Archive for August, 2009

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Maths/science jokes

Have you heard this one? An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders a beer. The second one orders half a beer. The third one orders a quarter of a beer. The bartender interrupts the fourth: “How about I just give you 2 beers and let you all work the […]

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Sunday, August 30th, 2009

A few puns…

Past, present and future walk into a bar. It was tense. Midget clairvoyant escapes from prison. Headline: “Small Medium At Large!” Puns are a rare medium well done. Guy sends in ten puns to a magazine contest. Headline: guy fails to win prize, no pun in ten did. Did you hear about the fire at […]

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Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

The “Coin-Flip” puzzle

On Monday, you flip coins all day. You start flipping coins until you see the pattern Head, Tail, Head. Then you record the number of flips required, and start flipping again until you see that pattern, you record it, and start again. At the end of the day you average all of the numbers you’ve […]

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Friday, August 21st, 2009

The “Handshake” puzzle

You didn’t really think one puzzle was the end of it, did you? Fred and Norma held a dinner party and invited 4 other couples. As people arrived, Fred noticed that people who knew each other hugged or kissed, but if they were strangers they just shook hands. After all the arrivals and all the […]

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Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Hubble Deep Field fly-through

Speaking of good science, here is a nice article and video about the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. It includes a “fly through” of ancient galaxies. The earliest galaxies visible are 13 bn years old, were created when the universe was 0.5m years old, and are now 43 LY away and (although not actually moving […]

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Monday, August 10th, 2009

The “Double Pack Turnover” puzzle

Time for another puzzle, to get the juices going again! Instructions: Deal out 2 full packs of cards in one long row, all face down (or in circles or loops or whatever, as long as you can count along them!). Starting with the first card, turn over every card. Starting with the second card, turn […]

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Unusual vegetables

For really unusual vegetables you can actually buy, simply search out a suitable Asian grocery. You should easily find gai lan, sin qua, kang kong, the choy family, daikon (and other radishes), cucurbits such as bitter and fuzzy melon, kumara (and yam and other sweet potatoes), lotus root, cloud ear (and cepes and other fungi), […]

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