Things Now Known #11

  • Forensic psychotherapist Dr Gwen Adshead wanted to take the Top Gear team on to the desert island as her luxury item. Not surprisingly Kirsty Young wouldn’t allow it. (via Desert Island Discs)
  • Roald Dahl is credited with using the word gremlin outside the Royal Air Force. (via Desert Island Discs)
  • David Bailey was allowed to take Nelson’s Column to his desert island. As long as he promised not to climb it. (via Desert Island Discs)
  • Philips and Sony based the diameter of the inner hole of a CD on the size of the Dutch dime. (via Tech Hive)
  • On April 1, 1974, local prankster Oliver ‘Porky’ Bickar flew into the dormant Mount Edgecumbe volcano in Alaska and ignited 100 old tires in the crater. The residents of Sitka, Alaska were convinced that the volcano was erupting. (via QI)
  • Posted on Monday, 15 October 2012
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