Sunday Round-up

My round-up of news, events and stuff and nonsense that caught my eye this week.
If it’s news to me, it must be news to you!

Spoilsports

Manchester United has ordered a couple who make their own “terrible” football stickers to stop selling “wonky drawings” of the team’s ex-players. Known as Panini Cheapskates, they hand draw their own images and sell them on Etsy.

You piffling little swishfiggler!

A lexicographer has a children’s dictionary of swearing and expletives. Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words is designed to help them explore language.

One foot in the grave

The Fernandina Giant Tortoise thought to be extinct for over a century has been rediscovered on the Galapagos island of the same name.

Bridging the Brexit divide

Poundland is helping to heal our divided nation by selling both red and blue passport covers. Poundland being an analogy for the country as a whole should the hard Brexiters prevail, of course.

Publius Aelius Hadrianus est hic

Roman graffiti from 207AD has been rediscovered in a Cumbrian quarry, from which stone had been taken to repair Hadrian’s Wall.

North/South Divide

Where do Londoners think the south ends and the north begins? It seems they really don’t know but the average appears to be around the Sheffield area.

One potato, two potato…

Font fooling

A study by Ohio State Pennsylvania State Universities has shown that we can be fooled about the healthiness of a restaurant’s food if they use a handwritten font on the menu.

Dollar auction

If like me you’ve ever wondered why Brexiters still stick to their guns even when it is clear that they will be worse off under any leave scenario. Or why otherwise sensible Americans would elect an amoral ignoramus as president. The caller to James O’Brien’s LBC show right explains all.

Bizarre

It’s only March and a couple from Australia has already won the ‘Worst Name of 2019’ after calling her daughter KVIIIlyn as an alternative to Kaitlyn.

Not as green as he’s cabbage looking

The Incredible Hulk was originally meant to be grey and was only changed to the green we know thanks to a faulty printer.

Brief Lives

Director of Singin’ in the Rain Stanley Donen; conductor and composer André Previn; engineer Robert Hubbard whose Head and Neck Support device saved the lives of countless racing drivers; Talk Talk leader singer Mark Hollis; grandfather of climate change science Wallace Broecker and; cult conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche who believed the Queen was a global drug-trafficker.

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.

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