– Every once in a while, it rains in Cherrapunji (aka Sohra), India. I mean it REALLY rains. During one 48 hour period in 2014, slightly more than 98 inches (in excess of 8 feet) of rain fell on the city. That is a world record. The region is approximately 4200 feet above sea level and special attention is paid to the monsoon season.
– From the advancing world of science, a laboratory in Emeryville, California is experimenting with combining yeast powder and spider DNA to produce silk-like proteins than can be spun into fabrics that are especially soft, stretchable and strong. This may be the next fad in haute couture?
– In 1859, French physicist Gaston Planté constructed the world’s first rechargeable battery. The device used lead and sulfuric acid in a reverse current process. The basic technology is still in use today inside most automobile batteries.
– There are millions of people that participate in the practice of yoga. Many inaccurately believe that yoga is an ancient art of philosophy and exercise. The philosophy and exercise parts are correct, but today’s yoga is not ancient. What we deem as yoga began in the late 19th century in India. The word “yoga” is ancient with origins as early as 15th century B.C. However, back then “yoga” referred to animal yokes and later on, war chariots.
– For decades, the word “dunk” had been used to describe the action of propelling a basketball through the hoop from above the rim. Later, Los Angeles Lakers sports announcer “Chick” Hearn coined the term “slam dunk.” Chick is also credited with originating the terms “air ball,” “triple double” and “charity stripe.”…
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