What are Planets?

There are eight planets within our Solar System which also consists of the Sun, five dwarf planets and many thousands of smaller objects such as asteroids and comets. Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and can be visible to the naked eye in … [Continue reading]

Which club has the smallest pitch in the English Premier League?

Despite there being rules and guidelines on the size of football pitches used by clubs to play in the English Premier League games, several clubs do not meet the regulation size of 105 metres long and 68 metres wide. The club with the smallest … [Continue reading]

What are Constellations?

A Constellation is a group of stars that make up an imaginary pattern in the night sky. They are sometimes named after mythological characters, animals, people and even objects. It is a bit like the game of join the dots that we play to make … [Continue reading]

What is the Polaris?

Polaris is the correct term used for the "North Star" or "Pole Star" and it is the brightest star in the constellation of Ursa Minor. This star seems to remain still in the night sky whilst the other stars rotate around it. The simplest way to … [Continue reading]

What are Deep Sky Objects?

These are objects that lie outside of the Solar System that are nestled amongst the stars. Objects like Nebulae, these are glowing clouds of gas and dust, along with star clusters and globular clusters which are ancient and densely packed clusters … [Continue reading]

What causes bad breath?

Everyone suffers from bad breath at least once in their lifetime, but why do we get it. Here are some of the facts to help us avoid it. Dehydration is one of the main causes of bad breath. As a dry mouth and lack of saliva makes the bacteria in … [Continue reading]

Oktoberfest Facts

The beginning of the first Oktoberfest took place on 12th October 1810 in Munich, Germany to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. All Munich citizens were asked … [Continue reading]

Facts about Snowdon

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England, reaching 1,085 metres or 3,560 feet above sea level at it's highest point, which is only second to Ben Nevis in Scotland which stands at 1,345 metres or 4412.73 feet. There are many mountain … [Continue reading]

When did the first Paralympic Games take place?

In Rome, Italy in 1960, the first Paralympic games were held and there were 400 athletes competing from 23 different countries. Followed by the 1976 Paralympics Winter games in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. Although sports for atheletes that had … [Continue reading]

Most Popular Girls Names in 2015

Always a big decision for new parents or parents-to-be is what to name your little bundle of joy and with so many influences from celebrities in film, tv and music to choose from, or following a tradition family name it's a tough choice to … [Continue reading]

Most Popular Boys Names in 2015

One of the biggest decisions a new parent has to make is choosing their newborn baby's name. Parents are sometimes influenced by TV, film actors or pop stars to make their name choices and this is usually reflected in the popularity listings. So … [Continue reading]

When was the first recorded womens British football game played?

We all believe that womens football started to become popular in Britain with ladies in the lead up to the London Olympics in 2012. Well, think again! Women's football history dates back towards the end of the 19th century in Scotland. In … [Continue reading]

Leap Year Traditions

As you know a leap years only occurs once every four years, 2016 being the latest one. There are many traditions associated with 29th February, one of the main traditions is that a woman can propose to her man. There are a few theories of … [Continue reading]

Who is Roald Dahl?

Roald Dahl is probably one of the world's most famous children's authors of all time. He was born on 13th September 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff and both his parents were Norwegian. He had three sisters, Astri, Alfhild and Else and they spent their … [Continue reading]

When was the first Eisteddfod held in Wales?

Part of Wales' heritage is the occasion of The National Eisteddfod. Different cultures come together to celbrate and compete against eachother in song, dance and writing. Eisteddfod means a sitting (eistedd means to sit), this could be in connection … [Continue reading]

Interesting facts about the Harp Seal

These beautiful mammels known as Harp seals are also sometimes called saddleback seals. This is due to the dark, saddlelike markings on their back and sides covering the light yellow or grey bodies. Between the months of February and April they … [Continue reading]

Where does the name January derive from?

Originally, the ancient Romans named the first month of the year Janus, who was the god of gates and doors, beginnings and endings. Janus was represented with a double headed face, which was to enable him to look in both directions at the same … [Continue reading]

What is National Hugging Day all about?

It all started back in 1986 in Clio, Michigan, USA by a man named Kevin Zaborney and has been held on 21st January every year since then. The reason behind National Hugging Day was that Kevin Zarboney believed that after the Christmas and New … [Continue reading]

Why is Guy Fawkes famous?

Back in 1605, thirteen English catholic men planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament, as they had hoped that King James I would be more tolerant of Catholics than when Elizabeth I had ruled, unfortunately this was not the case. Guy Fawkes was … [Continue reading]

Who was Alfred Russel Wallace?

Alfred Russel Wallace was the, until recently, unknown Welsh Scientist who is credited with co-conceiving the theory of 'Natural Selection' in animals and plants back in 1858 in a joint paper with Charles Darwin. He was born in a small village … [Continue reading]

When was the Children in Need appeal launched?

Believe it or not the first broadcast appeal for children, was on Christmas day back in 1927 on the radio, and it raised £1,143 18s 3d, which was split between 4 well known childrens charities. The first televised appeal didn't take place until … [Continue reading]

What is a Hanukkah?

A Hanukkah or Chanukah is an eight day celebration held by the Jewish community to commemorate the rededication of the temple to God and is also known as the "Festival of Lights". Hanukkah means "Dedication" in Hebrew and begins on 25th of Kislev … [Continue reading]

What is a Shelf Cloud?

A shelf cloud is a horizontal wedge-shaped cloud which hangs low in the air, and is usually associated with thunderstorms. The shelf cloud will attached itself to the underside of a parent cloud. The rising cloud motion looks severe as it rises … [Continue reading]

Egyptian Pyramid Facts

We've all seen pictures, photos and maybe even been lucky enough to visit the Pyramids in Egypt, but here are some interesting facts about them :- Pyramids were built as a huge stone tomb as a burial chamber for the Pharaoh's. All the Pyramids … [Continue reading]