My SCRAPBOOK (సేకరణలు): A COLLECTION of articles in English and Telugu(తెలుగు), from various sources, on varied subjects. I do not claim credit for any of the contents of these postings as my own.A student's declaration made at the end of his answer paper, holds good to the articles here too:"I hereby declare that the answers written above are true to the best of my friend's knowledge and I claim no responsibility whatsoever of the correctness of the answers."

Monday, January 05, 2009


The magnificent color of butterfly wings does not come from pigmentation directly on the wing, but from the tiny scales that hang on the wing like shingles on a house roof. These scales are so small they look like powder when rubbed onto the fingers.

Each King in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades - King David; Clubs - Alexander the Great; Hearts - Charlemagne; and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

Chewing gum was invented by a dentist, named William Semple - as a way to exercise your jaws.

111 111 111 x 111 111 111 = 12345678987654321

Our eyes can distinguish as many as 10 million distinct color variations.

There are more insects in a single square mile of fertile soil than there are people on the entire earth.

The carrots you munch on weren’t orange always. Carrots started out red, white and purple and are believed to have been grown in Afghanistan in the seventh century, with purple exteriors and yellow pulp. The Dutch developed the orange carrot and the French cultivators are said to have developed its elongated shape.

There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs six times: Indivisibility.

The deepest location on Earth is Mariana Trench, about 11km deep in the North Pacific ocean.

When glass breaks, the cracks move at speeds of more than 4,500 km/h (3,000 miles)

Earth is the only planet not named after a Roman or Greek god.

A neutron star is the strongest magnet in the universe.

The ice-cream cone was invented in 1904 at the St Louis World Fair (USA). An ice cream vendor ran out of paper cups and asked a nearby waffle stall to make some thin ones that would hold his ice-cream scoops.(An email forward)




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