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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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Do worms sleep? If so, what do they dream of?

A simple question, but not so easy to answer definitively… After all it is quite hard to tell just by looking at a worm whether it is asleep.

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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Silly, What?

 

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Are vampires real? If so, is Harry Potter one?

Vampires are a very fashionable business at the moment, aren’t they? Some are glittery and aloof, others are hardcore killing machines. Yet none of these bear any resemblance to real vampires. The proper, old-school kind. I’ve no doubt that they are real.

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Posted by on September 1, 2010 in Silly, What?, Who?

 

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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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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?

 

If walls could talk, what would they say?

Walls are widely attributed with having ears, and being able to talk.  But who ever said they had eyes?

Being a wall must be hard, if you’ll forgive the pun.  Hearing things but not necessarily being able to understand them; being bumped, leaned on, and even drilled into sometimes; having your backside in a snowdrift and a burning hot radiator on your front.  I’d imagine it’s enough to drive one a little potty and wouldn’t be surprised if most were suffering serious paranoia issues. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2010 in Silly, What?

 

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What sports are whales good at?

Squash.

Well, we know that sperm whales are bad at parachuting.  A pot of petunias is not an appropriate failsafe by any means.  But although extreme sports may not be their forté, whales have exceptional talent when it comes to scavenger hunts.  When you see a pod of whales, all swimming and jumping together, calling out and singing, you know what that means… New hunt list.
“Right, guys, where are we going to find a blue sea urchin?  I’ll take the Channel, you check out the Irish Sea.  We’ll meet in the Mediterranean for the scuba goggles next.”
The sonar sure does come in handy.
 
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Posted by on March 18, 2010 in Silly, What?

 

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