April 6, 2008

Masqueraaade, Paper faces on parade!

Posted in I didn't know that!, Misc. tagged , , , at 10:32 am by Olórin

Halo all! How’s everybody doing? Long time no see!

The past few weeks were torture, and what’s coming is worse! *sob* Don’t you just hate busy weeks?! If you hear me say I want to take a seminar during a busy college course, SMACK ME, hear that avocat?! *ya far7itich 9ar 3indich 3ithir tikfi’7eny* 00;

Last night I went to Horton Hears a Who for the second time! You’d think we’re taking a child with us, but when two girls in their twenties go to a children’s movie twice, you gotta admit there’s something wrong with them! Meh it’s a funny movie!

Piece of advice, if you go to the movies, get your own chocolate with you! Grab your favorite chocolate and put it in your bag, (or pockets for the lads). The chocolate they offer there is tastelessly cold and the collection is quite narrow! They even changed the popcorn, it’s now buttery..Yay assfat!

*Yaaaaaaaaawn* Lovely weather lately, right? Me likie.

Anyway, as the title indicates, this post is about Masquerades! My favorite ball! You all know what they’re about, right? Beautiful masks and lovely waltz, but lets expand your knowledge a little bit!

A masquerade ball is an event held by the upper class in Europe back in Medieval times. Around the 15th century in Italy, it became a part of public festivities, especially in Venice (Carnival of Venice is an example).

One of the most famous balls was “Burning Men’s Ball”, it was intended to celebrate the marriage of a lady-in-waiting of Charles VI of France’s queen in Paris in the 14th century, what was interesting is that when the dancers came too close to a torch, they caught fire. (I don’t know if it was intended 00;)

And what’s a masquerade without masks?! The Mask-makers back then had their own stature and guild, not to mention a considerable reputation!

But it wasn’t always a bed of roses, Gustav the III, king of Sweden was assassinated during a masquerade.

Many anti-masquerade movements rose alongside the Masquerade balls themselves, the writers stated that the balls encouraged immorality and foreign influence but that did not convince the doge!

But unfortunately, due to the fall of the Venetian Republic at the end of the 18th century, the tradition of using masks disappeared. But around 1979, a group of awesome young Venetians had the idea of reviving the Carnival of Venice and it was back ever since!

Thanks Wiki for most of the info!

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March 20, 2008

The language we speak

Posted in I didn't know that!, Misc. tagged , , at 9:25 pm by Olórin

 

Halo!  Hows it going? Hope everyone’s enjoying the extended weekend! ^_^

I’m sure all of you heard about Government’s resignation and dissolving of the Parliament! At first when I read the message from Barlamani (Don’t get me started on that messaging service! They drill you with messages you can’t cancel!) I thought it was a joke! Have you ever heard of a country without a Government nor a Parliament?! Quite disturbing! Don’t know how long we’ll be like this, but I’m guessing we’d better get used to it!

Anyway,

Most of us speak Arabic and its our native-tongue, right? But do most of us know the origins of this language? Me no tink so!

Okay first thing you need to know is that our awesome language descended from the Semitic Languages, which are – according to Wiki – a family of languages mostly originated in Northern Africa and the Horn of Africa. Other family members of the Semitic Languages are Amharic, Tigrinya and Hebrew among some others. What’s cool about the Semitic Languages (Thus Arabic) is that its one of the earliest languages to get a written form. And Arabic is considered the largest Semitic Language alive, also, Ancient North Arabian – the earliest Proto-Arabic dates back to 6th Century B.C (whoooa!!) – did not use normal alphabets, but used epigraphic Musnad alphabets!

Can you believe that Arabic is a major source of vocabulary for languages such as Berber, Kurdish, Persian, Swahili, Urdu, Hindi, Turkish, Malay and Indonesian? Even Spanish and Portuguese have a large amount of loan words!

“Many words in English and other European languages are derived from Arabic, often through other European languages, especially Spanish and Italian. Among them are commonly-used words like “sugar” (sukkar), “cotton” (quṭn) and “magazine” (maḫāzin). English words more recognizably of Arabic origin include “algebra”, “alcohol”, “alchemy”, “alkali” and “zenith.” Some words in common use, such as “intention” and “information”, were originally calques of Arabic philosophical terms.” – Wiki.

Another cool fact is that Arabic is considered to be the most Semitic language in which it preserved its features completely through time!

So you can say that the language we speak is one of the oldest and influential languages of the world… So proud I am!!

I can’t believe many Arabians are neglecting this amazing language!

March 1, 2008

Cross-Cultural Differences? (Disaster!)

Posted in I didn't know that! tagged , , , , , , , at 2:05 pm by Olórin

           

I used to think that the whole world nods in approval and shakes head sideways in disapproval! Vell I was wrong! Even though the majority express it this way,According to Charles Darwin, author of “The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872)”  there are some exceptions!

Australian natives:

“don’t shake the head, but holding up the right hand, shake it by turning it half round and back again two or three times.”, A certain Native told Darwin that Abyssinians expressed the word “no” by tilting the head to the right and making a slight cluck, and “yes” by throwing the head back and raising the eyebrows instantly.

Eskimos:

Nodded for yes and “winked” for no! (LOL! We would be lost if we went up there!)

Bulgaria:

Okay this is where trouble ensues! There a nod means “no” and a head-shake means “yes”. (Imagine the catastrophe! I can’t believe my parents lived there for 3 years!)

 Turks:

Their “yes” is shaking head from side to side and “no” is throwing the head back and make a slight cluck! (Yawch I got my hair cut yesterday by a Turkish woman! no wonder she kept repeatedly asking me, I remember nodding a lot 00;)

Other misinterpreted gestures:

We do the Thumbs-up as a sign of approval inspired by the Romans, Sadly, zat’s a myth! It happened as a result of successive mistranslations that we think it’s how the Romans showed mercy. The real gestures were hiding the thumb in a clenched fist, signaling mercy, and if they wanted the dude torn apart they would extend their thumb in a stabbing motion.

The Thumbs-up sign is known world-wide as an “OK” gesture, but in Sardinia and Greece it means “Screw you”! (So..in your future visits to Greece inshalla, Just nod your head ^^; )

February 11, 2008

Ze Handshake!

Posted in I didn't know that!, Misc. tagged , , , , at 10:21 pm by Olórin

               

Hilu!
I greet you, people of the great earth, with utmost anger and seething fury I write this post..WHY DO PEOPLE RIDE LIKE THIS IN KUWAIT?!!?! Call me a road rage maniac BUT DUDE THERE ARE LIMITS!! my handsome Mr.Darcy (for those who don’t know, I mean my car) was scared out of its wits today! lif 3alai..okay..speed your way through the speed bump and cut in front of me for no reason whatsoever cuz you already have to go back to your lane you illiterate ***..okay..cast your freakin flasher on me and when I move to the next lane thinking you’re in a hurry but you freaking go on your merry way slowly..okay..BUT CUTTING IN FRONT OF ME AND DRIVING 30 KM/H..NO! Without exaggeration I kept honking the horn for about 30 seconds but that didn’t bring him back from that Zen Zone he was lounging in…stupid truck!

Hmph..*shakes it off* Anyway..

Awhile ago I watched Chronicles of Narnia (lovely movie BTW) there was this scene when the heroine meets a strange creature, she extended her hand to shake his, but being foreign to our world he asked her what she was doing, she told him that we shake hands when we meet someone, he asked her why and she was like “..I don’t know 00;”, That’s when my curiosity kicked in!

After searching for quite some time I found that It’s difficult to know the beginning of the handshake since most of these events happened before written history and of course since it doesn’t have a confirmed source, many accounts try to explain it, But the most convincing one was this:

It dates back to Medieval Europe, Kings and knights extend their hands and grasp the other’s, not to greet the other party, but to show that they are not carrying weapons thus meaning them no harm and showing openness and trust. The right-hand is extended since its the primary hand in handling most things and it is unlikely to strike a weapon using your left-hand.

And that is why we shake hands when we meet, to show friendliness and openness!

January 22, 2008

Godiva

Posted in I didn't know that!, Misc. at 5:18 pm by Olórin

Halo all!

Hows everybody doing? Thank god the weather’s been abit merciful lately..looks like that bone-shivering cold wave’s over! Didn’t you notice that this winter’s full of cloudy days yet only 3 days of light rain? I WANT RAAINN!!!! hmph..

Anyway..I’m sure all of you are familiar with Godiva chocolate, and I’m sure 95% of you are in love with it and is one of your most important sources to turn to when searching for a small gift! But did any of you wonder why the hell is the logo a naked woman riding a horse? I got interested and curious in the idea..thinking that behind the reason was a great story, and there was!

Turns out that the famous chocolate brand was named after a famous woman! Lady Godiva her name was:

According to Wiki, thats her story:

During the 10th century in Coventry, a city in Englad, the townspeople were in tough living circumstances because of the oppressive taxes forced upon them by Earl Leofric of Mercia, who is the husband of our heroine Lady Godiva. She felt sorry for the townspeople and begged her husband to remove the taxes only to be denied coldly, but after her continuous nagging he told that he would remove them only if she rode the town on a horse ..naked (3afya husband,mal akfa’7a ib 3a9at!!)
Anyway..due to her kind and merciful nature, she agreed (khibla!), but before she went, she ordered the townspeople to stay behind closed doors and closed windows. And she did it! Only one man, a tailor named Tom gauged a hole in his shutters to look at her, thus the phrase “Peeping Tom”!
And so..after her breezy stroll about town, her assfaced husband removed the taxes!

Ya7lailha…

January 7, 2008

Hello?! O_o

Posted in I didn't know that! at 12:22 am by Olórin

*Yaawns and stretches* Halo laddies and bonnylasses!..Quite cold and dusty today..hope asthma sufferers are doing okay! Seeing how it is outside I decided to skip everything, hide under a blanket and watch The Da Vinci Code (believe it or not, this is the first time I watch it ^^;) it was awesome..but the blond dude Silas was REALLY scary!! too scary infact 00; I used to love the actor (Paul Bettany) but now whenever I’ll see him in a movie bakish mna! Terrific story..that Dan Brown is a loopy genius!

Anyway, has anyone wondered why do we say Hello? I was quite curious about that so I looked it up, now of course since the word is quite old, there are many theories of how it was originated, I’ll mention the one that convinced me the most:

According to Wiki, the word Hello might have been the result of a mutation of the word Hullo which was used in older times to express surprise (pleasant surprises I presume!)

Also another reasonable explanation is that it originated from the merging of the words “whole be thou” which means “May you be okay (healthy)” with time.

Of course, the assumption that states Hello was originated with the invention of Telephone is historically wrong since it dates way back.

December 28, 2007

Interesting stuff!

Posted in I didn't know that! at 11:55 pm by Olórin

Halo bloggers! Hope everyone’s having a cozy, warm and relaaaaxing weekend! Bleh I wish I am!! -_<

Anyway, I recently recieved a very interesting forward from a friend, I’ll share

what amused me the most!

  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.  (lool 3asa maydahhin sha3arhum!)
  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades – King David
Hearts – Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds – Julius Caesar
(Didn’t know that!)

  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321  (Aaah math, I hate you!)
  • It is impossible to lick your elbow. (00; laish?!)
  • If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes. (Can’t wait till we travel again 3ashan atfalsaf 3ala whoever’s with me =D)
  • Q.  What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and
    Laser printers all have in common?
    A.  All were invented by women. (HARK HARK HARK!! FEAR US,LADDIES!)
  • It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon. (Certainly didn’t know that!)
  • Try reading the following:

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was
rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to
rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr
the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the
frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a
taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is
bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but
the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig
huh?

  •  At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow! (I did!!)

December 6, 2007

Why is it called Bluetooth?!

Posted in I didn't know that! at 7:23 pm by Olórin

Halo!

Aaah weekend ^___^ ..even though I’ve got a truckload of homework
and presentations I’m glad the week’s over!

Anyway..does anyone know why bluetooth is called…bluetooth?

Well I found out by coincidence today:

A long long time ago..around the 10th century, there lived a Viking king..
He was blessed with the ability of bringing people to talk to each other and negotiate their problems..
he was so skilled that he was able to unite Denmark and Norway together!

Can you guess that king’s name? it was Herald Bluetooth!

lol I never expected it was named after a person..always thought it was because the waves were blue or tooth-shaped or something!