Author: How It Works Team

Top Five Facts: Christmas

Those festive times are only just around the corner, so make sure you’ve got a few brilliant facts lined up to impress friends and relatives

Christmas cracker

How do Christmas crackers work?

Christmas crackers are a popular tradition at the Christmas dinner table, but how do they make that loud bang when pulled apart? Inside the main cardboard tube are two strips of card. One contains...

How do fireworks explode?

Despite all their different colours, shapes, and sounds, all fireworks have the same basic components. Aerial fireworks consist of a shell made of heavy paper that holds the ‘lift charge’, the ‘bursting charge’, and...

History’s most gruesome inventions

From brutal torture devices to bizarre medical treatments, these terrifying contraptions reveal a darker side of innovation From the wheel to the World Wide Web, we have invented some truly ground-breaking things during our...

snowflake

How do snowflakes form?

The formation of a snowflake begins when a microscopic cloud droplet freezes as a tiny ice particle. Water vapour that condenses on its surface causes the ice to develop flat, polished surfaces, known as...