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22-8 22:16:20 Guest_2698 Who says you can't have fun at home? On the contrary, I say it's a mighty swell time to be at home, do nothing at all, and yet have a wonderful time. This article has some stay-at-home vacation ideas for you. Why should holidays be spent only traveling and sightseeing, when you can indulge in some fun activities in and around your home front. One of the best aspects of having a staycation is that you can indulge in all sorts of activities without worrying about what others have to say. After all, you are having fun at your expense in your backyard; why should someone else have the right to question you about the things you do? Here's an extensive list of ideas, for you to enjoy your staycation with your family and friends.*Clicking on the images will give you a better view. Some of my best memories as a kid have been, playing for hours together in the backyard; mostly with my cousins and a few friends. I vividly remember playing Hopscotch, House etc., during the vacations and I should say that they were indeed one of the best times of my life. Those days of loitering around in the sun, in addition to spending quality time with my family, posed as an opportunity to explore the surroundings to the fullest, as well as to learn something new on a daily basis. These ideas are definitely tried and tested ways of enjoying a stay-at-home vacation. The best part is, you can try something on a daily basis during the tenure of the vacation.Go Carting Ditch your car, use the cart and go sightseeing! Your children will surely have a gala time exploring the surrounding like this. Go Raking Take your shovels and rake the leaves around. It's a fun way to get your garden cleared while spending time together. Sack Race Invite your family and friends over and hop around in sacks! Beware though, this activity would make you squeal with laughter! Treasure Hunt Hide some goodies in places you would want your children to hunt, hand each one a map of the area and let them start searching. Go treasure hunting at the beach; it sure is more fun. Chase Hens Have a "farm time" chasing chickens and try to put them back into the coop. You can lend a helping hand to the local farmer if you manage to do so. Have a Pool Day Splashing about in the pool on a hot summer's day is a fantastic way to let your hair down and cool off simultaneously. Family Day Set time aside for your family; during this time, you can ask everyone to share their life experiences with the others, thus working on your bonding. Tree House Fun If you do not own a tree house, then rope in the family members to help build one. It's a serious fun activity when it's done together. Star Gazing A cloudless night is definitely a good time to go star gazing. Better still, you can throw in some sheets and lie in your backyard and catch shooting stars. Camp Fire You can have sing-song and storytelling sessions, while roasting marshmallows sitting around a camp fire. On days when it is too hot to venture outside, or when you simply aren't in the mood to go out and play, you can try out some of these indoor ideas and have a great time at home. Have you ever given a thought to the number of things that can be done just sitting at home? Take a look.Have a Fashion Parade Here's an idea; instead of actual clothes why not have a fancy parade of clothes made from paper, straw and whatever you can think of. Groom Your Pet During regular working days, we often neglect our pets; dedicate the vacation to pamper your pet. They would love some extra attention too! Watch Movies Together Holidays are a good time to catch up on movies that you haven't been able to watch because of a hectic schedule. Gather together with your family, pop some corn and plop in front of the TV set. Gaming Championships Own a gaming console? Then why not use it to have a gaming championship at home? Challenge your kids or friends to a game you are fond of. Have a Girls/Boys Night Out This is an ultimate idea to have fun at home, have a girls/boys night out and practically ban the others. Indulge in some pure fun time doing what you like best with your best buddies. Pillow Fights Pillow wars! You bash me, I bash you, we all bash each other. So much fun!! Babysit If you are fond of children, volunteer to babysit for your friends. They would be thrilled with the idea of a vacation themselves. Bake Gingerbread Houses There's no right time for baking, just get your ingredients and ask your family to help out, and lo! You'll have a brewing family time. Learn Something New You are never too old to learn something new; learn to play a guitar or a violin, a mouth organ or whatever your mind fancies. Slumber Party Think of the many things you can have at a slumber party: spa treatments, pool party, etc. Plan accordingly and have a gala time. If you can spend your holiday in a worthwhile manner, then there's nothing like it! Enroll for a hobby class, or conduct some yourself, visit fairs, or organize them; do what you like in your spare time, but do not let boredom get the best of you.Organize Something Different Organize a puppet show in your backyard and get people hooked on to your storytelling ability. That would make sure everyone is entertained. Paint Faces Put a signboard that says, 'free face painting' and enjoy using faces as your canvas. Get the best of your creativity flowing. Paint a Corner You may have been putting off painting a seemingly invisible corner for too long. Seize the opportunity and bring it to life. Redecorate with Beads If not paint, then use beads or any material that you like, to bring a hint of freshness to your house. Simply redo the arrangement of the furniture to while away time. Competitions Have a balloon blowing competition with the elders and then for fun, go and pop them in their face. I still have loads of fun popping balloons. Pose for Snaps Go clickety-click with the camera and shoot your family and surroundings. Do not forget to pose for snaps too! Organize a Funfair Want to do away with some stuff? Try organizing a fair; maybe someone else would be interested in purchasing antiques. Pay a visit to a local fair, you would land up having a fantastic time there. Fly Kites Make colorful kites for your family and friends, ask them to join in a kite fight. You wouldn't know how your day flies away along with your kite. Vacations are fun times and doing things that make you happy will ensure you have a good time. Shopping, trekking, picnicking, sailing or simply loitering will definitely be worth a staycation.Go for a Picnic Fill in a goody basket and get going; find a cozy spot by the lakeside or place of your choice and have a day of fun running and skipping in fields and watch the hills come alive with you. Visit an Orchard/Farm If you live in city limits just like I do, I bet you must be awfully bored with the regular humdrum that follows. Hitchhike to a nearby orchard/farm and taste the rustic life; you would be rejuvenated to face the city music again. Revamp the Garden Holidays are a nice time to tend to your garden. Plant some exotic flowering shrubs, revamp the look of the garden, decorate it with lights; so many options that you would have a tough time getting out of your gardening boots. Catch Butterflies/Fireflies The ultimate childhood fun is to run around the garden catching butterflies during the day and fireflies during the dusk. The one with maximum butterflies is the winner. Hop, Skip and Jump Purchase a huge rope, get your family together and jump. It will give you a healthy workout as well and you won't have to worry a bit about putting on extra pounds. Have a War Tug of wars are an excellent idea of fun especially when you have your extended family visiting. Try letting go off the rope and watch what follows. Play Local Detective Snoop around your locality pretending to be a local detective. Make secret pacts and solve mysteries. I bet it is so much fun doing this! Play Games There are so many games that you can indulge in with your family. Have a gala time playing Dog and the Bone, Seven Tiles, Queen of Sheba etc., with your family and friends. Shop Till You Drop Now we get serious; go shopping with your family, friends, or whoever you are comfortable with. I do that so very often that I bet I burn large holes in everyone's pockets! (wink n smile) Share a Meal Why not spend an entire day with those less fortunate? You would make someone's day by spending some time and resources with them. You would even inculcate a few values in your children by doing so. Here's all I have to offer for now, as my brains have stopped working temporarily, and I'm out of ideas for a family staycation. Those of you wishing to ditch your kids and have a romantic vacation with your spouse, you might want to try some romantic staycation ideas. Here's where I sign off, longing for a vacation of any kind for myself.
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22-8 22:13:43 Guest_5488 The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas Harris is a sequel to Harris's novel Red Dragon (1981) and a prequel to Hannibal (1999). Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs became instantly successful as soon as it hit the stands. It gained respect in the eyes of contemporary writers such as Craig Brown who wrote, "No thriller writer is better attuned than Thomas Harris to the rhythms of suspense. No horror writer is more adept at making the stomach churn", in The Mail on Sunday. Author David Foster Wallace used this book as a part of the curriculum in Pomona College.A few years later, it was adapted into a very successful movie that won multiple Academy Awards, viz., Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Director (Jonathan Demme), Best Picture, and Best Screenplay (Ted Tally). It also became the movie to have won 5 of these prestigious awards.Let's see what made this book and movie so epic in the following summary and analysis of The Silence of the Lambs.Summary of The Silence of the Lambs Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI, assigns a shrewd FBI trainee, Clarice Starling, to draw a psychological profile of a serial killer called Buffalo Bill, who has already claimed the lives of several women. She is assigned to ask a series of questions to Dr. Hannibal Lecter for help who is a brilliant forensic psychiatrist. However, he is also a cannibalistic and a serial killer, serving 9 consecutive life sentences in Maryland mental institution.Lecter is fascinated with Clarice and strikes a deal with her―in exchange for his help, he is to be transferred out of the asylum and share a piece of her personal life. He builds a connection with Clarice and nudges her into reminiscing her troubled childhood in exchange for encrypted information.Lecter's predictions come true when they find Bill's 6th victim is found. She is scalped and triangular patches of her shoulder were taken out. Autopsy also reveals that a moth pupa was lodged in her throat and that the victim was killed within four days of her kidnapping. Clarice takes the pupa to the Smithsonian, where it is revealed that it belongs to the Black Witch moth (it is considered to be a harbinger of death in certain folklore).The investigators come to know that another victim was taken, and this time it is the U.S. Senator's daughter, Catherine Martin. Crawford estimates that they have only three days to save her. This drives the authority into an overdrive, and Clarice is sent once again to Lecter with a counter deal; that is, if he assists in locating Catherine and capturing Jame Gumb (Buffalo Bill), he would be transferred out of the asylum.Though skeptical, Lecter provides them with adequate information to help in capturing Buffalo Bill, whose birth name happens to be Jame Gumb. Lecter informs Clarice that he had met Gumb while he was treating Raspail (a former patient whom he treated and killed later). At the time, Raspail and Gumb were in a relationship. During one of his sessions, Raspail had informed Lecter that after their breakup, Gumb killed Raspail's new lover Klaus in a jealous rage and used his skin to make an apron. He also revealed that Gumb was fascinated by moth hatch.Dr. Frederick Chilton, an arch nemesis of Lecter, interrupts this conversation and reveals that Crawford's deal was a sham. He offers Lecter a counter proposal, which is if he renders him his services in capturing Gump and lets him take the credit for the capture, then the deal still stands, and that Lecter would indeed be transferred out. Lecter agrees, but insists on revealing the information to the Senator herself. And so, the deal is struck. He informs the Senator of Jame Gumb's physical description.During Clarice's last visit to meet Lecter, he asks her for her worst childhood memory. She reveals to him that after her father's untimely death, she was sent to live with her cousins on a ranch. One night, she heard the cries of the sheep as they were being taken to the slaughter house. In order to save one of her favorite lambs, Hanna, she fled with it. Only to be returned to the farm. She was later sent to an orphanage as a punishment for her such disobedience. The cries of the lambs still haunt her nights. Lecter is pleased, and he thanks her, giving her the last and final clue, "we begin by coveting what we see every day."Lecter's final clue reveals that Gump knew his first victim. The officials visit his address only to find out that it is only his business address and of no use. During this time, Clarice decides to visit Belvedere, Ohio, Bemmel's known vicinity. This leads her to meeting his first victim's employer, Mrs. Lippman. There she finds out that Mrs. Lippman was murdered earlier and Gump now calls himself, Jack Gordon. She also spots a Death's head moth fluttering around his house and realizes that she is in Gumb's lair. Seeing her, Gumb flees to his basement where she finds him in time to shoot him dead just as he is about to attack her and she successfully rescues the Senator's daughter.Meanwhile, Lecter hides a paperclip and a piece of a pen under his tongue. He uses this as a lockpick and unlocks his handcuff. He then kills and mutilates his prison guard and escapes.While in hiding, he sends Clarice a congratulatory telegram on her being confirmed as a full-fledged FBI agent. He also hopes, the lambs have stopped screaming and that she sleeps peacefully in the silence of the lambs. He also adds in a reminder for himself and swears revenge on Dr. Chilton. The latter disappears soon after. Analysis of The Silence of the Lambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter is portrayed as a pure sociopath (extremely antisocial). In the later novels, the writer reveals that Lecter was deeply traumatized as a child living in Lithuania in the 1940s and had witnessed a ruthless murder and cannibalism of his younger sister Mischa.You can't help wondering why he is so curious about Clarice's childhood. Maybe, it is because they shared somewhat similar childhoods (orphaned and a troubled childhood) that connected him to Clarice.As a person, Lecter is brilliant and probably has an eidetic memory. He is also sophisticated, cultured, and is inclined towards refined art, cuisine, and music. He is often seen cooking gourmet dishes out of his victims. In this book, he mentions making liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. He is also very well-educated, speaks quite a few languages, and is highly offended with rudeness. In fact, he often victimized the people with bad manners. Lecter was on the board of directors at the Baltimore Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also a skilled plastic surgeon. The later books reveal that he had performed plastic surgery several times on himself.Clarice Starling is a shrewd, quick-thinking FBI student chosen to interview Dr. Lecter. Her outside-the-box thinking helps her hunt down the first serial killer and the permanent status as an FBI agent.On her arrival at the asylum, she has a light squabble with the asylum manager Frederick Chilton who happens to be an arch nemesis of Dr. Lecter. This instantly puts her in Lecter's good books. He (Lecter) strikes a deal with Clarice, that in return for the information about the serial killer, she would impart personal information about her.Clarice tells Lecter that she was from a small town in West Virginia and that her father was a police officer. At her age of 10, he was shot and he succumbed to his injury a month later. She was later sent to her live with her uncle on a sheep and horse ranch. Over there, she witnessed lambs being slaughtered, and when she tried to rescue one of her favorite lambs, she was caught and sent to a Lutheran orphanage. She shares that her dreams are still haunted by the cries of the lambs that she had heard as a child. Later, she went on to attend University of Virginia and majored in criminology and psychology. During this time, she also worked as a counselor in a mental health center. Several times, it seems that the exchanges between Clarice and Lecter are actually between two intellectuals who share a mutual respect towards each other, which is seen evidently in a few sentences at the end of the story.What is unique about Clarice is that she is not just book smart, but she is also street smart. This aids her well while solving Lecter's encrypted clues. Her quick thinking, excellent observation, and impeccable aim kills Jame Gumb and she is able to successfully rescue his final victim. Gumb was born in California to an alcoholic prostitute, who misspelled his name as Jame instead of James on his birth certificate. It is deduced that he had a troubled childhood and he lived in foster homes till the age of 10. Later, he was adopted by his grandparents who also happened to be his first victims. This put him briefly in Tulare Vocational Rehabilitation (psychiatric hospital). Here, he learned how to stitch and found himself in a relationship with Benjamin Raspail. After they broke up, Raspail found himself a new lover, Klaus. This made Gumb very jealous and he flayed Klaus and made an apron out of his skin.The book explains that he wished to become a woman, but due to his psychopathic tendencies, he was unable to qualify for gender reassignment surgery. Therefore, he hated his own identity. He thus, preyed on overweight women in order to make a woman suit out of their skin. He approached his victims pretending to be injured, only to get close enough to them in order to knock them cold. He shifted them to his lair and kept them in a well in the basement. Here he left them hungry for days in order to make their skin loose enough to peel. He used different parts from various women and killed them using different methods. Once he got what he wanted out of them, he disposed off their bodies in different rivers in order to wash out any evidence.The book states that Gumb had already murdered 5 women and the 6th one was the Senator's daughter. To clear his tracks, be a little more nonchalant, and ward off any suspicion, he returned to the place of his first victim Bimmel's hometown. He began to reside there and called himself as Jack Gordon. There he also killed Mrs. Lippman (Bimmel's employer).Clarice realizes that Jack Gordon is no one but Gumb himself when she finds Death's head moth fluttering around in his house. The same type of moth pupa that was lodged in one of a former victim's throat. Realizing that Clarice knows that he is Gumb, he runs into the basement, where he has stashed his next victim. He switches off the lights and stalks Clarice. Just as he cocks his gun, Clarice hears the sound of his gun and open fires in that direction, shooting him dead.The character of Buffalo Bill or Jame Gumb was inspired from notorious serial killers of the time, for instance:Ed Gein: Made a female skin suit and masks. Edmund Kemper: Killed his grandparents as a teenager. Gary M. Heidnik: Kidnapped and tortured 6 women and kept them as sex slaves. Gary Ridgway a.k.a. Green River Killer: Inserted foreign objects into their corpses before dumping their bodies in rivers. Jerry Brudos: Dressed himself in his victims' clothing and kept their shoes. Ted Bundy: Pretended to be injured to lure his victims for help. In case you were wondering about where the lambs fit into the mix, they (the lambs) symbolize innocence. Silencing of the lambs here means the death of innocence. It also means putting the past to rest. Shooting Gumb and the other villains brings Clarice some closure, silencing her need to put evil behind bars.
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22-8 22:03:45 Guest_6488 Did You Know?Although the ancient Sumerians are credited by most people for the invention of the wheel, this is not a universally accepted fact, as wheels from this period were also excavated in central Europe and northern Caucasus. It is a known fact, however, that the Sumerians were in fact the first to use wheeled vehicles, which revolutionized how humans traveled and transported goods from one place to another.Sometime around 5000 BC, a civilization was formed in southern Mesopotamia. called Sumer, which means 'land of the civilized kings'. It started with small fishing villages, agricultural towns, and a general populace who survived largely on hunting and food gathering. These people gradually settled near the rivers of Euphrates and Tigris, and created great cities that became flourishing centers of trade and commerce.The Sumerians designed and invented numerous tools and systems to aid them in their daily life and to advance their civilization, some of which we even use today. In fact, their influence on today's world is so high that we use their system of time, and some Sumerian words such as 'saffron' and 'crocus' have been adopted into the English language. Let us look at a list of the Sumerian inventions, and the importance each of them had.Ancient Sumerian Inventions Technological AdvancementsSumerian Sailboat and Wheels Tools: Around 3000 BC, the Sumerians discovered bronze by mixing copper with tin, which lead to the inventions of common metal tools like chisels, hammers, etc.Agriculture: Since Sumer was situated near the Tigris and Euphrates, they discovered rudimentary forms of irrigation, and also the first plows, which were no more than a stick which was pulled through the soil with a rope, that later evolved into bronze plows. They were also the first to use animals as labor for this purpose. With the formation of monarchical governance, irrigation was developed for large-scale use, and canals were built. These waterways also came in use for flood control.Crafts: They were the first to create and use a potter's wheel, which they used to create symmetrical clay products. This was also probably their inspiration to create the first wheel for transportation purposes. Experts consider this to be the 'first known mechanical device'. They also developed glass and glaze to strengthen their pottery.Transportation: The first sailboats were created in Sumer. They were used to import stones, metals, and timber from Asia Minor and Syria, by traveling the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers. It is thought that some of these boats might have even reached the Indus in India. They might have also been the first to make a wheel of solid wood. Remains and records of war chariots drawn by donkeys were found here by archaeologists.Warfare: Records show that the Sumerians were the first to use varied military formations, along with an infantry that was equipped with bronze weapons and armor. They were also the first to create fortifications, and also the first to practice siege warfare. They were also the first to think of composite bows and horseback warriors.Games: The game of checkers was first seen in Sumer, and was played by the people around 2500 BC.Medicine: These Mesopotamians also advanced a lot in the medical field. They were possibly the first to use pills and creams to treat illnesses.Sumerian Invention About Mathematics Sumerian Sexegesimal Numeral System Uses: Mathematics was developed here around 5500 BC, as a response to their growing needs of governance. Taxes, measurement of areas of land, counting, and individuals property, etc., along with math for creating sky charts for navigation, and a detailed lunar calendar came under their first attempts of developing a mathematical system.Numeral System: The ancient Sumerians were the first to create a numeral system around 3000 BC in a cuneiform style. Their numeral system was sexegesimal, i.e., it had a base number of 60. Similar to the modern decimal system, their numerals had the larger values to the left, with the symbol for 60 being the same as the symbol for 1. This system also was put in use to measure time in 60 seconds and minutes, as well as the 360 degrees of a circle. They were also the first to create an abacus, using the above system. Also, this was the first time symbols were used for transactions of trade.Algebra and Geometry: Evidence of other math calculations, such as tables of multiplication, division, squares, square roots, cube roots, etc., were found dating around 2600 BC. Around 2000 BC, the Sumerians were adept at working algebra-like linear, cubic, and quadratic equations. There were also clay tablets which showed their skill in working complex geometric problems. The Tower of BabelReligion in Sumer was largely polytheistic, containing a large number of man-like gods, who controlled the forces of nature such as the rain and the sun. When ancient Sumerians discovered that the stars and planets moved in a regular pattern across the sky, they felt it to be a secret code of the gods. Of this belief, astrology was born, which lead to extremely detailed astronomical and mathematical information.Scribes and priests participated in studying the innards of sacrificial animals, to glean knowledge of the future, which indirectly helped in accelerating other practical research. Construction of Ziggurat by Sumerian Architects Although debatable, it is highly probable that the Sumerians were the first to have a monarch type of government. The states of Sumer were ruled by a priest king, who ran the kingdom through a bureaucracy of officials, most of whom were priests. The duty of the king and his officials were to administer the military, trade, legal system, and performing important religious ceremonies. This kind of government overtook the tribal system of chieftains, and brought the various people of the kingdom together. Sumerian Pictograph Writing Before the Invention of CuneiformThe formation of a bureaucracy to rule the entire kingdom meant that the priests had a lot of responsibilities, pertaining to production and distribution of food, legal disputes, etc., and some form of record-keeping was necessary. Hence, writing was born. The oldest writings of the ancient Sumerians were records of distributing goods written on stone or clay tablets. The writings were in pictographs, i.e., they were rough sketches of the goods that were distributed. Eventually, to make their writing more efficient, they developed cuneiform style shorthand writing, which consisted of drawing wedged lines on the tablets, using a sharp reed on wet clay. Cuneiform writing was used for thousands of years, making it the longest used form of writing till date.Sumerian Invention About Law It is important to note that the Sumerians were the first to create a code of law. Let us look at the characteristics of this system. Administration: The Sumerian rule of law ensured that retribution to an accused was given by a central authority. This system had an advantage that, the situation would not escalate into a feud between the accused and the accuser. However, the basic difference between Sumerian law and modern law is that, the accuser had to bring the accused to court by himself, before justice was dispensed by the central authority, after which, it was upon the accuser to enforce the ruling. Written Law: Sumerian code of law was written, which meant that the law was above the judge, and that the judge would have to refer to the written law to pronounce a punishment according to a crime. Revenge-based System: Early Sumerian law was based entirely upon revenge. Unacceptable behavior towards the accuser would usually end with a revenge-based punishment to the accused. It took hundreds of years before their law evolved to include law without the objective of retribution. The Code of King Hammurabi Code of Law Written by King Hammurabi Hammurabi was a Sumerian King, who is known for creating the largest of Sumerian law codes. The code was written on a 6-feet tall stone slab, with a carving of the king receiving the set of laws from the sun god. The characteristics of this code are: The code consisted of 282 provisions which dealt with issues of trade, slavery, family rights, taxes, wages, tariffs, etc. It was based on the retribution-based system. The law varied for different social classes, and although it was unfair towards the lower classes, there were provisions to protect the weak from the stronger classes. This Sumerian code is the only one known to have been written on stone. Other Important AchievementsArt and Sculpture of Sumer Ziggurat of Ur Literature: Soon after the formation of the cuneiform writing, the Sumerians wrote huge epics about the story of creation, an epic about a flood similar to the one in the Bible, and also the epic of Gilgamesh. Art and Craft: Since the gods and kings played a huge role in this civilization, sculptures for temples and kings were spread across the land. A very famous example is the head of Sargon of Akkad. Business and Trade: The creation of small cylindrical seals, which bore the signature of a person, were used to record transactions. This also showed that the people of Sumer were adept with credit, contracts, business partnerships, and loans. Building and Architecture: Elaborate Sumerian architecture was mainly reserved for temples of their gods, of which the most famous are the Ziggurat of Ur and the Tower of Babel. However, they also created living quarters, treasure chambers, storehouses, and animal pens. In fact, the Sumerians were the first to create any roofed, columned, and arched buildings. The legacy of this great civilization is still felt in waves across the modern world. Three important Sumerian inventions - written communication, wheeled transportation, and their number system based on 60 for measuring time and other geometric objects, are highly relevant today. Besides these, the modern world owes the Sumerians urbanization, animal husbandry, astronomy, agricultural developments, wind power, and literature, which contributed to Hebrew scriptures, and the Christian Old Testament, making their civilization probably the most important one for mankind, till date.
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22-8 22:02:11 Guest_2425 Outsourcing is the transfer of services of a company to a third party. There are certain advantages and risks associated with outsourcing, which will be covered in this article. Business outsourcing has become very common in recent times (since the 1980s). By outsourcing, we mean the transfer of daily business execution and/or management, either partly or completely, to an external service provider. Over here, the organization is referred to as the 'client' and the service provider as the 'supplier'. Both parties sign a contractual agreement, which enlist the services that are to be transferred by the client company. Outsourcing management is required to maintain a healthy relationship between the client and the supplier companies.In general, outsourcing is implemented to lower the financial cost of the company. Some of the business domains that are normally engaged in outsourcing include accounting, information technology, and human resources. Some companies do transfer their services like customer care (call centers), telemarketing, market research, and data entry. Though, there are many advantages of business outsourcing, there are also certain associated risks. Let's discuss in brief about the advantages and risks of outsourcing.Among the many benefits of outsourcing, the primary advantage is saving money. The client can achieve maximum productivity with minimum cost. Other boons of outsourcing are: Outsourcing is a way of risk sharing. By outsourcing your business enterprise to a third party, you are minimizing the risk. This works in the same principle as that of diversifying investments in various plans. By outsourcing some of the services, the existing experienced employees can concentrate on critical issues and/or core business activities of the company. In other words, it helps in problem solving and the overall growth and development of the company. In business outsourcing, skilled employees are hired at low rates, which, in turn, makes it possible to hire employees in large numbers, thus, increasing the productivity of the company. In addition, the quality and speed of the outsourced activities are increased. The client companies can save on taxes by hiring the right outsourcing companies. The client can continue their business operations without worrying about updating technology, which is a costly affair.After the contractual agreement is signed, it is the responsibility of the supplier to look after the day-to-day business operations. With business outsourcing, the client company has less control over the services that have been outsourced, and also the people who are rendering these services (to some extent). Following are some of the outsourcing risks: There are chances of fraud by the third party. For example, there may be risk of data leakage, especially in IT companies. One of the major risks is the failure of delivering products on time. The third party may fail to deliver the products before the deadline, incurring substantial losses to the client company. Many times, the cost of transferring knowledge is very expensive. It is also observed that the productivity of the outsourced services is less in the first year of the agreement. Some new companies opt for outsourcing in order to speed up the establishment process. For example, initially, the company may not have enough manpower to handle the services or may be the company does not have sufficient money to invest in advanced software for the company to perform effectively. In such a situation, outsourcing comes to the rescue. Outsourcing is also the best option, in case a company decides to expand and establish outside the residential country. Nowadays, there are even professionals who can assist in determining whether a company requires outsourcing or not.
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22-8 22:01:45 Guest_5236 Forest residues such as dead trees, wood, wasted gases, yard clippings, wasted organic matter (including dead plants and animals), etc., constitute biomass. Such materials also include biodegradable waste that can be burnt further to source fuel. Biomass energy (one of the alternative energy sources) implies generating electricity using biomass as fuel.Cost of Production and Process for Biomass EnergyBiomass energy is converted into sources of fuel through thermal and chemical processes. Even biochemical processes are used for conversion of this energy to tangible fuel sources. Provided below is a quick glance of some biomass energy resources, and the processes for producing biofuel types, along with the costs incurred in utilization of biomass energy.Process In thermochemical processes, decaying plant matter is heated, which emits many gases (like methane) leaving behind the residue in a liquid or solid state. These gases can be processed and utilized with useful fuels like alcohol. The methane emitted from plants can also be used by biomass gas turbines to produce electricity. Another alternative is to utilize the biomass energy in fuel cells, which can effectively convert hydrogen-rich fuels into electricity and water with less pollution. Meanwhile, biochemical processes also help in making biomass energy. Yeasts and enzymes break down carbohydrates through fermentation. This is how biomass liquids are converted to alcohol, which is a combustible fuel. Similarly, grain alcohol (ethanol) can be mixed with gasoline to produce a biomass fuel called gasohol. When biomass decomposes, it emits methane and carbon dioxide, of which methane is again a source of combustible fuel. Many biochemical processes are used today to extract biomass energy, which can be further used for generating electricity. Even soybean oil can be converted to diesel fuel through chemical processes. For instance, cooking oil that is wasted in restaurants, can be used to produce biodiesel through such processes.Costs Incurred Concerning electricity, biomass energy cost per kwh (Kilo watt hour) is about 5 - 10 cents, which approximately amounts to USD 1500 - USD 1800 per Kwp (Kilo watt peak). However, the cost of electricity generated from biomass energy differs, as it is also dependent on certain factors as listed below: Kind of the biofuel used Method adopted to generate biomass energy from the biofuel Size of the plant for generating biomass energy System design of the plant In Pacific Northwest and Oregon, cost of the biomass energy is about 5.2 - 6.7 cents per kwh. This is comparatively more expensive than the electricity generated from natural gas, which is only 2.8 cents per kwh. There is a reason for the costly side of this type of energy. To generate electricity from this source, a massive amount of biomass is required to produce the biofuel. Availability of the required sources is not consistent, as reliance on the forest and agricultural residual sources is quite uncertain.Costs involved in generating electric power from anaerobic digestion of animal manure is about 3.7 - 5.4 cents per kwh. To serve such options, there are large farm site manure digester machineries. However, the cost of such equipment is factored by various conditions, such as the site location and the number of animals it can house. A plug flow digester equipment can help in processing manure of about 500 cows. Costs incurred in this investment for production of biomass ranges between USD 230,000 - USD 260,000. The heat generated from digester gases is used in generation of electricity, and the residual liquid and fiber digester residues serve the purpose of fertilization for soil in an effective manner. The cost of biomass energy can be recovered from the energy cost savings. Producing biomass energy from ethanol is quite an extensively used method.About 85% of ethanol in United States is produced from corn feedstock. The estimated cost for producing ethanol is about USD 1.10 - USD 1.43 per gallon. Ethanol is mixed with gasoline to make a blended biofuel - gasohol (10% ethanol and 90% gasoline). Nowadays, biodiesel is becoming a popular choice for fuel. The only hurdle faced in commercial production of this fuel is the losses incurred in producing the energy source. Approximately 75% of the expense of producing biodiesel is accountable for procuring vegetable oil seeds, extracting oil from them, storage, and, transportation. For example, the cost of producing biodiesel in Idaho is about USD 2.56 per gallon of rapeseed methyl ester. However, a blended fuel of biodiesel, which contains about 80% of petroleum diesel can considerably reduce production cost to USD 1.10 per gallon. 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22-8 22:01:39 Guest_7198 Showcasing sells, and what better than showcasing on Facebook? For all 'whats and hows', here are some Facebook advertising tips that'll foster people to 'become a fan' of your products! Do you see specific pop-ups sometimes flickering on the sides of your Facebook window? Did you know that a mere click of yours on any of those pop-up windows is, in a way, a source of money to a number of business owners and communities? Yeah! This is what the power of internet advertising is. Akin to the framework of pay per click advertising presented by GoogleAdsense, Facebook, being the biggest social-networking site on the web, feasts on putting forth to people endless opportunities, both on personal and professional basis. With more than 500 million users on Facebook, commercial companies all over the world, with the help of some potentially simple Facebook advertising tips and strategies, are displaying their products by making maximized use of internet marketing and advertising. They display home-page ads on the social network so that people click on it if they like it and think it is of use for them. Facebook's advertisements put forth a distinct way of business impressions where people can like, comment, or become a fan of any product they associate with. Social-networking is a powerful medium of advertising brands and products as they are exposed to a phenomenally huge number of users all the time.Facebook Advertising BenefitsA considerable segment of users on Facebook are young people who are enthusiastic, informed about current affairs, and able to create and develop relationships. Many business owners create a buzz for their products with the help of these aspects. While youngsters contribute to a large number of memberships on Facebook, a much larger segment of the Facebook fraternity belongs to experienced and aware users. It is because of these two segments that Facebook benefits from the lift that the platform of social-networking causes for the directed advertising. Note that it is not at all necessary for you to be fully adept at using a computer or creating complicated content in order to relish the advantages of advertising on Facebook because serviceability is one of the key factors that needs to be taken care of by the business professional. Facebook, because of its global popularity, is a target-rich platform for advertising. Also, it is less expensive, apt for local marketing, and is consistently growing its network.Advertising on Facebook: Tips and StrategiesWith more and more users signing up on Facebook everyday, the advertising ideas and ways are transforming accordingly. There are a number of ways and strategies with the help of which one can advertise a product on Facebook. Below are various tips and tricks for successful advertising on Facebook for both advertisers and users.For Advertisers If you are an advertiser, and want to use the fastest growing channel to place your ad, we have some technical yet simple advertising tips and techniques on Facebook that you need to ponder over: To start with, for any advertiser, it is essential to know about how to structure your Facebook ads and pages. If you acquire the wrong approach, Facebook will reject your ad, no matter what. Since Facebook is very particular about its mass market, interests of its members top its priority list, while advertisers and marketers are of least priority. As a result, it is extremely important for you, being an advertiser, to offer what can be most approved by Facebook. In other words, ads likely to offend users in any way, are a strict no-no. In order to place a successful ad, the first tip is to prospect your product in a way that Facebook will approve of. For more comprehension, you can assess the strategies of other advertisers on Facebook. Facebook ads cost on the basis of your bid for each click or cost per click (CPC), and bid for thousand impressions or cost per mille/cost per thousand (CPM/CPT). It is essential to put forth your targeting criteria which can easily be done before purchasing an ad. It is recommended you first start with CPC, and later on, switch to CPM as after a certain amount of time, your traffic will stay high even if you spend less. Thirdly, you can use search marketers to campaign your ad because they are skillful in producing effective impact on Facebook users. They specifically use details of campaigns that are data-oriented, thus, devising new strategies for your ad to leave an impact on the users of Facebook. Make sure you have an attractive and legitimate image for you ad, and an image holds significant importance for a user. The more appealing the image of your product is, the higher the chances are for the users to click on the ad. Lastly, Facebook advertising would not make you successful with just one ad. It is essential to effectively choose your target market with different substance for each. Moreover, it is recommended to keep on creating ads on a daily basis. Astonishingly, many ads work out too, however, only for sometime. Hence, it is extremely important for you to have a bulk of ads for all types of audience, and effective proposals for the same. For Users Below are discussed some of the most common and lucrative tips and techniques which are generically used by successful business owners for advertising on Facebook. So, whether it is a website, a product, or a business entirely, these tips will help you do successful advertising on Facebook: Creating a Fan Page: On Facebook, you can create a profile of your product under the category of business, which has its own way of interacting with its customers. You can ask your friends to 'become a fan' or 'like' your product and its features, which will be displayed on your profile too. It creates buzz in the News Feed, thus, giving opportunity for more people to see, 'like', and 'become a fan' of it. Once you know how to create a fan page on Facebook, attract a list of people including your friends, families, acquaintances, and send updates, news, offers, etc., on a common base. The most effective thing about a fan page on Facebook is, you don't have to individually tell about your product and its features as Facebook provides instant communication with a list of fans who showed interest in your product. Using the Discussion Forum: They say, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Similarly, the more you become friendly with the promotional features of Facebook, the more effective your business on Facebook will be. For that, you can use the Discussion forum of your fan page where you can start talking about things related to your products. This will encourage the fans to communicate and give their take about your product so that you know their perspective too. Share information about your product from different websites, asking for comments and feedback. Make sure you update news and information about your products from time to time. Don't go too fast, but don't go slow too. This is an intelligent way of advertising on Facebook. You can advertise your product by leveraging ads that target specific segments of the user base. With daily input of data and information by users, a repository of information is created which can be classified into various subsections. This information can be brought into use to create ads targeting users differing on age, location, sex, status, and buzzwords, thus, assuring business owners that their ads will reach up to the consumers who are most interested in their products. Creating Ads in Volume: Only because you're getting a sound number of clicks per day doesn't make your advertising successful. It is essential for a business owner to fill his everyday budget by getting enough response and impression from its users. You could leverage your bid a bit more so that Facebook will give you more and more impressions daily, or you could create multiple ads for the same product on lower bids. This will increase the CTR or Click To Rate of your page, thereby, making it easy for the users to navigate to the same page via different sources. While the above were some successful Facebook advertising techniques, below are some quick pointers that both the advertisers and users need to keep in mind while going for advertising on Facebook: Any update on Facebook spreads like fire. Use the technique of word-of-mouth as much as you can. Keep a track of other ads on Facebook, and analyze their strategies. Make your ads functional 24 hours. Think out of the box. Do not go on advertising commercially for every single person of the country. Don't forget to put a nice picture for your ad. Showcasing sells, remember? Hang on to your hat. Advertising may take some time to fetch you results. It won't fail to, though. When it comes to advertising, there are 'n' number of potentially different ideas and approaches. After all, the advantages of advertising on the internet have broken all geographical limitations that conventional advertising approaches have set. However, the most important thing for your online advertising to be a success is knowing what users want as they'll click on your ad only if they like it. So, toss around all the advertising tips and tricks discussed above, and start grabbing attention of Facebook masses!
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22-8 21:56:17 Guest_3950 If your neighborhood dogs or stray dogs are coming into your yard and causing damage, then this article will provide you with some simple steps to keep dogs out of your yard. Most of you must have had the experience of a neighbor's dog digging up your garden and lawn and ruining the landscaping. At such times, you may find yourself helpless and frustrated. However, now one need not worry as here are a couple of solutions that will help you figure out ways of keeping dogs out of your yard.Ultrasonic Motion Sensing Animal RepellentThis is a battery-operated, self-contained unit that comprises a motion sensor which senses a movement up to 20 feet away. Once the motion is detected, it turns on its powerful and extremely loud 124dB ultrasonic piezo siren, for a few seconds. It is so strong and irritating that the dog instantly scampers off and if the dog tries to return, it blasts again. It has another advantage and that is that this animal repellent is completely safe and will cause no damage to the animal's hearing powers. Since it is ultrasonic, it is inaudible to humans and so won't bother you along with protecting your yard.YardContro Electronic Yard FenceThis is another battery-operated device capable of protecting a 360 degree area around the sensor. This unit employs a radar to determine movement up to 15 feet away for a total coverage of 700 square feet. Having an effective sound frequency which is adjustable from 8 kHz to 50 kHz, it not only keeps dogs off the yard but also deer, cats, and other small ground mammals.This homemade dog repellent device immediately releases a short but startling burst of water when it detects dogs or any other animals in the vicinity. The sudden water, movement, and noise scares the animals away, and discourages them from invading the area again. Being safe and eco-friendly, all it requires is a small amount of water. It can cover an approximately 1200 square foot area and due to its highly-sensitive motion detector, it has the ability to detect small as well as large animals.Remove any sources of food and scraps from the yard as food can be one of the prime reasons for the dog entering the yard. Close all outside entrances like underneath decks and porches to help keep stray dogs out of the yard. If you have a female dog, it is better to get her spayed as this will not only keep male dogs off your yard but will also control the pet population. Construct a sturdy, fairly-high fence around the perimeter of your yard to hinder the dog's access to it. If you are facing a recurring problem with dogs, especially stray dogs, then contact your local dog warden and register a complaint. These were some simple ways to keep dogs out of your yard and prevent them from damaging it. These measures can prove to be helpful, and next time you won't have to come across any such annoying and unpleasant experiences.
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22-8 21:48:12 Guest_8456 Northern elephant seals are smaller than their southern counterparts. One of the interesting northern elephant seal facts is that the males fast for 3 months after reaching the breeding grounds. There are two subspecies found within the elephant seal species, these being the Northern and the Southern elephant seals. The northern elephant seal or the Mirounga angustirostris is comparatively smaller than its southern counterpart. These seals are found only in the eastern parts of the Pacific Ocean, starting from northern Baja of California until the northern parts of the Vancouver Islands. These animals come to breed on the offshore islands of California, Gulf of California, Oregon, and parts of Mexico. The males of this species often traverse great distances covering the northern flanks of Alaska and British Columbia. The females shift westwards to warmer waters, such as those of Hawaii.Northern Elephant Seal - Breeding Grounds Breeding Grounds Geographical Location Channel Islands California Año Nuevo State Reserve In San Mateo County (California) Piedras Blancas Light House (California Morro Bay State Park In San Luis Obispo County (California) Farallon Islands California Isla Guadalupe Volcanic Island Near (Baja California) Isla Benito del Este Mexico Isla Cedros Mexico Shell Island Oregon Things To Know About Northern Elephant Seals The male northern seals are bigger than the females, and can be as long as 14 feet in length, whereas the females reach lengths of about 9 - 10 feet. The males weigh about 5000 pounds, while the females are less than half the size and weigh about 1400 pounds. The pups are born without any fur or coat, and are completely black in color until they reach their first phase of molting or shedding of the coat. The coat turns silvery gray after the molting has healed and the pups have been weaned from their mother. This coat gradually turns brown with age and maturity. The northern seals have big black eyes, which are believed to help them see clearly through icy waters. They have bodies which resemble slugs, and have underdeveloped hind feet. The hind feet look more like fish fins. The feet also possess a series of five sub divisions, which may perhaps be aiding the animal in swimming. The lower body of the seals are exceptionally strong, and can carry their entire body weight, especially during duels among males for territory or over a female. The animal uses its heavy lower body and palms, in order to propel its self forward while moving on land. Even though it may look humongous and fat, these animals can move quite fast while moving on their lower body, and can move at an average aped of 5 mph! They are exceptionally skilled and fast divers and swimmers. Their hands or flap palms are extremely strong, and perform all the basic swimming functions for the animal. Feeding Habits The females go hunting for food in the open sea, while the males prefer staying closer to the breeding grounds and instead forage for food in the depths of the water. They enjoy feeding on squids, small sharks, pelagic, rays and Pacific hakes. They can dive at great depths of over 2600 ft, and prefer foraging and feeding from 700 ft onwards. The reason being that the prey are available in plenty in greater depths. An amazing fact about seals is that they do not drink water, and instead derive water from the food that they consume after it is digested. Reproductive Behavior The males will always return to the same breeding ground, whereas the females may choose other grounds. The females arrive and fast for 5 weeks while mating. The animals stay on the land for 3 months, during which time the females give birth after 11 months of gestation. The cows fast once more during the time they feed their newborn pup. Only one seal pup is born to the mother during that breeding season. The mother cow will feed the pup for exactly four weeks, after which the pup is weaned. These animals make very loud roars when they are interacting with females and their pups, and also while fighting against other males or fending off encroaching female cows. A superior male can have a harem of 30 - 100 female cows. It is the dominant males which may a times are responsible for impregnating most of the females in the crowd of seals. Other male seals are fought off by the superior male, after a violent duel or fight has lapsed. The mother cows abandon the pups on the island, after which these pups stay on with other pups and gradually learn how to swim further into the sea. These animals were once at the very edge of extinction. The northern elephant seals were hunted down ruthlessly for their rich blubber supply. 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22-8 21:40:12 Guest_2440 Did You Know? Antifreeze proteins (AFP) and glycerol produced by cod and haddock allow them to remain in coastal waters and avoid freezing. The genus Gadus is commonly known as cod. It contains demersal fish (fish that live and feed on or near the bottom of seas or lakes) belonging to the family Gadidae (as there are exceptions to the rule, some species belonging to the genus Gadus are not called cod, for example, the Alaska Pollock). Haddock, being a member of the cod family 'Gadidae', looks like a cod fish. Haddock belongs to the genus Melanogrammus. The name 'cod' also refers to some other fish species. In this article, we are comparing two species, keeping in mind the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) and the haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus).Both cod and haddock are cold-water fish. The fishing grounds for cod are far from population centers, more towards north (near northern countries Norway and Finland). Young Atlantic cod or haddock prepared in strips for cooking is called scrod cod fish and scrod haddock respectively. Both cod and haddock are used as ingredients in various popular dishes (for example, British 'fish and chips' and Norwegian 'fishballs'). They are interchangeable in many recipes. Although they both look similar, they have a number of differences. The following table will help you understand how the distinction can be done with just a couple of minutes of observation. Haddock Cod Haddock Cod Size and Weight A fully-grown haddock is usually smaller and slimmer than a fully-grown cod. A haddock can weigh up to 37 (usually 1 to 5) pounds. The maximum total length can be 112 cm (usually 35 to 58 cm). A one-year old haddock can be about 13-18 inches long. Males attain maturity at 4 years and females at 5 years. They can be about 37 to 58 cm long at that age. The growth rate varies considerably with regions. It is generally larger than a haddock. Its average weight is 5-12 kilograms (11-26 lb), but a cod weighing up to 100 kg (220 lb) has been recorded. A one-year old cod can be about 26 cm long. Median age at sexual maturity is 1.7 - 2.3 years, at lengths between 32 and 41 cm. They can grow to lengths of 130 cm. Color They are black and gray. They have greenish brown skin. Skin Pattern They don't have speckled skin, but they have an easily noticeable dark blotch (often called "thumbprint" or "Devil's thumbprint" or "St. Peter's mark") above the pectoral fin. Their scales are scarcely visible through the mucus with which the skin is coated. They have dots all over their body. Lateral Line A black line runs from head to tail. They have a white, pale lateral line. Haddock Cod Taste and Flavor Haddock is slightly less white, but more flavorful than a cod. Fillets are thinner and flatter. However, haddock loin is a thicker portion. Fillets are generally softer and more fragile than cod fillets. It cooks quickly. It is usually breaded and pan-fried. Battering and deep-frying is also possible. Cod fillet tends to be thicker and firmer. As the fillets are thick, they can be grilled, broiled, or pan-seared. To avoid dryness, they need to be oiled before grilling or broiling. Cod has a stronger fish flavor and aftertaste. Characteristic Properties Usually, they are uniform in color, but some haddocks have 1-4 dark transverse bars or splotches in addition to the black shoulder blotch. The Atlantic cod can change color at certain water depths. It may appear gray-green or reddish brown. Pacific cod are smaller than Atlantic cod, and are darker in color. Lifespan The average life expectancy of a haddock is about 14 years. They may live up to 20 years. An Atlantic cod attains the age of 20 years. Fecundity Larger females can produce up to 3 million eggs each year. Spawning takes place in typically marine waters (35% salinity) between 50-150 m in depth. A large female may produce 3-9 million eggs. Spawning occurs near the bottom, usually in water temperatures between 41-44.7 degrees F. Migration Adult haddocks do not usually migrate. The younger fish undertake extensive migrations. Seasonal movements have been noticed across all ages. Regular migratory patterns, associated with reproduction and seasonal temperature change, have been noticed in some species. Preservation Method Because of their delicate texture, haddock do not salt well. They are often preserved by drying and smoking. Lightly brined and smoked haddock is quite flavorful. Cod can be salted and dried. It can be smoked as well. Health Benefits Like cod, they are a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Cod liver oil made from cod livers is loaded with vitamins A, D, and E, and omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA). It is used to treat vitamin deficiencies. The livers are also canned and eaten. Mercury Contamination Haddocks belong to the class of 'fish with least mercury' (mercury less than 0.09 parts per million). Cod belong to the class of 'fish with moderate mercury' (from 0.09 to 0.29 parts per million). Comparison of Nutritional Value Haddock, Cooked, dry heat, 100 g Atlantic Cod, Cooked, dry heat, 100 g Calories 90 kcal 105 kcal Protein 19.99 g 22.83 g Total Lipid (fat) 0.55 g 0.86 g Calcium 14 mg 14 mg Iron 0.21 mg 0.49 mg Magnecium 26 mg 42 mg Phosphorous 278 mg 138 mg Potassium 351 mg 244 mg Sodium 261 mg 78 mg Zinc 0.40 mg 0.58 mg Thiamin 0.023 mg 0.088 mg Riboflavin 0.069 mg 0.079 mg Niacin 4.119 mg 2.513 mg Vitamin B6 0.327 mg 0.283 mg Vitamin B12 2.13 µg 1.05 µg Vitamin A, RAE 21 µg 14 µg Vitamin A, IU 62 IU 47 IU Vitamin D (D2 D3) 0.6 µg 1.2 µg Vitamin D, IU 23 IU 46 IU Vitamin E, (alpha-tocopherol) 0.55 mg 0.81 mg Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 0.1 µg 0.1 µg Fatty acids, total saturated 0.111 g 0.168 g Fatty acids, total Monounsaturated 0.074 g 0.124 g Fatty acids, total Polyunsaturated 0.204 g 0.292 g Cholesterol 66 mg 55 mg Source: USDADespite these differences, both cod and haddock are popular for their flavor and taste. 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