Sunday, February 27, 2011
Latvian immigrant sculptor, scientist and author, Edward Leedskalnin, left behind two important gifts for humanity—Rock Gate, otherwise known as Coral Castle, and Magnetic Current, the universal theory of the individual North and South pole magnet—two gifts that are emerging as perhaps two of the greatest achievements by one man in human history.
In Magnetic Current and complimentary writings, Edward Leedskalnin provides instruction through experimentation and lecture into understanding the interactions of the individual North and South pole magnet, a magnetic unipole. Since the individual North and South pole magnets are considered by Leedskalnin to be the base of everything, he’s able to move in and out of seemingly unrelated scientific topics with ease drawing awakening correlations between them and shedding light on the true inner workings of our world and universe.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
“Nietzsche says there are two kinds of people in the world. People who are destined for greatness, like Walt Disney and Hitler. And then there’s the rest of us.
“He called us ‘the bungled and the botched.’ We get teased. We sometimes get close to greatness, but we never get there. We’re the expendable masses. We get pushed in front of trains, take poison aspirin, get gunned down in Dairy Queens.” - Jack Lucas, “The Fisher King”
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Categories: RNS, research
(RNS) While mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. continue to experience decades-long decline, the memberships of Pentecostal traditions are on the rise, according to new figures compiled by the National Council of Churches.
The Roman Catholic Church (No. 1) and the Southern Baptist Convention (No. 2) are still significantly larger than all other North American denominations, but Catholics posted minimal growth of less than 1 percent, and Southern Baptist membership fell for a third straight year, according to the 2011 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches.
Produced annually by the NCC, the yearbook is considered one of the most reliable recorders of church membership. The figures in the 2011 yearbook were compiled by churches in 2009, reported to the NCC in 2010 and released Monday (Feb. 14).
Mainline Protestant churches that have seen a fall in membership since the 1970s continued their decline; the Presbyterian Church (USA) reported the greatest membership drop (2.6 percent) of the 25 largest denominations.
Other denominations reporting declines include the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Episcopal Church as well as the more evangelical Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
The membership declines in mainline churches led to a 1 percent decrease in total U.S. church membership, to 145.8 million.
Despite the national decline, some smaller denominations' memberships are increasing.
"Churches which have been increasing in membership in recent years continue to grow and likewise, those churches which have been declining in recent years continue to decline," writes the Rev. Eileen Lindner, the editor of the yearbook.
Pentecostal churches make up four of the 25 largest churches, and both the Assemblies of God and the Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.) increased in membership. Only six of the 25 largest memberships increased over the previous year.
Jehovah's Witnesses experienced the greatest growth percentage overall, gaining 4.37 percent according to the yearbook. Several historically black denominations continued a years-long practice of not submitting fresh figures.
The 10 largest Christian bodies reported in the 2011 yearbook are:
The Catholic Church: 68.5 million, up 0.57 percent.
Southern Baptist Convention: 16.1 million, down .42 percent.
The United Methodist Church: 7.8 million, down 1 percent.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 6 million, up 1.42 percent.
The Church of God in Christ: 5.5 million, no membership updates reported.
National Baptist Convention, USA: 5 million, no membership updates reported.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: 4.5 million, down 1.96 percent.
National Baptist Convention of America, 3.5 million, no membership updates reported.
Assemblies of God: 2.9 million, up .52 percent.
Presbyterian Church (USA): 2.7 million, down 2.61 percent.
- RICHARD YEAKLEY, c. 2011 Religion News Service
Filed Under: Chuch, Growth, Membership, National Council of Churches, Pentecostal, Protest, Report, Research, RNS, Roman Catholic Church, Southern Baptist Convention, Trends
Coca Cola Secret Recipe Found
|Everett Beal's Recipe Book |
In Feb 28, 1979 Article
Atlanta Journal and Constitution Newspaper
| Pemberton's Notebook |
Published in the 1992
History: For God, Country & Coca-Cola
(Fluid Extract of Coca)
|3 drams USP||4 oz FE Coco|
|Citric Acid||3 oz||3 oz|
|Caffeine||1 oz||1oz Citrate Caffein|
|Sugar||30 #||30 #|
|Water||2.5 gal||2.5 gal|
|Lime Juice||2 pints (1 qrt)||1 qrt|
|Vanilla||1 oz||1 oz|
|Caramel||1.5 oz or more to color||Color sufficient|
|Use 2 oz flavor (below) to 5 gals syrup||2.5 oz flavor|
|Alcohol||8 oz||1 qrt|
|Orange Oil||20 drops||80|
|(The Pemberton formula for 7X is the same as the Beal, just four times as much.)|
Coca-Cola’s secret recipe has been a fiercely guarded trade secret since the creation of the carbonated beverage way back in 1886. But a US radio show claims to have sensationally uncovered the ingredients and quantities used to make the iconic American soft drink.
This American Life has unearthed a 32-year-old article from the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Coca-Cola’s hometown paper, which it claims shows a photograph of a hand-written recipe purported to be an exact replica of Coca-Cola creator John Pemberton’s. According to research undertaken by This American Life, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution journalist came across the recipe in dusty book of recipes once owned by pharmacist Everett Beal, Pemberton’s fishing buddy. Coca-Cola historian Mark Pendergrast told the radio show the recipe is “certainly a version of the formula.”
If the recipe does turns out to be the real thing it will send shockwaves around the US firm which has kept stony silent about the recipe for over 100 years. “The only official written copy is supposedly held in a U.S. bank vault and only two company employees at any one time are said to know the whole formula that gives the fizzy drink its distinctive flavour,” reported The Daily Mail, which added that, “Asa Candler, one of the first presidents of the company, was so worried that the ‘Holy of Holies’ would fall into the wrong hands he made sure it was never written down. He removed all the labels from the containers of the ingredients so they were identified only by the sight, smell and where they were put on the shelf.”
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Coca-Cola have denied the secret formula has been made public. “Our formulation is our company’s most valued trade secret, and we will not be coming forward with that formula,” a cagey spokesperson told The Los Angeles Times’ Daily Dish blog.
Currently, a can of Coke lists its ingredients as: “Natural flavourings including caffeine’ alongside carbonated water, sugar, phosphoric acid and colour (Caramel E150d).” But it has long been known that the drink contains a mysterious “7X” flavouring. “The company has always said, and as far as I know it’s true, that at any given time only two people know how to mix the 7X flavouring ingredient,” Coca-Cola historian Mark Pendergrast told This American Life. “Those two people never travel on the same plane in case it crashes; it’s this carefully passed-on secret ritual and the formula is kept in a bank vault.”
So, what’s in a can of Coke? It has two parts. The first includes “fluid extract of coca,” citric acid, caffeine, sugar, water, lime juice, vanilla, and caramel. The second, called “7X,” includes alcohol, orange oil, lemon oil, nutmeg oil, coriander, neroli, and cinnamon. Budding soda makers keen to make megabucks can check out the original recipe here. Thisamericanlife.org said all ingredients are available online.
“Mostly through all this I feel bad for poor Pepsi, about whose secret formula no one cares,” quipped Max Read at Gawker. “When was the last time you wondered about the secret recipe for Pepsi? They probably would just give it to you, if you asked!”
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Generally presumed to be some kind of ciphertext, the Voynich manuscript has been studied by many professional and amateur cryptographers, including American andBritish codebreakers from both World War I and World War II. Yet it has defied all decipherment attempts, becoming a historical cryptology cause célèbre. The mystery surrounding it has excited the popular imagination, making the manuscript a subject of both fanciful theories and novels: numerous possible authors have been suggested for it.
In 2009, University of Arizona researchers performed C14 dating on the manuscript's vellum, which they assert (with 95% confidence) was made between 1404 and 1438. In addition, the McCrone Research Institute in Chicago found that much of the ink was added not long afterwards, confirming that the manuscript is indeed an authentic medieval document.
The book is named after the Polish-Lithuanian-American book dealer Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired it in 1912. Currently the Voynich manuscript is owned by theBeinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, and is formally referred to as "Beinecke MS 408". The first facsimile edition was published in 2005.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
A German man now has a permanent – and painful – reminder of what it took to win a brand new car.
Following up on a local radio station’s call for listeners to do something crazy to win a new Mini Cooper, Andreas Muller, 39, topped all contestants by tattooing the word “Mini” on his penis.
Listeners got an earful as Muller’s ballsy stunt was performed live on air, with every shriek and exclamation of regret broadcast.
Still, Muller says enduring the few minutes of excruciating pain was worth it. He now has a $30,000 Mini that’s sure to help assuage the soreness.
“Once I’m sitting in the car, it won’t matter anymore,” he told the Austrian Times. “Then the pain will be gone and it’ll be all right.”
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