Can we officially remove silent letters from English words to make it more consistent and save printer cost?


Yes it does makes sense. However, not only it would be difficult to erase all the silent letters from English, but I think we may lose a great deal culturally and linguistically by doing so (also don’t forget about the spelling bee participants!).

Silent letters though sometimes have no known use but often they,

:: may change the pronunciation of a nearby vowel (e.g.,  mop vs. mope,  at vs. ate). This often drastically changes the meaning, as you can see.

:: may indicate a word’s origin within another language and thereby give clues to its meaning  (e.g., the silent ‘p’ at the start of words like ‘psychology’ reminds us of the Greek origin of the word and the connection to the story of Cupid & Psyche, which hints at the meaning).

But instead of dealing this topic point blank, I am just going to put up a funny anonymous post which I came across many times while browsing www.


The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty’s Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).

In the first year, “s” will be used instead of the soft “c.” Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy. Also, the hard “c” will be replased with “k”. Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome “ph” will be replased by “f”. This will make words like fotograf” 20 persent shorter.

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent “e”s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.

By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” by “z” and “w” by ” v”.

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou”, and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.

Ze drem vil finali kum tru.

And after reading above quoted block, If you feel offended, congrats!. You have qualified ‘Grammar Nazi’ preliminaries 😛



Top 5 costliest headphones on Amazon India


Usually headphones are not a matter of high end bucks. Instead we go for some good reviewed, nice looks and fair sound quality headphones.
But these five most expensive headphones on, go a step beyond. Though super-expensive, but they offer a combination of luxury build quality, design and, usually, incredible crystal sound.

In order from most expensive to “least”…

1. Hifiman Susvara Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphone (INR 899,999.00):

  • Sweetly Voiced,Harmonious Sound
  • Acoustically Invisible Stealth Magnets
  • Nanometer Grade
  • Sonic Serenity
  • A special ergonomic design offering superb comfort for extended listening.

2. Focal – Utopia Headphones (INR 599,999.00): 

  • Exclusively intended for low-noise environments and serious listening, Utopia is not designed to plug directly into smartphones. Portable use of this reference headphone requires the use of a DAC and headphone amplifier.
  • Has No Crossover
  • Pure Beryllium M-Shaped Dome Loudspeaker built within Headphones
  • 5Hz to 40kHz frequency response.
  • A 13.1-foot OFC-shielded low-impedance balanced cable, .25-inch Neutrik connector, two shielded Lemo connectors with a self-locking bayonet system, and a magnet-locking carrying case all come standard

3. HIFIMAN HE1000 V2 Over Ear Planar Magnetic Headphone (INR  404,824.00):

  • World’s First Diaphragm in Nanometer Thickness
  • “sounded remarkable and may motivate me to do a lot more headphone listening” -Jim Hannon《The Absolute Sound》
  • Advanced Asymmetrical Magnetic Circuit offering perfect reproduction of live music
  • Ergonomic and comfortable design fit for most people, with greater reliability and durability.
  • Patented “Window Shade” System reduces sound reflection to gain wider sound stage
  • The Industry’s First Aluminum Diaphragm with Ceramic Coating
  • Rigid Diaphragm Edges eliminates Distortion
  • Optimum Sound Quality Achieved Using Computer Aided Engineering
  • Superior High-Resolution Playback
  • Full Basket System Delivers An Energetic, Low-Resonance Sound

  • Soft, comfortable ear pads
  • Housings made from japanese cherry birch and finished with urushi lacquer
  • 25-ohm impedance
  • 2-inch dynamic drivers

Why Swiss cheese has holes?


Who doesn’t like cheese except Jerry?, since he loved it ❤
But as shown, he loved a special kind of cheese with holes, popularly known as Swiss cheese.

So why this cheese has holes?

Actually in a late stage of cheese production, a special bacteria releases carbon dioxide gas. The carbon dioxide slowly forms bubbles that develop the holes or also known as “eyes”. Incidentally this is the reaction that gives our cheese its nutty and sweet flavor.

But story doesn’t ends here as per Swiss researchers.
They propose that particulate matter (minute separate particles) may also play a role in the holes’ development and that modern sanitization eliminated debris (such as hay dust in the milk) which played a role in reduced hole size in Swiss cheeses.

Historically, the holes were seen as a sign of imperfection and cheese makers originally tried to avoid them by pressing during production. But in modern times, the holes have become an TSP of the cheese.

In general, the larger the eyes in a Swiss cheese, the more better the flavor because a longer fermentation period gives the bacteria more time to react.


Why a boxing ring is a square?

boxing ring

While growing up (90s kid 🙂 ) we have watched several boxing & WWE matches but most of us never wondered why fighting ground is termed as ‘ring’?

Actually since the ancient times, boxing contests were fought in a roughly drawn circle on the ground. Nobody gave much though about the ground shape, as all were interested in the brawls. Thus the name ring continued up being associated in the modern era.

But not until 1838, when the first square ring was introduced by the Pugilistic Society. That ring was specified as 24 feet (7.3 m) square and bound by two ropes. For these and other reasons, the boxing ring is commonly referred to as the “squared circle”.

Incidentally, many boxing championships have involved experimenting with the shapes like octagon.

So why square shape?

The answer lies in the fact that squares are easier to construct and tend to be more stalwart and offer greater flexibility and support. For instance, although CDs and pizzas are round, CD cases and pizza boxes aren’t.


What’s that ‘click’ sound in my camera?


Ever wondered what’s that ‘click’ sound every time you snap a picture via your DSLR ?

Its because your camera has shutter, and the electro-mechanical mechanism that moves and stops the action of the camera’s shutter makes that ‘click’ sound. Though most mechanisms make some sound because of the friction and the impact of a sudden start and stop.


Ok, so why smartphones and similar devices have that sound, do they also have shutter ?

No. People generally prefer a sound cue to know when the photo is done. Hence phones have that ‘click’ sound when they take a picture, even though they do not have an actual shutter.

Usually smartphones do not use physical mechanisms while capturing, but instead they just have an electronic charge-coupled devices constantly capturing visual data and ‘freeze‘ that capture to grab a shot. These cameras often have an option to have an artificial ‘shutter sound’ played by a speaker so that the photographer and/or subject know that the photo was captured.


Thus that fake shutter-sound helps your friends know how long they should try their best, and you get your best moments 🙂 .

But it should also be noted that these shutter sounds are not legal in some countries and some places, especially inside holy places, Museums etc. Even in some, they don’t allow using flashes.

If black box in an Airplane is indestructible, then why don’t they make the whole plane of the same material?

black plane

The construction of the Digital Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder boxes is military grade. And they are virtually indestructible.

But there have been many cases where the impact was so strong that even the black box couldn’t sustained damage. Still, why not built an airplane using the ‘strengthening’ concept, isn’t the stronger the better.?


NO ! since as its well known that, its not the fall that kills you, its the sudden stop.
An indestructible aircraft may survive that sudden stop but no human could.

Black boxes are placed in protected locations near the rear of the airplane and, unlike humans, they are designed to survive accelerations up to several hundred g-forces.

Passengers don’t die because the plane is not strong enough.
Passengers die because unlike black boxes, passengers’ bodies are not strong enough to survive the rapid deceleration, smoke and fire that ensue in a crash.

Along with carry-on bags, laptops, food trolleys etc some of which may hit you while traveling at speeds of several hundreds of kmph relative to your body.

Hence the best way of protecting airplane passengers is to avoid crashes in the first place. Task at which our technicians and engineers are getting better each day passing.

It is remarkable how the number of aircraft accident fatalities has not significantly increased in the past 50-60 years despite the fact that air-traffic has increased by a factor of a significant margin !

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Tips/hacks you wish you had known sooner


Below are the list of 14 tips (and hacks) one could employ to save time and money and life in some cases. Given points are just an accumulation, so use it at your own discretion.

1. Set you EMERGENCY contacts

Make all those numbers (for eg. whom you will call in case of credit/debit card lost), as favorites or speed dials. They may come in handy specially while commuting.

Also you must at least 2 of your contacts with whom you share an acquaintance with in your current city.

Since i am a bit memory short, I have a small paper note containing those 2 numbers, in my wallet and carry-bag at all times.

2. Masks with N95 or N99 filters

This life hack works specially in metro cities, where the pollution levels are always high. Usually when Diwali comes, the pollution is at the peak.

Here is a reason why you should use masks with N95 or N99 filters:

People often use dupattas, handkerchiefs and surgical masks but they only filter coarse dust particles or Particulate Matter (PM) 10, which is anyway not harmful. It’s PM 2.5, which is harmful, that they cannot filer. You need N95 or N99 filters for those situations.

More details: A-special-mask-that-helps-you-breathe-easy-in-delhi/


3. Write down WRONG PIN of your ATM, on ATM cover

So that if you lost your ATM card and thief tries to enter that number three times, normal ATMs will eat that card after 3 wrong attempts or at least block it, and your money will be safe.


4. Always carry some money UNDER your mobile phone’s cover

It has been proven beneficial for me every month. Many times, you forgot your wallet in a hurry (like I tend to forget when I try a different trouser at work). And what if those are the emergency/crucial times. So better prepared than sorry.

mobile money

5. Always have your ADDRESS (current) card in your wallet

So that even if you lost it at while roaming somewhere at tourist places, you have some chance to get it back via some good soul.


6For those who have BABIES

Wear your door key on a neck chain all the times in case you accidentally lock yourself out (while throwing out the garbage etc) and the baby’s inside the home alone.

Get an aluminium duplicate key because regular ones tend to soil and mark your skin.


7. You can SAVE YOURSELF from getting unknowingly looted at Indian petrol stations

Always ask for some odd number of liters of fuel at Petrol station.

If you fill fuel worth of round digit figures, like most of the people do, example Rs 50 or 100 or 200 or 500, you will actually get fuel little less than what the amount is for.

For example, If you fill worth Rs 200, you will get only petrol worth of Rs 185 or so, which you can’t see because the pump shows Rs 200. This is how they loot thousands of rupees from all the customers all round the clock. So next time go for Rs. 503 or 507 if you want fuel worth Rs 500.


8. Always shower BEFORE swimming

If you are living in a place where the temperature usually goes above 40’c, not showering before diving into the pool can cause a fatal heart attack. This is due to the sudden lowering in body temperature, and an abrupt increase in the heart rate and blood pressure.


9. How to check for HOAX messages instantly

You all must be receiving a lots of hoax messages in Whatsapp in groups or forwarded by your friends. And some of you (not all) may forward that hoax without finding whether it is a real or fake news.

Even for finding it, you will search few keywords of that messages into search engines. But there’s an easy way to find whether it is real or fake.

Just save this number:

+91 9035067726 This is contact number of Check4Spams who reply you whether the message you sent to them is real or fake.


10. Secure your FOOTWEARS at temples/religious place.

The quick hack to the problem is to never put your footwear together and if possible, turn one of them upside down.

This drastically reduces the chances of your good looking footwear catching a thief’s eye. Thieves normally just pick up the ones that are kept together and look good at first glance before escaping the venue quickly.


11. ‘Rescuer’ app to the rescue

Whether it’s a rape or a kidnapping situation, or even a heart attack, an app called Rescuer can save your life.

With this app, you can silently call for help by pressing your phone’s volume buttons in a secret pattern.

Say your customized key phrase, and Rescuer will hear it and immediately send out emergency messages (+ GPS coordinates) to pre-set emergency contacts.

You can open you can press the giant red help button on your home screen and emergency messages will be sent immediately and many more life saving features.


12. Perform bank transactions using your mobile WITHOUT INTERNET

Wish that checking your account balance, getting mini-statement of your last few transactions was as simple as checking balance amount in your prepaid phone?

Well then here’s a service which lets you all of that even without Internet.

If yes then let me introduce you to USSD based Mobile Banking.

It’s a simple, yet powerful service provided by National Payments Corporation Of India (NPCI) to allow masses to provide access to basic banking services without Internet through USSD codes. These are simple codes which connect to the telecom operator’s server and bank’s server.


Just follow the steps given below:

Dial *99# and you’ll be directed to National Unified USSD Platform(NUUP).

Enter three letter abbreviation of your bank’s name or first four letters of bank IFSC code or first two digits of bank’s numeric code. Hit send.

You’ll now see following main options:

Account Balance
Mini Statement
Send money using MMID
Send money using IFSC
Send money using Aadhar number
Change M-PIN
Generate OTP

Select the number against whatever service you want to use and hit send. Based on the bank, you’ll be directed to the appropriate pages or displayed the required information.

How to use the service?

Your mobile number should be registered with the bank to enable Mobile Banking. Remember that you don’t have to necessarily visit a bank to register your mobile number for mobile banking. It can be done at most ATMs as well.

Charges: TRAI has directed the telecom operators to charge maximum of ₹1.5/transaction.

Transaction Limit: ₹5000 per transaction.

For more details regarding availing each of the services listed above and other additional information, here’s a link for reference:….


13. NEVER shop on a empty stomach

Never go grocery shopping when you’re super-hungry. Why? Because everything looks good, so you’ll undoubtedly start throwing in items you normally might not buy.


14. Always keep mentholated PAIN BALM such as Vicks Vaporub but not for the headache

If you find yourself in a place plagued with mosquitoes and with no bug repellent on hand, what you can do is ask around for a mentholated pain balm such as Vicks Vaporub. It works like a charm to keep the pesky mosquitoes away.

People will argue that why not to have the real deal, the ‘Odomos’ itself. Sure thing that its effective but Vicks is just an alternative and its your choice.

Below image has some other unheard uses of this ointment:


Bonus tip: 
If you want to reach somewhere fast, get one fire extinguisher. No one will stop you, if you are with it. 😛

(P.S: couldn’t get the relevant image so used this ! )

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