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About Jack Leith-De Graaf

Jack Leith-De Graaf is a BA English Studies graduate and a part-time writer. In his spare time he likes to read and do circus skills. He enjoys writing about video games, television and general knowledge.

A Spoon of Oil Can Calm A Lake

What happens when you put a spoon full of oil into a choppy lake? You got it, the lake calms. You might be thinking "fake news", but know that science may just surprize you yet again!

The Incredible Phenomenon of Ball Lightning

Certainly you've heard of lightning - but ball lightning? This is a fascinating occurrence that scientists are still learning about, which definitely makes it a mysterious piece of nature. Even so, find out what little we know about this crazy event and what we have left to discover about ball lightning!

The Surprising History of Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude - it's a mouthful, but it's one German word that many people are familiar with. But do you know what it means? Once you find out, it might become a word you use more often because it definitely is useful! Find out what this complicated but functional word means.

Tulip Mania – When Flowers Would Buy You A House In Holland

The Netherlands is certainly known for their tulips. These beautiful bulbs can get pricey, but you'll be thankful they aren't as expensive as they used to be! Find out how these flowers became so popular in the Netherlands, and what caused their worth to drop back down to a reasonable price!

Three Times The World Almost Entered A Nuclear War

Nuclear war has been a threat hanging over the world for decades now. Luckily, we've managed to avoid it - so far. But there are a more than a few times where we certainly came close! Here are three of which that you may not have heard about until now!

Why Are There So Many Midges In Scotland?

Nobody likes midges - they're called pests for a reason! They seem to serve no purpose other than bothering you and leaving you covered in oh so attractive bite marks, especially during the summer. They're especially abundant in Scotland - but did you know there's a reason? Check it out here!

Why Did Pirates Wear Eye-patches?

There's a lot of classic staples to pirates - a peg leg, the funny hat, a hook for a hand, and eye-patches! While many people think eye-patches were to cover up a lost eye, the use is actually for a very different reason. Find out here why pirates REALLY wore eye-patches!

The Weird History of the Amsterdam Eel Riots

Amsterdam is known for a lot of things - great nightlife, impressive museums, beautiful canals, and so much more. But there's a strange story that happened in this quirky city regarding a riot that started over a strange game played among the locals. Check out this bizarre piece of Dutch history!

Charles Darwin Ate One of Everything He Discovered

Charles Darwin is known as the founder of the evolutionary theory, as well as making incredible discoveries about new species, especially on the Galapagos Islands. But with every new animal he found, he also ate! There's a surprising reason behind this that you'll be astounded to learn!

Factoid Vs Factlet – What’s The Difference?

If you're on this site, then you probably love random facts! Maybe you even tell your friends something interesting your learned from one of our lists. If so, there's a correct word to use to refer to a fascinating piece of information, and it may not be what you think!

Wi-Fi Was Invented By Accident!

A world without Wi-Fi would be severely different! We tend to take this genius invention for granted, so do you know how this world changing service was invented? Check out the surprising history behind this wonderful technology - which you'll probably be reading thanks to Wi-Fi!

The World Cup Trophy Was Stolen & Found By A Dog

In March 1966, three months before the World Cup finals were set to commence in England for the first time in history, the World Cup trophy was stolen. Here's the story of the theft, and how finding the trophy changed the life of one dog forever!