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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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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Keeping it together – The Screw Thread
Feb01

Keeping it together – The Screw Thread

The screw thread … a simple device that cranked technology to new levels. Without the humble screw thread our world would literally fall apart.

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Origin of the Months and Days of the Year
Jan01

Origin of the Months and Days of the Year

We use them everyday to order our lives to record, analyse and make sense of things. We’re talking about the days and months of the year. What are their origins ? You may be surprised in that they all have origins deep within our pagan past.

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Santa’s Reindeer
Dec14

Santa’s Reindeer

It may surprise you to know that Rudolph the red nosed reindeer is not all that he seems. Here we discuss the origins of the most mercurial of all Santa’s reindeer.

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Fireworks and Gunpowder
Nov02

Fireworks and Gunpowder

We all think we know how fireworks and gunpowder came about … but here we look at really how they came about.

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The Zipper
Oct19

The Zipper

The zipper is an indispensable little piece of technology that we’d be lost without. It was an out-of-the-blue invention. Nothing like it had ever existed before.

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Locks & Keys – How did they come about?
Oct02

Locks & Keys – How did they come about?

Locks and keys are an everyday part of our lives … how could we secure anything without them ? Here’s some background on their development.

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Glass
Sep18

Glass

A world without glass is unthinkable . Entire buildings today can be made up pretty much entirely of glass. But when did man first discover it, use it and eventually learn how to manufacture it?

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Origins of the Tea bag
Sep11

Origins of the Tea bag

Tea is our national drink and without the tea bag preparing it would be a whole lot fiddlier. But how did this little invention come about ?

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Zero – the rise of nothingness
Aug31

Zero – the rise of nothingness

Zero is now so central to the way we think, and to our key technologies, that it’s hard to imagine a time before we had it.

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The Origin of Jeans
Aug07

The Origin of Jeans

Jeans are a ubiquitous item of clothing these days with a multitude of styles and designs. But just who invented them and how did they become so popular ?

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The Fax Machine
Jul31

The Fax Machine

Believe it or not, the fax machine was invented over 165 years ago ! In this article we look at how this irreplacable office tool came about.

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Nails – How Long Have They Been Around ?
Jul27

Nails – How Long Have They Been Around ?

We take for granted the humble nail and screw when doing some DIY. But if we didn’t have them everything would fall apart, literally. So where did they origanate from ?

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The Olympic Games
Jul20

The Olympic Games

The origin of the ancient and modern Olympic Games.

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