It made me think after I had an interview with BBC last night about how I feel as an Indian woman travelling around India by myself. It was around 12:30 AM Sydney time (24th August 2013) when I got a call from Chris, one of the producers of BBC news shows after my twitter update about my travel to India in few hours. Initially I thought it might be just a joke as at this hour I am getting a call to participate in an interview that too live. But soon I realized that it was actually happening and I had two choices – one go to bed as there were only 5-6 hours left to get some sleep before I catch my flight in the morning or stay awake for this interview discussion as not everyday you are given this opportunity. Guess what I chose the second option. Although before actually realizing what we are going to discuss I was all excited but soon enough the smile was replaced by the sadness and the excitement was replaced by the sheer anger and frustation.
The discussion was about the various issues that solo woman travellers face when they travel around India. It was inspired after a overnight hit article written by Michaela Cross, an Americal student who went to India to persue her studies in Abroad culture and civilization. It threw me into the same ocean of emotions that I have lived for almost 4-6 years when I was living back in India. All those memories dashed my mind in few minutes and some known emotions (anger, frustation, hatred, pain) made me feel overwhelmed.
I read the article published in CNN as adviced by Chris and instantly I felt a connection to this woman and her story.
I was reading this post – Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast from my friend Jill London and in order to send her some more weired facts in addition to the one in her post, I stumbled upon few really strange facts that I felt I can share with you all. Hope you find something new in these may be not so strange facts 🙂
Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating!
Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!
Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia!
When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour. To photograph the event, a camera must shoot at a millionth of a second!
There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos!
All polar bears are left handed.
No word in the English language rhymes with “MONTH.”
“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”
In the White House, there are 13,092 knives, forks and spoons!
Slugs have 4 noses!
About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30!
In space, astronauts cannot cry properly, because there is no gravity, so the tears can’t flow down their faces!
In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating on their finals!
The elephant is one of the few mammals that can’t jump!
America once issued a 5-cent bill
A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years! Wow!
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!
Honolulu is the only place in the United States that has a royal palace!
More money is spent on gardening than on any other hobby!
The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia!..
A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans
Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women!
Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin!
Bulls are colour blind, therefore will usually charge at a matador’s waving cape no matter what colour it is — be it red or neon yellow! – Now that makes me think twice as I always thought that Red colour does make a difference and if I stand wearing may be white then I might hide from his eyes. Good to know this fact I think
Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the mornings – Wow I might carry an apple now as two coffee a day is something that is needed at the moment to keep me going otherwise which is not so good for health really
Smelling bananas and/or green apples (smelling, not eating) can help you lose weight – Everyone trying to reduce weight, read this as it might be of some help in reducing those ounces
The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people!
The original name for the butterfly was ‘flutterby’!
There are some really strange laws also in place around the world that made me think for a while.
In Virginia, chickens cannot lay eggs before 8:00 a.m., and must be done before 4:00 p.m. – wow how do we control that now
In North Carolina, it is against the law for dogs and cats to fight. – We are making laws for animals as well now
In New Jersey, cabbage can’t be sold on Sunday. – What’s wrong with that ?
In the State of Kansas, you’re not allowed to drive a buffalo through a street. – Yes that makes it safe now
In Kentucky, it’s the law that a person must take a bath once a year. – That makes a state less stinkier
In Louisiana, a bill was introduced years ago in the State House of Representatives that fixed a ceiling on haircuts for bald men of 25 cents. – Do they even need it?
In Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping. – Do people do that all the time otherwise?
California law prohibits a woman from driving a car while dressed in a housecoat. – Man that’s not fair now
In Illinois, the law is that a car must be driven with the steering wheel. – Really??
In Miami, it is forbidden to imitate an animal. – I need to be more careful now, not that I have ever done that
The law states that more than 3000 sheep cannot be herded down Hollywood Blvd. at any one time.
In Missouri, a man must have a permit to shave. – really??
In Michigan, it is against the law for a lady to lift her skirt more than 6 inches while walking through a mud puddle. – Man I am not going there wearing a skirt now 🙂