Tomoyuki Yamashita was the Japanese WWII general who was ignored when he counselled against war with the United States and Britain, then commanded his country’s victories in Malaya and Singapore.
But it is the treasure hunt that he subsequently that interests me, the one that became known as the search for Yamashita’s Gold. Read more ›››
Father Christmas has been reimagined for the modern era based on an open survey in the US and UK and then voted on by 4,000 people in the same countries.
Who’s a cheeky boy
An African grey parrot has been using his owner’s Amazon Alexa to play his favorite music, tell jokes and even order snacks. Read more ›››
Certain letters are getting harder to fill and none is more eXasperating than X. So yet again I have decided what could be more timely than to resurrect my post about Father Xmas.
Actually, the Father Xmas I have in mind is not the Coca-Cola swilling, red-coated fellow in his speed of light sleigh, but rather the English Father Xmas who has quite different origins to St Nicholas and Santa Claus. Read more ›››
Deck the halls
For an unusual piece of house bling, try the giant inflatable and illuminated bottle of Ranch dressing. And for your tree, this seasonal Star Wars Death Star tree topper.
It’s a cracker
The annual Christmas cracker joke competition winner is: ‘What does Donald Trump do after he pulls a cracker? – Pays her off’ Read more ›››
The Alaskan mining prospector ‘Professor’ Dick Willoughby was looking out across the Muir Glacier in June 1888 when he caught a glimpse of a most remarkable sight – the outline of a modern city skyline looming out of the misty horizon.
Although the mirage lasted only a few minutes, he was able to photograph it to prove that he had indeed seen it. Willoughby speculated that what he had witnessed was the reflection of a real city many thousands of miles away. Read more ›››
The Seven Bro7thers Brewery in Salford is using cornflakes rejected by the nearby Kellogg’s factory to make Throw Away Ale and so cut down on food waste.
Not annoying at all
Parents of young children in America are about to be driven mad by the latest craze for cuddly singing sharks. Read more ›››
Vesna Vulović has an unusual claim to fame – according to the Guinness Book of Records, she holds the world record for surviving the highest fall without a parachute, some 33,330 feet.
This unsought achievement happened on 26th January 1972 when Vulović was a flight attendant on Yugoslav Airline Flight 367 and a bomb exploded on board. Read more ›››