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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Corn Flakes
Jul10

Corn Flakes

The origins of one of the most famous world brands and something found on nearly every breakfast table.

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Forks
Jun12

Forks

A fork is a common every day object to all of us. But this wasn’t always so and their use and introduction is surprisingly recent.

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The Printing Press – Taking the written word to the masses
May15

The Printing Press – Taking the written word to the masses

Ideas that changed the World : The invention of printing & the printing press like many innovations evolved over time but there was one seminal moment when the printing press exploded on the scene and changed society forever.

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Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History II
Apr27

Nursery Rhymes – Origin & History II

Behind every nursery rhyme is a history and story that’s every bit intriguing as the rhyme itself.

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How was the order of our alphabet determined?
Apr17

How was the order of our alphabet determined?

Is there any particular reason why A comes before B or that Z is the last letter of the alphabet? We delve here into the origins of this and the system of writing.

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Chewing gum
Jan17

Chewing gum

Where, when and who invented Chewing gum ? Plus how did it become such a global phenomenon ?

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Origin of Some British Christmas Traditions
Dec09

Origin of Some British Christmas Traditions

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 ?

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Reconstructing the 1st language
Oct21

Reconstructing the 1st language

Is it possible to recreate the language of Stone Age man, spoken between 30,000 and 100,000 years ago? Some linguists believe it is.

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The 1st English Dictionary
Oct11

The 1st English Dictionary

The first English dictionary was the work of a single man just over 250 years ago. Here’s some background to this epic achievement.

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The Origin of the Yard, Meter and Kilo
Sep30

The Origin of the Yard, Meter and Kilo

How many of us have a foot a foot long ?
What are the origins of some of the measurements we use today.

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Coca Cola
Sep23

Coca Cola

Coca Cola is a ubiquitous and iconic symbol of the U.S. but when & who came up with it?

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