The Rainbow Loom craze is spreading like wildfire worldwide and has made its creators wealthy beyond their wildest dreams.

Rainbow Loom Kit

The Rainbow Loom is a plastic pegboard (measuring 2 inches 8 inches) used to weave colorful rubber bands into bracelets, charms and a whole lot of other things (the possibilities are limited only by your imagination).  It has push pin-type pegs over which small, colored rubber bands are looped and pulled by a rainbow loom crochet hook. The resulting looped knots, known as Brunnian links, can be assembled on the loom into bracelets and other shapes. The Rainbow Loom kit includes a pegboard, a rainbow loom hook, 24 special C-shaped clips, and 600 small rubber bands in assorted colors.

Rainbow Loom bracelets

Rainbow Loom creation

 

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A fishmonger at  Queen's Market in East London in UK has shot to fame with his “One Pound Fish” jingle.

An amateur video featuring Muhammed Shahid Nazir, aka the "One Pound Fish Man", has propelled the little-known fish seller into fame beyond his wildest dreams. The two-minute video, showing him peddling his fish at Queen's Market through a silly sing-along to anyone who would listen, has gone viral with almost 5 millions views since it was uploaded to YouTube on April 1, 2012 (yes, on April's Fool Day!).

"Have-a, have-a look, one pound fish. Very, very good, very, very cheap, one pound fish," goes the song.

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The 31-year-old shot to even more nationwide attention after failing to make the cut on Britain's reality music show, X Factor UK. However, he has since been signed on by Warner Music Group, releasing his first single aptly titled "One Pound Fish" in time for Christmas.

The video of the song, which has already hit 3 million views since it was uploaded on December 10, shows him singing the same song but in all its full glitz and glamour.

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Programa Silvio Santos (The Silvio Santos Program), the Brazilian television show responsible for the girl ghost in the elevator prank, has created a spookier and more macabre sequel that has scared the living daylights out of its victims. The video uploaded to YouTube on December 2 has gone seriously viral, garnering more than 7 million views in less than a week.

In their latest stunt, three men are shown loading a coffin into a lift. But as two of them return with a large wreath the lift doors slide shut and the horrified occupants are trapped inside with the coffin. The lights flicker as the power goes out and then the coffin lid springs open, revealing the “corpse” of a small elderly man that comes to life in a terrifying fashion.

Watch the video to see the responses of the victims:

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To all the readers of my blog, I wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012. Since you are from all around the world, let me express my season’s greetings in 100 different languages, with the hope that this covers the native language of all of you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012

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It is Christmas again. It is time to pause and reflect on Christmas. What has Christmas meant to you over the years?

Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?

Many of us have become so swept up in the commercial aspect of the holiday that we’ve strayed a bit from the true meaning of Christmas, forgetting what the meaning of Christmas really is.

True meaning of Christmas

So what is the true meaning of Christmas? Simply put, Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birthday. His birth meant that the Messiah that Isaiah spoke of had come into the world to save us. People knew even then that the child was special.

Take a step back, take out your Bible, and turn it to Luke. Follow along with Linus as he recites the true meaning of Christmas to Charlie Brown. This is the real story of Christmas.

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And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them,

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 LUKE 2:8-14

Christmas literally means the Mass (celebration) of Christ. “Christ” is a Greek word and title, meaning “anointed” or one set apart by God for a special purpose. “Christ” is equivalent to the Hebrew word “Messiah.” Based on the words of ancient prophets, the first century Jewish people expected the arrival of the Messiah promised by God as a great deliver of the people.

Christmas is the festival of the human heart. It is a time of year when all the universe conspires to raise the vibratory level of consciousness on earth to one of peace and love toward ourselves and one another. This season resonates to the sweet, childlike innocence that resides in all of us. A time when the heavenly forces inspire us to shift our focus away from fear and toward one of joy, and healing.

No matter who you are, your heart cannot resist the beauty of an ornamented Christmas tree or the glow of a mysterious menorah. Cynicism gives way to the celebration when carefully preparing holiday sweets or stringing colorful lights around the entrance to your home. Any heart warms to a rousing rendition of “Joy to The World”.

Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

The true meaning of Christmas

Jesus was born so we might live. Jesus, the son of God, came to earth so we may be set free. The Christ child, the child of light came, so the darkness that covered this world would become extinct. What a beautiful thought we have when we think of this precious sacrifice of His life so all men may have this gift of new birth in each one of us. Without Jesus, we would all die in our sins.

Through the sins of Adam and Eve, we have all inherited that sin nature. We need to have that removed. The only way is through Jesus. Jesus came so He could die on the cross for ALL of our sins. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins, we can ask Him to come into our hearts and forgive us. Then, we are clean and made whole.

We can truly be happy at Christmas! No matter what may be happening, we can know that we are His children. We then become sons and daughters of God. Heaven will be our home one day.

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season! Rejoice!

Will you give Him a room in the Inn of your heart this year?

Bless you and Merry Christmas.

Merry Christmas To You All!

By the way, I am baffled by the translation of Merry Christmas into Mandarin in the above picture.  It shows the Chinese characters for “Kong Hee Fatt Choy” (which essentially means wish you prosperity) which is what the Chinese wish each other during Chinese New Year. It has nothing to do with Christmas. I purposely chose the above picture to illustrate how commercialized Christmas has become.

 

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14-month old Taya Kennedy has become the darling of the child-modelling world.

Taya has Down’s Syndrome but she was selected, not to fulfil a quota, or out of sympathy or adhere to the dictums of some politically-correct code of positive discrimination. Taya was picked because she is a star in her own right, one brimming with the confidence of a natural performer.

14-month-old Taya Kennedy

“Taya is an incredibly photogenic, warm and smiley child, and that shines through in her photographs,” says Alysia Lewis, owner of Urban Angels, the prestigious UK model agency that has signed her up.

We only open our books twice a year and select just a few new children each season.

‘The standard is high; the desire for places strong. Taya is one of 50 children we chose from 2,000 applicants.

“That she has Down’s Syndrome did not enter the equation. We chose her because of her vibrancy and sense of fun. Not all children are comfortable in front of a lens and with a photographer looking at them ” especially when they are so young. But Taya was so relaxed and happy. She was just what we were looking for.”

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Why do people like to make fun of blondes?

On one hand, blonde hair in women has been considered attractive and desirable. On the other hand, a blonde woman is often perceived as making little use of intelligence, as a “woman who relied on her looks rather than on intelligence.”

There is an abundance of dumb blonde jokes. Here is a sampling of such jokes:

Dumb Blonde Joke 1

A person went into the office kitchen one morning and found a new blonde girl painting the walls. She was wearing a new fur coat and a nice denim jacket.

Thinking this was a little strange, he asked her why she was wearing them rather than old clothes or an overall.

She showed him the instructions on the tin,

“For best results, put on two coats”.

Dumb Blonde Joke 2

A blonde was driving down the road listening to the radio and was quite upset when she heard blonde joke after blonde joke. A little way down the road, she saw another blonde out in a field rowing a boat. The blonde stopped her car and angrily jumped out yelling,

“You dumb blonde bimbo! It’s blondes like you that give the rest of us a bad name! If I could swim I’d come out there and give you what’s coming to you!”

Dumb Blonde Joke 3

Dumb blonde

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American Sarah Churman had been wearing hearing aids from the age of two, but had mainly relied on lip-reading, because ‘hearing aids only help so much’.

She was fitted with a state-of-the-art hearing Esteem implant offered by Envoy Medical nine weeks ago, having spent her whole life in virtual silence. The Esteem implant is embedded in the ear and works through ear drum vibrations, unlike most hearing aids, which use microphones and speakers.

Her husband decided to film her as nurses turned on the implant and Sarah finally heard the world at full volume.

The video has gone viral, garnering more than now 3 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on September 26.

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As a nurse switches the device on and asks if she can tell, Sarah nods in amazement and bursts into tears. She is so overwhelmed she can hardly communicate her feelings, laughing and crying as she covers her face with her hands.

The emotional 29 year old is supported by a nurse as she hears noises using her hearing implant

Sarah Churman cries with laughter as she hears the world around her for the first time.

Wearing a plain white T-shirt, with her dark hair falling around her face, she nods as the nurse asks if she can hear others and herself, adding: ‘My laughter sounds loud.’

At the end of the video, when asked if she wants to hear her husband’s voice, she can only cry even more, pressing a tissue over her face as her husband is heard chuckling with happiness.

Sarah is now finally able to hear her three-year-old daughter.

What a moving story! No wonder Sarah says ‘God is good.

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Emmanuel Kellys story has touched so many Australians and tens of thousands of viewers around the world with his X Factor Australia 2011 September 8 audition performance of John Lennons Imagine.

Emmanuel Kelly

Emmanuel, an Australian originally from Iraq, wowed judges Ronan Keating, Spice Girl Mel Brown, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Guy Sebastian with his heartfelt performance, earning a standing ovation from them as well as the packed audience.

Emmanuel is 17 years old but he doesnt actually know the exact date he was born. Emmanuel and his brother Ahmed were adopted by Children First Foundation boss Moira Kelly from Iraq, both suffering limb deficiencies as a result of chemical warfare. Ms Kelly is also the guardian of the once-conjoined Bangladeshi twins, Krishna and Trishna.

Emmanuel Kelly belts out a song with the support of Moira Kelly and brother Ahmed. (Photo Credit: David Caird of the Herald Sun)

Ronan Keating was full of praise for Emmanuel who has now moved into the next round of competition.

I dont think Ive ever been moved as I was by that performance, he said.

Emmanuel said it was more than magic to be on X Factor.

Words could not describe what I was feeling on that stage, he said.

When I got up and started singing, there was nothing else. Adrenalin just took over. It was just a blur.

Emmanuel said his damaged limbs had not held him back and that he was not looking for sympathy.

I have actually been through nothing compared to some of the other kids I have met and mum has brought out, he said.

I dont want people to look at it (his performance) and go: Wow that is brave. I want people to look at me and go, Wow, he has got a really good voice or Wow, he is going to go far in life, not, Wow, that is brave for him to do that.

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Yoko Ono, widow of John Lennon, has this message for Emmanuel Kelly:

Thank you, Emmanuel. You sang beautifully!

Thank you. John would have been proud of you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Love, yoko

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Welcome to the world of coloured chicks. I mean chicks as in chickens, not the human chicks.

Dyed chicks that come in a kaleidoscope of colour have been trending across the world from Asia in the last few years.

The chicks are sold by street vendors in many Asian countries and even the US, where they attract the attention of passers by with their unnatural bright colors.

Dyed chicks (Photo:smashzFlickr)

Breeders inject a non-toxic dye into the ordinary chicken eggs to produce a psychedelic spectacle when they hatch. The colours last for the first few weeks of the chicks’ life. As the chicks mature, they shed their colors and grow to be normal-looking chickens.

The process was originally devised by scientists to observe the movement of birds in the wild.

The trend has been blasted by the RSPCA in UK who claim it turns living animals into a novelty item.

A kaleidoscope of colors

Dr Marc Cooper, senior scientific officer at the RSPCA, said: “While this is not something we are aware of happening in the UK, the RSPCA would have serious concerns about this sort of practise taking place.

“From a welfare point of view, the use of dye could not only have potential to harm the animal but it also raises ethical questions about how these chicks would be viewed.

“These are living creatures and by dyeing them it would send out the message that they are more of a novelty than a living animal.”

Most people pay for a colored chick and when it grows into a common cockerel, they just get rid of it, a practice that encourages children to view pets like easily replaceable toys they can just throw away when bored.

Dr. Nicholas Gaffga, an US CDC medical epidemiologist, said that dyed chicks are more dangerous than plain yellow chicks. “Many states prohibit the sale of dyed chicks. This is to prevent them from being sold to children as pets,” he said.

Although these dyed chicks look cute, they probably shouldnt be picked up or played with. When someone handles a chick, which is especially tempting if its dyed purple, blue or red, he or she can also pick up salmonella germs, which can result in stomach cramps, diarrhea and fever.

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