Category Archives: When?

Was Kilroy really here?

For those of you who don’t recognise this one, this little doodle of a man with a big nose peeking over a wall is a very famous doodle dating back to World War II. But we can’t say whether he was there without first starting with the question: Kilroy Who?

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Posted by on July 29, 2012 in When?, Who?


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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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Why does it always rain on me? When I’m at work the weather is glorious but on my day off it pours?

Is it because you lied when you were seventeen?

It seems like sod’s law that the weather is always beautiful when you have to be stuck inside, and downright miserable whenever you have an opportunity to get away.  But there is an explanation for why this is true. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in When?, Why?


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Shrove Tuesday Special: Why do we traditionally have lemon and sugar on pancakes?

There are lots of delicious things to put on pancakes. In France they go for chocolate, in America it’s syrup and in Germany it’s fruit jam and spices. So why did we British choose a tradition of sugar and lemon? Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on February 21, 2012 in When?, Why?


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When and where did coat hangers originate?

Coat hangers are such a simple invention, yet so useful.  It’s hard to imagine a life without them.  But it’s also difficult to imagine early Neanderthal man hanging up his loincloth in the cave – so they must have been invented at some point after clothes, right?

In the first century, approximately 430AD or so, a fine gentleman named Attila was ruler of the Hunnic Empire and was bent on invading and pillaging Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 1, 2010 in When?, Where?, 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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