“When I was in my darkest place, I thought the world was so evil. But now, seeing that there is good in the world … I’m gonna do my best to make this world bearable for everyone,” Smith said.
Smith is seen here at a family function as a teenager. He dropped out of high school when he was 17. He says he couldn’t take the emotional abuse from other kids and retreated into his parents house. “I’ve had like sticks and stones and dog feces … thrown at me and [I've been] spit on … that makes you feel, you know, not human at all.” (Courtesy David Smith)
In July 2003, at the age of 26, David Smith met trainer Chris Powell for the first time. This handshake was the beginning of Smith’s transformation — Powell started him on a workout plan and a schedule that included healthy eating days followed by cheat days. (Courtesy David Smith)
David Smith at his kitchen table at age 24 in 2002. At his heaviest, Smith weighed more than 630 pounds. Now 31 years old, he has lost more than 400 pounds with the help of an unlikely friend.
Beauty is only skin deep. Look at this guy … he cant stop smiling Good for him cause he has a cute smile and he indeed became a hunk …its an amazing victory. Congratulations Smith .
Along with the treat, the eater gets to take home the goblet it is served upon, the diamond encrusted 18 carat gold spoon used to eat it and a gold ladies’ bracelet.
Golden PC Case
Tokyo-based Zeus Computer is reaching out to deep-pocketed celebrities and thenouveau riche with a line of luxury personal computers housed in bejeweled cases. It is yellow because it is made of solid gold and those sparkling white lights are nothing else but the encrusted diamonds. This is Mars, world’s most expensive PC case! It costs only $570,000! They also have a Platinum version.
t is insanely strange taste to cover a keyboard with a pure gold, but that’s exactly what Wazakura Koubou has made. While it might look expensive, you can actually get one for only 28.875 Yen, about US$271
Tobias Wong and Ju$t Another Rich Kid created the “Gold Pill”, dipped in gold and filled with 24-karat gold leaf. You’re supposed to eat it “to increase your self-worth.” That would be funny if it didn’t cost $425 for the joke.
Gold-plated Nintendo Wii
Presented to the Queen by THQ in a publicity stunt to promote the release of the Big Family Games Wii software title, this gold plated Nintendo Wii, was delivered to Buckingham Palace with the aforementioned game.
Gold-plated Coffee Machine
Launched by Korea’s Golden Zone at a fashion show in Seoul, this brassiere costs more than a million (1.89 million to be precise) but you may end up paying a lot more in comfort (and style!). Decorated with encrusted diamonds and loops of liquid gold, not only is this garment unattractive, but I imagine wearing it must hurt
A City That’s Built At The Bottom Of A Lake
This is an ancient city Seuthopolis, in Bulgaria, which was discovered in 1948.
Seuthopolis was an ancient city founded by the Thracian king Seuthes III, and the capital of the Odrysian kingdom since 320 BC. It was a small city, built on the site of an earlier settlement, and its ruins are located at the bottom of the Koprinka Resevoir near Kazanlak, Plovdiv Province, in central Bulgaria.
The ruins of the city were discovered and excavated in 1948 by Bulgarian archaeologists during the construction of the Georgi Dimitrov (later renamed Koprinka) Reservoir. However, it was decided to continue with the construction and flood the dam, leaving Seuthopolis at its bottom.
Six years later, a dam was destroyed and it was covered in water, ending up at the bottom of a huge lake.
And now they want to unearth and reconstruct the city. To make it a tourist destination and an important landmark.
How will they manage to unearth this sunken city?
They will build a huge circular shape-like dike that will surround the city. This dike is 1,377 feet in diameter and 65 feet high. Making an impression of a sunken city in the middle of the lake.
Tourists would be transported to the city by boats. And this marvel will feature hanging gardens, glass lifts, restaurants, cafes, shops.
The round wall, 420 metres in diameter, would enable visitors to see the city from 20 metres above.
And It would be illuminated at night. Nice!
This will be an exciting new destination. I hope it doesn’t cost a fortune.
At 5’4″ and 112 pounds, Denise Austin has been dubbed “America’s favorite fitness expert.” Born on February 13, 1957, Denise Austin grew up in San Pedro, California. Denise Austin started gymnastics at the age of twelve and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona, graduating in 1979 with a degree specializing in Exercise Physiology. Denise Austin began teaching aerobic exercise classes in the Los Angeles area, earning her own local television program two years later. In 1983, Denise married Jeff Austin, a sports attorney and brother of tennis champ Tracy Austin. They moved to Washington, D.C., when Jeff accepted a job with a sports marketing firm.
From 1984-1988, Denise Austin was the resident fitness expert on NBC’s Today show. She also wrote a column for the Washington Post and received a prestigious award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In 1987 Denise created her ESPN television show, Getting Fit which aired for ten years on ESPN and in eighty-two countries. In January 1997 Denise began her new show, Denise Austin’s Daily Workout on Lifetime TV. Today she spends four months a year taping her popular program at the most beautiful resorts in the world, traveling with her family as often as possible.
Denise Austin has created over thirty exercise videos, has her own line of workout equipment, a signature shoe and bodywear by Spalding. She appears monthly on QVC. Denise Austin can be seen motivating people on talk shows and is often used as a fitness expert for magazine articles. Her sensible, realistic and enthusiastic approach to fitness (she works out only 30 minutes a day) and eating (she never skips a meal) has won fans throughout the United States, from whom she receives over 700 letters a week. Making a difference in the lives of people and her strong belief that she can inspire people to feel better about themselves are what gives Denise the energy to tackle challenges and achieve her success. A dynamo of energy in a size 5, Denise Austin is a true motivator and has become a veritable fitness empire. But Denise Austin believes her greatest achievement yet is being mom to her two daughters, Kelly and Katie.
Iguazu Falls from above
EUROPEAN, AFRICAN AND INDIAN INFLUENCES IN BRAZILIAN PEOPLE BEHAVIOURS
In such a big country, with so many cultural influences as Brazil, this is not strange. It’s a direct consequence of the way the different original cultures blended: the European (namely Portuguese), the African (mostly from the sub-Saharan west coast’s culture) and the Indian (the Tupi, the Guarani, the Gê, the Arwak, the Cari, and other groups). The Europeans brought, with them, the force that has imposed the language, the Christian faith, etc. But the Portuguese also brought the culture of their slaves, the black African culture of Angola and other sub-Saharan regions, with its religion, its music, its joy of life – a culture that would shape the Brazilian spirit in an unexpected strong way, much more profound than in North America.
Geography Brazil is the sixth most populated country in the world and the most populous country in Latin America with 180 million people. It is the fifth largest in size. The country is ethnically diverse and has a vibrant culture of music, dance, art, food, media, and fashion. Brazil is a Federal Republic with 26 states and a federal district, where Brasilia, the capital is located. The executive branch consists of the president (chief of state and head of government) popularly elected to a single 4-year term.
LanguagePortuguese is the official language of Brazil. Except for the languages spoken by Indian tribes living in remote reservations, Portuguese is the only language of daily life. There are no regional dialects. Brazil is the only Portuguese-speaking country in South America. However, Spanish is more or less understood by many Brazilians.
The Cathedral of Christ the Savior was originally commissioned by Emperor Alexander I in an Imperial decree on Christmas day, December 25, 1812. In celebration of Russia’s dubious victory against Napoleon and having driven the French leader and his 600,000 troops from Russian soil, the Emperor thanked God and the Russian people for the triumph and ordained the construction of a memorial temple to Christ the Savior.
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