Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Fun (with extra good news)

Another week ends and another weekend begins. For some it's the half-term holiday. Teachers get to relax (hah), kids get time away from teachers and parents get to rediscover why they like kids being at school.

First up, a Free Shop in Wrexham has boosted the local economy. Goods are donated to the shop and anyone can come and take what they want. It's crazy, but most people treat it properly.

Now for the odd news stories, and first up is a video of lightning hitting St Peter's Basilica not long after the Pope announced his resignation. To the other side of the globe now, and China's craze for building odd-shaped skyscrapers has resulted in a pair of trousers being built. Now, how about a light bulb that lasts for 130 years?

Non-video news now and I'll start with every man's dream: a penis that grows back. Trouble is, the genitalia in question belong to sea slugs.

An ambulance crew was sent out to a body in a car. A member of the public noticed it had been there for some time, but when they arrived it turned out to be a mannequin. How many capital cities has England had? Quite a few. Winchester and London are the two most famous, but the Lincolnshire city of Gainsborough was the capital for five weeks in 1013. Must be one of the shortest runs in history.

Lastly a couple of pieces for all you writers out there. What the web is doing to fiction, and what writer's really earn.

Now the moment you've all been waiting for...PICTURE TIME. (And shame on you if you didn't follow a single link above)

And with that I bid you adieu and wish you a fabulous weekend.


Al Diaz said...

well, I did follow the sea slugs link. Interesting to know the things some creatures can leave behind. :)

Julie Luek said...

I'm a sucker for pictures with puppies or babies. :) Happy Friday to you!

Rena said...

Love the pictures of cranky cat. Happy Friday!

Martin Willoughby said...

Al: Kinda yucky too.

Julie: Most people are.

Rena: That cat is a star.

Fran said...

I'm ashamed to say that I laughed out loud at the bacon poem. This is my kind of warped humour.

Martin Willoughby said...

Fran: You're not alone. I did too.

S Gallagher said...

Very interesting article on what authors *really* get paid. Not much, apparently.

Great pics, as always. :)

Martin Willoughby said...

SG: Sad but true. It does explain why so many authors wait until they have several books under their belt before becoming full time writers.

Milo James Fowler said...

Thanks for the chuckles, Martin. Apparently, I was paid enough last year to be taxed on it this year. Both good news and bad, I suppose!

Martin Willoughby said...

Milo: Being taxed means you're doing well. Enjoy it.

Kelley Lynn said...

Oh taxes. Fun, fun, fun.

Almost as fun as that Cheetos dog :)