Welcome to the Rhino House: new readers start here

Why ThursdayAgain?

Ford Prefect: How would you react if I told you that I’m not from Guildford after all, but from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse?
Arthur Dent: I don’t know. Why? Do you think it’s the sort of thing you’re likely to say?
Ford Prefect: Drink up. The world’s about to end.
Arthur Dent: This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Why Rhino House?

“The boys were all feeling rough
Dear God we’d all had enough……
And the dressing room was filthy & cold
With orange wallpaper, 40 years old.
It stank like a Rhino House.”

Who is the jester figure?

His name is Hugo, & no, I don’t know why he looks miserable.

What is a charivari & why is ThursdayAgain almost one?

charivari n.
1. a discordant mock serenade (often to newlyweds), made with instruments & mock-instruments such as pans, kettles, etc. Usually delivered in the form of a parade.
2. a confused noise; din
[from French, from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek karēbaria, from karē head + barus heavy].

As a blog, ThursdayAgain has the advantage of only being a very small din, is only mildly confused (or concussed, if you prefer) & can be enjoyed indoors – hence “almost”.

Should I take advice from the Agony Aunts or plan based on the ThursdayAgain horoscopes?

NO!

Do try & keep up......

Do try & keep up……

Advertisements
Image

Adventures with wildlife #161

d8d540fda612b227cf30192dcdfc3613

In principle, encouraging the animals to interact with visiting schoolchildren was a good idea; in practice a certain amount of aberrant behaviour was apparent amongst the zoo animals almost immediately. Additionally some of the schools reported unusual behaviour amongst pupils, with many apparently having developed a taste for grass in favour of their usual school lunches.

Those classes who had been actively involved in observing the lions did not report any unusual behaviour, although a number of supervising teachers seemed to have disappeared on the return journey.

A head for business

A Colombian man was detained at Barcelona’s international airport after half a kilo of cocaine was found hidden under an over-sized toupee, Spanish police said this week.

Arriving on a flight from Bogota, the man attracted police attention because he looked nervous and had a disproportionately large hairpiece under his hat. cocaine under wigThey found a package stuck to his head with about 30,000 euros worth of cocaine.

“There is no limit to the inventiveness of drug traffickers trying to mock controls,” said the police statement.

The statement enclosed a photo of a middle-aged man – apparently still wearing the toupee though with his eyes blocked in the image – but gave no more details of his identity.

A man with a head for business indeed, sadly it didn’t extend to the grey matter within. But you have to admire his sheer brass cojones.

 

Image

Moments in automotive history #151

8x8.jpg

In the brutal search to improve on international rival’s 4×4 successes the Tunisian car industry turned to overseas designers in Russia for inspiration. Whilst, in the strictly mathematical sense it was a significant step forward, the inability of the prototype to turn corners and the repeated failure of the braking systems were handicaps in the market’s perception of the new vehicle. Additionally it proved impossible to either enter or exit the car other than through the windows.

The colour of money…

A 24-year-old man who is color blind has been sent to prison for making counterfeit cash that was so badly forged he apparently never even attempted to use it. 

The man surnamed Zhao, from Suining, Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, researched how to make counterfeit money online and bought some required necessities including printers, ink cartridges and special paper used to make fake money, according to a local domestic news outlet, which didn’t explain how police nabbed him. 

Zhao was so inept at counterfeiting that he had to ask his girlfriend to check the color of the fake money he made. 

Zhao told local police that he didn’t have an income and had inadvertently found an online group that provides instructions on how to make counterfeit money.

Police recovered about 2,000 yuan in fake notes, far less than what Zhao spent making them. Some Net users sarcastically hailed Zhao as a “business genius,” while others lamented his inability to understand the limits of his skillset. 

“He is really not suited for the job,” said a Weibo user. 

Zhao was sentenced to three years and six months in prison, while his girlfriend is going to jail for 18 months, reported local news outlets.

A brave effort in the face of certain failure!

Image

There is no joy in Mudville tonight…

“Next year, you can wear the pants…”

A Lithuanian couple won the World Wife-Carrying Championship for a second time in a row in the Finnish town of Sonkajarvi last Saturday, triumphing in a contest where men complete an obstacle course with their wives slung over their shoulders. Can’t wait to see a “gender neutral” version of this in the next Olympics.