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Top 10 Fascinating Eggs

Bacteria and other tiny cells merely divide in two to reproduce, but more complex creatures need more complex means of reproduction. Animals use eggs in one form or other; however, most are not very similar to the familiar breakfast food many of us enjoy. Animal eggs are as different and varied in their structure as the animals who made them.

Most Expensive Perfumes

Perfumes or Fragrances are not only popular among women but in men too. People do not use perfumes as a habit only but it has become their daily routine to maintain themselves. However, there are rich people in the world who do not care about the scent & it’s mesmerizing fragrance but they buy precious & expensive perfumes because of their names & brands. Below we are listing top 10 most expensive perfumes (fragrances) in the world. Not everybody can buy these expensive scents but only the rich people who have purchasing power to buy such expensive & precious perfumes. Let’s have a look at the top ten most expensive perfumes (fragrances) in the world.

Top 10 Most Amazing Beautiful Temples in The World

A temple is an important & holy part of eastern religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Taoism. People believing on these religions worship in the temples. These temples are the master pieces of architectural work & are built in a way that a viewers just lost themselves in the beauty & creativity of the amazing temples. There are hundreds of amazing & beautiful temples in the world. Below we are presenting a list of top 10 most amazing & beautiful temples in the world. Lets have a look at those top ten.

Top 10 Legendary Precious Diamonds In The World

“Diamonds are forever” is a very popular saying about diamond. Diamonds are mostly known as the symbols of power, purity & eternal love. The value of a diamond is determined by its 4C’s which are “Carat, Color, Cut & Clarity”. Lots of diamonds got fame as most beautiful & precious diamonds and also because of the famous people who bought, wore or sold them. Below we are presenting a list of top 10 legendary, most expensive & precious diamonds in the World. Let’s have a look…

Top 10 Most Colorful Amazing Snakes of The World

Our world is full of beautiful & amazing animals/creatures. Some of these amazing creatures look really beautiful to see but are really harmful & can kill humans in just a matter of few minutes. Snakes are no doubt the most wonderful yet dangerous creatures in the world. We are presenting a list of top 10 most colorful & amazing snakes of the world. Let’s have a look…

Top 10 Delicious And Awesome Gourmet Chocolate Makers

Chocolate is very popular among teens & specially kids because of it’s taste. Gourmet chocolate makers know how to make their products tasty & wonderful. Chocolate is your best selection when you find the perfect gift for your loved one. There are many brands producing quality chocolate products although they are expensive too. Below we are presenting a list of top 10 delicious and awesome gourmet chocolate makers. These companies produce delicious & tasty chocolate products packed in wonderful & beautiful boxes and packing. Let’s have a look at the top 10 gourmet chocolate makers…

Top 10 Most Expensive Historical Guitars In The World

Guitar is one of the most popular and favorite music instrument in the world of music. These days mostly the electric guitars have taken over the place of traditional guitars. But still the traditional guitars have their own value they are being used by music lovers & guitar players. A guitar’s value can be determined by its complexities or features it has and historical value. Mainly the second reason makes a guitar expensive. Below we are listing top 10 most expensive & historical guitars in the world. When you have some money to buy a guitar, which one of the below expensive guitars would you like to buy?

Top 10 Facts About Elephants

Elephants are a huge part of popular culture and show up as metaphors across all media. They form a part of religious beliefs and are often associated with wisdom or altruism. However, many people who live outside the normal range of elephants are unfamiliar with the many interesting facts about them. This list gives an overview of ten interesting areas about elephants.

10.Types of Elephant
 
In English, when we say ‘elephant,’ we are actually referring to several different species. Until 2010, only 2 species of elephant were scientifically recognized. However, genetic testing has revealed that there are at least 3 species. These are the Asian elephant alphas maximus, the African bush elephant loxodonta Africana (also called the savannah elephant), and the African forest elephant loxodonta cyclones. The Asian elephant is the smallest, and has small ears and tusks. They have two prominent bumps on their foreheads. They hold their heads more erect than both African elephants, have no protruding upper lip, and have a single short finger-like lip at the end of their trunk which they use for fine manipulation of objects. Both African elephants have larger ears, although the forest elephant has much rounder ears, are less hairy, have larger tusks, rounded foreheads, and have two finger-like lips on their trunks. The forest elephant has relatively straight, downward-pointing tusks whilst the bush elephant has magnificently curved ones. Most elephants are crepuscular, meaning that they are most active during dawn and evening, although this varies due to local climate. Unfortunately, all elephant species are endangered.
 
9.Reproduction
 
Homosexual elephants, which are well-documented, mate year-round, but an elephant cow (female) is fertile for only a few days each year. During this time, bulls (males) will try to court her by using rituals involving various affectionate gestures and nuzzles. If she accepts one, she will respond with similar gestures and after 20 minutes or so of a courting ritual they will mate. If she conceives, she will be pregnant for 22 months, longer than any other land animal. Some elephants induce labour by self-medicating with certain plants. The calf (baby), when born, weighs over 100kg. Elephants are quadrupeds, so unlike humans, they can have relatively much wider pelvises which gives them lower infant and mother mortality rates and birth complications than in humans. Baby elephants are initially blind and some take to sucking their trunk for comfort in the same way that humans suck their thumbs. Infants have few survival instincts and are instead taught by their mothers and the more experienced members of their herds. The mother will selectively appoint several babysitters to care for the baby so that she has time to eat enough to produce sufficient milk for it.
 
8.Social Lives
 
Female elephants live in a herd of about 10 individuals lead by the most experienced matriarch, whereas the males are normally solitary and move from herd to herd. The females in each herd help each other find food and care for calves. They do not lie down to sleep because of the excellent support their very straight legs give them. Elephants communicate within their herds or between herds many kilometers away mostly using sounds too low for human ears to perceive and by stamping their feet. Within their herds, elephants are believed to have the same or similar levels of cooperation as chimpanzees. An elephant herd is considered one of the most closely-knit societies of any animal, and a female will only leave it if she dies or is captured by humans. Males will leave the herd as they become adolescent, around the age of 12, and live in temporary ‘bachelor herds’ until they are mature and live alone.
 
7.Death
 
Elephant graveyards are not supported by any hard evidence, but death is important to them nonetheless. Their normal lifespan is 60-80 years. Elephants, humans, and Neanderthals are the only animals known to have death rituals. If an elephant becomes sick, herd members will bring it food and help support it as it stands. If it dies, they will try to revive it with food and water for a while. Once it is clear that an elephant is dead, the herd will become very quiet. They often dig a shallow grave and cover the deceased elephant with dirt and branches, and will stay at the grave for days afterwards. If the elephant had a particularly close relationship with its deceased peer, it can show signs of depression. Even herds that come across an unknown lone elephant who has died will show it similar respects. There are also reported cases of elephants burying dead humans they have found in this way.

6.Extinct Elephants
 
The elephant taxonomic order, proboscidea, has only 3 members today, but it used to have over forty. Most of these thrived until the end of the last glacial period 12500 years ago. These creatures were generally similar in size to modern Asian elephants, although there were tiny dwarf elephants and the humongous deinotherium, 4.5m tall and weighing 14 tones. For comparison, the largest African bush elephant recorded was 4m tall and weighed 12 tones. Within proboscidea, the mastodon family mammutidae contains modern elephants and the very famous mammoths. Mammoths had long curved tusks and were much hairier than even modern Asian elephants. The last mammoth to go extinct was the woolly mammoth, whose numbers had dwindled as the climate warmed and was finally hunted to extinction in Europe, Asia, and the Americas 12000 years ago, although some populations isolated from humans persisted until as recently as 4000 years ago.

5.Jumbo the Elephant
 
There have been many famous individual elephants in the world, but one of the largest was Jumbo, whose name is now used to mean ‘huge.’ His name is thought to be derived from the Swahili word for ‘boss’ or ‘chief.’ He was an African bush elephant born in 1861 and taken to a French zoo as an infant. He was later transferred to a British zoo where he gave children rides on his back and was greatly admired. Jumbo’s caretaker even gave him an occasional gallon of whisky which he believed was good for Jumbo’s health. Eventually Jumbo was sold and exported to the USA, and such was his popularity that one hundred thousand children wrote to the Queen asking her to keep Jumbo for them. In the USA he achieved his full fame and was widely exhibited until his death at the age of 24. His health had been steadily declining for years, and when he was hit by a train going at full speed he could not recover, dying soon after. Jumbo was 4m tall at the time of his death.
 
4.Teeth and Tusks
 
Humans are born toothless, grow a set of milk teeth, and finally lose these as they grow permanent adult teeth. Similarly, elephants are born without tusks, grow milk tusks, and replace these with adult tusks. In Asian elephants, females are usually tusk less. Elephants use tusks for digging and lifting heavy objects, and sometimes as a part of mating rituals. Although now illegal, there is heavy poaching of elephants for their tusk ivory. This is believed to be why the average size of elephant tusks is gradually decreasing – elephants with smaller tusks are not poached and live to reproduce more. Elephants normally only sleep 2 or 3 hours each day because they need to spend time eating to support their huge size, as they can eat up to 150kg of vegetation every day. Due to their herbivorous diet, elephant teeth wear out quickly and they have 6 or 7 sets instead of only 2 like humans. New teeth grow in the back of the mouth and move forward to replace old worn sets. After the last set has been worn out, solitary elephants will usually die of starvation whereas herd elephants will help feed starving members of their group.
 
3.Trunks
 
The elephant trunk, a specialized nose, is analogous to an octopus tentacle in terms of dexterity. It allows them a high degree of manipulation of objects and elephants are adept tool-users. Elephants have been taught to paint with their adroit trunks and produce some fascinating artwork. In captivity, elephants easily learn how to open simple locks and many master more complex ones, something impossible for most other animals due to a lack of dexterity and intellect. Elephants in zoos have worked together to take advantage of this, by having many act as lookouts as another undoes the lock, or in one instance an elephant feigned injury as a distraction while another elephant helped the others escape. Once all the elephants were out, the distraction elephant climbed to its feet and ran for the door, surprising its tenders who had been unaware of the ruse.
 
2.Feet
 
Each elephant foot has 5 toes, but not every toe has a nail. An easy way to tell the two African elephant species apart is by counting toenails. The African forest elephant and the Asian elephant both have 5 toenails on the front feet and 4 on the back feet. The larger African bush elephant has 4 or sometimes 5 on the front feet and 3 on the back. An X-ray of an elephant’s foot will reveal that its bones are actually standing on tip-toe. Their feet are flat because of a large pad of gristle under each heel which acts as a shock absorber and helps them walk quietly. Their legs are much straighter than those of other animals and support their weight so well that elephants sleep while standing. Elephants spend most of their lives walking huge distances, and their feet are suitably adapted to such a lifestyle. Zoos which keep elephants often find they develop foot problems due to a lack of constant walking, and treatments include tailored shoes to protect their softened feet.

1.Intelligence
 
Elephants are some of the most intelligent animals on Earth. Their brains weigh 5kg, much more than the brain of any other land animal. Their brains have more complex folds than all animals except whales, which is thought to be a major factor in their intellect. They commonly show grief, humor, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, tool-use, playfulness, and excellent learning abilities. An elephant in Korea surprised its zoo keepers by independently learning to mimic the commands they gave it by verbalizing on the end of its trunk, successfully learning 8 words and their context. Elephants have a more developed hippocampus, a brain region responsible for emotion and spatial awareness, than any other animal, and studies indicate that they are superior to humans in keeping track of multiple objects in 3D space. There are many reports of elephants showing altruism towards other species, such as rescuing trapped dogs at considerable cost to themselves. As mentioned above, they respect their dead and have death rituals. There are stories of the herds of elephants killed by humans retrieving the poached bones and returning them to the place of death to bury them.

Amazing Underground Homes

With the population growing more and more each year, it was only a matter of time before people started building their homes underground like Hobbits from the Tolkien tale. Mankind started off living in caves, and now we realize that "earth homes" are actually a very eco-friendly way to live. These ten underground homes are so amazing they might make you want to set up camp underground too!

Cave House in Festus, Missouri

This modern and energy-efficient 15,000-square-foot home is built within a sandstone cave in Festus, Missouri. Built by Curt and Deborah Sleeper, the home features modern interiors that blend with the natural unfinished sandstone walls. Thanks to geothermal heating and clever design, there is no need for air conditioning or a furnace to heat/cool the home.

This space was previously used as a concert venue and a roller skating rink! It gained fame by being auctioned off on eBay before becoming a private residence.

Malator in Druidstone, Wales

This contemporary home is touted as one of Wales' architectural masterpieces. According to their website:

"The turf roof, steel chimney and peephole doorway inevitably gave way to its local nickname as ‘the Teletubby house'. The basic design of Malator is very simple, with essentially one room inside, divided by prefabricated coloured pods, while on the outside, the house melds with the surrounding landscape."

Hidden House in Lower Silesia, Poland

This underground house from KWK Promes was designed so the grassy roof of the home is accessible only to the residents, via a set of stairs inside the house.

The Underground House, Great Ormside, Cumbria, England

Built on an old quarry site, this two-story home was designed by architect, John Bodger, for Phil and Helen Reddy.

Sedum House, North Norfloak Coast, U.K.

This home was built to maximize exposure to sunlight, though most of the home is underground! Eco-friendly, easy to heat and cool, and featuring a unique rain water harvesting system, this private residence may very well be the home of the future!

Flower Petals in Bolton, U.K.

Former captain of the Manchester United football team, Gary Neville, has plans to build this eco-friendly underground home in Bolton, U.K., providing the town's planning committee finally approves his plans. So far, the committee has rejected the football star's proposal to build this 8,000-square-foot, four bedroom, energy-efficient home that will blend in with the surrounding Pennine hillside. The large flower-petal-shaped openings are designed to let in light to the floors below.

Stone Desert Home in Greece

This rectangular structure designed by Deca is very eco-friendly, utilizing natural light and heat, and cooling cross-winds. Built between the slopes of two adjacent hillsides, the house has a simple box-like plan that blends into the surrounding desert, while still incorporating traditional Greek design elements. The house is visible only in the center, and even then could pass as a half-buried ruin more than a modern home.

Estate L├Ąttenstrasse, Dietikon, Switzerland

This Swiss estate, by Vetsch Architektur, consists of 9 houses connected by stairs that lead down to a basement and even a subterranean parking lot. These "earth houses" use the ground as insulation that efficiently protects them from rain, extreme temperatures, wind and abrasion.

Hobbit Home in Vals, Switzerland

This Swiss home was designed by SeArch and Christian M├╝ller Architects. Vals is famous for their thermal baths and boasts incredible views; this home is perfect for the location since it is very close to the baths, yet does not block the gorgeous mountain views! Also, since it is almost completely underground, it costs next to nothing to heat in the winter or cool in the summer.

Cave Dwellings For Rent, Kandovan, Iran

Located in Iran at the base of Mt. Sahand, these 700-year-old dwellings are carved out of natural volcanic rock formations. Though these largely subterranean apartments are very old, they have all been updated and include all of the modern comforts of home.

10 Craziest and Creative USB Hubs


Meet some weird designs that are going to make your coworkers think you have the coolest cubicle in town

Aphrodite Bust USB Hub

 Aphrodite was the Greek Goddess of love and now she can be your Goddess of Hub with the Aphrodite USB Hub. This bust is made of ceramic with a slip resistant base and has 4 ports to charge all the USB gadgets you love.
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Pig Buddies USB Hub

 To put some fun into the daily boring USB's and USB Hubs we see day in, day out, in every home, office and work place. (Link)

Airplane USB Hub

 Big ol' jetliner, don't carry me too far away. I really like the design of this USB Airplane Hub with Fan. The aircraft's propeller serves as a real working fan (with an on/off switch just above the cockpit) and the wings each have 2 USB ports to plug your gadgets into. When you plug this airplane into your computer it makes a sound like a jet engine taking off, which is only mildly annoying. Unlike a lot of other novelty USB Hubs, this one doesn't look like they just took some cool object and randomly slapped a few USB ports into it - the ports look like they belong on the plane. Nice one. (Link)

Tulip USB Hub

 Turn your desk into a blooming garden with this pretty tulip USB Hub! Four USB high-speed ports are included, with one colorful red flower for each. (Link | Via)

Robot USB Hub

 All hail the mighty Roboto, come to conquer our desks and lay siege to our peripherals! Bow before his diminutive wrath!

Standing a towering four inches tall, it really does wind up and stomp about your work space when it isn't commanding your accessories with its four USB slots, or controlling your mind with its glowing green eyes. Roboto is available from Fred Flare for $24. (Link | Via)

Skull USB Hub

 Who in their right mind would NOT want this USB Hub on their desk? The top of the skull is even hollowed out to hold your fave candy (Candy Corn anyone?), keys, spare change, paper clips, razor blades, plastic spiders or even eye of newt! You can pick this baby up at ThinkGeek.com for $24.99.

Macabre and yet useful! (Buy it Here | Via)

Medusa USB Hub

 Far too many peripheral hubs are cranked out without a single thought given to design, but thankfully, the creators of the Medusa Hub realized that aesthetics do matter. This interesting piece, which is sure to claim a section of prime real estate on your desk, boasts a trendy white finish, four USB 2.0 sockets, a pair of FireWire 400 connectors, a fan, and even a light.

Medusa was a mythical creature, a Gorgon woman with snakes for hair that was so ugly, she'd turn anyone who looked at her into stone. (Link)

Chocolate Bar USB Hub

 This is a good choice for those USB fans. Shaped like a chocolate bar, the modular USB set could be a delicious device for your computer. Each piece functions as a modular flash drive, and the central hub's touchscreen allows you to organize your files without connecting to the computer. (Link)

LEGO USB Hub

 These stackable LEGO USB Hubs are available from Korean retailer, DCX, for 15,920 KRW ($12 USD). (Link)

Transformer USB Hub

 Ok, forget every USB Hub you've seen before…. these Transformers Hubs are the shit! He doesn't transform into your typical boom box, but into a fully functional USB HUB device disguised as a laptop computer. The USB HUB carries 4 ports and is usable in Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista and MAC operating systems. When transformed into robot mode, Blaster can be posed in a variety of ways due to the multiple joints of movement, and will surprise anyone passing by your cubicle. Hey, where did that robot go, and why do you have two computers on your desk? This USB HUB truly is More than Meets the Eye! (Link)

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