The George Washington effect: Chances are that have never and never will be asked to take a lie-detector test, but if you are there is one sure fire way you can beat the polygraph.
Grand theft avocado: Three men in Southern California have been arrested on charges of grand theft of fruit and vegetables, specifically the unauthorised sale of up $300,000 worth of avocados. Read more ›››
In the dog house: The British company Hecate Verona is marketing a range of luxury ‘dog manors’ for the pampered pooches of the wealthy, including a grand colonial villa, a Roman imperial mansion and a Spanish Palacio, with prices ranging from £30,000 to £160,000.
Spying between the lines: Be careful if you are an aspiring leaker of secrets – you may be betrayed by your printer. Read more ›››
Burger it: The world’s most expensive burger is on sale in Rotterdam containing ingredients that include Japanese dry-aged Wagyu and Black Angus beef, lobster infused with gin, foie gras, white truffle, Japanese fruit tomatoes and caviar.
No way down: Residents of an apartment complex in Georgia found themselves stranded this week when they woke to find that the owners had removed the stairs. Read more ›››
Bless you: The town that gave us Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation is now home to the robot priest BlessU-2 that beams light from its hands and can give automated blessings as this video illustrates.
The big cheese: Chris Anderson won all three races at this year’s cheese-rolling contest in Gloucestershire to equal the all-time record – and he doesn’t actually like double Gloucester cheese. Read more ›››
Shedding a light on eccentricity: The English are rather fond of their garden sheds but some things further than others as the Shed of the Year 2017 finalists demonstrate, like the 1950s police station shed on the left.
Sing a rainbow: Just how good is your colour vision? If you want to find out and have five minutes to spare try the Farnsworth-Munsell 100 hue test (Adobe Flash required). Read more ›››
Coulrophilia: If you have an overwhelming obsession with clowns, here is the house for you on sale in Canada for just £135,000.
Sing-a-long: The powers that be in China are concerned that the national anthem is ‘casually used and sung in an unsolemn manner’ so they are to introduce new laws that set out when and how it should be sung. Read more ›››
Neither strong nor stable: If you would like to demonstrate your political allegiance ahead of the general election, why not stand a life-size cut-out of Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn in your house window. Both are available from Amazon and are an obvious target for ironic customer reviews.
Speaking of cut-outs: Diane Abbott’s gaffe over the cost of Labour’s extra 10,000 police officers was proved do-able by the Tweet on the left. Read more ›››
Will the flops succeed? An exhibition of product innovations that flopped is to open in Sweden in June at the Museum of Failure. They include coffee-flavoured Coca-Cola, eau de toilette that captures the smell of a Harley Davidson, Colgate branded lasagne and even the Segway.
Balls up: Friday was the sixth anniversary of Ed Balls Day commemorating the former MP’s epic Twitter fail. Read more ›››