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Random Facts: Eggs

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The average hen lays 300-325 eggs a year. The world’s largest omelette weighed 14,225lb 6oz. It was made by a team of 55 people in Portugal in 2012 and used 145,000 eggs. In… Continue reading

Random Facts: Coffee

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According to legend, coffee was discovered in Ethiopia around 800AD through its effect on goats. In terms of financial value, the two most traded commodities in the world are oil and coffee. The… Continue reading

Random Facts: Snakes

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The decapitated head of a dead snake can still bite, even hours after death. These types of bites usually contain huge amounts of venom. Snakes live on everywhere on Earth except Ireland, Iceland,… Continue reading

Random Facts: Hobbits

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Eighty years ago, on September 21, 1937, JRR Tolkien’s book The Hobbit was first published. In the mid-19th century, ‘hobbit’ (or ‘hobbet’) meant a seed basket or a measure of 2.5 bushels. When… Continue reading

Random Facts: Volcanoes

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In Ancient Rome, August 23 was the date of Vulcanalia, the Feast Day celebrating Vulcan, god of fire in general and volcanic fire in particular. Appropriately enough, August 23 was the day the… Continue reading

Random Facts: Greenland

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With an area of 836,330 square miles and a population of just under 56,500, Greenland is the world’s most sparsely populated country. Greenland used to be part of Denmark but was given home… Continue reading

Random Facts: Foxes

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A group of foxes is called a skulk or leash. Grey foxes can retract their claws like cats do. In fact, foxes have more in common with cats than with wolves and dogs,… Continue reading

Random Facts: Sleep

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The feast day of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, a group of youths said to have hidden in a cave to escape religious persecution around 250 AD, fallen asleep and woken up 300… Continue reading

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

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