A.A. Milne, author and creator of Winnie the Pooh, wrote newspaper propaganda for MI7b during World War I, recently uncovered documents have revealed. This included articles about British war heroes and German atrocities.
Don’t worry the Pope hasn’t eloped, but wouldn’t that make a great headline? I think it would, but I must confess it has nothing to do with this post at all. It is simply a great headline that will never be.
In fact I’m bored with all the hullabaloo around the election of a new Pope; are you? OK so if I’m bored why am I typing this? Well there has been an interesting little fact that has arisen as Pope Francis, an Argentinian, is the first non-European Pope for more than 1,000 years. The last Supreme Pontiff to come from outside of Europe was Pope Gregory III who was the Catholic Head Honcho from AD731 to AD741 and he came from Syria.
Interestingly (well I think so) one of his first decisions after donning the Papal robes and the pointy hat was to ban the consumption of horsemeat. I can see a potential parallel here with this modern age can you, especially as Argentina is a big beef producer? Can we assume that Pope Gregory’s second decision was to continue to turn a blind eye to the buggering of choir boys and their equivalent from the 8th Century.
The first time the phrase “no animals were harmed or mistreated in the making of this film” (or at least something very similar to that) were used in film credits was in ‘Never Say Never Again‘. The Sean Connery Bond film that wasn’t part of the franchise. It was included to make sure people weren’t worried about the fate of a horse that jumped off a cliff in the movie. I suppose we should expect a phrase like “no horsemeat was sneaked into the beef products in this film” next!
I never knew that Adolf Hitler had an immediate successor after his death in 1945. He was succeeded by his Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. However he was in the job for less than 48 hours from 30th April to 1st May 1945. Was that the shortest term ever served my the leader of a country? It sure sounds like it to me. If you know of any shorter terms please feel free to comment.
Goebbels was one of the highest ranking Nazi scumbags in Hitler’s party and he also took the suicide route. he and his wife killed their six children and then they killed themselves. Good riddance to Goebbels and Mrs G but that is an awful thing to do to six young children.
In recent months NASA’s Voyager 1 became the furthest spaceship from earth. It is now more than 11 million miles away from us and still travelling. It was launched 36 years ago in 1977 and was followed by its sister ship, which was imaginatively named, Voyager 2.
Voyager 1 is expected to leave our solar system soon and scientists will measure this based on three criteria; an increase in cosmic rays, a reduction in the particles it encounters from our solar system and a change in direction of the magnetic field. The first two have already occurred! It has enough battery power to run until 2025, at which point we will lose contact with it. But in the meantime click here to track Voyager’s progress.
Science has now proven that no matter how full of shit you are you can still reach for the stars. No this post has nothing to do with the X Factor. It is all about Dung Beetles. Apparently these industrious little creatures use the Milky Way to navigate when rolling their Dung Balls. This is according to a recent article in the journal Current Biology. Click here to read the story on the BBC website.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 51,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 12 Film Festivals
Aren’t scientists clever and don’t they contribute amazing and life changing things to the way we live? well the answer is generally yes and yes. However scientists, or boffins as the tabloid press call them, at Sheffield University have just completed a complex mathematical study for us. It’s nothing to with prolonging life or saving the planet nor is it the answer to life, the universe and everything. We know the answer to the latter is 42 anyway. No what these intellectual super brains have done is to offer a mathematical calculation for how many baubles to put on your Christmas tree.
How wonderful is that? Doesn’t your life feel so much more enriched? Our Christmas tree this year is likely to be around 6ft, so call it 180 centimetres and that means we will need 37 baubles, 565cm of lights, 91cm of tinsel and of course 1 angel or fairy. I wonder if the angel remains constant or whether you need half an angel for a 90cm tree? Which half would you choose? Apparently this mathematical model is being used by Debenhams in all their stores this Christmas. Of course if you can bring yourself to read the story in the scummy UK tabloid – The Sun then click here.
If Christmas wasn’t stressful at the best of times I’m now worried about whether our tree will have the optimum number of decorations or whether it will be somewhat over baubled! i would be interested to hear you views and in case I don’t post on this blog again this year have yourself a very happy, yet optimum, Chrimbo!
Those wonderful people at Apple don’t cut corners do they? In fact they no longer need sharp corners. They have just been granted a patent for rounded corners on electric devices. Does that mean they can now sue manufacturers of almost every electronic device in the world? Read the full story by clicking here, including a relatively recent patent for the wheel!
I was thinking about what I could patent to make some money. Any suggestions would be gratefully received. But so far I’m thinking of air, fire, water, wind, eyebrows, elbows, knees, parliament, laughter and flatulence. I reckon I could make some cash out of those!
How many of you have had th shit scared out of you while watching a horror film? I never have;in fact no horror film has ever scared me; but that is a separate story. Whilst most of you will never have actually been scared to the point where you involuntarily evacuate your bowels while watching a horror film, you may have burned up more calories than you would for a romcom. Incidentally if you have been moved to shit your pants while watching a horror movie I really don’t want the details ok?
Apparently watching a horror movie can cause you to burn up the calorific equivalent of a chocolate bar. So to lose weight before Christmas I intend to embark on a Horror film fest! How about you? I started on Sunday with “To The Devil A Daughter“, which frankly was a bit crap. Click here to read the full story on the Guardian web site. The top ten calorie burning horror films are;
1. The Shining: 184 calories
2. Jaws: 161 calories
3. The Exorcist: 158 calories
4. Alien: 152 calories
5. Saw: 133 calories
6. A Nightmare On Elm Street: 118 calories
7. Paranormal Activity 111 calories
8. The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories
10. [Rec]: 101 calories