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The incredible story of the Soviet hero who removed his own appendix

In 1961, Leonid Rogozov (14 March 1934 – 21 September 2000), was forced by extreme pain and the absence of another doctor for 1,000 miles to remove his own appendix. … (read more)

Posted: 16th, January 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Ant McPartlin doesn’t ‘give’ Lisa Armstrong anything – she earned it

Ant McPartlin “gives” his ex-wife Lisa Armstrong £31m, says the Sun. The paper claims the settlement was reached out of court. An unnamed source arrives to tell us: “Ant made … (read more)

Posted: 16th, January 2020 | In: Celebrities, Money, Tabloids | Comment

Wolverhampton measuring stick challenges global warming stats

The UK Met Office says that 2019 was the second warmest in a record dating back to 1850. The Met says 2020 will be warmer still. The news came via … (read more)

Posted: 16th, January 2020 | In: News | Comment

Sex toy mishap at Bongo’s Bingo rips out woman’s eyelashes

Eyes down for news from Newcastle. The headline in the local Chronicle: “Woman’s eyelashes ripped out after sex toy hits her at Bongo’s Bingo in Newcastle.” Says Tegan Denham on … (read more)

Posted: 15th, January 2020 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment

Avian Arsonists: the three Australian birds that start fires to flush out prey

Bird experts have identified the three types of birds that start fires in Australia:

Black kites (Milvus migrans), whistling kites (Haliastur sphenurus) and brown falcons (Falco berigora) all regularly congregate near the … (read more)

Posted: 15th, January 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Sheffield University hires students to work as thought police

“Getting a job whilst at University is a great way to gain work experience and develop your employability skills,” says the University of Sheffield. So hands up which 20 students … (read more)

Posted: 15th, January 2020 | In: News | Comment

God bless Victoria Agoglia : Charlene Downes is still missing

So now we know. The BBC puts it well: “Social workers investigating child sex exploitation in Manchester knew children were suffering ‘the most profound abuse… but did not … (read more)

Posted: 14th, January 2020 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment

Paris Museums pushes 100,000 gorgeous images into the public domain

Paris Musées has made available 100,000 works of art. You an see them on their website. Fill your boots on the usual suspects – Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cézanne – and thousands … (read more)

Posted: 14th, January 2020 | In: News, The Consumer | Comment

US newspaper mistakes Iraq for Iran

The Herald-Times in Bloomington, Indiana, reported that Iraq had attacked US soldiers in the country. The apology was almost as swift as the attacks: “To our loyal and treasured print … (read more)

Posted: 14th, January 2020 | In: News | Comment

Naff Orf: papers react to Meghan and Harry meeting The Queen

The papers all lead with Harry and Meghan’s meeting with his grandma, the Queen. But what kind of picture will sum up the news that she says they can settle … (read more)

Posted: 14th, January 2020 | In: Broadsheets, News, Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment

BBC shortchange women : Samira Ahmed wins £700,000 backpay

Hold your ire about what the Royals cost, and know that the BBC have been forced by law to hand one its presenters, Samira Ahmed, £700,000 in backpay in a … (read more)

Posted: 10th, January 2020 | In: Money, News, TV & Radio | Comment

Prince Charles ‘incandescent with rag’ [sic] says Daily Mail as Harry and Meghan go full celebrity

By now you’ll be wondering what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been up to. Well, after a six-week holiday (Canada) and resignation from the Family to become full-time celebrities, … (read more)

Posted: 9th, January 2020 | In: News, Royal Family, Tabloids | Comment

So Long Meghan and Prince Harry – can you take Andrew and the Yorkies with you?

Royals are lining up to replace The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have announced they will step back as “senior” royals and work to become financially independent. It’s the … (read more)

Posted: 9th, January 2020 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, News, Royal Family | Comment

Government wants to stop FA selling rights to betting companies

The Government is worried that people who look to the Football Association for moral direction are being let down by the organisation’s decision to sell FA Cup broadcast rights via … (read more)

Posted: 8th, January 2020 | In: News | Comment

Meet Bowie the Cat

Bowie the cat was rescued in Spain. Bowie now lives with Maria Lloret in Alicante. You can follow his life on Instagram.

Spotter: Healthy Food House
… (read more)

Posted: 8th, January 2020 | In: News | Comment

A girl’s 1940s ledger of her Cat’s Whiskers

These pictures show us a handmade book by Janet Gnosspelius. The book contains her cats’ whiskers. Janet collected the whiskers she found in her home from 1940 to 1942. She … (read more)

Posted: 7th, January 2020 | In: Books, Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment

Ricky Gervais stirs up Hollywood AGM in fifth season finale

For the fifth time, the big Hollywood AGM for TV types was hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais. Like all telly, the Golden Globes sticks with the familiar until even the … (read more)

Posted: 6th, January 2020 | In: Celebrities, TV & Radio | Comment

Read decades of scanned books for free at The Pulp Magazine Archive

Fill your boots with pulp fiction at the Internet Archive, who along with The Pulp Magazines Project and The Pulp have been scanning a vast amount of Pulp Magazines for The Pulp Magazine Archive.

You can read crcaking stuff … (read more)

Posted: 5th, January 2020 | In: Books, The Consumer | Comment

Cass Elliot and Keith Moon died in the same bed at Harry Nilsson’s London pad

Keith Moon, the eccentric drummer of The Who, at Heathrow Airport with his girlfriend Annette Walker-Lax, on return from the United States. PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Cass Elliot died choking on … (read more)

Posted: 5th, January 2020 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment

‘#Babyintheoven’: pregnant Spanish influencer uses Holocaust to boost her celebrity

Simon Hunter shares news of the “pregnant Spanish influencer” who he claims captioned a photo of herself ‘doing’ the Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial with the hashtag #babyintheoven.

Hellen Tabalda seems to have … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, January 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Reporters on pilgrimage to meet Greta Thunberg

Pilgrims to the Greek Cycladic island of Tinos in the Aegean Sea venerate the Virgin Mary’s ascent to heaven at the Feast of the Assumption, by crawling on hands and … (read more)

Posted: 29th, December 2019 | In: News | Comment

Watch VAR cheat Norwich against Spurs

Norwich v Spurs. Norwich score a good goal. But a man in a van miles away from the action says it’s offside. And that’s how TV, advertising and the lust … (read more)

Posted: 28th, December 2019 | In: Sports, Spurs | Comment

Ghost boat with two human heads on board washes ashore on Sado Island

A modern mystery: how did five human corpses and two severed human heads come to be on a boat shipwrecked on Japan’s Sado Island? The boat’s name has not be … (read more)

Posted: 28th, December 2019 | In: Strange But True | Comment

All Good Things : buy Stephen Ellcock prints

The new shop at Flashbak features prints curated by Stephen Ellcock. Curated is an overused word – up there on the list of hackneyed tosh with ‘holistic’, a word used … (read more)

Posted: 23rd, December 2019 | In: Key Posts, News, The Consumer | Comment

Transfer balls: Xhaka to Hertha Berlin

Having brought you the news that Arsenal have recruited the cheap and untested Mikel Arteta to be their next manager, more news from the Emirates project is that midfielder Mesut … (read more)

Posted: 20th, December 2019 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment