April Fool: The BBC fell hook, line and sinker for the Observer’s Brexit emojis story as you can see from this clip. Other pranks included a spoof BBC report on the sighting of a Kraken on the Thames, Virgin Australia introducing the first in-flight spin classes, news that the European Parliament has decided to change the colour of Euro passports from burgundy to dark blue and Carabao’s Donald Trump-inspired mandarin energy drink. Read more ›››
Final countdown: Channel 4 released an old video they call ‘Countdown’s WTF moment‘ that shows one contestant’s amazing solution to the maths puzzle. And it’s made all the more amazing because he seems to be winging it.
Speaking of videos: The Blockbuster video rental shops were once as common as nail salons and tattoo parlours on the high street but they are not quite yet a thing of the past. There are a few in Alaska of all places although news this week that the North Pole branch is to close. Read more ›››
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 ›››
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.
More Christmas gift ideas: For the woman who has everything, how about the pillow hat on the left? Or for the cat-lovers, there is the Licki Brush which allows you to groom your cat’s fur the way nature intended.
Rocket Man: Flat-earther Mad Mike Hughes who doesn’t believe in science has nevertheless built a steam-powered rocket in which he was due to launch himself into space yesterday.
The dream and reality: One of the dreams of the Brexiteers is the return of the blue British passport. Ironic then that the companies in the running to produce them are French and German.
Small portions: If you’re in the mood to lose a little weight then pop over to Tiny Kitchen where you can learn how to make teeny-weeny cupcakes and eclairs. Apparently, miniature cooking is very popular in Japan. 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 ›››