Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Atlatl and Jodrell Bank

The Dr came home from work last night with a fun top fact. Woomera - the Australian home to the British rocketships during the 1950s and 60s, and famous for looking right through the Vogan demolition fleet in the first episode of Hitchhiker - is named after device the Eora people there used for lobbing things.

How marvellous. It's like called Cape Canaveral "Trebuchet" or "Firework".

1 comment:

Rob Stradling said...

That is indeed an uppermost factoid; sadly unmatched by the prosaic translations of "CaƱaveral", "Baikonur" and "Kourou".

Hurrah for Bernard & Co.!