Saturday, 19 August 2017

Random Thoughts (Part 4)

Here are a few more random unconnected thoughts on random unconnected subjects...

Weighing 2 pounds 7 ounces.

1) Weight obsession

When people have a new baby, they always seem to mention how much it weighs.  But why?  What's the big obsession with baby weight?  We don't mention weight at other times.

For example, imagine getting married and updating your facebook status as follows...

John Smith married Rebecca Holloway.
Weighing 9 stone 7 pounds.

You just wouldn't do it, so why do people feel the need to mention how much babies weigh?

2) Time travel benefits

If time machines were ever invented, it's inevitable that some people would end up using them as a 'snooze' button.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Free short stories.

Over the last ten weeks, each of my ten latest short stories has been free each weekend. Some of them made the top ten of the free Kindle Short Reads charts, so I was really pleased with the number of downloads I had.

For anyone who missed them (either intentionally or otherwise!), over the next ten days there'll be another chance to get each short story for free.

A timetable of when each short story is free, with links, can be found at the end of this blog post.

First though, I'm really pleased with the feedback so far, so big thanks to anyone who downloaded them, and massive thanks to anyone who left a review on Amazon. Here are the reviews:

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Alternative uses for five of the most deadly poisons in the world.

This week the usually light-hearted Charles Fudgemuffin blog gets serious as we take a look at five of the most powerful toxins in the world, starting with a toxin which will be familiar to most people...

1) Botulinum

Don't try this at home!
Botulinum is the most powerful toxin known to man, and when delivered intravenously a dose of a mere 1.3-2.1 ng/Kg is estimated to be enough to kill a human! Based on a typical adult weighing 70 Kg, that means a dose as low as 0.000000119 grams could potentially kill someone!

Alternative use:

Most people will probably have heard of the most famous form of botulinum, which is marketed commercially as Botox.

You may find it strange that the most powerful poison known to man would be available commercially, but don't worry ... Botox isn't marketed at people looking to poison someone! Botulinum also has medical uses such as treating muscle spasms and overactive muscles, as well as being used for cosmetic purposes to reduce facial wrinkles.

Surprisingly, botulinum can also be used to treat excessive sweating. I have to say, being treated with one of the most powerful toxins known to man would only make me sweat more!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

10 facts about walking.

Its only 247 days until National Walking Day (April 2nd, 2018), so to celebrate here are ten walking related facts!

These shoes were made for walking.
Or specifically, hiking.
But that's basically the same thing, more or less.
Editor's note: Hiking is a specific form of walking,
generally in natural surroundings.
1) The world is 24,900 miles in circumference and the average walking pace is 3 miles per hour. It would therefore take a person walking nonstop approximately 346 days to walk around the world.

2) However, to do so they would have to be able to walk on water because they would come across numerous oceans on their travels!

3) The longest walk around the world (not literally obviously, because he couldn't walk on water) was completed by Jean Beliveau who walked a massive 46,600 miles around 64 countries in 11 years.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

A 'true or false' quiz: Unusual items sent through the post.

A post.
Editor's note: "Charles, that's the wrong type of post!"
This week the Charles Fudgemuffin blog features a true or false quiz based on some of the unusual items sent through the postal services around the world. See if you can guess if the following items really were sent through the post, or whether I've just made them up as a sneaky bluff...

1) Children

In the early days of the US Parcel Post Service, at least two children were sent by post.

True or false?

2) A helium balloon

It may seem strange that someone would want to send a fragile item like a helium balloon through the post, but in 1928 Frank Miflin of California walked into his local post office and requested that a helium balloon (with a 20 gram weight attached) be sent by mail to his brother in Florida.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Gravity, and how to lose weight.

The weight of an average adult varies around the world, from an average of 57.7Kg in Asia, to an average of 80.7 in North America.

However, the weight of an average adult varies far more dramatically once you leave Earth and travel around the solar system. For example, the average adult weighs far less on the Moon than they do on Earth. So if you want to lose weight in a hurry, the quickest way to do so is to live on the Moon!

Here's what an average adult would weight on various planets and other universal objects, based on an average weight of 70 Kg.

Pluto, the dwarf planet.

Pluto - 4.6 Kg

As I'm sure everyone is aware now, Pluto is no longer a planet and in 2006 was reclassified by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) as a dwarf planet. However, although the IAU had the power to take away Pluto's planetary status, they didn't have the power to take away it's gravity!

What little gravity it has, that is, because on the dwarf planet of Pluto, due to its low gravity an average adult would weigh a mere 4.6 Kg!

Equivalent object on Earth = That's a little heavier than a newborn baby.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

A puzzle involving truth and lies.

The Puppet Master
A short story by Charles Fudgemuffin
This weekend only you can download my latest short story 'The Puppet Master' for free for kindle from Amazon. Here's a short blurb...

"A mysterious masked figure wearing two puppets on his hands is shooting random strangers with poison darts. He then sets his victims a puzzle which they must solve in return for the antidote. Is this 'Puppet Master' crazy? Or is there a method to his madness..."

Without giving away too much of the plot, the Puppet Master is kind of like a crazy Batman villain. If his victims correctly solve the puzzle, they get to drink an antidote to the poison and survive. If they fail to solve the puzzle, well ... it's curtains!

If you want to test yourself, this is the puzzle that the Puppet Master sets his victims...

"After shooting you with a poison dart, the Puppet Master appears wearing a blue puppet on his right hand and a red puppet on his right hand. He then places three bottles containing coloured liquid on the ground in front of you. One of the liquids is blue, one is red, and the third liquid is purple. One of these bottles contains more poison, one of the bottles contains an antidote, and the third bottle simply contains coloured water. However, you don't know which bottle is which.

About The Author

The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.  The first book in the series is available from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

As with all Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.

Please note, the 'How To Save The World' books contain material suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.