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11th, July Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Put Santi Cazorla In The Shop Window (And Sell Him)

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11th, July World Cup Watch

Cambridge University Finds Three Words Most Used To Describe Each World Cup Team

THE Cambridge University Press has been studying millions of words used to describe each of the 32 nations competing at the 2014 World Cup... More »

11th, July News

Arsenal balls: Daily Mail Attacks Germany's Mesut Ozil For Being A Useless Foreigner

Ozil's crime is to be the only player in the German starting XI for the World Cup semi-final who plays in the Premier League. This unique quality allows the tabloids to slam him as being a fancy foreigner not worth the money.... More »

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Steven Spielberg Attacked For Hunting Big Game And Smirking

KILL an animal on the web and you get hunted down by the police. Kill an endangered species and pose with the carcass and you get something worse: you get shamed on Facebook... More »

11th, July Money

The Daily Mail and Human Sexuality: Explaining Nymphomania

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10th, July Music

Insane Clown Posse's FBI lawsuit is laughed out of town

THE Insane Clown Posse are an odd bunch. For starters, they think magnets are powered by witchcraft or something. And their fans? Well, their fans are VERY devoted (seriously - they make fans of The Smiths look like rational, reasonable people without a worrying neediness that burps out of their every pore). More »

8th, July Strange But True

This Is The World's Fluffiest Rabbit

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8th, July News

Russian Footballers To Wear Skirts, Necklaces And Wimples To Defeat Homosexuality

A RUSSIAN priest has claimed that he is “glad” Russia’s players failed to make any progress at the World Cup as the coloured boots they wore were an affront to God – a “homosexual abomination” if you will... More »

8th, July manchester united 1

Transfer Balls: Matt Hummels Is Exclusive To Manchester United

TRANSFER Balls: Matt Hummels is "exclusively Manchester United's in the scoop-tastic Daily Star... More »

8th, July Film

The World's Worst Star Wars Expo Might Just Be The Best Ever (Photos)

THE Star Wars exhibition in Wolfsburg, Germany, is face-meltingly good. .. More »

8th, July Key Posts

Thinking Outside The (Penalty) Box: Tackling The ‘Professional’ Foul

WITH the World Cup semi-finals upon us, it’s as good a time as any to remember Laurent Blanc, the French captain who received a red card – the only one of his entire career – in the semi-final of the 1998 World Cup, and missed the final thanks to Slaven Bilic’s theatrics.... More »

8th, July Money

Steve Jobs Was Right: Apple's iPhone 6 Is To Be Made By Robots

Jobs made the comment originally to President Obama. He was asking, well, all those jobs that are now in China, all those manufacturing jobs, when are they going to come back to America? The answer being "those jobs are never coming back"... More »

8th, July Liverpool

Liverpool Balls: Reds Fans Get Great Luis Suarez News

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8th, July Money

Beer, Oh Happy Produce Of Our Isle - And Good For Us Too!

THE Mail brings us the glorious news that beer is actually good for us... More »

8th, July News

Yetwree And The The Demolition Of Due Process To Save The Children

THE hunt is on for peados. Police, tabloids, broadsheets, Left wing, Right wing and MPs are hunting for child molestors. It might be a national obsession. But what are the facts? The Sun today delivers a report full of nods and winks... More »

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Transfer Balls: Suarez Replaces Sanchez In Barcelona As Liverpool Seek New Camara

TRANSFER Balls: A regular look at rumour, speculation and opinion backed by anonymous sources presented as 'news' in today's mainstream media. The focus is on Luis Suarez... More »

8th, July Film

See Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in All Is By My Side Trailer

Hendrix was a smooth, fascinating character with a preposterous talent and a gentle soul - that's not easy to capture. Moreover, Outkast's brilliant Andre 3000/Benjamin is playing the title role. There's no-one on Earth who wants this to fail... More »

7th, July Cars

Photos Of The Citroën Flying Cars

. Swedish artist Jacob Munkhammar is the first person to have spotted the obvous: these gliding French cars with the swivelling headlights and hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension system make great hover jets... More »

7th, July The Consumer

The Armadillo Bag Is A Thing Of Wonder

NO, that's not Donatella Versace. That's a dead armadillo handbag up for auction on eBay. If you can break your piggy bank (made from a real pig!) $299 ono... More »

7th, July Sports

Tour De France 2014 Photos: Stage Three - Cambridge to London

TOUR de France 2014: Stage Three - Cambridge to London... More »

7th, July Sports

Awkward Tour De France Vine: The Podium Kiss Off

Ouch! More »

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Well Of Course British Homes Are The Smallest In Europe

Because we're the only country in Europe stupid enough to insist that they must be small. This really isn't a surprising finding from Cambridge University... More »

7th, July Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Endure Feast And Famine In The Daily Mirror

TRANSFER Balls has a quick look at the kind of to-deadline exclusive churned out by the Daily Mirror... More »

7th, July Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Alexis Sanchez Move To Arsenal Is An Undone 'Done Deal'

TRANSFER Balls - Anorak's regular look at speculation and rumour being presented as fact in the mainstream press. Today the Daily Mail leads with news that Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez is on his way to Arsenal... More »

7th, July News 1

We Need A Free Press To Save Us From Child Abuse And Westminster Demons

WHY are we wasting money on this when we could be spending it on that?' is a favourite argument of the partisan. It's usually spurious. But this collection of front pages does make you wonder how the Press came to be the arch-villains of the unholy trinity of politicians, police, Press. And that in turn prompts further questions about the extent and expense of the phone-hacking inquiry... More »