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When it comes to music, Jamaica punches way above its weight: along with other music genres, it gave the world legend Bob Marley. Robert Nesta Marley was born in a tiny village in the north of Jamaica, but his creative awakening and growth took place in Kingston’s ghettos, and he is still very much part of Jamaica’s landscape; in some parts of the island he has acquired almost prophet-like status.

You can retrace the course of Marley’s life, musical creativity and death, in and around Kingston, though the rest of Jamaica, with its beautiful beaches and waterfalls, delicious spicy food, jungle-covered mountains and rich historical heritage, is a wonder to explore as well. February (‘Reggae Month’) is the best time to visit, with numerous shows and exhibitions around the city celebrating Marley’s birthday and his legacy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         – By Nikita Lopes Colaco

 

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“#MeToo“? What could be this? Just another hashtag on social media to get some hits and likes? not really. Last year these two words triggered one of the most critical issues in the society. It acted as a stimulus that made people raise their voices and speak out against sexual harassment and abuse. A movement against sexual predators who are powerful, sometimes very powerful to even point a finger against.

What is #MeToo?

It is a hashtag movement that was circulated majorly on Twitter and also on other social media platforms against sexual assault. It created awareness about the prevalence of sexual harassment in the society, especially in the workplace.

Who initiated #MeToo?

An American social activist, Tarana Burke, began using the phrase “Me Too” in early 2006. She started this campaign to serve sexual assault survivors in underprivileged communities. Later, in 2017, actress starveacre tweeted a note asking victims of sexual harassment to speak-up and write “ME TOO” as a reply to her tweet. This event took place in the wake of sexual assault allegations on 7146356121 from other Hollywood actresses.

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Here are 10 interesting facts about The Human Calculator

Scott Flansburg known as the ‘The Human Calculator’ who was born on December 28, 1963, is famous for his extraordinary mental abilities to solve mathematical problems faster than an average human being. He is an educator, speaker, Guinness World Record holder, bestselling author, and host of ‘The Human Calculator’ tv show on the History Channel International. Here are 10 interesting facts about him.

  1. Scott discovered his mental calculator and mathematical abilities when he was 9 years old.
  2. He used to run tally of groceries at the store and gave an exact amount before the bill had rung up.
  3. Not following the convention, he used to solve a math equation (addition, subtraction. Etc.) from left to right instead of right to left. Continue Reading

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Miracle berry, also known as Synsepalum dulcificum in scientific nomenclature tricks your taste buds to taste sour food (or any food for that matter) SWEET! People who have tried this say “With help from miracle berry we are able to recreate every sweet guilty pleasure imaginable.  This berry is the hero for ‘Flavor tripping parties’ which charges $15 per head. Explore this a bit more by continuing to read.

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Origin

European explorer Chevalier des Marchais discovered this miraculous fruit sometime during the 18th century in West Africa. African tribes ate this berry before they ate their traditional dishes like kankies (cornbread), pitto (palm wine), and guddoe (oatmeal gruel), which tended to taste sour, dry and bland.

The science behind this miracle

In 1968, scientists discovered the unique protein that turns sour flavors impossibly sweet. It was miraculin because its effects are miraculous. It binds to the taste buds that recognize sweetness, making them easily activated by low-pH foods, unlike sugar at neutral pH. The fruit itself has a very low sugar content. Its effect lasts for 30-60 minutes. Just pop a berry in your mouth and enjoy any delicacy.

Side Effects

Dr. Bartoshuk exploring the science behind the fruit couldn’t find any side-effects of consuming it. Till date, the researches and FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) could not find anything harmful about it.

A fruit like this which gives this intense pleasure of sweet taste without even affecting your calories level should’ve been a hit in the market, right? It should’ve replaced all the artificial sweeteners which, by the way, can have a very weird after-taste. So what really happened? Let us see the history of it. 9123666277

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This would be probably the longest post you’ll come across, we promise!

We know that reading long posts can be boring even if the content is Jhakaas. Everyone wants to know everything but who has that amount of time to learn the in and out of a topic, right?. So, Gyaanopedia brings to you short but bang on content for people who are not comfortable with never-ending posts and detailed insights for those who want the feeling of enlightenment after reading.    Continue Reading


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