Things of Words and Discovery
...to do with words...
- The word Blighty, used by British troops serving abroad to signify homeland, comes from the Urdu "bilayti".
- There is a long history of colloquial use associated with the American dollar - like greenbacks and sawbucks and lettuce.
- Most youngsters in the UK start learning to read and write in reception when they start primary school - often before their fifth birthday.
- The engraved words on an engagement ring helped it return to its owner's descendants 89 years later.
- An English opera singer had a mix-up of words causing him to make an X-rated gaffe when he tried to sing the Croatian nation anthem at a televised football match.
...and of discovery:
- A Roman skeleton dating back 2,000 years has been unearthed after it was spotted by a member of the public in a farmer's field in North Yorkshire.
- A computer technician has claimed to have discovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece The Last Supper.
- Italian archaeologists say they have found the long-lost underground grotto where ancient Romans believed a female wolf suckled Rome's twin founders.
- Babies make moral judgements about people.
- Women who become pregnant after a one-night stand have the right to keep the birth a secret from the father.
- The sexual health of young UK adults worsened in 2006.
- Beer has fewer calories than a similar measure of wine, milk or fruit juice.
- Some researchers claim there is actually a large amount of evidence that suggests that the overweight live the longest, while others say obesity is a risk.
- Spotting a bargain releases "happy chemicals" like serotonin and adrenalin in the brain.
- A cat who was fitted with metal plates in all four legs after surviving two 21ft falls has been dubbed "bionic".
- A man-sized sea scorpion claw has been found, suggesting that spiders, insects, crabs and similar creatures were much larger in the past than previously thought.
- The case of a man convicted of simulating sex with his bicycle has sparked a debate about human rights and the privacy of an individual.
- America spends $3bn a year in largely military assistance - one-sixth of its direct aid budget - to help Israel, a prosperous, nuclear-armed country.
- Moscow hosts "Millionaire Fair" to show the wealthy how they might choose to spend their cash every year.
- You can sell a small American town over the Net at auction site eBay.