Monthly Archives: February 2010

Flood in Madeira

By request, I’m posting on the local information regarding the flood in Madeira. It really does seem to be as bad as the English sources are reporting; the death toll is now up to 43 and still rising, with 70 … Continue reading

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Europe’s alcohol belts

Strange Maps features an intriguing map showing Europe divided into three alcohol belts: the Wine Belt of the south, the Beer Belt in the middle latitudes, and the Vodka Belt (or Distilled Spirits Belt) of the north. Each is influenced … Continue reading

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Which is the tallest mountain?

Another bit of trivia I stumbled across while researching yesterday’s post… If you ask a random person which mountain is the tallest on the planet, the vast majority of them will say Mt. Everest and feel quite certain that they’re … Continue reading

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How many moons?

While doing a bit of research for the Death Star Moon post, I learned that my information on Saturn’s moons is a bit outdated. So here’s a trivia question: how many moons have been discovered orbiting Saturn so far? A … Continue reading

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Power up the weapon

Those of you who aren’t astronomy geeks might be surprised to learn that some years ago, scientists found this orbiting Saturn: Kidding. But what they did find looked awfully similar: This is Mimas, one of the moons of Saturn. It … Continue reading

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Conservative, my ass

While preparing to move to Portugal, I bought a couple of travel books to know what to expect. One of them said, “Portugal is still a very conservative nation. Female travelers should not wear sleeveless dresses or tank tops in … Continue reading

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Republicans against everything

American politics neatly summed up in one editorial cartoon…

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“No one is tone deaf”

Every year the TED conference in Long Beach, California, features invited speakers who give 18-minute talks on anything from brain research to astrophysics to playing guitar. It costs a bundle to hear them live, but since TED’s motto is “Ideas … Continue reading

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Good news update: Baltic

Remember Baltic, the dog who floated some 75 miles on ice floes and was finally rescued at the last minute by the crew of a Polish research boat? Well, it turns out that he didn’t accept any of the people … Continue reading

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Crossing the finish line

Courtesy of AFP/Getty comes this slice of the action at the Vancouver Olympics: Posted by the Telegraph which captioned the photo: A lynx that wandered onto the course crosses the finish line during the first official training for the Men’s … Continue reading

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