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28th, February News

How Buzzfeed took eight years of messing around to own #thedress

You read about #thedress? You might ahve read about it on Buzzfeed. The site scooped got 27 million pageviews for #TheDress. How did they do it? Well, it's not that easy. Paul Ford explains that what looks like a simple post is the result of years of trail, error, money and fun.... More »

28th, February Money

Max-Hervé George might be the world's richest man if Aviva acknowledges his existence

"Dear god almighty, you’ve got to read this," writes Tim Worstall. He links to a story on the FT about Max-Hervé George, 25, who has taken on insurance company Aviva France. ... More »

28th, February News

10 reasons why became Mohammed Emwazi became Jihadi John

So. Why did Mohammed Emwazi become Jihadi John? How deos a "humble" schoolboy in a pink jumper became an alleged seriel killer and snuff movie star? More »

27th, February News

Homeless man caught in $5 police drugs sting sentenced to life imprisonment

In the USA, a man who agreed to buy $20 worth of marijuana for a stranger in exchange for a $5 finder's fee has been arrested. The $5 was marked note. The deal was a police sting... More »

27th, February manchester united

Manchester United injury balls: Robin Van Persie is out for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks

Football balls: whan a player is injured the media goes into overdrive. They love it. Manchester United's Robin Van Persie has poorly ankle. But how long will be out for?... More »

27th, February Sports

BBC pundit Robbie Savage is forced to seek refuge in his Bentley

Robbie Savage, the Match of the Day pundit - your tax pounds at work, readers - has escaped a driving ban.... More »

27th, February Technology

Women in science: everything 'manned' is now robotic on the feminist internet

Rose Evelth has news for woman in science... More »

27th, February The Consumer

These 'Lil' Lager' baby bottles are great for toddler pub carry outs

Why you need to decant beer into a bottle was beyond me until one of the crew at Anorak Towers said that not all pubs do draught beer carry outs. If your baby hasn't finished their pint - and those eyes are bigger than their tum-tums - they can tip the dregs into this handy 'Lil Lager' bottles... More »

27th, February Strange But True 2

Watch a car robber knock himself out when his brick bouces off a window

“At first I didn’t know what had happened, this was about 1am and we were just finishing up and heading home I seen this guy lying flat on his back with blood pouring from him, so naturally enough my partner and I went over to help him.," says Gerry Brady, owner of the Pheasant pub in Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland... More »

27th, February Strange But True

Life is imitating Laurent Chéhère: house flies away

Life is imitating Laurent Chéhère, whose “Flying Houses” are "reconstructed houses appear to float in a silvery sky". In Klamath County, Oregon, a 1,200 square foot house has vanished. Did it fly away? Sheriff Frank Skrah tells media: "We had a complete home stolen. This isn't a motor home, this isn't a mobile home and this is a 'home... it was on the foundation you see it on now." More »

27th, February Arsenal

Transfer balls: Arsenal reduce transfer budget by £30m to get Paul Pogba

TRANSFER Balls: a lolok at utter drivel being presented as football fact in the mainstream mdia. Today we look at the Daily Express' story of "Arsenal's £50m spree"... More »

27th, February News

The West groomed Jihadi John because Muslims have no self control

WE know that The man known as Jihadi John is one Mohammed Emwazi. Lest you be unable to muster your own thoughts on the man who accused of murdering seven foreign hostages, other have spoken.... More »

26th, February Strange But True

Moscow man wakes up to find his testicles have been stolen by organ traffickers, just like Chicago

Dmitry Nikolaev says he was chatted up by a young woman in a Moscow bar. He says they had a drink. And a sauna, as you do. Then he blacked out.... More »

26th, February Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Liverpool and Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne wants to play for Arsenal and Manchester United

Transfer Balls catches news of Wolfsburg winger Kevin De Bruyne, 23. The BBC notes that the player "says he would be open to a Premier League return"... More »

26th, February News

Do more BBC journalists than Muslims have sympathy for the Charlie Hebdo terrorists?

Charlie Hebdo now has a print run of 2.5m. The Daily Telegraph, Daily Express and other newspapers whose journalists are undervalued and underpaid (surely content providers - ed) may worry that sackings and short contracts will be escalated to more drastic staff-cutting profits-raising measures... More »

26th, February Key Posts

ISIS seduced Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana with a free Chelsea teddy

By now the faces are familiar. Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, all from London, travelled to Istanbul on 17 February to join Islamic State. A source says the teens made it to the Turkey-Islamic State border and "Abu Ali with his men received them on the other side."... More »

26th, February Celebrities

Facebook autofills Cliff Richard's' description on official profile to include the 'police'

As Chris Applegate says: So Facebook now autofills celebs' descriptions on official profiles, which can lead to unfortunate juxtapositions... More »

26th, February News

Jihadi John is British ex-pat Mohammed Emwazi (Tulisa is away)

The mask peels up. And we can refvals that the lunatic known as Jihadi John is Mohammed Emwazi... More »

26th, February Arsenal

Arsenal balls: fans find a cardboard Arsene Wenger table topper in their matchday programmes

In readiness for Arsenal's Champions' League match against Monaco, fans buying the official matchday programme got a free gift: a press out and keep Arsene Wenger figurine... More »

26th, February Arsenal

Transfer Balls: Sami Khedira joins Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich

Transfer Balls: the Daily Express has news on Arsenal, Chelsea and Sami Khedira... More »

26th, February Celebrities

Jimmy Savile and his brother raped the living and dead in Stoke Mandeville

Jimmy Savile, formerly Sir Jimmy Savile in life, is all over the news. The Sun says "Savile abused 63 people at Stoke Mandeville hospital"... More »

26th, February News

Forget Tebbit's cricket test: foreigners take the white van penis challenge

When you see a dity car do you feel you impelled to draw a penis on it? If you do you might well be British.... More »

26th, February Celebrities

Cliff Richard: sex, sinners, Kaddie fiddlers and a desire to bury the singer alive

Cliff Richard - still Sir Cliff Richard - is on the front page of all the tabloids.... More »

25th, February In Pictures

Artist creates candid scenes of Marvel superheroes

Artist and photographer Edy Hardjo has candid shots of superheroes at home.... More »

25th, February In Pictures

A look around Aspen Colorado's swanky Silverpeak Apothecary cannabis shop

To Aspen for a look around the Silverpeak Apothecary, purveyors of "locally farmed, expertly crafted and socially responsible cannabis", peddled by "artisans with advanced degrees in botany, biogenetics and pharmacology." Everything is reassuringly expensive looking... More »