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1 February 2007

Toilet roll of various brands.Toilet Roll - The Pocket-Sized History - The answer to an obvious question: How on earth did we manage before it?

'Little Green Men' - A Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Episode - A clever and amusing take on the Roswell Incident of July, 1947.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster - A fictional deity formed in order to parody Intelligent Design and its proponents.

QOTD: "Dear forty two in tha Big Brutha howse, and arl the howsemayats are forced to live exclusively on vegetables of the Apiaceae famlee."

2 February 2007

Some potatoes.The Potato - It has played an important role in our history.

The Missouri Compromise - American history.

Liars - Potted history of this versatile, intelligent band.

Polonium - Comprehensive Entry on a powerful substance.

Conditional Statements and Loops - Programming computers.

QOTD: There was a farmer here in Ireland a while ago who did manage to rig up a generator that made electricity from his cows' dung. In fact, he managed to produce a surplus…

5 February 2007

Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827.Beethoven's 'Moonlight' Sonata - This is one of the most famous classical pieces ever for piano, written in summer, 1802.

Skin Cancer - One Man's Experience - Any itchy area of skin that looks different from its surroundings is cause for investigation.

The South West Coast Path: Torquay to Starcross - The South West Coast Path is the longest of Britain's National Trails.

QOTD: Can I just say, this thread is like a car crash. Every hair on my body is standing on end but I can't stop reading

6 February 2007

The Jam.The Jam - Fronted by Paul Weller, The Jam are considered to be one of the best British bands of all time.

The Easter Bunny - The historical association of rabbits with Easter is an interesting one and is helpfully explained here.

What To Do in the Face of Certain and Imminent Death - Just make sure you have time to read this Entry first.

QOTD: That's the great thing about music, it's subjective. I mean, *I* think I can sing, but I've yet to meet someone who agrees.

7 February 2007

The old centre of Frankfurt.The Great Peal of Bells in Frankfurt am Main - The 50 bells of the ten churches in the city centre are rung for 30 minutes simultaneously.

Using a Cartridge Pen - Unlike traditional fountain pens, cartridge pens get their ink from small disposable plastic containers.

The Rosetta Stone - This enabled historians to decipher the hieroglyphs on Egyptian tomb walls, papyrus scrolls and royal sarcophagi.

QOTD: We are, of course, all facing death. My prefered method is calm acceptance. Whether I could maintain such a detatched attitude while falling from a plane I am not quite sure

8 February 2007

Dawn French.Dawn French - A highly talented comedienne, actress and fashion designer with a penchant for chocolate.

The Invisible Pink Unicorn - First 'revealed' to the world in the early 1990s, the IPU is a fictional deity with a difference.

A Beginner's Guide to Wrapping Presents - A perfect Entry for cack-handed gift-givers everywhere.

QOTD: One day you'll look back and tell your grandkids about the day some nutter on a computer who you couldn't see, and had never met, typed a few things on a thing called a keyboard, and asked you to put a little yellow face on one of those old things they used to call a computer...

9 February 2007

Some stained glass in Notre Dame, Paris.Christianity - An introduction to the largest religion in the world today.

SETI and the Wow! Signal - Proof of extra-terrestrial intelligence?

Street Performing in NYC - Singing and dancing on the sidewalks.

MATLAB: Programming Language - Renowned matrix manipulator.

Operation Able Archer - The day the world nearly ended.

QOTD: Credit cards. … It bugs me when people spend money on them and then blame the companies for giving them the money.

12 February 2007

Debbie Harry, Blondie's lead singer.Blondie - Iconic band with loads of great songs fronted by the impossibly divine Debbie Harrry.

Heaven - Described as the 'Christian's blessed hope'; is there a place waiting there for you?

The Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896 - The curious tale of a war that lasted approximately 38 minutes.

QOTD: Does anyone else have music playing in their head? I have a whole soundtrack to my life. God help me, I get the most cheesy songs…

13 February 2007

An hourglass.How Many Seconds Are There In A Minute? - Surprisingly, the answer to this question is not always a simple 'sixty'.

Cats - The Musical - This Andrew Lloyd Webber work is based on TS Eliot's 1939 Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.

'All Your Base Are Belong To Us' - How a bad translation in a 1991 video game went on to be the basis of an online phenomenon.

QOTD: Personally, I think as dumb ideas go, this one rates alongside drinking electricity.

14 February 2007

Pallbearers in Victorian dress at Brookwood Cemetery.The London Necropolis Railway - From 1854 up until 1941, this existed solely to carry the dead, along with their mourners.

William Cullen Bryant - The 'Father of American Poetry' was the first internationally-recognised poet from the New World.

The South West Coast Path - Minehead to Porlock - The longest of Britain's National Trails at a mighty 630 miles.

QOTD: Pain or no pain, I still believe in love.

15 February 2007

Queen, at around the time of 'Bohemian Rhapsody.''Bohemian Rhapsody' - Composed by Freddie Mercury on an upright piano, it's one of the most expensive and complex pop recordings ever.

Belming and Chinning - Two of the rituals and conversational punctuators which seem specific to the school playground.

The Boy or Girl Paradox - If a family has two children, at least one of them a boy, what's the probability that the family also contains a girl?

QOTD: a friend of mine used to have a dog what would start licking the screen if there were puppies on it.

16 February 2007

Bill Patzert, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, with satellite images of El Nino in the background.'El Nino - How changes in the ocean can affect global climate.

Travelling by Bus in London - Getting around in the capital.

Bumsters in The Gambia - Be prepared for these wheeler-dealers.

The Art of Dyeing Hair - How to colour your barnet and save a towel.

Carnivorous Plants - Plants that consume creatures.

QOTD: A man named John Bellavia has entered over 5,000 contests, and has never won anything

19 February 2007

The statue of Boudicca, sculpted by Thomas Thornycroft between 1856 - 1885, and erected on the west end of Westminster Bridge in 1902.Boudicca - The British, Celtic Queen of the Iceni of East Anglia who led a rebellion against the Romans after her husband Prasutagus died.

Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire, UK - In continuous use since 1917, this is one of the oldest operational airfields in the country.

Platypus - This creature is so strange that when it was first presented in Britain in 1798 the science community proclaimed it a hoax.

QOTD: The front page Quote of the Day comes from this very thread.

20 February 2007

Sunflowers.The Sunflower (Helianthus) - Called the tournesol in French, the sunflower turns its head to the sun following it across the summer sky.

Karmann Ghia - No, it's not a Hindu actor, or the leader of some obscure religion; it's a rather attractive classic German car.

A Guide to Metal Detecting - The promise of hidden treasure and buried ancient artefacts is just part of the allure of metal detecting.

QOTD: I forgot to mention my rather large collection of Garfields. I have between 40-50 of them, all with beady eyes that watch me sleeping

21 February 2007

Shayne Ward, winner of the X Factor 2005.The X Factor - First broadcast in 2004, this ITV1 reality television programme offers its winner a recording contract.

Birdwatching in The Gambia - You don't have to get up early, get cold and damp, or go too far: The Gambia is birding heaven.

Cynicism - Now considered 'a man who knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing', the cynic was originally something different.

QOTD: It just goes to show how amazing a VW 1300 with a 'body kit' can it didn't smell of fish when it rained

22 February 2007

St Andrew's Hospice, Grimsby.St Andrew's Hospice, Grimsby - Offering expert palliative care with great tenderness, this little hospice deserves a warm h2g2 salute.

Camilla - Married to Prince Charles, and emerging from the shadow of Diana, the Duchess of Cornwall is winning us over.

Tombstones - It's an enjoyable, tactical, two-player word game traditionally played with pencil and paper.

QOTD: Do dogs have accents?

23 February 2007

The Gambian national flag.The Gambia - A tiny country, full of delights.

Genealogy for Beginners - Start researching your family tree.

Attaya - West African Green Tea - Foul-looking but delicious drink.

How to Skin a Cat - Etymology and taxidermy rolled into one.

Colonoscopy - An invasive but potentially lifesaving procedure.

QOTD: A … Your move.

26 February 2007

The Big Duck, a US tourist attraction.The Big Duck, Flanders, Long Island, New York - An American duck-farmer's distinctive attempt to publicise his flock.

The Cheese Grater - The Magazine - A humorous and sometimes insightful read produced by University College London's student union.

Crossrail, London - A plan to build several underground railways through Central London, linking the mainline railways.

QOTD: Did anyone *see* Gemini's performance on the night? They didn't even sing in key!

27 February 2007

Genesis, the band.Genesis - The Band - Reviled by some, adored by more, Genesis put the prog into prog rock with a capital 'pr'.

Rope Around the Earth - Also known as 'how long is a piece of string?', this popular puzzle is exactly that: puzzling.

Alma Mahler-Werfel: Part 1 - One of the most fascinating women of the late 19th/early 20th Century.

QOTD: NOthings what it used to be, the world is going to wrack and ruin, what's there to be happy about?

28 February 2007

The Millennium Dome in Greenwich.The UK Millennium Construction Boom - As the 1990s waned, huge sums of money were set aside for ambitious construction projects.

Alma Mahler-Werfel - Part 2: The later life of one of the most fascinating women of the late 19th/early 20th Century.

Quinoa - Gaining popularity in the western world, this has an appearance similar to that of millet and is thought of as a cereal.

QOTD: I could never understand why Roy Orbison "..drove all night, and crapped in your room..."


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