Today’s Trivia

Via guardian.co.uk

Via guardian.co.uk

 

The word ‘ye’ is in ‘ye olde antique shop’ is just the precursor the the word ‘the’ and is pronounced as ‘the’. (source)

 

There is a primary school in Antarctica with 15 students in the town of Villa Las Estrellas. (source)

 

It costs USD25k to climb to the upper base camp of Everest – payable to the Nepalese government. (source)

 

There is something called ‘Betteridge’s Law of Headlines’ which states that basically any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered ‘no’. Don’t take it too seriously, he published an article with a headline which broke his own law. (source)

 

In 1918 the Spanish Flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS killed in 24 years, or the Black Death killed in a century. It infected over half a billion people, killing between 10 and 20 per cent. (source)

  • Nechtan

    I think the picture is Linford Christie. It looks like him can’t be sure.

  • P1LL

    The picture is Linford Christie in the Olympic Final 1992 Barcelona 100 m does that link to the Spanish Flu ?

    • James Howlett

      Why yes P1LL, yes it does.

  • longjohn

    Looks like a picture of Lundy stretching the truth!

  • Kopua Cowboy

    Linford Christie wore a body fitting running suit emblazoned with newspaper headlines

    • Sponge

      And looked like he had stuffed a still rolled up newspaper down his suit?

  • Rex Widerstrom

    The thing I’ll miss most when the last newspaper rolls off a press (assuming I’m still round to see it) will be the skilled sub’s use of a clever pun.

    Blog authors – even the funny ones – seem not to have inherited the art.

    Apropos of nothing much in the above, other than the topic of headlines.

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