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The next one comes courtesy of QI and seems strangely appropriate given recent news: Other than a song, or a less than satisfactory present, who or what was "The Great Disappointment"?

Invention of the padded bra?

(Edited to bring the question onto this page too)

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Close enough for the DING!


Some foretold that the World would end at 11 minutes past 11 a.m. GMT on 21 Dec 2012, but it seems that things have continued as normal. "The Great Disappointment" was a previous unfulfilled "end of the world" prophesy.


The Millerite Christian sect calculated that the "Second Coming" would occur on 22 Oct 1844, and with it the Apocaplypse, Rapture and the end of the World. Some gave away all their worldly possessions in preparation. When things otherwise continued as normal, that day and the unfulfilled expectation became known as "The Great Disappointment".


Seasons Greetings to all.


Over to DrDick&Vick

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As we approach New Year's Eve, there will be a lot of people wide awake (and partying, possibly) as the clocks strike midnight. If you were to look at an analogue clock at that time of night, both hands would be pointing straight up...


However, if you look at the same analogue clock 20 minutes later the hands will have moved apart. The question is by HOW MANY DEGREES?


To clarify: What is the smaller angle between the two hands of an analogue clock at 20 past 12 (midnight, or even mid-day)?


Use of protractors, pencils, paper, compasses and non-scientific calculators is permitted!

This question assumes that the points of the two hands describe the angle from the very centre of the clock and it doesn't take in to account any aesthetic tapering of the hands which may affect the visible angle. The instant of 20 past 12 is the key moment and if it helps you, assume it's one of those clocks where both hands jump forward once a minute to remove any pedantic ambiguity about the nature of analogue movement!!!! CLUE: it's a nice round number!


Any further clarification required just ask!

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It would.


Possibly the worst gig I've ever seen. They turned up late by which time a large amount of beer had been consumed. The inevitable consequence was a section of the crowd throwing of glasses containing waste products from the beer they'd drunk.

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I've only heard of them as a friend of mine is a big fan.


To continue the rude theme.... who said "Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go its pretty dadgum good."


Edit... that second to last word has been altered from the original by the forum software.

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Prompted by watching the Royal Institution's Christmas Lectures on iPlayer, I referred to the periodic table. This question jumped out of my subconscious as I noted that the atomic number of gold is 79. A few seconds later, something clicked: 9, 18, and 22 are all common carat values of jewellery-quality gold.


So those four number all relate to gold and are significant to jewellery?

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Dr Wothers got a youngster to cut some ice using a disc of diamond made by chemical vapour deposition. It went through like a knife through butter. He explained that it felt so cold to the youngster and cut through the ice so easily because it was a good conductor of heat, and used half a dozen youngsters to demonstrate that to be because of it's molecular structure. Until recently, carbon in diamond form was the best-known conductor of heat. However, there is a recently discovered form of carbon, graphene, that is an even better conductor.


So carbon, in graphene form.

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A very full answer from Pajaholic earns the first BONG of the year with another BONG for the extra detail.


If you haven't seen the programmes yet then try to catch them on iPlayer - fascinating stuff and some great demos. Now where can I get some neodymium magnets?

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Thanks for the BONGs! Those Christmas Lectures are fascinating and immensely entertaining IMO.


Changing the subject, my son now lives in Melbourne and saw in the New Year from the top of Mount Dandenong, so a question about that region:


On Mount Dandenong is a sanctuary in which can be found the preserved home and many works of which sculptor?

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With regards to the quiz question, my guess is Rodin.

Not Rodin.


The sculptor in question is famous for his inclusion of Australian Aboriginals in his work and, FWIW, initially came to my attention thanks to Billy Conolly waxing lyrically about him in an episode of his "World Tour of Australia" series.


In the interest of keeping the thread moving, I'm happy for online mapping to be used to help answer this question.

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