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Why do people snore after they’ve been drinking alcohol?

As people drink there are certain common effects; they get clumsy, they get loud.  They forget that some things are better kept private.  They think EVERYTHING is an AWESOME IDEA.  And they eat a takeaway, go to sleep somewhere (hopefully, but not always, indoors) and wake up suffering for it.
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Posted by on April 29, 2010 in Why?

 

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What have we missed about the time of the dinosaurs? How did it start and end?

God said, “Let there be light.”  He proceeded to create the Earth, the land and seas, plants, trees, and some damn beautiful scenery.  (Of course He had a few naps in between.)
And then God said, “Let there be dinosaurs.  One week is a harsh schedule and I deserve a break to play with them before Lucifer’s sudden yet inevitable betrayal.  Besides, it’ll really screw with the Young Earth Creationists.”
So God was a few billion years late with Adam and Eve, but He thought Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on April 18, 2010 in How?, What?, When?

 

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Why do dogs sniff each others’ bums?

Any dog owner (or regular walker in places where dogs can be found) knows very well exactly how much time a dog can spend with its nose in another dog’s rear.  (Hint:  it’s a lot).  But why is this such a vital part of canine ritual? Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on April 15, 2010 in Why?

 

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Why do people say ‘right as rain’?

OH MY GOD, it's a DOUBLE RAINBOW

We British have learned to tolerate rain, at best.  Most folk would not describe it as ‘right’ at all.  So where does this phrase come from?  The distant shores of South America!
In the last few years Peru has been the world’s greatest producer of silver, by volume.  The landscape is rich with untapped minerals and precious metals.  Right up until the 15th century the main inhabitants were the Incas; a tribal-based agricultural society who may seem quite primitive to us now, but were on par with the Egyptians for learning and culture.  Plus they made beer, which is a sure sign they were on the ball.
The rain was of course important to them for watering the crops, but it goes further than that.  The rich minerals in the mountainsides found their way into the rivers and lakes during heavy monsoon periods, and cycled in the clouds and rain.  Traces of silver especially would taint the water in very wet seasons.
However, the result was far from tainting the water sources.  Silver has become widely used recently as a coating for plasters because of its antibacterial properties.  It is an excellent healing tool.  The Incas learned this long before we did, noticing during and after heavy rains that cuts, abrasions and minor maladies would recover far more quickly.  Thus if someone had a wound, they would tell them the rain would make it right.  Five centuries and several translations later, the phrase ‘right as rain’ remains.
 
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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Why?

 

What causes varicose veins?

Just wait 'til you get older, luv.

We all know they’re terribly ugly.  Your grandma probably has them.  Big blue veins bulging on the legs, it’s horrible to even think about.  How to avoid this fate?
First I direct your attention to flamingos.  These amazing birds are in fact naturally white (or to be accurate, colourless).  The only reason they are pink is because they eat so much shrimp that the pigment gets into the bloodstream and dyes the feathers.
Next, recall the media frenzy surrounding Sunny Delight  in 1999 when some stupid Welsh parent fed their toddler so much that she turned bright orange.
Continuing in this vein (if you’ll excuse the pun) certain blue cheeses are threaded with copper wires to introduce bacteria which make flavoursome mould.  It is possible for these bacteria to build up in the blood and cause swelling and discolouration.  If this occurs in the legs, it will result in varicose veins.
To maintain healthy-looking legs into old age, make sure you avoid blue-veined cheeses such as stilton, gorgonzola and dolcelatte.
 
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Posted by on April 10, 2010 in What?, Why?

 

Sometimes I think life would be easier if we lived in space. How would this affect our society?

Now that's what I call heavy metal.

There are already several commercial companies to send tourists on space flights into the upper atmosphere or Low Earth Orbit (LEO).  It is a small step from there to an orbital station for short stay or even weekend trips.
Once the infrastructure of this kind of space holiday is in place, it will become cheaper to provide and so attract larger numbers of visitors.  The stations will expand, and Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on April 10, 2010 in How?, What?

 

Why was Gandalf in Lord of the Rings yet not in Star Wars?

Replace ASBOs with compulsory Storm Trooper outfits for the police.

A very good question, considering that Gandalf is not only a very powerful force on planetary scale, but also immortal.

However, it is the source of his immortality that unlocks this particular riddle.

Gandalf, as all the wizards, is a kind of demi-god sent to counter Sauron and  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2010 in Silly, Why?

 

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