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  1. While the men's team failed to lift the ICC Champions Trophy, the Indian women's cricket team kick-started their 2017 World Cup campaign with an astounding win over England at County Ground in Derby. While India secured a comprehensive 35-run victory, it was skipper Mithali Raj who eteched her name in the history books with yet another personal feat. Put in to bat, the Indian team got off to a brilliant start with both the openers Punam Raut (86) and Smriti Mandhana (90) providing a 144-run stand to their side. Their partnership was eventually broken by Heather Knight who got Mandhana out caught by Danielle Hazell in the 27th over. While England would've fancied a comeback after Mandhana's dismissal, they were soon left bearing the brunt of Mithali's blazing willow. The Indian captain slammed a 73-ball 71 including eight boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking for her side. A seventh consecutive fifty for the @BCCIWomen skipper, Mithali Raj! 🇮🇳 ➡️ https://t.co/zAcLPQA9Tu #ENGvIND #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/vqD4BAA8t1 — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 24, 2017 It was Mithali's seventh consecutive half-century, bettering the likes of Lindsay Reeler (Australia), Ellyse Perry (Australia) and Charlotte Edwards (England), all of whom slammed six back-to-back fifties each in the past. In her last seven ODIs including this one against England, Mithali has scored - 71 vs England, 62* vs South Africa, 54 vs South Africa, 51* vs South Africa, 73* vs Bangladesh, 64 vs South Africa and 70* vs Sri Lanka. Also, this is Mithali's 47 ODI fifty, which is also the highest in women's cricket history. Meanwhile, the India skipper is also just 148 runs away from becoming the first women's cricketer ever to slam 6000 ODI runs. Superb batting performance by the @BCCIWomen's team! Keep it up @SmritiMandhana, Poonam Raut and @RajMithali — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 24, 2017 Thanks to her blitz alongside the fifties from Mandhana and Raut, India managed to post a competitve total of 281 runs at the loss of just three wickets in 50 overs. In reply, England fell short by 35 runs before being bowled out in 47.3 overs. Fran Wilson (81) and Heather Knight (46) tried to get England's chase on track, but both of them got run-out thanks to some brlliance in the field by India. With figures of 3-47, off-spinner Deepti Sharma turned out to be the most effective bowler for India. Seamer Shikha Pandey, too, impressed with her tally of two wickets at the expense of 35 runs. Captain #MithaliRaj posts a record seventh consecutive half-century in ODIs - India 235/2 #WWC17 #ENGvIND Follow - https://t.co/wTDfX8Vsu8 — BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) June 24, 2017 The Indian team will now take on West Indies in their second group game at the County Ground in Taunton on 29 June.
  2. Our lavish international airport has won many awards and accolades world wide and why not, it's worth every praise that comes its way. © YouTube Since two is better than one, the proposal for another airport has been cleared by the civil avaiation ministry. This one will be constructed in Greater Noida. We have granted in-principle approval for a greenfield airport at Jewar (Greater Noida) to cater to the growing flying requirements of NCR. — Ashok Gajapathi Raju (@Ashok_Gajapathi) June 24, 2017 The air traffic is ever increasing and since it is the capital city and an extremely busy port, a need for a new airport has become necessary. The Noida International Airport is being aimed to cater to around 30-50 million passengers per year (MPPA). The airport will be 72 kms away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and will initially have one runway spanned across 3,000 hectare (7,400 acre). © YouTube This is another feather added to the currently blooming, shining cap of Indian tourism. A new airport means that we will be able to cater to more tourists and a better channel for travelling will be in place.
  3. When it comes to Shah Rukh Khan, everything we say is less. The man literally redefined the meaning of romance and there is no one who can replace him. In 1992 when he made his debut, little did we know that one day he would rule millions of heart. From that dimpled smile to his charm, there is nothing that doesn't flatter us. He started his journey with 'Deewana' and soon took over the industry becoming its ‘badshah'. He changed the face of Hindi cinema forever, creating films that every generation has loved. (c) Giphy It's not just his acting but the way he says those dialogues that make us skip a beat. We bet there is no soul on earth who hasn't used his lines once in their lifetime. Today, King Khan completes 25 years in Bollywood and we still look forward to watching him on the silver screen because Indian films will never be same without him. Here are 12 of his best dialogues that we can never get tired of hearing! Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Shah Rukh tum nahi samjhoge We won't forget you SRK.........Jab Tak Hai Jaan.......... Jab Tak Hai Jaan........ Jab Tak Hai Jaan A movie that made tons of girls want a lover like Rahul When he made us believe in our dreams When whole India rooted for our girls hockey team with coach Kabir Khan Who can stand and flair in front of Amitabh Bachchan? Just one man-- the King of Bollywood Because just one isn't enough If only lovers like Veer really existed! He taught us “Ek tarfa pyar ki taqat” The dialogue that gave everyone goosebumps........Kkkkkkiiiirannnn Aree o Deva.....a love story that made us shed tears Life lessons from SRK Baazigar Tu Baazigar One of those actors who can pull any character flawlessly
  4. When you have someone as crazy as Venom as your protagonist, it only makes sense to get someone even crazier to be the antagonist, right? Well, that's Carnage for you. He's sort of like Venom, but much worse. Pinterest/Javier Perez The only previous outing for Venom on the big screen was in the forgettable Spider-man 3 which came out in 2007. While Topher Grace is in no way a bad actor, there were too many problems in that movie and we're counting on Tom Hardy to right all the wrongs. And when you have someone as formidable as Tom Hardy playing Venom you can only imagine how crazy the actor you get for Carnage would have to be. Leave your picks in the comments. Worked on Tom Hardy as Venom with @comicbook today, personally I love the casting because I love tom :D pic.twitter.com/4indLVl10c — BossLogic (@Bosslogic) May 20, 2017 While there is no news yet of whether Tom Holland will be making an appearance in this movie or not (Sony and Marvel need to get their shit together!) we now know that Carnage will be in the movie as confirmed by Hollywood Reporter. Pinterest/Nerd Network Carnage is easily one of Spider-man's most formidable foes and it won't be right if Venom puts him down singlehandedly. That's why we believe Spider-man should make an appearance here. Or at least some other superheroes should. 'Venom' is set for a big screen release on the 5th of October 2018 while 'Spiderman: Homecoming' will be in theatres on the 7th of July 2017. Keep an eye out for any mentions of Venom or Carnage in there. Before you go we take you back to these three instances when Carnage (Cletus Kasady) redefined the meaning of the term psychopath: #1 He murdered his own dog using an electric drill Marvel Comics #2 He pushed his own grandmother down the stairs Marvel Comics #3 He went on a killing rampage just to attract Spider-man Marvel Comics
  5. While he might not have led Team India to the coveted ICC Champions Trophy final victory, but Virat Kohli continues to remain the country's prized possession in the game of cricket. His popularity knows no bounds and the Indian batting sensation enjoys a fan-following like no other in modern era of the sport. And, on Sunday, the 28-year-old's popularity reached a new height as he became the second most-followed Indian celebrity on Facebook with more than 35 million fans, overtaking Bollywood star Salman Khan by more than 6,00,000 followers. Earlier this year in April, Kohli had also become the most-liked cricketer on Facebook as well as Instagram. He is now ahead of some of the most-popular celebrities including Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra. The latest list of top Facebook celebrities also includes Sachin Tendulkar on the sixth spot with 28,53,64,42 fans. The Indian cricket captain enjoys 3,57,25,719 fans on Facebook, 16 million followers on Twitter, 14 million on Instagram to become the most famous cricketer around the world. Out of the 35 million plus fans on Facebook, 83 per cent are Indians, followed by 5% from Bangladesh. Kohli seems to have a strong fan base in arch-rivals Pakistan as well with over a lakh fans. His last two posts on Facebook garnered an engagement to the tune of over 7 million. On June 21, the cricket star changed his profile picture which fetched him 732 thousand likes, 2,070 shares and around 10 thousand comments from fans across the world. Prior to that, Kohli's photograph of congratulating the Pakistani team on winning their maiden Champions Trophy title was also a big success in terms of engagment. The post captioned: “What a great Tournament. Indian Cricket Team played their hearts out but the Pakistan Cricket Team came out on top in the #CT17 Final. Congratulations to them on winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2017” crossed 896 thousand likes and 15,603 shares. In the last six months, his fan base increased from 33 million to almost 36 million. Such has been his popularity that he is now only behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the list of Indians with most number of followers on Facebook. And, despite the recent controversy related to former Indian coach Anil Kumble, it appears that the fans are still backing the Indian captain who is currently busy leading his side against West Indies in the limited-overs series.
  6. We can literally bet there is no one who hasn't heard Baar Baar Dekho's ‘Kaala Chasma' on repeat mode. There is no one who hasn't grooved their body to its peppy beat. And you don't need to be a hardcore Bollywood fan to know the craze this song created. This Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif starrer song was an instant hit and topped the music charts for several weeks. From the wedding feel, gorgeous clothes, vibrant feel to the spot on beats, cosmic energy, this track emanates everything that one needs to get into a party mood. For people who haven't twirled on this item number, bro you are missing something really big! This song has got various twists but this one is an absolute beauty to watch and listen. At present people are gaga over various covers of Despacito, but this classical Kathak twist to Kala Chasma is here to rule. The video feature three dancers swaying their bodies to Kala Chashma and the performance is so flawless that they will stun you with every step. The Punjabi lyrics with the tabla beats will totally amaze you. If you don't believe us then witness it with your own eyes.
  7. If there's one voice most eighties and nineties' kids have grown up listening to, it's George Michael. No one sang about love with the intensity and passion as he did. To our teenaged hearts trembling with the rushes of first love, his music was an aphrodisiac. When we got our hearts broken and pined for lovers lost, his music became our refuge and hope. One of the most iconic pop singers of his time, he ruled music charts and hearts alike. While ‘Last Christmas' by Wham! became one of the most listened to numbers of the eighties, his debut single album ‘Faith' is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time. We bring you a list of 15 of his best songs that will soothe your battered heart and make it want to love again. You gotta have faith. 15. One More Try 14. Everything She Wants 13. I Want Your *** 12. Outside 11. One More Try 10. Amazing 9. Fast Love 8. Freedom! ‘90 7. Move On 6. The Edge Of Heaven 5. Last Christmas 4. Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go 3. Careless Whisper 2. Father Figure 1.Faith
  8. First of all, you need to realize that while most of what you read or hear about the Illuminati is fictitious, there actually was a secret society of individuals called the Bavarian Illuminati which was founded in 1776. The Illuminati, as we know them today, is a completely different organisation though. They are supposed to have the power to influence world affairs, control the media, and sway governments. At least, that's how they are predicted in most pop culture. But let's forget about all that, today we're going to be talking about some of the most famous celebrities from around the world who are 'rumoured' to be a part of this society. #1 Angelina Jolie A post shared by Angelina Jolie (@angelinajolieofficial) on Apr 23, 2017 at 11:53am PDT She has been associated with them for a while now. Her movie "Tomb Raider" had an Illuminati based storyline. Even in real life, Jolie underwent a double mastectomy in, what is being viewed as, a step that will benefit the pharmaceutical companies which, we all know, are run by the Illuminati. #2 Paris Hilton A post shared by Paris Hilton (@parishilton) on May 29, 2017 at 2:51am PDT You thought Paris Hilton was popular because of a ***-tape? Well, she's also the heiress to the Hilton group of hotels. As long as she's around, Illuminati members will never have to worry about accommodation across the globe. #3 Kim Kardashian A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Sep 17, 2016 at 9:27pm PDT While Paris was the first to get popular off a ***-tape, it was Kim who made the most of it. You could go as far as saying she managed to make a name for herself despite having no real talent. Well, rumour has it that the Illuminati rejected her for this very reason but her hubbie, Kanye West, is a prominent member of the society. Guess not every woman marries for love, eh? #4 Beyonce A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Oct 31, 2016 at 9:51pm PDT She is rumoured to be the woman who runs the place. She has regularly integrated Illuminati symbolism in her performances as has her husband, Jay-Z. #5 Barack Obama A post shared by Barack Obama (@barackobama) on Jan 17, 2016 at 2:15pm PST Strange how the former President of the United States ended up on this list. Actually, it isn't strange at all. Need proof that Obama is part of the Illuminati? The big bank bailout that he orchestrated benefited some of the most powerful men in the world, all Illuminati members of course. #6 Donald Trump A post shared by President Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Jun 12, 2017 at 1:17pm PDT It's obvious. Whatever Obama does, Trump has to do better. Even when it comes to their rumoured membership in this secret society, Trump has constantly tried to upstage Obama to the point where he has become the President of the United States. #7 Madonna A post shared by Madonna (@madonna) on May 1, 2017 at 3:36pm PDT If you are a Madonna fan, you would know of her 2014 song called, you guessed it, 'Illuminati.' Do we really need to say any more? Just listen to the song. It will all become clear. #8 Rihanna A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Mar 4, 2017 at 5:50am PST While she may just be a part of the Illuminati, she certainly isn't one of their most prominent members. Our best guess is that she became a member because Jay-Z forced her to. We don't think we're going to see her getting involved in their plans for world domination anytime soon, though. *These are the names we were allowed to release to the public. But, we went through a lot of trouble to get information about another couple of members. Unfortunately, we have had to remove their names from this list and the author of this article has been put on administrative leave till further notice. Please feel free to voice your outrage in the comments and we hope to get him back soon.
  9. A man's inclination towards the fantasy of two women (or more) together is because doubling up visual stimuli is incredibly exciting for a man. Remember how Chandler and Joey were ready to give up their apartment to see Monica and Rachel kiss for a minute? And, the whole idea of being with a woman who could possibly bring in more girls in a man's life is cheerily rousing. Well, why wouldn't it be? In a recent survey, one of the men added, “A bisexual woman has characteristics of both the sexes. She's daring, she's affectionate. She knows what a girl wants and sure as hell what guys want, She's the best of both worlds” which we definitely agree on. So, without further ado, here are a few reasons why men are drawn towards bisexual women: The POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS © Thinkstock So if your girl is bisexual, your chances of getting a whole new variety of *** at any given time are higher than any weather report's predictions. In other words, men believe dating a bisexual girl means being open to the opportunity of having threesomes or group *** or more. It's basically a pool table situation, where he has the stick and well, girls. “I would date a bisexual woman because she can always bring in a somebody new to our relationship, you know like you could have a new girl Tuesdays every week” was the reply I got when asking a man why he would date a bisexual woman. WEIRD FETISHES © Thinkstock Unlike the usual “pillow talk” in relationships, this can be way more exciting. A bisexual girl is up for experimentation, so you never have to keep your expectations grounded when it comes to ***. She's more sexually open and totally up for all your sexual kinks and quirks, and you might just get a taste of all of them weird fetishes. “I prefer bisexual girls over straight because they're sexually empowered and allow more things in bed”. GIRL on GIRL FANTASY © Thinkstock Men find it totally hot seeing girls making out with girls. Most psychologists says that a man mentally puts himself “in” the situation, and when they're watching a sexy girl kiss a guy it frustrates them breaking their fantasy as that man isn't him whereas a girl kissing a girl or more doesn't ruin their picture, and rather enhances it. “My girlfriend is bisexual; of course it's a turn on. Sometimes she lets me see her making out with another girl, I love that. The *** is the best and she's just next level at oral” was another response I got from one of the men who droll over bisexuals. SIDE CHICKS © Twitter You could share side chicks with your bisexual girlfriend. Moreover, checking out and rating girls with her is another fun activity when you guys are out together Plus, it's a lot easier to communicate with a bisexual partner as she understands all the “manly” desires you eventually have!
  10. The Sikh community in Canada and Indians around the world are warmed up in the heart because our beautiful community has created a new history. Palbinder Kaur Shergill, an Indian origin, Sikh human rights advocate in Canada has been appointed as a judge at the Supreme Court in British Columbia. © Twitter On this wonderful occasion, World Sikh Organisation (WSO) President Mukhbir Singh said: "The appointment of Justice Shergill is another milestone for the Sikh community in Canada. It is a matter of great pride that today we have the first turbaned Sikh appointed to the judiciary in Canada." © Twitter Shergill has been a known name in the legal world there because she has been instrumental in helping human rights law take shape in the country since 1991. She is also a proud recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service. © Shergill-law She has been very active in community services and after years of hard work, her commendable perseverance has witnessed the fruits of her sowing.
  11. Being only the fifth player in the world to contest three successive Super Series finals, there was arguably immense pressure on Kidambi Srikanth ahead of the coveted Australian Open final. If that wasn't enough, Srikanth was up against the World No. 6 who also happened to be the reigning World champion, and also the winner of the All England Open earlier this year. But, beating all odds and overcoming the nerves, the 24-year-old stunned Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 in a 45-minute marathon clash in the men's singles final in Sydney. Against an opponent who had won all of their previous five encounters, the Indian shuttler showcased great fight and managed to keep his more-decorated Chinese opponent in check to finally pull one back. Anddddd he wins again!!!!! What an amazing 2 weeks @srikidambi Happy I could watch this one 😁 #AustraliaSuperSeries2017 pic.twitter.com/p4gnb9D0Fi — taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 25, 2017 As expected, the opening game was an evenly contested affair with the two opponents exchanging the lead. After playing a series of long rallies, the two finalists resorted to a more attacking game with a sudden shift in the pace of the game. Twitter Riding on his deceptive shots and searing smashes, Srikanth managed to take a 11-9 lead at the break. However, Long came back strong to win three straight points to snatch the lead at 12-11. The opening game finally went down the wire with the Chinese star saving a game point with a cross-court smash, but it was the Indian who eventually prevailed to win it 22-20 in 23 minutes. High on confidence with a 1-0 lead, Srikanth bossed over his Chinese counterpart after a engrossing rally to open the scoring in the second game with a 323 kph winner. Je raced to a 6-2 lead in no time, and, just like the opening game, he took a 11-9 at the short-break. While many would have expected a comeback from Long, Srikanth was in no mood to relent as he opened a five-point lead at 19-15 and then seamed the game and the title at 21-16 to win the title. Twitter It was Srikanth's second consecutive and fourth overall Super Series title. His triumph sparked a series of congratulatory messages on the social media with celebrities, politicians and fans lauding the heroics of the Indian shuttler. Thanks to his exploits, Himanta Biswa Sarma - president of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) - also announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for Srikanth. This is a classic win @srikidambi at #AustraliaSS. CONGRATULATIONS. We are so proud of you. I proudly announce reward of Re 5lakh @BAI_Media pic.twitter.com/W7asJTSMhT — Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 25, 2017 Heartiest congratulations to @srikidambi on winning 2nd successive superseries title. Proud of you champion! #AustralianSS — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 25, 2017 Congrats @srikidambi what a stunning win. Salute!! 🇮🇳🇮🇳👏👏👏. Amazing work Gopichand, Indonesian coaches @GoSportsVoices — Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) June 25, 2017 Congratulations @srikidambi on beating reigning Olympic & World Champion Chen Long & winning a 4th Superseries title. Take a bow, Srikanth ! pic.twitter.com/qNP2e9PXIv — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 25, 2017 Congratulation @srikidambi Srikanth on winning Australian Open Super Series title. You have made #India proud. — Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) June 25, 2017 Played like a true champion! Congratulations to ace shuttler @srikidambi on winning the Australian Open Super Series. #Proud — Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) June 25, 2017 Congrats @srikidambi for a stunning victory in #AustralianSS! Proud moment for India! May you have many more victories ahead! — Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) June 25, 2017 Congratulations Srikanth on winning Australian Open Super Series title. You have made #India proud. @srikidambi — M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) June 25, 2017 Looks like it's getting tough for everyone to Clinch titles when Indian boys are in form!! Congrats @srikidambi 👌👌👍 — PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) June 25, 2017
  12. There are many theories that claim how women are either bisexual or lesbians but never straight. Some are sexually empowered and open about their feelings whilst some just admire the same *** from a distance. Some date a man only because they have to. So, here are 5 signs that will show you if your girl is a closeted lesbian pretending to be straight. *** is always AWKWARD! © Bright/Kauffmann/Crane Productions She talks to you about her ‘girl-trouble' and hugs you all the time. You spend most of the time with her and it's never awkward but the ***……that chemistry is only as good as pineapple on your pizza. You could please Satan with all that sensuality but her; she's still going to give away with a freakishly fake orgasm. Gal-pals are actually girlfriends © Dune Entertainment Her gal-gang is actually a group of secret lesbians who get drunk together to eventually make out and later act like nothing happened. Well, haven't you ever noticed how she's always initiating mild touches with certain good-excuses with her so called girl friends? Had it been a guy she was overly affectionate with you surely would've noticed, but hey keep this in mind that every girl is either bisexual or lesbian. Threesomes are never fun for you © Dune Entertainment Whenever you plan a threesome, she hops in with sheer excitement. But while you're still dreaming about banging their brains out, she's already onto the girl. You're always on the side lines in the threesome and well, the girls get the girls. At least you get to live through that girl on girl fantasy! Orange is the new black is her thang © Lionsgate television Ask her the premier date of the next season, she'll respond faster than she ever has. She binge watches the show because its “knowledgeable”. Curious what knowledge could she get from those women in those orange uniforms? Bi-curious. Oops, I mean be curious. She's the man © Lilly singh/YouTube She openly appreciates women. Like a man, she never fails to compliment a bombshell for her sharp features. Although, her reaction when someone claims they're a lesbian is what you can't miss. That sheer excitement behind that mischievous smirk says it all. So, if your girl lives up to these signs, its time to move on to the next one.
  13. A bibliophile is a person who collects or has a great love of books. And while it's hard to come across someone who has never read or owned a single book in their life, it is also extremely rare to come across people who have so many books, that they need a whole room just to house them. And there are at least 10 such famous people who have so many books, you would only dream of having even half the amount. 1. Karl Lagerfeld Number: 300,000 books (c) Lit Hub One of the most famous and recognisable faces in the international fashion league is that of Lagerfeld's who has been at the helm of brands like Chanel and Fendi. Once, at the 015 International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Lagerfeld said, “Today, I only collect books; there is no room left for something else. If you go to my house, I'll have you walk around the books. I ended up with a library of 300,000. It's a lot for an individual.” Lagerfeld stacks his books sideways to make more space in the room, in case you were looking for hacks. The man even has a catwalk to reach the higher levels. 2. George Lucas Total Number of Books: 27,000 (c) Lit Hub The man who gave the world Star Wars might not be anywhere close to Karl Lagerfeld; but, nevertheless, even 27,000 is an admirable number. Back in 1978, it was Lucas who established the Lucasfilm Research Library. What started as the love of collecting books in his Los Angeles office ended up with Lucas moving the entire collection to a separate place, at the main house on Skywalker Ranch. Lucas' library is open to his employees, as well as special guests, like Cecil B. DeMille, Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Clint Eastwood, Steve Martin, Edith Head, and Charlton Heston. 3. Jay Walker Total Number of Books: 20,000 (c) Lit Hub A famous entrepreneur who invented Priceline.com, Walker has a special wing in his Ridgefield, Connecticut home. He calls it the Library of the History of Human Imagination. And it consists of three levels, a glass bridge and floating platforms. 4. Michael Jackson Total Number of Books: 10,000 + (c) Lit Hub The King of Pop loved to read and collect books. It is said that he used to be a regular customer at a local bookstore, in Los Angeles. He also used to frequent shops, like the Book Soup and Skylight. Bob Sanger, Jackson's attorney told the L.A. Weekly that the singer has 10,000 books at his Neverland Ranch. ““[a]nd there were places that he liked to sit, and you could see the books with his bookmarks in it, with notes and everything in it where he liked to sit and read. And I can tell you from talking to him that he had a very—especially for someone who was self-taught, as it were, and had his own reading list—he was very well-read.” He loved the poetry section of a bookstore and Ralph Waldo Emerson was his favourite. 5. Ernest Hemingway Total Number of Books: 9,000 (c) Lit Hub Debra A. Moddelmog and Suzanne del Gizzo, in Hemingway in Context, reveal that the writer is supposed to have carried a library with him wherever he went, and was continually acquiring new books, as many as 150-200 a year. He stored his books at the Finca Vigía library and by the time he died, the library had around 9,000 volumes, excluding those the author left behind at Kay West where he moved, along with at least 800 books and started adding to that. 6. William Randolph Hearst Total Number of Books: 7,000 + (c) Lit Hub Hearst is a name synonymous with every important media publication in the world. And so, it's only natural that the man behind the name would be a special kind of bibliophile. Hearst is said to have had two libraries in his castle, at Ken Dream House; one was the main library which had approximately 4,000 volumes; and then, there was the Gothic study with around 3,000 more. 7. Thomas Jefferson Total Number of Books: 6,487 (c) Lit Hub One of the initial presidents of the United States of America, Jefferson was quoted saying, “I cannot live without books.” According to information at the Library of Congress, Jefferson is said to have built the biggest personal library in the United States before selling it off to Congress for $23,950. After that, he promptly began acquiring books again. 8. Nigella Lawson Total Number of Books: 6,000 (c) Lit Hub While we might know her famously for her cooking skills, both on and off screen that set her apart as some kind of kitchen queen, Lawson did one other thing—collect books. In her house in Belgravia, London, had a library that went from floor to ceiling, where she would sit with her head buried in a book. One of her favourite books happens to be David Copperfield. 9. Harry Houdini Total Number of Books: 5,000 + (c) Lit Hub Houdini is said to have left his private collection of books to the Library of Congress. His collection spanned across subjects like magic, theatre and spiritualism. According to sources, Houdini is said to have had the largest collection of books dedicated to the subject of magic. Figures. 10. Hannah Arendt Total Number of Books: 4,000 (c) Lit Hub The German-born American political theorist had some 4,000 books which are now housed at the Bard College, under the Hannah Arendt collection that include 900 works featuring her annotations. All of these came from her New York City apartment where she lived until her death in 1975.
  14. The Sanskari Censor Board of Film Certification does it again! We woke up this Sunday only to hear how CBFC Chief Pahlaj Nihalani has a problem with the word “INTERCOURSE” in Imtiaz Ali's upcoming rom-com ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal'. Well, well…we ain't surprised at all. Mr. Nihalani aces in erecting (he might have an issue with this word too) such problems that might not actually sound like one. We are a bunch of 'sanskari' people who actually do ‘intercourse' but saying it loud offends tons of people! Apparently, Indian parents are not in favour of their kids learning this word. However, in the case of Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer, he is generous enough to say that he is ready to clear it only if he gets 1 lakh people voting in favour of the usage of the word. In an interview on TV, he said, "You take voting from the public and I will clear the word on the promo and the film also. I want 1 lakh votes and I want to see that India has changed and Indian families want their 12-year-old kids to understand the meaning of this word." (c) Red Chillies Entertainment And just when we thought that a King Khan film can easily get those many votes, Nihalani decided to let the cat out of the bag! So these votes come with a condition! No votes from unmarried and people below the age of 36, yes that's the catch! (c) Red Chillies Entertainment “Importantly, I will not settle for votes from unmarried people. And neither will I be satisfied if votes come from people who are less than 36 years old. Assuming that an average age when a man/woman gets married is 23, I think they would have a 12-year old child when they are 36. Hence I want the voting public to be at least 36 years old. Only then I will feel that India has broadened its outlook and I shall recommend to the government that the word 'intercourse' should be included in Jab Harry Met Sejal and any film hereafter,” he told Spotboye. P.S. Just wondering what Nihalani has to say about the raunchy films he made?
  15. What do Leonardo da Vinci, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Paul McCartney and Neil Armstrong have in common? Well, not much I think, except for the fact that all of them were/are exceptionally gifted and also every single one of them is/was left handed. Seems like a coincidence, but according to a study carried out by IFL Science, it might not be. IFL Science assessed this very connection in order to find out whether the age-old myth of left-handed people being smarter actually had any truth in it or not. © Twitter According to the study, since hand preference is a manifestation of brain function, it is, therefore, directly linked to cognition. They say that: "Left-handers exhibit, on average, a more developed right brain hemisphere, which is specialised for processes such as spatial reasoning and the ability to rotate mental representations of objects." Wait, there's more. In left-handed people, the bundle of nerve cells that connects the two hemispheres of the brain – otherwise known as the corpus callosum – tends to be larger than in their right-handed counterparts. The increased connectivity provides left-handed people a better ability to process information. © Twitter But, scientists are still unsure on why this increase in connectivity even occurs. One belief is that since the world is primarily geared towards right-handed people, making left-handed people use both hands, resulting in a greater linking between the two sides of the brain. There's no proof, though. It's just a theory, and if, in fact, it is true, then we can all become more efficient and achieve heightened information processing abilities by just training ourselves to become ambidextrous. When talking about this topic, something that always comes up is a relation between handedness and mathematical skill. To gather some reliable results, IFL Science conducted a series of experiments on 2,300 students, varying in terms of difficulty and type of mathematical test. © Twitter The students were asked to complete a specifically designed questionnaire in order to assess to what degree they used each of their hands for different activities; things like drawing, eating, throwing and others. In an attempt to get more 'reliable and powerful statistical models', each individual's preference for using each of their hands was measured. Well, right-handed people, there's some bad news for you, because left-handed people out-performed them in the most difficult tasks and easier tasks, showing no significant difference in performance. © Twitter In short, when it comes to tricky maths puzzles and problem-solving, lefties definitely have the edge. At least, according to this study. But, there's no proof of them being geniuses, though.
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