Ever wonder what beer will pair best with a nice steak dinner? A zythologist can tell you exactly which one! While drinking beer is an extremely casual activity, there is serious science behind making and tasting beer. The study of beer and beer making even has an official scientific name – Zythology. It derives from the Greek words “zythos” (beer) and “logos” (study). The study of beer and beer making, including the role particular ingredients play in the brewing process. A zythologist is student and connoisseur of beer who possess knowledge of ingredients, pouring techniques and beer pairings.
Niue, an island nation in the South Pacific, features Disney and “Star Wars” characters on its coins. This tiny island may have a meager population of about 1,200 — but it’s renowned for having Mickey Mouse on its money. The coins are legal tender on the Polynesian atoll, but around the world, they are being traded as collector’s items. In 2014, the most expensive coins were made from 7.1 grams of gold, featured Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Pluto, and retailed for $625, although their denomination in Niue dollars was just $25.
Changes in space travel technology are taking place at lightening speeds. However, things in space might just take a little longer to change than they do on Earth. Since the moon doesn’t have atmosphere — there’s no wind or water to erode or wash away the Apollo astronauts’ mark on the moon. That means their footprints, rover prints, spaceship prints, and discarded materials will stay preserved on the moon for a very long time. They won’t stay on there forever, though. The moon is still in a dynamic environment. It’s actually being constantly bombarded with micrometeorites, which means that erosion is still happening there, just very slowly.
The evolution in technology happened years ago, but the evolution of our minds is a relatively slower process. A full 12 per cent of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full colour. Studies from 1915 through to the 1950s maintained that most of our dreams are in black and white, but these results began to change in the 1960s. Today, only 4.4 per cent of the dreams of under-25 year-olds are in black and white. Recent research has suggested that those changing results may be linked to the switch from black-and-white film and television to colour media.
Various so-called national flags had been used by members of the Indian independence movement prior to independence being achieved in 1947. However, Pingali Venkayya, a farmer from Machilipatnam, conceptualised the final Indian national flag, with tri-colour and the chakra in the middle. Venkayya’s version was first designed for the Indian National Congress and subsequently modified in 1947. Pingali Venkayya was an authority in geology, agriculture and also an educationist who set up an educational institution in Machilipatnam. He died in poverty in 1963. A postage stamp was issued to commemorate him in 2009.
Politicians had been considered Black Sheep of Society not only in India but also in most of the world. In an attempt to substitute the hypocritic politicians Nick Gerritsen of New Zealand has developed a virtual politician named SAM. Driven by artificial intelligence, SAM is designed as a female and “she” can interact with people through Facebook Messenger and discussed the issues regarding election. SAM is said to have a constantly evolving nature as “she” stores whatever “she” listens and analyse those data. According to the maker SAM may take part in election in 2020. Nick said SAM was designed with “the desire to close the gap between what voters want and what politicians promise, and what they actually achieve.” It would be interesting to see whether this hi-tech attempt would trigger a new era of politics or not.
The debate on how easy it is to get typecast in Bollywood can always go on, with Shah Rukh Khan being called the King of Romance. But did you know that there exists an actor who played the same role in 144 films precisely, and for that, he holds a Guinness World Record too? Jagdish Raj Khurana is the actor who holds the record for being the most typecast actor in the world. He played the role of a police inspector in every film that he acted in.
Major Dhyan Chand, known as the Wizard of Hockey, is considered as the greatest field hockey players in the history of the sport. He is known for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning three Olympic gold medals (1928, 1932, and 1936) in field hockey. He is one of the decorated sportsmen in India having received a Padma Bhushan. However, one of his lesser known achievements is that the legend was also honoured by Austrian citizens in Vienna, where they made a statue of him with 4 hands and 4 sticks to depict his magnificent skill and control with the ball.
‘Red Fort’ is the dignity of our country and also one the famous tourists place. But do you know the interesting facts about it? The fort was previously known as ‘Qila-e- Mubarak’. The Fort was originally red and white, Shah Jahan’s favourite colours. After years of negligence, when the white stone started chipping off, the building was repainted in red by the British and so the fort was called Red Fort, thereafter. The Kohinoor diamond of India was a part of the royal throne of Shah Jahan, which was later stolen by Nadir Shah and today is a part of Royal Crown Collection of England.
When it comes to mangoes, it becomes difficult to hold on our cravings for it. But do you know from where the word “Mango” has been derived? As it was originated in India-Burma border, its first name was “Aamra-Phalam”. Its transformation in Hindi language became “Aam-Phal”. Synonym of Phal in Tamil is Kaay, so Tamils called it by the name “Aam-Kaay” which gradually became “Maamkaay” due to differences in pronunciation, Malayalam people changed it to “maanga.” When Portuguese people came across this fruit, they told about it to Britishers who changed it to Mango. And now it is called “Mango” the world over.