Category: General Interest
What is the Origin of Saluting and Why is the Roya...
Jun 10, 2022 | General Interest |
Why Do Onions Make us Cry When We Cut them ?
May 27, 2022 | Food & Drink, General Interest |
They have a word for that in German / Scots / Germ...
May 20, 2022 | General Interest |
What’s the Meaning and Origin of the Phrase ...
May 13, 2022 | General Interest, Literature, Trivia |
Time for a Party Game – Pub Quiz Challenge
Apr 8, 2022 | General Interest, Quizzes, Trivia |
Inside the Mind : Not Everyone Has An Internal Monologue!
Apr 1, 2022 | General Interest, Social Sciences |
I remember asking a friend once about how he thought about things. I'd asked if he heard his own voice in his head when he thought about things or when reading. He looked at me blankly and said "Err I don't hear anything". So do we all have an inner monologue if not how do some people think ?
Columbanus – The Monk Who Saved Europe
Mar 25, 2022 | General Interest, History |
Why Do Our Fingernails Grow Faster Than Our Toenails?
Mar 11, 2022 | General Interest, Science, Trivia |
Can Sneezing Pop Your Eyeballs Out ?
Mar 4, 2022 | General Interest, Science, Trivia |
What’s the Origin of the Term OK ?
Feb 11, 2022 |
“OK” – the all-purpose American expression that became an all-purpose English expression that became an all-purpose expression in dozens of other languages. It’s amazing that we ever got along without it at all. But we did. Until 1839.Read More
How Has The Bayeux Tapestry Survived for So Long ?
Feb 4, 2022 |
The Bayeux Tapestry tells one of the most famous stories in British history. It has survived revolution, war, clumsy restorations and even ‘kidnapping’ and has been threatened with destruction at every turn of these events. So how has it survived for nearly 1,000 years?Read More
Who Invented Spaghetti?
Jan 28, 2022 |
There seems to be a fair bit of controversy and some urban myth surrounding this particular question, which could also be asked as “Who invented Pasta ?” In this article we look at the origins of pasta and spaghetti.Read More
How Old is Your Cat in Human Years ?
Jan 21, 2022 |
A question often asked by cat owners when trying to decide if their pet pussy is young, middle-aged or just plain ‘over the hill’. The calculation is fairly simple. Compared to dogs, which have greater variation based on size and breed, the method to calculate a cat’s age is pretty standard.Read More
Ice Age Guernsey – What was it Like ?
Jan 14, 2022 |
Guernsey and the other Channel Islands have not always been islands. In fact Guernsey has been an island and not an island several times over the millennia with the waxing and waning of various ice ages. But what was it like ?Read More
Why is the colour blue associated with baby boys and pink associated with baby girls?
Dec 31, 2021 |
Why is the color blue associated with baby boys? Why is the colour pink associated with baby girls?Read More
Party Games For Christmas – The London Underground Game 2
Dec 24, 2021 |
Christmas is a traditionally a time for family fun and games so why not try out this London Underground game (strictly speaking there are also overground and DLR ones in there as well). See how many London stations you can guess from this cryptic graphic we found on the internet.Read More
Why is Christmas the most Important Christian Holiday?
Dec 17, 2021 |
To anyone looking from the outside, Christmas would seem to be the biggest festival of the Christian year. It has the 4 week build-up with Advent, there are more carol services than you can shake a yule-log at, and the churches are packed with people who may not have even stepped inside a church since last Christmas! So is it really Christianity’s most important festival ?Read More
How the food of Charles Dickens defined Christmas – plus an Alternate Christmas Recipe
Dec 10, 2021 |
Charles Dickens was a serious food lover. His literature introduced a festive menu that has barely changed since the Cratchits gathered round their table in “A Christmas Carol”. In Dicken’s novel “Little Dorrit” the character John Chivery is rewarded for running “mysterious missions” with a banquet, for which Miss Rugg “with her own hands stuffed a leg of mutton with oysters.” Here is that menu.Read More
Saint Sampson – A Superstar of his Time
Dec 3, 2021 |
It is St Sampson who is credited with bringing the Christian Gospel, to not only Guernsey, but the whole of the Channel Islands. He wasn’t just a local phenomenon but would have been regarded as something of a celebrity, a “rock star of his time”. We look at the the life and times of this remarkable man in this article.Read More
What Will Happens to the Earth if the Ozone Layer Keeps Ripping?
Nov 26, 2021 |
Today you can’t pick up a newspaper or watch a nature programme without hearing about global warming and the damage we are doing to our planet. However this isn’t the first natural calamity, caused by man in the modern era – until a decade ago it was all about “the Ozone Layer”.Read More
How to Buy Your Own Country : The Biggest Real Estate Deal in History – Alaska
Nov 19, 2021 |
In August 2019 Newspapers started to report, what on the face of it seemed to be just another of President Trumps crazy rambling stream of consciousness ideas. He wanted to buy another country!Read More
Guernseys Lonely Sentinel – Brehon Tower
Nov 12, 2021 |
Dominating the entrance to the sheltered sanctuary of St Peter Port Harbour on the east coast of Guernsey is the Brehon Rock. Atop of which sits Brehon tower – a now lonely sentinel guarding the Little Russel. In this article we look at its military history.Read More
What would have happened if the gunpowder plot had succeeded?
Nov 5, 2021 |
Any answer to this question will be, of course , pure speculation. However, exploring the possible...Read More
If Humans Could Fly How Big Would Their Wings Have to Be?
Oct 1, 2021 |
Humans were clearly not meant to fly … we weigh a lot more in proportion to our size than birds, which have hollow bones. But is it possible to flay under our own power ?Read More
Why do we say Ping-Pong not Pong-Ping, Zig-Zag not Zag-Zig or Flip-Flops and not Flop-Flips?
Apr 9, 2021 |
Today we might use the term ‘ding-dong’ for the sound of a bell or maybe an argument. We’d never of course use ‘dong-ding’ just as we can never ‘dally-dilly’ or ‘shally-shilly’ or even have a ‘song-sing’. Nor would we ever walk in a ‘zag-zig’ whilst wearing ‘flop-flips’ But why ?Read More