World’s Strangest

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What was the oldest message in a bottle ?

A 98-year-old scrap of paper was discovered in a bottle caught in the nets of a Shetland Isles skipper. Far from being a call for help from a shipwrec…

From Cheddar Cheese to Lyme Disease: 26 Things Named After Places

You know the names. You might not know where they came from. Cheddar image via Shutterstock 1. Cheddar Cheese This ubiquitous cheese gets its name from the town of Cheddar in southwest England. Unlike other cheeses named for their town of origin, like Gorgonzola and Parmesan, Cheddar is not covered by a Protected Designation of Origin, which means [...]

Shetland Pony Grand National

YouTube link. This steeplechase features children riding Shetland ponies. Since its inception this yearly series of races, which culminates at Olympia, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity. This year the chosen charity is Great Ormond Street Hospital. Between 50 and 60 jockeys and ponies have travelled the length and breadth of the country during [...]

Combustible Carnivals

The Big Picture has a collection of 22 photographs of European festivals that are built around fire. Stand back, and be sure to wear your flame-retardent pajamas! Today, we have two stories of fiery festivals in Europe, Up Helly Aa, a fire festival celebrated for over 130 years now in Scotland’s Shetland islands, and the even [...]