05 June 2005

Enrich your Knowledge

• Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith. He set out to invent a game to occupy students between the football and baseball seasons. • The 'huddle' in football was formed due to a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him. • The flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown differently during times of peace or war. A portion of the flag is blue, while the other is red. The blue portion is flown on top in time of peace and the red portion is flown in war time. • A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral. • Capsaicin, which makes hot peppers "hot" to the human mouth, is best neutralized by casein, the main protein found in milk. • Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes. • Ocean water must reach a temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit for a hurricane to form. • The Basenji, an African dog, is the only dog that does not bark. • The red kangaroo can produce two different types of milk at the same time from adjacent teats to feed both younger and older offspring. • The word vaccine originates from the Latin word for cow - VACCA from which they were first derived from.
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