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