Sunday Round-up

My round-up of news, events and stuff and nonsense from the last days.
If it’s news to me, it must be news to you!‘

Shed alight: The only road legal motorised shed in the world set a new speed record by topping 100 mph at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire breaking its previous 80 mph record.

Illusions of perception: Following the gold/blue dress controversy of 2015, there is now an audio illusion on the web. So do you hear ‘laurel’ or ‘yanny’? The Donald, of course, hears ‘covfefe’.

Grin and bear it: A family in China had a bit of shock when they discovered that the reason their family dog had such a prodigious appetite was that it actually turned out to be a 250lb black bear.

Weird wedding: Of all the weird and wonderful tat being served up for the royal wedding, the weirdest has to be these Harry and Meghan swimsuits. The Harry one looks vaguely rude.

Other novelty tat includes Harry and Meghan dolls, souvenir condoms, wedding rings cereal with cut-out Harry and Meghan masks and the particularly useful Royal Wedding Sick Bag.

Meanwhile, a pub in Derby banned all mention of the nuptials declaring itself a Royal Wedding Free Zone.

Last word: The cast of The Big Bang Theory gave their own tribute to fan Stephen Hawking in an unaired clip from the show. Incidentally, Hawking has invited time-travellers to his memorial service in June. None are expected to attend.

Things I didn’t know I didn’t know: For many years I thought that Hawaii Five-O was some sort of police code. This week I discovered that Five-O is actually a reference to Hawaii becoming the 50th US state. Every day’s a school day.

Speaking of trivia: Peter Kay started quite a debate about what the U in club sandwich stands for in the recent episode of Car Share. Some people came up with the convoluted answer that club is short for ‘chicken, lettuce under bacon’. In fact, the even more prosaic answer is that the sandwich is named after the New York Union Club where it was created as you can see from this cutting from 1899.

Gunning for gulls: Diners at a restaurant in Australia have been armed with water pistols to ward off scavenging gulls. (And remember, there is no such thing as a seagull)

Brief lives: Serial killer Dennis Nilsen; actress Margot Kidder who played Lois Lane in Superman; former Aston Villa and Bolton footballer Jlloyd Samuel; Dixon of Dock Green actor Peter Byrne; England World Cup winner Ray Wilson; Bonfire of Vanities author Tom Wolfe and; ‘people’s politician’ Tessa Jowell.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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