Saturday, 18 November 2017

Photoshopped Or Real?

This week the Charles Fudgemuffin blog takes a look at a few random photos ... but have they been photoshopped, or are they real?

You can find the answers at the bottom of the page.

1) Quarterly Colours


When I first saw this photo I instantly assumed it was four separate photos which had been photoshopped together.

But on closer inspection perhaps not every quarter has been photoshopped?


Photoshopped or real?

Saturday, 11 November 2017

How many times would you have to fold a sheet of paper in half for it to be thick enough to reach the moon?

Occasionally on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog I ask readers for help, for example with preference of book covers, or for other input when writing new stories. Once again I'm in need of help and this time I'm looking for a cross sample of how people would respond to a specific question. This is the scenario...

The Moon.
Reachable by origami, hypothetically.
In a forthcoming book which I'm writing, the main character asks a group of people the following question...

"How many times would you have to fold a piece of paper in half before it would be thick enough to reach the Moon?"


Now in reality you can't fold a regular piece of paper more than 7 or 8 times before it becomes impossible to fold it any more, but if it was a hypothetical situation where you could fold a piece of paper as many times as you wanted, how many times would you have to fold it before it was thick enough to reach to the Moon?

Just to clarify, I'm not trying to find out the actual answer. I know how to use Google so if I wanted to know the answer I wouldn't go to the bother of creating a poll! In fact a friend asked me this question many years ago, so I already know the answer. What I'm interested in is what other people would guess, and what sort of typical spread the main character would get with the answers.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

10 words and phrases which sound like other words in a different accent

Apologies to any native speakers if I haven't got all of the following accents quite right, but here are a few words or phrases which when pronounced in a certain accent sound like a new phrase altogether...

Bacon sandwiches could cause confusion in Jamaica.

1) Beer Can


If you say 'beer can' in an English accent, it sounds like 'bacon' in a Jamaican accent.



2) Jam Ear Can Beer Can


Taking it one step further, if you say 'jam ear can beer can' in an English accent, it sounds like 'Jamaican bacon' in a Jamaican accent.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Funny Sports Quotes

Tennis is becoming more popular
in small countries such as 'Russia'.
Sport is a great way to keep fit, but if you're not feeling very energetic then sport can also be a great way to exercise your laughter muscles!

Here are a selection of funny quotes made by sporting personalities from a variety of sports...

Tennis:


1) "Federer is human, but for how long?"
...Wimbledon commentator

2) "There are a lot of players coming through from smaller countries like Serbia and Russia."
...Lleyton Hewitt

Saturday, 21 October 2017

The 'Are You Officially Old' Quiz? (Part 2)

It's time for another trip down memory lane as the Charles Fudgemuffin blog takes another look at more things from the past.

Two and a half pence.
But was there once a two and a half pence coin?
Some of the following recollections describe things from the olden days, while others are simply fictitious stories which I've just made-up.  If you're old then you'll instantly recognise which ones are genuine nostalgic recollections, but if you can't remember any of the following then congratulations ... you're officially still young!

Anyway, enough of the rambling.  Here are a few examples of things which may or may not be true things from the olden days...

1) 2 and a 1/2 pence coins


As ridiculous as it sounds, there used to be a coin worth 2 and a 1/2 pence!  And it wasn't a rare limited edition collector's edition coin.  The 2 1/2 pence coin was official common currency and was in regular everyday use.

To make things even more weird, the 2 1/2 pence coin was known as a 'sixpence'.

True or false?

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Weird Forums On The Web (Part 3)

Previously on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog I've highlighted weird forums dedicated to such surprising subjects as pencil sharpeners, cardboard boxes, and even kebabs.

This week it's time to look at a few more forums, starting with a forum which I'm sure many readers will be delighted to hear about...

1) Pallet-boards


Pallet-boards.
The inspiration for many fascinating discussions.
Are you a fan of pallet-boards?  Have you longed for an online forum to discuss your pallet-board passion with other pallet-board enthusiasts?  Then I've got some good news!  You're in luck!  A pallet-board forum exists!

www.palletforum.com

Current threads on the forum include such riveting subjects as 'The advantages of a free fumigation pallet making machine', 'The effective utilisation of wood chips', and one which I'm sure will be of interest to all pallet-board enthusiasts, 'The future developing trend of the molded wood pallet machinery market'.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

10 Interesting Japanese Words And Expressions

From time to time on the Charles Fudgemuffin blog I take a look at interesting words and expressions from languages around the world, and this week it's the turn of Japanese...

"Hmm, who can I try out my new sword on?"

1) Swordsplay


An extremely worrying Japanese word is the word 'uji-giri' which means 'to try out a new sword on a random passer-by'!

Thankfully, 'uji-guri' isn't in common usage nowadays and dates back to ancient times, but I can only feel grateful that I didn't live in the ancient days of the samurai when such words were necessary!

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.