Is there any particular reason why A comes before B or that Z is the last letter of the alphabet? We delve here into the origins of this and the system of writing.
Ever wondered how a nuclear bomb works? Here we look at the physics behind two types of these horrific devices: The Atom (or Fission) bomb and the Hydrogen (or Fusion) bomb.
So where and when did the magic begin? Thousands of years ago is the answer, in the ancient Maya and Aztec civilizations of Central America.
The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.
Where, when and who invented Chewing gum ? Plus how did it become such a global phenomenon ?
News Year Eve in the West means December 31st. However for a large part of the World this isn’t the prelude to a new Year.
Christmas cards are a tradition that we don’t probably give a second thought to. But there was a time when no one sent them. Here’s some details on their origins.
REASON FOR THE SOLSTICE In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth’s equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 20 or...
Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Sinterklass … whatever you call him he has a rich set of folklore and traditions surrounding him. But are they even the same person ?
We have a lot of traditions surrounding a good British Christmas which enjoy but never really question. But where did some of them originate from ?
Meet a new and disturbing character to add to the pantheon of Christmas mythical beings … Krampus!
Sinterklaas is quintessentially Dutch. You might be tempted to think he’s just a Dutch version of Santa Claus … but he’s definitely not. He doesn’t even live at the North Pole !