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Today: 106th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America

February 8, 1910 — BSA founded A Chicago businessman, William D. Boyce, was visiting London, was lost on a fog night. A boy appeared and showed him to his destination. When they arrived, Boyce offered a tip to the boy. The boy refused. he said he was a Boy Scout. he was simply doing a good turn, … [Read More...]

Battle of the Oranges: use Brussel sprouts instead?

The Battaglia delle Arance (Battle of the Oranges) takes place in Ivrea, 50 km north of Turin in Italy. It is part of a carnival, the Carnevale di Ivrea, which recreates an uprising by common townsfolk against a ruling tyrant. The uprising occurred in the 12th or 13th century (the exact date is not … [Read More...]

Proofreading: its importance illustrated

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Proofreading: its importance illustrated

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Photograph of potato — sells for £750,000

Dear DMC, I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it: Irish potato picture sells for £750,000 — BBC Newsbeat On the whole I prefer this to a picture of Johnny Depp. Potato photography is probably something we should support. Steve Reszetniak Margate, Kent Thanks … [Read More...]

UK film censors now watching 2-day-long movie of paint drying

"UK film censors forced to watch a 2-day long movie of paint drying" on Boing Boing Here's what we posted last November about this movie: "British film censors to watch paint dry for 14 hours"     … [Read More...]

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day ——— today

January 25, 2016 Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is celebrated the last Monday of January every year. The last Monday of January was when popping bubble wrap was inadvertently broadcast when a radio station in Bloomington, Indiana was unwrapping a shipment of microphones. … [Read More...]

Today has been National Handwriting Day (USA)

  National Handwriting Day is celebrated on January 23, the birthday of John Hancock, American Revolutionary leader and first signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Peggy Post, great-granddaughter-in-law of Emily Post, writes in Time "Why Handwriting Matters in a Digital … [Read More...]

National Pie Day in America – today

A day to recognize America’s pie heritage, to pass on traditions of pie making, and to celebrate America’s love of pie. Sponsored by the American Pie Council. Pie History •  Pies date back to ancient Egypt. •  The first pie recipe was published by the Romans — rye-crusted goat cheese and … [Read More...]

National Pie Day ——— today

January 23 — same day every year A day to recognize America’s pie heritage, to pass on traditions of pie making, and to celebrate America’s love of pie. Sponsored by the American Pie Council.   … [Read More...]

National Pie Day ——— today

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National Pie Day ——— today

January 23 . . . [same day each year] "Grab a Slice of Life" — information from American Pie Council Pie History •  Pies date back to ancient Egypt. •  The first pie recipe was published by the Romans — rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie. •  Romans spread pies throughout Europe. • … [Read More...]

National Pie Day — today

January 23 . . . [same day each year] "Grab a Slice of Life" — information from American Pie Council Pie History •  Pies date back to ancient Egypt. •  The first pie recipe was published by the Romans — rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie. •  Romans spread pies throughout Europe. • … [Read More...]

Today is National Pie Day

January 23 . . . [same day each year] "Grab a Slice of Life" — information from American Pie Council Pie History •  Pies date back to ancient Egypt. •  The first pie recipe was published by the Romans — rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie. •  Romans spread pies throughout Europe. • … [Read More...]

Today is National Pie Day

January 23 . . . [same date every year] "Grab a Slice of Life" — information from American Pie Council Pie History •  Pies date back to ancient Egypt. •  The first pie recipe was published by the Romans — rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie. •  Romans spread pies throughout … [Read More...]

Today is National Pie Day

January 23 . . . [same day each year] "Grab a Slice of Life" — information from American Pie Council Pie History •  Pies date back to ancient Egypt. •  The first pie recipe was published by the Romans — rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie. •  Romans spread pies throughout Europe. • … [Read More...]

Breaking news from New York: cow out on streets captured by police

New Yorkers are relieved — and once again are grateful for NYPD: "Cow Is Captured by the Police After Running Loose in Queens", New York Times. But is it a "cow"? Looks more like a steer or heifer. Twitter: https://twitter.com/i/moments/690244439017676800 … [Read More...]

Dulling down Davos World Economic Forum

"In Davos, Shunting Controversy in Favor of Restrained Debate" in the International New York Times. In other words, dulling down? That appears to be the case. It's confirmed in the INYT article with comments like one from a former editor of The Economist who wrote, "They have made the event … [Read More...]

Breaking news from England: police mistakenly question 10 year old Muslim boy living in terrorist house

"I live in a 'terrorist house': police speak to Muslim boy, 10, over spelling error" in the Guardian. "Muslim boy, 10, probed for 'terrorist house' spelling error" in BBC News.  You might think it's dull to learn correct spelling — and to proofread to spot and correct spelling errors — but good … [Read More...]

Longest-serving weather watcher (85 years) dies at 103

For 85 years Richard G. Hendrickson recorded weather. He died at the age of 103 on January 9, 2016. He was a poultry and dairy farmer who recorded weather from a small weather station on his property in Bridgehampton, NY — South Fork of Long Island. He  was a weather watcher in … [Read More...]

“His” and “Hers” compost bins?

Our ears perked up at the end of Gardeners' Question Time on BBC Radio 4 this afternoon. The subject of composting came up, a subject near and dear to the hearts of dull men. A listener phoned in asking whether she and her husband should have separate compost bins. She said she recycles as … [Read More...]

Free haircuts – – – for tall trucks – – – “11foot8.com”

If you tire of "Puddle Watching," here's another live-action video. But this one might be too exciting for you. We can't identify with the drivers. We follow the age-old saw: "The Joys of Watching a Bridge Shave the Tops Off Trucks" in the Wall Street Journal: The truck ignored the … [Read More...]

Excitement in Newcastle: “Puddle Watching”

Had enough of watching paint dry? Then go to Newcastle upon Tyne where watching people deal with a puddle has become a spectator sport. The puddle blocks a pathway in the city centre on the way from Jesmond station to the centre of Newcastle. Richard Rippon, when watching out his office window at … [Read More...]

Shocking news from Isle of Man: M&S’s “Luxury Extremely Chocolaty” biscuits are actually custard cream

'They're a bunch of cheapskates': Man claims luxurious M&S biscuits are really just custard creams in a chocolate disguise" in the Daily Mail. Advertised as "Luxury Extremely Chocolatey" biscuits, it turns out that's not the case. Peter Marshall from Ramsey n the Isle of Man discovered this … [Read More...]

Spreadsheet for choosing wife — from Paul McKenna

The news over the weekend about Paul McKenna using a spreadsheet for choosing his wife caught our attention. We like spreadsheets. We love constructing them. We love reading them. We'd like to read a spreadsheet for choosing a wife. What are the column headings?  Will Paul make his … [Read More...]

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