Posts by: Action Dan

Florence Nightingale - That girl got lamp

Florence Nightingale was born, by some amazing coincidence, in the city of Florence, Italy on 12 May 1820. She was the second daughter of parents with enough money that they could name their children whatever they wanted. Her elder sister was called Parthenope. So there you go.

A photo of Florence Nightingale

She got Flo

Her mother wanted Florence to marry a rich man, because she was very progressive. However Florence was a devout Christian, and when she was 17 she felt God was calling her to serve him. Possibly bringing him a lovely cup of tea.

At first Florence wasn’t sure how God wanted her to serve (sugar?), but by 1844 she was convinced she was to nurse the sick. Her parents, William and Frances were horrified because at that time nursing was definitely not a respectable job! Nurses were often drunk and conditions in hospitals were dreadful. Nothing changes, huh? Huh? Amirite?!

Episode 42: Crimea River

Pie charts. Not as fattening as the name suggests. They’ve been miscommunicating information for a long time now, and baffling people with their unnecessary 3D effects.

Of course the reason we have them at all is down to the ‘lady with the lamp’. She was always working in the dark which explains the bright default colours used on charts in Excel.

Regress with us now as if you’re in some fever dream, and experience the horrors of the Crimea war with a little bit of sauciness thrown in. And don’t come crying to us when you get trench foot.

Episode 41: Mystery Cubed

Wait, 2 counter-clockwise turns off the upper-level should… No… 3 clockwise rotations of the left-most sector will… No.

We all hate Rubik’s cubes. Hate them completely and utterly. More than life itself. But there are some total weirdos who do like them.

Join some of these fine people as they grapple with lining up little coloured squares, AND some of life’s biggest challenges.

Not everything is as it seems…

Episode 40: Gone to Seed

Have you ever had one of those friends? You know the type, will get you into trouble and then disappear when the going gets tough. Irish. Co-writer of the podcast you make. Named Brian. I think I may be giving you too much of a peek behind the curtains…

There hasn’t been enough Scandinavia in AST up until now, so here’s some. Will Steve make it out alive? Will Angela get to make some sandwiches? Will Marcus see things through? Things are getting seedy…

Episode 39: A Right Hook from the Back Office

I bet you love all those expensive comic book super hero films, don’t you? I can tell by the pyjamas your you’re wearing. Well, have you ever wondered what it’s like for the people who help them? You can’t run a crime fighting enterprise without back room staff.

Join us for the tale of some of those back room staff. There’s even an HR lady getting involved in the action. It’s the way it should be. Tally ho!

10 facts about Mars

  1. Mars has never been known by another name, unlike Snickers.
  2. It’s known as the red planet because of its communist tendencies.
  3. Matt Damon is the only person who has been to Mars.
  4. We only send Rovers to Mars as they’re a proper British car brand.
  5. Mars is named after the Roman god of war. Someone put the first letter on upside down.
  6. There is no life on Mars. Which is why it’s twinned with Slough.
  7. H.G. Wells wrote ‘The War of the Worlds’ about an invasion from Mars. But the chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one.
  8. Mars is covered in ‘canals’. It is currently not possible to navigate them on an overpriced gondola.
  9. The centre of Mars is solid ice. As well as caramel and soft nougat.
  10. The symbol for Mars is the same as the symbol for man. This is why Mars never washes its hands after taking a pee.

Science Christmas around the world

Christmas isn’t just for ordinary people, scienticians like to celebrate it too. Of course, different countries have different traditions with regards to how the celebrate the day of presenty goodness. Let’s take a look at how sciencefolk mark the day of turkey munching in different countries of the world.

Episode 37: A Point-Mass Carol

 

Woooooaaaahhhhh! Wooooooaaaaaahhhhh! Scared? Enough to make you rethink your life choices and embrace the Christmas spirit? Of course. That’s how it always works.

We have gone totally Christmas Carol crazy in this episode. Get ready for mistletoe, mulled wine, carol singers and our old friend Sir Isaac Newton. It’s our gift to you.

Episode 36: Radio Blah Blah

Travelling around the country is fun. And you can increase the fun by searching the airwaves to find local radio stations to listen to. The playlists, attitudes, and opinions have remained remarkably stable over the past 30 years. And that’s exactly what we all need more of in our lives.

One such radio station is about to get embroiled in the evil machinations of Dr Stroiker – who, because he’s a doctor, is up to naughty science shenanigans. Obviously. That’s what they do. Come listen, friends!