Smoked Salmon with Tarragon and Lemon Juice dressing.
Sorry, 2 got clipped
What interesting facts do you notice about how the corners of this cube are numbered?
I've just watched this marvellous lecture, given tonight at the Royal Institution. The speaker was Andrew Szydlo, who is an engaging mix of educator, scholar of the history of science, subject enthusiast, and showman.
The beautiful image above (flames not ghosts!) is one of the many demonstrations in the lecture. This one illustrates how compounds of different chemical elements produce characteristic colours in flames. The lecture made the point, which I'd never thought about before, that this must have been observed for possibly thousands of years, although the substances behind these colours were not understood in terms of elements in the modern sense. That idea has only been around for a couple of hundred years.
To give you an idea of the lecture's scope, it covered, amongst other things: the discovery and recognition of hydrogen as a gas, distinct from air; its connection with water, which gives it its name "Water producer"; ways of producing hydrogen; its use in ballooning and how then R101 disaster destroyed that dream; its use in rocketry that sends satellites up into orbit; its explosive properties when mix with oxygen; the discovery of gaseous diffusion; the role of hydrogen in the revelling of spectral lines; its seminal role in the beginning of quantum physics is; pH and acidity of fruits; and the fact that 78% of the universe is Hydrogen, first discovered by the brilliant Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin.
To find the YouTube video, just Google The Explosive History of Hydrogen Royal Institution.
I asked an AI Bot to write me a sonnet on cheese in the style of William Shakespeare and this is what I got.
Oh, cheese of creamy goodness, fair and fine Thou art the source of endless gustatory delight Thy savory flavor, a symphony divine Makes every taste bud dance with pure joy and excite
In thy texture, oh cheese, so rich and smooth Thou art the queen of all culinary arts Thy melted form, a culinary treasure to behold Thou bringest joy to the heart of cheese lovers and food connoisseurs alike
Thy variety, oh cheese, is truly staggering From cheddar to gorgonzola, brie to feta Thou art the star of many a fine dining And the perfect companion to a crisp glass of wine
Oh cheese, thou art the soul of many a dish
Thy flavour and texture, a culinary bliss.
F. D. C. Williard was a cat whose scientific papers were published internationally.
Williard was a Siamese owned by Jack H. Hetherington. Hetherington wanted to publish some of his work, but discovered that his journal of choice had a policy that papers with single authors must write in the first person singular, "i" , and not research to the author as "we".
This was in 1975 and the task of retyping the manuscripts would have been formidable at that time.So Hetherington decided to add his cat Chester as co-author, under the nom de plume F. D. C. Williard. The paper was published and F. D. C. Williard became quite celebrated, publishing a paper as sole author, and often being mentioned by other scientists in footnote, where they thanked please invaluable contributions to the discussion etc etc.
You can read all about this notable cat here.
I scorned the frost
Because I felt so hardy.
But now I’m old
I feel the cold
And huddle in my cardie.
A ruthless rhyme by Harry Graham
Little Willie, full of glee,
Put radium in grandma’s tea.
Now he thinks it quite a lark
To see her shining in the dark.
More to follow
This is something I read a long time ago, I can’t remember where. Someone spotted a sign that read
and wondered did it mean
1. Alsatians roaming freely.
2. Sexually incontinent outstations.
3. Alsatians with poor bowel control.
4. A demand that Alsatians be released from captivity.
5. Alsatians for sale in arbitrary numbers, not pre-bagged.
And I suppose we might add
6. Floppy Alsatians.
Interviewer: Adventurous Chicken, why did you cross the road?
Adventurous Chicken: Because it was there. Plus, someone had to do it.
“That’s a whole Pandora’s box of worms you’ve opened up.”
Medieval glass surviving in the church at Wimpole Cambs.
SPEECH! How Language Made Us Human, by Simon Prentis.
I've only just started but finding it very interesting. As a professional translator he provides many examples of how other languages may do something is a way that seems strange or unnatural so English speakers, only to flip the perspective and show us that from the others point of view we English speakers are the strange ones.
On Page 53 I found this wonderful joke. I don't know where it came from originally and it pops up in several places on the internet. I've reproduced it from memory, this is no a direct quote.
A mother mouse and her baby mouse were going for a stroll when they were suddenly attacked by a cat. The mother mouse shouted "BARK, BARK!" and the cat ran away scared. "See" says the mother, "how useful it is to learn foreign languages."As an avid etymologist I was also fascinated by this fun fact: Chemistry is of course from Alchemy and that comes from Medieval French, and then from Arabic, which added the al meaning 'the' to a Greek word mean 'transmutation', and the latter comes ultimately from the Ancient Egyptian word for the fertile silt spread by the Nile when it floods annually.
It's all here in Wikipedia but I didn't know it before -
Whatever happened to cloaks of invisibility? I don’t seem to see them nowadays.
“Learning is the power that lets us discover our ignorance.”
Translated from Erne of Armingford, probably writing ca 700 CE.
Exorbitant: Ant that has returned from the International Space Station.
What day comes after Fry-up day?
Given an equilateral triangle LMN, let X lie on ML extended, and Y lie on MN, such that LX = NY.
Show that the point P where XY and LN intersect is the midpoint of XY.
In the last few years there has been a good deal of research into bumble bee behaviour. These astonishing insects are capable of quite complex learning, far more than was at one time recognised. For example they can learn to roll a wooden ball to a target in order to get a reward of dissolved sugar. An article very recent published reports that they also engage in behaviour that looks like playing; they spontaneously roll the wooden balls around even when no reward is associated.
For more about the research see
The Slowcoach, by Ivan Tupotitov. An early 19th century classic about a Russian nobleman, who, like Hamlet, struggles with procrastination.
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