---

Check out some of the latest posts from our website!

An interesting origin of the word Tripos

An interesting origin of the word Tripos

Categories: 'Tripod', BA degree, Cambridge University, Degree ceremony, Examination, Honours, Interesting Facts, Latin, Tripos

Tripos is the final honours examination for a BA degree at Cambridge University. It originates from the Latin word tripus, which means ‘tripod’. Tripus refers to the three-legged stool on which a graduate sat to deliver a satirical speech at the degree ceremony.

Read more.

---
Guess the length of walrus’ tusks

Guess the length of walrus’ tusks

Categories: Age, Animals & Birds, Herd, Leader, Protection, Tusks, Upper canine teeth, Uses of tusks, Walrus

The tusks of a walrus are the upper canine teeth which grow very long, sometimes to even one metre. They use their tusks for gripping ice, fighting enemies and even for scraping up the shellfish and clams they eat. The tusks are also indicators of their age and importance. The one with longest tusk leads the herd.

Read more.

---
Jamsetji Tata’s offer to Swami Vivekanand 

Jamsetji Tata’s offer to Swami Vivekanand 

Categories: 1893, Bangalore, Chicago Parliament of Religions, History, Indian Institute of Science, Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, Spiritual interest, Swami Vivekanand

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata was in the same ship in which Swamiji travelled to the USA on his historic trip to represent Hindu Religion at the Chicago Parliament of Religions, 1893. Both of them had a focused discussion on the spread of science education in India. Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata had offered Swami Vivekananda the post of the founder director of the …

Read more.

---
History’s most devastating earthquake

History’s most devastating earthquake

Categories: Artificial caves, China, Earthquake, Ming dynasty, Natural disaster, Nature, Shaanxi, Wei River Valley

On 23 January 1556 in Shaanxi, China, a devastating earthquake took place. It was the era of the Ming Dynasty. Most of the people were living in artificial caves at that time. The epicentre of the earthquake was the Wei River Valley in Shaanxi Province. More than 8,30,000 people got killed as the artificial caves collapsed. Places as far as …

Read more.

---
Sarada Devi and Sister Nivedita – Defying language barriers

Sarada Devi and Sister Nivedita – Defying language barriers

Categories: Bangla, Different languages, English, Interesting Facts, Mother Sarada Devi, Sister Nivedita

Whenever the Holy Mother Sarada Devi and Sister Nivedita used to interact, the former would talk in Bangla and the latter in English. But it is said that each used to understand the language of the other.

Read more.

‘Mosquito Day’ – Hope you don’t get bit!

‘Mosquito Day’ – Hope you don’t get bit!

20 August 1897 is officially considered to be the day when Ronald Ross identified malaria parasite in the Anopheles mosquito. His finding had tremendous impact on the fight against the disease, for which he was awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1902, and later knighted. It was indeed a remarkable achievement for Ronald Ross, who had failed the …

Read more.

---
Popularly known as ‘Papa Paparazzo’

Popularly known as ‘Papa Paparazzo’

Ron Galella was referred to as ‘Papa Paparazzo’. Ron Galella had several odd encounters with celebrities two conspicuous ones among them were: Being sued by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Getting five teeth knocked out by a punch of an irate Marlon Brando.

Read more.

Like what you see?

There's more, visit our website.

---