Sunday Round-up

My round-up of news, events and stuff and nonsense from the last seven days –
if it’s news to me, it must be news to you!

Will the flops succeed? An exhibition of product innovations that flopped is to open in Sweden in June at the Museum of Failure. They include coffee-flavoured Coca-Cola, eau de toilette that captures the smell of a Harley Davidson, Colgate branded lasagne and even the Segway.

Balls up: Friday was the sixth anniversary of Ed Balls Day commemorating the former MP’s epic Twitter fail.

I do declare: It was thought that the only parchment copy of the American Declaration of Independence could be found in the National Archive in Washington, but another has turned up in the West Sussex archive.

Don’t look back: The photo on the right posted on Twitter is really freaking people out.

Old new world: Archaeological evidence suggests that humans inhabited America 130,000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought.

Show of the week: The rather bizarre and definitely hilarious Bigheads on ITV. It’s a cross between It’s a Knockout and Spitting Image. Here’s a taster of the new kid on the block.

Rivers of blood: It has baffled scientists for more than a century but the University of Alaska and Colorado College have finally solved the mystery of Blood Falls which flows from a glacier in Antarctica.

Meanwhile, in Canada, the immense River Slims has disappeared in a matter of days, a victim of climate change and ‘river piracy’.

Who’s there? Among his many other contributions to language and the arts, it seems that Shakespeare was also the originator of the knock-knock joke, although it wasn’t until 1936 that the craze took hold.

Bear Hunt: In case you hadn’t noticed, evidence that a general election if in the offing when Jeremy Corbyn took the photo opportunity of him reading to children.

Word of the week: But at least the election campaign gave us the word ‘mugwump’ which could be an insult or a compliment depending on which dictionary you look it up in.

Pinhead: Sculptor Salavat Fidai’s speciality is creating microscopic works from pencil lead. His many subjects include Donald Trump on the left and also a Game of Thrones theme now being exhibited in Singapore.

Feel the force: A pure gold life-size mask of Darth Vader can be yours for a mere $1.4 million. Form an orderly queue, please.

Brief lives: Erin Moran who played Joanie Cunningham in Happy Days; Robert M Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; Jonathan Demme who directed The Silence of the LambsAlessandro Alessandroni the composer and whistler from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars; Toby Grafftey-Smith keyboardist and found of Jamiroquai and; cartoonist Leo Baxendale who created Minnie the Minx and the Bash Street Kids for the Beano.

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4 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 30th April 2017

    Jeremy Corbyn was reading “The Big Tory Twit” by Len McCluskey.

    “He had white blonde hair that ruffled all over the place and little pink piggy eyes. At dinnertime he put his fat snout in his Rupert the Bear bowl and gobbled every little bit down. But he didn’t like sprouts or broccoli. He used to shout to Nanny Thompson, “No! No! No!’ banging his trotters on his high chair table while pushing the nutritious vegetables away.

    His name was Boris and he was a very bad, bad boy. His unfortunate neighbours variously called him a little muckspout, a raggabrash, a cumberworld, a stampcrab and a snoutband but mostly he was judged to be a privileged, self-important twerp.

    • Yorkshire Pudding 30th April 2017

      * also a scobberlotcher

      • Mr Parrot 4th May 2017

        I made a lot of use of the right-click look up word on Google facility to work out what those words meant and it was well worth it!

  • Roger Green 4th May 2017

    I am baffled why that photo is such an issue on Twitter
    I am baffled by Twitter, generally speaking


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