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Plant Talk : Pick your Colours!

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Ever have this idea of eating fruits according to their colours? If you are not after their taste but their benefits, perhaps you'll consider this - red fruits like strawberry and tomatoes are supposed to protect the heart and improve the blood flow. Orange and yellow fruits such as the carrots and corns are good for our vision. White fruits are good for the immune system and prevent cell inflamation. Blue fruits protect us afrom harmful UV rays and purple fruits slow down the aging process. The colours of the fruits are due to the pigments and these contain phytonutrients which incidentally has high levels of antioxidants. Yes, I suppose you can judge a fruit by its colour!

Ah! Ice Cream!

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Ah! Ice Cream!Ancient civilizations have served ice for cold foods for thousands of years but ice cream recipes appeared only in the 18th century in England and America. A recipe for ice cream was published in England in Mrs. Mary Eales's Receipts in 1718.

Bleat! We need a shepherd!

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Bleat! We need a shepherd!I like this line, 'The LORD is my shepherd. I am never in need.' It makes life simpler and duty free.

I am spotting the Liberty Spikes!.

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I am spotting the Liberty Spikes!The Liberty Spikes refers to the type of hairstyle where the hair is grown out long and spiked up. This is usually done with the help of gel.Unlike the Mohawk style where there is a strip of spiked hair in the middle, the hair is not shaved or buzzed on the sides.

Moo! Qong Xi Fa Cai!

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Moo! Qong Xi Fa Cai!

The Ox is one of the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac The Ox which in the Vietnamese zodiac is represented by a water buffalo is the sign of prosperity. A person born under this sign is a born leader and has an ability to achieve great things.

Animal Talk: Doggone World!

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It's a doggone world! It is said that there are about 70,000 stray dogs in Mumbai and there are widespread concerns about their role in spreading disease such as the deadly rabies. US actress Pamela Anderson of BayWatch fame has appealed to the Indian authorities there not to put down nuisance stray dogs. She called for them to be sterilised instead, citing World Health Organisation and Animal Health Board of India support for mass sterilisation. In Nilai, Rasah, Ampangan, Mantin, Lenggeng, Pantai, Rantau, Labu and Senawang in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, there's another doggone world. Over here, dog owners, under a new ruling, must get written permission from their neighbours to keep their dogs in their homes. According to the Council president Datuk Abdul Halim Abdul Latif, the ruling covers dogs which are three months old and above. Dog owners can keep more than two dogs provided their premises are at least 1,000 sq metres and more than four dogs if the area is larger than 1,…

No, I am not Humpty Dumpty!

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No, I am not Humpty Dumpty!
Humpty Dumpty which appears in Lewis Carrolls's Through the Looking-Glass, where he discusses semantics and pragmatics with Alice is a popular nursery rhyme character often portrayed as an egg.The rhyme first printed in 1810 is posed as a riddle and does not actually state that Humpty Dumpty is an egg. . Similar riddles has been known to exist in other languages, such as Boule Boule in French or Lille Trille in Swedish and Norwegian but Humpty Dumpty in English is the most widely known: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

Birds of a Feather Stick Together!

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But we are not birds, babe. We are beans!

Birds of a feather flock together is an English proverb which means that people who are similar to each other often spend time together. From this proverb, comes the idiom, Birds of a feather.This proverb has been in use since the 16th century and Plato had been said to have used the phrase in his dialogue with Socrates ,"The Republic". Plato was a classical Greek philosopher who lived around 428/427 BC – 348/347 BC. Now, I'd probably buy it if you had said that the idiom or proverb came from the Greek.

We are for the Grapevines!

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Yes! We may be lemons but we are all for the grapevines!

If you are talking about grapevines growing in the garden, that refers to any of the woody vines there that bear grapes. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, if someone hears of something through the grapevine, the infomation or gossip is circulating in an informal way from person to person. Otherwise, grapevine could means a secret source of information.

I feel like Pinnochio!

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I feel like Pinnochio!
The story of Pinnochio, the wooden puppet which longed to be a boy, first appeared in1883 in "The Adventures of Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi. Pinocchio was carved from a piece of pine by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village and the name is actually a Tuscan word meaning "pine nut".

How Do You Like My New Hairstyle?

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How do you like my new hairstyle?
Talking about hairstyle, the late evangelist Billy Sunday was the one who coined the term "long-haired men" and short-haired women". Billy Sunday or William Ashley Sunday was an American athlete and religious figure who, after being a popular outfielder in baseball's National League during the 1880s, became the most celebrated and influential American evangelist during the first two decades of the 20th century. He had coined the terms for his disapproval of liberalism and LGBT, the latter being initialism referring collectively to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender/transsexual people.

I Remind you of Octopussy, don't I?

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I remind you of Octopussy, don't I?
Octopussy, the 1983 James Bond movie produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, is also the thirteenth film in the popular James Bond series. It starred Roger Moore as the fictional M16 agent James Bond. The film's title was taken from Ian Fleming's 1966 short story Octopussy but the story in the film was an original.

Now, take that for calling me green!

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Now, take that for calling me green!
Now, green is not just a colour, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of about 520–570 nm. In British and British-derived cultures, green cars, wedding dresses, and theater costumes are all the objects of superstition as green is considered unlucky. In high schools in North Ameria during the 1960s, it was widely believed that if someone wore green on Thursdays, it meant that they were homosexual. Of course, people back then could be green themselves, that is they are immature...

Animal Talk: Pick your Cat

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Jim Monsma of the WashingtonAnimal Rescue League in Washington DC has this to say about cats: Cats are not all the same. They have widely divergent personalities. As a result, the shelter is using the Feline-ality programme which is a personality test to match cats with its owners. The test which takes into consideration among other things, eye contact and interest in toys by the cats to assess the variety of behaviours in the cats was developed by behaviourist Dr Emily Weiss of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. You'd get to pick your cat someday just like you pick your spouse!

I look like Snoopy, don't I?

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I look like Snoopy, don't I? The only difference is I am not a beagle but a banana!

Snoopy is the fictional beagle belonging to Charlie Brown, a character in a popular long-running comic strip, Peanuts, by American Charles M. Schulze. The beagle is supposed to be based on Schulz's childhood dogs, Snooky and Spike.

Hi! You can make a juice out of me!

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Hi! You can make a juice out of me!
Orange juice is made by squeezing the fruit on a 'juicer' or a 'squeezer'. Brazil is the laragest producer of oranger juice in the world, followed by the USA.

Here's a kiss from me!

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Here's a kiss from me! Strawberry Forever!
The first strawberry species cultivated in the early 17th century is Woodland Strawberry. It is also known as Fraises des Bois, Wild (European) Strawberry, European Strawberry and Alpine Strawberry.

We are more nutritious!

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Children love balloons; but we are the nutritious ones!

Grapes as we know, grow in clusters of 6 to 300, and can be crimson, black, dark blue, yellow, green and pink. Most of the grapes, about 71% of them, are turned into wine and there is an Asian species from Russian and China which is very resistant to frost and drought called the amur grape (Vitis amurensis).

Up, Up and Away!

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Up, up and away! He must think he is the man of steel, Superman! Silly Man!

Animal Attack!

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I heard from the radio just this afternoon about a guy who entered the cage of a panda and got attacked instead. I was wondering if all these stuffed toys like teddy bears have turned people nuts. Animals, cute and docile-looking as they are, attack! In Singapore, just recently, some white tigers mauled a Malaysian contract worker but that was a case of a disturbed man who wanted to end his life; at least that was what the paper led me to believe. Many times,it is the unscrupulous nature of man that leads to these uncalled attacks as in the more recent case of a boy stung to death by wasp in Padang Rengas, Perak, Malaysia. The great grandmother of the unfortunate boy said the tragedy would have been avoided if some youths had not pelted the hive with stones and sticks. Now, you watch what you do!

I Used To Be a Hamster!

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I used to be a hamster but some smart scientists did an experiment on me and I turned red!

I am not an ugly duckling!

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You have heard of Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen's story of a cygnet being harassed for being an ugly duckling, haven't you? A British journalist Anne Chisolm believes Andersen wrote the story to describe himself . Andersen was said to be a tall, ugly boy with a big nose and big feet, but he grew up with a beautiful singing voice and a passion for the theatre and it has been speculated that the famous author was also the illegitimate son of Christian Frederik, the Crown Prince of Denmark. The swan in the story is supposed to be a metaphor of his inner beauty, talent and secret royal lineage. All said, I have to admit I have no royal blood but then, I am no ugly duckling!

I am a pig!

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Don't make me angry. You won't like me when I am angry. And don't think I'll turn green and become , The Incredible Hulk. I am no David Banner. I am a pig!

Now, I am not a sour grape!

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Now, I am not a sour grape!
You have heard of the story of the fox and the grape, haven't you? This Aesop fable is about a fox which upon failing to reach the grapes hanging high up on a vine, retreated but not befoe saying that the grapes are sour. There is suppose to be a moral to the story which is: It is easy to despise what you cannot get. Think about that, won't you?

Animal Talk: Rats!

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When I heard that Michael Jackson's hit song, Ben was the theme song for a 1972 movie, a sequel to the 1971 killer rat movie, Willard, I was a bit surprised. It had never crossed my mind that the song has anything to do with rats/ Anyway, there is also this story that I have read about rats. It seems that there is this treeless, volcanic island in the 1,000-mile (1,609-km) long Aleutian chain in Alaska which is infested with what else but rats and is appropriately called Rat Island! Rats have been said to have first landed there two centuries ago when in 1780, a Japanese sailing ship shipwrecked there. The rats had wreaked havoc on millions of seabirds which had no natural defenses against land predators and biologists are now trying to wipe the rats out. I don't know if the story is true or that rats can live in such a bare island but can you imagine our earth becoming a place like that?

Follow the leader!

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Now listen to me! I am the leader! Follow me!

Help! We Are Going Nowhere!

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Help! We are going nowhere!

Dejected!

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Animals can be dejected too, mind you!

This is how rugby is played!

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This is how rugby is played! Rough!

Animals in Love

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Move over, Woman in Love. These are animals in love and it is Endless Love!

Barbra Streisand's Woman in Love



Lionel Ritchies and Diana Ross s' Endless Love...



Or would you prefer Bush Blair s' Endless Love?

Let's Kiss and Make up!

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Let's Kiss and Make up!

Peek a Boo!

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Peek a Boo! It's us having a cosy time together!

Only you can see me through!

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Only you can see me through!

What a Feeling!

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What a feeling to be cuddling with your sworn enemy! You'll want to forget everything and just listen to Irene Cara...

Here's a Hug!

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Here's a hug!

Who are We?

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You have heard of The Three Musketeers, The Three Stooges, The Three Pigs... Now meet us, The Three Chikus or are we The Three Kiwi Fruits? Perhaps, you would rather call us The Three Fools for we are always not sure of who we are!

We are just swimming by!

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We are just swimming by!

Miracle Glasses!

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Over at Technovelgy.com, I read that the compound eyes of the common housefly had inspired researchers at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, California to develop fiber optic sensor to be used in robot vision. The housefly has a highly developed vision and it can locate small objects with high precision. The success of the research would mean an improvement to unmanned vehicles and industrial inspection robots.

The compound eyes of the housefly actually reminded me of pinhole glasses! I suppose pinhole glasses do not work exactly like fiber optic sensor but they are just as scientific. The technology of pinhole glasses is not new and like fiber optic sensor, it uses the principle of nature. Instead of the eyes of the common housefly, pinholes draw inspiration from the eyes of the mollusk Nautilus found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans which uses pinhole eyes effectively to scavenge for food.

Pinhole glasses work by feeding the pupil of the eyes with direct rays. Light rays co…

That's the way we like it!

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Yes, it used to be That's the way I like it! Remember KC and The Sunshine Band! That's the American musical group founded in 1973 by Richard Finch. Their style included funk, R& B and disco and besides That's the way (I like it), other well known songs include (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake your Booty, I'm your Boogie Man, Keep it Coming Love, Get Down Tonight, Give it up and Please Don't Go.

Yes, I am a beautiful girl!

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Yes, I am a beautiful girl and INXS Beautiful Girl is all about me!


I am onTop of the World!

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You may be on top of the world but that doesn't mean you are happy! If you look at Karen Carpenter's life, perhaps you will understand...

Down but not Out!

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We are down but not out! Now, just listen to Tantric's Down and Out and shut up!



Who is the Homo sapiens?

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Mmm... just look at that! It makes one wonder who is the actual Homo sapiens!

We are birds of a feather!

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We are birds of a feather, we flock together! But that doesn't mean we have to face the same direction!

Let's kiss and make up!

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I guess I was made for loving you!Just listen to this 1979 Kiss's video...










Shampoo Commercials

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Mmm... These are a shampoos. Which one do you like?










I do it my way!

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Now, look at me! I am going to do it my way!

Life is walking on a tightrope!

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Life is walking on a tightrope! So, you have to grasp it lest you fall!

Not Horsing Around!

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Now, look at me! I am not horsing around!

Feed me!

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Just feed me and I will not open my mouth!