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3rd, February manchester united

Manchester United profit on Wilfried Zaha: What Crystal Palace transfer really cost

Manchester United have sold Wilfried Zaha back to Crystal Palace. The Daily Express is agog and outraged.... More »

2nd, February News

The music behind the worst album covers ever

We love bad album covers. But what about the music behind the photos? YouTuber Jimbo Stephens has matched the covers with the cuts... More »

2nd, February News

The comfort of censorship and willful blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious

Debate is dying. Free speech is under threat. We are living in the Age of Comfort. We are the willful blind. Is that new? No, says Margaret Heffernan. She examines what “we could know, and should know, but don’t know because it makes us feel better not to know... the more tightly we focus, the more we leave out”. We enjoy the peace of mind darkness brings.... More »

2nd, February Arsenal

'Huge' Transfer Balls for Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United but not Southampton or Reading

ransfer Balls: As the January Deadline Day shuts the Daily Express tosses more balls than Rebecca Loos in a piggery... More »

2nd, February News 1

Molly Crabapple: Wear your FBI file with pride

Molly Crabapple (seen here sketching the Ferguson protests) is being observed by the FBI. The FBI has a juicy file on the Molly. She should wear it as badge of honour. But first she's going to read it... More »

2nd, February Sports

How BBC kept Match of the Day from ITV's clutches

FOOTBALL fans who don't look at the Premier League goals on Twitter or streamed matches over the web, can delight in the news that BBC has retained the rights to show Premier League highlights on Saturday nights... More »

2nd, February Sports

Transfer Balls: Gary Lineker wants the banks to close for deadline day

Gary Lineker shares his thoughts on football's Transfer Deadline Day... More »

2nd, February Key Posts

Fragile ladies and raping males: welcome to life on University campus

The assumption is that allowing anything that a loon or agenda-driven censor could decry as 'racist', 'sexist' or 'homophobic' would trigger race riots and convince slack-jawed male students that women's rights, equality and debate are wrong... More »

2nd, February Anorak TV

White man can dance: Swedish men demonstrate the bear dance

To avoid the pain you need a set manly dance. So. Here are two Swedish gentlemen demonstrating 'The Bear Dance'. The soothing background music only adds to the wonder... More »

2nd, February Strange But True 1

9-year-old boy 'terrorist' suspended for calling a classmate 'black', showing a pregnancy book and brandishing a 'magic' ring

To Kermit, Texas, where 9-year-old Aiden Stewart has been suspended from school for "making a terroristic threat". Aiden told a classmate he could make him disappear with a magic ring, just like the magic rings in The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, a movie he had seen a few days earlier... More »

2nd, February Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Arsenal signed 74 players in the Transfer Window

Transfer Balls has been following the mainstream media's scattergun reports on Arsenal. This January the Gunners have been linked via the national Press with the purchase of 73 players. Yeah, that's all. The new Gunners are.... More »

2nd, February News

The Daily Express never ceases to be amazed by snow

The Daily Express has a thing about snow. It's finds it utterly incredible, reporting on its arrival in the manner of Chicken Licken poiting at the falling sky... More »

1st, February Film

Ghostbusters: First peek at new all-female Ghostbusters movie

The news Ghostbusters movie is an all-female affair. It's going to be fan-tastic. Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray were at the top of their games when the first Ghostbusters film hit the big screens. But who needs them when you have a script like this?... More »

1st, February Key Posts

Internet journalist don't need a union to tell them George Bush had a plastic turkey for Thanksgiving

Anorak has employed journalists for over 15 years. And not one - not one - has been a union member. Why not? The Washington Post ... More »

1st, February Sports 1

Free Speech: Robert Huth is made to sit on the FA's Stasi-styled naughty step

Robert Huth was born in Biesdorf, East Berlin. He's a footballer about to move between English Premiership clubs, signing for Leicester City from Stoke City, having also played for Chelsea. He's a big unit, tough and aware his talent lies in stopping goals rather than creating them. He's witty, too.... More »

1st, February Sports 8

Transfer Balls: Spurs buy Jay Rodriguez for £5m less than Liverpool and Manchester City got him for

More utter balls... More »

31st, January Celebrities

Bobbi Kristina Brown: Roswell Police Department make the link

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31st, January News

A handy guide to dealing with online abuse: print out and keep

Have you been called names online? Has some no-mark tweeted something you disagree with? Were you offended? Well, before you call the police and become a nark, take a look at this handy guide to dealing with online abuse... More »

31st, January Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Marco Reus wants Chelsea, gets Arsenal, loves Manchester United and signs for Real Madrid

Transfer Balls: The Daily Express says: Arsenal leading Man Utd and Chelsea in race for Marco Reus Which clubs are in the chase? Let's see... More »

31st, January Strange But True

Trucker pulling his own tooth caused dramatic accident

Next time just don't wear a seatbelt: The accident, which happened just before 10:30pm, was caused when a self-employed tractor trailer driver took his hands off the wheel to pull a loose tooth from his mouth... More »

31st, January Celebrities 1

Topless Chelsea Handler makes the Middle East war sexually arousing

Chelsea Handler has sat topless on a naked camel. It's a statement, Handler says: "A Muslim allowed a topless Jew to sit on his camel. And we say we can't live side by side? I say we try and we can and we will. And, You don't even have to be topless. L'chaim.".. More »

30th, January Chelsea

Transfer Balls: Chelsea sign Barcelona fan Cuadrado from Manchester United

Transfer Balls: Juan Cuadrado is soon-to-be a Chelsea player. As the Daily Star reports: Chelsea AGREE contract with £26.8m Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado Not too long ago Cuadrado was a Manchester United player, according to the papers.... More »

30th, January News

Exam stress caused railway employee to masturbate over sleeping pregnant passenger

"I was studying for the test when I started to have unwanted thoughts," Manny Romos, 35, told MTA police.... More »

30th, January Politicians 1

Boris Johnson says all jihadis are tossers but not all tossers are jihadis

Boris Johnson, London Mayor, shares his view on British jihadis with Sun readers: “If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w**kers. Severe onanists." More »

30th, January Fashion 1

Faces of Miami's Urban Beach Week: MIA: Soliloquy Of A Dream

In MIA: Soliloquy Of A Dream, Miami's Urban Beach Week is photographed by Wayne Lawrence: “Over the four-day weekend, South Beach is transformed into a frenzied atmosphere where the drama of hip-hop is played out on the city’s streets as hundreds of police stand on high alert.." More »