Sunday Round-up

More Christmas gift ideas: Keep your loved one warm and whacky with one of these Freak Show Hats but be sure to follow the instruction not to use it as a terrorist. Or how about this talking Donald Trump figurine?

Jingle all the way: A Boston University professor has had to defend her controversial research that uncovered the racist origins of the beloved Christmas song Jingle Bells. Read more ›››

X is for Father Xmas

Certain letters are getting harder to fill and none is more eXasperating than X. So yet again I have decided what could be more timely than to resurrect my post about Father Xmas.

Actually, the Father Xmas I have in mind is not the Coca-Cola swilling, red-coated fellow in his speed of light sleigh, but rather the English Father Xmas who has quite different origins to St Nicholas and Santa Claus. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

More Christmas gift ideas: For a new take on the Christmas angel, why not this praying mantis porcelain figure? An ideal present for Mrs –Trump this fake news lariat necklace – or maybe a Trumpisms day-to-day 2018 calendar.

Great expectations: In a tongue in cheek article in the BMJ, Dr Catherine Bell blames Peppa Pig for encouraging unrealistic expectations of family doctor services. Read more ›››

W is for Adrian Carton de Wiart

Adrian Carton de Wiart is known as the unkillable soldier who served in the Boer War and World Wars One and Two.

Along the way he was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; survived two plane crashes; tunnelled out of a prisoner-of-war camp and; tore off his own fingers when a doctor refused to amputate them. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

More Christmas gift ideas: What better way to start the day than with breakfast from the Trump Toaster which comes complete with ImPeach Jam. Or how about a festive Rudolph mankini.

The sound of silence: Take a look at this animated GIF. Do you ‘hear’ a thudding noise as the skipping pylon hits the ground even though the GIF is silent? If so, you are demonstrating the McGurk effect. Read more ›››

V is for the Veronica Mutineers

Unusually my post this week is not about an individual, but rather a group of people who together became known as the Veronica Mutineers.

The Veronica in question was a three-masted wooden barque built in 1879 and by 1902 it was still being used as a cargo ship despite the competition from the much faster steamships. Read more ›››

Sunday Round-up

More Christmas gift ideas: For the woman who has everything, how about the pillow hat on the left? Or for the cat-lovers, there is the Licki Brush which allows you to groom your cat’s fur the way nature intended.

What a shower: I do some of my best thinking when I’m in the shower but what do others think about? Now you can find out on the Reddit Shower Thoughts page. Read more ›››

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