FFF – The Olympic Torch

This includes two facts, one about Nazi’s and another about planes. The sacred tradition of the Olympic Torch, now ubiquitous with the opening ceremony and an amazing struggle from the ruins of Athens to the home nation, does not have the same rosy origin story as you’d expect. The Olympic Torch ceremony began in 1936 for the Berlin Olympic Games, sold as an old Greek … Continue reading FFF – The Olympic Torch

FFF – Black and White TV still reigns

In the UK every TV must be covered with a TV license by the government to allow someone to watch or record content and to watch BBC on iPlayer or any device. Thus, the government is able to tell how many people have TVs and how many TVs of each kind of still around. Weirdly, this revealed that despite half of the UK’s TVs having … Continue reading FFF – Black and White TV still reigns

FFF – The Great Gatsby

If you ever read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby you’ll notice there’s a small epigraph by a man called Thomas Parke D’Invilliers. The epigraph reads as follows: Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry “lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!” The quote fits so perfectly into … Continue reading FFF – The Great Gatsby

FFF – The Seventh State of Australia

When the Australian Constitution was written in 1900 precautions were made to allow New Zealand to become a state at some point in the future. This is seen in the introductory section of the Constitution, in section 6, under Definitions. “The States shall mean such of the colonies of New South Wales, New Zealand, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, and South Australia, including the northern … Continue reading FFF – The Seventh State of Australia

FFF – Homicidal Somnambulism

Homicidal somnambulism or more commonly, homicidal sleepwalking is a formally recognised disorder. Quite interestingly it has been used as a working legal defence in around 68 cases, most recently in 2009. One example of homicidal sleepwalking was by Albert Tirrell in 1846 for the murder of a prostitute. That prostitute was Maria Bickford, she and Albert had fallen in love and had begun living together. On … Continue reading FFF – Homicidal Somnambulism