10 Sep 2012


How romantic .........
A stunning Edwardian wedding dress is about to be auctioned after being kept in pristine condition by the bride's family for more than a century.
But while it may have 
survived being bombed twice by the Luftwaffe and 104 years in storage unscathed, it appears the changing shape of modern women could mean the magnificent, modern UK size 4, wedding dress is never again worn down the aisle. More

They just don't make them like they used to ......
It took a year and ten months to build the warship Sovereign Of The Seas in the 17th century, how long would it take to build a 1:84 model today?
The answer? Two years and seven months – nine months longer than shipwrights took over the original, which was the largest vessel of her time.
It will also cost £804.65 for 135 issues of a new weekly magazine showing how to create the 110cm-long replica of the wooden Navy ship commissioned by Charles I and launched in 1637. More

Perhaps the most ironic article of the week ..... Mars bars = Healthy living?
For two decades, it has been a firm favourite with tourists and peckish schoolboys. But it seems the deep-fried Mars bar is not so popular with the firm behind the key ingredient.
Confectionery giant Mars has written to the Scottish chip shop which created the calorific snack asking them to make clear on their menu that is not ‘authorised or endorsed’ by the company – because it does not meet its ‘healthy’ image. More

Wanted ..... Someone with time on their hands!
Her majesty Queen Elizabeth is looking for a  horologist to care for more than 1,000 watches and clocks at Buckingham Palace. (I'm presuming time wasters need not apply - PW) More

Hmm, Interactive gravestones?
Traditional graveyards here in England are being transformed through
technology with interactive headstones providing a revolutionary way for people to remember their loved ones.
Quick Response (QR) codes on gravestones can be scanned by smartphones to open up online biographies of the dead person. More

The best of British ..... Cat Art.

Now in its 32nd year, the annual exhibition of British 'Cat Art' is dedicated to cats both realistic and fantastic. To see more pictures click HERE

Strange! ..... not one of the Geordie men I know would be caught dead plucking their eyebrows.
Geordies including TV presenters Ant and Dec (pictured right) are among northerners who seem more concerned about keeping their good looks than men down south.
Vain Geordie lads buy more male beauty products than any other Brits ...... with Newcastle men forking out the most on tweezers to pluck their eyebrows. More

Thanks but I think I'll keep on taking the pain killers ......
Violent video games in which players have to shoot enemies can actually be good for people, a university has claimed  - after discovering the games gave people a higher pain threshold.
A study at Keele University found that 40 volunteers were able to stomach pain for 65 per cent longer after playing violent 'first person shooter' games, than those who had played a non-violent golf game.
Participants played both the violent and non-violent game on separate occasions for 10 minutes and then placed one of their hands in ice-cold water to test their reaction to pain. 
On average, participants kept their hands in the icy water for 65 per cent longer after playing the violent game, indicating that playing the game increased the participants’ pain tolerance. More


Kelly said...

An interactive gravestone?? What will they think of next?!

Arti said...

The most interesting was about interactive gravestone's!! What are we coming to, I wonder?
Have a happy week Tracy :)

Jeannie said...

The wedding dress - there are dresses in the ROM in Toronto that are tiny like that - I'm sure that we are better nourished now than then - and all year round too. I wonder the age of the bride then too - almost certainly much younger than today's. Thing is, young people today are considerably larger than even when I was young - my daughter is fairly tiny - shorter than me but with a similar body shape - yet she could not wear the clothes I wore even after having my first baby. What's quite amazing is that I was not considered "tiny" at all in those days - just fairly normal.

Suko said...

The cat art is wonderful! As for the rest of the post, it is amusing and interesting, as usual.

NRIGirl said...

"Is that all?" is all I can say...

Shooting Stars Mag said...

that is really weird about the pain tolerance and violent video games...hmm...

And interactive gravestones? I'm not sure I'd want that. LOL


Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Mars bar is healthy???

I can see the reason for the QR code, but it's speculated that it may not be popular soon... so then what? :)

I'm also guessing that the participants for the pain study were all men? LOL

Trac~ said...

Very interesting stuff today! Will read up on this more when I get the chance. Thanks for saying hello on my blog this morning! Have a great rest of the day! :))

Ryan said...

I want one of thos headstones! Thanks for stopping by earlier, and it's nice to meet you :-)

The Golden Eagle said...

When I read "interactive headstone" I first thought they'd used some kind of touchscreen . . . not just a QR code. :P

Jenners said...

I never quite know what I'll read about here … I like that!!

DMS said...

I don't know where you find these fascinating reads! The gravestone is interesting- I wonder if it will take off. Also- I had to laugh at the Mars bar article. I have yet to have a deep fried candy bar- but I hear they are delicious.

Alexia561 said...

I can't get past the fact that Mars thinks the Mars Bars have a healthy image! :o

GMR said...

LOL on the "healthy image"...hello? It's a candy bar. Not too much health factor involved....just chocolatey goodness. *shakes head* Though I want to shake my head at the interactive headstone idea, I'm actually sort of intrigued. It'd make a great history or genealogical project, no?

naida said...

Interesting post Tracy. Interactive gravestones? That's high tech.

fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

The battered Mars bar, seems to be a particular delicacy up in Scotland and they can jolly well keep it there! You wouldn't catch many of us more discerning 'Southerners' within a million miles of one!!

Hubbie is into all the high tech 'augmented reality' stuff (yes it really does have a name ). We have QR codes on just about everything that moves and he could see the benefit of putting them on gravestones, long before it ever came out on the news!

My least favoutite of your snippets, was the cats and to be honest, I just scrolled straight over that one. My fear of cats must have spread far and wide across the blogosphere by now!!.

Great fun, as always,


Betty Manousos said...

goodness me, interactive gravestones? what will they think of next?!!

interesting post, interesting reads, interesting stuff, tracy.

big hugs!


anilkurup said...

Interactive tomb stones?
We have decides to never let the folks RIP.?
As usual you have good specials on Monday post