I do not post hardly ever but like to follow certain threads ( does that make me a little strange? ) I hope the captain doesn’t mind.
I would just like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a fruitful New Year
I hope everyone is well. I thought I'd post this here because it's as good a place as any. On BBC Radio 4 there's a programme called The Infinite Monkey Cage, it's presented by Professor Brian Cox and comedian Chris Addison and takes a light hearted look at science.
The other day they asked listeners what number they were afraid of and read out some of the relies at the end. They formed one of two categories, either a joke or something informative about how a number in a foreign language has the same name as death or something equally unpleasant.
Brian Cox read one out but started off by saying he didn't get it. Someone said they were frightened of 3.1429 because they were gluten intolerant. Chris Addison jumped in and said, "Pi."
This is what surprised me, I thought the answer was fairly obvious, but someone of Brian Cox's vast intelligence didn't get it while more ordinary intellects like Chris Addison and me got it straight away. Was this a fluke or do these smart academics really miss out on stuff us ordinary mortals spot with no trouble at all.
Please send answers to Professor Brian Cox c/o the BBC.
Fri 25 Jan, 2019 02:31 pm
Perhaps he just didn't associate the gluten issue with pi.
Rather precise, these academics - although Brian Cox is pretty amazing!
Wed 31 Jul, 2019 04:50 pm
I wanted to post this somewhere. I've just got back from the cinema after watching a live screening of the RSC's Measure For Measure. It was so good, and so very timely. It has to be my favourite Shakespeare play, and at a time of Me too, so relevant.