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Gruesome Greeks


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Gruesome Greeks

The Greeks brought the world a number of awesome things: the Olympics, democracy and most importantly Greek mythology. From Odysseus to Aeneas, Greek mythology is filled with tales of warriors, gods, and monsters doing all sorts of famous and crazy things. The ancient Greeks believed that Zeus was the king of the world and ruled over everyone. He rewarded people with long life and riches but if they made him angry, they could expect some pretty harsh punishments. This week we look at some of the people punished by Zeus. Were the punishments too harsh? We’ll let you be the judge. Prometheus

It is said that without Prometheus, mankind would have never had fire. After he saw how humans were living in caves and in holes of the earth, shivering with the cold because there was no fire, dying of starvation and hunted by wild beasts, Prometheus decided to give them fire. So he stole the secret of fire and gave it to mankind. So did Zeus finally realise that he was wrong and decide to only do good deeds? No he didn’t. Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock. That doesn’t seem to bad, does it? Oh we forgot to mention that he also ordered an eagle to swoop down every day to eat out Prometheus’s liver, which grew back each night! Not cool at all, Mr Zeus.


Sisyphus was a sneaky fellow and a crook. For the crime of telling secrets to Zeus’ enemy, Sisyphus was made to roll a huge rock up a steep hill. Sisyphus was told that if he was able to push the rock over the other side, his punishment will end. Unfortunately for Sisyphus, the rock always slides back down the hill just as it nears the top. Today, a “Sisyphean task” is one that is difficult to the point of being impossible. I suppose you could say that Sisyphus was the first rock and roller!

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Once upon a time there was a Titan named Atlas. The Titans had lost a battle with the Greek gods and so, as punishment, the gods made Atlas hold up the sky, and some say, the whole world. He held the sky up for years and years. Once Atlas almost got freed when a hero named Hercules came to see him. Hercules needed to find some golden apples and only Atlas knew where they grew. Atlas said, “I’ll get the apples if you hold up the sky while I’m gone.” Hercules was almost as strong as a Titan, so he held up the sky while Atlas went for the apples. Soon, Atlas came back and realised that he could just run away and make Hercules hold the sky forever. Hercules realised what Atlas had in mind, so Hercules thought of a trick. “This sky is so uncomfortable!” he said. “Hold it up for a minute while I put a pad on my shoulders. Then I’ll hold it up again”. So Atlas took back the sky from Hercules, and Hercules, of course, did not come back. What’s that? You’re wondering what happened to him? Well, no one really knows, of course, but eventually, it is believed, he turned into a mountain. In fact, the Atlas mountains in Northwestern Africa, are named after him.


As punishment from Ceres, goddess of the harvest, Erysichthon was cursed. No not with having an impossible to spell name, but by being forever hungry. He spent his entire family fortune on food and when he ran out of money, he sold his daughter as a slave for money to buy food. The daughter soon escaped and returned to her father. Delighted, he sold her again but was never able to earn enough money to stop his hunger. In the end, Erysichthon was forced to eat himself. Gross!


Hercules, the Greek hero was known for his strength and bravery. Hera, Zeus’s wife, wanted him dead and sent two serpents to kill him when he was a baby but Hercules strangled them. Hera eventually drove him mad and made him kill his own wife and children. He was so sad that he exiled himself and served the mean King Eurystheus as a slave for ten years. Initially the king was to set him one task a year, but Hercules performed twelve, which became known as The Twelve Labours of Hercules. Soon after that Hercules gets married a second time to the beautiful Deianira, who gave him a cloak which she had woven herself. She put a magical potion on the cloak, thinking it’s a love potion but it was actually a deadly poison and Hercules soon died. So in summary, Hercules defeats the most powerful monsters in world until he eventually gets killed by a... blanket? Unfair!


Arachne was a girl who lived in Greece a long time ago. She was a very good weaver and spinner. She wove all sorts of beautiful pictures into cloth, and became very popular. But Arachne was too proud and started telling people she was better at spinning and weaving than the goddess Athena was. Athena was also known as a good spinner and weaver. Athena was mad that Arachne would say that, and she challenged Arachne to a weaving contest. Athena had woven a beautiful cloth showing the gods and goddesses sitting together on Mt. Olympus and doing good deeds for people. But Arachne thought she was so smart, she wove a cloth making fun of the gods and goddesses. Still it was clearly better weaving than Athena had done. When Athena saw it she was even angrier than she had been before. She pointed her finger at Arachne and suddenly Arachne’s nose and ears shrank up, her hair all fell out, her arms and legs got long and skinny, and her whole body shrank until she was just a little tiny spider (Arachne means spider in Greek). “You want to spin,” cried Athena, go ahead and spin!” Now that’s what we call being a sore loser, Athena!


Phaethon was a little boy who lived alone with his mother. All the children would tease him because he didn’t have a father. So he asked his mother, at first she didn’t want to tell him, but then she said, “Your father is the sun god, Helios. He lives up in the sky and drives the chariot of the sun.” Phaethon was like, “Really? Cool! Wow, wait till I tell the other kids!” But when he told them, the other kids didn’t believe him. So Phaethon set off to find Helios. He said, “Lord Helios, are you really my dad?” And Helios said, “Yes, I am.” Phaethon said “Well if you are really my dad then let me drive the chariot of the sun one time” Now Helios really didn’t want to do that. Phaethon was only a little boy and he certainly wasn’t strong enough to handle those wild horses of the chariot of the sun! But Helios gave in and said “Okay, you can drive them, but just this once. And you must be very careful.” So Phaethon got up on the chariot and took the reins of the horses and off they went. But then the horses began to run away! Phaethon could not hold them back, though he pulled as hard as he could pull. The horses went too far up into the sky, so that the sun was too far from the earth. It got dark, and cold, and plants began to die. Everyone was very scared. Then the horses went the other way, too close to the earth. That was even worse! It got too hot everywhere, and everything began to burn up. Finally Zeus got angry and threw a thunderbolt at him and knocked him out of the chariot, and Phaethon fell to the earth and died. So now you know, you should never drive the sun! DESIGN: JAMAL KHURSHID & MAHA HAIDER


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Easy-Weave Newsprint Basket

Method: 1. Cut newspaper into 5-1/4- by 21-1/2-inch strips. Fold each strip lengthwise to about an inch wide. We used 3/4-inch strips for the short basket, 1-1/2-inch strips for the taller ones. 2. To make the basket’s base, lay two strips in the shape of a plus sign and tape them together. Add four crosspieces to form an asterisk, as shown, taping after each. 3. Center the strips on the paper towel roll, then fold them down and use a rubber band to secure them, as shown. 4. Starting at the base of the basket, tuck a folded strip under one paper rib and secure it with tape. Begin weaving around the form, pulling tightly as you go. Tape the end in place. Continue adding strips in this way to achieve the desired height, leaving about 1 1/2 inches unwoven at the top. 5. Remove the rubber band and take the basket off the paper towel roll. Fold the raw edges inside the basket and tape them down. Remember kids, always get permission from your parents before you start. It’s always a good idea to have a helper nearby.

Chamki Chawal What if there was a way to mix in some yummy and important vegetables into your helping of rice and make it look good? And if you enjoy making it as much, chances are high that you might just enjoy eating your creation too! That’s why’s resident Bawarchi, Nikhat Zafar, is here to share a simple recipe of how to make a fun ‘building’ dish called Chamki Chawal!

Method: You have to “build” this dish, upside down. So you start by putting some Coriander into the bowl. Next, place some slices of boiled egg, and then some chicken. You can always add more ingredients, depending on what you enjoy eating. Once you have placed all the ingredients at the bottom of the bowl, pour the rice into the bowl and “pack it in”.

Here’s what you need to make Chamki Chawal: •Boiled Rice •Grilled Chicken pieces in a little curry •Coriander (Hara Dhanya) •Boiled eggs •A plate •A bowl


The final step is to place the bowl carefully on a plate, and flip it over. Tap it gently and lift the bowl, leaving a delicious looking helping of rice, mixed with ingredients that will add flavor to your food and your day! Eat up and enjoy!

Always be sure and use knives, the stove or heating equipment, or other electronic accessories with adult supervision. As long as you don’t waste the food, feel free to experiment with ingredients and recipes!

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Call it destiny or sheer dumb luck but this four-year-old tot survived a double disaster… unscathed. Rescuers were amazed to pull Markus from the remains of a car after it was rammed by a 250 lbs stag and then crushed by a train. “They were hit by a deer which knocked them over into the car’s roof and it slid straight onto the tracks just as a train was coming. It didn’t seem that either of them had a prayer,” said one witness. Horrified mum Anita Koller tried to tear her son free from his child seat but was thrown clear when the train hit them at full speed at the crossing in Oberengadin, Switzerland. “The train hit the car so hard it was derailed. They really were extraordinarily lucky,” said a fire service spokesman. SOURCE: WEB.ORANGE.CO.UK

This race is not for the swift but for the fit ones as you’ll soon find out. The strongman challenge in China sees men lift pigs as they make their way to the finishing line which is a task left best to strong arms and not nimble feet. As a part of the Hercules challenge race in Hengyang, in China’s Hunan province, weightlifters had to carry more than 7st of squealing live pig in each hand during the pig-carrying leg of the competition in the fastest possible time. The would-be ironmen have to carry the pigs 32 yards, along with other tasks.Ten teams, divided into school groups and social groups, took part in the event, with 300-plus aerobics enthusiasts ranging in age from four to 60 years. The pig-lugging is just one element of the National Fitness Festival, which was launched in 2009 to promote exercise in the region. It is now in its third year and includes a range of sporting activities. SOURCE: THESUN.CO.UK

The leaning tower of people You may have never seen anything so profound and beautiful. It is the only tower which relies on muscular power as its sole foundation. Members of the Castellers de Vilafranca, a cultural association founded in Catalonia, Spain in 1948, perform the amazing stunt where people pile up to create castells — human towers — at the weekend’s 24th Tarragona Castells Competition. The crazy event was not meant to set a world record as it’s merely a Spanish tradition. The tower is formed by people leaning against each other to form the base for others to form a column on top. The Catalan tradition is believed to have originated from human towers built at the end of the 18th century and has become a beloved part of the culture. The Castellers aim to build the highest and most complex human towers at festivals and events and they are only getting better and better at it each time. SOURCE: THESUN.CO.UK

Human hamster wheel One man’s attempt to paddle his ‘human hamster wheel’ 66 miles across the Irish Sea came to a sudden end — with the giant wheel sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Chris Todd was aiming to raise thousands of pounds for charity by hamster-wheeling his way across the sea but the 35-year-old had to call it quits after the winds picked up and his rudders gave way. Luckily a support team was there to pick up Chris — but sadly the hamster wheel ended up on the sea-bed, where it will lie undisturbed and waiting to perplex future historians. Annie Davis, of Wiltshire Blind Association, one of the charities he’s raising funds for, said: “It’s a great shame he had to give up as the sea was like a millpond and who knows when he will have another window in the weather. But the upside is that he got much further in those nine hours than he anticipated, so he is determined to try again.” Todd had been waiting for optimum conditions before attempting the stunt and launched his craft beneath bright clear skies before a crowd of well-wishers. As he set off, he said: “It is going to be one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. Imagine spending 48-hours on a stepping machine in the gym without getting any sleep.” Chris hand-built the human hamster wheel in his garden with help from his wife and friends. The idea came to him while rowing across a lake — and he spent 11 months painstakingly piecing it together. Mr Todd hopes to raise £20,000 (Rs3,058,640) and wants people to check on his progress and donate to his cause on his website. SOURCE: DAILYMAIL.CO.UK

Panda party You won’t see these panda costumes at any children’s party as these are meant to befriend pandas themselves. This panda costume-wearing tactic was recently seen at the Wolong Panda Reserve in China. Keepers wore the special costumes to deceive a two-year-old cub Tao Tao to be captured so he can be released back to nature. Workers at panda bear nature reserves dress up like pandas to help teach the animals how to survive on their own. Researchers have gone to great lengths to keep these endangered animals as safe as possible. Trainers in fact wear these costumes that are scented with panda urine and feces. The purpose of this is to help make the animals feel at home and also hide the human smell. SOURCE: EDITION.CNN.COM

Ground breaking! Let’s hope this reverse trend doesn’t catch on. In an effort to “explore what lies beyond perfection”, come the reverse heels, the work of artist Leanie van der Vyver and shoemaker René van den Berg, that challenge beauty ideals by “...inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard,” the Buzzfeed website insists. While Lady Gaga might undoubtedly be one of the first to purchase a pair of these wacky shoes, others do not share the same level of enthusiasm. “Okay, clearly I am not artsy enough to get these shoes because they don’t look like anything other than a new and awkward from of torture,” writes Nicole Wakelin on Fashionably Geeks. What do you make of these artsy kicks? SOURCE: HUFFINGTONPOST.COM

You got snapped! British photoghrapher, David Caravias, was in for the shock of his life when he shot a 16ft great white shark — just within an inch of his camera lens. He was part of a shark diving team aboard a 30ft boat when the shark suddenly burst out of the water. He had been ‘playing’ with the shark by dangling a chunk of tuna over the edge of the boat. But, having momentarily gone out of sight, the huge shark suddenly leapt out of the sea — nearly taking the photographer with him. Mr Caravias, 42, said: “It came out of nowhere at real pace and completely caught us off guard. This was a complete freak incident but it definitely puts you in your place, it shows you cannot get complacent with the sharks.” The stunning image was taken off the south coast of South Africa at Gansbaai, near Cape Town. SOURCE: WEB.ORANGE.CO.UK



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s n i g i r O d r o W Make your hair stand on end Do you like horror stories? Have you heard the phrase, “The sight of its face was enough to make your hair stand on end,” and wondered what it meant? Well, in this case, the hair on your head wouldn’t really stand on end (we have hair gel for that), and if you have long hair you wouldn’t want them to. The phrase means to be in a state of terror. Sometimes when you are scared, the hair on the back of your neck and arms may often stand on end since the skin contracts due to fear. This sensation also takes place during i nervousness or iin a cold ld climate; li t however, the expression is only used in terms of fear. The phrase was first found in Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. The phrase, now, is quite commonly used as an expression of fear.

How to say 'Green' in different languages? Arabic Bulgarian Chinese (Cantonese) Chinese (Mandarin) Danish Dutch Esperanto Estonian Filipino Finnish French Greek Gujarati Hawaiian Indonesian Japanese Malay Mongolian Tajik Tamil Thai Tibetan Turkish

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Cool facts Turtles, water snakes, crocodiles, alligators, dolphins, whales, and other water going creatures will drown if kept underwater too long. There is an average of 50,000 spiders per acre in green areas. Snakes are carnivores, which means they only eat animals, often small ones such as insects, birds, frogs and other small mammals. Some male songbirds sing more than 2000 times each day. The chicken and fish are the only animals that are eaten before they are born and after they die. A tarantula spider can survive for more than two years without food. For every human in the world there are one million ants.



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