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Sunday Round-up

Sign of the times 1: They were meant to brighten up the streets of Hull but the City Council has ordered that a multitude of handmade signs be taken down after just one complaint about the one on the left by a BMW driver.

Weighty matters: After 130 years, the definition of a kilogram is about to change because’Le Grand K’ has lost weight over the years. It will soon be defined in terms of electrical current. Read more ›››

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Divided nation: It seems that the Republicans and Democrats both won the mid-terms if the reports are to be believed. Still, at least there was some comic relief on social media.

Lazarus: Dennis Hof was elected to Nevada’s state assembly, despite owning several brothels, facing an investigation into rape allegations. And also being dead. Read more ›››

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Witch way: Hundreds of witches swapped their broomsticks for paddles to paddleboard the Willamette River in Oregon.

Dog Days: If my suggestion last week of taking a job as an elf didn’t appeal, how about being paid $100 an hour to play with puppies at the dog-friendly Mutts Canine Cantina in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more ›››

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Elf-employed: Anyone looking to earn some extra money this winter could get a job as an elf in Finland. Training will be given by the Arctic Hospitality Academy where you will learn ‘the required elfing and communication skills’.

Bin it: Do you pronounce scone so that it rhymes with ‘cone’ or ‘gone’? The Great Scone Map of the UK and Ireland illustrates the regional variations. Read more ›››

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Say cheese: There were some fab photos in the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards like this one by winner Marsel van Oosten.

Bin it: Kleenex has dumped their Mansize tissues after an ‘increase of complaints on gender concern‘. They will now be known as Extra Large which doesn’t really cut it for me. How about Pinnochio Size Tissues? Or would that be cartoonist? Read more ›››

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Sharpen up: A pencil obsessed man in Pakistan has set a world record for crafting the largest swing made entirely of pencils.

Tasty: Looking for a fun day out for all the family? Try the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmö, Sweden, which includes mouth-watering exhibits such as spicy rabbit heads, three penis wine and a goat kid’s rennet cheese described as tasting of gasoline and ammonia mixed with wax. Read more ›››

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Back to the ’50s: Teresa May’s plans for a Festival of Brexit Britain echoing the 1951 version did not meet with universal approval and prompted graphic artist Richard Littler to reimagine the original poster.

What a lovely bunch: Police in Rome blew up a suspicious bag only to discover it contained nothing more than a bunch of coconuts. Read more ›››

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Packet in: The Royal Mail has been forced to issue a plea for people to stop posting crisp packets back to the manufacturers in protest at their un-recyclability.

Lightweights: Weight Watchers has rebranded itself as WW but say that it doesn’t stand for weight watchers. So for what then? Wasted Wonga? Why oh Why? Or perhaps the unfortunate ‘Double You, Double You’ when spoken aloud. Read more ›››