For Monty Python fans the question “What have the Romans ever done for us ?” will recall the irreverent comedy of the film ‘The Life of Brian’ . There is a serious question behind this frivolous skit. The Roman Empire and the culture it exported was the most advanced the world had ever seen. Indeed after the fall of the Roman Empire it never got back up to the same level, in Western Europe, until many centuries later.
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..
From the loss of Normandy by King John in 1204 until the Papal Bull of Pope Sixtus IV in 1480 granting the Channel Islands neutrality, Guernsey suffered frequent attacks, sieges and invasions at the hands of the French. One of the bloodiest and best recorded was an invasion which was immortalised in the Guernsey folk ballad La Déscente des Aragousais or The Ballad of Yvon de Galles.
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.
You’d think that the question “When will fossil fuels run out?” would be relatively easy to answer. However it isn’t. Doom laden predictions for the exhaustion of this most valuable of resources were even being made only a few years after the invention of the petrol engine. However there are some people claim that it, or at least ‘natural resources’, will never run out !
Improve and test your wordpower. How many of these American-English words do you know?
How does moisture from the soil reach the top of tall trees? : This is one of those questions we all think we know the answer to but you’d be surprised to know what the answer really is.
We’ve gathered here a collection of some of the more prominent April Fool jokes played on the public in recent years … were you ever fooled by them ? 😀 In 2000, the Daily Mail announced that Esporta Health Clubs had launched an innovative new type of socks which could help people lose weight. Dubbed FatSox, these revolutionary socks could suck body fat out of the feet if they were made to sweat. In 1997, an email message...
There are many Guernsey legends but few as strange as the “The Sorcerer of Les Landes”
Those cute little dimples on golf balls aren’t just for decoration. They have a very real practical use.
It’s part of the human experience that despite our best efforts “Things just don’t work”. Here we look at some amusing examples of how to fail with real elan.
You’d be surprised at what the ‘official’ English collective nouns are for groups of animals, we certainly were when we looked into it.
“Beware the Ides of March!”, the augur Spurinna had warned a few days before the 15 March in 44 BC , but the great Julius Caesar had brushed him aside. Was he not, at 55, the most powerful man in the civilised world?
If you’re one of the human races few that are going to “boldly go where no man has gone before”, then keeping clean could be a problem in zero-gravity
Today the Guernsey milk-can has almost disappeared. We still see them of course, but we see little silver ones in jewellers’ shops and bigger ones in copper in old houses and in antique shops. However there are still some people who make them in the old way.