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Why do People Kiss Under the Mistletoe?

Why do People Kiss Under the Mistletoe?
In millions of homes in Europe and America, a sprig of mistletoe with berries is hung outside the doorway at Christmastime. According to custom, a man is allowed to kiss a girl if she is standing under the mistletoe.Legend has it that when Balder, the son of the Norse goddess Frigga was killed by an arrow made of mistletoe...

How does a Juggler Juggle?

A juggler juggles large knives
Yesterday, after seeing a circus show, I made up my mind about a career. I was at home busy throwing an orange in the air with one hand to catch it while the other hand was passing me a second orange. I wanted to juggle oranges the same way a clown juggles balls.I could manage it with two. But...

Rats

Excerpts from  'Rats'. First published by Vigyan Prasar, IndiaNow at this time there was a great plague of rats in the London Docks. They were specially fierce rats, whose ancestors had come on steamers from Hong Kong along with tea and ginger and silk and rice. These rats ate all sorts of food which are brought to London in...

Why do we Celebrate April Fool’s Day?

Why do we celebrate April Fool's day?
Breaking news: Linus Torvalds, (a competitor of Microsoft) has decided to join hands with Microsoft! Alien spacecraft lands at Siberia. Scientists are rushing from across the world to investigate it!What is your reaction on reading these statements? Disbelief? Taken aback? Yes, this is exactly what people may want you to do on this day -- take you for a...

When a Cat Preys for Lunch

When a cat hunts a bird for lunch
Many people have always believed that animals hunting for prey always catch the ones that are young, old or sick. For it would be difficult for those creatures to escape a predator's hold. Till now there was no actual proof of this fact. But latest research by French scientists in Paris, France, has proved that it is true. A...

Signals of the Past

You want to send a message to someone. Immediately. No problem. You just pick up a land phone or a mobile phone, or send an email. The telegram is still there but many of us have forgotten about it.Now travel back in time to France, 206 years ago, when there was none of your latest technology. Not even the...

Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh, leader of the Vietnam revolutionary nationalist party of Indo-China, which struggled for independence from France during and after the second world war, was born Nguyen Sinh Cung on May 19, 1890 in a village in central Vietnam. The French through a puppet emperor indirectly ruled the area during that time. Inheriting his father’s rebellious bent, Ho...

Underground Rivers

From ancient times, people have settled down along the banks of rivers, since they provide water to drink, to irrigate their fields, and to use as waterways to go from one place to another.But hidden away, below the earth, are rivers that we rarely see, until they surface near the sea, or when they merge with another river. Some...

What are Truffles?

Every year, between November and March, people in southern France and Italy are busy trampling the woods, sniffing the air and peering under the roots of elm and oak trees looking for truffles. Truffles? Hey, its no trifling matter - there are organisations in France and Italy which let you take part in truffle hunts!Truffles are a rare and...

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

The Ayatollah (Arabic, "Reflection of Allah") Ruhollah Khomeini became leader of Iran in 1979 by forcing the overthrow of the shah and Prime Minister Shahpur Bakhtiar. Born in Khomein, Iran on May 27, 1900, the son of an ayatollah of the Shiite sect, he studied theology and by 1962 was one of the six grand ayatollahs of Iran's Shiite...

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