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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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What is the secret of time-travel?

There are things that we, as humans, find difficult to comprehend.  We live only finite lives, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.  As a result, it is extremely difficult for us to comprehend the full extent and meaning of infinity… The first question we come out with is, “But what came before the beginning?”  We have no experience or understanding of things that don’t have to start somewhere and struggle to come to terms with it (without the use of illegal narcotics or possibly decades of isolated meditation). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2012 in How?, What?, When?

 

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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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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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