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Why Can’t We Eat Grass ?
Apr19

Why Can’t We Eat Grass ?

Grass stems and similar green leafy bits of plants make up the major part of the diet of many common animals, including cows, sheep, kangaroos and horses. If they can eat it, so why can’t we?

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How Online Advertisers Read Your Mind
Apr12

How Online Advertisers Read Your Mind

There’s something deeply unnerving about how on line retailers, like Amazon for example, seem to know just what many of your interests might be and mange to suggest tempting offers. They seem to have a sort of 6th sense of what some of your eclectic interests might be. So how is it done ?

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The First Telephones in the Bailiwick of Guernsey
Apr05

The First Telephones in the Bailiwick of Guernsey

The telephone was invented in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell, and a limited telephone network was in operation in London as early as 1879. Before long, this had spread to other areas of Britain, and it was only a matter of time before Guernsey showed an interest.

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How Do We Acquire our Own Unique Taste for Foods & Why do they Change Over Time ?
Mar29

How Do We Acquire our Own Unique Taste for Foods & Why do they Change Over Time ?

Did you know that your sense of smell and taste are connected? Also, as you get older, these senses can change ?

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Can We Tell What the Lifespan of a Dinosaur was ?
Mar22

Can We Tell What the Lifespan of a Dinosaur was ?

The problem with dinosaurs is that they lived a very long time ago- between 250 million and 65 million years ago – But is possible to tell what the lifespan of a Dinosaur might have been ?

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Some Guernsey Place Names & Their Meanings
Mar15

Some Guernsey Place Names & Their Meanings

Place-names are not just arbitrary sounds or quaint words. They had meaning to our remote ancestors who derived them for a reason. They give us insight into their world . In this article we look at just a few of some of Guernsey’s place names and their meanings.

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A Brief History of St Patrick’s Day
Mar08

A Brief History of St Patrick’s Day

The 17th March, St Patrick’s Day, is celebrated, certainly in the in the US, with a seemingly endless cornucopia of party like events, they even dye the Chicago River is green the Saturday before each St. Patrick’s Day. But what is the story behind the Saint and his relationship to Ireland where he is the official patron saint?

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Why Eating Chocolate (can be) good for you
Mar01

Why Eating Chocolate (can be) good for you

There is little doubt about the deliciousness of chocolate. But its health benefits are less clear. Chocolate has been implicated in causing a litany of problems, including acne and obesity. In large enough quantities it even has the potential to poison people. HOWEVER in recent years studies have found that eating small amounts of the right kind of chocolate can actually be healthy. Why? The short answer lies in the chemistry of...

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Guernsey’s Buried Artillery – Guns in Victoria Gardens
Feb22

Guernsey’s Buried Artillery – Guns in Victoria Gardens

Standing opposite each other in Victoria Gardens opposite the Town Fire Station, like sentinels from another age, you’ll find two heavy calibre artillery pieces – trophies of a previous war. They’re not British or even French but German and date back not to the dark days of Occupation but to the First World War. How they came to be here and their survival through another world war, and subsequent re-discovery, is even more fascinating.

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4 Acts of Kindness that Changed History Forever
Feb15

4 Acts of Kindness that Changed History Forever

It can often seem that history books are packed with marauding royals, dishonest politicians, warring nations and murderous plots. However, history is also full of examples of kind and good gestures. In this article we look at 4 acts of kindness and bravery that have changed history forever.

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Bonus Question : Is Hell Exothermic or Endothermic?
Feb08

Bonus Question : Is Hell Exothermic or Endothermic?

We at guernseydonkey.com are always keen to promulgate that ever exapanding ‘body of knowledge’ we like to call “intenet fluff”. Accordingly we recycle here for your delectation a story that seems to have begun its life way back in 1997 when the internet was still young. Multiple examples now exist and its opening often varies – who the setter supposedly was and at what institution – but the core of the piece is always the same. Enjoy! 🙂

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Who Made the Bayeux Tapestry ?
Feb01

Who Made the Bayeux Tapestry ?

The Bayeux Tapestry tells one of the most famous stories in British history – that of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, particularly the battle of Hastings, which took place on 14 October 1066. But who made the tapestry and how long did it take?

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Mysteries of History : El Dorado
Jan25

Mysteries of History : El Dorado

HISTORY RECORDS ACTUAL EVENTS whereas myths spin tales that help explain a culture’s worldview. It’s where history and myth intersect that we find some of the most enduring legends. In this particular article we look at El Dorado.

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How do the Stripes get into Striped Toothpaste?
Jan18

How do the Stripes get into Striped Toothpaste?

We may just be mobile bags of chemicals but what separates us from other things like rocks, water & viruses are questions like “How do the Stripes get into Striped Toothpaste?”

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Occupation Memories
Jan11

Occupation Memories

The film “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society”, released in 2018 , has thrust Guernsey onto the World stage and has again highlighted to the world that the Channel Islands were the ONLY part of Britain to be occupied by the Nazis in World War II. In this article we can’t hope to cover the German Occupation in the necessary detail to do it justice or to even express adequately the pain and suffering of islanders in a time that must surely be one of our islands most darkest ordeals in its long history. Instead we simply offer up a short link to a video interview of some people who were actually there !

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