Old Glory – The Evolution of the American Flag
Jul03

Old Glory – The Evolution of the American Flag

The Flag of the United States, affectionately referred to as ‘Old Glory’ by the Americans, must be one of the most well known and recognised flags on the planet. But its didn’t always exist in its current form, and its history is every bit as interesting as the story behind the formation of the “United States”.

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Is it possible for your brain to hurt if you think too much?
Jun29

Is it possible for your brain to hurt if you think too much?

Is it possible for your brain to hurt if you think too much?

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Is There Any Evidence for a “Special Link” Between Identical Twins?
Jun26

Is There Any Evidence for a “Special Link” Between Identical Twins?

There is certainly a lot of anecdotal evidence pointing to some form of psychic link between twins, both identical and fraternal. But what about hard Scientific evidence ?

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Why are Women (Generally) Smaller than Men?
Jun22

Why are Women (Generally) Smaller than Men?

This is one of those questions that until you ask it, you take the ‘answer’ for granted. So, Why are Women (Generally) Smaller than Men?

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Why When You Walk Into a Room You Often Forget What You Went in For ?
Jun19

Why When You Walk Into a Room You Often Forget What You Went in For ?

We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find. But why should that happen ?

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Why do other people hear our voices differently than we do?
Jun12

Why do other people hear our voices differently than we do?

We have probably all had this experience. We listen to a re­cording of ourselves talking and insist that the tape doesn’t sound at all like our voice – but everyone else insists it does. So, is there a medical explanation for this lack of self-perception?

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What is a Planet? ; How should a Planet be Defined?
Jun08

What is a Planet? ; How should a Planet be Defined?

Science is supposed to be precise in its definitions, proofs and theorems. Its something today that we just expect so it may come as something of a shock that the definition of one of the most fundamental of celestial bodies, a planet, wasn’t actually defined until the 1990’s !

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The Longest Words in English
Jun05

The Longest Words in English

What are the longest words in English Language? – In this article we propose some candidates for English’s longest words – good luck in trying to pronounce them.

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The Four Stages of Public Opinion
Jun01

The Four Stages of Public Opinion

Humans are a fickle lot. You only have to look at how public opinion seems to swing wildly from day to day. So, it might come as rather refreshing to hear how British biologist, Thomas Henry Huxley, 150 years go made a rather pithy observation called “The Four Stages of Public Opinion”.

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How Do We Know Every Fingerprint is Unique?
May29

How Do We Know Every Fingerprint is Unique?

Sometimes it’s good to questions the assumed orthodoxy that we all seem to absorb by gradual osmosis from the culture and society we live and are brought up in. How do we know that fingerprints ARE unique?

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Are Copper or Magnetic Bracelets Effective Against Disorders like Arthritis?
May25

Are Copper or Magnetic Bracelets Effective Against Disorders like Arthritis?

This is one of those perennial questions : Are Copper or Magnetic Bracelets Effective Against Disorders like Arthritis?

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The Mile High Tea Club – Or is it Possible to get a Good Cuppa whilst In-Flight?
May22

The Mile High Tea Club – Or is it Possible to get a Good Cuppa whilst In-Flight?

At guernseydonkey.com we take our tea very seriously to wit our advice on “Making the Perfect Cup of Tea”. So, to the next tea conundrum : Is it possible to get a decent cup of tea while on an aeroplane ?

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What Does it Mean to be “double-jointed” ?
May15

What Does it Mean to be “double-jointed” ?

Should you discover that you have the ability to bend the upper half of your thumb until it makes a right-angle you might feel rather chuffed with yourself as you can then describe yourself as “double jointed” – surely that means you have two joints where most people have one ? NO, unfortunately not!

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They have a word for that in Greek / Russian / Italien … (things you can’t say in English)
May11

They have a word for that in Greek / Russian / Italien … (things you can’t say in English)

If you look at the statistics around the English language you’d think that we already have more than enough words in this ‘language of the World’. However as much as we like to think of English as the biggest and best of all the World languages, it turns out there’s just some things you can’t express in one word … but you can in other languages. Attaccahottoni (Italian); Schnorrer (Yiddish); Soutpiel (Afrikaans); Aware (Japanese)

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Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics
May08

Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics

One of the most prolific, and best in my opinion, science fiction writers, Isaac Asimov, is synonymous for his future histories of the human race and their interactions with robots. Rather than fear them he seems to suggest we embrace them as members of our society. In the first of his ‘Robot Novels’ he even goes so far as to suggest 3 Laws that should be hard wired into these Artificial Intelligence automatons.

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