This is a pair of bullets that collided during the Gallipoli (Gelibolu) Campaign of the WWI. The bullets embedded into each other were found by a farmer plowing his fields seventy-five years after the battle had concluded in 1915. These bullets are displayed in the Naval Museum in the city of Çanakkale. The odds for collision of two bullets, each traveling close to 1,500 m/sec, are abysmally low. (In 1895 there were only two automobiles in the entire City of Cleveland, and they collided. That probability was much higher, considering the pedestrian speeds that such vehicles could travel in those days, than for two bullets traveling at supersonic speeds to collide.) The factor that must be considered is the astonishing density of bullets flying through the air in that horrific battle.
There are few who dare to dream and fewer who make that dream a reality. A 65-year old woman, who lost her husband at the age of 23 due to lack of medical treatment, has today set up a hospital to make sure everyone doesn't suffer the same fate as she did.
The image that the mention of the word Mumbai conjures up is that of an upstart of a city that made it good due to its colonial past; a city whose existence is nothing more than a recent blip in the endless timeline of Indian history; a city which has no rich cultural past to be proud of, and a city which certainly has no spiritual tradition.
There are billions of galaxies in the Universe and each galaxy has billions of stars in it. Yet, even on the clearest night, we are not able to see more that 5000 stars with our unaided eyes. It is for the simple reason that most of the stars very very far away from us and each other.
It all began in 1979 when floods washed a large number of snakes ashore on the sandbar.
“Is that high-pitched voice really mine?” “Do I actually speak in such a shrill voice?” OR “There must be some problem with the recording instrument. This is definitely not my voice.” The reaction varies from an embarrassed grin to utter dismay to complete disbelief to outright rejection when you hear your recorded voice for the first time. You refuse to believe that the shallow, ear piercing sound is your own voice, the one you have been hearing all our lives. Sorry. There is nothing wrong with the recording equipment or the speakers. The problem lies in your head. Literally.
Water may be the elixir of life, but it sure can send your health into a tailspin, even endanger your life, if you drink too much of it.
This happens only in Tehran: Here people pay you to walk behind their car, so the traffic cameras can not capture their number-plates when they enter the restricted-traffic areas!
When he first synthesized LSD on November 16, 1938, during his research on lysergic acid derivatives, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann was not looking for something to get high on. In fact, he was searching for a respiratory and circulatory stimulant.
We all have heard of Jadav "Molai" Payeng, a man who spent 30 years single-handedly planting a sprawling 1,360-acre forest on a sandbar in River Brahmaputra in native India. Here is another man, from Kerala in India, who transformed a 32 acre barren hillside into a lush forest. Meet Abdul Kareem from Kasargod, Kerala…
Puffer, blowfish, swellfish, or, in Japanese, fugu – is perhaps the world’s most deadly fish. However, strangely in Japan, the fugu epitomises gourmet dining.
When the lives of 95 Harvard University students from the 1940s were followed up into middle age, the men with the highest intelligence test scores in college were found not to have been particularly successful in their careers. Nor did they have the greatest life satisfaction or the most happiness with friendships, family and romantic relationships.
Hinduism has a healthy tradition of settling the intellectual disagreements through debates called Shastrarth, held in full public glare. Literally, shastrarth means: Interpretation of scriptures. Later on, these debates evolved into brainstorming sessions in which participants quoted from scriptures in support of their arguments. In modern times, the weapon of shastrarth was used with considerable success by social reformers In India to purge Hinduism of various evils that had crept into it over the past 5,000 years. The most famous example of shastrarth being used to this effect is Swami Dayanand Saraswati defeating Kashi Pandits who supported idol worship.
The morning of August 24, A.D. 79, was clear and sunny along the Bay of Naples. In his bakeshop in the fashionable resort town of Herculaneum, Sextus Patulcus set out bread and pastries, imprinted with his initials. Greengrocer Aulus Fuferus watered the fruits and vegetables on his stand. A gem cutter worked on a delicate cameo, while a bronze caster repaired a candelabrum. Tailors, artists and tavern keepers were equally busy. The town was crowded with visitors who had come to enjoy the competitions being held in the Palestra, the athletic field, to commemorate the birthday of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome.
After leaving a 20-year career with Coast Guards in America, Alex Haley heads to New York to become a freelance writer. One year on, he still has not got a break. One day, an old acquintance of his offer him a job that carries an annual salary of $6000. A huge amount in 1960. Alex says, No. Things continue to be gloomy. Seven years later, he gets his first break: Readers' Digest commissions a fictionalized account of journey of ancestors of Alex Haley from the shores of Africa to America. It will be another nine years of research before Alex Haley publishes Roots. Read the complete account of his struggle which I read a few years ago...
The second most popular statement of Einstein, after the e=mc^2, is his quote on Stupidity: "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." Yet despite changing the millennia old ideas of time and space, he himself turned out to be “spectacularly stupid” having no confidence in his own theory. Read on…
Louis Alexander Slotin was a Canadian physicist and chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project where he had been tasked with experiments with uranium and plutonium cores to determine their critical mass values, a job at which he was considered to be an expert, but nevertheless a job referred to as "tickling the tail of a sleeping dragon" by Richard Fenyman.
Heading back to New York in 1859, Robert Augustus Chesebrough had reason to despair. At 22, he had already failed at one moneymaking idea, selling kerosene, because it had become too expensive. Then he’d gone to Pennsylvania, hoping to get in on the market for black gold, but prices were already soaring–$20 a barrel, or $400 in today’s equivalent.
A little over 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India’s Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site where he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acre of jungle that Payeng planted single-handedly.
Though the dictionary description of ‘paratha’ – a flat unleavened bread, resembling a small naan bread, that is fried on a griddle – is factually correct, it is hopelessly inadequate in conveying the might and magic of this palate-conqueror.
Italy has a jumble of attractions for every tourist. But while roaming the kneecap part of Italy in search of sculpture by Michelangelo, Donatello, Bernini et al, don't forget to look in on Lampo the Traveling Dog—in its own way one of the most arresting statues of them all.
MENSEN ERNST was found dead beside the Nile in 1843 by British travellers, who buried him in the sand. Today the river bank is gone, swallowed in the water held behind Egypt’s Aswan Dam. No one could have vanished more totally than this man. Yet nearly 170 years after his death, Mensen Ernst still holds unchallenged claim to have been the greatest long-distance runner the world has ever known.
The ruins of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan complex are a major tourist attraction in Mexico City. However, not many people visiting it know that the Pyramid was the site of a human sacrifice of unimaginable proportions.
Homosexuality since time immemorial has been condemned across most cultures with the exception of the ancient Greeks who had accorded it open acceptance Socrates being the most famous pederast.