After being out of action yesterday for purely romantic reasons, here’s what I’ve been catching up on.

Scrabulous in the US and Canada is dead. Long live Wordscraper.

The not-really-Scrabble online game pulled by Facebook after legal threats from Hasbro has re-emerged with a different name.

Jayant and Rajat Agarwalla – two Calcutta-based software developers – agreed to take Scrabulous down from the US version of Facebook following the legal threat from the toymaker which owns the rights to Scrabble in the US and Canada.  Scrabulous, so far, remains for Facebookers in the UK – and relax.

Oil giant Shell has warned us all, but especially those pesky ethical investor types and environmentalists, that failure to exploit tar sands and other unconventional oil products would worsen climate change.

The company claims by abandoning tar sands, we would inevitably start to burn even more carbon-heavy coal.

One of those “Doh!” moments that PR and media types in large companies must dread. Hot on the heels of announcing a 35% price hike, British Gas was forced to apologise for the reportedly rowdy and boisterous behaviour of some of its staff attending an event at the ICC in Birmingham.

The event for middle managers was to provide useful tips to help them justify the price rise to customers. British Gas has refused to confirm it cost £250,000 to stage the event, which included a performance by Jimmy Carr.

And that leads neatly to the academics at Wolverhampton University, who have been looking into the history of the joke and come up with the oldest one-liner known to man.

It dates back to 1900BC and is a Sumerian proverb:

“Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.”

It is a cracker. It is the way I tell ’em.

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One response »

  1. crumbs says:

    What Shell has failed to inform us of, is that the tar sands seem to consume all those “carbon-heavy” sources just coming out of the ground and getting extracted.

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