Largest Family Tree in the World

Family Tree Registers, of families, maintained by Brahmin Priest Pandits or ‘Pandas’, who double up as professional genealogists, at Haridwar, India, has been a subject of study for many years now. In several cases, these voluminous records or Vahis (Bahi), have also been used in settling legal cases regarding inheritance or property disputes, as these records are held…

Real Life Rapunzels

We have all read or heard about Rapunzel, the Fairytale Princess from the Disney stories, and her famous long hair. What if I tell you there are real-life Rapunzels among us. The women in the Village of Huangluo, in China have long hair, giving us a feeling of real-life Rapunzels. For them, hair is their most…

Gold thinner than paper

Nowhere is the fine art of metal leaf production more refined than it is in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, in Japan. About 99% of the gold foils in Japan come from Kanazawa. This Gold foil is a smoothed metal of gold and little silver. The foil is smoothed to a thickness of 0.0001 Millimeters. It is said…

The Non-Vegetarian Plant in our Backyard

Ever heard of plants that eat animals? The Pitcher plant is one such species. Pitcher Plants are several different carnivores plants which have modified leaves known as pitfall traps. The trap is a prey-trapping mechanism featuring a deep cavity filled with digestive liquids. The plants attract and drown their prey with nectar. Foraging, flying or crawling insects such…

The Underwater Post Office

Post Offices are becoming a rarely used medium nowadays for sending and receiving mails. With the advent of electronic mails and messaging mediums like gmail, whatsapp, facebook messenger etc. people find postal letters and mails outdated and old fashioned. But this post office is different from them all. Toshihiko Matsumoto, a postmaster for 40 years in…