Water is one of the strangest chemicals in the universe, and many of its strangest features turn out to be essential for life as we know it, particularly the almost unique property of water related to freezing. So why does it float when it becomes a solid?
Whether you are sitting still for hours, perhaps with your legs crossed, or wake up sleeping on your arm the “wrong way,” you have no doubt experienced pins and needles – sometimes referred to as your leg “falling asleep”. Though this pain soon alleviates itself – what is happening in your body to cause such an irritating sensation?
For the British, the taking of tea is part of our cultural heritage so you can understand why the dribbling teapot would be of particular concern.
Commissioned around 1503, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is perhaps the most famous portrait in the world. But who was the Mona Lisa?
We seem to have the exactly the right number to do the job – but why 5 fingers and five toes on each appendage – Why not 6 or 10 on each ? In this article we look at what is believed to be the reason it is “just so”.
Some answers to the fluff of everyday life :
> Was the London Bobbie named after a real Bobby ?
> Was there ever any cocaine in Coca-Cola ?
> Why do we clink glasses when we say cheers ?
> Why do we say an outlaw is beyond the pale ?
> Why do we say that someone who is fired gets the sack ?
Contrary to ‘popular’ belief the internet is not run by the a secretive group of ‘internet elders’, nor is is contained in a little black box with a flashing red light. Who runs the internet is a pretty big question, and one that we can help clarify with a handy info-graphic in this article.
The Caloric value of food appears everywhere today. It’s almost as if there’s some malevolent conspiracy to make us feel bad about that chocolate bar or bag of crisps we like to snack on. But how do they estimate the calorific values and is it very accurate ?
Dealing with Tax issues can be pretty baffling sometimes. None more so than the date of the British Tax Year, which starts on April 6th each year. Sounds pretty random doesn’t it ? But it turns out that there really is a good reason for this seemingly rather arbitrary date.
Instead of swearing, some people say “Gordon Bennett.” But why? Did he exist and, if so, who was he?
When it’s bitter winter and the sky is leaden grey there’s invariable some bright spark who’ll stair at the sky, sniff and say “it sure is cold , but too cold for snow”. But is that ever true ?
There are many stories of cats surviving falls from great heights with only relatively minor injuries. So, How Do Cats Survive Falls That Would Kill Humans ?
The umbrella is an iconic symbol of Britishness and especially useful in our wet and damp climate. However there was a time when they were ridiculed and looked down upon. In this article we look at the origins of this most useful piece of technology.