Category Archives: Did you know?

A Crusty Crystal

Did you know on this day in 2004 a 4.4 billion-year-old Crystal is discovered to be the oldest known fragment from the Earth’s crust?

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Fancy a game of Sphairistike?

Did you know on this day in 1874, Major Walter Clopton Winfield patented a game called “sphairistike” (lawn tennis)?

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That’s one huge nugget!

On this day in 1869, the World’s largest gold nugget was discovered by John Deason and Richard Oates. The largest gold nugget ever found was called the “Welcome Stranger” weighing in at 2316 troy ounces (72.04 kg). It was found by John … Continue reading

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A heavyweight weighs in

On this day in 1882, circus owner PT Barnum bought his World famous elephant, Jumbo. Jumbo, also known as Jumbo the Elephant and Jumbo the Circus Elephant, was a 19th-century male African bush elephant born in Sudan. Jumbo was exported … Continue reading

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Did you know?

Did you know that on this day in 1884, the first official volume of the Oxford English Dictionary was published, which included A-Ant? Begun in 1857, published in ten volumes in 1928, subsequently revised and expanded to 20 volumes in 1989, and now adopted … Continue reading

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Did you know?

Did you know that many whales are toothless? They use a plate of comb-like fibre called baleen to filter small crustaceans and other creatures from the water.

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A disappearing magic act

In 1903, magician and escapologist Harry Houdini, escaped from Halvemaansteeg police station in Amsterdam.

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Beaten to the finish

On this day in 1912, Captain Robert Scott’s expedition arrived at the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen.

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This voyage has begun

On this day in 2004, the maiden voyage of the world’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, took place. RMS Queen Mary 2 is a transatlantic ocean liner. She is the largest and only major ocean liner built for … Continue reading

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The mountain will be conquered

On this day in 2008, mountain explorer Edmund Hillary died. Edmund Hillary with Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest and return safely. An act for which he was later knighted.

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