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March 01, 2003 12:08 IST

Meet Scott who always wears a name tag and Joelle who collects monkey sketches

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were to wear a name tag all the time? Meet Scott Ginsberg who not only tried out this experiment, but has been keeping it up since the last two years!

The purpose behind this exercise is simple. Scott loved communicating with people and he couldn't think of any better way to invite strangers to be friendly with him than by wearing a name tag. "Have you ever purposely looked off into the distance or stared at the pavement right as you passed another person solely to avoid acknowledging them? People do this all the time. I guess most people would rather brush up on their basic counting skills than talk to a stranger. Not me," explains the enthusiastic youngster.

Scott relates some amusing stories of how different people reacted to his name tag. As he had predicted, the reactions were pretty interesting, but what he had not expected was that it would change his life. He decided to share his experiences and began writing the a book now published by his own company as Hello, My Name is Scott.

Rubbish Monkey

Joelle loved collecting monkeys. Not real ones, just drawings. She began by collecting these sketches of monkeys from friends in a little spiral bound notebook. As her passion grew, so did her collection, which now included monkeys drawn by family members and even strangers!

You can check out her growing collection of rubbish monkeys as Joelle calls them. While none of them look much like real monkeys, it's interesting to note how each monkey looks so different from the other reflecting their creators' perceptions!

If you would like your own monkey to be a part of the whole team, just draw one, scan it and send it in. Don't worry if it doesn't turn out great. It is  supposed to be a 'rubbish' monkey!

Leonardo da Vinci

Brought to you by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this page on the great artist (best known for his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa) has been designed to complement the actual exhibition.

Out of the 148 master works on display in the exhibition, forty can be viewed online. Considered to be 'the very embodiment of the universal Renaissance genius'; read through an essay on the artist's life and eventful career. Learn how his left-handedness reflected in his beautiful paintings and writings, and fittingly earned him the distinction of being the most recognised left-handed artist of all time.

The exhibition aims to offer a unified portrait of Leonardo, integrating his roles as an artist, author, scientist, inventor, theorist and much more.

Sound Symbolic Words

A korova gives milk. A neko makes a very sweet pet. Before you decide I've lost my mind or all sense of vocabulary, let me tell you more. A korova is nothing but a cow in Russian and a neko is the Japanese word for cat. And no, I am not a master in foreign languages!

Check out this site and find the names for animals in more than thirty different languages, from Albanian to Zulu. Certain words give us a clue of the underlying link between languages that is not seemingly obvious. To give an example, the dog, which is called kutta in Hindustani, is referred as kutya in Hungarian!

Also check out the likeness in the names of birds.  The hen, which has a fancy name kokoshka in Bulgarian, becomes kuku in Swahili and kodipetta in Telugu!

Sylvia D'Souza