October 5, 2020
On Eggshells: A man in Turkey loves to carve eggshells. For Hamit Hayran, of the capital of Ankara, it is his way of expressing himself. He starts by removing the contents of the egg with a syringe. Then he carefully carves elaborate designs and figures into the delicate shells. Hayran’s newest challenge was puncturing thousands of holes into a chicken egg to break the world record. He already won the title a few years ago by putting 8,708 holes into an eggshell. More recently, he beat his own record with 11,827 holes. All this without breaking the shell!.
Crazy Contortion: A young girl from the small village of Gaulapar in Uttarakhand State, India, can do a difficult yoga pose – the Niralamba Poorna Chakrasana contortion – 21 times in a minute. The girl’s name is Riya Paladia. She seemed to need barely any effort to bend over backwards at the waist, lower her head down to the mat, slide to a horizontal position on her back, and then do the reverse to stand up again, all without using her hands. And she did it 21 times in a row! Paladia has always loved participating in gymnastic activities and yoga, and she trains to get better. She has dreams of becoming an Olympian.
Calm Down, Kitty!: Most people who own cats spend their time cuddling and petting them. Not so for a woman in the city of Arjánguelsk, Russia. Her cat may have been a good kitty, but something came over it one day and it started to act strangely. When the woman tried to get out of the kitchen of her apartment, the cat would start hissing and go into attack mode. After being trapped for quite some time and unable to get to her phone, she called out the window to a passerby on the street, who called the local rescue service. Everything turned out all right, with no injuries, and the kitty was taken to the vet for an assessment.
Croc Problem: Anyone interested in getting up close and personal with a crocodile could get their chance in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. However, only wildlife rescue specialists can take on the job. It seems that a crocodile managed to get a motorcycle tire wrapped around its body, which could endanger the reptile’s life. It’s not possible to tranquillize the beast because it might swim away before it becomes sedated. A few attempts have been made to remove the tire but to no avail. Authorities are offering a reward to a qualified person who is able to succeed with the job.
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1. Which animal is known for its “laugh”?
2. Napa cabbage is often called what?
3. What is a multi coloured horse called?
4. What is the correct name for the collarbone?
5. A bulwark is a defensive wall—T/F?
Did You Know?
Almost Treeless: At only 42 kilometres (26 mi.) long, Sable Island is home to wild horses, a grey seal colony, and rare plant and bird species. It has one tree. Essentially, it’s a large sandbar in the North Atlantic, off the coast of Canada.
Outer Space: When rockets reach 100 kilometres (62 mi.) above sea level, they have reached the Karman line, the point at which outer space begins. However, not everyone agrees on this exact measurement.
Fast Runners: Pronghorns are deer-like mammals with curved horns on their heads. They live on the grasslands of North America and Mexico. They can run up to nearly 100 kilometres (60 mi.) per hour, enabling them to escape from predators like coyotes.
Acting Princess: Before marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956, American actress Grace Kelly starred in three Alfred Hitchcock movies: Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954), and To Catch a Thief (1955).
Tall Tree: Coconuts come from the coconut palm tree. These trees can grow very tall, up to 30 metres (98 ft.). They can be found in more than 80 tropical and subtropical countries around the world.
On the Lighter Side
Is there another word for “synonym”?
Barber: “A haircut is $10. A shave is $5.”
Customer: “OK, shave my head!”
Why should you sit in a corner when you get cold? Because most corners are 90 degrees.
“Does your dog bite?”
“Oh, so how do you feed him?”
Two clairvoyants meet. One says to the other: “You are fine, and how am I?”
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