Avast behind: Penzance fell short in its bid to win back the world record to gather the most pirates in one place when 77 of the crew were still carousing in a pub when the count was taken. They can take heart that it will soon be Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Filed: Brief Lives
Off his head: Police in Osnabrück in Germany have seized thousands of ecstasy tablets shaped like Donald Trump’s head. The colour probably helps.
Having a laugh: The BBC released the results of a poll of the best film comedies with Some Like It Hot at number one with Dr Strangelove second. I was glad that Duck Soup made it into the top ten though. Read more ›››
You dirty rat: Donald Trump is now being harassed by Trumpy the Rat, a fifteen-foot inflatable caricature sporting Confederate flag cufflinks, a Russian flag on its lapel, and a Trump-style hairdo.
Whoops Apocalypse: Tensions over a possible nuclear attack on Guam by North Korea wound up several notches when two local radio stations accidentally broadcast an emergency civil danger warning. Read more ›››
Body art: The town of Klagenfurt in Austria hosted the annual World Bodypainting Festival at the end of July.
Mighty fallen: Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci tops the chart of the fifty least powerful people in the world according to 24/7 Wall Street ahead of a lot of people I’ve never heard of. Read more ›››
Mother of all flowers: Scientists have produced an image of what they think the ancestor of all flowers might have looked like 140 million years ago.
Belated anniversary: I overlooked to mention that it was the 60th anniversary of Test Match Special last which was remiss of me. To make up for that, here is poet Murray Lachlan Young’s excellent Ode to TMS with the epilogue below. Read more ›››
Diversitea: There’s nothing like a good cup of tea but what exactly constitutes a ‘good’ cuppa? Yorkshire Problems posted this chart on Twitter and asked people to select their preferred shade, from black tea to more or less all milk. It caused quite a stir, pun intended.
What a gay day: It was International Drag Day on Sunday to celebrate drag artists across the planet and BBC weatherman Owain Wyn Evans got in on the act by including references to Ru Paul’s Drag Race in his forecast.
Cold reception: Polar field guides Julie Baum and Tom Sylvester made history by becoming the first couple to tie the knot in British Antarctic Territory. Read more ›››
It isn’t easy being green: Steve Whitmire has retired as the voice of Kermit the Frog, the role he took over after the death of Jim Henson in 1990. And Team Trump have auditioned to replace him. Read more ›››