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1. What is the difference between a 'street' and 'road'?

      The terms may frequently apply to exactly the same thing. However, 'road' is a general term, whereas 'street' is narrower in sense and chiefly urban in     application: a street typically has buildings on either side, and is paved or metalled.
 
 
  2. What is the longest-word in the English language?
 
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis
 
What does this word mean?
 
This is a sesquipedalian word.
 
Now let us break this word in to KEYS.
 
List the KEYS one after another.
 
Know the meaning of each of the KEY.
 
This method will help you learn the meaning of this word.
 
Let us break this word into KEYS.
 
Pneumon-oultra-micro-scop-ic-silico-volcano-koni-osis
 
So there are nine KEYS in this word.
 
Let us know the meaning of each of the key.
 
1. Pneumon=lung, breathe
 
2. Oultra=beyond, exceeding
 
3. Micro=minute, small by comparison
 
4. Scop=watch, see
 
5. Ic=like, nature of
 
6. Silico=flint
 
7. Volcano=volcano
 
8. Koni=dust
 
9. Osis=disease
 
When the meanings of all the keys are arranged and studied properly, the meaning of this word will become clear.
 
The meaning is:
 
A lung disease caused by inhaling dust like silicon and volcanic ash particles so minute that in order to see them a microscope which exceeds the ordinary is needed. 
 
 3. Do you know the shortest word/words in English language?
 
  1.     A and I are the
            shortest-words in English language. 
               Example
 
             •
am a member of this organization.

     

    4.Some interesting informations: 
 
  a) 'a', the most commonly used vowel is absent from 1 to 999, while spelling.(One - Nine hundred & ninety nine)
 
  b) "a" comes first in :thousand.
 
  c) 'b' comes first in "billion"
 
  d) "c" comes first in "crore"
 
  5.The bird which has no wings at all?
 

        Kiwi

 
   6.   Of major insect groups, which are the only ones with just one pair of wings?
 
         Flies
 
    7.   Which animal has no eyes?
 
           Earthworm
 
 
       8.    The only snake that builds a nest?
 
           King cobra
 
    9.What does your heart pump?
 
           Blood
 
  

        11.What is the expansion of YAHOO?

Yet Another Hierarchy of Officious Oracle

12.What is the expansion of ADIDAS?

ADIDAS- All Day I Dream About Sports

13 .Expansion of Star as in Star TV Network?

Satellite Television Asian Region

14.What is expansion of "ICICI ?"

Industrial credit and Investments Corporation of India

15.What does "baker's dozen" signify?

A baker's dozen consists of 13 items - 1 more than the items
in a normal dozen

16. The 1984-85 season. 2nd ODI between India and Pakistan at Sialkot- India 210/3 with Vengsarkar 94*. Match abandoned. Why?

That match was abandoned after ppl heard the news of indira
gandhi being killed.

17. Who is the only man to have written the National Anthems for two different countries?

Rabindranath Tagore who wrote national anthem for two different countries one is our 's National anthem and another one is for Bangladesh- (Amar Sonar Bangla)

18.From what four word ex-pression does the word 'goodbye' derive?

Goodbye comes from the ex-pression: 'god be with you'.

19.How was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu better known?

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu is none other Mother Teresa.

20.Name the only other country to have got independence on Aug 15th?

South Korea .

21.Why was James Bond Associated with the Number 007?

Because 007 is the ISD code for Russia (or the USSR , as it was known during the cold war)

22.Who faced the first ball in the first ever One day match?

Geoffrey Boycott

23. Which cricketer played for South Africa before it was banned from international cricket and later represented Zimbabwe ?

John Traicos

24. The faces of which four Presidents are carved at Mt.Rushmore?

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln

25. Which is the only country that is surrounded from all sides by only one country(other than Vatican ) ?

Lesotho surrounded from all sides by South Africa .

26. Which animal has 5 hearts?
 
Earthworm.
 
27.Some interesting facts:-
 
a) The British Royal Family changed their surname from Saxecoburggotha to Windsor, the name of their catle in 1917.
b) The colouless cullinan, the biggest diamond ever found, weighed 620 grams(one and a quarter pound) uncut.
c) Adult frogs are carnivorous and will eat just about anything smaller than themselves.
d) In 1973, Swrdish confectionery salesman, Roland Ohisson was burried in a coffin made entirely of chocolate.
e) Leonardo Da Vinci could write withone hand and draw with the other simultaneously.
f) There are about one billion cattle in the world of which 200 million are in India.
g)The South American gianteater eats more than 30,000 ants a day.
h) The young ones of fish are called "fry".
i) The tradition of a diamond engagement ring started in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave a diamond ring to Mary of Burgandy.
j) The highest rank you can achieve without being a king or a prince is Duke!
k) Not paper, but mostly a blend of cotton and fibre linen fibres make money notes.
l)The word"set" has more definitions than any other word in English language.
m)The only 15 lettered word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable."
n) The dot over the letter"i" is called a title. 
o)A sloth can take 2weeks to digest its food.
p) Did you know that only animals that don't get any form of cancer are sharks and rays. Scientists beleive that is because they don't have any bones, only cartilage!
q)There are no poisonous snakes in Maine.
r)The poison arrow frog of South and Central America is the most poisonous animal in the world.

s) There was no punctuation until the 15th century.

t) The word taxi is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, Spanish and      Portuguese.

u) Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, "Gadsby", which contains over 50,000 words -- none of them with the letter E!

v)"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt"!

w)'Stewardesses' is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
x)'Lollipop' is the longest word typed with your right hand.

y)Dogs have 42 teeth, cats about 30.

z)Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.

 

28.Some more interesting facts:-

1.A cockroach can live several weeks with its head cut off!

2.The elephant is the only mammal that can't jump!

3.Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian, and had only ONE testicle.

4.Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."

5.Coca-Cola would be green if coloring weren’t added to it.

6. On average a hedgehog’s heart beats 300 times a minute.

7.Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand

8.Earth is the only planet not named after a god.

9.An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain

 
 29.What is the significance of the following: The year is 1978, thirty-four minutes past noon on May 6th?

American style calendar 12:34,5/6/78

 

30.What is it that goes up and goes down but does not move?

The temperature.
 
31. Some important and very interesting facts about Medieval Europe:-
 

Here are some facts about the 1500s of medieval Europe: 

 

 

a)  They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor"
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot...........they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low

 

b)  Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell. .. . Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence came the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

c)  Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence came the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

d)  Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.
Hence came the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

e)  There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

f)  The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence came the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.
Hence: a thresh hold.

g)  In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat.. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas’ porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.

h)  Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

i)  Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

j)  Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

k)  Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.
Hence came the custom of holding a wake.

l)  England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer...

 32) Which country has the maximum number of postal offices in the world ?

       India. It has 1 lakh, 54 thousand, 9 hundred and 19 post offices.


33) Which is the widest language spoken in the world?

       Mandarin

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