Trivia Tuesday: The first to Climb Mount Everest

Mount Everest, also known as Chomolungma (locally) and Sagarmatha (in Nepali) is one of the major mountains of the Himalayan Range. At 8848.86 m, it is the highest peak in the world. Located in Solukhumbhu district of Nepal, it attracts climbers from all over the world.
Sir Edmund Hillary (New Zealand) and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa (Nepal) were the first to reach the peak successfully on May 29, 1953. Their achievement made them legendary in the history of mountaineering. However, their position is not without challenge.
In June, 1924, British climbers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine ascended the mountain. They were reported to have been sighted by Noel Odell, one of the members of the expedition who remained at the Camp below the summit. Mallory and Irvine, however, never returned.
In 1933, Irvine’s ice axe was found by a Frenchman, Frank Smythe. He disclosed this fact only in 2013.
In 1999, an expedition discovered Mallory’s body in the mountain. Irvine’s body hasn’t still been found.
Since Mallory and Irvine died in the mountain, and their camera/notes have not been found, it’s doubtful if they ever summitted the Everest. But even if they did, Hillary and Sherpa will still be the first to climb the summit and return alive.

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The first computer mouse trivia

The world’s first computer mouse was was called “X-Y position indicator for displays.”

The device was invented at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in the 1960s and Douglas Engelbart and Bill English are credited with its invention.

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One of the world’s first computers ran on water

English mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage is said to have designed the first automatic digital computer in the world. Babbage created plans for the Analytical Engine in the mid-1830s. Although it was never completed, the Analytical Engine would have had most of the basic elements of the present-day computer.

But, do you know that one of the first computers in the world, called the water computer, was run on water. It was built by Vladimir Sergeevich Lukyanov, of Russia, in 1936 and solved differential equations in partial derivatives.

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QWERTY keyboard trivia

Wikipedia says: “QWERTY is a keyboard design for Latin-script alphabets. The name comes from the order of the first six keys on the top left letter row of the keyboard. The QWERTY design is based on a layout created for the Sholes and Glidden typewriter and sold to E. Remington and Sons in 1873.”

We all use it to type letters, emails, and documents But there is a trivia about the keyboard that very few of us may be knowing.

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Trivia about the benefits of yogurt/curd for your health

Just a few days back I had shared post on how you can make yoghurt at home. Today’s article is a trivia about the good effects that curd or yoghurt has for on health.

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How Long Is One Day on Other Planets?

When you think of a day, you normally think of one cycle of daytime to nighttime. That is called a solar day. On Earth, a solar day is around 24 hours. But, do you know that different planets have different number of hours in their days.

When you think of a day, you normally think of one cycle of daytime to nighttime. That is called a solar day. On Earth, a solar day is around 24 hours. However, Earth’s orbit is elliptical, meaning it’s not a perfect circle. That means some solar days on Earth are a few minutes longer than 24 hours and some are a few minutes shorter.

earth days are 23.934 hours long

Another way to measure a day is to count the amount of time it takes for a planet to completely spin around and make one full rotation. This is called a sidereal day. On Earth, a sidereal day is almost exactly 23 hours and 56 minutes.

We know how long an Earth day is, but how about the other planets in our solar system? How long does it take for those planets to spin one full rotation and how many number of hours each planet has?

PlanetDay Length
Mercury1,408 hours
Venus5,832 hours
Earth24 hours
Mars25 hours
Jupiter10 hours
Saturn11 hours
Uranus17 hours
Neptune16 hours

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Jan 26 trivia

January 26 might be just another date on the calendar for the world. But, in India the day is celebrate with great pride and called the Republic Day of India. So what is the trivia behind this date in India.

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A trivia about the Firefox logo

Users of Firefox may not be knowing what the logo of their favorite browser is.

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Alice in Mathland?

  1. Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland aka Alice in Wonderland was published in 1865.
  2. Lewis Carroll is the pen name of Charles Dodgson. He was a mathematician at Christ Church College, Oxford.
  3. Alice in Wonderland was originally narrated by Dodgson on a boat trip to the three girls, Lorina, Alice and Edith, the daughters of his friend Henry Liddell. Alice asked him to write the story down.
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  5. Alice in Wonderland is one of the most influential nonsensical fantasy. It has been adapted into numerous picture books, films and TV shows. It’s influence can also be felt in Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbour Totoro.
  6. In an article in NewScientist, Melanie Bayley says Charles Dodgson was a conservative mathematician. He did not like the newer concepts of imaginary numbers, quaternion rotation and symbolic algebra and he satired these ideas throughout the novel.
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Those who don’t know him might be thinking who is Sisyphus and what is this trivia about him. But, more about that later. Right now allow to me say that although I have done several posts related to self-improvement, health and other things on my blog

Towards A Better Life

this is the first time ever I am trying to write a trivia.

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