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Bird’s nest soup is made from the nests…

Bird's nest soup is made from the nests of cave swiftlets in Asia. Huge colonies of these little birds live in vast caves, making nests of saliva stuck to the roofs and walls. It takes the edible-nest swiftlet about 30 to 40 days to build its nest. Two nests are used to make one bowl of soup.

Why are Moths Attracted to Light?

A beautiful Luna Moth (Actias luna) on purple clematis flowers.
Have you seen moths zoom into a flame and die? It looks as if they are pulled by some unseen force.It is an unseen force that attracts the moth -- the ultraviolent light in the flame, which is invisible to humans. The moth finds it irresistible. It is driven to the light by its mating instinct.Ultraviolet vision helps moths...

Squirrelling it Away

Red squirrel with nut
Chimpu and his grandfather had gone to the park for an evening walk. After Chimpu had played with his friends for over an hour, he came back sweating and tired, to sit beside his grandfather at the park bench. There he found his grandfather throwing peanuts, brought from home, to the scampering squirrels at his feet.In fact, bushy-tailed squirrels...

The Woman who was Not Afraid of Guns

Six years ago, a very brave woman called Gloria Cuartes decided to fight the election for the town mayor's post. So, what was so brave about that, you may ask. Women all over the world have been fighting some election or the other. But, 33-year-old Gloria's case was different. You see, she came from the town of Apartedo, where...

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...

Chinese Sparrows

Once there was a merchant who happened to acquire six sparrows from China."They'll make a fine gift for my lord," thought the merchant. But knowing the lord to be very superstitious and always concerned about omens, he suspected that His Lordship might not like the number 'six'. In order to make the number a lucky 'seven', he added one...

How Many Kinds of Rhinos are There?

A pair of Asian Rhinoceros Bardia National Park, Nepal.
A modern day rhino or rhinoceros looks pretty much like its ancestor that existed on earth more than 30 million years ago.Its status as an animal "biggie" hasn't changed much either. The ancestors of the modern-day rhinoceros - the 4 feet tall Uintatherium and the 15 feet high Indricotherium - were the largest land mammals ever. Today's rhino is...

Which is the Oldest Church in India?

Mosaic of Last supper of Jesus by Giacomo Raffaelli
In 52 A.D. Thomas Didaemus, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ is believed to have landed at Musiris (Cranganore) in Kerala. He made his first converts both Jews and Hindus at Palayur a town now in Trichur district, Kerala. There he built a small church with an altar, which he consecrated.This is supposed to be the oldest...

The Chair

Once the mountain kingdom of Nepal was ruled by a liberal and kind-hearted king. He liked discussing problems of the state with important people of his kingdom. This practice made him popular and successful.In one such meeting, he noticed that no one except himself had a comfortable seat. Being kind-hearted, he was concerned. He decided to get suitable seats...

The Man who Saved the Moon

A kind-hearted man, looking down into a well, saw the reflection of the moon in the water."Oh! My God! The moon has fallen into the well," he muttered mournfully and hurried to fetch a hook tied to the end of a long rope.Quickly, he let the hook fall deep into the well, holding fast to the rope.The hook hit...

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