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 ›››
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 ›››
Snake lanes: With new technology comes new contests hence the International Drone Photography Competition. I particularly liked this ‘Infinite Road to Transylvania’ in Romania on the left.
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 ›››
More money than sense: Prada has produced a solid silver paperclip marketed as a money clip but at £145 each you will have fewer notes to keep safe.
More sense than money: While the silver paperclip might be an attractive proposition for some, more attractive is Canada’s glow-in-the-dark coin and at just $2 it is a much cheaper option. Read more ›››
Burger it: The world’s most expensive burger is on sale in Rotterdam containing ingredients that include Japanese dry-aged Wagyu and Black Angus beef, lobster infused with gin, foie gras, white truffle, Japanese fruit tomatoes and caviar.
No way down: Residents of an apartment complex in Georgia found themselves stranded this week when they woke to find that the owners had removed the stairs. Read more ›››
Bless you: The town that gave us Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation is now home to the robot priest BlessU-2 that beams light from its hands and can give automated blessings as this video illustrates.
The big cheese: Chris Anderson won all three races at this year’s cheese-rolling contest in Gloucestershire to equal the all-time record – and he doesn’t actually like double Gloucester cheese. Read more ›››