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Which Film Stars were Inventors Too?

Hedy Lamarr invented and filed a patent the radio-controlled torpedo.
Most movie fans have seen or at least heard of Hollywood legends Hedy Lamarr and Steve McQueen. But how many know that these two were inventors who have significantly changed our lives. Nobody? Not surprising.But it's true. Hedy Lamarr and Steve McQueen were both Hollywood stars and inventors. Hedy Lamarr thought of torpedoes guided by radio signals and Steve...

Why is the Bridge of Sighs so Called?

Bridge of Sighs (Ponte de Sospiri)
The Bridge of Sighs (Ponte de Sospiri), is in Venice, Italy, and connects the inquisitor's room in the east side of the Doge's palace with the state's prison or prigioni over the Rio de Palazzo.Work on the Doge's palace (residence of the Duke) or Palazzo Ducale was begun in the 14th century and got its present shape only...

Who Sold the Eiffel Tower Twice?

There have been conmen and cheats, cardsharps, and crooks but when it comes to deception and trickery few could match the style of international conman Victor Lustig.Victor Lustig was the king of conmen with forty-five known aliases and nearly fifty arrests in the United States alone. He was born in 1890 in Czechoslovakia. Though brilliant as a child, he...

How Bad is the Sting of a Scorpion?

How bad is the sting of a Scorpion?
Ever seen a scorpion scurrying across with two crab-like claws and its tail high in the air? Well this tail is what has to be watched out for! The zing in the scorpion is in its tail for it has a sting.Scorpions are poisonous animals. They are arthropods belonging to the class Arachnida and are relatives of the spiders...

Why Monkeys Mean Trouble

In the village of Sholingur in Tamil Nadu, is a temple dedicated to the Hindu monkey god Hanuman. The temple is on top of a small hill. In and around the hill in the thick forest live a group of monkeys. All they do is scare people and create trouble -- even when people worship them as symbols of...

Where are the Shaking Minarets?

Among the many architectural marvels of the world, like the leaning tower of Pisa, the whispering gallery at St Paul's Cathedral at London or the musical pillars of South India, are the astonishing and historical shaking minarets of Ahmedabad, in Gujarat state, India. The minarets are so unique that if one minaret in shaken, the other sympathetically shakes too!Barely...

A Girl Soldier Speaks Out

September 8: At seven Arumuyam Malar could handle a gun better than a pencil. At eight she could handle the wireless radio and knew how to use hand grenades and semi-automatic rifles.As an 'Eelam tigress', or a child guerrilla of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, she was told that she had to fight till...

Who Invented the Photocopying Machine?

Chester Carlson invented photocopying
We have all used it at one time or another to copy our school documents, or parts of a book borrowed from the library, or just about anything we wanted a copy of. It's just a matter of pressing a button of the xerox machine and hey Presto! a piece of paper comes out at one end, an exact...

How Did Santa Claus Originate?

Santa Claus on his sleigh in the nordic countryside
Its nearly midnight and with a jingle of bells a sled comes streaking from the north, pulled of course by Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer. Sitting in the sled is a jolly round red robed figure with flowing white beard and a bag slung over his shoulder that lands on the rooftop with a merry ho-ho-ho.Hey! Its Christmas and its...

What is the Rubik’s Cube?

What is the Rubik's Cube?
My nephew Akshay was a brat. No two ways about it. When he was not occupied with dismantling everything that moved, ticked, or clicked he would be engaged in stuffing an icecube down your shirt when you were busy working on whatever it is that didn't involve him.After a lot of thought, my uncle and I decided to purchase...

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