammer when they talk to a girl they really like.
- When a guy makes a prolonged “umm” or makes any excuses when you’re asking him to do you a favor, he’s actually saying that he doesn’t like you and he can’t lay down the card for you.
- When a girl says “no”, a guy hears it as “try again tomorrow”. ……so true.
- You have to tell a guy what you really want before he gets the message clearly.
- Guys hate gays!
- Guys love their moms.
- A guy would sacrifice his money for lunch just to get you a couple of roses.
- A guy often thinks about the girl who likes him. But this doesn’t mean that the guy likes her.
- You can never understand him unless you listen to him.
- If a guy tells you he loves you once in a lifetime. He does.
- Beware. Guys can make gossips scatter through half of the face of the earth faster than girls can.
- Like Eve, girls are guysâ€™ weaknesses.
- Guys are very open about themselves.
- It’s good to test a guy first before you believe him. But don’t let him wait that long.
- No guy is bad when he is courting
- Guys hate it when their clothes get dirty. Even a small dot.
- Guys really admire girls that they like even if they’re not that much pretty.
- Your best friend, whom your boyfriend seeks help from about his problems with you may end up being admired by your boyfriend.
- If a guy tells you about his problems, he just needs someone to listen to him. You don’t need to give advice…….very true.
- A usual act that proves that the guy likes you is when he teases you.
- A guy finds ways to keep you off from linking with someone else.
- Guys love girls with brains more than girls in miniskirts. ……..sumtimes.
- Guys try to find the stuffed toy a girl wants but would unluckily get the wrong one.
- Guys virtually brag about anything.
- Guys cannot keep secrets that girls tell them.
- Guys think too much.
- Guys’ fantasies are unlimited.
- Girls’ height doesn’t really matter to a guy but her weight does!……very true.
- Guys tend to get serious with their relationship and become too possessive. So watch out girls!!!
- When a girl makes the boy suffer during courtship, it would be hard for him to let go of that girl.
- It’s not easy for a guy to let go of his girlfriend after they broke up especially when they’ve been together for 3 years or more.
- You have to tell a guy what you really want before getting involved with that guy.
- A guy has to experience rejection, because if he’s too-good-never-been-busted, never been in love and hurt, he won’t be matured and grow up.
- When an unlikable circumstance comes, guys blame themselves a lot more than girls do. They could even hurt themselves physically.
- Guys have strong passion to change but have weak will power.
- Guys are tigers in their peer groups but become tamed P**** with their girlfriends…..sumtimes depends wen they want sumat.
- When a guy pretends to be calm, check if he’s sweating. You’ll probably see that he is nervous.
- When a guy says he is going crazy about the girl. He really is.
- When a guy asks you to leave him alone, he’s just actually saying, “Please come and listen to me”……sumtimes.
- Guys don’t really have final decisions.
- When a guy loves you, bring out the best in him.
- If a guy starts to talk seriously, listen to him….very important.
- If a guy has been kept shut or silent, say something.
- Guys believe that there’s no such thing as love at first sight, but court the girls anyway and then realize at the end that he is wrong.
- Guys like femininity not feebleness.
- Guys don’t like girls who punch harder than they do.
- A guy may instantly know if the girl likes him but can never be sure unless the girl tells him.
- A guy would waste his time over video games and football, the way a girl would do over her romance novels and make-ups.
- Guys love girls who can cook or bake. ….they love u regardless.
- Guys like girls who are like their moms. No kidding!……true but only wen the guys are ready 2be settled down.
- A guy has more problems than you can see with your naked eyes.
- A guy’s friend knows everything about him. Use this to your advantage.
- Don’t be a snob. Guys may easily give up on the first sign of rejection.
- Don’t be biased. Try loving a guy without prejudice and you’ll be surprised.
- Girls who bathe in their eau de perfumes do more repelling than attracting guys.
- Guys are more talkative than girls are especially when the topic is about girls.
- Guys don’t comprehend the statement “Get lost” too well.
- Guys really think that girls are strange and have unpredictable decisions but still love them more.
- When a guy gives a crooked or pretentious grin at your jokes, he finds them offending and he just tried to be polite.
- Guys don’t care about how shiny their shoes are unlike girls.
- Guys tend to generalize about girls but once they get to know them, they’ll realize they’re wrong.
- Any guy can handle his problems all by his own. He’s just too stubborn to deal with it.
- Guys find it so objectionable when a girl swears.
- Guys’ weakest point is at the knee.
- When a problem arises, a guy usually keeps himself cool but is already thinking of a way out.
- When a guy is conscious of his looks, it shows he is not good at fixing things.
- When a guy looks at you, either he’s amazed by you or he’s criticizing you.
- When you catch him cheating on you and he asks for a second chance, give it to him. But when you catch him again and he asks for another chance, ignore him.
- If a guy lets you go, he really loves you.
- If you have a boyfriend, and your boy best friend always glances at you and it obviously shows that he is jealous whenever you’re with your boyfriend, all I can say is your boy best friend loves you more than your boyfriend does.
- Guys learn from experience not from the romance books that girls read and take as their basis of experience.
- You can tell if a guy is really hurt or in pain when he cries in front of you!
- If a guy suddenly asks you for a date, ask him first why.
- When a guy says he can’t sleep if he doesn’t hear your voice even just for one night, hang up. He also tells that to another girl. He only flatters you and sometimes makes fun of you.
- You can truly say that a guy has good intentions if you see him praying sometimes.
- Guys seek for advice not from a guy but from a girl.
- Girls are allowed to touch boys’ things. Not their hair!
- If a guy says you’re beautiful, that guy likes you.
- Guys hate girls who overreact. ……sumtimes.
- Guys love you more than you love them IF they are serious in your relationships.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
An elderly lady was invited to an old friend's home for dinner one evening.
She was impressed by the way her lady friend preceded every request to her husband with endearing terms such as: Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, etc.
The couple had been married almost 70 years and, clearly, they were still very much in love.
While the husband was in the living room, her lady friend leaned over to her hostess to say,
'I think it's wonderful that, after all these years, you still call your husband all those loving names'.
The elderly lady hung her head. 'What love? I have to tell you the truth,' she said,
'his name slipped my mind about 10 years ago, and I'm scared to death to ask the cranky old man what his name is.'
Ganjibhai was a traveling salesman and frequent flyer, so he was always very, VERY careful to mark his luggage so that no one would mistakenly take his bags.
He always did this with bright ribbons and tape, so he was quite surprised to see his bags grabbed by a well dressed man when he got to the luggage carousel.
Ganjhibhai walked over to the fellow and pointed out the colored ribbons tied to the handle, and the fluorescent tape on the sides.
"I believe that luggage is mine. Were your bags marked like this?", he asked.
"Actually", the man replied, "I was wondering who did this to my luggage."
Friday, December 17, 2010
1. Express yourself. It makes us proud, even if someone thinks you’re wrong.
2. You look hot in running shoes and shorts. And that top thingy with the stripes.
3. Bare, tan shoulders are underrated.
4. If you think I’m speeding now, you should see me drive when you’re not in the car.
5. If you’re truly interested in us, don’t play hard to get.
6. Shopping is a chore, not an activity.
7. When I screw up, go ahead and tell me–once.
8. No question need ever be asked through a closed bathroom door if I’m inside. I love you less with each syllable you utter.
9. I’m hot for you, not your sister or your friend or your coworker.
10. My guy friends. Not only are they not negotiable, they’re your best sign that I’m not a whack job.
11. Don’t be afraid to ditch the makeup. Natural is sexier.
12. Leave the eyebrows alone. Plucked ain’t pretty.
13. You can have sex with us any time you want. Seriously.
14. When the game is on, we will pay attention to you if you’re nice about it. Bark, and we shut down.
15. I don’t ask for directions because I’m just happy to be driving. Anywhere.
16. Masturbation is merely practice for the big game. Encourage it.
17. We crave hugs and hand-holding too. And no, it doesn’t always have to lead to sex.
18. But you can have sex with us any time you want. Did we mention that?
19. There’s no better sound in the world than you, having an orgasm.
20. Though the exhaust note of a Porsche Boxster is pretty damn fine, too.
21. I just may lie to make you feel good. Don’t be angry about this. You really weren’t looking for the truth anyway.
22. When you get angry over some stupid little pointless thing, I question your intelligence.
23. You’re really bad at faking it.
24. If I offer my help while you’re getting ready, it means you’re late.
25. Never ask me to pick out your outfit. (See above.) I will invariably get it wrong and make us even more late.
26. Giving me two or three choices, however, can be fun. Assuming you will change outfits in front of me. Slowly.
27. Err on the side of hot; I love to show you off.
28. Unless we’re meeting my parents.
29. When you call us at work “just to chat,” we’re not really listening; we’re checking our e-mail.
30. Spring means baseball and skirts. Doesn’t need to be a mini-skirt; it’s been a long winter.
31. Chicks who drink beer are hot. Better yet: chicks who drink beer and watch the game. Better still: chicks who buy us a beer during the game.
32. We don’t mind being told we look good. Just don’t call it a “cute outfit.”
33. We love ponytails.
34. Being good in bed means a) enthusiasm; b) a sense of humor; and sometimes c) patience.
35. The first time? We’re as nervous as you are.
36. A random unexpected grope is always welcome, even in public. Especially in public.
37. Make us laugh and we’ll want to hang around.
38. Yes, I laugh really loud around the guys. And I always will, so deal.
39. Sure, men stereotypically like to solve a woman’s problems. But a woman who solves her own while we watch? Instant erection.
40. You can pick the movie, but have a reason.
41. Do not expect to have a conversation via text message unless you use the words “naked” and “waiting.”
42. Sometimes we wonder why any woman would want to be with us, much less someone as amazing as you. So, thanks.
43. Anytime you cook for us, we’re happy.
44. If you can hit a golf ball 150 yards, we just might fall in love.
45. No, I don’t remember what he said next. Or she. Or anybody, for that matter. I’m a guy, not a tape recorder.
46. We love you even more because you know we need to go out with the guys once in a while.
47. And we love it when you hang with us guys, too.
48. We have a keen sense of imminent danger. It sounds like, “Do you think she’s pretty?”
49. Don’t rely on us for keeping you up on the news.
50. Never say, “I know you better than you know yourself.” Nobody does.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Tea Story:
• The second , Shen Nung, discovers tea when tea leaves blow into his cup of hot water or so the story goes.
• A Chinese dictionary cites tea for the first time as Erh Ya.
• Demand for tea as a beverage rises in China and processes are developed. Many tea drinkers add onion, ginger, spices, or orange to their teas.
• Now called Kuang Ya in the Chinese dictionary, tea and its detailed infusion and preparation steps are defined.
• Turkish traders bargain for tea of Mongolia.
• Buddhism and tea journey to Japan. Japanese priests studying in China carried tea seeds and leaves back.
618-907 T'ang Dynasty
• Tea becomes a popular drink in China for both its flavor and medicinalqualities.
• Japanese monk Gyoki plants the first tea bushes in 49 Buddhist temple gardens.
• Tea in Japan is rare and expensive, enjoyed mostly by high priests and the aristocracy.
• The Chinese give tea give its own character ch’a.
• The Japanese emperor serves powdered tea (named hiki-cha from the Chinese character) to Buddhist priests.
• First tea tax imposed in China.
• Chinese poet-scholar Lu Yu writes the first book of tea titled Ch’a Ching (The Classic of Tea) in timely alignment with the Taoist beliefs. The book covers detailed ancient Chinese tea cultivation and preparation techniques.
• Buddhism and tea devotion spreads further.
• The Japanese Buddhist saint and priest Saicho and monk Kobo Daishi bring tea seeds and cultivation and manufacturing tips back from Chinaand plant gardens in the Japanese temples.
960-1280 Sung Dynasty
• Chinese tea drinking is on the rise, as are elegant teahouses and teacups carefully crafted from porcelain and pottery.
• Drinking powdered and frothed tea or tea scented with flowers is widespread in China while earlier flavorings fall by the wayside.
• Zen Buddhism catches on in Japan via China and along come tea-drinking temple rituals.
• Chinese Emperor Hui Tsung becomes tea obsessed and writes about the best tea-whisking methods and holds tea-tasting tournaments in the court. While “tea minded,” so the story goes, he doesn’t notice the Mongol take over of his empire.
• Teahouses in garden settings pop up around China.
• Japanese Buddhist abbot Eisai, who introduced Zen Buddhism to Japan, brings tea seeds from China and plants them around his Kyoto temple.
1206-1368 Yuan Dynasty
• During the Mongol take over of China, tea becomes a commonplace beverage buy never regains its high social status.
• Japanese Buddhist abbot Eisai writes the first Japanese tea book Kitcha-Yojoki (Book of Tea Sanitation).
• Mongolia takes over of China and since the Emperor of Mongol isn’t a “tea guy,” tea drinking dies down in the courts and among the aristocracy. The masses continue to indulge.
1368-1644 Ming Dynasty
• At the fall of the Mongol take over, all teas — green, black, and oolong — is easily found in China.
• The process of steeping whole tea leaves in cups or teapots becomes popular.
• The Japanese tea ceremony emerges onto the scene. First created by a Zen priest named Murata Shuko, the ceremony is called Cha-no-yu, literally meaning "hot water tea" and celebrates the mundane aspects of everyday life.
• Tea’s status elevates to an art form and almost a religion.
• Japan's shogun Yoshimasa encourages tea ceremonies, painting, and drama.
• Europeans learn about tea when a Venetian author credits the lengthy lives of Asians to their tea drinking.
• Tea is mentioned for the first time in an English translation of Dutch navigator Jan Hugo van Linschooten's travels, in which he refers to tea as chaa.
End of 1500s
• Japanese tea master Sen-no Rikyu opens the first independent teahouse and evolves the tea ceremony into its current simple and aesthetic ritual. During this ceremony, one takes a garden path into a portico, enters upon hearing the host’s gong, washes in a special room, and then enters a small tearoom that holds a painting or to gaze upon. The tea master uses special utensils to whisk the intense powdered tea. Tea drinkers enjoy the art or flowers and then smell and slurp from a shared teabowl.
• Europeans hear about tea again when Portuguese priests spreading Roman Catholicism through China taste tea and write about itsmedicinal and taste benefits.
• The Dutch bring back green tea from Japan (although some argue it was from China).
• Dutch East India Company market tea as an exotic medicinal drink, but it’s so expensive only the aristocracy can afford the tea and its serving pieces.
• Chinese ambassadors Russian Czar Alexis with many chests of tea, which are refused as useless.
• Tea catches on in the Dutch court.
• A German physician touts a warning about the dangers of tea drinking.
• Wealthy Dutch merchants’ wives serve tea at .
• Tea parties become quite trendy among women across the social classes. Husbands cry family ruin, and religious reformers call for a ban.
• The Dutch introduce several teas and tea traditions to New Amsterdam, which later becomes New York.
• The first tea is sold as a health beverage in London, England at Garway's Coffee House.
• The debate over tea’s versus detriments heightens when a Dutch doctor praises its curative side while French and German doctors call out its harmful side.
• When Charles II takes a tea-drinking bride (Catherine Braganza of Portugal), tea becomes so chic that alcohol consumption declines.
• English East India Company brings the gift of tea to the British king and queen.
• The British take over New Amsterdam, name it New York, and a British tea tradition ensues.
• Holland tea prices drop to $80-$100 per pound.
• English East India Company monopolizes British tea imports after convincing British government to ban Dutch imports of tea.
• The Massachusetts colony is known to drink black tea.
• Tea with milk is mentioned in Madam de Sévigné’s letters.
• The Duchess of York introduces tea to Scotland.
• The first tea is sold publicly in Massachusetts.
• The first known Taiwanese cultivation and export of domestic tea takes place.
• Russia and China sign a treaty that brings the tea trade across Mongolia and Siberia.
• The controversy over tea continues in England and Scotland where opponents claim it’s overpriced, harmful to one’s health, and may even lead to moral decay.
• During Queen Anne’s reign, tea drinking thrives in British coffeehouses.
• Annual tea importation to England tops 800,000 pounds.
• Thomas Twining serves up tea at Tom’s Coffee House in London.
• Tom’s Coffee House evolves into the first teashop called the Golden Lyon. Both men and women patronize the shop.
• British Prime Minister Robert Walpole reduces British import taxes on tea.
• The Russian Empress extends tea as a regulated trade.
• In order to fill Russia’s tea demand, traders and three hundred camels travel 11,000 miles to and from China, which takes sixteen months.
• Russian tea-drinking customs emerge, which entail using tea concentrate, adding hot water, topping it with a lemon, and drinking it through a lump of sugar held between the .
• Tea easily ranks as the most popular beverage in the American .
• The Townshend Revenue Act passes British Parliament, imposing duty on tea and other goods imported into the British American colonies.
• A town meeting is held in Boston to protest the Townshend Revenue Act, which leads to an American boycott of British imports and a smuggling in of Dutch teas.
• Parliament rescinds the Townshend Revenue Act, eliminating all import taxes except those on teas.
• In protest of British tea taxes and in what becomes known as , colonists disguised as Native Americans board East India Company ships and unload hundreds of chests of tea into the harbor.
• Such “tea parties” are repeated in Philadelphia, New York, Maine, North Carolina, and Maryland through 1774.
• A furious British Parliament passes the Coercive Acts in response to the American “tea party” rebellions.
• King George III agrees to the Boston Port Bill, which closes the Boston Harbor until the East India Company is reimbursed for its tea.
• After several British attempts to end the taxation protests, the American Revolution begins.
• Before the indigenous Assam tea plants is identified, British naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, hired by the East India Company, suggests that India grow plant and cultivate imported Chinese tea. For 50 years, India is unsuccessful.
• Parliament further reduces the British import taxes on tea in an effort to end the smuggling that accounts for the majority of the nation's tea imports.
• 11 million pounds of tea are brought into England.
• English tea drinking hits a rate of 2 pounds per capita annually, a rate that increases by five times over the next 10 years.
• Samples of indigenous Indian tea plants are sent to an East India Company botanist who is slowly convinced that they are bona fide tea plants.
• English Quaker John Horniman introduces the first retail tea in sealed, lead-lined packages.
• Congress reduces U.S. duties on coffee and tea and other imports.
• By an act of the British Prime Minister Charles Grey (the second Earl Grey and the namesake of the famous tea), the East India Company loses its monopoly in the trade with China, mostly in tea.
• The East India Company starts the first tea plantations in Assam, India.
• The first American consul at Canton, Major Samuel Shaw, trades cargo for tea and silk, earning investors a great return on their capital and encouraging more Americans to trade with China.
• The first tea from Indian soil and imported Chinese tea plants is sold. A small amount is sent to England and quickly purchased due to its uniqueness.
• American clipper ships speed up tea transports to America and Europe.
1840s and 50s
• The first tea plants, imports from China and India, are cultivated on a trial basis in Sri Lanka (Ceylon).
• Anna the Duchess of Bedford introduces afternoon tea, which becomes a lasting English ritual.
• Parliament ends the Britain's Navigation Acts, and U.S. clipper ships are allowed to transport China tea to British ports.
• Tea wholesaler Henry Charles Harrod takes over a London grocery store and grows it into one of the world's largest department stores.
• Londoners get their first peak at a U.S. clipper ship when one arrives from Hong Kong full of China tea.
• U.S. clipper ships soon desert China trade for the more profitable work of taking gold seekers to California.
• Tea is planted in and about Darjeeling, India.
• Local New York merchant George Huntington Hartford and his employer George P. Gilman give the A&P retail chain its start as the Great American Tea Company store. Hartford and Gilman buy whole clipper shipments from the New York harbor and sell the tea 1/3 cheaper than other merchants.
• Over 90 percent of Britain's tea is still imported from China.
• The Suez Canal opens, shortening the trip to China and making steamships more economical.
• In a marketing effort to capitalize on the transcontinental rail link fervor, the Great American Tea Company is renamed the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.
• A plant fungus ruins the coffee crop in Ceylon and spreads throughout the Orient and Pacific, giving a hefty boost to tea drinking.
• Twinings of England begins to blend tea for uniformity.
• The Adulteration of Food, Drink, and Drugs Act deems the sale of adulterated drugs or other unlabeled mixtures with foreign additives that increase weight as punishable offenses.
• A new British Sale of Food and Drugs Law calls adulteration hazardous to personal health and increases its legal consequences to a heavy fine or imprisonment.
• Thomas Johnstone Lipton opens his first shop in Glasgow, using American merchandising methods he learned working in the grocery section of a New York department store.
• Thomas Lipton buys tea estates in Ceylon, in order to sell tea at a reasonable price at his growing chain of 300 grocery stores.
• Assam tea plants take over imported Chinese plants in India and its tea market booms.
• Ceylon’s successful coffee market turns into a successful tea market.
• Englishman Richard Blechynden creates iced tea during a heat wave at the St Louis World Fair.
• Green tea and Formosan (Taiwanese) tea outsells black tea by five times in the U.S.
• New York tea importer Thomas Sullivan inadvertently invents tea bags when he sends tea to clients in small silk bags, and they mistakenly steep the bags whole.
• Thomas Lipton begins blending and packaging his tea in New York.
• Sumatra, Indonesia becomes a cultivator and exporter of tea followed by Kenya and parts of Africa.
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