Friday, September 21, 2007


At 4:30 p.m. on April 13, 1919, Brigadier General Reginald Dyer opened fire on an unarmed gathering in Jallianwala Bagh. 1,650 rounds were fired into the complex, with the narrow only exit blocked by the troops. Close to 2000 people died either directly hit by bullets or by jumping into the well to escape from the bullets. Most of those that died were not freedom fighters but rather villagers that had arrived in Amritsar for the Indian festival Baisakhi and had gathered in the park.

India was at a crossroads. World War 1 had ended and the spirit of freedom was abundant.Riots were increasing across the country. On April 10, two Punjab Congress leaders, Dr.Saifuddin Kitchlew and Dr. Satyapal, were deported to the Kangra Valley. The day before Gandhiji had been arrested. On the Morning on April 13th, Brigadier General Dyer's troops marched through the city and declared that no congregation can happen in Amritsar. In the evening, over 20000 Indians gathered in Jallianwala Bagh, some to visit the park and others to listen to a set of speeches condemning the Rowlatt Act. When the troops arrived they gave way no warning, they made no attempt to quietly disperse the crowd. They blindly shot.

Dyer, who had his orders from General Dwyer, did not regret his act and was soon relieved from his duty after an investigative commission found the shooting to be unjust. However Colonial India forgave him and he retired in comfort. General Dwyer however, was hunted down by Udham Singh in England and shot. Though very late, he paid the just price for the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh. To millions of Indians, this place will always be a blood stain on India's struggle for freedom.

Friday, September 7, 2007


Wednesday, September 5, 2007


The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.

Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
Of all the words in the English language, the word 'set' has the most definitions!

What is called a "French kiss" in the English speaking world is known as an "English kiss" in France.

"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

"Rhythm" is the longest English word without a vowel.

In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child

A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off!

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

You can't kill yourself by holding your breath

There is a city called Rome on every continent.

It's against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland!

Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day!

Horatio Nelson, one of England's most illustrious admirals was throughout his life, never able to find a cure for his sea-sickness.

The skeleton of Jeremy Bentham is present at all important meetings of the University of London

Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people

Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, everytime you breathe!

The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump!

One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different!

The first known transfusion of blood was performed as early as 1667, when Jean-Baptiste, transfused two pints of blood from a sheep to a young man

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!

The present population of 5 billion plus people of the world is predicted to become 15 billion by 2080.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only ONE testicle.

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."

Coca-Cola would be green if colouring weren’t added to it.

On average a hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute.

More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.

The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food.

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!

The six official languages of the United Nations are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

Earth is the only planet not named after a god.

It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a church in Nebraska, USA.

You're born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.

Some worms will eat themselves if they can't find any food!

Dolphins sleep with one eye open!

It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open

The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old!

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds

Queen Elizabeth I regarded herself as a paragon of cleanliness. She declared that she bathed once every three months, whether she needed it or not

Slugs have 4 noses.

Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue.

A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years!

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

The average person laughs 10 times a day!

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

The Bible, the world's best-selling book, is also the world's most shoplifted book.

Someone paid $14,000 for the bra worn by Marilyn Monroe in the film 'Some Like It Hot'.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

More than 1,000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.

In the U.S.A over eleven thousand people (up until the end of 2003) have visited a tortilla chip that appears to have the face of Jesus Christ burned into it?

A kiss lasting one minute can burn more than 30 calories.

Buckingham Palace in England has over six hundred rooms.

There was once an undersea post office in the Bahamas.

Abraham Lincoln's mother died when she drank the milk of a cow that grazed on poisonous snakeroot.

After the death of Albert Einstein his brain was removed by a pathologist and put in a jar for future study.

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