Bengali comics -13 বাংলা কমিক্‌স – সাদামাটা ভালোমানুষ

Babul Supriyo as quoted by Anandabazar Patrika on July 4, 2010

(Bhalomanush Bangla comics)

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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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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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