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Why do actors say break a leg?
Why aren’t there common measures for smell and taste?
Why don’t woodpeckers hurt their heads?
Does throwing a snail stop it returning to your garden?
What is the biggest potato ever grown?
Who really invented the telescope?
Curious Questions: How did Galileo take the credit for inventing the telescope despite being beaten to it by two Dutchmen and an Englisman?
Why is a green room called a green room?
Who is the only USA President to hold a patent?
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Why is walking down the middle of the road called jaywalking?
Do delicious hams from little acorns grow?
Why does nobody know where Christopher Columbus was buried?
Are flamenco’s finest the fastest dancers in the world?
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Why is an artist’s final performance called a swansong?
Why do the British drive on the left?
How are hailstones formed?
Why do cricketers call it a “duck” when they are out for 0?
Impressions on cruising
How cruising went from your grandparents’ favourite holiday to an escape for explorers, foodies and music lovers
Were the Wright brothers really the first to make a manned flight?
Why do Australians call the British Poms?
Does Amsterdam really have the most bridges in the world?
Where on earth is the world’s largest totem pole sited?
Why do we talk of a $64,000 question?
How filthy is lucre?
Should animals wear clothes?
How likely are you to be killed by a falling coconut?
Why do we have Advent calendars?
Which is the world’s loudest bird?
Why are banana skins so slippery?
How did a stork with a spear through its neck solve the mystery of bird migration?
Why are wine bottles pretty much all the same shape and colour?
The call of the wild
Why do we say it with flowers?
Why is pancake day called Shrove Tuesday?
Who was Earl Grey – and why are we drinking his tea?
Who first discovered that hand washing stopped the spread of disease?
What did people use before toilet paper?
Why do clocks go forward in the Spring?