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11776.  Fri Dec 03, 2004 3:51 am Reply with quote

I wish I could figure out a way to bring the esteemed 878-page volume Back to Bolivia into the mix. Despite the title, nobody goes back to Bolivia in it all - in fact Bolivia only takes up 0.5% of the book, and doesn't appear till the very end.

The book has far more interest in Beethoven, Berlioz and the bagpipes - hardly suprising since it is the second volume of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1980 edition), fortuitously called Back to Bolivia because it deals with subjects ranging alphabetically from Konrad Back to, er, Bolivia. None of the other volumes has such an evocative title, though Riegel to Schusterfleck has a certain ring to it.

At least this is a true-life example; there has been an enduring myth since the 1960s that Terry Nation named his sink-plungered pepperpots after a volume of an encyclopedia on his shelves entitled Dal-Lek (sic). This may have been started by Nation himself, after having been exasperated by constant pleas for an explanation of the derivation of the name.

11840.  Sun Dec 05, 2004 12:20 pm Reply with quote

How many senses does a human being have?

Expected answer - five.

Apparent true answer - at least nine. They include Tactition (the sense of pressure perception), thermoception (the sense of heat and the absence of heat), nociception (the perception of pain) and equilibrioception, the perception of balance.

I hope you won't mind my sharing with you this exchange from a science forum. The words "mote" and "eye" come to mind when reading cosmictraveler's response:

this is an extreamly questinable subject. is the universe/cosmos made op of just Physical and mathamtical things that can be explained by the curent rules of Physics, or is there a 6th,7th,8th... sense ????

ps list experances that you have had if u believe in more than the 5 senses ...

-dont even comit on my spelling i suck at it so w/e


First of all do you have Word by Microsoft? If so please use it to make your comments there then copy what you write there and paste it here. That way Word will spell check and grammar check your work for you! That way you won't suck at spelling any longer and won't have to make us try to FIGURE OUT WHAT YOUR SAYING! LOL :)

There's a 6th sense that some people are said to have. It CANNOT be measured or given tests to find out about it. It happens sporaditaclly and those who have this sense cannot tell when it will happen, it just does!

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11852.  Sun Dec 05, 2004 7:21 pm Reply with quote

Scientists, eh? (sniggers behind hand)

On the other hand, excellent General Ignorance question.

11859.  Mon Dec 06, 2004 6:34 am Reply with quote

There has been an enduring myth since the 1960s that Terry Nation named his sink-plungered pepperpots after a volume of an encyclopedia on his shelves entitled Dal-Lek (sic). This may have been started by Nation himself, after having been exasperated by constant pleas for an explanation of the derivation of the name.

Terry Nation later admitted that it was not true. Oddly enough, however, and completely unbeknown to him at the time he made it up, Dalek is Serbo-Croat for "Far-Away Thing".

12111.  Sat Dec 11, 2004 6:12 am Reply with quote

Have we already had the one about who was the first actor to play James Bond?

Forfeits would include Sean Connery, Roger Moore and any of the other actors who played Bond in a film production.

It was, of course, as any fule kno, Bob Holness of Blockbusters fame, who played James Bond in a radio production in the early fifties.

12130.  Sat Dec 11, 2004 3:22 pm Reply with quote

Actually, it seems that it wasn't Bob Holness. My son, Peredur Glyn, is something of an expert on James Bond, and has written a number of monographs on the subject. He was an adviser to Raymond Benson, who continued the canon of James Bond novels after Fleming's death, and Benson recognized his contribution by naming the main villain of Doubleshot after Peredur.

I can do no better than to hand you over, as it were, to Peredur in his own words...

Bob Holness did indeed play James Bond in a South African radio dramatisation of Moonraker (which Ian Fleming had published in 1955). This programme aired in 1956. But over a year previously, in 1954, the American television channel CBS produced a one-hour dramatisation of Fleming's first novel, Casino Royale (published 1953), which aired on October 21st 1954 as part of the series Climax! Theatre. This was a live programme, and featured the American actor Barry Nelson as "Card Sharp Jimmy Bond". He is, appallingly, an American playing an American secret agent, though the Felix Leiter character, American in the books and more prominent film series, is a British agent. The villain is played by none other than Peter Lorre.

As a final point, at least one other actor appears on cinema screens prior to Sean Connery--the Bond who walks across screen and shoots at the camera in the "gunbarrel sequence" at the beginning of Doctor No (and later in From Russia With Love and Goldfinger) is not Connery, but Bob Simmons, his stunt double and veteran of many Bond films. He wears a hat, doubtless to cover his face.;tt=on;nm=on;mx=20

12133.  Sat Dec 11, 2004 6:41 pm Reply with quote

A friend of mine wrote a biography of Connery some years ago, and evidently the stuff in the preceding post was only discovered at a late stage in the proofreading because it says something like "a figure moves across the screen, silhouetted but with a grace which is distinctively Connery's" and then there's an asterisk and a footnote which reads "*although this part was actually played by stunt double Bob Simmons".

12135.  Sat Dec 11, 2004 7:56 pm Reply with quote

Jimmy Bond? Can't possibly have been Fleming's conception. I mean, that would have been like shortening Sherlock Holmes to Sherry.

12139.  Sun Dec 12, 2004 7:25 am Reply with quote

I forgot to include the following link at the end of Peredur's contribution - it shows Barry Nelson credited with the rôle of James Bond in the 1954 production of Casino Royale.

13039.  Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:53 am Reply with quote

Here's something I was Generally Ignorant about, but now I've been put right by page 2 of today's Times - flags that are flown at half-mast, erm, aren't.

According to the Flag Institute, it is usual to leave a flag's width or so at the top of the pole - in practice, therefore, half-mast means about one-third down the mast.

So bells and sirens might follow the expected answer to the question "How are flags flown as a mark of respect after a death?"

13106.  Thu Jan 06, 2005 3:53 pm Reply with quote

Here's a good GI question: you know that chemical that when added to swimming pool water turns purple when it reacts with urine? Well, there's no such thing.

13108.  Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:00 pm Reply with quote

Yep, might be something in both those.

It used to be said that the army put bromide in the tea to suppress soldiers' libido. Questions:

1) does everybody "know" this, or is it just me?
2) presumably it isn't true?
3) would bromide in fact have such an effect?

13124.  Thu Jan 06, 2005 6:17 pm Reply with quote

Looks like it may be a myth, according to NewScientist, but it's hard to tell...

13185.  Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:34 am Reply with quote

LaidBackLazyman posted this at post 13179
looking at something else in an international calender I noted that the queen no longer has 2 birthdays - it would appear she has 4
April 21st - her real one
June 6th - Official in NZ
June 13th - Official Aus
June 18th - Official Uk

This is a Gen Ig question, I think.

13186.  Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:42 am Reply with quote

On the bromide, thanks to Gray. Interesting to see that apparently it would work in principle, and may even be true. Kind of shoots our fox, if so - but there ought to be some scope in this somewhere.


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