Is a zebra a horse?
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Is a zebra a horse?


Stripes aside, zebras look a lot like horses - but are they actually? Our video discusses the question. Learn more about…

Random questions

Have you ever wondered whether a penguin is a bird, or whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable? Here you'll find a collection of answers to peculiar questions.

Weird and wonderful words

Learn new and unfamiliar words which you probably won’t need in everyday conversation or writing, but which are fun, interesting, and unusual.

Was the first computer ‘bug’ a real insect?

Find out how 'bug' came to mean 'an error in a computer program or system' and whether or not a real insect contributed to the origin of the term.

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Quote of the week

“A well-written Life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.”

Thomas Carlyle


Scottish historian and political philosopher

What is the longest English word?

Explore the lengthiest words in English, and find out what the longest place name in Britain is.

phrases with run
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6 ‘run’ phrases you probably don’t know


The word run might mean many different things to you. Personally, it makes me figuratively run for the hills, such is my…

name origins
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8 names that were invented by authors


Let’s have a look at authors whose creations were influential outside of their literary traditions - specifically, at the…