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The elephant in the room

Last Updated 07 April 2011, 10:37 IST
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Um... well, I know it’s not nice to praise oneself.  And I know you know that I am NOT a genius! But I do have my special talents. See, I can wiggle just my one ear if I concentrate. Like an elephant.

Do you know, elephants fan their ears so that the blood in the ear cools and when the cool blood flows through the rest of the body, it becomes a really cool elephant!

The trunk of an elephant has no bones. It has about 150,000 muscles and nerves, which help make the elephant trunk the most amazing multi-utility tool — it does duty as a nose, straw, hand, paw, rope, and while swimming, as an aerial breathing equipment. 

Each time it needs a drink, the trunk can suck nearly 2 gallons of water... and spurt it into its mouth!

If a normal elephant drinks 80 gallons of water a day, how many trunkfuls is that? Easy! But what is a gallon?

Out of the Maze:

Our elephant has to have 40 refills to drink 80 gallons of water. Imagine drinking 40 ‘tumblers’ of water each day! A US gallon is roughly equal  to 3.8 litres.

According to the International System of Units (SI units), which India follows, there are 4.5 litres in a gallon.

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(Published 07 April 2011, 10:34 IST)

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