Phil Simmons, have you heard the name? Yes, an all rounder of the West Indian team in the post Lloyd era. Though not so famous as a bowler as his counterparts in those days, this man holds an amazing bowling record in ODIs. In a Benson & Hedges World Series match against Pakistan at Sydney on December 17, 1992, he bowled his full quota of ten over giving away only three runs and took four wickets. His figure was 10-8-3-4 (Over-Maiden-Runs-Wickets). Pakistan were bundled out for 81 runs and West Indies went on to win the match by 133 runs. Simmons was declared Player of the Match.
Reptiles are one of the most diverse groups in the animal kingdom. Reptiles are among the longest-lived species on the planet. For example, large tortoises such as the Aldabra tortoise can live for more than 150 years. Alligators can live nearly 70 years. Ball pythons, a popular type of pet snake, can live up to 40 years. Most kinds of reptiles do not tolerate the cold very well. But the Blanding’s turtle is sometimes found swimming under the ice in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Many people think that reptiles are slimy. But the fact is that reptiles do not have sweat glands like you and I have, so their skin is usually cool and dry.
Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was a notable Indian engineer, scholar, statesman and the Diwan of Mysore during 1912 to 1918. Born on 15 September 1860, he was a recipient of the Indian Republic’s highest honour, the Bharat Ratna. Sir M V is credited with great inventions that are still considered to be marvels in engineering, like the ‘automatic sluice gates’ and ‘block irrigation system’. He even came up with an efficient way of filtering water through ‘Collector Wells’ in 1895 which was rarely seen anywhere in the world. Each year, his birthday September 15 is celebrated as Engineer’s Day in India.
Ants are more of the nuisance then a pest. Ants are truly fascinating creatures and are ridiculously strong. They have the ability to carry about 10 to 15 times more their own body weight. The Asian weaver ants for example can lift 100 times more its own body weight. But the most interesting fact is that they don’t have lungs. Now the question is how they breathe? They have their own way of respiration to help transport oxygen around their body.
39-year-old Rob Pope, dressed up as a Forrest Grump, has broken the Guinness Book of World Record for the fastest male marathon runner in a film character costume. He ran this year’s London Marathon dressed as Tom Hanks’ Oscar-winning character in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 28 seconds. He has already crossed the US four times and became the first person ever to run across the country three times in a year. He has ran over 15,000 miles so far. When asked why he was doing this he replied to raise money for charities the World Wide Fund for Nature and Peace Direct.
The study of the human brain is one of the least explored areas in science. Do you want to know the interesting facts about it? Our brain has 73 per cent water and it takes only 2 per cent dehydration to affect your attention, memory and other cognitive skills. Ninety minutes of sweating can temporarily shrink the brain as much as one year of aging does. But the most interesting fact is our brain can process an image that your eyes have seen for as little as 13 milliseconds — less time than it takes for you to blink. A 2-year-old’s baby’s brain is 80 per cent of an adult’s brain size.
German tour operator and travel agency Schauinsland-Reisen GmbH has broken the record for the world’s Tallest Sandcastle, after building a spectacular sculpture of 54ft 9in. Approximately 3,500 tonnes of sand was used and it took a team of artists almost a month to complete the sculpture. An entire week was spent just collecting the sand in 168 trucks! For attracting the tourist of all around the world the enormous sandcastle is intricately decorated with images, including Athens’ Acropolis, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
One will be considered lucky to even catch a glimpse of the striking Lion Tailed Macaque. Housed in the mountains of Western Ghats, along the west coast of India, this old-world monkey is one of the 16 Macaque species. Seen in small and remote regions of the tropical forest, the Macaque is one of the most endangered animals in the world. Only 2,900 of this majestic species can be found in zoos and wild life reserves. Today the Macaque can be spotted in the Silent Valley National Park in Kerela, Sirsi-Honnavara rainforest of North-Western Ghats in Karnataka and in parts do the Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu
Ever heard of Khashaba Jadhav? The first Indian to win individual medal in wrestling at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Born in a family of wrestlers, he won his first bout at the age of 8 against a local champion and went on to perform remarkably in various competitions. In 1952 Helsinki Olympics, then 27, Jadhav created history by defeating players from Mexico, Canada and Germany and bagging the bronze medal to become the first Indian to win an individual medal at the Olympics. However, instead of great media attention that our current sports persons get, Jadhav was greeted by his fellow villagers only.
We know APJ Abdul Kalam was a president of India, but do you know that Switzerland celebrates Science Day in their country curtsy our great scientist. The father of India’s missile programme had visited Switzerland back in 2006, on May 26. Upon his arrival the country declared May 26 as Science Day. However, in India, National Science Day is celebrated on February 28 each year. This is to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930