Where did the whole vegan thing come from? I always figured it was a 1970s thing, or maybe it went back to Berkeley in the early 1960s. According to the Vegan Society, the non-dairy/egg-free vegetarian craze began in London back in 1944. That was not a fun year to be in London, what with the aerial bombings and rocket attacks. Here's what they said in the very first issue of their newsletter:
That freedom has now come to us. Having followed a diet free from all animal food for periods varying from a few weeks in some cases, to many years in others, we believe our ideas [...]
The things you learn from Twitter. I signed on to Twitter two weeks ago. (Because you're supposed to now?) And so far it seems mostly like a way for me to write stuff in public which I will feel stupid about ten minutes after writing. I don't really know whether to go the "Hey, read this important news article" route, or the "I like green Tabasco sauce better than red Tabasco sauce" route. (Judging from the importance of the information in this post so far, I should probably stick with Tabasco.) But you do learn interesting stuff from Twitter. It is, if nothing else, a very fast-flowing stream of [...]
"A Blackpool art gallery has been branded 'tasteless' for featuring a crazy golf hole depicting Adolf Hitler." —You're not kidding! There is absolutely no challenge to that hole. I'm offended as a fan of both art and miniature golf.
Did Adolf Hitler fake his suicide by using a body double who was shot in the the head and then escape by plane and submarine to Argentina where, with U.S. government complicity, he and wife Eva Braun raised two daughters and lived out the rest of his days until he died in 1962 at the age of 73? Uh, sorry, I'm usually pretty relaxed about these things, but I'm gonna have to go with "no" on this one.
"The forerunner of them all was Rolf, an Airedale terrier who 'spoke' through tapping his paw against a board, each letter of the alphabet being represented by a certain number of taps. He was said to have speculated about religion, learnt foreign languages, wrote poetry and asked a visiting noblewoman 'could you wag your tail?' The patriotic German dog even expressed a wish to join the army, because he disliked the French." —Attend the tale of Tier-Sprechschule ASRA, the Nazi school for superior dogs, one of whom "was said to have uttered the words 'Mein Fuhrer' when asked who Adolf Hitler was."
"As speeding tickets go it was just one of thousands handed out in the 1930's as the car took over a once provincial Germany and the autobahns opened the country up to the common man. But the man who received it was no ordinary motorist." Just guess who he was! GUESS!
The Wales domicile that bears an apparent resemblance to the 20th century's most genocidal tyrant has taken the Internet by storm, reports the Sun. But who noticed the similarities in the first place? Step forward youth worker Charli Dickenson, 22: "I walk past the house all the time – but I'd never noticed the Hitler likeness before. But then, at the weekend, I was in the car with my boyfriend and we were stuck in traffic – and I just said to him: 'That house looks like Hitler'. We both laughed about it. I took a picture and posted it on Twitter." And thus a legend was [...]