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Life bridges the gap in NE India

The living bridges of Cherrapunji, India are made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree. This tree produces a series of secondary roots from higher up its trunk and can comfortably perch atop huge boulders along the riverbanks, or even in the middle of the rivers themselves.

Lots more at  Living Root Bridges

August 16, 2009 Posted by | bridges | , | Comments Off on Life bridges the gap in NE India

Probably not First Class

Probably Not First Class

Probably Not First Class

July 25, 2009 Posted by | crazy, Dumb Stuff | , | Comments Off on Probably not First Class

Is it raining yet?

Farmers in an eastern Indian state have asked their unmarried daughters to plow parched fields naked in a bid to embarrass the weather gods to bring some badly needed monsoon rain, officials said on Thursday.

Witnesses said the naked girls in Bihar state plowed the fields and chanted ancient hymns after sunset to invoke the gods. They said elderly village women helped the girls drag the plows.

via Naked girls plow fields for rain–Yahoo

It will work too, if they keep it up long enough. But then so would anything else since it will rain eventually.

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Strange | , , , | Comments Off on Is it raining yet?

India solves transportation problem…almost…maybe

Australian News

It has been touted as a solution to urban India’s traffic woes, chronic pollution and fossil fuel dependence, as well as an escape from backbreaking human toil.

A state-of-the-art, solar-powered version of the humble cycle-rickshaw promises to deliver on all this and more.

The “soleckshaw,” unveiled this month in New Delhi, is a motorised cycle rickshaw that can be pedalled normally or run on a 36-volt solar battery.

October 13, 2008 Posted by | Strange | , , | Comments Off on India solves transportation problem…almost…maybe