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.