In modern literature, mythological sirens have influenced everything from plant names to comic book characters (Marvel Comics' superhero Siryn). In television, sirens have appeared in shows ranging from sci-fi and fantasy to action. Sirens also appeared in the animated film “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas”. The story retained the sirens' ability to lure sailors to their deaths by song; women were unaffected. So next time any of you guys are on a marine voyage, don't listen to the singing women, you don't want to drown, do you?
By Nishita Aurnab
What will they think of next!
A new Web site promising to simplify the lawsuit process by pairing lawyers and potential litigants is a bad idea, tort reform advocates say. Legal Newsline reported Tuesday that critics say the SueEasy Web site encourages people to be litigious. Darren McKinney, spokesman for the American Tort Reform Association, said the site is the "latest distillation" of an attitude promoted by trial lawyers.
"It's an attitude that runs against personal responsibility and seems to promote the notion that whatever negative happens in your life somebody else can be blamed and thus sued," McKinney told Legal Newsline.
On its Web site, Mountain View, Calif.-based SueEasy says its "primary concern is for you to register a genuine complaint or grievance as quickly and as simply as possible." Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute Center for Legal Policy, said he worries about the quality of lawyers that might cull an Internet site for potential clients. "The main problem with this is quality control," Olson said. "If this were a dating service, you'd have to wonder -- whichever side of the dating you were on -- what kind of dunce are they going to bring me?"
It's a good thing suing isn't so easy in Bangladesh.
Roll it up
You spend a lot of you time with this object every single day…after you wake up and till you go to bed. But never do you care about it. You are oblivious to its existence. Guess what I'm talking about? Tissue paper rolls!
This week, we'll learn how to make something really pretty out of a tissue paper roll, something like a pen holder, but you could always put it to any other use. Better yet, you might just want to keep it as a decoration piece.
Things you need:
By Nayeema Reza
A new meaning
Today's little snippet of news is a very important one: “Don't kiss too much, or you may cause your loved one to become deaf.” I thought this was a very important breakthrough in the science of men and chemistry of love, considering the mass amounts of pure (and impure) bhalobasha floating around within the pollutions of our beloved country.
As a note of empathetic warning to those love birds who are smooching day and night, "A strong kiss may cause an imbalance in the air pressure between two inner ears and lead to a broken ear drum." These are not my words but the words of Shanghai daily. A woman from some where in China (too hard to pronounce, log in to bbc.co.uk and type in “kiss of deaf” for details) appeared in the hospital, deaf, a few days ago; the cause: excessive kissing. Talk about extreme romance and a soul sucking vampire guy huh? Although I am sure most of you girls right now are befuddled and are dying to experience that kiss of wonder, let me remind you of what the China Daily wrote, "While kissing is normally very safe, doctors advise people to proceed with caution." Stay vigilant and on your toes at all times, even while kissing, you never know; if the air pressure imbalance thingy is true, some scientists claim it even has the potential to make you blind. Take about a blinding kiss huh!
With lots of rest and prescribed medicine, the young woman is expected to regain her full hearing within about two months; to quote, an additional prescription was the following: “No kissing for the next two months, to the least.”
By Adnan M. S. Fakir
They said it
The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a
By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.
Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's
I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
Re: Writers wanted
Application submission deadline for the post of 'Feature Writer' for Rising Stars was December 4, 2008. Yet, we continue getting calls and mails with queries about what will happen. Currently we are sorting all the entries and also trying to crawl our way out of all the mail we have received.
We will shortlist the candidates for interview and inform them by phone. Out of that we will select only 10 applicants for the post. All this will be informed by phone as well as through RS. Till then, everyone chew on your nails.
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