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World’s Largest Blanket

Val Stone, a Devon, UK,-based pensioner has made the world's largest crocheted blanket and plans to sell it to raise money for a cancer fund.Stone, a leukaemia patient, has spent 11 years making the blanket, which is larger than a tennis court.The blanket measures about 24 metres by 8 metres when stretched out and weighs about 90 kilograms.She hopes...

No Begging for Merit

May 25: When Nagarathna, a beggar girl from Mysore, was preparing for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Class X) examinations, she had to beg to buy books and study under street lights. She passed the exams with flying colours and the Indian Express newspaper published her success story.After the story appeared in the paper, Nagarathna has been receiving innumerable...

Advertisement for Dogs

If you are selling a dog's product, who should you ask to buy it - the dog owner or the dog?A British advertisement firm has decided to get the attention of dogs in their latest ad campaign on a pet awards show.The programme, to be conducted by the television channel Animal Planet, is being publicised with posters that have...

The ‘English Pinch’ in Bangladesh

What would you say if you saw a restaurant billboard saying "You be in our guest and please like any menu from arrangement ultimate sea food"?Will you brush it aside thinking the billboard painter must be 'uneducated'. Mark, when I say 'uneducated', I actually mean that he does not know English. For a lot of us, being educated also...

Microbes begin Deforestation

May 19: The conifer trees on the hills of Himachal Pradesh may soon become history. No, they are not being cut by humans. This time, it is the turn of microbes to go on a rampage.Insects, fungi and various kinds of insects are eating into the deodar, pine and kail trees of Chopal and the stretch that lies between...

Pushkar Lake Water or Sugarcane Juice?

May 19: If you take a glass of water from the famous Pushkar lake in Rajasthan, it looks like sugarcane juice. But, that is where the simile ends. It is neither sweet, nor does it smell fresh.It has a rotten smell and you will not feel like tasting it. Plus, it has fish bones and mud in it -...

Save rivers, lakes from worshippers

People use crane to lift Lord Ganesha idol for the traditional immersion during Hindu festival ganesh chathurthi (Hyderabad, India)
Before every Ganesh Chaturthi, people from across India, especially Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Orissa, get busy with preparations for celebrations. But, as the momentum of activity increases, officials of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) start feeling queasy in their stomachs. For, though festivals like Ganesh Puja and Durga Puja are a time for fun, it is...

Long Memory of Female Elephants is Responsible for the Well Being of their Families

Long Memory of Female Elephants is Responsible for the Well Being of their Families
You must have heard the phrase 'elephant's memory' being used for people with a long memory.It seems the long memory of elephants, especially female elephants, is directly responsible for the well being of their families. This fact was discovered by a group of researchers of the University of Sussex who studied the elephants of Amboseli National Park in Kenya,...

Rat Menace

August 12: About 26 people in Mumbai and nearby Thane died recently due to a strange fever. Initially the doctors in Mumbai were unsure which disease had afflicted these people, because no tests were conducted to find out the nature of the fever.Most patients had avoided getting the test done because it cost a lot of money (Rs. 750)...

Do centipedes really have 100 feet?

Do centipedes really have 100 feet?
They are called centipedes because it is believed that they have 100 feet. Actually, they don't. Of the 3,000 different types of centipedes on our planet, none have 100 feet. Some have 50 and some as much as 350.All centipedes have an odd number of body segments, and each segment has two legs attached to it. So, that magic...

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