Bricking it: Theresa May’s choice of a brickwork backdrop for her big speech on housing was meant to say ‘strong and stable’ although most people thought it made her look like she had popped up from a chimney.
And on that subject, it is worth reading Craig Brown’s strong and stable guide to May-speak. How does he get away with it in the Daily Mail? Read more ›››
Karma: An early example of the Indian snakes and ladders game from 1800 from The Royal Asiatic Society can now be found online. The game was originally a moral journey to achieve the supreme Brahman status of pure being.
That’s handy: A colony of the critically endangered red handfish (a fish that walks on its ‘hands’) has been spotted near a reef miles off Tasmania’s south-east coast. Read more ›››
Hanging out: Swiss Olympic skier Fabian Bosch has made a name for himself even before he goes on the piste with this escalator stunt on Instagram, not to mention his two-man bobsled run.
Reptile dysfunction: Iran’s former chief-of-staff has accused the west of using lizards to ‘attract atomic waves’ and spy on his country’s nuclear programme. Read more ›››
Perspective: Enlarge the two images on the left and they show the same street but from different angles right? Wrong. They are actually identical but your eyes are playing tricks.
Frank Ifield Award: Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is the first in Switzerland to offer a three-year bachelor’s degree and a two-year master’s degree on the techniques and history of yodelling. Read more ›››
Colour me: Archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be the world’s oldest crayon in North Yorkshire. And all so that 10,000 years later we can use them as sculpting material like the ones on the left.
My word: Mansplaining, snowflake and ransomware are among the 1,000 plus words to be added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Read more ›››
What a scream: An image of a screaming Donald Trump, produced for a 2016 advertising campaign for Der Tagesspiegel, has had a reworking on Reddit’s PhotoshopBattles thread.
A swan? Ah, go on: Researchers at the University of Singapore have developed robot swans to test the water in the country’s reservoirs as part of the aptly named Smart Water Assessment Network project. Read more ›››
Is it a bird? With more and more library closures, what we need is an all-action figure to save them and who better than one based on Nancy Pearl.
You can’t say that: Disneyland has a long list of dos and don’ts for the actors who play Mickey Mouse and the like and there are three little words they are not allowed to say under any circumstances. Read more ›››
This could catch on: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha upset the media when he assigned a life-size cardboard mock-up of himself to respond to tough questions by journalists.
Record divorce: As spotted on eBay, a woman is divorcing her husband because he has blown $50,000 on his record collection rather than taking her on a second honeymoon. Read more ›››