I live in HELL. Its rather an odd answer when you say this. This got us thinking that there must be plenty of other cities with weird names, the most interesting results are below.
BIRD IN HAND,
Let us clarify that this town is really a village and has already celebrated its 250th Anniversary in 1984. The story of the town of Bird-in-Hand is as colourful
as the name itself.
HELL, Michigan, US
If youve always wanted to see Hell, then visit this place in winters. The town of Hell got its name in 1841, when George Reeves, an early settler in southeast Michigan was asked what should be the town named. He said, I dont care. You can name it Hell if you want to.
This name comes from early settlers, who used the French word for embarrass to describe the hardships they faced in the place. Today, Embarrass has a large population, mostly from Finland
Boring, Oregon, US
The place was named after William H. Boring, an early resident of the area initially as Boring Junction in 1903. Later, it got the name of Boring.
Welcome to Madagascar! Natures special paradise, which has been encroached upon so much that it has now come on the list of Worlds Endangered Places. Experts believe, this place could disappear in the coming years, taking with it thousands of species of plants and animals forever.
This island off the east coast of Africa is home to 21 million people. It is also home to eight unique plant families, four unique bird families, and ﬁ ve unique primate families and much more.
These endangered primates are one of the most important features of Madagascar, as they
are found nowhere else on our beautiful planet.
There are approximately 270 bird species on the island. Of these, 110 are endemic (found in a certain area) to Madagascar. Some more noticeable birds are Vanga, Couas and the Peewit.
There is an abundance of aquatic birds, singing birds and hunter birds.
Madagascar has one of the richest ﬂ oras in the world having more than 12,000 varieties of plants, which is one of the most diverse on earth. Over 80% of these are only found here. It also
has around 1,000 different species of orchids.
There are variety of reptiles including chameleons, geckos, turtles and tortoises, brightly...
November 30, 01:16 PM
Humans do wonders! Interestingly, they have made some verystrange and unusual hotels around the world to attract tourists.Bhavya Rathi gives a glimpse of them.
Jules UnderwaterLodge Florida, USA
This retired research lab is nowthe worlds ﬁ rst underwaterhotel, which rests 5 feet from
a tropical lagoon. It is onlyaccessible via scuba diving. Toenter the hotel, divers travel 21feet from the surface!
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjrvi, Sweden
Ice Hotel of Sweden is the worlds largesthotel made from snow and ice. The entirebuilding melts and gets reconstructedevery year. If your ideal vacation consistsof walking around in snow pants and furand sleeping in a bed made of snow andice, then Ice Hotel is worth a visit!
Sandcastle Hotel, UK
This is a seaside resort in the UK that iscompletely made up of sand! A team offour sculptors completed this ambitiousproject in just one week. However, there isalways a risk that a big rainstorm can washaway all the effort.
Marmara Antalya, Turkey
The worlds ﬁ rst revolving hotel,Marmara Antalya, has 208 roomsoverlooking the Mediterranean Sea,the Taurus Mountains and city ofAntalya. A spinning 24-room loftprovides guests with a constantlychanging view. It turns 360 degreeson its axis several times a day.
Magic Mountain Hotel,...
November 15, 12:46 PM
Make this Diwali completely friendly for our planet in every possible way you can. Try your hands and give your best.
Celebrate with care...
* Try to use earthen lamps or diyas instead of electrical lights.
* The traditional ways of lighting up the house will also enhance the beauty of your home.
* Solar lights are the new concept, but it will take some time for people to catch-up.
* The eco-friendly crackers are made with recycled paper and have a sound limit, as per the regulations of the pollution control board. Eco-friendly crackers produce different coloured lights and paper strips instead of sound.
* Choose eco-friendly crackers over traditional chemical crackers.
* If you still want to use electric lights, go for LED lights. They use at least 80 percent lesser energy than the regular ones.
* You can use these Diwali vacations to do something creative! Prepare Diwali gift kits for friends or relatives such as - decorated diyas, greeting cards and decorative candles.
* While cleaning our homes before Diwali, we find so many things that are not of our use. Dont throw them away, keep them aside for poor and needy people. You can share your clothes, toys, books or any unused items.
* You can even make it an annual practice.
* It is not always necessary to...
November 1, 11:37 AM
The United Nations is an international organization working to maintain international peace and security, developing friendly relations amongst nations, promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Let us celebrate its importance on the 67th founders day (Oct 24)
The United Nations ofﬁcially came into existence on October 24, 1945. Now, this day is celebrated each year around the world as United Nations Day.The ﬁrst UN assembly. The ﬁrst session of the UN was convened on January 10, 1946 in the Westminster Central Hall of London. It included representatives of 51 nations.
* 2013 is UNs International year of Water Cooperation
* The UN has declared Mahatma Gandhis Bday (Oct 2) every year as International Day of Non-Violence.
It now has 193 nations as its member. Two-third members of UN are from the developing countries.
The UN has 4 main aims
1- To keep peace throughout the world.
2- To develop friendly relations among nations.
3- To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, to eradicate hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for
each others rights and freedoms.
4- To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.
Did You Know-...
October 18, 11:38 AM
Off late we have been hearing a lot on how various countries are sending their rockets into space. But exactly what are they and how do they work? Shehla Faaiz brings you a closer look on the interesting rocket science and its facts.
What is a rocket?
A rocket is a man made space vehicle. It can be a missile, spacecraft or aircraft that obtains violent push from a rocket engine. They are generally very tall and slender and are used to send satellites and even astronauts into space. Rocket engines work on the theory of action and reaction. Rocket engines push rocket forward simply by throwing their exhaust backwards in speed.
Difference Between Rocket and Missile
Missiles and rockets have a minor difference. Rocket is powered but unguided, and is mostly used in space launches. No one is allowed near it while launching. But missile is powered and guided and is used in wars. Missile is always handled by people.
Indias 1st satellite
Aryabhata launched on April 19, 1975 was Indias ﬁrst satellite.
1st launch in history
In 1232 BC, the Chinese used rocket-arrows propelled by burning gunpowder in their war with the Mongols. Though, they were not very effective, but definitely frightening.
1st to reach Earths boundary
In 1942 the German V2...
October 4, 11:05 AM
Disneys new Game- Infinity
Disney games have come-up with a new game - Infinity that can be enjoyed on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and other gaming consoles. Infinity brings some of Disneys favourite characters for you.
Play Station 4 in India
Sony India has released the much awaited Play station 4 in India at a price of `6200.
Worlds Largest Volcano
A massive volcano of the size of New Mexico has been identified at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. It is not only the largest volcano on Earth, but the largest in our entire solar system! The volcano, named Tamu Massifi s has a total width of 193,000 square kilometers.
Worlds youngest flyer
A young boy from China has become the youngest person to fly a plane without any assistance at the age of 5. The boy named He Yide, completed the 35-minute flight at Beijing Wildlife Park in China on Sept 2, 2013.
US Grandmother makes world record
US Grandmother Diana Nyad (64), swims into the record books as she becomes first person to complete 165 kms swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. She completed the feat in 52 hours, 54 minutes and 18.6 seconds.
Paes wins 14th Grandslam
Leander Paes of India and his playing partner Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic won the mens doubles final match at the...
September 20, 11:36 AM
Rupee hits low against dollar, Rupee falls 51 paise against USD Rupee slowsdown; drops ` 65.24 (on Aug 27) to USD -
You must have come across these headlines in last few days. But why does it happen? Bhavya Rathi will solve your queries...
All the above headlines are being generated because the Indian currency has hit a major low (in last 10 years) against the ever affulent dollar. But this pops a question in my mind- How is the drop in Indian currency related to US dollar? Well, here is a simpliﬁ ed meaning for you.
What is falling of Rupee?
It simply means that we have to spend more Rupees inorder to trade with US or any other country who deals in US dollars. 1 USD = `66 Hence, if you want to have a burger in US, there you just have to pay $1, but on the contrary if you will calculate it in Indian currency that will cost you `66 for now!
Why does the Rupee fall?
There are two kinds of countries - developed and developing. US is a developed country and India is a developing country. The development of a country depends upon the rate of poverty, infrastucture, amount of imports and exports and lifestyle of its citizens etc. The falling of a rupee is majorly caused by the excessive use of imported goods. Hence, while trading with a developed country and...
September 6, 03:03 PM
Here are a few teachers who initially paved a way for their students/children (who are now masters in their own way). Shehla Faaiz spills the beans on an entire bandwagon, thats been trained in the initial level to carve out a niche for themsleves.
Teacher- Ramakant Achrekar (coach)
Student- Sachin Tendulkar, Cricket
Sachin Tendulkar is termed as one of the greatest batsman in cricket history. As they say, there is some one behind every successful man, in Sachins case it was Mr. Achrekar who got the best out of him. Achrekar from Mumbai is regarded the first Guru of master blaster. Tendulkar once revealed, that a tight slap from Achrekar for missing a match made him realise the importance of hard work.
Teacher- Yograj Singh (father)
Student- Yuvraj Singh, Cricket
Yograj Singh himself has been an ace cricketer. And it was because of his disciplinary skills that Yuvraj made it big into the world of cricket. Yograj always wanted to shape his son as an all rounder in the game and wanted
him to idolise two greatest cricketers of all time - Vivian Richards and Sir Garfiled Sobers.
Teacher- Vece Paes (father)
Student- Leander Paes
Leander Paes has sports in his DNA, as his father Vece Paes was an Indian ﬁ eld hockey Olympian and his mother captained the...
August 30, 03:50 PM
When it comes to sports, every nation bundles up with a common thread of joy. We take this opportunity to learn about national games of various countries on the onset of 15th August.
Australia - Cricket, Australia does not have an official national sport. However, unofficially cricket would be regarded as their national sport. The Australian mens cricket team is ranked as the most successful international sporting team.
Brazil- Football, Soccer or football is the most popular sport in Brazil. Brazilians are quite passionate about it as this country has created a record for winning the World Cup for 5 times, more than any other nation in the world.
Canada - Twosome, Until 1994, Lacrosse was the only sport in Canada. But, since 1994 there are two National sports. Lacrosse is the national summer sport and ice hockey is the national winter sport.
China - TT, China does not have any official national sport. However, since the mid 20th century, ping pong
also called table tennis (TT) is the most popular sport amongst the Chinese. Today, there are millions of TT players in China.
England - Football, Cricket is Englands national sport; although football is more popular in England. They call it soccer football.
Japan - Sumo, There is no official sport of Japan, but...
August 9, 12:30 PM
For all the gadget friendly readers of YB, here is a glimpse of some upcoming gadgets that can make a difference to your life. these gadgets use fantastic new technical features to lure the users.
Google eye glass can take photo and video that you can immediately share online, that too with a few taps on your finger or through your voice.
The glove that calls home-
This glove has speaker on the thumb and microphone on the pinkie (small finger)
Apples much rumoured gadget could turn your wrist into an outpost for your iPhone.
Change on to the go-
Your clothes can lightup, advertise, change colour and become transparent with this jacket.
July 26, 01:20 PM
What is Mythology?
Did you ever wonder why there are thunderstorms? Why there is ﬁre on earth? Even the ancient Greeks and Romans were puzzled by these questions. More than 3000 years ago, these ancient people created myths to explain things they couldnt. They had no way to know the answers to these questions. Mythology was their logic to life.
Zeus was the supreme god and ruler of Olympus. He was known by many titles: Lord of the Sky, the Cloud-gatherer, the Rain-god and Zeus the Thunderer. As ruler of the sky, the Greek god Zeus was responsible for
bringing rain, drought, and thunderstorms. His weapon is of course, the thunderbolt, which he hurled at whoever
displeased him. His bird is the Eagle, his tree the Oak. No one dared challenge the authority of the mighty Zeus since he was prone to release his fearsome thunderbolts to express his displeasure, an erratic way to keep the peace and maintain order but it worked for several centuries!
The word Tefnut literally means She of Moisture and has been associated with the English words moist. Tefnut
was the Egyptian goddess of rain, water and moisture. Egyptian gods and goddesses closely resembled humans, many of their gods, like Tefnut, were also perceived as human hybrids...
July 19, 12:18 PM