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Scarborough and environs (Whitby and Filey) attract an annual 1.3 million tourist trips, 39,500 of those (3%) from overseas, generating £280 million in revenue, supporting 18,300 jobs. Blackpool attracts £250 million in yearly tourist trade and Great Yarmouth £100 million.

Scarborough deckchair rental works out at £3 per day with a similar amount charged for coastal donkey rides while shore side metal detecting for dropped jewellery of yesteryear remains a principal hobby for many. The Scarborough Grand Hotel, established in 1867, which boasts a room for every day of the year, has, in the past, been a favourite holiday retreat for Royalty.

Last Edited by Grey-Wolf at 19 May 15:01
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Infographic here laden with interesting facts behind 24 of the world’s national flags:


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There are currently 26 active space missions to explore worlds other than our own.

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The smallest measurement of time is a jiffy which is one thirty billionth of a second or the time it takes light 1cm to travel.

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The word bibliosmia relates to the enjoyment of the smell of old books.

Someone who collects or deals in second hand books is called a bouquiniste

The first ever book bought on Amazon was “Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought”.

The longest novel in existence is “In Search of Lost Time” by Marcel Proust. Aptly titled, this book would take you a long time to read as it is 13 volumes long and contains nearly 1.3 million words.

Virginia Woolf apparently wrote all her novels while standing up.

A Study in Scarlet , a Sherlock Holmes novel, contains the first reference to a magnifying glass being used as an investigative tool.

The earliest known instance of the word “book” being written is in a book by Alfred the Great. Prior to this, the term for writings on collected bundles of hemp or bark was a “bok” .

The first book written using a typewriter was “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

The first book printed in Oxford was a study of the Apostles’ Creed. It had an error on the very first page.

Dr Seuss’s editor bet him that he couldn’t write a children’s book in 50 words or less. “Green Eggs & Ham” won him that bet.

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Aeroplane passengers contribute an annual $3 billion to the UK Treasury in Air Passenger Duty which is added in to all aeroplane ticket prices.

Last Edited by Grey-Wolf at 18 May 13:45
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The new Australian $50 note (the one with the embarrassing typo on it) is known as “a pineapple” because of its distinctive yellow coloration.

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The UN have announced that 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, 100 million hectares of tropical rainforest were lost between 1980 and 2,000 and 87% of wetlands present in 1700 had disappeared by the year 2000.

Last Edited by Grey-Wolf at 18 May 13:39
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The enormous “scar” visible across Mars’ surface, the Vallis Marineris ,is 4,000 miles long, 6 miles deep and 100 miles wide at its broadest points. Such is vast enormity of this natural feature that the entire Grand Canyon would appear as a full stop on a piece of A4 paper by comparison.

Last Edited by Grey-Wolf at 18 May 13:34
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The Mandarin Hotel Suite at London’s Knightsbridge Hotel overlooking Hyde Park will cost you £42,000 per night (excluding breakfast). Services include a personal butler, pillow menu, electronic 12 function toilet (including heated seat). Continental breakfast is charged at an additional £34 per head.

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