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In the middle ages, a pound of currency was literally a pound of silver in weight.

 

Silver jewelry was often associated with special powers by ancient civilizations; they believed it brought healing powers, good fortune, and warded off evil spirits.

 

The compound silver iodide has been used for cloud seeding, to cause clouds to produce rain and try to control hurricanes.

 

Did you know Agra was not supposed to be the actual site for Taj Mahal? Yes, you read it right. Earlier, Taj Mahal was to be built in Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh) where Mumtaz died during the childbirth. But unfortunately, Burhanpur couldn’t supply enough white marble and so the final decision was taken to build the Taj Mahal in Agra which has now become a popular domestic tourist attraction in Agra.

 

The foundation of Taj Mahal would have collapsed if it wasn’t on the Yamuna Bank. Yes, Taj’s foundation is made of timber which is not supposed to be long-lasting. So you can picturise well that the wood must have weaken over the period of time but it is because of the Yamuna River that the wood is kept strong and moist till date.

 

Indians were the first people to mine and use diamonds around 300 BC.

 

Precious stones are particularly rare and beautiful gemstones. In fact, there are only four gemstones that are called precious stones: diamond, sapphire, emerald and ruby.

 

The garnet was named after the seeds of a pomegranate.

 

It takes up to three years to grow a matured pearl.

 

Many scholars now accept that the Yangtze River area in China is the place where rice was originally domesticated as a consequence of these newer findings (11, 19–23)

 

In Italy, it is believed that flowers planted during a solar eclipse are brighter and more colorful than flowers planted any other time of the year.

 

A song called harivarasanam which has 8 stanzas and 108 words were written by Srinivasa Iyer. And this song for lord ayyappa is chanted every day before the temple is closed. This tradition is going on for years and years and has never failed to miss even a day.

 

There are at least 2 solar eclipses per year on our planet.

 

The only two non-silvery metals are gold and copper.

 

By the time you feel thirsty, you've already lost about 1% of your body's water.

 

Hanuman heard the Bhagavad Gita directly from Krishna : During the Mahabharata, when Lord Krishna delivered the Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna, three other people heard it as well including Hanuman.

 

Hanuman applied Sindoor all over his body for Rama’s long life : Once, Hanuman saw Mother Sita applying Sindoor in her hair. He asked Mother Sita for doing so. Mother Sita replied that it was for the long life of Lord Rama. Hanuman thought if just a pinch of sindoor in the hair can increase the longevity of Lord Rama’s life then why not apply to the entire body. Thus, he is also known as Bajrang Bali.

 

The only letter not appearing on the periodic table is J.

 

Air becomes liquid at -190°C.

 

Famed chemist Glenn Seaborg was the only person who could write his address in chemical elements.

 
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