Golf Condumdrums – Why does a course have 18 holes; Why does a golf ball have dimples ?
May27

Golf Condumdrums – Why does a course have 18 holes; Why does a golf ball have dimples ?

Golf is one of those games that is often seen as rather elitist. In this article we try to answer some of the questions surrounding this rather odd sport.

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Chatty Plants – When the house plants talk back
May23

Chatty Plants – When the house plants talk back

Doctor Doolittle may have been able to talk to the animals but what about plants ? Prince Charles is famous for his chatty behaviour towards his plant friends but, do plants ‘talk’ to each other ?

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What is the largest recorded explosion ?
Apr22

What is the largest recorded explosion ?

What is the largest recorded explosion you might think that it was the Hiroshima A-bomb or maybe Krakatoa? In fact the answer is neither. The largest recorded explosion occurred some 200 years ago and was a phenomenal 60,000 times the power of the Atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945..

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Why are traffic lights red, yellow & green ?
Apr15

Why are traffic lights red, yellow & green ?

Have you ever sat at a crossroads waiting for the lights to change and idly considered “I wonder who invented traffic lights ? and why are they red, yellow and green?” In this article, we will hopefully answer those questions.

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Wordsmith – Test your ‘American’
Apr08

Wordsmith – Test your ‘American’

Improve and test your wordpower. How many of these American-English words do you know?

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Unusual Animal Collectives
Mar18

Unusual Animal Collectives

You’d be surprised at what the ‘official’ English collective nouns are for groups of animals, we certainly were when we looked into it.

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What mood was the Mona Lisa in?
Feb28

What mood was the Mona Lisa in?

When Leonardo da Vinci painted the famous Mona Lisa he gave her one of the most interesting of expressions. An enigmatic smile that has beguiled people for centuries. But what lies behind this expression?

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The End is Nigh : 6 Times that the World was Supposed to End
Feb11

The End is Nigh : 6 Times that the World was Supposed to End

Over mankind’s history the end of the world has been predicted many times, most recently in the hype over the supposed end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012. In this article we look at just 6 of these gloomy ‘predictions’.

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Wordsmith – Bizarre English Words
Nov01

Wordsmith – Bizarre English Words

Improve and test your wordpower against some of the rather more bizarre words that have found their way into the English language.

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Where Did Some of the World’s Currency Symbols Come From, Like the $ and £ ?
Oct22

Where Did Some of the World’s Currency Symbols Come From, Like the $ and £ ?

The key currency symbols of the World’s biggest currencies are instantly recognizable. In the this article we look at the etymology of some of these symbols.

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What is the Memory Capacity of the Human Brain ?
Oct18

What is the Memory Capacity of the Human Brain ?

The human brain is a truly remarkable organ, so too is the human memory. As humans we posses a marvel of nature. An organic system capable of storing and recalling facts, figures and past events with ease and in split seconds. So, What could the memory capacity of the human brain be?

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What Colour are Carrots ?
Sep27

What Colour are Carrots ?

What colour are carrots ? … is this a joke? … orange of course ,even the pigment that gives it it’s orange colour is called beta-carotene. Hmmm you might not be so sure after you read this article.

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Why is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky ?
Sep13

Why is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky ?

If you’re honest with yourself can you truly say that you have never felt a twinge of concern in the morning when you realize it is Friday the 13th? You may not be a true “triskaidekaphobe” but there are millions of people out there who do hold to such beliefs. So why is 13 considered unlucky and Friday the 13th especially unlucky?

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Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise ?
Sep10

Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise ?

We’re accustomed to seeing movement in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction, such as races, but is there any particular reason why clocks run ‘clockwise’?

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The Science of Tea Making
Aug27

The Science of Tea Making

In this article we take a rye look at some of the great debates that rage in the world of tea making.

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