Jan 5, 2011

The Iceman Cometh: Man Reportedly Sets Record With 2-Hour Ice Bath

The Iceman Cometh: Man Reportedly Sets Record With 2-Hour Ice Bath

Talk about breaking the ice.

Clad only in swim trunks, China's Jin Songhao reportedly endured a freezing-cold ice bath for two hours -- potentially setting a new world record for direct, full-body contact with ice.
Jin took the title by lasting 120 minutes in a plastic box filled with ice cubes, according to Xinhua and Global Times. Guinness World Records officials in New York City told AOL News that they have not yet received any documentation of the 54-year-old's world record attempt, meaning they cannot confirm it.

Guo Liliang, Xinhua Current Guinness World Record holder Chen Kecai of China competed alongside Jin in Monday's contest in China's Hunan province. Kecai reportedly lasted 118 minutes, besting his record-setting 2010 showing by 10 minutes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jin Songhao stands in a plastic box during a cold endurance competition in Zhangjiajie, China, on Monday. He reportedly beat the existing record for the longest ice bath by immersing himself in ice for 120 minutes.                                                                              
But officials pulled Chen out of the box when monitoring devices showed the 53-year-old's body temperature falling, according to ITN News.
Both competitors outlasted Dutch citizen Wim Hof, who in a separate event held in Hong Kong reportedly managed to stay in an icy bath for 115 minutes earlier this week.
Though Hof wasn't able to set a new record, that doesn't mean he's been frozen out of the record books. The 51-year-old remains a Guinness World Record holder for running the fastest half marathon barefoot on snow.

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10 Funniest Windows Errors

10 Funniest Windows Errors

Kind of Recursive if you think of it... 

Sure... If only I could!

A self-conscious error message. 

It happens...

Am I also an error? 21 Reasons To Love And Hate Facebook

You do realize how this is going to be a problem, right?

Sometimes it does, unexpectedly work.

Sorry, I can't find the "any" key.

Now that's an error message!

Would it Kill you just to wait patiently 127 years?

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21 Reasons To Love And Hate Facebook

Why I love Facebook

1. It’s funny: I have some strange friends. These strange friends often find strange things on the internet, then post them on Facebook. It is usually a comment, video or news article. Now, thanks to my friends on Facebook who share stuff that makes them laugh, I get a good laugh too.

2. It keeps us connected: Facebook has allowed for us to stay in touch with one another on a larger and more convenient scale than ever before. Orphans have sought out their biological parents, high school flames have reunited, one-night stands from that bachelor party in Las Vegas have come back with a baby in their arms, and so on. But best of all, you can stay in touch with good friends from your recent past.

3. Party invitations: For the college student, this is truly one of Facebook’s most lovable features. With Facebook, it is incredibly simple to host a party and/or be invited to one. In less than one minute, you can invite 800+ friends to a party. It also allows you to give additional information like the address, date, time, what to bring, who is attending and the dress code.

4. Chat: I remember how easy Yahoo! Instant Messenger made it for me to ask girls out in the 5th grade. A lot has changed since my time and I now use Facebook chat to ask girls out. It’s a simple, quick, and convenient way to talk with friends who happen to be online while you are.

5. Getting creepy: I am joking, but not really. Let me explain: Facebook is great for “scoping the scene.” There is no such thing as a blind date anymore if you can see photos and learn his/her interests, work history, DOB, and even favorite books beforehand. It is also a good way to remember a friends birthday or stalk your exes without breaking and entering.

6. Photographs: This my number one reason why I love Facebook. Many Facebook users upload photos like it’s their job. Whether of a recent backpacking trip around Europe or a best friends wedding, give it one week and you will have photos of it. Just tell your friends to ‘tag’ you and photos from a range of quality, perspectives and angles will start to pour in. It is the simplest way to receive and post photos online.

7. Business: As the biggest social networking site in the world, there is no surprise why Facebook is good for business. In order to succeed in today’s business economy, social networking is essential. If you own a small business, or are trying to promote a new product, Facebook is a great way to get the word out, develop a following, keep your customers connected, and better your business.

8. Nostalgia: Facebook is an online library of your photographs and friends. Reliving old memories or contacting old friends can bring back some warm fuzzy feelings.

9. Strange status updates: I would much rather hear a strange status update like, “farted in my car on the way to work and almost lost my breakfast” 21 Reasons To Love And Hate Facebook than a sad or mundane update about what you ate for breakfast 21 Reasons To Love And Hate Facebook .

Why I Hate Facebook

10. Emotional status updates: If you update your status, I would prefer it to be either insightful, funny, useful, or as I previously mentioned, straight up strange. If you are fishing for compliments with updates like “going to the gym” or seeking help with “life sucks right now,” then please go somewhere else. You are fat and life doesn’t suck.

11. It’s addictive: Nicotine, alcohol, heroin, Facebook…same thing. If you feel like Facebook has you trapped under a frozen lake, without a hole for air, you might be addicted. In a generation marked by shorter attention spans, Mark Zuckerberg has provided a quick form of entertainment where you and your friends are the subject matter. Now, with features like Facebook mobile, you can be entertained anywhere and anytime.

12. It gives a false sense of community: Robin Dunbar, professor of psychology from the University of Liverpool states, “the lack of social contact, the lack of sense of community, may be the most pressing social problem of the new millennium.” It’s true, the world would be a better place with a strong global sense of community. While this was one of Mr. Zuckerberg’s initial intentions with Facebook, it may have backfired. Yes Facebook does help to create bonds between people worldwide, but it is still a much weaker bond than good-old face-to-face communication.

13. Mom and dad are on Facebook: As a young adult, the last thing you want Mom and Dad to know is everything you’re up to, complete with photographs to look at and comments to read. In the beginning years, Facebook was strictly for college students. Today, grandma can sign up and check out what kind of shenanigans her 16 year old granddaughter is up to. Uh oh grandma.

14. Compare and contrast: It’s a horrible, but undeniable trait among the modern human. We constantly judge, compare and analyze ourselves and one another. Facebook provides a platform for you to do that. The fight in order to ‘keep up’ with the Jones’ can be detrimental to your mental health, and Facebook can easily facilitate the desire to do so. My only advice is to be yourself and do your own thing. 100%

15. Waste of time: “Holy crap, I just spent an hour on Facebook.” I don’t know how, but Mark Zuckerberg has discovered a time warp. Facebook has the ability to suck hours out of our potentially productive day, without our realizing it. I believe our time indoors and online should be limited, and our time outside and free from our devices, increased.

16. The Facebook over-user: You know who you are: crowding up the mini-feed with comments, stupid cat videos, hourly status updates on what you’re feeling and otherwise mindless jabber. Have some respect. Don’t do that.

17. Friend suggestions: This is a fairly recent and quite pesky feature. Facebook will allow you to send or receive messages offering friend suggestions. Facebook also provides a tool that creates a list of people it thinks you should be friends with. Who are you, computer, to tell me who to be friends with? That is annoying, and what’s more annoying is that there isn’t a physical, tangible being that I can blame and/or tell to piss off.

18. Loss of privacy: I know, it’s my fault. Anything you post on the internet, including on Facebook, can potentially be accessed by anyone in the world. That is weird to me. Additionally, people you have not seen in years can know a lot about you: the last vacation you went on, who your friends are, how many tattoos you have, your relationship status, work experience, education history and more. Do our life experiences and achievements become invalid unless the entire internet world knows about them? Is this real life? Where am I? Are you my dad? Uhhhh…

19. Groups, causes and fan pages: Outside the world of Facebook, these have no relevance. None. If you join a cause on Facebook, it means you are doing nothing more than sitting in your armchair and saying you care with a ‘click’. You will never cure cancer or save the seals from your laptop. Furthermore, joining the group “If 1,000,000 people join this group, I will name my first born son Frankenstein” is funny, I agree. But unless I personally get to hang out with Frankenstein, coach his T-ball team, and go for pizza afterwards, then I don’t care. Name the poor boy Timmy so he doesn’t grow up blaming his failures on the fact that his dead-head parents named him Frankenstein.

20. Unknown friend requests: I don’t understand this. No random person on the street has ever approached me and asked me to be their friend. Why then, does this happen all the time on Facebook? If I’m not friends with you in real life, I’m not going to be friends with you on the internet.

21. Relationship status updates: It is a big step in the modern relationship. But today, the time to define the relationship may come via a Facebook message. Be careful how you respond. It’s a beautiful thing… a relationship, but choosing to update it on Facebook first could be a mistake if done without proper consent.
Now this one is for you! Do you Like facebook like me or you hate it as some of them do ? Well, I personally still love it due to some personal reasons. 21 Reasons To Love And Hate Facebook
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Four mens fitness goals for 2011

Four mens fitness goals for 2011

Four mens fitness goals for 2011It's often said that men are goal-centred. We like to have something to work towards, a marker that we can say we have met.
That's why saying, "I'm going to start running" or "I'm going to tone up" rarely works for us. There's nothing concrete to aim for. If we want to be fitter, slimmer or healthier in 2011, we have to set targets.
With that in mind, here are some realistic fitness goals for men for the coming year, with expert advice on how to achieve them. It's not good enough, of course, to reach a goal and then stop. Once you've achieved one target, set another for a few months down the line, even if it's just to repeat the feat (be it a 10k race or a charity bike ride).
And remember, if you want to invent your own fitness goals, many of the same principles apply. But make 2011 the year you really do get fitter, rather than just another year of talking about it.

I want to run 10k by July
A 10k run is perfect. It will test you, you'll need to train for it, but it's eminently do-able in six months or so, even if you've never run for exercise before (oh, and as with all these goals, have a word with the GP before you start, just to be on the safe side).
"10k is a perfect goal," says personal trainer Graeme Hilditch, author of The Marathon and Half Marathon: A Training Guide. "It's far enough for you to have to put the training in, but not so far that your whole life is dominated by pounding the pavements."
The other good thing is that there are lots of 10k runs in the summer, so sign up for one as soon as you can to give an extra incentive to your training. Also, get decent shoes from a good running shop that can measure your 'running gait'.
As far as training goes, start slowly - just a 10-minute jog three times a week if that's all you can manage - and build gradually. "It's so important to take your time and increase your running mileage slowly," says Hilditch. "Increasing your mileage too quickly more often than not results in injury."
Sometimes less is more. If you don't feel you can add extra time or distance to your run for a week or two, don't see it as a failure. Your body is simply adjusting to a brand new exercise routine.
Take it steadily and keep going, and it won't be long before your fitness improves, your muscles adjust to the new regime and 10k no longer seems such a daunting distance.

I want to cycle 30 miles for charity in September
As Graeme Hilditch says, "if the thought of running makes you cringe or you don't think your knees are up to it, then a cycling challenge is a perfect alternative."
In many ways, cycling is ideal. Most of us cycled as kids, and most of us remember it as a lot of fun. While running can seem like a slog when you haven't done it before, getting on a bike is an easier sell.
So - first off - always wear a helmet and make sure your bike is in good condition.
And then remember that, on the flat, unless you're cycling very quickly, it won't be as labour intensive as running, so you may have to do more of it.
"Try and stick to a regular training schedule of two to three rides a week in the early stages as you build your fitness levels, eventually upping it to four or even five rides," says Hilditch. Try to make sure you've almost covered the distance at least once or twice before the event.
"Feel free to alternate between the road bike and the gym bike - variety is the spice of life after all! Try and include plenty of hills on your rides too - they are great to build leg strength and will do wonders for your fitness levels."

I want to swim a mile by March
Swimming is excellent exercise, and swimming a mile is a challenging but achievable goal for the first quarter of 2011.
One factor to note is that, unlike running or cycling, you can't set off from your front door. Going swimming takes a bit more planning, and you might not be able to do it as regularly. But if you can swim two or three times a week, you can certainly reach your goal by the summer.
One problem with swimming lengths is that it can become a bit boring. "For the best results and to keep training interesting, you don't want every session to be the same so try to do something a little different every time you swim," says Hilditch.
"For example, make one swim an 'endurance' swim and aim to swim non-stop for a certain number of lengths or specific time. For another session, you can do intervals, so aim to swim two lengths quickly, then rest for two minutes and do another two lengths."
Do this 10 times, he adds, and your swimming fitness will grow beyond recognition. For the third session, you could combine the two sessions together and aim to swim for 20 minutes non-stop, but swimming a fast length every now and again.

I want to lose weight for the beach!
You may well want to look good on the beach, but just saying it won't be enough. According to Michael Betts, Education Director of fitness fx Limited, to achieve any fitness goal you have to work "SMART".
And by SMART he means that your goals have to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
"It's no good saying you want to lose weight," he says. "You want to know exactly how much weight you want to lose."
 And not only that, you have to set a time to lose the weight by and make sure it's realistic.
After that, says Betts, break your specific main goal (to lose two stone by the time you fly off in August, say) into a series of smaller goals, for each week and each work out. "Setting goals in this way not only keeps you focused on your final goal, it gives you the feeling of success, one of the greatest motivators of all."
A weekly goal might be to go to the gym four times. A daily goal might be to work out for an hour. And an immediate goal might be to spend 15 minutes on the treadmill without a break. As you complete each goal, you get a sense of progress. As you get fitter, you can make immediate goals more challenging, or add 10 minutes to a workout.
That way, you motivate yourself to keep going. And if you keep going from now until August, you're pretty much guaranteed to look good on the beach.