What’s the Meaning and Origin of the Phrase Catch 22
May13

What’s the Meaning and Origin of the Phrase Catch 22

The phrase “catch-22” is, in short, common parlance for when someone is trapped in an inescapable dilemma. But where does the phrase come from?

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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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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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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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The History of Shrove Tuesday
Feb19

The History of Shrove Tuesday

Modern Britain is a very secular society but there are many traditions that people still partake in that have a very religious significance without people really realising. Take for example ‘Shrove Tuesday’ – what exactly is the “shroving” bit about and why the obsession with pancakes on that day ?

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Go Tell it to the Bees
Jan22

Go Tell it to the Bees

You may have heard of the old expression – “Go tell it to the bees” – but what exactly does it mean and what is it that should we be telling them anyway ? In this article we look at the folklore behind this unusual expression.

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Why Are There 5,280 feet in a mile?
Jan01

Why Are There 5,280 feet in a mile?

There are 5,280 feet in a mile – a pretty ‘odd’ number – buy why ?

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The Day the Gateway to the East was Renamed : When Constantinople became Istanbul
Jul24

The Day the Gateway to the East was Renamed : When Constantinople became Istanbul

On the 28th March 1930 – after 1,599 years, 10 months and 17 days – Constantinople, named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, became Istanbul.

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The Origin of The Union Jack
May08

The Origin of The Union Jack

Is the Union Jack the coolest flag in the world? Well, it’s certainly one of the most recognisable. An instant design classic that is forever associated with Britain, the Queen and Empire. But how did it come about?

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Why Guiness is Less Irish than you Think
Mar06

Why Guiness is Less Irish than you Think

St Patrick’s Day, on March 17th, is an annual celebration of all things Irish – and of one thing in particular. Around Ireland, and all over the world, people celebrate with a pint or two (or more !) of Guinness, Ireland’s unofficial national intoxicant. But how Irish is it really?

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Wacky-pedia : Foody Factoids – Who invented the hamburger, Ketchup or the Burger Bun?
Feb28

Wacky-pedia : Foody Factoids – Who invented the hamburger, Ketchup or the Burger Bun?

In this article we present you with some wacky facts as well as answering some of the more weird questions – questions that you never even knew you should’ve asked!
Foody Factoids – Who invented the hamburger, Ketchup or the Burger Bun?

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The Guernsey Markets – Was it always in Town and What existed prior to the “New Market Building” ?
Jan31

The Guernsey Markets – Was it always in Town and What existed prior to the “New Market Building” ?

In recent years the Guernsey Market buildings have undergone something of a grand transformation from the covered markets it was originally built for in the 19th century. They are certainly one of Guernsey’s most iconic landmarks, but its history has not always been as obvious. So, what was here before then and were Guernsey’s Markets always here ?

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Why Does Water Freeze?
Dec27

Why Does Water Freeze?

Why Does Water Freeze?
In a Nutshell … Water freezes because water molecules stick to one another when they get cold and slow down.

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The History of the Christmas Pud
Dec20

The History of the Christmas Pud

The “Christmas Pud” – in our opinion the most delicious of all the scrumptious winter fayre that helps make up the traditional British Christmas. However what we think of as Christmas Pudding, is not what it was originally like! In this article we look at “The History of the Christmas Pud”

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English Words that Used To Have Vastly Different Meanings To What We Understand Today
Nov15

English Words that Used To Have Vastly Different Meanings To What We Understand Today

How would you rate your vocabulary ? Average; Better than Average ; Exceptional ?
It may not matter how good you think your command of English is because in this article we reveal some surprising revelations about some of the words, you may have thought you had a thorough understanding of, had, in point of fact, some VERY different meanings in the past.

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