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Fringe Science
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[UPDATE with attributions and conclusion under ‘the fold’ as they say]
Apparently, (apparently), some people are going around saying comedy is subjective – an “art” if you will. Nonsense. Just because the rigours of science […]

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FT Periodic Table: Element 6: SUGABABES
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Freaky Trigger has been going since 1999, almost the exact amount of time the Sugababes have existed. Like the Sugababes it has had many incarnations, from breathless multi-column blog, to the more sedate affair you see right now. But through all of […]

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my deep and abiding interest in pain
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The diagnosis came at the age of 2. My father had set me down some distance from the hives, handing me a jar of honey, and he went to tend the bees. Or “keep” them. I got stung as I sat there, and my little body swole up like a tomato. Th[…]

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Fun with acid!
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This is what happens when you dip a cheeseburger in hydrochloric acid. I want to try this at home![…]

What Can You Learn From Last.FM? (Part II)
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In part 1 of this series looking at artist metrics on Last.FM, I talked about PPL (Plays Per Listener) and also the relative popularity of each act’s top track.
In this part we dig a little bit deeper into an artist’s catalogue, with two […]

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Surely It Starts With Chris
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Ah controversy. So many people court you but when is the wedding? I have always found the ideas of religions advertising to be a bit odd*, though even I cannot help but smuggle a small smile when I think of cheap posters saying Carpenter Seeks Joiner[…]

How Buzzwords Work (Maybe)
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I was lucky enough to attend a fascinating talk hosted by Mark Earls at the RSA last night on “cultural evolution” – using evolutionary theory to examine the mechanics of how stuff spreads through culture. I then came home and found[…]

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A Drinker’s Infographic
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Yesterday’s long overdue unveiling of the Pumpkin Publog’s favoured list of friends – friends who unfailingly keep our fettles fine on these February nights – let’s not speak of the mornings – prompted a bit of &#8[…]

The Annual Between Christmas And New Year Pub Crawl 2009: Das Pimlico Boot
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Every year since pubs were invented (nine years by my reckoning), the fine drinkers of Freaky Trigger and ILX have spent the 29th December in a pub. Well, at least seven pubs infact, for the 29th is the date of the Annual Between Christmas and New Ye[…]

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THE FT TOP 25 PUBS OF THE 00s No 24: The John Snow, Soho
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I will say not one bad word about Sam Smith’s in this review. Someone else wants to talk around that issue, but safe to say that as someone with a large social group of varying incomes, Sam Smith’s pubs being cheap has always been a facto[…]

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  1. I feel sad that I couldn't persistently engage in every poll as much as I'd have liked - and not…

  2. Thanks for doing the polls, Tom, and for writing this lovely, considered, reflective piece. It’s given me closure on my…

  3. Lovely. I drifted away 18 months or so ago (I liked being all in on it and life stuff just…

  4. Beautiful post to commemorate the end of this beautiful project!! I love the pop polls!!