Genetically Modified Organisms
Jul19

Genetically Modified Organisms

Everyone knows that genetically modified foods are bad for you, right? I mean, they must be because non-governmental organisations such as Friends of the Earth say so and just look at their name! They’re “friends” of the Earth for flip’s sake and “friends” never get things wrong or lie, do they? It’s very easy to believe “friends” and other NGOs, and it’s very easy to...

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The Blood Countess
Jul09

The Blood Countess

Elizabeth Báthory lived in the late 16th and early 17th century in Hungary and she wasn’t a nice person. Hence the nickname of The Blood Countess. She was accused of some quite horrific crimes but the Rejected Princesses website doubts whether she was guilty of them at all, instead preferring that she was a dominant woman in a period of history when she needed to be. So no, she was not warm and cuddly. I absolutely believe she...

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The War Of 1812
Jul02

The War Of 1812

From the Smithsonian website comes this interesting account of the war of 1812 which cemented United States’ independence from Britain. They’ve been regretting it ever since, poor things. As the article explains here in Britain the War of 1812 isn’t that large a part of our history simply because we were more engrossed with defeating Napoleon at the same time. By contrast, the British historiography of the War of...

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Soccer Is Running America Into The Ground
Jun21

Soccer Is Running America Into The Ground

“Soccer is running America into the ground, and there is very little anyone can do about it.” So starts an email to blogger Avicenna who then proceeds to pick apart the preposterous points raised by “an overworked teacher” in the post I Get Mail – How Soccer is Ruining ‘Merica. The arguments made by the teacher are the typical fare you’d expect from someone who doesn’t know what they’re...

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Alien Erotica
Jun14

Alien Erotica

Via The Toast and the mind of Mallory Ortberg is a fantastically funny piece of Erotica Written By An Alien Pretending Not To Be Horrified By The Human Body, featuring instantly recognisable yet unarguably disgusting acts of sexual intercourse such as: They licked one another as if they were food, but they were not food. And: Some sort of gel emerged. AJ Batac liked this...

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How Portsmouth Might Have Been
Jun03

How Portsmouth Might Have Been

Via http://www.lukestubbs.com/index.php/78-blog/83-portsmouth-s-1970s-roads-plan comes this short article showing off the road plans for Portsmouth in the 1970s discovered while searching for references to famous Pompey landmark, the Johnson & Johnson Roundabout (not a roundabout; no Johnson & Johnson building; but those of us of a certain age know where it is). For me, at least, it’s quite weird to see what might have...

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