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Dad Joke

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It’s only when you have finger problems that you realise how much you count on them.

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Helvellyn from Whiteside

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O'er the hills and far away

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Tom, he was a Piper's Son, And fell in love when he was young; But the only Tune that he could play, Was o'er the Hills, and far away.

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 10 Jan 2024, 10:43

I keep missing the first letter off words. The doctor says it's rain damage.

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A Room with a View

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Night noises

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Why did the cat flap bang just then?
Was it a ghost,
or only the wind.
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A Lakeland Scene

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Cave Bears

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This is a tooth from a cave bear. My brother gave it to me some years ago and I keep it by my bedside, as a sort of link to the past and the world in which our ancestors lived. 

The coin is to give an indication of scale. It's a Roman denarius, about 1 cm across.

The tooth looks pretty formidable, and I thought about what sort of a bite it could give. I imagined prehistoric  people competing for cave space with what I though would have been carnivorous animals. However, to my surprise, studies of their teeth suggest they may have been substantially herbivorous [1].

Why did they die out? Some possibilities suggest themselves:

  • The bears' diet was too specialised (think about giant pandas), the plants they eat were affected by climate change and there wasn't enough food
  • Humans hunted them to extinction
  • Humans out-competed them.
It might have ben a combination of all these factors, or something entirely different. Further research may help us learn more about what happened to these fascinating beasts.

[1] Cave Bear: A Vegetarian Carnivorehttps://www.senckenberg.de/en/pressemeldungen/cave-bear-a-vegetarian-carnivore/#:~:text=Together%20with%20an%20international%20team,had%20an%20exclusively%20vegetarian%20diet.

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The Elephant

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The Elephant is a curious bird

It flits from twig to twig.

It builds its nest in a rhubarb bush

And whistles like a pig.

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Chicken Joke

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Yesterday

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Yesterday was the one day in the year when the alphabet has only 25 letters.

Noel.

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Narga

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This is all I ate.


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Solution to Probability Question

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 24 Dec 2023, 16:02

This is the solution to the problem posted at https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/oublog/viewpost.php?post=279732

When two dice are rolled there are 6 x 6 = 36 possible outcomes, all equally likely. However the information that at least one has come up six narrows down the number of possibilities to the 11 shown as crosses below.


1 2 3 4 5 6
1 x
2 x
3 x
4 x
5 x
6 x x x x x x

Of these both dice show 6 in only one case, so the required probability is 1/11 ~  9%.                   
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Probability question

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A friend who I know to be reliable rings me up and tells me they have just rolled a pair of dice and at least one came up 6. What is the probability that the other one also showed 6?

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Xmas Cheer

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I’m dreaming a wine Christmas.
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Telemedicine 1925

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This picture is from the cover of the February 1925 edition of Science and Invention. The author of the article on page 978 was Hugo Guensback.


Guensback's prescient article foreshadows by nearly 100 years developments that are only just starting to become common. 


The 'teledactyl' sounds like a prehistoric winged reptile but is in fact a remote finger that mirrors the movement of the doctor's finger. Here is Guensberg's diagram of how the system might work.


This is all quite well thought out and even in 1925 it might have been possible to build a limited proof of concept prototype in the laboratory but of course cost and technical issues would have made mass production impractical, and without a modern communications infrastructure such as the internet it would be very hard to make it work in practice.

Here is a link to the whole article, courtesey ofl worldradiohistory.com

https://www.worldradiohistory.com/Archive-Electrical-Experimenter/SI-1925-02.pdf


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The Burning Bush

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Generated by DALL_E  from a photo of a hawthorn bush

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Christmas Tree Festival

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Yesterday we went to a Christmas Tree Festival in the village church. There were about 30 trees from various local groups and organisations. Some were actual Christmas trees but others had been put together from various materials. They filled the whole church, and the effect was rather magical.


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My Mother was very, cold towards me, but Father was aloofer. He was a bath sponge.

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Shaggy Bear Story

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 2 Dec 2023, 01:00

Once upon a time a Hare


 Challenged Sooty


To a race.

The Hare got off to a flying start and soon Sooty, being only a glove puppet, was lagging badly. When the Hare looked back Sooty was nowhere to be seen.

So the Hare lay down for a nap.

You guessed it, Sooty came up from behind, passed the Hare, and reached the finishing post first.

In the papers next day the headlines read

Slow hand-teddy wins the race



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Word of the day

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Backronym

An acronym is formed from the initial letters in a phrase, and can become a word in its own right. Scuba is a good example, derived from Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. People like acronyms; they are handy and memorable.

A backronym is the exact opposite. Starting from a word that looks as though it could be an acronym, we reverse engineer an origin, sometimes to be comical, but sometimes because an acronym is suggested that seems plausible and satisfying. And some backronyms  are for serious purpose, as explained here 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backronym

As an example of the plausible type, it’s commonly said that posh comes from Port Out Starboard Home, in the context to sea travel to India, but I don’t believe there is any reliable evidence for this explanation. It always seemed fishy* to me.

A more modern backronym is rap = Rhythm And Poetry, which seems equally unlikely to be true.

And a really funny one is 

* False Information Some Hand You.

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Bread Joke

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Erm, what's the name of that French bread? I baguette.

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From The Botanical Gardens

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 29 Nov 2023, 00:10

These amazing plants look like something from a Gaugin painting. They were seen in thJardín de Aclimatación de la Orotava, Tenerife which dates from 1788.


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