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22nd, May manchester united

Manchester United Balls: Toni Kroos Signed For David Moyes But Stayed At Bayern

Want to hear what Bayern president Karl Hopfner told German magazine Kicker?... More »

22nd, May Technology

Making Sense of Chemical Stories: The Posters

Not all man-made chemicals are bad for you... More »

22nd, May Money

In America Rising Court Fees Mean The Poor Always Go To Prison

In Augusta, Ga., a judge sentenced Tom Barrett to 12 months after he stole a can of beer worth less than $2... More »

22nd, May News

Prince Charles Know His History: Vladimir Putin Is Doing A Hitler

WHAT are we to make of the news that Prince Charles likened Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler?... More »

22nd, May Liverpool 1

Liverpool Balls: Hands Up Who Wants Luis Suarez To Miss The World Cup

THE Daily Suarez: A look at the Liverpool star in the news... More »

22nd, May Film 1

The Top 15 Greatest Retro Sci-Fi TV Themes

THE mission: To identify the top 15 science fiction television program themes from eons past. It’s a region of space many Internet listers have gone before... but those were just training exercises. This expedition is for real. Let the countdown begin... More »

21st, May manchester united 2

Manchester United Balls: Toni Kroos Agrees A Deal Then Discusses It Later

IN today's instalment of Transfer Balls, the Express says Manchester United have bought Bayern Munich's Tony Kroos... More »

21st, May Music

Led Zeppelin Sued For 'Stairway' Rip-Off - Hear The Evidence

TO crate diggers and muso-nerds, this won't be news at all, but to the occasional rock fan, you may not know that Led Zeppelin's iconic 'Stairway To Heaven' has been accused of being a rip-off for quite some time. And now, someone is suing the band over it.... More »

21st, May Flashback 10

The Five Most Underrated Episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation

IFStar Trek: The Next Generation (1987 – 1994) did not have the words “Star” and “Trek” in the series title -- or the good fortune to air on TV the year after the box office hit, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) -- it may never have survived a few awkward, early seasons and come to achieve the reputation for greatness it currently enjoys with fans and reviewers... More »

21st, May Flashback 1

The Queen Makes The First Subscriber Trunk Dialled Telephone Call In 1958

ON May 5, 1958, Queen Elizabeth II made the first subscriber trunk dialled telephone call from the Bristol Telephone Exchange. She called the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, more than 300 miles (482km) away. Her call lasted two minutes five seconds and cost 10d (or the equivalent of four pence in decimal currency)... More »

21st, May In Pictures

Marijuana March For Legalization At The Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

WE went along to the "Marijuana March" in support of marijuana legalization at the Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, May 10, 2014. About 1,000 people gathered for the demonstration demanding the legalization of the production and sale of marijuana... More »

21st, May marijuana

Situations Pretty Vacant: The FBI Is Hiring Pot Smokers

THIS is rather fun. The FBI, over in the US, is one of the most staid and white bread organisations in the world. They're cops, of a sort, yes, but the internal culture at the place is still pretty much 50's America. Flag, Mom and apple pie. And one of the parts of that is that pot smoking is absolutely verboeten... More »

21st, May Politicians

UKIP: One Out Of Two Romanians Agrees wIth Nigel Farage

DID you enjoy that Channel 4 News interview, the one where Jon Snow asked two Romanian guests what they thought of UKIP and Nigel Farage's comment on "unruly Romanians". We met Mariana Gordan, a woman who moved to the UK as a refugee, escaping the murderous nutjob Ceausescu. She's lived here for 35 years... More »

21st, May The Consumer

Terrible Adverts: Vifit Kills Your Sex Drive And Turns Women Into Strippers

VIFIT is the dairy drink from Dutch company Friesland Campina that, if this advert is to be believed, will turn women who look at it into strippers and men who drink it off sex... More »

21st, May In Pictures

Charming Photos Of American Children Holding Their Guns

"One of the only things I had going for me was that I’m not some weird-looking guy. I really wanted to know what parents and kids thought about having the guns..." More »

21st, May Money 1

Abu Hamza's Family Deserve All The British Benefits They Can Get

THE Daily Mail is on one of its head explodey little warpaths shouting about how the family of Abu Hookand (aka Abu Hamza) live off state benefits. But if they are in fact British then why the hell shouldn't they get the same benefits, rights to them, as any other British people?... More »

21st, May Money

Stripper Wants 'Booty And Boobs Back' From Man Who Says She Stole His Laptop And Harry Potter DVDs

ARE YOU READY TOP MEET THE WORLD'S SADDEST MAN and his hard-nosed former lover, who just happens to be a stripper named...Moaner?.. More »

21st, May Liverpool 4

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Force Liverpool To Sell Suarez To Madrid

TRANSFER Balls, in association with the Daily Suarez: today the Express reports that Real Madrid have told to pay £40m if they want Karim Benzema. Real need the money to fund a bid for Suarez... More »

21st, May Celebrities 9

The Most Interesting Man In The World: Actor William Smith

THE Dos Equis guy has nothing on actor, William Smith. No – I didn’t say Will Smith. We’re not talking about the Fresh Prince here, folks. I’m talking about William Smith the world’s biggest badass and Renaissance Man... More »

21st, May News 1

Epic High School Science Prank Lands Paris Gray In The Sulfur Hydrogen Iodine Thulium

JESSICA Lee made this chemistry joke in her final school yearbook. Jessica thought her photo needed a quote. So. She quoted Christopher George Latore Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G.: More »

20th, May Key Posts

The UKIP Carnival In Photos: Pinko Jew Boy Nigel Farage Is Prig Of The Dump In Crap Croydon

SO. UKIP staged a carnival in Croydon. All carnivals are crap. This one was no exception.... More »

20th, May Money

Wheat Watch: This Is About Irrigation Not The Crop Being Grown

AN interesting little report trying to insist that people who grow rice are more social, more cooperative, than people who grow wheat. Unfortunately, while the phenomenon they describe might well be true they've not quite ascribed it to the correct cause... More »

20th, May News

Turkish Press Loyal To Erdogan Blames Jews For Soma Mine Disaster

IF you want to see what anti-semitism looks like, head to the Middle East, where books shops and newsagents are full of racism. And take a look at the front page of Turkey's Yeni Akit newspaper, where the shocking news is that the Soma mine owner's son-in-law is a Jew... More »

20th, May Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann Spotted In Turin

Add Turin to the list... More »

20th, May Money

Bob Marley's Ghost Arrives In Court

ONE thing you can always rely on, with the music industry, is that someone is going to sue someone else, trying to stake a claim to a song, or music, they had no part in writing. And people wonder why the music industry is on its arse.... More »