His other inventions included a device for writing down thoughts at night without getting out of bed and an early form of the game Scrabble. Langueyeurs de porc were responsible for ensuring that food standards were maintained – the constant risk of epidemics required strict rules.Butchers in Poitiers had to prove that they weren’t scrofulous and hadn’t been excommunicated.Liechtenstein was last invaded in 2007, when a company of 170 Swiss soldiers accidentally crossed a mile over the border at night and then retreated after realising their mistake. Strangely, he didn’t mind including the word ‘escargatoire’, which he defined as ‘a nursery of snails’.

Scientists want measurements that are both accurate and precise…

but it can be difficult to tell sometimes whether very precise measurements are actually accurate without an independent reference age (see top right image versus bottom right image).

This can only give them confidence’ and, ‘Should you hit the ball, run at once. ‘The Keys of Heaven’ is a traditional English name for them.

One Italian species is nicknamed ‘The Devil’s Chickens’, in Hebrew they’re known as the ‘Cows of Moses’ and in Cherokee they’re even called the ‘Great Beloved Woman’. The painting started to deteriorate almost as soon as Leonardo finished it.

In the sciences, it is important to distinguish between precision and accuracy.

If we use the analogue of a clock we can investigate this further.

And in 2014 a company bought the shelter at Clapham North so it could be used to grow vegetables with artificial light. It was very violent – one of the players’ primary duties was to disable the opposing team before even trying to score a goal.

As with traditional English football, teams could have hundreds of players, and the goals were miles apart – meaning games could go on for days. The painting is on canvas, which is woven from hemp, the Greek for which is kannabis, from which we get both the English word ‘cannabis’ and the word ‘canvas’.

Tommy Atkins was used as early as 1743 – there’s a myth that the Duke of Wellington came up with it – and for decades specimen forms for enlisting soldiers were filled in by a fictional ‘Tommy Atkins’.