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What If It’s Actually A Virus Turning Us All Into Fat Lardbuckets?

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THIS sounds like a very odd theory, that it’s actually a virus that is turning us all into fat lardbuckets. But while it’s an odd theory there’s enough evidence out there that we should at least consider it seriously. Not to the point that we just assume that it’s correct of course: but to the point where we investigate more to see if it might be true.

Coughs, sneezes and a runny nose are not the worst a bad cold can do to you – it might also make you fat.

Scientists believe a virus behind the common cold could have fuelled the obesity epidemic that has swept the developed world. The culprit? A contagious bug called adenovirus 36.

Experts told the European Congress on Obesity in Sofia that eating and exercise habits haven’t changed enough to explain why people worldwide started piling on weight at around the same time.

There’s two serious points behind this.

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Money, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Express Writers Say Daily Express Story Is Untrue

COMPARE and contrast these Daily Express stories on Daily Express columnists Richard And Judy:

 

MAY 12, 2014: Richard and Judy;s “suicide pact”:

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Posted: 1st, June 2014 | In: Celebrities, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cristiano Ronaldo Says The Sun’s Story On His Dead Dad Is Utter Balls

A QUICK update on the Sun’s scoop that Cristiano Ronaldo dedicates his goal to his dearly departed dad. While this story was easy to disprove, the footballer himself wanted everyone to know what the story was utter ball, tweeting:

 

Over to you, Sun scoopers…

Posted: 1st, June 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch The 14 Grandest, Corniest And Most Overblown Moments From FIFA World Cup Films

WITH the play-offs and European finals out of the way, it’s full-on World Cup season in the media.

 

W1 Watch The 14 Grandest, Corniest And Most Overblown Moments From FIFA World Cup Films

 

 

The BBC has hit the ground running, with its toy-pundit trails, and is now screening the official FIFA World Cup Films – from 1930, when the refs wore suits, to the modern era when they became more famous than some of the players. See them here

In their day, these were the best available record of the tournaments. They were filmed using state-of- the-art cinema cameras and even given theatrical releases.

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Posted: 1st, June 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Ricky Lambert Is Not Exclusive To Liverpool

TRANSFER balls: The Daily Mirror calls itself “the intelligent tabloid”. Knowing that, readers will admire the intelligence behind today’s “EXCLUSIVE” that Ricky Lambert could be leaving Southampton for Liverpool.

 

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More intelligent readers may recalls a similar story on the Guardian website on May 29, posted at 8pm:

Liverpool offer Southampton £4m plus add-ons for Rickie Lambert

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Posted: 30th, May 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Top 10 Lyrical Low Points of the 1970s

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BACK in January, we covered The Top Ten Lyrical Low Points of the 1980s.  Well, it’s time to tackle another decade – the 1970s.  While there were certainly a lot of good songs with good lyrics recorded during this period, there was a metric f**k-ton of bad ones as well.  But despite the enormity of the task, we’ve waded through it and plucked out the worst of reasonably well-known songs, and here they are…

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Posted: 30th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sign Morata But Loan Him Back To Real Madrid

TRANSFER Balls: a look at rumour and speculation passing for news in the sports media. Today, we have news of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata:

The Daily Express says the striker is an Arsenal player:

Arsenal will beat Tottenham and Manchester United to the signing of Alvaro Morata after  in a deal with Real Madrid.

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Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rap Genius Founder Fired For Being a Complete Dickhead About Elliot Rodger

 Rap Genius Founder Fired For Being a Complete Dickhead About Elliot Rodger

 

THAT you’re able to think up and found one of the web’s hotter properties does show that you’ve got some smarts. You’re good at doing something at least. But that’s not to say that having done that that you’re smart, as Mahbod Moghadam of Rap Genius has just proven. For he’s gone off and done something so dickheaded that he’s had to immediately resign from the company that he himself founded. He took the manifesto of the UCSB psycho shooter who killed all those people last week and loaded it up onto his own site. Fair enough, that’s what it’s for, you put a document up on Rap Genius and then people can add their annotations to it. But then he started to make his own annotations. Which were not cool, not cool at all:

Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam has been fired from the annotation service after posting appalling comments on the memoir of mass murderer Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in a shooting spree earlier this week.

In now-removed annotations on the site on the sick 141-page manifesto, Moghadam added a tasteless series of comments, including “beautifully written” and also “MY GUESS: his sister is smokin hot.”

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Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: Money, Music, News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Was The Entire Run Up Of Bitcoin On Mt. Gox Just A Pump And Dump?

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THERE’S intriguing evidence that last year’s run up of the price of Bitcoin on MtGox was simply a pump and dump operation by the owners of the site. For there was a result buyer, every few minutes, of ever more of the cryptocurrency. And no one can really say where that money has gone. It seems to be a phantasmal account, one that existed only on the site, in order to increase demand for the currency and thus push its price up. In the finance world this is known as a pump and dump scheme. Keep buying small amounts of something and watch the price creep up. Then dump the whole holding back into the market before anyone cottons on to what you’re doing. Done right this can be very profitable.

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Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Devil Made Them Do It: The Five Best Exorcist (1973) Knock-Offs

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WILLIAM Friedkin’s The Exorcist — based on the best-selling novel by William Peter Blatty — quickly became one of the first genre blockbusters of the seventies, and a generational touchstone to boot.

The Exorcist also represented a new brand of horror film, in a sense, because it lacked a familiar “monster” like Dracula, the Wolf Man or The Frankenstein Monster, and it didn’t depend on well-known genre personalities, like Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, or Peter Cushing, either.

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Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Political Footballers: When Desperate Leaders Use The National Game To Touch The Common Man

ALEX Salmond is the latest politician to succumb to the temptation to pose in public with a football, and, with the sad inevitability of England conceding an injury-time winner, he is the latest to be reminded that the effects are rarely edifying.

 

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The SNP leader was not in fact smacked in the face by a stray shot. He was playing head tennis with Scotland under-21 midfielder Kenny McLean.

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Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Find Out What The Worst Drug Smugglers In The World Did

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IT’S at least an interesting entry for that accolade at least, the worst drug smugglers in the world.

So, two Brits decide to try their luck smuggling a tonne and a half of hashish from Morocco into the Algarve. Sounds like a plan: Morocco’s not that far away, the Rif and such places are hotbeds of cannabis production (they’re not just the right sort of climate, they’re also pretty lawless even today). As such the drug is cheap as chips there.

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Posted: 28th, May 2014 | In: marijuana, Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Spurs Balls: Mauricio Pochettino Is An English Hero

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SPURS have secured the services of international nude model Mauricio Pochettino from Southampton.

Paul Jiggins tells his Sun readers how unimpressed he is with the appointment. And Jiggins knows Spurs. This is the man, after all, who write in the summer of 2013:

GARETH BALE looks set to stay at Spurs for the coming season — after Real Madrid conceded defeat in the battle to sign him.

After Bale’s mega-money move to Real, an undaunted Jiggins now tells Sun readers:

Levy tells Pochettino: Turn Spurs into Saints (What, get ‘em to finish eighth, Daniel?)

Bit sarcastic, no? He then attacks the Spurs announcement:

They are hardly going to write: “We’ve brought in a manager nobody had ever heard of until 18 months ago from a club that was in League One a few years ago.”

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Posted: 28th, May 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Soda Can Devolution: From Elegantly Simple To Eyeball Assault

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IT’S RARE for a product’s logo or package design to stay constant over the years.  More often than not, they get a makeover every few years to keep up with the tastes of the times.

Comparing soda cans from decades past to the present, it’s immediately apparent that we no longer prefer simple elegant designs… that we prefer busy, hastily thrown together crap designs instead.

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Posted: 28th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


AKB48: Japanese Girlgroup Attacked With A Saw

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RECENTLY, women’s rights have been shoved to the forefront of the debate, thanks to a number of dreadful events. It has been difficult for some men to read the #YesToWomen hashtag, which has shown just how unsettling life can be for women.

While most men aren’t to blame for all that befalls women, most things that befall our female buddies is at the hands of men.

And so, to Japan, where two members of hugely popular Japanese pop group AKB48 were left hospitalised after a fan attacked them with a saw.

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Posted: 27th, May 2014 | In: Music, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Hunter S Thompson’s Daily Diet Regime: Chivas, Dunhill, Cocaine

HUNTER S Thompson’s daily routine:

 

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Posted: 27th, May 2014 | In: Celebrities, Flashback | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Star And Express Weather Watch: The Wettest Six Week Heatwave On Record

CAN the Daily Star’s weather forecasts be relied on? Yes, They can be relied on to be wrong:

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Meanwhile…in the Star’s sisters organs, the Daily Express, front-page weather forecasts are, as ever, available by pressing f9 on your journalisbot keyboards:

 

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Spotter: @TheMediaTweets

 

Posted: 27th, May 2014 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Monstrously Stupid Recycling Laws Fine People Who Waste Less

PA 19273262 Monstrously Stupid Recycling Laws Fine People Who Waste Less

 

SO, we think there should be less stuff wasted. Sounds like a plan: so, therefore we will fine people who waste less. This is, well, this is monstrously stupid, isn’t it? But it is what the European Union is going to do to Britain. We now waste less paper and glass than we used to. Therefore we are going to be fined.

Recycling rates will fall for the first time in over 10 years due to “green fatigue” caused by councils imposing numerous confusing bins on households, one of the country’s biggest bin collectors has predicted.

The fall will make it almost certain that Britain will miss tough EU targets of recycling half of all household waste by 2020.

A combination of “green fatigue”, declining glass usage, and local authority budget cuts are also likely to have contributed to the fall, which risks the UK having to pay millions of pounds in fines.

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Posted: 27th, May 2014 | In: Global Warming, Money, News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Your Official Guide To 1970s CB Slang

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THE INTERNET has created its own slang, saturated with efficient abbreviations and a constantly evolving jargon that only insiders know. As novel as this seems, just a few decades ago there was another trendy lingo sprung from a new technology: CB Slang.

Citizen’s Band radio had been around since the 1950s, but you had to be licensed and had to use a registered call sign. However, once the CB became widely used on the interstates throughout the US, all rules were thrown out the window. Truckers started making up their own handles and things got interesting.

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Posted: 27th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0