“To Hit, or Not to Hit that Button : That is the Question” : The Science of Snooze
Aug29

“To Hit, or Not to Hit that Button : That is the Question” : The Science of Snooze

Ahhh, the snooze button surely one of man’s better inventions … until 9 minutes later when the dreaded alarm strikes again. Except now you feel even more tired, so do you hit it again?

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The Origins of the Loch Ness Monster
Jul11

The Origins of the Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness, the largest by volume, of all the many lochs in Scotland, is possibly the most famous body of water in the world. The reason, of course, is what is claimed to lie in its deepest, darkest depths – The Loch Ness Monster!

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How Happy is Your Dog ?
Jun16

How Happy is Your Dog ?

When it comes to the pointless application of technology then this must rank pretty high … Introducing the Wagometer

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Fifty Flabergastic Factoids
Mar21

Fifty Flabergastic Factoids

50 falbergasting factoids from the most eminante intelellectual fluff gathering team on the planet …. known as the QI Elves

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Think You’ve got a Handle on Christmas? – A Yuletide Quiz to Test Your Knowledge
Dec20

Think You’ve got a Handle on Christmas? – A Yuletide Quiz to Test Your Knowledge

How well do yo think that you know Christmas? In this article are some Christmas factoids listed with possible answers. See how many you get right.

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Why Can’t We Photosynthesise?
Jul29

Why Can’t We Photosynthesise?

It would be handy wouldn’t it – photosynthesising all our food rather than having to stop to eat three times a day – so why can’t we do it ?

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Terms Coined from World War I
Sep15

Terms Coined from World War I

In wartime nations are often galvanised into frenzied action to innovate and invent in order to try to gain the upper hand in their struggle for survival. As well as technical innovation the language and grammer of war changes also. In this article we look at some of the terms, still in use today, that owe their origins to this conflict.

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Health and Safety Gone Mad
May15

Health and Safety Gone Mad

If it wasn’t actually real you’d swear that this was all made up. We’ve collected here some of the dumbest ‘ealth & safety warnings around … enjoy !

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Why doesn’t the Earth move when we move our eyes ?
Jan20

Why doesn’t the Earth move when we move our eyes ?

This is another of those questions to which the 1st response is often ‘Why should it?’ But think about it – when something moves in the external world, its image moves across the retina, the ‘screen’ at the back of the eye. If something is stationary in the external world and we move our eyes past it, its image will move across the retina in the same way. – How do we tell the difference ?

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How Did Xmas Come to Stand for Christmas?
Dec16

How Did Xmas Come to Stand for Christmas?

The use of the colloquial “Xmas” has often been singled out as an example of how this religious celebration has been commercialized and robbed of its religious content. So how did Xmas come to stand for Christmas?

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Did the Romans invent Christmas?
Dec12

Did the Romans invent Christmas?

The Romans were pagans for the first 300 years of Christianities existence.We’ll see in this article that Christianity has been very clever in subsuming pagan festivals and replacing them with their own, especially when the exact dates of some Christian festivals cannot be pin-pointed precicisely.

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30 Interesting Factoids about Christmas
Dec24

30 Interesting Factoids about Christmas

Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system. The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts. The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The...

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Where Did Some of the World’s Currency Symbols Come From, Like the $ and £ ?
Oct22

Where Did Some of the World’s Currency Symbols Come From, Like the $ and £ ?

The key currency symbols of the World’s biggest currencies are instantly recognizable. In the this article we look at the etymology of some of these symbols.

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Puerile Chemistry – or “What the boys get up to in the lab”
Aug20

Puerile Chemistry – or “What the boys get up to in the lab”

In this article we find proof that British Chemists do have a sense of humour .. well a puerile one at least.

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How Many Piano Tuners in Chigago ? – Or how to answer a question with little or no knowledge at all !
Aug16

How Many Piano Tuners in Chigago ? – Or how to answer a question with little or no knowledge at all !

Enrico Fermi showed how a whole range of scientific questions could be answered with very little basic knowledge and 1 simple rule. In this article we look at this amazing theory.

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