Foolish Friday Fun

Happy April Fools Day!

Annoyingly, I don’t think I’m going to get much chance to hunt down the fools this morning, so what I propose is that I share a couple that I’ve spotted already and then return later in the day to offer some highlights.

It seems that The Guardian has had an ideological shift overnight, in terms of its attitude to the Royals. (Read the comments on that one – hilarious.)

YouTube is celebrating its centenary.

A new statue is proposed for Potters Field (a mayor on a bike).

Disappointingly, at the moment I can’t see anything from Google (creators of some of the best past fools), but it may take a while to appear. Oh, wait, I’ve just gone back and there’s something there – go look for yourself…

That’s going to have to be all for now, but do let me know of others you discover and I’ll come back later and report back.

Right, I’m back. Thanks to Kate for suggestions in her comment – we have The Telegraph reporting that Labour are suggesting we celebrate Ed Milliband’s forthcoming nuptials with street parties and The Independent suggesting that Portugal are selling Ronaldo to Spain in order to alleviate their national debt.

A few other fun things cropped up on Twitter during the morning. Particularly painful was the typing of ‘helvetica’ into Google which resulted in all the search results appearing in Comic Sans – ouch. [I got this wrong first time around, thanks to viewing on an iPhone & misinterpreting tweets.]

Then there was the Marmite flavoured Vaseline (the Lip Therapy version, in case you were having any other thoughts). I personally think this ought to be real, but C didn’t think it would be very good for your lips or your salt intake.

Continuing the theme of ‘if only it wasn’t an April Fools’, Rich spotted Starbucks Mobile, while James rather liked the Car Turbine.

As ever, the Guardian (along with other reputable news sources, probably) has done a useful round-up of some of the others. My favourite has still got to be Gmail Motion – if only so that sending an e-mail could be done by licking a pretend stamp and placing it on my knee…


Never did I think I’d see the day that this blog would start commenting on something as techno geeky as alternative browsers. (Alternatives to the ubiquitous Internet Explorer, obviously.)

Here are the top 5 things I’m loving & why I might be about to make it my default browser:

1. It spellchecks. Fantastic for ensuring there are no embarassing spelling errors in facebook updates, although slightly annoying in facebook chat because I care less if things are correct there.
2. On opening, it shows you (in nice boxes) your most used sites, so less faffing around with the bookmark tab.
3. It allows me to use facebook, gmail & the guardian website simultaneously on my work laptop – a combination that always had a tendancy to freak out and crash IE.
4. It’s smooth and doesn’t make that annoying clicking sound IE makes. (As a downside, it doesn’t always make the noise for facebook chat, which can mean I miss messages, but that’s minor.)
5. You can type you search request directly into the address bar.

On hearing that I was experimenting with Chrome, my brother-in-law commented on facebook:
Google Chrome? It’s one step away from buying a Mac, reading the Guardian and having dinner parties with people called Jasmine and Jeremy. Stick with IE – it’s fine and it annoys smug Mac gits who don’t actually know any better.

I was particularly amused that his comment had been posted from an iphone. The irony.
The truth is that I’d rather like a Mac, but I’m not brave enough to get one – so this way I can pretend. (Plus, I love reading the Guardian and Jasmine & Jeremy throw terrific dinner parties!)
* Thanks to those who spotted my clearly deliberate spelling mistake in the title of the original post. Clearly writing past 11pm is a very bad idea.

Rounding up the fools…

Not even the much hyped G20 meeting or the ongoing credit crunch could stop the creativity of journalists today. (Except in the Metro where they said they couldn’t be bothered to do one, so I equally couldn’t be bothered to read the rest of the paper to see if they were lying.)

In case you’ve missed them (or don’t see the point in trawling media channels trying to find them) here’s a few highlights:

Guardian to become first paper published solely through Twitter

The BBC’s Shark-Whale

Google comes up trumps twice:

Firstly, CADIE, which though possibly not as good as last year’s Virgle, does have a cracking website & youtube channel.

Secondly, Australian google has the fabulous gball, which I think might have to be my personal favourite.

I was tempted to try some facebook prank, but quite frankly lacked the imagination, time or inclination. Instead I will now head off to a meeting where I’m sure there will be no jokes at all…

Good things

Life’s been busy lately. By the end of the working day yesterday I was feeling very ‘blah’ (not the best mood to be in on leading home group night) and rather unappreciated.

We had a big team presentation today. Somehow I’d been lumbered (along with C) with a lot of work for it, but despite a sketchy dress rehearsal (rehearsal?!!) it went well. The audience seemed to appreciate my simile for our research duo: “like google, but more attractive”. I think we might adopt it as a strapline…

An added bonus was that our colleagues recognised the work we’d put in and gave us flowers to say thanks. There’s nothing I love more than flowers but I hardly ever get given them. [Take note friends & family.]

Combine that with the fact that the flowers prevented me from going to the gym, which meant I arrived home in daylight for the first time this year, it was a really good end to the working day.

Good things are simple things.

Common People?

I have an unusual name, this should be glaringly obvious to anyone who’s read the blog for a while. It says a lot (as I’ve mentioned before) that the first page of entries after googling me are actually me.

Today I discovered that it’s estimated that there are 2 or fewer Elizabeth Clutterbucks in the US, thanks to How Many of Me.

Along the way, I also discovered that:

– There are 1,426,305 people in the US with the first name Elizabeth.
– Statistically, it’s the 19th most popular first name in American.
– There are fewer than 335 people in the US with the last name Clutterbuck.

And, weirdly, 99.9% of Elizabeths are female. Where’s the 0.1% of Elizabeths that aren’t? I’d like to meet them!

Over the last couple of days I’ve been bemused by the fact that I’ve had 2 queries at work from people who’ve seen my name in publications and want to know if I’m related to certain people. These queries are not unusual as my parents are known (it gets rather tedious) but the latest ones have been to do with some other Clutterbucks, who are no relation.

It’s a shame really, I’d have loved a great-great-grandfather with the name Basil Clutterbuck. Still, my actual great-great-grandfather was George Hezekiah Clutterbuck, which is pretty cool as 19th century names go!