After the traditional blog break that comes with summer I’m finding it difficult to get back into the swing of things. So posting will be light until I get my mojo back.
In the meantime here’s a few things I learnt over the last few weeks.
- Issac Newton invented the flat cap.
- The term boycott comes from the Irish politician James Parnell, who first practiced his tactic of social exclusion for political ends on Captain Boycott.
- Another term we owe to the fraught relationship between the English and Irish is “beyond the pale” – the pale in question being the bit of Ireland (essentially Dublin) that was completely under the control of the English in the 14 and 15 centuries. Although there’s some doubt that the phrase was used at the time.
- It typically costs 12p to send a 160-character text message from one British mobile phone to another. Byte for byte, this works out as over 12 times what Nasa pays to retrieve data from the Hubble Space Telescope.