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World’s Bendiest Women - Zlata

Russian born former gymnast Julia Guenthel, 27, has been dubbed the world's bendiest woman. The blonde bombshell, who performs under the stage name Zlata, can twist her body into the most mind-boggling poses imaginable and has broken several world records for her flexibility. 

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Zlata who is 5ft 8in now lives in Germany and trains every day to keep her muscles in shape. She won a Guinness World Records for The fastest time to burst three balloons with the back which she did in 12 seconds in Cologne, Germany, on 23 November 2007. According to the blonde she spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world.


Mummified Monk Found Inside 1000-Year-Old Buddha Statue

Researchers at the Drents Museum in the Netherlands discovered the mummy of a meditating monk inside 1000-year-olds statue of Buddha. Experts believe that the mummy is of Liu Quan, a member of the Chinese Meditation School, who lived around 1100 A.D.

Buddha mummy statue (left) and CT scan image showing mummy inside (right)
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Researchers took the statue to the Meander Medical Center in Amersfoort and carried out an endoscopy and additional CT scans. They found that the mummy’s internal organs had apparently been removed and, among a lot of unidentified material, scraps of paper with ancient Chinese characters written in black ink, mentioning the name of the venerable monk: Liuquan.

The Museum is of the view that Liu Quan may have “self-mummified” in order to become a “living Buddha”. 

Practiced mainly in Japan, self-mummification was a grueling process that required a monk to follow a strict 1,000-day diet of nuts and seeds in order to strip the body of fat. A diet of bark and roots would follow for another 1,000 days.

At the end of this period, the monk began drinking a poisonous tea made from the sap of the Japanese varnish tree, normally used to lacquer bowls and plates. The tea caused profuse vomiting as well as a rapid loss of bodily fluids, possibly making the body too poisonous to be eaten by bacteria and insects.

A living skeleton, the monk was then placed in a stone tomb barely larger than his body, which was equipped with an air tube and a bell.
Never moving from the lotus position, the monk would ring the bell each day to let those outside know that he was still alive. When the bell stopped ringing, the monk was presumed dead, the air tube removed and the tomb sealed.

After another 1,000 days the tomb would be opened to check whether the monk had been successfully mummified. Of the hundreds of monks that tried this horrifying process, only a few dozen actually became self-mummified and venerated in temples as a Buddha.

Researchers aren't certain when or how this monk's organs were then removed.


Giant Head of Mao Zedong

Chinese leader Mao Zedong is now honoured with a massive sculpture build on Changsha's river-bound Orange Island, Hunan, China. 

The monument of Mao Zedong's face
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The Location of his statue was also chosen due to his poem wrote in 1925. “Changsha” is the most well-known poem amount his poems. The Youth Mao Zedong statue stands  32m height, 83m long, 41m wide and depicts Moa Zedong in 1925, as a young man. 

Construction of Young Mao Zedong statue started after CPC Central Committee approval on February 2007. The statue  was unveiled on December 2009, (Mao’s 116th Birthday). The cost was about 35 million US Dollars (300 million RMB), 8,000 giant granite bricks were mined from Fujian and brought to Changsha. 


Borra Caves

Borra caves are located in the Ananthagiri hills of the Araku valley of the Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh, India. Caves are said to have originated from Gosthani river which flows through this caves. The caves were created due to flow of river over the limestone area.

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The Caves, one of the largest in the country, at an elevation of about 705 m (2,313.0 ft), filled with impressive speleothems ranging from very small to big and irregularly shaped stalactites and stalagmites formations. Karstic limestone structures inside the cave extending to a depth of 80 m (262.5 ft) which is considered as the deepest cave in India.

The caves were discovered by William King George of the Geological Survey of India in 1807. The tribals who inhabit the villages around the caves narrate several legends. The popular legend is that a cow, grazing on the top of the caves, dropped 60 m (196.9 ft), through a hole in the roof. Thecowherd while searching for the cow came across the caves. He found a stone inside the cave that resembled a Lingam. The village folks believed that the Lord Shiva protected the cow. Since then they have built a small temple for Lord Shiva outside the cave. 


The Bhangarh Fort - The Most Haunted Place In The World

The Bhangarh Fort is located at the edge of  Sariska forest in Alwar district of Rajasthan. Built in 1613, the Bhangarh fort is thought to be the most haunted place in India. It’s the only ‘Legally Haunted’ location recognized by the Indian Government. Entry to Bhangarh is legally prohibited between sunset and sunrise.

Bhangarh Fort

A signboard posted by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) is written in Hindi

A signboard posted by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) is written in Hindi says "Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited. Legal action would be taken against anybody who does not follow these instructions".

A number of legends regarding the lonely historical buildings exist, but two stand out above the rest.

One legend speaks the city of Bhangarh was cursed by the Guru Balu Nath. He had sanctioned the construction of the town on one condition, “The moment the shadows of your palaces touch me, the city shall be no more!” When a descendant prince raised the palace to a height that cast a shadow on Balu Nath’s forbidden retreat, he cursed the town. Balu Nath is said to be buried there to this day in a small samadhi.

In second prominent legend, Singhiya, the wizard who was adept in black magic fell in love with theRatnavati, the princess of Bhangarh who was very beautiful and had suitors to marry her from many royal families of the country. One day while the princess, 18 years of age, went shopping with her friends and was buying Ittar(scent). The wizard saw this and replaced the scent with some potion in order to ensnare the princess. He offered the potion to her so that she took a liking for him and marry him. However, the princess saw through the wizard's trickery and when he offered her the bowl of potion, she threw it on a big boulder nearby and as a result the boulder started rolling down towards the wizard and crushed him. Before he died he cursed that Bhangarh would be destroyed soon and no one will be able to live within its precincts. Subsequent to the curse Bhangarh Fort was invaded by theMughals from the north and the city was surrounded and sacked; 10,000 people lived in the fort city at that time. All the people in the fort including the princess were killed. The present state of the fort is attributed to the curse of the wizard and people believe the ghosts in the fort are that of the princess and the wizard. Since from that day at the night time there are some paranormal activities are said to take place, some people have reportedly died by these paranormal activities.

A group of investigators also visited the town from night to early morning, disappointed to know that no paranormal activity was accused of. They also stated: "We tried to communicate to any existing spirits and asked them to manifest for us or do anything which can make us believe that they existed. Nothing happened."

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