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The Mandela Effect: because it’s easier to assume alternate universes than faulty memories

One of the things I love the internet for is its conspiracy theories. My absolute favourite is this one, where James Cameron’s career is interpreted in the light of his role as a key weapon in the battle between good and evil Masons…

Who is (or was) Balustrade Lanyard?

'Do not stand by my balustrade and weep, my lanyard is not there, it does not sleep.' pic.twitter.com/R7frG5Fyyj — Nick Barlow (@nickjbarlow) May 19, 2015 Many people come here seeking the truth about Balustrade Lanyard – the man, the myth, the lanyard –…

Clare Balding, Duchess of Cambridge

The Radio Times have discovered some shocking news about the Royal Family. In the Christmas issue during the interview with Miranda Hart, they casually drop this bombshell: Yes, unbeknownst to all of us, Clare Balding’s career was even more remarkable than we imagined.…

Bad Tory electoral ideas, numbers 23 and 24

It’s a well-documented phenomenon in British politics that the Conservative Party Conference is where some of the oddest ideas in British politics go to get an airing. As Political Scrapbook points out, there are many made ideas getting out into the open this…

Why Cambridge is different

Because they have headlines like this in their local paper: Former wife of lion tamer was running brothel There’s a huge story there, but I’m not sure if it’s for a supporting character in the Fenland version of Northern Exposure, or the central…

The perfect script

Here’s some movie news: Atlanta Nights, by Travis Tea, has been optioned for a film. The book was created in 2004 as part of a sting operation by members of SFWA against the publisher PublishAmerica. After the book was accepted the the hoax…

An odd turn of events

From what I can tell, this is how it happened: First, someone working at ITV News forgets that they’re logged into the work Twitter account, rather than their personal one, and tweets: “Nigella Lawson is nowhere near as attractive as she thinks she…

Emperor Norton

“Everybody understands Mickey Mouse. Few understand Hermann Hesse. Hardly anybody understands Einstein. And nobody understands Emperor Norton.” (Principia Discordia) A conversation last weekend reminded me that not many people know the story of Emperor Norton, even though many of you will have seen…

The rise of the real nutters

For us politics junkies, The Thick Of It is essential watching and one of the treats of this election campaign has been Jesse Armstrong’s Malcolm Tucker columns for the Guardian (warning: contains language liable to offend the offendable). And while it’s amusing to…

In other news, the White House is now located in Wisconsin

This is real: Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor, co-wrote an academic article entitled “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” in which he argued that the government should stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via “chat rooms, online social networks,…

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