Amazing trivia #2 – এই সপ্তাহের আশ্চর্য তথ্য

This week’s trivia is completely pepper-related.

1. Did you know that black pepper is native to South India, but chili peppers originated in the Americas?

2. The Scoville scale measures the “hotness” of a chili pepper. It is named after Wilbur Scoville, an American who developed the scale.

3.  The hottest chili pepper in the world is the Bhut Jolokia pepper that grows in Assam, Nagaland, and Manipur.

4.  Indian defence scientists are creating a grenade using the Bhut Jolokia pepper.

5. There is a company that markets a weight-loss pill called Capsiplex made from hot peppers.

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Tora je ja bolish bhai, amar ghorar dim chai – তোরা যে যা বলিস ভাই আমার ঘোড়ার ডিম চাই!

Ashwadimba!The phrase “mare’s nest” is not used a lot these days. This is in contrast to the equivalent in Bengali, “asvadimba” (অশ্বডিম্ব) or “ghorar dim” (ঘোড়ার ডিম) which are both still commonly used to express disbelief at nonsense or fraud.

A more direct translation into English gives us something like “horse-egg.” Well, I   searched for the proverbial egg and found that it is a common motif in pysanka,  a type of Ukranian Easter egg decoration that relies on writing with wax. In parts of Eastern Europe, the horse is popular because it symbolizes both strength and prosperity.

In fact there are quite a few pictures of “horse-eggs” on the internet including one that is quite intricate.

With Christmas just around the corner, I’ve decided that I want a “ghorar dim,” and not just any will do. I want a stallion breaking out of an egg on a sweatshirt. If anyone wants to give one to me as a gift, I can tell you that you’ll find one online here.

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Botal se ek baat chali hai

A report in the Times of India states that in Delhi anyone over the age of 21 can serve drinks at bar and restaurants in the state due to new legislation, but they still cannot legally drink until they turn 25! I am not saying that the validity of this ludicrous law has any real-world implications, but it is amusing when you consider the fact that in India, anyone 18 or older can vote. In addition, women and men can get legally married at the ages of 18 and 21, respectively.

To read more about my thoughts on this ludicrous law check out my blog post on this topic.

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Not all Nobel Prizes are equal

Cross-posted in www.milkmiracle.wordpress.com

As this years Nobel Laureates collect their prizes, a post in The Great Beyond mentions that winners in future years might actually get less prize money. The Nature blog quotes a story in Reuters which states that the Nobel Foundation has taken a 20% hit in assets due to the global recession.

On Twitter, Jason Snyder pointed out that a downsized Nobel was better than a confiscated one, to which I commented that a confiscated one was still better than a stolen one.

For those that aren’t up on their Nobel news, Jason was referring to Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi’s charge that officials had seized her award, a charge which Iran subsequently denied. I was talking about Indian Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s medal which was stolen in 2004. The police recently decided to close all investigations in that particular theft.

Clearly, not all Nobel Prizes are equal.

Here, you’ll find my list of how Nobel Prizes stack up on an arbitrary, but scientific-looking scale.

For the extra-inquisitive, I’ll add that Jean-Paul Sartre was the first person to decline a Nobel. Mahatma Gandhi, on the other hand was not deemed worthy by the Nobel Committee for the Peace Prize. Of course, Alfred Nobel who started the Nobel Peace Prize, invented dynamite.

Update: Iran recently returned Ms. Ebadi’s medal. How can you return something if you had not taken it away in the first place?

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Amazing trivia #1 – এই সপ্তাহের আশ্চর্য তথ্য

  1. Black Sabbath used to call themselves The Polka Tulk Blues Company.
  2. Cappuccino gets its name from Capuchin monks, whose robes are light brown.
  3. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
  4. The first registered domain name was symbolics.com, which was registered on March 15, 1985.
  5. In Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho,’ the sound effects for the famous shower scene were created by repeatedly stabbing a casaba melon.

(Source: mental_floss)

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