Archives: December 2015

‘THE GUARDIAN’ PARODIES NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS   

You’re supposed to have unrelenting fun tonight, but what’s the purpose? A fabulously written article in ‘The Guardian’ will have you in splits. Listing four options for the night: going out to celebrate, watching fireworks, entertaining at home and staying alone, it proceeds to dismantle each choice as a painful chore. Sample:...

BUTTERFLY STROKE: MANY CLAIMANTS, NO CLARITY

It’s considered the hardest stroke to master, but once understood, the most effortless too. How did it come about? The butterfly stroke seems to have evolved independently as a result of swimming experiments conducted by (in order of date) Harry Milner, an Australian instructor (1912), Henry Myers, a competitive swimmer...

INDIA’S BASES IN ANTARCTICA

India has had three bases on Antarctica, with two currently operational. The first base, named Dakshin Gangotri, was set up in 1983, followed by Maitri in 1989. A third base, named Bharati, was commissioned in 2012. According to the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Maitri can support “25 persons...

BRITAN, FRANCE FOUGHT OVER THE ‘E’ IN CONCORDE

Concord means ‘agreement’, and although the original Franco-British plan called for the plane to be called Concorde (the French spelling of the word), British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan felt insulted when French President Charles De Gaulle refused to see him citing a cold, and switched to the British spelling (without...

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ON ‘JINGLE BELLS’

“Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way” was written by James Lord Pierpont, an American composer and musician. The song was copyrighted in September 1857, although it is not clear whether Pierpont wrote it that same year. It was originally called ‘The One Horse Open Sleigh’ and was written...

A LOONY LAW ON ALCOHOL

There’s a rule in India against stockpiling booze beyond a certain quantity, and each state seems to have its own say on the matter. Among the list of charges that the CBI registered against bureaucrat Rajender Kumar, principal secretary to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, is that he held 14 bottles...

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