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10th, March Flashback

March 1980: Japanese Fishermen Shred Dolphins

Dolphins are shredded and turned into fertilizer in the process. Dead sea mammals, center bottom, are lifted into the shredder mounted on the barge in Japan in March 1980... More »

10th, March News

Everyone In Brixton Thinks Exactly The Same, Says Faked Channel 4 News Show

WHAT is Livity? It's a portmanteau of Living and City. And: Livity is a youth engagement agency. The banner above asks Livity users: "How do you unite young people against a common enemy.".. More »

10th, March Flashback

March 10 1969 In Photos: Martin Luther King's 'Innocent' Murderer James Earl Ray Jailed For 99 Years

ON May 10 1969, Martin Luther King's murderer James Earl Ray was jailed for 99 years by a court in Memphis, Tennessee. His guilty plea was made on the understanding he was spared the electric chair. In the aftermath of the murder, trouble flared... More »

10th, March Arsenal

Arsenal Balls: Per Mertesacker Happy Reads The BFG

Arsenal's big German defender Per Mertesacker was pleased to find a book all about him at his local Islington library... More »

10th, March News

Why Hanging Dead Animals In Shop Windows Is Good For You And Your Free Kids

JBS family butcher's in Sudbury, Suffolk, was told to no longer display fresh meat in its shop window. It used to show off the fresh, hanging unplucked pheasants, deer, pigs heads and rabbits, but because someone complained that it offended them it's all gone... More »

10th, March Fashion

Otho Cushing Imagines 1950s Fashions In 1914

Real man carry canes... More »

10th, March Flashback 3

Fruit of the Rhyme: 8 Songs of Fruit

THE problem with songs about food is that, well, they’re never really about food. Tasty as brown sugar is, the Stones weren't really singing about sucrose. And when Robert Plant sings “Your custard pie, yeah, sweet and nice. When you cut it, mama, save me a slice” he’s not talking about pastries. You might say it’s a time honored tradition for rock and pop musicians to use food as symbols of sex and drugs. We certainly can’t go through them all, so let’s narrow it down and focus just on songs with fruit in the title. Here’s a playlist that not only is interesting and fun, but also rich in Vitamin C... More »

10th, March News

Newspaper Juxtaposition Laugh-In: Why are Surbiton's Starlings Disappearing?

Any clues..? More »

10th, March Strange But True

Hampshire Sturgeon Found Living At A Carwash

IN today's 'You'll Believe A Fish Can Cycle', we learn of a sturgeon named Steve, who left the World of Water in Romsey, Hampshire, in early February... More »

10th, March Flashback

The Saucy 1957 Cherry Pie Bake Off

Cherry Pie honies... More »

10th, March Strange But True

Stoke Highland Oatcake Scammer Sought

"We were frightened they might have come from the bins but we are convinced that’s not the case," adds Mrs Gavin. "There’s not a lot we can do... More »

10th, March News

Spanish TV Station Moves Germany Into Poland, Belarus Into History And France Into The Sea

A DEGREE in geography and journalism sounds like it would be useless. But Spanish TV channel Telemadrid could do with a such a graduate.... More »

9th, March Flashback

1943: Olive McDonald Brands The Casting Of A 3-inch Mortar-Bomb

Women in World War 2... More »

9th, March Flashback

1947 In Photos And Film: The Building And Only Flight Of Howard Hughe's Massive Spruce Goose

The largest airplane ever constructed, and flown only one time, the Spruce Goose represents one of man’s greatest attempts to conquer the skies. It was born out of a need to move troops and material across the Atlantic Ocean, where in 1942, German submarines were sinking hundreds of Allied ships... More »

9th, March Books

Little Nemo: Watch The Film And Read The Adventures Of The Most Sublime Comic Strip Hero

EVER read Little Nemo, the comic strip about the lad's fabulous dreams? The strip ran from October 15, 1905 to April 23, 1911 in the New York Herald... More »

9th, March Money

Charles Koch Of Koch Industries Hates Cronyism - Gives Son Top Job

CHARLES de Ganahl Koch is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries. In 2010, he told the Wall Street Journal: "Corporate Cronyism Harms America"... More »

9th, March Flashback

1960: 'Girls' Take Stretch Breaks At Tokyo's Sony Factory

'Stop working, take a deep breath, one, two, three, four.' says a loud speaker... More »

9th, March Books

16th Century German War Guide Teaches How To Make Flying Cats Bombs (Photos)

YOU'RE looking at an illustration from a 1530s manual on warfare. The advice is to "set fire to a castle or city which you can't get at otherwise"... More »

9th, March Arsenal

Arsenal Balls: Manchester United Pay £7m Over Asking Price For Thomas Vermaelen

ARSENAL Balls: The Sun leads with an "exclusive" on "Arsenal misfit" Thomas Vermaelen... More »

9th, March News

The Sun's Utter Balls On Jeremy Forrest And Gemma The Teenage Teacher Fancier

THE teenager who at 15-year-old fell for her 30-year-old teacher Jeremy Forrest has "dumped him for another teacher". So says the Sun of the teenager was abducted by Forrest and taken to France... More »

8th, March Flashback

The Women's League of Health And Beauty: Nazis, Pilates And The Birth Of The Keep-Fit Movement

Mary Bagot-Stack founded the Women’s League of Health and Beauty in 1930 when her daughter Prunella was just fifteen years old, but when Mary died at a tragically young age in 1935, Prunella was called upon to continue the work of the League... More »

8th, March Key Posts 1

Casting Call Woe: The Funniest Real Casting Calls From Casting Websites

"The actress will be required to perform a lap dance routing. The actor will be required to drive a car.." More »

8th, March Flashback

Fighting Malaria In World War To - A Photo Story

Including experiments on the the disabled and prison inmates... More »

8th, March News

LSD Reduces Anxiety In Terminally Ill Patients

THE Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease presents Peter Gasser's work with LSD. The paper, called Safety and Efficacy of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide-Assisted Psychotherapy for Anxiety Associated With Life-threatening Diseases, and researchers concluded that when terminally ill patient were tested with the drugs their anxiety"went down and stayed down"... More »

8th, March Arsenal

Arsenal Win The FA Cup For The First Time: Photos From April 26 1930 (WIth Bonus Cup Final Record)

ON April 26, 1930, Arsenal beat Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium. Arsenal won 2–0, with goals from Alex James and Jack Lambert. Arsenal had won their first FA Cup after a defeat in their FA Cup final debut in 1927... More »