The Curiosity of a Child

A dad and his 10 year old son chat science, history and things more bizarre.

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The Iron Church

A prefabricated iron framed church is transported by ship from England to Costa Rica by John Le Lacheur. It is the first Protestant church in the country and gains the nickname the Iron Church.
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William Le Lachuer

Merchant and ship-owner from Guernsey who was an important part of the growth of Costa Rica through the coffee trade he established.
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Battle of Santa Rosa

Costa Rican troops defeat filibuster William Walker at the battle of Santa Rosa. They owe their victory to Captain Le Lacheur who lent his ships to transport their army up the coast as the land route was too slow.
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Football comes to Costa Rica

Guernseyman William Le Lacheur took the children of wealthy Costa Rican landowners to be educated in England. There they fell in love with football and took it back to their homeland.
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Costa Rican Coffee Trade

In the 1840s William Le Lacheur started the coffee trade between Costa Rica and London lifting the country from poverty. He is still fondly remembered today.
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Costa Rica Packet

Captain Le Lacheur set the speed record of 131 days for sailing from London to San Francisco in his ship the Costa Rica Packet. The ship was described as the best to have ever entered the port of San Francisco.
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Lego

Founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1932 to produce wooden toys the company grew to become internationally recognised thanks to it’s plastic Lego bricks. Over 600 billion blocks have been produced.
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Cabbage Patch Kids

The hit Christmas toys in the mid 1980s, selling for 10 times their retail price, making billions of dollars and breaking every record. However poor management lead manufacturer, Coleco, to file for bankruptcy in 1988.
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The ‘Teddy’ Bear

The classic ‘teddy bear’ was developed in American and Germany at the beginning on the 1900s. It gets it’s name from Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt who refused to shoot a bear that had been capture during a hunting trip.
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Slinky

The popular toy started life when naval engineer Richard James accidentally knocked a spring he was developing for warships off a shelf. He watched it ‘walk’ and soon developed the Slinky selling over 300 million units!
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Turkey’s Hazelnut Harvest

In the mountainous northern regions of Turkey are grown 70% of the global hazelnut harvest. The difficult conditions make large scale farms impractical meaning most are grown on smaller plots with maybe 400,000 growers.
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Conkers (game)

Conkers is a game played with horse chestnuts threaded on a string. Players take turns to attempt to smash their opponents conker by swinging or striking their nut at it. The origin and earliest game is unknown.
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Nutella’s Hazelnut Usage

Each year Ferrero produce 365 million kilograms of Nutella. This accounts for approximately 25% of hazelnuts grown annually make them the world’s largest hazelnut purchaser.
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World Nutella Day

Created by blogger and Nutella fan Sara Rosso, World Nutella Day, has now become an important date recognised by Ferrero themselves.
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Melch Dick

Melch Dick is a type of woodland goblin from Yorkshire. It was believed he lead astray people who picked unripe Hazelnuts and turned them into squirrels.
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Margaret Ann Neve

Margaret Ann Neve was born in Guernsey on 18 May 1792 and passed away, aged 110 years and 321 days, on 4 April 1903. She is the first person in recorded history to have lived in three different centuries.
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Belka and Strelka

Two Soviet dogs, Belka and Strelka, are launched into orbit aboard the Sputnik 5 spacecraft. They return to Earth 25 hours later to become the first living creatures to return safely from space.
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