I usually know at least the basic details of the lives of my ABC Wednesday subjects – when and where they were born, their family life etc – but in the case of James Julian I know nothing at all except that he was the inventor of a most bizarre means of execution, the Julian Gallows.
In the late 19th century, America was obsessed with finding a ‘humane’ means of execution and so it was that in 1892 Julian invented his gallows. Read more ›››
Toast master: A brainless neo-Nazi drug dealer brought the weight of German law enforcement down upon himself after posting pictures of toast featuring images of Adolf Hitler on Facebook. When police went to arrest him they also discovered a stash of crystal meth and marijuana.
In the pink: Residents of Onoway in Canada were shocked when the town's tap water turned bright pink. Read more ›››
Ivar Ragnussson was one of the Vikings leaders who with his brothers led the Great Heathen Army that invaded the East Anglia region of England in 865AD, but it is how he got the nickname Ivar the Boneless that is the mystery.
But first the history lesson. Ivar was the son of Ragnar Lodbrok who ruled large parts of what is today Denmark and Sweden. The young Ivar is portrayed as a warrior and had a reputation as a berserker. Read more ›››
Apparently, there are anti-Brexit billboards like this one popping up all over the country by a campaign group called Stop the Silence and paid for by people like me who remain unconvinced that leaving the EU is such a good idea.
I stumped up my twenty quid through the campaign's website because it seemed the least I could do to express my doubts about our mass migration out of Europe. Read more ›››
Making up: This image of an animal skull actually hides the body of Mirjana Kika Milosevic, the make-up artist who uses her body as a canvas. You see how she did it and more of her work on YouTube.
We are not amused: Allan V Evans of Colorado has staked a claim to be the true sovereign of the United Kingdom and has taken out a public notice in the Times to state his case. Read more ›››
Tiny Trumps: We all remember how upset the Donald became when it was suggested that he had unusually small hands (confirmed by Madame Tussauds) so heaven knows what he thinks of the Tiny Trumps meme on Reddit.
Witchcraft: But that Trump meme is nothing compared to the occult attempt to put a spell on him. Read more ›››
Sweethearts: The city of Loveland, Colorado, has been busy this week as the postal point for thousands of Valentine's Day cards, including one headed for Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, an unidentified female aide at No10 fell for a hoax phone call saying that the Donald wanted to send Theresa May a bunch of her favourite flowers for Valentine's Day. Read more ›››
Shot: Spanish photographer Mario Cea's shot of a kingfisher as it is about to enter the water rightly won him Wildlife Photographer of the Year. ‘The Blue Trail’ took him five months and 5,000 attempts to capture. Definitely worth enlarging.
Distractions: If you thought that Microsoft gave you Solitaire and Minesweeper just to waste your time you'd be wrong – they serve a much deeper purpose. Read more ›››