Things I didn’t know last week: Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and morgue has a gift shop where you can buy personalised body bags, toe tags and beach towels with a chalk body outline design. Sadly the store is offline at the moment. (Via the Danny Baker Show podcast)
Filed: Sunday Round-ups
Materialism of the week: Forget diamonds and works of art, the most expensive object on earth will be the Hinkley Point nuclear power station when and if it built. And as business objectives go, you’d think that the one at Hinkley shouldn’t need carving in stone.
Spring Watch: Follically challenged twitchers are warned not to go in search of the eagle owl that has been attacking bald men in Exeter.
Mercy killing of the week: Scientists at Reading and Bristol universities calculate that 85% of dinosaur species were already in danger of extinction long before the asteroid apocalypse that wiped them out, so the meteor was really a mercy killing. Read more ›››
Frecklist of the week: Match.com ran into a spot of bother when it described freckles as ‘imperfections’ on its billboard posters on the London Underground.
The Advertising Standards Authority has received half a dozen complaints so far, but isn’t expected to investigate further – unless the freckled are dotty enough to get worked up about it. Read more ›››
Euphemism of the week: Ever wondered what a ‘mass animal deposition event’ is? It’s what you might expect to find on your lawn if you kept a herd of buffalo or sheep on it. But it has scientific and historical, as well as scatalogical significance. Scientists at Queen’s University, Belfast, are trailing a thin crust of horse excrement to solve the riddle of which route Hannibal took to cross the Alps 2,000 years ago. Read more ›››
Oy vey the noo: Jewish people in Scotland (or anywhere else for that matter) now have their own kosher tartan, being a non woollen-linen mix.
Best April Fools: The state news service in Beijing announced that playing April Fool pranks is un-Chinese. Unfortunately they weren’t joking. I quite liked the announcement of the SNP’s candidate for the London Mayor though. Read more ›››
Easter trivia: The tradition of egg-rolling at Easter was once illegal at the White House. It was so popular with so many children that they caused serious damage to the landscape and there simply wasn’t the money to employ more gardeners to fix it. So in 1876, William Steele Holman of Indiana introduced the Turf Protection Act ‘to prevent any portion of the Capitol grounds and terraces from being used as playgrounds’. President Rutherford Hayes renewed the tradition in 1878 by holding an Easter egg celebration and it has been held there every year since. Read more ›››
Pizza the action: Hampshire-based Tom Gozney has designed the Roccbox, a portable wood or gas fired barbeque that can cook a pizza in 90 seconds and sausages in five minutes and has reached the semi-finals of the Virgin Pitch to Rich scheme.
The bad news is it isn’t due for release until September, three months after the end of the UK barbeque season. Read more ›››