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