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Archive for the ‘National Trends’ Category

The National Drink of Wales

Posted by Arthur St John Bodysnatcher on July 22, 2010

Sambuca is the official drink of Wales, as decreed by the Welsh Assembly in 2003 during a particularly memorable sitting. Over five thousand bottles of of Sambuca – including the rare Off-Brown Sambuca and the popular Leek flavour – are consumed every hour in Wales, where it is particularly popular with children and the homeless.

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The Most Popular Names of 2008

Posted by Arthur St John Bodysnatcher on December 8, 2009

British youth

Cecil, Timmy and Scrotum discuss philosophy

The most popular children’s names in Britain during 2008 were:

Boys: Gervase, Cecil, Chavvy, Igor and Ignatious
Girls: Gertrude, Fritzl, Tracie-Kerry-Kylie-Beyonce, Ethel and Tart

This is the first time since 1974 that Troll has dropped out of the top five for both sexes. However, cultural historian Fifi Maleria-Jones commented that the ever-popular traditional British name was sure to make a comeback in a few years.

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Something for the Weekend – a bumper collection of mini-lies

Posted by Arthur St John Bodysnatcher on December 5, 2009

* Bankers work hard and deserve every penny they get

* Politicians only have your best interests at heart

* British television is the best in the world

* Religious groups promote tolerance and understanding

* Everyone loves football and is really excited about the World Cup

* Mark Kermode is Britain’s best film critic

* Fighting the war in Afghanistan reduces the threat of terrorist attacks back home

* Simon Cowell is the saviour of music

* Daily Mail readers are a tolerant, considered group

* Stephen King is a lazy slacker

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Latvian Old Schoolers

Posted by Arthur St John Bodysnatcher on December 2, 2009

Latvian Schoolboy

Uniforms are compulsory throughout the Latvian school system

To combat a fall in educational standards, the school leaving age in Latvia was recently raised to 45.

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Bananas – the Silent Killer

Posted by Arthur St John Bodysnatcher on December 1, 2009

Deadly Bananas

Bananas are the new weapon of choice for criminal gangs

Bananas are the world’s deadliest fruit.

The lethal fruit is favoured by Brazilian street gangs who use it to stab their victims, and its use has recently begun to spread across the world. The banana is popular not only for its lethal sharp ends and ergonomic nature, but also because  eating the banana often destroys all evidence of a crime, while the slippery skin can be used to slow down persuading law-enforcement officers.

Several attempts have been made to outlaw the sale of bananas, but only in Britain – where the fruit is illegal to sell to under 18’s and where the carrying of concealed bananas can result in three years in prison – has this been at all successful, thanks to a vocal and politically powerful Banana lobby.

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Cannibalism in Bolivia

Posted by Arthur St John Bodysnatcher on November 29, 2009

Cannibalism in Bolivia

Bolivia's cannibal feasts are family affairs

Cannibalism remains legal in Bolivia, and is often used to settle family disputes. Each year, the nation celebrates The Feast of Anthropophagy, where – during a three day public holiday – the sick and the elderly are consumed in huge street parties that have become popular tourist attractions.

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Japan’s National Dish

Posted by Arthur St John Bodysnatcher on November 26, 2009

Pie and Mash - the National Dish of Japan

Yum Yum!

The national dish of Japan is Pie ‘n’ Mash. No trip to Tokyo is complete without a visit to a traditional PNM Bar, where hungry Salarymen wolf down lashings of this exotically bland meal.

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Britain’s Favourite Pet – the Dung Beetle

Posted by Arthur St John Bodysnatcher on November 26, 2009

Britain's Favourite Pet - the Dung Beetle

Every home should have one!

For the third year in a row, the Dung Beetle is Britain’s most popular pet, with one in three homes having at least one of the industrious little creatures. Reasons cited for their popularity include the fact that they are easy to keep, affectionate and quiet. They are especially popular with the elderly and the incontinent.

The four other pets to rank highly this year are fleas, really big and aggressive dogs, Leprechauns and Belgians.

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