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Daft Stuff: 8


Ten questions to test your general knowledge and a bit more


1 Robert Leroy Parker and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh were better known as whom?

2 How many species of worm are there in the UK?

3 How many countries are there in Africa?

4 I’m a Serbian-American engineer – what make of car did I create?

5 What was first sent on December 3 1992?

6 What road improvement did Percy Shaw invent in 1934?

7 How many dimes are in a US dollar?

8 For which art movement is Roy Lichtenstein best known for?

9 A yew tree in Fortingall, Perthshire, is in the Guinness Book of Records for what reason?

10 What substance is produced in a ginnery?



1 Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid. 2 Twenty-seven. 3 Fifty-four. 4 Tesla (I’m Nikola Tesla). 5 The first text message. Presumably received as well. 6 Cats’ eyes. He saw how effective they were when he caught an approaching cat in his headlights. It’s said that if the cat had been walking the other way, he would have invented the pencil sharpener. 7 Ten. 8 Pop Art. 9 It’s the oldest tree in Britain. 10 Cotton. A gin is a machine for separating the cotton from its seeds.



Some wag has added to this warning sign – and who’s to say it detracts from the original message? In fact, we think it emphasises the danger. The danger of having a picnic on the beach, that is.


Although this bike has been pictured outside a Tyneside pub, it’s strictly speaking not ‘Beer And Bikes’. But what-ho? It’s claimed to be carrying wine but what’s hanging from the crossbar looks awfully like whisky to us. A reviver after a long climb, perhaps – it’s certainly been well dug into. Whatever way you look at it, it’s an ingenious piece of kit. Full marks to the inventor.



Scotch whisky is made from barley and the morning dew on angels’ nipples.


Warren Ellis, graphic novelist


…with his dog Towser and says to the barman: “See that daft old bat across the street there, talking to her cat? She’s under the impression the cat understands every word she says. She’s bonkers. We’ve just had a right laugh about it, haven’t we Towser?”


Spring is fast approaching, according to the daffs and the crocuses, so peel off those winter layers and get into pub mode. They can’t do without you. And if you bump into any of the Meet And Drink crew, they might even buy you one of those things on the left. All you have to do is sidle up and whisper “Hello Towser”.

See you next time, same place –

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