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How Wool Came Into Existence

How Wool Came Into Existence
It must have been a very intelligent human who looked at a sheep walking past and thought of the use its fleece might have!Although the oldest surviving textile made out of wool is around 3,500 years old, the oldest fine woolen fabric dates to the fifth century BC (about 2,500 years ago) and was found in an ancient Greek...

Who Invented The Pen?

Who Invented The Pen?
The history of writing instruments with which humans have recorded and conveyed thoughts, feelings and grocery lists, is the history of civilisation itself. This is how we know about our ancestors and their lives.The handy sharpened-stone, used for skinning and killing animals was adapted into the first writing instrument. Around 24,000 BC, the cave man started drawing pictures with...

Which Galaxy is Visible to the Eye?

Which Galaxy is Visible to the Eye?
The sun we see everyday is just one of the thousands of stars we see at night. Such a huge collection of stars is called a galaxy. And the stars we see belong to a galaxy called the Milky Way. There are millions of galaxies in the sky, most of whom are hidden from our view.However, there are some...

What is a Volcano?

What is a Volcano?
What is nature's most powerful, most destructive, most dangerous form? Some would say an earthquake, others a cyclone. However, these phenomenon are relatively smaller and less destructive in scale compared to the fury of a volcano.Fourteen miles southeast of Naples in Italy, lie the remains of an ancient town called Pompeii. The city flourished under the shadows of the...

First Pope To Set Foot in Mosque

May 11: Pope John Paul II created history by setting foot in the Omayyad mosque in Damascus on his historic visit to Syria recently. He is the first Pope in Christianity's 2000 year history to enter a mosque.And it isn't just some ordinary mosque that the Pope stepped into, reports the Hindu newspaper. The site of the Omayyad mosque...

Champion of a 2300-year-old game

Stone skipping: 2300 year old game
It was a lazy summer afternoon, and the buffaloes had gone to sleep in the village pond, at Hassangarh, in Haryana. They had been given a vigorous rub by little Bhola and his gang of four, ranging from six to 10. All they wanted to do was doze.The creatures moved their ears slightly when the boys clambered onto their...

New Year in South Pole

November 18: The year 2000 was ushered in with much fanfare throughout the world. Hotels in famous tourist spots were booked months in advance; the ones in cities planned glorious events lasting for days and nights.Though there were doubts whether 2000 was really the start of the new millennium it was quickly shushed as the celebration fever was catchy....

How Did the Indian Postal Service Start?

Stamp printed by India, shows post office
Although methods of postal delivery varied from one country to another, it is believed that in India, Emperor Chandragupta Maurya who ruled the country between 321-297 BC, was the first to introduce a form of postal communication to dispatch confidential reports to distant posts in his empire.However, the first recorded mention in history is to be found in the...

We Would All Scream Without Ice Cream

Can you imagine a summer without ice creams?It seems the Chinese, too, couldn't. For it was they who gave the world its first ice cream. In India, the Mughals are said to have introduced their kind of ice cream -- the kulfi. The exact date of origin of the ice cream is not known.Kulfi is a mixture of khoa,...

What Kind of Horses did Knights Ride?

Armored horse rider with lance
In 1066 AD the Normans (people who came from Normandy in Europe) conquered England and introduced feudalism in England. Feudalism was a system of contract where society was divided into four classes: royalty, barons (noblemen) and bishops, knights (a title or a rank) and lastly peasants. Merchants and artisans were placed just above the peasants.From 1066 to about the...

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