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Tolkein had a gerbil called Gollum

By Dave Snowden  ·  June 2, 2009  ·  Surreal

The New Statesman has been running a weekly competition for intelligent quips of various types for as long as I have been reading it, which is over 40 years now. Number 4077 asked readers to come up with factoids which means believable comments that become true through repetition. popular examples include the number of words that Eskimo's have for snow and the frog boiling story. Some of these (the latter in particular) are too good not to be true but never mind! They are a subset of the general category of urban myths. There were...

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Putting piglet down

By Dave Snowden  ·  May 3, 2009  ·  Surreal

Swinebigpharma.jpg.jpeg So I come back from the US and I hit my normal problem at this time of the year with the first flowering of rapeseed. The fields around us are becoming a patchwork of yellow and blue, the former from rape the latter from linseed. I have a long standing allergy to rapeseed flowers and I am sneezing in consequence. However it seems the local population (i) assumes that Mexico and Washington are adjacent and (ii) that the odd sneeze is a sign of immanent pandemic. This illustration (hat tip to the NHS Blog Doctor for it) is excellent....

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Thinking of ants ....

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 13, 2009  ·  Surreal

If you don't like ants, do not follow this link. On the other hand, you would be missing some fascinating pictures and great bye line comments.

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Liposuction for the mind?

By Dave Snowden  ·  April 6, 2009  ·  Surreal

dali memory.png I don't know about you but I think this is probably a step too far (Brain researchers open door to editing memory). Aside from the dangers of loosing material around the edges there are wider ethical issues. Are you still responsible for actions of which you have no memory? What are the implications for emotional resilience if I can just edit out the bad stuff? A few minutes thought on the implications for criminal activity and a myriad of fairly nasty implications come to mind (maybe I'd like to forget some of those for that...

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Big fish eat little fish and so on

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 21, 2009  ·  Surreal

This sequence of photos is hysterical, and a hat top to Warwick Holder for sending me a copy. Its the story of an attempt to recover a lost car. Its an old one (2004) and took place in Roundstone County Galway

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