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

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Saturday, 15 April 2017


The Legend of the Mermaid at All Saints Church, Upper Sheringham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe 15th century pews in the 900-year-old church of All Saints in Upper Sheringham tell the fishy tale of an unusual visitor to the village who has left her mark on this corner of north Norfolk for all to see.
There, on the bench end of the pew closest to the north door is a not-so-little mermaid, a formidable-looking siren of the sea immortalised in carved wood.
Legend has it that the mermaid was drawn to the church from more than a mile away by the sound of heavenly singing and, despite the encumbrance of a tail, dragged herself laboriously from beach to churchyard.
With the service still in full swing, the church Beadle unceremoniously slammed the door in the face of the sea princess, leaving her floundering outside.
“Git yew arn out, we carn’t have noo marmeards in ‘are,” the Beadle hissed.
But mermaids are made of stern stuff and a mile and a half is too far to slither without a sit-down - as soon as she was able, she crept into the back of the church and can still be found there today.-SEE VIDEO

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Take a look at these nine weird and unusual UK laws which are still in effect today

With tobacco rules set to change in May and new driving and child car seat laws recently introduced, we have taken a look at some laws which you may not know exist.
UK laws are constantly evolving and while changes are introduced each year, there are still many out-of-date and unusual ones which have never been repealed.
Technically, you could still be arrested for breaking them, but police say it is debatable whether or not they will arrest you for some of them.
Here are some of the weird and wonderful UK laws which still exist today.

Don't be drunk in charge of a cow

The Licencing Act 1872 makes it illegal to be "drunk while in charge, on any high- way or other public place, of any carriage, horse, cattle, or steam engine, or of being drunk when in possession of loaded fire-arms".

Wearing a suit of armour in Parliament

As of 1313, it has been illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour.

Door knocking

Seen by many as a harmless (if annoying) children's game, knocking on someone's door and running away is actually illegal under the 1839 law. It makes it an offence to "wilfully and wantonly disturb any inhabitant by pulling or ringing any doorbell or knocking at any door without lawful excuse".