Written by Laraba Murey

Short Story: A wise counting

Emperor Akbar was in the habit of putting riddles and puzzles to his courtiers. He often asked questions which were strange and witty. It took much wisdom to answer these questions.






Once he asked a very strange question. The courtiers were dumb folded by his question.

Akbar glanced at his courtiers. As he looked, one by one the heads began to hang low in search of an answer. It was at this moment that Birbal entered the courtyard. Birbal who knew the nature of the emperor quickly grasped the situation and asked, "May I know the question so that I can try for an answer".

Akbar said, "How many crows are there in this city?"

Without even a moment's thought, Birbal replied "There are fifty thousand five hundred and eighty nine crows, my lord".

"How can you be so sure?" asked Akbar.

Birbal said, "Make you men count, my lord. If you find more crows it means some have come to visit their relatives here. If you find less number of crows it means some have gone to visit their relatives elsewhere".

Akbar was pleased very much by Birbal's wit.

MORAL: A witty answer will serve its purpose.



What are tonsils?

The tonsils' job is to help fight germs that come in through our mouth or nose before they cause infections in the rest of the body. Usually, tonsils do their job well. But sometimes bacteria or viruses get into the tonsils and infect them. When this happens, you have tonsillitis.

How can I tell if I have tonsillitis?

If you have tonsillitis, your throat usually hurts and it's hard to eat, drink, or even swallow. You also might have a fever.

Here are some other signs that bacteria or a virus are infecting your tonsils: red (swollen or irritated) tonsilsa yellow or white coating on the tonsils, swollen glands in the neck, bad breath, headache, stomachache

What will the doctor do?

The doctor will ask you how you've been feeling and then look at your tonsils. He or she will probably use a wooden stick called a tongue depressor to help hold your tongue down to get a good look at what's going on in there.

The doctor also might look into your nose and ears, listen to your chest, feel your neck, and look for other signs of infection. Bacteria and viruses both can cause tonsillitis. It's important for your doctor to know if it's caused by strep bacteria. If you have this kind of infection, known as strep throat, you need medicine to kill the strep bacteria.

To check for strep, the doctor will use a long cotton swab to swipe the back of your throat. This test, called a throat culture, doesn't hurt but can feel a little weird. Your doctor may use the swab to do a test called a rapid strep test. Within minutes, this test will tell your doctor if there are any strep bacteria in your throat. If it's positive, you have strep throat. If it's negative, the doctor will send a sample to a lab for testing and get the result in a couple of days.

How is tonsillitis treated?

If the tonsillitis is caused by strep bacteria, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics, a type of medicine that kills bacteria. It's very important to take the antibiotics exactly as directed and to finish the entire prescription — even if you start feeling better in a few days — or the infection could come back.

If the tonsillitis is caused by a virus, antibiotics won't work and your body will fight off the infection on its own.

Sometimes kids get an operation to remove their tonsils, but only if their tonsils get infected a lot or are so big they make it hard for the kid to breathe at night.

If you get tonsillitis, here are some tips that can help you feel better: Drink plenty of fluids. If it hurts to swallow regular food, try smooth foods, like flavored gelatin, soups, ice pops, and apple sauce. Take it easy until you feel better. Wash your hands well and often.



1. What pair has eight legs and stays together but cannot walk together?


2. What types of stones do you never find in the ocean?


3. I can let you see strangers through the wall but if you are careless I can allow a stranger into your house. What am I?


4. How is an island similar to T?


5. I always work with string in my eye. What am I?



1.       Table and chair 2. Dry stones 3. Window 4. Both lie in the middle of water 5. A needle



1. A group of lion is known as?


2. Which state in Nigeria are Nupe tribe dominant?


3 Benue State is nicknamed?


4. What is the name of Nigeria's National Basketball Team?


5. Name 2 orange vegetables



1. Pride 2. Niger State 3. Food Basket of the Nation 4. D'Tigers 5. Carrots and Pumpkin



Did you know?

1. 11% of people are left handed

2. August has the highest percentage of births

3. Unless food is mixed with saliva you can't taste it

4. The average person falls asleep in 7 minutes

5. A bear has 42 teeth

6. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain

7. Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries














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