DID YOU KNOW

For the Romans, number 1 meant to be first among equals (primus inter pares).

The first ever no. 1 in the pop music singles charts on 14 November 1952 was ‘Here in My Heart’ by Al Martino.

The Roman god Janus is famous for having 2 faces on the same head, each looking in a different direction.

It was Benjamin Disraeli who said that there are 3 types of untruth – lies, damned lies and statistics.

Any map can be coloured using only 4 colours.

David killed Goliath with 5 pebbles.

Nearly every snowflake is 6-sided – and each is unique.

Seven is a number occurring in all aspects of life, from luck to religion. Think Snow White, colours of the rainbow, deadly sins and Hindu Chakras.

The system of Roman numerals has just 7 letter, 1, V, X, L, C, D and M.

To the Chinese 8 is the luckiest number (because it sounds like the word for prosperity) and it’s no coincidence that the Beijing Olympics began at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm on 8/08/2008.

Weeds on Trial

A weed is simply a plant in the wrong place at the wrong time. But while no gardener wants their patch full of unwelcome invaders, every weed has its good points – it may be edible, attract bees and butterflies, or have medicinal or other qualities. read more

Taken from the book Weeds on Trial.