Mathematician in a tight spot!

2CF22D4C00000578-3255203-image-m-79_1443651227994The formula that finds the right tights/panty hose for ANY weather: Mathematician studied his wife’s choices to create an equation for the perfect thickness whatever the temperature. October is here and it’s that dread time of the year when women (or gentlemen of a particular persuasion) begin the transition from bare legs of summer, to wearing tights or stockings to cover up for autumn. (Right) Perfectly filled. (Below) Deflatingly empty…2CF2189800000578-3255203-image-a-80_1443651275380
But working out whether you should be warding off the chill with a thick 80 denier pair, or if it will be a balmy day that needs nothing more warming than 20 denier, can be something of an art form.

At least it was until a mathematician decided to make it a science, by developing a formula that tells you exactly what thickness of stocking you should be wearing based on both the predicted temperature and the wind speed. Mathematician’s formula finds the right tight/panty hose thickness for varying weather temperatures. 

Obviously he’s a mathematician who has far too much time on his hands… I reckon he was caught by his wife whilst trying on her best pair of tights, and skilfully concocted the scientific wild arsed guess’ formula!    That’s my ‘swag’ and I’m sticking to it.    Yours_Aye.

Devil’s Breath ‘aka’ Angels Trumpet

The robbers that turn their victims into ‘zombies’: Paris gang ‘blow powerful Devil’s Breath drug into their faces to send them into a trance-like state.’Angels_Trumpet_AA7_3425410b

A Triad-style gang suspected of using a powerful Colombian drug known as ‘The Devil’s Breath’ to send victims into a zombie-like trance before robbing them has been arrested in Paris. 

Two Chinese women, aged 42 and 59, and a man have allegedly targeted dozens of people by blowing the hazardous substance – related to deadly nightshade – into their faces on the street. Within minutes, the victims are said to fall into a hypnotic state ‘under total sway’ of their attackers, with one victim handing over £73,500 in valuables and cash alone, French investigators said. Scopolamine – known in Colombia as ‘The Devil’s Breath’ and considered one of the most dangerous drugs in the world – causes people to lose their free will and, at high doses, can be fatal.

The vapours from off the barmaids apron in the Nags Head has the same effect.  Voluptuous Susie only has to waft it once and I’m a burbling wreck… Yours_Aye.

Is reality merely an illusion?

2B18FE2600000578-3185261-image-m-2_1438713875137Is our universe FAKE? Physicists claim we could all be the playthings of an advanced civilisation. The year is really 2050 and super-intelligent robots have taken over the planet. 

Except you have no idea, because you’re living in a computer simulation, depicting what life was like in 2015. Everything you see and touch right now has been created by robotic overlords who are using humanity as playthings in their virtual game. That’s the radical theory put forward by a number of scientists over the years, who claim there is a possibility that our world as we know it is fake.

Oh Bugger… I really wished I’d read that earlier, before I washed and waxed the truck for tomorrows road trip – that now doesn’t exist!  Seriously though – what planet do these Physicists come from? Yours_Aye. 

Rubik’s Cube; the mind boggles…

The Rubik’s Cube has puzzled the minds of millions for decades, with most people giving up before ever coming close to finishing the notoriously difficult game. But not teenager Collin Burns, who has completed a cube in just 5.25 seconds, smashing the world record. The US national ‘speedcubing’ champion was at an official Rubik’s Cube event in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, when he shaved 0.3 of a second off the record.28130D8D00000578-0-image-a-2_1430174739738-1Teenager Collin Burns smashed the world record Rubik Cube in just 5.25 seconds…

Invented in 1974, and as of January 2009 – 350 million cubes have been sold worldwide making it the world’s top-selling puzzle game. It is widely considered to be the world’s best-selling toy. As a teenager I was given one as a present – it still sits within its original box unopened gathering dust. I had the great outdoors to explore instead…      Yours Aye.

Super hydrophobic – man!

Laser generated surface structures create extremely water-repellent metals. Scientists at the University of Rochester have used lasers to transform metals into extremely water-repellent (super-hydrophobic) materials without the need for temporary coatings. Super-hydrophobic materials are desirable for a number of applications such as rust prevention, anti-icing, or even in sanitation uses. However, as Rochester’s Chunlei Guo explains, most current hydrophobic materials rely on chemical coatings.

Just when you think you’re at the end of your learning curve in life someone goes and invents a ‘laser generated super hydrophobic surface structure’ – and opens up Pandora’s box… I wonder if they can use the same technique on my canines paws for when we trod through a muddy field?    Yours Aye.

Ergonomics of a standing desk

A genuine question to those of you perusing this post. Are you aware of anyone who uses a ‘standing-desk’ from which they operate their PC’s or work stations from? Perhaps you are a user with first hand experience? Is it a passing trend, a designer ‘must have,’ or just plain ergonomic common sense? Of interest; the best bar height is at least six inches higher than that recommended in the graphic below, of which I have no problem with for hours on end (until it comes to leaving the pub at closing time!)stand-up-desk-alignment This afternoon on a local radio station an ‘ergonomic expert’ mentioned that “medical research has been building up for a while, suggesting constant sitting is harming our health potentially causing cardiovascular problems or vulnerability to diabetes!” He went on further to state that standing whilst working is far better for posture when using a PC or work station, though the concept requires a short period of adjustment.22basics-web-articleLarge Unfortunately; just recently I have been so caught up with an online project that quite often a pair of hours whizz by unknowingly, which has resulted in lower back pain and aching shoulders that then requires a good stretching exercise to rectify the problem (followed by a good walk and a pot of tea.) Tomorrow it is my intention to put together a ‘Heath Robinson’ system to test out the ‘ergonomic experts’ theory. In the mean time I would appreciate any valuable input over the pros and cons of standing-over-sitting whilst tickling the ivory’s on the keyboard.             Yours Aye.

Heartbleed or Nosebleed; an unnecessary nuisance

Much has been said about the Heartbleed Bug over the past several days (much has been rescinded by the main stream media who tried their best to initiate international panic!) Find out about the sites that were affected by the Heartbleed Bug, as well as the sites that recommend password changes, and what information might have been vulnerable due to ‘Heartbleed.’ Click the pic to go large… A ‘Mellow Jihadi’ public information feature 😉TopSitesAffectedByTheHeartbleedBug_5348764d6fee8_w1500

Incandescent with rage

gls-240volt-150watt-pearl-clear-bayonet-screw-basesOver the nonsensical advice given on incandescent light bulbs. Allow me to expand and blather about a ‘happening’ that took place just before Christmas, as I meandered around York killing time. As the cold air started biting into my bones I sought respite, and found a  small trendy cafe up a side street that offered refuge. What caught my eye was a hand coloured sign inviting one and all to “come and read your book in comfort, whilst enjoying a selection of our blah-blah-bah menu”; my kind of cafe, thought I… The bright wintry day was turning to dusk as I entered the warm cosy atmosphere of the cafe, and almost tripped on a badly lit step as I approached the counter to place my order.

Having picked up a complimentary news paper I chose a comfortable seat, and settled down taking the load off my feet whilst soaking up the ambience on offer. The informal background sound was a local talk radio station, not loud, not light, just sufficient to listen to the dulcet tones on offer. The place was fitted out in a traditional style of dark leather and wood, it was warm, very clean, and it had that heady fragrance of ground coffee permeating the air. However, there was a problem; a problem that I just couldn’t put my finger on, until I picked up the paper and struggled to read the words that were obviously there in back print against a white background? Even when I tilted the paper sideways hoping to catch the rays from a light bulb only a few feet away, the printed format remained faint and lacklustre, and refused to leap forth from the page. Perhaps it was the biting cold air that had affected my vision, which I know is still 20/20? Having shuffled the heavy leather chair closer to a larger bulb, the result was still the same, I had to squint through blurred eyelashes to lift and focus upon the print; the act itself brought back a haze of memories of times past…Yomper

Quick ditThroughout my past career I have received, written, and issued NATO sequenced patrol orders in the most arduous of conditions. Whether it be through the good fortune of reading by the means of an incandescent lightbulb, a subdued arctic candle, or the shade of a right-angled filtered torch. On one occasion whilst on a local area exercise, a young ‘occifer’ (who I was steering through his first weeks within a commando unit) had involuntary ‘volunteered’ to take a set of orders at Unit level. I occasionally glanced at him as he scribed every word down in his orders book, as beads of sweat formed on his furrowed brow. Being an old hand I cherry picked the relevant points, and rewrote the orders for dissemination in situ. My young Boss scurried away and commenced to rewrite his own version, which, when finished, easily matched Tolstoy’s War & Peace. Just as dusk approached he asked that I gather the company SNCO’s to receive their briefing that was to take part in a dense wooded copse, where light discipline was an enforced order. In the dying light prior to the briefing I asked to see his orders book.  BelowNot ‘the’ O group mentioned in the ‘dit’ though one similar…Royal Marines Officer O group

“Erm Boss! You have used a red pen to write out your orders; not only that but they are far too detailed and comprehensive for the task in hand!” He looked at me aghast, mainly because I had just pee’d on his bonfire, which had taken him over two hours to build. “Have you eaten, or had a hot drink yet?” His look and my experience told me he had not. Upon which a young Marine handed him a blistering hot tin mug full of pot-mess, a bit of every thing from an arctic ration pack main meal. As he choked on the pot-mess I asked him to read out the GROUND sequence from his little book, which he attempted to do with his red filtered right-angled torch. His eyes opened cartoon size as he tilted the page side to side “Oh my fudging god, I can’t read anything at all”! I managed to stop him hovering at 10,000 feet, and brought him back down to earth by giving him my set of orders, from which he delivered an impeccable delivery at the briefing, as only an eloquent Oxford educated ‘occifer’ is able!PIXA3R-accueil

There were only a few customers dotted around the cafe, and it was obvious from my aggrieved dilemma that the fast approaching waitress (who was actually the owner) was either going to throw me out, or sort out the problem on my behalf. “Can I help you with anything” she said politely (this is York, and every one is ever so polite, and she did actually wish to help). I replied “Ermm, yes, would you have a spare Petzl headlamp that I could perhaps borrow”? She half smiled as my request started to sink in, her eyes twinkled the response as she said “The lighting isn’t very good is it”! I didn’t have to reply as she knew the answer… At my invitation ‘Patricia’ sat and explained that the new internal conversion meant that they had to go along with the building regulations that enforced the use of Compact Fluorescent Light-bulbs (CFL’s). ‘Trish’ (because we were now on first name speaking terms) went on to explain that they were going to strategically replace the CFL’s with old school incandescent 100 watt bulbs ‘made in china’, as they were the only source of bulbs available on the market. In spite of the Victorian era lighting within the cafe, it was never the less an enjoyable experience due to the ambience and good fare on offer.images As my eyes had grown accustomed to the gloom, I saw the tricky step as I decamped, making my departure more dignified.

My anger, and down right rage against the enforcement of CFL’s upon the folk of Great Britain (and Europe), is against the machine ‘aka’ the grossly incompetent bureaucratic ‘European Union’, from where the faceless unelected puppets who dwell within, sit and meddle in affairs they know little of, but accept the argument given them by huge corporations, whose unproven science influences and sways them from the truth and common sense that should prevail. It is no coincidence that one such organisation that employs over 120,000 people in 60 different countries, has a huge say through its countries mouth pieces ‘aka’ Members of the European Parliament, which is one reason why I personally will never buy a PHILLIPS electrical product, ever!    The real truth behind the EU con over energy-saving bulbs  lightbulb-cartoonEarlier this morning through my usual daily perusing’s, I logged onto HMS Defiant where Curtis (ex U.S.N.) wrote a cracking article SHOCK TROOPERS OF THE UNTRUTH that offers his own feelings on the con that is being presented to us all over the use of CFL’s.

HestonFortunately, some while ago I was able to pick up sufficient 60/100/150 watt-General Electric-incandescent light bulbs, that will last my life time. With those left being disposed of through my ‘Last Will & Testament’ to family and friends. In my case, the light is on, and someone is definitely at home!      Yours Aye.

Starting 2014 with a BANG!

v3-Pg-24-science-epaThe Large Hadron Collider upgrade (LHC) is underway. Once completed it will lead to the highest energy particle collisions ever attempted, in an effort to solve scientific questions over dark matter! After the LHC upgrade and overhaul is complete it will nearly double its power and allow scientists to uncover more secrets about the way our universe works. It opens up the possibility of solving the riddle of Dark Matter, finding evidence of a far-reaching cosmic concept known as ‘supersymmetry’, and even discovering signs of extra hidden dimensions that help explain the mystery of gravity.LHCBig

By the end of the year the giant atom-smashing machine should be ready to boost its particle energy from eight trillion electrovolts, or teraelectronvolts (TeV) to 14 TeV – allowing it to perform the highest energy particle collisions ever attempted. (Click pic to enlarge) To date, the LHC has cost approximately £8,462 Bn/ $14 Bn.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. It has revolutionised our understanding of the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the Universe. article-2532069-1A5DD5E800000578-225_634x715 Two beams of subatomic particles called ‘hadrons’ – either protons or lead ions – will travel in opposite directions inside the circular accelerator, gaining energy with every lap. Physicists use the LHC to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang, by colliding the two beams head-on at very high energy. Teams of physicists from around the world will analyse the particles created in the collisions using special detectors in a number of experiments dedicated to the LHC. :READ MORE HERE: Hadron Collider upgrade will lead to highest energy particle collisions ever attempted!

Personally I have been amazed by the whole project, from the initial build, right up to the first firing. Though it is a subject better explained by ‘rock star turned physicist’ Professor Brian Cox: CERN’s super-collider! (WELL WORTH VIEWING). Initially, I like many millions of others thought the whole project was a senseless waste of time and money, until the realisation of my own ignorance kicked in. It is an extremely cost-effective evolution, which has so far provided many spin off’s that has aided scientific medicinal studies (saving countless lives), and continually aids the Wests military powers (hush-hush missile delivery systems, that can eat a mile-or-so of solid rock before detonating) 😉 It continues to provide revolutionary concepts to the motor industry, as well as flight and shipping, etc, etc. All for the price of a pint of beer, per person, per country involved, per year!


Obviously there is a more cost-effective option available, which undercuts the LHC by almost 100% that only I appear to have thought of! Which is probably why I made Marine, and not Professor? ‘The £14.99 / $23.00 Trans-Temporal Sonic Screwdriver, as used by Dr. Who (with eight additional sound effects). 

Yours Aye.

The ‘eyes’ really have it..

Police could soon be using the reflections of people and objects in the eyes of victims and witnesses to crimes to solve cases, a study revealed today. ‘The pupil of the eye is like a black mirror,’ lead researcher Dr Jenkins said. ‘Eyes in the photographs could reveal where you were, and who you were with.’ Jenkins said it was possible for low-resolution passport photos to be ‘mined’ for information, such as faces of witnesses, bystanders, locations and environmental sign-posts, to help law enforcers piece together a criminal narrative. Scientists can identify criminals by enhancing their reflection in a victim’s EYE article-0-1A4F9D8D00000578-387_634x256I absolutely love high tech, but as explained by PLOS ONE; this is on the edge of ‘spooky,’ and possibly getting too close to the outer layer of my comfort zone. Some thing I need to dwell on, and think of the possible ramifications. Perhaps I just need some ‘shut-eye’!        Yours ‘Eye’

Junk food & a rats IQ

Jamie Oliver And Victoria Government Announce Partnership To Tackle ObesityPut down the doughnut! Eating lots of junk food for just one WEEK can damage your memory permanentlyimages   Australian researchers found that even a short-term diet of junk food can have a detrimental effect on the brain’s cognitive ability. fast food is junk food Scientists from the University of New South Wales showed for the first time that rats fed a diet high in fat and sugar had impaired memory after a week. The study strongly suggests obesity causes rapid changes in the brain and the damage of an unhealthy diet is not reversed.

‘Oh bugger!’ I’ve forgotten why I posted this now; memory like a sieve just lately…       Yours Aye.

Fargham, Iranian space monkey (& friends)

Iran hails the voyage of Fargam the space monkey. Tehran says it has safely returned a monkey to Earth after sending it 75 miles into space. (And pigs might fly!)iran-space-monkey_2765729b

Iran said on Saturday that it had safely returned a monkey to Earth after blasting it into space in the second such launch this year in its controversial ballistic programme. President Hassan Rouhani congratulated the scientists involved in the mission, in a message carried by the official IRNA news agency. The report added that the rocket reached a height of 120 kilometres (75 miles).images

In January, Iran said it had successfully brought a live monkey, which it named Pishgam (Houdini Pioneer), back to Earth from orbit. But the experiment’s success was disputed, when a different monkey was presented to the media after the landing. An earlier attempt had failed in September 2011. Pigsham left of pic, returns with identity crisis, right of pic.

250px-Rocket1034040Iran’s space programme has prompted concern among Western governments, which fear Tehran is trying to master the technology required to deliver a nuclear warhead. The Islamic republic insists that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful. “By the grace of God and through the efforts of Iranian space scientists, the Pajohesh (research) rocket containing the second live space monkey, named Fargam (Suspicious Auspicious), was sent into space and brought back to Earth safely,” Mr Rouhani said in his ‘delusional’ message. 

 State television broadcast footage of the rocket launch which state television said took place on Saturday morning. A helicopter brought a capsule to the scene which the reporter said contained the monkey, and later footage of a monkey wearing a red shirt was shown. Iran’s space programme was heavily promoted by Mr Rouhani’s controversial predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who quipped in February that he was “ready to be the first Iranian to be sacrificed by the scientists of my country and go into space, even though I know there are a lot of candidates”.ahmadinejad-chimp-1 

To the dismay of animal welfare groups, Fargam was following in the footsteps of a menagerie of dogs and monkeys that were among the early stars of the US and Soviet space programmes in the 1960s. Earlier this year, Iranian space officials raised the prospect of sending a Persian cat into space. “Iran’s archaic experiment… is a throwback to the primitive techniques of the 1950s,” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals spokesman Ben Williamson said at the time.Mahmoud-Ahmadinejad-Press-Conference--70561 However; PETA would accept the cheeky little monkey known as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the next primate in space…

The stated aim of Iran’s programme is a manned launch by 2020. The programme deeply unsettles Western governments as the technology used in space rockets can also be used in ballistic missiles. The UN Security Council has imposed an almost total embargo on the export of nuclear and space technology to Iran since 2007. Tehran denies its space programme has any link with its alleged nuclear ambitions.

And when Terhan gives its word, it is better than a contract written in blood If you like your sanctions, you can keep your sanctions? Iran storms out of talks insisting they’ll all be LIFTED as nuclear talks crumble…Edited by Hannah Strange of The Telegraph, with sarcasm & strikethrough words added by Ex Bootneck.ALeqM5gPILuEPs1dcge-42xergkiXHaJ3w

I refuse to believe any of this nonsense until I hear it from the lips of ‘Honest-Trust-Me’ John F. Kerry, The Secretary of State.

Yours Aye

Genetically Modified & Sprayed with Poison


Revealed: How Frankenstein ‘super-weeds’ have swamped 60 MILLION acres of US farmland – and can’t be killed. A plague of super-weeds, created as a result of GM farming, has swamped 60-million acres of American farmland, it has been revealed. A policy briefing issued by America’s Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) says it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep the weeds in check. 

The plants have developed as an unintended result of growing crops that have been genetically modified to withstand spraying with certain powerful weed killers, such as Monsanto’s Roundup Ready, which is also known as glyphosate. The idea was that the fields could be repeatedly sprayed with these chemicals on the basis they would kill the weeds but allow food crops such as soya to thrive. Why do we want to spray more Agent Orange on our crops, are we at war with our selves (and our children?)  1-Agricultural-Losses-Kept-Down-By-Spraying-OperationsHowever, the reality is that the weeds have mutated to become immune to the chemicals with the result they can take over fields. Biotech companies have suggested the way to deal with the problem is to develop new strains of GM crop and switch to different, even more powerful, chemical weed killers.cartoon_superweed

The UCS study – ‘The Rise of Super-weeds – and What to Do About It’ – suggests returning to more natural crops and weed control to defeat the problem. Author of the report, Doug Gurian-Sherman, a senior scientists with the UCS Food & Environment Program, said: ‘It sounds like a bad sci-fi movie or something out of The Twilight Zone. But ‘superweeds’ are real and they’re infesting America’s croplands. GMO


‘Overuse of Monsanto’s ‘Roundup Ready’ seeds and herbicides in our industrial farming system is largely to blame.’ And if we’re not careful, the industry’s proposed ‘solutions’ could make this epidemic much worse.’ The US study said as many as 50-per cent of US farmers surveyed report glyphosate-resistant weed infestations. In the south-east of the country, more than 90-per cent of cotton and soybean farmers are affected. To date, some 24 species of weeds have developed resistance, with the result farmers are using more chemical sprays than before the GM crops were planted. Some resistant weeds can grow eight feet tall and the tough stems damage farm equipment. Removing them by hand is the only way to get rid of them, which is expensive.

These weeds steal nutrients from the crops, which reduces yields, overall productivity, and farmers’ profits. Mr Gurian-Sherman said: ‘Monsanto and other agribusiness companies are now touting herbicide-resistant crops engineered to withstand older, more toxic herbicides, such as dicamba and 2,4-D, as the ‘solution.’ ‘These new herbicides will certainly exacerbate the problem, but increase the companies’ bottom lines. ‘It’s a highly risky move. Increased herbicides use on the new engineered crops will speed up weed resistance, leaving no viable herbicide alternatives.         Click to enlargeOSGATA_Monsanto_JG_GMOFreeNewYork This is a dangerous chemical cocktail, that when combined with the current farming system, it’s a recipe for disaster.’ He said dicamba and 2,4-D pose additional risks to people and nearby crops. These herbicides have been linked to increased rates of certain diseases, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, in farmers and farm workers. They are prone to drifting on the wind and dispersing into the air after application, and consequently, the herbicides can settle far from where they were applied. These herbicides are extremely toxic to many of the most common fruit and vegetable crops, as well as to plants that provide food and habitat for pollinators and other beneficial

imagesEnough from me, try a little research into the effects that GM crops are having on farm animals that are fed on the produce sprayed with the same weed-killers (check for the dissected heart of a healthy beast raised on natural produce, against those raised on GM feed). Then ask your self why it is accepted, because you too eat the same produce? Perhaps once the farmers see their profit dwindle they too will see sense, for many it may well be too late.

Fortunately, we still have a choice over here in the UK, and the lobby fighting against GM crops and the use of powerful herbicides have a powerful voice.  Organic bacon sandwich anyone?  Yours Aye.

Multi tasking is a woman thing; proven!

article-2516990-19C8CF3F00000578-402_634x606Sorry chaps, your brains aren’t made for multi-tasking: But women are hard-wired to juggle jobs Women have known it for generations – and the proof has finally arrived. Scientists have found that the female brain is ‘hard-wired’ to be better at multi-tasking. Men’s brains, in comparison, are better at concentrating on single complex tasks – whether it be reading a map or cooking a meal. Scientists scanned the brains of 949 young men and women in the biggest investigation of its kind to date. Using hi-tech diffusion MRI imaging, they mapped the connections between the different parts of the brains. article-2516990-19CA7B9A00000578-536_306x413

The researchers discovered that women have far better connections between the left and right sides of the brain, while men display more intense activity within the brain’s individual parts, especially in the cerebellum, which controls motor skills. 

Men also have better connections between the front and back of the brain, giving them a better ability to quickly perceive information and use it immediately to carry out complex tasks. Dr Ragini Verma, who carried out the study with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, said: ‘Of course individuals will differ, always.

Ahhh, so, that explains why there are so many different settings on modern steam iron’s, and washing machines, it’s to keep the fairer sex occupied! ‘Just battening down all hatches, and waiting for the incoming barrage of well deserved abuse’…  😉 And; Yes, men DO have selective hearing, say researchers (… well, women knew that all along)  Yours Aye.

A pig and a chimp went on a date…

‘Humans evolved after a female chimpanzee mated with a pig’article-0-1AC394DD000005DC-53_306x423 Is the extraordinary claim made by American geneticist Dr Eugene McCarthy of the University of Georgia. Extraordinary claim made by American geneticist  What’s more, he suggests, there is one animal that has all of the traits which distinguish humans from our primate cousins in the animal kingdom.

article-0-0A697ADB000005DC-177_306x423‘What is this other animal that has all these traits?’ he asks rhetorically. ‘The answer is Sus scrofa, the ordinary pig!’
 Dr McCarthy elaborates his astonishing hypothesis in an article on, a website he curates. He is at pains to point out that that it is merely a hypothesis, but he presents compelling evidence to support it.

Dr McCarthy, no doubt the Islamic world will be spitting feathers over your revelation (no doubt a ‘fatwa’ فتوى‎ will soon be in the postal system with your name on it!) I will celebrate the fact with a crispy bacon sandwich, and a pot of tea, as this news story has made my Sunday morning complete…           Yours aye.