Santa’s journey – Royal Tank Regiment edition

It seems that, for their last PT parade before Christmas each year, the Royal Tank Regiment in the UK (the oldest tank unit in the world) stages a fun race for wannabe Santa Clauses in their makeshift sleighs.  This Christmas was no exception. Having to eat six mince pies and drink half a gallon of milk at the halfway point might be described as cruel and unusual punishment . . . Peter

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The lighter side of Thanksgiving

To help us digest all that Thanksgiving food and drink, here are a few giggleworthy mementos of the feast, sent in by readers, to whom my grateful thanks. First, for those who like the whole Turducken thing, with a side of H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos: And for those who like to deep-fry their turkey (I’ve sampled it, but I’ve never liked it as much as a slow-baked, oven-cooked bird): And finally, from a couple of years ago, what happens when the Irish try American Thanksgiving food? But wait – there’s more! What about the Irish sampling weird Thanksgiving food?  (And some of it sure

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Yes, you really can compare apples to oranges

Old NFO sent me a link to an article proving that the old “apples to oranges” comparison is actually not as silly as it might seem.  It’s from Improbable Research, the people who bring us the annual Ig Nobel awards. … it is not difficult to demonstrate that apples and oranges can, in fact, be compared (see figure 1). Materials and Methods Both samples were prepared by gently desiccating them in a convection oven at low temperature over the course of several days. The dried samples were then mixed with potassium bromide and ground in a small ball-bearing mill for two minutes. One hundred milligrams of

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The Great Knaresborough Bed Race of 2019

The annual Great Knaresborough Bed Race was held a few weeks ago in England.  As usual, a lot of fun was had by all. The event was born out of the enthusiasm of the newly-formedKnaresborough Round Table in 1966, an organisation looking for a major charity fund-raising push. They came up with the idea of a time-trial in which teams would follow a pre-determined course pushing beds around the town. It could have been a chariot race, a tug-o-war, a raft race on the river, a soap box derby or any of a hundred other ideas. But they plumped for a bed race,

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Too funny! “Florida Man” versus the aliens!

A contributor on Reddit has composed a series of stories about challenge fights between “Florida Man” and an alien opponent.  They’re very amusing .  Here’s a brief example. Skorath the bloody, champion of the arena and chosen warrior of the gygax empire was restless. He paced around his chambers, his frost bear cloak swirling behind him, 9 foot of muscles and scar tissues wearing a furrow in the carpet with every lap. His next opponent was the ‘Florida man’ of Earth, a tiny planet from the other side of the system, and it was completely unknown. Not capable of interstellar travel yet

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Heh

This warms the cockles of my African heart.  I received it via e-mail – origin unknown. Is it my imagination, or is that rhino actually trying to look seductive? Peter

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More over-the-top Bollywood

This fight scene from the 2014 movie Maanikya is utterly impossible.  Anyone sustaining the sort of blows and injuries depicted would certainly not be capable of fighting back, let alone the miraculous recovery exhibited by the protagonist:  and the feats of strength (including launching seven or eight attackers into the air simultaneously) are just plain ridiculous.  Nevertheless, the movie was a smash hit in India – perhaps not surprising, given all the smashing and hitting in this scene! Peter

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Underwear as an economic indicator?

It seems China is using a new benchmark for economic progress. Sales of boxers and briefs are surging in Liaoning Province, according to The Global Times, a fervently nationalist tabloid controlled by the Communist Party, bringing a bit of good news to a down-and-out part of China’s rust belt that epitomizes many of the country’s economic problems. Cheered by the prospect of a brighter future, the article argued, Liaoning men are upgrading a part of their wardrobe that most of their friends and family will never see. In highlighting such an unorthodox economic indicator, The Global Times is harking back to a

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