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My Bali coconut

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I was walking on Kuta beach in Bali in early 2010. The sun was shining, as it does around the Equator year round. I stumbled upon a coconut washed up by the waves. It was heavy and seemed to have fallen recently into the sea. I embarked on a mission to crack it open but there was no tool around. I found a tree stump and started throwing the coconut against the tree. After multiple hits, it fina...

Cobra in a Chinese cave

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(By George)  As a student in China in 2001 I visited Jiuhuashan - one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China. Several friends and I were planning to spend the night at a monastery at the top of the mountain but we started out a bit late on our hike. By dusk we still had 1/3 to go so we were walking briskly to get to the top before night...

Alex and the Globe

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In the autumn of 2007 I met Alex. He was three and was living in London. Alex did not know much about the world. His parents were from far away - as far away as New Zealand - but he hardly knew these places. He only knew he was from north London and identified himself as "a lot of Scottish" - he could not explain why. I like testing the limits of children. And I lo...

A laughing dog

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I was taking my grandfather's dog for a walk one day. I slid on a wet patch of grass and fell on my bum. No big deal. The interesting thing was the dog saw me in the process of falling, as I was desperately trying to keep my balance. After I thumped on the ground, I looked up at the dog. He was laughing at me, 5 metres away. I could see the laughter in his eyes and in his mouth, slightly open and ...

My first day at school

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By Per Sona Grata. I remember my first day at school with one key thing: a giant letter "A".  Many of them.  In my first class the teacher wrote the letter A on the blackboard and asked my classmates to write it 10 times on the first line of our notepads. I duly did.  Only later did I learn that "the first line" was meant to mean ...

My Christmas Eve dinner

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Barcodes story

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When we were kids, my brother and I started noticing something very interesting on food packages - strange patterns of thicker and thinner bars and numbers started to appear at the back with increasing consistency. We kept wondering what the purpose of these patterns was. It was a new technology that hadn't caught on in our home town. And then came the supermarkets and we learned&...

A conversation with my father: Giraffes and Elephants

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When I was a child I was fascinated by animals: the animals in the zoo, the cat in the street, TV documentaries about animals, my collection of 20 rubber toy animals.... One evening when I was 4 or 5, I was playing on the floor of the living room when a question came up in my mind and started nagging me. My father was in the room and, conveniently, could provide an...

Grand Canyon: a 4,000-mile deja-vu from the air

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Years ago, two friends and I did a 3-week roadtrip across California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. We travelled 4,000 miles across all the major landmarks of the American Southwest: Napa and Sonoma, Muir Woods, Big Sur, Yosemite, Death Valley, the Mojave Desert, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion, Fire Valley and Lake Tahoe. We spent a night sleeping in the car, under the stars in the desert&nbsp...

My recipe for hummus: "Hummus Sapiens"

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The best hummus I've made in my life was not a work of art; it was a work of chemistry. I call it "hummus sapiens". It was the result of a series of simple chemical reactions.