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MISC. WORLD FACTS
THE LONGEST NAME FOR A PLACE

We’ve told you the longest name for a feature film before. If that was tough to remember, try this: `Taumatawkakatangihakoauauotanenuiarangikitanatahu.’ Well, that’s the longest name you will ever find for a place and its that for a nine hundred-foot hill in New Zealand. This 52-letter name is in the Maori language and means `the hill upon which Rangi sat and played the flute to his lady love.’
 
WHAT ARE DOGFIGHTS?

Dogfights were mid-air fights between single-seat scout planes in World War I. These planes usually had just one fixed forward-facing machine gun. This meant that the pilot had to aim the whole aircraft at the enemy to shoot, so flying skill was vital. Pilots who excelled were called “aces.” Aces such as Baron von Richthofen, also known as the Red Baron, became famous for their exploits during World War I.
 
APPEARANCE OF WRISTWATCHES

The exact time of the appearance of the wristwatch is unknown. But in the early twentieth century women's pocket watches started appearing attached to leather and steel bands. These were worn on the wrist and were an immediate money-spinner as their utility was established. Their usage peaked during the World War I when the time could be seen without unbuttoning the coat or jacket. The first self-winding watch was invented by John Harwood an Englishman in 1924. He patented the design and marketed it with chutzpah. Today the largest and by far the best watch industry is concentrated in the Jura Mountains and the Aar valley of Switzerland.
 
BADMINTON ORIGINATED IN INDIA

Many believe that the badminton game originated in England, and that it is in fact an offshoot of tennis. But while the game's name certainly sounds very British, as does shuttlecock, badminton is an ancient game that originated in India, where it was called Poona! British army officers who played the game there in the nineteenth century brought it back to Great Britain. In 1873, the Duke of Beaufort entertained his guests with the game at a party he hosted in his home that was in Badminton, England. That's how Poona received its badminton name.
 
A MUSEUM OF TOILETS

While visiting a museum you may have felt the need to and thus may have visited the toilet. But here is a museum that showcases toilets itself. This unique museum is in Delhi's Mahavir Enclave, on the Palam Dabri Road. It has been set up by Sulabh International, an organization that is associated with pay and use toilets. Its museum of toilets traces the history of toilets over the last 4500 years. On display is a rare collection of privies, pots, bidets, water closets and the like dated from 1145 AD to the present day stylish ones!
 
QWERTY or DVORAK – WHICH DO YOUR FINGERS PREFER?

Does QWERTY sound familiar? Look down at your keyboard and find it there, all these are alphabets arranged in the top row on the left side of your keyboard. QWERTY is the name given to your keyboards. There is another one known as the DVORAK keyboard, which is considered to be more efficient. Yet QWERTY continues to be the popular keyboard (since it has already been around for a long time) and therefore is more commonly used.
 
LITTLE BOY OR BIG BOMB!

They say `little boy’s don’t cry.’ But this `Little Boy’ made millions of others cry. On August 6, 1945, what could have been a regular Monday morning this `Little Boy’, a rather unusual nickname for an atom bomb, was dropped from Enola Gay, a B-29 bomber that flew over Hiroshima.

`Little Boy’ exploded at around 8.15 a.m Japan time, about a minute after he was dropped. The blast occurred at an altitude of 2000 ft above the building

that is today called the "A-Bomb Dome."
 
ALL SPICE? OR ONE?

Take a sniff of ‘all spice powder’, a common ingredient called for in many a recipe. The sniff will remind you of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Well, all spice powder is not prepared by mixing all these three spices together, but is prepared by powdering the dried berries of the West Indian pepper tree. It is known by another name too – the pimento tree
 
DRESSING UP THE HUMBLE CABBAGE

Read through a story based in Russia and you will certainly find a mention of Sauerkraut. This is a delicacy prepared by paying a lot of attention to the humble cabbage. A huge wooden container is layered with shredded and salted cabbage and left to ferment for a month. It is often seasoned with fragrant spices like caraway seeds, peppercorns and juniper berries. It has been known to have been prepared in ancient Rome and China also. The fermenting enhances the nutritive value of cabbage and makes it rich in Vitamin C. Captain James Cook, the famous British Explorer ensured that sauerkraut was a part of his crew’s diet so that they would not fall prey to scurvy, a disease caused by the deficiency of Vitamin C.
 


 
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