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The story goes that William Lee, an English minister, grew tired of hearing the incessant clicking of his wife’s knitting needles. Alternate versions of the story say that Lee was trying to win the affections of a lady who was more interested in her knitting than she was in him. In 1589, he modified the looms that were used to create rugs with hooks that would form loops that would be released during each pass of the thread, thereby knitting a whole row at once. Lee left his church work and went to secure the blessing of the queen (Elizabeth I) to ensure that no one else could create such a device and allowing him to make a healthy profit. Elizabeth denied his request and Lee went to France to try the same thing. Henri IV granted Lee the rights that he asked for, but was soon assassinated leaving Lee to die poor in 1610. Lee’s brother, James, took the idea back to England and was assisted by a man named Ashton in Nottingham in creating the first knitting factory. It wasn’t long before it was so cheap to create machine knitted clothing that many local hand-knitters were petitioning the government for limits of the business. Lee’s design remained virtually unchanged until the 1700s when it was modified to include the kitting frame and later to accept other materials like lace and silk or create ribbed materials that could stretch.

Ann Bosche didn't want to give her stray cat over to the animal shelter. Turns out, Mr. Fancy didn't want to leave either. BY ASHLEY LEWIS On a chilly March evening in 2014 in Lucedale, Mississippi, Ann Bosche, then 53, stood on her front steps while her mini dachshund, Gracie, took a bathroom break. Gracie sniffed an unwelcome visitor under the camellia bush and barked. Ann bent and saw a pair of green eyes. “Hello, there,” Ann said, and heard a meow in reply. Ann, who had two resident cats, Bosco and Junior, went inside. She returned with a bowl of cat food and slid it beneath the bush. The next night, the cat returned. Ann fed him again, moving the bowl closer to the house. After a week, the mystery cat showed himself. He was long-haired, with a plume of tail punctuated by a white tip. Ann called him Mr. Fancy, or Fancy for short. Soon, Mr. Fancy was strutting in and out of the cat door. However, Ann’s husband, Gene, argued that Fancy should find a new home. “We don’t need another mouth to feed, and vet bills are expensive,” he said. Reluctantly, Ann agreed. The drive to the shelter was heartbreaking. Ann cried. Fancy cried. She consoled herself by thinking, “He’s so beautiful and lovable. Somebody will want him.” A month later, Ann woke to the sound of Gene’s voice. She went to see which animal he was talking to—and saw a whitetipped tail. A thinner Fancy ran across the room to her. When she asked the shelter what had happened, she learned that Fancy had escaped 20 minutes after she had left, when a worker opened the cage to feed him. Somehow, over the next month, he’d navigated the three miles—traversing railroad tracks, busy streets, and sketchy neighborhoods—back to the Bosches. “This cat is meant to be here,” Ann says. Even Gene agrees. “Whatever time I have with Fancy,” Ann says, “they’re going to be the best years of his life.”

TUISGEMAAKTE SKONS Maak reg vir teetyd met hierdie basiese, vinnige resep vir skons. Lewer 15 Bereiding: 15 min. Gaarmaak: 10 min. 500 ml (2 k) meel 15 ml (1 e) bakpoeier 2,5 ml (½ t) sout 30 g strooisuiker 60 g botter 200 ml (¾ k) melk 1 eier gemeng met 5 ml (1 t) water konfyt vir voorsit Voorverhit die oond tot 180 °C en voer ’n bakpan met bakpapier uit. 1. Sif die meel, bakpoeier en sout in ’n mengbak, voeg die suiker by en roer deur. 2. Vryf die botter by die meel in tot dit soos broodkrummels by. Maak ’n holte in die middel van die meel, giet die melk in en sny deur met ’n bottermes. 3. Keer uit op ’n oppervlak wat met meel bestrooi is en knie liggies tot die deeg glad is. Druk die deeg effens plat en sny sirkels uit die deeg met ’n koekiesnyer. Plaas op ’n bakplaat, verf die bokante met eierwas en bak 10 min. 4. Laat op ’n rak afkoel en sit voor met konfyt.

Shanghai Maglev is the fastest train in the world with a maximum operating speed of 267.8 mph. This service is operated by Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Co. Shanghai Maglev runs at Shanghai’s high speed magnetic levitation line. Unlike regular train tracks Shanghai Maglev has no wheel and it float on magnetic field exist between the train and track. This electromagnetic pull offers by the strong magnates let the train to fly over the track as there is no contact between train and track. Shanghai maglev could reach its top speed of 267.8 mph from 0 mph in just 4 minutes. The Shanghai’s 18.95 mile long maglev line is the only commercially operated maglev in the world. The Shanghai Maglev was built by Siemens and ThyssenKrupp companies. The public service of the Shanghai maglev started on 1st January 2004. It operates between Long Yang road and Pudong international airport. The Shanghai maglev only takes 7 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the whole journey. The total passenger capacity of the Shanghai maglev train is 574. The train operates between every 15 minutes. It cost US$8 for one ticket and US$16 for VIP ticket to travel in Shanghai maglev.

The longest time breath held voluntarily (male) is 24 min 3.45 secs and was achieved by Aleix Segura Vendrell (Spain), in Barcelona, Spain, on 28 February 2016.

Aleix Segura Vendrell is a professional free diver. The attempt took place at the 17th Mediterranean Dive Show.

Motherhood is an impressive feat under any circumstances. But for some mothers, it's almost miraculous. From the world's youngest mom to the world's oldest, and the most pregnancies to the most babies born in a single pregnancy, here are some of the world's most extreme moms. MOST BIRTHS FROM ONE PREGNANCY Nadya Suleman, better known as "Octomom," became world famous when she gave birth to eight babies in January 2009. When she was 33, the single American mother gave birth to the only known set of octuplets to live past their first week, USA Today reported previously. Suleman, who already had six children before giving birth to the octuplets, conceived all of her children (including the first six) through in vitro fertilization, sparking a debate about the technology. The Medical Board of California later revoked the license of the doctor who performed the procedure. MOST PROLIFIC MOM The most children born to any woman in recorded history is 69, according to Guinness World Records. The mother was a peasant from Shuya, Russia, identified only as the wife of Feodor Vassilyev. Mrs. Vassilyev lived during the 18th century, and had 27 pregnancies, including 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets, according to "The Guinness Book of World Records 1998" OLDEST MOTHER The oldest woman to give birth was an Indian woman named Omkari Panwar, who gave birth to twins at age 72, in June 2008. She conceived the twins — a boy and a girl — by in vitro fertilization, and gave birth via C-section, according to ABC News. Panwar already had two children and five grandchildren with her 75-year-old husband. SMALLEST MOM Stacey Herald, who stands just 71 centimeters tall, has given birth to three babies, despite doctors' warnings that the pregnancies could be life-threatening. Herald, a native of Dry Ridge, Kentucky, suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease,a genetic disorder that results in weak bones that break easily. Doctors advised Herald against having children, because her pelvis is so small that a growing fetus could have crushed her internal organs, ABC News reported previously. Her oldest and youngest children also have the bone disorder, but her middle child is average height.

SKARLAKENKOORS Oorsaak: Streptokokkuskiem in vogdruppels uit neus, mond en keel van 'n lyer of draer. Oorgedra deur direkte kontak of besoedelde melk en ander voedsel. Verskyning: Twee tot 7 dae na blootstelling, selde in die winter; kom minder voor as vroeĂŤr. Simptome: Koors; braking; seerkeel; fyn, dieprooi uitslag verskyn bine 24 of 48 uur op die vel, veral opmerklik in oksels en lieste; daar is 'n kenmerkende bleek kring om die mond. Duur: In onbehandelde gevalle duur koors 'n paar dae en daal geleidelik. Uitslag duur 3 tot 7 dae, gevolg deur verskilferig van die vel. Gevare: Opgeswelde nekkliere, oorinfeksie, nefritis (niersiekte), hartskade. Behandeling: Antibiotiese middels het 'n ommekeer in die erns van die siekte gebring. Ontbied die geneesheer dus onmiddelik sodat die duur verkort kan word. Onbehandelde pasiĂŤnte moet 2 tot 3 weke afgesonder word.

By Megan Gannon The rate of car crash fatalities varies across different countries, and a new report highlights which nations have the deadliest roads and the safest ones. The rate of car crash fatalities varies across different countries, and a new report highlights which nations have the deadliest roads and the safest ones. The global average is 18 car-crash deaths per 100,000 people per year. (The United States is in the middle of the pack, ranking 97th with 14.) The following is a list of the 25 countries with the highest car-crash fatality rates, accompanied by the number of road accident deaths per 100,000 people:


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1. Namibia 45 2. Thailand 44 3. Iran 38 4. Sudan 36 5. Swaziland 36 6. Venezuela 35 7. Congo 34 8. Malawi 32 9. Dominican Republic 32 10. Iraq 32 11. Central African Republic 32 12. Mongolia 31 13. Belize 31 14. Djibouti 30 15. Lesotho 30 16. Mozambique 30 17. Malaysia 30 18. El Salvador 29 19. Yemen 28 20. Ethiopia 28 21. Equatorial Guinea 28 22. Zambia 28 23. Guyana 27 24. Jordan 27 25. Angola

TWYFELFONTEIN Twyfelfontein (uncertain spring), officially known as Ç€Ui-Ç Ais (Damara/Nama: jumping waterhole), is a site of ancient rock engravings in the Kunene Region of north-western Namibia. It consists of a spring in a valley flanked by the slopes of a sandstone table mountain that receives very little rainfall and has a wide range of diurnal temperatures. The site has been inhabited for 6,000 years, first by huntergatherers and later by Khoikhoi herders. Both ethnic groups used it as a place of worship and a site to conduct shamanist rituals. In the process of these rituals at least 2,500 items of rock carvings have been created, as well as a few rock paintings. Displaying one of the largest concent r a t i o n s o f rock petroglyphs in Africa, UNESCO approved Twyfelfontein as Namibia's first World Heritage Site in 2007

In Namibia you can enjoy seeing plenty of wild animals, whether you are visiting places in the desert, close to the Atlantic Ocean or in the bushveld. The Namibian National Parks and Game Reserves are especially good for viewing some the wildlife in Africa.

On this photo you can see lots of animals that came to drink at the waterhole at sunset. This image was captured at the Omaruru Game Lodge in the centre of Namibia.

Clever new device is saving people hundreds (even thousands) and the big computer companies aren't happy about it! Is your computer painfully slow? Have you considered buying a new 'faster' computer but the price of even a basic one makes you cringe? Do you wish there was a cheaper, more affordable way to get a new computer? It's incredibly frustrating when computers slow down or stop working for seemingly no reason at all. And even after all the diagnostics, upgrades, and money spent, the amount of time waiting for that spinning wheel or hourglass to disappear never seems to get any shorter. Your once new, lightning-fast, computer just keeps getting slower as each day passes. Well, fortunately, there's a new device that has recently hit the market and it's literally giving old, slow computers lightning fast speed again. And to say it's extremely affordable is grossly understated! WHAT IS IT? It's called Xtra-PC and if you have an old, slow computer, it is exactly what you've been waiting for. XtraPC is a small thumb drive you simply plug into your computer's USB port and it instantly transforms your old computer to like new. It works with any computer (Mac or Windows) laptop, desktop, and netbooks made in 2004 or later. It is hands down the fastest, easiest solution to getting yourself a new computer without spending too much . No more staring at spinning wheels or hourglasses ever again! HOW DOES IT WORK? Super easy! In fact, it's so easy that it's like snapping your fingers and watching your old computer magically turn into the new, super-fast computer you want it to be. All you have to do is...  Plug it in – Simply plug Xtra-PC into a USB port while your computer is turned off.  Turn Your Computer On – Select 'Boot from USB' and bingo, you're good to go.  Enjoy New PC – In less than 15 minutes you'll be shocked at the difference in the performance of your computer. You only have to setup Xtra-PC once and you can even use it on multiple computers! WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY LIKE-NEW COMPUTER? Everything! With Xtra-PC, there's simply no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a new computer – only to have it peter out on you in another year or two. It makes no sense. But getting Xtra-PC does (which is why the big computer companies are so against this incredibly powerful little device). With Xtra-PC you'll be able to do the things you normally do...  Surf the web  Share on social media  Write emails  Watch videos  Play games  Safely shop online  And more! You can even add other programs to your computer if you wanted to. Want to download Skype? No problem, with Xtra-PC, you can.


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