A collection of questions and their various answers from the readers of The Guardian, such as: is it true that goldfish have a memory span of five seconds? When were elastic bands invented? Did Napoleon ever say Not tonight Josephine?
The Age of Enlightenment began one Monday morning in November 1989 when Notes & Queries first appeared as a column in The Guardian.
QUESTION: If trapped in a plummeting lift, what is the best position to assume to minimise injury?
QUESTION: Whatever happened to the Flat Earth Society?
QUESTION: What are the true capabilities of TV detector vans?
QUESTION: Why do words beginning 'sl...' almost invariably have unpleasant meanings?
QUESTION: Why do bagels have a hole in them? Why are they boiled before baking?
QUESTION: Is it possible to ride zebras the way we ride horses?
QUESTION: A levels are often said to be poor predictors of degree results. Is there any evidence of this?
QUESTION: How can I weigh my head?
The weight of the head is equal to the weight of this off-cut multiplied by the distance of the centre of gravity of the head from the left pivot and divided by the distance from the centre of the off-cut to the right pivot.