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What would happen if you ate a cloud?

In case you missed it, I’ve already documented the makeup of clouds when describing how they harvest helium.  The TL;DR version is that helium rises from natural gas in the earth and forms clouds by supporting the water in the atmosphere, so clouds are mostly helium, water, and a little unbound hydrogen and oxygen.  We can work out what effect it would have to eat this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Silly, What?

 

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If power stations are there to generate heat, why do they have cooling towers?

We’ve all seen power stations… Big hulking beasts on the landscape spewing out fumes from the cooling towers.  But if the point of them is to produce energy, why waste it by cooling everything down? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Silly, Why?

 

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Special Feature: Introducing celebrity guest, @horse_ebooks!

How do I test my batteries? What is specific gravity? Should I always keep my golf cart charged?

Well, the first two questions are fairly straightforward. You can buy a device to test your batteries here, and specific gravity is explained by Wikipedia.

As for the golf cart, though, this is a rather subjective question. There are pros and cons.

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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Silly, Why?

 

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Is there anything the Honey Badger does care about?

The Honey Badger Don’t Care.  That’s the internet phenomenon, everyone knows it.  But does the Honey Badger really not care? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2012 in Silly, What?

 

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I think my stuffed bear is actually an evil genius trying to take over the world. How can I be sure of this?

A sticky situation indeed.  You need to start by asking yourself a few simple questions.

1.  Do you often feel tired, particularly in the mornings, or find it difficult to drag yourself out of bed?

–  This can be a sign that your bear is testing out new biological weaponry or anaesthetics on you.  Try leaving the window open a smidge overnight to prevent buildup of toxic substances. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in How?, Silly

 

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Why do we get that weird falling sensation at the top of the stairs when there aren’t any more steps?

Escher jokes aside, some people do experience this phenomenon and have no idea why. It’s actually really simple. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2012 in Silly, Why?

 

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Where does the light go when I turn all the lights off and close the curtains?

You’re in a bright, well-lit room. But when the power goes out, where does all that lovely light that the room was so full of, go? It was wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, a room packed with light. Sure, you’ve ceased production of new light, but the existing stuff can’t just disappear into thin air – after all, the first thing they teach you in physics is that energy can’t be destroyed. So what happens? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Silly, What?, Where?

 

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