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10 Amazing Scientific “Facts of The World” interesting facts for Class 10 and 12 Part 16

Facts of The World – 16

801. The banana is indigenous to the warm, moist parts of North- Eastern India , Burma and other South- East Asian countries. After a banana plant has borne fruit, it withers and another one grows right next to it rising from the underground stem called the sucker. Hindus consider the banana plant to be auspicious and during religious ceremonies and festivals, a pair of entire stems with leaves, and sometimes even with the fruit, is used to decorate the entrance to a ‘mandap’.

802. The mango was first introduced to the South- East Asian countries by Indians. The credit for introducing the mango to the Western world goes to the Portuguese’s and the British.

803. The art of navigation originated in the River Sindh 6,000 years ago. The word ‘navigation’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Nav Gratih’. The word ‘navy’ is also derived from the Sanskrit word ‘nou’.

804. Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer, W. Smart.

805. According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896 , India was known to the world as the only source for diamonds ever.

806. There is a mosque in Delhi called ‘Quwwat-ul-Islam’ in Persian. It is near the Qutub Minar and is said to be the first Muslim construction in India. It was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, the Viceroy of Delhi , after its capture form Prithviraj Chauhan. When the Qila (fort) Rai Pithora was demolished, the carved columns and lintels were used for the mosque.

807. When it is completed, the 416 meters long sleeping Buddha in Yiyang, China , will be the longest statue in the world. The construction was started in May 2002.

808. The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.

809. The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work is Alaska.

810. There is no future tense in the Japanese language.

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