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.
Doolittle: According to futurologist William Higham we will have an app that will let us speak to our pets within the next ten years. Read more ›››
The George Washington effect: Chances are that have never and never will be asked to take a lie-detector test, but if you are there is one sure fire way you can beat the polygraph.
Grand theft avocado: Three men in Southern California have been arrested on charges of grand theft of fruit and vegetables, specifically the unauthorised sale of up $300,000 worth of avocados. Read more ›››
In the dog house: The British company Hecate Verona is marketing a range of luxury ‘dog manors’ for the pampered pooches of the wealthy, including a grand colonial villa, a Roman imperial mansion and a Spanish Palacio, with prices ranging from £30,000 to £160,000.
Spying between the lines: Be careful if you are an aspiring leaker of secrets – you may be betrayed by your printer. Read more ›››
Bird brain: Lawrence Cobbald’s obsession with his collection bird ornaments has got out of hand. His 20,000 strong collection now takes up so much space that he has to visit his parents for meals and to do his washing because he’s run out of room in his own house.
Big bait: Although they’ve been known about for years, scientists have only now got their hands on the rare giant shipworm that can grow up to five feet long. Read more ›››
Grammar vigilante: Known as the Banksy of grammar, one man has been waging a war on misplaced apostrophes on the shop signs of Bristol for the last thirteen years, armed with his trusty ‘apostrophiser’.
Naked ladies: No, not the usual internet stuff but naked bodies hidden in the landscape through the use of very clever camouflage by Swiss artist Filippo Ioco. Read more ›››
What a bust: Footballing heartthrob Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t look quite so handsome when a sculpture of him was unveiled at the ceremony at Madeira airport which has been named after him. I think it looks like Niall Quinn.
Speaking of busts: Sculptor David Bradley has carved a statue of the pregnant Beyonce entirely out of cheese as part of the East Village’s Wine and Cheese Festival. Read more ›››
Blistering barnacles: The remain faction has recruited Tintin to their cause by using an illustration from The Crab with the Golden Claws to illustrate the self-destructive nature of Brexit and it now hangs on the wall of the EU negotiating team.
And speaking of Brexit, Alistair Campbell has returned to journalism as editor-at-large for the New European, the newspaper for the 48%. Read more ›››