Converting air to water

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This is another really innovative idea. Probably the best application of technology – it embarks the need to solving the growing need. It enlists the ways to create drinking water. What would be more interesting than converting air to water?

Don’t be surprised with the idea. Let me clarify that while 67% of the Earth is covered with water, only 4% of the water present on Earth is actually drinkable.

This way, you can solve the water needs. But, where will you get the idea to convert air to water?

The idea was found NOT in the developing world but in Lima, Peru. The University of Engineering and Technology together along with its ad agency aims to solve the problem.

Well, this is just a billboard; an advertisement which shows how Reverse Osmosis can be used to create water out of air. This is the first billboard which attempts to produce drinkable water from air. The actual atmospheric humidity in Peru is close to 98%. Peru is actually a water scarce country. So, this technology can prove highly beneficial to them in particular and the world in general.

It depicts how the humidity can be condensed using appropriate condenser by passing the same through air filters and carbon filters and thereby producing upto 96 L water in a day.

Peru definitely laid down an idea for scientists to think about whether OR not should they try for converting air to water. Whether such a conversion is possible, that is what scientist world must look into. However, we should not doubt that this mode of advertisement (may be just to lure students into the world of engineering for the sake of the argument) is definitely one of the most creative advertisements ever.

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Elections supported in space

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This is a really innovative application of technology – ability to cast vote in elections from space! You might be wondering – what is this.

Well, this is what NASA astronauts are allowed to do. They can vote for the presidential elections from outer space. This might sound silly but this is an actual practice in place since many years.

The origin

In 1997, Texas legislators passed a bill giving NASA astronauts option to vote for US presidential elections. This is surprising. Mr. David Wolfe was the first astronaut to take advantage of this.

Given the fact that all NASA astronauts live in Houston, Texas; this seems to be a really innovative law which would definitely help many astronauts.

The technology

You might be wondering how is this possible at all? Can you carry a ballot in space? No – you cannot carry it physically. But, you can carry it digitally. In fact, NASA’s Johnson Space Centre located in Houston beams up digital ballot which astronauts carry with them.

This way, they vote digitally. The results are then sent back to Earth via similar path. The path maintains its security and as a result, the election authorities have the votes casted by astronauts in a total encrypted manner.

The system works so smooth that astronauts stationed outside USA can vote. For example, Sunita Williams voted when she was in Russia. A report confirms that more than 100 astronauts will vote from space for the upcoming presidential elections.

Food depends on month

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Perfect for life at the center of your dining table, salt and pepper shakers amazon will make an invaluable contribution to your home. Most kitchens are well stocked with bottles of oil, but good luck finding a food-grade mineral oil among them. That’s unfortunate, because your cutting boards, butcher blocks, and knives need it. There are two important things mineral oil is good for in the kitchen. The first is wood, and the second is metal. In both applications, be sure to use the best mineral oil amazon product that’s marked “food-grade” you don’t want to eat nasty additives that can be found in other types of mineral oil. Food is considered a necessity of life. However, sometimes we need to control our eating habits depending on time. There is at least 1 place on this planet where it is forbidden by law to eat in public on a particular time.

This is United Arab Emirates.

The exact law

Arabs are Muslim nations. As per Islam – Ramadhan is a holy month and it is a custom to keep fast during that time.

As per Article 313 of the Federal Penal Code, it is forbidden by law to eat in public during daytime under Ramadhan month.

There is a fine of Dirham 2000, however in certain cases, it can extend to 1 month imprisonment too.

The law applies to male, female, Muslims, Non – Muslims and all are equally punishable. Arabs believe that if you eat in public, probably you have insulted Muslim feelings and hence it is an offence under religious faith and rituals.

There is no punishment for eating in nights.

The exception

Now comes the fundamental question. If you happen to be a traveller and did the mistake of coming to UAE for the first time without knowing its culture, will you have to pay for that hefty fine?

As per Maj Ibrahim Ali Al Shihi, Director of Criminal investigation – in such a case, those offenders are made aware of the law. If the case happens to be genuine, no punishment is imposed. However, for local resident offenders, strict procedures are made. The reports are filed and they are legally prosecuted.

Shoe connection to health

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World contains many strange features. Sometimes, we encounter strange people, sometimes, weird places and sometimes … weird beliefs. We encounter more and more strange facilities in due course of time. More we try to understand unusual patterns, weirder it becomes.

There is another strange belief which we shall encounter here. This is what it states.

If a person suffers from epilepsy, let him smell shoes and he can be cured of epilepsy.

Don’t be surprised on reading what is mentioned above. This is one of the most common eastern belief and now, even western scholars are getting attracted towards this belief.

For the common man, this seems a stupid unscientific practice which has no base at all. However, for medical professionals, it is better to understand the real scientific basis behind this seemingly unusual approach.

A researcher Harinder Jaseja tried to examine the science behind shoe – smell approach to cure epilepsy.

Entire research paper available here.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18353533

The basis of the same could be Aromatherapy. While Mr. Jaseja cautioned by saying that his research should not be used to conclude that epilepsy can be cured by allowing Shoe – smells as the only measure, he added that it can work in some cases; as his experiment confirmed that the patient who smelt shoes had lesser chances of suffering epileptic seizures. Nevertheless, the research paper does not guarantee that this “shoe – smell” technique shall solve the problem.

This is surprising and practiced in some parts of the world especially in the Indian subcontinent. This is so common practice that this is the only practice seen in rural parts. Some people think that this can help someone who fell unconscious too. Really strange yet confusing practice though!

The underground city of the deads

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You might be surprised on reading this. What does the city of the dead mean? Well, it is located in Paris. It is known as Catacomb of Paris.

It holds the remains of more than 6 million people. From 6th century onwards, due to Roman culture, people used to have cemeteries. Till 18th century, France was full of Holy Innocent cemetery which occupied too much space.

Starting from 1811, the French mines / cemetery network went through several renovations.

The cemetery was transferred to underground tunnel location and was called as the Catacomb. The catacombs formed an important part of French museums in 2013.

These Catacombs always remained as curiosity for many great personalities. King Charles XI visited that place trying to explore in Early 19th century.

The entry to the catacombs is in the western pavilion of the former Barrière d’Enfer city gate. The catacombs contain darkness worth 18 metres and the bones are piled up under wood.

Criticism

After all, it was related to holy innocents. So, the dead were actually sacred people. The Church opposed the idea of keeping it opened to public as they believed that this will “expose” holy bones of holy innocents.

On public demand; by the end of 19th century, I was decided that they will be open for general public once a month.

Kick off your camera

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The world is a really strange place. Different laws often bring up sometimes weird from time to time. Let us watch Kazakhstan this time. Once upon a time, this country was under Russian rule but now, it is just independent.

Although now, the country says that it has secular constitution but still it is mandatory to respect local laws. The country as such does not tolerate local law infringement.

Other than Air Astana, no other airlines can be used to travel to and from European Union as they do not entail security standards. Over all, it is a lovely country. But there is a law to be taken care of.

  1. You need original passports at all times. It will be checked any time.
  2. You also need official permission to carry camera near Airports.

Kazakhstan government officials check whether you have a camera in your store whenever you are entering airports. It is illegal and entails heavy fine whenever you are caught possessing a camera near any airport. They consider taking photo as illegal and often think that you are damaging their property. There are even heavier restrictions enabled.

Well, airports are not the only places where restrictions are in effect. It is illegal to travel to military establishments without prior permissions. It is illegal to take photographs there as well. Most of the Kazakh supermarkets too prohibit photography by law. Although Kazakhstan is beautiful, you can click pictures without violating the place try Aurora HDR to enhance the details. However, there is no direct indication mentioned on their Kazakh notice boards. Therefore, it often seems indirect notification.

As a traveller, it is recommended to check above mentioned rule before entering Kazakh land. While no significant arrests are known for violators but still, better safe than sorry.

Learn to wash your car

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You might be confused looking at the title. We all know how to wash our cars. No one would care of such a education by the way. How and why should I learn to wash my car? Well, you will definitely learn to wash your car if the law requires you to do so.

This post is about strange Russian laws. Russia is a weird countries and probably tops the list of countries hating the USA. They banned the president Obama from entering Chechnya.

They also banned driving a dirty car in Chelyabinsk city. You need to wash your car in order to come out on roads.

Russian directory believes that such a measure helps to prevent pollution on the city. Russian Road sing ruling 1pdd.ru confirms that it is mandatory to keep your vehicles clean on roads during dry weather. It adds that it is legally forbidden to take the dirt on the roads and thereby pollute the city. The vehicle drivers by the law need to take measures to stop city measures.

It is to be noted that the law puts the punishments and necessary exceptions too kept in place. It mentions that no one is punishable just for washing the cars on roads however; you will be punished if you do so in sand. The article 7 of the law defines the various clauses and article rules with reference to this principle. That’s the big law really.

Just for information, the authorized punishment for violating the above mentioned rule is $63. So, next time if you want to travel in the Russian city, do so with caution. It is always recommended to learn how to wash your cars. Better safe than sorry!

He redefined eccentricity

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I hope we all understand the term eccentricity with respect to human behavior. Doing something which is strange and unconventional is eccentric. Well, there is something peculiar with the man under discussion.

He ruled Turkmenistan in the year 1992. He remains a motivation for various eccentrics worldwide. Let us understand all one by one. He called himself Turkmenbashi which means motivator for Turkmenistan.

GOD supports him

What can be the best way to end competition? Create monopoly and increase entry barriers. GOD did this for this man. He ended competition for this man. He was the only person standing for Presidential election and therefore, won the election. He took undue advantage and declared himself Turkmen President forever. There was no opposition at all.

The statue

He ordered creation of his statue made of pure gold. He made it rotational so that it keeps on facing Sun. It is still a mystery what the statue was supposed to do at night.

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The lovely book

He was not only a president. Turkmenbashi is also an author. He wrote a book Ruhnama which is a book on spirituality. He made that book mandatory. How this book was marketed? He issued a rule: Those who read it completely daily shall attain a free pass to heaven. The certificate is in the book.

He made job interview questions from the book and also made it a credit subject in all schools and universities. Any insult to the book will guarantee capital punishment.

The name changer

Turkmenbashi wanted to change names of everything – yes, even the calendars were not ignored. January was renamed Turkmenbashi, April was renamed Turkmenbashi’s mother. September was renamed Ruhnama. Days were named based on characters in Ruhnama.

Not only this, but he renamed a city to Turkmenbashi. He named airports after himself and even ended up naming a meteorite as Turkmenbashi’s vehicle.

He discontinued Hippocratic oath for Doctors and started Turkmenbashi oath instead.

He gave 11th commandment – guess what? He made chewing bones mandatory for teeth health. He had a valid logic – that is what dogs do.

Internet censored

He banned all private ISPs. He also closed Cyber Café so that he could see what people are surfing. He made compulsory to search Turkmenbashi. No woman was allowed to order beauty products and makeup was officially banned as he believed that the same is not required at all. Women are beautiful without it.

Just to be fair

It does not seem fair that we discuss his madness. Just to be fair – he issued some good rules too. Electricity and Gas were made free of cost.

The demise

In year 2006, Turkmen noticed a tragedy. This great Turkmenbashi leader left this world. His funeral was attended by many political leaders. OOPS! I just forgot to mention his real name: It is Saparmurat Atayevich Niyazov.

Coffee and marriage

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World is going stranger day by day. This blog has many cases of weirder things happening worldwide. You might have wondered why I haven’t included Arabians yet. Well, this is the time.

I included Saudi Arabia to the list. Saudi has one of the most divorce rates in the world. There are >82 divorce cases happening on daily basis. These statistics are huge and unbelievable.

The reasons for divorce are however strange. The most ultimate reason for divorce is: a woman is eligible to divorce her husband if he does not supply coffee to her.

You might be wondering how can coffee be considered a valid ground for divorce. Well, it is one of the grounds for ending the marriage. Actually, the law was a part of Turkey too. 400 years ago, coffee was integral part of one’s life. Since Arabs treat marriage as a contract, not supplying the coffee can seem a violation of the contract.  Therefore, non supply of coffee implied valid grounds for divorce.

In earlier times, there were many cases of divorce due to this weird rule. However, recently this does not make for divorce cases. It is to be noted that in Saudi, it is easy for men to divorce while woman divorcing is much more complicated.

Nevertheless, the majority of divorce cases in Arab world are not sensible. Husbands have divorced wives for bad looks. Some husbands divorces wives for ignoring messages. Another husband divorced as his wife took Pepsi despite warnings from the husband. Another case confirmed that wife applied for divorce because her husband was shorter and she thought that this will affect her marriage conditions. There are many more cases and it is practically unthinkable to mention them all here.

Armor in Parliament

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There are many countries in this world. But, one country is special – the only country in the world which puts an adjective before its name. Hope you understood what I meant. It is: Great Britain.

Do you notice the name? The adjective “Great” is applied before the name. Really it is a great country. Let us see its greatness.

1313 Statute

The statute relates to coming armed in parliament. By law, it is forbidden to wear armors in the legislature assembly. Whenever you are supposed to enter the house, no Member of Parliament can ever wear armor. The reason of implementing this rule is not known.

It started in the beginning of 14th century (year 1313) and is followed till date. Till date, the rule is not repealed. It made sense that time as then the world was safer. Now, the officials are looking to modify the rule looking at the world scenario.

Other strange laws

Well, this is an important rule but there are other rules too. Let us see them

  • You cannot erect a washing line across any street.
  • It is not legally allowed to jump the queue.
  • Also, a person suffering from a significant disease – say plague cannot instruct Taxi to stop. The Taxi driver can stop on his own will and go with the man though. In that case, it is required to be disinfected.
  • You cannot sing profane song in any street
  • You cannot disturb people by ringing doorbells – This is called Ding Dong Ditch – Knock Knocky
  • You cannot order your servant to stand on a sill to clean it.
  • In 1998, UK brought a rule which prohibited nuclear explosion.

I need not re – iterate that it is a great country. It is named as Great Britain.

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