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26th, March Key Posts

Social Media Morons Of The Day: Ribena For Breakfast

WHAT the Mad Men of advertising's Golden Age would have made of today social media experts can only be guessed at. And our guess is they'd have made them unemployed. Anyone with a spark of creativity louder than a gnat's fart would nowadays be hailed as social media guru... More »

26th, March Flashback 2

Bands Without a Face: When 70s Rock Stars Went Behind the Curtain

ANY clue who these guys are? They're the band Supertramp. If you didn't know, it's either because you are way too young to appreciate this article or it's due to the fact that almost all Seventies rock acts looked relatively similar - like a generic group of hairy drug addicts... More »

25th, March Celebrities

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin 'Consciously Uncouple' Their Caravan Of Love - World Rolls Eyes

AND so it came to pass that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are no longer together. She made the announcement on her website Goop. They have not split up. They have had a "conscious uncoupling". The message reads... More »

25th, March Film 1

Bread and Circuses at the Movies: The Six Most Savage Games of the Near Dystopian Future

The latest such film of this type is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), but that popular franchise is far from original in depicting man’s easily-distracted nature. With that in mind, below ares six of the most savage "bread and circuses" games of the near dystopian future, as imagined by filmmakers... More »

25th, March Liverpool

Liverpool Balls: The Most Inane Michael Owen Commentary Quotes On BT Sports

The collective sigh of a nation was palpable when BT Sports announced that Michael Owen was joining their team in co-commentator capacity at the beginning of the season, as subscribers suddenly realised that they were in for at least a season’s worth of beige footballing clichés and banal, perfunctory observations from a man who more or less talks in binary code... More »

25th, March Celebrities 2

Daily Mail Pervs At 14-Year-Old 'Sexy' Carmen Bicondova

PHWOAR! Cop a load of Camren Bicondova. The Daily Mail has. It says... More »

25th, March manchester united

Manchester City Balls: Moyes Falls For Tabloid Tactics As Pellegrini Makes His Points

THE Manuel Pellegrini story is getting to be a bit like George Bush's plastic turkey. You know that story.? It's the one about the then President George 'Dubya' Bush feeding the US troops a Thanksgiving dinner of plastic turkey. It was utter balls... More »

25th, March Celebrities

Nick Cannon Kicks Up 'Whiteface' Argument

Cannon then shared and pointed at a picture of Robert Downey Jr's 'Blackface' character from the movie Tropic Thunder. He wrote with the photo, "Shout out to @RobertDowneyJr This is one of my favorite characters of all time! Hilarious!!! There is a big difference between Humor and Hatred."... More »

25th, March Celebrities

Elton John Trains With George Best And The Los Angeles Aztecs In 1976

ELTON John is 67 years old today. In looking through the archives here at Anorak Towers we cams across what might be the greatest ever picture of the Watford Warbler. Taken on 01/03/1976, The picture is captioned.. More »

25th, March Money 1

Candy Crush Saga Floats In NY - Here's The Saddest Story About Its Founder Toby Rowland

OK, so he's rich anyway, both from inheritance and also from a previous venture. But $3 million is very different from $966 million, that's for sure... More »

25th, March Books

ICHIEFU: Fukushima Worker Turns His Story Into Manga

THE Fukushima nuclear power plant failure didn't trigger the end of the world. But it did make lot of news, and now it's a manga cartoon... More »

25th, March Fashion

1964: Teenage Girls Iron Their Hair Before A Night Out In New York City

Teenage girls are all steamed up these days about straight hair. The steam iron is replacing the huge rollers on which countless teens slept every night to achieve the height and curls... More »

25th, March Flashback

This 17th century Chinese Abacus Ring Is The World's Oldest Smart Ring

Forget Google Glass, Android Wear, Smartwatches or contact lenses that give you night vision. Instead let’s talk about the awesomeness that is this 17th century Chinese abacus ring. It’s wearable tech from the Qing Dynasty, perhaps the world’s oldest smart ring... More »

25th, March Flashback

1970: Brighton and Hove Albion Manager Freddie Goodwin 'Run Til You're Too Tired To Puke' Training Rules

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Freddie Goodwin shows off the motivational posters which he pins up in the dressing room... More »

25th, March Anorak TV

The Most Accurate Toy Representation Of A Real Cat Ever

THIS is the most accurate toy representation of a real cat ever... More »

25th, March Flashback

Hello News: The Story Of The Most Popular Song In America

IN 1989, the City of Calgary, Canada, promoted the place with a song. It featured the joyous lyrics: There'a feeling in the air that you can't get anywhere expect.... Makes no difference where I go, you’re the best hometown I know.... More »

25th, March News

Flight MH370 Tabloid Fact Of The Day: Daily Mirror Says The Plane Is 23,000 Below The Sea

MALAYSIAN Flight 370 ascended sharply to 45,000 feet, descended to 23,000 feet before changing course again,changed course many times and then crashed into the Indian Ocean... More »

25th, March Flashback 9

10 Fantastically Awful Retro Toys From Your Corrupted Youth

AS things heat up in Ukraine and the ever-precarious Middle East continues its pattern of unrest, we feel a tinge of concern for our Western economies hanging by a thread and our natural resources plundered at an unsustainable rate. In such a state of affairs it is only natural that we, as a global community, band together and take a look at some truly awful toys. It’s the right thing to do... More »

25th, March TV & Radio

Gervais Is Bringing David Brent Back To TV?

"It’s just an idea. I want to do a tour, a little tour – and people think they’re seeing a tour. I film it, but actually it’s Brent who thinks he’s making a Scorsese-type thing of On the Road. Of course, behind the scenes, it is so much sadder and more poignant. It’s Spinal Tap meets sad Scorsese meets Anvil.".. More »

25th, March Strange But True

Dying Mario Meets The Giraffes At Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo

FACE of the week belongs to Mario, a mentally handicapped man dying of cancer, whose job was to muck out the giraffe enclosure at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo. Dying, he asked to bale to save farewell to his friends... More »

24th, March Flashback

Lip Tester, Circa 1948

Which Lip Type Are You...? More »

24th, March Flashback

Watch The Nazi-Musical Mash-Up: 'Schichlegruber Doing the Lambeth Walk, Assisted by the Gestapo Hep Cats'

IN 1941, Charles A. Ridley of the British Ministry of Information added footage of Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will to the music of Me and My Girl... More »

24th, March Music

GWAR Front Man Dave Brockie RIP: Scumdogs of the Universe Lament Their Loss

ONE of the funnest, daftest and most bizarre rock bands on the planet, are GWAR. A cavalcade of ogre faces, missing limbs, pantomime villainy, showers of blood and all manner of hilariously gruesome content, they were a b-movie writ large, parading around festivals and gigs, mixing schlock horror with stadium-sized metal... More »

24th, March Politicians

The Vladimir Putin Butt Plug And Enema

Putin, scourge of gays, is now a homosexual act prevention device... More »

24th, March Celebrities

Julie Newmar In Playboy, Photos And On Growing Old

JULIE Newmar was Catgirl. On April 27, 2013, we went to see Julie take questions at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place, in Chicago. Julie was the first Catwoman to TV's Batman. Her fabulous portrayal of the comic book temptress in the 1960s Batman has been praised in musical and film... More »