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Sorry for not posting recently. i've had a nasty cold that kept me away from the computer for a few days. Now, there are many cures for the common cold, but have you ever heard of urine therapy? Some people believe that by drinking your own pee you can get rid of your cold quickly! Would you be willing to do that?


# posted on 10/31/2002          


 

Roll-up TV's and computer screens are on the way. Read more...


# posted on 10/29/2002          


 

Check out some of these photos from the most famous taxi in America. They are of Americans in party-mode!


# posted on 10/29/2002          


 

According to LaughLab in the U.K., this is the funniest joke in the world (out of 40,000 jokes):

A couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing, his eyes are rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator: �gMy friend is dead! What can I do?�h The operator, in a calm soothing voice says: �gJust take it easy. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead.�h There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The guy's voice comes back on the line. He says: �gOK, now what?"

Did you laugh?


# posted on 10/28/2002          


 

Robot Therapy for the Elderly?

Do you know AIBO, the robot-dog manufactured by Sony? Well, doctors and nurses have found AIBO to be useful in helping sick people feel better! Read more...


# posted on 10/28/2002          


 



If you're a rollercoaster fan, you'll love Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. It has the largest collection of rollercoasters in the world, including the Millenium Force - the tallest and fastest rollercoaster in the world! Are you brave enough to ride it?


# posted on 10/27/2002          


 

Welcome OPCT engineering students. You'll find your class website link in the upper right hand corner of this page. You can also find links related to engineering to the right. Have fun exporing! See you in class on Monday.


# posted on 10/27/2002          


 

To learn how to say 'hello' in 2,796 languages, click here.


# posted on 10/25/2002          


 

Now that winter is on the way and the weather is getting cooler, maybe you should think about getting your plans ready to build an igloo?


# posted on 10/25/2002          


 


Ok, the answer to Tuesday the 15th's riddle is: a coffin.

This one should be easier:

Looking at a picture a man says "Brothers and sisters I have none but that man's father is my father's son." Whose picture is it?


# posted on 10/23/2002          


 

Nursing Shortage a Crisis in U.S. Hospitals

Nurses are getting older and there are fewer of them, leaving patients and hospitals in serious trouble as a work shortage reaches a crisis level in American hospitals. Read more...

Have any of you nursing students ever thought about working abroad?


# posted on 10/23/2002          


 

As you may have seen, Rikai is a piece of software which gives Japanese definitions to English words in an article by moving the your cursor over each word. Alternatively, AltaVista has a translation feature called Babelfish, which might be useful to some of you when coming across difficult reading passages on English websites. Unlike Rikai, Babelfish will give you an entire translation. But be careful! The translations can be pretty bad!


# posted on 10/23/2002          


 

Would you like to make friends in far-away places? Well, such people are actually not so far-away, but are sitting at their computers just like you are right now. Why not send them an email and say hello? Take a look at penpalnet and epals to find someone to write. You can search by age and country. You can also post information about yourself for others to read. Give it a try! It's an excellent way to put your English skills to use.


# posted on 10/21/2002          


 

Please explore the BBC World Service - Learning English site. There are all kinds of activities, quizes, articles to read, videos to watch, etc. All are created for students learning English as a second or foreign language.


# posted on 10/19/2002          


 

For some listening practice, watch these cute TV ads from Apple showing people talk about why they switched from Windows to Macintosh. There are even some in Japanese to watch too.






# posted on 10/19/2002          


 

As many of you already know, there was a heinous terrorist attack in Bali last week. More than 180 people were killed and around 300 were injured, including seven Japanese citizens. To better understand what happened, check out this visual presentation by the Guardian. Be sure to read the explanations as you go along.


# posted on 10/19/2002          


 

Are you an manga or anime enthusiast? Well, you can indulge in your interest and learn English at the same time by reading online manga in English. The Hanamaru Weekly offers cybermanga in English and is updated weekly. Check it out. Kyaaaa!


# posted on 10/18/2002          


 

Have you ever heard of duct tape? It's one of the most popular and useful kinds of tape in the USA and Canada. You can find it in just about any household and it can be used to hold together just about anything - it's very strong. Well, it turns out that it has been discovered to have yet another use: removing warts! It truly is an all-purpose fix-it. Read more....




# posted on 10/16/2002          


 

Ok, here are the answers to the riddles: the surgeon is the boy's mother, and the highest mountain in the world before Mount Everest was discovered was....Mount Everest, get it? Here another one to think about:


The one who makes it, sells it.
The one who buys it, never uses it.
The one that uses it never knows that he's using it.
What is it?


# posted on 10/15/2002          


 



Well, it seems that the latest Nobel Peace Prize has gone to the ex-peanut farmer and former U.S. president from Georgia, Jimmy Carter. But did you know that the nobel prize sometimes goes to organizations rather than people? For example, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF or 'Doctors Without Borders'), a global non-profit organization made up of doctors and nurses, won the prize in 1999. Although MSF generally provides provides emergency medical relief in war and famine zones around the world, they are currently operating right here in Japan, as there is a growing number of homeless people without health care in this country.


# posted on 10/15/2002          


 

Click to see the leader of the free world.


# posted on 10/15/2002          


 

Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?


# posted on 10/13/2002          


 

Personality Test: Find out what kind of personality you have by clicking on the picture that most appeals to you.


# posted on 10/12/2002          


 

A patient is rushed into the emergency ward of the hospital after a terrible road crash, and is in urgent need of an operation to save his life. The world famous surgeon on duty walks into the room and says "Oh my god! I can't operate on this boy, he is my SON!"; but the surgeon was not the boy's father. How could this be?


# posted on 10/10/2002          


 

Are you tired of those surveillance cameras watching your every move? Neutralize them with a laser pointer! ZAP!


# posted on 10/10/2002          


 

"If you have stopped over in Bangkok and only spent a few days on Khao San Road before flying to your next destination, in many ways you actually haven't been in Thailand at all but rather experienced a country all of its own. It is definitely worth strolling through."
Read more...







# posted on 10/09/2002          


 

If you're looking for a preview of the latest movie releases, go to Quicktime Movie Trailers at apple.com. There you will find a smorgasbord of new movies to preview. Unfortunately, the list doesn't include many non-American movies, so if you're looking for the latest French or Japanese film, forget it. But wait, do you know of a site where we can watch Japanese film previews? If so, please let us know by writing a comment.


# posted on 10/09/2002          


 




Is this scary or what?


# posted on 10/08/2002          


 

"Please be a good wife!"


"When I got married, many of my American friends sent me gifts and cards that said things like, "Congratulations! I wish the two of you great happiness in the years to come," or "Congratulations on your wedding. May your days and years together be blessed with great happiness." I also received gifts and cards from Japanese friends. Some of them expressed similar sentiments, but there was one thing many Japanese friends wrote that none of the Americans had. It was, "Congratulations! Please be an excellent wife." Actually they usually wrote it in Japanese: Omedeto gozaimasu. Suteki na okusan ni natte kudasai." Read more...


# posted on 10/08/2002          


 

i guess it's about time to introduce you to a useful tool in EFL learning called Rikai. Using your mouse, you can place the cursor over any word in an article and you will immediately be given a Japanese translation. Neat huh? Well, it's good to use when you've already exhausted your efforts to understand the article on your own. Remember, you cannot use such a tool on the TOEIC test, nor in many daily reading situations. So, please try to not to rely on Rikai too much! Check it out and see what you think.


# posted on 10/07/2002          


 

Congratulations goes out to Kumiko Asakura, a second-year Ryukoku University student who took first place in the Ryukoku ESS speech contest today at the Fukakusa Campus. She gave an excellent speech about using 'local currency' to encourage people to volunteer by helping each other. In this way, the community can become closer and the bonds of love and friendship between people can grow stronger. Such a 'local currency' system has already been implemented in Kusatsu, called Oumi. Actually, there are about 2,500 such systems already in place in communities all over the world. The currency used is commonly called eco-money or
warm money. Have you ever taken part in a system of local currency like this? If not, do you think it's a good idea?


# posted on 10/06/2002          


 

Does using search engines drive you crazy? Does it leave your head spinning and confused when looking in vain for that perfect site? If so, then give Kartoo a try. Rather than giving you a long list sites in a linear format, Kartoo presents the information in 3D, so that you can actually see how sites are linked and which ones are most influencial. Give it a try - you might like it.


# posted on 10/06/2002          


 

One of my favorite movies ever is called 'Cabeza de Vaca'. Based on a true story, it's about a Spanish conquistador who gets shipwrecked off the coast of Florida in 1528. He then spends the next eight years living with the American Indians and learning about their culture, religion, and healing practices. After that, he is reunited with his own people, the Spanish, in a rather abrupt and shocking way. The ending is powerful! If anyone actually finds this movie in a video store, please let me know. i'd like to see it again.

Do you have any movie recommendations to share?


# posted on 10/05/2002          


 

Ouch! i sprained my ankle yesterday while jogging in the woods. Do you know what the first aid treatment is for sprains and bad twists of joints? It's called RICE, and it doesn't involve eating lots of rice! RICE is an acronym which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. So that's what i've been up to for the last 16 hours. Luckily the sprain was only a minor one. Want to read more about RICE treatment, click here or here.


# posted on 10/03/2002          


 

Have you ever dreamed of living in a work of art? What about building a house out of recycled materials? Well, you can make both of these dreams come true by living in an Earthship.



Check out these photos of the interior rooms in some of these houses. Aren't they fantastic?


# posted on 10/02/2002          




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