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Did you know the original Indian Constitution was not printed?
The Indian constitution was handwritten in both Hindi and English. It was penned down by Prem Behari Narain Raizada using flowing italic style calligraphy. Each page was decorated by artists from Shantiniketan. This constitution was adopted on 26th November 1949 but it was fully commenced on 26th January 1950. In the original constitution, there were 395 Articles, 8 Schedules, 22 Parts and a Preamble. It took 2 years, 11 months and 18 days to be framed. Now, it has 465 articles, 12 Schedules and 25 Parts. Did you know it is the longest handwritten constitution in the world?
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Quark by Prachi
10 July, 2020
Why do witches ride on broomsticks?
The depiction of a witch riding a broomstick goes a long way back. Thanks to those cartoons and movies that scared the pants off us. But what's the origin of the association of broomsticks with witches? Well, the first G-rated answer to this is that back in those days brooms were a symbol of female domesticity. Women generally were responsible for raising children, cooking and upkeep of their homes. They always had their broomsticks as a constant companion. So, when people started claiming others as witches, brooms were thought of as the distinguished tool of the trade.
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Quark by Abhik
8 July, 2020
Which village is known as twin village?
A village found in Kerela named Kodinhi continues to be a mystery to researchers. This village has the largest number of twins in Asia and holds a Guiness World Record. The national average of twins is not more than 9 in 1000 births. But in Kodinhi, the number is as high as 45 in 1000 births. This rate of birth is increasing every year. Besides twins, triplets and quadruplets are also found. Researchers are trying to identify this unique reason by taking soil and water samples of Kodinhi.
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Quark by Prandeep
28 June, 2020
How did friendship day originate?
Friendship day is celebrated in various countries of the world. On 20th July 1958, Paraguay, first it was proposed as international friendship day by Dr Ramon Artemio Bracho. Later, The World Friendship Crusade Foundation celebrated it on 30 July, which promotes humanity and fellowship regardless of any caste and creed. But In India, Singapore, Malaysia and UAE it is celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year. Traditionally, gifts, bands and cards are exchanged between youngsters on this friendship day. The friendship bands are popular in India and some parts of South America.
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Quark by Satabdi
25 June, 2020
Which machine from 1936 is as powerful as a modern day supercomputer?
In 1936, Alan Turing developed an abstract machine called the Turing Machine. It has an infinite memory tape to only read and write data. In the Turing Thesis, he proposed that his machine could do anything that can be done by any computer. In fact, any computation done by mechanical means can be performed by a Turing Machine. Even for the most complex algorithms, there exists a corresponding Turing machine algorithm. Till today, no one could prove or deny him. Since we never proved him wrong, we started believing he is right. The global challenge is to create a problem that the machine cannot solve.
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Quark by Abhigyan
22 June, 2020
Which is the spiciest pepper in the world?
World's hottest pepper is continuously changing as new varieties are either created or discovered. As of, Carolina reaper is the worlds hottest pepper. It is a crossbred between a Ghost pepper and a Red Habanero which is insanely hot. Another, Naga Viper, is an extremely rare hybrid pepper. Then comes the Moruga Scorpion, a formidable pepper, which was recently discovered in the lands of Moruga. Until 2007, Ghost pepper was the hottest pepper mostly grown in North East India. Due to their extremely hot pungency, these chillies are not advisable for peoples consumption.
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Quark by Satabdi
21 June, 2020
What is the most expensive coffee in the world?
Kopi luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world produced mainly in Indonesia, East Timor, the Philipines, Vietnam, Thailand and Ethiopia. The coffee cherries are partially digested and defecated by an Asian palm civet cat. The coffee cherries are subjected to acidic, enzymatic and fermentation treatment as they pass through a civet's intestine. The limited supply with its high demand and unique method of production makes it much more valuable in the market. The annual Kopi luwak production is less than 150 kg, and the retail price of 1 kg of this coffee is about $700.
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Quark by Satabdi
20 June, 2020
Why does cuckoo bird lay eggs in crow's nest?
The cuckoo bird portrays a perfect example of egg mimicry. Egg mimicry is a process where the host depends on other species to raise its young. Cuckoo bird uses the crow's nest. In this way, they spare themselves the effort of building nests and raising their young ones. Once the young ones get hatched, they remove the host egg one by one within their hatching days. Cuckoo chicks are then desperately fed by their unwitting foster parents assuming it to be their own young ones. This behaviour has been witnessed in fish and insects also.
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Quark by Satabdi
17 June, 2020
Alohomora! What are Harry Potter's unknown facts?
Harry Potter series is one of the best-selling book series of all time selling more than 500 million copies despite being banned due to religious conflicts in America. Characters in this book drew inspiration from events in the author's everyday life. Harry Potter shares JK Rowling's birthday. She liked to invent unusual names for the characters. The names of the Houses of Hogwarts were created on the back of an aeroplane's sick bag. After her mother died, she suffered from depression. That's how she portrayed Harry Potter's dementors character as creepy creatures that feed on human emotion.
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Quark by Satabdi
15 June, 2020
Where did the Donald Duck Character came from?
Donald Duck is the most loved and famous cartoon character of all times. Walt Disney was inspired by a voice actor who recites songs in his angry and agitated duck voice. This duck voice created the Donald Duck character that was more negative than Mickey Mouse. More interestingly Donald Duck has a middle name- Donald “Fauntleroy” Duck. He is the only Disney character who has an official middle name. Donald wears a sailor’s hat and a shirt with a red bow because ducks are similar to sailors as they both stay and work in water.
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Quark by Satabdi
14 June, 2020
What is the most stolen food in the world?
Cheese is the most stolen food in the world, and it has a higher propensity of being stolen than chocolates or alcohol. Interestingly, over 4% of all the total cheese made globally gets shoplifted. Well, cheese is valuable, always in high demand, and available in small and mobile formats that are easy to conceal. It is a lucrative business opportunity as there exists a large black market for stolen cheese, where stolen cheese is sold to restaurants. Most retailers have recently started using security tags on cheese to prevent it from getting stolen.
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Quark by Angshuman
12 June, 2020
What is Wasabi?
Wasabi is a plant species belonging to the same family as horseradish and mustard. It mostly grows along the stream beds in mountain river valleys of Japan. Its limited cultivation and unavailability outside Japan make it expensive. Wasabi is grated, dried and made into a paste. It is available in toothpaste-like tubes and used extensively in sushi preparation. "Wasabi-mame" is a crunchy snack made from legumes that are roasted, dried and coated with wasabi powder. It has a sharp and spicy taste. Due to its intense aroma, wasabi vapour is used to create a smoke alarm for deaf people.
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Quark by Satabdi
11 June, 2020
Who was Maria Sibylla Merian?
Maria Sibylla was born in Germany in 1647. She combined art and science to become one of the great Scientific Illustrator and Entomologist of all times. Maria was particularly interested in caterpillars and butterflies. At that time, most people thought insects were disgusting and not worth of study. But Maria, at a young age, started collecting insects to learn how they behaved. She painted the different life stages of insects. The "Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname" was published in 1705 and became a hit all over Europe. Maria’s detailed illustrations amaze people to this day.
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Quark by Satabdi
5 June, 2020
How do Dolphins sleep?
Dolphins are mammals. Unlike us, their breathing is a voluntary process, which means that dolphins only breathe when their blowholes are out of the water, and it's safe to do so. If they enter deep sleep, they might not be able to know when to breathe. So, they have developed a couple of ways to handle sleeping. When a dolphin sleeps, only half of its brain goes to sleep at any one time; the other half of the brain stays awake and takes care of its breathing. Interestingly, dolphins sleep with one eye open.
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Quark by Rohith
28 May, 2020
What is the longest religiously burning lamp in the world?
In 1528 (1450 Saka), Guru Madhavdeva lit an earthen lamp in a Vaishnavite monastery in Jorhat, Assam - 'Dhekiakhowa Bor Namghar'. Since then, the flame has kept burning continuously without interruption. People religiously refuel the lamp to continue its saga. The lamp also set a national record for burning for the longest duration - around 500 years and can enter the Guinness Book of World Records as well. Interestingly, Guru Madhavdeva once took shelter for the night in the hut of an old woman who served him with a fern 'Dhekia'. Pleased by the taste, he built a monastery there and gave her the responsibility of the historic lamp.
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Quark by Abhigyan
18 May, 2020
Why Melbourne has Four Seasons in a Day?
In Melbourne, turbulent weather changes that occur within an hour can drive you nuts! This is because of its unique geographical position. Australia is separated from Antarctica only by ocean and hence cold air flows in unhindered into Melbourne. The hot desert wind from Central Australia strikes the mountain ranges on the West and East Australia. This concentrates the hot wind to blow either towards or away from Melbourne. When hot air blows towards Melbourne, we get heatwaves of over 40°C. The intersection of hot desert winds and cold Antarctica air creates ‘Four Seasons in a Day’ in Melbourne.
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Quark by Bhanu
29 April, 2020
Why do we say cheers while drinking?
Do you know why we say cheers with 'clunk' sound of the glasses? Do you know the reason behind that? We do this when we are celebrating some occasion or having a good time. So when we drink, we can 'see' the drink, 'smell' the drink, 'touch' the drink, 'taste' the drink. The only sense organ that doesn't come in the picture is the ear and hence the clunk sound so that we can 'hear' the sound and the happy occasion is now a culmination of all the five senses.
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Quark by Rohith
27 April, 2020
Which is the happiest country in the world?
According to the World Happiness Report released by the United Nations on March 20, 2020, Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world for the third consecutive year followed by Denmark and Switzerland. Ranked at 144, India occupied the bottom ten spots of the report. The World Happiness Report is a survey which grades countries using the Gallup World poll and other factors such as levels of GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom and corruption income.
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Quark by Harsh
22 April, 2020