James Explains Rin Tin Tin Amongst Other Things

James Explains


Hello fact fans and welcome back to another ‘James Explains’, the bit of my blog where I answer the questions that other people have asked me. And, after the unfortunate business of last week, I can confirm that this week I do have questions to answer. Indeed I was inundated with so many questions that I can’t fit them all into one post. Or at least I can’t be bothered to fit them all into one post, which is essentially the same thing.

But let’s not dwell on such matters of indolence and move, instead, onto the questions I can be bothered to answer, which this week are as follows:

Longtime questioner, Pete asks:


Great question Pete, and one I’ve often asked myself. I’ll refer you to the answer my parents always gave me, which is, quite simply, BECAUSE!

Habitual hobbyist Haylee asks:

Do you feel it would be more dangerous to suppress a sneeze whilst driving around a roundabout or let it out, close your eyes and hope for the best? It happens frequently to me and it’s terrifying!

A tricky one Haylee, but in most situations I find that the most pragmatic solution to any given problem is to close my eyes and hope for the best. It’s worked out pretty well for me so far so I certainly won’t be changing tack now. Furthermore, the best piece of driving advice I was ever given, is to drive as if everyone else is an idiot. But occasionally I think it’s ok to be the idiot and suppressing a sneeze is never a good thing. Let the sneeze out and assume that other drivers will get out of your way should you lose control of the car.

Bryntin is back this week to ask:

James, it is often said that you can ‘conjure up something from thin air’. What I want to know is, how thin is the air normally from which things can be conjured? And do you know where the things come from? As a side question, how often do you have to say the word ‘conjured’ to start thinking it sounds pretty odd because it seems to be about five to me?

Actually Bryntin, it has been scientifically proven that ‘conjured’ starts to sound odd on the third repetition, so clearly you have a greater tolerance than most to the word.


In terms of the thinness of the air from which things can be conjured, I’d estimate the air should be no more than 3mm thick, but ideally less than 2.4mm, and I have based these figures on absolutely no evidence whatsoever so you can be certain they are as reliable as any information that is currently purported to be fact in the popular press and indeed that which comes out of the mouths of politicians. As to where the things, which are conjured, come from, I can only assume that Narnia is the most likely scenario. Some scientists have recently mooted the possibility that Narnia isn’t real, but that is a controversial theory that doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny in my opinion. I mean there are seven books about it for goodness sake.

Long time commentator but first time questioner, Smilern asks:

Hi James, it looks like Bryntin, who is probably a relative of Rin Tin Tin (the dog) has asked too many questions. Is he barking mad?

It’s not for me to question Bryntin’s sanity Smilern, but a quick check of the comments section from last week’s ‘James Explains’ does confirm that Bryntin is indeed a relative of Rin Tin Tin. But which one we don’t know. Cos there were loads of them. Or more specifically there were four. Although actually all four Rin Tin Tins were supposedly related so they could feasibly all have been related to Bryntin too.

Interestingly, the fourth Rin Tin Tin wasn’t much of an actor so he was replaced by a dog who wasn’t called Rin Tin Tin in real life but who apparently made for a more convincing  ‘on screen’ Rin Tin Tin than the actual Rin Tin Tin.

Suze, who clearly read all the comments in the comments section last week, asks:

How could anyone with taste call a perfectly nice dog “Rin Tin Tin”? Why repeat the “tin”? Was the person that named that poor beast a stutterer?

Granted Suze, Rin Tin Tin is a pretty stupid name for a dog, but I struggle to get on board with Rin Tin either. I don’t think it’s the extra ‘Tin’ that makes it a stupid name. Even the original Rin Tin Tin thought it was a bit daft and he went by the nickname ‘Rinty’ for most of his life. Which is also stupid. In the end I think we have to forgive him though because he was a German Shepherd dog who was actually from Germany but named after a French good luck charm, and then moved to America. The poor dog clearly had identity issues so who are we to begrudge him an extra ‘Tin’?


And that’s all we have time for on this week’s James Explains, but if you did ask a question of me that has gone unanswered then worry not, I’ll get to your questions next week. Although do feel free to ask more in the comments below. We don’t want a repeat of last week do we?


  19 comments for “James Explains Rin Tin Tin Amongst Other Things

  1. February 27, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Why not?

    Liked by 2 people

    • March 2, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Thats’ going to take some pondering. Which is more your area I feel.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. February 27, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Hi James I am blown away. I didn’t mean for you to answer my question, so I got a shock when you did. Btw you are amazing, you have to keep on going!

    Liked by 2 people

    • March 2, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Sorry for the shock but actually you gave me the basis for the majority of the post so thanks!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. February 28, 2018 at 1:03 am

    What if there weren’t any hypothetical questions?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Suze
      February 28, 2018 at 1:09 am

      ohhhhhh, I LIKE this one…possibly…if I actually exist.

      Liked by 2 people

    • March 2, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Is that the sound of the bar being raised even higher?

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Suze
    February 28, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Which is better..a chocolate hobnob in the hand or two in a bush? What IS a chocolate hobnob anyway and why does the Dr. (dr. Who…BBC…LONG-TIME television show?) like them…the tenth one did in any event. or was it the eleventh?

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 2, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      I will definitely answer this question! I love chocolate hobnobs!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. February 28, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Excellent segment James! As cathartic as a sneeze!


  6. February 28, 2018 at 1:28 am

    I have it on good authority that Rin Tin Tin’s mother was from Bora Bora, and his father from Walla Walla. How they got together is anyone’s guess.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 2, 2018 at 5:33 pm

      And it might well be my guess in a future post…

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Bryntin
    February 28, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    James, why haven’t I got any questions this week?
    I had so many last week.
    I tried but I simply couldn’t conjure one up, even when I looked in my wardrobe.

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 2, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      Did you look behind the fur coats. You have to go as far as the lamppost…


  8. March 2, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    As a follow up to my Beatles vs Jesus question, I’d like to continue the theme and ask what would Jesus do?

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 2, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      I’ll ask him and get back to you


  9. March 3, 2018 at 2:43 am

    I know this misses the point of your post, but I really liked the original Rin Tin Tin. I think he’s a terrific canine on film – and he saved Warner Bros from bankruptcy, so there’s that.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. March 6, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    I think you explained more about Rin TIn TIn in a sentence than I managed in a whole post…

    Liked by 1 person

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