16 Fun Facts About The Australian Open

The Australian Open holds the record for the highest attendance of any tennis tournament ever staged with 812,174 people attending the 2020 edition. And here are some more quick fun facts:

  1. Novak Djokovic holds the record for the most Men’s Singles titles with 10 wins
  2. Margaret Court holds the record for the most Women’s Singles Titles with 11 wins
  3. The Australian Open was the last of the four majors opened to professionals in 1969
  4. Out of the four Grand Slams, Melbourne Park (Australian Open Venue) is the only venue to have three stadium courts covered by a retractable roof
  5. After winning both his Australian Open Singles titles Jim Courier jumped into the Yarra River for a swim
  6. The Australian Open was a Grass Court Event until 1988
  7. Every year the ball kids who work at the AO are made up of a small contingent of overseas ball kids – 20 from Korea, 6 from China, 10 from India and 2 from France
  8. The Australian Open is shown live in more than 220 Countries and Territories around the world
  9. The Australian Open stringers restring over 5000 racquets throughout the tournament using more than 60km’s of string
  10. The highest single-day attendance at the Australian Open is 93,709 at the 2020 edition
  11. Close to 50,000 Tennis Balls are used during the tournament
  12. Since 1905 the Australian Open has been staged in January, March, August and December with the Ja middle of January start time being in place since 1977
  13. Kia is the longest-running sponsor of the Australian Open beginning it’s deal in 2002 with the current deal set to expire in 2023
  14. The revenue generated from the Australian Open is over $330million
  15. The last Australian female to win the Women’s Singles Title at the Australian Open was Christine O’Neil in 1978
  16. The last Australian male to win the Men’s Singles Title at the Australian Open was Mark Edmonson in 1976

RIP Annie Wersching

Actress Annie Wersching, best known for her roles in the television shows 24, Bosch, Timeless and more recently in Star Trek : Picard, died of cancer early yesterday. She was 45. Wersching continued to shoot even after her 2020 diagnosis, with prominent roles in Star Trek: Picard as the Borg queen in Season 2, and The Rookie. She also voiced Tess in the popular The Last Of Us video game, which was adapted into a TV series by HBO.

Wersching was born and raised in St. Louis by parents Sandy and Frank. Wersching began her acting career with a guest appearance on the show Star Trek: Enterprise and moved on to guest starring roles on such shows as Charmed, Killer Instinct, Supernatural and Cold Case. From March to November 2007, she played the recurring role of Amelia Joffe on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. She has also worked in theaters such as Victory Gardens, Marriott Lincolnshire, and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. She went on to star as Renee Walker in Seasons 7 and 8 of 24. After her two-season stint in 24, Wersching guest starred on various shows, including CSI, NCIS, Rizzoli & Isles, Hawaii Five-0, Body of Proof, Dallas,  Revolution, Castle, Blue Bloods, The Vampire Diaries and Touch.

She played a great villain in the short lived Timeless before she was part of 3 seasons of the superhero series The Runaways. In December 2012, it was revealed that in the PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us, Wersching was the voice and motion-capture actor of the character Tess. Wersching was diagnosed with an unspecified cancer in 2020, though she continued to act afterward. One of her final roles was in Season 2 of Star Trek: Picard exactly two decades after she made her screen acting debut in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. She played a Borg Queen in an alternate timeline who is captured. Wersching is survived by her husband and children Freddie, 12; Ozzie, and Archie, 4.

Fun Facts About the Australian Open

I’m a little in getting this post done but better late than never. I’ve also not really followed the recently completed Australian Open, here are a few fun facts about the first leg of the Tennis Grand Slam that every tennis fan should know about:

Youngest of the Grand Slams : In tennis, there are four Grand Slam Games. Wimbledon (established in 1877), the US Open (1881) and the French Open (1891). The Australian Open started in 1905.

The first-ever match was played on a cricket field : When the Australian Open was first held, the very first game was held on a cricket field at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground. Today, the facility is known as the Albert Reserve Tennis Centre.

Ken Rosewall is the youngest and oldest player to win the championship : Ken Rosewall is a prominent name in the tennis world, with several Grand Slam singles titles, nine slams in doubles, and a career double grand slam. But he is also the youngest player to win the Australian Open at 18 years old in 1953 and the oldest at 35 in 1972. Meanwhile, in the women’s division, Martina Hingis is considered the youngest to win the tournament at 16 years old, and Thelma Coyne Long is the oldest at age 35.

Australian Summer Heat : The biggest challenge for players in the Australian Open is the Australian heat. The tournament is in January when summer in Australia is full of swing. And with summer comes the sweltering heat that can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius. Being out in the heat is hard, much more so if you’re playing tennis. That is why players are encouraged to use braided ice towels to keep cool in between sets. And in 1988, the Extreme Heat Policy was put in place wherein the referee could stop the game at any time if the temperature reached 40 degrees.

The longest Match is 5hrs and 53 minutes : Unlike sports like basketball or American football, tennis does not have a time limit. That is why matches can sometimes last for hours on end, and in the Australian Open, the longest game lasted for five hours. That game was between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic during the final match at the Australian Open in 2012. Djokovic ended up defeating Nadal 7-5.

1977 and 1986 : The Australian Open has had its fair share of hiccups over its existence. One of which happened in 1977. Before, the games were from December to January. Following the games from December 1976 to January 1977, the organisers wanted the second tournament for that year to be held in December 1977. The drawback was that not a lot of players competed.

But if the tournament happened twice in 1977, it was not held at all in 1986. During the 80s, the games were held from the last week of November to the first week of December. That was the setup till 1985. After that year, the games have since been held in the middle of January, starting in 1987. And that was why there was no Australian Open in 1986.

1991 Music Nostalgia : For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge By Van Halen

1991 – the year we started to get MTV in India with the introduction of cable tv which until then was something we only heard off & seen in foreign movies & tv shows. MTV used to play Poundcake & Runaround continously and I was hooked. I had listened to some songs of VH till then and knew about them – Jump & Panama were my favs but this album made me into a bonfide fan and it was also the first VH album I bought. Ofcourse I would get their entire catalog till that time soon but I am a Van Hagar guy.

With songs like the aforementioned Runaround & Poundcake leading the pack, we also get Spanked, Top Of The World, the lovely 316, The Dream Is Over and the brilliant Right Now they had the hits comings one after the other. During the long world tour they recorded a live album and concert film at two 1992 F.U.C.K. tour shows in Fresno, California called Live: Right Here, Right Now.

Great album for a 15 year old to get into.

Benefits Of Switching To Brown Rice

Rice is pretty much a staple food in India and a lot of Asian countries. Some rice farming tools from China date back 8,000 years, and some remains of ancient rice are up to 2,000 years older than that. It’s hard to find a home without rice in some form of the other. Where I live we mostly have either the starchy rice or white rice and, to a lesser extend, Basmati rice. But there are more than 40000 varieties of rice and many can be prepared and sold as brown rice. Brown rice means you’re eating the rice as a whole grain. That’s important because the less processed the grain, the more nutrients you get.

The bran and germ, the two outer layers of brown rice, contain most of the vitamins and minerals in the grain. Those layers get removed when manufacturers make white rice, and that’s why brown rice is the healthier choice.

Reduced Risk of Diabetes

Brown rice has a low glycemic index (GI), meaning it doesn’t cause your blood sugar to spike after you eat. Studies show that by eating three servings per day of whole grains like brown rice, you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 32%. White rice, on the other hand, can increase your risk of diabetes. Another study found that people who eat a lot of white rice are about 17% more likely to develop diabetes than folks who eat less. Scientists estimate that by replacing about 50 grams per day of white rice with brown rice, a person can reduce their diabetes risk by 16%.Improved Heart Health

Many of the nutrients in brown rice help keep your heart healthy. It’s a rich source of dietary fiber, which can reduce your risk of death from heart disease. Brown rice also contains high levels of magnesium, which can help make you less vulnerable to heart disease and stroke.Overall, studies show that eating more whole grains, including brown rice, could reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 22% and your risk of stroke by as much as 12%.

Better Weight Control

As of 2020, four in every 10 Americans qualify as obese, and one in 10 is severely obese. Adding brown rice as a dietary staple may help people who are overweight to shed more pounds and reduce their body mass index, a common marker of healthy or unhealthy weight. Brown rice also contains more dietary fiber than white rice. Higher-fiber foods cause you to feel fuller longer while taking in fewer calories. If you replace white rice with brown rice, you will be able to eat less without feeling hungrier.

Manchester City 1 Arsenal 0

Manager Pep Guardiola called Nathan Ake an “exceptional guy” after he sent Manchester City into the FA Cup fifth round with the winning goal in a narrow victory over Premier League title rivals Arsenal. The Gunners have established an impressive lead in the league but it was City who shaded a tight contest thanks to Ake’s precise 64th-minute finish after good work from Jack Grealish. Arsenal had chances of their own, especially in the first half when City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega, deputising for Ederson, saved well from Takehiro Tomiyasu and new signing Leandro Trossard. There was little to choose between the sides and their Premier League battle will come into focus once more when they meet at Emirates Stadium on 15 February.

City will view this as a psychological blow aimed in the direction of Arsenal, who manager Pep Guardiola has publicly recognised as the biggest threat to their hopes of retaining their title. City were again short of their fluid best but have a squad so rich in quality and versatility that there is invariably a match-winning moment, on this occasion provided by Grealish’s weaving run into the area and a clever finish from Ake. Erling Haaland was quiet but the fact that City got over the line against opponents who have become so formidable, and who have lost only one league game this season, will delight Guardiola.

It was victory that came at a cost, however, with defender John Stones – so outstanding for his club this season and for England at the World Cup – forced off on the stroke of half-time after pulling up clutching his hamstring. Stones has been an influential presence for City and Guardiola will hope the medical bulletin does not present a long-term problem. For Arsenal, this was a rare taste of defeat this season – but there was enough for manager Mikel Arteta to be encouraged by as they turn attentions back to the league. The Gunners put the shackles on goal machine Haaland, and in the first half – with recent ÂŁ21m arrival Trossard prominent – they were a real threat going forward, with Ortega the busier goalkeeper. It was all achieved with key men Martin Odegaard, Oleksandr Zinchenko, William Saliba, Gabriel Martinelli and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale held back from the starting line-up.

My Guide To Saving Money On Coffee

My guide to saving money on coffee is to not order these suckers. Done! Genius right? Nah, mainly because of the pandemic, I do not go out to eat much. Though I did go for a few outings from June 2020 till April 2021, from May of 2021 I have rarely gone out to eat. I think just a couple of times. And in all this time I have not gone out once for coffee.

However I did not go to get a coffee with the sole exception of my first afternoon out at a cafe in Ravipuram with my cousin in June 2020. Since then none but I have ordered a large frappe or cold brew a few times from either of Starbucks, Costa Coffee or Cafe Coffee Day. Usually it is a large or in Starbucks case, I should say either a grande or a venti. But I think I have probably only ordered 12 to 15 times in these past 2 plus years.

So I guess that is the way to do so. Besides they are really expensive anyways, with the exception of CCD which I think are more reasonably priced. So hardly going out and ordering a large coffee once every 45 days or so, you save a lot more money. And just make it at home. All that will change when finally Tim Hortons will expand to Cochin. I have been eagerly waiting for this for over 2 decades. They started in India last year and will probably come down south by July or August I think.

Prompt from 100+ Blog Post Ideas That Your Readers Will Love at Macy Michelle

Some Facts About Mozzarella Cheese

Mozzarella is a traditional Italian cheese. It is a mild, smooth-textured fresh cheese and was was first made in Southern Italy near Naples. Originally, mozzarella was only made with buffalo milk. Legend has it that mozzarella was first made when cheese curds accidentally fell into a pail of hot water in a cheese factory near Naples … and soon thereafter the first pizza was made! Mozzarella is the most popular cheese in the world and is generally considered to be most flavorful when served at room temperature, so unwrap the cheese and leave it out of the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.

The word “mozzarella”, derived from the Neapolitan dialect spoken in Campania, is the diminutive form of mozza (“cut”), or mozzare (“to cut off”) derived from the method of working. The term is first mentioned in 1570, cited in a cookbook by Bartolomeo Scappi, reading “milk cream, fresh butter, ricotta cheese, fresh mozzarella and milk”. In the middle of the 20th century, mozzarella triumphantly advanced throughout all of Europe. Mozzarella received a Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TEG) certification from the European Union in 1998.

Mozzarella is a stretched-curd cheese – the curd is mixed with heated whey and stretched and kneaded until it attains a smooth, pliable consistency. It is then molded into spheres or ovals and stored in water to keep it moist. Delicate and perishable, it typically lasts only a few days – some versions, however, undergo an aging process that strengthens their flavour, toward that of provolone, and prolongs their storage life. In Italy, the cheese is produced nationwide using Italian buffalo’s milk because Italian buffalo is in all Italian regions. Fior di latte is made from fresh cow’s milk and not water buffalo milk, which greatly lowers its cost. Lightly smoked mozzarella is known as Scamorze. Mozzarella made from cow’s milk is milder in taste than mozzarella made from buffalo’s milk.

Fresh mozzarella balls are sold in a brine, whey or water solution to help them retain their moisture and shape. Mozzarella is used as a topping on pizza in several pasta dishes, antipasto dishes,  sandwiches,  salads and various side dishes. It is considered the best cheese for pizza for a few reasons: its delicate, milky flavor, its smooth, elastic texture, and its fabulous meltability. Caprese salad is a simple Italian salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and sweet basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil, occasionally paired with arugula.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : My Fav Top Canadian Tv Shows Of All Time

So Canada is very near and dear to me. I’ve wanted to go there since I was like 20 or so. Never got the chance. I have watched quite a few Canadian tv shows and this is my top 11 favourite ones. Now I have not included current show Hudson & Rex or Heartland since it is still ongoing and I have not included shows that are made in Canada and have a very large Canadian cast with some American ones like Stargate Sg1 or Stargate Atlantis or Battlestar Galactica. It has to be made in Canada and set in Canada. Honourable mentions not on this list are Shattered (which only lasted two season), Bitten, Continuum (I haven’t watched more than a few episodes but it is good), Arctic Air (which lasted 3 seasons), Sanctuary and Remedy (which also only last 2 season). I haven’t yet watched Schitts Creek or Kim’s Convenience or Trailer Park Boys. I will eventually get to them. So here is my top 11:

  • Corner Gas
  • Flashpoint
  • Republic Of Doyle
  • Due South
  • 19-2
  • Little Mosque On The Prairie
  • Cold Squad
  • Rookie Blue
  • Being Erica
  • Orphan Black
  • The Listener

List Of The 5 Best Smartphones For Battery Life

Let’s take a look at the phones with the best battery life in 2023! (as per Phonearena)


High-end phones with best battery life:

  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max â€“ 4352 mAh battery, power-efficient processor, nearly 19 hours of web browsing
  • Galaxy S20+, S20 FE â€“ 4500 mAh battery, 12+ hours of web browsing
  • OnePlus 8 â€“ 4300 mAh battery, 12+ hours of web browsing
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro â€“ 4500 mAh battery, 14+ hours of web browsing
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra â€“ 5000 mAh battery, 16+ hours of web browsing

Budget phones with best battery life:

  • Google Pixel 5a â€“ 4,680 mAh battery, 15 hours of web browsing
  • Motorola One Fusion+ â€“ 5000 mAh battery, nearly 15 hours of web browsing
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s â€“ 5000 mAh battery, 15+ hours of web browsing
  • Moto G Power â€“ 5000 mAh battery, close to 16 hours of web browsing

Prompt from 203 Best Blog Post Ideas for 2023 at Ryrob.com

Ever Tried Drafting A Post While Traveling? How Did It Work Out For You?

Yes quite a few times and I mostly publish them as well when I am away. Look, back in 2010 – I think – when I bought my first BlackBerry, one of the apps that I downloaded was the WordPress app for BlackBerry. This was ofcourse to capture my thoughts and view points as I was out and about and enjoying the city. Or if I traveled like to Bangalore for 3 days. So I would type up whole blog posts on the app and post them.

Later on I would take my laptop with me and connecting via wifi I would posts from coffeeshops or restaurants and in 2015 and 2016 when I traveled to Chennai and Delhi/Gurgaon respectively, I relied on the wifi to blog from either my phone or my laptop. My stay in Chennai was only 6 days and it as around 2 weeks for Delhi and I think I blogged almost ever day I was there.

Also when I went on holiday – well more like staycation in a hotel – in both 2019 & 2020 and stayed in a hotel I blogged regularly from there. In 2019 at the hotel I stayed, unfortunately due to a problem with my laptop I could connect the laptop to the wifi so my phone acted as a modem. That was for 3 days. Then the next year I stayed for 4 days in a hotel and I was using my current laptop and was blogging a couple of times per day.

Prompt from 87 Blog Post Ideas That Will Never Fail You (2023) at Blog Tyrant

Some Health Benefits Of Broccoli

Broccoli (Brassica oleracea) is a cruciferous vegetable related to cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Broccoli is high in many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium. It also boasts more protein than most other vegetables. This green veggie can be enjoyed both raw and cooked, but recent research shows that gentle steaming provides the most health benefits.

Health benefits of broccoli : Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli provide sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their often pungent taste. These bioactive compounds may have numerous health benefits.

Cancer prevention : Cancer is characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal cells and is often linked to oxidative stress (22Trusted Source). Broccoli is loaded with compounds that are believed to protect against cancer. Observational studies suggest that the consumption of cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, is linked to a reduced risk of many cancers, including lung, colorectal, breast, prostate, pancreatic, and gastric cancers. A unique family of plant compounds called isothiocyanates sets cruciferous vegetables apart from other veggies.

Studies suggest that Isothiocyanates affect liver enzymes, reduce oxidative stress, decrease inflammation, stimulate your immune system, and combat the development and growth of cancer. The main isothiocyanate in broccoli, sulforaphane, acts against the formation of cancer at the molecular level by reducing oxidative stress. Sulforaphane occurs at 20–100 times higher amounts in young broccoli sprouts than in full-grown heads of this vegetable. Though broccoli supplements are also available, they may not contribute an equivalent amount of isothiocyanates and thus may not give the same health benefits as eating whole, fresh broccoli (33Trusted Source, 34Trusted Source).

Lower cholesterol levels : Cholesterol has many important functions in your body. For example, it is a key factor in the formation of bile acids, which help you digest fat. Bile acids are formed in your liver, stored in your gallbladder, and released into your digestive system whenever you eat fat. Afterward, the bile acids are reabsorbed into your bloodstream and used again. Substances in broccoli bind with bile acids in your gut, increasing their excretion and preventing them from being reused. This results in the synthesis of new bile acids from cholesterol, reducing total levels of this marker in your body. This effect has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. According to one study, steamed broccoli is particularly useful for lowering cholesterol levels.

Eye health : Impaired eyesight is a common consequence of aging. Two of the main carotenoids in broccoli, lutein and zeaxanthin, are associated with a decreased risk of age-related eye disorders. Vitamin A deficiency may cause night blindness, which can be reversed with improved vitamin A status. Broccoli contains beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. This vegetable may thus boost eyesight in individuals with a low vitamin A intake.

Some Common Refrigerator Problems

A reliable fridge can last for up to 20 years, but at some point, you’ll start to experience various problems. Some of them you can get a good repair service to fix your fridge quickly but there are chances that you may have to replace them. Your fridge is the highest energy-guzzler in your kitchen, and investing in one that will save you a few bucks each month will add up. Take a look at the most common refrigerator problems below to see if you should fix or replace your fridge.

1. Temperature Problems : The most common refrigerator problem is a refrigerator not cooling. Obviously, having your fridge keep food cool is a necessity, so this issue needs to be addressed quickly.

Make sure your fridge is placed correctly and not too close to a wall. The air vents need to have space to allow for proper airflow. Make sure your fridge door can properly open and close. If you find that it has a hard time shutting or you have to pry it open, the fridge door seal may need to be replaced. Double-check that your fridge’s internal temperature is correct by placing a thermometer inside the appliance. The gauge could be broken and not reading and cooling your fridge’s temp correctly.

2. Blocked Vents : Your refrigerator’s air circulation relies on vents to maintain a cool and uniform temperature throughout. When we overcrowd the refrigerator with groceries, leftovers, and other perishables, the interior ventilation might become partially or completely blocked.

3. Condenser Coils That Are Filthy : You have an issue with the condenser coils if everything else appears to be operating except the fridge not cooling. The performance of your refrigerator will be harmed if your refrigeration system’s condenser coils are unclean, as they will have to work more than usual to expel heat from inside the device.

4. Condenser Fan Motor : If your refrigerator still won’t cool down, the issue might be with the condenser fan motor. The fan motor pulls air to cool the condenser coils, and a broken fan increases the likelihood of your kitchen appliance overheating and failing to cool.

5. Evaporator Fan : Depending on your refrigerator type, one or more evaporator fans may be installed. The cold air from the evaporator coils is distributed throughout the freezer compartment by these fans.

6. Control Panels : Most current refrigerator models use at least two circuit boards to manage the refrigerator’s key functions: the main and temperature control boards. One or both circuit boards have to be damaged in order for your refrigerator to not cool, resulting in rotting food.

7. Electricity Availability : It’s sometimes as easy as verifying if your refrigerator is plugged in before dismantling it to uncover the problem. If the electrical plug is not fully inserted into the socket, it is likely to come free, resulting in the loss of power to your refrigerator.

8. Location : This may come as a surprise, but the location of your refrigerator has an impact on its function. Your fridge’s cooling ability will suffer if your kitchen or garage is excessively chilly or hot. Having hot appliances like ranges, dishwashers, and ovens next to your model can also affect its cooling abilities.

9. Uneven Ground Leveling : Did you realize that your refrigerator‘s cooling capacity might be harmed by leveling? If your refrigerator’s side-to-side level is even slightly wrong, it will throw everything off and prevent the cooling system from operating.

10. Clearances : Air circulation is blocked off if your built-in or counter-depth refrigerators are too densely packed with food in certain areas, preventing your model from chilling down.

Arsenal Complete The Signing Of Jakub Kiwior On 4.5 Year Contract

Jakub Kiwior has joined Arsenal from Seria A side Spezia Calcio on a long-term contract. The 22-year-old Polish international defender, who made 43 appearances during his time with the Italian side, was part of the national team squad at the recent FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Jakub spent his youth career at Polish club GKS Tychy and then in Belgium with Anderlecht before moving to Slovakian side FK Zeleziarne Podbrezova as an 18-year-old.

After spending a season there, Jakub moved to MSK Zilina where he made 46 appearances during his two seasons with the Slovakian club. His strong performances resulted in the left-sided central defender moving to Spezia in August 2021, where he had become a regular in the Serie A club’s starting line-up. During his time in Italy, Jakub made his full international debut and has now made nine appearances for Poland.

Sporting Director Edu said: “We’re delighted to have completed the signing of Jakub Kiwior. He’s a young talent who we’ve been monitoring for a while now. We are now all looking forward to working with Jakub and seeing his continued development with us. We welcome Jakub to Arsenal.” Manager Mikel Arteta added: “It’s great that Jakub is joining us. He’s a young versatile defender who has shown huge potential and qualities with Spezia in Serie A, and also at international level with Poland. “Jakub is a player who will give us strength and quality to our defensive unit. We welcome Jakub and his family to Arsenal and look forward to working with him.” Jakub will wear the number 15 shirt and will immediately join up for training with his new teammates.