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Great moments in life reach you when you least expect them!

elderlyI arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90’s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with photos and glassware.

‘Would you carry my bag out to the car?’ she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness. ‘It’s nothing’, I told her.. ‘I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.’

‘Oh, you’re such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, ‘Could you drive through downtown?’

‘It’s not the shortest way,’ I answered quickly..

‘Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. ‘I don’t have any family left,’ she continued in a soft voice..’The doctor says I don’t have very long.’ I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

‘What route would you like me to take?’ I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘I’m tired. Let’s go now’. We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

‘How much do I owe you?’ She asked, reaching into her purse.

‘Nothing,’ I said

‘You have to make a living,’ she answered.

‘There are other passengers,’ I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly.

‘You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,’ she said. ‘Thank you.’

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

Categories: Life

Most Inhuman Ways of Torture from Middle Ages

September 21, 2013 Leave a comment

 

 

torture

There are some days that when I read the newspaper, watch TV and go on the internet I am sickened by how the human race treats one another. I often wonder how bad it could get but each time I read it feels at least to me that we are sliding further and further away from what we should be and closer and closer to perverse cruelty. That’s one aspect of what has made me research different periods of history and inspired an interest in how people lived.

This article is to illustrate how people were treated in the Medieval and early modern period in Europe. Torture, whether it was severe or not, was a commonplace thing of this time period. Below is a history of devices that were used in torture during the period. Keep in mind before reading that even though I tried my best with this subject matter that you may find some of these devices quite shocking. But it is history and as such should be remembered if only to make sure we as a people do not repeat the same mistakes.

The Middle Ages are infamous for having encouraged and implemented the most inhuman ways of torture to punish or make prisoners confess their crime. Have a look at some of the most shocking torture methods from the Middle Ages.

Implant

Implant

Implant

Practised in Romania during the 15th century, this torture method tops the list of the most shocking torture methods of the Middle Ages and when you have a look at its technique, you can realise its position on the list is not unjustified. The victim was made to sit on the top point of a sharp and thick poll. The poll would go through the body of the victim and then the victim was left to slide down the poll because of their weight. The legend has it that Vlad enjoyed inflicting this punishment on others. And he did this to about 20,000 to 30,000 victims.

Judas Cradle

Judas Cradle

Judas Cradle

Judas Cradle must also have been one of the most painful punishments of the Middle Ages as it would involve the stretching of the victim’s orifice and flesh was ripped off. A victim would be chained or bound in such a way that when they were forced to sit directly on the point they could not move or get off of the point. Eventually over the course of hours or sometimes days the muscles would tear eventually the spike seat would pierce the lower organs causing death. The victim’s vagina or anus was placed right on the point of the pyramid-shaped cradle and then was lowered down on it with the help of ropes. To impale the victim successfully, weights were also added to the victim’s legs.

This device was used in mainland Europe, primarily France, Germany and a handful of other countries but was present in England as well. Made to be durable many of these can be found in museums throughout Europe.

Coffin Torture

Coffin Torture

Coffin Torture

Coffin Torture was all about torture in a metal cage and pecked at by the prey birds—another case of slow and painful death. The metal cage was roughly made in human body shape and the victim was placed inside it. The case was then hung from gallows or a tree. Generally, those convicted of blasphemy or heresy were punished this way.

The Rack

The Rack

The Rack

The Rack was a unique device to punish a victim by dislocating each joint of the victim. It was highly dreaded, and rightly so, and it is believed to be the most excruciatingly painful kind of medieval torture. Consisting of a wooden frame, two ropes fixed to its bottom and two tied to its handle made it a gruesome way of torturing the victims. As the torturer would turn the handle, the ropes pulled the victim’s arms and possibly separating limbs from the body. Later, in a new version of the Rack appeared which had spikes to penetrate the victim’s back, adding more pain and damage.

The Breast Ripper

Breast Ripper

Breast Ripper

The claws of the Breast Ripper would rip and mutilate a woman’s breasts. Often the claws were red hot as they were placed on the victim’s exposed breasts. Once the spikes penetrated the breasts, they were pulled to shred the breasts. Mostly the victim would die and even if a victim survived, she would be scarred forever.

The Pear of Anguish

Pear of Anguish

Pear of Anguish

Mostly the victims of this brutal instrument were homosexuals, blasphemous, liars and women who exercised abortions. The torture tool was pear-shaped and it was inserted into the victim’s orifices—anus of homosexuals, mouth of blasphemers and liars and vagina of women.

The Breaking Wheel

Breaking Wheel

Breaking Wheel

The Breaking Wheel can simply shock you at first sight because of its terrible design. It was designed to hurt the victim’s limbs in extremely painful way. Also named as The Catherine Wheel, it was a torture method to make the victim die slowly but surely. The victim was tied to the specially designed spokes of the large wooden wheel and then the wheel was slowly revolved. The torturer would smash the limbs of the victim with a heavy iron hammer. This would result in breaking of the victim’s limbs into many pieces.

Saw Torture

Saw Torture

Saw Torture

A medieval torture method which was executed as the victim’s body was sawed into two halves by first hanging the victim upside down. Mostly, the unfortunate victims of this easily available device were accused of blasphemy, adultery, witchery and also theft.

The Head Crusher

Head Crusher

Head Crusher

The Head Crusher would compress the victim’s skull, squeeze out eyes and shatter teeth. The torture device was more in practice in Spain for Inquisition.

The Knee Splitter

Knee Splitter

Knee Splitter

The Inquisition in Spain saw the use of another torture device because it was versatile and would inflict pain—The Knee Splitter. It had sharp spikes fitted on its both sides of grip. When the handle of the Knee Splitter was turned, the claws would slowly squeeze against each other resulting in the mutilation of the victim’s bones and skin.

Heretic Fork

Heretic Fork

Heretic Fork

The Heretic’s Fork was a medieval torture device that was placed between the breast bone and the underside of the chin. It was strapped to the throat with a strap. The victim was generally bound, chained or otherwise restrained. If the victim fell asleep and his head dropped the fork would pierce his throat or chest.

Scold’s Briddle

Scold's Briddle

Scold’s Briddle

The Stocks

Stocks

Stocks

The stocks were used throughout Medieval period Europe and made it into the new world as well. It was primarily used as a restraining the victim so that other tortures could be applied or just as a public humiliation.

Categories: Incredible Past

Feuling Tips

September 9, 2013 Leave a comment

ImageTimed Fueling: Fuel at night or early morning: It is better to buy or fill up your car or bike during early morning, when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks underground.. The colder the ground, the more dense the fuel. When it gets warmer, petrol expands. So, buying in the afternoon or in the evening, your liter is not exactly a liter. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature play an important role. 1 degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

Fill fuel when half tank empty: Another most important tip is to fill up when your tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is, the more fuel you have in your tank the less is the air occupying its empty space. Petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine. Nozzle trigger should not be in the fast mode: While filling petrol, the nozzle trigger should not be in the fast mode, instead it should be in the low stage to minimize the impacts of vapor and to have maximum economy of petrol. If you see properly, you will find that the trigger has three stages-Low, Medium, and High. Filling petrol at the faster rate means you have more gas with your liquid petrol.

Don’t fill petrol while tanker are unloading petrol: It is important to notice this as when the tankers fill fuel at the fuel station all the dirt that is settled at the bottom gets disturbed and if you are fueling at the same time it can get into your vehicle tank along with fuel – it can affect your engine.

Proper Tyre pressure: Tyre pressure must be checked once every two weeks. It helps to reduce the drag while driving thus increasing your mileage. There is a label in your car just when you open the driver seat which tells you the tyre pressure.

Service vehicle regularly: During car service, always get three things replaced – oil, oil filter & air filter. If you can find a reliable mechanic then you can do it at low cost.

Replace spark plugs: once every 5 years, you must replace the spark plugs, use a better quality spark plug not the ordinary one which comes with the stock car. It improves your fuel combustion thus giving more mileage and it improves your Air condition performance.

Clear of unwanted items from the car: It is important that you remove all the unwanted items whenever you are starting to move around. Every extra kilo of weight will need additional fuel, decreasing the mileage.

Categories: Info, Usefuls

Wise Revenge

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment

A project manager, his team member, an old woman and her young daughter are traveling in a train and during the course of time get themselves introduced to each other and become temporary friends.

The train goes through a tunnel and it gets completely dark. Suddenly there is a kissing sound and then a slap. The train comes out of the tunnel.

The woman and the assistant are sitting there looking perplexed. The manager is bending over holding his face, which is red from an apparent slap. All of them remain diplomatic and nobody says anything.

The old woman is thinking: These managers are all crazy after girls. He must have kissed my daughter in the tunnel. Very proper that she slapped him.

The young girl is thinking: The manager must have tried to kiss me but kissed my mother instead and got slapped.

The manager is thinking: Damn it. My junior must have kissed the young girl. She might have thought it was me and slapped me.

If this train goes through another tunnel i will make another kissing sound and slap my manager again. The idiot keeps harassing me in the office.

Categories: Humour

The American President’s Burden

It happened with Clinton in Kosovo, Bush in Afghanistan and then in Iraq and now Nobel Laureate Obama wants to add a feather in his cap as well by preparing to attack Syria in order to protect humanity.

His logic, as was that of his predecessors, that humanity needs to be protected and it ‘our responsibility to protect’ children, women and civilians who are being killed with the use of ‘chemical weapons’ which are banned by the international community.

He further uses some algorithm to make it appear as if the US is going to be attacked. In Obama’s words, “This kind of attack threatens our national security interests by violating well-established international norms against the use of chemical weapons, by further threatening our friends and allies in the region like Israel and Turkey and Jordan, and it increases the risk that chemical weapons will be used in the future and fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against us.”

He has to take a loooooonnnngggg path to prove that it somehow will fall back on the US population. He is killing his citizens, it might go to terrorists who might use it against US allies in neighbouring areas and eventually might use against the US.

And obvious enough, now that your economy is improving and things are coming on line what better reason to keep yourself busy in the garb of protecting the humanity as you did by looting Iraq’s resources with claims of WMD which you could never find.

First, who gives you the right to interfere in the affairs of a sovereign nation? Who are you to take actions when you don’t know the culture and politics of the area? And why should the normal mass not assume you have your own personal vendetta as Bush had against Saddam?

A war is always a problem. It is not a solution. This sudden sense of humanitarian attitude vanishes when you dump tonnes of wheat in order to keep your markets stable. You don’t donate it.

And why just chemical weapons are banned? Why not ban all kinds of weapons? Because that is a major source of revenue for you. You export it and keep regions disturbed to sell your arms.

I will die calmly by inhaling gas as against getting shot in the heart and bleed to death. So please stop these flimsy arguments and mind your own national interest which has many issues of itself to deal with. School shootings, Oklahoma teens shooting a man without motif, hate crimes, racial profiling…

First grow up as a society, as a nation, as citizens of the world and then think of the larger good. Please stop this non sense of ‘responsibility to protect’. Egypt is seeing scores of people dying, Lebanon had the same civil war like situation. It is a national issue and let them solve or parish, you don’t need to screw when you have your own society full with notorious people.

Categories: Contemporary World

Successful Cure for Diabetes

August 31, 2013 1 comment

diabetesA woman (65) was diabetic for the last 20+ years and was taking insulin twice a day. She used the enclosed homemade medicine for a fortnight and now she is absolutely free of diabetes and taking all her food as normal including sweets. The doctors have advised her to stop insulin and any other blood sugar controlling drugs.

DR. TONY ALMEIDA ( Bombay Kidney Speciality expert ) made the extensive experiments with perseverance and patience and discovered a successful treatment for diabetes. Now a days a lot of people, old men & women in particular suffer a lot due to Diabetes.

Ingredients:
1 – Wheat 100 gm
2 – Gum(of tree) (gondh) 100 gm
3 – Barley 100 gm
4 – Black Seeds (kalunji) 100 gm

Method of Preparation :
Put all the above ingredients in 5 cups of water. Boil it for 10 minutes and put off the fire. Allow it to cool down by itself. When it has  become cold, filter out the seeds and preserve water in a glass jug or bottle.

How to use it?
Take one small cup of this water every day early morning when your stomach is empty. Continue this for 7 days. Next week repeat the same but on alternate days. With these 2 weeks of treatment you will wonder to see that you have become normal and can eat normal food without problem.

SINCE THESE ARE ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS, TAKING THEM IS NOT HARMFUL. SO THOSE WHO ARE SCEPTICAL ABOUT THIS TREATMENT MAY STILL TRY IT WITHOUT ANY HARM.

Categories: Health is Wealth, Info

SylvestarThis is one of the SADDEST stories ever told in Hollywood. His name is Sylvestar Stallone. One of the BIGGEST and Most famous American Movie superstars. Back in the day, Stallone was a struggling actor in every definition. At some point,he got so broke that he stole his wife’s jewellery and sold it. Things got so bad that he even ended up homeless. Yes,he slept at the New York bus station for 3 days. Unable to pay rent or afford food. His lowest point came when he tried to sell his dog at the liquor store to any stranger. He didnt have money to feed the dog anymore. He sold it at $25 only. He says he walked away crying.

Two weeks later,he saw a boxing match between Mohammed Ali and Chuck Wepner and that match gave him the inspiration to write the script for the famous movie,ROCKY. He wrote the script for 20 hours! He tried to sell it and got an offer for $125,000 for the script. But he had just ONE REQUEST. He wanted to STAR in the movie. He wanted to be the MAIN ACTOR. Rocky himself. But the studio said NO. They wanted a REAL STAR.

They said he “Looked funny and talked funny”. He left with his script. Afew weeks later,the studio offered him $250,000 for the script. He refused. They even offered $350,000. He still refused. They wanted his movie. But NOT him. He said NO. He had to be IN THAT MOVIE.

After a while,the studio agreed,gave him $35,000 for the script and let him star in it! The rest is history! The movie won Best Picture,Best Directing and Best Film Editing at the prestigious Oscar Awards. He was even nominated for BEST ACTOR! The Movie ROCKY was even inducted into the American National Film Registry as one of the greatest movies ever!

And do You know the first thing he bought with the $35,000? THE DOG HE SOLD. Yes,Stallone LOVED HIS DOG SO MUCH that he stood at the liquor store for 3 days waiting for the man he sold his dog to. And on the 3rd day,he saw the man coming with the dog. Stallone explained why he sold the dog and begged for the dog back. The man refused. Stallone offered him $100. The man refused. He offered him $500. And the guy refused. Yes,he refused even $1000. And,Believe it or Not,Stallone had to pay $15,000 for the same,same dog he sold at $25 only! And he finally got his dog back!

And today,the same Stallone who slept in the streets and sold his dog JUST BECAUSE he couldnt even feed it anymore,is one of the GREATEST Movie Stars who ever walked the Earth!

Being broke is BAD. Really BAD. Have You ever had a dream? A wonderful dream? But You are too broke to implement it? Too tiny to do it? Too small to accomplish it? Damn! I’ve been there too many times!

Life is tough. Opportunities will pass you by,just because you are a NOBODY. People will want your products but NOT YOU. Its a tough
world. If you aint already famous,or rich or “connected”,You will find it rough. Doors will be shut on You. People will steal your glory and crash your hopes.You will push and push. And yet NOTHING WILL HAPPEN.

And then your hopes will be crashed.You will be broke. Damn broke. You will do odd jobs for survival. You will be unable to feed yourself. And Yes,you may end up sleeping in the streets. It happens. Yes,it does. BUT NEVER LET THEM CRUSH THAT DREAM. Whatever happens to You,Keep Dreaming. Even when they crush your hopes,Keep Dreaming. Even when they turn you away,Keep Dreaming. Even when they shut you down,Keep Dreaming.

NO ONE KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF EXCEPT YOURSELF! People will judge You by HOW you look. And by WHAT You have.
But please,Fight on! Fight for Your place in history. Fight for your glory. NEVER EVER GIVE UP! Even if it means selling all your clothes and sleeping with the dogs, ITS OKAY! But AS LONG AS YOU ARE STILL ALIVE, Your STORY IS NOT OVER. TRUST ME.

Keep Up the Fight. Keep your dreams and hope alive. Go get it.