Bandwagon effect: Big university names like Harvard, Stanford, Yale etc. are enough to attract the crowd.
Learning from the best: You get to learn from some of the best in the industry. Example: “A Beginner’s Guide To Irrational Behavior – By Dan Ariely” is one of Coursera’s highest-enrolled courses, with the number of registered students exceeding 140,000. Week One: “A Beginner’s Guide To Irrational Behavior”
Dan Ariely is an author of best seller books like Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves.
Course Contents: Most of the courses are designed for absolute beginners and the length of video lectures are maintained at an optimum level to keep you engaging. There are multiple interactive quizzes embedded in the video which are related to the topic you are learning and are fun to answer.
Recognition: Certification from renowned universities can be a big plus for job seekers.
Community: MOOC’s normally have a huge community of learners from different parts of the world which enhances your learning experience.
Here is my top ten list of some of the most insane laws in the world
In Singapore, selling non-medical chewing gum or chewing normal gum is a fine of $1000. A second offence costs $2000 and being forced to clean a public area of the city for a day. Chewing gum ban in Singapore
In Finland Traffic Fines are Calculated as a Percentage of the Offenders Income
In January 2002, Anssi Vanjoki, 44, a director of the Finnish telecommunications giant, Nokia, received what is believed to be the most expensive speeding ticket ever— $12.5 million — for driving his Harley at 75 km/h (47 mph) in a 50km/h (31 mph) zone. Mr Vanjoki appealed the fine because his reported income dropped significantly about five days after the incident; because of the new data, the fine was dropped to $103,600, still the most expensive speeding fine in history. Finland, Home of the $103,000 Speeding TicketA millionaire in Finland got a $60,000 speeding ticket
Drivers in Denmark are supposed to drive vehicles with their headlights on. You’d think this law would apply to night driving but it doesn’t. It is considered essential during the day as well or they may face a fine of up to $100. Studies have shown that this has helped a lot to avoid road accidents in Denmark. Driving in DenmarkDriving in Denmark |
There are too many outrageous comments made by Indian politicians, here are some recent comments, which made my blood boil.
“Poverty is just a state of mind” Rahul Gandhi
“Women who are participating in candle-light vigils and those who are protesting have no connection with ground reality. These pretty ladies coming out to protest are ‘highly dented and painted’,” Abhijit Mukherjee
“If there is no water in the dam…Should we urinate into it?,” Ajit Pawar
“To my understanding, consumption of fast food contributes to such incidents. Chowmein leads to hormonal imbalance evoking an urge to indulge in such acts,”Jitender Chhatar
“Rapes happening because men and women are interacting more freely” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
“Even today in Mumbai city, I can have a full meal at Rs.12. No no, not vada paav. So much of rice, daal sambhar and with that some vegetables are also mixed.” Congress leader Raj Babbar
“In Rs. 600, he would get dal, rice and wheat…A family of five can easily complete their needs,” Sheila Dikshit
Ever wondered why cracking your knuckles feels good?
Cracking your knuckles feels good because it stretches the joint and stimulates the nerve endings found there. Synovial fluid present in our joints acts as a lubricant which contains the gases oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. When you crack knuckles, you stretch the joint capsule which releases the gas and the gas forms a bubble and it collapses and pops.