22 May 2010

Hundred Greatest Battles Update

The Past Is Not Inevitable...

After 415 days I have decided on the 40th battle in the series The 100 Greatest Battles, which averages to one battle every ten days. I was pretty hesitant about adding Pharsalus to the list but with 61 vacant spaces and a dearth of ideas the decision was made to finalize Pharsalus' place among the fray. So far the list is heavily weighted toward Europe and America. I hope to find at least ten more good battles in Asia to add. Here is the list of the first forty battles:

Adrianople
Agincourt
Ankara
Antietam
Antioch
Artemisium
First Bull Run (Manassas)
Cannae
Carrhae
Catalaunian Plains
Fredericksburg
Gaugamela
Gettysburg
Hastings
Iwo Jima
Issus
Jutland
Kadesh
Kalinga
Kursk
Lexington and Concord (counts as two)
Leyte Gulf
Marathon
Passchendaele
Persian Gates
Pharsalus
Plataea
Salamis
Salsu
Seringapatam
Shiloh
Somme
Teutoburg Forest
Trafalgar
Verdun
Waterloo
Watling Street
Yorktown
Zama

11 May 2010

Prahlad Jani - Results

After some searching the results of the tests have been discovered. After fifteen days of taking no food or water Prahlad Jani remained in perfect health. He was observed by three cameras non stop, and studied by 35 scientists. He passed no stool or urine, which Dr. G. Ilavazhagn, head of the study, said is unprecedented and unexplainable. From the article:

Doctors have not found any adverse effects in his body from hunger or dehydration. They think that yoga exercises may have caused Jani’s body to undergo a biological transformation. The researchers said tests found that his brain is equivalent to that of a 25-year-old.


In fact, according to the Daily Mail, the doctors said that after fasting for two weeks, Jani was healthier than the average 40-year-old.

The team of scientists will look over the results of the study for the next two months to draw conclusions.

-Dee

10 May 2010

Prahlad Jani Strikes Back

An article from the UK Daily Telegraph by Dean Nelson reports of a new study on Prahlad Jani - an 82 year old fakir who claims to have eaten or drunk nothing in 70 years. You might recall in 2003, Dr. Sudhir Shah at the Sterling Hospital in Ahmedabad kept Prahlad Jani in a locked room for ten days under which time he was made sure he ate or drunk nothing. Now India's Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences is conducting another study to discover ways people in disasters and soldiers on the battle field can survive longer without food. As of 28 April he had been under observation for six days without any adverse effects. The study was expected to continue for 15 days (concluding 7 May, which has passed). I have not yet seen the results of the study and will keep you informed. -Dee