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3 posts • joined 29 May 2007

Fancy some hot buttered storage?

Ian Cheesbrough

Technical but not exactly IT

Oh, and it's not mine either.

Canford Audio sell an earth spike fitting tool and the description goes thus:

"Earth spike fitting tool. British made, using heat treated, drop forged, shot blasted, polished face steel heads with genuine hickory handles, these specialist tools will ensure correct fitting of most earth spikes, as well as performing numerous fine adjustments generally required at outside events. Weight 1.8 kg"

As you may have guessed, it is in fact a 4lb lump hammer.

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Ads watchdog okays Intel 'world's best processor' claim

Ian Cheesbrough

Reasonable intelligence

As I recall, English law allows for (I forget the precise wording) claims that could reasonably be dismissed as advertising hype by a person of average intelligence. Thus "probably the best lager" was never in any danger of so much as being slapped on the wrists. The Intel advert sails a bit closer to the wind but I think that any reasonable person of average intelligence could dismiss that claim as advertising hype regardless of any evidence whether supporting or contrary.

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Poland probes gay Teletubbies

Ian Cheesbrough

Pugwash Urban Myth

Much as it makes me laugh, I'm amazed that the above myth still persists. The fallacy of its truth I mean not the joke itself.

The following links debunk the myth. Most notable is the public retraction by a well-known UK newspaper which published the myth as truth.

http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/pugwash.htm

http://www.redflag.co.uk/pugwash.htm

I always thought that it originated from a spoof on the Kenny Everett Show but a (pathetically brief) search didn't turn up anything to back me up. Others have been been given credited or claimed it is theirs.

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