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May 8, 2008 - quirky    No Comments

Girly names for deadly cyclones

So the latest cyclone that devastated Myanmar is named Nargis. Nargis apparently is the 12th deadliest cyclone of all time.

Has anyone ever wondered why they are named with female names? The deadliest one in Indian Ocean was called Typhoon Nina. Before Nargis, Myanmar was hot by Cyclone Mala. Among other famous cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons that were laden with girly names were Tropical Storm Thelma which devastated Philippines in 1991, Hurricane Katrina (2005 – USA), Hurricane Iniki (1992 – Hawaii), Hurricane Pauline and Kenna (Mexico) Hurricane Cammille, Typhoon Nancy, Cyclone Tracy, Typhoon Ophelia and what not.

I just want to know why such horrible and disastrous events are given female names, why can’t it be called Cyclone Jack or Typhoon Rajesh or Hurricane Asad or Zach or whatever. The only notable cyclone that has a ‘boy name’ is Cyclone Bhola that hit India and Bangladesh in seventies.

Apr 23, 2008 - quirky    No Comments

Hitler reincarnated; as a doll

A Ukrainian toy manufacturer is reportedly marketing an Adolf Hitler doll.

The 16in figure – complete with movable arms – will first be available in the capital Kiev and come with a selection of outfits.

There will be “early days Adolf” – brownshirt and jodphurs – and “wartime Adolf” – his grey double breasted tunic, black trousers and simple Iron Cross medal.

The doll will have accessories like a miniature Blondi, Hitler’s faithful Alsatian whose loyalty was repaid with a cyanide capsule in the Berlin bunker.

Most Nazi images are illegal in Ukraine, as are any positive depictions of the Nazi regime.

The Zerkalo Tizhden newspaper in Ukraine said a local toy manufacturer was behind the Hitler dolls project .

Apr 21, 2008 - quirky    No Comments

Sacred stripping

According to this news item, a Russian priest was left cursing after he was tricked into giving a sacred blessing to a strip bar.

Father Nickolai blessed the Studio 74 strip club in the city of Chelyabinsk after he was told it was a ballet school.

The Orthodox priest claims he had no idea it was a strip club and that he had been tricked by the owners – who told him it was a hall for training ballet dancers.

Studio 74 spokeswoman Anna Usmanova said: “Ever since we had this sacred act performed on our premises customers say they have experienced an entirely new atmosphere here and more people are coming in. The blessing seems to be working.”

Moral of story: Stripping is a spiritual experience, and if the priest blesses your joint, you get more business.

Apr 17, 2008 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Sarkari have hots

When Vaneeza Ahmed declared President Pervez Musharraf as the hottest man in Pakistan back in 2004 (in Herald’s Annual issue), Mush, indeed was a hot property, riding the popular wave, with no opposition to speak of. But I was shocked out of my skin (metaphorically of course) when I read that, because I thought Vinnie would have a better taste in men than falling for an aging generalissimo. I personally abhor all men who dye their hair. Men with mile wide eye bags and loose hanging jowls don’t gel well with jet black hair (And Mush keep changing his hair colour, at times it is cherry blossom black, at times it is mahogany brown and at times rusty brown!) So I really cant get the fascination most women HAD with Mush (a huge majority of them is Indian), a lot of auntis still have for Imran Khan and Shobha De has for Asif Zardari. They all wear khizab (hair dye for the uninitiated) unabashedly (Imran Khan is one step ahead and wears artificial hair as well) and hardly say anything remotely intelligent, if ever.

You can imagine how big a shock it must have been for me when one Pakistani beauty pageants winner said that apna Mush is a “hunk”.

According to news reports, reigning Miss Pakistan World Mahleej Sarkari found time last week to write a post on Musharraf on the pageant’s website.

“A little note to the people of Pakistan. Going to international pageants we have found out how much Musharraf is known to all beautiful young girls, the beauty queens. Some have replied, ‘Oh yes, the general man (sic)’. While others have said ‘the man who rules Pakistan‘,” wrote Sarkari.

Sarkari said she would love to date Musharraf if he asked her out. “Yes, any time…I like him a lot…,” she told a news portal.

Sarkari also said she thought “Mrs Musharraf would nod her head in agreement that her husband is an icon no matter what happens”.

Sonia Ahmed, founder of the Miss Pakistan World pageant, too is a huge Musharraf fan. On the pageant’s website, there are several shots of beauty queens holding up Musharraf’s picture, blowing kisses and saying, “We love you Mushy”.

“Well, I am a huge fan of President Musharraf and so are my Miss and Mrs Pakistans and I don’t know why but we all look up to him as a man who gave freedom to the entertainment industry and media.

“There is no PPP or Nawaz that gave that freedom, however they are all claiming that they are ‘oh so moderate!'” Ahmed said in a statement.

Pakistanis have been winning quite a few pageants internationally. A Pakistani girl was declared runner-up for the Miss Disco Queen contest earlier this month.

Sarkari represented Pakistan in the Miss Tourism Queen International contest earlier this month in China.

While most contestants taking part in such pageants are non-resident Pakistanis, a few residents are flying out of the country to make a mark at these events.

Sarkari, a Baloch, was raised in Karachi and has been in Toronto for the past six years. She had gone to Canada to study but stayed on and now runs a spa business there.

“We are showing people that young women from Pakistan deserve a voice and can do great things when given the chance. On an international level, we have far surpassed our goals bringing home six international titles within the past five years,” Ahmed said.

When reminded that Musharraf was not exactly popular in her home province of Balochistan, she said, “I don’t care…that’s politics.”

Sarkari bibi may not care much for politics, but Pakistani awam cant think anything beyond that, all the major newspapers’ headline this morning was Prime Minister’s comment on impeachment of the president. As far as Sarkari is concerned, I feel sorry for her. Not only she had to live her life with a name like sarkari, she had to fall for a man who is not only old enough to be her dad but who has a really bad hair stylist who cannot stick to one hair colour. A friend very correctly commented on Sarkari’s dilemma, “Once your parents have named you Sarakari, they have pretty much mapped out your dating future.”

Apr 16, 2008 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Black people are from down south

A friend’s blog detailed bushism of the week which reminded me another incident that happened with an Indian friend of mine in USA a long time back.

She was an undergrad student in an AmericanUniversity and was sitting and chatting with her Nigerian friend when two American white male students joined them and asked them about their respective countries. My friends told them about her Indian heritage and the Nigerian guy told them about his country. The American boys then asked my friend where is India and when she told them that it is in Asia, they refused to believe her as they thought that only oriental looking people (Chinese, Japanese, Mongolians etc) are Asian. After watching this display of ignorance, the Nigerian told them that his country is in Africa and then gingerly asked them if they know where Africa is?

One of the American boys said, “oh yes, we know where black people come from, they come from down south.”

“Down South,” the Nigerian guy wondered where this ‘down south’ is.

Oh we know, all the black people come from down south, Mississippi and Louisiana to be precise.

I think they truly represented the people who have voted for Mr. Bush, twice. Idiocracy is here and now.

Apr 11, 2008 - Society    No Comments

Ads that make you think … and act

A few beautiful ads that make you think and act. As we don’t often see smart ads in Pakistan (like never), these are such stunning breaths of fresh air that one has to praise them.

PS: you can click on the photos to see them in bigger size

This has got to be one of the most heartfelt ads. Kudos to the team who did it. Its an ad by Indian Association to promote adoption and says, “Adopt. You will receive more than you can ever give.”

This one definitely makes you think about global warming as a clear and present danger. It says, “If we don’t act now, the future looks blue.”

This one says, “Many children get into their father’s shoes very early: get them into school shoes. Donate generously.

Apr 11, 2008 - quirky    No Comments

What’s in a name?

Lunt is a small village in the borough of Sefton, England, but a campaign has been launched in this historic village to change its name because vandals continue to deface the roadside and change the letter ‘L’ with ‘C’.

However, the proposal is dividing villagers in the Merseyside community who say they in this should not have to give up a name that has been around since the 13th century.

Martyn Ball, a retired police officer and prospective Conservative councillor, is urging residents to support the move because he is fed up with the graffiti which greets visitors to the village.

He said: “We are all painfully aware of the repeated times our village sign is defaced by mindless yobs who change the L to a C.

Dr Ball has suggested Launt as an alternative name, which he says would be pronounced the same. However, others in the village say the vandals should not be allowed to ruin their heritage.

Apr 10, 2008 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Spreading the F – word

No seriously, a foul-mouthed parrot, who once told a vicar to f*** off, has been teaching other birds how to swear.

According to this news item Barney the macaw has refused to clean up his act despite being taken to a language specialist.

His most shocking outburst was when he told a mayoress, a vicar and two police officers to ‘f*** off’ and called them ‘w******’ when they visited Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary in Nuneaton.

And the seven-year-old macaw has now been spreading his obscene vocabulary to two other parrots, Sam and Charlie, at the centre.

Owner Geoff Grewcock said: ‘It sounds like a builders’ yard sometimes when we come in here, what with all the abuse flying about.

“They just sit there swearing at each other now, all kind of foul language – it’s unbelievable.”

He said the terrible trio’s favourite rude words were ‘f*** off’, ‘b*****ks’ and ‘t**s’.

Mr Grewcock added: “These birds can live until they are 70 so there are potentially another 60 years of this to contend with.”

Parrot expert Rob Harvey said birds usually talk to get the attention of their owners.

I gotta say this; the parrots chose their words extremely carefully and use them in front of the right audience such as policemen, mayors and vicars. Looks like parrots have better powers of discernment than human beings.