The Origins of England’s Three Lions
Jun07

The Origins of England’s Three Lions

“It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming, Football’s coming home ” – So goes the ever popular 1996 “Three Lions” song. So when did the three lions symbol come to be used as England’s royal arms and therefore on the England team shirts ? The answers is somewhat surprising and reveals why in the past we might’ve been singing “three leopards on a shirt”

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How Does Bitcoin Work?
May03

How Does Bitcoin Work?

Bitcoin, the world’s “first decentralised digital currency”, was launched in 2009 by a mysterious person known only by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, and whose true identity to this day is still unknown. But … What exactly is Bitcoin, and how does it work?

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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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Brew Time Conundrums : Why does a kettle of water quieten down just before it starts to boil ?
Aug07

Brew Time Conundrums : Why does a kettle of water quieten down just before it starts to boil ?

They say that “a watched pot never boils”, but next time you’re in the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil for a fresh brew take a moment to listen, rather than watch, to what happens just before your kettle reaches boiling point. A short period where it actually gets quieter – so what’s going on here then ?

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How Do We Know Every Fingerprint is Unique?
May29

How Do We Know Every Fingerprint is Unique?

Sometimes it’s good to questions the assumed orthodoxy that we all seem to absorb by gradual osmosis from the culture and society we live and are brought up in. How do we know that fingerprints ARE unique?

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Are Copper or Magnetic Bracelets Effective Against Disorders like Arthritis?
May25

Are Copper or Magnetic Bracelets Effective Against Disorders like Arthritis?

This is one of those perennial questions : Are Copper or Magnetic Bracelets Effective Against Disorders like Arthritis?

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The Mile High Tea Club – Or is it Possible to get a Good Cuppa whilst In-Flight?
May22

The Mile High Tea Club – Or is it Possible to get a Good Cuppa whilst In-Flight?

At guernseydonkey.com we take our tea very seriously to wit our advice on “Making the Perfect Cup of Tea”. So, to the next tea conundrum : Is it possible to get a decent cup of tea while on an aeroplane ?

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What Does it Mean to be “double-jointed” ?
May15

What Does it Mean to be “double-jointed” ?

Should you discover that you have the ability to bend the upper half of your thumb until it makes a right-angle you might feel rather chuffed with yourself as you can then describe yourself as “double jointed” – surely that means you have two joints where most people have one ? NO, unfortunately not!

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Why do we shake hands as a greeting?
Mar30

Why do we shake hands as a greeting?

The reason we shake hands has nothing to do with warmth or kindness and everything to do with mistrust. Just as we clink glasses so that if our companion has poisoned our drink he’ll get to drink some of his own poison (by virtue of contents slopping between glasses), we shake hands to check for concealed weapons.

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Prune Time in the Bath – Why Do Our Fingers Wrinkle in the Water ?
Mar06

Prune Time in the Bath – Why Do Our Fingers Wrinkle in the Water ?

Having a bath has uses aside from getting clean and reading a good book: it gives you an excuse to observe a bodily quirk that it would appear has been with us since Homo sapiens left the trees.

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Why Can’t You Train Cats & How Do Cats Purr
Feb23

Why Can’t You Train Cats & How Do Cats Purr

The internet was clearly invented with the sole purpose of allowing the earth’s population to watch cute cat movies. So, in this article we add to that great body of information, we like to call “internet fluff”, with some rather erudite answers to some of those perplexing questions about our feline friends.

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Why Does a Thumbs-Up Gesture Mean “okay”?
Feb20

Why Does a Thumbs-Up Gesture Mean “okay”?

Why does a thumbs-up gesture mean “okay”? : Any Roman gladiator movie worth its salt always includes the obligatory Colosseum combat scene where the fate of a beaten warrior is given by the thumbs-down signal – or the thumbs-up if he wants him to live. But is this really the origin of this signal ?

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Is it True that Opera Singers Really Can Shatter Wine Glasses by Singing ?
Jan09

Is it True that Opera Singers Really Can Shatter Wine Glasses by Singing ?

The renowned soprano Dame Nellie Melba is reputed to have performed this trick and in 1971 the audio-tape maker Memorex based a very successful advertising campaign around Ella Fitzgerald shattering glass both when singing live and when recorded on its tape cassettes (a claim the company still stands by today).

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Why Is the Sea Blue?
Nov14

Why Is the Sea Blue?

Why Is the Sea Blue?

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Why Does Ice Float?
Oct13

Why Does Ice Float?

Water is one of the strangest chemicals in the universe, and many of its strangest features turn out to be essential for life as we know it, particularly the almost unique property of water related to freezing. So why does it float when it becomes a solid?

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