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Which would be easier to kill using your bare hands - a zebra or a donkey?
In animals, zebra, donkey - asked by vultan - 2 answers - 10 years ago
If you were a tapeworm, which celebrity would you most like to inhabit?
In parasite, tapeworm, celebrity - asked by vultan - 2 answers - 10 years ago
How will iQ members be celebrating St Skeletor's Day this year?
In st skeletor, misanthropy, celebration - asked by vultan - 3 answers - 10 years ago
What's the earliest known crime organisation?
In history, crime - asked by vultan - 1 answer - 10 years ago
Should names of albums by italicised?
In writing, italics, albums - asked by vultan - 1 answer - 10 years ago


Possibly for privacy. Possibly for perverse reasons of their own. Possibly to avoid embarrassing their families, or people on whom they have based characters. Some might just not think their names sound literary enough. I suspect there are dozens of different reasons.

George Eliot did so partly to hide the fact she was a woman, partly to hide her identity as she was living in an adulterous relationship. Stephen King used the Richard Bachman name to publish books without people knowing they were by him (quite why he continued to use the name after he's been exposed is unclear).

Go To Question - asked by vultan - 0 replies - 10 years ago

Phew - right. This is all from wikipedia, so might be complete garbage, but here goes:

A planet is: "A celestial body that is (a) in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit."

Dwarf planets: "Under this definition, the Solar System is considered to have eight planets. Bodies which fulfill the first two conditions but not the third (such as Pluto, Makemake and Eris) are classified as dwarf planets, provided they are not also natural satellites of other planets."


So a planet seems to be defined as much by its relationship to other bodies as by its size.

A planetoid is an asteroid, and seems to be defined by size, although position in the Solar System also seems to play a part:
"Asteroids, sometimes called minor planets or planetoids, are bodies—primarily of the inner Solar System—that are smaller than planets but larger than meteoroids, but exclude comets."

A meteoroid seems to just be a small chunk of rock.


If they're further away than Neptune, they're something else entirely, perhaps not asteroids, maybe because we can't find out a lot about them.


A comet is apparently distinguished from an asteroid prtely becauise it has a glowy atmoshpere thing and a tail.


I can't help but feel that this is a bit over-complicated.

Supplement from 11/04/2008 12:13pm:

Ooh - typo city. What I no doubt meant to say was
A comet is apparently distinguished from an asteroid purely because it has a glowy atmosphere thing and a tail.

And yes, 'glowy atmosphere thing' is the technical term. Ask Nasa.

Go To Question - asked by vultan - 0 replies - 10 years ago

This has been asked and answered before:


The answer on that question gives a link to a page with both the full lyrics and the tune itself as a midi file.

Go To Question - asked by vultan - 0 replies - 10 years ago

Seems to depend on what branc of Christianity you belong to.

The Catholics, who are generally far more rule-orientated, seem to want someone to be at least 14 before they can be a godparent.
or 16

Other denominations seem to accept younger people:

Go To Question - asked by vultan - 0 replies - 10 years ago

I go for AVG Anti-Virus, which seems to offer decent protection without using too much of my PC's memory.


Go To Question - asked by vultan - 0 replies - 10 years ago