Author Archives: Adrian Hornsby

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Gag Dyad: art theft / foot fetishism

Recently a guy in Paris nearly got away with stealing several paintings from the Louvre. However, after planning the crime, breaking in, evading security, getting out, and escaping with the goods, he was captured only two blocks away when his … Continue reading

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Contemplations of the Rat

Lab rats contemplating alternately Fermi’s Paradox and the Pauli Exclusion Principle (click images to enlarge) Fermi’s Paradox: Given the vast size and age of the universe (the sheer number of stars, amount of matter, and how long it’s all been … Continue reading

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Big breasts, little breasts, and EDAR370A

A team of geneticists at the Broad Institute in Cambridge Massachusetts is investigating how DNA differs among human genomes from around the world. Over the course of human history, naturally, different mutations have sprung up in different regions, and became … Continue reading

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Quanta of Humour (à la CERN)

1. Q: What did the up quark say to the down quark after the charm quark dumped her? A: Awh honey, you just gotta muon! 2. Q: What did the strange quark say to the W boson? A: Fishfish wibble … Continue reading

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Party Small Talk

“Could I possibly trouble you for another cigarette?” “Sure. You need all the elements?” “Um … am I in my element? In my — hm, let me see …” “Nono, do you need all the elements? Filters and papers and … Continue reading

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Romantic narrative / Burroughs technique

He dies Eats a peanut sandwich Naturally A man with a severe peanut allergy It was a kiss of death. And subsequently kisses him His girlfriend Is careful to avoid peanuts click to see poem pre-cut-up-text

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Let’s Have a Christopher Hitchens Christmas

A festive video for your holiday delight why not? written and directed by Hannah Marie Marcus performed by The Holiday Recording Party House Band (Hannah Marie Marcus, voice, keys; Meg Reichardt, guitar; Kurt Hoffman, clarinet; Paul Watson, trumpet; Ray Parker, … Continue reading

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Ain’t No Way To Love Me

Jason Bogdaneris’ moody movie of Hannah Marcus’ shadowy song, Ain’t No Way To Love Me

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anything

This is a graph showing global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels over the years 1990-2011 (published in last week’s New Scientist). The curve shows a meandering upwards over the course of the ’90s, gathering in force and momentum along the … Continue reading

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“I like the way you move,” whispered London to Tokyo
. “Yeah right,” Tokyo shot back.

Speech delivered at the House of Lords, London, 16 October 2012, for Vision The trouble is, cities don’t whisper to each other about liking each other’s moves. Quite the opposite — they complain incessantly about congestion. They complain about how … Continue reading

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