It probably won’t surprise anyone who knows me to find out I lean heavily on the ‘decades/centuries begin on the year that has a 1, not a 0’ side of the contention about when these things actually start.This article from Mental Floss has placated me a bit with its observation that it’s not really about …

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I’m not sure that the authors of these strategies about finding the best place to park your car at the shopping centre ever experienced anything like the carparks at our local Coles and Woolworths Supermarkets. This video is another attempt to demonstrate that maths has uses in everyday life. Read more at Mental Floss.

Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. But what about the wood or the jungle? This article on Mental Floss is about the differences between the three terms. Cutting to the chase: To summarize, forests are historically and colloquially considered to be larger than woods, and scientifically considered to be more dense. Jungles …

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We had a situation the other day where we were faced with drinking wine but didn’t have wine glasses available. So the glasses were removed from the dishwasher and cleaned by hand. It just didn’t seem right otherwise. This article on Today I Found Out deals with the very question: Why Is Wine Almost Always …

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This column from the LA Times responds to a question about the way prescription drugs are named. Not the brand names, there are marketing departments that do that, but the pseudo-chemical sounding names that are used for those drugs when referred to in non-brand contexts. Turns out that a couple of women in an office …

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Turns out the survival rate for falling out of a plane without a parachute may be slightly higher than that of being a Presbyterian minister in South Australia. (That’s a joke. It may be true, but it’s still a joke.) This post on Today I Found Out is about how best to survive a parachuteless …

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Here’s an excerpt of some facts about people born on June 4, 1963 that I found online. I have no intention of trying to work out if they’re true. The make me feel older. Especially the dog years one. There was a theory that this applied to people who were Presbyterian ministers in South Australia… …

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