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The oldest city in the world that is still inhabited today is Varanasi or Benaras.


In 700 BC, the world's university was established in India in Takshila. It was one of the biggest achievements in the field of education as more than 10,500 students came from all over the world to receive education in over 60 different subjects.


In the 13th century, a poet saint named Gyandev introduced the game of Snakes and Ladders. Known as Mokshapat during those times, the game had a significant meaning. The snakes stood for vices while the ladders represented good virtues. The essence of the game was that the ladders or good virtues take people to heaven while snakes or vices take people to a cycle of re-births.


Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted complicated surgeries like cesareans, cataract, artificial limbs, fractures, urinary stones and even plastic surgery and brain surgery.


Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was reportedly invented in India.


According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world.


The art of Navigation was born in the river Sindh 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from Sanskrit 'Nou'.


Sanskrit is considered the mother of all higher languages. Sanskrit is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for computer software - a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987.


'Jingle Bells' Was The First Song In Space.


Jingle Bells is now firmly associated with Christmas, but originally the song was more connected with Thanksgiving.


J. R. R. Tolkien constructed the grammar and vocabulary of at least fifteen Elvish languages and dialects.


The Internet was invented in the United States during the late 1950s to the 1970s by a group of researchers and scientists at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). On the October 29, 1969, computers at Stanford and UCLA connected for the first time using the network then called ARPANET.


July 4 is the only date on which three US presidents died: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (both 1826) and James Monroe (1831).


November 2 is the only date that was the birthday of two US presidents: Warren Harding (born 1865) and James Polk (1795).


In 1712, February had 30 days in Sweden as it changed from the Julian to Gregorian calendar.


The earliest known reference to the game of Musical Chairs dates back to 1877.


Eight Nobel Prize winners had birthdays on February 28. No other date has as many.


Only 45 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to women.


In puri Jagannath Temple the flag always flaps in opposite direction of air.


One in 2,000 babies is born with teeth: Richard III, Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis XIV and Julius Caesar shared that distinction.

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