5818. Fact
Eating about twenty tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain

5819. Fact
A violin actually contains 70 separate pieces of wood

5820. Fact
The first plastic ever invented was celluloid in 1868. It's still used today to make billiard balls.

5821. Fact
Until the 18th century India produced almost all the world diamonds.

5822. Fact
Andrew Johnson, was the only self-educated tailor. He is the only President to make his own clothes as well as his cabinet's.

5823. Fact
Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland.

5824. Fact
Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.

5825. Fact
Four out of five brides in the U.S. have a job

5826. Fact
When the English colonists sat down for their first Thanksgiving dinner on February 22, 1630, an Indian chief named Quadoquina offered a deerskin bag filled with freshly popped corn. Thus popcorn made its first appearance to non-native North Americans.

5827. Fact
The record for the biggest one day rainfall was set on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, on March 15, 1952, where 74 inches of rain fell in 24 hours.

5828. Fact
The adult electric eel can produce a five hundred volt shock, which is enough to stun a horse

5829. Fact
Hippos have killed more than 400 people in Africa, more than any other wild animal.

5830. Fact
During WWII, because a lot of players were called to duty, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles combined to become The Steagles

5831. Fact
Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula". It can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

5832. Fact
Sanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. This is because it is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for computer software

5833. Fact
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball

5834. Fact
Approximately one out of four injuries by athletes involve the wrist and hand.

5835. Fact
35,000 people in the U.S. will die from the flu annually.

5836. Fact
The amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class: $40,000.

5837. Fact
Between 1931 and 1969 Walt Disney collected thirty-five Oscars.

5838. Fact
There are more than 3000 documented caves located in the state of Tennessee

5839. Fact
If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee

5840. Fact
You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

5841. Fact
There are over 500 different types of bananas

5842. Fact
Crocodiles can snap their jaws in 1/8th of a second and can use over 40 sets of teeth

5843. Fact
The moon actually has mirrors on it. They were left there by astronauts who wanted to bounce laser beams off them, so that the distance to the moon can be measured.

5844. Fact
An armadillo can walk under water

5845. Fact
Crayola is a French word that means Oily chalk.

5846. Fact
In a lifetime, an average driver will release approximately 912 pints of wind inside a car

5847. Fact
It is possible for a scorpion to sting itself to death as they are not immune to their own poison.

5848. Fact
Idaho state law makes it illegal for a man to give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing less than fifty pounds.

5849. Fact
There are 300 distinct different types of honey.

5850. Animal Facts
The bulldog ant from Australia will sting again and again while holding on with its fierce jaws. It can kill a human in 15 minutes.

5851. Fact
In the wild, the poinsettia flower can reach a height of 12 feet, and have leaves that are eight inches across.

5852. Fact
It is possible to see a rainbow at night.

5853. Fact
Cannibalism, eating human flesh, is also called anthropophagy.

5854. Fact
In the United States, 8.5 million cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures were done in the year 2001

5855. Fact
The Bible has been translated into Klingon

5856. Fact
The quills of a porcupine are soft when they are born

5857. Fact
A cow has four compartments in its stomach

5858. Animal Facts
Geckos have transparent eyelids which are permanently closed but allow the gecko to see anyway.

5859. Fact
The CN Tower located in Toronto, Ontario Canada took a total construction time of 40 months to complete at an original cost of $63 million

5860. Fact
Dolphins don't automatically breath; they have to tell themselves to do it.

5861. Fact
In Georgia, movie houses that want to show films on Sunday must reserve one showing a month for religious material.

5862. Fact
The band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie Barbarella.

5863. Fact
It is illegal NOT to smile in Pocatello, Idaho.

5864. Fact
Polar bears are left-handed. (If they switch, they'll live a lot longer.)

5865. Fact
Robert Peary, who left pieces of the flag scattered at the North Pole was honored for doing this.

5866. Fact
The state that has the most diners in the world is New Jersey, which is referred to as the Diner Capital of the World.

5867. Fact
There are more statues of Sacagawea, Lewis Clark's female Indian guide, in the United States than any other person.



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    Legend of Shiva Linga

    The legend of Shiva Linga or Lingodbhavamurthy is deeply related to Mahashivaratri. The legend narrates the story of vain search by Brahma and Vishnu to discover the Aadi (beginning) and the Antha (end) of Lord Shiva. The legend thus proves the supremacy of Lord Mahadeva over other Hindu Gods and explains why the lingam is believed to be one of the most potent emblems in Hindu ideals. The story is stated in the three of the puranas - the Kurma Purana, the Vayu Purana and Shiva Purana The Legend According to Puranas, once the other two of the triads of Hindu Gods, Brahma and Vishnu were fighting over each others prowess. Horrified at the intensity of the battle, the other gods asked Shiva to intervene. To make them realize the futility of their fight, Lord Shiva assumed the form of a flaming Linga in between Brahma and Vishnu and challenged both of them by asking them to measure the gigantic Linga (phallic symbol of Lord Shiva). Awestruck by its magnitude, Brahma and Vishnu decided to find one end each to establish supremacy over the other. Lord Brahma took the form of a swan and went upwards while Lord Vishnu assumed the form of Varaha - a boar and went into the earth towards nether land. Both searched for thousands of miles but neither could find the end.On his journey upward, Brahma came across Ketaki flower. Exhausted and bewildered with his search to find the uppermost limit of fiery column, Brahma made Ketaki assent to lie that he had seen the top of the column where the flower had previously resided. Accompanied by his accomplice, Brahma confronted Vishnu and asserted that he had indeed discovered the origin of the cosmic column. At this point, the central part of the pillar split open and Shiva revealed himself in his full glory. Overawed, both Brahma and Vishnu bowed before him accepted lord Shivas supremacy. Lord Shiva also explained to Brahma and Vishnu that both of them were born out of him and that the three were then separated out into three different aspects of divinity. However, Lord Shiva was angry with Brahma for making a false claim. The Lord cursed Brahma that no one would ever pray to him. (This legend explains why there is hardly any Brahma temple of significance in India.) Lord Shiva also punished the Ketaki flower for testifying falsely and banned her from being used as an offering for any worship. Since it was on the 14th day in the dark fortnight of the month of Phalguna that Shiva first manifested himself in the form of a Linga, the day is extremely auspicious and is celebrated as Mahashivaratri - the grand night of Shiva. To celebrate the occasion, devotees of Lord Shiva fast during the day and pray to the Lord throughout the night. It is said that worshipping of Lord Shiva on Shivaratri bestows one with happiness and prosperity.

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