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!

Relatively rude

Switzerland has minted a gold coin so small you’d need to look very closely to see Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue at you.

Cool for cats

Not being the owner of a cat I had never realised that those feline fiends are scared of cucumbers. Apparently it’s all down to ‘biological preparedness.’

Lost for words

If you’re one of those people who hears “Saving his life from this warm sausage tea” when listening to Bohemian Rhapsody science has the answer as to why we mishear lyrics.

Pizza delivery

After the world’s longest cake reported last week, an Italian restaurant in Australia has made a 338 foot-long Margherita pizza to raise funds for firefighters battling bushfires.


Librarians at Liverpool University reported a rather unusual bookmark – a battered cheese slice.


From beyond the grave

Scientists resurrected the voice of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest with the help of a 3D printer. It is a bit underwhelming if I’m honest.

Up the pole

A South African man has broken his own record for sitting in a barrel on top of an 8o foot pole. And even after two months, he’s still there.

Brain freeze

Another of those odd institutions – The Museum of Ice Cream in New York and San Francisco. But they’re not keen on you taking your phone with you.

A thoughtful gift

Looking for gift inspiration for Valentine’s Day? Why not name a cockroach after your loved one.

Brief Lives

David Montgomery, son of Monty, who had a long friendship with Rommel’s son Manfred; Peter Hobday who was a regular presenter on the Today programme; legendary record label executive Joe Smith; Rush drummer Neil Peart; one of Nixon’s Watergate “plumbers” Egil Krogh and; Python and Life of Brian director Terry Jones.

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