Shed alight: The only road legal motorised shed in the world set a new speed record by topping 100 mph at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire breaking its previous 80 mph record.
Illusions of perception: Following the gold/blue dress controversy of 2015, there is now an audio illusion on the web. So do you hear ‘laurel’ or ‘yanny’? The Donald, of course, hears ‘covfefe’. Read more ›››
T&Cs apply: Ever wondered what you are signing up to when you click ‘I agree’ for the various apps you use? Dima Yarovinsky has printed out the T&Cs for seven of the most popular social media apps and it’s quite a list.
Cool origins: The recent hot weather has done wonders for the ice cream trade but have you ever wondered how the 99 got its name? It’s all down to the king of Italy’s bodyguard. Read more ›››
Awkward: The makers of commemorative tat are gearing up for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle but poor Harry has been replaced by another famous ginger in this plate available on Etsy.
Never fade away: The Troxler effect, named after a Swiss doctor in 1804, describes the optical illusion that an image can vanish before our very eyes. 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 ›››
Basket case: Pork pies, camcorders and leg waxing have been replaced by chilled mashed potato, raspberries and exercise leggings in the basket of goods used to calculate the UK’s inflation rate.
Remains: Scientists believe that bones found on a remote Pacific island are the remains of Amelia Earhart who disappeared in 1937. Read more ›››
Cereal fix: East Ayrshire Council may have tripled its budget to repair road potholes but is still using Coco Pops as a temporary fix. I think someone may be having a laugh.
Snail’s pace: The cold snap put an end to the annual Snail Racing Championship at the Dartmoor Union pub because the ‘competitors’ have gone into hibernation. 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 ›››
Hanging out: Swiss Olympic skier Fabian Bosch has made a name for himself even before he goes on the piste with this escalator stunt on Instagram, not to mention his two-man bobsled run.
Reptile dysfunction: Iran’s former chief-of-staff has accused the west of using lizards to ‘attract atomic waves’ and spy on his country’s nuclear programme. Read more ›››