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TEDDY BEAR

Posted: January 24, 2012 in INFO's

There is an interesting funda about how the name TEDDY was linked to the soft cuddly toy which is famous all around the world among kids. Here is the story behind how it all started. Once upon a time in USA, long-long ago, not so long ago in November 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt and some of his friends went on a hunting trip to Mississippi. After hours of searching, Roosevelt and his group had not come across any wild animals. Finally, the group did track down and surrounded a helpless bear. One of the guides asked the president to shoot the bear so he could win a hunting trophy. The president refused, and news reporters throughout the country spread the story of Roosevelt’s kind act.

Not long after this took place, a famous cartoonist named Clifford Berryman drew a cartoon based on Roosevelt’s rescue of the bear. When a store owner in Brooklyn saw the cartoon, he decided to make toy bears to sell in his shop. He asked President Roosevelt for permission to use the name “Teddy’s Bear” for his toys, as a reminder of the bear Roosevelt had set free. Nowadays, everyone knows these toys as Teddy Bears, but few people know that they were named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.

In his honour November 14 has been designated American Teddy Bear Day.

box office is a place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to an event. The people who sell the tickets at the movie theaters worked in “offices” that were shaped like tiny “boxes” back in the old times. Therefore, if a movie was a “box office blowout,” then it sold out the entire ticket stand. That was how the term “box office” came into use when talking about how many tickets were sold for a movie.

By extension, the term is frequently used, especially in the context of the film industry, as a synonym for the amount of business a particular production, such as a film or theatre show, receives. The term can also mean factors which may influence this amount, as in the phrases “good box office” and “bad box office”

Box office business is usually measured in terms of the number of people who see it or the amount of money raised by ticket sales (revenue). The projection and analysis of these earnings is very important for the creative industries and often a source of interest for fans. This is highly predominant in the Hollywood movie industry.

OOMBS blog review for 2011

Posted: January 22, 2012 in INFO's
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

An Aranmula kannadi or Aranmula metal mirror is a special type of mirror produced at Aranmula, a village in the state of Kerala in India. Composed of a special metal alloy, instead of glass, the Aranmula kannadi is a front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and distortions typical of back surface mirrors. The exact metals used in the alloy are unknown to public and is maintained as a zealously guarded family secret; however metallurgists suggest the alloy to be mixed with copper and tin to cast the mirrors, before being polished for several days in a row to achieve their reflective surface.

These unique metal mirrors are the result of Kerala’s rich cultural and metallurgical traditions, and have great historical and cultural value. Produced by a single extended family in Aranmula, the origins of the Aranmula kannadi are linked with the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. Legend has it that eight families of experts in temple arts and crafts were brought by the royal chief to Aranmula from Tirunelveli district to work in the Parthasarathy temple centuries ago on the mirrors.

The Aranmula metal mirror is a rare piece of craft that had existed even during the Vedic period of Indian history. The myth about the origin and secret of its composition makes it a truly fascinating craft. Aranmula Kannadi is not mass produced and is only hand made with all its perfections.  While commercially available glass mirrors reflect an image, because of a silver coating at its rear, Aranmula Metal Mirror is the only mirror which reflects from the front plane. This had its popularity until the advent of the commercially manufactured glass mirrors which proved to be much cheaper. The British Museum in London has a 45 centimeter tall Aranmula metal mirror in its collection.