Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORY The Battle of the Crabs






Long long ago, a shrimp was walking cheerfully on a beach when it saw a dozen land crabs crawling towards the sea. Curious, it went towards the crabs to ask what so many of them were doing together.


"We are going to fight the waves." replied the head of the crabs. "They sing so loudly all the time that we cannot sleep well at night."


"I don't think you will win the battle," said the shrimp. "The waves are so strong, and look at you. Your legs are so weak that your bodies bend almost to the ground when you walk. How can you hope to keep them down when you cannot even keep yourselves up?"


It laughed at the crabs. But the crabs became angry and pinned it down to the ground.


"How dare you insult us?" they shouted. "Now you too must help us in our fight."


What could the poor shrimp possibly do? It promised to help the crabs in their battle.


When they reached the shore, the crabs looked at the shrimp and said: "Your face is turned the wrong way, friend shrimp. How can you fight your enemy when you cannot even look at him?"


And they laughed at the shrimp, for crabs are much like humans, who think they are the only ones who are right.


But as they were laughing, the shrimp saw a huge wave coming, and it ran away as fast as it could. The crabs, who were all looking towards the shore, did not see it, and were killed.


When their husbands did not come home even after a long time, the wives of the dead crabs thought that the battle must be a long one, and decided to go down and help their husbands. But as they reached the shore and entered the water to look for their husbands, the waves killed them too. Their children were left living alone.


When the little crabs were old enough to walk, the shrimp often visited them and related to them the sad fate of their parents.


Even today, you can watch the fiddlers, as little crabs are now often called, rushing into the sea waters, as if about to fight the waves and running back to the land as they find the waves rushing on them, as if due to a lack of courage to combat.


They continually run back and forth. They live neither on dry land, as their ancestors did, nor in the sea, like the other crabs, but up on the beach, where the waves wash over them at high tide and try to dash them to pieces. From http://www. 





1. What is as little as a fist but has all the knowledge you have?

2. I am a building with number stories, who am I?

3. It comes one time in a minute, two times in a moment, but never comes in a thousand years,        what is it?

4. What comes down but never goes up?

5. How can the pocket of your trouser be empty and still have something in it?

6. What is the easiest way of doubling your money?



  1. Your brain 2. A library 3. Letter ‘M’ 4. Rain 5. It can have a hole in it 6. By holding it on the mirror



Taking Care of Pierced Ears

Pierced ears may look pretty, but you need to take good care of them or things can get ugly! When you first get your ears pierced, leave the earrings in until your ears are completely healed. If you don't, your holes could close up.

You'll also want to prevent infections in your newly pierced ears. Wash your hands before touching your pierced ears. Applying rubbing alcohol also can help keep germs away. With an adult's help, soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and apply it to both sides of the hole (with the earring still in your ear). Then twirl the earring several times to make sure the alcohol gets in and around the earring post.

If you think one of your pierced ears may be infected, tell your mom or dad. An infected earlobe may be swollen, red, warm, and painful, and it may ooze a fluid called pus. Don't wait for it to get better by itself. From http://kidshealth.org.


1.What are the three types of energy the human body uses?

2.Where are incisors found in the human body?

3.What organ do you use for smelling?

4.A bone is said to have fractured when it is?



1.Fat, carbohydrates and proteins 2. In the mouth 3. The nose 4. Broken

Did you Know?

  • Did you know colour television sets didn’t become widespread until the 1970’s?
  • Did you know remote controls came into use in the 1980s?
  • Did you know the internet known as World Wide Web, www, was invented by the English physicist, Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989?
  • Did you know there is said to be around 400 million dogs in the world?
  • Did you know tigers are the biggest species of the cat family, they can reach a length of up to 3.3 metres (11 feet) and weigh as much as 300 kilograms (660 pounds)?












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