FrontPage Archive - February 2007
Created | Updated Aug 18, 2007
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1 February 2007Toilet 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 2007The 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 2007Beethoven'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 2007The 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 2007The 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 2007Dawn 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 2007Christianity - 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 2007Blondie - 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 2007How 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 2007The 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'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 2007El 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 2007Boudicca - 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 2007The 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 2007The 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 be...plus it didn't smell of fish when it rained
22 February 2007St 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 2007The 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 2007The 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 2007Genesis - 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 2007The 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..."