A cheese with live maggots? Why not? Casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese that contains live maggots. In fact, a typical Casu marzu will contain thousands of them. These maggots are almost transparent and grow to about 8mm long. The story doesn't end here, the maggots can jump up to five inches out of cheese while you’re eating it and thus, because of their athletic capabilities, you need to be extra careful otherwise they’ll be in your eyes and your nose! Casu marzu has been declared illegal and not in compliance with EU hygienic standards. However, for Sardinians, the thousand years old traditional food Casu marzu holds a very special place
Frank Hayes, the only man to win a horse race after his death. History was made by the 35-year-old Hayes who was not even a jockey by profession but a horse trainer and a stableman 95 years ago. His horse was named “sweet kiss” and was owned by Miss AM Frayling. He died during the race due to a fatal heart attack probably because of the severe training for meeting weight requirements coupled up with his super excitement to see himself on the lead in his first race ever. His death was discovered when the race officials came to congratulate him for his splendid victory. In the light of this incident, Belmont Jockey Club decided to wave off all the rules and made Hayes’ win official
Between 1991 and 2008, Zimbabwe was going through a hyperinflation period. It happened after the private farms were taken away from the landowners during the involvement of Zimbabwe in the Second Congo War in the late 1990’s. The inflation rate was as high as 79,600,000,000 per cent. There were a huge number of starving billionaires, trillionaires and even quadrillionaires. Even a Quadrillion Zimbabwe Dollars couldn't buy a loaf of bread at that time. In 2009, Zimbabwe stopped printing its currency and currencies from other countries were being used. In 2015, Zimbabwe switched its currency for US$ for few months
A first ball six in a cricket test match? Oh yes, and who else but the charismatic Chris Gayle, holds the record for the feat. In a surprise move Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim asked his off spinner Sohag Gazi to bowl the very first over of the test match against West Indies at Mirpur played on November 13, 2012, and the very first ball went for a six. In the history of test cricket no cricketer has hit a first ball six in a test match. The over cost Gazi 18 runs but on the third over Gazi got the wicket of Gayle who scored only 24 runs in the first innings. However, West Indies went on to win the match by 77 runs
It has been said that the future will be dictated by cities, not countries. There are four cities in the world with a GDP of over $1 Trillion. They include Tokyo, New York City, Los Angeles and Seoul. FY 2018, The GDP of Tokyo, the capital city of Japan is around $2.15 Trillion; The GDP of New York City is $1.70 Trillion and Los Angeles is $1.05 Trillion, both are the major economic hubs of the United States of America; the GDP of Seoul in South Korea is around $1.02 Trillion. The City of Shanghai in China currently has a GDP of around $825 Billion, by the end of the next decade it is likely to become a member of the Trillion Dollar Cities Club
At a Height Of 15.6 Meters, India’s tallest escalator isiIn Janakpuri West Metro Station in Delhi. Introduced at Magenta Line’s Janakpuri West-Kalkaji Mandir section on May 29, this is an added charm for everyday commuters. “The escalators installed at Janakpuri West have the highest elevation in India,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson said. While the total horizontal length of the escalators is 35.3 metres, their height is 15.6 metres. The total weight of each of is about 26 tonnes. “The height of these escalators is equal to the height of a five-storey building,” the spokesperson added.
$10,000 for non-visible art? Yes, that is exactly the amount that a woman named Aimee Davison, a Montreal web producer, social media marketer, model and actor, paid for a piece of art work made by actor James Franco. The art work named Fresh air was on display at James Franco’s new art project, the Museum of Non-Visible Art (MONA). “On June 13, 2011, within an hour of reading a piece about the project on Salon.com, I decided to make the purchase of Fresh Air,” said Aimee to his interviewer. Essentially Non-Visible Art is, there are no physical works to purchase, only ideas
Gorillas are the world’s largest primates. They are closely related to humans, with 98 per cent of their DNA identical to that of Homo sapiens. However, they share lot of other things with humans too. Gorillas are highly intelligent. They use tools and have various methods of communication, including some 25 different sounds. One famous captive-born individual, Koko, has been taught sign language since she was a year old. By the age of 40, she had a library of about 1,000 signs and could understand some 2,000 words of English??
Pre-independent India played a crucial role in the world wars. India volunteered a lot of soldiers to the British and provided enormous financial and tactical help. One of the lesser known contributions of the Indians to the World War II was the formation of a special force in the British Indian Army, popularly known as Chindits. This team was responsible for stopping the inroads made by the Japanese into South Asia during the World War II. The Chindits often suffered from diseases such as dysentery and malaria as they marched into the Japanese lines via difficult terrains.
Today we find it difficult to imagine our life without the internet. But not many of us know just how harmful the internet can get and when one needs to stop. China has treatment camps for internet addicts. 200 million internet users in China are between the ages of 15 and 35. Tao Ran, director of the country’s first internet addiction treatment clinic under a military hospital in Beijing said that 40 per cent of those addicted to the internet suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder