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Why the US Government Shutdown Could Cause the Zombie Apocalypse

Land of the Z, Home of the Brains

Z-Planning has always been a source of amusement to our governments.  They claim to take it as a bit of a joke, or issue tongue-in-cheek blogs on how to stay safe during the Zombie Apocalypse.  In all seriousness, though, the American government has many layers of protection that would usually ensure we remain zombie free.

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Posted by on October 2, 2013 in How?, Why?

 

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Why do judges wear wigs?

Lord Itchy

Traditional legal garb has been an iconic part of the law for centuries.  It may seem these days that Judges and barristers look ridiculously outdated in their long gowns and curled wigs.  This began long ago, due to nits.

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Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Why?

 

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Why do random socks go missing?

It doesn’t matter how careful you are to always keep your socks together in pairs – inevitably you will find yourself hanging up the washing one day, get to the bottom of the basket, and be left with odd socks whose match cannot be found.

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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Silly, Why?

 

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5 Things You Never Knew About Snow

Those among you in the Great British isles this weekend will probably have some fairly strong opinions about snow. But although the BBC News site is saturated with articles about the effect on life, limb and liberty, there are certain things they won’t have covered. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in How?, What?, When?, Where?, Who?, Why?

 

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Why, when our nose is irritated, do we sneeze through our mouth instead?

To understand sneezing, we must first understand bogeys. Read about them here.

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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Why?

 

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How do you make transparent ice? Also, why does just-boiled water freeze faster than cold?

Snow is frozen water, and that’s not transparent either. But massive Antarctic glaciers are clear and beautiful. It’s all the same water, so why the difference?

The truth is, not all water is the same.

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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in How?, Why?

 

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Why does tea stain metal?

I've got a sinking feeling

This follows nicely on from the question “Why is the top half of my tea too hot but the bottom half too cold?”

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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Why?

 

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Why do some people get pain in their ears in an aircraft? How do we hear? Is there a hammer in our body?

Welcome back to the much-loved @Horse_ebooks! You have more questions? Well, okay then.

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Posted by on November 11, 2012 in How?, Why?

 

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Why is the top half of my cup of tea too hot but then the bottom half too cold? (Also, why does tea make people feel better?)

You’d think it would be the other way around, wouldn’t you? The top surface steaming away happily, losing all its heat to the air. The bottom half is insulated by your mug, which should mean the last bits are still warm by the time you get to them.

But no.

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Posted by on October 21, 2012 in Why?

 

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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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