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How handy was the clover coin?

Sep/24/2016

In 1060 a coin was minted in England shaped like a clover. The user could break off any of the four leaves and use them as separate pieces of currency.





Is Los Angeles moving?

Sep/24/2016

Using satellite-surveying techniques, scientists have determined that Los Angeles, California is moving east. At a rate estimated to be about one-fifth of an inch per year, the city is moving closer to the San Gabriel Mountains.





How popular was Daddy Cool?

Sep/24/2016

Daddy Cool’s 1971 single "Eagle Rock" remained at #1 on the Australian National charts for a record ten weeks before being replaced by the single "Daddy Cool" by another band cashing in their success.





Is the Tour de France a stage race?

Sep/24/2016

The Tour is a "stage race", divided into a number of stages, each being a race held over one day. The time it takes each rider to complete each stage is noted, recorded, and accumulated. Riders who finish in the same group are awarded the same ...





Should you eat a mince pie at Christmas?

Sep/23/2016

In Britain, eating mince pies at Christmas dates back to the 16th century. It is still believed that to eat a mince pie on each of the Twelve Days of Christmas will bring 12 happy months in the year to follow.





Why did Cary take over for Bob?

Sep/23/2016

In the film version of the comedy Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Bob Hope turned down the male lead role that Cary Grant later accepted. Grant insisted, prior to taking on the project, that the part be enlarged, which it was.





Where does the acronym "TANSTAAFL" come from?

Sep/23/2016

The first official slogan of the Libertarian Party was "There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch" (often seen as "TANSTAAFL" for short), a phrase popularized by Robert A Heinlein in his 1966 novel The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, sometimes dubbed "a...





Could that tarantula really have killed James Bond?

Sep/23/2016

Only of fright. In the movie Dr. No the British superspy is famously threatened by a tarantula which is snuck into his bedroom. However, James had little to actually fear as the bite of the tarantula, although painful, is usually not...





What's so special about the Battle of Britain tie?

Sep/23/2016

A highly coveted necktie is the Battle of Britain tie, which was designed by and is still sold at Gieves and Hawkes. Only British airmen who fought in the battle are entitled to wear this dark blue tie, which bears the rose of England and a tiny ...





What would you see in the Bo-Kaap Museum?

Sep/22/2016

In Cape Town, South Africa, a must-see for tourists is the Bo-Kaap Museum. This house, built in the eighteenth century, portrays the lifestyle of a typical Malay family in the nineteenth century. An exhibition of carts and coaches can be seen in ...