Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jordan

Jordan
I am convinced you cannot truly understand your own values, your own culture, your own station in life until you are exposed to the values and culture and conditions of another country.Traveling in Jordan will help you understand all that.Americans generally don’t know the difference between Lebanon and Jordan and Syria and Egypt. Jordan suffers by association. All are war and upheaval. Without fail, the first question asked after telling someone you’re going to Jordan is, “Will you be safe?”
The country is an oasis of tranquillity in the turbulent Middle East. The economy relies heavily on tourism. Three years ago, tourists had to schedule their itinerary around what and when hotels were available. This year? Pick a place. Pick a hotel. Discounts available.
Airline standards are not homogenous. From Frankfurt to Amman business/first class is three contiguous economy seats with the middle one vacant. A moveable curtain arbitrarily divides economy from first, depending on the number of business/first customers.The Cliff’s Notes version of Jordanian politics. It’s a constitutional monarchy with a king, an elected parliament and an appointed government. However, the king has wide-ranging legislative and judicial power. He can disband parliament, fire government officials and overturn judicial and legislative decisions. I worked at a university like this. The president was the king; the faculty assembly was the Parliament; deans and VPs were the government officials. I felt right at home in Jordan.

Seatbelts are required when flying over Israeli airspace. No Allah Akbah in the aisle when flying over the Holy Land.
We are met at the airport by locals associated with our tour company. We are a tour of four. The associates have already secured the required visas. We are escorted to a separate passport control line, then around security and out to a waiting van. An hour has been condensed into fifteen minutes.
Queen Alia Airport in Amman is new and high and bright. The outside roofline is a succession of gigantic saucers standing vigil, looking over and through expanses of glass as though to ensure there is peaceful behaviour among those who enter and exit the Kingdom.
Three things required for potentates to stay in power in a developing country; roads, health care and education. Roads allow local commerce to be national commerce, national to be international. Good health and education allow citizens to participate in and garner the rewards of commerce. The king will stay in power.
There is no one at Shawbak Castle except a well-wrapped man selling rugs off the back of a truck, the ticket guy and we four. Expansive crusader ruins on an imposing mountaintop. The Crusaders may have died of boredom because no one was foolish enough to attack.

When a lamb is born, they take it from its mother and lay it close to a donkey. This becomes the lamb’s mother image. When the shepherd wants to move the flock, he straddles the donkey, off they go and the sheep follow.Landscape between Amman and Petra is like the Sandhills of Nebraska, but with rocks instead of sagebrush.
We are asked if we would like to drink camel’s milk. The first time you drink it, you throw up, have diarrhoea and chills and shakes and deliriums. But after that, it is good for you.
The Mövenpick in Petra is billed as a five-star hotel. Hotels are complex machines. The owners sent the directions with a few pages missing.
The staff are learning by doing.Guest at the front desk: Could you confirm that I’m in room 303? There’s someone else in there.
We return to our room after dinner to find a message on the TV screen welcoming NaYee Ng. We are pleased to welcome you to your home in Jordan.
The only places allowed to sell wine and/or beer are the Mövenpick and a couple restaurants. You want wine, sir. You can buy wine in Aquaba. That’s a four-hour drive south.         
Our Petra guide is named “Mock-mood”. He teaches anatomy to biology students in a university, is a tour guide and helps his father herd goats. He wants 12 children because his father had 11.
Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world. Every millennium God painted the highlands near Wadi Musa a different shade of cinnamon. The highlands grew and became mountains. One day he dropped the palette and cracked the mountains. And men call it Petra.
The quality of the goods in the government tourist shops is much better than in the shops on the street.
The Wadi Rum (Rum Valley) is a red desert valley with wrinkled pound cake outcroppings drizzled with charcoal shale. Hard to determine if it’s a mountain range eroding into dust or a desert that is congealing into mountains.
Riding through the Wadi Rum is a journey back to when the time was born. We see bedouin, camel and sheep herds and the majesty of geology. It should be experienced in the sand-blown back of a corroded pickup, not from the inside any more than a shower should be experienced inside a plastic bubble.
There are four of us in a camp designed for a dozen. A barrel is fitted in a hole in the sand. Wood is burned to charcoal. Lamb and chicken and vegetables and freekah (wheat) are lowed on a grill then covered with foil. All then covered in sand. Three hours later the food is removed. It was enough for that dozen. We sit on rugs in a tent. There are utensils.   We eat with our fingers. The lousy wine is fine.
If sleeping on the ground in a pup tent and eating beans from a can is at one end of the spectrum, our camp in the Wadi Rum is at the other.
I can’t float in a pool. I can float in the Dead Sea. The water has a sticky viscosity that cradles you like a liquid hammock. On a windy day, the white caps are Dream Whip.
The attendant slathers me in charcoal-colored mud avoiding only my eyes and ears. The mud sits for ten minutes, then back into the sea to wash off the mud. Next, a shower to wash off the sea. Revitalizing, restorative, rejuvenating, ah yes. But like the wine in my glass, how long will it last?
There is one thing Jordanians cannot do. They cannot swim in a pool, for much the same reason Americans cannot saddle a camel. The locals thrash and splash. When I walk by, I consider jumping in for the rescue.
There is one thing Jordanians do not do well. Bartend. Google Bartender School in Amman, see what you get. A craft beer is Amstel.
There is a battalion of Indonesian service personnel working in the Ishtar Kempinski Hotel on the Dead Sea. There is only a platoon of guests for them to serve. They are trained to expedite their duties, with no one else around, they expedite on us.

Perhaps there is a strategy to inadequate signage. Guests thus explore the far reaches of the resort in search of an elevator 20 meters from their room.
 In the near reaches are a half-dozen meandering pools accessorized by palm trees and lounge chairs and views of the hills of Israel across the sea.
The hotel has a second lobby; the place is too big for only one. We stumble across a Pan-Asian restaurant that we thought was either a secret or a rumour.
There is a small, tidy, modern mall not far from the hotel. It has a nice coffee shop. We sit on the lanai overlooking the sea and Israel. I hear gunshots, my wife says. I listen. My dear, that is the sound of bubbles circulating through the water in a hookah.
Our driver from the Kempinski back to Amman was named Nadir−call me Nick. He studied at the U. of Illinois−Chicago and lived there for 20 years. What do you miss about the U.S., Nick? Everything.
Nick crossed the street. He understands his culture and values and station in life. He came back.
Now he wishes he were still across the street.


 Dr. Rodney Romig is the award-winning author behind the Dr. Dan Trix mystery series, seven standalone novels featuring an intellectual hero whose adventures take readers all over the world. The latest installment in the series, Solar Flare, is available now at amazon.com.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Importance Of Periodic Table In Chemistry Exam



What is Periodic Table?

A Periodic Table is a horizontal arrangement comprising of all the chemical elements that are present in the order of their atomic number, electronic configuration and persisting chemical properties.
This ordering represents periodic trends where one row consists of elements that are metals, located to the left of the table and nonmetals to the right. The columns of a table are termed groups, and the different rows are known to as periods. Dmitri Mendeleev developed it to emphasize the periodic trends in the properties of elements.
This table can also be used to determine relationships between various properties of elements and also anticipate the properties of elements that are still to be detected. One can find its application in numerous fields of chemistry and more areas in science. The table comprises of 118 parts as per 2016.
Every chemical element consists of a particular atomic number illustrating number of protons present within the nucleus. Most of the elements are isotopes. They are grouped under a single element, and they are never separated in the table.

Why is Periodic Table Important?

The Periodic Table is said to be the most important part of chemistry as it makes it. All the elements are arranged in an informative order. They are positioned in the order from left to right and also top to bottom in an increasing order of their atomic numbers. This order coincides with the increase in their atomic mass.
Before the discovery of all the elements, this periodic table was useful in the prediction of the physical and chemical properties of all the elements present in the gaps of the table. In today’s world, It is also helpful in predicting the properties of those elements which are not yet discovered. Anyway all these newer elements are said to be highly stable and radioactive and can break down into various similar elements instantly.
This table is even useful for all the students as well as scientists as it is helpful to predict all the kinds of the chemical reactions occurring within an element. The table gives you a clear picture of the figures and facts of every element rather memorizing it. A glance at the periodic table tells about the chemical reactivity of the element, like whether it conducts electricity, soft or hard and along with all its characteristics.

Why Learn Periodic Table?

Learning periodic table is more important as it is systematically arranged to give a lot of information about the elements and the way they relate each other in various ways. Moreover, chemistry is all more about the chemical elements. Hence a good understanding of the chemical elements will discover more about chemistry.
The table describes various properties as given below-
     It predicts the properties of different elements.
     The Columns called as groups and rows known as periods indicate the elemental characteristics.
     The table makes different trends with the properties of elements
     The table gives a piece of information as to how the chemical equations are balanced.

Standard Periodic Table

Mendeleev developed the standard or modern periodic table. Atomic number forms the basis of this periodic table. Elements are usually placed in the increasing order of an atomic number. In the modern periodic table, elements are set in 7 periods and 18 groups. In this chart, elements are categorized into four groups namely representative elements, transition elements, inner transition elements and noble gasses
In the Standard Periodic Table, the elements are indexed according to the increasing atomic number. A new row initially starts when a new electron shell possesses the first electron.
Groups:  are determined by an electronic configuration of an atom. The atomic radii of elements increase from top to bottom of the group. Groups are usually numbered from 1 to 8 starting from leftmost column to rightmost column.
Period: Elements present in the same period exhibits trends in electronegativity, ionization energy, atomic radius and electron affinity. Atomic radius decrease in a period from left to right which in turn causes an increase in ionization energy while moving from left to right across a period. It is produced due to the addition of electron and a proton to each consecutive elements causing an electron to move closer to the nucleus. Electron affinity also displays a slight trend across a period.
Blocks: It can be referred to a distinct region in a periodic table in perception to the sequence, where the shells of electrons are filled. The s - block consists of first 2 groups and p - blocks comprehend of last 6 groups, f- block do not contain any members of the panel and d-block consists from group 3 to 12.
Metals, Nonmetals, and Metalloids: Metals are a solid substance, shiny, fusible materials possessing excellent thermal conductivity. Nonmetals can either be colored or colorless. Metalloids exhibit transitional properties.

How Byju’s Interactive Periodic Table Will Help Students?

The learning methodology plays an important role while you are studying especially with the subjects like chemistry. It involves a heavy memorization of the elements, their origin, characteristics, properties, applications and the reactions. This is not so easy as it looks. Hence the Byju’s Interactive Periodic Table will give you a clear and proper understanding of all the elements in a systematic approach. The table has all the information regarding each and every element as per the modern periodic table.
Apart from this, there are also engaging video sessions and classes held from our experts, wherein an interactive way, each and every topic is explained in an effective manner so that every student understands the basic concept coming within. Know more about the Periodic table and the Organic Chemistry & Inorganic Chmeistry concepts on Byju’s.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Different types of landlords you meet in your life

Different types of landlords you meet in your life

If you have been hopping homes, then you know it very well how fidgety or caring a landlord can be. Some are suspicious, some insecure, some caring, while some least bothered; however, tenants have to deal with them if they want to stay in rooms for rent in hyderabad. Some landlords act as parents as well, and impose restrictions like no late night parties or no opposite gender people allowed in the house. Some might also say no pets allowed. The list of their characteristic traits is never ending, hence taking a quick sneak peek at the different types of landlords you meet in your life should be a real fun journey!

1) The Least Bothered one
Some landlords are least bothered about what is going on in their rented apartment. They give the keys complete the documentation and just walk off till they do not receive their rent or your tenancy period is over. You may call him/her up, but he/she may not pick up your phone nor might come to flat to check the condition.


2) The Suspicious one
 If your landlord sneaks in each and every weekend or week in your house and enquires about the guests coming in or the condition of his/hers rented apartment, then he/she is the suspicious one. He/she will do no harm and may not kick you out of the house as well, however will surely keep checking in for the latest happenings in his home.



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3) Only Vegetarian please
Some landlords are vegetarian and they want their tenants to also be so. Hence, they reject all the non-vegetarians while selecting the tenants. So, if you have lied to your landlord about this, be careful, as he/she might come to inspect this anytime in your house.

4) No House Parties, and No Late nights
Some landlords do not allow their tenants to host late nights or house parties. They also do not allow drinks, cigarettes and drugs in the house. Hence, be careful if you enjoy house parties and your landlord does not allow it.

5) We Hate Pets
There are some landlords who hate pets, even if the tenant loves them. They will not allow their tenants to keep any kind of pets in the house. If you have a pet, then this type will ask you to leave the house or your profile may not be considered for the rented apartment.

6) The Most Caring one
Feel like home when you are sick or hungry? This can be because of your landlord cares for you as your people back home do. Your landlord will get medicines, food and also might take you to the hospital also. He/she might sit beside you till you get well.



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7) The Hitler
The Hitler is undoubtedly the worst kind of landlord to have. He is one of those people who scare you so much that even if something is wrong in your rental flat in Delhi, you will think a hundred times before calling him up and asking him to fix it. It’s just what the Hitler does to you!

8) The Houdini
What else can you expect from a landlord who behaves like the world’s foremost escape artists but to never be there when he is needed the most? This is the landlord who, when you call him to report a leaking faucet in your apartment in Bangalore, will make up an excuse so amazing that you’ll never be able to find so faults with it. And the leaky faucet will never be repaired!


These are some of the different types of landlords we have come across. If you have any more, let us know your experiences.



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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Reading Childhood Books As An Adult



My first foray into the world of books and literature like many children was thanks to Fairy Tales. I found the concept of living happily ever after beautiful. I thought the Prince Charming really would come charging through on his white horse. A dream I kind of held on to till I was seventeen and then my world came crashing down because suddenly I was legally an adult.
(Big deal, though, here! Because you can be 18 and you can be 25 but here in India as long as you live at home you’re still kids. Kids who cannot stay outside past 8:30pm, kids who cannot go out to Friday night parties because disapproving parents will stay up to receive you and yell at you over your hangover. But mostly because you like this perfect image of yourself that has been crafted in front of your family and you’d rather not ruin that reputation of yours. But I digress.)
A long time ago, I was asked to write a guest post for The Solitary Writer and because of varying reasons and quite a handful of excuses, I hadn’t been able to get the work done that was until this evening, though. Suddenly nothing seems more important to me than sharing with you, certain books from my childhood and what I think about the books that had made up my whole Universe once upon a time!



      1.     Grimm’s Fairy Tales:
We were all fools once when we believed that every one of us got to live happily ever after in the end. Because now that we closely examine the story, we see that not everything ended with being neatly tied up in a bow. There are also so many gaping plot holes in some of the stories, that enthusiasts such as myself are willing to read up every single version of the stories known to man to know where I could possibly find the missing pieces! My way of thinking was pretty simple back when I was a child.

      2.     Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales
I am never going to understand why this man’s stories were called fairy tales. Because the Little Match Girl dies, The Mermaid dies, and even the Steadfast Tin Soldier falls into the fire before he can tell the ballerina he loves her! Exactly, how does anyone in his stories reach the promised ever after?

     3.     The Legends of Greece and Rome
The Gods are supposed to be great. The Goddess are supposed to be just and kind. But these legends paint them as merely human with the gift of immortality and power. Come to think of it, they are no better than vampires! Especially the ones which have come to greet us through our television screens now! If you look closely, every story in these legends is someone manipulating someone else. One person is the puppet, the other puppeteer. Suddenly, as adults we look past the thrill of adventure we felt as kids and realise that Gods could walk the Earth once upon a time. And they weren’t quite the saints we make them out to be.

     4.     The Little Prince


When you read this book as a child, you find it amusing and beautiful. You want to be best friends with The Little Prince. But when you go back to the book as an adult you finally realise what the book had been trying to tell you all along. The adult world is complicated. Children’s worlds are far better and far simpler. It was pretty heart breaking for me to realise what the real message of this book was.

      5.     Alice in Wonderland
Last but not the least, the tale of Alice who went down the rabbit hole! Those of us who grew up doting on this little girl and wonderland, now realise what the true meaning behind those seemingly childish words were.
“How long is forever?”
“Sometimes, just a second.”
And with that, I am going to end this blog post. It is quite nice to know that there is comfort in re-reading our childhood books even though we get the hidden messages. Most of all, we finally realize what this books have tried to tell us from the start: no matter what happens to you, no matter the pain and the heart breaks you suffer, and no matter how difficult it seems to get through the day, always remember that there’s something constant. That there’s something that will always wait for you. Your favourite childhood book! J



ANIESHA BRAHMA:
I am the author of When Our Worlds Collide, The Guitar Girl and The Secret Proposal. My short story ‘The Difference’ was featured in the anthology Voices: Old and New, and my other short story, ‘Time After Time’ is part of the anthology called ‘Curtain Call.’
You may write to me:
contact@anieshabrahma.com
Or tweet me: @anieshabrahma
Stalk me on Instagram: @aniesha_brahma
I also blog at:
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And I run
BUZZ Magazine.


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Best Work from Home Opportunities for Students and Homemakers

Best Work from Home Opportunities for Students and Homemakers
Young students and homemakers around the world are looking for ways with which they can make money from the comfort of their home.
Although there are many ways you can make money from home but not all genuine.
Most of them do not work. So in this article, we are giving you 8 best home opportunities.
These jobs are for every demographics, for young students as well as moms and housewives.
Anyone of you can start one of these businesses mentioned below.

Online Freelance Work: The best work from home opportunities for college students are online freelance work. There are hundreds of freelance works that you can find on freelancing sites like Freelancer.com, UpWork etc.
The best freelance work is writing. You can become a content writer, copywriter, ghostwriter, guest posting for bloggers etc. Moreover, there are also other jobs like designing, marketing, coding, programming etc.

Students can definitely find a job and work from home.
Genuine Data Entry Work: Data entry work is not new. You have already heard about data entry work that you can do from your home. However, the problem is that most of the data entry work are not genuine. I am talking specifically about data entry work that can be done from home.

Certain companies promise you a job that you can do from home but they take the money and vanish. However if you can find one then data entry could be one of the best work home opportunities, especially for homemakers.
The only skill that you need is the typing speed of 40 words per minute.

Mail Order Business: Mail order business is really good for homemakers and moms. You hardly need any investment to get started. You promote a product by stuffing pamphlets in an envelope.
You market a product on the buyer’s behalf by sending to various people through the mail. As an initial investment, you need money for printing pamphlets, buying envelopes and stamps.
You must choose the right product and promote it through coloured pamphlets and leaflets mailed to various customers. You can run all your operations right from your home.
Last three jobs need a medium level of intellect, however, next two needs very high level of intellect.

Google Adsense: Every one of you is excited about the Google Adsense. If you love blogging and writing then you should go for it. Although you can work from home but making money from Google Adsense is not that easy.
You must have the passion for creating good content. You also need to know about SEO and other marketing skills. If you succeed with Google Adsense then the money is great. You could become a professional blogger and a marketer.
But I want to caution you that Google Adsense needs more intellect than any other work from home options mentioned in this article.

Online Trading: Again just like Google Adsense trading also needs serious intellect because it is not easy as data entry work or freelance writing. Money is great here but you need to learn everything about trading. Otherwise, you lose money every time you trade.
Well, I can’t tell you every detail about trading in just one paragraph but you need to have some knowledge about trading. If you have the desire to make money with trading then this could be another great opportunity to make money from your home.
Both students and homemakers can become a trader.

Tuition and Coaching: Following three jobs which are taken from SureJob require you to have the least intellect compared to all others in the article and they are best suited to housewives and young students.
Tuition and coaching are the easiest way to make money from your home. If you are a college student then you can easily teach math and English to a bunch of high school students.

You can organise them into batches and take 4 to 5 batches every day. Moreover, it is easy to teach high school math and English. If more students are joining your tuition classes then you can move out and start a coaching centre.

Beauty Parlor, Knitting and Embroidery: I don’t need to tell you that beauty parlour, knitting and embroidery work are best suited to homemakers.
If you knit clothes then you can start a store where you not only stitch clothes but also do embroidery works. You can also open a beauty parlour and manicure/pedicure store where you service high-end customers right from your home.

Food Catering Service: Final work from home job in our list is food catering service. If you have a passion for cooking then you turn this habit into a money making profession.
You take catering orders on a daily basis for marriages, birthday parties and other functions. You can cook food in your home and deliver where the order came from.
So these were some of the best work from home opportunities suited for students and homemakers with low, medium and high intellect.

You can choose one of these jobs according to your comfort. 

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

5 Steps to grow a beard for the first time


Description: Growing a beard for the first time and have no idea, where you should start? Follow these easy steps and enjoy the result in the nearest time!
Step #1 Let your facial hair sprout
The beginning is simple – stop shaving and give your facial hair desired freedom. Use your extra free time in the morning wisely.
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Step #2 Arm yourself with patience

If you want to grow a beard, you have to realize one thing: it won’t happen in a week. So be patient!
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Step #3 Tough itchy stage out 
Your skin will not enjoy this new environment, and you will suffer from an annoying itch. But it will go away once your skin gets used to it.
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Step #4 Create good environment
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It’s not going to grow fast and thick until you’re provided suitable conditions. Try to get enough sleep and avoid negative emotions for better results.
Step #5 Nurture growing beard 
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It won’t grow unless you feed it well. Give preference to high-protein foods like fish, meat, eggs and dairies.

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This is a guest post by Viki Howell

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Zoo: Good Or Bad?

Zoo: Good Or Bad?

Humans have a never ending fascination with wild animals and zoos provide them with an opportunity to see these creatures up close, which is a particularly exciting trip for children. While the finances shouldn't be a problem, since you can save on your trip and everything you need by using coupons form such websites as discountrue.com there is an ongoing debate as to whether it's moral to keep animals in zoos. Let's take a closer look at both sides of the coin.

The Good

Conversation

A growing number of animal species around the world are beginning to go extinct and zoos provide these creatures with a protective sanctuary. Many of these extinctions takes place rapidly, with very little hope for reversal. Zoos are able to recreate a semblance of an animal's natural habitat and greatly increase their chances of survival.

Educating Humans

If not for zoos, there are a wide range of animals that human beings would never be able to see up close. City dwellers are not often given the opportunity to see wild animals, such as lions and tigers, up close and without such a place their life would be devoid of such an educational experience.

Research Purposes

By rescuing species and learning more about their traits and characteristics, we can find out how they live each day and more importantly, how they react to certain situations. There are fewer variables and much less risk involved, which allows scientists and researchers to affect numerous changes. Wild populations are much more easily managed in a zoo format.

The Bad

People Are Not As Interested

Zoos are often portrayed as a place for animal lovers to congregate and learn more about creatures of the wild. However, unfortunately, studies have shown that the modern citizen is less concerned about going to the zoo and more concerned with taking pictures for social media and spending a minimal amount of time at each exhibit, which is worrying data.

Zookeepers Cannot Meet Animal Needs

Wild animals that are removed from their natural habitats and placed in zoos often have very specific needs, needs that zookeepers are not always fully aware of or able to fulfill. Whether it is the animals' dietary needs, their temperature requirements or environmental concerns, zoos are not always able to provide a proper home.

Wild Animals Must Remain Wild

Elephants, lions, tigers and the like are not made to spend long days and nights penned in. These animals are often very unhappy in a zoo environment, which may be a makeshift prison of sorts. Animals have been known to voice their displeasure by refusing to eat and becoming surly.

The debate about zoos  will surely continue to rage on for years to come. While there is valid information to be gleaned from studying wild animals in a zoo setting, there are also legitimate concerns about whether the practice of keeping these animals in cages is good for their long term development. Deciding whether zoos are good for animals or not is truly a tossup, and it most likely depends on one's point of view and the particular zoo's conditions and policies.