How to be mediocre ..& be happy with yourself?

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In the novel Catch-22, the author Joseph Heller famously wrote: “Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.”

He’d taken a quote by Shakespeare on greatness and turned it on its head.

The implication was clear: mediocrity is a bad thing, to be avoided. Yet most of us go on to live what by most measures are pretty ordinary lives.

So what’s wrong with settling for mediocrity?

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Source Credits: Manuela Saragosa in BBC

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Heera Mandi: Ecom closure to Lahore red light

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Pakistan’s oldest red light district was for centuries a hub of traditional erotic dancers, musicians and prostitutes — Pigalle with a Mughal twist, deep in the heart of vibrant Lahore.

But as an e-commerce boom revolutionises how Pakistanis conduct the world’s oldest profession, locals say the historic Heera Mandi district is under threat.

Balconies where beautiful women once stood are now empty, while rust eats away at the locked doors of vacant rooms. The only stubborn hold-outs are shops selling instruments that once facilitated the aperitifs of music and dance.

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Source Credits: AFP

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KFC finger licking chicken recipe maybe leaked

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The secret to Colonel Sanders’ ‘finger licking good’ chicken may finally be out, after the closely guarded recipe was reportedly found in an old scrapbook.

The colonel’s KFC chicken recipe has been a secret since the 1940s and has long been considered the key to the fast-food outlet’s success.

However the secret recipe may have finally been outed, after Chicago Tribune published a method found in a scrap-book which was claimed to have belonged to one of the Colonel’s relatives.

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Source Credits: Yahoo7 and Chicago Tribune

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Lee Wachtstetter: Nurse turns constant cruiser

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I still remember his words. “Don’t stop cruising,” my husband told me the day before he died of cancer in 1997. Mason was a banker and real estate appraiser who introduced me to cruising. During our 50 years together, we had taken 89 cruises.

Alone and struggling to maintain a large four-bedroom home after his death, I took my daughter’s advice, sold our house and a lifetime’s accumulation of furnishings and collectibles and became a permanent resident on a five-star cruise ship.

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Source Credits: Si Liberman in The Washington Post. Image above is for illustration only and does not relate to the person or cruises stated.

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The Beauty Secret To Steal Off Marilyn Monroe

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Because Old Hollywood never goes out of style.

Monroe famously claimed she slept in nothing but Chanel No. 5. You might prefer to wear your perfume fully dressed and out in public, but choose one product as your go-to fragrance. Once you embrace your scent, you’ll feel confident and put-together every time you spritz it on.

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Source Credits: Marissa Laliberte in Reader’s Digest

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Sneak Peek In Gopichand’s Champion Factory

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It came at 0-3 down in P V Sindhu’s semifinal against Nozomi Okuhara. The Japanese was threatening to snatch the momentum. Gopichand had been yelling, “Jump and smash. Jump and toss”, drawing out of his player the last ounce of explosive power. Sindhu would respond with a flurry of jump smashes — she had five through the match. She would win 10 straight points and storm into contention for a gold medal. The coach was suitably satisfied. His strategy had been executed to the last leaping detail.

There were bigger mountains to climb. Carolina Marin next.

Pullela Gopichand, former All England champion, was now feeding his athletes what he had been starved off: ready inputs, strategy, an on-court Pentium processor, knowledge and an incredible mind off court.

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Source Credits:  Shivani Naik in The Indian Express. Image above shows P V Sindhu with P Gopichand.

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USA to hand over the internet’s naming system

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The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet’s naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet’s governance.

The Domain Naming System, DNS, is one of the internet’s most important components.

It pairs the easy-to-remember web addresses – like bbc.com – with their relevant servers. Without DNS, you’d only be able to access websites by typing in its IP address, a series of numbers such as “194.66.82.10”.

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Source Credits: Dave Lee in BBC

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Best salesman of Abbott India forced to suicide

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Leaving his wife and two young children home on a recent Sunday, a 27-year-old salesman for Abbott Laboratories’ operations in India — in fact, one of the American health care company’s top performers there — rode his motorcycle to a remote railroad track and jumped in front of a train.

In his pocket, a note in blue ink, handwritten in a mix of Hindi and English, said, “I’m going to commit suicide because I can’t meet my company’s sales targets and my company is pressuring me.”

Ashish Awasthi’s death last month resonated across India and through the halls of the health care giant. More than 250 fellow Abbott drug representatives in India walked off the job for a day, protesting what some called the company’s overly aggressive sales policies. A national union of drug sales workers called for new government rules to rein in sales practices industrywide, saying they compromised patient health.

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Source Credits: Geeta Anand and Frederik Joelving in the New York Times

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Vice President Daughter’s Affair With President

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President Bill Clinton had an affair with former Vice President Walter Mondale’s daughter — while multitasking with at least two mistresses in the White House — according to a tell-all by a Secret Service officer who guarded the Oval Office.

Gary J. Byrne’s account of walking in on Clinton and the gorgeous Eleanor Mondale, then a TV journalist, is the first eyewitness report of the long-rumored affair.

“There before us was E! Network host Eleanor Mondale . . . and President Clinton in a compromising position, that is, making out on the Map Room table,” Byrne writes of the alleged Christmastime tryst around the middle of Clinton’s presidency.

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Source Credits: Daniel Halper in New York Post. Image above shows Eleanor at work.

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How Did That 1963 Great Train Robbery Work?

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There was nothing remarkable about the train traveling from Glasgow. The 12 cars powered by a single diesel locomotive made up a mobile post office known as the Up Special. It was carrying postal staff who sorted mail and packages en route to London as it had done every night without incident for 125 years. It was completely unremarkable — that is, until the night of Aug. 8, 1963.

That night, the Up Special was carrying a large amount of cash in its second car, where registered mail was sorted. The amount was larger than usual because it had been a bank holiday weekend in Scotland.

At just past 3 a.m. near the Bridego Railway Bridge in Buckinghamshire, England, a gang of thieves pulled off a daring heist. They stole 120 sacks of bank notes worth £2.6 million (about $7 million at the time, or more than $50 million today) from the second car — a heist known today as the Great Train Robbery.

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Source Credits: Maria Trimarchi in HowStuffWorks. Image above is for illustrative purpose only, in depiction of a train robbery.

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