UK Tax Breaks For "Culturally British" Games
Apparently the reason the BNP managed to get seats in the recent elections was not because the number of votes for them had increased - it was due to disillusioned Labour supporters not turning out to vote at all, so the BNP's proportion of the vote increased.
For Airplane Safety, Trying To Keep Birds From Planes
. . .that's nothing compared to current UK government plans!
The Dangers of Being Really, Really Tired
I've not heard anything about poisoning cats, but green tea sourced from China sold in the west contained the toxic pigment Prussian Blue, as discovered by Robert Fortune on his expedition to collect tea plants to start plantations in India. This was at a time when foreigners were forbidden in China, and he risked death by going.
Mr Fortune witnessed the process of colouring them in
the Hung-chow green-tea country, and describes the process. The
substance used is a powder consisting of four parts of gypsum and
three parts of Prussian blue, which was applied to the teas during the
last process of roasting.
'During this part of the operation,' he says, 'the hands of the
workmen were quite blue. I could not help thinking, that if any
green-tea drinkers had been present during the operation, their taste
would have been corrected, and, I may be allowed to add, improved.
One day, an English gentleman in Shang-hae, being in conversation with
some Chinese from the green-tea country, asked them what reasons they
had for dyeing the tea, and whether it would not be better without
undergoing this process. They acknowledged that tea was much better
when prepared without having any such ingredients mixed with it, and
that they never drank dyed teas themselves; but justly remarked, that
as foreigners seemed to prefer having a mixture of Prussian blue and
gypsum with their tea, to make it look uniform and pretty, and as
these ingredients were cheap enough, the Chinese had no objections to
supply them, especially as such teas always fetched a higher price!'
Read the section called The Tea Countries of China in the file below for more of the story.
Duke Nukem For Never
Don't worry, most native English-speakers are probably not familiar with it either.
Hadron Collider Relaunch Delayed
If I had a mod point. . .
Nuclear Decay May Vary With Earth-Sun Distance
I take it you don't play with bucky balls then!
IE 8 To Include New Security Tools
Was I the only one to misread the title as:
"IE 8 To Include New Security Holes" ?