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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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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.

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Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Why?

 

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