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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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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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Why is Orange Jam called Marmalade?

Jam is made by boiling up fruit and sugar (and a setting agent, if necessary) and then putting it into jars to spread on toast.   This applies to any fruit you could name; strawberries, apricots, blackberries,  cherries, and more.  Marmalade is made by boiling up fruit and sugar (and a setting agent, if necessary) and then putting it into jars to spread on toast.  This apparently applies only to citrus fruit. So why on earth does marmalade have a fancy name when it’s just jam? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Why?

 

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Why are there night people and day people and why can neither understand that not everyone is ‘full of beans’ at the same time?

You wake up to an alarm that’s too loud, scrape yourself out of bed and look out of the window only to see chirpy people who have been up for hours jogging, or walking the dog.  Or the opposite; you wake up at 7am sharp every morning feeling fine and feel frustrated that your partner is snoozing and would get in a grump if you interrupted.

Why are we all so different?  And why can’t we all just get along? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Why?

 

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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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Why do some people have a phobia of feet?

Most phobias fall into two categories:  Fear from experience or fear from instinct.  The ones brought about by a single event or association are the simplest to work out.  Watched Stephen King’s ‘IT’ as a kid?  Clowns are terrifying.  Had a big spider thrown at you one Halloween?  Spiders are terrifying.   It’s easy.

Some of the instinctive ones are simple too.  Heights, snakes, sudden loud noises; these are all  survival tactics.

But feet? Seriously? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Why?

 

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Why do I only get crap songs stuck in my head?


We all know what it’s like. You get a crap song stuck in your head on Monday. It’s still there on Tuesday. You’re singing it in your sleep by Wednesday, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday you’re about ready to stab yourself. You like to make yourself believe that you can beat it, but the minute you let it under your skin, there’s no limit to how long your brain will hold on to the crappest of musical offerings. You know this much is true.

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Silly, 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 »

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

 

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I am afraid of spiders. A lot of people are afraid of spiders. Why do these 8-legged creatures of doom put fear into the hearts of so many?

Fear of spiders is one of the most common phobias. But why, in countries with few or no indigenous spiders poisonous enough to do any harm, should this fear be present? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Why?

 

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Why are some straight men gay magnets?

To fully understand this, we have to dig deep into the psychological roots of attraction.
On an evolutionary level, the basic survival roles taken on by humans are a very useful tool to rationalise the subconscious factors when deciding on attractiveness.  We are trained, whether we like it or not, to Read the rest of this entry »
 
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Posted by on May 11, 2010 in Why?

 

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