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Monday, February 28, 2011

Why women change last names upon marriage?

Have you ever asked this to yourself? Why not men change their last names? Is it men are physically, mentally, and emotionally superior than women. From the ancient times, Kings, Pharaohs, Leaders were traditionally males, and not females.

Brides adopt the last name of the groom. Until the 1970’s feminist explosion, few questioned this. Legal documents in various states show most women (roughly eighty-five percent) continue to change names upon marriage. A smaller percentage defer to hyphenation.

The key reasons for a bride taking the groom’s name are:

1. Protection of family lineage and wealth
2. Designation of a new life direction
3. Acknowledgment of God’s presence in and endorsement of the marriage

Here are some of the peoples' thoughts about this issue:

"Most people do because its tradition...but hey, if someone wants to use the wife's name I don't see the big deal. Its up to the couple. Make up a new name for all I care."

"It's personal choice, no one is forcing women to take their husband last name. As for the children "last name", that's up to the parent to decide."

"I like the idea of continuing a family line, based on my last name (from my dad) I can trace back to the old Scottish clan name of my family, and know my Scottish tartan.
Along the lines of which parent carries the name, I know lots of parents who have given their children hyphenated last names to include both parents."

"You aren't required to change your name. You can try and convince him to legally change his last name. Also, you can name a child whatever you want. This doesn't have to be the father's name. My sister, for example, had a son, and though the father and her married, the son's name remains the last name of my family, the mother's name."

"When you get married you're not required to take your husband's last name. Plenty of married women keep their maiden name (or even hyphenate it; ex. "Mary Cline-Smith")."

"It's traditional that you take on your husbands last name, but, it's not a law. If he has brothers who can carry on his families name he can take on your last name to carry on your family name."

The tradition begins in the Old Testament and transcends faith to the polytheistic societies of Greece, Babylonia and Rome where tradition held names changed when life's path or purpose changed.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Funny Behavior Of Couples In The Street (15 Photos)

Wahahahaha... and that was epic!


Oscar Winners: Complete 2011 Academy Award Results

The 2011 Oscars have been handed out to the winners, and we were there with you every step of the way as we sat on our couches and watched while the most famous and important people in Hollywood dressed up, walked the red carpet, and got fabulously drunk on a studio's dime. In case you missed it we've got a complete recap of all this year's Academy Award winners for you right here.

Browse the list of 2011 Oscar nominees below. Winning movies are highlighted in red.

Completed List Of 2011 Oscar Winners

Best Picture Nominees

Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone:

Best Director Nominees

Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
David O. Russell for The Fighter:
Tom Hooper for The King's Speech
David Fincher for The Social Network
The Coen Brothers for True Grit

Best Actor Nominees

Javier Bardem for Biutiful
Jeff Bridges for True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network
Colin Firth for The King's Speech
James Franco for 127 Hours

Best Actress Nominees

Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman for Black Swan
Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Christian Bale for The Fighter:
John Hawkes for Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner for The Town
Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Amy Adams for The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter for The King's Speech
Melissa Leo for The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit
Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom

Best Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Best Original Screenplay

Another Year
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech

Best Adapted Screenplay

127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Best Foreign Language Film

Biutiful, Mexico
Dogtooth, Greece
In A Better World, Denmark
Incendies, Canada
Outside the Law, Algeria

Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
The King's Speech
True Grit


Black Swan
The King's Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King's Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

Documentary Feature

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Waste Land

Film Editing

Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network


The Way Back
Barney's Version
The Wolfman

Original Score

How to Train Your Dragon
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

Original Song

"Coming Home" from Country Strong
"I See the Light" from Tangled
"If I Rise" from 127 Hours
"We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3

Animated Short

Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let's Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, A Journey Diary

Live Action Short

The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143

Sound Editing

Toy Story 3
Tron: Legacy
True Grit

Sound Mixing

The King's Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Visual Effects

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Iron Man 2

Short Documentary

Strangers No More


Hong Kong math whiz gets 'world's highest mark'

A 16-year-old Hong Kong student has notched up the highest mark in an international maths test, his secondary school said Friday, despite barely studying for an exam he claimed "wasn't very difficult".

Anthony Leung sat the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams last June, when he was 15, and learned this week he had bested thousands of other students.

"It was quite a shock. I was very surprised and certainly happy," Leung told local paper The South China Morning Post.

"My parents were happy, a little surprised but, like me, they don't quite believe it," he added.

A school spokeswoman told AFP Leung had received a certificate from the Cambridge University saying he had the world's highest mark in IGCSE maths.

The test, designed for 14 to 16-year-olds and given at schools that teach an international curriculum, was divided into three papers, including one exam that had to be completed without a calculator, the report said.

The papers covered statistics, trigonometry and geometry, among other topics.

"It wasn't very difficult but certainly challenging," Leung said.

"But since that wasn't the only exam I was sitting, I didn't study much."

Leung isn't Hong Kong's only star student, as academic excellence is seen as key to getting ahead in the former British colony.

Last month, 10-year-old Hong Kong twins Estephe and Perrine Corlin scored straight "As" in the IGCSE maths papers, which is designed for students at least four years older.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Some images that will ruin your childhood

Nostalgia is a sucker's game. We imagine all the toys and TV shows from childhood as perfect and awesome purely because our immature brains hadn't developed the ability to joylessly pick things apart for their flaws. The songs we liked at age 10 weren't any better than the Justin Bieber stuff the 10-year-old girls love now.

So it's good to go back and look at our childhood icons through adult eyes. OK, maybe "good" isn't the word for it...

"Luke! Be Careful! There Are Exposed Springs on That One!"

The Child Saw:

The "bottomless" chasm is as much a staple of the Star Wars universe as the lightsaber. It's a wonderful symbol for that world's vast, endless technology and how small it can make a person feel. Nobody who watched the above scene as a kid was thinking that consciously, but we felt it when Luke, crushed by the revelation from Vader, tumbled down into it, falling, forever ...

Ruined By:

...onto a bunch of used garage sale mattresses.

That behind-the-scenes pic is from the coffeetable book The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Usually it's cool to see the inventive wizardry that went on behind the scenes at Lucasfilm, but now I can't watch that scene without picturing the big pile of smelly mattresses just below Luke that appear to have been collected from various alleys around town.

Guys, Make Sure Kenny Hasn't Suffocated.

The Child Saw:

It's not like it's some shock to find out R2-D2 isn't "real." He's supposed to be a robot, and even as a kid you figured he probably actually is a robot. Just one that can't think and stuff.

Ruined By:

R2-D2 is a dwarf eating a hot dog.

Don't get me wrong; I have nothing against dwarves (that's Kenny Baker, who's still working to this day because there are only like three dwarf actors in Hollywood) and I've eaten my share of hotdogs. But all I can think about is how freaking hot it must have been inside that airless tin can, shooting in the desert for long days.

Couldn't it have been, I don't know, remote-controlled or something? Did Baker have a little steering wheel in there to move R2 around? Also, I note that among Baker's roles on his IMDb page are characters named "Bungo," "Fidgit," "Dufflepud," "The Croat" and "Bruce Foreskin."

Greedo's S*xy Heels

The Child Saw:

Wait, one more. Prior to the whole "Greedo shot first" encounter, the above scene was our introduction to Han Solo -- that is, our first look at how Han lives and the world that he inhabits. Weird green guys getting in his face with guns drawn, trying to shake him down. This was where we learned that as a fantasy franchise, Star Wars wasn't The Hobbit. It was a gritty universe, with a seedy underbelly of armed thugs.

Ruined By:

Look at the shoes.

Those are the s*xy, s*xy heels of Maria de Aragon, who played Greedo when he was standing up. He was played by somebody else when he was sitting in the booth. Not like it matters, with the mask on and the voice dubbed in later. Hell, in the prequels they'd have just left the seat empty and put a bundle of tennis balls there to map the CGI to.

Maybe this was the first time George Lucas figured out that characters didn't need to be played by actors -- they could just be cobbled together out of parts. Speaking of which ...

Bugs Bunny: Template 4B

The Child Saw:

It's amazing to think about a guy doodling a cartoon character onto a notepad, and then having people still wearing that character on T-shirts 70 years later. But it's easy to see why in this case -- Bugs Bunny is cool, even

if he's in a rerun from 1944 and doing a slapstick bit about war bonds. He's the template for every sarcastic smartass who's appeared on the pop culture scene since.

Just look at him. Look at the way he stands. Put a cartoon shotgun in his face, and he'll stand the same way, before sticking his finger in the barrel. That bunny does not give a f*ck.

Ruined By:

Bugs Bunny was drawn from a standard, "fill in the blanks" template of characters. Specifically, he falls into the "screwball" type, as you can tell by his "pear shaped body" and "big feet."

That guide up there was created by Preston Blair, an animator who worked for both Disney and Warner Bros. back in the day. He did some Mickey Mouse features, along with parts of Pinocchio and Bambi. So here's the guide he used to draw Thumper:

The Cute Character, Row 2, Figure 2. After that he went to work for Tex Avery, creator of a lot of those famous Warner Bros. and MGM characters such as Bugs and Daffy Duck, among others. Each of them a cold calculation, measuring out a specific ratio of eyeball width to forehead height to body size to extract the right emotional response from children. He had a template for everything:

Jesus, people, does everything have to be done on an assembly line? Are we all nothing but mechanized puppets, controlled by some corporation?

He's Called Gizmo Because

The Child Saw:

Gremlins scared the shit out of me when I was a kid, and when I go back and watch it now, I'm surprised I didn't wind up with post-traumatic stress disorder. Holy shit this movie is dark. It's clearly aimed at kids -- Gizmo is the fuzziest, most huggable creature in cinema history, and the merchandizing blitz at the time left the world carpeted in those dolls. Yet the film itself includes a scene where a character 1) tells the audience there is no Santa Claus and 2) points out that she found that out upon discovering the rotting corpse of her dead father in the chimney.

Ah, but even with the horrors and numerous onscreen deaths, all we remembered was Gizmo. So cute! (You know, thanks to the large, widely spaced eyes and small mouth/nose combination as noted in the guide above.) Especially when he makes that sad, frowny face like that. What are you sad about, Gizmo? Somebody needs a hug!

Ruined By:

Ah, you're sad because your electronic entrails are spilled onto the floor and connected to a series of hand-operated switches. But at least you made out better than the evil gremlin. You may have a bundle of a dozen wires spilling from your asshole, but at least you have legs.

Really, puppetry holds nothing but horrors when we go behind the scenes ...

You Smell Like Hemp Today, Bert ...

The Child Saw:

Sesame Street raised half of the people reading this. Even now, when some of us read the alphabet, we still hear it in James Earl Jones' voice. Still, even at age three we knew Bert and Ernie were puppets -- you can see the little sticks that moves their hands, for Christ's sake. So what possible disappointment could await us behind the curtain?

Ruined By:

JESUS CHRIST IT'S HIPPIES. Hippies and former Vikings head coach Brad Childress.

YOU, TOO, ROWLF FROM MUPPETS? To make him play the piano took not one but two hippies, one straddling the other from behind? This is what was going on two inches offscreen every time we watched you?

Is the puppet industry dominated by hippies? At least with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, we knew it was Mr. Rogers behind it all.

The Time Traveler Just Couldn't Stop Laughing

The Child Saw:

Jurassic Park brought dinosaur mania back so hard that it hasn't completely dissipated 17 years later. And of course we know the T-Rex was made of rubber and enhanced with some CGI. We're not here to tell you that it was in fact full of Chinese orphans or anything.

No, we're going to look at what a T-Rex would actually look like if we brought one back using the miracle of genetic cloning.

Ruined By:

Uh ... what the shit is that?

That, friends, is a rendering by illustrator Sammy Hall, created after scientists in 2004 published a report on how the T-Rex probably had feathers (at least, the ones that lived in cooler climates). Yeah, so imagine the famous jeep chase scene.

Mr. Henson, Mr. Jim Henson, Please Report to Baggage Claim Area 3

The Child Saw:

Hey, it's Hoggle! You know, the cranky dwarf who helps Jennifer Connelly's character in Labyrinth. An important film, since many a young girl learned everything she needed to know about male anatomy thanks to David Bowie's pants, which covered his manhood about as well as the vanishing steam from a hot morning shower.

Anyway. Hoggle. I wonder what ol' Hoggle is up to today ...

Ruined By:

Gah! Kill it! Kill it! For the love of God, man, do it out of mercy!

Yo, I'll Let You Sit on Me for Some Smack.

The Child Saw:

You know, like Chairy from Pee-Wee's Playhouse!

Ruined By:

OK, we don't know whether that's the actual Chairy or some knockoff that somebody photographed abandoned in an alley. Either way, sooner or later a hobo is going to shit on it.

Urkel Will Wreck You

The Child Saw:

You've got to love the nerd character. So completely ridiculous and non-threatening. No matter how awkward you feel in your own life, you always know you're at least cooler than Urkel.

And if you had an Urkel in your life, no matter who intimidates you or pushes you around, you could always count on being able to stuff him into a locker.

Ruined By:

And that's actor Jaleel White today. I was going to make some joke about how Urkel could beat us all up now - but but he was recently arrested for domestic battery, so suddenly that doesn't seem funny any more.

Ah, but kid actors often go off the rails a little bit when they get older. No need to dwell on that.

The Beastie Respectable Members of the Community

The Child Saw:

If by 1987 you were old enough to listen to music, and had negligent parents, the Beastie Boys were the most rebellious goddamned thing on planet Earth. Just like with Pee-Wee, when you get famous as the Beastie Boys and make your mark on music with a song about how your "mom threw away your best p*rno mag," it's impossible for people not to mentally picture rebellious kids every time they hear your name.

Ruined By:

OK, so since 1987 these guys have aged approximately 40 years. Remember the hilariously old and cranky parents from the beginning of the "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)" video?


The Child Saw:

It's easy to forget that Arnold wasn't exactly a kid when he made Predator up there in 1987 -- he was already 40, and looking better at 40 than 99.7 percent of humanity looks at 20.

Ruined By:

He's 63 -- what's he supposed to look like? He could probably still beat the shit out of us.

But why the thong, Arnold? Why the thong?

Because he's Arnold goddamned Schwarzenegger, that's why, and there isn't anybody who'd say shit about it to his face. Nothing depressing about that.

No, it's only depressing because you realize that in the very foreseeable future, long before the world is full of robots and flying cars, the Terminator is going to die of old age.

Nickelodeon Just Blue Itself

The Child Saw:

What kid who grew up in the 90s didn't want to work at this place when he grew up? The 1990s were the golden age of kids' game shows, usually involving the loser getting doused in some kind of (probably highly toxic) green slime. Nickelodeon built that studio in Orlando back in 1989 to film all of those shows and used to give guided tours through what had to be the wackiest place on Earth.

Ruined By:

It's now a modern, stately building that any retiree would be proud to have in his neighborhood. Visit here.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The reason why enormous ships float on sea/ocean.

I'll try to explain displacement, which is the property behind what makes a boat or ship float.

If you set a large bucket in a big empty pan and filled the bucket all the way to the very top with water, you couldn't put anything else in the bucket without water overflowing out of the bucket and into the pan.

If you lower a rock into the water, the rock will displace, or move out of the way, the same volume of water as the rock has. That water will end up in the pan.

If you weigh that displaced water, it will weigh less than the rock. That is why rocks sink. They weigh more than the amount of water that they displace.

A boat or ship has something a rock doesn't have. A huge volume of open space inside. If you had a boat carved out of rock that was solid, and one carved out of the same rock that was hollow, the hollow one would float.

If you put a model boat that weighs the same as the rock, into the full bucket of water, the boat would float, but some of the water would be displaced. Water would be pushed over the sides of the bucket and into the pan. When you weigh the water in the pan, this time it would weigh the SAME as the boat.

Technically, it's not the weight of the water or boat, it's the mass, but don't worry about that little detail.

The more weight you add to a boat or ship, the deeper into the water it goes. That also means that more water is being displaced. If you add 10 pounds to a boat or ship, it immediately sits just a tiny bit lower in the water and displaces 10 pounds more water out of the way.

So, a 1,000 pound ship would displace exactly 1,000 pounds of water. That is the definition of displacement. As long as the hull displaces more water (in weight, pounds or tons) than it weighs, the vessel will float.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Top 10 largest concerts in history


10. Blockbuster RockFest 1997 [385,000] was a music event that celebrated capital punishment. It was held on Texas Motor Speedway with hot artists like No Doubt, Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty.


9. Woodstock 1969 [400,000] was the pop culture event of that decade that had a big influence on both American music and culture. Legendary artists like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Santana and the Who was only a few of many others that performed. The audience, that were mostly hippies, sent a message to the world that everyone could gather together to enjoy music and celebrate peace.


8. Toronto SARS Benefit 2003 [450,000+]. The disease SARS that attacked Asia and Toronto in Canada was the reason for this benefit concert. Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Justin Timberlake were some of the artists that supported by performing.


7. Simon & Garfunkel [500,000] held their second reunion concert in Central Park in 1981. It was a free concert that was televised by HBO.


6. Isle of Wight Festival [600,000] was the biggest concert ever held in UK. The Who, The Doors and Leonard Cohen were some of the performing artists, and Jimi Hendrix had unfortunately his last performance on this event. All the tickets were sold out the first day.


5. Summer Jam at Watkins Glen [600,000+]. A huge hippy concert held at the Grand Prix auto circuit in Watkins Glen, New York, with bands like The Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers.


4. Steve Wozniak’s 1983 US Festival [670,000] was a culture festival sponsored by one of the co-founders of Apple Computers, Steve Wozniak. It was held in California with great performers like Motley Crue, U2 and David Bowie.


3. Garth Brooks in Central Park [750,000] was a great country concert with excited and cheering “cowboys” in the audience. Brooks performed classics as “Friends in Low Places”, and “The Dance”.


2. New York Philharmonic in Central Park 1986 [800,000]. The largest classical concert that celebrated the rededication of the Statue of Liberty.


1. Rod Stewart at Copacabana Beach 1994 [3,500,000]. A New Years celebration featuring Rod Stewart with the largest concert crowd ever. The wonderful Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was overcrowed with singing and celebrating audience.

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