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Is this the Loch Ness Monster?, Eagle Eye

Is this the Loch Ness Monster?

I may have done this one before, as I think the Daily Mail automatic generator of Questions to Which the Answer is No has been switched to its “eco” setting, so that it produces recycled material. I’ll call this one number 792 in the series, but the whole series may disappear into the time-space vortex [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 21 April 2012 at 2:19 pm

Was Shakespeare a Jewish woman?, Eagle Eye

Was Shakespeare a Jewish woman?

Number 788 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by the Jewish Book Council, itself reporting Matthue Roth’s article at My Jewish Learning, which is headlined merely, “Was Shakespeare a Woman?” (The answer is still no.)
Thanks to Anthony Cox.
Number 789 was asked by Nile Gardiner:
Is Hillary Clinton becoming an [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 17 April 2012 at 9:43 pm

Was Winston Churchill to blame for Titanic?, Eagle Eye

Was Winston Churchill to blame for Titanic?

Lovely. Number 785 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No was asked by The Sun nearly three weeks ago. Thanks to Stuart for spotting it.
Meanwhile, catching up. Number 786 was asked yesterday by Charles Garcia on CNN:
Is Castro Cuban-Americans’ Hitler?
Thanks to James Whetlor.
Number 787 has been turned out by the automatic [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 April 2012 at 11:23 am

Did MI6 Agent Kill Spy in Bag?, Eagle Eye

Did MI6 Agent Kill Spy in Bag?

Now I know that the Daily Mail is doing it on purpose. Yesterday it put number 783 in the world-famous series of Questions to Which the Answer is No on the front page.
The story comes complete with that adornment of the genre, the list of “The Unanswered Questions”. I suspect many of those are numbers 784 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 1 April 2012 at 11:48 am

Should Obama use the Nuclear Option to Eliminate Joseph Kony?, Eagle Eye

Should Obama use the Nuclear Option to Eliminate Joseph Kony?

Thick and fast. Number 780 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by Christwire. (Update: Arieh Kovler kindly points out that the site is a spoof; so its inclusion in my series is a fine example of postmodern ironic humour.)
Thanks to Tim Miller.
Then there is number 781, asked by Sunny [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 29 March 2012 at 4:58 pm

“Recurrent Spontaneous Anomalous Physical Events Suggestive of Poltergeist Activity: Evidence for Discarnate Agency?”, Eagle Eye

“Recurrent Spontaneous Anomalous Physical Events Suggestive of Poltergeist Activity: Evidence for Discarnate Agency?”

Number 779 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, and it is an early favourite for Best of 2012.
The above is the title of the lead article in the current edition of the Journal of the Society of Psychical Research, Vol. 76.1, No 906, January 2012, by Paul Burgess, of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 27 March 2012 at 7:52 pm

Are video games just propaganda and training tools for the military?, Eagle Eye

Are video games just propaganda and training tools for the military?

Number 775 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by The Guardian recently. Grateful to Gothic Gardener not just for spotting the question but for directing me to one of the games that is in constant use in barracks (pictured).
Determined to compete with the Daily Mail, The Guardian also asks [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 at 12:01 pm

Will you tell Starbucks your name?, Eagle Eye

Will you tell Starbucks your name?

I have a bit of catching up to do. This is Question to Which the Answer is No, number 771, asked by the BBC. I wouldn’t tell them my name because I would be in Caffè Nero.
Thanks to Citizen Sane.
Number 772, asked by Channel 4 News on Wednesday:
Can Mary Portas kick-start the clothing industry by manufacturing a [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 March 2012 at 6:54 pm

Could your puppy be related to Blake Lively’s?, Eagle Eye

Could your puppy be related to Blake Lively’s?

Number 769 in John Prescott’s favourite internet series, of Questions to Which the Answer is No, was asked by the automatic QTWTAIN generator at the Daily Mail. With, as Max Dunbar pointed out, a wonderful subsidiary question implied: Who is Blake Lively?
The Mail illustrates the story with a picture (right) of a model holding a [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 March 2012 at 10:24 am

Did the Moon sink the Titanic?, Eagle Eye

Did the Moon sink the Titanic?

Number 764 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is from the automatic QTWTAIN generator at Northcliffe House.
My colleagues at the Daily Mail did find a charming photograph of a migrated iceberg in a bay in Newfoundland with which to illustrate it, though.
Thanks to Peter Noble.
Number 765 was asked by Slate:
Could [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 6 March 2012 at 10:53 am

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