The astronomer Aristarchus of Samos was the first person to argue that the Earth orbits the Sun rather than the other way around.
DOODLEThe verb 'to doodle' originally meant 'to make a fool of '. The word 'doodle'... MORE
SCOLDAlthough the ancient offence of being a "common scold" was described as "obsolete" by the... MORE
COLONIn May 2011, the Benton Franklin Health District in Kennewick, Washington reversed an earler decision... MORE
JAMAICAThe name 'Jamaica' comes from an Arawak Indian word meaning 'land of wood and water'.
SUPERMANA statue of Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane was unveiled in Metropolis, Illinois, which already boasts... MORE
YEOMANWhen the Tower of London appointed its first female beefeater in 2007, the official announcement... MORE
IDIOTIn January 2007, a bill was introduced in the Senate of New Jersey to remove... MORE
EASTERThe rules for calculating Easter are rather complex. Easter Day falls on the first Sunday... MORE
DALLASNobody knows who Dallas is named after. George Mifflin Dallas, US Vice-President 1845-49, is possible... MORE
WEDDINGItalian couple Daniela Consolaro, 31, and Maurizio Andreosi, 40, were married in a shark tank... MORE
TEAAccording to legend, tea was discovered by the Chinese emperor Shen Nung in 2737BC. ... MORE
MANGELWURZELAn annual Mangold Hurl is held in the village of Sherston, Wiltshire, under the auspices... MORE
WIGThe word 'wig' only appeared in the English language around 1675. Before that, it was... MORE
INDONESIAA £700 prize was offered in Indonesia in 1985 for a song extolling the joys... MORE
LOUIS XIVThe Sun King, Louis XIV, was born with two teeth.
He permitted only his hairdresser to... MORE
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