Saturday, 10 December 2016

Is Santa Claus Real?

Let's ask Siri...

As anyone who's read 'Santa and the Naughty Elf' by my younger brother, Charles Fudgemuffin, Jr, will know, Santa Claus is very real indeed.  But what does Siri have to say on the matter?  I asked Siri for her opinion on whether Santa Claus is real or not, and as you can see below, she had quite a bit to say on the subject.  We also chatted about a few other Christmas related subjects, so here are a few quotes from our conversation.

1) "Is Santa Claus real?"

First up I asked Siri a question that everyone wonders at one point in their life...

"Hey Siri, is Santa Claus real?"

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Top Selling Toys From Years Gone By (Part 2)

It's only a few weeks until Christmas, so that means it's time for part two of my nostalgic trip down memory lane as I look at more toys found on lists to Santa from years gone by.  Once again, I've included the decade when the toys were first released, or the decade when they first achieved popularity, but of course the best toys are timeless, so don't be surprised if you associate some of these toys with a different era...

1950s - Slinky

Loved by kids around the world for its period of oscillation,
according to Wikipedia.
The simplicity of the Slinky toy made it a hit through the generations, and it's still going strong today.  In fact incredibly, over a billion Slinkys have been sold worldwide since it was first invented!  I could list any number of interesting facts about Slinky, but here's one from Wikipedia':

Due to the forces of gravity, a Slinky bunches up at the bottom because:

    p(n) = L(n-1)^2

Fascinating!  And did you know that the period of oscillation of a dangling slinky is:

    T = 2/pi/sqrt{/frac{m}{k}}

Wow!  Amazing!  Although to be honest, that one was fairly obvious, so it probably didn't need pointed out.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Book Reviews (Part 16)

Books by Douglas Adams, Stieg Larsson, David Nicholls and HÃ¥kan Nesser.

It's time for another batch of book reviews as Charles Fudgemuffin offers his opinion on books from the genres of humour, mystery and suspense, romantic comedy, and crime...

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
by Douglas Adams

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams – 4.5 / 5.0

I’m a big fan of Douglas Adams so I was pleased to discover within a few pages that Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency has that unmistakable unique Douglas Adams sense of brilliant weirdness about it.  Although primarily a comedy book, it also features the sort of imaginatively creative off-the-wall science fiction ideas which Douglas Adams crams into all of his novels.  Although Dirk Gently is maybe not quite in the very same league as The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy books, this is nevertheless still a very enjoyable book so if you’re a fan of ‘Hitchhikers’ then it’s a pretty much safe bet that you will also love this book.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Creative Labelling

Surprising ingredients and percentages.

Previously on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog I've taken a look at silly slogans, and supermarket signs, labels and vouchers, and this week's blog post has a very loosely related theme, as I look at some creatively labelled food products.

'Strawberry and beetroot.'
The clue is in the name ... or is it?

1) Strawberry And Beetroot

First up is a 'strawberry and beetroot smooshy snack' which I have to say was delicious, but what would you guess was the main ingredient in this strawberry and beetroot smoothie?  Strawberries perhaps?  Maybe beetroot?  See if you can guess from the multiple choice list of options below...

A) Strawberries
B) Beetroot
C) Organic apples
D) Other stuff

That's right!  As you'd expect from a strawberry and beetroot smoothie, the main ingredient was of course organic apples, making up 70% of the ingredients!

To be fair, it did also include organic strawberries (20%) and organic beetroot (5%), as well as organic raspberries (5%), but 'strawberry and beetroot' does seem a bit of a strange choice of name for a drink containing 70% organic apples.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Crime Doesn't Pay: A Collection Of Crime Themed Short Stories

A new book from Charles Fudgemuffin

'Crime Doesn't Pay'
Sound advice.
It's been almost a year since I published my last book 'Santa and the Naughty Elf'*, but my next book is finally ready for publication.

* Strictly speaking, 'Santa And The Naughty Elf' is by Charles Fudgemuffin’s younger brother, Charles Fudgemuffin, Jr, but his writing style is curiously similar to Charles senior.  Hmm…

The book in question is 'Crime Doesn't Pay' and it's a collection of crime themed light-hearted short stories.  This is the list of short stories which are included:

1) Is A KitKat A Chocolate Bar Or A Biscuit?

2) Walk Again

3) The Cashier Who Didn’t Work Saturdays

4) True Freedom

5) The Puppet Master

6) The Absence Of Fear

7) Wagon Wheels, Star Wars Memorabilia And The Nice Ham

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Funny Things Kids Say (Part 3)

Hair transplants, dinosaurs, and tennis goggles.

Dinosaur, pictured on his wedding day...
(See below.)
My previous blog posts on the theme of 'funny things kids say' always seem to get a lot of page views, so here's another round-up of 'kidisms'.  The following are taken from real life, twitter and facebook, with twitter links included where appropriate, and to start things off here's one example where kids take things literally...

1) Hair today, gone tomorrow

Here's one from the paper...

Daughter: "Mammy, why have I got brown hair and you've got blonde hair?"
Mother: "It's cos you got your hair from your dad."
Daughter: "Oh, so that's why he's bald!"

Saturday, 29 October 2016

10 Real Facts That Sound Made Up (Part 2)

Or strictly speaking, nine real facts that sound made-up and one that actually is made up.

Back from the dead.
A Dagenham & Deadbridge fan.
This week's blog post features another round-up of strange sounding facts, but once again I've included one fake 'fact' in the list.  See if you can guess which one it is...

1) Premature condolences

Back in 1993, non-league football side Congleton Town FC were forced to cancel a minute’s silence to mourn the death of the club’s oldest fan ... when the allegedly dead fan walked into the ground!

2) "Hmm, how much wrapping paper do I need?"

In the early days of the US Parcel Post Service, at least two children were sent by post.  This prompted the Postmaster General to issue a regulation making the sending of children in the mail illegal.

About The Author

The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.  The first book in the series is available from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

As with all Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.

Please note, the 'How To Save The World' books contain material suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.