Britain is the second largest nation of tea-drinkers per capita, with Ireland being the first. The UK drinks approximately 165 million cups of tea per day or 62 billion cups per year. Initially, tea… Continue reading
The New Forest, in England, has not been ‘new’ since 1079, when it was created by William I (William the Conqueror).
The custom of giving eggs at Easter has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for whom the egg was a symbol of life.
Oxford University is older than the Aztec Empire by almost 300 years. The first courses were taught as early as 1095, which means it also pre-dates the Inca Empire, the printing press and… Continue reading
The expression “mad as a March hare” dates back to 1529. It refers to the wild behaviour of male hares during the mating season in March.
The Oort Cloud (sometimes called the Öpik-Oort Cloud) is theoretical, but it’s existence is widely accepted as fact by the scientific community. It is a spherical cloud of icy ‘planetismals’ which is believed… Continue reading
All parts of the fuchsia are edible, but the berries are the most popular and most commonly used in the human diet. Their taste ranges from acidic to sweet, depending on the cultivar. Berries… Continue reading
A group of stingrays is called a fever.
The basis of classical ballet was formed in the Court of Louis XIV in France, in the 17th century. Even his title (the ‘Sun King’) came from a role he danced in a… Continue reading
February is the only month that can pass with no full moon. The next time this will occur is in 2018. The moon takes 29.5 days to go through it’s full cycle, but… Continue reading
There are 20 recognised species of snowdrop, the most recent to be found was Galanthus panjutinii (Panjutin’s snowdrop). It was discovered in only five places in the Colchis area of Russia and Georgia.… Continue reading
Cuttlefish are not actually fish, they’re cephalopods. They have three hearts, green-blue blood and the largest brain-to-body ratio of any invertebrate. Despite the fact they are unable to see colour, they can change… Continue reading
On the Bristol (UK) Corn Exchange building, there is a clock with three hands; two minute hands and one hour hand. The black hand shows GMT and the red hand shows Bristol time.… Continue reading
The phrase ‘in the limelight’ comes from the theatre. Intense white light was produced by burning a piece of lime in a flame of oxygen and hydrogen, an effect discovered by Goldsworthy Gurney… Continue reading
The Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, measuring 44 hectares, or 110 acres, and with a population of approximately 1000 people. It issues its own stamps, coins and passports, the… Continue reading
Charles Joughin, the chief baker on the Titanic, was one of the survivors from the ship, and his survival is credited to the amount of liquor he drank right before going underwater, which… Continue reading
The Vikings reached south to North Africa and east to Russia and Constantinople, as looters, traders, or mercenaries, known as Varangians. Vikings under Leif Eriksson, heir to Erik the Red, reached North America,… Continue reading