Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Oddments from the past week – 16th March 2010

Bad Science – No bugs were harmed in this research

20070715100941!Cockroachcloseup Cockroach, licensed by Creative Commons

From Pat’s favourite column in The Guardian comes this tale of  “Commuters share trains with 1,000 cockroaches, 200 bedbugs and 200 fleas”. Ben Goldacre, who writes this excellent series, shares my distrust of such exact figures.

This claim was made in a press release on behalf of one of the biggest pest control companies in the country and was based, the PR folk eventually admitted, on a ‘theoretical model’.

No counting was done, no bugs were harmed.

Who invented the telephone?1896_telephone

Choose one answer only:

  1. The Queen
  2. Charles Darwin
  3. Noel Edmonds

Courtesy of the BBC.

Off with their heads – be careful where you digAxes99 Photo of Battle Axes in the Public Domain

51 Decapitated skeletons uncovered during road building in Dorset have been identified as Vikings, dating from 910AD - 1030AD. They were all young men, some in their teens and, presumably, lost a battle and then had their heads cut off.  Nothing changes, does it?

Last but not least, the F1 Season started this weekIMG_0224 The nearest I’m likely to come to driving in F1 – yes that really is Pat driving


The only sport I follow. They’ve changed the rules (again!) and there’s no refuelling during the race. The Bahrain track is not an exciting one so it was a little disappointing with little overtaking. Perhaps Melbourne in two weeks time will be better.

Ferrari were first and second so they’ve got their act together again. Nice to see Lotus and Mercedes back again.

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