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Another catch-up on items you may have missed.

Let’s get the most serious one out of the way first. Here’s a collection of snippets and links to all the best, scientifically verified, information on the impacts of the Fukushima disaster. And of course when looked at objectively it isn’t half so bad as most make out.

So what does happen when water freezes in a box so strong it can’t expand? Can you even do this?

Here’s a story about a tube train, some concrete and some sugar. Or how sugar helped remove concrete which had flooded a Victoria Line control room. I never cease to be surprised by the weirdness that is concrete.

We all recognise that birds often fly in a V formation, but we never realise quite how clever they are at doing it.

Shrouded in the mists of time is the story of how London got its name. Surprisingly it seems somewhat clearer how the London Boroughs were named.

We can name colours and things so why do we have so much trouble naming smells?

Archaeologists in Egypt have found another Valley of Kings, and a lost dynasty of Pharaohs.

Two amazing, and interesting, collections of maps from the Washington Post: 40 maps that explain the world and 40 more maps that explain the world.

OK so here’s a little bit of fun: national flags made from the country’s traditional foods. Some look much more edible than others; can anyone really fancy Thailand?

A strange animal as a unit of measure — of everything — in poetry.

Let’s end with a few things medieval …

First up, here’s how medieval people decided whether sex was acceptable or not; and mostly not. Complete with a link to a useful flowchart. Now remember boys and girls: be careful; no fondling; no lewd kisses; no oral sex; no strange positions; only once; and do try not to enjoy it. 🙁

Here’s what the monk thought about the cat that peed on his manuscript. I wonder how much penance the cat had to do?

Is it a deer? Is it a hare? No apparently it’s a kangaroo! Hidden in a Portuguese manuscript in a New York gallery is a 16th century manuscript which could rewrite Australian history. Hmmm … maybe.

And finally some images of an amazing 16th century book which can be read six different ways. My brain hurts just trying to think how you’d bind such a book.

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