Friday, 30 July 2010

Funny, useless, random stuff!

Cockroaches can live for 9 days after their head has been cut off.

Basketball is a famous American sport invented by a Canadian who was working at a YMCA in the U.S.

Most lipstick is partially made of fish scales.

Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum.

A goldfish has a memory span of about 3 seconds. And they say WE can't remember!

Crayola is a French word that means ''Oily chalk.'' Yeah, nice publicity. 

Each year, there are more than 40,000 toilet related injuries in the United States. And how many in India? Oh, wait! We don't have enough toilets...

In 1998, Sony accidently sold 700,000 camcorders that had the technology to see through people's clothes.

In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans every year. What, is that a hobby there?

Did You Know, Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

Did You Know, 2,500 newborn babies will be dropped in the next month.

Did You Know, 90 percent of women who walk into a department store immediately turn to the right.

Exotic Fruit

So I was talking to Paushi and I asked her what did u do yesterday. Then she was like, " I had dragon fruit." And I was like, " You had WHAT?" And then she explained to me that dragon fruit was a yummy, jelly-ish, pink.... OK everybody doesn't understand me and Paushi language so with dragon fruit I'll write down a few other EXOTIC fruits!

1. Passion fruit

Passion fruit is native to South America. It is grown in India, New Zealand and Brazil. It has a soft and juicy interior full of seeds. These seeds are commonly found in faloodas. There are two types of passion fruit: the dark purple one (gulupa) and the golden one, similar to a grapefruit. However the former one have been reported as being mildly poisonous ( muhuhuhaaaa!!).

2. Jack fruit  
You must be thinking, "Jackfruit!? Why, there's so common here!" Yes, they are common in India but it is still an exotic fruit for other places. The juicy pulp around the seeds taste a little like pineapple but only milder ( you didn't realize that did you?). Jack fruit is said to be the largest tree borne fruit. The wood of the jack fruit tree is used to make musical instruments. By the way, jack fruit is one of Paushi's fave fruits!

3. Mangosteen
Mangosteen! Yum. It reminds me of those flip-flops I saw in Goa which had a mangosteen icon on the strap! Anyway back to the point. Mangosteen is an evergreen tree which produces oddly shaped fruits. The mangosteen is purple, creamy, described as citrus with a hint of peach (nice combo!). It can lower risk of human diseases such as cancer. There are even legends about Queen Victoria offering a reward to the one that brings her the fruit. 

4. Lychee  
I'm sure you all know about lychees, but anyway a little extra info. The lychee or litchi are small flesh fruit with a red rind with a grape-like texture. 

5.  Star Fruit
The star fruit comes from the carambola, a species of tree with pink flowers grown even in the US. The golden-yellow fruit is crunchy, sweet, with a taste of pineapples, apples and kiwis combined (awesome, eh?). There are two kinds of star fruits – acidulate and sweet.    

6. Dragon fruit  

Dragon fruit, strawberry pear or pitaya is a fruit of several cactus species with a sweet delicate taste and creamy pulp. The most common dragon fruit is the red pitaya, but other varieties include the Costa Rica pataya and the yellow pataya. Juice or wine can be obtained from the fruit, while the flowers can be eaten or used for tea. Multi-useful fruit!

7. African cucumber
The African cucumber, my friends, looks nothing like a cucumber (unless your version of a cucumber is a yellow with spikes). It is also called horned melon or melano that is descirbed as a melon with horns. It originated in the Kalahari desert.   

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Top 5 Authors

Salasha and me made a list of our top 5 authors. Here it is:
1. Jacqueline Wilson
2. Karen McCombie
3. Carolyn Keene
4. Enid Blyton
5. James Patterson

1. Karen McCombie
2. Jacqueline Wilson
3. Carolyn Keene
4. Wendelin Van Draanen
5. Enid Blyton

Pretty much the same taste right?

Funny road sign!!

So I was just looking through my mail and one of my friends sent me a picture of ..... you'll see for yourselves!

Thanks Sal for following my blog!