Sunday Round-up

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 ›››

C is for William Gordon-Cumming

This week’s ABC Wednesday subject is the aristocrat, friend of royalty and cad and card cheat Sir William Alexander Gordon (sic) Gordon-Cumming.

Cumming was born in Morayshire, Scotland, in 1848, the son of the 3rd Baronet, the title he inherited at the age of eighteen as well as becoming chief of the Clan Cumming. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Is it a bird? With more and more library closures, what we need is an all-action figure to save them and who better than one based on Nancy Pearl.

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 ›››

B is for William Brodie

William Brodie was ostensibly a respectable member of Edinburgh society in the 18th century but he also led a secret life as a thief and was the inspiration for one of the most famous works of fiction.

Brodie was born in 1741 and became a respected cabinet-maker and became the deacon (or president) of the Incorporation of Wrights, the trade association that controlled cabinetmaking. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

This could catch on: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha upset the media when he assigned a life-size cardboard mock-up of himself to respond to tough questions by journalists.

Record divorce: As spotted on eBay, a woman is divorcing her husband because he has blown $50,000 on his record collection rather than taking her on a second honeymoon. Read more ›››

A is for Mary Anning

I begin this latest round of ABC Wednesday with Mary Anning, a very ordinary woman who made the most extraordinary contribution to science and our understanding of prehistoric life.

Anning was born in 1799 in Lyme Regis on the south coast of England. She was the daughter of a carpenter who supplemented his income by mining the fossils that can be found in the nearby limestone cliffs and selling them to tourists. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

Anniversary of the week: Hard to believe that this is my 100th Sunday Round-up and since I missed last week this one will be a mix of what happened over the holidays plus one or two look backs at 2017.

Beyond Satire: Starting with President Trump whose Twitter response to Kim Jong-un’s claim to have a nuclear button on his desk you really couldn’t make it up. Read more ›››

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