Maths test of the week: Can you work out this little brainteaser? I’ll give you a clue: if you think the answer is 15, then you’re wrong.
Filed: Sunday Round-ups
Grammarian of the week: Tesco has apologised and promised to brush-up on its spelling and grammar after complaints about its baby wear that included the slogans ‘I was born awsome’ and ‘daddys little man’ minus the apostrophe.
Or maybe it was ‘awsome’ in the way that babies are supposed to make you go ‘aaah’? In which case they also spelt ‘aah’ wrong. Read more ›››
Crisis of the week: There is a shortage of the nation’s favourite biscuits following the floods in January as the McVitie’s factory in Carlisle struggles to produce ginger nuts, custard creams, bourbons, water biscuits and those little packets of shortbread you find in hotel rooms. Very worrying and all too reminiscent of the Great Fig Roll Crisis of ’08. Read more ›››
Truth-teller of the week: More people trust their hairdreser to tell the truth than they do priest and clergy and the police according to the Ipsos MORI Veracity Index. Doctors head the truth-tellers list, with scientists also reassuringly high on the list. Bankers are trusted less than builders – unsurprisingly, politicians remain rooted at the bottom of the league table.
Pointlessness of the Week: An inquiry into the failure of the polling companies to correctly forecast the outcome of last year’s general election concludes that they had indeed failed to correctly forecast the outcome, but were not entirely sure why.
Meanwhile, Parliament bows to the ‘wisdom of crowds’ to debate whether or not to ban Donald Trump from entering the country. Unsurprisingly, the nays had it, so no time and money wasted there then. Of course, if Donald Trump didn’t exist, it is unlikely that anyone would have the nerve to invent him. Read more ›››
Conspiracy of the Week: Thanks to Roger for alerting me to the university professor who believes the Sandy Hook mass shooting was a plot to bring in gun-control, that the children never existed and that the parents were paid government stooges.
This one had passed me by and is bizarre even by conspiracy theorist standards. The professor has now been sacked by Florida Atlantic University. Read more ›››