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Did blowing into Nintendo cartridges really help?, Eagle Eye

Did blowing into Nintendo cartridges really help?

This is not a proper Question To Which The Answer Is No (QTWTAIN) because Chris Higgins, who asked it a couple of months ago, knows perfectly well that the answer is no. But I like it and I am grateful to Alex Walters for the lovely bit of nostalgia.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 18 November 2012 at 9:49 pm

“Would you dare to wear the romper suit for grown-ups?”, Eagle Eye

“Would you dare to wear the romper suit for grown-ups?”

It is that moment for which we have been waiting: the announcement of the first winners of the Questions To Which The Answer Is No competition.
The first winner is Paddy Briggs, who spotted this question (above and right) asked by the Daily Mail. Extra points have been awarded for the illustration, which confirms that the answer [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 16 November 2012 at 2:46 pm

Is China more democratic than the West?, Eagle Eye

Is China more democratic than the West?

Monster Question To Which The Answer Is No, asked by my former colleague Martin Jacques* on the BBC News website. That is number 872 in my classic series, now a book, an e-book and a competition.
Extra marks to the BBC for Jacques’s question’s being included in a series called “A Point of View”. So, it is a point of view, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 2 November 2012 at 9:15 pm

Gordon Brown Reconsidered, Eagle Eye

Gordon Brown Reconsidered

William Keegan spoke at the Mile End Group at Queen Mary, University of London, last night about his new book, Saving the World? Gordon Brown Reconsidered. (Pictured, centre, with Jon Davis, left and Steve Richards, right.)
The title of his book is of course number 871 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 31 October 2012 at 1:03 pm

Did being buzzed by a biplane make the Queen Mother lose a son who would have been King?, Eagle Eye

Did being buzzed by a biplane make the Queen Mother lose a son who would have been King?

Struggling to keep up, and my numbering has gone awry again, as the Daily Mail and the BBC compete to advertise my book, Questions To Which The Answer is No. (Download the Kindle edition here; buy the book here; enter the competition here.)
But the above is number 868 in the series, asked by the Mail [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 at 10:13 am

Those Alternatives to Trident In Full, Eagle Eye

Those Alternatives to Trident In Full

Marvellous. Nick Clegg’s spokesman has briefed journalists on the Liberal Democrat position on nuclear weapons. He said that today’s news that Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, was spending £350m on the design phase of the Trident replacement does not mean that the Lib Dems have given up their opposition to a “like-for-like” replacement.
The Lib Dem [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 29 October 2012 at 4:28 pm

Will Ohio State’s football team decide who wins the White House?, Eagle Eye

Will Ohio State’s football team decide who wins the White House?

Keep them coming. Number 857 in my never-ending series of Questions to Which the Answer is No was asked by Slate and drawn to my attention by Alex Worth.
Something to do with American football, Ohio being the decisive state in the US Electoral College, and a study suggesting that big sporting victories are worth votes to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 25 October 2012 at 8:31 pm

Is “whom” history?, Eagle Eye

Is “whom” history?

Keep those entries coming for the Questions To Which The Answer Is No competition. My generous publisher, Elliott & Thompson, will give 10 signed copies of my QTWTAIN book to the finders of the best new QTWTAIN in newspapers or on the internet.
The only rule is that the author or publisher of the question has [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 15 October 2012 at 9:56 pm

Did homosexuality kill off the dinosaurs?, Eagle Eye

Did homosexuality kill off the dinosaurs?

Entries are pouring in for the Questions To Which The Answer Is No competition. The above, number 850 in my series, was submitted by Dom Stapleton. I have been unable to find the source of the image to which he links, so it may be satirical, but the text seems authentically Creationist.
Indeed, there seems to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 28 September 2012 at 1:51 pm

Is Asking Inane Questions the Future of Journalism?, Eagle Eye

Is Asking Inane Questions the Future of Journalism?

Number 846 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No was asked by Paul Waldman at The American Prospect, making fun of some classic Newsweek covers. Including numbers 847, 848 and 849: “Was Mussolini Right?” (pictured), “Is the Future Underground?” and “Was Feminism a Mistake?”
Thanks to Mark Colvin for these entries to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 24 September 2012 at 10:21 am

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