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Tooth and consequences

In 1991, a fossilized tooth belonging to a prehistoric relative of the platypus was discovered in the region known as Patagonia. Just where is Patagonia?


High places

What is the tallest mountain in Western Europe?

A Marx by any other name…

The four Marx brothers, Chico, Groucho, Harpo and Zeppo, made a legendary series of movie comedies from 1929 to 1950. What was Groucho’s real first name?

Rules of law

In the legal systems of England and Wales, many Commonwealth countries and much of the USA, there is a set of criteria called the “McNaghten rules”. These are used to determine whether a person on trial is…


Impervious horrors

Throughout the millennia, sailors have feared what the poet William Falconer called “Th’impervious horrors of a leeward shore”. A “leeward shore” is one…

Farewell to change

The first coin-operated vending machine dates from at least the first century BC. What product did the machine dispense?

Heavy as a rock

A “carat” is a unit of mass applied to pearls and precious stones. The word comes from the Greek word keration, which in turn comes from an Arabic word meaning:


Posh spice

The world’s most popular spice is pepper. Black pepper, which dominates the market, is not just darker but also somewhat stronger than white pepper. A fundamental distinction between the two types is that black pepper:

Where to meet your Waterloo

The end of Napoleon Bonaparte’s brilliant military career came at the battle of Waterloo, where he was defeated by Wellington and Blücher. In what country is Waterloo?

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