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American handball
American (or court) handball is an American form of fives played against one or more walls. It has origins in pre-Hispanic central America (about 1500 BC) and Scotland/Ireland circa 1500 AD. For centuries, the game was limited primarily...
Racquetball
Racquetball is a sport played with racquets and a hollow rubber ball on an indoor or outdoor court. It was invented by Joe Sobeck in 1949 incorporating rules from squash and handball. Unlike many other racquet sports, the walls, floor,...
Dodgeball
Dodgeball (or dodge ball) is the name of a traditional elementary school game, taught in high school education classes, but also popular in informal settings, often played by schoolchildren on a playground. There are many variations of...
Wall Ball
Wall Ball is one name of a type of group-game played throughout the U.S. and Canada (and in the UK), primarily by elementary and junior high school children, (usually boys). It is a popular school yard game, perhaps owing to the...
Butts Up
Butts Up is an American elementary school children’s playground game originating in the 1980s or earlier. Butts Up is played with a tennis ball (or, alternatively, a racquetball) on a paved surface against a brick wall, with a variable...
Bullrush game
Bullrush is an energetic game whereby a group of individuals endeavour to rush from one line to another across an open space without being tackled to the ground by participants who have previously been so tackled. The rush from one line...
British Bulldog
British Bulldogs is a tag-based game somewhat similar to Red Rover, played mainly in Britain by children at school. The play area is usually a large hall or large area of a playing field. There are no limits to the size of the pitch...
Blind man's bluff (game)
Blind man's bluff is a children's game played in a spacious enclosed area, such as a large room, in which one player, designated as It, is either blindfolded or closes his or her eyes. The It player gropes around blindly and attempts to...
The Ox who Envied the Pig
Once upon a time there was an Ox named Hiranaya. He had a younger brother named Viranya. These two brothers did all the carting on a farm. The farmer had an only daughter and she was soon to be married. Her mother gave orders that the Pig...
Why is the solar system the way it is?
There is no exact reason why the solar system is arranged the way it is. But humans have discovered certain laws of nature that seem to keep the solar system in its present pattern. Earth, like the other planets, follows its path, or...
From where do we get salt?
Salt which is very essential for our body and which we use in our day-to-day life is produced from seawater or the water of salt lakes, from salt springs, and from deposits of rock salt. The concentration of salt in seawater ranges...
How does water come out of a spring?
The water that flows out of spring once fell as rain. The rainwater soaks into the soil and enters into rocks through cracks. When water finds a natural opening in the ground that is below the water table, only then a spring occurs....
How come we still have glaciers till today?
The reason we still have glaciers today is that, it had no chance to melt away since the Ice Age. Most of the glaciers that we see today have been formed in recent times. These glaciers are usually the valley type of glacier. It starts...
What made astronomers think of life on mars?
It is the next planet beyond the earth in distance from the sun. Mars is considered to be a twin of our own planet Earth. Astronomers have noticed certain things that indi­cate a form of life may be possible there while observing...
Why do we find so many different kinds of rocks?
Minerals, which often give different rocks their wonderful colors, or make them, sparkle like gems. All rocks are not formed in the same way. One kind of rock, called “sedimentary rock,” has been formed by sediment. ...
Why do we find so many different kinds of rocks?
Minerals, which often give different rocks their wonderful colors, or make them, sparkle like gems. All rocks are not formed in the same way. One kind of rock, called “sedimentary rock,” has been formed by sediment. ...
What is a nebula?
The word “nebulae” is derived from the Latin word for “mists” because when first observed through small telescopes they looked like mists. Galactic and the extra­galactic are the two chief classes of nebulae. The galactic nebulae are...
Why do clouds change shape?
No two clouds are exactly alike, and they are always changing their shape. Heights and temperatures are the reason we have different types of clouds. Clouds are com­posed of different particles, depending on their height and...
Why do we have very rare eclipses?
When the moon passes directly between the earth and the sun, its shadow falls on the surface of the earth, and an eclipse of the sun takes place i.e. solar eclipse.   <...
How are waves formed?
The movement of sun and moon, which causes winds, results in waves. This explains what causes waves in the water. The wind provides the energy to the water, which results into waves. A wave is mostly the up-and-down movement of water...
Which is the deepest ocean?
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Do you know about ice age?
Geologists say we are just on the end of Ice Age? As far as people who live in Green­land are concerned are actually still in the Ice Age. Ice Age consists of four periods. During each period the ice formed, advanced and then melted...
Why do sunsets look red?
The lower the sun is, the more of our earth’s atmosphere scatters the light, which travels through. But as we know that sunlight is a mixture of seven colors. Normally, this mixture of light appears as white to our eyes. And the...
Why does the sun shine?
The reaction that takes place on sun called “nuclear fusion” helps in producing light & heat. The temperature on the surface of the sun is about 6,000 degrees centigrade. This is hot enough to change any metal or rock into a...
Have you heard about Gulf Stream?
The most famous ocean current of all is the Gulf Stream. It is like a river that flows through the sea instead of on land. But the Gulf Stream is so vast that it is larger than all the rivers in the world put together. The Gulf Stream...
What is the earth made of?
The earth is a big ball, or sphere, made mostly of rock. Inside the earth the rock is melted, but the outside cover is hard rock. The central core of the earth is also solid because the rock is under tremendous pressure. The outside of...
Which is the brightest star?
When you look up in the sky and try to find out the brightest star? The number of stars you see is countless. But most of us can see about 6,000 stars without a telescope, and one-quarter of them are too far south that can be seen in...
What is The Milky Way?
Our galaxy is shaped roughly like a watch, round and flat. If you could get above it and look down on it, it would look like an immense watch. But we are inside the galaxy, and when we look up we are looking towards the edge from inside...
What is constellation of stars?
The group of stars is called “a constellation,” from the Latin terms meaning “star” (stella) and “together.” About the year 150 A.D., the famous astronomer Ptolemy listed 48 constellations that were known to him. This list did not cover...
What is a comet?
Scientists think a comet is probably made of a great swarm of bits of solid matter, combined with gases. Its first appearance is seen as a tiny point of light, though it may be thousands of miles in diameter. This point of light is “the...
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