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As far as I know, I have never been overtaken on the M25 by a speeding dragonfly. Not once. Not ever.

But I have observed them many times cruising lazily at well below walking pace over our tranquil local Sussex ponds.

So my fellow IA-ers, answer me this if you will, ....

When a dragonfly suddenly decides to put one of its feet down hard on the gas pedal, can it really hit 60 mph? Or is this just a daffy rural myth?

Anyone got any clue?
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Consumer affairs / Re: There were 5 Sundays in February 2004. When's the next time?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 11 February, 2020, 03:16:23 PM »
I was knee-deep in the attic, idly leafing through some miscellaneous junk to throw away when, under layers of dust, I found an old calendar for 2004.
Flip flip.
And blow me down!   
There's February 2004 staring at me - with not 4 but 5 red Sundays!
5 Sundays?
Is it normal for our shortest month to have 5 Sundays?
When is the next time?

Here's the answer folks!  And it is surprising to say the least!  The next time there'll be 5 Sundays in our shortest month of February since 2004 is... not until 2032. 


This is according to the learned American mathematical website called The Math Forum which says...

"the next time there'll be 5 Sundays in February is 2032 - followed by 2060, 2088, 2128, 2156, 2184, 2224, 2252, 2280, 2320, 2348 and 2376."

And I say for all you maths boffins out there, The Math Forum also gives you a whole load of mathematical explanations as to why - most of which go straight over my aching head.  But they are all there just in case some bright spark on IA understands the maths on the website!  Here are just a few of the things The Math Forum says, such as...

"In order for there to be 5 Sundays in February, two things must
happen.  First, it must be a leap year.  Second, February 1st must
fall on a Sunday, so that the remaining four Sundays will fall on the
8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.  This just happened in 2004, which I assume
prompted your question!

- and -

Now, if February 1st is a Sunday, then January 1st must have been on a
Thursday (you can confirm that with any calendar).  So an equivalent
question is asking how often January 1 occurs on a Thursday in a leap
year.

- and -

At first glance one would think that, since leap years are 1/4 of the
years, and Thursdays are 1/7 of the days, that the answer should be
1/28 of the years have that property.  In the Julian calendar, this is
the correct answer, and those years come exactly 28 years apart."


Etc, etc etc.

And that is just the easy part!  Happy reading on the website.


http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/64804.html
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For all you who have been gasping for an answer to this question since I posted it yonks ago...

YouTube is estimated now to be worth up to $160 billion. 

100% growth in value is not a bad return on the piddling 1.6 billion Google paid for it twelve short years ago in 2006!

This was arguably one of the smartest business decisions in tech history, as YouTube would continue to become one of the most popular websites on the Internet.

With its monetised ads and streaming services, it has successfully developed into a website which can be viewed for free and yet still generate huge revenue.

So says the website www.looxcie.com youtube-worth
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Food and drink / Re: Toffee Apples?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 11 February, 2020, 01:56:00 PM »
Don't know about toffee apples..used to get them from a van that used to come around our area.
Asda had them this year for Halloween.

I remember tiger nuts. DIdn't like them very much.
One thing I remember from childhood was sweet tobacco (obvs not real tobacco) and sweet cigarettes.. times change and it's deemed not PC.

I also remember a biscuit called Butter Osbourne that my friend's mum always had on offer along with home made ginger beer!

Ah Tec! Re Butter Osbournes - and ginger beer...

When I was a spindly six year old, my dad used to proudly make our own Ginger Beer from a live ginger beer plant - which needed regularly feeding with sugar. 

One summer he tried feeding it on crumbled up Butter Osbournes instead but the result was decidedly flat ginger beer.

So he switched to feeding the ginger beer plant on crumbled up Digestive Biscuits instead.  The results during one particularly hot summer were positively explosive.  A dozen bottles of best ginger beer stashed in the larder went up like salvos of cannon shot!

Mum was far from happy - so much so that that was the end of Dad's homemade ginger beer enterprise, much to us kids' eternal grief.  Butter Osbournes also vanished off the menu but we kids didn't care. We much preferred Digestives.
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Consumer affairs / Re: Boilers in cupboards - and instructions about the cupboard door
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 11 February, 2020, 01:25:48 PM »
"our boiler is in one of the cooler parts of the house, so leaving the door open effectively makes the boiler an extra radiator.  Why should the recommendation be that we leave the door closed?"

Here, Duff, is my considered and totally uninformed answer...

Could it be that having the boiler un-enclosed in a door-less cupboard puts the pilot light at risk of being blown out by a passing Gale Force 9 draught?

Of course, your boiler might not have a pilot light, in which case I'll go back to sleep.
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Well, following 10 months of deafening lack of response from IA members to this question, I decided to forego the first few sips of my bedtime cocoa and have a crack at digging up the answer to this question myself instead.

After a whole 4.9 seconds flurry of casual googling I soon came up with this...

"Combining all the categories, there have been 719 inductees, out of which 61 have been women. 2016 inductee Steve Miller directed a litany of complaints at the hall, both during his induction speech and, especially, in interviews after it."


There, that wasn't so difficult was it?


PS  All you Steve Miller fans (and even non-Steve Miller fans) will find his 'litany of complaints' at the Hall of Fame very gripping - that is if you can find the strength to just google these words Steve Miller's litany of complaints at the Hall of Fame.

As one might expect, the music industry fat cats towards whom he directed his scathing cyclone of criticism took his tirade as a well-deserved compliment.
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Is there really nothing more that can be done?

Have tried re-logging in multiple times,  No change.

Please say there is one more thing you could try.

Cheers - John
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Not necessarily - some moons will be large enough to sustain their own atmosphere.  Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, for example has a thin atmosphere (not sufficient to support human life, but an atmosphere none-the-less).
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I think it is all about atmosphere, and the fact that the moon doesn't have an atmosphere - so any bits of debris from comets or other space dust will hit the planet's surface at high enough force to cause craters, whereas most burn up before hitting our green and fertile land here on Earth.

Other planets are often large enough to have atmospheres of some description, so they are similarly protected.

Thank you Duff.  All about atmospheres, eh?  That's smart.  Very smart.
Which is probably why I didn't think of it.
So, if what you say is true, then all the other moons out there will be similarly pocked all over?  I shall have to look into that.  Anyone got NASA's phone number?
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I think it is all about atmosphere, and the fact that the moon doesn't have an atmosphere - so any bits of debris from comets or other space dust will hit the planet's surface at high enough force to cause craters, whereas most burn up before hitting our green and fertile land here on Earth.

Other planets are often large enough to have atmospheres of some description, so they are similarly protected.
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