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03
Nov 2017
Where do new words come from?
Who comes up with new words in the English language? Is there a secret group of people that meets and makes up new words? Are those the people that decide which new words go into the dictionary too? Not really. New words in English can come from anywhere... including other languages! Several other ...
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27
Oct 2017
Artificial Intelligence
Have you heard the term 'artificial intelligence' before? Have you wondered what the means? Simply put, aritificial intelligence, or AI, is enabling computers to think, make decisions and performs tasks like humans. Sounds simple enough, right? But it's not. The way we think and act are actually c ...
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28
Jul 2017
Time Travel
Do you wish you had a time machine? So do we! With all the amazing technology that we now have, why hasn't anyone invented a time machine yet? Turns out, time travel is a little too complicated. Does that mean we'll never have a time machine? The answer is in the video below! Video courtesy: Life ...
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30
Jun 2017
Evidence of Alien Life
Since it's World UFO Day this Sunday, 2 July, let's talk about something that we think UFOs have—aliens! Since our universe is so vast, surely there must be alien life out there, right? But the truth is, we haven't found any evidence that shows us that there are life forms on other planets. W ...
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16
Jun 2017
History of Father's Day
It's Father's Day this Sunday, 18 June. So Happy Father's Day to all the awesome dads out there! To mark this occasion, this week we're taking a look at how Father's Day came to be. Did you know that it was originally inspired by Mother's Day? Check out the video below for more lesser known facts. ...
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09
Jun 2017
Depth of the Oceans
Since it was World Oceans Day yesterday (8 June), let's take a look at the ocean and its remarkable features. Do you know that only 5% of the Earth's oceans have been studied? That means, we only know about 5% of marine life! And even among this small number there are some fascinating creatures, li ...
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26
May 2017
How Chocolate Cake is Made
Mmmm... chocolate cake... delicious! But have you ever wondered how it's made? Or even the ingredients that go into making one? Watch the video below for a sneak peak into a chocolate cake factory. And then perhaps treat yourself to a piece of cake. It's the summer vacation, after all! :) Video co ...
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May 2017
Endangered Animals
Tomorrow, 20 May, is Endangered Species Day. So we decided to spare a thought for all those animals that are endangered. Endangered animals are those whose numbers are very few on the planet. But these animals were once abundantly found. Why has their population reduced? It's because we humans are ...
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12
May 2017
What if all of Earth's ice melted?
You might have heard of the effects climate change and global warming are having on our planet. Especially in the Arctic, which is warming up twice as fast as the rest of Earth. But what would happen if all the ice on Earth melted? See the possible outcome in the video below! Video courtesy: Asap ...
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05
May 2017
Why is it hot underground?
Here's a strange occurrence: the more underground you go, the hotter it gets! Why is that? Shouldn't it get cooler underground because there's no sun? While it's true that the Sun doesn't make the inside of Earth hot, something else in the centre of the Earth (called the core) makes it piping hot. ...
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28
Apr 2017
Species on Earth
How many species of organisms live on Earth? Too many to count, it seems! Scientists have been trying to answer this question for years, but there are so many organisms on Earth that it's hard to arrive at an exact number. Plus, there are undiscovered organisms that live in dark and deep corners of ...
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21
Apr 2017
The Wright Brothers
You must have heard of the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, who invented the aeroplane. But they didn't create the aeroplane overnight. In fact, they had many failed versions of a flying machine before they hit upon the aeroplane. Watch the video below to see some of those early inventions and h ...
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14
Apr 2017
Carnivorous plants
Plants seem like harmless beings that snack on sunlight and water, and mind their own business. But not all plants are like this. Some trap and eat meat! These are carnivorous plants. They mostly feed on insects, but some feed on larger prey. But why do these plants eat meat in the first place? An ...
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24
Mar 2017
Earth's toughest animal
Which animal do you think is the toughest? The lion? Elephant? Porcupine? Tortoise? Blue whale? The actual answer is: none of the above! Earth's toughest animal is a creature so small you'd need a microscope to see it. How can a creature this tiny be the toughest of them all? The answer is in thi ...
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Mar 2017
The Trappist Planets
Recently, scientists discovered seven planets orbiting a star called Trappist-1, about 40 light years from our Sun. Three of those planets were found to be like Earth—they have conditions that could support water, and therefore, support life! Does this mean there are aliens in the Trappist pl ...
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17
Feb 2017
The Elusive Ghost Shark
Chimaeras, popularly known as ghost sharks, are a species of deep sea fish. Ghost sharks have been around for 400 million years! But they have been rarely spotted since they live so deep down in the sea—nearly 2600 metres, in fact. Even though they're known informally as ghost sharks, chimaera ...
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03
Feb 2017
Earth's Magnetic Field
Did you know that the poles of the Earth function like the ends of a magnet? That's right! You can think of the centre of the Earth as a place that contains a massive bar magnet. This giant magnet is why the Earth has magnetic north and south poles. And like all magnets, the Earth too has a magneti ...
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20
Jan 2017
The Colour of the Moon
What is the colour of the Moon? It looks like it might be light grey or even white, right? Actually, that's not the colour of the Moon at all! The colour we see is a trick that our eyes and brain play on us. How do they do that? And what is the real colour of the Moon then? The video below has the ...
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16
Dec 2016
How do trees survive winter?
Brrr! Winter is upon us! It's time to take out the sweaters, jackets and blankets. These will keep us warm during the winter. But what about trees? Is there a way they keep warm? Yes, there is! Certain trees have a very interesting mechanism to keep the cold at bay. Watch the video below to see wha ...
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02
Dec 2016
The Last Star in the Universe
We think of stars as large, bright, hot objects far away from us that light up our night skies. But not all stars are large, bright or hot. Some stars are small and relatively cold! And they're right here in our Sun's neighbourhood! These stars are red dwarfs. Red dwarfs have such long lives that th ...
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25
Nov 2016
Brilliant Bats
We think of bats as creepy little creatures, but they're actually quite cute, cuddly and brilliant! While we humans use maps and electronic devices to find our way, bats have an in-built mapping system that uses... echoes! Yes, with just sounds and echoes, bats can determine where they are and what ...
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04
Nov 2016
Learn to draw Kalia
Hello all! It's Anniversary month at Tinkle! Last week Savio Mascarenhas, Tinkle's Art Director, gave us tips on how to be a comics illustrator. This week, Archana Amberkar, the artist for Kalia the Crow, teaches you how to draw Kalia! Kalia was the very first Toon to appear in Tinkle. What's more, ...
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28
Oct 2016
Become a Comics Illustrator
It's Tinkle's Anniversary in November, so this is a Tinkle-icious edition of Extraordinary Facts! Fancy a career in comics and illustration? Savio Mascarenhas, the Art Director of Tinkle, has some tips for you! Watch the video below to see what he has to say about pursuing art as a child, and then ...
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21
Oct 2016
How shuttlecocks are made
If you have played badminton, you would know that it's a fast-paced and challenging game. But have you ever thought about how its equipment is made? Take a look at a shuttlecock. Have you thought about why it has feathers, or even why it is in a conical shape? Why is it made that way and how? The v ...
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14
Oct 2016
How binoculars work
You must have heard of a device called a telescope that helps you see far away things. Telescopes magnify a far away object and help you see it clearly. But telescopes are for objects that are very far away, like stars and planets in space. What if we want to see something that is not as far but sti ...
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07
Oct 2016
Why are there 7 days a week?
Have you ever wondered why there are 7 days in a week? Why not 8? Why not 6? Or even 3? That way, we would be rid of Mondays, right? Hehe! Well, our ancestors, starting with the ancient Egyptians, were the ones who calculated time and finally came up with the concept of 7 days in a week. How did th ...
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30
Sep 2016
Is Pluto a planet?
Depending on how old you are, you might have studied in school that Pluto is the ninth planet in our Solar System. And it was, for 70+ years, but in 2006, astronomers decided it wasn't a planet anymore and recategorized it as a dwarf planet. Why did they do that? And what exactly is a dwarf planet? ...
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23
Sep 2016
Itchy Mosquito Bites
We've all experienced this before—we'd be sitting somewhere, minding our own business, when suddenly we feel the urge to itch some part of our body. Why? Because a mosquito just bit us! Ugh! How annoying! It's bad enough mosquitos like to feast on our blood but worse that their bites make our ...
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16
Sep 2016
The Food Chain
We all need food to live because food gives us the energy to live. But where does the energy in our food come from? That can be easily explained by something called a food chain. What is this food chain? And how is it relevant to us? Answers to these questions and more are in the video below! Vide ...
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09
Sep 2016
The Immune System
Our immune system is the first line of defence against bacteria and viruses that are eager to cause diseases and infections in our bodies. Is a cold virus in the air? Has a nasty germ entered your body? Did you touch something dirty and full of bacteria? Your immune system is on the job to protect y ...
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02
Sep 2016
Magnetism

Magnets are those stone-like blocks that stick to certain metals such as iron, and to each other. But what attracts them to those metals? And what is magnetism, really?

Answers to these fascinating questions and more are in the video below!

Video courtesy: Smart Learning for All

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26
Aug 2016
3D Printing
It's not just paper that we can print on. Technology has progressed so much that we can now print objects too! A model of an object is fed into a computer. The computer analyzes it and then instructs a 3D printer to print the object using the same dimensions as the model. And then, in a matter of s ...
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19
Aug 2016
Pumpkins
Pumpkins! They're those big, orange... oh, they're not just orange but are also red or green? Okay! So, they're those big fruits... errr vegetables? What exactly are they? How well do you know pumpkins? The video below lists 8 cool facts about them that will hopefully answer our questions! :) Vide ...
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12
Aug 2016
Benefits of playing an instrument

Did you know that playing a musical instrument is like taking your brain to the gym for a full body workout? When you exercise your brain in this way, how beneficial is it? Watch the video below for the answer!

Video courtesy: TED-Ed

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05
Aug 2016
Our muscles
We have more than 600 muscles in our body that keep us together and help us move. So it's important that we keep our muscles healthy and strong. How do we do that? Surprisingly, the more we wear out and "damage" our muscles, the stronger they grow! Isn't that strange? Just how does our body manage ...
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29
Jul 2016
The Tiger
It's World Tiger Day today, so it's the perfect time to learn more about this extraordinary and majestic creature. Did you know that while a tiger is fast, it cannot outrun a deer? Or that its roar can be heard from more than 2 km away? More fascinating facts about tigers in the video below! Vide ...
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22
Jul 2016
Making a Toothbrush
No matter where in the world we live, all our days begin with one object—the toothbrush. The toothbrush has been used for a very long time, although not always in the form we know it today. The video below reveals what early toothrbushes were like, and gives a fascinating sneak peek into a to ...
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15
Jul 2016
Why do we yawn?

It's a question researchers have tried to answer for years. Have they found an answer? This video reveals all.

Video courtesy: AsapSCIENCE

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08
Jul 2016
Clouds and their names
Do you like looking out of the window while at school? Have you been told off for looking out of the window? Well, it's not an altogether useless thing to do, as one scientist who loved staring out of the window at school found out. In fact, his love of dydreaming helped us understand clouds in a wa ...
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01
Jul 2016
Earth's Biggest Organism

Which organism has the honour of being the largest on Earth? Is it the Blue Whale?

The answer will surprise you!

Video courtesy: MinuteEarth

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24
Jun 2016
Evolution of books

Books have a long history during which time they have evolved quite a bit. They were once stone tablets and today, well, you can read a book in an electronic tablet!

How have books changed over the years? This video will reveal all.

Video courtesy: TED-Ed

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17
Jun 2016
Jellyfish Stings

How does a creature that is mostly made of water manage to sting others? The answer lies in the jellyfish's extraordinary body structure and stinging mechanism. Watch the video below to see this fascinating animal at work.

Video courtesy: TED-Ed

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03
Jun 2016
Earth's Water

Have you ever wondered where Earth got its water from? From the first rains? Where did the water for the rains come from then?

It's a mystery that science has puzzled over, but now we may have an answer to this question!

Watch the video below to see what it could be.

Video courtesy: MinuteEarth

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27
May 2016
Mass Extinctions
Ever since life has existed on Earth, there have been waves of species extinctions owing to climate changes, atmospheric changes, cosmic changes and so on. The dinosaurs went extinct during one such mass extinction phase. There have been five mass extinctions in the history of our planet. But are w ...
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20
May 2016
Amazing Antarctica
Antarctica might be an uninhabited continent but it is one of the coolest (he-he!) places on the planet. For instance, its ice is so heavy that it deforms the South Pole! What's more, only 2 percent of the continent is actually exposed. What other secrets is Antarctica hiding? Watch the video to f ...
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13
May 2016
Surprising Spiders

Spiders may be icky and creepy to look at, but they're fascinating creatures with unique abilities.

One of the more surprising facts about spiders is that they are shy and would rather not encounter humans!

For more such incredible trivia, watch the video below.

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06
May 2016
Cool Cats

Cats are an extraordinary species. Each cat in the world boasts of a unique feature and ability. In fact, some might even say cats have superpowers!

Watch the video below to see just how amazing these creatures are.

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29
Apr 2016
Earth's Incredible Natural Wonders

Forget space; there are so many mysterious and incredible places right here on Earth that will leave you astounded. From China to Bolivia, there are beautiful natural wonders in several countries along the way that will take your breath away.

Watch the video below to see them.

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22
Apr 2016
The English Language

We use English on a daily basis, but how much do we really know about the language? For instance, the words I, we, two and three are among the oldest words in the English language!

Watch the video below for some more cool trivia about English.

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15
Apr 2016
The Human Body

The human body is a complex and fascinating machine that works every moment of every day without taking a break.

How hard do our bodies work? For a start, our heart beats more than 1 lakh times a day!

For more incredible facts about the human body, watch the video below.

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08
Apr 2016
Funniest Test Answers
Now that your exams are over, take a well-deserved break with this video about the funniest test answers ever found. You might not have written such crazy answers in your exams, but some other people surely did! But before you try to pull a similar stunt, remember, these answers don't get any marks ...
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01
Apr 2016
April Fools' Day
Happy April Fools' Day! Today is the perfect day to crack jokes, pull pranks and indulge in general merriment. But how did this day come about to be, and why do we do the things that we do today? Watch the video below to find out the story behind April Fools' Day and other funny trivia about today ...
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25
Mar 2016
Easter

Since Easter is almost upon us, this week's edition of Extraordinary Facts is about the lesser known facts of Easter—how it got its name, where the tradition of Easter eggs comes from, how it is celebrated around the world, and more. 

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18
Mar 2016
Video games and the human brain

Does playing video games have any benefits? Do they impact our brains in any way at all?

You'll be surprised to know the answer in the video below!

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11
Mar 2016
Global Warming

Everyone is talking about this phenomenon, but what exactly is it and how does it affect us and our planet?

This short video will tell you everything you need to know.

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Feb 2016
The Winter Carnival!
As the carnival fever continues on Tinkle Online, we are going to talk about the Quebec city Winter Carnival, the only winter Carnival of the world! Like other carnivals that are celebrated outdoors in the sun, Carnival de Québec too is celebrated outside but on a blanket of fresh, white ...
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12
Feb 2016
The Carnival of Venice
Hello! The Tinkle Carnival is still on and there is so much in store for you! Today, we are going to talk about the Carnival of Venice—one of the grandest carnivals of the world.  The Carnival of Venice is a grand annual celebration held at Venice, Italy. A distinguishing feature of t ...
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05
Feb 2016
The Goa carnival
Sixth February onwards, Goa will take on a lively, colourful form as ‘Intruz’ or carnival! The law of merry-making, partying, dancing, and feasting will be declared by King Momo, a mock king chosen from among the locals who will inaugurate the festival. King Momo represents excess, a re ...
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29
Jan 2016
Our Vast Oceans

Five oceans comprise the Earth's hydrophere—Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern,and Arctic. These enormous water bodies are full of surprises—unexplored species, underwater wedidngs, active volcanoes to name a few!

Watch this video to know more about our vast oceans!

 

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22
Jan 2016
The Magnificent Sun

One of the brightest stars we take for granted—the mighty sun! Did you know, its core temprature is 15 million degree Celsius! That's just one of  the many incredible facts about this bright star! Watch this video to know more.

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15
Jan 2016
The Elusive Snow Leopard

One of the most exotic animals that rarely reveals itself—the Snow Leopard. Did you know, this big cat can't roar unlike its other feline counterparts? Watch this video to know other interesting facts about this animal. 

Video courtesy: Cine Kids

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08
Jan 2016
The unbelievable Blue Whale

The largest animal on Earth—the Blue Whale—is a surprising creature. Here are some intriguing facts about this gentle yet colossal animal. 

Video courtesy: Top10Army

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01
Jan 2016
Ingenious Coat Hanger

Can you imagine a wire coat hanger to have 21 incredible uses? Watch this video to know what all a simple coat hanger can do! 

Video courtesy: mrballeng

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11
Dec 2015
Astounding Aluminium Foil

Did you know that aluminium foil has some amazing uses other than just packaging food? You have to see the below video to believe it!

Video courtesy: Owl Mega

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04
Dec 2015
Intriguing Tea bags

Don't throw away used tea bags as they are more useful than you think! Watch the video to find out how tea bags can be used in several ways!

Video courtesy: The Savings Experiment

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