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Is it true that barista (Spanish for barman) and barrister are the same word?
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Have any famous artists come from Iceland?
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What's the 'test' in test match?
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Presumably the phrase 'to swing lead', meaning to shirk work, has something to do with plumblines. But why does it mean to be lazy when it's referring to a work activity?
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Why are urban myths urban?
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Is it true Salvador Dali wrote a novel?
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I want to know how to say Happy Christmas in all the countries of the EU. Can you help?
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We've all probably heard of the great tongue-twisting bit of graffiti 'Ken Dodd's dad's dog's dead'. Has anyone seen any other real gems over the years that might compete with this?
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Why are Unilever blocking the British film Funky Monkey?
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Should corporate sponsors of the arts be allowed a say in the works or events that they sponsor? Can art remain independent of the sponsor?
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Can cooking ever really be considered as an art form?
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Is it true that Notting Hill is the biggest carnival in the world?
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My local has just become a 'gastro-pub' called something ridiculous like the Kipper and Capon. What's happening to traditional pub names?
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Is Waterstone's going bust? If so will that be so bad for bookselling in the UK?
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What's the difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco?
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Why do we 'sow wild oats' and not 'wild barley'or anything else?
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I've just seen the answer to the Sebastian Horsley question and it mentions Sarah Lucas. What is the point of having an exhibition in an undisclosed location? Does anyone know any more about her?
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Why do we say something dubious is not 'cricket' rather than any other sport?
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Has anyone ever come up with a convincing theory as to how acupuncture works?

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