Old Inventions You Wont Believe Happened


1 This Handy Face Protector

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These aren’t for cosplaying Spy vs. Spy. And although they look ideal for maintaining a healthy anti-social distance, they’re not for that either. They’re actually face masks to protect your face from the ravages of snow storms. When those razor sharp flakes come hurtling through the air at gale-force speeds, your delicate skin will be protected.

2 These Reading Glasses

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These reading glasses were invented in England in 1936. Was reading in bed a lot harder back then? Was sleeping on your side illegal? Maybe an inter-war pillow shortage made propping yourself up impossible. Whatever the reason, we’re sure these were totally necessary.

3 This Piano

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Well this is specific. It’s a piano made specifically for the bedridden. Is there a specific type of being bedridden that precludes you from being propped up in front of a regular piano? Yes? Well that small subsection of humanity must be really happy.

4 The Extensible Caravan

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Camping in close quarters is the pits. Why not give your next camping trip a little more room with the extensible caravan? We’re sure it’s much easier to drive than it looks. Spending your vacation stuck on the side of the road is sort of like spending it in the woods, right?

5 The Radio Hat

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The “radio hat” was invented in 1931 by an American inventor. It was the world’s first boom box and it sold like gangbusters. Unfortunately, almost everyone who bought one was physically assaulted by their roommates or while riding public transportation. Coincidentally, 1931 was also the year that the word “douchenozzle” was invented. We’re not sure if any of that is true

6 Wooden Bathing Suits

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These are wooden bathing suits. The principle underlying them is pretty sound. Wood does float and floating does make swimming easier. Unfortunately every decision after that was all wrong turns and crotch splinters.

7 Radio Stroller

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This elaborate contraption is called a “radio stroller”. It was invented in 1921 for busy moms. The patent says it’s designed to keep the baby calm and quiet. But it looks more like it’s designed to drown the baby so it just sounds like he’s quiet.

8 This Amphibious Bike

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Have you ever wanted to go for a trip out on the lake while riding your bike? With this attractive contraption, you finally can. Well, we’re pretty sure those giant white orbs will keep you floating. We’re not so sure how long those thin, flat tires will keep you on the road.

9 These Swimming Aids

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This is another antiquated swimming aid. Apparently, back then, your only choices were wedgies or crotch splinters. We’re surprised anyone went swimming at all. Dry land is better than mortification any day.

10 A New Type of Motorcycle

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This one-wheeled motorcycle was invented in Germany in 1925. It’s inventor was looking for a way to make motorcycles more difficult to ride and more dangerous. Despite it’s improvements on the original, the one-wheeled motorcycle never took off. We guess the world just wasn’t ready.

Why Egyptian Statue Moves On its Own ? #Neb-Senu


An ancient Egyptian statue appears to have started moving on its own, much to the amazement of scientists and museum curators.

The statue of Neb-Senu, believed to date to 1800 B.C., is housed in the Manchester Museum in England — at least for now. But if the statue keeps moving, there’s no telling where it will end up.

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 This ancient Egyptian statue from 1800 B.C. appears to move on its own.
CREDIT: Manchester Museum

An ancient Egyptian statue appears to have started moving on its own, much to the amazement of scientists and museum curators.

The statue of Neb-Senu, believed to date to 1800 B.C., is housed in the Manchester Museum in England — at least for now. But if the statue keeps moving, there’s no telling where it will end up.

 “I noticed one day that it had turned around,” museum curator Campbell Price told the Manchester Evening News. “I thought it was strange because it is in a case and I am the only one who has a key.

“I put it back, but then the next day it had moved again,” Price said. “We set up a time-lapse video and, although the naked eye can’t see it, you can clearly see it rotate.” [In Photos: Ancient Egyptian Skeletons Unearthed]

The 10-inch (25 centimeters) statue was acquired by the museum in 1933, according to the New York Daily News. The video clearly shows the artifact slowly turning counterclockwise during the day, but remaining stationary at night.

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This daytime movement led British physicist Brian Cox to believe the statue’s movement is due to the vibration created by museum visitors’ footsteps. “Brian thinks it’s ‘differential friction,’ where two surfaces — the stone of the statuette and glass shelf it is on — cause a subtle vibration, which is making the statuette turn,” Price said.

“But it has been on those surfaces since we have had it and it has never moved before,” Price said. “And why would it go around in a perfect circle?”

On his blog, Price also speculates that the statue “was carved of steatite and then fired [which] may imply that it is now vulnerable to magnetic forces.” Steatite, also known as soapstone, is a soft stone often used for carving.

Oddly, the statue turns 180-degrees to face backward, then turns no more. This led some observers to wonder if the statue moves to show visitors the inscription on its back, which asks for sacrificial offerings “consisting of bread, beer, oxen and fowl.”

None of the proposed explanations satisfies Price. “It would be great if someone could solve the mystery,” he said.

But Paul Doherty, senior scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, believes the statue’s movement isn’t caused by any supernatural force, but by something quite ordinary: vibrational stick-slip friction, sometimes called stick-slip vibration.

As Doherty told LiveScience, if the glass shelf on which the statue rests vibrates even slightly, “the vibrating glass moves the statue in the same direction,” causing it to turn around.

An everyday example can occur when someone uses an electric blender on a kitchen countertop: The vibration of the blender can cause a nearby coffee cup to “walk” across the countertop.

But why would the statue stop moving after turning 180 degrees? Doherty believes the statue stops turning because it’s asymmetrically weighted: “One side of the statue has more weight than the other side.” After turning around on the shelf, the statue’s uneven bottom reaches a more stable position and stops turning.

Besides the footsteps of passing museum visitors, the source of the stick-slip vibration “could be some trolley that goes by during the day, or a train that passes during the day,” Doherty said.

Marc Lallanilla

Transfer latest: Rooney at Chelsea gets Man Utd Real for Ronaldo #CFC #MUFC #AFC


Wayne Rooney and David Moyes will have a meeting this week that will probably be one of the most important in world football.

Where Rooney plays his club football next season will not just affect his career – but affect the careers of managers and players in three countries.

United begin their pre-season training on July 3 and new United manager will want the issue settled well before then.

The British is agog with speculation about where Rooney will end up.

Waiting in the wings are Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid and even Paris Saint-Germain – and whoever their new manager is (latest media reports suggest Laurent Blanc).

Should United and Rooney fail to strike a deal, surely Moyes would rather see the England striker move out of the Premier League than have to face him in the Premier League.

Especially given that the Reds have a first-five games’ fixture list that includes Liverpool and Chelsea and could define their season.

This is why the suggestion that Rooney could be used as a bargaining chip to prise Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real. United could offer Ancelotti Rooney and cash for Ronaldo.

Though Arsenal’s very public courting of Rooney has not suggested any reciprocation, the UK media have speculated that should Wayne decide to stay in England, but not at Old Trafford, he is leaning towards Stamford Bridge.

The fee in question for Rooney is at about £30million – with £250,000 per week in wages.

MS Dhoni becomes first captain to win all ICC trophies #Dhoni #MSD #CT13


India‘s five-run win over England on Sunday has given their leader MS Dhoni a rare triple, that of becoming the first captain in world cricket to have won all major ICC trophies.

The ICC Champions Trophy followed Dhoni leading India to glory in the 2007 World Twenty20 and the 50-over World Cup in 2011.

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India’s five-run win over England in Birmingham on Sunday meant their captain added the Champions Trophy to his kitty after the World Twenty20 and World Cup.

His team entered the tournament on the back of the IPL 6 spot-fixing controversy which threatened  seriously unravel the credibility of Indian cricket.

In the end, they remained unbeaten in England and Wales, opening the tournament with victory of South Africa at Cardiff and wrapping it up with a narrow win over the hosts in Birmingham. India won all six matches in the Champions Trophy.

In addition to laying his hands on all three ICC trophies, Dhoni led India to the top of the ICC Test rankings in December 2009.

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India seize Champions Trophy victory as England choke in final straight #CT13

India seize Champions Trophy victory as England choke in final straight #CT13


 

India, unquestionably the most vibrant side in the tournament, won the Champions Trophy, depriving England of their first ODI title in a global event. In truth India won a T20 match, for that is what this showpiece event had been reduced to after rain had threatened to wash things out altogether.

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India celebrate winning the Champions Trophy as James Tredwell of England, needing six off the last ball, missed it. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Chasing 130 to win, England came unstuck against the Indian spinners, hoist with their own petard on the sort of dry crumbly pitch that they may crave in the coming few months but which is meat and drink to India.

As long as Eoin Morgan, the Ice Man, and Ravi Bopara were together, compiling a stand of 64 from 55 balls for the fifth wicket, England were in with a chance and had begun a charge to the line, with 59 required from the last six overs. The pair took the score to 110 for four, midway through the 18th over, at which point Morgan, having made 33, chipped a catch off Ishant Sharma to midwicket. It set in train a painful collapse.

160317.5Ishant Sharma’s two strikes in the 18th over proved the turning point as India edged England by 5 runs in the Champions Trophy final © Getty Images

Bopara pulled the next ball to square leg, Jos Buttler was bowled first ball by Ravindra Jadeja and, when Tim Bresnan was comically run out following an lbw appeal, four wickets had fallen for three runs in eight balls. They were scuttled. Still, it came down to 15 from the final over, bowled by Ravi Ashwin, and six from the final ball, faced by James Tredwell.

As the ball bit and turned he was not within a foot of it and the Indian team and the thousands of their supporters began their celebrations. England had choked. The man of the match was Jadeja, whose 33 from 25 balls at the end of the Indian innings and particularly his six off Bresnan in the final over gave them a working total. With the addition of Suresh Raina‘s offspin, the Indian spinners bowled 11 overs and took four for 54: England’s solitary spinner, Tredwell, took one for 25.

If the target had seemed a perfectly reasonable prospect, then account had to be taken of the overs to be bowled by the Indian spinners. Tredwell had found some turn during the Indian innings and the dry surface was not going to improve while England’s decision to field was based on the possibility of a Duckworth-Lewis run chase. In this it backfired: the reduced-overs match removed D-L and gave the advantage of batting first to India. Once Ashwin and Jadeja got their teeth into things, England’s approach faltered.

It began badly when Alastair Cook steered to slip and, although Jonathan Trott began briskly, he then misjudged Ashwin, bowling round the wicket, so that he overbalanced as he tried to flick a ball heading down the leg side.

The India captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, started to turn the screw, hounding the batsmen with close fielders, the ball spitting and the crowd ecstatic. Ian Bell managed one reverse-swept boundary but Joe Root top-edged a pull to give Ashwin a second wicket. There followed a moment of controversy when Bell played and missed at Jadeja’s left-arm spin and, although initially out of his ground, appeared to have his right foot back and down a fraction before Dhoni removed the bails. The replays appeared to bear this out but to almost universal surprise the third umpire, Bruce Oxenford, had seen otherwise. It was an astonishing decision: who knows the cost to England?

Earlier Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan had made a cautious start against Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. The first boundary came in the third over when Sharma edged Anderson through the second slip area and then Dhawan benefited from four overthrows after Buttler could only deflect Bresnan’s throw beyond Morgan’s reach.

It was Broad who made the first inroad when Sharma drove loosely and the ball came between bat and pad to take the top of off stump. The first of two rain-breaks came when Broad was into his third over and to his first ball after the restart, short and wide of off stump, Dhawan produced an upper-cut, played with both feet off the ground, that sent the ball high over third man for six. It was the introduction of Bopara to bowl the ninth over that set India back. His second ball was cleverly held back and Dhawan, deceived, could only toe-end it to extra cover. His 31 was his lowest score of the tournament.

Bopara then removed Raina, caught at mid-on, and the key wicket of Dhoni, taken at third man by Tredwell, without scoring to complete a double-wicket maiden. It was 44 ODI innings ago that Dhoni last made a duck. In the previous over Tredwell had claimed Dinesh Karthik, who top-edged a sweep to backward square-leg. At 66 for five, after 13 overs, India were in trouble. The boundaries had dried up and the England bowlers were controlling things.

Virat Kohli decided to go on the attack and began by ruining Bopara’s excellent figures with a thunderous cover-driven boundary and another swept to square leg: 12 came from the over. He and Jadeja began to hare between the wickets. By the time India took their two-over batting powerplay, 30 runs had come from the previous three overs and another 20 came from those, during which Kohli was dropped by Trott at backward point off Broad. Kohli celebrated by pulling the same bowler high into the stands for six. Jadeja then hit Anderson over extra cover for another, before Kohli was well caught at long-off for 43, from 34 balls. There was time for Jadeja to clump one further six over midwicket to end the innings.

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Mike Selvey 

MS Dhoni becomes first captain to win all ICC trophies

Wayne Rooney plans talks with Sir Alex Ferguson over Manchester United future? #MUFC


 

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will reportedly seek assurances over his future with manager Sir Alex Ferguson before committing himself to the club.

The England striker’s future has been the subject of speculation in recent months, with reports consistently linking him with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Rooney plans to hold talks with Ferguson about where he is seen to fit into United’s starting XI by the boss before agreeing to stay with the club, according to the Daily Mail.

Ferguson recently hinted that the Liverpudlian forward would be staying at the club beyond this season.

Paul Gorst

First things first: Get Tendulkar off Dhoni’s back


India’s decline in Test cricket began in England last year, and it has touched its nadir against the same team here at home now. This 18-month period is also when Sachin Tendulkar’s batting has gone from bad to worse. The two are connected because he occupies the No 4 slot in the batting line-up, normally reserved for the best batsman in the side. His failure in match after match, with a solitary fifty in the last 13 innings from eight Tests, and not a single triple-figure knock in 17 Tests, has put huge pressure on the Indian captain.

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Others have failed too, notably the experienced opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, but not as badly as Tendulkar — they average around 35 this series compared to the former master’s 18. Besides, it’s far easier to bat at No 4 once the ball has lost its zing. Sehwag would love to change places with Tendulkar. Dhoni could also have been better served in the middle order by an Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma or Manoj Tiwary, who have been piling on runs in domestic cricket. After all, the only bright spots in India’s batting over the past couple of years have been newcomers Virat Kohli, who got centuries against Australia and New Zealand, and Cheteshwar Pujara, who got a double hundred and a century in this series.

It’s our administrators and selectors who are primarily responsible for our Test cricket having hit rock-bottom. They have been too slow to groom new talent in place of ageing stars. In Australia, the talented Rohit Sharma, picked for the series when he was in peak form, saw a regular procession of batting failures without getting to make a single appearance. Ajinkya Rahane, who came into the reckoning with 1,000-plus runs in a season, has been warming the benches for three series now while his more illustrious fellow Mumbaikar is allowed to carry on with impunity despite his flops.

MS Dhoni may well be a misfit as a Test captain, like a former selector said this week, but shouldn’t he first be allowed to lead a side without handicaps? It’s strange that Mohinder Amarnath says the selectors wanted a change of captaincy after the whitewash in Australia, but when it comes to Sachin Tendulkar they just want the great man to think whether it’s time for him to go. What if he is reluctant to let go of all the sponsorships that come his way by virtue of his place in the team?

Besides, it smacks of double standards. If Tendulkar can’t be dropped because of his past records, how can Dhoni be replaced? He has two World Cups under his belt, and a fabulous Test match record until 2011 when the Indian batting went into terminal decline in England. Amarnath may be quite right to be peeved at the board president interfering in selection and preventing him from sacking Dhoni. But the “bunch of jokers”, as Amarnath once described the selectors, have no locus standi to talk about Dhoni’s performance if they are going to continue to shy away from their responsibility to get the monkey off the Indian captain’s back.

Dhoni must lead his side back to top


MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have proved India have inner strength, but even if they win this match and level the series, they still have to be honest with the state of their Test team.

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To draw a series 2-2 against England would be a failure for an Indian side playing at home. There are fundamental changes that have to be made to the culture and mentality of the Test set up.

Dhoni will be remembered as the man who delivered the World Cup with one of cricket’s most iconic sixes. But his legacy as Test captain has to be to manage the transition of the team. He needs to produce a new Indian side playing with pure passion, commitment and energy. In other words, exactly how they play in Twenty20 and one-day cricket.

He has a great coach alongside him in Duncan Fletcher but he needs more power to shape the direction of Indian cricket. He must be tearing out what hair he has left when he sees the mentality of this Indian Test side.

There have been times during this series when they have simply looked uninterested. When they are on top they are arrogant and buzzing. But as soon as England took control in Mumbai, seven or eight of them went missing.

Selfish and weak players do not want to put in the hard work for the team. Test matches are won by doing all the boring stuff, the hard yards that can make a difference. In the field Indian batsmen wander around disengaged, and uninterested. But that is when you need to help the bowlers. Run around and make sure you are backing up so the bowlers don’t have to do too much work in the field in such hot conditions.

“Hunt in packs” was one of Duncan’s favourite catchphrases when he worked with England and you can bet he’ll be using it again with India, but he must be frustrated as it falls on deaf ears.

What will add to the frustration is that these players are so skillful. Duncan loves working with young cricketers which is why he will want to be around to manage the transition from the Tendulkar era. He will want to build a team around guys like Kohli or Ravindra Jadeja, a kid who bowls left-arm spin, can score hundreds and is good in the field.

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He will love working with them in the nets because he knows they have immense talent. I’m sure they pick things up quickly so teaching them batting will be a real pleasure. For India to move forward in the Test arena they need to give someone from the outside, like Duncan, proper power. Don’t just make him coach and in charge of the first team.

Listen to what he has to say about all the players and how to move forward. If they don’t they will end up falling further behind and that is a worry for Test cricket.

He will also use Dhoni’s innings as an example to the rest. He arrived at the crease at 87 for four knowing that if he failed, India would lose the Test series 3-1. For him to play the way he did on a wicket he would not have enjoyed batting on is a tremendous performance. To control his emotions and play well, to drag the team back in the match under such immense pressure was down to pure mental strength.

I look at Dhoni and he reminds me of Kevin Pietersen. Both are at their best when they have copped some flak. In one-day cricket the buzz of the crowds and the atmosphere is enough to stoke his fire but in Test cricket Dhoni needs the pressure of having to perform to bring out his best. You don’t produce the innings he has played in one-day cricket without being a cool customer.

I know there has been pressure on him in India but he showed yesterday he cares about Test cricket and why he should stay on as captain. He all but survived an entire day of Test cricket made tough mainly because England have James Anderson bowling at his peak.

His skill levels are so high and his control so good now that it is fascinating watching him out-think the batsman. He also bowls with a cockiness that earns him wickets. With one withering look he tells a batsman he is not very good. One stare can kill the confidence of a player. It reminds me of Glen McGrath. It’s not arrogance on Jimmy’s part. In fact he probably doesn’t even know he is doing it. It is just a strut that great bowlers have. He is in a different league to when he played under me. He is now the perfect bowler. He has he perfect pace. He doesn’t take too much out of himself when he bowls which means he can stay on for long periods. I hope he plays for as long as he can because he can break all records.

MICHAEL VAUGHAN

Tendulkar to review cricket future in November


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Sachin Tendulkar has for the first time admitted that at 39 he may not have much cricket left in him and will reassess his cricketing future next month.

Tendulkar’s retirement has been a topic of debate for quite some time now and the batting great said though he does not have any immediate plans, the thought of retirement has been on his mind.

He said that taking a decision on retirement after playing the game for close to 23 years will be a “hard one” and he will go by what his heart says.

“The moment of retirement is going to be hard because I haven’t experienced anything close to what I might go through when I retire. It depends on what my heart tells me then. I need not take a call right now. When I play in November, I will reassess things,” he said.

“I am 39 and I don’t think I have plenty of cricket left in me. But it depends on my frame of mind and my physical ability to deliver. When I feel that I am not delivering what is needed, and then I will re-look at the scheme of things. I am already 39 and no one expects me to go on playing forever,” Tendulkar told ‘Times NOW’.

India play a four-match home Test series against England starting on November 15 in Ahmedabad.

Tendulkar, who holds almost all the records in world cricket after playing 190 Tests and 463 ODIs, said that it would be a tough call for him to hang his bat and he will go by what his heart says.

“I don’t know. It is going to be hard because I haven’t experienced anything close to what I might go through when I retire. I cannot relate this moment with any other moment in my life. It will be a tough call. I will go with what my heart says,” said Tendulkar, who has scored 15,533 in Tests and 18,426 runs in ODIs.

The Little Master’s cricketing exit is a touchy issue. It took three deliveries and the cricketing world was buzzing with news and views on Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement. Click further to read what cricketing legends have said about the ‘retirement’ issue.

Does the Media deliberately divide People?


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Is the Media misusing the freedom of press? Should it be made more accountable? The careless behavior by some of our television news channels has necessitated some kind of a control by a regulatory body. Poor quality journalism is something this country has been facing since the advent of electronic media. Any exaggeration without verifications and proper investigations seem to become news that gives a wrong picture or partial facts. In other words, media has become the creator of a false world that the people of this country seem to be living in. Media has also been dividing the people of this country through careless reporting. This view was shared by none other than the newly appointed Chairman of Press Council of India, Markandey Katju. In a Democracy, everybody is accountable, and it is high time media is also made more responsible, he felt.

Off late, some of the deliberate blunders by the media are aimed at dividing people on communal lines. Speaking to CNN IBN, Justice Katju said, “Whenever a bomb blast takes place, in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, within a few hours almost every channels starts showing that an e-mail or an SMS has come that Indian Mujahideen have claimed responsibility or Jaish-e-Mohammad or Harkat-ul-Jihad, some Muslim name.” This has created an impression that every Muslim is a terrorist, when 99 percent of the religious community is good people.

Another mistake that our media frequently makes is targeting the majority community in the name of secularism and provoking them against the minority. Secularism includes all communities, including the majority community. Some of the dirty political games seem to have crept into media as well. In short, there seems to be a deliberate attempt on the part of the media to divide people on religious lines, which is contrary to national interests.

Markandey Katju feels the only solution to the problem is to bring Electronic News Media also under Press Council of India.

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Apart from this, the media has created a false image in the minds of people. In a country where 80 percent of the people live in chronic poverty, facing inflation and other serious issues like unemployment, media has been portraying a different India, the “Shining India”, which is only a partial reality. Instead of focusing on developmental issues, the media is seen to be increasingly projecting film stars, cricketers and fashion parades.
In lines of the slogan of Roman emperors, “If you cannot give them bread, give them circuses,” in India, cricket seems to have replaced circuses, as many of the leading channels have caught the IPL cricket fever, and people are getting the same illness, which is hardly going to solve the problems of this country.

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