Pykrete – Aircraft Carriers made of Wood & Ice
Aug28

Pykrete – Aircraft Carriers made of Wood & Ice

Pykrete is a real substance made from wood chips and ice with strange and fantastical properties that were actually considered for use in building Royal Navy aircraft carriers during World War II.

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Does your handwriting say something about your personality ?
Aug24

Does your handwriting say something about your personality ?

Graphologists claim that individuals who share certain personality traits write in a similar fashion … Is this science or science fiction ?

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Milligan Magic
Aug21

Milligan Magic

As well as being king of surreal comedy Spike Milligan was an accomplished poet … so here’s some humorous poetry from the master of mirth … Mr Spike Milligan.

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The Guernsey Tom
Aug17

The Guernsey Tom

At its height there were 2,000 growers in Guernsey exporting nearly half a billion tomatoes every year. Today the industry is all but gone we look in this article at the rise and fall of a Guernsey legend.

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True or False, Fact or Fiction
Aug14

True or False, Fact or Fiction

A lot of what we ‘know’ to be true can sometimes turn out to be no more than an ‘urban legend’. Did the Nazi’s invent Fanta ? Does ‘Colgate’ means ‘go hang yourself’ in Spanish ? Can you tell whether they’re fact or fiction ?

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How does an Atomic Clock Work ?
Aug10

How does an Atomic Clock Work ?

The most accurate time piece today is an Atomic Clock. But how does it work & what’s the theory behind it ?

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The Origin of Jeans
Aug07

The Origin of Jeans

Jeans are a ubiquitous item of clothing these days with a multitude of styles and designs. But just who invented them and how did they become so popular ?

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Wordsmith – Test your wordpower
Aug03

Wordsmith – Test your wordpower

Improve and test your wordpower against some 18th- and 19th-century words, still in use today.

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The Fax Machine
Jul31

The Fax Machine

Believe it or not, the fax machine was invented over 165 years ago ! In this article we look at how this irreplacable office tool came about.

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Nails – How Long Have They Been Around ?
Jul27

Nails – How Long Have They Been Around ?

We take for granted the humble nail and screw when doing some DIY. But if we didn’t have them everything would fall apart, literally. So where did they origanate from ?

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Emotional Intelligence
Jul24

Emotional Intelligence

There’s a new kid in town. There’s a new intelligence that psychologists are calling “Emotional Intelligence” … colloquially we might call it “street smarts”

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The Olympic Games
Jul20

The Olympic Games

The origin of the ancient and modern Olympic Games.

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Where did upper and lower case letters come from?
Jul17

Where did upper and lower case letters come from?

Capitalization rules tend to vary by language and can be quite complicated, but how did we get the mixture we have today in the English language?

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Are you a true Guern? … take the test
Jul13

Are you a true Guern? … take the test

Do you consider yourself a true Guern? What about if you had to take the test that’s part of the British citizenship exam?

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Corn Flakes
Jul10

Corn Flakes

The origins of one of the most famous world brands and something found on nearly every breakfast table.

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