09 November 2011

10 Things You Should Know - Episode III

This is the third installment in the 10 Things You Should Know series.

  • 7, Race Course Road, is the official residence of the Prime Minister of India. However, the official name of this 12-acre residential complex is Panchavati.

  • Nusli Wadia is the owner of Bombay Dyeing, Britannia, and Go Air. He is also the grandson of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

  • The name Deccan is an anglicised form of the Prakrit language word, ‘dakkhin’. In fact, ‘dakkhin’ itself is derived from the Sanskrit word dakshina, meaning ‘south’.

  • When he was 13, Don Bradman's father took him to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) to watch the fifth Ashes Test match, in 1921. On that day, Bradman formed an ambition. "I shall never be satisfied", he told his father, "until I play on this ground". Bradman left school in 1922 and went to work for a local real estate agent who encouraged his sporting pursuits by giving him time off when necessary. He gave up cricket in favour of tennis for two years, but resumed playing cricket in 1925–26. Tennis’ loss, cricket’s gain!

  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
  • The word ‘Arctic’ comes from the Greek ‘arktos’, meaning ‘bear’. It refers to either of the two Bear constellations found in the sky over the North Pole – Ursa Major (Great Bear) or Ursa Minor (Little Bear).
  • Douglas Engelbart invented the computer mouse in 1963. At the time, he was a researcher at the Stanford Research Institute. 
  • The term ‘Blue Chip’ comes from the colour of the poker chip with the highest value, blue. In stock market jargon, it refers to a consistently growing company (with a rising share price).
  • YouTube was founded by Steve Chan, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim in 2005. A year later, it was acquired by Google for U.S.$1.65 billion.
  • When he was asked what his last words were, Karl Marx retorted this before breathing his last: Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!”

(Read 10 Things You Should Know Episode I and Episode II)


Ben said...

thanks for sharing your knowledge...

Anonymous said...

Karl Marx :D lol