Is Chimpton A Mutant?

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Look at the size of Chimpton’s head — much bigger than mine!

Over Christmas I sat down to watch The Royal Institute Christmas Lecture – as I do every year. This year it was presented by biological anthropologist, author and TV presenter Alice Roberts, and geneticist Aoife McLysaght. The subject was “Who Am I?” and the lectures took a look at how our genes make us the individuals we are. It is amazing how close we are to each other; we share 99.4% of our genes with our human neighbours, 98.7% with a chimp and even 44% with a fruit fly and yet we are also entirely unique individuals – there is nobody else quite like me or you.

Stephen Hawking Dies

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It looks like 2018 is heading the same way as last year and the year before. Earlier this week we lost Doddy and now Stephen Hawking has shuffled off the mortal coil. The visionary physicist who tried his best to explain the universe to millions of ordinary people has died peacefully at his home age 76. Stephen was responsible for giving Jammy Toast the biggest headache when he published his book A Brief History Of Time. Each paragraph of the book was on a different subject from the Big Bang Theory to Black Holes In Space and we couldn’t understand any of them. Each chapter started off simply and then added more and more detail to the subject being covered – here at Jammy Toast we couldn’t get to the end of the first page of each chapter before becoming dumfounded.

The World Is Flat

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Yesterday, we reported that Elvis visits Jammy Toast every so often and enjoys reading our posts more or less on a daily basis. Although some people treated this revelation with a touch of scepticism, others were happy to go along with our shock admission. However, “Just Me” – we know you’re real name! – stated that she believes everything we say, with a hardly veiled hint of sarcasm, and that the earth is flat. We had to laugh at her comment because what other shape could it possibly be?

Happy Anniversary Albert

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Today is the sixtieth anniversary of the death of the great scientist Albert Einstein but despite this his legend still lives on. He is widely regarded as the most famous scientist ever, Einstein’s name is synonymous with problem solving and a genius-like intellect. With his shock of white hair and bushy moustache, he is instantly recognisable, but for all this it is one small equation that has ensured his legacy lives on. In 1905, the German published his now famous theory of special relativity – E=mc2. It is an equation that is known all around the world and one that adorns posters, t-shirts and has even been turned into tattoos. But what is it, how does it help us today and what does it actually mean?

Queen Pardons Alan Turing

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Back in June 2012, we made a case for Alan Turing, considered by many to be the Grandfather of modern computing and also an official Hero of The Bears, to receive a posthumous apology for his conviction for gross indecency. The conviction was not because he was fiddling with kids, like many of today’s celebrities, but because he had a loving relationship with a man – at the time homosexuality was illegal in England. Now the Queen has decided that the computer pioneer and code-breaker should be given a posthumous royal pardon – obviously after reading of the case in Jammy Toast.

Ladyboys

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We like to think that we are pretty broadminded here at Jammy Toast. There is not much which will shock us and I guess there is nothing much we have not seen before, if we are being honest. That was true until last night, while we were channel flipping to find something to watch, when we came across something which totally took our attention. There on screen was quite an attractive young Asian lady without many clothes on and in plain sight were her breasts. Again this is nothing we haven’t seen before and, needless to say, it caught our attention and we sat spellbound by this beauty from Thailand. Then, as the camera moved down, there it was in all its glory – A PENIS!

The Pope v Stephen Hawking

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Last week we posted a story based on Stephen Hawking’s new book, which stated that God did not create the universe and the whole process can now be explained by science. In the book he stated that, “the universe can and will create itself from nothing. It is not necessary to invoke God.” This week, because the Pope is in town, we thought it would be interesting to look at his version.