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November, the first 2 lessons (1st-2nd)

Monday

The operating system Android is based on Linux.

Tuesday

The Nokia ringtone was composed in 1902.

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August lessons still coming on a daily basis

Monday

I learnt how to upgrade my mobile phone system, and the importance of backing up the phonebook when I do!

Tuesday

I learnt that Arnie says “I’ll be back” in 8 films.

Wednesday

I learnt and am experimenting with the Hippopotamus defence in chess. (Where pawns sit back a bit, the pieces lie in wait just under the water like a hippo. But get too close and the hippo is a dangerous beast… as some claim the hippo defence does).

Thursday

I finally learnt the rules of backgammon.

Friday

Bryan Adams video “Everything I do” was filmed partly around Holford and Kilve in Somerset.

Saturday

Asparagus does affect my urine smell (up to now I had not noticed….)

Sunday

I learnt how to spell béarnaise sauce, easier to spell than mayonnaise in many ways.

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)



More lessons April 5th – 11th

Monday –  Tony Hancock comitted suicide by overdose in Australia and his ashes were flown back in first class.

Tuesday – Learnt a method for cleaning frying pans with food stuck on them

Wednesday – According to Plato man and woman were seperated by angry gods, this is the reason that we are always searching for our other half… (btw according to Dawkins we ought to forget all this and just be proud that all our ancestors procreated).

Thursday – Unilever who own marmite have their registered office in Leatherhead, where I used to go swimming when I was younger. Also newspaper is good for cleaning windows, as is vinegar.

Friday – Outside Flook House in Toy Town the toilets are now closed. Apparantly people have taken to protesting about this by using the grounds just outside flook house.

Saturday – A hand = 4 inches

Sunday – Wetherspoon pubs will soon be open at 7 am in the morning, for breakfast – maybe soon for more than breakfast enabling the old drunks to start their day even earlier.

The first lessons of March

Monday – Cheating husbands are less intelligent than those that do not cheat. Ashley Cole, John Terry should take note you dirty dogs

Tuesday – Bambi was Austrian

Wednesday – Invertase is the enzyme used to make soft centres in sweets. Apparantly comes from yeast, or Saccharomyces cerevisiae as noone knows it by.

Thursday – A63 paper is hard to come by (as is A62). This is due in part to A63 paper being smaller than a single carbon atom

Friday – Edgar Dijkstra came up with the Bankers Algorithm

Saturday – In finger spelling the left hand is the vowels. Also Jurassic park was full of non Jurassic dinosaurs.

Sunday – Hush Puppy boxers should be washed at 30 C, the shortest gestation period of a mammal is 12-13 days (Virginian Opposum and Yapok). As if I had not learnt enough, I also found out that flour can be useful when making a cottage pie.

Last 7 Educational Moments of February (22nd to 28th)

Monday – Berol fibre tipped pens can survive for 14 days without their cap on, unlike some of my students.

Tuesday – Found out how to sort out a rogue US keyboard impersonator on a PC (one of those things I possibly should have known already)

Wednesday – The patron saint of mathematicains job shares his work with being the patron Saint of hunters, opticians, metalworkers and used to be involved in rabies curing. Saint Dismas the patron saint of criminals only seems to have the one job…

Thursday – I learnt an immature trick with a Casio scientific calculator (a sort of modern version of the 5318008 = boobies one).  (.)A(.) then move the cursor back to the A and you have your very own

Friday – When decomissioning a nuclear missile you deal with the warhead first

Saturday – Marmite have developed an extra strong version due out in early march

Sunday – Stick insects have become naturalised in Devon and Cornwall

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This weeks lessons (week beginning 18th January)

So I don’t hassle everyone with a thing I learn everyday I have decided to do a week at a time…

Monday : Learnt how to use the Fake Call feature on my phone

Tuesday : learnt that Sgorio on S4C on 14th December officially had 0 viewers, and the Swiss shot down 11 German planes in WW2

Wednesday : Found out that SOLA stands for Specific Off-Label Approval, but havent the foggiest quite what that might mean. Also found out there is a sheep “smiley” on MSN messenger

Thursday : Alliumphobia is the fear of garlic but can be extended to include onions (I also rediscovered the recipe for a good french onion soup to keep people with this disorder away). Not convinced about Anatidaephobia but I really hope there is a fear of a duck watching you – although must be a nightmare…

Friday : Didn’t want to learn similar things on consecutive days but apparantly some cruel b*st*rd came up with aibohphobia as the fear of palindromes, making sufferers fearful of admitting to what they are fearful of, and leading them to a desperate cycle of despair and doom. Incidently Aracnophobia I think is a justified fear. Aracnophilia is surely something that is more in need of treatment.

Saturday : Found out that I need to add an extra rule to my NYR which forbids me from cheating and looking at the learn something new everyday website, that I didnt know existed until today. Also learnt the longest recorded fart was 2 minutes and 45 seconds

Sunday : Learnt how to make an origami swan

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Nokia Alerts

I only today realised the old nokia ring alert was morse code for SMS. I also learnt a bit about how trampolining competitions work, and that you can have 2 minutes bouncing around before you do your routine. Along with the existence of akinator.com* it has been a successful day…

* so far it has identified, benitez, Paddington bear, Vlad the impaler, Iggle Piggle, Fireman Sam, Percy the green Engine, Sam Fox and Peter O’Toole

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facebook maths

It is possible to put mathematical symbols in facebook and it has taken until today for me to find out how… but I have and so I am able to ∫ both my geek sides