Why Does a Thumbs-Up Gesture Mean “okay”?
Feb20

Why Does a Thumbs-Up Gesture Mean “okay”?

Why does a thumbs-up gesture mean “okay”? : Any Roman gladiator movie worth its salt always includes the obligatory Colosseum combat scene where the fate of a beaten warrior is given by the thumbs-down signal – or the thumbs-up if he wants him to live. But is this really the origin of this signal ?

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The Joy of Slinky – The Physics of a Metal Marvel
Jan30

The Joy of Slinky – The Physics of a Metal Marvel

I’ve recently re-discovered the joy of the Slinky – one of the simplest of all children’s toys and yet, so beguiling, as it seems to defy the laws of physics by hinting at some sort of perpetual motion. So how on earth does this work?

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18 Delightfully Naughty Forgotten English Words We Should Bring Back
Jan26

18 Delightfully Naughty Forgotten English Words We Should Bring Back

As language evolves, new words are born and others die out. In this article we look at some delightful, slightly naughty English words that time has forgotten – maybe you could start your own mini language revival and begin using them in your everyday conversation !

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Blue Monday – Urban Myth or Science Fact ?
Jan23

Blue Monday – Urban Myth or Science Fact ?

Blue Monday is the name given to the day in January, typically the 3rd Monday of the month, that it is claimed is the most depressing day of the year. So is this a real thing or not … Urban Myth or Science Fact?

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Two Nations Divided by a Common Language – Some Differences between American & British English
Jan05

Two Nations Divided by a Common Language – Some Differences between American & British English

“Two nations divided by a common language” – an expression variously attributed to Oscar Wilde & George Bernard Shaw seems to aptly sum up some of the ‘infurating’ differences between “our version of English” and that of our American Cousins. In this article we present just some of the subtle, and not so sublte, differences in our common tongue.

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“Sweating Like a Pig ?” – It has nothing to do with the Animal
Jan02

“Sweating Like a Pig ?” – It has nothing to do with the Animal

Wher does the English idion of “Sweating Like a Pig” come from ?

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Is it True that Eating Carrots Helps You See in the Dark?
Dec26

Is it True that Eating Carrots Helps You See in the Dark?

This is one of those (potential) urban myths that refuse to die … “Do Carrots help you see in the dark ?” (or at the very least do they improve your eyesight?)

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Does Tea Have More Caffeine than Coffee?
Nov07

Does Tea Have More Caffeine than Coffee?

Does tea have more caffeine than coffee? This is one of those perenial questions.

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The Guernsey Dingbat Quiz
Oct27

The Guernsey Dingbat Quiz

Dingbats are always a good source for visio-cryptic style quiz questions. So in this article we’ve created some exclusive Guernsey themed Dingbats – they are either Guernsey Places or ‘Guernsey things’.

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From Galumph to Nerd to Blatant – 10 Beautiful Words Coined by Famous Writers
Oct10

From Galumph to Nerd to Blatant – 10 Beautiful Words Coined by Famous Writers

If you look at the number of words in the English language you’ll find that estimates vary between 500,000 and just over 2 million, depending on how you count them. You will find that some of these words were simply “made up” by various authors at one time or another but they’ve proved so popular that they’ve entered our everyday lexicon like Galumph, Nerd, Namby-pamby, Factoid, Serendipity and many more.

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Quiz Time – London Underground Emoji Quiz
Sep26

Quiz Time – London Underground Emoji Quiz

London Underground Stations are always a good source for visio-cryptic style quiz questions. So in this article we’ve gatherd together some cryptic Emojis we found floating around the internet, so see how many London tube stations you can guess.

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“To Hit, or Not to Hit that Button : That is the Question” : The Science of Snooze
Aug29

“To Hit, or Not to Hit that Button : That is the Question” : The Science of Snooze

Ahhh, the snooze button surely one of man’s better inventions … until 9 minutes later when the dreaded alarm strikes again. Except now you feel even more tired, so do you hit it again?

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The Origins of the Loch Ness Monster
Jul11

The Origins of the Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness, the largest by volume, of all the many lochs in Scotland, is possibly the most famous body of water in the world. The reason, of course, is what is claimed to lie in its deepest, darkest depths – The Loch Ness Monster!

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How Happy is Your Dog ?
Jun16

How Happy is Your Dog ?

When it comes to the pointless application of technology then this must rank pretty high … Introducing the Wagometer

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Fifty Flabergastic Factoids
Mar21

Fifty Flabergastic Factoids

50 falbergasting factoids from the most eminante intelellectual fluff gathering team on the planet …. known as the QI Elves

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