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Random Facts: Lions

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Although lions are often referred to as King of the Jungle, they generally live in grassland or plains, not jungles. In the last 30 years, the number of lions in Africa has halved.… Continue reading

Random Facts: Edinburgh Fringe

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The Edinburgh Fringe started on Friday 4th August. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe began in 1947, though John Geddie wrote a book called The Fringes Of Edinburgh as long ago as 1926. During the… Continue reading

Random Facts: Bees

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Research in 2008 showed that Asian bees and European bees can understand each other, and research in 2012 showed that bees can recognise human faces. A honey bee’s wings beat about 200 beats… Continue reading

Random Facts: Simon Bolivar

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SOUTH American revolutionary and liberator Simon Bolivar was born in Venezuela on 24th July 1783. It’s Simon Bolivar Day in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia, which is named after him. He overthrew Spanish… Continue reading

Random Facts: Wimbledon

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This year is the 1,050th anniversary of a charter by King Edgar the Peaceful which referred to the area as Wimbedounyng. The Anglo-Saxons had called it Wynnman’s Hill after a local landowner. The… Continue reading

Random Facts: Chocolate

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7th July is World Chocolate Day, supposedly celebrating the day in 1550 when chocolate was introduced into Europe. However, although frequently repeated, the date of 7th July 1550 seems to be nonsense. Columbus… Continue reading

Random Facts: Asteroids

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There are thought to be a million asteroids in the solar system which could hit Earth and destroy a city, yet we have discovered fewer than 10,000. The 30th June 1908 Siberian Tunguska… Continue reading

Random Facts: Midsummer

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June 24 is the traditional date for Midsummer’s Day (in the Northern Hemisphere), which is also the feast day of John the Baptist. Astronomically, midsummer is the day of the summer solstice, or… Continue reading

Random Facts: Beer

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National Beer Day is on 15th June and this year goes on until Father’s Day on June 18th. The date of June 15 was chosen for National Beer Day as it was the… Continue reading

Random Facts: Polar Bears

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The scientific name for the polar bear is Thalarctos maritimus from the Greek arktos, “bear”, and thalassa, “sea”. The word to mean “of or pertaining to the polar bear” is “thalassarctine”. The earliest… Continue reading

Random Fact: Fish and Chips

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Battered and fried fish arrived in the UK in the 17th century. Chips joined it only in 1860. There are around 10,500 fish and chips shops in the UK. Ninety years ago there… Continue reading

Random Facts: Guyana

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Guyana marked their independence from Britain on 26th May 1966. Guyana, formerly British Guiana, is the only country in South America in which English is the official language, but most Guyanese speak Guyanese… Continue reading

Random Facts: Endangered Species

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The third Friday in May each year is Endangered Species Day, raising awareness of animals in threat of extinction if action is not taken to protect them. The IUCN (International Union for the… Continue reading

Random Facts: Walking

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Research suggests that taking 10,000 steps a day is ideal for good health. The average American manages only 5,117. The difference between walking and running is that at least one foot is always… Continue reading

World Donkey Day

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Random Facts: The Sun

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The Sun is enormous – its mass comprises over 99.8 percent of the entire solar system. Its diameter is about 865,000 miles and it weighs as much as 330,000 Earths. The Sun is… Continue reading

Random Facts: Envelopes

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April 26th is World Stationery Day. The phrase “push the envelope”, meaning to go beyond current limits of performance was first seen in 1978 and had its origins in aviation. It came from… Continue reading

Random Facts: Broccoli

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The Italians have been eating broccoli since at least 600BC when it was loved by ancient Romans. The word ‘broccoli’ is the plural of ‘broccolo’ which is Italian for the flowering top of… Continue reading

Random Facts: Easter Eggs

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The largest ever Easter egg hunt was in Florida, where 9,753 children searched for 501,000 eggs. In 2007, an Easter egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million. Every hour, a cockerel… Continue reading

Random Facts: Jellyfish

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Jellyfish existed long before us or even the dinosaurs. They have been in the oceans for around 650 million years. The earliest recorded use of the word “jellyfish” in English was in 1707.… Continue reading

Random Facts: Colour

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The expression “the blues” for a feeling of melancholy dates back to the 18th century. An irrational fear of colours is called chromophobia or chromatophobia. Hypersensitivity to the colour red, including a fear… Continue reading

Random Facts: Water

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There are more than 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home. Nearly 97 per cent of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable; another 2 per cent… Continue reading

Random Facts: Wildlife

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World Wildlife Day is celebrated every year on 3rd March, as proclaimed by the United Nations in 2013. Its theme this year is Listen To The Young Voices, urging us all to listen… Continue reading

Random Facts: The Telephone

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On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful test of his newly invented telephone, saying “Mr Watson, come here, I want to see you,” to his assistant Thomas Watson. However,… Continue reading

Random Facts: Dog Biscuits

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The earliest reference to “dog biscuits” in the Oxford English Dictionary refers to “An advertisement of dog biscuits manufactured by Mr Smith of Maidenhead” in 1823. In the late 1820s, Mr Smith was… Continue reading

Random Facts: Sweden

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In 1812 there were 30 days in February in Sweden as it dithered over calendar change. In the Middle Ages the town of Hurdenburg in Sweden elected its mayor by seeing which candidate’s… Continue reading

Random Fact: Books

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The first novel written on a typewriter is said to be Mark Twain’s Adventures Of Tom Sawyer. The first book described as a “best-seller” was Fools Of Nature by US writer Alice Brown… Continue reading

Random Fact: Grapes

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Studies have suggested that grapes are effective against heart attacks, asthma, migraines, indigestion, kidney disease, dementia and fatigue. Botanically, grapes are not fruit but berries, and there are about 60 species of grapes,… Continue reading

Random Fact: Fairy Tales

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The Oxford English Dictionary dates the expression “fairy tale” back to 1635 and “fairy story” slightly later. It was the French writer Marie-Catherine d’Aulnoy who popularised the term with her “Les Contes des… Continue reading

Random Fact: Robert Burns

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The anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth on January 25, 1759, is celebrated as Burns Night. His surname when he was born was Burnes, but he dropped the penultimate letter when his father, landscape… Continue reading

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