Written by Laraba Murey

Short story: The Wind and The Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was an autumn day. The wind and the sun had an argument.

The wind boasted "I am stronger than you."

The sun mildly said "No. you are not".

Just then, they saw a traveller wrapped in a blanket was passing by. The wind said, "Whoever separates the blanket from traveller is the stronger. Do you agree?"

The sun replied, "OK. First you try."

The wind started blowing. The traveller wrapped his blanket around him. He blew harder. The traveller held his blanket firmer. He blew still harder. The traveller held his blanket still tighter. The harder the wind blew the tighter and firmer did the traveller hold his blanket. The wind failed.

It was the Sun's turn. The sun smiled gently at the traveller. The traveller loosened his grip on the blanket. The sun smiled warmly. The traveller felt the warmth and soon took off the blanket.

The sun was declared stronger.

MORAL: Gentle smile can achieve what brutal force can't.

 

KIDS AND HEALTH

Knee Injuries

The knee is a joint that joins the thigh bone (femur) to the top of the shin bone (tibia). It is made up of bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These parts work together to make the legs bend, straighten, and swivel. A knee injury can damage one or more parts of the knee.

What Causes Knee Injuries?

Teens may injure a knee in a fall or accident. Active and athletic teens might have overuse knee injuries. These happen when someone trains too much or makes repetitive motions involving the knee.

Common knee injuries in teens include:

Sprains: when a ligament stretches or tears; for example, an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear strains: when a muscle or tendon tears part or all of the way tendonitis: when a tendon gets irritated or inflamed, usually from overuse or poor training (for example, in jumper's knee) meniscal tears: when the cartilage between the upper and lower leg bones (the menisci) tears fractures: when a bone breaks dislocation of the patella (kneecap): when the kneecap slides out of place Osgood-Schlatter disease: inflammation of the tendon that attaches the kneecap to the shin bone Osteochondritis dissecans: when a small piece of bone in the knee loses blood supply and breaks off bursitis: swelling of one of the fluid filled sacs that cushion the knee.

 

What are the signs & symptoms of a knee injury?

The signs and symptoms of a knee injury depend on the cause. Most knee injuries cause pain. A knee injury may also lead to the knee feeling weak, "giving way," or "locking." Someone with a knee injury might not be able to fully bend or straighten the knee. The injured knee may be swollen or bruised.

To be continued...

 

 RIDDLE

1. How can you make seven even?

 

2. What question can never be answered with a Yes?

 

3. What is bigger than a grey elephant yet weighs nothing?

 

4. The more there is the less you see. What is it?

 

5. I always have one eye open.

What am I?

 

6. How do spiders communicate?

 

ANSWER

1. Remove the letter s. 2. Are you asleep? 3. The elephants shadow. 4. Darkness. 5. A needle 6. Through the World Wide Web.

 

QUIZ

1. Who was the first female vice chancellor in Nigerian university?

 

 2. In the nursery rhyme, who sat on a wall before having a great fall?

 

3. What was the first capital city in Nigeria?

 

 4. How many bones do sharks have in their bodies?

 

5. True or false? Yogurt is produced by bacterial fermentation of milk.

 

6. What is the name of the part of the human skeleton which protects our brain?

 

ANSWER

1. Grace Alele Williams 2. Humpty Dumpty

3.  Calabar 4. 0 5. True 6. The skull

 

 

DID YOU KNOW

1. The color green on Nigerian Flag represents forest and abundant mineral resources in Nigeria?

 

2. More than 90 percent of waste materials in the ocean are PLASTIC?

Reduce usage of plastic to save environment.

 

3. Did you know what the Hyena cry is called?

LAUGH

 

4. Elephants are the largest land animals, but are 30 times smaller than a blue whale?

 

5. The first building in Nigeria was built in Badagry in 1845?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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