In the first exclusive interview with an Arab Channel, Michael Jacksons brother told AlArabiya TV on Wednesday that the King of Pop was on the verge of converting to Islam.

After spending more than one year in the Gulf region, Michael Jackson read a lot about Islam and was very affected by it, said Jermaine Jackson, singer, composer, and former member of The Jackson 5.

" I believe that Islam would have helped him a lot. Had he converted, he would have been spared all the problems he had been subjected to throughout his li "
Jermaine JacksonAfter he got back from Bahrain, Michael hired a team that was all Muslim, he told Al Arabiya. His behavior at the time also showed that he was very close to converting.

Jermaine added that he was personally in favor of his brother converting to Islam and that he kept pushing him to do so.

I believe that Islam would have helped him a lot. Had he converted, he would have been spared all the problems he had been subjected to throughout his life.

In November 2008, The Sun reported that Jackson officially converted to Islam and held a ceremony in a friends mansion is Los Angeles where he wore an Islamic garb and an Imams hat to pledge allegiance to the new religion.

According to the paper, an Imam was summoned from the mosque to bear witness to Jacksons declaration of Islam, making his conversion official.

In the same month, the Daily Mail reported that Jackson was spotted feeling a bit down by songwriter David Wharnsby and producer Phillip Bubal, who have both embraced Islam. They started talking to him about their beliefs and how they became better people after they converted.

They told him Islam was the solution to his problem and he began warming up to the idea, the paper reported.

Jermaine, who converted to Islam in 1989 after a trip to the Middle East, told the press earlier that after he performed his pilgrimage ritual in Mecca, he noticed that his brother started asking him a lot of questions about Islam.

Jermaine gave Michael many books about Islam which the latter read avidly. Afterwards, Jermaine added, Michael told him he was proud of him for finding something that could give him such strength and inner peace.


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Documentary about Asiatic lions, which are completely different from African lions in both appearance and behaviour but are thriving in India. Their refuge is the Gir forest in Gujarat, and in the last 100 years their numbers have grown from 20 to over 300. They are now spreading out beyond the protection of the National Park, reclaiming lost territory and colonising new habitats. It's a rare conservation success story but one that brings new challenges to lions, naturalists and forestry staff



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Deer Mouse (Chevrotains)

The nine species of chevrotain, also known as mouse deer, make up the family Tragulidae. Chevrotains are small, secretive creatures, now found only in the tropical forests of Africa, India, Sri Lanka, and South-east Asia. They are the only living members of the infraorder Tragulina.

The word 'chevrotain' itself is French, and can be translated as 'little goat'. The Telugu name for the animal is "Jarini Pandi", which literally means "a deer and a mouse". The Konkani (Mangalore, India) name for it is "Barinka"

The Sinhala name meeminna (Sri Lankan sub species Moschiola memmina) roughly translates to 'mouse-like deer'.

Chevrotains are shy, solitary, evening- and night-active vegetarians. They stand about 30centimetres (12 inches) at the shoulder and characteristically seem to walk on the hoof tips of their slender legs. The fur is reddish brown with spots and stripes of paler colour or white; the underside is pale. The males have small, curved tusks protruding downward out of the mouth.
 
 

   
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
   
   
 
 
 
 
 

                                                 Rick: The Zombie Boy

  
Meet Rick. He's turning himself into a zombie. So far, more than 24 hours of tattoos --costing over $4,075 Canadian dollars-- have got him halfway there and made him a minor celebrity on the internet, where people can’t decide if he’s a body modification visionary or mentally ill sicko. 
 

                                                             Dennis Avner: Catman

 

  
Dennis Avner, also known by "Catman" or his native american name of "Stalking Cat", undergone incredible extensive surgery in order to look like his totem animal, the tiger. Modifications include extensive tattooing, transdermal implants to allow whiskers to be worn, subdermal implants to change the shape of the face and the filing and shaping of the teeth to make them look more like a tiger's. 
 

                                                   Horace Ridler: The Zebra Man 

 

  
A professional freak and sideshow performer, Horace Ridler exhibited himself as The Great Omi or The Zebra Man. Horace was an English aristocrat who returned from the First World War to Twenties' London where he began his transformation into one of the world's greatest oddities.Tattooed from head to foot in black and white stripes, he became Omni - the Zebra Man. As the years wore on the Omi’s appearance became more and more outrageous as did his personality. He took to wearing lipstick and nail polish and signed his pitch cards, ‘the Barbaric Beauty’. Despite his appearance, “underneath it all, I’m just an ordinary man,” he insisted shortly before his death in 1969.
 

                                        Elaine Davidson: World's Most Pierced Woman

 

 
 Elaine Davidson is the World's Most Pierced Woman, according to the Guinness World Records. When examined by a Guinness official in May 2000, Davidson had 462 piercings, with 192 in her face alone. Performing at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005, the Guardian reported that she now had 3,950 body piercings. She has more piercings in her genitalia than in any other part of the body - 500 in all, externally and internally. The total weight of her jewelry is estimated to be about 3 kilograms. As of May 2008, Davidson's piercings total 5,920. As of Feb. 2009 her piercings total 6,005.   


                                                      Paul Lawrence: The Enigma

 

 




 You've probably heard about The Enigma.Paul Lawrence is the guy with blue puzzle pieces tattooed all over his body who has made a name for himself performing stunts such as sword swallowing, pushing a moving power drill up his nose and swallowing various liquids, pumping them out of his stomach and swallowing them again. The Enigma is also an accomplished musician. 

 

                                                              The Tentacle Man

 

                           

This unknown brazilian man shows some heavy tentacle suction-cup implants, done by Dark Freak at Luck All in Sao Paulo, Brasil. 




Six raging epidemics that shocked the world.

                     1. AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)


AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) was first recognized in 1981 and originated from Africa. It has led to the deaths of more than 2.1 million people, including 330,000 children. 77% of women in sub-Saharan Africa are living with AIDS.
AIDS is an infectious disease that attacks the human immune system. It is caused by a retrovirus and spread by transfer of infected blood, a contaminated hypodermic needles or by being born to a mom who is infected.

                                                   2. Malaria


Malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases caused by a protozoan transmitted by infected anopheles female mosquitoes, and resulting in intermittent chills and fever or any foul of unwholesome air. It results in about one to two million deaths annually; most of which are young children. Malaria originated from Africa and eventually spread through in other places in Asia and some parts of America.

                                                             3. Typhus





Typhus is one of the oldest pestilential diseases of mankind caused by louse-borne bacteria. It is an acute, specific infection caused by Rickettsia prowazeki. It’s consists of groups of contagiousrickettsial diseases marked by high fever, a rash, a nervous and mental disorders and extreme prostration. Most of Napoleon’s soldiers in Russia were killed by Typhus between 1919 and 1923; 3 million people have killed.

                                                        4. Cholera


Cholera is an acute, infectious gastroenteritis caused by enterotoxin-producing strains of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, epidemic disease, characterized by serious intestinal disorders.  Eight types of cholera pandemics have killed millions of people worldwide as it first originated in the Ganges River delta in India.

                                                               5. Smallpox


Smallpox is a contagious, epidemics deadly disease throughout history caused by the variola virus that emerged in human populations and eradicated from nature. This contagious disease killed 3 million people yearly in the 20th century. Smallpox was started in East Asia and spread through India, Africa and the Middle East.

                                                     6. Spanish Flu


Spanish Flu is an influenza pandemic that killed between 30 to 100 million people with unusually high death rates among healthy adults and young in less than 2 years as it rapidily spread around the world. It was the worst infectious pandemic in history and originated in France in 1916.



Robert Bradford creates these life-size and larger-than-life sculptures of humans and animals from discarded plastic items, mainly toys but also other colourful plastic bits and pieces, such as combs and buttons, brushes and parts of clothes pegs. In 2002, he started to consider his children's forgotten toys as parts of something bigger. Some of the sculptures contain pieces from up to 3,000 toys and are sold for US$19,000. 

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Artist Stuart Murdoch replicated the Clifton Suspension Bridge using recycled Coke cans. No word yet if anyone has tried to cross the bridge.

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"Broken Family" by Anthony Haywood, uses all the household waste to construct an elephant. 

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It's a giant skull made from recycled kitchen utensils. The sculpture was crafted by Indian artist Subodh Gupta.

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Sculpture made from recycled watches and clocks, by Michael Roberts. 

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London Zoo's Recycled Sculpture exhibit showcases 20 works, like this plastic bag sculpture of a polar bear.

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Korean artist Jean Shin created this sculpture "Sound Wave" (2007) out of melted vinyl records to connote "the inevitable waves of technology that render each successive generation of recordable media obsolete." Her sculpture and others made from recycled materials are part of The Museum of Art and Design's exhibit "Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary."

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Artist Nick Sayers created this piece above called “To Live”, a shelter created from scrap real estate signs designed to create a statement about homelessness and sustainable building. Nick's recycled art is on display at The Lightbox in Woking, Surrey until January 2009.

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Water Bird sculpture at the London Wetlands Centre. Recycled from ITV Fixers Plastic Bag.

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The world of art is buzzing with new ideas for recycling products. The latest addition to this is the Wood And Wire Bird created from scraps of iron, cotton striping, shoe strings, wood, aluminum, glass and paper. This magnificent piece of art is the brainchild of Alabama Chanin, and is available for $735.

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Another sculpture made from vinyl records. 

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He's seven meters tall and weighs three metric tons. He is WEEE Man! This sculpture stands at the Eden Project in Cornwall, after his debut at the South Bank in London. The British Royal Society of Arts had WEEE Man built out of discarded electronic components and household appliances to symbolize how much of this material each person contributes to environmental waste.



Inside Story - Will Google quit China?



Inside Story asks whether the company will put ethics before business in such a huge market.




Seagulls

Gulls (often informally called seagulls) are birds in the family Laridae. They are most closely related to the terns (family Sternidae) and only distantly related to auks, skimmers, and more distantly to the waders. Until recently, most gulls were placed in the genus Larus, but this arrangement is now known to be polyphyletic, leading to the resurrection of several genera.

They are typically medium to large birds, usually grey or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. They typically have harsh wailing or squawking calls. They have stout, longish bills, and webbed feet. Gull species range in size from the Little Gull, at 120 g (4.2 oz) and 29 cm (11.5 inches), to the Great Black-backed Gull, at 1.75 kg (3.8 lbs) and 76 cm (30 inches)…


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