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The first known ascent of Mt. Fuji was in 663 by a monk. The Mt. was commonly climbed by men. However, women were not allowed to climb until the 19th century! The first woman to ascent was Lady Fanny Parkes in 1867.


Mt. Fuji has a very distinctive cone shape, which is very unusual for a volcano.


The peahen will lay an egg each day until she fills her nest with 3-7 eggs. She’ll also lay unfertilized “decoy” eggs that she’ll place away from the nest to confuse predators. The eggs hatch in about 28 days.


The average lifespan of a peacock in the wild is about 20 years.


Only the males are actually "peacocks.


Dhwaja Stambha is referred to as being a medium for the Heavens to be connected to the earth, which would refer to it being a spiritual connector between us earthlings and the Supreme Being, God, above.


The top portion of the Dhwaja Stambham has three horizontal perches or three branches pointing towards the Sanctum. It symbolizes righteousness, reputation and propriety or the Trimurtis – Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva.


A strand of hair is stronger than a copper wire with the same diameter.


A single hair has a lifespan of about five years.


A new hair begins to grow as soon as it is plucked from its follicle.


Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body after bone marrow


Panchgani's plateau is the second longest in Asia after the Tibetan plateau. This volcanic plateau is popularly known as table land.


Spiders tend to dislike the taste of essential oils.


Unlike us, spiders have blue blood.


The silk in a spider’s web is actually five times stronger than a strand of steel the same thickness. It is also believed that a spider web made of strands as thick as a pencil could stop an airplane in flight!


Spiders love to do the YMCA!


Giant Huntsman spiders have leg-spans of around 30cm (12 in).


The most expensive gold coin in the world is the 1933 Double Eagle, which was sold at Sotheby's in New York in 2002 for $7.59 million.


A carat was originally a unit of mass based on the carob seed used by ancient merchants.


Switzerland was the last country whose currency was tied to gold. 40% of a Swiss Franc was backed by gold until Switzerland joined the IMF in 1999.

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