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August 12, 2020
Vol 102, Page 1

What They Say?

"Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure."
— J.K. Rowling

"Brevity is the soul of wit."
— William Shakespeare


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This Day for You - August 12


12 August was first designated International Youth Day by the UN General Assembly in 1999, and serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world's youth.

The World Celebrates:

National Julienne Fries Day

National Vinyl Record Day

National Middle Child Day

Congressional Startup Day

You Share Your Birthday With:

1948 - Siddaramaiah, Indian lawyer and politician, 22nd Chief Minister of Karnataka
1964 - South Africa Barred from the Olympic Games
1972 - Gyanendra Pandey, Indian cricketer

On this day:

1981 - IBM Releases Its First Personal Computer

2007 - Archaeologists discovered an eight million year old cypress forest in Hungary.

Jack Johnson-"The Galveston Giant"

Jack Johnson, nicknamed "The Galveston Giant," was the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion. Boxer Jack Johnson was born in Galveston, Texas, in 1878. In 1908 he became the first African American to win the world heavyweight crown when he knocked out the reigning champ, Tommy Burns. The fast-living Johnson held on to the title until 1915 and continued to box until he was 50.

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By the early 1900s, the 6'2" Johnson, who'd become known as the Galveston Giant, had made a name for himself in the black boxing circuit and had his eyes set on the world heavyweight title, which was held by white boxer Jim F. Jeffries. Jeffries refused to fight him, though he wasn't alone; white boxers would not spar with their black counterparts.

But Johnson's talents and bravado were too hard to ignore. Finally, on December 26, 1908, the flamboyant Johnson, who often taunted his opponents as he beat them soundly, got his chance for the title when champion Tommy Burns fought him outside of Sydney, Australia. Burns, who had succeeded Jeffries as champion, had only agreed to fight Johnson after promoters guaranteed him $30,000.
The fight lasted until the 14th round, when police stepped in and ended it. Johnson was named the winner.

From there, Johnson continued his calls for Jeffries to step into the ring with him. On July 4, 1910, he finally did. Dubbed the "Fight of the Century," more than 22,000 eager fans turned out for the bout, held in Reno, Nevada. After 15 rounds, Johnson came away victorious, declaring his domain over boxing and further angering white boxing fans who hated seeing a black man sit atop the sport.

Jeffries was humbled by the loss and what he'd seen of his opponent. For the fight, Johnson earned a purse of $117,000. It would be five years before he abandoned the heavyweight title, when he fell to Jess Willard in a 26-round bout in Havana, Cuba. Johnson continued to fight for another 12 years, hanging up his gloves for good at the age of 50.

In total, John's professional record included 73 wins (40 of them being knockouts), 13 losses, 10 draws, and 5 no contests. His life came to an unfortunate end on June 10, 1946, when he died in an automobile accident in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
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Inspiration 101, 4 Mins
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Be Better, 4 Mins
Here is some interesting facts about the phonograph:

1) The other terms used for a phonograph is a gramophone and a record player.

2) The machine of phonograph was used to reproduce sound.

3) In 1877, on August 12, Thomas Edison invented the phonograph.

4) The phonograph Thomas Edision used could reproduce and record sound on a special cylindrical tinfoil.

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5) Modern Phonographs consist of a turntable and a needle or stylus and are usually connected to an amplifier and speakers to project sound. The record, a grooved vinyl disc, is placed on the turntable and the stylus travels in the grooves which causes vibration, which in turn generates sound.

6) The use of Phonographs declined when Compact Discs started being produced in 1980s.

7) The term phonograph came from the two greek words, phone and graphe, meaning ‘sound’ and ‘writing’.

8) Thomas edison used phonographs inside toys, especially dolls, and as a dictating machine to reduce the need of a sternographer.

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How to be Funny

Curiosity, 4 Mins
What causes the lightning during a thunderstorm?

Whenever we hear the word “thunderstorm” we always associate it with gusty winds of dust, thunderclaps, and lightning. But have you ever wondered what causes the lightning or the thunderclap?

But before we delve into the phenomena of lightning and thunderclaps, we first need to understand another phenomena called an electrostatic discharge. An electrostatic discharge is the phenomena by which a sudden burst of electric current flows between two oppositely charged objects separated by a medium. This happens because the medium separating the charges can only withstand so much electric field before its insulation breaks down(dielectric breakdown). This releases the electrostatic buildup in the form of a sudden current discharge.

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Now, you should know that clouds are formed by water molecules. In a storm cloud, strong, upward, internal winds called updraughts, carry these small water droplets to the top of the cloud. Some of these turn into smaller ice particles while some turn into heavier hail. The hail being too heavy to be carried by updraughts fall to the bottom of the cloud. When they do, they collide with some of the aforementioned ice particles being carried up by updraughts. During this collision, electrons from the ice particles are transferred to the hail particles thus creating a buildup of negative charge near the bottom of the cloud and a buildup of positive charge at the top of the cloud with other cloud particles as the separating medium. When this buildup of charges becomes high enough, an electric breakdown of the media causes an electric discharge of pure current between the two oppositely charged particles. This is the lightning that we so commonly see occurring within the storm clouds.

Now, although most objects on the ground might appear charge neutral, in reality, they often have a buildup of either positive or negative charge on their surfaces. Sometimes the electric discharge in storm clouds is so strong that they escape the clouds and are focused in a narrow, branching beam of pure electric current on the positively charged objects present on the ground. These are the lightning strikes that are so deadly containing electricity up to a billion volts. These bolts, although seemingly a single flash, are actually multiple strokes of returning electrical energy lasting only a fraction of a second. The lightning strike heats up the air up to 28000 degrees Celsius creating an excessive buildup of pressure. This pressure is released at supersonic speeds creating the booming sound of the thunderclap.

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Curiosity, 4 mins

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Make Your own Goal Pizza

Setting Goals is a proven way to empower yourself and this activity will show you how simple it is to be successful in reaching your goals.

Goal: Identify You Goals and Use the Three W’s: Who?, What? And When? To achieve them.


1) Gather materials: Paper, Pens, Colors.
2) Make your "Goal Pizza": Draw a big circle and section it into 6 slices. Then write different categories on the crust of each slice, for example, Art, Basketball, Friends, Reading, etc.
3) What’s Your Goal? Under the Category, write your goal for that category. Example: Draw - I want to learn how to draw pencil sketches.
4) Create the "toppings" for your Goal Pizza: On each slice, draw 3 big-sized toppings, your favourite ones. You can try Onions, Capsicums and Olives. Make them big enough to be able to write inside them:
Write the three W’s:
Who can help me? Example - My mom, Teacher or a Friend.
What do I need to do? - Start with rough sketches.
When? - Today
5) Decide where your "oven" is: You oven is the place in your home where you can regularly see it. The more you will see it, the more you will be motivated to achieve your goal. You can think of a time boundation for the Pizza to ‘bake’ as well.
6) Celebrate! When you have reached your goal, you have baked your pizza. Celebrate and it’s time for another Goal Pizza!

Create a Goal Pizza and send us your entries with your Name, Age, School, and City to Best entries stand a chance to get featured in the Magazine.


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Got Love for Words? Be a proud



First recorded use in 1908



Meaning: A commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views.

Usage: There was a kerfuffle over the chairmanship

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August 12, 2020
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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Proteus: a Plan for an Undersea Research Station
Fabien Cousteau, a well-known ocean explorer, has announced plans to build a large research station under the ocean. The goal of the project is to become an "underwater version of the International Space Station".

Nine-Year-Old Kenyan Boy Builds Hand Sanitizing Station To Help Fight COVID-19.
Stephen Wamukota, a nine-year-old from Mukwa village in Western Kenya, is making headlines worldwide for his ingenious hand washing machine. The young boy came up with the idea after watching village residents, who do not have easy access to running water, struggle to find an effective way to wash their hands to avoid spreading and contracting COVID-19.

THE Happy Pill

Drive-in Movies Are Coming to Walmarts Across America – And Every Showing is Free

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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August 12, 2020
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Student's Blog


About the Author:
By Ahilaan Saxena, 12,
Delhi Public School Rohini,
New Delhi

If you’d ask me if I’d like an adventure, I’d say a big no as I’m a bookworm. But one day something happened that totally changed my conception. It was a fine winter morning. I cuddled myself up in my cozy bed more than before. Everything was calm and composed when suddenly I heard a deafening ‘BANG!’ I nearly jumped out of my skin. Initially I thought it was a gunshot or something but then I realized that my little brother might have been stealing cookies and would accidentally have dropped the jar, I crept towards the kitchen. When I entered the kitchen, I saw something that made my heart skip a beat. There in the middle of the kitchen floor lay a gigantic spaceship and inside it was a rather tiny alien.

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The roof had caved in and some crockery had been smashed to pieces. I’d almost got a heart attack when the alien came out of the spaceship and told me that I needn’t be frightened. I was confused. Was I in the middle of a dream? How could the alien speak English? I somehow gained my courage and asked him what his problem was. He sadly told me that he had lost his way and crashed on Earth. Though I’m afraid of aliens but at that point of time, I felt a pity for the alien and decided to help. I entered the spaceship and was dumbstruck to see so many controls in it. I sat beside the alien and before I could ask where the alien lived, he drove off at the speed of light. I gave out a cry and held the seat firmly. Before long, we’d reached space and the alien told me his name was ‘Gogo’ and he had come from the planet ‘Bora-Bora’. I suggested that we started our hunt from the ‘Ogratogle’ belt where many aliens lived. We sped off towards the belt. I was just eating a hamburger when a large monster attacked our spaceship. It started swaying the spaceship from side to side. I was feeling like puking when an idea struck my mind. We loaded ourselves onto the mini UFO at the far end of the spaceship and escaped out of it. It was a narrow escape. We drove off for some miles when I saw light coming from a place. The alien’s happiness knew no bounds when he found out it was his planet.

I was delighted but my happiness flew away when I spotted a large group of asteroids speeding towards our UFO. To add to the problems, our UFO started moving opposite to the direction of Bora-Bora due to some gear-related technical problem. I was just thinking of a solution when my gaze travelled to some dusty pillows kept on the ground. We wore our spacesuits, got out of the UFO and tied some pillows to the front part of it. We had just entered our UFO when suddenly a massive rock hit the pillows. Our UFO was pushed backwards towards Bora-Bora. The UFO didn’t break either. Our plan had worked! Eventually we were pushed to the planet and before the UFO could go any farther, we jumped off it with our parachutes. We landed in a crowded city. The alien gradually found his house there. He thanked me for helping him and gave me a souvenir of Bora-Bora as a token of friendship. I was just asking him where the food shops lay in the city when suddenly a huge stream of water flowed upon me. I immediately got up from my bed, still thinking if it was really a dream.

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3) Arko De -
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