Top 10 most expensive writing instruments

10. Caran d’Ache 1010 Limited Edition fountain pen

Caran d’Ache’s 1010 Limited Edition fountain pen is a tribute to honor the Swiss watchmaking industry. The inspiration for the name “1010” comes from “Ten minutes past ten (10:10),” the moment when the hands on a watch dial are rightly balanced. Made of rhodium-coated silver, the 1010 pen boasts a clip that resembles a watch hand. An ornamental balance wheel has been placed between two rubies under a sapphire dome and the beautiful tiny tick marks are etched around the barrel. Pricing starts at a cool $19,000.

9. Four Seasons Limited Edition Fountain Pen Sets by Ferrari da Varese

The Four Seasons Limited Edition Fountain Pen Sets were launched to celebrate the shades and changing colors of the passing time. Green stands for the spring, red for the summer, brown for the autumn and gray for intimate winter. The pen features 18-carat gold nib, classy engravings, and a state-of-the-art pump filling system. Only 33 units were made, with each priced at $36,000.

8. Ripple HRH Limited Edition Visconti fountain pen

The Ripple HRH Limited Edition Visconti fountain pen was made of 18K white gold and diamonds and with two-tone 18K gold nib. Available in white gold and black and priced at $57,000, this pen has double reservoir filling system.

7. Montblanc Boheme Royal Pen

The Montblanc Boheme Royal fountain pen features retractable platinum-plated 18K gold nib, 18K white gold barrel and cap set studded with 1,430 brilliant-cut diamonds. The Mont Blanc star logo is made of 19 diamonds highlighted with 18k white gold rings and the clip is set with a paramount-cut diamond. The diamond-studded writing instrument exceeds the million dollar mark with its luxury price tag of US $1,500,000.

6. Caran d’Ache ‘1010’ Fountain Pen

The Caran d’Ache ‘1010’ Fountain Pen was made with 18-carat gold and studded with a diamond and a ruby. The pen touts details that can be found on fine mechanical watches. Even the ink bottle looks like a watch crown. The barrel was made transparent with the use of sapphire crystal. Only 10 units were produced, with each costing $174,000.

5. Limited Edition Boheme Papillon Pen

Crafted in the solid white, yellow or rose gold, the Limited Edition Boheme Papillon Pens are studded with over 1,400 scintillating diamonds and sapphires which delicately wrap around the body in three levels and onto the internal spring mechanism. Fragile butterflies and Keatsian plant tendrils festoon the cap and the body while the patented signature star-shaped Montblanc Diamond graces the top of the cap. These limited edition writing marvels have been designed to pay homage to one of the most amazing creatures in nature, the Butterfly. The limited edition Boheme Papillon is priced at 180,000 Euros (US $230,410).

4. Prince Rainier III Limited Edition 81 Pen

Only 81 pieces of the Prince Rainier III Limited Edition 81 pens have been made. The fountain-pen is made of 18K white gold and festooned with diamonds and ruby-studded. It flaunts 996 diamonds cut with facets and 92 rubies around its exterior while the inner workings are completely visible. The clip ring on the cap has 19 rubies attached to it while the 18K gold nib is set with two rubies. Priced at 200,000 Euros (US $256,010).

3. La Modernista Diamonds Pen

This pen was made by Caran d’Ache, a Switzerland based company in 1999 as homage to architect Antonio Gaudi. This amazing fountain pen was sold at an auction for $265,000. The pen had an 18-carat rhodium-coated gold nib and was set with a total of 5,072 Wesselton diamonds weighing in at 20-carats, as well as 96 rubies totaling 32-carats. La Modernista Diamonds has been featured in the Guinness Book of Records 2001 for being the most expensive pen at that time.

2. Caran d’Ache Gotica Pen

The Gotica pen from Caran d’Ache recently made its debut in China. The pen, which celebrates Gothic art and architecture, is made of rhodium-coated solid silver with six faces decorated with Gothic windows, fleurs-de-lis and rosettes. The Gotica Jewel pen is fitted with 892 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 7.10 carats and the rosettes have 72 emeralds and 72 rubies. Priced at 3.28 million yuan ($406,453) in China.

1. Mystery Masterpiece

The luxury houses of Van Cleef & Arpels and Montblanc are the proud makers of this breathtaking writing instrument named the Mystery Masterpiece, which was launched on the February 2006 as a part of their centenary celebrations. The pen was made of white gold, adorned with rubies, sapphires, or emeralds and accented by diamonds. Each pen has 840 diamonds and more than 20 carats of gemstones set in a Van Cleef & Arpels patented ‘Mystery Setting’. This incredible thing is priced at $730,000.

Fountain Pen Worth mention:

Titanic-DNA Fountain Pens by Romain Jerome

Although we don’t have any pricing info for the same, but I am sure it would cost more than a few thousand dollars. Created by Jean-Pierre and Benjamin Lepine in collaboration with Romain-Jerome CEO Yvan Arpa, the Titanic-DNA Fountain Pens collection is limited to a series of 88 exquisitely handcrafted pieces only. In a tribute to the Titanic ship, the pens are crafted from the finest materials, including Palladium, brass, PVD, stainless steel and gold. Each Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA fountain pen is decorated with a ring of oxidized steel at the barrel with the metal being a blend of materials reclaimed from the actual sunken ship and steel obtained from Harland & Wolff shipyards where the Titanic was built.

Top 5 Fastest Trains in the World

1. Shinkansen. Japan.
300 km/h (186 mph), top speed 581 km/h (361 mph)

The Japanese knack for technology is manifested in the high speed railway system that covers the entire country. The Japanese Shinkansen, also called a bullet train, is super fast, super safe (40 years of operating without a single major accident) and super comfortable – it runs at least six times per hour between Tokyo and Osaka, and the average arrival time is within six seconds of the scheduled time.
In 2003, the three-car train JR-Maglev achieved 581 km/h (361 mph) on a magnetic-levitation track, wining the title of the fastest non-conventional train in the world. On average, bullet trains are capable of running at a speed of 300 km/h (186 mph), butJapan has already commenced works on constructing a new Shinkansen that could achieve a speed of 360 km/h (224 mph). The new train, named E5 series, will start operating in 2012 and will run between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori stations, 54 minutes faster than the previous model.

2.TGV. France.
320 km/h (199 mph) top speed 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph).

TGV is a flagship product of France, almost as iconic as the Eiffel Tower and baguettes. The high-speed train service was developed during the 1970s and opened to the public in 1981. At present it reaches 150 destinations in France and several foreign cities located in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy and Switzerland.
Among the fastest TGV trains are TGV Réseau and TGV Duplex- their top speed is 320 km/h (199 mph). The trains hold the world’s highest average speed for a regular passenger service.
In 2007 SNCF, the TGV operator, and Alstom, the TGV builder, carried out a series of high speed trials. The official speed record attempt took place on 3 April 2007, when TGV reached the top speed of 574.8 km/h (159.6 m/s, 357.2 mph). It is the fastest conventional train that uses powered metal wheels riding on metal rails.

3. Shanghai Maglev Train. China.
250 km/h (160 mph), top speed 431 km/h (268 mph)

Shanghai Maglev. By Erwyn van der Meer
The high speed monorail train called Transrapid is a German invention that uses magnetic levitation. Currently, the only commercial implementation of the system is in Shanghai, China. The train runs the distance of 30 km from the airport in 7 minutes 20 seconds, at the average speed of 250 km/h (160 mph) and the top speed of 431 km/h (268 mph).
In 2003, during a trial run, a Maglev vehicle achieved a Chinese record speed of 501 km/h (311 mph).
The Transrapid trains have not yet been implemented on long-distance intercity lines.

4. CRH. China.
350 km/h (217 mph), top speed 394.3 km/h (245 mph)

China Railway High-Speed, the Chinese rail system, operates a number of bullet train models such as CRH1, CRH2, CRH3, CRH4 and CHR5. The fastest type is CRH3, based on Siemens Velaro technology, designed to run at the speed of 350 km/h (though in 2008, a CRH3 reached a top speed of 394.3 km/h (245 mph) during a test carried out on the line between Beijing and Tianjin).
Another fast model among the Chinese high speed trains is CRH2, produced by the Japanese Kawasaki Heavy Industries. In October 2009 the Ministry of Railways announced that it planned to invest 1.2 trillion yuan ($175.44 billion) to develop and extend the railway system in China. The aim is to have 13,000 km of passenger lines by 2012. A new contract for 140 new 350km/h capable high speed trains has also been signed between the Ministry and Nanche Sifang Locomotive through a technology licensing agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

5. AVE. Spain.
300 km/h (186 mph)

AVE, meaning Spanish High Speed (Alta Velocidad Española), or simply “bird”, runs at speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph). The trains are operated by RENFE, the Spanish state railway company, but there is also the private operator Alvia, whose trains run at a maximum speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The Ave system has absolutely nothing in common with the Spanish relaxed attitude toward time. On the route between Madrid and Seville, RENFE assures an arrival within five minutes of the advertised time, offering a refund if the train is delayed further. However, to date only 0.16% of trains have been delayed more than a few minutes. So not Spanish!

Highest paid Hollywood actresses

Kristen Stewart
Ranked 37. The Twilight saga is paying the leading girl Kristen Stewart well. Her estimated 2009 earning was $16 million. She fetched $7.5 million for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and $5 million for the Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Sandra Bullock
Ranked 34. Sandra Bullock’s estimated 2009 earning was $20 million. She got $15 million for the movie The Blind Side.

Jennifer Aniston
Ranked 33. Brad Pitt’s former wife Jennifer Aniston’s estimated 2009 earnings was $20 million. She did the movie Bounty Hunter for $8 million and has signed the The Baster for also $8 million

Angelina Jolie
Ranked 32. Angelina Jolie’s last year’s earning was $21 million. She netted $20 million for ‘Salt’ and $1 million as royalties from older films.

Reese Witherspoon
Ranked 31. Reese Witherspoon’s estimated 2009 earnings was $21 million. She signed an untitled James L. Brooks project for $10 million last year and also got $1 million as the royalties from her old movies.

Katherine Heigl
Ranked 25. The young Ugly Truth actress Katherine Heigl’s estimated earning last year was $24 million. She bagged a $12 million deal for signing the movie ‘Killers’ opposite Ashton Kutcher and another $12 million for the movie ‘Life As We Know It’.

Sarah Jessica Parker
Ranked 24. Sarah Jessica Parker earned $24 million last year. For ‘Sex and the City 2’ she got $15 million and also earned $1 million from the royalties of her older films plus other revenue.

Cameron Diaz
Ranked 19. Cameron Diaz easily grabbed an estimated $27 million for her voice-over in ‘Shrek Forever After’ and for her roles in the upcoming ‘Knight and Day’ and ‘The Green Hornet.’

Emma Watson
Ranked 14. Potter girl Emma Watson who is just 19, made about $30 million. She had $15 million for signing both parts 1 and 2 of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.’


Hollywood’s Highest Paid Actors

Daniel Radcliffe

Pocketing $20 million for the penultimate Potter film, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ and another $20 mn for the film’s second part, Daniel Radcliffe is the highest earning male actor of 2009. Not to forget the million bucks he’s made as royalties from older films.

Ben Stiller

Funnyman Ben Stiller comes second with overall estimated earnings of $40 million in 2009. Half of this amount, $20 million, comes from his acting fee for ‘Little Fockers’. Comedy may be a serious business but it does pay well.

Tom Hanks

Oscar winner Tom Hanks got $19 million for his portrayal of the symbologist Robert Langdon in Angels & Demons. His voiceover in ‘Toy Story 3’ fetched him another $15 million. If you add to the figure the royalties of $2 mn from past flicks, you get the aggregate sum of $36 million.

Tyler Perry

The multi-talented Tyler Perry’s estimated earnings for 2009 stand at $32.5 million out of which $19 million alone comes from ‘Madea Goes to Jail’.

Adam Sandler

He is learnt to have pocketed a whopping $25 million for the upcoming comedy ‘Grown Ups’ which he’s also written. Adam Sandler’s annual earnings of 2009 stand at an estimated $31.5 million.

Denzel Washington

With an acting fee of $15 million each for ‘The Book of Eli’ and ‘Unstoppable’, Denzel Washington takes the sixth spot in the highest earning male actors of Hollywood. His estimated earnings for 2009 – $31 million


Huge Hamster That Would Scare All of Your Cats


Since The Cheetah Isn’t Hungry The Impala Is Not In Danger

They can even become friends for a short period of time. Since they don’t hunt during the day and the photo was taken at dusk the Cheetahs in this photo must have just eaten. The baby Antelope is safe this time. They are simply playing with the Antelope, much the same as a domestic cat plays with a toy. However, it is probably better not to think about what happens when the cats get hungry. The next time the prey and the predator meet there will likely be a different outcome.


How to encourage a man to wash his hands


Hungry For Some Steel

An Australian man has set a world record by swallowing eighteen swords in one jaw-dropping gulp.
Chayne Hultgren - who calls himself the Space Cowboy - slid the 2ft 4in blades down his throat in Sydney as onlookers held their breath and prepared to call for an ambulance.
But Mr Hultgren, 31, proved he was a cut above the rest of the world's street entertainers by slowly slipping the swords, all bound together with a steel clasp, down his throat as he held his head back to create a straight channel into his lower body.

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Coca Cola-Powered Cellphone

What are you doing when your cellphone battery was run out?? find a nearest electricity to charge it?? it was the old ways to charge your cellphone. now you can charge your cellphone battery with a coke! yes with a Coca Cola

This Cellphone might be the most bizarre cellphone ever. usually a cellphone use a lithium battery as their energy source but not with this phone. this Cellphone was powered by Coca Cola!! so that’s why we could call this phone as the Coca Cola Powered Cellphone. this cellphone made a breakthrough in the Cellphone industry. this is the first cellphone who use the Bio Energy to replace the battery role.

Chinese designer Daizhi Zheng has created a mobile phone that uses sweet drinks like Coca Cola instead of lithium batteries. this might be the creative idea of him.

Zheng has been working on this revolutionary device for Finnish cellphone giant Nokia, and claims he has come up with a way of using sugar-based drinks to power mobiles. Any sweet drink, even sugar-sweetened water would be enough to keep the phone running much longer than lithium batteries.

The bio-battery invented by Daishi Zheng generates electricity from carbohydrates, using special enzymes as catalysts. In the process, the device generates oxygen and water. The designer claims his sugar-based bio-battery lasts up to four times longer than a fully charged lithium battery and is much easier to recharge: just pour some more sweet fuel.

Lithium batteries are very expensive and harmful for the environment, so if Zheng’s Coke-powered cellphone turns out to be real, it would be a significant breakthrough.
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