Wealth & health in the past 200 years

Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before – using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.

Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats – BBC Four

Wonderful animation on wealth and health growth in the past 200 years.

Russia did not attack South Ossetia, media confused?

American and U.K. media is feeding you lies about what happened in Georgia the night of August 7th, 2008. CNN claims that Russia invaded Georgia. The truth is Georgia had committed the act of genocide against people of South Ossetia, and Russia had no choice but to protect its own citizens!

The truth about South Ossetia War, Georgia attack, and Russia’s response

I’ve been reading a little on the South Ossetia incident. I haven’t heard of this place before this attack. I thought Georgia is a place in USA actually. But news reports have been bias here. The media seem to pay more attention to Georgia as a victim instead of presenting a more objective view of the situation. This could possibly be due to Russia’s politicians reluctance to release statements on the war, but the media seems to be siding Georgia on this one.

[Note: Most of the news I read is USA new sites.]

Putin declares Russia at war!

When everyone’s talking about Olympics, Russia goes to war. 1,400 people dead.

Georgia: Russia has invaded and we are under attack

Russia sent troops and tanks into the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia today as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin declared “the war has started”.

1,400 reported dead. Georgia to withdraw troops from Iraq for use in South Ossetia.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “War started today in South Ossetia when Georgia attacked Russian peacekeepers in the disputed region.”

Georgian President Mikhail Saakasvili told CNN: “Russia is fighting a war with us in our own territory.

Witnesses claim Tskhinvali is devastated. “I saw bodies lying on the streets, around ruined buildings, in cars,” said one.

“It’s impossible to count them now. There is hardly a single building left undamaged.”

The Georgian government said it will try to protect Russian peacekeepers who are in the disputed region. However Russia claims 10 Russian peacekeepers have already been killed. (Source: Belfast Telegraph)

Bug: Firefox used in more countries than exist

According to Mozilla, “since 2004, the Firefox community has grown to more than 175 million users. Firefox is available in more than 45 languages and used in more than 230 countries. Every day, the enthusiasm of the community is reflected in grassroots efforts happening all over the world as people share Firefox with their friends and families.”

Bug 436828 – Firefox is used in more than 230 countries. Really?

United Nations recognizes 193 member states, including Vatican City. The problem with the words ‘country’, ‘state’ and ‘nation’ are that it often has many interpretations. I guess Mozilla just throw everything in. (Source: Wikipedia)

This bug is currently assigned to ‘Nobody; OK to take it and work on it’. You can see the bug report here.

The most absurd laws

The Most Absurd Laws from Around the World

  1. It’s illegal to call or address a pig as Napoleon in France.
  2. It is against the law to sell a doll with a face that’s not human in France.
  3. It is illegal to carry a Bible or to talk to someone about Jesus in Singapore. (Is this true?)
  4. In Britain, It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament. The reasoning behind this is that technically anyone who dies within the walls of Parliament is automatically granted a Royal state funeral. (Okay, anybody fancies a state funeral?)
  5. It is illegal to dress up as Batman in Australia. (What about Superman?)
  6. In Finland, Donald Duck was once banned because he doesn’t wear any pants.
  7. In Thailand, all those who attend a cinema show must stand up during the national anthem before a film begins.

More at Divine Caroline.

Oh, so this is Coke Zero

I was talking to a random person at Plaza Singapura. I don’t remember her name already maybe sherlynn or something. She was telling that it’s leap year that day. I heard ‘libya‘.

Leap Year VS Libya

She: Hey you know today is leap year.
Me: Libya?
She: Yeah, leap year.
Me: Is that what you call it – libya?
She: Ya, every four years is a leap year. You never heard of ‘leap year’?
Me: Erm… Isn’t Libya a…
She: Leap year is any year you can divide by four. It’s a special occasion for girls, if a girl proposes on leap year, the guy has to accept.
Me: Oh… Happy Libya to you then.
She: Happy Leap Year!


Libya is the country with a green flag, totally green!. Designers went lazy. Well, at least the kids had an easier time. I always can’t drag the Singapore flag nicely ’cause all the stars have to be position this and that way. And we have like five stars on our flag and I sucked in drawing stars. I drew circles instead and got scolded. Luckily I wasn’t born in U.S.A., I’ll have to draw 50 of them.

Okay, I drifted off totally. Anyway, that girl was asking me if I would be attending Coke Zero launch tomorrow, you know the day after Libya. And she had to explain to me what Coke Zero is. Finally I get to taste it:

Oh, so this is Coke Zero.