Behind every nursery rhyme is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself.
The scoring system in modern Tennis is pretty odd … “Deuce”, “love”, “15-30-40”. So where did the game and the odd scoring system originate ?
In the Napoleonic wars the cannon and musket was king of the battlefield. But how do you load and fire a smooth bore musket ?
Is there any particular reason why A comes before B or that Z is the last letter of the alphabet? We delve here into the origins of this and the system of writing.
Why does the universe have all the right physical characteristics to support intelligent life. How probable is it ? Does the universe only exist at all once it has conscious observers ?
They were unlikely leaders. Most knew more about mending nets than winning converts. Yet 2,000 years later, all over the world, the apostles are still drawing people in.
Who said footballers aren’t intelligent ? … Here are some amusing pontifications of our “top” footballers …
Guernsey Gâche (pronounced Gosh) is one of Guernsey’s definitive delicacies
Concrete is not a modern material. Did you know the Romans used it? But who discovered it and how long ago was it used?
Can machines think ? Computer genius Alan Turing tried to answer this philosophical question by devising the Turing test. You might be surprised to find that you take part in this regularly with CAPTCHAs
There was a time when Guernsey consisted of 2 separate islands. It was military expendiency that drove the effort to re-unite the 2 parts of ‘Sarnia’ again.
Charles Babbage is widely regarded as the father of the computer. But without electricity what could an early 19th century computer possibly be like.