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

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".


Saturday, 4 March 2017

From yodelling to dancing polar bears: Eurovision 2017’s most weird and wonderful would-be competitors

But what of the competition?
Well, the rest of the Eurovision-participating world hasn’t been resting on its laurels either – holding national finals every weekend, chucking out songs from internal selections with merry abandon and generally ensuring that the annual songest will be as entertaining as ever.
And as usual that’s led to some seriously eyebrow-raising – and in some cases actually half-decent – tunes bidding to represent their countries in May. Take a look at some of these contenders…

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

18 photos of weird and wonderful London pubs

pub18.jpgFew things are as comforting in the winter as sheltering from the bleak weather in the dark wood and creaking floorboards of a pub with a beer and some good company. 
You can’t really find this atmosphere anywhere else, whether in a dive bar in New York or a bistro in Paris. That's what father-daughter duo publican and writer George Dailey and photographer Charlie Dailey - who was born above her dad's pub - have captured in their book Great Pubs of London. The book celebrates some of the capital’s most historic pubs, many of which have been trading for over 400 years and are “intrinsically woven into our history and culture,” Charlie Dailey tells The Independent. -read more

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Starlight test shows quantum world has been weird for 600 years

Our universe has been ruled by weirdness for at least six centuries. If the quantum effects in a new experiment aren’t genuine, but are somehow caused by past meddling, then that is how long ago it must have happened – a finding that makes would-be alternatives to quantum theory even more unlikely.
Two qualities seem to describe our everyday world: realism, the idea that things have properties which don’t vanish when we’re not looking; and locality, which means no influence can travel faster than the speed of light.
But the quantum effects we see on tiny scales defy these descriptions. The properties of particles aren’t set in stone until we measure them, and their states can be entangled – such that altering one affects the other much faster than light can travel between the two.
There are loopholes in quantum theory, though. David Kaiser at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his colleagues are trying to close them down – aided by starlight.
Their experiment exploits a standard test for locality: Bell’s inequality. It sets a limit on how often two entangled particles can end up in the same state just by chance – without quantum mechanics or some unknown “hidden variables” to guide them.
The first step is to create a pair of entangled particles – often photons of light – then fire them off in different directions. Usually, a random number generator determines at the very last moment which property of each particle to measure. The detectors used are far enough apart that the arriving particles can’t “cheat” and coordinate their states – unless they can signal each other faster than light.
If the measurements tally more often than allowed by Bell’s rule, then the particles aren’t governed by locality. Previous experiments have shown this consistently, and so backed quantum mechanics.READ MORE

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Weird and Fascinating Ways Animals Use Poop

None of it smells like roses.
That’s conventional poop wisdom, but otter dung, called spraint, can sometimes smell like violets, according to entomologist Richard Jones, author of the new book Call of Nature: The Secret Life of Dung.
Such flowery feces made Weird Animal Question of the Week curious: "How do various animals use poop?"


Badgers, which range throughout Europe, live in groups of about a dozen animals. This scrappy team “digs a series of small rectangular pits, which together … form the latrine,” says Jones.-read more

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Weird hair ice found in Miserden – but what is it and how does it form?

Hair ice.What is 'hair ice'?
That was the question at the forefront of one Gloucestershire Live reader's mind when she sent in these pictures.-


A weird and wonderful journey to M&M's World, London's most peculiar tourist attraction

The M&M's family takes on the Beatles, naturallyYou have activated the My M&M’s colour mood analyser. We will now determine your colour mood,” the female voice sounds from somewhere in the ceiling.
It all feels a bit 1984 – a sugar-coated Thought Police initiative – but no, this rather bizarre assessment is related to something else sugar-coated.
A chap, clad in biker leathers, with shaved head and thundering beard, is standing in the marked spot necessary to have your “colour mood” determined. Tats, piercings and all, he waits.-read more

Saturday, 21 January 2017

10 weird and wonderful Antarctic firsts

Antarctica is a place where firsts and challenges are an unavoidable part of the experience
It is the continent which, more than any other, demands respect – and a hardy sort of traveller who is prepared to put up with the worst the weather can throw at them. Not Europe (although the winds at Brighton on a rain-swept morning can be more than fierce) but Antarctica, that frozen tip of the planet – where anything goes, as long as it’s snowy.
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the first unassisted solo crossing of the land at the end of it all. But then, Antarctica is a place where firsts and challenges are an unavoidable part of the experience. Here are 10 of the milestone moments in the history of the continent – plus a few suggestions as to how you can pay a visit yourself.
First unassisted solo crossing
Norwegian explorer Borge Ousland was the mould-breaker here. His expedition into the Antarctic “summer” – between November 15 1996 and January 17 1997 – was a speedy endeavour, zipping across the South Pole on skis, with kite assistance, in just 34 days. Ice off a duck’s-Read More

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The weirdest items seized by immigration officials from smugglers trying to bring them into Australia

One of the most impressive items intercepted by Australian biosecurity officers last year was an entire boar's head. The delivery from Russia was eventually cleared after no biosecurity issues were identified
Human skulls, a boar's head, a spooky sacrificial bat and bear claws are some of the strangest items that airline passengers have tried to bring into the country.
The objects were intercepted by Australian immigration officials in the last year from travellers because they pose a biosecurity risk.
Australian Border Force issued up to 3,500 infringement notices to people who tried to smuggle the items in the 2015/16 financial year.