Thursday, 28 February 2008


Ummm... What?

Sunday, 24 February 2008

You cannot remove your fingerprints with pineapple.

Full marks, pat on the back, and maybe some sort of congratulatory painkillers go to this man. Embarking on an experiment designed to remove his fingerprints, he finds that it is causing him enormous amounts of pain, yet still continues. All in the name of science.

I particularly love his dry commentary, with understated gems such as "it hurt", and "I'm starting to think this may actually really not be a good idea"... Well, quite.

Top banana, or rather, top pineapple.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Geek Pop is GO!

The world's first sci-pop concert is taking place online at Null Hypothesis. We'll be hosting what can only be described as "a right ol' shindig" in a spectacular fusion of music and science. And we're calling it Geek Pop '08.

So far, we have eight confirmed performers, all of them absolute gems. You'll be able to download the whole gig and take it away with you to listen to on your iPod (other iPods are available) or absorb the atmosphere at Either way, a real treat is in store. If you want to sign up in advance to receive your podcast, just subscribe here.

But the best thing about Geek Pop is that it's absolutely 100% FREE. We won't be asking you to part with any of your precious pennies, or pieces of eight (if you happen to be a pirate). All you have to do is show up.

Monday, 18 February 2008

Music that's gone to the dogs

The battle for Christmas number one is usually a highly anticipated race that ends up with the winner being an awful track that you will have forgotten by February.

Well the Xmas chart topper in New Zealand was a song that is only audible by dogs and the producers are hoping that its success becomes world-wide.

The song, which has been recorded at a high frequency so that humans can't hear it, was released as a Christmas present dog owners could buy their pets.

The tune 'A very silent night' has raised around NZ$22,000 (£8,900) for the country's SPCA. Due to the current success, producers are looking to release the track in the US and Australia, despite admitting not knowing what the track actually sounds like to dogs.

The dogs themselves have reacted in a range of ways from destroying the radio playing the song to dogs that just lay still.

If this continues could we have a doggy X-factor on our hands? Cue YouTube videos of singing dogs.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Man... er, no, dog vs machine

Ways to confuse your dog... 1) Put hard boiled eggs in his food bowl. 2) Take him for a walk on dry sand. 3) Attack him with a dog-sized, remote controlled cyber-pet, (not so) inadvertently making him the subject of a dog vs machine war film.

Thanks to Lawrence for this.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Invaluable advice

Some answers to everyday questions about fitness and the importance of a good diet.

Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true?

    A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... Don't waste them on exercise . Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

    Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
    A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

    Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
    A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

    Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
    A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

    Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
    A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!
    Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
    A: You're not listening....Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

    Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
    A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

    Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
    A: Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans! Another vegetable. It's the best feel-good food around!!
    Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
    A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.
    Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
    A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape! !
    And remember:
    "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, "WOO HOO, What a Ride!"

    Thanks to Sam G for these

Friday, 1 February 2008


Arrived in our inbox this morning, from Julian:

"I am greatly concerned about the apparent disappearance of Gentlemen of the Road, the old fashioned true British Tramp that in my youth I recall as an abundant species. I strongly suspect that there is a scientific root cause for this demise, it could be Global Warming but for me that doesn’t stack up as surely that would make the lifestyle even more desirable and in fact I suspect that a successful campaign to revive and promote Trampism could significantly help turn the tide of GW, so it really is a mystery to me and I would respectfully and humbly request that Hayley carries out an investigation into subject."

An interesting idea Julian. Veeeery interesting. What, specifically, I wonder, leads you to think that I might be qualified to carry out such an investigation?