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Why Do Our Fingernails Grow Faster Than Our Toenails?
Mar11

Why Do Our Fingernails Grow Faster Than Our Toenails?

No, you’re not imagining it – your toenails really do grow much more slowly than your fingernails. In this article we look at some theories

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Can Sneezing Pop Your Eyeballs Out ?
Mar04

Can Sneezing Pop Your Eyeballs Out ?

More often than not, it comes from out of the blue. With only a second’s notice to brace yourself … achoo! Instinctively you close you’re eyes and the sneeze issues forth at speed. It’s such a forceful reaction one has to wonder : If you had managed to keep your eyes open – would they have popped out ?

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More Guernsey Folklore Tales – The Singing Rock & The Broken Kettle
Feb25

More Guernsey Folklore Tales – The Singing Rock & The Broken Kettle

A small island community like Guernsey is rich in folklore tales. Here are but two such tales … “The Singing Rock” & “The Broken Kettle”

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The Way We Speak – Why we use Adjectives in a certain way
Feb18

The Way We Speak – Why we use Adjectives in a certain way

There is a rule we all seem to follow unconsciously to do with English adjective order. A blueprint discovered by writer Mark Forsyth.
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What’s the Origin of the Term OK ?
Feb11

What’s the Origin of the Term OK ?

“OK” – the all-purpose American expression that became an all-purpose English expression that became an all-purpose expression in dozens of other languages. It’s amazing that we ever got along without it at all. But we did. Until 1839.

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How Has The Bayeux Tapestry Survived for So Long ?
Feb04

How Has The Bayeux Tapestry Survived for So Long ?

The Bayeux Tapestry tells one of the most famous stories in British history. It has survived revolution, war, clumsy restorations and even ‘kidnapping’ and has been threatened with destruction at every turn of these events. So how has it survived for nearly 1,000 years?

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Who Invented Spaghetti?
Jan28

Who Invented Spaghetti?

There seems to be a fair bit of controversy and some urban myth surrounding this particular question, which could also be asked as “Who invented Pasta ?” In this article we look at the origins of pasta and spaghetti.

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How Old is Your Cat in Human Years ?
Jan21

How Old is Your Cat in Human Years ?

A question often asked by cat owners when trying to decide if their pet pussy is young, middle-aged or just plain ‘over the hill’. The calculation is fairly simple. Compared to dogs, which have greater variation based on size and breed, the method to calculate a cat’s age is pretty standard.

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Ice Age Guernsey – What was it Like ?
Jan14

Ice Age Guernsey – What was it Like ?

Guernsey and the other Channel Islands have not always been islands. In fact Guernsey has been an island and not an island several times over the millennia with the waxing and waning of various ice ages. But what was it like ?

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One Giant Leap for Mankind : The Evolution of our ability to Speak
Jan07

One Giant Leap for Mankind : The Evolution of our ability to Speak

If there’s one thing that has helped propel out species forward it must surely be the ability to speak. This relative revolution in evolutionary terms has allowed us to collaborate, co-ordinate, innovate, share ideas and express abstract concepts. But how did this come about ?

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Why is the colour blue associated with baby boys and pink associated with baby girls?
Dec31

Why is the colour blue associated with baby boys and pink associated with baby girls?

Why is the color blue associated with baby boys? Why is the colour pink associated with baby girls?

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Party Games For Christmas – The London Underground Game 2
Dec24

Party Games For Christmas – The London Underground Game 2

Christmas is a traditionally a time for family fun and games so why not try out this London Underground game (strictly speaking there are also overground and DLR ones in there as well). See how many London stations you can guess from this cryptic graphic we found on the internet.

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Why is Christmas the most Important Christian Holiday?
Dec17

Why is Christmas the most Important Christian Holiday?

To anyone looking from the outside, Christmas would seem to be the biggest festival of the Christian year. It has the 4 week build-up with Advent, there are more carol services than you can shake a yule-log at, and the churches are packed with people who may not have even stepped inside a church since last Christmas! So is it really Christianity’s most important festival ?

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How the food of Charles Dickens defined Christmas – plus an Alternate Christmas Recipe
Dec10

How the food of Charles Dickens defined Christmas – plus an Alternate Christmas Recipe

Charles Dickens was a serious food lover. His literature introduced a festive menu that has barely changed since the Cratchits gathered round their table in “A Christmas Carol”. In Dicken’s novel “Little Dorrit” the character John Chivery is rewarded for running “mysterious missions” with a banquet, for which Miss Rugg “with her own hands stuffed a leg of mutton with oysters.” Here is that menu.

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Saint Sampson – A Superstar of his Time
Dec03

Saint Sampson – A Superstar of his Time

It is St Sampson who is credited with bringing the Christian Gospel, to not only Guernsey, but the whole of the Channel Islands. He wasn’t just a local phenomenon but would have been regarded as something of a celebrity, a “rock star of his time”. We look at the the life and times of this remarkable man in this article.

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