Made Scents

In the same primary school year that I wore shorts every day (as a well insulated chubby kid), I learnt my first French word, 'fenêtre'. Sure, it was impossibly close to the Italian translation of 'window' but I was stoked because at 8 years of age, I KNEW 3 languages. For the remainder of the…

Resourcefulness

Once upon a time, a very old hammer's handle broke - the wood splintered and was placed in a pile of old wood (neatly of course) to increase the height of the pile to a smidge over two foot. The son of the aforementioned hammer's owner, upon witnessing the event, asked for the quazillionth time,…

Neatly Does It

I reckon a ridiculously high percentage of people who have seen 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' will be able to identify and even 'sing' the famous "5 Note Theme" which the aliens use to first communicate with us. If you know of the film, you would agree this is probably the most memorable scene…

Quiz Time

So I thought I'd break things up with a lengthy questioned, yet relatively short, quiz. Oddly, at least 30 more questions were available, but they were cut for interest's sake. Rest assured, there are no wrong answers. In fact, there are only right answers because, and I quote (myself), "to have AN answer is to…

Take A Seat

Did you know that Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate is a molecule consisting of a long nonpolar hydrocarbon chain and a polar sulfate end group - the combination of which make it a surfactant? Or did you know that Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride is an organic compound that is a water-soluble quaternary ammonium derivative of guar gum? Not…