No comments | Monday, June 17, 2013
Road disasters
Many people are killed and injured on the roads- more than 40,000 a year in the USA - but accidents involving more than a few drivers or pedestrians are rare. 
Worst road disaster
On 3 November 1982 a petrol tanker collided with a Soviet army truck and exploded in the 2.7km Salang Tunnel in Afghanistan. At least 2,000 and perhaps as many as 3,000 people died as a result of the explosion, fire and fumes. 
US road disaster
The worst US road disaster took place on 15 December 1967. The Silver Bridge across the Ohio River from Kanauga, Ohio to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, collapsed during heavy pre-Christmas rush hour traffic and about 60 vehicles plunged into the river.
British road accident
On 27 May 1975 a coach crashed near Grassington, North Yorkshire, killing 33.

Air disaster
Two hijacked planes crash into the
World Trade Center, New York
Air disasters
Worst ever
The two terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, New York, on 11 September 2001, killed all the passengers and crew on both hijacked planes (92 on one and 65 on the other). More than 2,000 people also died in the buildings. 
On the ground
On 27 March 1977, two Boeing 747s collided and caught fore on the runway of Los Rodeos airport in Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The aircraft were carrying 614 passengers and 30 crew between them. A total of 61 people managed to escape. 
Single-aircraft disaster
On 12 August 1985 a JAL Boeing 747 on an internal flight from Tokyo to Osaka crashed, killing 520. Four passengers survived. 
Mid-air collision
At Charkhi Dadri, India, on 12 November 1996, a Saudi Airways Boeing 747 collided with a Kazakh Airlines Ilyushin IL-76 cargo aircraft. A total of 349 people died. 

Rail disasters
Rail travel is one of the safest ways of journeying from place to place, taking into account the large numbers of passengers carried and distances travelled. But there have been accidents. One of the earliest rail disasters was at Versailles, France. It happened on 8 May 1842, when the Versailles to Paris train crashed. 
World's worst
On 6 June 1981 a train plunged off a bridge crossing the Bagmati River, India. The driver may have had  to brake sharply to avoid hitting a sacred crow. The train was overcrowded and more than 800 people may have died. 
On 22 May 1915 a troop train crashed head-on into another at Quintinshill near Gretna Green, Scotland. The wreckage was then struck by an express. The crashes and fire that followed left 227 dead and 246 injured. 
Two USA accidents both resulted in 101 deaths. On 10 August 1887 a bridge at Chatsworth, Illinois caught fore and collapsed as a train was passing over. In the crash, 81 people were killed immediately and a further 20 died later. As many as 372 were injured. The second accident happened on 9 July 1918 at Nashville, Tennessee, when two trains collided head-on. 
On 28 October 1995, at Baku, Azerbaijan, an underground train caught fire one saturday evening. The accident killed more than  300 people. 
American underground
America's worst subway accident was on 1 November 1918 at Brooklyn, New York. A train was derailed in the Malbone Street tunnel, leaving 97 dead. 
British underground
Britain's worst tube disaster took place on 8 March 1943 at Bethnal Green, London. About 173 people who were trying to enter the underground station during an air raid were killed in the crush.
No comments | Monday, June 10, 2013
Tupperware brand products made their debut in 1946. Earl Silas Tupper, an imaginative chemist, worked with industrial plastics. He saw the potential of some materials to become perfect kitchen solutions for modern homes and soon he invented bowls equipped with airtight seals which were modern in shape  and also kept food fresh for longer.
Earl Silas Tupper (1907-83)
  •  Tupperware gets its name from its inventor Earl Silas Tupper.
  •  Tupperware seals actually expel air keeping foods fresh for longer.
  •  There is a Tupperware party being hosted every 2.5 seconds somewhere in the world.
  •  Tupperware is one of Fortune Magazine's most admired companies in the world, five  times in a row. Tupperware in India too is a recipient of Masterbrand, Superbrand and Powerbrand Recognitions consistently over the years. 
  •  Over 100 Tupperware items from the period 1946 to 1958 are housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and the National Museum of American history.
  •  Tupperware is a zero investment business opportunity.
  •  Tupperware is identified as one of the 10 greatest inventions of the 20th Century by the Guinness Book of World Records.
  •  Wonderlier Bowls by Earl Tupper was the first product inspired by the paint can seal machine.

Tupperware in India and Brand values:
Tupperware entered India in 1996 and has been growing exponentially ever since. The brand has not only brought world class kitchen solutions to India, but it has also launched several India-specific products to cater to the unique needs of the Indian kitchen. These products are designed to preserve food for longer and save space for smaller urban kitchens. 

Tupperware markets and distributes its ingenious kitchen solutions through a network of independent women consultants who run it as their own business. The Tupperware business opportunity empowers women by opening up doors to financial independence for them across region, religions and economic strata. This has generated much love for the brand. The recognition of this comes from the fact that Tupperware has been acknowledged by Fortune Magazine as one of 'The Most Admired Companies of the world' for five years in a row. 

In 2012, Tupperware launched a campaign titled 'She Can, You Can.' This campaign upheld the examples of women achievers in the field of social entrepreneurship. It was designed to inspire women and give them the confidence to begin their own ventures. This campaign still runs strong within the Tupperware sales force and continues to inspire more women to achieve their full potential. 

As it stands today, Tupperware is positioned as the provider of smart kitchen solutions that market its products directly to consumers through a network of independent women consultants who organize fun parties to demonstrate the products and share interesting kitchen tips. 

5 comments | Sunday, June 02, 2013
Double bass
A double bass 4.26m long and weighing 590kg was built by Arthur K. Ferris of Ironia, New Jersey, USA in 1924.
The University of Texas Longhorn Band has a drum nicknamed Big Bertha which is 7.6m in circumference.
musical instrumentsA giant version of a Gibson guitar 11.63m long was made in 1991 by students at Shakamak High School, Jasonville, Indiana, USA. Large stringed instruments that are bigger than the span of human bands are difficult or even impossible to play.
The world's loudest instrument is the Auditorium Organ in Atlantic City, USA. It was built in 1930 at a cost of $500,000 has more than 32,000 pipes and is powered by a 365 horsepower blower.
The second-largest organ is the pipe organ built in 1911 in the Wanamaker Department Store, Philadelphia, USA.
The world's largest cathedral organ was built in St Stephen's Cathedral, Passau, Germany in 1028. It has 17,774 pipes.
In 1935 in  London Charles H. Challen built a piano which is probably the largest in the world. It weighs 1.25 tonnes and is 3.55m long.
One of the lightest pianos ever made was a baby grand weighing just 180kg. It was made mostly of aluminium covered in yellow pigskin. It was constructed by the Bluthner company of Germany for the airship Hindenburg, and was destroyed when the airship exploded in1937.
In 1896 John Philip Sousa, who is the American inventor of the sousaphone, played a 2.28m tuba on a world tour. This is the largest brass instrument ever made and had 11.8m of tubing.

Large orchestras:

  •  In 1872 Austrian composer Johann Strauss conducted an orchestra of 987 (including 400 first violinists) and a choir of 20,000. The performance was in Boston (USA).
  •  In 1958, the Norwegian National Meeting of school Bands assembled 12,600 players at Trondheim, Norway.
  •  A total of 6,452 musicians from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Canadian music students played together in Vancouver, Canada on 15 May 2000.
  •  An ensemble of 1,013 cellists played on 29 November 1988 in Kobe, Japan.
  •  On 14 July 1999 Piers Adams conducted 710 recorder players performing "Roaring Rag" by  Beverley Wragg at Cressing Temple Barn, Essex, UK.