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April 25, 2014 - Super-size graves for obese bodies

​Sutton Bridge and Wingland Parish Council have drawn up plans for 30 super-size plots close to the road so undertakers don't have to carry heavy corpses too far. Looks like the final journey is just a little too far for some. One-two-three, lift here.

​April 24, 2014 - Binge drinking linked to overeating

​A new report sates that drinking more than three large glasses of wine can push people over a "tipping point," meaning that they consume about 6,300 extra calories in the following 24 hours...and the next day you forget to exercise as well. See how it all goes wrong here.

​April 23, 2014 - The UK has its first support group for alien abductees

​The UK's first support group for people who believe they have been abducted by aliens has been founded under the name 'The Anomalous Mind Management Abductee, Contactee Helpline. Well, the name certainly sounds foreign.  See if we are alone here.

April 22, 2014 - The postcode at 40

​Postcode locations, finalized in 1974, have been used to reveal the areas with the best and worst in health, crime and employment. A massive Royal Mail study uncovers all - see snippets of it here.

April 21, 2014 - The Queen's most iconic looks

​As the Queen celebrates her 88th birthday the Daily Mail looks at her most iconic looks through the years. It's all about pearls, plaids and hats. Compare your wardrobe here.

April 20, 2014 - Family flee car in lion enclosure

​A day out at Longleat Safari Park proved rather too exciting for one family who were forced to flee when their car caught fire in the lion enclosure. The lions had probably ordered a roast for lunch. See the escape here.

April 19, 2014 - Is France copying Britain and taking to tea?

​The search for an acceptable cuppa in France has historically been long and difficult. Shops and restaurants offer something but it's not really tea...but a tea revolution is beginning. Dare to take a sip here.

April 18, 2014 - Satellite images from space spot Nessie!

​New images from space appear to show that the Loch Ness monster is alive and well. He/she hadn't been seen for over a year but images from Apple's satellite map app show something lurking just under the surface.  Welcome Nessie back here.

April 17, 2014 - Net closing in on Chris the rhea

​A six foot South American bird has taken up residence on a Hertfordshire golf course. Its owner is a former show-jumper and page 3 model - we couldn't make this stuff up. Follow the hunt here.

April 16, 2014 - What was the mysterious black ring in Leamington Spa?

​A video of a mysterious black ring in the sky over Leamington Spa left people scratching their heads and prompting a wave of speculation. Make up your own explanation here.

April 15, 2014 - 'Don't disrespect the supreme leader!'

​North Korean officials demand London barber takes down Kim Jong-un 'bad hair day' poster. It was used to promote a 15% gents hair cut discount but North Korea is not happy about making the leader look silly (more than the hair cut does?). Take a little off the sides here.

April 14, 2014 - Rottweiler dog is given the right to vote in upcoming European parliament elections

​Eight year old Zeus from Stockton-on-tees has been given a polling card after a census mix-up has put him on the Register of electors. See who he'll vote for here.

April 13, 2014 - Amusement park bans men's bare chests

A new 'keep your shirt on' code bans men showing off their 'man boobs' and beer bellies at an amusement park in Southend.  The managing Director wants men to 'show some decorum.' Show yours here.

April 12, 2014 - Hunt for 20 million GBP Easter egg bought by A. Stranger

​One of the most valuable jewels from Imperial Russia could still be hidden somewhere in Britain after a mysterious stranger paid for it in cash 62 years ago. He left his name as A. Stranger. Go on an Easter egg hunt here.

April 11, 2014 - PTSD suffering dog saved by former comrade in arms

Grab a tissue - this'll make you well-up. A bomb-hunting dog due to be put down by the army because of its post traumatic stress symptoms has been saved by a former reservist. She says the dog saved her life in Afghanistan, so it's only fair. See them retire together here.

April 10, 2014 - What's lurking inside the Bank of England's vaults?

​Curiosities are now on show at the Bank's museum in the City of London including test papers for the position of Clerk in which the applicant had to draw a map of Africa...that seems relevant. Lawrence of Arabia's camel bag is also there...or is it? Remember pounds, shillings and pence here.

April 9, 2014 - Land Rover builds an invisible car

​As part of their dramatically named Discovery Vision Concept, Land Rover has made what looks like an invisible bonnet so you can see the terrain below the car while driving - useful at crests of hills etc.  See the cool video here.

April 8, 2014 - The people with 'animal powers'

​By augmenting their bodies and minds to acquire animal like abilities some people are trying to sense a world that most humans cannot experience. This includes Tom Leppard, the Leopard Man of Skye, Scotland. Track him here.

April 7, 2014 - Sinkhole suddenly appears in Staffordshire carpark

One of the interesting things here is that the sinkhole was actually filmed as it grew larger...but more interesting is the number of people who are compelled to go and take a look in the hole.  Peer in here.

April 6, 2014 - Robot mannequin to test armed forces protective suits

​He can run, sit and mimic the movement of a soldier and he's made by our very own Ministry of Defence. But at 1.1 million GBP he may not be going to the front lines just yet. Meet the new test dummy here.

April 5, 2014 - Rare goat-sheep born on Irish farm

What do you get when you cross a sheep and a goat?  Well, it's a geep and it was born on Paddy Murphy's farm (really). It was a surprise to everyone, except maybe the sheep who knew something about it. Come stroll on the farm here.

April 4, 2014 - Falklands: Residents mock Argentina's Nato base claim

​Falkland Islanders have ridiculed the President of Argentina's claim that the Islands house NATO deployed nuclear missiles, saying instead that the objects seen were, in fact, penguins. Tell the difference here.

April 3, 2014 - Man angry with Royal Mail price hikes hires carrier pigeons to deliver post

A businessman angry with the latest Royal Mail price increase has hired a flock of carrier pigeons to deliver parcels.  Admittedly, they are not big parcels (that's the job of the seagulls). See the bird-brained idea here. 

April 2, 2014 - Thrigby Hall nesting storks may end 600 year wait

​A pair of White Storks nesting in Norfolk could be the first in the UK to breed from a traditional nest in 600 years. See professional 'playing hard to get' here.

April 1, 2014 - April Fool's Day - 10 stories that look like pranks but aren't

​Includes Morris dancing as a weight loss program and rats the size of your cat roaming around Birmingham. You can't make this stuff up here.

March 31, 2014 - Upstart British car maker David Brown Automotive reveal the Speedback GT

​It looks like a cross between James Bond's favourite ride and a classic Aston Martin but may be a little pricey, coming in at between 100,000 and 1,000,000 GBP. Place your order here.

March 30, 2014 - No one does comedy quite like the British

​Here's a nice review of true comedy gold: bios and funny bits from the likes of Tommy Cooper, Ken Dodd, Bob Monkhouse and Spike Milligan.  Is this really news? Just go with it - it's a slow news day here.

March 29, 2014 - Clowns say work has dried up as 'cynical public views them as sinister

​It's no laughing matter, Britain's clowns are in danger of dying out. Their numbers are collapsing as spectacularly as their comedy cars. Lean in to smell the flower here.

March 28, 2014 - Giant inflatable whale too religious for London park

​Plans to beach a 50ft Sperm whale in a park by the Thames as part of a Children's event on the theme of Jonah are turned down because of their religious nature...but it had been there before as part of a pirate theme. Get your stories straight here.

March 27, 2014 - Could this village in Greater Manchester be the site of King Arthur's Camelot?

​A new book claims that Camelot could lie beneath a suburban cul-de-sac near Wigan.  Grab a chair and sit at the round table here.

March 26, 2014 - Prison guard finds mobile phone in hollowed out Weetabix

​It was meticulously stashed in a box of hollowed out Weetabix but it didn't get passed those vigilant, and possibly hungry, prison guards. Put a file in a cake here.

March 25, 2014 - Row as Miss Hampshire lives in Middlesex

​Charlotte Giles, 22 wins the regional Hampshire round of Miss England but her opponent has pointed out that the winner is actually from Middlesex. Get your geography straight here.

March 24, 2014 - Weekends no longer adequate, research finds

A new study has found that 48 hours of freedom is woefully inadequate and suggests adding another day or two on to the weekend. Get more things done here.

March 23, 2014 - The fake tan map of Britain is revealed

​According to new figures the future of the North-East of England looks orange.  The bronzing habits of Britain have been revealed - get your lotion on here.

March 22, 2014 - Bank of England champagne bill doubles

​The bank spent almost 8000 GBP on 756 bottles of wine and champagne in 2013 up from 4126 GBP in 2012.  Seems like the good times are back in the lunch room.  Grab a glass here.

March 21, 2014 - Teachers told not to use red ink

​Teachers in Penzance have been told not to use red ink when marking work because it is a negative colour. Teachers have been told to use green instead. Grade this news here.

March 20, 2014 - Left handers are victims of a sinister conspiracy

​Tory MP Sir Peter Luff is campaigning for the rights of left handed pupils. Apparently it's all about right-handed scissors and art and design. Click with your right index finger here.

March 19, 2014 - New one pound coin to be introduced

A new one pound coin will be introduced in 2017 to help in the battle against counterfeiting - but the best news is that it's based on the old 12 sided 3d or threepenny bit.  See your brilliant new pocket change here.

March 18, 2014 - Looking for the return of the codpiece

​The decline of the box or cup would baffle and confound our sixteenth century forefathers - but could they make a return?  For some reason the BBC investigates. Consider the fashion here.

March 17, 2014 - Who was the real Saint Patrick?

​Facts about Patrick's life and work are as misty as Ireland's mountains and mingled with folklore and legend but everyone's pretty sure he was born and grew up in Britain.  Grab a Guinness and read the rest here.

March 16, 2014 - revealed the 101 best places to live in Britain

​The South West, Yorkshire and North-East regions came out with the most places in the top 101 with 15 each, but which town won the title in The Sunday Times survey? Pack your bags and move here.

March 15, 2014 - Jet breaking sound barrier wakes up Aberystwyth

​Many locals thought a bomb had gone off as the ground shook, wildlife scattered and windows smashed from the sonic boom blast.  Spill your tea here. 

March 14, 2014 - British suspected animals of spying for the Germans in WWI trenches

National Archive records have revealed some interesting reports of what happened in and between the trenches in World War I. Poke your head out here.

March 13, 2014 - Sumatran Tiger cubs born at London Zoo

Footage of three tiger cubs born at London zoo has been released. The mother, named Malati, and the three cubs are all doing well which is good news as there's only about 300 of these left in the world. Give a round of applause here.

March 12, 2014 - Manchester beats Liverpool, London and the rest of the world for the most 'selfie' photos

​Mancunians have put the city in the world's top 10 for people snapping themselves. Oh dear, such fame. Smile and pout here.

March 11, 2014 - Family forced to flee home after deadly spiders found in bananas

​Sounds like an urban legend, but it just happened to a family in Staffordshire. Nothing worse than eight legged beasties in your fruit. Peer over here with a shoe in your hand.

March 10, 2014 - Sotheby's auctions Nelson's teapot

​Nearly 1000 items from the eccentric collection of a reclusive millionaire have gone to auction including Al Capone's cocktail shaker and a crystal flask from the Titanic. Bid on something special here.

March 9, 2014 - Spring has sprung in Britain

Strange that would be news, but since it's been all doom and gloom, we thought we'd mark the coming of some decent weather with some photos. Feel the warmth here.

March 8, 2014 - Great white shark on path to Britain could be the first to cross the Atlantic

​'Lydia' a tagged 14 foot great white shark is currently 1000 miles off the Cornish Coast and travelling at about 35 mph. she must be looking for a pasty.  Track her here.

March 7, 2014 - Young Scientist, Jamie Edwards in atomic fusion record

A 13 year old boy from Preston has become the youngest person ever to successfully carry out atomic fusion. No, seriously. Duck and roll here.

March 6, 2014 - Britain's secret hoarding habit revealed

In a new survey 8 out of 10 Britons admit to being hoarders with an estimated 2 billion redundant items being held nationally, amounting to 32 things each. Clear out your garage here.

March 5, 2014 - Vikings brought sarcastic sense of humour to Britain

​Claus Grube, the Danish Ambassador to Britain claims that the British gained their sense of humour from the Vikings (from the raping and pillaging?). Trace your sarcasm here.

March 4, 2014 - Was Stonehenge a giant Xylophone?

​That's not a question you hear every day.  With lots of use of the 'rock music' joke this article tries to convince you that it really was all about the notes. Listen in here (I resisted spelling it 'hear.')


March 3, 2014 - The Brit who named America

​A new TV show 'I never knew that about Britain' sets out to prove that Britain invented the Skyscraper, that one of us actually had America named after him and that folding prams are based on Spitfires.  Obviously. Take credit here.

March 2, 2014 - The Parable of the wonky white lines

​An ingenious plan has been revealed on a quiet Dorset street.  It's all about keeping us on the straight and narrow, well...curvy and narrow.  Slow down to read this.

​March 1, 2014 - Container with 11 million cigarettes washes up on Devon beach

A 40 foot long box containing 14 tonnes of fags has come ashore on a Devon beach - police expect the box of matches to arrive shortly.  Inhale here.

​Feb 28, 2014 - Ryan Air to fly passengers to US for under ten pounds

​Here's one to watch - of course, you'll be asked to pay for extras like...a seat and use of the toilet - but it might be worth it. Get on board here.

Feb 27, 2014 - Pony stabled in living room of house in Lewis is removed

​'Grey Lady Too' was moved into a semi-detached in the Western Isles on Christmas Eve 2011 but is now being kicked out of the house - probably left dishes in the sink one too many times. Bring a broom here.

Feb 26, 2014 - Briton gives birth in (or on) New York City street

​Seems like expat Polly McCourt left it just a little late to get to the hospital. Luckily a Fox 5 television crew was in the area to 'catch' everything. The corner of East 68th and 3rd will never be the same. Lend a hand here.

Feb 25, 2014 - Grandfather accidentally pulled grenade pin from ground before shouting 'run!'

​He thought he'd found a silver ring but it was in fact a grenade.  It's an easy mistake to make. His proposal to his wife to-be must have been fun. Run away here.

Feb 24, 2014 - University creates fake pub to study alcohol effects

London's South Bank University apparently couldn't find a local pub to work in so had to build one themselves.  Excellent. Get a round in here.


Feb 23, 2014 - KitKat named most influential candy / sweet of all time

That's what a survey of experts and historians has determined. Find these kind of experts here.

Feb 22, 2014 - No experience needed for miller position for Country's only working tide mill

Applicants are expected to have no prior knowledge - perfect for someone with an "I can do that" attitude. Apply here.

Feb 21, 2014 - Roads closed to bring back 'playing in the streets.'

Dozens of roads are being closed to traffic for up to three hours a week as part of a nationwide drive to bring back playing in the street. Run here.

Feb 20, 2014 - Stuck in a lift? - sorry you'll have to wait three hours

Cambridgeshire Fire Service will now only rescue you from a lift if you've been there three hours or longer...and they won't use the blue lights as they drive to help you - seems a little mean spirited. Press for help here.

Feb 19, 2014 - Pasty help for flood victims

More than 1000 pasries have been sent from Cornwall to Somerset in a project dubbed Mission Cornish Pasty.  The message to flood victims: have a pasty and everything will be ok. Bite here.

Feb 18, 2014 - Police calm angry crowd at Wrexham's 99p store's sale

A half price sale at a 99p store ended badly when the prices were put back up to 99p in mid-sale. Bargain hunters were not amused. Push your way in here.

Feb 17, 2014 - Police called to wedding reception as massive fight breaks out over a pork pie

Tensions began to rise as the savoury snack was thrown across the room. There may have been some drinking involved. Crash the party here.

Feb 16, 2014 - Heathrow airport security brand doll of Toy Story character Woody a terror threat

Security staff at Heathrow confiscated the doll's toy gun to keep the plane safe as nothing resembling a weapon of any size can go through security. Look for common sense here.

Feb 15, 2014 - Women are twice as fussy as men in speed dating

Research has been looking into why men are less picky - answers on a postcard please. Researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Essex reveal all.

Feb 14, 2014 - UK libraries see surge in erotic book borrowing

Here's one for Valentine's Day: The borrowing of erotic fiction has leapt 500% over the past 12 months...or could it be one person borrowing the same book over and over again? Take it home here.

Feb 13, 2014 - UK's most expensive parking space is being sold for 400,000

​It costs 2.5 times the cost of the average UK home but chances are it'll sell easily. Can't help thinking that an on-call driver would be more fun to own. Pull in here.

Feb 12, 2014 - Fears for the Loch Ness Monster after she disappears

For the first time in almost 90 years there have been no 'confirmed sightings' of Nessy. Apparently no one has come forward in the last 18 months to say they've seen the monster. Look deeper here.

Feb 11, 2014 - The least romantic place in Britain is announced

Find out which town replaced Scunthorpe at the 'top of this list. Hull, Bradford and Blackpool also make a 'surprise' showing in the top 10. Visit here.

Feb 10, 2014 - Britain's sexiest farmers turn Britain on to agriculture

Two farmers from the West Country have been voted Britain's sexiest. He's a pig farmer and she's been around cattle her whole life. Apparently farmers are young and hip and don't smell bad. Put your wellies on here.

Feb 9, 2014 - The hourly 'pips' turn 90

The comforting tone of the hourly radio 'pips' endures on the BBC - they are 90 years old - happy birthday, especially you long one at the end! Time you looked here.

Feb 8, 2014 - Motorist fined for parking at a bus stop was actually stuck in traffic jam

​Traffic police must have thought their luck had changed - look three more cars parking illegally...and three more...and three more! Stop here.

Feb 7, 2014 - Renault unveils concept car that launches its own drone

Ok, so this has nothing to do with news from Britain - but it struck us as being so cool that we just had to post it! Buzz over here.

Feb 6, 2014 Assault and buttery trial

A wife has been accused of assaulting her husband with toast and butter. It's a good job they weren't having a full English that morning! Spread it around here.

Feb 5, 2014 - Has the UK truly 'stocked up' on rainwater?

Two years ago the UK was preparing for drought. Now, well it's all a bit wet. Are hose pipe bans still just around the corner or are you doing your bit to hide some flood waters for a rainy day. Sip this.

Feb 4, 2014 - San Salvador Rock Iguanas in socks seized at Heathrow

13 Iguanas have been found hiding in Heathrow's Terminal 5. It's unclear if this is a case of pet smuggling or just extremely dirty laundry. See the travelers here.

Feb 3, 2013 - Marmite TV advert draws widespread (ha..spread!) complaints

​To prove that some of us have, and some of us have not, lost our sense of humour here's important news about my mate, Marmite. Taste it here.

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