Category Archive: Random Facts

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Random Fact: Week 49

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The name December comes from the Latin decem for “ten”, as it was the 10th month in the Roman Calendar. (I was lost for a suitable image! But you can’t go wrong with… Continue reading

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Welcome to the first day of our Christmas Advent countdown – from now until 24 December we’ll be posting a Christmas Fact (which may or may not be on a related picture!) for… Continue reading

Random Fact: Week 48

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Organized cheerleading started as an all-male activity. As early as 1877, Princeton University had a “Princeton Cheer”, documented in the February 22, 1877, March 12, 1880, and November 4, 1881, issues of the… Continue reading

Random Fact: Week 47

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Before the 19th century, dates of birth were not officially noted, although baptisms occasionally were. England began keeping parish records of births, deaths and marriages in 1538 but this wasn’t implemented for the… Continue reading

Random Fact: Week 46

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Apples, pears, cherries and strawberries are all members of the rose family.

Random Fact: Week 45

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The mayor of Alaskan town Talkeetna is a cat called Stubbs. Stubbs has been the honorary mayor since July 1997 and is a tourist attraction. As the town is a “historic district”, it… Continue reading

Random Fact: Week 44

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In any given year, November starts on the same day of the week as March and ends on the same day of the week as August.

Blessed Samhain!

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Random Fact: Week 43

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In the Sistine Chapel, most of the ignudi, the decorative male nudes on Michelangelo’s ceiling, are shown with acorns, which are a recurring motif across the frescoes. Julius II’s family name was Rovere,… Continue reading

Random Fact: Week 42

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Finches are gregarious birds that often live in large flocks, also known as charms. They live for 4-7 years in captivity, although on rare occasions they can reach 20 years.

Random Fact: Week 41

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To protect the giraffe’s brain from sudden changes in blood pressure when it lowers its head to drink, it has valves to stop the back-flow of blood and elastic-walled vessels that dilate and… Continue reading

Random Fact: Week 40

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Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson apparently burnt the original manuscript for The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and rewrote it again within three to six days (some biographers allege while under… Continue reading

Random Fact: Week 39

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The Pirarucu is a giant air-breathing fish that lives in the Amazon and can grow to nearly 3m long. It belongs to a primitive group of carnivorous bony tongued fish; they crush their… Continue reading

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The last British monarch who ruled in Hanover was William IV. Salic law, which required succession by the male line, forbade the accession of Queen Victoria in Hanover. As a male-line descendant of… Continue reading

Random Fact: Week 37

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During the Second World War the majority of Felixstowe Pier, at one time the longest in the UK and having its own train, was purposely demolished by Royal Engineers to prevent it being used… Continue reading

Random Fact: Week 36

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The first recorded speeding infraction occurred on 28 January 1896 in the UK. Walter Arnold, of East Peckham, was fined 1 shilling for travelling at 8mph in a 2mph zone.

Random Fact: Week 35

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Despite his amazing talent for writing, Terry Pratchett didn’t originally want to become an author. His first choice in career was astronomy, and then he moved to journalism. He started as an author… Continue reading

Random Fact: Week 34

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An anteaters tongue can grow to 2 foot long and it’s covered in tiny spines that point towards the back of their throats. They flick their tongues up to 150 times or more… Continue reading

Random Fact: Week 33

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The housefly hums in the middle octave key of F.

Random Fact: Week 32

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Most male ducks are silent and very few ducks actually “quack.” Instead, their calls may include squeaks, grunts, groans, chirps, whistles, brays and growls. It is a myth that a duck’s quack won’t… Continue reading

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