Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Why does time go by faster as you get older?

As people get older, they tend to notice that time goes by faster than it did when they were young. And the older they get, the more they notice this phenomenon. So what the heck is going on?

Well, first to dispel a myth – and that is the idea that time seems to progress faster as you get older - simply because you are older!

For a five year old, a year is one fifth of their life. Hence a period of one year is a substantial period of time compared to their five-year life.

For a 20 year old, by comparison, one year is only 5 percent of their life, and, so the argument goes, time will therefore appear to go by faster.

But this argument obviously doesn’t hold up – otherwise a period of one year should pass by three times more quickly for a 60 year old man – for whom 1 year is only one-sixtieth of his life.

Nope, what is going on is far more subtle and it’s all about how we perceive time.

Most adults are, of course, preoccupied. They have a lot of things to do. And as a result, there is simply less time in their lives. Being busy is bad, and before you know it, the day is already over and you’ve had no time to reflect on anything at all.

Things are different for kids. They are focused on “the now” and couldn’t care less about next week let alone next month. And of course, they have loads of free time to reflect upon things.

But as adults we can - if we want - make time move more slowly. Or more quickly. After all, who hasn’t killed a few hours of their life by getting engrossed in an entertaining show on TV? And before you know it, the TV show is over, and 2 hours of your life have gone forever – and in a much faster way than it would have if you had simply just sat out on your porch and spent some time gazing up at the stars.

One of the greatest time killers now is personal technology – especially things like playstations, the internet, and, of course, smartphones.

Walk around nowadays and you’ll notice that so many people have got their heads down, pressing frantically on tiny little buttons, and pretending to do something important - when all they are doing is simply making time go by faster! Derr!!!!!!

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

The Abraj Al-Bait Mecca clock: the world's largest clock!

Where is the center of the world? And does it really matter?

Well, many years ago, when nations were insular and proud - it DID matter.

There must be a center point where time begins – even though the Earth is a globe – and London was chosen and Greenwich Mean Time came into being.

The Big Ben clock in London is symbolic of London’s place at the “center” of the globe, where time is set at 0 - and the reference point for relative times in other cities across the globe.

Buenos Aires is -3GMT, Athens +2GMT and Bangkok +7GMT.

But Big Ben is not big any longer and is now superseded by an enormous clock that has just been constructed in Islam’s most holy city – Mecca.

 The Abraj Al-Bait Mecca clock: the world's largest
Big Ben stands 96 meters high and its clock is 7 meters in diameter.

But the Abraj Al-Bait Mecca clock, by comparison, stands over 600 metres high and its clock – which has four faces – is 46 metres in diameter!!!

 The Abraj Al-Bait Mecca clock: the world's largest The “Mecca” clock really is a “mega” clock

It is illuminated by two million LED lights along with large Arabic script reading: "In the name of Allah."

And when it is time to pray, all these LEDs will flash on and off – visible from a distance of 30 km!

The Saudi clock also bears an uncanny resemblance to both the Empire State Building and Big Ben.

 The Abraj Al-Bait Mecca clock: the world's largest
A Big Ben that Allah would like

But is building the world’s largest clock ever going to get the center of the world moved to Mecca – which for the Saudis is where God says it should be?

Well, only time will tell…

NB: Saudi “scholars” are convinced that Mecca really is the center of the world. They claim it is a "zero magnetism zone".

"That's why if someone travels to Mecca or lives there, he lives longer, is healthier and is less affected by the earth's gravity," said one of them. "You get charged with energy."

Yes, quite.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

George, the world’s tallest dog!!!

Say hello to George.

 George, the world’s tallest dog!!!
The world’s tallest dog!

When standing he’s nearly 43 inches tall from paw to shoulder.

His weight? An astonishing 245lbs!!! So when you’re playing with him be careful – else you could be squashed as flat as a pancake if he managed to get on top of you!

From nose to tail he’s 7feet 3inches!!

And boy does he eat – his appetite his so huge that he guzzles down 100lbs of food every month. And he’s a fussy eater too – only the best steaks for this huge Great Dane who lives in Arizona, the USA.

And nope there’s no kennel for this monster dog either.

As if one could be big enough!

Instead he sleeps in his very own bed.

A king-sized one.