Sunday Round-up

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

Ships of the desert: The Star newspaper got in a tizzy over the fleet of large ships found in a Kazakhstan desert, miles from the sea, that is ‘baffling scientists’. In fact, the mystery is no mystery at all and hasn’t been since 2015 as the Business Insider explains.

Jurassic larks: A hotel in Japan has solved its staffing problems by employing robots including animatronic dinosaurs at the check-in desk.

Birthday of the Week: Google turned twenty this week and here are a few things you may or may not have known about the search engine-cum-verb such as how you can play Atari Breakout in Google images.

Eggstraordinary: Physicists at the University of Queensland, Australia, and the NÉEL Institute, France, have used quantum mechanics to answer that age-old question: what came first, the chicken or the egg?

Name game: One in five millennials would choose or change their child’s name to match available website domain names.

‘What would you do with a brain if you had one? Another Trump song parody by Randy Rainbow based on If I Only Had a Brain from the Wizard of Oz.

Reversi: Scientists have developed a reverse filter that blocks small particles while allowing larger objects to pass through using a self-healing membrane which has many potential uses.

It’s a record: The 2019 Guinness Book of Records includes the world’s largest knitting needles, the oldest trapeze artist, the most sausages linked in one minute and even weirder stuff.

With Brexit in mind: ‘Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.’ – Abraham Lincoln

Brief lives: Treasure hunter Alex Storm; actress Carole Shelley who played one of the Pigeon sisters in The Odd Couple; rapper Mac Miller; BBC presenter Rachael Bland; the Soviet Sinatra Iosif Kobzon; Carry On actress Liz Fraser; Hollywood star Burt Reynolds and; actress Jacqueline Pearce who played the sexy evil genius Servalan in Blake’s 7.

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8 comments… Add yours
  • Kate 9th September 2018

    Great. I was disappointed to find the dinosaurs didn’t really serve you, but the rest was good. I was side-tracked by another piece of news you missed however… really huge implications…. sadly the opposite of what Trump is doing.

    • Mr Parrot 12th September 2018

      I agree entirely, Kate. Strange days indeed in the USofA not least Trump’s rolling back of the Clean Water Rule letting his buddies dump their crap in the rivers again.

  • Yorkshire Pudding 9th September 2018

    I loved the Randy Rainbow clip – so much so that I am thinking of changing my own first name to Randy.
    As for Abraham Lincoln, he could never have foreseen modern day meddling by Russia in the democratic processes of the west. Just as Russia played a devious role in getting The Orange Man elected in America so they helped to swing Britain’s electors towards “Leave”. It is astonishing that this has not been emphasised more boldly as our country wrestles with the night soil bucket that is Brexit.

    • Mr Parrot 11th September 2018

      If it seems likely that the Russians influenced the Brexit vote then you’d have to give the same credence to the Brexiteers yapping about Project Fear. I personally don’t believe either, or at least not that one or both explains the outcome of the referendum. I put it down to some sort of contagious madness.

  • Trevor Rowley 11th September 2018

    “The night soil bucket that is Brexit?” Try referring to it like that in the average boozer in Barnsley or Doncaster and I think you might have a problem, Yorkie. Anyway, don’t worry too much about it, only a few more months to wait before we get back to being British again.

    “Rule Britannia
    Two tanners make a bob
    Three make one and six
    And four two bob”

    • Mr Parrot 12th September 2018

      I’ve been reading Tom Phillips’ book Humans – A brief history of how we f***** it all up which is very entertaining, especially the section devoted to William Patterson who in the late 17th and early 18th centuries managed to bankrupt Scotland and contributed to bringing his country to the Act of Union by his deluded attempts to establish a Scottish colonial empire.

      I won’t bore you with the details because I may well include Patterson in my ABC Wednesday posts but this quote from the book seems apposite:

      ‘As a tale, it lends itself to metaphor. I mean, it’s a story of a country turning away from a political union with its closest geographical trading partners in favour of a fantasy vision of unfettered global influence promoted by free trade zealots with dreams of empire, who wrapped their vague plans in the rhetoric of aggrieved patriotism while consistently ignoring expert warnings about the practical reality of the situation.

      ‘Unfortunately, I can’t think of anything that could be a metaphor for right now’

      Let’s call it satire.

  • Roger O Green 12th September 2018

    Randy Rainbow will be performing live in Albany, NY in October


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