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 Leonardo da Vinci

 ★ Short Biography :

     ┗▶ Leonardo da Vinci born on April 15, 1452 and died on May 2, 1519 was an Italian polymath, having been a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer.

     ┗▶ Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the "Renaissance man", a man whose seemingly infinite curiosity was equalled only by his powers of invention.

★ As a Painter

     ┗▶ He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived.It is primarily as a painter that Leonardo was and is renowned. 


    ┗▶Two of his works, the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper occupy unique positions as the most famous, most reproduced and most parodied portrait and religious painting of all time. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also iconic.


★ As an Engineer

    ┗▶ As an engineer, Leonardo's ideas were vastly ahead of his time. He conceptualised a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, the double hull and outlined a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics.

    
┗▶ His conceptual drawings included plans for musical instruments, war machines, calculators, boats and other ideas. Many of these plans were limited by the level of technology at the time.

    
┗▶ Flight was of particular interest to da Vinci. He studied the flight of birds and created plans for flying machines that resemble hang gliders and helicopters.


★ As a Scientist

     ┗▶ As a scientist, he greatly advanced the state of knowledge in the fields of anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics.

The renaissance man of the renaissance. He could have lived to be 500 and still not lived up to his potential.

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Superhero Thor is now a WOMAN!


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Marvel reveals superhero Thor is now a WOMAN!


Marvel creates a storm of controversy as it reveals Thor is a woman

- God of Thunder to be goddess in latest comic book series

- Marvel is trying to attract more women readers with strong female lead

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Comic book fans have been rocked by an unexpected move by Marvel, which has revealed that Thor is now a woman.

The hammer-wielding superhero will appear in her more shapely form in October, as Marvel experiments with bringing in a new audience.

Reaction to the proposed change was mixed, with fans taking to Marvel's Facebook page to rail against changes to their childhood heroes.

Many questioned how the plot line will allow for this mysterious blonde woman to take over the hammer of Thor, speculating on whether she is a long-lost relative.

But Marvel has said simply that the new character using the power of Mjölnir - the hammer - is Thor.

'This new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!' Marvel editor Wil Moss said.

Source: Daily Mail

**Wonders of Mathematics - Infinite out of Nothing !


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How can you get something infinite out of nothing ?

"The point appeared in the circle
And was not;
But it was the dot
That the circle begot."

In geometry, a point has no dimension. It has no diameter, no depth. It does not really exist in space; it is really only an idea. Yet when you start to move it, its trail creates a line. Move it around another point, you create an arc. Continue describing that arc, and its end will eventually meet its beginning, and form an endless circle.

From nothing, something has taken form. From the point, a circle emerges. It is the existence of the circle that proves the existence of the point. The point is not-being; the circle is being.
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**Best Moral Story You could read !


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Best Moral Story!

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the
bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field.

While it was lying there, a cow came by and
dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize
how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.
Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the
pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:

1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

*A great story about Mozart's long nose


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A good story is told of Mozart, the great composer, at the time he was a pupil with Haydn. It shows that a long nose is sometimes useful:

Haydn one day challenged his pupil to compose a piece of music which he could not play at sight. Mozart accepted the banter, and a supper and Champagne were to be the forfeit. Everything being arranged between the two composers, Mozart took his pen and in five minutes dashed off a piece of music, and, much to the surprise of Haydn, handed it to him, saying, “There is a piece of music which you cannot play, and I can. You are to give it the first trial.”

Haydn smiled contemptuously at the visionary presumption of his pupil, and placing the notes before him, struck the keys of the instrument. Surprised at its simplicity, he dashed away until he reached the middle of the piece, when, stopping all at once, he exclaimed, “How is this, Mozart? How is this? Here my hands are stretched to both ends of the piano, and yet there’s a middle key to be touched. Nobody can play such music – not even the composer himself.”

Mozart smiled at the half-excited indignation of the great master, and taking the seat he had quitted, struck the instrument with such an air of self-assurance that Haydn began to think himself duped. Running along through the simple passages, he came to that part which his teacher had pronounced impossible to be played. Mozart, as many are aware, was endowed with an extremely long nose – prodigious nose, which in modern dialect, “stuck out about a foot.” Reaching the difficult passage, he stretched both hands to the extreme end of the piano, and leaning forward, bobbed his nose against the middle key, which “nobody could play!” Haydn burst into an immoderate fit of laughter and, after acknowledging the “corn,” declared that nature had endowed Mozart with a capacity for music which he had never before discovered.

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The Cyclopaedia of Anecdotes of Literature and the Fine Arts

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**6 easy Questions which you got wrong !


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Question No. 1

1. What do you put in a toaster?

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Answer: The answer is bread.

If you said "toast", then give up now and go do something else. Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, "bread", go to question two.

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Question No. 2

Say "silk" five times. Now spell "silk".

What do cows drink?

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Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk", please do not attempt the next question. . If you said "water" then proceed to question three.

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Question No. 3

If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a greenhouse made from?


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Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said "glass", then go on to question four.

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Question No. 4

Twenty years ago, a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany. If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany. Anyway, during the flight, TWO of the engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he has time and the plane crashes smack in the middle of "no man's land" between East Germany and West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors - East Germany or West Germany or in "no man's land"?

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Answer: You don't, of course, bury survivors. If you said, "Don't bury the survivors" then proceed to the next question.

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Question No. 5

If the hour hand on a clock moves 1/60th of a degree every minute then how many degrees will the hour hand move in one hour?

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Answer: One degree. If you said "360 degrees" or anything other than ?one degree?, you are to be congratulated on getting this far.

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Question No. 6

Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Swindon, Two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea, three people get off and five people get on. In Carmarthen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven. What was the name of the bus driver and what is his age?

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Answer: Oh, for heaven sake! It was YOU and your age. Read the first line again.
 
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