Orchids take their name from the Greek word 'orchis' which means testicle. The reference is to the shape of the flower's roots. Before they were given the name 'orchid' they were sometimes known as 'ballocks stones'.
BHUTANAccording to a survey conducted by the University of Leicester in 2006, Bhutan is the... MORE
RYDER CUPThe golfing trophy, the Ryder Cup, was donated by Samuel Ryder in 1927.
He was a... MORE
OSTRICHThe ostrich is the largest living bird. In the UK, ostriches are zero-rated for VAT... MORE
PISAAccording to measurements by retired Dutch geometrician Jacob van Dijk, the Tower of Pisa lost... MORE
HUNDREDThe word 'hundra' in Old Norse, from which our word 'hundred' derives, originally meant 120.... MORE
MIAMIIn March 2009, Serena Williams played Rafael Nadal in what was billed as 'the first... MORE
WATERLOOThe Battle of Waterloo, which saw the defeat of Napoleon by the Duke of Wellington,... MORE
BACHJ.S. Bach died on 28 July 1750; Antonio Vivaldi died on 28 July 1741. ... MORE
LICENCE PLATESIn October 2001, a Federal Appeals Court in the USA ruled that a Vermont car... MORE
NURSINGAccording to the Oxford English Dictionary, a 'nurse' originally meant specifically a wet nurse, then... MORE
TUESDAYTuesday is named after the Norse God Tiw or Tyr.
The Romans called it dies Martis,... MORE
MINTThe managing director of Chile's mint was sacked in 2010 after releasing into circulation thousands... MORE
HAMThe world's most expensive ham went on sale in Selfridges in London in January 2010.
MERCURYMercury's day - sunrise to sunrise - is longer than its year.... MORE
KANGAROOA fully grown kangaroo can jump 13m. Its means of locomotion is more efficient than... MORE
SWEARINGA hearing in Cincinnati in 1996 uphled the right of a local high school to... MORE
POLYGRAPHIn 2003, a report from the National Academy of Sciences in the US found that... MORE
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