The Weekly Interlude #2
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THE THREE LITTLE PIGS - A TALE TOLD IN VERSE
By: Abhimanyu Rao
The Big Bad wolf he came
On a hunt for fame or was it to hunt for game?
Alas! All he got was hate
Oh, what a terrible fate.
Piggie number one made a house of hay,
But time was short, so he chose to play,
"Knock, knock", the Big Bad Wolf growled
"Someone save me", the piggie howled.
"Come on, pig- just let me in",
"Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin",
Now the wolf began to Frown
With a huff and a puff, he blew the house down.
Piggie number 2 made a house of sticks,
Oh, if only he had used some bricks,
His house would have met a better fate,
Than scattered sticks and a broken gate.
The Big Bad Wolf broke the gate,
Then he growled, "it's a family trait"
With an evil laugh he screamed,
"Should I have you fried or steamed?"
"Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin,
Not on my life, I can't let you in!
Don't count your chickens before they hatch,
My house has a big, strong latch."
Looks like this piggie spoke too soon,
His thatched house was his doom!
The Big Bad Wolf swiftly took off his gown,
And with a huff and a puff, blew the house down.
The third little piggy was never scared,
The reason was that he was always prepared,
Be it storms or be it hail-
His house of brick would never fail.
When the Wolf came knocking about,
This little piggie just made him pout,
"Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin,
No way am I letting you in!"
The arrogant wolf, he paid no need,
But come what may, he could not succeed,
He didn't even make a tiny dent
He may as well try to blow down a tent.
In fear of a rival, he ran for his life,
He would never find a suitable wife,
This little piggy had won today
The Wolf should have tried another way.
*My twist on the famous ‘Three Little Pigs*
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Ms Sasmita Lanka, a divisional forest department official has been awarded the UN Asia Environment Enforcement Award for her efforts towards ending the smuggling of pangolins in Odisha.
106 year old Ms Colette Maze of Paris has recorded her sixth album, which will be released later this year. Goes to show that age is no bar for following one’s dreams.
Denmark will soon be building an artificial “energy island” 80 km offshore, in the middle of the North Sea. The size of this island will initially be about 120,000 sq metres – the size of 18 football pitches. The major upshot – in its first phase, the island will be able to provide a whopping 3m households with green energy.
A community of dog enthusiasts in Portland, USA turned into amateur detectives after they tracked down a stolen van containing 12 dogs. The world needs more quick thinking animals lovers like them.
Turns out that our friendly neighbour planet Mars experiences its own version of quakes, called Marsquakes as well as a form of landslides. This discovery was made by NASA’s InSight mission and goes to prove that the planet is seismically active. Images sent by Mars missions and imaging by orbiters reveal that the frozen salty water below the surface could be driving this seismic activity.
Your salad leaves could soon be sending you emails. We kid you not! Engineers at MIT have created a new method to detect major changes in climate through the roots of spinach plants. The new technology, called "plant nanobionics," uses the spinach plant roots to detect nitroaromatics (industrial chemicals) in groundwater. When the "carbon nanotubes" inside the spinach roots detect these compounds, they could send a signal to an infrared camera, which then triggers an email alert to scientists.
Another bit of news from Mars. Although the planet happens to be too cold for liquid water to exist on its surface, scientists say a large quantity of ice may exist just beneath its surface. As expected, it is likely that future human missions to Mars could use this ice as a resource and study it to learn about the planet's past. If the Mars Ice Mapper Mission, a joint plan of the Italian Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and NASA goes ahead, it could launch by 2026.
Looks like Mars is dominating the Did You Know section this week. NASA aims to land humans on Mars by 2023, but the distance from earth and the hostile environment require a lot of tweaks to their plan. Seattle-based company Ultra Safe Nuclear Technologies (USNC-Tech) has proposed using a nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) engine that could get humans from Earth to Mars in just three months. This will reduce trip time vastly.
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