9,000 half-naked men fight for sacred sticks

Clad in loincloths only, 9,000 men grapple with one another in the annual battle to be the owner of a pair of lucky sticks. It might sound rather wacky, but the Hadaka Matsuri festival is a sacred and eccentric tradition in Japan which sees half-naked men vie for the ownership of the wooden sticks, called … [Read the full story]

Wasp vs Bee – who would win?

A pair of amateur Attenboroughs have managed to capture the viciousness of the natural world in an amazing video which shows a wasp and bee battling it out to the death. The footage shows what the cameramen describe as an ‘epic battle’ between the two insects. The 27-second video shows the wasp gradually overpowering its … [Read the full story]

Anecdotal thoughts of Jim Aborwhear

I experienced a relatively rare emotion today…enthusiasm. At lunch over a coffee I was discussing cabbages and Kings with a colleague of mine. For some reason we were discussing the history of warfare and meandered into the ancient world, specifically the Spartans. I recalled that the word “laconic” was related and was rather pleased that … [Read the full story]

Breakthrough test for Ovarian cancer has emerged

A major breakthrough in the battle against female cancer, with the emergence of a single test to detect three different types of the disease. Based on the existing smear test for cancer of the cervix, it also checks for the disease in the ovaries and the womb. The test is under development by scientists in … [Read the full story]

Anecdotal thoughts of Jim Aborwhear

A highly successful start to the day as Sigurdsen Noforskinsy, whose quaint Norse sayings and homespun philosophy made him very popular…unfortunately ruined, when a member of staff brought in some pickled herrings. It ended messily with a hat stand being wielded with the Berserker intensity of a battle axe. I’ll have to cross that one … [Read the full story]

Dead Mates – Lest We Forget

Dead Mates Going to war on a hot summer’s day, To battle on the shore of Gallipoli’s bay. Battling the enemy they’re feeling fine, When the enemy thinks they’ve crossed the line. The enemy’s blow is like a fist of metal, The dreaded pain like a stinging nettle. The mates you’ve made while coming here, … [Read the full story]

Battle Mug – have a coffee, then shoot someone

Staying awake during commando surveillance operations has never been easier – thanks to a coffee mug that comes with three military-spec scope rails. The Battle Mug, made by U.S firm OpticsPlanet, is clearly the meanest looking mug on the planet, especially when it’s carrying its full complement of hardware. Made from a block of aluminium, … [Read the full story]

Will there be another war?

Years ago my grandad told me he crossed the world to do battle. Later my dad told me he crossed the world and he also did battle. They went to help their mates fight the Germans…and they won. Today the Germans are again dominating Europe. Not with soldiers, but with cash. The French all elegance … [Read the full story]

Did you know that?

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, … [Read the full story]

Dope smoking Dutch soldiers ignore orders to help Aussies

While investigating the history of Afghanistan, I discovered the problems other great powers had in trying to defeat these wild hill tribesmen. From Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan, and the military powers of the British Empire and the vast strength of mother Russia, and of course lately the USA. All of them defeated Afghans … [Read the full story]

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