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Bird Flu Virus Returns to Asia

Where: ChinaDecember 18, 2008: The deadly Bird Flu virus is back, and hundreds of thousands of chickens are being culled (killed) across Asia and Africa to stop the virus from spreading. The H5N1 virus is commonly referred to as Bird Flu virus since it spreads through birds. It can be fatal for human beings, especially those that are exposed...

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...

About 6 million tonnes of salt is made from…

About 6 million tonnes of salt is made from the sea every year. This is enough to build a salt version of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. In hot countries, people use a very simple method to collect salt from the sea. Huge, shallow pans are arranged along the coast. These fill up with sea water as the tide...

The sunday school teacher asked softly: “Who…

The sunday school teacher asked softly: "Who led the children of Israel out of Egypt?" No answer. The teacher pointed to a little boy at the back of the room and asked him . "It wasn't me," he said timidly. "I'm from Pittsburg."

Easter’s Here

Easter is a festival and holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
Go out into the market on Easter and you cannot miss the Easter egg on the shop counter - filled with sweets and chocolates, it is irresistible. Several people also paint eggs or emboss chocolate eggs with sugar flowers to gift to friends and relatives.But what is Easter? Easter Sunday falls on the Sunday after Good Friday and on...

Dress like an Egyptian

Portrait of an Egyptian couple
I am writing this as I am travelling in my time machine. I know how important it is to keep a diary of happenings. The machine is making strange rattling noises, because I forgot to clean its aching joints this morning. It's an old contraption, after all. Hullo! Where am I? I thought I was visiting ancient India, but...

Batik: Ancient Art of Painting in Wax

Assortment of colourful batik textile.
A routine college day. We had to go for textile practicals after lunch. Going for any class post lunch was a pain. All we wanted to do was sleep. But, that remained a dream since we were always packed with classes after lunch. Lazily, I dragged myself to the textile laboratory."Today we are going to learn the technique of...

Mind the Manners!

Neeru and Shama were planning a trip to Europe for a holiday. They had been through all the travel catalogues, Lonely Planet series, and Michelins to plan their travel and stay. From friends and foren returned relatives they knew the weather backwards and had both warm and arctic-wear clothing.The final stop was this book on etiquette that friends were...

Prized Skeleton in Museum Closet

September 23: A newcomer has joined the exhibits at Delhi's prestigious National Museum. She is all of 5000 years old, from the time of the Harappan Valley civilisation, and in skeletal form.Discovered from Rakhigarhi, in the northern Indian state of Haryana, the skeleton is remarkably well-preserved. Even the shell bangles in her left hand, are still intact, says a report...

Where is the Tower of Babel?

Tower of Babel (Babylon)
The 'Tower of Babel' is a structure that is mentioned in the Bible in the Old Testament in Genesis. The Biblical account describes how the descendants of Noe who migrated from Armenia towards Babylon (in Mesopotamia) decided to build a city and a tower whose architectural excellence would make them famous. But, God caused confusion by confounding their tongues,...

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