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Is Rescuing People From Dangerous Accidents Really A Good Use of Superman’s Time?, Eagle Eye

Is Rescuing People From Dangerous Accidents Really A Good Use of Superman’s Time?

I am never going to get to number 1,000 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No at this rate. I have missed several in recent weeks. Anyway, the above, asked by Slate, is number 963. Thanks to Nick Davies. The SMBC comic once featured a similar theme (picture; thanks to Calum).
Here are [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 19 June 2013 at 8:22 pm

Did rising prosperity end for most people in 2003?, Eagle Eye

Did rising prosperity end for most people in 2003?

Did median real wages stop rising in 2003? I have been puzzled by this claim since the Resolution Foundation made it last October, and I am puzzled by it now that Duncan Weldon, an economist at the TUC, takes issue with me for suggesting that people generally continued to be better off until the bank crisis of 2008.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 June 2013 at 9:48 am

Is this proof the Virgin Queen was an imposter in drag?, Eagle Eye

Is this proof the Virgin Queen was an imposter in drag?

It is flattering. It really is. The lengths to which Paul Dacre goes to humour my little foible. This morning’s Daily Mail contains such a fine example of the Questions To Which The Answer Is No genre that I can only confess to being speechless with awe. Number 958 in the series.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 8 June 2013 at 10:49 am

Obama Helping Resurrect Ottoman Empire?, Eagle Eye

Obama Helping Resurrect Ottoman Empire?

Questions asked by the weird website WND do not normally count, but this one is excellent, so I shall file it as number 955 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No.
The first paragraph is an unusual single-sentence long version:
Is Obama helping advance a grand plan by Turkey, with the support of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 May 2013 at 6:00 pm

Can earthlings crowdfund a moon colony?, Eagle Eye

Can earthlings crowdfund a moon colony?

This is a “serious question”, according to Kirsten Salyer, who asked it on Bloomberg. I get the impression Ollie Money didn’t think so. He’s right. It’s number 953 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No. Buy the book of the series here.
“Crowdfund” is also on the Banned List. Although I think [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 at 9:38 pm

Will Angelina Jolie Help End Climate-Change Denial, And Help The Republican Party?, Eagle Eye

Will Angelina Jolie Help End Climate-Change Denial, And Help The Republican Party?

Terrific double Question To Which The Answer Is No asked by Forbes and spotted by Tom Doran. That is number 950 and 951 in the long-running series of the book.
Number 952 was generated this morning, with Swiss movement precision, by the Dacre Auto Headline Generator (thanks to Brian Brady):

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 25 May 2013 at 1:11 pm

Was An Alien Space Fish Just Filmed Outside The Space Station?, Eagle Eye

Was An Alien Space Fish Just Filmed Outside The Space Station?

Falling a bit behind in the series of the book, Questions To Which The Answer Is No.
This is number 947, asked by Huffington Post (alien fish, pictured).
Number 948 was asked by Mary Riddell:
Will Ed Miliband be the Doctor Who of politics?
A bit baffling, that one (unlike all the others). Will he reverse the polarity of the neutron [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 17 May 2013 at 9:37 pm

Would YOU get a company tattoo in return for a payrise?, Eagle Eye

Would YOU get a company tattoo in return for a payrise?

Number 944 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No, asked by guess who.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 at 11:19 am

“Has the internet killed the Loch Ness monster?”, Eagle Eye

“Has the internet killed the Loch Ness monster?”

Number 940 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No was asked by Philip Hoare, in the Guardian, on the 80th anniversary of the monster’s invention last week.
Number 941 is on the front of today’s Guardian (pictured):
Was 1963 the start of modern life?
Thanks to Patrick Hennessy.
Number 942 was asked by the Daily Mail:
Maggie: The masterpiece. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 at 3:48 pm

“Did MI6 plot against UKIP?”, Eagle Eye

“Did MI6 plot against UKIP?”

Number 938 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No (only £6.14 to download the e-book) was asked yesterday by Douglas Murray at Spectator blogs. I particularly enjoyed Murray’s decorative touch: “Important to stress that it is not conspiracy theory.”
The question was originally asked by Norman Tebbit in 2001, in the form, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 1 May 2013 at 4:17 pm

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