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Fall 2016

Take Five!

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Editor's Desk

Take Five !

How many friends do you have in your Facebook, Twitter. LinkedIn and other social networks? Is it in ones or tens or hundreds or thousands? Do you stay up to date with all of them? A survey conducted by Robin Dunbar, Professor of evolutionary anthropology at Oxford University, found that irrespective of the number of connections, people maintain meaningful relationships with only a maximum of 150 people. This is the "Dunbar number" he theorized in 1990. Dunbar discovered a correlation between an animal's neocortex size (part of the brain which processes language and conscious thought) to its social group size. Based on human's neocortex size he computed that humans can only keep a maximum of 150 people in his group. When he consulted the anthropological records for evidence, he found that the size of a hunter-gatherer society was 148.8 and the average company size in an army (Rome, Soviet, Spain) was around 150! So, this has shown that having thousands of connections is really meaningless :-(

Further, Dunbar continued his behavioral research through qualitiative interviews and surveys and discovered more patterns in human behavior. He found that one's social group is repeatedly factored by 3 for more relevance. In modern terms, the Dunbar number (150) is the number of people you may be inviting for your large parties and weddings, but these are not the people you may be interacting on a regular basis. The number of people who you interact (meet, call, chat) on a periodic basis is only 50. 50 is the number of connections you may meet (call, chat) and spend time but you don't turn to them for help. You turn to help with only 15 in your group. However, you do not treat this 15 as your confidant/confidante (a person to whom you are willing to confide or share secrets). The number of confidant/confidante in your group is only 5! So, take a pause and identify your 5 among your hundreds/thousands!

Right now, US Presidential election campaign is at full steam. A recent survey found that 52% of Americans have expressed small to significant stress due to the upcoming election. This is not a huge surprise as this election will be remembered for a long time for its controversies, allegations, counter-allegations and unconventional campaigns. In this edition, we have covered some very funny candidate quotes from Primary till date. For the first time, this election is testing a reality TV popularity against a mainstream political popularity. Not sure, whether this is a preview to future contests? Irrespective of the stress, history is waiting for the winner - the first reality tv celebrity president or the first woman president! Let us wait for the people's verdict.

In this edition, we have picked contents on 'Take Five' theme with funny quotes from election candidates. Now, read, enjoy and share the magazine with your network !

  • In the Brain-tickler category:
    • "Did you know? - Few intriguing information you would like to know."
  • In the Health Topic section:
    • "Meales awareness in 5 minutes" - Also known as Rubeola
    • "Prick or Panic: The great vaccination debate", What is your choice?
  • In the English Song category:

    • Listen to our English song Picks - It is 5'o clock somewhere!
  • In the Seriously Funny section:
    • Watch the clip - "High Five New York" - A prank at New York!
    • Read the humor, "Father and Five kids ..."
    • Read the humor, "How about five week vacation ..."
  • In the Surfboard section:
    • Read the thoughtful story, "Five hundred dollars ..."
  • In the Tamil Picks section:
    • Enjoy the 10 Tamil songs picked out of 20+ songs for Fabulous Five!
    • Enjoy the video picks continuously, on-demand in our new video channel.
    • Listen to the song picks continuously in Jukebox.
    • Read the tamil poem pick"Ainthezhuthu Mandiram"
  • In the Recipe Spot section:
    • Make "Five ingredient breakfast cookies"
  • Nuggets:
    • It is US President election time. Here are some important, interesting and funny quotes said by various contestants in their primary and presidential campaigns.
      - "They hate more than anybody in this room hates their neighbor!" - Donald Trump - in Editor's desk section
      - "We've got enough talkers. It is time for a doer" - Bobby Jindal", "The real truth is wall street controls congress - Bernie Sanders" - in Health section
      - "A lot of people love me, they just won't vote for me" - Ben Carson - in Surfboard section
      - "The government has no business knowing how much money we make and how we make it" - Mike Huckabee - in Reader's footprint section
      - "We were dead broke in 2011" - Hilary Clinton - in Your feedback section
  • Get Inspired by watching the video, "She will be alright when she grows up ... "

As always, we are very confident that you will enjoy our picks. Write your feedback about this issue by clicking on the email icon or feedback icon. We truly value your opinion, thoughts and time.

Editor's Desk Image credit:,

"They hate more than anybody in this room hates their neighbor" - Donald Trump


“They hate so much. They hate more than anybody in this room hates their neighbor.”

- Donald Trump's reaction to Marc Rubio and Jeb Bush’s friendship at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire

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