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FACT # 267

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Posted by on April 24, 2016 in General Facts


FACT # 266

12 Things You Didn’t Know About Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’

Writer Bill Peet was brought on to script the first version of the movie, but Disney believed it was too dark. It’s not clear whether Peet left or was booted from the project; either way, a new team was brought in for rewrites. Floyd Norman, one of the new writers, said Walt wanted the film to have more laughs and more personality—and, true to Disney form—he also wanted sign off on every little detail.

Composer Terry Gilkyson was hired to write songs for the movie, but as with the script, Disney felt they lacked a sense of fun. Though the Sherman brothers (Richard and Robert) were brought in to write a new soundtrack, one of Gilkyson’s songs did remain in the movie: “The Bare Necessities.” We’d say he got the last laugh: not only is “The Bare Necessities” one of the best tunes in Disney history, it was also nominated for an Oscar (the film’s sole nomination).

When Disney died on December 15, 1966, the studio closed for a single day. Then they got back to business working on the last animated feature Disney had a hand in. It was released on October 18, 1967.

Rocky the Rhino was intended to be a dim-witted, bumbling, near-blind character that would provide some comic relief. His scenes were completely storyboarded before he got the boot: he was supposed to appear after King Louie’s scene, but Walt didn’t want to put the funny sequences back-to-back.

The Sherman brothers wrote the vultures’ song “That’s What Friends Are For” with The Beatles in mind, even giving the characters similar accents. But the Fab Four turned them down. “John was running the show at the time, and he said [dismissively] ‘I don’t wanna do an animated film.’ Three years later they did Yellow Submarine, so you can see how things change,” Richard Sherman said.

According to a guide written by Kipling, the main character’s name is pronounced “Mowglee” (accent on the ‘Mow,’ which rhymes with ‘cow’), not “Moe-glee,” which is how Disney chose to say it. In addition, Kaa the snake is supposed to be “Kar;” Baloo the Bear should have been “Barloo,” and Colonel Hathi is really “Huttee.”

Although jazz singer and bandleader Louis Prima voiced the fire-obsessed orangutan, he’s not the Louis who the Shermans originally had in mind when they began writing “I Wan’na Be Like You” for the character. “We were thinking about Louis Armstrong when we wrote it, and that’s where we got the name, King Louie,” Richard Sherman told The New York Times. “Then in a meeting one day, they said, ‘Do you realize what the N.A.A.C.P. would do to us if we had a black man as an ape? They’d say we’re making fun of him.’ I said: ‘Come on, what are you talking about? I adore Louis Armstrong, I wouldn’t hurt him in any way.’” In the end, Louis Prima stepped in.

King Louie and Baloo’s “I Wan’na Be Like You” dance was later repeated, frame for frame, in Robin Hood, which also borrowed dances from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and The Aristocats. This was achieved through an animation technique called “rotoscoping,” where animators trace over the frames of old footage to use it in a different environment.

Originally written for Mary Poppins as “Land of Sand,” “Trust In Me” was recycled with new lyrics for Kaa to sing while hypnotizing poor Mowgli. Here’s what it would have sounded like:

Ron Howard’s younger brother also voiced another Disney youngster: Roo in the Winnie the Pooh movies.

Allegedly, Walt Disney chose Harris to voice Baloo after meeting him at a party. At the time, Harris was retired and nearly forgotten in Hollywood. His first day of recording didn’t go so well at first: Harris found Baloo’s tone wooden and boring, so asked if he could try a little improvisation. Once given the go-ahead, “I came out with something like, ‘You keep foolin’ around in the jungle like this, man, you gonna run across some cats that’ll knock the roof in,'” Harris recalled. Disney loved Baloo’s new personality and rewrote lines to suit the style.

It came out in 2003 (not direct-to-video, surprisingly) and featured Haley Joel Osment as Mowgli and John Goodman as Baloo. By most accounts, you shouldn’t bother seeing it; it’s got a 19 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Posted by on April 19, 2016 in General Facts, Stories


FACT # 265

Mainframe Facts – did you know?

Fact 1

89% of mainframe customers planned to keep their mainframes for at least five more years, with more than a third of them intending to keep their mainframes for 10 – 20 or more years.

** 2014 Vanson Bourne study

Fact 2

IBM predicts that approximately 37,200 new mainframe administration positions will emerge worldwide by 2020.

Fact 3

62% of data center organizations recognize that they will have a skills shortage within the next five years.

** IBM internal study

Fact 4

IBM has invested more than $10 million in its Academic Initiative, a program that involves over 1000 colleges and universities in 67 countries, and over 68,000 students.

Fact 5

IBM’s 2014 Master the Mainframe competition involved 20,000 students from 6 continents. It culminated in 43 finalists vying for the coveted World Champion title in New York City.

Fact 6

Every second, 1.1 million high-volume customer transactions occur on mainframes. To put this into perspective, Google experiences almost 60,000 searches per second.

Fact 7

Each year, IBM mainframes handle $23 billion worth of ATM transactions and $6 trillion in credit and debit card transactions.

Fact 8

More than 70% of global Fortune 500 companies use the mainframe to run their core business functions.

Fact 9

IBM sells mainframes to cloud service providers, who focus on delivering large scale Linux environments.

Fact 10

The latest enterprise IBM EC12 mainframe can execute more than 78,000 millions of instructions per second (MIPS).

Fact 11

In the FIFA 2014 World Cup, 14 cameras are set up to capture goal mouth action. The data from these cameras is sent to a mainframe computer that analyzes each goal, and in turn sends a signal to a watch worn by the referee to confirm that a goal has been scored.

Fact 12

96 of the world’s top 100 banks, 23 of the top25 US retailers and 9 of the world’s 10 largest insurance companies, run System z.

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Posted by on April 12, 2016 in General Facts



FACT # 264

Some amazing facts about mainframe

1. The mainframes hold approximately ” 70 % ” of the entire data stored in this planet

2. The latest ones can support over 25,000 users

3. They can support devices spread over 26 miles using fibre optics

4. The size of the “basic” OS is about 14 GB

5. This OS comes in about 57 magnetic tapes, But latest with 4 tapes

6. It takes ATLEAST a month to install and customize a basic mainframe OS configuration

7. It takes around 3 full days for a mainframe to get up and running

8. Basic configuration for development environment costs 8 crores (hardware + Software)

9. A full team of qualified system operators are always required to be on stand by to ensure successful operation

10. Earlier mainframes were provided with cooling pipes through which cold water was passed to cool the system – TCS have one in Chennai facility

11. Recent mainframes have variable speed fans in the cabinet to keep it cool

12. Have u ever heard of a mainframe system being hacked??? Mainframes are one of the most secure data installations ever

13. You cannot buy the mainframe OS, but u’ll have to pay a license touse it.
The cost?? cool …..1.5 crores a year.

14. Finally, mainframes today r the most preferred data servers for even the most hi-fi of the organizations!

15. So far no virus has been attaked Mainframes

16. Most of the peoples working on Mainframe had never seen the

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Posted by on April 12, 2016 in General Facts



FACT # 263

1India is a land of mystics and mysteries. There are as many stories as there are people. Those who believe that India is all snake-charmers definitely need to brush up their knowledge of the country. There are not just snake-charmers, we have ghosts, avatars, strange phenomenon and stranger beliefs too.

Mass Bird Suicide-Jatinga, Assam

2The idyllic village of Jatinga is snugly nestled amongst the Borail Hills of Assam. Every monsoon, this scenic village witnesses an uncanny phenomenon. Between September and October, especially during dark and foggy nights, hundreds of migratory birds fly full speed towards trees and buildings, crashing to death. This ‘mass bird suicide’ was first brought to global attention by famous naturalist E.P. Gee in the 1960s. Ever since, it has remained one of the world’s unsolved mysteries.

Balancing Rock-Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

3The enormous balancing rock, also known as Krishna’s Butter Ball, is a prime tourist attraction in Mahabalipuram. This rock is 5 meters in diameter and is positioned on a smooth gradient. It seems to defy all the laws of physics. It offers shed to all those who dare to sit underneath it.

Rural Olympics-Kila Raipur, Ludhiana, Punjab

4During February every year, Kila Raipur village in Ludhiana is buzzing with energy. Locals and tourists come together to witness a recreational sports meet of farmers in and around Kila. The Rural Olympics was a brainchild of philantropist Inder Singh Grewal. It was conceived as early as 1933. Bullock racing, tent pegging, Gatka, camels, mules and dog races are the main attractions. Punjabi folklore and cultural festivities also grace the event, making it a truly exhilarating experience.


The Motorcycle God-Bullet Baba Shrine, Bandai, Rajasthan

5If there is any place in the world where you’ll come across a shrine where flowers and liquor bottles are offered to a motorcycle, it has to be in India! At Bandai, Jodhpur, Om Singh Rathore died when he crashed his Bullet into a tree while riding drunk. The police claimed the bike and took it to the station. The next day, the bike was found at the spot of the accident. They brought it back to the station, emptied the fuel tank and chained it. Yet the bike miraculously found its way back to accident spot the next day. The motorcycle was moved permanently to the location and the Om Baba (or Bullet Baba as it is popularly called) Shrine was erected. Every day many passers-by come to offer their prayers. The spirit of Om Banna is believed to protect travellers.

Hide and Seek Beach, Chandipur, Odisha


If you visit this beach in Orissa for the second time, it is possible that it won’t be there. And when you visit it for the third time, it might again resurface. The beach disappears from time to time depending on low and high tide. This is the Chandipur beach, also called the Hide n Seek beach.

Red Rain-Idukki, Kerala


Apart from its delectable coastal curry, Idduki is also known for a strange phenomenon called ‘Red Rain’. The first incident of Red Rain was recorded as early as 1818. Ever since, Idukki has witness this unusual sight intermittently. Idukki has been classified a ‘Red Region’. In Hinduism, red rain is the wrath of the Gods, punishing sinners. It signals a wave of destruction and woe. Some believe the killing of innocents leads to red rain. Scientists are yet to come up with an explanation.

Hanging Pillar-Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

8Lepakshi Temple in southern Andhra Pradesh is another marvel of Indian architecture. Out of the 70 pillars, there is one that hangs without any support, and does not the touch the ground. Pilgrims and curious tourists pass dupattas, twigs and other thin objects under the pillar to see if the claims are true. It is even believed that doing this will bring good luck to the devotee.

Levitating Stone-Shivapur, Maharashtra

9Somewhere in Pune, in a quaint little hamlet called Shivapur, lies the Hazrat Qamar Ali Darvesh that has a magical story to tell. The current shrine was a gymnasium, 800 years ago. A Sufi saint called Qamar Ali was taunted by the wrestlers there. The saint placed a spell on the rocks that were used for body-building. The 70 kg rock can only be lifted by 11 finger tips touching it and calling out his name loudly. Till date, the Stone of Qamar Ali can be magically lifted by chanting his name.

Temple Of Rats-Karni Mata Temple, Rajasthan

10A little town called Deshnok, 30 kms from Bikaner, holds an intriguing sight: the Karni Mata Temple, home to over 20,000 rats. ‘Kabbas’ as they are called, these rats are worshipped because it is believed that they are reincarnated family members of Karni Mata. White mice are revered even more because they are considered to be Karni Mata and her sons.

Great wall of India-Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan

11Kumbhalgarh is a massive fortress situated 82 kms from Udaipur in Rajasthan. The walls of this fortress constitute a perimeter of around 36 kms, and are said to be the longest wall in India, and the second longest in the world, after China’s Great Wall. What’s more, the walls house 300 temples. And no, it’s not visible from space.

Floating Lake-Loktak Lake, Manipur

12The largest freshwater lake in India’s North-East, the Loktak Lake is a sight to behold. Because of its floating phumdis, it has been named the world’s only floating lake. Apart from its scenic beauty, this lake plays a big role in Manipur’s economy, serving as a source for hydropower generation, irrigation, drinking water supply and source of livelihood for local fishermen. The largest of all the phumdis, or floating islands on Loktak, is the Keibul Lamjao National Park, the last natural refuge of the endangered Manipur Brow-Antlered deer.

Home to the notorious Cream-Malana, Himachal Pradesh

13Located in the north-east of the Kullu Valley, Malana is also known as the ‘Little Greece of India’, because the locals believe that they are descendants of Alexander-the-Great himself! This ancient village is cut off from the rest of the world, and they follow an indigenous political system. There are only about a hundred houses in this village, but it is home to Malana Cream, the finest quality and most potent charas ever produced.

Asia’s Cleanest Village-Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

14Mawlynnong Village in Cherrapunji is popularly called ‘God’s Own Garden.’ It has won international accolades for being Asia’s Cleanest Village. It is a community-based effort for promoting eco-tourism. It is interesting to note that this village has a 100% literacy rate and most villagers speak English fluently. Mawlynnong boasts of other amazing sights like waterfalls, Living Roots Bridge and a Balancing Rock.


Land of Black Magic-Mayong, Assam

15A cloak of mystery shrouds Mayong, better known as the Land Of Black Magic, a village 40 kms from Guwahati city, close to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. It is popularly believed that the name Mayong comes from the Sanskrit word for illusion, Maya. Many tales of men disappearing into thin air, people being converted into animals, or beasts being magically tamed, have been associated with Mayong. Sorcery and magic were traditionally practised and passed down over generations. Many ancient relics of Ayurveda and black magic are now preserved in the Mayong Central Museum.Red Rain-Idukki, Kerala

Apart from its delectable coastal curry, Idduki is also known for a strange phenomenon called ‘Red Rain’. The first incident of Red Rain was recorded as early as 1818. Ever since, Idukki has witness this unusual sight intermittently. Idukki has been classified a ‘Red Region’. In Hinduism, red rain is the wrath of the Gods, punishing sinners. It signals a wave of destruction and woe. Some believe the killing of innocents leads to red rain. Scientists are yet to come up with an explanation. — with Rinku Chandel and Sunil Raj.

Floating Stones of Rama Setu-Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

16Located on Pamban Island, and separated from the Indian mainland by the Pamban Channel, the little town of Rameshwaram has great significance in Hindu mythology. It is from here that Rama is believed to have built a bridge across to Lanka to rescue Sita. Stones used to build this bridge had Rama’s name engraved on them and they never sank in water. The curious fact is that such ‘floating stones’ are still found around Rameshwaram.

Village Without Doors-Shani Shignapur, Maharashtra

17Located 35 kms from Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, Shani Shinagpur village is known for its popular Shani temple. This village has never witnessed any crime, and that is attributed to the blessings of Shani Dev. The villagers have full faith in their god, and have completely entrusted their safety into his hands. That is why homes and commercial buildings in this village has no doors, or even a door frame. Taking note of the near-zero crime rate, the UCO Bank has also opened a ‘lock-less’ branch in this village, the first of its kind in India.

Lake of Skeletons-Roopkund Lake, Uttarakhand

18At a height of 16,500 feet, in the middle of the most uninhabitable part of the Himalayas lies the secluded Roopkund Lake, covered in snow and surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers. More popularly known as Skeleton Lake or Mystery Lake , the spine-chilling attraction of this lake is the 600 odd human skeletons that were discovered here. These date back to the 9th CE and are clearly visible at the bottom of the shallow lake when the snow melts. The locals believe that this entourage had earned the fury of the local deity, Latu, who sent a terrible hailstorm their way, which eventually killed them.

The Curious Case Of Twins-Kodinhi Village, Kerala

19Kodinhi, a sleepy little town tucked away in the Malappuram district of Kerala, has managed to baffle scientists across the world. In a population of 2000, Kodinhi has 350 pairs of identical twins! It has rightfully earned the title of ‘Twin Town.’ 6 pairs of twins in every 1000 births is considered a high twinning rate. Kodinhi has a rate of 42 twins per 1000 births. This means, almost every family in Kodinhi has more than one pair of twins.


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Posted by on April 7, 2016 in General Facts


FACT # 262

Mr. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of India



  • Mr. Narendra Modi loves writing poem. He writes in Gujarati language and also has published some books written by him. He also love photography and had held an exhibition showing his collections of photographs clicked by him.
  • Modi was always fond of Hindutva philosophy. When he was a teenager, he went to Himalayas alone and stayed there for 2 years with Yogi Sadhus and learnt the philosophy of Hindutva.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a patriot since childhood. During 1965 Indo-Pak war, he volunteered to serve the soldiers going in the war at the railway stations. He also served the flood affected people of Gujarat in 1967.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done a three month course in US on public relations and image management. This could be one reason behind his success in positioning himself as one of the most popular politician of the world.
  • Narendra Modi is a teetotaller. He doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke. He is a complete vegetarian.
  • Narendra Modi is the most Popular politician in India by huge distance. His Twitter account has more than 6 Million followers. He is the most popular Indian politician on Facebook and 8th most popular among all Indian celebrity on Twitter.
  • Yes! Narendra Modi is married. His parents arranged his marriage when he was a child, at 13 he was engaged and by 18 he got married. They spent very little time together and were soon estranged because Modi decided to pursue an itinerant life.
  • In many Interview he stated that he don’t sleep much. 5 hours is maximum duration he sleeps. He wake up by 5:30 in any case, irrespective of when he hits the bed.
  • We all are aware of Narendra Modi’s love for Technology. Every morning he log in to his system and read everything written about him or anything that matters to him. This way he could know for what he is being criticized or praised.
  • We know that Narendra Modi is choosy about his wardrobe collection, and recently we got to know that all his clothes are of one brand Jade Blue which is a Ahmedabad based textile company.


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Posted by on April 6, 2016 in General Facts