Single Loop Roller Coaster

Oh, I don’t feel so good1.

Peter Griffin

Gravity is a contributing factor in nearly 73 percent of all accidents involving falling objects.

Dave Barry


I know that in cartoons the laws of physics are different2, but none of O’Donnell’s laws of cartoon motion seem to apply and there are a few things in this little clip that suggest the makers actually thought about this problem so I decided to find out if it is possible for Peter to be at the right place at the right time to catch his own puke. 

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William the Conqueror

William as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry during the Battle of Hastings, lifting his helm to show that he is still alive1.


But to the extent that ancestry is considered in genealogical rather than genetic terms, our findings suggest a remarkable proposition: no matter the languages we speak or the colour of our skin, we share ancestors who planted rice on the banks of the Yangtze, who first domesticated horses on the steppes of the Ukraine, who hunted giant sloths in the forests of North and South America, and who laboured to build the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

J.T. Chang2.



One of the things in Dan Brown’s book The Da Vinci Code that really ground my gears to a complete stop was the ‘revelation’ that Sophie Neveu and her little brother are descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. At the time I thought the whole concept was ridiculous, because in every one of the 67 generations between the year zero and the present Jesus’ and Maria’s genes were halved, and nothing would be left, not even a base pair3. I never read another of his books.

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