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.
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 ?
Improve and test your wordpower against some 18th- and 19th-century words, still in use today.
The English language is a constantly evolving. New words are constantly being added. Even the alphabet is not immutable. For example did you know that not so long ago there were 27 letters on the alphabet ?
In the Napoleonic wars the cannon and musket was king of the battlefield. But how do you load and fire a smooth bore musket ?
Answers to some of the amusing questions and fluff we muse on from time to time. What does the D in D-day stand for? Why are portholes round? … amongst other questions.
A lot of what we ‘know’ to be true can sometimes turn out to be no more than an ‘urban legend’. Van Gogh only sold 1 painting or a Tulip could cost as much as a house. Can you tell whether they’re fact or fiction ?
The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.
We have a lot of traditions surrounding a good British Christmas which enjoy but never really question. But where did some of them originate from ?
Meet a new and disturbing character to add to the pantheon of Christmas mythical beings … Krampus!
Every country has it’s own national symbols. The Channel Islands are no different and there’s a surprising array of animals ascribed to each island and their people.
Improve and test your wordpower by matching words to one of a multiple possible definitions.