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Items of Useless Information. No 8.

Getting Water on Tap Causes Earthquakes. Well not all earthquakes, and not simply by turning on a tap. Reservoirs trigger some earthquakes, and some large enough to be worrying. After a dam is built the water backing up behind the dam creating … Continue reading

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Items of Useless Information. No 7.

Chocolate is a poison. No this isn’t an anti-obesity campaign, it’s true. Theobromine poisoning or chocolate poisoning is an adverse reaction to the alkaloid theobromine, found in chocolate, and some other foods. The amount of theobromine in chocolate is so … Continue reading

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Items of Useless Information. No 6.

It is sometimes claimed that the author Anthony Trollope invented the Pillar Box. This isn’t quite true, there were road side post boxes around Europe well before they were introduced in the United Kingdom. It isn’t as if he was the … Continue reading

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Items of Useless Information. No 5.

“Aye therein lies the rub.” Or rather it doesn’t. ‘Therein’ is an interesting word, since there are ten English words within it which can be identified without rearranging any of the letters, but rub isn’t one of them. The,  there,  he,  … Continue reading

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Items of Useless Information. No 4.

“Household dust is made up of 95% human skin.” In various places throughout the discworld books, Terry Pratchett makes reference to “What everybody knows,” Things that are so obvious or so well known, that no one even considers that they might … Continue reading

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