Monday, May 21, 2012

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men attended a rally in New York on the dangers of the Internet and how to use modern technology in a religiously responsible way

"A religiously responsible way"? What is that suppose to mean?! ... That they can only send emails and text messages to God and the Tooth Fairy?

They'd better not hold their breaths while they're waiting for a reply! There is no God; only the Tooth Fairy LOL!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Former foreign secretary (Lord) Douglas Hurd has attacked the government's plans to introduce VAT on church renovations. He claims that the religious institution already has "a raw deal" ...

Well, Douglas, I'm sorry to upset the fantasy world you live in where people like you worship an invisible entity called God and a mythical, European-looking man with long hair and a beard commonly known as Jesus who supposedly lived 2000 years ago, but here goes:

Religious institutions, with their fantasy doctrines, brainwashing techniques, rip-off promises, money-grabbing trickery and oppressive, sexist, homophobic rules and beliefs, have been giving stupid, gullible humans a "raw deal" for at least 10,000 years.

It's payback time!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cousins marrying cousins in Bradford ...

11 years after the Bradford riots, George Galloway put the city back in the spotlight a few weeks ago when he won the local elections for the Respect Party.

Now Bradford is hitting the headlines again for a quite different reason.

The following is a BBC article by Winifred Robinson. It's worth reading:
Bradford's cousin marriage boom
Human chromosome 1, SEM
Cousin marriage doubles the risk of passing on recessive genes
The tradition of marrying a cousin is becoming more entrenched among British-born Pakistanis living in Bradford than it was a generation ago, writes Winifred Robinson.
This has been the surprise finding of the Born in Bradford research project . It's a huge long-term study of 14,000 mothers and babies in the city, the largest ever undertaken in the UK. Half of the families in the project are Asian.
Cousin marriage has important implications for health because marrying a cousin increases the risks of passing on genetic disorders. Bradford has three times the national rate among children for disabilities including deafness and blindness.
Globally, cousin marriage is practised by an estimated billion people, according to Professor John Wright, who is leading the Born in Bradford research project. It yields considerable social benefits - particularly in ethnic groups, where it is traditional for women to live with their in-laws.
"People marry cousins because it means you are coming into a family where everybody loves you," Professor Wright says, "and there are economic benefits of keeping land or other assets in the family".
 We've nearly all been married to cousins in our family and we didn't know this condition existed. 
Ruba, whose son has I-cell disease
Most of the people of Asian origin in Bradford come from the rural villages of Mirpur in Pakistan. Families in Bradford are still arranging marriages and choosing brides and grooms among their extended family back home - one in four children in the study had a parent brought over for marriage.
The problem with cousin marriage is that it doubles the risk of passing on the recessive genes that lead to abnormalities. Cystic fibrosis is the one we all know about, where two healthy parents carry a recessive gene for the condition.
"If a cousin has a genetic variant that causes a disease and marries a cousin with the same genetic variant, then there is a one in four chance that the children will have that disease," Professor Wright explains.
On the face of it the risk is not great - a 4% risk of having a child with an abnormality if you marry a cousin, compared with 2% among the general population. But with repeated cousin marriage, the risks stack up in families with sometimes devastating results.
We met Ruba who is 23. She has two children Alishbah, aged two and Hassam, aged four. Ruba was 18 when she married her second cousin. Her children have I-cell disease, a rare disorder which has prevented them growing and developing as they should, from the start.
"It was a real shock to me when he was diagnosed," she says, "I didn't even know what it was, we've nearly all been married to cousins in our family and we didn't know this condition existed. I was looking at him thinking he's still my son and whatever he's got I'm going to love him.
wedding ring
Globally, cousin marriage is practised by an estimated billion people
"He's delayed in development mentally and physically, he can't walk or sit up on his own. He is prone to chest infections and all his bones are abnormal, they're not the right shape. He's got narrow air ways and so it's difficult for him to breathe and he's on oxygen at night - last night I had to get up three times for my daughter and nearly every hour for my son. It's getting harder and harder to look after both of them."
Ruba has been told her children's life expectancy is short - seven to eight years. She met another woman in Bradford with a son who died at nine months from the same disease… there was another child born with the condition when her daughter was born.
The Born in Bradford researchers are determined that theirs should be an applied health research study with results leading to better services. "Everything we do gets translated into practice so that our work on congenital anomalies has led to a city register for these children and also a Yorkshire register," Professor Wright insists.
Professionals working with couples like Ruba and her husband hope that in the future they wlll be able to provide better genetic screening and advice for couples who want it.

Ever seen the movie Freebie and the Bean? A Brazilian guy has ... and he even tried to imitate one of the scenes! (LOL) ...

A 25-year-old man from Sao Paulo in Brazil had a miracle escape when he lost control of his red Peugeot, flew over a gully and ploughed into the second floor of a house.

Eight people, including five children, were reportedly sleeping in the apartment at the time, but incredibly no one was injured.

Firefighters rescued the driver (who had no driving license) by lowered him to the ground with a rope.

It makes you wonder what speed he was doing!

Watch the scene from Freebie and the Bean. The car flight is in the last two minutes of the clip:

Money down the drain: The total cost of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations could reach £3.6bn. It's a bloody disgrace! ...

According to the Department of Culture Media and Sport, the total cost of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations could climb to £3.6bn, a large percentage of which will be due to financial losses resulting from much of the country taking an extra day off work during a bank holiday weekend that will run from 2 to 5 June. 

This equates to four whole days where most of the UK population will do sweet bugger all except watch a group of very rich people (namely royals and their pals) doing what they do best: sweet bugger all!

At this point, you'll be pleased to learn that the royal family is currently touring the Commonwealth to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and that (as noted by the Treasury) an "extra £1m has been added to the royal household's budget for the extra visits and events".

Hey, it's only £1m! We didn't need it anyway (shit!).

So what will this absurd, out-dated and disgracefully costly extravaganza entail?

Well, it will begin with an equestrian pageant at Windsor Castle in May for which 500 horses from all over the world will be flown in.

Performers will include Inuits from Canada, cowboys from Oklahoma, presidential bodyguards from India, Cossacks from Russia and Huasos from Chile. 

Oddly, the Queen will only attend on the last night: May 13 ... After all, just because it's the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, doesn't mean that she has to attend every event! Give the poor woman a break!

But the highlight of the celebrations will be the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on Sunday 3 June. 

This will comprise 1,000 decorated private boats from the UK and the Commonwealth, all of which will be led down the river by the much-publicized 'new' royal rowbarge, Gloriana, a £500,000 jubilee gift to the Queen underwritten by Lord Sterling.

But this is where it all becomes even more nonsensical. You see, the royal family itself will not even ride in the Gloriana. Instead, the Queen will ride in the existing royal barge, The Spirit of Chartwell. Work that one out!

The £12m cost of the jubilee pageant will apparently be funded by private sponsorship and donations, but this does not include the cost of policing the events (probably the largest security operation ever staged in London). 

The day after the pageant, the BBC's jubilee concert will take place on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

As usual, such regulars as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Shirley Bassey and Annie Lennox, be performing.

And to top it all, 2,000 beacons will be lit in the UK and around the world to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign.

What a disgraceful waste of money!

But it doesn't end there. 

Local councils will spend around £550,000 on their own celebrations, and the Royal Boroughs of Windsor and Maidenhead are going to install a Jubilee fountain and monument at a cost of £157,000.

Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, said, “Councils up and down the country are wasting public money on these celebrations whilst simultaneously cutting jobs, which is hard [I suggest 'impossible'] to justify. All of this pageantry will come at a huge cost to the public for no return and it will have a negative impact on the economy. Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of our supporters will be going down to the banks by the Tower of London to protest against the pageant.”

Recession? What recession?

Unemployment? What unemployment?

Poverty? What poverty?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

6-year-old girl handcuffed by police for throwing a temper tantrum at school (look at those eyes!) ...

Salecia Johnson of Milledgeville, Georgia, USA, may be only 6 years old, but the temper tantrum she threw at school involved tossing books and toys around the classroom and knocking over a small shelf which hit the principal of Creekside Elementary School injuring her leg.

For good measure, she also jumped on a paper shredder and tried to break a glass picture frame.

(Makes you wonder what a paper shredder was doing in the classroom in the first place!)

The school called the police, but when Salecia wouldn't calm down, she was handcuffed and taken to the police station.

Salecia’s aunt, Candace Ruff, said: “We would not like to see this happen to another child because it's horrifying. It's devastating.”

The police have (quite rightly, in my opinion) defended their actions by saying that their response to Salecia's 'tantrum' was a ‘safety measure’.

Unfortunately, this is the sort of behaviour that many teachers have to put up with in the classroom these days.

It sounds to me like this particular little shit has a serious anger management problem and is lacking a good dose of old fashioned parental discipline!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Independent newspaper claims that some Adidas Olympic shoes and clothing are being produced in Indonesian factories where workers have to toil for 65 hours a week in terrible conditions ...

But should we be surprised?

Of course not.

Why do you think that so many multinational companies choose to manufacture in countries like Indonesia?

Because labour is dirt cheap, workers are treated like shit, labour laws are slack or non-existent, and no one is checking.

A spokesperson for the London 2012 Olympic Organising Committee said that they are "taking the allegations extremely seriously".

"We have spoken to Adidas and they have assured us that they are investigating these allegations, the conclusions of which will be made public."

So let me get this straight: Adidas is investigating itself?!

That's absurd!

But should we really be surprised?

Of course not.

Check this out:

The following is a complete article from You should read it.

Sixty big name brands continuing to use sweatshop labour

TESCO, MARKS AND Spencer and Next are among the retailers coming under fire in adamning report by the International Textile Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation.
The lobby group examined the working conditions for 100,000 workers in 83 factories across Indonesia, Sri Lanka and The Philippines  in order to assess how the workers who supply western retail chains are treated.
The report found that massive brands like Adidas, Converse, Abercrombie and Fitch, Victoria’s Secret and Billabong are “routinely breaking every rule in the book when it comes to labour rights”. A huge number of high street chains and sporting goods retailers are named in the report – there are 60 brands named in all.
The report found that no factory in the three countries examined paid a living wage to all of their workers, and that some are below the legal minimum wage for that region. Forced overtime is also a common practice. The ITGLWF says that the report’s findings “indicate that widespread violations and abuses of workers’ rights continue to be the norm in the industry”.
The report identifies that many of the factory workers are not members of unions, for fear of having their contracts terminated. In Indonesia factories had taken “anti-union measure” in order to interfere with unions’ activities. The numbers of workers on short term contracts were as high as 85 per cent in some factories.
The study found that young women working in factories in Sri Lanka were told that their employers would prefer if they did not marry, and that some factories carried out pregnancy tests as part of the recruitment process.
Ashling Seely, ITGLWF spokesperson told that such a large number of brands and retailers are named in the report that they won’t be approaching them individually, because the findings indicate that industry wide solutions are needed. She says that the factories involved were not identified by name because “less responsible” brands have pulled out of factories in the past after being named and shamed. She says:
We held a multi stakeholder meeting in Sri Lanka at the end of March and Nike, Columbia Sports, Next and Marks and Spencers attended and examined some findings relating to Sri Lanka. Adidas have pledged to write to their suppliers saying they want their workers to have the right to freedom of association.
Seely says Adidas didn’t quite endorse trade unions, but that it is a step in the right direction.
The ITGLWF is criticising big brands for spending billions on corporate social responsibility audits of factories, but failing to notice the problems highlighted in the report. Seely says:
Brands spend $60 billion conducting audits, but they’re not done by people with an intimate knowledge of the factory. You can walk into a factory and see that there have been improvements in child labour and health and safety, but it’s the unseen problems that need to be addressed.

The 60 brands named in the ITGLWF report:

Monday, April 9, 2012

A group of disgusting Manchester University students have trashed a cross-Channel ferry during a drunken rampage ...

What was I saying a few posts ago about brainless, drunken students at UK universities? Well here's further evidence that something drastic needs to be done to stop this disgusting behaviour:

About 200 students from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University wrecked the P&O ferry 'Spirit of France' during a crossing from Dover to Calais last Sunday.

The students - who were on their way to a skiing trip in the Alps - had been drinking before they got on board and then trashed the vessel during a mass brawl. Some of these yobs even exposed themselves to other passengers and ferry staff.

The situation on board got so bad that all other passengers had to be taken to a cordoned-off exclusive lounge for their own safety.

P&O ferries has quite rightly refused to transport this group of disgusting hooligans back to the UK on their return voyage and has reported the incident to the police.

If I had my way, I'd put them back on the ferry and then toss them all overboard half way across the Channel.

Even better, make them walk the plank in shark-infested waters!

A P&O spokesperson said that customers and staff on board the ship were "appalled by the students' aggressive and lewd conduct".

"Aggressive" and "lewd". That just about sums up the behaviour of far too many university and college students in the UK. 

In fact, at the risk of over-generalizing, it just about sums up the British, full-stop!

Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester were apparently (surprise, surprise!) not available for comment.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

In his last Easter sermon as Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams will warn against "downgrading" religious education in secondary schools. Britain's most senior Roman Catholic, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, will also urge Christians to wear a cross to symbolise their beliefs. The Tooth Fairy will be present on both occasions to lend her support. Blessed be the Tooth Fairy! All hail the Tooth Fairy! ...

The Tooth Fairy

(photo courtesy of

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Pope Benedict (bless his gold-braided socks) says that those threatened by unemployment and other economic woes should draw courage and strength from the suffering of the crucified Jesus Christ ...

Give me a moment. I'm having trouble finding the right  ...

Okay ... I've got it ...


Friday, April 6, 2012

Although Britain is among the most secular nations in the world, David Cameron arrogantly refuses to recognize the separation of church and state ...

At an Easter reception in Downing Street, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, dared to overstep a line that even the Jesus-loving Tony Blair wouldn't go beyond: He quoted from the Gospel of Luke while speaking of 'we Christians' and welcoming the Christian 'fightback'!

What Christian fightback? What the hell is he talking about?!!!

He also said that 'the values of the Bible, the values of Christianity, are the values that we need'.

I'm so pissed off right now that I can hardly write.

How dare this deluded, insulting nincompoop include me - an atheist - in his perverse religious rantings!!!

Being religious does not guarantee that a person is decent. Far from it, in fact. A great many religious people are spiteful, vindictive, sadistic, masochistic, sexually disturbed, selfish, money-grabbing bastards (not to mention that you have to be seriously devoid of intelligence to believe in, worship, and devote your life to, an invisible entity that inhabits the same fantasy realm as the tooth fairy).

And what about all those priests and vicars who sexually abuse kids? They should be removed from the food chain.

But even more worrying than Cameron's intentionally tactless comments is the fact that with only 8 hours to go before closing, a Guardian newpaper poll appears to indicate that 58.4% of its readers are in favour of a modern prime minister openly espousing Christian values, while only 41.6% are against this atrocious behaviour.

I despair!

I really do!

But all hope is not lost ...

According to research carried out by, would you believe, the House of Commons in 2012, "if trends continue, the number of non-believers is set to overtake the number of Christians by 2030.

"Christianity is losing more than half a million believers every year, while the count of atheists and agnostics is going up by almost 750,000 annually".

So stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr Cameron!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Universities in the UK will be given control of A-Level exams (no, it's not a joke) ...

The government has announced that UK universities will get control over A-level exams to ensure that students have the right knowledge and skills. 


If the exams were dumbed-down before (which they were), they're sure as hell going to be even more dumbed-down now!

But in the end, what does it really matter? After all, the only thing that a very large number of university students in the UK are good at is getting completely drunk!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

So that's it! Britain will soon have its very own Patriot Act. Be very careful! You are being watched! ...

In 1949, George Orwell published his dystopian novel '1984' about an imagined state called Oceania where everything is bad and society is ruled by the oligarchical dictatorship of the Party. 

Airstrip One (London) is a province of Oceania where war is unceasing, government surveillance is everywhere and mind control is achieved via a political system known as English Socialism (IngSoc).

But even the powerful 'Inner Party' elite who oversee IngSoc are controlled by the god-like Party leader 'Big Brother' who regards all individuality and reason as a crime.

Posters of the dictator with the words 'BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU' can be see everywhere, and 'telescreens' monitor the private and public lives of the population.

And now it's going to happen for real in Britain!

According to the BBC, the government will soon begin monitoring telephone calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK. Internet companies will have to allow GCHQ - the Government Communications Headquarters - access to communications on demand and in real time.

Could this be an April Fool's joke?

I fear not.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Academic standards at UK universities on the decline ...

I suspect that a high percentage of my students have walnuts for brains.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This is so utterly, utterly, utterly wrong! ...

The manager of Stoke City football club, Tony Pulis, avoided a driving ban today (a ban he so richly deserved) when his lawyer put forward the extraordinarily absurd argument in court that if Pulis were to lose his driving license, it could result in the club being relegated and this could affect the livelihoods of the people who have invested in it.

Fuck me!

The man was clocked doing 96 mph in a 60 mph zone, and as he already had 12 points on his license, he should have received an automatic driving ban.

But as we (and Mr Bumble) know, the law is an ass and doesn't always apply to rich fucks like royalty, rock stars, movie stars, sports stars, politicians and, it would seem, managers of football clubs.

Pulis earns around £1m a year and could easily afford a chauffeur, but he claims that a chauffeur might discover club secrets and leak them to competitors.

Ever heard of taxis, Tony?


People who earn £1m a year can afford to buy cars with sound-proof partitions.

This guy didn't just take his own car for a high-speed ride, he also took the UK legal system for a high-speed ride, and the judge (who should now be sacked) let him off the hook with a miserable £2,500 fine (even though Pulis now has 15 points on his licence and should not be driving on public roads where he is obviously a danger to others).

And just to add salt to the wound, Pulis's top-of-the-range BMW didn't cost him a penny. It was given to him by Knights, a local motor dealer.

Can you fucking believe the cheek of it!

For the record, I'm not against rich people who have earned their riches honestly or won millions on the lottery. I'm against rich people being allowed to bend the law and walk away scot-free when ordinary, less privileged people would have the book thrown at them.

It's a fucking disgrace!

(Photograph: Barry Coombs/EMPICS Sport)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What should and shouldn't be news? ...

I feel as bad as the the next guy that Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during a match a few days ago, and I'm truly delighted that he's pulling through. The thing is, I hate football and I had never heard of Fabrice Muamba until the media went completely over the top (as it does in the UK) and decided that Muamba's misfortune should be brought to our attention morning, noon and night.

Look at yesterday's news headlines from Yahoo UK. Three of them are about Muamba, one is about another footballer who, again, I've never heard of before, and a fifth is about a stabbing incident at a boxer's home (which I actually couldn't care less about). This means that half of yesterday's headlines were devoted to events relating to sport.

Isn't there a sport's section for that kind of stuff?

School Shooting Gun Same As Other Attacks
School Shooting: Hunt For Gunman And Motive
Bolton Player Muamba 'Starts Speaking'
NotW 'followed murder probe police'
PM sets out transport network plans
Premiership Stars Visit Muamba In Hospital
Man Admits Making Racist Muamba Tweets
Man Arrested Over Stabbing At Boxer's Home
Bid to block NHS reforms fails
Star distraught after father dies

As I said earlier, it's great that Muamba is on the road to recovery. I wish him and his family well and I hope that one day soon he will be able to lead a normal life and play football again. But should the fact that other footballers are visiting him in hospital really be headline news? I think not. After the main event, this is the sort of information that only sports fans would find interesting.

I'm also (naturally) sorry that another footballer is distraught because his father died, but I'm baffled as to why the media should think that this is an important news item (or even a news item at all).

And why the hell do they call him a "star"?

It's really quite bizarre!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

There are no words to describe this appalling act ...

The U.S. soldier who is accused of massacring 16 villagers in Afghanistan this week is Staff Sergeant Robert Bales.

A veteran of four tours, he apparently walked off his base in southern Afghanistan on Sunday and shot dead 16 civilians, including nine children and three women.

Surely someone must have noticed that he was about to blow.

Why did no one say anything?

That's him on the left with the stupid grin on his face!

Sick bastard! (literally)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pussy Riot In Jail (no, it's not what you think!) ...

Two members of the Russian female punk band, Pussy Riot (yes, 'Pussy Riot'!), have just been jailed for praying to the Virgin Mary to deliver the nation from Vladimir Putin.

Apparently, the band seized the pulpit in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral and chanted "Mother Mary, drive Putin away." (LOL)

The girls were immediately removed by security guards and two of them were arrested on charges of hooliganism. They face up to seven years in jail.

Putin, who is now President for the third time, said that the performance was "unpleasant for all believers".

"Believers" in what? Him or the Virgin Mary?

The band achieved notoriety in January for performing an anti-Putin song in Red Square.

Church and state are separate in Russia, but the Russian Orthodox Church (like all fairy-story-lovin' religious bodies around the world) claims to set moral guidelines for society (assholes!).

This has quite rightly caused a great deal of concern among atheists in Russia.

(Adapted from a report by the Associated Press)


Get this: According to Yahoo Lifestyle, in the USA, the Food and Drug Administration allows for “natural defects” by permitting a certain amount of bugs and rodent hair to be present in food products. For example, chocolate products may contain an average of 60 insect fragments and one rodent hair per 100g, while citrus fruit juice can contain one maggot per 250ml.


(Photo acknowledgement: Times Photos: Chef Gracer slices water bugs at the Richmond food fair. These six-legged creatures have four times as much iron as beef,29307,1809649,00.html#ixzz1p6CFBU49)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What on earth ... !

Surely there's no way that any of these stooges could actually beat Obama and become President of the United States, is there?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

He's just had a holiday in Belize; now Prince Harry has begun a tour of Brazil. Who the fuck is paying for all this?!

So he's third in line to the throne! So what!

Now that his Diamond Jubilee (what the fuck!) tour of the Caribbean has ended, the royal playboy is having a 3-day 'holiday' in Brazil, which is apparently intended to foster closer relations between the two countries.

According to Sky News, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office asked him to promote British interests in Brazil. This can only mean that the UK tax payer is footing the bill yet again.

Recession? What recession?

Friday, March 9, 2012

Useful to know: Women who have just finished ovulating are better at detecting snakes than at other times of their menstrual cycle

Nobuo Masataka of Japan's Kyoto University has just  wasted a great deal of money (only in my opinion, of course) testing healthy women of child-bearing age at three different phases of their menstrual cycle.

Mr Masataka, on the other hand, obviously believes that his research is worthwhile. After all, women in their menstrual cycle often run into poisonous snakes during the course of their day. It's one of those hazards that you simply have to get used to when you go shopping at your local supermarket.

The test involved showing the women nine pictures: one, a snake among flowers, and the others, only flowers.

Masataka wanted to know how quickly the women could spot the snake.

Apparently, the ones who spotted it the fastest were those in the 'luteal' phase of their menstrual cycle - the stage that immediately follows ovulation.

Masataka believes that his study supports theories that we have an in-built "fear reflex" (I knew that without spending a small fortune on pointless research).

In other words, humans have an innate response to threat signals such as poisonous snakes, lions, tigers, stampeding elephants, shop assistants and religious people (especially Jehovah's Witnesses and Creationists).

The paper was published on Thursday in the British journal Scientific Reports.

(Adapted from an AFP article on Yahoo News: Hisss and hers: 'When women are best at spotting snakes')

Thursday, March 8, 2012

BREAKING, EARTH-SHATTERING, LIFE-CHANGING, SLEEP-DEPRIVING NEWS: Prince Harry names a new road in Belize after his grandmother

No Picture?


Because despite what the press would have us believe, very few people - even monarchists - really give a fuck!

Yet another birthday boy: SPAM ...

This week celebrates 75 years since the sale of the first can of Spam in 1937.

In the 1940s, it gained popularity as a convenient and economical source of protein. These days, it's seen as an incredibly tasty, but pretty unhealthy, chunk of processed junk food.

I love it!

(Photo acknowledgement: Kimberly Whitaker at

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

And now for something completely different: Oreo celebrates its 100th birthday ...

Yes, Oreo - the best selling cookie in the USA - is a century old.

This is how it happened:

In 1898, several baking companies merged to form the National Biscuit Company (NaBisCo), and in 1902 they created Barnum's Animal cookies.

In 1912, Nabisco came up with the idea of a cookie made with two chocolate disks and a creme filling in between. It was the first Oreo cookie and it looked very similar to the Oreo cookie of today except that lard was used in the original filling (yuck!). Since 2006, all classic-format cookies have been made with non-hydrogenated vegetable oil.

And how did the unusual name come about?

No one at Nabisco knows. Some think that it derives from the French word for gold, 'or' (the main color on early Oreo packages). Others think that it comes from one of the early hill-shaped test version of the cookie ('Oreo' is the Greek word for mountain). It's also possible that the word was created by combining 're' from 'cream' and placing it between the two 'o's in 'chocolate' - making 'o-re-o' (but I think that's pushing it a bit).

Regardless of how it got its name, over 362 billion Oreo cookies have been sold since it was first introduced in 1912, and they can be bought in over 100 countries around the world.

The excellent photo above can be found at in the 'Living' category. If the photographer sees this, please leave a comment so that I can acknowledge you.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A McDonald’s Chicken McNugget said to resemble George Washington has sold for $8,100 (£5,134) on eBay

The philosopher Harry Frankfurt claimed in a recent book that “one of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit".

Even Friedrich Schiller, 200 years ago, despaired that “against stupidity, even the gods contend in vain”.

In a nutshell, the world's biggest problem is idiocy.

Now some brainless dickwad with more money than sense has bought a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget that supposedly (judge for yourselves) resembles George Washington for $8,100 in an Online auction.

Friggin' moron!

May it rapidly rot into a ball of mould!

Athletes warned not to shake hands ... (absurd!)

Apparently, the British Olympic Association's chief medical officer, Dr Ian McCurdie, has ordered British athletes not to shake hands (either before or during the 2012 Olympic Games) in case they catch a bug that could ruin their chances of taking part or winning a medal. He believes that athletes could easily pick up a harmful virus in the "stressful environment" of the Games.

The Dog's Cojones says: Despite its undeniable benefits, the Internet has already created a generation of socially inept morons who hide themselves away for hours (if not days) at a time while they lose themselves in the murky, social-networking world of roleplay (including ultra-violent gaming) and false friends. Now we are being told that shaking hands will make us ill. Maybe we should also hold our breath when we get too close to other people. In fact, why don't we just wrap ourselves in cocoons and cut out physical contact altogether!

Britain: the ultimate nanny state!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay, lesbian and bisexual charity Stonewall, said: "Our strong advice to anyone who disagrees with same-sex marriage is not to get married to someone of the same sex." In my opinion, probably one of the most intelligent comments ever :)

'Sunflower Seeds' by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei bought by Tate Modern for a ridiculous, undisclosed sum of money ...

... and this happens while millions of people all over the world are starving to death. What a perverse species we are!

I don't give a damn if Prince Harry has just visited Belize! I'm sick and tired of financing the fun and games of the super rich - namely the British royal family!

Such a shiny, happy face ... and he's all dressed up in his military fancy dress costume.