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16:10 UK time, Friday, 11 June 2010

Can a runner outpace a horse in a race? Yes, if the runner is me.
Colin Main, Luton, UK

I love reading the On This Day section because I occasionally run across stories like 1977: Killer perch outwitted by electric rod. I'm sure everyone rested a bit easier after hearing the news.
Lesterina, Santa Barbara, CA, US

You couldn't make it up! Porn sites are "booby-trapped". Well, of course they are.
Cats, Faversham

"Booby-trapped" (chortle).
Mark Williamson, Loughton, Essex

How big a town is 600,000 houses? (Mel's letter and Paper Monitor). Assuming the majority wouldn't be single occupancy, you would be looking at a population somewhere in the region of 1.5 to 2 million. That easily makes it larger than the population of Greater Glasgow, and heading close to that of the West Midlands. Of course, if you believe the Daily Mail, then each house would be filled with illegal immigrants and the population would be closer to 9.5 million.
Tom, Croydon

Re football or soccer (Thursday letters), here in Queensland, football means rugby league. It's all very confusing.
Susan Thomas, Brisbane, Australia

Shane - why not call it soccer? That's what it's called. That's definitely what it is called in countries where there is another form of football - like Ireland, the US and Australia. And since the BBC's remit covers Northern Ireland, it makes complete sense to call it that. Plus, it annoys pedants such as yourself, which is just a bonus.
Aine, Stevenage

Whilst it pains me somewhat to admit this, the term "soccer" originated from these very shores, as the shortened term for "Association Football" - as in "Assoc. Football". The "Assoc" became "Soccer". The term is as old as the game in its current form, and very very English.
Paul Lawrence, Cirencester

Re Friday's Quote of the Day - what size of spoon do you require today, BBC? You are really stirring it up.
Brian Sandison, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire

Are we now referring to Keith Allen as "Lily Allen's dad"? Previously it has always been Keith who has been the primary figure and we have been reminded that Lily is his daughter.
Basil Long, Nottingham

Oh Si (Thursday letters), who urged us repeatedly NOT to look something up, I did. You knew I would, didn't you?
Fran, Brill, UK

Si, why not?
Margaret, Christchurch, NZ

Oh, I see...
Margaret, Christchurch, NZ

Si, that's like saying "here's a big red button... whatever you do, don't press it."
Amy, Glasgow
Monitor note: As Rudy in 3rd and Bird says, "But it's so big and red and pushy."

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