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Chichen Itza Pyramid Beam

When Hector Siliezar visited the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza with his wife and kids in 2009, he snapped three iPhone photos of El Castillo, a pyramid that once served as a sacred temple to the Mayan god Kukulkan. A thunderstorm was brewing near the temple, and Siliezar was trying to capture lightning crackling dramatically over the ruins.

He took 3 pics, with an interval of 15 sec. ( what it takes to save in his camera)
He sees a light and thought it was a lighting and check immediately to see if he really catch it. To his surprise the light he catch was not part of the Thunderstorm... it was a beam of light coming out of the top of the Pyramid dedicated to the Feathered Serpent God.
He was so exited that he show the pic to all the people around including a some Maya priest who ask him to keep the pic hide of the public. But another tourist there was a famous TV star and he convince them to show it to Jaime Maussan.

A containing was posted originally in the Italian website Segni dal Cielo, "Signs from Heaven", managed by Massimo Fratini, supposedly the same guy that took the pictures in front of Kukulkan pyramid. Or by someone from Italy, close to Fratini. This assumption is based in the screenshot of the computer's directory where the pics were stored. The answer is in his own website.
It seems the original images were sold to Mexican investigator Jaime Maussan, that immediately sold them to some Mexican TV channel and the matter you can watch right now:

Needless to say the name "Jaime Maussan" was ever accompanied by the word "HOAX" in the other threads about this event, but without a solid investigation.

The photo has surfaced on several Mayan doomsday discussion forums. But was the light beam a sign from the gods — a warning about Dec. 21, 2012, the date that marks the end of the Mayan calendar cycle, and when some people fear the world will end? Or is it simply the result of an iPhone glitch? 

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Flying Tennis! The World’s Highest Tennis Court at Burj Al Arab, Dubai

The world’s highest tennis court stands atop the one of the highest hotel in the world - Burj al-Arab at Dubai. On February 22, 2005, the Burj al Arab hosted Andre Agassi and Roger Federer to play a match on their helipad tennis court before heading to the US$1 million Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open, which was the first round of the two-week Dubai Tennis Championships. The tennis legends couldn’t resist the temptation to have a friendly ‘hit’ on the world’s most unique tennis court. The court is circular in shape ,and also doubles as a helipad, hovering 211 meters above the Arabian gulf and covers a surface area of 415 sq m.

Would you like to play round of tennis at this height?
Here is some info about hotel so you can book your game today!

Designed by Tom Wright and completed in 1999, the hotel features a double membrane PTFE fiberglass covering that reduces solar heat gain, but lets in filtered light. Burj Al Arab is located on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach strip, 15 km from the main city centre and 25 km from Dubai International Airport. It is Dubai’s most recognisable landmark and the fourth tallest hotel in the world at 321 m (1,053 ft) and stands 280 metres offshore on a man-made island, linked to the mainland by a slender, gently curving causeway. Resembling the sail of a ship, the iconic hotel gives itself a 7 star rating, although we’re not really sure if you can go above 5 on the luxury scale. It is well served by taxis and has its own fleet of chauffeur driven Rolls-Royces, BMWs, and a helicopter.

Contact Details:

Burj Al Arab
PO Box 74147, Dubai, UAE

Tel: +971 4 3017777
Fax: +971 4 3017000

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The Koh-I-Noor, World Strangest Diamond

It has been said that whoever owned the Koh-I-Noor ruled the world, a suitable statement for this, the most famous of all diamonds and a veritable household name in many parts of the world. The Koh-I-Noor, which means "Mountain of Light" in Persian, is a 105 carat (21.6 g) diamond (in its most recent cut) that was once the largest known diamond in the world.

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Chronology of Vampires

Vampires appear in various lore, folklore and legends throught history. They are mentioned in many cultures, in different parts of the world in different time periods.
This is a timeline of the vampires through the history:

5000 BCThe emergence of Vampirism in the Mediterranean Basin.
2000 BCTomb of the Vampire is erected in Giza, Egypt.
31Jesus is claimed to have healed vampires at Capernaum.
140Reign of Longinus, Rome's Vampire Emperor.
773Charlemagne defeats Quadilla the Vampire thus saving Rome.
1047First appearance of the word "upir"(an early form of the word later to become "vampire")in a document referring to a Russian prince as "Upir Lichy",or wicked vampire.
1096First Crusade expels vampires from The Holy Land, Jerusalem.
1190Walter Map's "De Nagis Curialium" includes accounts of vampire like beings in England.
1196William of Newburgh's "Chronicles"records several stories of vampire like revenants in England.
1428/29"Dracula" aka Vlad Dracula or aka Vlad the Impaler is born.
1476/77Dracula is assassinated.
1484The Malleus Maleficarium (the witch hunter's bible) is writtenby Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger. The topic of how to hunt anddestroy a vampire is discussed within it's pages.
1530Italian scientist Ludovico Fatinelli burned at the stake forsuggesting a biological cause for vampirism in his "Treatise onVampires".
1560Erzsebet (Elizabeth) Bathory is born.
1607"The Ship of the Dead" brings vampires to the New World.
1610Bathory is arrested for killing several hundred girls and bathing in their blood. Tried and convicted, she is sentenced to life imprisonment, being bricked into a room in her castle.
Leo Allatius finishes writing the first modern treatment of vampires, "De Graecorum hodie quirundam opinationabus".
1614Elizabeth Bathory dies.
1657Fr. Francoise Richard's "Relation de ce qui s'est passé a Sant-Erini Isle de l'Archipel" links vampirism and witchcraft.
1672Wave of vampire hysteria sweeps through Istra.
1679A German vampire text, "De Masticatione Mortuorum", is writtenby Phillip Rohr.
1710Vampire hysteria sweeps through East Prussia.
1725Vampire hysteria returns to East Prussia.
1725/30Vampire hysteria lingers in Hungary.
1725/32The wave of vampire hysteria in Austrian Serbia produces the famous cases of Peter Plogojowitz and Arnold Paul (Paole).
1734The word "vampyre" enters the English language in translations of German accounts of European waves of vampire hysteria.
1744Cardinal Giuseppe Davanzati publishes his treatise, "Dissertazione sopre I Vampiri."
1746Dom Augustin Calmet publishes his treatise on vampires, "Dissertations sur les Apparitions des Anges des Demons et des Espits, et sur les revenants, et Vampires de Hundrie, de boheme, de Moravic, et de Silesie."
1748The first modern vampyre poem, "Der Vampir", is published by Heinrich August Ossenfelder.
1750Another wave of vampire hysteria occurs in East Prussia.
1756Vampire hysteria peaks in Wallachia, Romania.
1772Vampire hysteria occurs in Russia.
1797Goethe's "Bride of Corinth" (a poem concerning a vampire) is published.
1798/1800Samuel Taylor Coleridge writes "Christabel," now conceded to be the first vampire poem in English.
1800"I Vampiri," an opera by Silvestro de Palma, opens in Milan, Italy.
1801"Thalaba" by Robert Southey is the first poem to mention the vampire in English.
1810Reports of sheep being killed by having their jugular veins cut and their blood drained circulated through northern England. "The Vampyre," an early vampire poem, by John Stagg is published.
1813A vampire appears in Lord Byron's The Giaour.
1819John Polidori's "The Vampyre," is the first vampire story inEnglish is published.
1820"Lord Ruthwen ou Les Vampires" by Cyprien Berard is published anonymously in Paris. June 13: "Le Vampire," the play by Charles Nodier, opens at the Theatre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris. August: "The Vampire; or, The Bride of the Isles," a translation of Nodier's play by James R. Planche, opens in London.
1829March: Heinrich Marschner's opera, "Der Vampyr," based on Nodier's story, opens in Liepzig.
1841Alexey Tolstoy publishes his short story, "Upyr," while living in Paris. It is the first modern vampire story by a Russian.
1847Bram Stoker is born.
1850Haussman destroys Paris' Vampire Quarter then rebuilds city.
1851Alexandre Dumas' last dramatic work, "Le Vampire," opens in Paris.
1854Copper Creek Siege in California prompts formation of FederalVampire and Zombie Agency.
The case of vampirism in the Ray family of Jewell, Connecticut, is published in local newspapers.
1872In Italy, Vincenzo Verzeni is convicted of murdering two peopleand drinkin
1874Reports from Ceven, Ireland, tell of sheep having their throats cut and their blood drained.
1882New York Vampire riots ensue.
1891Steketee's Vampire Rights movement in France is started.
1897"Dracula" by Bram Stoker is published in England.
1905Worldwide vampire population hits the one million.
1924Fritz Haarmann the "Vampire of Hanover" is arrested, tried and convicted of killing more than 20 people in a vampire crime spree.
1931Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, is released.
Peter Kurten of Dusseldorf, Germany, is executed after being found guilty of murdering a number of people in a vampiric killing spree.
1932The movie "Vampyr," directed by Carl Theodore Dreyer, is released.
1936"Dracula's Daughter" is released.
1942A. E. Van Vought's "Asylum" is the first story about an alien vampire.
1943U. S. President Franklin Roosevelt unveils "The Zozobra Project".
1943"Son of Dracula", stars Lon Chaney, Jr., as Dracula.
1950In New Mexico an auto mechanic named Joe Valdez becomes the first successful recipient of the vampire vaccine.
1962The Count Dracula Society is founded in the United States by Donald Reed.
1964"The Munsters" and "The Addams Family"; television shows with vampire characters.
1965Jeanne Youngson founds The Count Dracula Fan Club.
1967Due to the Lazo Disaster in Siberia, the United Nations (UN) passes a resolution banning vampire blood research.
1970Sean Manchester founds The Vampire Research Society."In Search of Dracula" by Raymond T. McNally and Radu Florescu is published. --Stephan Kaplan founds The Vampire Research Centre.
1976The first of The Vampire Chronicles, "Interview With the Vampire", by Anne Rice is published.
1978Eric Held and Dorothy Nixon found the Vampire Information Exchange.
1979Frank Langella stars in the remake of Dracula.
1980Richard Chase, the so-called Dracula Killer of Sacramento, California, commits suicide in prison.
The World Federation of Dark Shadows Clubs (now Dark Shadows Official Fan Club) is founded.
1985"The Vampire Lestat" by Anne Rice is published and reaches the best seller list.
1986President Reagan lifts ban on the vampire and zombie blood research.
1987"Methuselah Project" is initiated at the Santa RosaInstitute.
1988"The Queen of the Damned" is published by Anne Rice.
1992Andrei Chikatilo of Rostov, Russia, is sentenced to death after killing and vampirizing some 55 people.
1994The film version of Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire" opens with Tom Cruise as the Vampire Lestat and Brad Pitt as Louis.
1998Blade is released into theaters. Pandora by Anne Rice is published. The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice is published.
1999Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice is published.

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The Golden Jubilee Diamond - The Largest Diamond in the World

The "Unnamed Brown", as the Golden Jubilee was first known, was considered something of an ugly duckling by most. It is the largest faceted diamond in the world, weighing 545.67 carats (109.13 g).

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Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Pretty much anybody who is anybody in tennis will be in Dubai over the next couple of weeks in one of the biggest of the non-Grand Slam tournaments. The $2 million Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is certainly a big deal.
Eight of the top ten ranked men will be in the city, which has already become a serious sporting destination, while seven of the top ten women will also be there. Interestingly, the women play in week one, starting on Monday, and then the men are in action in week two.

Since its inaugural tournament in 1993, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has consistently showcased the world's best players in competition and also in spectacular locations around Dubai.
The Dubai Tennis Championships (also known as the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for sponsorship reasons) (formerly known for sponsorship reasons as the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships and the Dubai Duty Free Men's and Women's Championships) is a professional tennis tournament owned and organized by Dubai Duty Free and held annually in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on outdoor hardcourts. The tournament organizes both a men's and women's event. The tournament takes place under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

In 2005, two ATP World Tour Champions - Andre Agassi and Roger Federer - scaled the Burj Al Arab for a friendly practice session atop the helipad at the iconic hotel.

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The respective winners of the recent Australian Open are ready to follow their success down under with a good showing in the Middle East.
For the women, Justine Henin and Venus Williams have enjoyed themselves over the years, with four and two wins each respectively, but last year the crown went to Caroline Wozniacki.
The Dane was knocked off the number one spot just last month after her quest for a first Grand Slam win ended in failure in Melbourne. Now the number four in the world, she has her sights set on the winner of the Australian Open and the new number one, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Wozniacki will have to do better than last week, when she was knocked out of the Qatar Open early by Lucie Safarova, despite having three match-points.
"I just want to get out of here. You don't want to stay when you lose a match like that," Wozniacki said, and added, “It's really disappointing but you have to move on.”
Azarenka returns to the Middle East in much better shape than she was a year ago when defeats in Doha and Dubai almost prompted her to quit the sport.
"My mum told me to come home and rest, and not be crazy about it,” she said. “And my gran pointed out there are things so much harder in life than tennis matches.”
“Last year I was in a bit of a mess. I couldn't control any of my emotions. I had to change my mentality. So now I don’t try to, you know, think ‘why is this happening to me?’ Instead I just try to accept and deal with it.”
Novak Djokovic has dominated men’s tennis in the past few years and Dubai has been no exception with the last three titles going the Serbian’s way.
Already, 2012 couldn’t have gone better. He won the Australian Open and last week was given his country’s highest honor, Order of the Karadjordje’s Star of the 1st degree by Serbian president Boris Tadic.
He’s going to take some stopping soon...

 ATP (Men's)
  • Name: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
  • Category: ATP World Tour 500
  • Place: Dubai, U.A.E
  • Date: 27.02.2012-03.03.2012
  • Draw Size: S-32 D-16
  • Surface: Hard
  • Prize Money: $ 1,700,475
  • Total Financial Commitment: $ 2,313,975
  • Ticket Hotline: +9714-224-4568

WTA (Women's)
  • Prize Money: $2,000,000
  • Surface: Hard/Outdoors 
  • Tournament Director: Salah Tahlak

Dubai Tennis Stadium:

The Aviation Club is home of The Dubai Tennis Stadium which was inaugurated in 1994 and has hosted the Dubai Tennis Championships ever since. The state-of-the art stadium is home to the prestigious centre court that has hosted tennis stars Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Goran Ivanisevic, Venus & Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport and many more.
The Dubai Tennis Stadium was voted "Best Venue" by players on the ATP Tennis Tour for three consecutive years.

Tournament Schedule :

Day Date WTA Rounds
Sat 18-Feb Qualifying Women's
Sun 19-Feb Qualifying Women's
Mon 20-Feb 1st Round
Tue 21-Feb 2nd Round
Wed 22-Feb 3rd Round
Thur 23-Feb Quarterfinals
Fri 24-Feb Semifinals
Sat 25-Feb Finals

Day Date ATP World Tour Rounds

Sat 25-Feb Qualifying Men's
Sun 26-Feb Qualifying Men's
Mon 27-Feb 1st Round
Tue 28-Feb 2nd Round
Wed 29-Feb 3rd Round
Thur 01-Mar Quarterfinals
Fri 02-Mar Semifinals
Sat 03-Mar Finals


1993 Karel Novacek Anders Jarryd/John Fitzgerald
1994 Magnus Gustafsson Mark Woodforde/Todd Woodbridge
1995 Wayne Ferreira Grant Connell/Patrick Galbraith
1996 Goran Ivanisevic Byron Black/Grant Connell
1997 Thomas Muster Goran Ivanisevic/Alexander Groen
1998 Alex Corretja Mahesh Bhupathi/Leander Paes
1999 Jerome Golmard Wayne Black/Sandon Stolle
2000 Nicolas Kiefer Jiri Novak/David Rikl
2001 Juan Carlos Ferrero Joshua Eagle/Standon Stolle
2002 Fabrice Santoro Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor
2003 Roger Federer Leander Paes /David Rikl
2004 Roger Federer Mahesh Bhupathi/Fabrice Santoro
2005 Roger Federer Martin Damm/Radek Stepanek
2006 Rafael Nadal Paul Hanley/Kevin Ullyett
2007 Roger Federer Fabrice Santoro/Nenad Zimonjic
2008 Andy Roddick Mahesh Bhupathi/Mark Knowles
2009 Novak Djokovic Rick de Voest/Dmitry Tursunov
2010 Novak Djokovic Simon Aspelin/Paul Hanley
2011 Novak Djokovic Sergiy Stakhovsky/Mikhail Youzhny
2001 Martina Hingis Barbara Rittner/ Marlene Weigartner
2002 Amelie Mauresmo Barbara Rittner/Maria Vento Kabchi
2003 Justine Henin-Hardenne Svetlana Kuznetsova/Martina Navratilova
2004 Justine Henin-Hardenne Janet Husarova/Conchita Martinez
2005 Lindsay Davenport Virginia Ruano Pascual/Paola Suarez
2006 Justine Henin-Hardenne Kveta Peschke/Francesca Schiavone
2007 Justine Henin Cara Black/Liezel Huber
2008 Elena Dementieva Cara Black/Liezel Huber
2009 Venus Williams Cara Black/Liezel Huber
2010 Venus Williams Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez/Nuria Llagostera Vives
2011 Caroline Wozniacki Liezel Huber/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez

Grandstand Ticket Prices

Women's Week
Day 1 (Feb 20)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 2 (Feb 21)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 3 (Feb 22)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 4 (Feb 23)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 5 (Feb 24)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
FINALS (Feb 25)
5:00 AND 7:00 PM
Total Price Per Week


Men's Week
Day 1 (Feb 27)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 2 (Feb 28)
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 3 (Feb 29) - SOLD OUT
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 4 (Mar 1) - SOLD OUT
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
Day 5 (Mar 2) - SOLD OUT
2:00 AND 7:00 PM
5:00 AND 7:00 PM
Total Price Per Week


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