Ever noticed the difference as to why most North Indian scripts have more straight lines, whereas South Indian scripts are as curvy as a Jalebi. For one this particular feature of the South Indian scripts, such as Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam which makes them more “curvier” than North Indian scripts is popularly explained by linguists in India by the different writing media historically in use. Ancient South Indians wrote on large dried leaves; straight lines would have punctured the leaves and rendered them useless, so South Indian scripts evolved more curves. It is said that the roundness of the letters is an adaptation of the script to the properties of the palm leaf. The palm leaves were used for writing, the text was written with a stylus, which scratched the letters into the leaf, hence curvier scripts helped preserve the palm leaves without damaging them.

The Petromax light is very well known in Tamil Nadu for its reference in a dialogue by great comedy actor Goundamani. Petromax is a brand name, for paraffin lamps (paraffin also known as Kerosene in many parts of the world) that use a mantle.

Max Graetz was their main inventor of the Petromax light. He was seeking a solution for lighting when he stumbled upon this invention. Mr Max Graetz invented a process to make gas out of paraffin; it has a very high caloric value and could make a very hot blue flame. Around 1916 the lantern and its name started to travel around the world. The name Petromax derives from Petroleum and Max Graetz. It has been said that it was a nickname his friends loved to use as well. The design was such a success that it s still in used. The name Petromax has become synonymous for paraffin pressure lamps.

In many countries “Petromax” is a registered Trademark. The Petromax design was copied and the Indian version of it is called Prabhat. This light is still used on higher volumes for marriages in many Rural parts of India, and continues to serve many villages where power supply is still a remote possibility.

We are all aware of the controversial dismissal in the ongoing ODI series when Indian bowler R.Ashwin attempted to run-out Sri Lankan batsman Thirimane. Such type of run-outs are called Mankaded in cricket.The term ‘Mankaded’ is used when a bowler attempts to run-out a non-striking batsman before delivering the ball. As a bowler enters his delivery stride, the non-striking batsman usually leaves his popping crease and walks towards the other end of the wicket so that it will take him less time to reach the other end if he and his partner choose to attempt a run. Sometimes a batsman leaves the popping crease even before the bowler has actually delivered the ball. In such a case, bowler may attempt to run the non-striking batsman out. Getting a batsman out this way is generally considered to be against the spirit of the game as the non-striker usually accidentally leaves the crease. The history of such dismissals in first-class cricket goes back to the 19th century, but it is associated with Mankad since he was the first bowler to run a batsman out in this fashion in Test cricket.

The term was coined when Vinoo Mankad ran out Australia opener Bill Brown in the Sydney Test. It was the first such dismissal in Test cricket. And journalists and commentators world over glued to the term ‘Mankaded’ and started using it every time a bowler tried to run-out a non-striker who might have moved out of his crease accidentally, without any attention of stealing a run.

The number 007 has always been referred in conjunction with James Bond, the iconic character created by Ian Fleming. There are quite a few theories as to why the number 007 was connected with James Bond; one such popular theory was that Bond’s number “007” comes from the English spy and polymath John Dee, who was the first British secret agent.

John Dee would sign his letters to Elizabeth I with 00 and an elongated 7, to signify they were for her eyes only. The other factor was that Bond was first sent to Russia on a mission and that the ISD code for Russia was 7; the 00 stood for an “Agent with a license to kill.

Backmasking or backward masking is a recording technique in which a sound or message is recorded backward on to a track that is meant to be played forward. Backmasking is a deliberate process, whereas a message found through phonetic reversal may be unintentional.

Backmasking was popularized by The Beatles, who used backward instrumentation on their 1966 album Revolver. Artists have since used it for artistic, comedic and satiric effect, on both analog and digital recordings. The technique has also been used to censor words or phrases for “clean” releases of rap songs. Backmasking has been a controversial topic in the United States since the 1980s, when allegations from Christian groups of its use for Satanic purposes were made against prominent rock musicians, leading to record-burning protests and proposed anti-backmasking legislation by state and federal governments.

Artists who have been accused of backmasking include Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Britney Spears and Eminem. The emergence of compact disc made finding backward messages difficult, causing interest in backmasking to decline.


Posted: January 24, 2012 in INFO's

There is an interesting funda about how the name TEDDY was linked to the soft cuddly toy which is famous all around the world among kids. Here is the story behind how it all started. Once upon a time in USA, long-long ago, not so long ago in November 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt and some of his friends went on a hunting trip to Mississippi. After hours of searching, Roosevelt and his group had not come across any wild animals. Finally, the group did track down and surrounded a helpless bear. One of the guides asked the president to shoot the bear so he could win a hunting trophy. The president refused, and news reporters throughout the country spread the story of Roosevelt’s kind act.

Not long after this took place, a famous cartoonist named Clifford Berryman drew a cartoon based on Roosevelt’s rescue of the bear. When a store owner in Brooklyn saw the cartoon, he decided to make toy bears to sell in his shop. He asked President Roosevelt for permission to use the name “Teddy’s Bear” for his toys, as a reminder of the bear Roosevelt had set free. Nowadays, everyone knows these toys as Teddy Bears, but few people know that they were named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.

In his honour November 14 has been designated American Teddy Bear Day.

box office is a place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to an event. The people who sell the tickets at the movie theaters worked in “offices” that were shaped like tiny “boxes” back in the old times. Therefore, if a movie was a “box office blowout,” then it sold out the entire ticket stand. That was how the term “box office” came into use when talking about how many tickets were sold for a movie.

By extension, the term is frequently used, especially in the context of the film industry, as a synonym for the amount of business a particular production, such as a film or theatre show, receives. The term can also mean factors which may influence this amount, as in the phrases “good box office” and “bad box office”

Box office business is usually measured in terms of the number of people who see it or the amount of money raised by ticket sales (revenue). The projection and analysis of these earnings is very important for the creative industries and often a source of interest for fans. This is highly predominant in the Hollywood movie industry.