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!‘

I’ll be bark: A sculptor and Arnold Schwarzenegger fan has spent six months carving a six-foot-two-inch statue of his hero out of a solid chunk of oak. (Arnie gag)

Punctuated: Cornwall Council spent ninety minutes debating whether or not to add an apostrophe to the name ‘Lands End‘ and if so where to put it. They eventually plumped for ‘Land’s End’. Quite right too.

Primitive art: Scientists have discovered what is believed to be the oldest drawing. The 73,000 crass hatch pattern looks remarkably like a hashtag.

Draft dodge: Twelve students in South Korea have been bingeing on pizza and hamburgers in order to gain weight and so avoid military service.

Breaking up is easy: Getting divorced can be a positive experience, at least according to the DivorceHotel where you check in married and leave single.

Health warning: A reminder that there once was a time when cigarettes were marketed as being good for you, as recommended by the medical profession.

New scientists: The Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded this week and included research into the effectiveness of saliva as a cleaning agent, how consumers react to complicated product instructions (life’s too short to RTFM), evidence that chimpanzees imitate humans about as often, and about as well, as humans imitate chimpanzees and the use of roller coasters in removing kidney stones.

And now the weather forecast: Hurricane Florence will be ‘tremendously big and tremendously wet‘. Thank you, Donald, for that insight.

Think bike: Polish rider Dawid Godziek managed the world’s first quadruple tailwhip on a mountain bike.

Brief lives: Carry on Screaming actress Fenella Fielding; the king of the sideshow Ward Hall and; the VW Beetle which ceases production next year.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

4 comments… Add yours
  • Kate 16th September 2018

    It’s scarier to me to see people still ‘love’ DT. How …? wha…?

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  • Yorkshire Pudding 16th September 2018

    I am pleased that Cornish councillors opted for Land’s End with an apostrophe. It should have always been there and the same should apply to several pub names from which the apostrophe is often missing such as “The Bull’s Head” or “The Miners’ Arms”. I guess there are more important issues in this world than apostrophe usage but for the life of me I have no idea what those issues might be.

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  • Trevor Rowley 16th September 2018

    The poor maligned apostrophe. I have previously gone into shops and politely told them that their shop front signage is incorrect. The shop assistant (invariable female) usually stands there looking totally confused when I explain why the apostrophe they have in “Facial’s” or “Walk-in’s” is incorrect.

    A couple of years back, in a large city local authority in England (I think it may have been Birmingham), they decided that they would no longer incorporate an apostrophe in any of their street signage. There had been so much confusion and argument about who was right and who was wrong, they found that it was easier to have no apostrophes at all. Overnight, all the King’s Roads became Kings Roads. What a silly, old world.

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  • rhymeswithplague 22nd September 2018

    In the residential subdivision where my son lives, the sign on one street reads “Kings Tree Pass” and on another street a block away it reads “King’s Tree Way” — they could at least have been consistent, but Nooooooo.

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