Saturday, 5 September 2015

Writing - 10 things for the beginning of September

A collection of the weird and wonderful that at times beggars belief.


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1. Silk can be made from the solidified saliva of a clam.

In all fairness how on earth does anyone find that out?


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2. Tech start-ups valued at $1bn or more are known as "unicorns".


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3. A gentle jolt of electricity can be used to help someone's muscles learn a new skill.

How big a jolt?


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4. There is a computer algorithm that can recreate a Van Gogh painting in 60 minutes.

But how good is it or is the revered artist spinning in his grave?


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5. A starfish-killing robot could help save the Great Barrier Reef.

What about the poor starfish?
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6. People who do not get enough sleep are more likely to catch a cold.

Ahtishoo!


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7. People's blind spots can be reduced with training.

Now I reckon to have learned something about this. As the blind spot is the point at which the optic nerve enters the back of the eye and has no rods or cones (light and colour sensitive cells), how can training alter a physical attribute? It's like saying that they can straighten your nose by training! 


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8. Just nine men are registered as donors a year after the opening of Britain's national sperm bank.

Come on!


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9. Gorillas have individual tastes in music.

Interesting how they discover this sort of thing. I'm more and more concerned about what research money is being wasted upon. Probably enough to clear the National Debt.


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10. A bang on the head can theoretically cause a bald spot. 

Dropping a heavy weight on the floor can theoretically cause an earthquake!


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God Bless