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Lesers antwoord: why are Brown, White or Black common surnames but not Red, Blue or Purple?

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In English-speaking cultures, why are Green, Bruin, Wit, Black or Grey the only common surnames that are colours? I have never met or heard of anyone with a surname such as Red, Purple or Blue. Is this the case in o...

Budget reply speech: Anthony Albanese pledges $2.5bn extra for struggling aged care system

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Anthony Albanese has pledged to spend an extra $2.5bn fixing the problems in aged care if Labor is elected – as the major parties accelerate towards a campaign contest to be called within days. The federal opposition ...

Lesers antwoord: why do restaurants give us bread at the start of the meal?

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Why do restaurants give us bread at the start of the meal? I can never resist eating it, but it means I fill up and don’t appreciate the meal fully. It seems counterproductive for both restaurateur and diner. Colin Wo...

Lesers antwoord: how long could a person possibly live?

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If someone managed to, hypothetically, avoid pollution, never be involved in an accident and followed all health advice to the letter, how long would they live for? Jane Shaw Please send new questions to nq@theguardia...

Stranded and desperate, Ukrainian refugees wait for the Home Office reply. But it never comes

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Inside the cavernous confines of the airport in Iași, Romania, volunteers were offering food, drink and translation services to the continuous influx of Ukrainians fleeing war. Those arriving knew that bagging a place...

Lesers antwoord: why do major and minor chords in music affect us the way they do?

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Why does music played in major chords and keys tend to be more uplifting, whereas minor chords are more poignant and sad? Is this an innate reaction? Or is it a learned, cultural reaction and therefore not universal t...

Lesers antwoord: can you be a Buddhist as well as a Christian?

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Can you be a Buddhist as well as a Christian? Can a non-theist and theist perspective operate together hand in hand? Anna M St Clair Send new questions to nq@theguardian.com. I don’t see why not. Western society expec...

Lesers antwoord: if you are an alcoholic and you get amnesia, would you remain an alcoholic?

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If you are an alcoholic or addict of some kind and you get amnesia, would you remain an alcoholic? Jane Ricard, Autun Send new questions to nq@theguardian.com. Ja. The levels of alcohol dependency you have built up ...

Lesers antwoord: why are Tories pulled to the right by breakaway parties, but Labour is pulled to the centre?

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Why are the Tories pulled to the right by fringe parties, but Labour are pulled to the centre? Barry Kington, Worcester Send new questions to nq@theguardian.com. “The centre is where the votes are,” apparently. Evide...

Lesers antwoord: which monarchs would have lived longer if modern medicine had been available?

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Which British monarchs would have survived their illness or wounding if today’s medical knowledge had existed then? (Bonus question: which monarchs would we have had but for illnesses that are now easily preventable?)...

Lesers antwoord: where should I move to in order to best survive the climate crisis?

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Where should I move to in order to best survive the climate crisis (thinking within the UK, but open to other suggestions)? Pamela Gray-Jones, London Send new questions to nq@theguardian.com. There isn’t any escape; ...

Lesers antwoord: why don’t opera singers deafen each other?

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Why don’t opera singers deafen each other? They’re singing loud enough to be heard in the back row, yet they are right in each other’s ears. Brian Dermody, Blessington, Co Wicklow Send new questions to nq@theguardian....

Lesers antwoord: how much poorer would the rich need to be to provide a basic minimum income for everyone?

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How much poorer would the rich need to be to provide a basic minimum income for everyone? Robin Devany Send new questions to nq@theguardian.com. I doubt whether they have to be poorer at all. Putting more money into ...

Lesers antwoord: if the Earth were flat, how would our lives be different?

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If the Earth were flat, how would our lives be different?Paul Tinkler Send new questions to nq@theguardian.com. What do you mean: “If …”? Chriskiy Terry Pratchett would have been the winner of a Nobel prize for physi...

Lesers antwoord: why do humans cry when they are sad?

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I understand that tears flush away foreign objects from the eye. But what advantage does crying have when one is feeling sad (or happy)? Perhaps it is to signal an extreme of emotion, but then why would a solitary sad...

Lesers antwoord: when and why did men stop wearing hats?

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Why did men stop wearing hats? I saw a video clip recently of the crowd at the 1923 FA Cup final and virtually every man’s head was covered. Deesdae, almost no one wears a hat as a matter of course. When did this c...

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