No one is really certain who invented the fire hydrant, because its patent was destroyed in a fire. (Although it’s generally credited to Frederick Graff Snr.)
Owls vision is unconventional. Their eyes are extremely large and nearly touch inside the head. Owl eyes are also completely immobile and cannot be considered true “eyeballs”, as they’re actually tube-shaped. Binocular vision… Continue reading
Second names of Icelanders are names of their parents plus the word ‘son’ for men and ‘daughter’ for women. The second name of a man whose father’s name is Jón would be Jónsson… Continue reading
Wimbledon began in the year 1877 and starts on the Monday falling between 20 and 26 June, which is six weeks before the first Monday in August. The winner of the first Gentlemen’s… Continue reading
Modern tennis originated in Birmingham, England. Between 1859 and 1865, Major Harry Gem, a solicitor, and Augurio Perera, a merchant from Spain, combined various elements of the games rackets and a Spanish game,… Continue reading
Back in 1931, the original name for Scrabble was Lexico, before changing to Criss-Cross Words and then Scrabble. Lexico is a shortened version of the word Lexicon, which is another term for language… Continue reading
“Pygg” used to mean “clay” in Middle Age English. People kept their coins in clay jars that were called “pygg jars” or “pygg pots”, which have evolved into what we currently call piggy… Continue reading
To produce one pound of honey, a single bee would have to visit 2 million flowers.
Some more words that Shakespeare invented – Eyeball (what did we call it before?) Generous Madcap Obscene
The oldest physical body in existence, the Iceman (3300-3200 BC) has the oldest tattoos that have ever been preserved. He has a black cross tattooed on the inside of his left knee, six… Continue reading
Strawberries aren’t actually berries at all, but bananas are.
A group of cats is called a glaring. (Entirely appropriate, in my opinion!)
The soft drink Fanta originated in Nazi Germany. Due to a trade embargo during WWII, the Coca Cola syrup couldn’t be imported so the head of Coca-Cola Deutschland, Max Keith, created a new… Continue reading
A “butt” was a mediæval unit of measurement for wine. A butt was half a tun, and historically was 475-480 litres (or 105 gallons in Imperial measurements, 126 gallons in US measurements).
The nest of a Bald Eagle can weigh up to two tons. [Source]
In 1992, 29,000 rubber ducks, frogs and turtles were lost overboard a container ship. They were still being found 15 years later and when and where they were found has revolutionised mankind’s knowledge… Continue reading
Pandas have slit pupils, like cats. In China, they’re known as ‘da xiong mao’, or ‘giant bear cats’. A Chinese story says that pandas were originally white. When a shepherdess died protecting a… Continue reading
The word ‘pineapple’ was first recorded in English in 1398 and originally it was the word for pine cones. The term ‘pine cone’ was first recorded in 1694. When European explorers first discovered… Continue reading
A snail can hibernate for up to three years, and live for up to 15 years.
You are born with 300 bones but as you grow older, some fuse together and you eventually end up with only 206.
Here in the UK it’s Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day to most people (much to the annoyance of my mother!). Ours is earlier than most because it’s actually an old secular event, held… Continue reading
A law in England says you can shoot a Welsh person all day on a Sunday, with a longbow in the Cathedral Close, Hereford.
The Earth is the only place in our solar system where a Solar Eclipse can happen.
Koalas are the only other animal, like humans, that have individual fingerprints. A scientific study compared human and Koala fingerprints. Koala fingerprints are easily distinguishable from human ones but there are some similarities… Continue reading
Whenever a month begins on a Sunday, it will have a Friday the 13th.
Chinese Crested dogs can get acne (poor things!)
Shakespeare invented the words “assassination”, “bump” and “hobnob”, along with many more!
Although Saturn is the second largest planet in our solar system, it is also the lightest planet – as Saturn has a very low density, if you were able to put it into… Continue reading
Almonds are members of the peach family (genus Prunus).