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18th, April Celebrities


ONE THING the internet cannot yet do that newspapers can is field hand-written letters sent through the post... More »

18th, April News 1

Ilinois Mayor Jim Ardis Joins The War Against Free Speech: Police Raid Home Of Twitter Parodists

MAYOR Jim Ardis of Peoria, Illinois, has no sense of humour. If you parody him on the internet, he will be upset... More »

18th, April Money

Dan Snay Invents A New Way To Upset Parents On Social Media: Boasting Florida Teen Costs Parents A Mint

DANA Snay just cost her father £80,000. When dear Dana realised her father had won an age-discrimination lawsuit against his former employer, the Miami-based Gulliver Preparatory School, she started to boast... More »

18th, April Flashback

1973: Arsenal Hooligans Ejected From The FA Cup Third-Fourth Place Match With Wolverhampton Wanderers

FLASHBACK to August 18, 1973... More »

18th, April Key Posts

Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: Sod the Big Allotment Challenge, Bring on The Great British Moan Off

THE BBC seems intent on presenting Britain as a land of twee crafting-obsessed hobbyists whose interests differ only marginally from those of 1950s housewives and labourers making the most of their one day off before the moustachioed factory boss forces them to sever another figure in the lathe. Having only recently finished another bombardment from The Great British Sewing Bee and it’s less soporific sibling The Great British Bakeoff, BBC2 has once again reheated the format for the less boastfully titled Big Allotment Challenge.... More »

18th, April Flashback

1970-1975: The FA Cup Third Place Playoff Experiment

FLASHBACK to1 8/08/1973: Back in the days of yore, the losing FA Cup semi-finalists competed to see which one of them qualified for a non-existent bronze medal and the other nothing. The match lasted just five years, running between 1970 and 1975... More »

18th, April Celebrities

Man Claims He's Allergic To Kim Kardashian: Makes His Palms Sweat

Mike Amess has claimed that he's allergic to Kim Kardashian. Of course, Kim Kardashian is the prime target in the world for people who want to knock someone without having to actually think of someone worthy of being a target... More »

18th, April Celebrities

1978: Kellie Everts Was The Miss Nude Universe Who Became God's Stripper

IN 1978, the Associated Press met Kellie Everts, the Miss Nude Universe who became as a striptease artist performing on a Washington stage because "God told her to quiet her job as a social worker and return to the stage to perform her strip act".... More »

18th, April Flashback 6

16 Retro Board Game Curiosities That No Family Played Twice

A WHILE back, we covered some pretty peculiar games; however, there still remain board game curiosities which cry out for your attention. It seems there was no limit to the imagination (and debilitating insanity) of board game manufacturers. For every winner (i.e. Monopoly, Risk, Candyland) there were a hundred losers. Here’s a look at some of those losers. More »

17th, April Books

Gabriel García Márquez 1927-2014

Gabriel García Márquez RIP... More »

17th, April In Pictures

Philippines Holy Week 2014: The Penitents Flagellate Themselves

ilipino penitents flagellate themselves as part of Maundy Thursday rituals to atone for sins in suburban Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines... More »

17th, April Key Posts

Watch These Epic Videos To Ensure You Are Ready For The Rapture

THIS Easter, take care not to be left behind at the Rapture. It can, of course, happen at any time. It happend in 2011. Well, it could have done. And when it does, boy will they be right and you be wrong. The Rapture is believed true. It is an end-times event when all believers in Christianity will be taken from the earth by God into heaven. The rest will be left behind (including the pets). In preparation, we've compiled a library of Rapture Guide Videos. Study them hard. Questions later.... More »

17th, April Key Posts

Heaven Is For Real: Colton Burpo Proves Christianity, My Little Pony And Sarah Palin Are Right

HAVE you seen Heaven Is For Real, the film about the boy who "had a trip to Heaven". Sony Pictures acquired had actioned its rights on the book Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip To Heaven And Back, written by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent... More »

17th, April Flashback

1978: Weapons Seized Before West Ham Against Millwall At Upton Park

FLASHBACK to October 7 1978... More »

17th, April Sports

Chelsea Balls: The Daily Mail's Attack On Andreas Christensen Is Based On A Hunch

HOW football reporting works: The Daily Mail obliges its promise to feature one story a day on the big clubs. It tweets: "On £20,000 a week...and he plays for Chelsea's youth team..." More »

17th, April Sports

Manchester City Balls: In the Rush To Bury The Citizens An Error Occurs

THE Manchester Evening News was as one with the mainstream press in lamenting City's 2-2 home draw with Sunderland last night... More »

17th, April Sports

Bale & Ball: Real Madrid Star And Adidas Brazuca Crack Another Case Of Desperate Marketing

GARETH Bale scored a terrific goal last night to win the Copa Del Rey for Real Madrid. But he never thanked God, as many players do. Bale thanked the ball. He thanked the Adidas Brazuca for obeying his foot and not behaving like a beach ball on a windy day on a Bridlington beach. ... More »

17th, April Celebrities

1936: Josephine Baker Performs The Danse Sauvage In A Rubber Banana Bikini for The Ziegfeld Follies

IN these photos from 1936, American-born French expatriate entertainer and singer, Josephine Baker, wins over the crowd... More »

17th, April Money

Starbucks Is Relocating Its HQ To The UK: Hurrah!

OR at least Starbucks is going to be relocating it's European HQ to the UK. Which, after all that fuss about how much tax Starbucks was or was not paying in this country is a bit of a turnaround... More »

17th, April Flashback

1936-2000: The Radio City Rockettes In Photos

They were founded by Russell Markert: * When he saw the Ziegfeld Follies in 1922, he found them short and lacking in choreographic versatility. Yet, he marvelled at their wondrous precision and vowed to one day get 16 taller American girls, who could kick higher and do lots of tap dancing. He got that chance.... More »

17th, April Strange But True

Belfast's Hottest New Comedy Act Is A Dead Man In An Urn

WHEN Kevin Dorothy, 53, died in December 2013, he was unable to fulfil his desire to preform at the city's Pavilion Bar comedy showcase. But he became a double-act. Because Kevin's friend Stephen Mullan wasn't alone when he appeared at the show. Next to him was Kevin, in ash form and urned (see photo).... More »

17th, April Flashback 2

The Good, The Bad And The Bubbly: Bathroom Décor Of Yesteryear

TODAY, bathroom décor is so sterile and uninviting; whereas, back in the 1960s and 70s it was place of fun colors and whimsical decorations... and, yes, things did get a little weird. Take for instance, the bathroom pictured above – it looks like a delectable cake. For a moment, it seems like an inviting little birthday party and I forget that this is a place meant for pooping... More »

17th, April Strange But True

Bored Panda: Lonely Scarlett Is Given A TV To Watch

THIS might well be the most depressing story of the year. Having removed two pandas, Macy and Qianqian, from the Yunnan Wild Animal Park, China, Scarlett was alone... More »

17th, April In Pictures

Prostitutes of Guatemala: A Photo Essay Of Life On La Linea

AN ANORAK photo essay: life on La Linea, a Guatemala Prostitution Strip. Photographer Alexandre Meneghini looks at the women in the rented love rooms.... More »

16th, April Sports

BackPages: Manchester City Lose 2-2 And Sunderland Are Invisible

It's not all about the big clubs... More »