Things You Should Know About TIME

Aug 30, 2012 No Comments by

There will be 527,040 minutes in the year 2012. Among artifacts from the ancient world the most precise at measuring time was the water clock (clepsydra), one of which was found in the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep I (1525-1504 BC). Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar, gave the word the solar calendar measurement, which broke […]

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The Presidential Eulogy to mark the death of Neil Armstrong written FOUR decades ago.

Aug 27, 2012 No Comments by

The Earth lost one of its brightest lights this week with the announcement of the death of Neil Armstrong – the first human to step on the Moon and one of the few double-genuine All-American hero’s. One of the first to mark his passing, as would be expected, was US President Barack Obama who noted […]

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The Greatest ‘What If’ moment In History? – The Man Who had Adolf Hitler In His Gunsights And DIDN’T Shoot

Aug 27, 2012 1 Comment by

If you’ve not already guessed, like to take a look at the more interesting aspects of life, the universe and everything – and today’s piece is probably one of the more amazing incidents in history… the story of Henry Tandey VC and his momentous meeting with Adolf Hitler. Henry Tandey was born in the […]

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If the Maori Haka is a challenge, how should you reply?

Aug 23, 2012 No Comments

The haka is perhaps the most iconic of all pre-game rituals in sport. It’s origins, in a brutal Maori war dance, are considered by many to give the New Zealand rugby team (the All Blacks) an unfair advantage. It has sometimes therefore evoked  responses from opponents to try and counter it, rarely with success. The […]

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What is the most bizarre / strangest bet ever made?

Aug 23, 2012 No Comments

Here at we never gamble – but we do find what others bet on to be of great interest. Part of our desire for knowledge in this area came from the fact we recently noticed that strange tale of bookmakers Paddy Power offering odds on who will be the director of the official movie […]

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Good Grief! It’s a Definite Maybe for the Small Crowd of Living Dead! – the world of Oxymorons.

Aug 22, 2012 No Comments

At we love oxymorons. You know, those figures of speech that combine contradictory terms such as the ‘living dead’ ‘same difference’ and ‘invisible ink’. The word comes from the 5th century Latin ‘oxymoron’, which itself comes from the Ancient Greek words ‘ὀξύς’ (oxus) meaning ‘sharp’ and ‘μωρός’ (moros) meaning ‘dull’. Thus giving ‘ὀξύμωρον’ which […]

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Bizarre Endings! The strange deaths of famous people!

Aug 21, 2012 No Comments

Possibly the most famous life to end so bizarrely was that of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the person considered by many to be the creator of modern dance. She was killed on 14 September 1927 at the age of 50 when her long floating scarf became swept by the wind and entangled in the wheel […]

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The Battle of Waterloo – the beginnings of modern dentistry

Aug 19, 2012 No Comments

The Battle of Waterloo, the bloody 18th June 1815 struggle between 72,000 Frenchmen under the command of Napoleon, pitted against the Duke Of Wellington’s 68,000 Anglo-German-Dutch Army and Gebhard Blucher’s 90,000 Prussian soldiers lasted just nine hours. During this short period of time an area of just less than three square miles of Belgian countryside […]

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Police, Fire, Ambulance? The Mixed Up World of Emergency Numbers

Aug 17, 2012 No Comments

The world’s first use of a national emergency telephone number was the UK’s 999 emergency operator service which was introduced in London on 1 July 1937. The 999 number was chosen in part because the number nine hole on the pre-pushbutton dial was the closest to the finger stop. The other reasons for 999 being […]

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How many people would you need to meet before finding someone with the same birthday as you?

Aug 16, 2012 No Comments

Did you know that 16 August is the birthday of singer Madonna, film director James Cameron and comedy actor Steve Carell? This simple fact got wondering about two things: 1. Would a joint birthday party thrown by all three make for a great night out? 2. How many people would you need to meet […]

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