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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Why do mosquito bites itch so much ?
Jul01

Why do mosquito bites itch so much ?

This topic of this article is born out of pain and suffering, quite literally I’m afraid. Why do Mozzie bites itch so much ?. How can something so small cause so much misery ?

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Why is the Earth round?
Jun17

Why is the Earth round?

What’s the reason that the earth, planets and our sun are round ?

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Golf Condumdrums – Why does a course have 18 holes; Why does a golf ball have dimples ?
May27

Golf Condumdrums – Why does a course have 18 holes; Why does a golf ball have dimples ?

Golf is one of those games that is often seen as rather elitist. In this article we try to answer some of the questions surrounding this rather odd sport.

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What is the largest recorded explosion ?
Apr22

What is the largest recorded explosion ?

What is the largest recorded explosion you might think that it was the Hiroshima A-bomb or maybe Krakatoa? In fact the answer is neither. The largest recorded explosion occurred some 200 years ago and was a phenomenal 60,000 times the power of the Atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945..

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Why are traffic lights red, yellow & green ?
Apr15

Why are traffic lights red, yellow & green ?

Have you ever sat at a crossroads waiting for the lights to change and idly considered “I wonder who invented traffic lights ? and why are they red, yellow and green?” In this article, we will hopefully answer those questions.

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When will fossil fuels run out?
Apr11

When will fossil fuels run out?

You’d think that the question “When will fossil fuels run out?” would be relatively easy to answer. However it isn’t. Doom laden predictions for the exhaustion of this most valuable of resources were even being made only a few years after the invention of the petrol engine. However there are some people claim that it, or at least ‘natural resources’, will never run out !

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Why do the dimples on golf balls make them fly further?
Mar25

Why do the dimples on golf balls make them fly further?

Those cute little dimples on golf balls aren’t just for decoration. They have a very real practical use.

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How do 3-D films and 3-D glasses work?
Mar04

How do 3-D films and 3-D glasses work?

3-D films are all the rage at the moment, but how does it work? Turns out the technology is a lot older than you might think.

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You’ve got (Extraordinary) Mail – Posting yourself to Freedom
Nov12

You’ve got (Extraordinary) Mail – Posting yourself to Freedom

We’ve all heard stories of refugees stowing away to get to freedom but here is a truly inspirational story published over 150 years ago in the London Times : A fugitive slave who sent himself to freedom in the post !

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“Punctuation Marks Save Lives” – When Was Punctuation First Used in Language?
Oct08

“Punctuation Marks Save Lives” – When Was Punctuation First Used in Language?

Punctuation really does add more meaning to the written word than we often give these little characters credit for. But when was punctuation first used in any language ?

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Why is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky ?
Sep13

Why is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky ?

If you’re honest with yourself can you truly say that you have never felt a twinge of concern in the morning when you realize it is Friday the 13th? You may not be a true “triskaidekaphobe” but there are millions of people out there who do hold to such beliefs. So why is 13 considered unlucky and Friday the 13th especially unlucky?

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