Today’s Trivia




While people often use the terms ‘Internet’ and ‘World Wide Web’ interchangeably this is incorrect. You can think of the Internet as the restaurant, and the Web as the most popular dish on the menu. (source)


In 2001 the magazine Continuum was, ahem, discontinued. Published by an activist group which denied the existence of AIDS, it was shuttered after its editors had all died. Of AIDS. (source)


In 1818, an Englishman accused of murder asserted his right to ‘trial by combat’. He was acquitted when his accuser refused to meet him on the ‘field of honour’. They abolished trial by combat the following year, but I’m kind of partial to the idea. (source)


We see light from distant stars for years after the stars themselves have burnt out – the light is travelling at a finite speed so there is a lag. Less well known is that the gravity exerted by those stars also takes time to reach us – basically it turns out that gravity travels at the speed of light, so force exerted by a no-longer-existing star can effect the movements of other celestial bodies. (source)


There are ten landlocked nations with established Navies. (source)

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