Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Number One Hundred and Thirty One: Fontart FA002

Number One Hundred and Thirty: Fontart FA001

Number One Hundred and Twenty Nine: Snow Symbol

This is a weather symbol for continuous heavy snow.

Number One Hundred and Twenty Eight: Fractal F1003

Number One Hundred and Twenty Seven: Kirigami

Kirigami is a form of origami that involves paper cutting.

Number One Hundred and Twenty Six: Paper Cut Two

This is a paper cut.

Number One Hundred and Twenty Five: Paper Cut

This is a paper cut.

Number One Hundred and Twenty Four: Snow Crystals

Wilson Bentley from Vermont took his first photo of snow crystals in 1885 and went on to take 5,000 more. He would catch them on black velvet.

Number One Hundred and Twenty Three: Desert and Snow

Christmas became confused when it was necessary to reconcile desert landscapes with the snow of the North Pole. Luckily there was heavy snow in parts of the Middle-East this year.

Number One Hundred and Twenty Two: Hamper

The Food Hamper is a common sight in the British Isles during December and January.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Number One Hundred and Nineteen: Dentistry

Throughout history dental problems, teeth and dentistry have been treated as comic subjects. This is rarely the case for the owner of the teeth.

Number One Hundred and Eighteen: Patterns

We discover and interpret patterns in everything.

Number One Hundred and Seventeen: Dream Narratives

In dreams the brain can construct complicated illogical stories. Last night I dreamed I was storing possessions in a wardrobe in the street and a woman was sleeping in a skip on top of neatly folded sweaters.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Number One Hundred and Sixteen: Waffles

 One of the first appearances of waffles in art was in this carnival painting by Pieter Bruegel in 1559. The man with the waffles on his head may be a self-portrait, the waffles were probably a prize in the game of dice.

Number One Hundred and Fifteen: Shaving

People have been shaving for thousands of years.

Number One Hundred and Fourteen: Painted Moustache

A popular amusement is to draw a moustache on a painting or photograph.

Number One Hundred and Thirteen: Moustache Spoon

If you can afford one a silver moustache spoon is useful when eating soup.

Number One Hundred and Twelve: Chinese Girl

One of the most popular works of art in the twentieth century was Chinese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff.

Number One Hundred and Eleven: Painted Fairies

Nineteenth Century painters were very fond of fairies.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Number One Hundred and Ten: Democracy

Democracy is a system of government in which all people participate equally. Even poor people.

Number One Hundred and Nine: Mobile Vulgus

Ochlocracy is rule by an irrational fearful mob.

Number One Hundred and Eight: Resealable

Food manufacturers please note that the resealable packet can not be re-sealed.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Number One Hundred and Seven: Opinion

For the next few days I will not have an opinion about anything.

Number One Hundred and Six: 1914-1920

There were about 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded during the four years of World War I. In 1918, the final year, a flu pandemic began that killed up to 100 million people.

Number One Hundred and Five: Past and Future

By convention the future points to the right and the past is on the left.

Number One Hundred and Four: Atmosphere

Some places on Earth are very atmospherically unstable.

Number One Hundred and Three: Hotel Hair

In hotel reviews many people are disturbed by the presence of human hair.

Number One Hundred and Two: Power

One reason I don't trust officials is because they often make stupid mistakes or target the wrong people.

Number One Hundred and One: Blind Spot 101

Last year in the UK, a relatively small country with a lot of careful drivers, over 1,700 people were killed on the roads with 23,000 serious injuries. Over a million people in the world are killed annually. This is a useful benchmark when considering other threats to the population.

Number One Hundred: Big Numbers

Millions Billions Trillions Centillions. Numbers seem to have got smaller.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Number Ninety Nine: Somnambulist

In 2005 a London teenager was spotted at the top of a 140 metre crane after sleepwalking.

Number Ninety Eight: Fractal F1001

Number Ninety Seven: Domestic Appliance

Some domestic appliances can create more stress than they alleviate.

Number Ninety Six: Coastline

The coastline paradox describes the problem measuring around the coast of a country. The closer you get the more there is to measure.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Number Ninety Five: Warm Bed

The rubber Hot Water Bottle was invented in 1903. This replaced the bed warmer, a metal pan filled with hot coals or water. This probably replaced the practice of shunamitism preferred by the biblical King David who when old had a young woman share his bed just to keep him warm.

Number Ninety Four: Forest Walk

When I passed a young couple on a forest path they turned the other way as if I wasn't there.

Number Ninety Three: Mouth Ulcer

Mouth ulcers are very sensitive to condiments containing salt, vinegar and spices.

Number Ninety Two: Death

Death reminds everyone.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Number Ninety One: Drunk

Research has found that the effect of alcohol on behaviour is largely cultural. The UK, US and some other populations tend to become disruptive or violent when drunk.

Number Ninety: Perfume

Tapputi is thought to be one of the world's first chemists and perfume makers. She lived in Mesopotamia during the second millennium BCE.

Number Eighty Nine: Oldest Person

The oldest known person, Jeanne Calment, was 122 when she died in 1997.

Number Eighty Eight: Manure

Elephant manure makes a good quality wrapping paper. Cow dung is a useful fuel.

Number Eighty Seven: Frittered Pickles

Number Eighty Six: Rant

Recent technological developments provide many opportunities for a rant.

Number Eighty Five: Benefits

The people who benefit think the system functions very well.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Number Eighty Four: Spinoza

Baruch Spinoza inhaled a lot of glass dust over the course of his life.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Number Eighty Three: Unpleasant People

Perhaps there are too many unpleasant people.

Number Eighty Two: Flat Pack

In 2005 at the opening of the Ikea Edmonton store six people were taken to hospital in a frenzied crush. A manager pointed out that at least it was not as bad as the three killed in a stampede at the Jeddah store opening the year before.