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26th, February Strange But True 2

Police Hunt Lancashire Teens Who Slapped An Asda Worker With A Wet Bream

IS the birth of a new craze? Police in Lancashire are seeking a m an and a women who accosted a shop worker at the Accrington Asda supermarket with a wet bream... More »

26th, February Flashback

Manchester United's 11 Worst Defeats (And Counting)

SOBS and moans filled the air from Plymouth to Plymouth Rock, from York to New York, from Wales to New South Wales, from Surrey to Salford. Even a few people in the city of Manchester could be heard above the general laughter. So many questions were raised by Manchester United’s performance in Greece this week that we’ll restrict ourselves to just one. Is it the reds’ worst defeat of the modern era?... More »

26th, February News

Swastika Spotting At Chelmsford's County Hall, Manchester Central Library And Other Worthy Places

GET a load of those Swastikas etched onto the walls of Chelmsford's County Hall, built between 1928 and 1939 by J Stuart of Portland stone. A member of the public has lodged a Freedom of Information request asking why it "was still commissioned given the symbol's negative connotations". Essex County Council has yet to answer... More »

26th, February Flashback 1

Gay J. Edgar Hoover, Bad Sonny Liston And The Fixed Fight That Made Cassius Clay A Star

WAS Cassius's Clay shock victory over Sonny Liston in the heavyweight championship of the world a fix? Clays had been 7-1 to defeat the reigning champion, who was backed by the mob.Ali won by technical knock-out when Liston remained in his corner at the start of the seventh round... More »

26th, February Photojournalism

Finally! A Cure For President Yoweri Museveni Of Uganda's Gay Worms

AS President Yoweri Museveni taught us and the people of Uganda, the wrong kinds of sex gives you worms.. More »

26th, February Books 6

Sick and Full of Burning: 13 Regrettable BookTitles

FAR be it from me to stifle creativity – an author should be able to title their work as he or she likes. However, there is a limit to my tolerance. Sometimes, the title is so terrible that it simply must go; creativity be damned. Here’s a handful of vintage reads which suffer from just such an affliction... More »

26th, February News 1

Lewis Gill Killed Andrew Young On A Bournemouth Street: But It Wasn't Murder

LEWIS Gill, 20, punched Andrew Young, 40, hard enough for the older man to fall down on a street in Bournemouth. Mr Young hit his head on the pavement. He never recovered, dying in hospital... More »

25th, February Flashback

November 1972: Liverpool's Steve Heighway And Brian Hall Read A Greek newspaper in Athens

A passion for fashion... More »

25th, February News

Rebecca Adlington's Nose Gives The Mail, Sun And Daily Mirror Abuse Amnesia On Fat And Ugly Wayne Rooney

Adlington broke down during her appearance on I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!, talking about her issues with her looks, feelings of inadequacy, saying: "Every day I look in the mirror and go, ‘God, I’m not pretty. I've got a very big nose’." It's heartbreaking stuff... More »

25th, February Money

Econophysics: When Physicists Do Economics They Do It Late And Badly

THERE'S a whole new field out there called "econophysics". It comes from the brainboxes in physics noting that they deal with chaotic systems a lot and so does economics: therefore we can apply what we know in one field in the other. It does rather fail in one sense, for absolutely none of the physicists would agree that an economist knows damn all about quantum theory but they're absolutely certain that a physics guy can know all about minimum wages. Odd that... More »

25th, February The Consumer

British Diner Burns His Knob Shagging A Domino's Pizza

DOMINO'S UK has been in a twitter conversation with a customer... More »

25th, February Strange But True

Other Parents: Gallia And Hugo Welcome Twin Sons Lorcan And Hector, Brothers For Merlin

Funny names hell... More »

25th, February Key Posts

Uganda's Red Paper Newspaper Names '200 Top Homos' And Their Worms

TO UGANDA, where the local Red Pepper newspaper leads with: "EXPOSED! Uganda's Top 300 Honos Names" Congratulations to those who made the list, and commiserations to those who did not, could be premature because Uganda is a beacon of intolerance and bigotry... More »

25th, February News

Adam Alter Wonders About The Perils of Wishful Thinking

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25th, February Scare Stories

Daily Mail Scare Story Tuesday: Dying From A Broken Heart

IT'S Scare Story Tuesday in the Daily Mail. Let's take a look at this week's ways to die... More »

25th, February Flashback

1960s Horror Food: The Luminous Metrecal Diet In A Can

IN the 1950s and 1960s, Mead Johnson's Metrecal promised to get you into shape. What that shape was, we people of the future can only guess at - and we guess it was a human form jackknifed over a toilet... More »

25th, February Flashback 4

This Is What George Washington Drank At His Constitution Signing Do

...we still have available the list of beverages served at a 1787 farewell party in Philadelphia for George Washington just days before the framers signed off on the Constitution... More »

25th, February Money 1

Christian Aid's Hugely Amusing Ideas About Tax In Africa

CHRISTIAN Aid has a new report out about how tax should work in Africa. And it's a hugely amusing report. Amusing for devotees of blinkered ideologues ignoring reality that is. The page is here and the actual report here.... More »

25th, February News 2

American Society Has Become Anti-Male

But I’ve noticed that the corollary – a message about the respect women must give men, a message challenging wives and encouraging husbands – isn’t quite so palatable for many people. Disrespect for men has become standard practice... More »

25th, February Celebrities

Daily Mail's Jobsite Refuses To Find Work For 'Incomprehensible' Piers Morgan (The Paper's Columnist)

PIERS Morgan, sacked by CNN, is the subject of a tweet by Jobsite... More »

25th, February Flashback

February 25 1964 In Photos: Cassius Clay Crowned World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

ON February 25 1964: Cassius Clay crowned world heavyweight boxing champion. Clay, then just 22 - and a 7-1 underdog - beat the mighty Sonny 'The Dark Destroyer' Liston, 32, in seven rounds at Miami Beach. Before the fight, Clay had trash talked his opponent: "I wanna rumble...I wanna rumble!. You're a tramp. I am going to eat you up. Somebody's going to die at the ringside tonight. Are you scared?"... More »

25th, February Money 1

Special Offer: 100 Plastic Pennies For $3.49

THE economy can be saved. Keep your bitcoins - invest in plastic pennies... More »

25th, February Celebrities 2

Suggestorama: Help CNN Find A New Role For Piers Morgan

‘It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,’ Morgan told The New York Times... More »

25th, February Books

Great Moments in Phallic Occurrences

HERE are a few vintage phallic instances (either real or inferred) which have gained a bit of notoriety over the years. Read on - your inner idiot will thank you.... More »

24th, February Flashback

1950: The Search For Mr Appollo And A British Man With Great Teeth

IN 1950, Britain's most gorgeous men competed for the title 'Mr Apollo'... More »