Random Fact

A fully loaded supertanker travelling at its normal speed of 16 knots needs at least 20 minutes to stop.

Geek of the week

Nominate someone...

Nominate a Geek. Email [email protected] hypothesis.co.uk


Yep, champagne is an English invention. It was in the sixteenth century that the Brits started to get a taste for fizzy wines.

They imported white wine from Champagne and added sugar and molasses to start it fermenting all over again, storing the heady concoction in specially-made glass bottles.

In 1662, the physicist Christopher Merrett presented the Royal Society with a paper in which he detailed what is now called méthode champenoise. He did this thirty years before Dom Perignon, the man generally considered to be the inventor of champagne, even got close to any bubbly.

It wasn’t until 1876 that the modern brut style champagne was perfected, and then it was mainly for export to Britain. The UK is France’s largest customer for champagne buying, in 2004, twice as much as the USA, three times as much as Germany and twenty times that of Spain.

Back to Top Ten Things You Wouldn't Think Were British
Top ten image: Wynand van Niekerk

Return to the top »

Share this

Bookmark this article at Digg Bookmark this article at del.icio.us Bookmark this article at Slashdot Bookmark this article at StumbleUpon Email this article to a friend




Register with The Null
15 May 2011
Website by Forward Slash Media and Bristol Developers