Archive for August, 2009

HYUNDAI TUCSON IX

Hyundai has officially launched the new Tucson ix for the Korean market yesterday.

The newest version of the compact SUV is based on the ix-ONIC concept Hyundai premiered at the Geneva auto show earlier this year. Hyundai claims a lot of new development has gone into the model, having invested 36 months and 280 billion Korean won (225 million U.S. dollars or 157 million euros) in the project.

The Tucson ix will come with Hyundai’s latest 2.0 liter Theta II gasoline engine with 166 hp coupled with the automaker’s new 6-speed transmission. That variant is available only as a front-wheel drive. A 2.0 liter diesel ‘R’ engine will also be fitted to the Tucson, coming with 184 hp and the same 6-speed gearbox. Both front-wheel and all-wheel drive options are available on the diesel.

We should also sort out the various names this model will go by. Hyundai says in its press release that the Tucson nameplate is being used for the domestic Korean market. In Europe, the model will called the ix35.

Hyundai says it will announce details for the European ix35 model on September 3rd, on the eve of the Frankfurt motor show. For the North American market, an unveiling is expected in November at the L.A. Auto Show.

BMW LATEST MODELS

BMW 1 Series

The BMW 1 Series comes with five doors, three engines, but just one aim – to set a new standard for its class through unique BMW design and engineering solutions.

BMW X3


the success of the BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), BMW has expanded its X-family. First stop was the launch of the dynamic and versatile BMW X3 SAV at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 2003.

The new BMW X3 combines the outstanding agility of a BMW road car with the wide range of practical features offered by a Sports Activity Vehicle. The X3 is the first premium model in the SAV segment beneath the X5.

The BMW X3 combines the characteristic proportions of a Sports Activity Vehicle with both classic and innovative BMW design features. The modern design language with convex and concave surfaces gives the X3 a youthful and fresh look.

BMW X5

BMW has announced an update for the X5 SAV. The upgraded model debuts in September 2003 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and goes on sale soon after the show. The X5 receives three new engines (two in the US which won’t get the diesel). Eight-cylinder power comes from a 4.4i V8, with a new high performance X5 4.8iS arriving in spring 2004. BMW’s latest six-cylinder 3.0 diesel engine is added to the line up, and is complemented by the 3.0i petrol engine carried over from the existing car.

Fastest Cars In The World

1. SSC Ultimate Aero:


257 mph, 0-60 in 2.7 secs. Twin-Turbo V8 Engine with 1183 hp, base price is $654,400. Tested in March 2007 by Guinness world records, The SSC Ultimate Aero takes the lead as the fastest car in the world beating Bugatti Veyron

2. Bugatti Veyron:

253 mph, 0-60 in 2.5 secs. Aluminum, Narrow Angle W16 Engine with 1001 hp, base price is $1,700,000. With the highest price tag, no wonder this is rank #2

3. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo:

248 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. Twin Turbo All Aluminum V8 Engine with 750 hp, base price is $555,000. Smooth and bad-ass, will make you want to show it off non-stop

4. Koenigsegg CCX:

245 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. 90 Degree V8 Engine 806 hp, base price is $545,568. Made in Sweden, it is aiming hard to be the fastest car in the world, but it has a long way to go to surpass the Bugatti and the Ultimate Aero

5. McLaren F1:

240 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 secs. BMW S70/2 60 Degree V12 Engine with 627 hp, base price is $970,000. Check out the doors, they looks like bat wings, maybe Batman need to order one and paints it black

Most Expensive Cars In The World

Bugatti Veyron $1,700,000

This is by far the most expensive street legal car available on the market today. It is the fastest accelerating car reaching 0-60 in 2.6 seconds. It claims to be the fastest car with a top speed of 253 mph+. However, the title for the fastest car goes to the SSC Ultimate Aero which exceed 253 mph pushing this car to 2nd place for the fastest car.

2. Lamborghini Reventon $1,600,000.

The most powerful and the most expensive Lamborghini ever built is the second on the list. It takes 3.3 seconds to reach 60
mph and it has a top speed of 211 mph. Its rarity (limited to 20) and slick design are the reasons why it is so expensive and costly to own.

3. McLaren F1 $970,000.

In 1994, the McLaren F1 was the fastest and most expensive car. Even though it was built 15 years ago, it has an unbelievable top speed of 240
mph and reaching 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Even as of today, the McLaren F1 is still top on the list and it outperformed many other supercars

4. Ferrari Enzo $670,000.

The most known supercar ever built. The Enzo has a top speed of 217 mph and reaching 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Only 400 units were produced and it is currently being sold for over $1,000,000 at auctions

5. Pagani Zonda C12 F $667,321.

Produced by a small independent company in Italy, the Pagani Zonda C12 F is the 5th fastest car in the world. It promises to delivery a top speed of 215 mph+ and it can reach 0-60 in 3.5 seconds

WATER SNAKE

Characteristics:

* Body color is dark brown to gray

* Dark upper bands on front part of body

* Alternating dark blotches or crossbands on the rear part of upper body

* Half-moon or speckled markings on the belly

* Juveniles have a lighter body color than adults

* Strongly keeled scales

* Nonvenomous

* Diet: fish, frogs, toads, small mammals, and insects

* Habitat: wetland areas

* Distribution: Bon Homme County—Springfield

Informations about Snakes

From Eggs or Live Birth

Most snakes hatch from eggs (oviparous). Racers, bullsnakes, milk snakes and green snakes are common egg-layers. The eggs are usually white and have an oblong, leathery-like shell. Eggs are normally deposited in a location that is moist and relatively warm such as sand, sawdust piles, rotting stumps, or under rocks. Snake eggs are not incubated like bird eggs; the warmth of the substrate and rays of the sun control the incubation process. Incubation may last up to 60 days before the young are fully developed and hatch. Other snakes, such as garter snakes and rattlesnakes, have live birth of the fully developed young (ovoviviparous). The fertile eggs develop within the maternal body.

Food

All snakes are predators. They must locate their prey before they seize it. Snakes will eat whatever they can catch, master, and swallow. Their prey is located by their senses of vision, smell, or thermosensitivity. The food they consume depends upon the animal’s size and the environment where it lives. Rattlesnakes eat rodents such as mice, ground squirrels, and the young of prairie dogs and cottontail rabbits. They also eat other snakes, lizards, birds, and insects. The average snake will consume two to three times its own weight in various food items between the spring and fall months when the snake is away from its winter den.

Hearing

Snakes do not have external ears and are probably deaf to most sounds.They “hear” by sensing ground vibrations with their belly scales and lower jaw.

Sight

A snake’s vision is mainly used for detecting movement of prey. They have difficulty seeing motionless prey or enemies. Objects probably appear as a blur at 40 feet, but at 10 to 15 feet, the objects appear sharper. The vision of many snakes, like the rattlesnake, is better suited for nocturnal searching. Some species, such as racers and garter snakes, have eyes specialized for daytime activity. Snakes appear to stare at their prey because they have no eyelids. The eyes of snakes are lidless, but are protected by a tough, transparent covering, or scale, that is shed with the skin. The pupil or the black portion of a rattlesnake’s eye is elliptical, not round as found with the nonvenomous snakes.

(Figure compliments of Missouri Dept. of Conservation)

All snakes are covered with scales, which are thickened areas of a thin outer skin layer. Under this layer is another skin layer that contains pigment cells that give a snake its distinctive color pattern. The arrangement of color patterns, type of scales, and scale rows are used to identify the various species.

Rattlesnakes, bullsnakes, and garter snakes have what is called a keeled scale (Figure 3 below), which has a ridge on the center of each scale. Other snakes, such as the racer and milk snake, have smooth scales (Figure 2 below), with no ridges. The skin of a snake is dry, not slimy. Molting, or skin shedding, is repeated periodically throughout a snake’s life. Just prior to shedding, the skin becomes dull and dry looking and the eyes become cloudy or blue-colored. After a few days, the eyes clear and the snake “crawls” out of its old skin, which peels backward over the body from head to tail, in one piece. A new, larger, and brighter layer of skin has formed underneath. An older snake may shed its skin only once or twice a year, but a younger, still-growing snake, may shed up to four times a year.

Check the range maps (on snake pages) to determine if the species of snake actually occurs in your area. For each species there is a listing of key characteristics that will help you distinguish the snake from those of similar appearance. Each snake description includes whether the species has keeled or smooth scales.

Greatest Toilet paper pranks in History

Toilet paper pranks are very popular, but I can bet you’ve never seen anything of these proportions.

Someone spent a lot of effort and money to pull off what may be the greatest toilet paper prank in history. It all happened on Maplefield Road, in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan and it took hundreds of toilet paper rolls. According to the neighbors, this particular home falls victim to pranks like this twice a year.

This looks pretty funny and cool, but I would hate to be the one who cleaning up the mess.





Five Beautiful Banknotes in the world

1. The French Pacific Territories (Franc)

2. The Maldives (Rufiyaa)

3. Sao Tome & Principe (Dobras)

4. Switzerland (Francs)

5. Comoros (Comorian Franc)