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 ›››
Love a duck: Widespread panic in households across the country after researchers found that rubber ducks and other bath toys can contain ‘potentially pathogenic bacteria‘. And speaking iof hygiene, here is why gyms can be unhealthy places.
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 ›››
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 ›››
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.
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 ›››
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 ›››