I annoy myself, I do: It starts with me noticing something odd, and then I can't get it out my head until I know what the answer is .......... which is where you come in! I want you to be my own personal Sherlock Holmes (but I don't want you to dress up in a Deerstalker hat and tweeds, or start smoking pipes. That would be nearly as weird as those fetish guys who like dressing up as babies). So here goes ................
1. Dead birds. I live in the countryside and over the period of a year, I will see hundreds, maybe thousands, of birds in my garden and around the village. Yet I have never seen so much as a single dead bird (with the exception of roadkill). And I spend a LOT of time walking around the fields, forests and glens of rural Oxfordshire. What's that all about then?
[Note to reader: it's not that I actually want to see lots of dead birds (that would be a pre-cursor to me becoming a serial killer), I just want to know what happens to them].
2. Aircraft turning corners. Why oh why, do aircraft turn corners when they are flying? It's not like they need to navigate around buildings or other aircraft. Surely the most efficient way to reach a destination is a straight line? So why don't they just fly from A to B?
As luck would have it, I noticed an aircraft turning a corner over my house this evening, as you can see from the photograph below.
Pic.No. 1 An aircraft turning a corner whilst flying. In terms of mathematical efficiency, it seems more logical that an aircraft should fly in a straight line
I am suspecting that the answer lies in Vector Analysis, but that is just me wild guessing.
Oooh, I have just remembered that I have an old friend called Matt who is an 'Air Traffic Controller' so I emailed him the question. Although I am awaiting his response, please don't let it stop you speculating.......
3. Dry-cleaning raincoats. This one is fairly self-explanatory. Why do you have to dry-clean raincoats? (I have got raincoat with a label that says 'dry clean only'). What the bloody hell is that all about then?
So get your 'thinking cap' on and let me know you theories. Look at me - I am all high-maintenance and demanding!
P.S. But the upside is that I will help you if there is anything bugging you (yeh, I am like Mother Theresa, but with less wrinkles, and less dead).