Monthly Archives: October 2011

What is the Opposite of a Blockbuster?

In movies, the opposite of a blockbuster is a bomb: no prizes for getting that answer right. But look a little further into the background of the word blockbuster and it gets more interesting. Continue reading

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Pi Degrees of Separation

Numbers games and mathematics make a logical combination. So it’s no surprise that the maths world has its own version of the six degrees of separation game. Like the Hollywood game (created around actor Kevin Bacon) this one features a mathematician known for his prolific output: Paul ErdÅ‘s. Continue reading

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Where Have All the Pachyderms Gone?

Fair enough question: wild elephant populations in Africa and Asia have been under threat from poachers for many decades. But are elephants actually pachyderms? The answer is yes, and no. Continue reading

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Galoshes! Who Gets Naming Rights for Footwear?

The answer is: a conquering imperial army. But don’t expect much creativity. Continue reading

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