Who was Mohammed Turré?

He was a magnificent African ruler who was part Moslem Turk and part West African. He built up an empire which he named the Songhoi Empire during the 1520s. It is now known as Nigeria. He introduced an up to date government and a taxation … [Continue reading]

Who are the Walloons?

They are the people who live in the southern east part of Belgium. Some speak Walloon whilst the others speak French but with a certain accent and words being slightly different from that used in France. They inhabit the regions of the Belgian … [Continue reading]

Who was Geronimo?

Geronimo was a Red Indian Apache Chief, who succeeded in fighting off all the armies the Mexican and United States government sent against him until 1886, when he finally surrendered. Geronimo was born in June 1829, with his name meaning One Who … [Continue reading]

What is Valhalla?

It is known in Norse mythology as the great hall. It was governed by the King of the Norse gods, Odin. It is said that the hall was filled with the spirits of dead warriors. Odin did not house these warrior spirits out of respect but most of … [Continue reading]

Who were the Gorgons?

The Gorgons were all sisters born to Phorcys and Ceto and they were called Medusa, Euryale, and Stheno. (Medusa was mortal while her sisters were immortal). Medusa was a formidable enemy, with her hideous appearance she was able to turn any … [Continue reading]

Who devised the Celsius temperature scale?

The Celsius temperature scale was the brainchild of a Swedish astronomer, named Anders Celsius. This scale is also known as the Centigrade scale, because Celsius divided the difference between the freezing and boiling point of water in 100 … [Continue reading]

Who invented Vulcanized Rubber?

Vulcanized Rubber was invented by a gentlemen named Charles Goodyear (1800-1860). The American inventor became interested in the properties of rubber in 1834 and spent the next few years working out how to get rubber into a usuable form. He was … [Continue reading]

When was the pressure cooker first introduced?

The first pressure cooker came about when a French experimentalist, named Denis Pugin went to London to work for Robert Boyle. Here he demonstrated a steam food 'digester' at the end of the 17th century. It was a container with a tight fitting … [Continue reading]

Who invented Radar?

A British physicist named Sir Robert Watson-Watt devised one of the earliest practical radar system in the mid 1930's. Radar uses radio waves to detect the position, motion and nature of remote objects. It's name derives from 'radio … [Continue reading]

Facts about Castles

Some interesting information regarding early designs of castles and who was behind them. Who built the first castles? Castles may have been built by the early Egyptians as fortresses for troops on the borders of their lands. The Romans built … [Continue reading]

Facts about Castle Buildings

Here are some interesting facts about castle outbuildings and castle structures. What is a Belfry? It is a tall wooden tower on wheels, used by attacking troops. Men stood on the platform at the top, generally covered by a sloping roof. They … [Continue reading]

Who invented Toothpaste?

It is believed that Ancient Egyptians were the first to develop a dental cream back between 3000-5000 BC. It is thought that the ingredients of this dental cream comprised of powdered ashes from oxen hooves, myrrh, egg shells, pumice, and water. … [Continue reading]

Who invented the Toothbrush?

A toothbrush as we know today was not invented until 1938, however it is believed that an early version of a toothbrush dates back to the Ancient Egyptian in 3000 B.C. What the Ancient Egyptians used was known as a 'Chew Stick', which comprised of … [Continue reading]

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]