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Standing on the edge of a platform looking 150 feet straight down at the river below I thought to myself, how did I get roped into this mess? Do I really want to go ahead with this foolishness? Shouldn't I be back with my feet firmly planted on the ground?I was standing on the platform of a 100-ft high...

This One is For your Eyes Only

Any mention of the word 'zari' may remind you of the heavily embroidered Banaras silk sarees that your mother, sister or aunts may have. Embroidering silk sarees with zari, or golden and silver wrapping on silk threads, is an old and well known art in India.A sari with zari work is a dream come true for most Indian women.But...

Where Guns rule

Where: The state of Texas, USAMay 19, 2001: In yet another shocking incident of firearms violence in US schools, 16-year-old student Jay Goodwin shot himself to death before the eyes of a teacher and female student, at the Ennis High School, in Goodwin, Texas.The incident happened just two days after the march of mothers and grandmothers in the US...

Why do Flies have Compound Eyes?

A macro portrait of the compound eye of a fly
Just like a man woos the woman he loves, takes her to nice restaurants, buys her presents, and courts her to impress her before marriage, animals too choose their mates through courtship.Since animals cannot do all these, they do it differently. Some animals put up a colourful display, while others give little gifts to their beloved - a choice...

The Deadliest Animal in the World

Chironex Fleckeri, sea wasp jelly fish
Do you know, it is one of deadliest creatures in the world? No, it's not the cobra. It is the sea wasp. It is a kind of jelly fish and is called the Chironex Fleckeri, commonly known as sea wasp.It has a bell-shaped body with long tentacles that trail behind it. These tentacles have hundreds of thousands of tiny cells,...

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...

Fish That Live in the Desert

Dipterus is an extinct freshwater lungfish
We all know that fish live in water. But, there is a kind of fish which lives in the desert.Difficult to believe? Well, there is a variety of fish called the lungfish, which are found in Africa. When the rivers overflow, their water spreads to the dry regions around. It forms small lakes or ponds. The fish lives in...

Olympic Games are Fair Game for TV Satire

August 5: Heard of facts imitating fiction?Well, that's exactly what's happening in Australia. There's a comedy serial on Australian television these days. It is a spoof or hilarious leg-pulling on the Australian officials who are in charge of making all the arrangements for the Olympic Games scheduled to start in the Australian capital Sydney.The really strange part is, much...

Record Tidbits

Scholastic Book of World Records Published by Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd.World records almost always make interesting reading. And if there are vivid pictures to make it more interesting, the tidbits get digested faster. The Scholastic Book of World Records is such a book. It makes you want to pick it up and create a new global map based on...

The Truth About Bats

Bats are among the world’s least appreciated and most endangered animals, thanks to centuries of myth and superstition. Contrary to common misconceptions, bats are not blind, they are not rodents and they won’t get tangled in your hair. The truth is that bats are mong the most gentle and beneficial animals on earth.A bat is a winged mammal with...

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