Category Archives: Other

Tests of loyalty

I know I’ve written about this before, but it’s still relevant: [About the Qin Dynasty politician Zhao Gao:] Zhao Gao was contemplating treason but was afraid the other officials would not heed his commands, so he decided to test them … Continue reading

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Maybe it’s just a cemetery?

I was looking on a map for a specific site and came across this cemetery in Italy: Sinister statues? Really? I’ve been there and think if a reminder of the mortality of our human lives is considered sinister, someone has … Continue reading

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In case someone didn’t know: Learning styles aren’t

Although the literature on learning styles is enormous, very few studies have even used an experimental methodology capable of testing the validity of learning styles applied to education. Moreover, of those that did use an appropriate method, several found results … Continue reading

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No more evil races

Dungeons & Dragons is probably the most famous fantasy tabletop roleplaying game, almost 50 years old and today more popular than ever. It also followed the old tradition of assigning qualities to “races”, good and evil, clever or stupid, and … Continue reading

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We’ve all been there

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The Potato Paradox

This one is true but my instincts failed me: Fred has 100kg of potatoes, which are 99% water. He leaves them to dry till they are 98% water. What is their new weight? 50kg. (via)           … Continue reading

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1, maybe 2 or 3 lab leaks later

We don’t know the COVID-19 pandemic originated with an accidental laboratory leak. It’s a possibility and as Matt Ridley’s slightly inappropriate haiku thread points out, it’s plausible. We do know the Delta variant leaked from a laboratory in Taiwan, mainly because Taiwan … Continue reading

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This was evil

Aella conducted a twitter poll with this evil question: If you press the button, the top 10% earners in the world (who hold 85% of the world’s wealth) will be forced to forfeit their earnings and be given a fixed … Continue reading

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The communication about COVID-19 has not been good enough

From the 21st Century Salonnière’s “We All Have a Piece of the Elephant“: Team Mainstream This team viewed Trump as an outsider to the mainstream social order and was skeptical of the vaccine when Trump was in charge. Now that … Continue reading

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Those poor hyenas

Both lions and hyenas eat gazelles. Lions also eat hyenas. The solution to making hyenas safe from lions is not to put them in with the gazelles. — Emma Hilton                     … Continue reading

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