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  • Do you think dinosaur fossils are the reason for dragon myths around the world?

    Dinosaurs were only identified as a category of extinct animals in the 19th century. Yet people would surely have found them before that. Dragon myths occur in various countries far apart as Wales and China. They are also mentioned in the Bible as a metaphor for the devil [Daniel and Revelation]. Could the remains of dinosaurs have given rise to these legends? 

    4 AnswersOther - Science8 hours ago
  • How do you think parents can explain to younger children that they will have fewer and less costly presents this Christmas?

    This Q is about parents who have a reduced income this year because of COVID 19, and where the children are young enough to believe in Father Christmas/Santa Claus. How can it be explained that Christmas will be lower key and fewer presents this year, should parents disillusion children about Father Christmas at a younger age than they otherwise would? No good parents want to see their children upset, especially at Christmas, so how can they explain they may not get the costly gifts on their wish list. 

    2 AnswersChristmas4 days ago
  • Does anyone have any knowledge/memory of this astronomical event in, I think, 1972?

    I'm sure I read somewhere that a huge fireball was seen over Canada, caused by a meteor and it came close to earth, but luckily due to its angle, it bounced off the upper atmosphere back into space. Scientists/astronomers estimate if it had hit the land it would have caused a deadly, devastating 20 kiloton explosion.

    Cannot remember where I saw about this, but the memory is not right back to 1972, but I just recall reading about it much more recently on a website.

    5 AnswersAstronomy & Space5 days ago
  • Americans - Do you have this card game that we have here in GB...?

    ..called Trumps. Yes, really I'm not joking it was a game I used to play quite a lot when I was a boy and when I was a young man [I'm over 60 now and have not played cards for many years]. It has nothing, of course, to do with you-know-who.

    Basically, each player was dealt 7 cards, and the top card of the remainder of the pack was turned over, and the suit of the pack were the trumps. The first person laid a card, and the next person would lay a card, following suit and the person who laid the highest card [Ace -high]wins the 'trick'. If a player is unable to follow suit he/she can lay a trump card, which wins the trick unless another player lays a higher trump card. When all seven cards are played the player with the most tricks wins the round. The game is then repeated, but with only 6 cards, and from the second round onwards, any player who fails to get at least one trick is out of the game. Repeated with one fewer card until just one player remains.

    2 AnswersPolls & Surveys5 days ago
  • Americans  - Do you have this card game that we have here in GB...?

    ..called Trumps. Yes, really I'm not joking it was a game I used to play quite a lot when I was a boy and when I was a young man [I'm over 60 now and have not played cards for many years]. It has nothing, of course, to do with you-know-who.

    Basically, each player was dealt 7 cards, and the top card of the remainder of the pack was turned over, and the suit of the pack were the trumps. The first person laid a card, and the next person would lay a card, following suit and the person who laid the highest card  [Ace -high]wins the 'trick'. If a player is unable to follow suit he/she can lay a trump card, which wins the trick unless another player lays a higher trump card. When all seven cards are played the player with the most tricks wins the round. The game is then repeated, but with only 6 cards, and from the second round onwards, any player who fails to get at least one trick is out of the game. Repeated with one fewer card until just one player remains.

    Card Games5 days ago
  • Is this kind of small, soft bread roll still available? [GB]?

    These were finger rolls of soft bread, but much smaller than 'normal' finger rolls, and often used at buffet parties. I have not seen them on sale in either supermarket or baker's shop for quite some time. I seem to remember them being called 'bridge rolls' although this would seem an unusual name for a type of bread roll so I may have misheard the name at the time or remembered it wrongly.

    3 AnswersOther - Food & Drink6 days ago
  • Are you surprised the pandemic has lasted so very long?

    It has lasted W A Y  L O N G E R than the most pessimistic estimate given in the spring. I and many others had expected it to be on its wat out by midsummer at the latest, and be history by now. However it has just got worse, will it be over by spring/Easter/May/midsummer 2021? 

    2 AnswersPolls & Surveys6 days ago
  • Why is a 'narcissistic' personality so called?

    The word appears related to Narcissus - which is the name of a pretty spring flower [aka daffodil] which are widely grown in gardens here in GB, there are various varieties, and it is possible to have them in bloom from late February to early May.

    Still, the Q is 'what is the connection between this rather unpleasant personality, and a spring flower?'   

    5 AnswersWords & Wordplay1 week ago
  • Was the Duke of York who named New York the same Duke of York with the 10,000 men of the children's song?

    I know that NewYork is so named because it's first Governor was Duke of York, but do not know if he was the same Duke as in the song. There have been quite a number of Dukes of York and there is still a Duke of York today. York is a city in northern England.

    PS IDK if the current Duke of York has ever visited the city named after his ancestor.

    3 AnswersHistory2 weeks ago
  • At the beginning of the 7th century AD, there were 2 Christian communities in England [Kent and Durham] ...?

    the Kent community were those who were converted by St Augustine of Canterbury from 597AD onwards. The Durham community had been there much longer. How long did it take for the two communities first to become aware of each other, and then to make contact?

    Two points - this question is about England only, I am aware that there were also Christians in Scotland and Wales. Secondly, remember that at the time it would have taken a number of days, possibly a week +, each way to travel from Canterbury to Durham, it was not like modern times when it is possible to make the journey in a single day].  

    1 AnswerHistory2 weeks ago
  • What is/was the population of the Greek island of Patmos?

    Two answers, please:-

    1] modern times

    2] as was in the late 1st century AD [when the Apostle John lived there in exile.

    Also in both ancient and modern times is/was it used as a place of temporary refuge for Greek fishermen in unexpected stormy weather.

    Greece2 weeks ago
  • What is/was the population of the Greek island of Patmos?

    Two answers, please:- 

    1] modern times

    2] as was in the late 1st century AD [when the Apostle John lived there in exile.

    Also in both ancient and modern times is/was it used as a place of temporary refuge for Greek fishermen in unexpected stormy weather.

    History2 weeks ago
  • What form of the Greek language is used for liturgy [services] in Greek Orthodox Churches?

    Is it Classic Greek, as used in New Testament times, was the original language of the New Testament and have been St Paul's first language:

    or

    Modern Greek as spoken as the normal everyday language on the streets of Athens and Nicosia [as well as the rest of Greece and southern Cyprus].

    3 AnswersReligion & Spirituality2 weeks ago
  • Which do you prefer out of macaroons made with almonds [that's 'real' macaroons] or 'macaroons' made from coconut?

    Both are nice, but only almond should really be called macaroons the coconut one should really be given another name such as 'coconut cookies'. 

    4 AnswersPolls & Surveys2 weeks ago
  • Which do you prefer out of macaroons made with almonds [that's 'real' macaroons] or 'macaroons' made from coconut?

    Both are nice, but only almond should really be called macaroons the coconut one should really be given another name such as 'coconut cookies'. 

    2 AnswersCooking & Recipes2 weeks ago
  • Which is lower in fat/calories, lightly buttered toast [with about 5g butter or substitute] or shallow-fried bread [fried 1 side only]?

    Assuming the bread has 85 cal per slice and butter/butter substitute has 7 cal per gram, the toast described above will have around 120 cal per slice. The question is how many in the fried bread, the unknown is how much fat the bread will absorb during frying. I know that the oils used for frying will have 9 cal per gram, somewhat higher than butter.

    4 AnswersOther - Food & Drink3 weeks ago
  • What is the best way to cook a tuna steak?

    I have a  3.5oz tuna steak, about half an inch thick. I'm unsure of the best way to cook it. If I had a similarly sized meat steak I would either grill with onions, or braise [oven cook] in gravy, also with onions. My choices for the tuna steak are:-

    1] Grill with onions2] Grill, but without the onions, 3] Oven cooking a tomato-based cook-in sauce 4]Steam

    3 AnswersCooking & Recipes3 weeks ago
  • Do you think the vaccine developed by British scientists will end the pandemic?

    Scientists working for Pfizer in Kent, England, have developed a vaccine which has been tested and found to be safe and effective and the British authorities hope to give it to the more vulnerable people in December. 

    2 AnswersPolls & Surveys3 weeks ago
  • Do you think the vaccine developed by British scientists will end the pandemic?

    Scientists working for Pfizer in Kent, England, have developed a vaccine which has been tested and found to be safe and effective and the British authorities hope to give it to the more vulnerable people in December. 

    2 AnswersInfectious Diseases3 weeks ago
  • In Orthodox Judaism, whose duty is the religious instruction of the children? The father or the mother, or joint responsibility?

    I have already asked this Q in 'Religion and Spirituality' but surprisingly have had no replies after 3 days

    1 AnswerOther - Education4 weeks ago