A Peek in the Past

Author: Natasha HK

In around 1774, education was quite different from what it is today. Young girls spent most of their days learning how to become proper women. Their mothers taught them how to direct slaves and servants. Girls learned how to cook meals, dry herbs for cooking and medicine, preserve meat, and to make and mend clothes. Young women were also taught how to plant a proper garden with herbs near the kitchen and flowers near the front of the house. What a lot of work!

Colonial girls were also expected to learn the art of being a lady. Teachers taught girls how to write elegantly and how to create samplers out of fancy stitchery. Girls also practiced singing and playing musical instruments. Girls would never have played the violin or trumpet. Colonial folk thought it was ungraceful for a young lady to bend her neck or pucker her lips!

Above all, girls learned how to dance. In the southern colonies, dance lessons were a very important part of a young lady's education. From the age of eight, girls took as many as nine hours of dance classes a week! Dancing was supposed to help girls with their posture and grace while moving. The proper way to curtsy and difficult routines were just the beginning!

In the northern colonies, this would have been considered shocking. There, many people thought dancing was wicked like drinking or playing cards! Soon, though, dancing was excepted in all of the colonies.

What a lot of work it must have been to become a lady back then!

The above is the work of one of our avid readers, Natasha HK. Natasha is 11 years.

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Facebook Account Of Baba Ramdev, Yoga Guru - Humor

One of our Fundoo Fans sent us this Facebook page screenshot of Baba Namdev, a popular Indian Yoga Guru. He also serves in the Indian government.

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Happy Father’s Day!!! - 2011

All of us Fundoo Geeks @ FundooGeek.com wish all the Fathers a very Happy, Pleasant and Fun-filled Father’s Day - June 19th, 2011.

Enjoy your day and have tons of fun!

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The Empty Mind!

Last weekend, at a party I made a bold statement, "I have an Empty Mind!". Amid some giggles, one of our well-wisher's announced, "No more drinks for the FundooGeek." It took me some time to explain, actually it took a lot longer than I had imagined as, some of the guests were high on spirits :)

Let me explain ...

So, the question is, What is The Empty Mind?
The answer lies in your perception of whether "the glass is half empty" or "the glass is half filled".
What in the name of God does the half-empty/half-full glass have to do with an "Empty Mind"??

I look at it in a very simple way. If the mind is empty, there is very good opportunity to fill it. If the mind is already full, there is no scope to add further. I'm referring to adding knowledge. In order for one to accomplish "knowledge nirvana" one has to be open minded and ensure there is sufficient vacant space to gain knowledge.

The empty mind has lot of potential ... it has plenty of space for innovation ... enormous capability for creative thinking ... it can retain a whole lot more than a "Full Mind"!!

Knowledge is Power! Is your mind empty or full?

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The Weird Field Trip

Author: Natasha HK

26th October 2010

The Wheels were black and spattered with mud. Inside, the old leather seats sat torn and high. As Annebelle climbed on and took a seat by the aisle, the engine roared to life. She was a short girl with cream colored skin and hair as black as a mussel. Whenever she looked down, her curly bangs covered her forehead. Being in third grade, she went on many field trips with her class. She enjoyed many, but wondered if this one would be as much fun.

The bright yellow school bus slowly creaked to a stop. The old Barrix stood before them. As they were getting off the bus, suddenly, Annebelle heard a cry from behind her.

Miss Regrego shrieked as Joycelyn, Annabelle's best friend, sank into the sodden ground. Annebelle gapped at the hole as it slowly began to fade. She knew she had to help Jocelyn. Danny, a boy in her class who is always ready for adventure, jumped in with his friend Todd. Taking a deep breath, Annebelle jumped as well. Darkness covered her like a blanket.

Annebelle opened her eyes to meet a soldier wearing a faded uniform from the 18th century. He grinned at her with a twinkle in his eye.

"Ya'll comin' to help me?" he asked.
Todd, surprisingly calm, replied, "No Sir, we fell into a hole. Please direct us back up."

The soldier looked confused at first. Then he smiled.
"Sure! What year?".

What year? What was this crazy soldier talking about?

"2010 Please.", Joycelyn replied.
"Alright, ya'll. I'll get ya out".

He pushed them into a small capsule with a glass door, big enough for them to fit in. The air suddenly whizzed by.

"Joycelyn! Todd! Danny! Annebelle! You're alright!!" Miss Regrego exclaimed. They were greeted with hugs.

"Nobody knows when an adventure will turn up", thought Annebelle.

Every kid thought the same, this field trip was outstanding! "By far, the best", murmured Annabelle.

The above is the work of one of our avid readers, Natasha HK. Natasha is 11 years.

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Calderon Dolphin Slaughter/Whaling in the Faroe Islands

We hear a lot about whaling and the cruel methods deployed by humans to slaughter whales, dolphins and sharks in some parts of the world. It is especially very heart-breaking to watch the "Whale Wars" on Animal Planet. But this particular email I received today morning about the massacre of Calderon Dolphins by Denmark got me so upset that I decided to investigate.

Most of the things mentioned in the email is true (as confirmed by the site snopes.com). However I felt obligated to point that certain facts in the email were not entirely correct.

For instance,

  • The Faroe Islands are not part of Denmark. They have their own parliament.
  • These are not Calderon Dolphins but Pilot Whales and other cetaceans such as Atlantic White-sided dolphins and Bottle-nosed Whales.

Here's the email ... (Warning: Some of the images are gruesome and may be considered inappropriate for viewing. Please use your discretion.)
*Please press 'Forward' button and then scroll to the bottom of page to sign your name

Please keep list going around the world.... Just sign and send on, this is serious.

Denmark is a big shame .

The sea is stained in red and in the meanwhile its not because of the climate effects of nature.
It's because of the cruelty that human beings (civilized human) kill hundreds of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins.
This happens every year in Feroe Iland in Denmark . In this slaughter the main participants are young teens.


A celebration, to show that they are adults and mature!
In this big celebration, nothing is missing for the fun. Everyone is participating in one way or the other, killing or looking at the cruelty supporting like a spectator
It is necessary to mention that the dolphin calderon, like all the other species of dolphins, its near extinction and they get near men to play and interact in PURE friendship .
They dont die instantly; they are cut 1, 2 or 3 times with thick hooks. And at that time the dolphins produce a grim cry like that of a new born child.
But he suffers and theres no compassion while this magnificent creature slowly dies in its own blood.

We will forward this e-mail until it arrives in the mailboxes of all associations which protect and defend the animals, we wont only read. That would make us accomplices, viewers.
Take care of the world, it is your home!

Visit the well known Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to support this cause against the inhumane slaughter of innocent animals.

There is an online petition to Stop the Calderon Dolphin Slaughter in Denmark

Also a FaceBook page - End Denmark's Cruelty To The Calderon Dolphins!

The Islanders have unknowingly poisoned their own families:
In the late 2008, in a statement to the islanders, chief medical officers Pál Weihe and Høgni Debes Joensen announced that pilot whale meat and blubber contains too much mercury, PCBs and DDT derivatives to be safe for human consumption.

Anti-whaling groups have long warned about this, but the Faroese failing to listen, argued that whaling is part of their culture - an argument adopted by large-scale whalers in Japan and Norway. And now the Faroese people are paying the price, which is a sentence of deformed children, brain tissue damage to their own families, and sickness in their own people whom they told whale and dolphin meat was good to eat-it's poison.

A very sad twist to the story!

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Maharashtra, India - Aerial Views

Here are some splendid photos of Maharashtra, India. These pictures appear to have been taken by Uddhav Thackray.

Enjoy the beautiful views.

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