Did you know?
1. James Naismith a teacher at YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, is credited with inventing basketball in 1891. The first “hoops” were actually just peach baskets and the first backboards were made of wire. The game became and official Olympic event at the summer games in Berlin, Germany in 1936.
2. The statue of Liberty National Monument officially celebrated her 100th birthday on October, 1986. The people of France gave the statue to the people of the United States over 100 years ago in recognition of the friendship established during the American Revolution. Over the years, the Statue of Liberty has grown to include freedom and democracy as well as this international friendship.
3. Radio waves travel so much faster that a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 18,000 km away than the back of the room in which it originated.
4. The emotional finale of the TV hit comedy Friends was watched by 51.1 million people in the US. NBC had predicted an audience of around 50 million for the last episode of their popular sit-com which was broadcast on May 5, 2004.
5. The deepest recorded free dive is by Tom Sietas in Tokyo, Japan. The human body has several adaptations under diving conditions, which stem from the mammalian reflex. These adaptations enable the human body to endure depth and lack of oxygen far beyond normal.
6. The megalithic ruin known as Stonehenge stands on the open land of Salisbury Plain 3km west of the town of Amesbury, Wiltshire, in southern England. It is not a single structure but consists of a series of earth, timber, and stone structures that were revised and re-modelled over a period of more than 1,400 years.
7. The rubik’s cube is actually an invention of the 70’s. Emo Rubik, a Hungarian obsessed with 3D geometry started visualising his 3D cube in late 1974. Initially it seemed that constructing a working model would be nearly impossible. None of his designs at the time could solve the complex interaction of the elements. The Rubik’s cube had it’s time on the world stage during the fad-ridden 80’s. it would rank as one of the most cherished 80’s icons.
8. From 1796-1799, Alessandro Volta experimented with zinc and silver plates to produce electric currents at the Pavia university. Volta stacked the two to form a “pile”, the first “dry” battery. By 1800 Volta had created the “crown of cups”, a modified arrangement of zinc and silver discs dipped in a salt solution.
9. On April 1986 at 1.23am: The worlds worst nuclear disaster took place at Chernobyl nuclear power station in the Northern Ukraine. 190 tons of highly radioactive uranium and graphite were expelled into the atmosphere. The result was an international ecological calamity. The people of Chernobyl were exposed to radiation 90 times greater than that of the Hiroshima bomb.
10. The very first light was a revolving lantern with the red and green lights installed in a London intersection in 1868, before the advent of automobiles. A later version of the traffic light based on railroad signals was installed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1920. But we have Garrett Augustus Morgan to thank for the modern version and first patent of this traffic- stopping invention.