History’s Greatest Badass

A romping great account of the life of Teddy Roosevelt makes us all wish our presidents still fought bears and practiced judo in the White House basement under Japanese masters. Even if they do still, technically, win Nobel Prizes. Quora – Who is history’s greatest badass, and why?

Categories: History

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXVII

And now: Tennis! I barely know these people and even I think that’s hilarious.

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Someday I’d Like to Understand What Any of This Means

I’m reading about the Queen’s entry in today’s Epsom Derby (her horse came in third). All this “ten-to-one” and “half past four” talk. I wish I could rattle along like that. Think of how meetings would go, eh?

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A Tale of Two Philanderers (or Three)

So, we Americans are being told that it’s perfectly awful for Ryan Giggs’ affair to be made public because he has children. Why won’t somebody think of his children. Never mind that he’s famous and with fame comes the ability to send his children to school on private jets, and maybe he ought to have […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Tree Climbing For the Future

Telegraph – Children ‘getting weaker because they don’t climb trees’ Dr Sandercock said: “This is probably due to changes in activity patterns among English 10-year-olds, such as taking part in fewer activities like rope-climbing in PE and tree-climbing for fun.” “Typically, these activities boosted children’s strength, making them able to lift and hold their own […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Footballer Sues Internet

…Is the news of the day. Some unnamed but very married football star who has a superinjunction preventing newspapers from naming him got named anyway on Twitter (no I didn’t bother looking it up) by an anonymous account. So of course he is suing Twitter. And of course his lawyer told him “Yeah we can […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

This Doesn’t Seem to Be Okay

Delaware in the news: Wheat & Weeds – White Men Can’t Jump By Local Statute I thought we were supposed to get the country moving to fight obesity and basketball in particular keeps kids out of trouble. And all those big pointless East Coast front yards have lost any sort of usefulness. Just water the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Peter Recommends CXXXI

Apparently that’s VW’s upcoming Superbowl ad. I like this. If all the companies start releasing their Superbowl ads on YouTube early, it saves the rest of us from having to actually watch the Superbowl. Superbowl! …Just cuz I can’t usually use that word in my other writing job. Superbowl Superbowl Superbowl!

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This Too Isn’t a Cricket Story Either

Brett McS sent this to me. He thought it might have rather a broad audience, round these parts (ahem, Red)… Tim Blair – SIDE THAT DECLINES An era of unusual dominance is at an end. Supporters now despair of ever seeing their team win again. Truly, this has been a summer of shattering disappointment for […]

Categories: Science and Nature

THIS IS SO DANGEROUS

/outraged (/but still impressed)

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Tally Ho

The Sunday Times – The capture of Britain’s largest recorded fox confirms fears that the animals are getting bigger and bolder as they adapt to suburban life *cough*

Categories: Science and Nature

Gentlemen, Start Your Braggadocio About Next Year

The Times – Melbourne Cricket Ground (fourth day of five): England beat Australia by an innings and 157 runs It was six minutes to noon, on a glorious Melbourne afternoon, when Tim Bresnan, an honest Yorkshire toiler seemingly transformed over the last two days into a latter day Frederick Sewards Trueman, produced the wicket that […]

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The Following Isn’t a Cricket Story Either

Shane Warne! And Liz …Hurley? The unlikely pairing of the Estee Lauder “spokesmodel” and the Australian spin bowler was exposed by a Sunday newspaper. They were photographed kissing in the foyer of the Sake No Hana restaurant in St James’s, central London, where they had dined with Hugh Grant, Hurley’s ex. The following day the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Happy Halloween!

October surprise! Boo!

Categories: Sports and Leisure

And Now: Baseball

(A passing mention about Stephen Hawking in a newspaper column made me Wiki him to see if there are any photos of him before he got sick which made me read up on his illness which made me read up on Lou Gehrig. Gawd I lurve Wiki.) Apropos of nothing at all, here’s the equivalent […]

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