Wow ! Napolean Bonaparte’s Preserved Penis worth US $ 100000

Paulo ‘The Alchemist’ Coelho fascinates me….”If you chase your dreams,your dreams will chase you”…Wow !

love visiting his blog…he’s embarking on a spiritual retreat from tomorrow for a few days and will have access to the internet for only 20 minutes everyday…uncanny coincidence !…because I too am doing the same later this week !

Caught my eye was this link on his blog  on Napoleon’s penis…what an Investment !…unique,exclusive and cannot be recreated or replicated !…Holding History,literally and figuratively, in your Hands !

http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2010/05/30/5-sec-read-napoleons-penis/comment-page-1/#comment-561486

Allegedly cut off in 1821 by Napoleon’s Doctor during the autopsy and not well preserved through the years,the Penis was purchased by a New Jersey Urologist in 1977 for US $ 3000…he kept it under his bed!…his daughter has now inherited this ‘relic’ and has been offered US $ 100000

‘Time’ magazine lists the Penis in the Top 10 List of Famous Stolen Body Parts …the List is as below

  1. Maori Heads
  2. Santa Claus’ Bones
  3. Geronimo’s Skull
  4. Anne Boleyn’s Heart
  5. Benito Mussolini’s Brain
  6. Napoleon’s Penis
  7. Remains of Thomas Paine
  8. St. Francis Xavier’s Toe
  9. The Head of King Badu Bonsu II
  10. The Purloined African

Read : http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1988719_1988728_1988720,00.html

Just Imagine  a similar hypothetical Indian Top Ten List of Famous Departed Souls !…wonder whose body part would be a good investment !…or is this a sacrilegious thought !

I’ve categorised this blog under both ‘Investing Themes’ and ‘INVESTOR MISTAKES’ ….depends on whether you think it’s a sacrilegious investment or not !

Cheers !

You will become what you Think about !… an excerpt from the 1964 radio message “The Strangest Secret”by Earl Nightingale

Eight years ago, when my daughter was just Five Years Old, she came unexpectedly first in the 50 metres Flat race at her School’s Annual Athletic Meet….. She won her first Gold Medal and has since won many more in Athletics, Gymnastics, Football and Karate

This is what she had declared to me at the end of that race “Daddy, do you know why I came first !? It’s because you told me to tell my Mind, I could win,… and I did and I won !”   

When I read today this fantastic excerpt below from Earl Nightingale’s “The Strangest Secret”, I immediately recollected what my daughter had told me after winning her first race years ago

The Mind indeed is yours to plant or Think whatever you wish… It will return what you plant or think  

In 1964, Earl Nightingale electrified USA by his Radio Message “The Strangest Secret”

The Demand for the Audio Recording was huge and it became the first Non Music Record that sold over a Million Copies !

An excerpt from “The Strangest Secret” by Earl Nightingale

George Bernard Shaw said, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.”

Well, it’s pretty apparent, isn’t it? And every person who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.

Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn’t know where he’s going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry – his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing… he becomes nothing.

How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I’ll tell you how it works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels the human mind.

Suppose a farmer has some land, and it’s good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn’t care. It’s up to the farmer to make the decision.

We’re comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn’t care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant.

Now, let’s say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand- one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds-one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land… and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted. read more

President of the USA,Obama declares after taking Oath of Office ” We are Ready to lead once more !”

 

                         

With over 2 million people assembled on National Mall in Washington to witness in person the Swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th President of USA and with a record 1.3 billion people,over 20% of the World’s population, watching it Live in over 240 countries round the world,Obama declared :

” WE ARE READY TO LEAD ONCE MORE !”  

We all know how good an orator,Obama is and yesterday he demonstrated this yet again in a Twenty minute Address without once referring to any written statement….Others who spoke for shorter durations were referring or even reading out

In light of Unprecedented Domestic and Overseas Challenges that USA is facing and battling to overcome,Obama’s Speech was eagerly awaited and his every utterance is being viewed as a metaphor and linked to his take on how these challenges will be dealt by him  

Interestingly Obama became the President even before he took the Oath !…This was because the Ceremonies were delayed by minutes and as per the 20th Amendment of the US Constitution he becomes the President at Noon Eastern Time…At Noon he was yet a few minutes away from taking the oath !

And when he did take the Oath,there was yet another minor flutter…when the 35 word Oath Giver,accidently,probably overwhelmed by the occasion, transposed the word ‘faithfully’ at the end of a sentence when it actually occurred earlier…so when Obama, who knew the Oath by heart,had to repeat the sentence,he paused and chuckled for a second because he sensed this mistake…it was remedied 

Some interesting phrases or the like of it in his speech that got my attention are as below :

  • The nation cannot prosper alone if it only serves the prosperous
  • We are ready to lead once more
  • You cannot outlast us.We will defeat you   ( addressed to those who take up violent acts against USA)
  • Challenges are Real…They are serious and may not be met easily…But they will be Met !
  • We failed to make Hard Choices
  • Time to make unpleasant decisions has already passed
  • Pick ourselves up,Dust ourselves to rebuild America
  • Excessive Use of Energy that only benefits our Adversaries…we will harness the Sun,Wind and Soil to fuel our Cars…..
  • The Time has Come….
  • New Era of Responsibility
  • We will not apologise for Our way of Life
  • For those who gain Power through Corruption and Deceit and quell dissent,you are on the wrong side of history…yet we will extend our Hand if you are willing to unclench your Fist
  • When we were tested…we did not let the Journey end….and delivered this Great Gift of Freedom safely to Future Generations
  • We will move away from Pettiness and Vindictiveness and Childishness in Politics

Obama is committed to return Iraq to the Iraqi People and withdraw US Troops from Iraq and also close down the controversial Guantanomo Bay Detaining Centre.He is set to work hard for Peace in Afghanistan.He will work towards reducing the possibility of use of Nuclear weapons and also address the Global Warming Issue.

He has warned the US Senate that if his proposed US $ 825 Billion Economic measures Package is rejected,there will be more chaos in the US Economy 

His focus is on Taxing Capital and Consumption…In Global Recession Times like these,such moves will meet heavy resistance and may be viewed as short sighted measures

As Mr and Mrs Obama danced away at the Inaugural ball,the Dow danced it’s way down 4% to drop below 8000 to close at 7949 as moods on Wall Street and Washington clashed yet once again as it sunk in that there will not be increased Government Spending to revive the Economy and Banks,many tottering on Insolvency,will have to recapitalise and not expect more bailouts. read more

Just Love these Quotes on “Laughter”…you will too

 

“Laugh as Much as you Breathe…and Love as Long as you Live”…..Anonymous

“Nothing Shows a Man’s Character more than what he laughs at “…J W Von Goethe 

“God is a Comedian,playing to an audience too afraid to laugh “…Voltaire

Perhaps I know Best why it is Man alone who laughs;he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter “….Friedrich Nietzsche

Abhinav Bindra,India and the World Salute you for your and India’s First ever Individual Olympic GOLD

Abhinav Bindra gives India it\'s First Ever Individual Olympic Gold..

We returned late night at 3 am from distant Powai…close friend had hosted a  Dinner in Honour of the ex Head of Allianze Francais in India

…and so I began the Day a little late at 9 am with tears in My Eyes to witness Live our Shooter, ABHINAV BINDRA win India’s first ever Individual OLYMPIC GOLD ever in Beijing… He won in the 10m Rifle Event on the third Day of the Olympics…. Our National Anthem being played and our Tri colour going up was simply overwhelming… I was standing when “Jana Gana Mana” began playing and I was Crying… the Chinese was crying on the Podium… but Bindra was calm and composed and only allowed himself a shy smile… the Moment is indescribable 

And how did Bindra do it !…. he was joint third going into the Final Round of Ten Shots, the  Finn was in the lead by over Two Points… Bindra was never in the lead….. At the Ninth Shot the Chinese and Bindra were tied and then the Chinese shot a very good 10.2…..Every Indian was holding his Breath as Bindra readied to shoot the last shot….. and believe it or not he shot the best of the day… 10.8 to snatch Gold  on the last shot  scoring a Final Score of 700.5 ! with the desolate Chinese taking Silver and the Finn, the Bronze

The Best and Most touching outpourings came from Bindra’s Mother… she was simply over the moon.. she said she messaged him at 4 am in the Morning saying “Mama knows you can do it… you know you can do it…so just go and do it !”

It’s a Proud Moment for all Indians… It’s proud to be an Indian !…. It’s as if each of us has won the Gold !  

Hopefully now Cricket will not dominate sports in India and corner Major Sponsorships and Funds…. India is trying to save the Test Series in Sri Lanka right now….. Other Games will now rightfully come into the limelight and deservingly get their place in the Sun too!

Post win on questions being shot at him by the Indian media, as fast as his rifle shots too, Bindra showed his maturity… his dedication to his family…. his sense of humour… his spirit…. his views were assertive and firm… Snatches of his answers are below

  • Sports is a Gamble. you have to take it
  • On some other day somebody else would have won…Today was my day
  • I Believe in Myself
  • Focus has never been a problem
  • Never Give Up…. I worked hard for Four years for the Athens Olympics (he broke the Olympic Record but yet did not figure among the Medals) and then again had to wait for another Four Years
  • I can’t describe the greatest Moment of My Life !
  • I’ve got a poker face but it was different inside ( On being asked how when all of us were holding our breath but Bindra was Calm amd Composed)
  • Coach told me to be aggressive… I had an Aggresive Frame of Mind.. Just went for it
  • I need to go to the Toilet (when asked what next? !)
  • My performance was better at Athens though I finished Seventh there
  • This Medal is Theirs (referring to his Family when asked how they supported him)
  • If we dont win so what ! we’ll win the next time ! (on Negativism and Critiscism)
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