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Did you know?

That Mercedes cars are traditionally silver because in the 1934 racing season new weight rules were introduced, and Mercedes’ car was slightly too heavy? To lose that bit of extra weight Mercedes decided to drop the white paint traditional to German cars, and raced in bare aluminium. The cars became known as the Silver Arrows, and that’s why Mercedes favour silver for their cars.

Auto Union did the same thing and became known as Silverfish, which is why Audi is quite keen on the colour too; although these days they seem to lean towards my favourite colour, black.

Did you know?

That the phrase “By Hook or by Crook” originated when William the Conqueror swore that he would take Waterford by Hook Head to the east of the harbour, or Crook head to the west. I didn’t (until a few weeks ago).

Did you know?

That the optics in lighthouses continue to rotate during the day because if they were allowed to settle, they’d act like a magnifying glass and set fire to something? I didn’t, although I kicked myself when I found out!

Thanks to the excellent guide at Hook Head for this little nugget.

Did you know?

While browsing White House replicas on Google Sightseeing, I came across the interesting fact that the original is in fact “largely modeled on the first and second floors of Leinster House” (Wikipedia)!