Saturday, 15 December 2018

Top Ten Christmas Lists: Toys

As Christmas quickly approaches, it's time to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with another look at some of the best selling toys from decades gone by.

Some of the top selling toys from recent years don't seem to have the instant recognisability of toys from when I was a kid. So if you're like me, and toys like a 'Nerf Demolisher' and a 'Toot-toot Animals Safari Park' mean nothing to you, then take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with the following selection of the most popular best selling toys from Christmases gone by*1.

*1 Source: The Evening Chronicle website.

Popular in the 1960s and still going strong.

The 60s

1) Remote control cars
2) Etch-a-sketch
3) PlayMobil

Remote control cars seem pretty unremarkable nowadays, but when they were first released, apparently being able to control a miniaturised car without the need for wires to be attached was regarded as a really impressive achievement.

The popularity of etch-a-sketch must have lasted long after its original release, as I can remember having an etch-a-sketch many years later. At the time it seemed like a really cool toy, but looking back it was an extremely impractical idea - having to draw a blocky picture by turning a couple of knobs - and it looks pretty antiquated nowadays compared to the Playstations and Xboxes of today.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Cool Words From Around The World

I feature words on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog quite often ... every week in fact! Every blog post is filled with words and photos!

But what I mean is that from time to time I like to take a specific look at cool words from around the world, so this week it's time for another round-up of cool words from around the world...

Look at all those 'toes of the hand'!
Editor's note: "Charles, you've got it the wrong way round.
It's fingers of the foot, not toes of the hand."
Charles: "I know, I was just being stupid. Sorry."

1) Foot fingers

The Italian expression to describe a toe is 'dito del piede' which literally translates as 'finger of the foot' which is a very cool way to describe your toes!

2) Tartle

I'm very bad at forgetting people's names, so I tartle quite a lot. That's because 'tartle' is a Scottish word which means to hesitate when introducing someone because you’ve forgotten their name.

So just to make things absolutely clear, to tartle means to, er ... well, it means ... er, obviously tartle, er ... is a word, er ... and it's meaning is, er ... well...

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Wikipedia vandalism

According to the misery guts at wikipedia, the term 'wikipedia vandalism' refers to:

Real life vandalism is sad,
but wikipedia vandalism can be funny!
"The act of editing the project in a malicious manner that is intentionally disruptive."

To all normal people though, 'wikipedia vandalism' refers to:

"Editing a wikipedia page for a bit of a laugh!"

Here are a few examples of wikipedia vandalism malicious intentional disruption...

1) Batman

One of my favourite examples of wikipedia vandalism is perhaps also one of the most childish. It's an edit which was made to the Batman page...

I've highlighted the relevant text in yellow.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Controversial questions (part 2)

Here at the Charles Fudgemuffin blog, we're not afraid to ask controversial questions, so this week it's time to shine the spotlight on controversial subjects once again, as we take a look at polarising topics such as sandwiches, tomato ketchup, and of course no article on controversial questions would be complete without a discussion on toilet rolls.

But to start things off, let's ask...

A sandwich.
To cut or not to cut, that is not the question.
The question is how to cut.

1) Should sandwiches be cut into rectangles or triangles?

I have to admit I generally don't bother cutting sandwiches at all, and if I'm feeling really lazy I don't even bother putting butter on my sandwich!

However, as I discovered when I recently raised the subject at work, for many people the topic of how to cut your sandwiches can be a very emotional subject.

But which side of the fence to you sit on?

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Fawlty Tea Rooms

Basil Fawlty is one of the all-time classic soap sitcom characters, and during his time as manager of Fawlty Towers, be came out with some great insults. Here are some insults directed at his wife Sybil:

"My little piranha fish."
"Sybil has spent a hard day slaving under the hairdryer."

"Why don't you have another vat of wine dear?"

"My little piranha fish."

"Why don't you syringe the doughnuts out of your ears?"

When Sybil is trying to remember if she has forgotten anything: "Handbag, knuckle dusters, flick knife?"

When Sybil is going out in the car: "Don't drive over any mines or anything!"

After Sybil complains of having a difficult day: "Oh Dear! Did you get entangled in the eiderdown again? Not enough cream in your eclair? You didn't have time to perm your ears?"

However, it appears that Basil may have a real life rival, if the replies to some of the reviews of The Well Walk Tea Rooms on Trip Advisor are anything to go by.

Before I get to the replies, I should point out that The Well Walk Tea Rooms has an overall rating of 4.5 stars, so any negative reviews are very definitely in the minority. Anyway, check out some of the replies from the manager...

Saturday, 10 November 2018

True or false: Weird national days (part 2)

I've featured Weird National Days before on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog, and as I often like to recycle ideas, here's another batch of weird and wacky national days.

However, once again, to test your wits I've also included a few random made-up days. See if you can guess which of the following are real national days, and which are nothing more than figments of my imagination...

Ideal for swapping.

1) Jan 20th - National Soup Swap Day

A day when you swap soup with your friends and colleagues!

Why do we need a special day for this? I would have thought surely most people swap soup with their friends and colleagues every day?

National Soup Swap Day - True or false?

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Stupid questions: The 'Guess my age' game

"Guess how old I am? Go on, have a guess! You'll never guess!"
Previously on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog I've highlighted stupid questions, and perhaps the most stupid question of all-time can be found at the following link:

"And the award for the most stupid question ever goes to..."

All of the previously featured stupid questions have been stupid because the answer is so obvious.  However, this week's stupid question is stupid for another reason.

The stupid question in question this week is the question...

"How old do you think I am?"

Perhaps this would be better described as a 'dangerous' question, rather than a stupid question, but either way, you'd have to be stupid to risk answering it.  And if anyone ever does answer this question, they never answer honestly.  Instead, their mind process works like this...

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.