November 24, 2008

Two for you today

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:56 pm by davidmanning

  • The Victorian term for the slight clacking noise made by knitting needles was ‘kittering’. It featured prominently in ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens.
  • The short-lived Scottish lad mag Baws got sued in 1996 when it held a ‘World’s Weakest Man’ competition as a piss-take on the yearly strongman competition. A 23-year-old multiple sclerosis sufferer name of Gerald Fletcher tried to enter the contest, but was denied on the basis of an unfair advantage. After the suit was settled, Fletcher told the press his attempts at entry were just to shame the magazine for what he called a ‘stupid and bigoted’ contest. He donated his entire settlement to MS research.

Cheers, David.