Archive for August 2008


Discovery Channel’s excellent Mythbusters dispute some of the moon landing conspiracy theories using a large vacuum chamber and demonstrate Galileo Galilei’s theory that, in the absence of air resistance, all objects fall at the same rate. The behaviour of a flag in a vacuum is interesting—intuitively you’d expect the lack of air to prevent movement (i.e. no wind, no flapping), but actually any small movement of the flag pole causes large and uninhibited movement of the flag itself. Cracking presentation of some basic science.

Written by multinormal

August 31, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Posted in Science

LRB Personals

The London Review of Books has the best personal ads. This one is a corker:

Two years ago, my long term girlfriend left me at the start of my postgrad course because I couldn’t share her goals in a mutual plan for the relationship. Nine months ago, another left because I conga’d into our apartment with the Classics department at 3 am before setting fire to the curtains with a misdirected shot of flaming sambucca. Yale post grad on secondment in U.K and wondering where the hell it’s going from here, would like to meet any female U.K domicile who doesn’t believe cultural accommodation is chanting ‘Chuggit’ everytime I so much look at my Miller Light.

Written by multinormal

August 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Posted in Funny