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Athlete’s Death Casts Gloom Over Games

Where: Vancouver, CanadaFebruary 15, 2010 : The 21st Winter Olympics began in Vancouver, Canada, on February 12, 2010. Just hours before the opening ceremony, Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili died during a practice session. He lost control of his sled, which was going at a speed of 90 miles per hour. The sled flew off the track at a...

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...

Why does the Sun follow You?

Why does the Sun follow You?
Have you ever noticed that when you are in a car, or a bus, travelling on a straight road, the Sun appears to move right along with you?While telephone poles and trees close to the road, whiz past in the blink of an eye, the Sun is always visible throughout the journey. No matter how fast Daddy drives, you...

What Is The Origin Of Silk Fabric?

What Is The Origin Of Silk Fabric?
My mother took out her favourite blue silk saree for the dinner party. I looked at it, mesmerised by its shimmer and lustre. The rich fabric draped around her body, making her look so very elegant. Definitely no other fabric can match the qualities of silk.But have you ever wondered, how silk fabric came into existence? Silk production, or...

Where Did Shoes Come From?

Where Did Shoes Come From?
Ooh, aah, ouch! People in ancient times must have yelped like this when they walked on rough ground without any shoes on. And it was probably the pain and discomfort that propelled them to cover their feet for protection.Footwear has a history which goes back many thousands of years, and has long been an article of prestige for people...

The Greek Barber

Portrait of a couple dressed in old greek style
I wonder what others think of when they hear a mention of Greece. I think of the first Olympics and I think of the poison Socrates the philosopher was forced to drink. But I want to see something different today. Athens, here I come!My machine says we have reached the Athens of 2005 years ago (5th century BC). I...

Aristotle can’t remain Ignorant!

Aristotle the great greek philosopher
The Greeks were a passionately curious lot. When Alexander the Great set off in 334 BC on the famous expedition that took him over the Hindukush into Tashkent and Kashmir, he was accompanied not only by navigators, guides and surveyors, but historians and philosophers as well.Alexander had been taught by the philosopher Aristotle, and we are told that he...

Roman Holiday

Suitcase - checked. Diary - checked. I am writing my last lines before I take off in the time machine. Time machine - checked! This time it's going to ancient Rome at the height of its empire. Only this morning I read somewhere that when in Rome, do as the Romans do. If you want to accompany me, sit...

The first animals tamed and kept for milk…

The first animals tamed and kept for milk and meat were goats and sheep. Bones of these animals have been found with human remains in Iraq and Iran dating back to 8,500 BC.

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