Riddles

SINGLE MEN
Riddle:
Four men were in a boat on a lake.
The boat turns over, and all four men sink to the bottom of the lake,
yet not a single man got wet!
Why?
Clue:
Don’t think too much.
Answer:
They were all married not single.

THE SAME TEA
Riddle:


A woman was horrified to find a fly in her tea.
The waiter took her cup and went into the kitchen and returned with a fresh cup of tea.
She shouted, “You brought back the same tea!”.
How did she know?
Clue:
Sugar
Answer:
She had put sugar in it before and when she tasted it was already sweet.

MOUTH THAT NEVER TALKS
Riddle:
What can run but never walks.
has a mouth but never talks.
has s head but never weeps.
has a bed but never sleeps.
Clue:
Water
Answer:
A river

MADE UP YOUR MIND
Riddle:
Whoever makes it, tells it not.
Whoever takes it, knows not.
And whoever knows it wants it not.
Clue:
Don’t think too much
Answer:
Counterfeit money

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2012- IS IT REALLY ”DOOMS DAY”?

Well  according to the Mayan calender it is; the calender stops at the end of 2012. So because of this i guess it is creating different theories but are any of them true?I don’t really think so.Now here is abit of information on the Mayan calender.The calender was constructed around 250-900 AD by the apparently advanced civilization called the Mayans.The people living in Mayan society exhibited very advanced written skills and had an amazing ability when constructing cities and urban planning.They were most famous for their pyramids and their intricate buildings.The people had a huge impact on Central American culture.Some Mayans still live today who live by their old traditions.

They had many different calenders and thought that time was a like a meshing of spiritual cycles.The calenders had uses such as social; agricultural; commercial and administrative tasks.They believed that each day had a patron spirit signifying that each day had a specific          use.This contrasts greatly with our modern Gregorian calendar which primarily sets the administrative, social and economic dates

Venus Express observation of Venus (ESA)

Most of the calenders were shot, the Tzolk’in calendar lasted for 260 days and the Ha ab’ approximated the solar year of 365 days.The Mayans combined both of the calenders to form the “Calendar Round” which lasted 52 Ha ab’s (around 52 years, or the approximate  length of a generation).In the “Calendar Round” were the trecena (13 day cycle) and the veintena (20 day cycle).This system would be of use when considering the 18,980 unique days over the course of 52 years.In addition, the Mayans also had the “Venus Cycle” since they were keen and highly accurate astronomers they formed a calender based around the  location of Venus in the night sky.It is also possible that they did the same with the other planets in the Solar System.

However, The Mayans had a solution using an innovative method they were able to expand on the Calender Round which only consists of only 52 years.It is possible that they were based on religious belief.The Menstrual Cycle, mathematical calculations using the numbers 13 and 20 as the base units and a heavy mix of astrological myth. The only principal correlation with the modern calendar is the Haab’ that recognised there were 365 days in one solar year (it’s not clear whether the Mayans accounted for leap years). The answer to a longer calendar could be found in the “Long Count”, a calendar lasting 5126 years.Pretty Impressive, huh.The base year for the Mayan Long Count starts at “0.0.0.0.0″. Each zero goes from 0-19 and each represent a tally of Mayan days. So, for example, the first day in the Long Count is denoted as 0.0.0.0.1. On the 19th day we’ll have 0.0.0.0.19, on the 20th day it goes up one level and we’ll have 0.0.0.1.0. This count continues until 0.0.1.0.0 (about one year), 0.1.0.0.0 (about 20 years) and 1.0.0.0.0 (about 400 years). Therefore, if I pick an arbitrary date of 2.10.12.7.1, this represents the Mayan date of approximately 1012 years, 7 months and 1 day.

Now all this is quite amusing but now your wondering what has this got to do with the end of the world? The Mayan Prophecy is based on the assumption that something bad is going to happen when the Mayan Long Count calendar runs out.Experts say that when

Experts are divided as to when the Long Count ends, but as the Maya used the numbers of 13 and 20 at the root of their numerical systems, the last day could occur on 13.0.0.0.0. When does this happen? Well, 13.0.0.0.0 represents 5126 years and the Long Count started on 0.0.0.0.0, which corresponds to the modern date of August 11th 3114 BC. Have you seen the problem yet? The Mayan Long Count ends 5126 years later on December 21st, 2012.

When something ends (even something as innocent as an ancient calendar), people seem to think up the most extreme possiboties for the end of civilization as we know it. A brief scan of the internet will pull up the most popular to some very weird ways that we will, with little logical thought, be wiped off the face of the planet. Archaeologists and mythologists on the other hand believe that the Mayans predicted an age of enlightenment when 13.0.0.0.0 comes around; there isn’t actually much evidence to suggest doomsday will strike. If anything, the Mayans predict a religious miracle, not anything sinister.

Myths are abound and seem to be fuelling movie storylines. It looks like the new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is even based around the Mayan myth that 13 crystal skulls can save humanity from certain doom. This myth says that if the 13 ancient skulls are not brought together at the right time, the Earth will be knocked of its axis. This might be a great plotline for blockbuster movies, but it also highlights the hype that can be stirred, lighting up religious, scientific and not-so-scientific ideas that the world is doomed.

Could an asteroid wipe out the Earth? (NASA)

Some of the most popular space-based threats to the Earth and mankind focus on Planet X wiping most life off the planet, meteorite impacts, black holes, solar flares, Gamma Ray Bursts from star systems, a rapid ice age and a polar (magnetic) shift. There is so much evidence against these things happening in 2012, it’s shocking just how much of a following they have generated. Each of the above “threats” needs their own devoted article as to why there is no hard evidence to support the hype.

But the fact remains, the Mayan Doomsday Prophecy is purely based on a calendar which we believe hasn’t been designed to calculate dates beyond 2012. Mayan archaeo-astronomers are even in debate as to whether the Long Count is designed to be reset to 0.0.0.0.0 after 13.0.0.0.0, or whether the calendar simply continues to 20.0.0.0.0 (approximately 8000 AD) and then reset. As Karl Kruszelnicki writes:“…when a calendar comes to the end of a cycle, it just rolls over into the next cycle. In our Western society, every year 31 December is followed, not by the End of the World, but by 1 January. So 13.0.0.0.0 in the Mayan calendar will be followed by 0.0.0.0.1 – or good-ol’ 22 December 2012, with only a few shopping days left to Christmas.

Why you should read books?

Yes, here is your answer:

  1. Reading books increases your vocabulary because when you read your brain is actually learning some of the words whether you think it or not improves spelling/grammar,which can lead to a wider outlook on life, increased general knowledge, greater imagination (depending on what you’re reading though).For example say your reading a Darren Shan book this will help with your imagination.How? when you read description of a person e.g. Harkat (from the book) you imagine how he would look like in your head.But if you are reading something on science like say a revision guide that is knowledge.
  2. When you read you pick up on the structuring of a paragraph without you even realizing it.You also learn different sentence openers.
  3. When you are bored have nothing to do why not just read a book!