What Is PNG?

PNG stands for Portable Network Graphics. It’s a type of image file format commonly used on the internet due to its lossless compression and support for transparent backgrounds. PNG files are often used for web graphics, such as logos, icons, and illustrations, as well as for storing images with high-quality detail. reated to exceed the performance of GIF files, PNGs offer not just lossless compression, but also a much broader and brighter color palette.¬† PNG files, which use the .png extension, can handle 16 million colors ‚ÄĒ which¬†definitely¬†sets them apart from most file types.

The PNG image format launched in 1995. IT expert Oliver Fromme came up with the name PING, later shortened to PNG. PNGs are the next evolution of the GIF format, which had already been around for eight years when PNGs first launched. GIFs had several drawbacks, like requiring a patent license and a limited range of just 256 colors, which didn‚Äôt keep pace with ever-improving computer screen resolution. To avoid these issues, PNG files were made patent-free and included a significantly larger color palette. PNGs, as opposed to GIFs, are a single-image format ‚ÄĒ they don‚Äôt support animation.

Designers often use PNG files for logos. That’s because the format supports transparent backgrounds, which means designers can layer logo files on different backgrounds in a way that looks natural. The PNG format uses lossless compression, which means that this file type retains of all its original data when compressed. This makes PNGs great for detailed graphics and charts on websites because none of the vital information gets lost.

Advantages of PNG files.

  • By handling millions of color options rather than hundreds, PNG files can store much more detailed images than GIFs.
  • PNG is open format, so you can view and edit these files in a huge range of programs without a license because there‚Äôs no patent.
  • A PNG image won‚Äôt lose any of its data when it‚Äôs compressed, which makes it much easier to store and transfer. This is a big advantage over¬†lossy¬†options like¬†JPEG files, where some information disappears in the compression process.

5 Reasons Why We Some People Are Afraid Of Clowns

The fear of clowns, known as coulrophobia, is a relatively common phenomenon, though not everyone experiences it. Several factors might contribute to this fear:

  1. Uncanny Valley: Clowns often have exaggerated features, such as large, colorful clothing, painted faces, and exaggerated smiles. This departure from the norm can trigger feelings of unease or discomfort, as they may fall into what’s called the “uncanny valley,” where something is humanoid but not quite human enough, leading to a sense of eeriness.
  2. Association with the Unknown or the Other: Clowns are often associated with circuses and carnivals, which can be unfamiliar or even unsettling environments for some people. The exaggerated behavior and appearance of clowns can also be perceived as unpredictable or mysterious, contributing to feelings of fear or anxiety.
  3. Media Depictions: In popular culture, clowns are sometimes portrayed as sinister or malevolent figures, such as in horror movies like “It” or “Poltergeist.” These depictions can reinforce negative associations with clowns and contribute to the fear of them.
  4. Negative Experiences: For some individuals, a negative personal experience with a clown, such as a scary encounter during childhood, can lead to the development of coulrophobia.
  5. Lack of Facial Expression: The heavy makeup and fixed smile of clowns can make it difficult to discern their true emotions or intentions, which can be unsettling for some people.

Overall, the fear of clowns is complex and can stem from a combination of psychological, cultural, and individual factors.

Tired & Weak – This Life Is Getting Me Down

This past week I have been back working in the 6:30 pm to 3:30 am shift and man am I feeling very tired. I feel it especially in the morning after I wake up. In this shift I leave the office and reach home around 4 am and usually sleep around 5 am and wake up by 11:30 am and that is when I feel like my legs from the knees below are about to come. I am so tired that I just have coffee and skip breakfast. I usually eat lunch by 1:30 pm and lie in bed for 2 more hours to watch some tv.

At 4 pm I will get some tea and slowly go and iron my clothe for the day and then go to shave and take a shower. I sit in my room for a bit after that and then get ready, book mu Uber or Yathri and go down and ride the 45 minutes to the office.  Dinner is usually at 9pm and I will take a coffee break at around 1 or 1:30 am in between work for the day. Once again I usually get my cab ride back by 3:40 am and am just so happy to come back home.

Sometimes I eat a snack like maybe a quick sandwich but usually its biscuits and/or an apple and an orange and then lie down in bed watching tv – usually it;s a sitcom at this stage of the night to help me wind down. Then it’s off to sleep.

A Simple Caramel Popcorn Recipe To Try At Home

Ingredients

  • 5¬†quarts¬†popped popcorn
  • 1¬†cup¬†butter
  • 2¬†cups¬†brown sugar
  • ¬Ĺ¬†cup¬†corn syrup
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†salt
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†vanilla extract
  • ¬Ĺ¬†teaspoon¬†baking soda

Directions

Gather all ingredients. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Place popcorn in a very large bowl. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour caramel in a thin stream over popcorn while stirring. Stir until evenly coated. Divide popcorn between two large shallow baking dishes. Bake in the preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces. Enjoy!

My Five Favourite Watering Holes In Kochi

Ava Lounge, Radisson Blue 

A vibrant lounge with talented bartenders is as close as it gets to a clubbing atmosphere in Kochi. Though there is no official dance floor, the underground dub music works up the vibe and has people grooving in no time. They have live musicians playing even better music on Saturdays and Sundays making it all the more popular.

Mezzo, Avenue Regent

Situated in the heart of Ernakulam, Mezzo is one of the most popular resto-bars in town. It’s chic, casual and almost always packed. The place has an extensive international selection of liquor and wine along with an exclusive cocktail list. The food too is par excellence. A delectable range of European and Oriental fusion alongside, local seafood delicacies, tapas touchings, and steaks are the perfect companion to your tipple. If you do visit Mezzo, pop by the cafe next door called Coco tree famous for its mouth-watering desserts.

Velocity, Hotel Crystal Plaza

Boy has this place changed. From their decent quiet beginnings as a bar for mostly men to come and hangout and have a few drinks while munching on delicious snacks and lunch, it is now a happening spot with live music, djs and dancing. They expanded the place and I think they have had a huge investment from an actor or two who bought the place. Women days and specials bring in the feminine crowd as well.

Couchyn, Grand Hotel

A nice cool, cozy bar with a quiet sedate ambience. Centrally located with ample parking space, it also helps that it is attached the famous and oldest hotel in the city, The Grand. The food is mostly Indianized western dishes and Indian favourites. They have beer, all kinds of alcohol and some cocktails. Family friendly as well and not that expensive.

Blue Rock Resto Bar, Olive Downtown

An ultimate party destination in the area, Blue Rock Resto Bar in Elamkulam caters to all the needs of its youthful and energetic clients. They know the recipe of having a smashing time and ticks all the items on the checklist including swanky decor, electric ambiance, good variety in booze, delicious food and more. From hand-crafted drinks to savory dishes, flavor always takes center stage here. It offers some of the finest options for a night out in the town. 

Seven Fun Fact About Snickers

1. Snickers bars were named after a horse.

The name ‚ÄúSnickers‚ÄĚ has humble beginnings. The chocolate-coated peanut, caramel and nougat bar was named after the Mars family‚Äôs favorite horse.

2. Each bar has a peanut limit.

You might not be counting how many peanuts are in the chocolate bar when you’re devouring it, but the number of nuts per bar is always the same. Each of the regular-sized bars contains 16 peanuts.

3. There’s a Snickers salad.

No, it‚Äôs not a savory salad, but still, how many candy bars have inspired something that even resembles anything salad-related? The Snickers salad is a mixture of Snickers bars, Granny Smith apples and whipped cream in a bowl. We‚Äôre not sure exactly who is making this ‚Äúsalad,‚ÄĚ but it exists.

4. They reduced the weight of the Snickers bar in 2009.

It might not seem realistic that a candy giant like Mars would care at all about consumer health, but in 2009, the weight of the average Snickers bar was reduced by 9 percent to help prevent people from overeating.

5. The original name was the Marathon bar.

Before Snickers was a household name, the candy bars were called Marathon bars. They were associated with athletes because of the high-calorie count. There was a period of time when the candy bar was referred to by both names, but the Marathon bar was officially renamed Snickers in 1990.

6. Snickers are the best-selling candy bars in the world.

With global sales of $3.6 billion, Snickers are the number-one bestselling candy bar in the world, next to Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka, Dove and Reese’s. It’s pretty wild that with all of the candy bar competition out there, Snickers is able to stay perched at the top.

 7. More than 15 million Snickers bars are made daily.

To keep up with the high demand of the best-selling candy bar, Mars produces more than 15 million Snickers each day. Damn, that’s a lot of Snickers.

Arsenal 2 Luton Town 0

Arsenal overcame the absence of Bukayo Saka to move back to the top of the Premier League table with victory over struggling Luton at Emirates Stadium. Leading scorer Saka was missing after suffering a knock against Manchester City at the weekend, but Mikel Arteta’s much-changed side did enough to defeat their hard-working opponents and move back above Liverpool at the summit. Captain Martin Odegaard fired the hosts into the lead in the 24th minute after Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu was bundled off the ball by Emile Smith Rowe, before the Gunners doubled their advantage shortly before half-time.

Japan defender Daiki Hashioka inadvertently put past his own keeper Thomas Kaminski in the 44th minute while trying to stop Reiss Nelson after Smith Rowe was afforded too much space in the penalty area. Luton were decimated by injuries to the extent that they had 16-year-old schoolboy defender Christian Chigozie on the substitutes bench. They never allowed Arsenal to run away with it, while Gunners keeper David Raya was forced to keep out Ross Barkley’s free-kick on the stroke of half-time. Arsenal, however, were largely untroubled as they moved on to 68 points – one point clear of Liverpool, who play bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United at Anfield on Thursday (19:30 BST kick-off).

Manchester City are third, also on 67 points, after¬†they defeated Aston Villa 4-1 on Wednesday. Having seen Arsenal at their defensive best to frustrate title rivals Manchester City in¬†Sunday’s hard-fought goalless draw at Etihad Stadium, the Gunners returned to goalscoring form against Luton. With just three points separating the top three at the start of the day, goal difference could play a vital role in this most enthralling of title races. Arsenal’s 21st Premier League win of the season moved them on to plus-48, while Liverpool are on plus-40 and Manchester City are on plus-38. Arteta made five changes for the visit of relegation-threatened Luton, with the likes of Declan Rice, Gabriel Jesus and Jorginho given a rest before a busy spell of games which includes two mouth-watering fixtures with Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Benefits Of Eating Bison Meat & How To Prepare It

Bison have been roaming the American Plains for thousands of years. Their meat is rich in proteins and other nutrients. Bison health benefits can include freedom from the chemicals and hormones used on traditional farm-raised cattle. Bison flavor is rich and sweet, making it an attractive addition to your dinner table. While bison health benefits are appealing, though, you must be cautious about the associated risks.

American bison are large animals with a prominent hump. They’re found all over the US and Canada. They graze open grasslands, and a herd needs a large land area. They’re not typically domesticated or bred in cattle pens on farms. That’s why bison meat is not plentiful and costs more than beef. Bison are not the same as buffalo, though they are often called by that name.

Bison meat has a rich, sweet flavor. It has a low saturated fat content, making it both healthy and easy to cook. Bison meat is healthy meat. A 100-gram portion provides 20 grams of protein, 146 calories, and 7 grams of fats. It has almost no carbohydrates or fiber. Bison meat also provides small amounts of iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, and other minerals. Bison meat is a complete protein source containing all 20 amino acids that humans need. Bison meat also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has anti-inflammatory properties. Non-ruminant meat sources like fish, turkey, pork, and chicken do not contain CLA.

Bison, are primarily range-fed and eat grass. Their meat has a lower fat content than beef. Among commonly consumed North American animals, only elk meat has less fat. Bison meat also has a more favorable fatty acid composition than beef. Bison meat has fewer calories and less saturated fat than beef, and a relative proportion of unsaturated to saturated fats is better for health, especially heart health. Compared to beef, bison meat is also richer in protein. Bison meat has higher amounts of micronutrients like vitamin B12, zinc, iron, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Bison meat consumption is better for the heart and blood vessels than beef. Bison meat reduces inflammation and lowers oxidative stress. It may be a healthier alternative in societies where red meat makes up a large proportion of the diet.Bison meat consumption is better for the heart and blood vessels than beef. Bison meat reduces inflammation and lowers oxidative stress. It may be a healthier alternative in societies where red meat makes up a large proportion of the diet.

Bison has to be cooked carefully since it is leaner than other red meat. Be careful not to overcook it. Thinner cuts can be broiled, grilled, or pan fried. Larger and less tender cuts do well with braising or stewing. Ground bison meat can be consumed as bison burgers, meatballs, pasta sauce, stroganoff, and nachos. You can find bison meat in supermarkets and farmer’s markets. Larger cuts can be used for 3 to 5 days, but you should use ground bison meat in 2 or 3 days. If you can’t use it, freezing is safe for some months.

7 Largest Rivers In The World

The largest rivers in the world can be determined by various metrics such as length, discharge, or drainage area. Here are some of the largest rivers in the world based on different criteria:

  1. Amazon River: The Amazon is the largest river in the world by discharge volume. It flows through South America and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The Amazon has the largest drainage basin in the world.
  2. Nile River: The Nile is often considered the longest river in the world, though this is debated. It flows through northeastern Africa and is historically significant as one of the cradles of civilization.
  3. Yangtze River (Chang Jiang): The Yangtze is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world. It flows through China and plays a crucial role in Chinese history, culture, and economy.
  4. Mississippi-Missouri River System: The Mississippi-Missouri River System is the longest river system in North America. It comprises the Mississippi River and its tributary, the Missouri River. It drains much of the central United States.
  5. Yenisei River: The Yenisei is one of the longest rivers in Asia, flowing through Siberia in Russia. It is the largest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean.
  6. Yellow River (Huang He): The Yellow River is the second-longest river in China and the sixth-longest in the world. It is often referred to as the “cradle of Chinese civilization” due to its historical significance.
  7. Ob River: The Ob River is one of the major rivers in western Siberia, Russia. It is significant for its massive discharge into the Arctic Ocean.

These rivers play crucial roles in the ecosystems, economies, and cultures of the regions through which they flow.

Three Great April Fool’s Day Pranks

1. The great spaghetti harvest

In 1957, the¬†BBC¬†pulled off what still ranks as one of the most famous¬†April Fool‚Äôs Day¬†gags of all time. Eight million people tuned in to watch Panorama‚Äôs three-minute feature on the¬†‚ÄėSwiss spaghetti harvest‚Äô. After an unseasonably warm winter brought an end to their dreadful spaghetti weevil pest control issue, the region of Ticino near the Italian border was said to have yielded an¬†‚Äėexceptionally heavy spaghetti crop‚Äô. The footage showed people picking strands of spaghetti off trees and bushes before tucking into their home-grown feast. The prank occurred long before pasta became a staple in the average British diet, making the audience ripe for the picking. When viewers phoned in to find out how they could purchase their own spaghetti trees, the BBC told them to¬†‚Äėplace a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best‚Äô.

2. Big Ben goes digital

In 1980, the¬†BBC World Service¬†announced that London‚Äôs most famous landmark was getting a facelift. The broadcaster told listeners that, to help tourists tell the time, the Big Ben clocktower would be going digital, and would henceforth be known as¬†‚ÄėDigital Dave‚Äô. The new and improved monument wouldn‚Äôt just tell the time ‚Äď it would also issue a five-minute news bulletin every night. On top of that, the iconic bongs would be replaced with beeps. While some listeners clocked that this was an April Fool‚Äôs jest, many others rang in to express their outrage. A BBC spokesperson commented:¬†‚ÄėSurprisingly, few people thought it was funny.’

3. The incredible colour television hack

In 1962, years before colour television was rolled out in Sweden, viewers of¬†Sveriges Television were tricked into believing they could transform their black and white screens with an easy DIY hack. Kjell Stensson, a¬†‚Äėtechnical expert‚Äô, went into intricate detail on how stretching a mesh sheet over their screens could bend the light‚Äôs wavelengths, allowing viewers to see in full technicolour. Luckily, this could be easily achieved with an item found in many homes: nylon stockings. As it was the only TV network in Sweden at the time, enjoying the trust of the population, thousands of people fell for it.

The Best Peanut Butter And Jelly Recipes (April 2 Is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day)

The best Peanut Butter and Jelly recipes (April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day)

Grilled PB&J

Here is a classic PB&J with a crunchy twist! Not only does this recipe only require four ingredients, but the amount of each ingredient is also up completely up to you, below is just a guideline! ?????

Recipe

  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons any flavor fruit jelly

PB&J French Toast

This recipe is a bit closer to the PB & J sandwich we all know and love, however, this one has a fun twist that makes it into the perfect breakfast food! This recipe is beyond simple and makes a regular peanut butter and jelly sandwich into a warm, buttery, and delicious comfort meal!

Recipe
For French Toast:

  • 2 slices French Bread or bread of your choice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. butter

For Sandwich:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Strawberry Jelly
  • Powdered Sugar (optional)
  • Syrup (optional)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup¬†Jif¬ģ¬†Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter Spread
  • 1/4 cup¬†Smucker’s¬ģ¬†Natural Concord Grape Fruit Spread
  • 4 strips bacon cooked
  • 4 round frozen whole grain waffles thawed
  • 2 tablespoons Canola Oil

PB & J BACON WAFFLE SANDWICH

DIRECTIONS

  • Step 1 : LAYER peanut butter, fruit spread and bacon on one side of 2 waffles. Place remaining waffles on top to form two sandwiches.
  • Step 2 : HEAT panini press or large skillet over medium heat. Brush tops of sandwiches with oil. Turn and brush bottoms with remaining oil.
  • Step 3 : COOK sandwiches in skillet 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from heat. Cut each sandwich in half.

A Boy & His Loyal, Loving Dog Against The Universe

This is my current desktop wallpaper on my laptop, a wallpaper I downloaded from Smashing Website. It’s an astronaut with his dog, also an astronaut or dogstronaut, on what looks like an alien planet. This image resonates with me a whole lot. From the age 18 I have dreamed about exploring space in a spaceship and traveling the galaxy, visiting strange new worlds.¬† And always by my side is my faithful and loving companion my Golden Retriever Shawny. I got Shawny when she was a pup that same year back in 1994 and she was with me till 2005. I used to dream of being in a Star Trek like future with a lot more advancements, and I go to space to battle bad aliens and help the good ones.

The settings may have changed – at times it was just me, Shawny and 2 robots. Then it was me, a human female, Shawny and 2 robots. Sometimes it became me and a small team of 8 to 9 people or a larger crew in a much bigger spaceship. Sometimes it me and some others traveling together to get from one part of the galaxy to another. Whichever scenario I dream up about, one thing is the same – Shawny is there with me. Always at my side, sleeps in a comfy bed next to my bed. One large robot that I have with us, has this compartment that can house Shawny inside it, so she can safely lie as the robot carries her around, while I am in my spacesuit. Ofcourse we have protective shields around the robot and the humans so we are virtually invincible.

Whichever scenario I come up with or dream about or fall asleep to thinking about, one thing is for sure Shawny is always there with me, the loyal loving dog that she is. All these dreams and the image on the wallpaper is about is a boy and his faithful dog.

Manchester City 0 Arsenal 0

Manchester City and Arsenal handed Liverpool the advantage in the Premier League title race as they played out a bitterly disappointing goalless stalemate at Etihad Stadium. Liverpool are now top of the table, two points clear of Arsenal and three ahead of City, after they came from behind to beat Brighton¬† at Anfield, their delight increased by their two closest rivals cancelling each other out. This was a game that made a nonsense of its billing as a potential classic, as Arsenal’s containing tactics snuffed out City while the Gunners had only limited chances of their own in a desperately poor affair.

Nathan Ake had an early close-range header saved by Arsenal keeper David Raya before going off injured while former City striker Gabriel Jesus posed an occasional threat, just failing to connect with Bukayo Saka’s cross inches from goal after the break. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be happier than City counterpart Pep Guardiola with this outcome – but the real winners were Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool. Arsenal arrived at Manchester City with a point to make and a chance to show their improvement at a ground where they have had a miserable record in the past. The Gunners last won here in January 2015, drawing one and losing eight of their subsequent nine visits before this game.

Here, Arteta set his side out to be fiercely drilled and well-organised to frustrate, a strategy seemingly designed to earn the point they secured rather than risk more for victory. It was a conservative approach but what it did demonstrate was that Arsenal do have more resilience and character than on previous occasions, when they have sometimes capitulated under City’s attacking assault. Arteta’s side were composed but also willing to throw bodies on the line when danger threatened, not that they were ever in serious peril of conceding – a tribute to their display in itself. They have kept clean sheets in both games against Manchester City this season, making them only the fourth team to shut out a Guardiola side twice in the same season. Whether this is one point gained or two lost remains to be seen, but Arteta seemed satisfied enough at the final whistle.

10 Facts About Auschwitz

  1. Location: Auschwitz was a network of German Nazi concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. It was located near the town of O?wi?cim in occupied Poland, about 50 kilometers west of Krakow.
  2. Construction: The construction of Auschwitz began in 1940, and it eventually grew into a complex of multiple camps, including Auschwitz I (the main camp), Auschwitz II-Birkenau (the extermination camp), and Auschwitz III-Monowitz (a labor camp).
  3. Purpose: Auschwitz played a central role in the Holocaust, serving as the largest site of mass murder during the Holocaust. It was primarily used for the systematic extermination of Jews, along with other targeted groups such as Roma, Soviet prisoners of war, Poles, and others deemed undesirable by the Nazi regime.
  4. Gas Chambers and Crematoria: Auschwitz II-Birkenau was equipped with gas chambers and crematoria where mass murder took place. Zyklon B, a cyanide-based pesticide, was used to gas victims in the chambers, and their bodies were disposed of in the crematoria.
  5. Victims: It is estimated that over 1.1 million people died at Auschwitz, the majority of whom were Jews. Other victims included tens of thousands of Poles, Romani people, Soviet prisoners of war, and individuals from other nationalities and ethnic groups.
  6. Medical Experiments: Notorious Nazi doctor Josef Mengele conducted cruel and inhumane medical experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz, often without their consent. These experiments included studies on twins, genetic conditions, and the effects of various diseases and poisons.
  7. Resistance: Despite the overwhelming odds against them, there were instances of resistance among the prisoners at Auschwitz. This resistance took various forms, including underground education, sabotage, and attempts to escape.
  8. Liberation: Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Red Army on January 27, 1945. The liberation came too late for many of the prisoners, but it marked the end of the camp’s operation as a place of mass murder and suffering.
  9. Remembrance: Today, Auschwitz serves as a symbol of the horrors of the Holocaust and a reminder of the consequences of unchecked hatred and bigotry. The site is preserved as a museum and memorial, visited by millions of people each year.
  10. Never Again: The phrase “Never Again” has become associated with the memory of the Holocaust and the vow to prevent such atrocities from happening in the future. The lessons of Auschwitz and the Holocaust continue to inform efforts to combat prejudice, discrimination, and genocide worldwide.