Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The Daily: May 16

We scour the news so you don't have to.

Written by Mason Grove

30 hours to find the perfect LBD
A recent online survey of 2000 women has revealed it takes a 30 hours, spread over 5 days, to find the ‘perfect little black dress’. On average the ‘LBD’ will cost around £125, and yet the average woman would only wear it twice, the main worry being that she would not want to be seen wearing the same dress too many times. Also, the dress is kept for 11 years and saved for extremely special occasions. Most LBD’s are bought by wearers between the ages of 18 and 24.

Pandamonium at Edinburgh Zoo
The popular panda bears Tian Tian and Yang Guang at Edinburgh Zoo have not taken advantage of the very short window of opportunity to mate. There is only a 3 day chance to conceive, and this year Yang Guang did not step up to the challenge. The pair have now become detached and live in separate dens, leaving those hoping for the baby pandas in despair. The two pandas arrived in Scotland in December 2011. By the end of the year they would have eaten 18,000 kilograms of bamboo, at a cost of £70,000.

Northern vineyards are up and coming
A surprising turn of events in English winemaking has occurred with vineyards in Lancashire, Derbyshire and the Midlands claiming to have almost perfect weather conditions to brew still and sparkling white wine. Kieran Atkinson, leader of the English Wine Project, is comparing the advantageous weather to the region of Champagne. “We are cooler than Champagne, which means we have nicer levels of acid in our grapes”. All has gone well so far for the delicate process and if the sun comes out again, then a British version of Champagne may well make the grade.

85-year-old scientific experiment continues
In 1927, Professor Thomas Parnell wanted to prove that the black tar substance ‘pitch’ was a liquid rather than a solid. Yet after three years of allowing the substance to settle, not a drop fell. However, a decade later the first drop did fall, and was followed in 1947 by another. Only six more drops have fallen since then, which comes to a total of 8 drops during the experiment which has spanned 85 years. A webcam has been set up to capture the next drop which is predicted for 2013, but may well come sooner. No human has ever witnessed a drop, as the webcam broke 12 years ago when the last one occured.

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