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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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 »
Why are wisdom teeth called wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the only human teeth to develop entirely after birth. They simply aren’t there when you’re a child, and next thing you know, BAM! You’ve got toothache. Read the rest of this entry »
Why isn’t there mouse-flavoured cat food?
There is! A very small firm in America sells this delicacy. However, it comes at a high price.
An attempt was made by Whiskas to breed mice specifically for cat food, much like they are bred for snake consumption. Their product line failed to take off, however, because cats wouldn’t eat the stuff. Have you noticed that whenever a cat hunts a mouse, it hardly ever eats much of the kill? It will bring the body to you for inspection and approval, but nine times out of ten you’ll be left with a small, furry corpse. Read the rest of this entry »