In which we confuse people

As it’s April 1st, here’s some almost-but-not-quite-believable information. Some of it is true, some of it isn’t. See if you can guess which is which.

1: A firm from Skegness once offered a mail-order service supplying potatoes sliced and braised in cream, and other similar dishes.
2: French revolutionary politician and Terror leader Maximilien Robespierre was obsessive about wearing exactly the right sort of silk stockings every day.
3: Some Ancient Greeks believed that beans were haunted, and that eating them could cause pregnancy.*
4: I have a tattoo of a steam train on the inside of my left thigh.
5: The British government for many years maintained a secret stash of spare steam engines, hidden in an old quarry just outside Bath.
6: Sir Alan Sugar’s company Amstrad once sold a range of home computers whose graphics chip used trinary, not binary, arithmetic.
7: The term “bug” for a computer fault dates from someone finding a moth stuck in an early electromechanical computer.
8: The tracks of the London Underground were originally about 2′ 3″ wider than they are now.

* if you were female, of course. If not, it would be silly

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2 comments on “Foolish”

  1. Dimitra says:

    (I hope) You don’t have a tattoo of a steam train. Also the bug thing seems incredibly silly to me.

    But you should have told us how many of them were true.

  2. Forest Pines says:

    Half are true, half are false.

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