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How Many Beers Are In a Keg?

The chances are you've arrived at this page trying to do some research for an upcoming party, wedding or other event that's going to involve a lot of people. In which case, you're likely to be wondering how many kegs you need to order to satisfy your crowd of beer-thirsty compadres...

Woman measuring waist

How To Measure Your Waist

Whether you're ordering clothes online, monitoring your weight, or designing a bespoke bucket chair for your space-shuttle to the moon (look, the world is on fire; it's OK to have a plan B), you need to be able to measure your body accurately. Here's how to get the digits for your waist...

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How To Measure Your Hips

In a previous article we covered how to measure your waist and discussed how useful it is to know your waist size. Similarly, hip measurements can be really useful for fitting clothes, monitoring weight changes and assessing WHR (waist-to-hip ratio). So, let's take a look at the process for meas...

suitcase with model plane on top

Why Does Airline Baggage Weight Matter?

This one started with one of those email forwards derived from someone's flippant Facebook or Twitter posting. It featured a photo like the one above and a caption that (stripping out the swear words) read:"This p...

Grandfather Mountain Bridge

How Many Feet Are In a Mile?

In our latest article we're going to address the question of how many feet there are in a mile. Albert Einstein was once asked how many feet there are in a mile. His reply was "I don't know, why should I fill my brain with facts I can find in two minutes in any standard reference book?" These days, ...

BMR Formula (Basal Metabolic Rate)
Before we look at the formulae for BMR, let's quickly explain what BMR is. BMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate and represents your daily energy expenditure if your body is at rest all day. Look upon it as the minimum number of calories your body needs in order to function for 24 hours...

US Gallons And Imperial Gallons - Why Are They Different?
We all possess points of cultural pride: the UK has castles, afternoon tea and the Jeremy Kyle Show; the USA has the Grand Canyon, the Empire State Building and milk-chugging. So while Brits struggle to keep their food down as they watch toothless families brawling over secret affairs and stolen mop...

How Many Tablespoons Are In a Cup?
Today we turn our attention to cooking measurements and, specifically, this question from Kelly: "I'm baking a cake using a recipe and would like to know how many tablespoons there are in a cup? Before we begin, it's worth noting that usage of the cup in modern recipes is mostly confined to the Unit...

The Misrepresentation Of Teaspoons Of Sugar In The Media
In a previous article, we looked at how many grams of sugar there are in a teaspoon. I was recently contacted by food scientist Malcolm Reeves and we discussed how teaspoons of sugar are commonly misrepresented in the media.There has been an abundance of sugar infographics on health websites, e...

LED Light Bulbs - Why Should You Switch?
The 21st century: what a time to be alive! Home cinemas, cheap air travel and drive-thru burger joints have blessed the lives of many, while simultaneously giving the planet a bit of a kicking. So, what to do? What if you want to enjoy the pleasures of modern life without having to lie awake at nigh...

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The history of the calculator

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From abacus to iPad, learn how the calculator came about and developed through the ages. Read our featured article.