Trivia / Knowledge

What were piggeries used for?

During the 1900's, piggeries were developed in small- to medium-sized towns where swine were fed fresh or cooked garbage in order to cut down on waste in landfills. One environmental expert estimated that 75 pigs could consume 1 ton of refuse per ...

How old is Tintin?

A perennial question concerning Tintin is his age: it is far from clear whether he is a teenage rookie reporter, or a senior journalist in his thirties. While his manner of dress suggests the former, the high-profile stories he covers (not to ...

How long have we known why the sun shines?

As recently as half a century ago, there was no clear understanding as to why the sun shines. The discovery that it is due to nuclear-fusion reactions was not made until the 1930s, by Hans Beth and Carl von Weizsacker.

What does the shamrock symbolize?

The shamrock, at one time called the "seamroy," symbolizes the cross and blessed trinity. Before the Christian era, it was a sacred plant of the Druids of Ireland because its leaves formed a triad. The well known legend of the shamrock connects it...