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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Dingbats
Aug09

Dingbats

Test your knowledge on phrases and sayings with these Dingbat graphics …

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Daily Life as a Medieval Monk
Jul23

Daily Life as a Medieval Monk

Let it not be said that we at guernseyDonkey.com ever short change you when it comes to answering some of those random questions that have a habit of flitting across our minds from time to time, or that we skimp on adding to that great body of knowledge that we like to call “Internet Fluff” so … “What did Medieval Monks get up to ?”, “What was the daily life as a monk like ?”

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Did English used to have gendered nouns? … Yes!
Jul19

Did English used to have gendered nouns? … Yes!

In Romance languages (and many others), nouns have a gender. English today doesn’t but it wasn’t always so. In this article we look at how this situation came about.

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Riddle me this … Can you solve these Riddles?
Jun28

Riddle me this … Can you solve these Riddles?

Pit yourself against some mind bending riddles and see if you can work out what each one is referring to.

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Who invented the comma ?
Jun07

Who invented the comma ?

Such a small thing, as symbols go, but it can make all the difference in meaning and understanding when used in a sentence. But wher did it come from ?

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Why do the Brits drink so much tea ?
May28

Why do the Brits drink so much tea ?

Tea certainly isn’t native to the British Isles so how did this come about? It certainly is an interesting story involving a Portuguese princess who was a tea addict, smuggling and even revolution.

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Wordsmith – Test your wordpower
May03

Wordsmith – Test your wordpower

Improve and test your wordpower by matching a word against multiple possible definitions.

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Origin of Some Popular English Idioms III
Apr05

Origin of Some Popular English Idioms III

The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.

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Emoticons … a history
Feb26

Emoticons … a history

Emoticons … those little smiley characters crop up everywher , texts emails , twitters. They instantly convey a whole gammat of meaning. Today you even get some representing Elvis, a rose and Homer Simpson. But who invented them and when ?

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