Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Most Grossed Movie of all Time!


Yes, know it or not, Avatar is the most grossed movie of all time and is directed and created by James Cameron.Without adjusting for inflation, Cameron's Titanic and Avatar are the two highest-grossing films of all time at $2.16 billion and $2.78 billion.


A paraplegic ex-marine catches a new life on the distant planet of Pandora, only to discover himself fighting humankind beside the planet's indigenous Na'vi race in this ambitious digital 3D sci-fi epic from Academy Award-winning Titanic director James Cameron. When his twin brother is murdered, disabled ex-Marine Jake Sully is enlisted to aid a mining expedition on the distant jungle moon of Pandora as only his DNA will pledge with the alien hybrid body, known as an Avatar, that lets humans to breathe the toxic air. With instructions to penetrate the Na’vi, Jake discovers himself falling in love with a native girl, Neytiri, which creates a complex twisted scenario in the plot.
Soon battle lines are drawn and Jake needs to choose which side he will fight on when the time comes. The film was shot on the branded FUSION digital 3D cameras developed by Cameron in collaboration with Vince Pace, and deals a revolutionary mix of live-action dramatic performances and computer-generated effects.

Box Office

Avatar earned $3,537,000 from midnight screenings domestically (United States and Canada).The film earned $26,752,099 on its opening day, and $77,025,481 over its opening weekend. Avatar released internationally in more than 14,000 screens, with the initial 3-D release limited to 2,200 screens. Revenues in the film's second weekend decreased by only 1.8% in domestic markets, which was a surprise and it still kept the number one box office spot.

Did you know?

  • Avatar is the first and the only movie to gross over 2 billion dollars.
  • James Cameron originally planned to have the film completed for release in 1999 but he felt the technology wasn't developed enough to represent his image of the movie.
  • James Cameron wrote a screenplay for “Spider-Man” but was turned down by the studios, with his version being deemed “too violent.”
  • The shooting locations for Avatar were in: Kauai, Hawaii, Los Angeles, California, New Zealand and Oahu.

"I had read tons of science fiction. I was fascinated by other worlds, other environments. For me, it was fantasy, but it was not fantasy in the sense of pure escapism." - James Cameron

Rating: PG-13

Length: 2 hr. 40 min.
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Apr 26, 2010

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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Richest People in The World 2012!

- Karl Albrecht

A German entrepreneur which formed the popular supermarket Aldi with his brother Theo Albrecht. He was born in Essen, Germany on 20 February 1920 .He and his brother Theo Albrecht started career by looking after the grocery store of their parents at 1948. His brother has a net worth of $16.7 billion. Not a lot is known about him or his family as he has removed himself from public attention and neither him or his family run the business.Net Worth of $25.4 Billion.

- Li Ka Shing

Born on 13th June, 1928 to Li Yunjing in Guangdong, China. Started his career as a salesman during 1944 and later founded a plastic-goods company. 1967 he started land holding company which was officially named as Cheng Kong Holdings in 1971. "From his humble beginnings in China as a teacher’s son, a refugee, and later as a salesman, Li provides a lesson in integrity and adaptability. Through hard work, and a reputation for remaining true to his internal moral compass, he was able to build a business empire that includes: banking, construction, real estate, plastics, cellular phones, satellite television, cement production, retail outlets (pharmacies and supermarkets), hotels, domestic transportation (sky train), airports, electric power, steel production, ports, and shipping". Listed with Net Worth of $25.5 Billion.

- Stefan Persson

Born on 4 October 1947, he is the chairman and main shareholder for the fashion company Hennes & Mauritz (H&M). He attended University of Sweden and has three children. In 2009 his son took over as President and CEO of H&M. Stefan Persson father actually was the founder of H&M, the Persson family owns about 33% of the company and has a 69% voting right. Stefan Persson is the richest person in Sweden and 8th richest person in the world with Net Worth of $26 Billion.

- Eike Batista

Born on November 3, 1956. Started his career as Salesman at Germany contacting producers in the Amazon area and buyers in large metropolitan centers in Brazil and Europe in gold and diamond trades. He got married in the year 1991 to Luma de Oliveria. Started gold trading firm Autram Aurem at age of 23.He became CEO at the age of 29 to TVX Gold. He is 7th on list with Net worth of $30 Billion.

- Larry Ellison

He was born in The Bronx at New York on August 17 1944 .He was adopted by his mother’s uncle and aunt at age of 9 months. He co-founded Oracle in year 1977 along with Ed Oates and Robert Miner which was earlier known as Software Development Labs and he is the chief executive officer of Oracle.  As of 2012, he is the third wealthiest American citizen, Net worth of $36.5 Billion.

- Amancio Ortega

He was born on March 28 1936 in Leon, Spain in a family with limited earnings. He started working as a delivery boy at the age of 13 for a shirt maker. He is a Spanish fashion executive and founding chairman of the Spanish clothing merchandiser Inditex. He is ranked as Spain's richest man.He didn’t had much of formal education but due to his quick learning ability he started retail shop in 1975 Zara. Ortega keeps a very low profile. He refuses to wear a tie, and likes to dress in blue jeans and T-shirts. He is said to take a very active part in the production and design process in the company, Net worth is $37.5 Billion.

- Bernard Arnault

Born on 5th March 1949 in Roubaix, France. He is best known as the chairman and CEO of LVMH.He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique at the year 1971. He is married twice. Arnault is the world's 4th and Europe's richest person. In 2007 Arnault was named Commander of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest order. He inherited LVMH which is a construction firm and took it to peak, Net worth of $41 Billion.

- Warren Buffett

He was born to Howard and Leila Buffett on 30th August 1930 at Nebraska. He graduated in year 1951 from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was early into business as he started at the age of 11 itself, selling things door to door to raise extra money. Started his first partnership in the year 1956. 1962 he purchased shares of Berkshire Hathway which took him to form all his subsidiary partnerships into one. At the age of 81 he has Net Worth of $44 Billion.

- Bill Gates

He was born in Seattle, Washington on 28th October 1955. In the year 1973 he got his graduation from Lakeside. But he went into business at his early age of 15 before his graduation with Paul Allen In the year 1975 he and Paul Allen formed the company Microsoft which is today’s most successful software company. Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. He got married to Melinda in year 1964. Gates's last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. He remains at Microsoft as non-executive chairman. Net Worth of $61 Billion.

- Carlos Slim Helu

Carlos Slim Helu was born on January 28 1940, in Mexico City to the couple Julian Slim Haddad and Dona Linda Helu. He accomplished his professional studies in the year 1961 in Civil Engineering from National Autonomous University of Mexico, he was also a professor while he was still studying as he taught Algebra and Linear programing there. In the year 1965 he incorporated Inversora Bursatil and held the position as Chairman of Board of Directors. This later became Grupo Carso which is being running successfully till date. 'His extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, SA de CV, have amassed interests in the fields of communications, technology, retailing, and finance'.He married Soumaya Domit Gemayel in the year 1967. Today at the age of 72 he is the worlds richest person in the world with Net worth of $69 Billion.

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Hottest and Coldest Places on Earth!


Dasht-e Lut, Iran
This area is a salt desert and it is the 25th largest desert in the world. Most of the area is covered in volcano lava, which kind of makes sense where the hot temperatures come from.

This desert gets so much sunshine,absorbing extremely high temperatures, meaning there is no place for humans to live. Dasht-e Lut has reached the hottest temperature then anywhere on earth between the years 2003 and 2009.

This Lut desert mostly contains sand with ravines and sinkholes. When it rains, it rains in small periods of time and is quite rare to find water as it is mostly dries up quickly, leaving behind salt. Hottest and one of the driest place on earth with 
Record High Temperature: (70.7°C, 159-160°F).

Al ’Aziziyah, Libya
Is a city and the capital of the Jafara district in northwestern Libya, 41 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Tripoli. At 13 September 1922, a high temperature  was recorded , which is the highest temperature that was recorded on earth at that time, however there have been arguments whether this was an accurate recording as the thermometers were damaged and had to be replaced, as well as a weather station which was set up on a tarmac which absorbed more sunlight and caused the air surrounding hotter, explaining the high temperature readings.

Record High Temperature: (57.8°C, 136°F)

Death Valley, California, USA
Death Valley is home to the driest, and hottest places in North America. Death Valley sprawls near the border of California and Nevada; contains faults, salt pans, and water ways; and is home to a number of wildlife, including plants, birds and fish. Large amounts of heated air blow throughout the valley causing high  temperatures. It has an area of about 3,000 sq miles (7,800 km). The hottest temperature here was recorded on July 10, 1913.  
Record High Temperature: (56.7°C,134°F).


Vostok Station, Antarctica
Vostok Research Station is located at about 1,300 km from the Geographic South Pole.Well, it is not only the coldest place, but is the windiest and the highest continent in the world. The Vostok Station, a Russian research station which is located in Antarctica has recorded a lowest temperature on earth.The station approximately contains 25 scientists and engineers in the summer. In winter, this number drops to 13. Antarctica receives least amount of rainfall on earth just next to the Sahara Desert, which kind of seems it is like a desert even though it contains the most ice on earth.
Record Low Temperature: (-89.2°C,-128.6°F)

Plateau Station, Antarctica
Plateau station of Antarctica has recorded to be the second coldest places on earth. It is the place which is home to wildlife such as whales, penguins, seals and other sea animals and plants, but no a lot of humans.The station was operated and staffed by the National Science Foundation and United States Navy. On 22 December 2007, the Norwegian-U.S. Scientific Traverse of East Antarctica visited the base and entered the buildings, finding that it was mostly intact. Scientists and other research staffs come to this land to learn more about the earth’s history and weather. It is one of the wildest and the loneliest regions of the planet earth. The Plateau Station was one of the most remote and coldest of any United States stations on the continent
Record Low Temperature:  (-84°C,-119.2°F)

Oymyakon, Russia
Oymyakon is a small Russian village which is located along the Indigirka River, and hidden between the two mountain ranges. It has the population of approximately 800 people. This place was first founded by the Mongols at the time of Genghis Khan. At the village's high latitude, day length varies from 3 hours in December to 21 hours in the summer. Winters in Oymyakon are long and cold and summers are moderately warm but very short. The climate is dry, summers are much wetter than winters. Is usually the other way around in most places.
Record Low Temperature: (-71.1°C,-96.0°F)

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Planet Earth : Complete BBC Series (5 Disc Box Set) [2006] [DVD]

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