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The Weekly Focus Edition 80

North Korea Ban

DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), more commonly known as North Korea, has always been a very ambiguous and different nation, with laws that many find extremely absurd such as a limited number of haircuts allowed, generations of punishment and more. Recently, a new set of rules has been added for 11 days in honor of the 10-year death anniversary of Kim Jong-Il. These new laws seem to be preposterous and may come as a shock to the rest of the world. For the 11-day mourning period, North Korea has banned its citizens from laughing. Additionally, no shopping or drinking of alcohol will be permitted during this period. Absurdly enough, on the day of the death anniversary, even grocery shopping is not allowed. Earlier this year, DPRK banned wearing skinny jeans, some body piercings and sporting mullet hairstyles. This move has received international condemnation and has gone viral on social media platforms. The irony is that DPRK starts with considers itself democratic as is in their name (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).

World’s Leggiest Animal

Australian scientists have discovered an elongated millipede with more legs than any other known species. The first "real" millipede has 1,306 legs and an elongated body of 95 mm. The creature was found in a mining area in ​​Western Australia about 60 meters below. The new species was named Eumillipes Persephone after the Greek goddess of the underworld, Persephone. Discovered in Central California, Illacme plenipes, with up to 750 legs, held a previous record. "To date, the name millipede means ‘thousand feet’, but no centipede with 1,000 legs is known," said Virginia Tech, the lead author of the study in Scientific Reports. University technician Paul Marek said. "In my opinion, this is a stunning animal, a marvel of evolution," said the study co-author Bruno Buzatto, a principal biologist at Bennelongia Environmental Consultants in Perth, Australia.

"It represents the most extreme elongation found to date in millipedes, which were the first animals to conquer land. And this species, in particular, managed to adapt to living tens of meters deep in the soil, in an arid and harsh landscape where it is very hard to find any millipedes surviving on the surface," added Buzatto.

Fact or Fiction

1)You are going to be taller in the morning than you are at night.

2) Your heart sends about 2,000 gallons of water and beats 100,000 times every day.

3) Your highest blood flow is in your brain.

4) You can produce enough saliva to fill 4 bathtubs a year.

5) Healthy lungs are pink lungs.

6) 20% of people dream in black and white.

7) Your blood vessels could circle the globe.

8) The average human adult has 2000-4000 taste buds.

9) Your strongest muscle is called the masseter muscle in the jaw.

10) In time, your brain has finds it tough to remember long–term memories.

Other News

  • Death toll roses to 33 after a typhoon hit Philippines earlier this week

  • UK records it’s third consecutive record in cases per day as 93,000 new cases confirmed in the UK.

  • In a first, Iran proposes a new law to ban pets, called them destructive.

  • A bouncy castle accident caused the death of 5 kids in Australia, police call the incident rare.

  • KL Rahul named as Vice Captain for the test series in South Africa after Rohit’s injury.

  • India beat Pakistan 3-1 in the Asian champions trophy, virtually qualifying for the knockouts.

  • Lightning stops play early, England concede a lead of over 200 on the third day of the Ashes.

  • Kidambi Srikkanth confirmed India’s first medal of the Badminton World Championships this year.

Tech News

  • WhatsApp is testing new in-app camera UI and other new features.

  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 ultra details have been leaked.

  • The new one plus buds have launched and they have 38 hours battery life.

  • Death toll roses to 33 after a typhoon hit Philippines earlier this week.

Movie Name: Inside Edge (series)

Genre: Sports thriller

Age rating: 16+ (Language; requires parental consent)

Your rating: ★★★

Writer/Creator: Karan Anshuman

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

Review: Although it is a sports thriller like no other, I must warn the viewer to have parental consent before visiting this series. Set on the cricket field, this 3 season series runs around the “game behind the game” - betting, money laundering, match-fixing- words so uselessly, unconsciously thrown around, but put effectively into play here. I must compliment its actors and their diverse, effective role-playing for it truly builds on each thirty-minute episode. Inside Edge is a stadium filled to the brim with pawns and Kings alike, with Queens and Bishops aplenty, and truly intrigues those that do and do not like cricket. Albeit the plot can be twisted a little too much sometimes, and scenes can get unnecessarily long, I promise you that if you give it a chance, this series will be worth that Extra Free Time you dedicate to your television just to get away from work.

Written by Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited by Nirvaan Zaveri

Article 1 by Arhaan Zaveri

Article 2 by Krishnav Bubna

Fact or Fiction by Nikunj Gupta

Review by Dia Makhecha

Fact or Fiction Answers:

1) Fact

2) Fact

3) Fiction (highest blood flow is in the kidneys)

4) Fiction (you can only fill 2 bathtubs a year)

5) Fact

6) Fiction (only 12% of people do)

7) Fact

8) Fact

9) Fact

10) Fact

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