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Saturday, July 22, 2006

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Top 10: Boxing Knockouts

Number 10
Antonio Tarver vs. Roy Jones Jr. II
Date: May 15, 2004
Location: Mandalay Bay - Las Vegas, NV
Outcome: Tarver wins with a second-round knockout

After a questionable decision in favor of Jones Jr. in the first fight six months earlier, the second bout between the two light heavyweights was billed “No Excuses.” Tarver -- considered by many pundits to be a write-off against what was deemed to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters -- ran with the theme, and when referee Jay Nady queried if either boxer had any questions, interposed: “Do you got any excuses tonight, Roy?” The Magic Man then stunned the world in the second round, connecting with a fierce left that dropped Jones Jr. for the count.

Epilogue: Tarver instantly became a celebrity, making the rounds on talk shows and magazine covers and would later easily dispose of Jones Jr. in the conclusion of their trilogy. As for the 1990s fighter of the decade, Jones Jr. moved to the production booth as a boxing color commentator for HBO before being fired because of a lack of commitment.

Number 9
Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott I

Date: September 23, 1952
Location: Municipal Stadium - Philadelphia, PA
Outcome: Marciano wins with a 13th-round knockout

"Close but no cigar" describes Jersey Joe Walcott’s effort against the younger up-and-comer Rocky Marciano. Walcott established himself early in the fight and dropped Marciano with a powerful left hook in the first round. But The Brockton Blockbuster was known for his durable chin and recovered after a brief respite. Walcott maintained control on the scorecards into the 13th round, but foolishly strived for a knockout instead of playing it safe. Marciano thumped Walcott’s jaw with one of the hardest punches ever, contorting his face forever.

Epilogue: The two heavyweights had a rematch a year later with the same result produced in the first round. Marciano went on to become the only Champion of any weight class to retire without draw or defeat, while Walcott’s career as a boxer was short-lived afterward.

Number 8
Mike Tyson vs. Trevor Berbick
Date: November 22, 1986
Location: Las Vegas Hilton - Las Vegas, NV
Outcome: Tyson wins with a second-round knockout

If there was ever an image of “not knowing what hit you,” Trevor Berbick would be the poster boy. In the second round of his first WBC Heavyweight title, he stopped an Iron Mike left hook with his face, and then collapsed to the ground like a Jenga tower. But it was his ambitious effort to get back to his feet that was worth the price of admission -- he tried to stand up twice, stumbling around like the village drunkard.

Epilogue: Tyson became the youngest Heavyweight Champion of the world, as well as the subject of success, rape, scandal, failure, and bankruptcy over the next two decades. Berbick faded into oblivion.

Number 7
Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson
Date: June 8, 2002
Location: The Pyramid Arena - Memphis, TN
Outcome: Lewis wins with an eighth-round knockout

Father Time is an ever-present factor in boxing, which typically means that what goes around comes around. After Tyson served prison time from 1992 to 1995, his skills had clearly diminished, which led to speculation that the end was near. By the time he squared off with Lewis, Tyson was merely a shadow of his former self. Lewis tested Tyson’s patience and endurance, toying with him into the eighth round before Tyson hit empty. Lewis delivered the coup de grace and effectively ended the Mike Tyson era.

Epilogue: The (one-time) Baddest Man on the Planet would suffer a few more knockouts and then file for bankruptcy. Lewis boxed for two more years, but decided to retire in 2004 rather than toil in a feeble Heavyweight division.

Number 6
Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman
Date: October 30, 1974
Location: Stade du 20 Mai - Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Outcome: Ali wins with an eighth-round knockout

The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic heavyweight tilt that entailed many firsts. It was Don King’s first attempt as a boxing promoter, it was the first Heavyweight title bout in Africa, and it would be the first time George Foreman would fall to defeat. Ali was still finding his feet after a three-and-a-half year suspension and was a heavy underdog to the seemingly untouchable Foreman. But Ali was prepared and took every packed punch Foreman sent his way. By the eighth round, Foreman was spent. He could not withstand Ali’s combinations any longer and fell to the mat.

Epilogue: Ali went to have prolonged success and was named the fighter of the decade for the ‘70s. Foreman declined thereafter, but made a surprising comeback in 1987. He peaked seven years later when he became the oldest fighter ever to hold the Heavyweight title at the age 45.

Number 5
Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns
Date: April 15, 1985
Location: Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, NV
Outcome: Hagler wins with a third-round knockout

Why bother with flirting when you can get right to making out? That’s how Hagler and Hearns felt as the two started trading bombs in the first round of a fight fittingly titled The War. The exchanges were ferocious blows, but neither fighter would relent. Despite a bleeding cut on his forehead, Hagler persisted and closed out what Ring Magazine would call the Greatest Round in Boxing History with a stunning right hand. Thomas ”Hit Man” Hearns was clearly hurt and couldn’t continue the unprecedented pace. In the third round, the reigning champ Marvelous Marvin took advantage and knocked out Hearns.

Epilogue: Hagler quit boxing two years later and moved to Italy after a speculative decision against Sugar Ray Leonard did not fall in his favor. The War was seemingly the climax for Hearns, but he is still a well-known celebrity in the Michigan area.

Number 4
Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston
Date: May 25, 1965
Location: St. Dominic's Hall - Lewiston, ME
Outcome: Ali wins with a first-round knockout

The art of diving has always been a staple of professional soccer, but it seeped into boxing during Ali’s first title fight. Midway through the first round, Liston dropped to the canvas seemingly untouched. Referee and former Heavyweight boxer Jersey Joe Walcott, as well as the 2,434 fans in the auditorium, were puzzled. Walcott tried to make sense of the situation and awarded Ali with a first-round knockout after realizing that Liston had been flat for about 20 seconds. Replays showed that there was a mild connection between Ali’s fist and Liston’s head on the “phantom punch,” but few believe this type of grazing would knock out a former champ.

Epilogue: Speculations of a fix were rampant due to Liston’s ties to the mob, but no paper trail was uncovered. This proved to be the start of one of the greatest boxing careers ever for Ali. Liston, on the other hand, would prevail in a few more bouts before suddenly passing, allegedly due to a drug overdose.

Number 3 Jack Dempsey vs. Luis Firpo Date: September 14, 1923 Location: Polo Grounds - New York, NY Outcome: Dempsey wins by a second-round knockout

A Japanese proverb states: "Fall seven times, stand up eight." That is what the first Latin-American Heavyweight Challenger did after champion Jack Dempsey dropped him seven times in the first round. Firpo did more than just stand up; he confronted Dempsey against the ropes and clocked him so hard that the Manassa Mauler went flying over. Dempsey fell head first and cut his head on a writing machine, but with the help of the front-row press, he managed to get back into the ring before the cusp of the 10-count (although the ref’s count was more like that of the WWE). Dempsey regained his composure and finished Firpo in the second round.

Epilogue: Firpo immediately became a Latin icon, being the only Argentine to ever challenge for the Heavyweight title. He died in 1960 and rests in La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, among other influential Argentineans. Dempsey was Champion from 1919 to 1926 and joined the U.S. Army before the Second World War.

Number 2 Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling II Date: June 22, 1938 Location: Yankee Stadium - New York, NY Outcome: Louis wins with a first-round knockout

The rematch between American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling was replete with political undertones given its timing at the onset of World War II. Louis was the American hero and inspiration, particularly in a time of need during the Great Depression, while Schmeling represented evil. The German took the first bout, but by the second contest, Louis had clearly become more skilled. He jumped on Schmeling early in the first round and knocked him down twice. Schmeling rose quickly both times, but he could not withstand The Brown Bomber’s aggressive onslaught and was KO’d in the center of the ring before the bell rang to end the first round.

Epilogue: Louis was considered a hero and split his time during the Second World War between boxing and the U.S. Army. In his twilight, Louis was mired by financial problems and drug addictions, but his close friend Schmeling paid for his medical bills and eventually his funeral. Both are members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Number 1 George Foreman vs. Joe Frazier I Date: January 22, 1973 Location: National Stadium - Kingston, Jamaica Outcome: Foreman wins with a second-round knockout

On the day former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson passed away, George Foreman and “Smokin’” Joe Frazier were matched on the debut of HBO Boxing. Frazier was 29-0 and on top of the world with a 15-round win over Ali. He was supposed to make quick work of Foreman, but Big George had other plans. Frazier’s patented left hooks were ineffective and Foreman’s rebuttals were far more piercing. To everyone’s amazement, Frazier was on the mat three times in the first round. After three more drops in the second, Frazier was finished, paving the way for Howard Cosell’s memorable “Down goes Frazier!” call, which has left an indelible memory in sports history.

Epilogue: This fight proved to be the launching pad for Foreman’s illustrious career, and although Frazier would never be the Champ again, he sustained his contender status and provided a few more thrilling encounters with Ali. Thanks to AskMen.com

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Top 10: Ways To Stand Out From Other Men

Did you know that when you meet a woman, the odds are high that she is already dating several OTHER men? Most men never consider this, but should. Not only are attractive women approached all the time… they are often juggling several "suitors" at any one moment.

If you want to stand out from "the pack"... and get her chasing YOU… you must be different. You need to develop yourself -- inside and out -- so you offer her a special experience with a different kind of guy. Here are 10 tips to help you do it.

Number 10
Deserve success

Deep down inside, most men don’t really believe they DESERVE success… especially with attractive women -- and it shows. Women can sense this kind of guy a MILE AWAY. If you don’t feel deserving of women, you'll come up with all sorts of interesting and creative ways to "sabotage" yourself. Instead, you need to look inside yourself and cultivate the belief that a woman would be LUCKY to be with you. Go ahead and write down three reasons why this is true. When you truly believe that you deserve success, you'll stand out "head and shoulders" above other men… and you'll attract women like a magnet.

Number 9
Feature your insecurities
One of the best things you can do to stand out from other men is to let go of any "hang ups" you have about your insecurities. The fact is… EVERY guy has them. Most men try to cover them up… but the more they try, the more insecure they appear to women. And women HATE this. It's like when a woman wears way too much makeup -- it's obvious she's covering up something BAD.

Instead of hiding your insecurities, feature them until they no longer bother you. One way to do this is to make cocky jokes about them when you're flirting with a woman. For instance, if you’re insecure about your height…. say something like: "This is never going to work out. You're not good at arguing, and I overcompensate for being short (or bald or broke) by acting arrogant… so we'd always argue, and I'd always WIN." When you shed light on your insecurities -- in a funny way -- a woman can't help but to be captivated by your candor and charm.

Number 8
Give yourself permission
Have you ever had the chance to start a conversation with a woman, but you didn't want to interrupt her or put pressure on her… so you never took the chance? Most people are unconsciously seeking PERMISSION… constantly… to do every little thing. But to improve your success with women, you need to break out of this cycle and learn to give YOURSELF permission.

How? One way is to have role models. Find guys who are good with women and watch them start conversations. By seeing THEM do it, you'll feel more permission for YOU to do the same. And you'll begin to see plenty of areas in your life where you can give yourself permission to act -- where other men hold back. A man with the freedom to take action when and where he wants is rare -- and women find this kind of "bold" guy VERY attractive.

Number 7
Be okay with her independence
Most men feel "left out" if a woman wants to do something alone or with friends other than HIM. Ever have a girl you really liked tell you, "I'm so excited! I'm going out with my friends to this concert on Saturday," or maybe it was camping or some other fun event… and INSTANTLY you felt jealous or sad -- like you just LOST something?

While it's "normal" to have this reaction, you CAN learn how to get over it and move to a higher level. Realize that it's mature to allow others -- especially women -- to live their lives and enjoy their own experiences… without you feeling that you're losing something. And on the flip side, work on building your desire to do things WITHOUT HER… and truly enjoy doing them. When you learn this perspective, she'll see that you have an inner confidence and independence that few other men have… and she'll find herself uncontrollably drawn to you.

Number 6
Clarify your path
Have you ever thought about the course of your life… your values… your vision? Most men haven't… and a woman can tell IMMEDIATELY if she's dealing with a man who hasn't got his life "on track" yet. The more clarity you have about your path -- who you are and where you're headed -- the more women will find you desirable. Women LOVE men who have their life "together" and who know themselves on a deeper level. So be different -- challenge yourself to clarify your own path… and enjoy the bonus of attracting women at a level you've never known before.

Number 5
Develop your mature masculinity
Every woman wants to be with a mature man -- and by mature, I don't mean STUFFY, BORING and OLD… I mean a man who "gets" what it means to be a MATURE ADULT. So how can you raise your own level of maturity? Stop correcting others to make yourself feel important… stop being a "know it all" so people will give you approval… and quit saying and doing things to get attention rather than to add real value to those around you. These are all "boy-man" behaviors, and you have to give these up if you want to be a truly mature man -- that rare kind of guy women swoon over…

Number 4
Live on the edge
Ever known a guy that lived life to it's fullest -- where every day was a new adventure? He probably was the kind of guy who consistently had women fighting for his attention. But did you ever ask yourself where he got his "seize the day" attitude? One powerful way you can develop this attractive, "free-spirited" attitude is by getting over your fear of DEATH, and then using the idea of death to ignite your passion for living every day as if it were your last. Embrace the idea of your own death… use it as a tool to enjoy your life even more -- and create the PASSIONATE lifestyle women want to be a part of.

Number 3
Build a happy single life
Did you know that most men in relationships did not have HAPPY single lives? It's true. Most men start off unhappy alone... then they find a woman to cling to… they hold on too tightly and give away their power to win approval… which, in turn, destroys all attraction she had. Don't repeat this mistake. Instead, build a happy single life FIRST. Get to the point where your single life is so damn good that you PREFER being single… fill your life with so many things you enjoy that you literally have to think about how to fit a woman in… then CHOOSE a relationship because it makes your already incredible life better. The more you love your single life, the more desirable you become. Don't be surprised when attractive women want to hop on your "party train" and go for a ride…

Number 2
Cultivate your "cool"
Ask any woman and she'll tell you "real men" are hard to come by… they are the rare diamond that all women secretly seek. So how does a woman know when she's in the presence of one? Here are a couple of clues: First, a real man has learned how to be comfortable around beautiful women… they don't affect him any differently than anyone else. In addition, he's relaxed around powerful, high-status people, like his boss or a celebrity… you’ll see no ass-kissing or subservient behavior from him. On top of that, a “real man” keeps his composure when facing competition from other men instead of “freaking out.” In other words, he’s learned how to keep his cool in EVERY situation… so it's no surprise that -- just like the ultra-cool Fonz from Happy Days -- there's no shortage of women in his life.

Number 1
Take the time to do your "homework"
Most men have a particular woman in mind that they'd like to meet… and they think the FIRST STEP in winning her over is to understand what makes her "tick." But this is putting the cart before the horse. Before you can understand what she wants, you first need to understand MEN. Then, you need to apply what you learn about men in general to YOURSELF in particular. Next, you need to study female psychology -- how women think and what they want. And only THEN can you figure out what the PARTICULAR woman in front of you wants, and how to communicate with her in a way that dials up the attraction and makes her crave to be with you… and ONLY you. 99% of men get this sequence BACKWARD… but when you take the time to understand how to put these "pieces of the puzzle" together, you won't believe the effect it will have on your dating life. Thanks to AskMen.com

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Report: Drunken Jackie Chan disrupts show

HONG KONG - An apparently intoxicated Jackie Chan disrupted a concert by Taiwanese singer-songwriter Jonathan Lee in Hong Kong and exchanged insults with the audience, a news report said Tuesday.

Ming Pao Daily News said Chan suddenly jumped on stage at the concert Monday night and demanded a duet with Lee. He then tried to conduct the band but stopped and restarted the music several times, Ming Pao said.

As the awkward interruption dragged on, audience members started to heckle Chan and the actor replied with an insult, according to the report.

The newspaper quoted Chan as saying on stage that he was drunk.

Chan was an invited performing guest at Lee's earlier show Sunday night.

A spokesman for Chan, Solon So, said he hadn't seen Chan since the alleged incident and had no immediate comment. He said he didn't attend the concert.

Concert organizers didn't immediately return a reporter's call seeking comment.

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CouchSurfing fans recreate Web site

MONTREAL - For the last three years, thousands of travelers around the globe have used a Web site called CouchSurfing.com to find like-minded folks who would let them sleep on a couch or in a spare room so they wouldn't have to stay in a hotel when they traveled.

They also created a community — both online and in the physical world — for cultural exchange.

But the CouchSurfing.com Web site crashed in late June, and most of the data and user profiles were lost.

"CouchSurfing as we knew it doesn't exist anymore," Web site founder Casey Fenton said in an e-mail to participants.

Supporters responded by creating temporary alternative Web pages, blogs and other online forums. Some joined a CouchSurfing Collective, based in Montreal, to help recover the data. In a second e-mail sent out July 4, Fenton announced that the network would be relaunched at the old address — http://www.couchsurfing.com — later this month. In the meantime, updates were being posted on a message board at http://couchsurfing.hyperboards.com.

Fenton ended his missive with the Web site's motto: "Together we can create a better world, one couch at a time."

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Tobacco may kill 1 billion this century

Curbing tobacco use and taking other steps to eliminate some of the most common risk factors for cancer could save millions of lives over the next few decades, health officials said Monday.

Tobacco alone is predicted to kill a billion people this century, 10 times the toll it took in the 20th century, if current trends hold.

"In all of world history, this is the largest train wreck not waiting to happen," said John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society.

Reducing tobacco use would have the single largest effect on global cancer rates, Seffrin and other health officials said Monday in unveiling two reference guides that chart global tobacco use and cancer.

Changing diets to contain fewer saturated fats and more fruits and vegetables, as well as reducing infection by cancer-causing viruses and bacteria, could also cut rates dramatically, they said.

"We know with cancer, if we take action now, we can save 2 million lives a year by 2020 and 6.5 million by 2040," said Dr. Judith Mackay, a World Health Organization senior policy adviser.

Today, tobacco accounts for one in five cancer deaths, or 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year, according to the new Cancer Atlas. When deaths from tobacco-related cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases are included, the yearly death toll rises to nearly 5 million and it's expected to keep going up.

An estimated 1.25 billion men and women currently smoke cigarettes, and more than half of them will die from the habit, according to the newly issued second edition of the Tobacco Atlas.

The two atlases were released Monday at an International Union Against Cancer conference. The two statistics-packed guides are meant as reference guides for doctors, politicians, academics, students and attorneys who work on cancer and tobacco control.

Lung cancer remains the major illness among the 10.9 million new cases of cancer diagnosed each year, according to the Cancer Atlas. And it is not likely to be bumped from its perch: In countries like China, where 300 million men now smoke, lung cancer could eventually kill a million smokers a year, Seffrin said.

The authors and researchers responsible for the atlases fear that a reduction in the global prevalence of smoking would do little to curb what they called the "tobacco epidemic."

"Even if smoking rates decline worldwide, there will be a constant or even slightly increasing number of smokers due to population increases," said Michael Eriksen, director of the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University.

In 2002, besides the nearly 11 million new cancer cases worldwide, there were nearly 7 million cancer deaths. By 2020, officials anticipate there will be 16 million new cases a year and 10 million deaths. An estimated 70 percent of those deaths will occur in developing countries, according to the Cancer Atlas. The number of new cases is largely the result of the increasing proportion of older people in the world.

The risk of developing cancer is higher in the developed world, according to the Cancer Atlas. In the United States, for instance, the probability someone will develop cancer by age 65 is nearly 18 percent. In Oman, the probability is just shy of 6 percent. Still, cancers in developing countries are more often fatal.

The American Cancer Society published the two atlases with help from the International Union Against Cancer, WHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. English, French and Spanish editions are now available; Chinese language versions are due later this year.

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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Top 10 Ways to Destroy Earth

Top 10 Ways to Destroy Earth
By Sam Hughes
Special to LiveScience

Destroying the Earth is harder than you may have been led to believe.

You've seen the action movies where the bad guy threatens to destroy the Earth. You've heard people on the news claiming that the next nuclear war or cutting down rainforests or persisting in releasing hideous quantities of pollution into the atmosphere threatens to end the world.


The Earth was built to last. It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-tonne ball of iron. It has taken more devastating asteroid hits in its lifetime than you've had hot dinners, and lo, it still orbits merrily.

So my first piece of advice to you, dear would-be Earth-destroyer, is: do not think this will be easy.

Mission statement

By any means necessary, to render the Earth into a form in which it may no longer be considered a planet. Such forms include, but are most definitely not limited to: two or more planets; any number of smaller asteroids; a quantum singularity; a dust cloud.

To make the list, a method must actually work. That is, according to current scientific understanding, it must be possible for the Earth to actually be destroyed by this method, however improbable or impractical it may be.

Methods are ranked in order of feasibility, with the least likely listed first and the most likely being No. 10.

Current Earth-destruction Status

* Number of times the Earth has been destroyed: 0
* Number of plans currently in progress with the final aim of bringing about the Earth's destruction: 0
* Number of scientific experiments currently underway with the potential to bring about the Earth's destruction: 0
* Minimum amount of time until the Earth is destroyed by natural means (discounting total existence failure): 25 years
* Minimum amount of time until the Earth is destroyed by artificial means: 50 years

What this guide is not

This is not a guide for those whose aim is merely to wipe out humanity. I can in no way guarantee the complete extinction of the human race via any of these methods, real or imaginary. Humanity is wily and resourceful, and many of the methods outlined inside will take many years to even become available, let alone implement, by which time mankind may well have spread to other planets; indeed, other star systems.

If total human genocide is your ultimate goal, you are reading the wrong document. There are far more efficient ways of doing this, many which are available and feasible right now. Nor is this a guide for those wanting to annihilate everything from single-celled life upwards, render Earth uninhabitable or simply conquer it. These are trivial goals in comparison.

This is a guide for those who do not want the Earth to be there anymore. Link here

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