July Lessons

Monday

Grasshoppers can bite.

Tuesday

The GM food scare may well have started from a discredited scientific study that poisoned mice with potatoes. All the study really showed was that potatoes contain poisons (which incidently are contained on the outisde 6mm of a potato).

Wednesday

People have the ability to take a football predicting octopus seriously. Incidently a German win today would at last show that octopodes cannot predict football results! (Something surely we should all know!)

Unfortunately for my desire for rational explanations Spain won and the octopus was correct.

Even worse news is that it predicted the final but if it hadn’t a parakeet would have been celebrated for its psychic powers!

Thursday

On Saturday it is the 31st annual “Moon Amtrak” day, when people gather by the side of a railway in Orange County and bare their backsides at passing trains. This annual event occurs on the second Saturday in July every year.

Friday

If you have 8 railings and remove the 2nd 3rd 6th and 8th railings, running a stick down the 1st 4th 5th and 7th at an even speed will give you a tango beat. (incidently if you have 30 railings leave 1 4 6 8 9 12 14 16 17 18 19 20 26 27 28 29 30 and you will get the rhythm for the Simpsons theme)

Saturday

The Monty Hall dilemma actually dates to the 30s, and not to Monty Hall himself. Monty Hall never gave contestants the opportunity to swap doors.

Sunday

Annabel Chong was from Singapore… something they don’t seem to advertise much.

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June Lessons for the Longest Day and Beyond (21st – 27th)

Monday

Mexico City has the worlds largest University UNAM, (measured by the number of students enrolled).

Tuesday

The Japanese for death by overwork is Karōshi. It is s0mething I am always conscious of avoiding.

Wednesday

Slovenia is the richest Slavic nation, and I learnt exactly where it is which is a bit embarrassing as I really ought to have known

Thursday

The USA came third in the first World Cup (there was no third place play off then but they were recognised by FIFA as having a better record than the other beaten semi-finalists Yugoslavia).

Friday

Apparantly no team has lost a World Cup match after being 2-0 up at half time.

Saturday

Richard Coles of the Communards is now a Church of England priest. Also Ridley Scott directed the famous Hovis advert shot on a cobbled street in Dorset (not Yorkshire).

Sunday

The biggest defeat England have ever suffered in World Cup Finals is 4-1 against Germany in 2010 (June 27th)

June 14th-20th lessons (many about male anatomy)

Monday

The barnacle has a penis 40 times its own body length. (Not surewhether to be impressed, jealous or take pity as what I would do with one over 240 feet?  Maybe use it as a scarf.) They also have testes near the back of their head, and maybe it is a throwback to this sort of anatomy that makes us men sometimes think with our testicles.

Tuesday

The Naegleria Fowleri is a single celled organism that occasionally can enter the nose and meander up the nervous system and start feeding on the human brain. This is how it has got its other name the “brain eating amoeba”.  It is enough to put you off swimming in lakes in the Czech Republic, New Zealand and the USA. Probably best I didnt know about that before I did go swimming in lakes in Eastern Europe and the US! (Of course if one has swum up my nose and eaten my brain would have been better to know…)

Wednesday

This is turning out to be penis length fact week. Humans have the largest penis size of any ape (I vaguely may have known this). A result of this is for the phrase to be “hung like a gorilla” is considered an insult in some african countries. (They have a penis as thin as a pencil but maybe they know what to do with it as that is what matters!)

Thursday

A promethean interactive whiteboard can be set up (accidently) to autohide the toolbox.

Friday

Most birds do not have a penis, although ducks do. A breed of duck jas one twice its body length.

Saturday

I learnt today a good way to grow mushrooms, decided it is a smelly business though so might just let Tescos grow mine.

Sunday

Taunton is at longitude 3.1 degrees west (I have known the latitude was 51.0 for some time as this is useful for telescope setting up, longitude less so). The sun sets about 13 minutes after it does in London.

More June Facts (7th – 13th)

Monday

Zhuji City in China is responsible for 30% of the worlds sock production

Tuesday

In South Korea it is commonly believed that sleeping with an electric fan on is a risky business and the news often reports on “fan death” incidents. According to the rest of the world this is merely an urban myth.

Wednesday

Electric Eels are techincally not eels, they have more in common with catfish.

Thursday

Elephantitus technically would be inflammation of the elephant. The actual disease that gives you legs of some magnitude is elephantiasis.

Friday

Mexico let in the first goal of this years World Cup, but also let in the first goal ever in a World Cup. Morocco incidently were the first African side to get a point in a World Cup. Until today No team had defended 104 or lower in a Twenty20 game anywhere in the world. Today Somerset did!

Saturday

Today I learnt that at the time of the Rorke’s Drift it was impressive if you could fire three shots in a minute.

Sunday

The Ghana national football team are known as the Black Stars, presumably a reference to the national flag.

Do We Learn Anything in June? Of Course We Do (1st-6th June)

Tuesday

Today I clarified what the batsman scores in cricket if the fielder catches the ball and touches the boundary (or crosses). As I thoought logically it is a six.

Wednesday

I found out that not only is Keifer Sutherland not at all american (canadian more like) he was born in London.

Thursday

World cup squads must have 3 keepers who are not allowed to play anywhere else but in goal. North Korea have only named 2 keepers and have a striker who is only allowed to play goalkeeper instead of a third keeper. The chuckle brothers have won both opportunity knocks (in 1967) and new faces (in 1974).

Friday

Yesterday was  Fronleichnam, a holiday in some parts of Germany, mainly catholic parts. It is the feast of corpus christi or the “Solemity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ”

Saturday

Cricket is becoming more popular in France, and in France you can be out jdg (jambe devant guichet). Incidently French cricket is probably not played in France.

Sunday

In the final episode of the final series of 24 the clock counts from 3 to 0 indicating the end of some sort of era probably.

Penultimate May Lessons

Monday

I learnt about the process of radio therapy and its possible side effects.

Tuesday

I learnt that my great great great….great grandfather was a sea squirt, and so was yours. If you cannot admit it you are truly are a spineless individual (unless creationism is correct)

Wednesday

I learnt where the A level maths exam is being held and how long it takes to draw a map. And that it means a missed train when I do. I also now know Aardman Animations were involved in the Sledgehammer video

Thursday

Delia Smith made the cake for the Rolling Stones album cover, Let It Bleed

Friday

For some reason during Korean elections people dance for their chosen candidates. I personally like the policies discussed in this political debate…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0OgRr9y8fA

but my vote may well go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVTjrjf0Di8&feature=related

Saturday

There is a Brazilian Grill in the O2

Sunday

First Great Western not only run on what was once called Gods Wonderful Railway but they apparantly have the worlds first on-train entertainment system (a bit like on planes)



7 days and 7 lessons 15/02/10 – 21/02/10

Monday – I probably could have worked it out but the Rocky Horror Picture Show is apparantly has the longest release of any film. Certainly any film with a transvestite in it.

Tuesday – The Great Britain (essentially Scottish)  mens curling team are at present the world champions

Wednesday – Eleven plus two is an anagram of twelve plus one (and equal) / Also it is apparantly national nest box week (??)

Thursday – I learnt the UK will have an extra bank holiday in 2012 to celebrate the queens diamond jubilee

Friday – You can train a dog to obey the command “bonky bonky” (less messy if its a bitch). I also learnt at last which way Flamingos legs bend. (or had what I thought was the case confirmed)

Saturday – Asparagus cup of soup definately contains asparagus (as tested by someone with “asparagus wee”)

Sunday – A pint of Sailor Jerry’s is equivalent to 568.26ml and would cost Andy the discoverer of the worst model of the human heart £25 approximately in a pub.

Lessons for Valentines day week…

Apart from being a time to reflect on appalling treatment by ex-gfs and how they don’t deserve you etc etc (not really, I didn’t deserve them)  I have learnt the following excellent things this week…

Monday – Ser is Polish for cheese, one of the many things I learn during my monday maths teaching

Tuesday – I found a way of making a happy/sad queen banknote. Also one thing I learnt is that the idea “there is always one exception to a rule” is self defeating, as there must be  an exception to this rule rendering it useless (which it is anyway). Also the exception to everyone being unique has to be 2 or more people…

Wednesday – unfortunately forgot what was going to go in here first as I decided to do an anti-valentines day rant! Did learn however there is no v in the polish alphabet (although there is a strange letter lingering around l in their alphabet that seems to do the same job. Incidently also learnt experimentally what I knew academically that ranting is counter-productive)

Thursday – I found that a ten pin bowling shape USB device aimed at the frustrated single male sells for $300 but that an alternative can be made from a nintendo game glove, and some wet sponge

Friday – Dorset has no Motorways, something I sort of knew before but had never really thought about

Saturday –  You can actually get ginger hair dye. Apparantly the ginger one in sex and the city isnt a natural ginger. Also Kim whats it (the non shoe faced blond) is in Bath being theatrical at the moment

Sunday – You can get pyjamas with hoods

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sukarno-hatta (cgk)

The main airport for Indonesia is sukarno-hatta named after the first president (sukarno) and vice president (hatta). Wondering if Ted Heath had a vice PM called Row?

Supplementary thing I learnt today : merpati pos is Indonesian for carrier pigeon

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Ox Bow lakes

Today I learnt that this vital part of Geography in my first year of secondary school is not very easy to find, apparantly as they often fill in. However even more exciting I learnt that a billabong is an ox bow lake thus making the song waltzing matilda only 99% imcomprehensible.