Our decorations were packed away yesterday, after the twelve days of Christmas had concluded. I noticed a story about why the Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas decorations remain on display until February 6. Looking around it seems various media sources have been reporting the story; the earliest I found was from Hello! back on December 26. The …

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It probably won’t surprise anyone who knows me to find out I lean heavily on the ‘decades/centuries begin on the year that has a 1, not a 0’ side of the contention about when these things actually start.This article from Mental Floss has placated me a bit with its observation that it’s not really about …

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Hallelujah is a song composed by Leonard Cohen and performed by hundreds of popular music artists. Come Christmas time you may hear another set of lyrics that have been composed as a seasonal (Christian) version. If you want to know more about the background of the song this Mental Floss article has a few facts …

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This Victorian era prison chapel placed the congregants/prisoners in seperate booths so they couldn’t see one another. Today they just have worship with the lights out instead. Though I accept that putting a roomfull of malcontents together in a dark room would have made for a very risky environment. These days we could market it …

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I’m not sure that the authors of these strategies about finding the best place to park your car at the shopping centre ever experienced anything like the carparks at our local Coles and Woolworths Supermarkets. This video is another attempt to demonstrate that maths has uses in everyday life. Read more at Mental Floss.