Saturday, 12 August 2017

The weird and wonderful world of pub games

As long as there were pubs and inns there were always games," says historian and 'doctor of darts' Patrick Chaplin. While his PhD is in the social history of that pursuit, the world of pub pastimes is far from restricted to the dartboard or the pool table. Anyone for a spot of dwile flonking or a game of devil among the tailors?read more

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Dull, bland and boring: Towns band together to become more exciting

BORING: Many visitors have been tickled by the town's name
The small Scottish community of Dull forged ties with Boring, in Oregon US, in 2012.
They were twinned after Dull resident Elizabeth Leighton was cycling around the US state while on holiday and passed the strange settlement.
Tickled by the name she phoned home with the idea about developing ties between the two oddly-named places.
“We heard about it and thought it would be even better if it became Bland, Dull and Boring”
Neil Pokoney
But the two communities have become more interesting after the Australian shire of Bland joined the “League of Extraordinary Communities”.
The stunt has proved successful for the Highland community, which has gone on to become a tourist sensation in its own right after erecting a 10ft sign announcing the Bring partnership in 2013.
Councillor Ian Cambell has even invited the Mayor -read more

Saturday, 22 July 2017

10 weird things only British people do with toast

There is no such thing as just eating a piece of toast with a delicious topping such as peanut butter, we like to push the food boundaries, come up with different concoctions and above all find new ways to enjoy the humble food that is toast.
Believe it or not beans on toast, toasties and enthusiastically dipping it into egg yolk aren’t things that other nations do.
Obviously they’re missing out.

1. Toasties

This is a bit like the British version of the beloved American grilled cheese delight, but of course way better.
Nothing brings your tummy delight like a serving of two near burnt cheese, baked beans and red onions toasties, with a side of tomato ketchup.
Simple to make, so fil

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Cult Movie: The Strange World of Gurney Slade a weird and whimsical 60s gem

The Strange World of Gurney Slade
READERS with a taste for the cult in their TV viewing – since you're here, that's probably you, pal – may remember TV Heaven from the early 90s.
Hosted by ageing raconteur Frank Muir, in that fruity old school broadcaster voice of his that sounded as if he was gargling a bag of marbles, it was a series of evenings on Channel 4 that focused in on a specific year each week, bringing together a load of programmes that were popular at the time and even cramming in the relevant TV advertisements from the period as well.
It was a cool, if admittedly cheap idea, and one that threw up all manner of televisual treats to be devoured by cult vultures like me.
Best of all among these often long considered lost gems, for me at least, arrived when 1960 was the year in question and old Frank got his tongue around the title of The Strange World Of Gurney Slade.-read more

Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Weird, Forgotten, Awesome Sport of Spaceball

Playing spaceball in 1968!When he first developed the commercial trampoline in the 1940s, gymnast George Nissen thought the recreational device would take over the world. While it didn’t quite become so all-encompassing a phenomenon, his vision did give birth to countless hours of backyard entertainment, an Olympic event—and the weird, failed sport of spaceball.
Nissen built his—and the world’s—first trampoline from a sheet of canvas and rubber strips cut out of a tire inner tube to entertain the kids at a summer camp where he -read more

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Weird and wonderful true stories about World War II

Stoned pigeons guiding bombs, German-eating sharks and a chocolate plot to kill Churchill.
They sound like something out of a wartime comedy film – but these were actually among the more weird plots thought up in a bid for victory.
And you can find them in a new book called Weird War Two, from the ­Imperial War Museum.
Here are a few more gems:
1: The US military trained pigeons to sit inside bombs and steer them by pecking at a target on a screen. This unnerved them, so they were fed cannabis before the mission. The project was cancelled because it was so bird-brained.-read more

Saturday, 27 May 2017

10 Weird Pregnancy Symptoms They Don’t Warn You About

You get pregnant and suddenly you enter a whole new world of weird symptoms that no one warned you about before.
Maybe it’s simply that women are so pleased to finally give birth that they forget the pregnancy months and don’t pass on vital information. Maybe it’s a mass conspiracy of silence between doctors, midwives and new mothers.
Whatever the answer, we’re here to tell you the truth about weird things to expect when you’re pregnant...-read more