Why Do Teapots Dribble ?
Feb03

Why Do Teapots Dribble ?

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.

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Where Do Houseflies Go During the Winter?
Nov11

Where Do Houseflies Go During the Winter?

Where Do Houseflies Go During the Winter?

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Do we know who the Mona Lisa was ?
Aug30

Do we know who the Mona Lisa was ?

Commissioned around 1503, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is perhaps the most famous portrait in the world. But who was the Mona Lisa?

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Why do we have five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot?
May10

Why do we have five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot?

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”.

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Pontifications – answers to the fluff of everyday life
Aug18

Pontifications – answers to the fluff of everyday life

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 ?

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Who Runs the Internet ?
Jul14

Who Runs the Internet ?

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.

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How is the Caloric Value of Food Measured?
May01

How is the Caloric Value of Food Measured?

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 ?

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Why does the British tax year start in the first week of April ?
Apr14

Why does the British tax year start in the first week of April ?

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.

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Instead of swearing, some people say “Gordon Bennett”  – Why and who was he?
Mar20

Instead of swearing, some people say “Gordon Bennett” – Why and who was he?

Instead of swearing, some people say “Gordon Bennett.” But why? Did he exist and, if so, who was he?

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Is it ever “too cold for snow” ?
Dec02

Is it ever “too cold for snow” ?

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 ?

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How Do Cats Survive Falls That Would Kill Humans ?
Sep09

How Do Cats Survive Falls That Would Kill Humans ?

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 ?

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The Umbrella – Who invented it  ?
Aug29

The Umbrella – Who invented it ?

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.

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Is it true that water empties out of sinks anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere ?
Aug19

Is it true that water empties out of sinks anti-clockwise in the northern hemisphere ?

It’s often said that water draining out of a sink or bath swirls down the plughole anti-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere .. but is that really true ?

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Why is the sea salty?
Aug15

Why is the sea salty?

A litre of seawater contains about 7 teaspoons of salt – that’s about 35g. But how did it get so salty ?

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Why did the Dinosaurs die out?
Jul08

Why did the Dinosaurs die out?

Asking ‘Why did the dinosaurs die out?’, most people would say that it was a vast meteorite that hit the earth wiping out much of the animal and plant life. Whilst undoubtedly this was a major contributing factor it is only part of the reason.

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