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eggshaped
176685.  Tue May 22, 2007 7:06 am Reply with quote

Question: Why should every pair of underpants have a silver lining?

Swiss clothing manufacturer Isabodywear is releasing a new line of underwear lined with silver which are supposed to protect the wearer’s testicles from harmful mobile phone radiation; presumably preventing cancer and sper-rates.

The briefs are lined with threads of silver which create a faraday cage around the groin. These aren’t the first items of clothing to protect from radiation; in 2002 Levi Strauss launched a range of jeans with anti-radiation lined pockets.

 
eggshaped
176686.  Tue May 22, 2007 7:07 am Reply with quote

Answer: What can you expect if you get caught cycling furiously?

Answer: a £200 fine

Furious cycling is explicitly mentioned in the UK as a crime – with a set fine of £200. The same maximum fine can be handed out for being drunk in charge of a bicycle (this time with an added 1 month prison sentence)

In Australia it is an offence to “reverse further than necessary” in a car.

http://www.criminal-solicitors.com/bicycles.htm

 
eggshaped
176746.  Tue May 22, 2007 8:42 am Reply with quote

Question: What species was Beatrix Potter’s first published work about?

Answer: A Fungus

Before becoming a children’s writer, Potter was an extremely talented amateur biologist, and one of the first to experiment with symbiosis – the way that two organisms can work together for their own survival means.

Her first paper was about the symbiosis between algae and fungi, but due to being an amateur woman, her theories were snubbed. Deflated, she started work illustrating scientific papers; she was extremely skilled at drawing plants and animals; and it was from there that she began her new career as a writer of illustrated books about animals.

link

 
eggshaped
176754.  Tue May 22, 2007 8:59 am Reply with quote

Question: Can blind people get déjà vu?

Answer: Yes.

University of Leeds researchers have recently reported for the first time the case of a blind person experiencing déjà vu through smell, hearing and touch.

One of the leading theories for the phenomenon was that images from one eye were delayed, arriving in the brain microseconds after images from the other eye – however this certainly could not be the case in the blind man.

The man had déjà vu when undoing a jacket zipper while hearing a particular piece of music, and also while hearing a snatch of conversation while holding a plate in the school dining hall.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15937167/

 
eggshaped
176776.  Tue May 22, 2007 9:38 am Reply with quote

Question: Tell me about Italy’s bimbo school

Answer:
This was an ill-advised unemployment scheme/reality show which was an eight month program to train young people to be TV game show hostesses. The scheme, costing the tax-payer around 1 million euros, only accepted beautiful applicants and only 100 beautiful applicants at that.

For an area of Italy which has over 50% unemployment amongst young people the move was not popular, especially amongst unsuccessful applicants who, aside from being told they were too ugly, were subjected to seeing the successful applicants every day on their televisions.

link

 
eggshaped
176791.  Tue May 22, 2007 9:57 am Reply with quote

Question: What happened in 1994 when a 17 year old boy tried to build a nuclear reactor in his back garden in Detroit?

This was a boy scout called David Hahn, who after earning a merit badge in atomic energy, decided to build a nuclear reactor in his shed. He collected small amounts of radioactive material from household goods like smoke detectors and ended up emitting toxic levels of radioactivity, around 1000 times normal background radiation.

After an accidental discovery by local police, the US government commandeered the boy’s mother’s house, eventually decontaminating it and burying his shed in Utah. Soon later Hahn joined the army and is now a marine.

link

 
eggshaped
176794.  Tue May 22, 2007 10:03 am Reply with quote

Question: How can NASA tell what you're about say without you saying it?

Answer:

NASA have developed a system of reading unspoken words by nerve commands to the throat. Small, button-sized sensors, stuck under the chin and on either side of the Adam's apple gather nerve signals, and send them to a processor and then to a computer program that translates them into words.

People often think of words and phrases and silently talk to themselves, the signals are sent to the vocal chords but not physically spoken. This “silent speech” can now be harnessed.

link

 
Flash
176810.  Tue May 22, 2007 10:39 am Reply with quote

Quote:
Question: What happened in 1994 when a 17 year old boy tried to build a nuclear reactor in his back garden in Detroit?


Might be fun to run that one upside-down, eg

Why did the American government confiscate David Hahn's shed and bury it in the desert?

 
eggshaped
176990.  Wed May 23, 2007 3:12 am Reply with quote

Question: Why are Hugh Heffner's bunnies threatened with extinction?

Answer: They are being hunted by feral cats.

Hugh Hefner funded some research in the 1980s that identified a subspecies of rabbit that dwells in the Florida Keys. The species was named after Hefner; its latin name Sylvilagus palustris hefneri.

The population of these rabbits has fallen by about 50 percent in the past two years and is in danger of being wiped out completely so officials have decided to trap ferel cats who are the rabbits' main predators.

link

 
dr.bob
177012.  Wed May 23, 2007 4:48 am Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Question: Tell me about Italy’s bimbo school

Answer:
This was an ill-advised unemployment scheme/reality show which was an eight month program to train young people to be TV game show hostesses. The scheme, costing the tax-payer around 1 million euros, only accepted beautiful applicants and only 100 beautiful applicants at that.


97 applicants, but let's not split hairs :)

Having done a bit of digging around about this, it seems that there was quite a political row about this, so some of the information may have come from the project's detractors who branded it a "scuola per vetrine" (school for scantily clad women/bimbos).

According to this website 12 of the 97 successful applicants were men. There was also one 45 year-old woman who was recruited but seems to have backed out. The course consisted of 600 hours of lessons in dancing, singing, diction, and "technical language of radiotelevision." Most of the applicants were educated to degree level in subjects such as computing, political science, law, or engineering.

Corriere della Sera ran an article about it in which it spoke to some of the applicants. Sure enough, some young women just wanted to be pretty and famous (surely that'd never happen here!), but others wanted to learn to become serious TV presenters or actors.

eggshaped wrote:
link


From the link you posted:

Quote:
"Strip the News." In that show, produced by the television corporation owned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, two nearly topless dancers prance across the anchorman's desk.
.....
At one point in Sicily, there was even an all-nude newscast.
.....
British author Tobias Jones catalogues some of the sights he regularly witnesses on Italy's veline-soaked television programs: pole-dancing female show presenters, politicians enjoying a lap-dance, dancing girls in bikinis. In one election debate, Jones says, the hostess took off an article of clothing every time the debate got boring. (She wound up topless.)
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Mediaset, Berlusconi's corporation, which, Ottolenghi says, "has made naked women a point of programming."


How come I can never find this stuff when I'm on holiday in Italy?!

(BTW, "bimbo" is an italian slang term for "baby": a contraction of "bambino")

 
eggshaped
177194.  Wed May 23, 2007 11:45 am Reply with quote

Question: How might the smoking ban affect global warming?

Answer:

Friends of the Earth are one of a number of environmental groups who are concerned about the fact that the smoking ban might increase the UK's carbon emissions. Now that pubs are making their outside areas more comfortable for patrons, there is expected to be an unsurge in outside heaters; using a gas-fired heater for just one hour can waste enough energy to make 400 cups of tea.

Manufacturers counter this by saying that according to government statistics the current number of heaters are responsible for 0.002% of all UK carbon emissions. But doesn't that even seen quite high considering how few of them there currently are?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6664871.stm?lsm

 
Flash
177255.  Wed May 23, 2007 3:27 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
using a gas-fired heater for just one hour can waste enough energy to make 400 cups of tea


Well, it uses enough energy to do that; whether it's a waste or not depends on how much you like tea, surely?

 
eggshaped
177381.  Thu May 24, 2007 2:06 am Reply with quote

Question: Why might Cat Deeley soon smell of cheese?

Answer:

Makers of stilton are launching their own perfume using the cheese's distinctive odour and have approached Cat Deeley to be the face of the product.

Eau de Stilton was commissioned by the Stilton Cheesemakers' Association and claims to "recreate the earthy and fruity aroma" of the cheese "in an eminently wearable perfume".

 
eggshaped
178313.  Sun May 27, 2007 10:47 am Reply with quote

Question: What are your chances of surviving a terrorist attack?

Answer: Pretty good.

The Terrorism Knowledge Base is a database which has been compiled of over 80,000 terrorist events between 1970 and 2004; it has shown that the majority of attacks result in zero fatalities and only 1.2 percent of cases result in 25 or more.

The data, which is available to the public, also shows that about two-thirds of terrorist organisations last for less than a year, and that India experienced the most attacks (over 1,000) with Colombia, the Russian Federation and Iraq next with less than 500 - though obviously the results will have changed in the last two and a half years.

http://www.livescience.com/history/070524_terrorism_database.html

**(anyone know figures for iraq since 2004?)**

 
eggshaped
178316.  Sun May 27, 2007 10:58 am Reply with quote

Question: Who would be the best person to tell the difference between two monkeys?

Answer: A six month old child.

Babies in their first six months can tell the difference between two monkey that older people would consider identical. They can also match calls that monkeys make with pictures of their faces.

It seems that humans begin life with a number of amazing abilities which are lost when they become less necessary. For instance, babies can recognize the consonants and vowels of all languages on Earth, and can hear the difference between foreign language sounds that most adults struggle with.

http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20020518/fob1.asp

http://www.livescience.com/health/070524_infant_intelligence.html

 

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