If it’s news to me, it must be news to you!‘
And the winner is: Social media got itself in a tizzy this week thinking that a 1997 episode of The Simpsons had predicted a Portugal vs Mexico World Cup final. (See the video) A nonsense, of course, since they are both in the same half of the draw.
Didn’t see that coming: Rabiot the psychic octopus that correctly predicted all of Japan’s World Cup results has been killed because he was worth more as sushi.
Identity politics: The wonderful Jonathan Pie generally tells it like it is but his take on our obsession with imagined victimhood is right on the money. (Warning: contains language that may offend those of a victimised disposition)
Feelgood: The video of Limbani the chimpanzee’s reaction when reunited with the human couple who raised him is a heart warmer.
Larceny: An Iranian general has accused Israel of stealing his country’s clouds in order to cause a drought.
Prickly heat: If you are suffering in our UK heatwave, spare a thought for the people of Quriyat in Oman where a world record has been set for the highest ‘low’ temperature ever recorded.
Treason: A patriotic grandmother has been wearing the same stars and stripes dress to celebrate the 4th July for over 25 years only to discover that it is actually the Panamanian flag.
Brief lives: Canadian rapper Smoke Dawg; co-creator of Bagpuss, The Changers and Noggin the Nog Peter Firmin; ultra-distance runner Don Ritchie; Harrier test pilot John Farley and; Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir;