I am Alexandre R.D.M. Coates, please call me Alex.
What I do is not important, because I do nothing. I am a British student and I like facts. Also hats, I have many, many hats. Many, but not enough.
I currently am studying Physics, Math and Further Maths. The chances are that those choices make you want to retch but I enjoy it, it avoids the complications of the real world. I prefer it to studying war poetry. Regardless it is a fairly narrow field of topics I explore in my academic life, so I keep my spare-time topics as wide as possible.
How Did This Start?
Over the course of my school days I was known for providing occasional facts when I felt like it. Eventually in late 2010 people started coming up to me… and demanding facts. I was startled at first, but decided that people were being polite, and so I indulged them. I would trawl the internet, and pay attention to radio and television broadcasts for new snippets of information before regurgitating them the next day.
It became a rather big thing, with people shouting ‘FACT OF THE DAY!’ at me as I went around my business. If I stopped moving, people would pool around me and I would have to explain various facts to them.
One peculiar day in early 2011, I was cajoled by a group of older students onto a stool so that I could deliver my fact to the whole room. I remember them quieting the whole room, and around 100 pairs of eyes turning to me. I cleared my throat and announced: “Every fruit you eat, oranges, lemons and so on… they are all ovaries. The ovaries of a tree are the fruit they produce.” A dry silence fell across the room as they digested the information. Eventually they approved and I was subject to some pleasant applause. I lowered myself back down to earth, bowed, then rushed across to the nearest person who could hide me. Then I decided:
There has to be a better way than this.
I started a simple fact blog in January 2011, and began to post facts. The facts grew longer and more elaborate, as did the bags beneath my sleepless eyes. Traffic picked up, and by the end of January 2012 I had received a total of 100,000 views, of which I was rather proud. Then I looked over the site, and thought that it was crude, cluttered and a total calamity. So I, not knowing entirely what I was doing, made this site and spent money in the process. I will never get that time or money back, but at least this lovely site remains.
This site is where I hope to help people by giving them knowledge, and hopefully some entertainment simultaneously. I cannot devote all of my time to it, but I will devote my efforts to it when time permits. Thank you for viewing this site, if you want to help me lose slightly less money on this site (I refuse to have adverts) then any donations are appreciated.
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Have a marvelous day.