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The Sick Lion

A lion, unable from old age and infirmities to provide himself with food by force, resolved to do so by artifice. He returned to his den, and lying down there, pretended to be sick, taking care that his sickness should be publicly known. The beasts expressed their sorrow, and came one by one to his den, where the Lion devoured them. After many of the beasts had thus disappeared, the fox discovered the trick and presenting himself to the lion, stood on the outside of the cave, at a respectful distance, and asked him how he was. I am very middling, replied the lion, but why do you stand without? Pray enter within to talk with me. No, thank you, said the fox. I notice that there are many prints of feet entering your cave, but I see no trace of any returning. He is wise who is warned by the misfortunes of others.
Sent by
Dexter Gunaseelan,
Grade 7,
St. Johns College,
Mattakuliya

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Invention & inventors

Invention Inventor Country Year
Aeroplane Wright brothers USA 1903
Balloon Jacques Joseph, Montgole France 1783
Ball point John J. Loud USA 1888
Battery Alessandro Volta Italy 1800
Bicycle Kirk Patrick McMillan Britain 1839
Bifocal Lens Benjamin Franklin Germany 1855
Car Petrol Karl Benz Germany 1888
Cement Joseph Aspdin France 1824
Dental plate Anthony A. Planston USA 1895
Helicopter Etienne Oehmichen USA 1911
Jet Engine Sir Frank Whittle Britain 1955
Telephone Alexander Graham Bell USA 1876
Thermometer Galileo Galilei Britain 1593
X-Ray Wilhelm K. Roentgen Germany 1895

C. H. Harshani
Grade 8 A
Raz. International Sch
ool

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What do you know about safety pins?

Pins have been used as a jewellery item for the last 20,000 years. The prehistoric people made pins out of bones, thorns and even wood. Later on, bronze and iron came to be used for making pins.
The ancient Greeks and Romans used a pin which they called fibula. It resembled the modern safety-pin and was used to hold the garments together. During the early 1800s, brooches came to be used by women generally. Next came stick-pins that were straight pins and were used to hold mans ties in place. It was in 1849 that an American draftsman, Walter Hunt by name, invented the modem safety-pin.

The story goes that Hunt owed one of his colleagues $15 but he had no money to repay the loan. One day while he was doodling with his drawing-board, he accidentally sketched the safety-pin. At once he took a piece of wire and shaped it into a working model. Soon he sold the right of his invention for $100. He repaid his loan and kept $85 for himself.

By Diana G.
St. Marys Convent
Year 11,
Trincomalee

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