India is currently at second for the world’s largest population with 1.21 billion people or 17% of the Earth’s population. When India was granted independence from the United Kingdom around 60 years ago, it's population was around 350 million.
Since that time however, it has nearly tripled. In a matter of decades, it will out-populate China. This high population rate is a result of increasing poverty and sub-standard health care. There is very little awareness and education about birth-control, even amongst the middle classes.
Meanwhile China's population is expected to drop while the US is never expected to reach the mark of 1 billion people. India has created some goals to reduce their population rates, but those goals will need to be carried out with well-planned, and effective strategies to curb a growth rate of 1.6%.
Nils Olav, a king penguin, was adopted in 1972 to be the mascot of the Norwegian Guard. He is named after Majols Nils Egelien and former King of Norway King Olav.
Since then, he has only moved up in ranks. In 1982, he became a Corporal. In 1987, he reached the rank of Sergeant. In 1993, he became a Regimental Sergeant Major, and in 2001, he became an Honourable Regimental Sergeant Major.
Nils is often visited by Norway's armed forces and has received much regard and respect because of his outstanding service and good conduct. In 2005, Edinburgh Zoo was presented with a bronze statue of the penguin due to the esteem Nils has generated.
2008, however, was the pinnacle of Olav’s career. That year, King Harald V knighted Nils Olav. The ceremony was lavish, and a crowd of several hundred joined 130 guardsmen as Nils received his knighthood. He reportedly was on his best behavior and stood proudly as he was knighted.
You've probably heard of bands hiding backwards messages in their songs, but this one is older and nerdier. Some clever fans realized that the beginning of the Muse song "Starlight" had a word in Morse code.
The song starts with clapping drums that spell out "__ .. __ …" which spells out the word "TITS." It might be intentional, although some people believe that it is purely coincidental.
The song, Starlight is from the 2006 album "Black Holes and Revelations, and is a love song about missing someone you love. What do you think… Do we have any Muse fans amongst our readers? Did they intend to put that code in or was it accidental? If you haven't heard the song, we're embedding it.
This is because the number of atoms is estimated to be about 10^79, while the number of unique chess games is 10^120. Here are some interesting facts for our chess fans:
- The word "Checkmate" in Chess comes from the Arabic language. The original form is "Shah Mat," which means "the King is dead."
- From the starting position, there are eight different ways to Mate in two moves and 355 different ways to Mate in three moves.
- The folding Chess board was invented by a priest in 1125. It was intended to make the board look like two books laying together when it was folded, thus concealing the board. This was done because the church forbid priests to play chess.
- Rookies or, players in their first year, are named after the Rook in Chess. Rooks generally are the last pieces to be moved into action, and the same goes for Rookies.
- There is a form of chess that is played while blindfolded. Many good chess players can do this, but it gets tricky after many moves since you need to see the board clearly. The record was set in 1960 in Budapest by Hungarian Janos Flesch, who played 52 opponents simultaneously while blindfolded – he won 31 of those games.
The Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center is so large that rain clouds form inside it.
VAB, for short, was used from 1968 to 2011 to build and store American space vehicles. By volume it is one of the largest buildings in the world, at 3,664,883 cubic meters. Additionally, it is the largest single story building in the world, and until 1974 was the tallest building in Florida.
Today, it is the tallest building in the US outside of urbanized cities like New York and Cincinnati. The VAB completed it's construction in 1966 and was first used to build the Saturn V rocket for the Apollo program.
After that it was used for housing Space Shuttle fuel tanks and other flight hardware, and served as a place where Space Shuttle orbiters were attached to rocket boosters. At 526 feet tall, 716 feet long, and 518 feet wide, it covers 8 acres of land. At such a size, on very humid days the building has it's own weather, with rain clouds forming below the ceiling.
The building has a moisture reduction system to mitigate this problem, though. What’s odd is that the building is made to withstand hurricanes and tropical storms, but weather still appears inside it.