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Perhaps if it is hot alcohol? Although I seem to recall that pure alcohol boils at 63C, so it can't get all that hot

I tried your answer on the bothersome biologist who started me off on this subject.[/b] He says "Nope, the alcohol is at room temperature". I then managed to beat out of him (ie by bribing him with glasses of gin and tonic and wheedling non-stop until he cracked) that the secret is that he only meant it would cook the white! Not the yolk.

I call that a cheap swizz. But what can you do? How can you punish a bloke who is nearly 90? Not much. I shall cross him off my post card list. That'll teach him!
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Entertainment, sport and leisure / Album names
« Last post by tecspec on 26 June, 2017, 11:42:21 AM »
I was listening to Radio 2 a couple of weeks ago and they were discussing album names. They were pondering what the first album that wasn't eponymously named was.
They were discounting ones called things like 'Joe Blogs plays Sax', 'Joe Blogs christmas' etc. It had to be a proper title like Sgt Pepper.

I didn't catch what the answer was..any one here know? It was likely to have been Steve Wright in the Afternoon show..
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Miscellaneous / Re: Whisky, glass, egg - Whisky, glass, egg - Is it true that...
« Last post by siasl on 25 June, 2017, 05:38:57 PM »
Perhaps if it is hot alcohol? Although I seem to recall that pure alcohol boils at 63C, so it can't get all that hot
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Err, for eggs you only need hens, and not cockerels. They lay continuously.

In terms of how do they get so many chickens in the oven for a roast every day, well about all I know it's that the average age of a roast chicken is about 35 days.
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Miscellaneous / Whisky, glass, egg - Whisky, glass, egg - Is it true that...
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 25 June, 2017, 10:32:58 AM »
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...if you crack an egg into a glass of alcohol, it will cook? A retired (but otherwise still very sensible) biology teacher friend spouted this at me yesterday. He says that you can cook an egg by dropping it in alcohol.

I say that you can't - and held up my years of experience with swallowing eggy-yolky hairs of the dog hangover cures as absolute proof that you can't.

Annoyingly, he doggedly still insists that you can. Can you really cook an egg by dropping it in alcohol?
 
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Technology / What’s is windscreen washer fluid that makes it work so well?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 25 June, 2017, 10:10:39 AM »
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Is it just the same gunk that's in supermarket bottles of window cleaner? Or is there something extra in car windscreen washer fluid that makes it seem to work so much better than ordinary domestic window cleaners?

Would it pay me to clean my house windows, mirrors and picture glass with windscreen washer fluid instead of ordinary window cleaner?

What are the pros and cons?
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Science and nature / Do short people live longer than tall people?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 25 June, 2017, 09:59:05 AM »
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Being by nature of average height myself, this question surprised me when it popped unannounced into my head.  My immediate thought was that being tall (say, over 6 feet) must put an extra strain on the body that short-arses don't get subjected to. Strain = Wearing out faster. Does it?

Is there any evidence whatsoever that a person's height (or lack of it) is in any way a contributing factor in dying younger than the average?

Do short people live longer than tall people?
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There I was, merrily cracking open my second brown egg at breakfast when it suddenly hit me.   I suddenly started thinking that the logistics of putting an egg on every breakfast plate in the world every day must be enormous. An absolutely mammoth task.

Logic tells me that if hens are caged, they can't get naturally fertilised, can they? So where does this endless stream of chickens and eggs keep coming from?  It means hens must be getting fertilised on a vast corporate scale, daily, round the clock.

Then I thought, well, perhaps the short answer is that fertilisation just might not even be a part of the business plan of running an industrial-sized multi-thousand chicken farm.  Does it mean that industrial chicken farmers just keep on buying in millions and millions of new chicks every day, each one ready to be fed, lay eggs like clockwork and eventually be plucked and shrink wrapped?

But there's a clucking great 'But' to this last line of thought...IF chicken farmers do just buy in fresh loads of chicks, then where on earth do all the millions of day old chicks come from?

How do the factory farms that supply the chicken farms with these millions of chicks every day manage to fertilise all those millions and millions of mother hens? Again, it must be an incredibly intensive automated process.

Is the simple answer that there is a handful of very knackered roosters out there? But, as seems more likely, have all those tired roosters been long since replaced by armies of white clad lab technicians silently waving turkey basters chock full of warm rooster sperm over automated conveyor belts carrying endless lines of upended hens ready for fertilisation?

Finally, another disturbing thought struck...How would those armies of lab technicians armed with etc etc get all that rooster sperm in the first place? I make me feel quite queasy. It must be another vast sub-industry, not one for the squeamish or faint-hearted but one that'd need highly  complex organisation.

I honestly cannot understand it. Not the scope and scale of it. Not at all. Please help to un-baffle me. It's ruining my breakfast not knowing.

How do chicken farmers do it?
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...like their work, do you think that means you wouldn't like them if you met them?

To resurrect Heel's old question...I did once meet Paolozzi - not Paolozzi (Eduardo) - but his brother George Paolozzi who was my pottery teacher at school. He was a really great bloke. Kind, friendly etc. I owe him a lot. I liked him. And his pots.

I also three times met Patrick Procktor one summer when I was working as a fine art wood-print printer clanking on a big old Albion Press...and Patrick Procktor was as affable a man as I've ever met. I liked him. And his art.

I also very nearly met the 'kitchen sink school of art' painter John Bratby - at least, I met Bratby's wife Jean Cooke round at their house. She was also a painter and she was really nice whereas, from what she told me, Bratby was a bit of a curmudgeon. I liked her a lot but don't know if I'd have liked him that much.

And I liked all their work. Still do.

Here is one of Jean Cooke's portraits of her husband John Bratby. Cheerful looking bod, isn't he? It's a good likeness.

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I make it....Religions 385 million - Atheists 0. I cannot recall any Atheist states or armies ever charging into war shouting "God is on our side!".  I think this shows Atheists as a tad more caring and devout than Christians, Muslims, Tengrists (Genghis Khan et al) and other assorted religious bigots.

PS I arrived at my very conservative 385 million casualty figures by taking the lowest figures on Wikipedia's List of Wars by Death Toll. Had I taken the highest estimated death toll for religious was or wars waged by people 'with God on their side' then the figure would easily run in to the Billion+ deaths.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_by_death_toll

PPS Excellent link Siasl. Cheers.

PPPS I think I should maybe have said 'Humanists' rather than 'Atheists' - because I do not regard Stalin as a true Atheist, more as a godless tyrant. He was certainly not a Humanist.
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