A cartoon illustration of a pumpkin with a carving knife and blood on the floor to signify Halloween. By Oddball Times

May Contain Nutjobs: The Origins Of Halloween

After eating an entire packet of Nerds, two packets of popping candy, and spending a whopping four minutes on the internet, I've discovered the following about Halloween and its origins... Pumpkin Carving: This tradition dates back to Britain when a 3 year old boy named Sam Hain decided that he hated eating his vegetables, in … Continue reading May Contain Nutjobs: The Origins Of Halloween

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The Great British Mix-Up: Paul Hollywood’s Long Lost Brothers

Did you know that Paul Hollywood, celebrity chef and judge of The Great British Bake Off, is one of a septuplet? Well it's true! Paul's father John who was a bakery proprietor, attempted to inseminate his wife with a baker's dozen but unfortunately, his multiple birth fell short of its target. In the end, Paul's … Continue reading The Great British Mix-Up: Paul Hollywood’s Long Lost Brothers

A cartoon image of a pig with the gammon section being interviewed by a reporter. By Oddball Times

Gammon: Getting To The Bottom Of Things

The farm I visited today had a couple of unhappy pigs, not because they were being intensively farmed, were living in bad conditions, being fed non-organic swill, and not because they were going to slaughter very soon. Their gripe was about something altogether different. They said that even though they would prefer not to have … Continue reading Gammon: Getting To The Bottom Of Things

An image of a salt shaker containing 50% less salt. By Oddball Times

Cutting Your Intake By Half: How The Government Plans To Further Reduce Sugar And Salt

“This government isn't for raising taxes, we're for cutting taxes, in fact we're known for cuts, that's why we introduced a Sugar Tax, not to raise money from it but to cut the sugar from your diet.” That was the statement given by the Minister Of Duplicity today who went on to say that the … Continue reading Cutting Your Intake By Half: How The Government Plans To Further Reduce Sugar And Salt

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Soft Drinks Have Gone Soft: Why There’s Nothing Sweet About Artificial Sweeteners

Saccharin and spice and all things nice? A spoonful of Aspartame makes the medicine go down? Pour some Sorbitol on me? Stevia, ah honey honey? Brown Sucralose. Just like a young girl should? Change an ingredient and a product is no longer the same. Tell that to Lucozade, Irn Bru, 7Up, Fanta, Sprite, and the … Continue reading Soft Drinks Have Gone Soft: Why There’s Nothing Sweet About Artificial Sweeteners

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What My TV Told Me Today: The Health Benefits Of Alcohol

Whilst watching breakfast television I'm always intrigued by their health segments and over the last few months I've heard quite a few health-based stories. According to scientists, red wine contains antioxidants and cider contains vitamin C. Research has also found that whiskey aids weight loss and may also help heart health. Cognac which is sometimes … Continue reading What My TV Told Me Today: The Health Benefits Of Alcohol

A cartoon of a cliched lean addict with tattoos. By Oddball Times

Sipping Lean In 2017: It’s Not A Good Look Being A Codeine Fiend

If you don't know, Lean or Purple Drank is a recreational drug, a concoction made by mixing cough syrup containing Codeine and Promethazine with Sprite (and sometimes a hard boiled sweet such as a Jolly Rancher for some extra sweetness). The side effects of Lean include dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and memory problems. Because of … Continue reading Sipping Lean In 2017: It’s Not A Good Look Being A Codeine Fiend