Carl Linnaeus

Vaguely Interesting Snippets | 21 April – 27 April 2012   According to the BBC’s QI, a swarm of gnats is called a “ghost”. In addition, the word ‘lemur’ means ‘ghost’. It was coined by the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707-78) from the Latin, Lemures: ‘the shades of the departed’. The Perthshire village of Dull is attempting to forge civic links with the Oregan town of Boring. The Ford factory complex at Dagenham […]