As taken from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caviar 

Salmon roe (left) and sturgeon caviar (right) served with mother of pearl caviar spoons to avoid tainting the taste of the caviar.Caviar, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, is a product made from salt-cured fish-eggs of the Acipenseridae family. The roe can be "fresh" (non-pasteurized) or pasteurized, with pasteurization reducing its culinary and economic value.[1]

Traditionally the term caviar refers only to roe from wild sturgeon in theCaspian and Black Seas[2] (Beluga, Ossetra and Sevruga caviars). Depending on the country, caviar may also be used to describe the roe of other fish such as salmon, steelhead, trout, lumpfish, whitefish,[3] and other species of sturgeon.[4][5]

Caviar is considered a luxury delicacy and is eaten as a garnish or a spread. In 2012, caviar sold for $2,500 per pound, or $3,000 to $5,500 per kilo.

Terminology

According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, roe from any fish not belonging to the Acipenseriformes species (including Acipenseridae, or sturgeon sensu stricto, and Polyodontidaeor paddlefish) are not caviar, but "substitutes of caviar."[7] This position is also adopted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora,[8] the World Wide Fund for Nature,[9] the United States Customs Service,[10]and France.[11]

The term is also used to describe dishes that are perceived to resemble caviar, such as "eggplant caviar" (made from eggplant or aubergine) and "Texas caviar" (made from black-eyed peas).Ossetra caviar, salmon creme fraiche, potato shallot croquette, basil oil, egg whites and yolks

Varieties

The four main types of caviar are Beluga, Sterlet, Ossetra, and Sevruga. The rarest and costliest is from beluga sturgeon that swim in the Caspian Sea, which is bordered by Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan. Wild caviar production was suspended in Russia between 2008 and 2011 to allow wild stocks to replenish. Azerbaijan and Iran also allow the fishing of sturgeon off their coasts. Beluga caviar is prized for its soft, extremely large (pea-size) eggs. It can range in color from pale silver-gray to black. It is followed by the small golden sterlet caviar which is rare and was once reserved for Russian, Iranian and Austrian royalty. Next in quality is the medium-sized, gray to brownish osetra (ossetra), and the last in the quality ranking is smaller, gray sevruga caviar.

Cheaper alternatives have been developed from the roe of whitefish and the North Atlantic salmon. In the wake of overfishing, the harvest and sale of black caviar was banned in Russia in 2007 but resumed in 2010, limited to 150 kg (330 lbs).


clip_image001Back in 1982 or so I noticed a sign at Mustards restaurant in Napa Valley reading “The Bitch is back.” When I inquired as to the meaning, I was told that after an absence of six months, Veuve Clicquot Champagne was once again available in stock. That was my introduction into “Widow” Clicquot’s wine.

Now leap-frog a few months: I was watching the movieCasablanca for the thousandth time when, low and behold, I focused on this scene: Claude Rains, playingCaptain Louis Renault invites Paul Henreid playing Victor Laszlo to sit at a table with Conrad Veidt playing German Major Strasser…Captain Renault orders for the table….”Waiter, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, 26.” Now, champagne that stars in one of the greatest movies ever needs to be taken seriously.

But let’s digress for a moment. Champagne can only be called Champagne if it is from Champagne, France, period; all others are wines with their “noses” pressed firmly against the window overlooking the wine wishing well. Grapes from Corinth grapes from the Champagne region are not used for making Champagne. Corinth grapes are small seedless grapes that were tagged Champagne grapes becausclip_image003e they were once depicted in a photo alongside a Champagne glass.

Generally the grapes used to make Champagne are Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. Champagne grapes are never used for making champagne.

Now, back to Veuve Clicquot. As you might have gathered veuve is French for "widow," and Ms. Clicquot, maiden name Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, became a widow in 1805 after her husband François Clicquot went to the great vineyard in the sky.

Madame Clicquot made strides in establishing her wine in royal courts throughout Europe, notably that of Imperial Russia. By the time she died in 1866 Veuve Clicquot had become both a substantial champagne house and a respected brand easily recognized by its distinctive bright yellow labels.

clip_image005Since 1987 the Veuve Clicquot company has been part of the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy group of luxury brands and today owns a controlling interest in New Zealand's Cloudy Bay Vineyards.

But with so much fine Champagne waiting for me to open, why I am focusing on Veuve Clicquot? Easy, for without her input we might never have had champagne. Widow Clicquot is credited with the process of disgorgement refinement that made Champagne-making both efficient and economic. Allez, the riddling rack was born. This allowed collecting the spent yeast and sediments in the neck of the bottle.

The riddling rack was on an angle with circular holes, and the rack allowed a bottle of wine to be stuck sur point or upside down. Every day a cellar assistant would gently shake and twist the bottle (a process called remuage) to encourage wine solids to settle to the bottom. When this was completed, the cork was carefully removed, the sediments ejected, and a small replacement dose of sweetened wine added.

Now, along with that fine Bordeaux in my ever-expanding picnic, pack an ice chest with a great bottle of the Widow’s labor and I can only hope you have 2 glasses…

Until we drink again.

(c) Mo Sussman

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The complete Movie Script for the movie Casablanca can be found here: http://www.ebhakt.info/dl/data/Scripts/Casablanca.txt 

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CASABLANCA (1942) is the ultimate classic movie. It may not be the most moving or meaningful, but it has something for everyone, and it's one of those films you can watch over and over again, and every time find something you hadn't noticed before. In fact, I'm one of those people who not only thinks that everyone should see it, but who is also of the opinion that the more times you see it, the better it gets.

Music Clip:

clip_image002"Main Title" (clip) by Max Steiner (a .MP3 file courtesyRhino Records).

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The love story between Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart has already gone down in history, and will probably end up being as eternal as Romeo and Juliet. At the same time, CASABLANCA is filled with colorful supporting characters who make it humorous, melodramatic, and even adventuresome all at the same time. If you only intend to see one classic movie in your lifetime, this is probably the one-- and please, if you're going to make the effort, don't waste your time with the colorized version; it simply isn't the same.

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Above are just a few of the many posters that have been printed up for CASABLANCA over the years: At top, a window card from the original 1943 release.  Next, a reprint of the poster from the original Belgian release of the film.  At left above, a poster from the 50th Anniversary re-release for which Ted Turner and company issued a restored and remastered print of the film that is simply spectacular. And finally, a poster from the original German release, though I'm not sure when exactly they finally got to see it.

 

 

 

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Rick's Café Américain:

Setting the scene. Rick, the protagonist (Humphrey Bogart), is an American who lives in Casablanca and owns a saloon frequented by some of the most colorful characters ever written.

They may be his customers, but that doesn't mean Rick won't give them a piece of his mind now and then.  In the picture above, Ugarte (Peter Lorre) watches Rick play chess with himself.

Ugarte: "You despise me, don't you?"
Rick: "If I gave you any thought I probably would."

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Later in the evening, Ugarte gets himself arrested:

"Rick, hide me!  Do something!  You must help me.  Rick!"

But Rick sticks his neck out for nobody, least of all a cut-rate parasite like Ugarte.

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Besides its international atmosphere, the biggest draw at Rick's is Sam, the piano player, who contributes such memorable songs as "Knock on Wood" to the soundtrack.

In this scene, Senor Ferrari (Sydney Greenstreet) tries to convince Sam to come work for him at The Blue Parrot, but Sam turns him down.  He claims that the extra money wouldn't matter to him because "I ain't got time to spend the money I make here," but we know it's really Sam's loyalty to Rick that keeps him where he is.  Actually, the role of Sam is actually rather a progressive black character for the early 1940s, being neither a servant nor a comic relief character.  Although serving in a musical capacity, Sam is also a friend and confidant of Rick, the white protagonist, frequently taking care of him and even trying to protect him at times.  Needless to say, this kind of relationship between black and white characters was unusual in films of the time.

Incidentally, Dooley Wilson, who played Sam, was a singer and drummer but couldn't play the piano.  The music for the songs was actually dubbed in by Warners' studio musician Elliott Carpenter.  Also, Wilson was the only member of the CASABLANCA cast who had actually been to the Moroccan city before.

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Rick's already- eventful evening is further complicated by the appearance of Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) and Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid), at right, being introduced to Rick by Capt. Louis Renault (Claude Rains), the local Prefect of Police. When they leave, Rick gets drunk.

 

 

 

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The Flashback:

CASABLANCA has more lines that have become classic quotations than any other movie I can think of. It is also probably one of the most misquoted films ever. 

At right, Rick and Ilsa eat peanuts in Paris:

"We'll always have Paris." -- Rick

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The most famous line in the film (and one of the most famous lines in movie history) is Rick's toast to Ilsa:

Rick: "Who are you really? And what were you before? What did you do and what did you think? Huh?"

Ilsa: "We said 'no questions'."

Rick: clip_image014"Here's looking at you, kid." (a .WAV file).

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Besides all the classic lines, the song "As Time Goes By"also became famous as a result of this movie (although it was not original to the film). Not only did Dooley Wilson do a memorable job singing it, but composer Max Steiner wove strains of it so completely into the film's score that it seems impossible to imagine the one without the other.

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Rick and Ilsa at La Belle Aurore.

Despite the good times had in Paris, happily-ever-after was not meant to be just yet. The Nazis march into Paris, and Rick and Ilsa make plans to flee.

Later, Rick recalls: "The Germans wore gray. You wore blue."

Ilsa responds: "Yes. I put that dress away.  When the Germans march out I'll wear it again."

But notice in the two pictures above and at left, Ilsa is wearing a suit, not a dress.  Oops.

clip_image002[2]"At La Belle Aurore" (clip) by Max Steiner (a .MP3 file courtesy Rhino Records).

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It's time to leave, but Ilsa is nowhere to be found.  Then Sam arrives at the train station with a note:

"Richard,
I cannot go with you or ever see you again.  You must not ask why.  Just believe that I love you.  Go my darling, and God bless you.
--Ilsa"

Sam consoles Rick, who's feeling as though his insides had just been kicked out.

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Back to reality:

"She's coming back.  I know she's coming back." --Rick.

And she does.

clip_image002[3]"Ilsa Returns" (clip) by Max Steiner(a .MP3 file courtesy Rhino Records).

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The plot thickens:

As it turns out, Lazlo is a noted Czechoslovakian resistance leader who has escaped from a  concentration camp and is wanted by the Nazi's, including Major Strasser (Conrad Veidt), their visiting representative in Casablanca.

Casablanca, in northern Morocco, is Vichy French territory early in World War II, and nationalist tensions run high among Rick's French, German, Italian and American customers. Lazlo's presence only aggravates an already tense situation. In the scene above, he inspires the band at Rick's to drown out the Germans (who are rigorously singing "Die Wacht am Rhein") with "La Marseillaise".

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Besides the romantic triangle between Rick, Ilsa and Victor, and the Lazlos' quest to find exit visas to America, there are many subtle subplots you might not catch the first time you see the film.  At right, Rick sheds his tough, cynical exterior for a moment and helps out the young couple from Bulgaria: "Have you tried 22 tonight?"

More Memorable Quotations:

  • "I beg of you, Monsieur, watch yourself.  Be on guard.  This place is full of vultures, vultures everywhere, everywhere." --The Dark European.
  • "Oh, there's no hurry.  Tonight he'll be at Rick's.  Everybody comes to Rick's." --Renault.
  • "What right have I to think?" --Ugarte.
  • "I don't mind a parasite. I object to a cut-rate one." --Rick.
  • "Suppose you run your business and let me run mine." --Rick.
  • "How extravagant you are, throwing away women like that.  Someday they may be scarce." --Renault.
  • "I stick my neck out for nobody." --Rick.
  • "My dear Ricky, I suspect that under that cynical shell, you're at heart a sentimentalist." --Renault.
  • "There are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to try to invade." --Rick.
  • "Are my eyes really brown?" --Rick.
  • "I was informed you were the most beautiful woman ever to visit Casablanca.  That was a gross understatement." --Renault.
  • "Play it once, Sam, for old time's sake." ...
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  • "We have a curfew here in Casablanca.  It would never do for the chief of police to be found drinking after hours and have to fine himself." --Renualt.
  • "Sam, if it's December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York?" --Rick.
  • "Was that cannon fire, or is it my heart pounding?" --Ilsa.
  • "Kiss me.  Kiss me as if it were the last time." --Ilsa.
  • "Ah, the lady is a friend of Rick's?  For friends of Rick we have a small discount.  Did I say 700 francs?  You can have it for 200." --The Arab.
  • "Oh, Monsieur, you are a man.  If someone loved you very much, so that your happiness was the only thing that she wanted in the whole world, but she did a bad thing to make certain of it, could you forgive her?" --Annina.
  • "I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" --Renault.
  • "My dear Mademoiselle, perhaps you have already observed that in Casablanca, human life is cheap.  Good night, Mademoiselle." --Strasser.
  • "Go ahead and shoot.  You'll be doing me a favor." --Rick.
  • "But it's still a story without an ending.  What about now?" --Rick.
  • "I wish I didn't love you so much." --Ilsa.
  • "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." --Rick.

 

 

 

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The Finale:

Love and politics don't mix very well, but they do make for an exciting turn of events.

Rick pulls a gun on Capt. Renault and asks him to fill out the letters of transit.

Rick: "And remember, this gun is pointed right at your heart."

Renault: "That is my least vulnerable spot!"

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Captain Renault, Lazlo, Rick and Ilsa arranging the getaway at the airport--but the adventure isn't over yet.

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The most famous goodbye in cinema history: "Where I'm going you can't follow. What I've got to do you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Now, now . . . Here's looking at you, kid." --Rick.

The Goodbye from CASABLANCA:

clip_image025 "Now, now . . . Here's looking at you, kid." (a .MOV file).
clip_image025[1] "I've got a job to do too . . ." (longer version) (a .AVI file courtesy Warner Bros. Home Video).
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"Inside of us we both know . . ." (longest version) (a .AVI file courtesy Warner Bros. Home Video).

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Can you look at this studio publicity still from CASABLANCA and tell why this movie just has to be seen in the original black and white? Arthur Edeson's cinematography might not have won the Oscar in 1943, but Ingrid Bergman is so luminous in certain scenes and Humphrey Bogart so debonair in his white jacket and black tie, that to paint a portrait like this with computer colorization seems a crime.  Incidentally, Ted Turner did just that in 1988 and the colorized version is still available, but considered rather out-of-style these days.

The arrangement is based on how much electricity the power station produce.

1. Agua Caliente Solar Project.

It is on first place due to the 250 MW it produces. The project uses photovoltaic cells and will produce 397 MW in 2014, when it’ll be totally completed. The station is located in Yuma County, Arizona, US.

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2. Charanka Solar Park.

This is photovoltaic park too, located near the village of Charanka in Patan district, India. It is expected to produce 500 MW when finished till the end of 2014, now it produces 214 MW.

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3. Huanghe Hydropower Golmud Solar Park.

On the third place we see photovoltaic power plant again, located in Golmud, Qinghai Province, China. It produces nearly 200 MW.

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4. SEGS VIII–IX.

SEGS stands for Solar Energy Generating Systems and it is a complex of solar thermal power plants with total production of 354 MW, located in California. SEGS VIII-IX are near theHarper Lake and produce approximately 160 MW.

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5. SEGS III-VII.

It is another part of the complex mentioned above, which is installed at Kramer Junction inSan Bernardino County, California, and produces 150 MW.

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6. Mesquite Solar project.

The Mesquite Solar project is a photovoltaic power plant being built in Arlington, Maricopa County, Arizona, with capacity of 150 megawatts. The project will produce 700 MW when completed.

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7. Solnova Solar Power Station.

The Solnova Solar Power Station is a solar thermal power station made up of five separate units of 50 MW each. Three of them are built and function, the remaining two are under construction. It is in Sanlúcar la Mayor, near Seville, Spain.

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8. Andasol Solar Power Station.

The Andasol solar power station is the first European commercial parabolic trough solar thermal power plant. The station is near Guadix in Andalusia, Spain, and has tanks of molten salt, which allows the station to produce energy and while it is dark outside. 150 MW is the capacity of Andasol.

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9. Extresol Solar Power Station.

The Extresol Solar Power Station is a 150 megawatt (MW) solar thermal power plant, placed in Torre de Miguel Sesmero in the Badajoz province, Extremadura, Spain.

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10. Neuhardenberg Solar Park.

Neuhardenberg Solar Park is a 145 MW photovoltaic, and Europe‘s largest solar power station, located at the former Neuhardenberg military airport.

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As Taken From : http://interestingengineering.com/top-10-solar-power-plants-in-the-world/

As Taken From : http://bikeadvice.in/riding-in-rain-precautions-information/

Depending on someone’s experience in motor biking or skill set they posses, riding a Motorcycle in the rain can be counted to anything from a Pleasurable one to a Nightmare. In any case, riding in the rains can be considered at least a little more complicated, a bit dangerous and most probably both the rider and the bike would be subjected to a good hard bath.

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A few riders avoid rains to make their life a bit simple and less complicated, but on the other hand riders wait for the annual rainfall to start their ride as they consider riding in the rains to be a more pleasurable because of the cool and pleasant weather, less traffic conditions seen and more or less being their personal choices. If you’re one of them belonging to the first category of making life a bit simpler, be assured that sooner or later you’ll be confronted with it, willingly or not.

With the rain gods about to hover over our heads soon, let’s take riding in rain as learning a whole new subset of skills that can be seen as a challenge rather than a life threatening threat.

With the Basics in mind;

Let’s Cover Up

The Value of a full face helmet is known only at the time of rains as riding at higher speeds with a modular one or a half face helmet would make the rain drops sting like bees. Adding to that, the thunder storms or breeze that lifts up things on the road can bring something straight onto your face if you suffer a bad luck that day.

Having Suitable gear to face the rains is vital. May rain suits or liners work very well for slight showers but with heavy precipitation that can test any kind of rain suits and it is sure going to give you surprises by rain water seeping inside and making you cold and uncomfortable. All rain gear has to undergo an extra job of fighting wind resistance along with strong water currents tagged along with the wind trying to seep in.

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Planning for a long ride on a rainy season with anticipated rains, it is better to check the rain gear prior to the ride to make sure things are OK and can withstand rains making ride more pleasurable and warm.

Also remember to wear thermal liners during rainy days as they can potentially keep you warm. Getting wet in the rains can be very disturbing and can be very distractive that keeps the concentration away from the roads which is potentially very dangerous. So, preparation is the first step for a successful rain ride.

Traction

Rain water on Tarmac can make roads which were once gripper to a sloppy skid pad for motorcycles. Rain water also prevents the tyres from getting a good optimum operating temperature and retaining its coldness thus proving to be fatal in most cases. There are few roads that give good traction during rains and vice versa.

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The idea to test the traction limits is to use the rear brake carefully up to a point of lock-up and use that as a marginal value to use the brakes. Take precautions before doing this test as doing this on an inclined or a chambered section will let the gravity do its job and push the rear wheel out of its line.

To be Careful Zone includes repaired roads that can have loose gravel, tarred payments, concrete roads, intersections/ blind turns with oil spillage and debris washed out to the road by water. Be very careful with rail road tracks, trolley tracks, plates and painted road dividers and cross-walks which can be very slick when run over at wet conditions.

Hydroplaning is also one such nightmares in wet conditions that can be experienced, but again take a deep breath as it’s more likely to happen to cars that have slightly flat tires when compared to rounded ones on motorcycles.

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Generally rain oriented tyres that are designed to meet wet conditions have water channeling that effectively channels the water out. Remember, just as in dry, softer compound tyres offer better traction than medium and hard compounds.

Rain Vision

Vision in rains is more important as to see where the bike is travelling. A clean clear Poly glass shield plays a vital role in wet riding. Although some fogging might build up during a visor down ride at slow speeds, a pin lock visor equipped helmet can eliminate the fogging completely. Another effective way of reducing the fogging up of lens at lower speeds is to open the visor a notch up that lets the fresh air in and reduce fogging to a great extent.

clip_image005High Visibility equipment like Yellow or Orange Visors that come with the helmets are also advised for accurate visibility during dull weather conditions. Hi-Visibility rain gear that comes with reflective stripes that can reflect light at an easy distance of one kilometer or so would come in very handy on highways especially during night rides.

Get Positioned

Maintaining a safe following distance behind an on-going vehicle is very important as following too close can cause a crash or rear ending. It is always advisable to let the tail gating rider pass ahead of you or a gentle hand out movement indicating that he’s following too close would work and back him off. As many don’t understand hazardous outcomes of tailgating, it’s our responsibility to wake them up to reality as our life depends on that too.

Wind & Thunderstorms

It is never advisable to ride during thundering as a streak of light falling from the sky can cause distraction or simply knock you off as happens quite often in Texas. Again with wind, as most of the sports bikes are fully faired ones the cross winds it would be subjected to might be too much that it would be really hard to keep the bike positioned in one straight line. Yamaha R15 owners would know this trauma better.

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Some seasoned riders keep their bikes in parallel with cars or larger vehicles allowing the bigger vehicles to take the crosswinds and spare the motorcyclists. Again, care must be taken not to ride on the opposite direction confusing the on-coming vehicles.

Conclusion

Having said what needs to be done and what not during a rainy ride, gaining experience on this part is up to each individual. However if you’re caught in a situation that you feel it’s too complicated or difficult to handle, the wisest decision that a seasoned rider takes is to pull-over to the nearest safest place and wait until things improve.

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Although Panic is the common denominator of all sorts of rider oriented crashes, learning on the fly, not pushing too far more than you can handle is the key to a successful biker. Always remember “Never go faster than your guardian angel can fly


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When to Apply for Financial Aid

January 1 of the year you plan to go to college is the first day you can file the FAFSA. College, state and private financial aid deadlines vary. Aim to file the FAFSA as close to January 1 as possible; remember that financial aid dollars are limited, and in many cases are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Don’t Rule Out “Expensive” Colleges

Keep in mind that a college that charges a lot for tuition might offer you generous financial aid. It might even be more affordable than colleges that charge lower tuition. So think about net price — and don’t be afraid to apply to colleges you think you can’t afford..

Once you hear from the colleges you’ve applied to, compare your financial aid offers to see which options are best for you.

 

Excerpt Taken from “College Board”, in service of general public and me myself!

 

I have taken this excerpt from http://www.go-gulf.com/blog/online-time/ ::

Please have a look at the stats.

 

ebhakt.info World Wide Web user statistics

 

 

Another one from:

http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

 

ebhakt.info World Wide Web user statistics

INTERNET USAGE STATISTICS
The Internet Big Picture

World Internet Users and Population Stats

 
 

WORLD INTERNET USAGE AND POPULATION STATISTICS
June 30, 2012

World Regions

Population
( 2012 Est.)

Internet Users
Dec. 31, 2000

Internet Users
Latest Data

Penetration
(% Population)

Growth
2000-2012

Users %
of Table

Africa

1,073,380,925

4,514,400

167,335,676

15.6 %

3,606.7 %

7.0 %

Asia

3,922,066,987

114,304,000

1,076,681,059

27.5 %

841.9 %

44.8 %

Europe

820,918,446

105,096,093

518,512,109

63.2 %

393.4 %

21.5 %

Middle East

223,608,203

3,284,800

90,000,455

40.2 %

2,639.9 %

3.7 %

North America

348,280,154

108,096,800

273,785,413

78.6 %

153.3 %

11.4 %

Latin America / Caribbean

593,688,638

18,068,919

254,915,745

42.9 %

1,310.8 %

10.6 %

Oceania / Australia

35,903,569

7,620,480

24,287,919

67.6 %

218.7 %

1.0 %

WORLD TOTAL

7,017,846,922

360,985,492

2,405,518,376

34.3 %

566.4 %

100.0 %

NOTES: (1) Internet Usage and World Population Statistics are for June 30, 2012. (2) CLICK on each world region name for detailed regional usage information. (3) Demographic (Population) numbers are based on data from the US Census Bureau and local census agencies. (4) Internet usage information comes from data published by Nielsen Online, by the International Telecommunications Union, by GfK, local ICT Regulators and other reliable sources. (5) For definitions, disclaimers, navigation help and methodology, please refer to the Site Surfing Guide. (6) Information in this site may be cited, giving the due credit towww.internetworldstats.com. Copyright © 2001 - 2013, Miniwatts Marketing Group. All rights reserved worldwide.


 

Another one from: http://royal.pingdom.com/2010/01/22/internet-2009-in-numbers/

 

Email

·  90 trillion – The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2009.

·  247 billion – Average number of email messages per day.

·  1.4 billion – The number of email users worldwide.

·  100 million – New email users since the year before.

·  81% – The percentage of emails that were spam.

·  92% – Peak spam levels late in the year.

·  24% – Increase in spam since last year.

·  200 billion – The number of spam emails per day (assuming 81% are spam).

Websites

·  234 million – The number of websites as of December 2009.

·  47 million – Added websites in 2009.

Web servers

·  13.9% – The growth of Apache websites in 2009.

·  -22.1% – The growth of IIS websites in 2009.

·  35.0% – The growth of Google GFE websites in 2009.

·  384.4% – The growth of Nginx websites in 2009.

·  -72.4% – The growth of Lighttpd websites in 2009.

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Domain names

·  81.8 million – .COM domain names at the end of 2009.

·  12.3 million – .NET domain names at the end of 2009.

·  7.8 million – .ORG domain names at the end of 2009.

·  76.3 million – The number of country code top-level domains (e.g. .CN, .UK, .DE, etc.).

·  187 million – The number of domain names across all top-level domains (October 2009).

·  8% – The increase in domain names since the year before.

Internet users

·  1.73 billion – Internet users worldwide (September 2009).

·  18% – Increase in Internet users since the previous year.

·  738,257,230 – Internet users in Asia.

·  418,029,796 – Internet users in Europe.

·  252,908,000 – Internet users in North America.

·  179,031,479 – Internet users in Latin America / Caribbean.

·  67,371,700 – Internet users in Africa.

·  57,425,046 – Internet users in the Middle East.

·  20,970,490 – Internet users in Oceania / Australia.

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Social media

·  126 million – The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse).

·  84% – Percent of social network sites with more women than men.

·  27.3 million – Number of tweets on Twitter per day (November, 2009)

·  57% – Percentage of Twitter’s user base located in the United States.

·  4.25 million – People following @aplusk (Ashton Kutcher, Twitter’s most followed user).

·  350 million – People on Facebook.

·  50% – Percentage of Facebook users that log in every day.

·  500,000 – The number of active Facebook applications.

Images

·  4 billion – Photos hosted by Flickr (October 2009).

·  2.5 billion – Photos uploaded each month to Facebook.

·  30 billion – At the current rate, the number of photos uploaded to Facebook per year.

Videos

·  1 billion – The total number of videos YouTube serves in one day.

·  12.2 billion – Videos viewed per month on YouTube in the US (November 2009).

·  924 million – Videos viewed per month on Hulu in the US (November 2009).

·  182 – The number of online videos the average Internet user watches in a month (USA).

·  82% – Percentage of Internet users that view videos online (USA).

·  39.4% – YouTube online video market share (USA).

·  81.9% – Percentage of embedded videos on blogs that are YouTube videos.

Web browsers

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Malicious software

·  148,000 – New zombie computers created per day (used in botnets for sending spam, etc.)

·  2.6 million – Amount of malicious code threats at the start of 2009 (viruses, trojans, etc.)

·  921,143 – The number of new malicious code signatures added by Symantec in Q4 2009.

Data sources: Website and web server stats from Netcraft. Domain name stats fromVerisign and Webhosting.info. Internet user stats from Internet World Stats. Web browser stats from Net Applications. Email stats from Radicati Group. Spam stats from McAfee. Malware stats from Symantec (and here) and McAfee. Online video stats fromComscore, Sysomos and YouTube. Photo stats from Flickr and Facebook. Social media stats from BlogPulse, Pingdom (here and here), Twittercounter, Facebook and GigaOm.

 

 

 

 

Another one taken from : http://www.why-not.com/company/stats.htm 

 

There are numerous surveys trying to figure out how many people are using the Internet, when, what for, and how.
The following information was gathered from various sources on and off the 'net.

 



  • Number of Internet companies based in New York City that have gone public since 1990: 16
    Number of Internet companies based in San Jose, California, that have gone public since 1990: 6
     

  • The number of Internet users in China is estimated at 1,750,000 
  • 1,700,000 copies of the Starr Report were downloaded from CNN in the first two days it was available. 
  • Delta Airlines is planning to charge a $2.- fee for tickets not purchased on the Internet.
    Amount of Delta Airlines tickets sold via the Internet in 1998: less than 3%
     

  • Estimated US consumer spending on online retail purchases during 1998 holiday season is $8,200,000,000 
  • There are 19 members of the U.S. National Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce. 
  • 25% of retail stock trades now taking place on the Internet. 
  • 87% of print journalists are connected to the Internet. 
  • Bank's cost to process an in-person transaction: $1.07 Bank's cost to process an Internet transaction: $0.01 
  • Estimated number of web users in the U.S. (May 1998): 57,037,000 
  • The U.S. Census Bureau is expected to be using the Internet for the census in the year 2010 
  • There are 7 time servers operated by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 
  • It took 5 Vanderbilt students to make the Muhammad Ali's web site. 
  • Estimated number of web pages, as of April, 1998: 320,000,000 
  • Number of gopher requests to the InterNIC registration services during February, 1998: 71,744
    Number of phone calls to the InterNIC registration services during February, 1998: 40,476
    Number of WWW requests to the InterNIC registration services during February, 1998: 17,091,774


  • None of the U.S. government agencies is rated as being in full compliance with the Electronic Freedom of Information Act. 
  • There are no Internet service providers (ISP's) in Saudi Arabia! 
  • Businesses in Britain and Ireland estimated the cost of dealing with spam e-mail at $8,000,000,000.- 
  • Some of the chopsticks at Mary Chung's lunch are labeled with URLs. 
  • In 1998, 3.4 trillion e-mail messages delivered to 81 million e-mail users in the United States, says a marketing firm. That's more than 6.5 million messages per minute. "Some people, particularly those in high-tech fields, get over 200 per day," said Geoffrey Ramsey of eMarketer, which performed the study.
    Source: UPI.

  • GVU's 6th survey results: 
      Gender
      • Female: 38.5%
      • Male: 61.5%

      Language
      • English 44%
      • German 12%
      • Dutch 11%

      Most Important Issue Facing the Internet
      • Privacy 30%
      • Censorship 24%
      • Navigation 17%

      • 66% use modem speeds - 33.6K or less 
      • 71% of users have not changed browsers within the past year 
      • 46% of all respondents have created a web page 
      • More than 80% of Internet users say that email and the web have become indispensable technologies. 
      • 85% of the Internet users are using it daily.

      The above statistical data was compiled mainly (but not only) from the results of the GVU's 8th WWW User Survey.
      Any information provided by GVU is copyright 1994-1997 by the Georgia Tech Research Corporation Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0415 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 
      please refer to the Usage Restrictions

      Graphical display of GVU's 6th survey results is available at http://www.why-not.com/company/stats3.htm#GVU6 
  • A fresh light has been shed on the browser wars as a result of a set of never before asked questions. We now know that a) the dominant method people acquire browsers is via bundling with hardware, software, and Internet Service Providers (ISP) and b) the majority of users never switch browsers (even among users who have been on the Internet for over three years). Given these new findings, it is not surprising to see the slow, but steady emergence of Internet Explorer as market share is being gained primary from new users who receive the browser bundled as part of other computer related purchases. 
  • 40% of on-line users watch TV and PC screens simultaneously. 
  • 44.6% of Webmasters like the term "Webmaster". 
  • Circulation base of Web Week: 125,000
    Circulation base of BusinessWeek: 1,025,000
     

  • From April to June 1997, there was an increase of 140% in number of on-line auction sites listed by Yahoo 
  • There are currently 13 root name servers. 
  • Undersea telephone cables are estimated at 186,000 miles.
    In 1997, the growth rate of data traffic on these cables was 90%
     

  • 80% of software publishers offer technical support on the web. 
  • As of October 1997, the growth rate, per month, in Internet access revenues is 24.9% 
  • 25% of purchasing agents plan to increase use of the Internet for buying industrial supplies. 
  • Each and every one of the apartments in New York's Grand Millenium "CyberBuilding" is equipped with its own T1 line! 
  • Th average number of dial-up customers per ISP (in the USA) is 3,450 
  • 3% of the ISPs (in the USA) expect their revenues to decline from 1996 to 1997 
  • 15% of the ISPs (in the USA) expect to be acquired within three years. 
  • Growth in on-line advertising revenues from first Q1 1997 to Q2 1997 was 65% 
  • Growth in on-line advertising revenues from first Q2 1997 to Q3 1997 was only 6% 
  • 82% of the Web users consider Web access to be "indispensable". 
  • 48% of employers think the Web has raised productivity. 
  • 10% of poster ads at Boston's Government Center subway station have URLs on them. 
  • According to webring.com there are 18,689 web rings (chains of related web sites). 
  • Approximate number of page views at Yahoo: 38,000,000 per day. 
  • In 1994, 35% of U.S. public schools were connected to the Internet.
    In 1996, 65% of U.S. public schools were connected to the Internet.
     

  • Total number of issued U.S. patents mentioning the word "Internet": 170 
  • Only 16% of commercial Web sites are attracting advertising revenue. 
  • 12% of the people remember a banner ad from a Web site.
    10% of the people remember a TV ad.
     

  • Range of prices to reach 1000 adults through Web advertising, in dollars: 40-70
    Range of prices to reach 1000 adults through advertising during "Seinfeld", in dollars: 20-30
     

  • 31% of CIOs are planning to increase Internet spending significantly in 1998. 
  • According to Boardwatch Magazine, approximate number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the U.S. and Canada, in August, 1997: 4,133
    Number of ISPs listed by Boardwatch in February, 1996: 1,447
     

  • Amount of venture capital investments in Internet companies during the second quarter of 1997: $561,500,000.
    Number of companies receiving the money: 111
     

  • Number of Internet-related job titles in the new proposed edition of the Standard Occupational Categories of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: 0
    Number of occupations listed: 795
     

  • Number of Americans who consider the Internet "indispensable,": 20,000,000 
  • Difference in time spent on the Web by business users over home users: 65% 
  • Rank of censorship among users concerned about issues facing the Internet: 1 
  • 34 percent of U.S. Internet users identify themselves as Republicans. 
  • Rank of Internet security among accountant's top technology concerns for 1997: 1 
  • By the year 2000, estimated percentage of Internet commerce related to travel: 41 
  • Estimated number of e-mail messages that will be sent in the year 1997: 2.7 trillion.
    Estimated number of e-mail messages that will be sent in the year 2000: 6.9 trillion.
     

  • Estimated amount spent by end-users on Internet and Intranet products in 1996: $19,000,000,000. 
  • Number of subscribers to the PCS-computer-jokes-mailing-list in December 1995: about 30.
    Number of subscribers to the 
    PCS-computer-jokes-mailing-list
     in December 1997: over 4000. 
  • According to Nielsen, 23% (estimated) of people over 16 in the U.S. and Canada use the Internet. 
  • Number of mailing lists in the liszt.com directory: 71,618 
  • Number of subscribers to the A.Word.A.Day mailing list: 68,355 
  • There are 6 different languages on the Vatican web site. 
  • Total Internet advertising revenues in 1996 is estimated at $266,900,000
    38% of the total was spent for advertising computer products.
     

  • The estimated number of new jobs created by the Internet in 1996, worldwide is 1.1 million 
  • Number of Internet millionaires listed on the Internet millionaires page: 88 
  • There are 30 priests in Catholic Priests On Line on AOL. 
  • During 1996, 55% of 1-800-FLOWERS'S on-line sales came via the web. 
  • 59% of Boston Public Library computers equipped with software to block offensive websites. 
  • According to the Spring 97 CommerceNet and Nielsen Media Research Study of Internet Demographics and Electronic Commerce, 71 percent of frequent Web users most often use search engines to find Web sites.
    Other methods of locating sites include recommendations from friends and relatives (9.8%), newspapers and magazines (8.5%), links from other Web sites (8.4%), television (3.6%) and printed Internet directories (3.3%).
     

  • According to Student.Net, around 98% of the 8.8 million four-year college students in the U.S. have free access to the Internet and spend more time online than any other group -- about five hours per week.
    From: http://www.student.net.

  • Network Solutions announced that it has registered its one millionth active Internet domain name. BONNYVIEW.COM was registered to Rebecca and Steven LaBlance, who own the Bonny View Cottage Furniture company in the town of Petoskey, Michigan, 250 miles northwest of Detroit.
    The first .com registrants were Symbolics Technology, Inc. (March 1985) and BBN (April 1985). Just 18 months ago there were 120,000 active domain names; a year ago the number had increased to over 306,000. In 1993, the total population of the domain name database was 4,000. Today, Network Solutions registers an average of 3,000 names daily, with more than 90% active within 24 hours. Network Solutions has been providing InterNIC domain name registrations since April 1993, under a cooperative agreement sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Network Solutions was acquired by Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in March, 1995, and operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

    More information is available at: http://www.netsol.com or http://rs.internic.net.

  • In November 1996, Jupiter Communications' AdSpend report estimated that total WWW advertising revenue was $66,000,000 in the third quarter of 1996, the highest for any quarter up until then. It brought the total in 1996 to $138,000,000 .
    The growth rate for the quarter was 43 percent resulting in revenue five times that of the fourth quarter 1995.
    From http://www.jup.com/jupiter/release/nov96/adspend/adspend.shtml

  • Approximate number of new domain name registrations: 85,000 per month. 
  • Number of entries in Boardwatch magazine's Directory of Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 3,068
    Average number of customers at an ISP: 1,850
     

  • In October 1996, a report by Frost and Sullivan claimed that advertising is fast becoming the largest growing segment of the Internet, accounting for 3.4 percent or $85,000,000 of all ad dollars spent in 1996. The market is expected to grow to 22.2 percent or $5,480,000,000 by 2002.
    From http://techweb.cmp.com/ia/iad_web_/newsnow/oct21-25/oct25/oct25-4.htm

  • In October 1996, a study by Internet Profiles (I/Pro) and DoubleClick Network, entitled 'A Comprehensive Analysis of Ad Response,' claimed that Internet users click on 2.11 percent of all ad banners displayed, while direct mail typically generates a 1 percent to 2 percent response rate, and print ads 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent.
    From http://www.ipro.com/pr961008.html

  • In October 1996, a report by Hambrecht and Quist indicated that yearly advertising revenue will soar to $3,800,000,000 by the year 2000 -- far above this year's projection of $300,000,000 and last year's revenues of $12,000,000 . 
  • In November 1996, a survey by Datapro Information Services, entitled 'The Banking Technology Issues: 1996 International Survey,' revealed that banks are responding to competitive pressures and moving into Internet-based banking services. Results show that 7 percent of the bank IT professionals surveyed in early 1996 offered Internet banking services and 36 percent had plans to do so by 1997. 61 percent of those surveyed will have implemented Internet marketing activities by 1997, up from 17 percent at the time of the survey.
    From http://www.datapro.com/datapr10.htm

  • In December 1996, Positive Support Review, Inc's 'Banking Industry Internet Response Time Study,' found that nearly one-fourth of all requests for Internet banking services fail because of problems such as missing URLs, downed servers or sites under construction. 
  • In July 1996, a study by Simba entitled 'Web Advertising: Market Analysis and Forecast' found that, 'Advertising revenues from the World Wide Web and the four largest proprietary online services (America Online, CompuServe, Prodigy and Microsoft Network) would total $200,000,000 in 1996 and grow to $1,970,000,000 in 2000'.
    From http://www2.simbanet.com/simba/whatnew/whats1.html#WA

  • In July 1996, a survey by www.consult of the Australian Internet found that, 'A large majority of respondents are willing to try online banking and online shopping.' 
  • In September 1996, a Killen and Associates report entitled 'E-Cash Payments: Impact and Opportunity,' estimated that, 'By the year 2000, consumers world-wide will use electronic cash for 9,000,000,000 transactions.
    By 2005, this will have risen to 20,000,000,000 . This has enormous implications for all companies who produce payment services and products.'
    From http://www.killen.com/studies/study.ecash.fwd.htm


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Please note, this list does not reference purely spiritual entities (spirits, gods, demons, angels), non-humans (monsters,extraterrestrials, elves), or artificial life (artificial intelligence, robots).

Historical, mythological, or religious immortals

Because the categorization of many of these people as historical, mythological and/or religious figures is dependent on an individual's worldview, no distinction is made in this list.

This list does not contain those people who are supposed to have attained immortality through the typical means of a religion (eg. aChristian in Heaven).

The list is in chronological order (some dates are approximate, see individual pages for relevant discussion).

  • Achilles of the Iliad; dipped in the river Styx by his mother, he is blessed with imortality until slain by Paris of Troy
  • The Seven Immortals according to Hindu Mythology - "Sapta Chiranjeevi"
  • Enoch (antediluvian), taken bodily to heaven. Some accounts show him transformed into the angel Metatron.
  • Utnapishtim and his wife (antediluvian), granted immortality after surviving the Great Flood.
  • Gilgamesh (possibly reigned during the 26th century BC) after the death of his companion, Enkidu, Gilgamesh pursues immortality to avoid Enkidu's fate. Gilgamesh fails two tests and does not become immortal, realising instead that mortals attain immortality through lasting works of civilization and culture. Appropriately, Gilgamesh's story is considered the oldest story recorded.
  • Melchizedek (18th century BC) In Genesis 14:18-20, Melchizedek brought bread and wine to Abraham (then called Abram) after Abraham's victory over the four kings (led by Chedorlaomer) who had besieged Sodom and Gomorrah and had taken Abraham's nephew Lot prisoner. Heb. 7:3 states, "Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he (Melchizedek) remains a priest forever." Some Christians believe he was a type of Christ. He is also a character in The Alchemist.
  • Heracles (1286 or 1251 BC - ca.1226 BC) Heracles ordered a funeral pyre built for him so he could escape the agony that a poison was causing. The fire burned away his human nature, leaving only the divine. He then ascended to Mount Olympus.
  • Tithonus, granted eternal life but not eternal youth.
  • Elijah (9th century BC), taken to heaven in a fiery chariot.
  • The Eight Immortals (b. between the 6th century BC and the 11th century AD), eight people who ascended to godhood, worshiped in religious Daoism.
  • The Wandering Jew (b. 1st century BC) a Jewish shoemaker who taunted Jesus on his way to crucifixion. Jesus cursed him to "go on forever till I return." Thus, the Wandering Jew is to live until the second coming of Jesus.
  • Jesus Christ (8-4 BCAD 29-36), resurrected from death and ascended into heaven. It should be noted that most Christian traditions consider Jesus to be the second person of the Trinity, as such, his divine nature is generally considered to be preexistent to his incarnation (see Christian views of Jesus for further information).
  • John the Apostle (6 AD-101), Mormons in conjunction with their own scriptures interpret the biblical scripture found at John 21:21-23 to mean that John will tarry or remain on the earth until the Second Coming.[1]
  • The Three Nephites (Between 34 AD and 35 AD), The Book of Mormon describes three men who are given power over death in order to fulfill their desire to minister among men until Jesus comes again.[2]
  • Sir Galahad (dates for his life fall between the 2nd century and the 6th century), one of three Arthurian knights to find the Holy Grail, Galahad is the only one to have achieved immortality by it.
  • Merlin (dates for his life fall between the 2nd century and the 6th century), some accounts have Merlin trapped by an enchantmentunder a rock, in a cave, or in a hidden palace, where he may still be alive.
  • Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel (15th century AD), alchemists who acquired immortality through the use of the Philosopher's stone
  • Count of St Germain (d. 1784) a mysterious gentleman and alchemist, he claimed to be centuries old. Various occultic and religious organizations have adopted him, with some claiming he is alive today, or has been in the recent past.
  • Meivazhi Salai Andavargal (1854-1976?) the preceptor of Meivazhi, "who is untouched by the tentacles of Yama (Death God), the one who wards off the terror of death, the one aged 120 years and without sleep and food..."[3]
  • Alex Chiu (born February 8, 1971) Developer of the magnetic Immortality Device. He purports that his magnetic rings, if worn correctly every night, will allow anyone to live forever.
  • Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) It is said that the well known inventor, physicist, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer had his death faked and was placed in charge of the Montauk Project which would make him over 120 years old.

Fictional immortals

This list does not contain references to vampires or immortals in the Highlander setting, as these are both discussed in detail elsewhere, and would easily dominate the entire list (see Vampire fiction and List of Highlander characters).

The list is in chronological order for the first appearance of the fictitious character.

  • John Melmoth (Melmoth the Wanderer, 1820) Melmoth sells his soul to the devil in exchange for an extra 100 years of life.
  • Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1890) Gray was granted immortality after praying his painting would receive the marks of his age and of his sin. Died after attempting to destroy the portrait.
  • Elrond the Half-elven (The Hobbit, 1937) Due to his half-elven ancestry, Elrond is given the choice to be mortal like men, or immortal like the elves. He chooses immortality.
  • Anton York (Conquest of Life, Thrilling Wonder Stories August 1937 by Eando Binder) Anton York was injected with a chemical formula that would halt his aging until the universe was double its current age. At that point he could presumably produce and drink a second dose, if he so desired. A series of Anton York stories were written which were later collected in the anthology Anton York, Immortal in 1965.
  • Woodrow Wilson Smith, also known as Lazarus Long, Methuselah's Children 1941 by Robert Heinlein. Smith is the completion of a centuries-long eugenics experiment in breeding for longevity. He is mentioned in four other Heinlein novels, most notably Time Enough for Love.
  • Vandal Savage (Green Lantern vol. 1 #10, Winter 1943) Caveman Vandar Adg was bathed in the radiation of a mysterious meteorite, granting him intellect and immortality. In subsequent years, he claims to have been or advised dozens of world leaders.
  • Immortal Man (Strange Adventures #177, June 1965) Gaining immortality from the same meteorite that granted longevity to Vandal Savage, the Immortal Man instantaneously reincarnates when he dies.
  • Conrad Nomikos (...And Call Me Conrad, 1966 by Roger Zelazny. Later expanded to the novel This Immortal)
  • Ra's al Ghul (Batman #232, 1971) Ra's maintained an unnaturally long life through the use of natural phenomena known asLazarus Pits
  • Casca Longinus (Casca: The Eternal Mercenary, 1979) Casca is the Roman soldier who plunges his spear into the side of Jesus on the cross at Golgotha and is cursed to wander the world forever until the two should meet again.
  • Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged is an alien from Douglas Adams's Life, the Universe and Everything (1982) who was made immortal by "an unfortunate accident with an irrational particle accelerator, a liquid lunch and a pair of rubber bands". He has devoted his eternal life to the impossible task of insulting everyone in the Universe alphabetically.
  • Mr. Immortal (Avengers West Coast (Vol. 2) #46,1989) Mr. Immortal (A.K.A. Craig Hollis) is a mutant (possibly an Omega-level mutant) whose power is (as his name suggests) immortality. He is the leader and founder of the Great Lakes Avengers. Unlike other mutants, who are known as "homo superior", he has evolved beyond death, and become "homo supreme". His apparent destiny: to outlive everyone as the one true immortal until the end of the universe, to be revealed its final secret. Other immortal characters from Marvel Comics include Apocalypse,the Silver Surfer and Deadpool.
  • Tory Alexander (The Ancient Future, 1996) Through an elixir of sorts given to her by Taliesin, she achieves immortality thanks to the god-like gene in her DNA.
  • Mitchell Shelley, the Resurrection Man (Resurrection Man #1, May 1997) Shelley was an unwilling nanotechnology test subject, who gained effective immortality since, although he can be killed, his "death" lasts no longer than a few minutes, whereon he is revived by "tektites" with a different superhuman power. (Similar powers to Immortal Man, whom Shelley was thought to be for a while.[4])
  • Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, June 1997) Voldemort has been maintaining his life unnaturally and is obsessed with achieving immortality.
  • Enoch Root (Cryptonomicon, 1999) Root, an alchemist, possesses an elixir which allows him to resurrect after death.
  • Orochimaru (Naruto, 1999) Orochimaru is a specialist in forbidden techniques pertaining to everlasting life. He is able to transfer his mind into the bodies of other people, causing them to assume his appearance. However, there is a limit to his abilities: he may only do so once in three years.
  • Hidan (Naruto) Hidan is a member of the organization of villains in the Naruto universe (Akatsuki) and can never die, due to a curse that was set upon him. He was once beheaded by Asuma Sarutobi, but still alive and able to talk. His partner, Kakuzu, then sewed his head back onto his body, giving him back the control over his body. He was, although, neutralized by Shikamaru Nara, but has since sworn revenge.
  • Kane A character of the sword and sorcery genre written of by Karl Edward Wagner. Kane is a left-handed man with red hair; cursed by a mad god he wanders the Earth for millennia adventuring.
  • Kane (Command & Conquer) Not truly immortal, but Kane never dies. Even after a GDI Ion Strike, Kane appeared in the next game in the series, where he gets stabbed by a large spike. Once again, he survives.
  • Prince Arthas Menethil, from the Warcraft Universe, was a human prince, until losing his soul to the Lich King and becoming semi-undead. Arthas also stated, after a fellow Paladin told him he hopes there's a special place in Hell for him: "We may never know, I intend to live forever."
  • Jack Harkness from Doctor Who (2005) and Torchwood, who became immortal after being resurrected by the power of the vortex.
  • Tom Bombadil a mysterious figure of unkonwn origin, who lives in the Old Forest of Middle-Earth.
  • The Nine. Although mortal Men at the beginning, the Nine Rings of Power, given to them by Sauron the Deceiver granted them immortality forever.
  • The Tuck family in Tuck Everlasting
  • Lo Pan. 800 year old warrior played by James Hong in John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China.
  • Mr. Tiny in the Cirque Du Freak Series he is also known as Destiny and spends his time munipulating time and altering the universe. his children Evanna and Hibernius are also thought to be immortal.

This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.

References

  1. ^ The Immortal by JJ Dewey
  2. ^ 3 Nephi 28
  3. ^ International Foundation of Meivazhi cult(Spiritual Organization)
  4. ^ Cosmic Teams!. Accessed March 3, 2008

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