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Elephants can smell water up to 3 miles away. They are also one of the three mammals that undergo menopause – the other two being humpback whales and human females.

 

Kangaroos use their tails for balance, so if you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground, it can’t hop.

 

Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the male ostriches can roar like lions.

 

Houseflies don’t allow their short lifespans (14 days) to hinder their musical abilities. They always hum in the key of F.

 

Name TuesdayFrom the Roman warrior god Mars. Our culture adopted the Anglo-Saxon word for the warrior god of the Teutonic mythology Tiu or Tiw

 

Microwave cooking was discovered accidentally, when a chocolate bar melted in someone’s pocket.

 

Worcestershire sauce is made from dissolved fish.

 

The first soup was made of hippopotamus. The earliest archeological evidence for the consumption of soup dates back to 6000 BC, and it was hippopotamus soup!

 

The oldest city in the world that is still inhabited today is Varanasi or Benaras.              

 

In 700 BC, the world’s university was established in India in Takshila. It was one of the biggest achievements in the field of education as more than 10,500 students came from all over the world to receive education in over 60 different subjects.

 

In the 13th century, a poet saint named Gyandev introduced the game of Snakes and Ladders. Known as Mokshapat during those times, the game had a significant meaning. The snakes stood for vices while the ladders represented good virtues. The essence of the game was that the ladders or good virtues take people to heaven while snakes or vices take people to a cycle of re-births.

 

Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted complicated surgeries like cesareans, cataract, artificial limbs, fractures, urinary stones and even plastic surgery and brain surgery.

 

Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was reportedly invented in India.

 

According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world.

 

The art of Navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from Sanskrit 'Nou'.

 

Sanskrit is considered the mother of all higher languages. Sanskrit is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for computer software - a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987.

 

‘Jingle Bells’ Was The First Song In Space.

 

Jingle Bells is now firmly associated with Christmas, but originally the song was more connected with Thanksgiving.

 

J. R. R. Tolkien constructed the grammar and vocabulary of at least fifteen Elvish languages and dialects.

 

The Internet was invented in the United States during the late 1950s to the 1970s by a group of researchers and scientists at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). On the October 29, 1969, computers at Stanford and UCLA connected for the first time using the network then called ARPANET.

 
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