Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The World of GK


General Knowledge and Homework

General knowledge and homework go hand in hand. General knowledge in other words can be called as common sense. Once a child reaches a certain age, he/she should have developed a certain amount of knowledge. This knowledge must help him or her to differentiate between the good and bad. We are living in a dangerous world and having some common sense can do a lot of good for any child.

When the child is doing homework, if he/she can do it by themselves, then it is certainly a boon for the parent as they do not have to break their heads in explaining the stuff to their kids. If at all your children is having difficulty in grasping the subject, then you must use innovative methods and teaching aids to teach them so that they understand and learn the subject.

Most of us feel that the International curriculum or the American based educational system is more effective for the simple reason because it gives more stress on the practical rather than the theory part. A small advice to parents, ensure that your child learn and understand what he or she is studying.

Marks ought to be secondary; the child must benefit and more importantly be learning. Kids might enjoy doing their homework by relating it with general studies. Knowledge and homework go hand in hand.


Expand Your General Knowledge

General knowledge is a very important factor. We all have our own interests in different subjects. People with good general knowledge get more attention and they also have an advantage in starting a conversation. General knowledge subjects can be great starting points for a good conversation. So if you are wondering how to improve your GK, then this article is for you. With the advent of internet, acquiring knowledge of facts has become quite easy. There are plenty of online trivia sites that can increase your general knowledge and recall skills on world geography and history trivia as well as the lives of famous personalities. You can use online encyclopedia websites for greater benefits.

Start with a fixed routine. Spend at least 5-10 minutes every day reading up on fun trivia that interests you. If you interested in sports, start with sports trivia. This way, you will be able to remember the facts. By just browsing for few minutes on topics that capture your attention from one day to the next, you can specialize in different subjects. Most of these online trivia sites offer the option of emailing questions to your inbox every day. This is a free service which can prove really beneficial in increasing your knowledge base. Whenever you get time or are bored of your regular activities, you can always check these interesting facts and trivia.

There are different puzzles, word games, jigsaws and other varieties of learning tools catering to different age groups and language groups. You can join sites offering these services and enhance your knowledge base. Focus on the smaller details and try and strive for perfection. Share your knowledge with your friends and people with similar interests. Exchange of ideas and facts will further strengthen your knowledge base. Good command over general knowledge will add value as well as entertainment in addition to providing you with a wonderful skill.


Remarkable Facts

  • Living US presidents cannot be featured on US currency.
  • The only mammals that cannot jump are elephants.
  • is the first ever internet domain registered in 1985.
  • A pound of potato chips costs 200 times more than a pound of raw potatoes.
  • Cats have over 100 vocal sounds whereas dogs have about 10.
  • Lima beans contain cyanide.
  • The people in Bali only have one of four names: Wayan, Made, Nyoman, and Ketut
  • Frogs use their eyes to help them eat their food.
  • Some in Japan bath in coffee grounds that were fermented with pineapple pulp to improve their skin and reduce wrinkles.
  • Human eye can detect 10 million colors.
  • A snail can sleep for three years
  • Moderate dancing burns 250 to 300 calories an hour.
  • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
  • Impotence is grounds for divorce in 26 U.S. states.
  • There are more pyramids in Peru than in Egypt.
  • The length of your thumb and nose is same.
  • The state official motto of Alaska is " North to the Future".
  • The most popular pets in the United States are cats.
  • Twitchers are the [eople who chase after rare birds.
  • The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the king (shah) is dead (mat)."
  • Butterflies smell with their feet.
  • Infants spend more time dreaming than adults do.
  • Pigs can't look up in the sky and Horses can't vomit.
  • In Germany, an official approval is needed before a new born is named.

FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010

Surprising Facts

The shrimp's heart is in its head.

You cannot sneeze with your eyes open.

Famous actor Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

In general, a man’s heart beats slower than a woman’s.

The country with highest divorce rate in the world is United States.

Cats are capable to hear ultrasound.

Dutch, on average are the tallest people in the world.

Natural pearls melt in vinegar.

An olive tree can live up to 1500 years.

There is no butter in buttermilk.

The earth is estimated to weigh approximately 6,588,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

There are 86,400 seconds in day.

Ants never sleep and that’s a fact.

The human brain is 80% water and 20% grey material.

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law that stated you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

While peeling onions, you can chew gums to reduce your tears.

There are no less than 318,979,564,000 possible combinations of the first four moves in Chess. Perhaps that’s why they call it a true mind game.

There are about 540,000 words in the English language and growing.

If you are right handed, you will tend to chew food on your right side. If you are left handed, you are likely to chew food on your left side.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

The human heart beats over 100,000 times a day

One quarter of the bones in the human body is in the feet.

The blue whale can produce the loudest sound of any animal. At 188 decibels, the noise can be detected over 800 kilometres away.

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV


Interesting Facts – Scorpions and Bats

Let’s have a look at some of the interesting facts about Scorpions and Bats:-

There are almost 2,000 scorpion species, but only 30 or 40 have strong enough poison to kill a person.

For the most part, scorpions are nocturnal.

It is believed that scorpions have existed since the Silurian period, 420-450 million years ago.

Every now and then, female scorpion eats her mate.

Scorpions grow from 2.5cm to 20cm in length.

Some scorpions have up to 10 eyes.

All scorpions can inject poison from the sting at the end of their tail.

Scorpions are also found in the sea and on the beaches.

Female scorpions give birth to live young and look after them by carrying them around on their back.

The average lifespan of a scorpion is from 2 years to 8 years.

Compared to older scorpions, young scorpions are more aggressive.


Bats are the only flying mammals.

There are nearly 1,000 species of bats in the world.

Bats are roaming on the earth since a long time.

The bat’s fingers are very long compared to its body.

Smallest species of bats are known as microbat and the smallest one is Pipistrellus nanus of Central Africa which is only 4 cm (1.5 in) long.

The life expectancy of a single bat exceeds 20 years

Mother bat can locate her pup out of millions in a roost, by tracking down its scent and sound.

A colony of 150 bats can protect local farmers from up to 33 million or more rootworms each summer.

SUNDAY, MAY 30, 2010

Strange Facts

  • Onions have no flavor. They just have smell.
  • No less than 15 billion cigarettes are smoked worldwide every day.
  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  • It’s not just humans who are right or left handed. Even dogs and cats are that way.
  • A Tibetan monk had invented the French ticker.
  • The human heart beats over 100,000 times a day
  • One burns more calories sleeping than by watching TV.
  • Some of the Nazi SS uniforms were designed by Hugo Boss.
  • A snail can slide over a razor blade without being hurt by producing slime that helps it slide harmlessly.
  • Human fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
  • Next time you see polar bears with transparent and fluffy fur; do give a thought to the fact that they actually have black skin.
  • The blue whale can produce the loudest sound of any animal. You can detect the noise over 800 kilometres away.
  • A chameleon can see in two different directions at the same time
  • The total weight of skin for an average adult human is 6 pounds.
  • A snail can sleep for three years.
  • Cats have over 100 vocal sounds whereas dogs have just 10.
  • Twitchers are defined as people who chase rare birds.
  • The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat," which means "the king (shah) is dead (mat)."
  • There are some types of frogs who are frozen solid then thawed and still continue living.
  • There is only one mammal who cannot jump and that is Elephant.
  • If you think coffee beans are beans then you are mistaken. They are actually fruit pits.
  • The people in Bali only have one of four names: Wayan, Made, Nyoman, and Ketut.
  • Human’s eyes have the capability of detecting an astonishing 10 million colors.
  • There are more pyramids in Peru than in Egypt.
  • Moderate dancing burns 250 to 300 calories an hour.
  • Infants spend more time dreaming than adults do.
  • Horses can't vomit and pigs can't look up in the sky.
  • The first product to have a bar code scanned was Wrigley's gum.


The First’s In India

Puneeta Arora (Commandant, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune) became the first woman to reach the rank of Lt. General in the Indian army.

Sonali Banerjee is India's First woman Merchant Navy Officer.

Bachhendri Pal is first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest.

Mithali Raj (August 2002 playing against England) is the first Indian woman cricketer to score double century.

Dr. Manmohan Singh is the first Sikh Prime Minister of India.

Bula Chaudhury has the distinction of being the first Indian to cross seven important seas by swimming Mrs. Meera Sahib Fatima Biwi is the first woman Judge in Supreme Court.

Leela Seth is the first woman Chief Justice of a High Court.

Kalpana Chawla is the first Indian woman (now U.S citizen) to go in space.

Mrs. Ranjana Kumar is the first woman Chairman and Managing Director of NABARD.Karnam Malleshwari is the first Indian weightlifter to win bronze medal in Olympics (Sydney, in 2000).

Vishwanathan Anand is the First Indian World Chess Champion.

The News Today (Launched on Jan. 3, 2001) is India's first paperless Newspaper.

Anju Bobby George (Aug. 2003) is the first Indian lady to win a medal in World Athletic Championship.

G. M. C. Balyogi is the first Dalit Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

Ms. Kiran Bedi is the first Indian to be appointed as United Nations Civilian Police Advisor.

K. J. Udeshi (appointed on June 10, 2003) is the first woman to be appointed Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India.

Rahul Dravid (playing test against Pakistan in Pakistan, April 2004) became the first Indian cricketer to make double centuries five times.

Smt. Roopa Misra was the first Orissa woman to top I.A.S. (2003)

Kanchan C. Bhattacharya (DGP Uttaranchal) became the first woman Director General of Police of a State.

Krishna Kant is the first Vice-President of India to die in harness

Sania Mirza (2003) is the first Indian girl to register a win in a Wimbledon tournament.

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