Before I started reading the books, I grew up watching ‘Herge’s Adventures of Tintin’ on TV. The animations were serialised in five minute slots before the ITN tea-time news. It was an edge-of-your-seat, what-will-happen-next kind of series, one guaranteed to have me tuned in the following night. I guess it was how I also came to watch so much news when just a wean.

Though I liked Tintin, it was Snowy who was my favourite – the always brave, ever faithful Terrier. And when my brother and I visited our grandparents, we would play our own adventures of Tintin up-and-down the back green, with a little help from Grandma’s poodle as Snowy.

My brother was Captain Haddock, and he knew most of his cuss words, which was most impressive. Now you can generate your own Haddockian Insults too, with this Blistering Captain Haddock Insult Generator.

Give it a try and increase your naughty nautical vocabulary.
With thanks to Surbhi Goel


If you’ve had one of those days when a shrug of the shoulders and a long drawn out sigh is not enough, then you need to hit the Star Wars Instant ‘Noooooooo’ Button.

Try it here.

Now, doesn’t that feel better?

With thanks to Maria Guimil


In Italy, for thirty odd years, the image has been controlled by one man. TV-magnate and Presidente Silvio Berlusconi has influenced the content of commercial television in a way never before done in Italy. His TV-channels, with their young skimpy-clad girls, are seen by many to mirror his own taste and personality.

In Videocracy, Italian-born director Erik Gandini portrays the consequences of a TV-experiment that Italians have been subjected to for 30 years. Gaining unique access to the most powerful media spheres, he unveils a remarkable story, born out of the scary reality of ”TV-Republic” Italy.


With thanks to Jai Bia

The waxed moustache of Surrealist painter Salvador Dali has been voted the most famous, according to a survey of 14,144 British men, conducted by MSN HIM.

Hulk Hogan’s handlebar moustache came second, and Albert Einstein’s whiskers third.

Of his moustache, Dali once wrote:

“Since I don’t smoke, I decided to grow a moustache – it’s better for the health. However, I always carried a jewel-studded cigarette case in which, instead of cigarettes, were carefully placed several moustaches, Adolphe Menjou style. I offered them politely to my friends:

‘Moustache? Moustache? Moustache?’

“Nobody dared touch them. This was my test regarding the sacred aspect of moustaches.”

The top 10 Most Famous Moustaches are:

Salvador Dali (24 per cent)
Hulk Hogan (18 per cent)
Albert Einstein (13 per cent)
Friedrich Nietzsche (12 per cent)
Charlie Chaplin (11 per cent)
Freddie Mercury (11 per cent)
Daley Thompson (4 per cent)
Bruce Forsyth (3 per cent)
Jimi Hendrix (3 per cent)
Ian Botham (1 per cent)

Worldometers are live real-time world statistics on population, government and economics, society and media, environment, food, water, energy and health.

Check Worldometers out here.



Via Anne Billson

A taste of some rare Chinese pop, lounge, go-go, psych and jazz grooves from the 1960s and 1970s.



This animation by Isao Hashimoto shows the number and spread of nuclear explosions carried out between 1945 and 1998. During that time, there have been 2053 nuclear detonations across the globe.

America conducted 1,054 nuclear explosions, between 1945-92. These tests took place mainly at the Nevada Test Site and the Pacific Proving Grounds in the Marshall Islands. There have been 10 other tests in the US at various locations, including Alaska, Colorado, Mississippi, and New Mexico.

The Soviet Union conducted 715 nuclear tests between 1949 and 1990, mainly at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan and the Northern Test Site at Novaya Zemlya. Other locations include, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.

France conducted 210 nuclear tests between 1960-1996.

Britain has held 45 tests, mainly in Australian territories.

The People’s Republic of China conducted 45 tests.

India conducted 4 tests.

Pakistan conducted 2 tests.

Leonard Nimoy sings The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. Hm…and, going by the picture above, Big Foot appears to be one of Spock’s adoring fans.

With thanks to Nick Zedd

Montgomery Clift was one of the leading actors of his generation, and was described as “the most beautiful man in movies.” This fascinating short documentary by Nicola Black, examines how the various illnesses, ailments, addictions and the after-effects of a near fatal car-crash shaped Clift’s life and career. With interviews from Kenneth Anger, Barney Hoskyns, Patricia Bosworth and Kevin McCarthy.

View Post Mortem – Beautiful Loser here.

John Lennon, 1966
Incredible footage of The Beatles from a 1966 concert at the Circus Krone in Germany. These four youngsters look young, unblemished, and at the cross-over between experience and knowledge. But even in these short clips its John’s band and he is their leader – the one who had the drive to get The Beatles to the “toppermost of the poppermost.”

With thanks to Thomas Barney Koester