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8 facts you might not know about Bonfire Night

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8 facts you might not know about Bonfire Night
  1. Fireworks were the result of a cooking mishap!

    We've all made some questionable creations in the kitchen, but none can rival what one Chinese cook rustled up some 2,000 years ago when, chucking three common kitchen ingredients together, they managed to make explosive black gunpowder! A kitchen blunder (or stroke of genius) to rival even our most peculiar, soggy-bottomed culinary works.

  2. There's only one place in the UK that doesn't celebrate 5 November...

    And that's St Peter's School in York where Guy Fawkes was once a pupil. In respect to their alumni, the school refuses to burn his image. Up until 1959 when it was still illegal NOT to celebrate Bonfire Night, the school was the only exception to this law.

  3. Fireworks used to only be orange and white

    The kaleidoscope of colours that decorate our sky on Bonfire Night wasn't originally possible. It was only in the Middle Ages that new colours of fireworks were discovered by adding different salts. Blue is the hardest colour to create.

  4. Fireworks first appeared in the UK at a wedding

    Firework displays are now a common sight at celebrations such as brithdays and New Year but they first appeared in this country at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486. This was a momentous wedding that finally united the two warring houses of York and Lancaster.

  5. Captain John Smith played a part in the firework story

    It is thought that the first fireworks recorded in America were set off by the Englishman Captain John Smith in Jamestown in 1608. The name John Smith may ring a bell with you from the real-life story of Pocahontas which was immortalised in the Disney film.

  6. It's a time for cake

    The traditional Bonfire Night fare is sticky Yorkshire parkin, made of oatmeal and black treacle. Fresh parkin is typically frowned upon as the best flavours come from leaving it for a few days. If you don't fancy parkin, why not try these delicious sticky toffee apples for Bonfire Night?

  7. The cellars of the Houses of Parliament are still checked

    Whenever a new session is opened at Parliament, the Yeoman of the Guard searches the cellars to make sure no Guy Fawkes are hiding, before welcoming the Queen.

  8. Seeing fireworks in your dreams means creativity

    If you find yourself dreaming about bangs and whooshes of fireworks, it is thought to symbolise creativity, talent and enthusiasm as well as putting yourself centre stage.

  9. It's raining chocolate!

    In 2002, Nestlé created the largest chocolate fireworks that measured nearly 10ft high and almost 5ft in diameter. Once set off in Zürich the firework exploded out 60kg of Swiss chocolates- yum!

Please enjoy a safe and happy November 5!

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