Curious Questions from Curious Minds!
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Who decides the names of cyclones?
J.C.S.Krishna , Chennai
Interesting question, Krishna! Cyclones originating in the northern Indian Ocean are named by eight countries - Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Each country has contributed eight names, and a combined list of 64 names has been prepared. Whenever a cyclone forms, a name from this list is chosen! ‘Phailin’, which hit India in 2013, was named by Thailand. It means ‘sapphire’. Vardah, which made landfall in Chennai last month, was named by Pakistan. It means ‘red rose’. Do you know what India’s suggestions are? Agni, Akaash, Bijli, Jal, Leher, Megh, Sagar and Vayu!
The Human Body
Why do some people have dimples when they smile?
Arush Jain , Ambala
Did you know that there’s a fancy name for the large muscle located in the side of your face, Arush? It’s called the zygomaticus major. Now, while this muscle is normally all in one piece, some people have a divide in the muscle. When this happens, it’s called a double or bifid zygomaticus, and it causes a small dent whenever the person breaks into a smile. Voila! Charming dimples!
Why do bats hang upside down?
- Immad Adnan , Hyderabad
Unlike birds, bats can’t launch themselves into the air from the ground. Their small hind legs ensure that they can’t run and take off either. By hanging upside down they ‘fall’ into flight. This way, they are all set to fly if they need to escape quickly
Hill stations are colder
How are hill stations colder than plains even though they are closer to the Sun?
- S. A Logaasrinithi , Salem
When you pressurize air, it gets hotter. When you release pressure, it gets colder. Now, as altitude increases, pressure decreases. Lower pressure at higher altitudes causes temperature to drop at hill stations. Remember this on your next vacation!