Sunday, 12 July 2015

[] 19 Surprising Uses for Cola (Other Than Drinking It)


19 Surprising Uses for Cola

Coca-Cola is the most popular drink in the world and has been around for over 100 years. Enjoyed by millions around the world, but some enjoy it not by drinking it, but rather for a variety of uses. Here are 19 things you never thought you could do with Coke.
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1. Stain Remover

Don't know how to get rid of a greasy stain? Soak it in Coke, scrub a little and immediately put it in the washing machine. The stain will be gone as if it was never there.

2. Remove Rust

Want to repaint metallic surfaces but don't have a rust removing spray? Dip a rag in Coke and scrub the rust away.

3. Eliminate Oil Spills

If oil has leaked from your car messing your garage floor or driveway, you can pour Coke over the spill, scrub with a broom and let it sit for 15 minutes, and then wash the stain away.

4. Loosen a Rusty Screw

Since Coke is effective at removing rust, if you're stuck with a rusty screw that won't budge, just pour some Coke over it and try unscrewing it. Within seconds, the screw will become loose.

5. Exterminate Snails and Slugs

We all know that they hate salt, but instead of chasing the slimy pests, you can use Coke. Pour some Coke into a bowl and leave it in your garden – the sugar will draw them in, and the acidity will kill them.

6. Relieve an Asthma Attack

Studies have found that caffeine can prevent asthma attacks as much as four hours after being ingested. If you can't get to your inhaler in time, a cup of Coke will do the trick. This is not, however, a recommended replacement for proper asthma medication!

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7. Cleaning Burnt Pots

No one wants to use a burnt pot. If you happen to burn something in a pot, you can pour Coke inside and let it soak overnight. In the morning, the burnt stains will be gone.

8. Relieve Jellyfish Stings

Vinegar is effective in relieving jellyfish stings, but most of us don't take a bottle of it to the beach. Surprisingly, Coke is just as effective as vinegar.

9. Nausea / Diarrhea Relief

If you're suffering from nausea or diarrhea, you can use Coke to relieve the symptoms. Pour some into a cup and let it sit until it is no longer carbonated. Now, take a spoonful every hour.

10. Get Rid of the Hiccups

Got a persistent hiccup that just won't go away, no matter what? Gargle some Coke several time until the hiccups are gone. The fizz may feel weird in your throat, but it's a small price to pay for hiccup relief.

11. Decongestion

If you've got a cold and your nose is congested, you can take a cup of Coke, warm it up (do not boil it!) and drink it. The congestion will be gone in a jiffy.

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[] Harish Srinivasan - The Weekend Agriculturist ( 5,000 volunteers ) 29-year-old who is senior consultant at Virtusa India Pvt Ltd in Chennai [5 Attachments]


Tired of weekend parties, discotheques and pubs? Have aimless visits to the mall and the latest movies lost their charm?

Are you looking for something more meaningful? Something fun and challenging as well?

Then this weekend, join Harish Srinivasan and his friends at a farm near Chennai.
The Weekend Agriculturist
Like thousands of youngsters in the city, Harish has a regular job during weekdays.

But his weekends are anything but regular.

This 29-year-old is the founder of The Weekend Agriculturist, an informal group of enthusiastic youngsters, who offer free labour to small and marginal farmers on weekends.

"My plan is simple: offer free labour to the farmers, who cannot afford to hire help.
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"I started a Facebook page outlining my mission and vision for the group. That was about three years ago. Today our group has nearly 5000 volunteers from all walks of life -- IT professionals, doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, social activists and students," says Harish.

For founder Harish Srinivasan it all started after reading MoondramUlagaPor (Third World War), a novel by Tamil poet and lyricist Vairamuthu.

"Though I have no agricultural background, the plight of our farmers has always moved me. But it was only after reading MoondramUlagaPor that I was actually jolted into doing something.

"The book described in painful detail the untold sufferings of our farmers. I knew that I had to do something.
The Weekend Agriculturist
"We convinced some of the big, more educated farmers, who took us in and taught us some of the basics. We went back week after week until they realised that we really had their best interests at heart."

They spend their own money for travel and usually spend the night in open terraces, schools or small hostels.

The core group of volunteers is between the ages of 20-30, but there are older volunteers and some bring their families as well.

Harish lets him know in advance when the group will be coming. He identifies the farmers who need help most.
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They groups are of 10-20 and they work for two days from 6:30 in the morning to about 4 in the evening, doing whatever needs to be done.

"Vegetables like brinjal, chilly, or tomatoes can be grown very easily. I myself harvest about three or four kilos of brinjal every month in my garden. Growing your own food is a totally exhilarating experience," Satish claims.

The volunteers are encouraged to buy produce from the farmers.

"These poor farmers sell their produce to middlemen, who buy for as low as Rs 5-6 per kg and sell for Rs 40-50 in the city. We are currently working to get corporates interested in building a direct link between the farmers and consumers, to help farmers get a better rate for their produce," says Harish.
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[] Islam is not banned in Japan


Is Islam banned in Japan?



According to the US State Department's evaluation of Japan in its 2012 International Religious Freedom Report:

The [Japanese] constitution provides for freedom of religion, and other laws and policies contributed to the generally free practice of religion.

The government generally respected religious freedom in practice. There was no change in the status of respect for religious freedom by the government during the reporting period.

There were some reports of societal abuse or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice.


There are no governmental statistics on the number of Muslims in the country. The Islamic Center estimates there are approximately 100,000 to 110,000 Muslims of whom 10,000 are citizens.


According to Wikipedia, Japan has embassies in many Muslim countries, including Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and many more.
I'm not sure what is meant by "Islamic" countries, but Iran and Saudi Arabia surely qualify.

I didn't find such clear reference to contradict other claims, but this example clearly shows that the author didn't bother to check his claims.



Are Arabic languages taught at Japanese universities?

Yes. You can study Arabic at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Here is part of their English-language page about Arabic Studies:

Arabic is an official language of the United Nations and is spoken in many countries around the world. It also plays a significant role in Islam as the language of the Koran. Unfortunately, not many people in Japan understand the language, thus making it very difficult to directly hear the voice of the Arab world.

There is also a Japanese-language page related to Arabic here (not equivalent to the English-language page).

From the first link in the question:

In the University of Japan Arabic or any Islamic language is not taught.

Apart from Arabic, I'm not aware of there being such a thing as an "Islamic language". However, if they think languages spoken in predominantly Muslim countries are "Islamic languages", then Indonesian would be one, and it is taught at that university.



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* Japan prevents the use of mobile phones in trains, restaurants and indoors.

* For first to sixth primary year, Japanese students must learn ethics in dealing with people.

* Even though one of the richest people in the world, the Japanese do not have servants. The parents are responsible for their house and also their children.

* There is no examination from the first to the third primary level because the goal of education is to instill concepts and character building.

* If you go to a buffet restaurant in Japan you will notice people only eat as much as they need without any waste because food must not be wasted.

* The rate of delayed trains in Japan is about 7 seconds per year! The Japanese appreciate the value of time and are very punctual to minutes and seconds.

* Children in schools brush their teeth (sterile) and clean their teeth after a meal at school, teaching them to maintain their health from an early age.

* Japanese students take half an hour to finish their meals to ensure proper digestion because these students are the future of Japan.

The Japanese focus on maintaining their culture. Therefore,

* No political leader or a prime minister from an Islamic nation has visited Japan. Not even the Ayatollah of Iran, the King of Saudi Arabia or a Saudi Prince!

* Japan is a country keeping Islam at bay by putting strict restrictions on Islam and all Muslims.

1) Japan is the only nation that does not give citizenship to Muslims.
2) In Japan permanent residency is not given to Muslims.
3) There is a strong ban on the propagation of Islam in Japan
4) In the University of Japan, Arabic or any Islamic language is not taught.
5) One cannot import a 'Koran' published in the Arabic language.
6) According to data published by the Japanese government, it has given temporary residency to only 2 lakhs Muslims, who must follow the Japanese Law. These Muslims should speak Japanese and carry their religious rituals in their homes.
7) Japan is the only country in the world that has a negligible number of Embassies in Islamic countries.
8) Muslims residing in Japan are the employees of foreign companies.
9) Even today, visas are not granted to Muslim doctors, engineers or managers sent by foreign companies.
10) In the majority of companies it is stated in their regulations that no Muslims should apply for a job.
11) The Japanese government is of the opinion that Muslims are fundamentalist, and even in the era of globalization they are not willing to change their Sharia laws.
12) Muslims cannot even rent a house in Japan.
13) If anyone comes to know that his neighbor is a Muslim then the whole neighborhood stays alert.
14) No one can start an Islamic cell or Arabic 'Madrasa' in Japan ..
15) There is no Sharia law in Japan .
16) If a Japanese woman marries a Muslim, she is considered an outcast forever.
17) According to Mr. Kumiko Yagi, Professor of Arab/Islamic Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, " There is a mind frame in Japan that Islam is a very narrow minded religion and one should stay away from it." The Japanese might have lost World War II, but they are in charge of their own country. There are no bombs going off in crowded business centers, "Honor Killings", or killing of innocent children or anyone else.

Something to think about it by the Hindus Hindustanis also.


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