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Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different!


There is a city called Rome on every continent.


Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.


"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.


Panchang is known word for Almanac.


Dolphins can swim 37 miles per hour (60 kilometers per hour).


An ostrich can run 43 miles per hour (70 kilometers per hour).


Octopus have three hearts


Charlie Chaplin won third place in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest


If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.


What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common? They are all invented by women.


Books and reading
Continuing our exploration into the world of books, let us learn about what type of people read what kind of books. Here are some facts from a National Endowment for the Arts study.
* Only 38% of adults in 2006 said they had spent time reading a book for pleasure the previous day.
* 65% of college freshmen in 2005 said they read little or nothing for pleasure.
* 30% of 13-year-olds in 2004 said they read for fun "almost everyday," down from 35% in 1984.
* 1993-2003: The number of titles published increased 58% while fiction readers declined 14%
* Most readers do not get past page 18 in a book they have purchased.


Books are Valuable
As children we were all advised to read books and enhance our knowledge. Did you know that it is not only the knowledge inside the book that is valuable, sometimes even books are very valuable, consider these instances.
* On July 8, 1998, Christies, London auctioned an original copy of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, the first major work printed in England by William Caxton, in 1477. A private collector paid a record 4,621,500 (9 times the expected price) and bought it.
* A rare first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll raised $1.5m at auction in New York, making this the most valuable children's book ever sold.


Cowboys and Horses
If you are in Texas, you must be aware that Texans love horses and the spirit of cowboys is admired here. Several people practice horse riding and the rodeo is still a very popular sport here. Let us learn some interesting things about horses today:
1. There are over 350 breeds of horses in the world
2. A horse's heart is heavy, it weighs about 10 lbs (4.5 kg), while its head weighs only about 11.8 lbs.
3. Horses drink about 10 gallons of water every day
4. The hoof of a horse is like a fingernail; it keeps on growing and needs to be clipped.
5. A male horse is known as a stallion, while a female is known as a Mare. While a baby is a foal, a young female horse is a 'filly'. There is no name for a young male horse.


Funny Facts about Japan
Japanese are known to be hard working, entrepreneurial and have successfully rebounded after a crushing defeat in World War II. Here are some amazing facts about Japan and Japanese people.
1. Over 90% of the Japanese population buy a comic-magazine daily
2. Japan is a country of over 6,000 islands and has more than 40 active volcanoes
3. The Tokyo Zoo is perhaps the only one in the world which closes two months every year so that the animals can have a holiday from visitors
4. Paintballs are standard issue to police officers in Tokyo - when chasing a suspect they splatter them with indelible paint, visible under flourescent light, which makes them easily identifiable when apprehended.


Know about Indian Aviation
Flying thousands of feet above land we travel from city to city and across the world, how much do you know about the aviation scene in India? Apart from the fact that one has to travel to a big city to access an international airport there are several interesting trivia.
1. Civil aviation in India started way back in 1912. The first flight was from Karachi to Delhi and was served by Imperial Airways (UK)
2. When India attained independence in 1947, there were nine airlines operating across the country. Only one, Orient Airways shifted to Pakistan
3. J.R.D. Tata was the first entrepreneur to set up a private airline in India. He piloted its inaugural flight in 1932
4. In 1948, government established Air India International Ltd in a joint venture with Air India (formerly Tata Airlines) which was later nationalized (1953).
5. After Independence, World War II-abandoned Dakotas were available for Rs 10,000 and many rich hobby fliers became aircraft owners.


Mera Bharath Mahaan
Most visitors to this website have some relationship to India, either they were born and brought up there or their parents were born there. Whatever the relationship we have, it is always good to know these interesting facts about India.
1. Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies, which originated in India.
2. Indians had developed the 'Place Value System' and 'Decimal System' way back in 100 B.C.
3. The game of chess was invented in India and several Indians continue to dominate the game to this date
4. Granite as a material to build temples was used for the first time in southern part of India during the reign of Rajaraja Chola. The Brihadeswara Temple was built at Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu with an 80-tonne solid granite as its shikhara.
5. Snakes & Ladders is a very popular board game which was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev and was originally called Mokshapat.
6. According to the Gemological Institute of America, India was the only source of diamonds in the world until 1896


Mathematician or writer?
Did you know that Lewis Carroll, renowned author and poet was also a great mathematician? Yes, the author of several children's books most famously Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, was also a great mathematician. Lewis Carroll was only the penname or pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.


Tough Adventurous Journey
What comes to your mind when someone says that he is going to travel 8,120 km on a windsurfer across the ocean? Most people thought Flavio Jardim and Diogo Guerreiro had gone mad when they stated their intention to attempt this landmark journey.
But then when they completed 61-day their journey from Chui to Oiapoque on the Brazilian coast on July 18, 2005 and notched up a world record in the process, everybody was in complete awe of them. The wind surfing duo traveled 8,129 km (5,045 miles) across icy and turbulent seas to create the world record.
What kind of world record would you like to create?


Unusual Hobby
Brent Dixon of Georgia, USA has a strange hobby. He collects key chains in his home in Valdosta, Georgia. His large collection of 41,418 non-duplicated key chains attracted the attention of Guinness book of world records recently. He started collecting key chains in 2001 and in just about 7 years he has made it to the top.
Ever wonder why you throw away key chains? Next time think of Brent and start collecting them yourself.

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