Here's another collection of weird, wacky, wonderful and just plain WTF stories I've spotted over the past few days, including...
A rather cutesy video from the US Department of Defense that makes the war business sound like something from a Saturday morning kids' cartoon show
A video purporting to show the fossilised remains of a giant dragon in the Mauritanian desert. If you believe the video, this dragon was about 6 (yes SIX) miles long. Of course cynics would say it is just an outcrop of rock partially covered by drifting sand. But they would say that wouldn't they!
In our Irony Corner, here's a commemorative plaque at the Birmingham (UK) International Conference Centre, the home of the recent Conservative Party annual conference. The Tories spent much of their time there lambasting the European Commission, apparently oblivious to the fact the building was only constructed thanks to European Commission funding. Yeah! What has the EU ever done for the UK?
We've also a report from the BBC on Deaths by Selfie – proof that Darwin's theory of the Survival of the Fittest is alive and well today, with a mortality rate of just over 40 people a year. We have a list of the most frequent causes of death: the transport-related deaths almost all involved moving trains.
And, proof that it's never too early for bad taste, a company called Numskull Designs has just launched its 2018 "Official Geeky Knitted Christmas Ugly Sweaters and Jumpers" range. The latest designs are based on Adventure Time, Rick & Morty, Harry Potter, Sonic the Hedgehog, Batman, Fallout 76, Spyro the Dragon, Star Wars, and more. The Harry Potter sweaters apparently incorporate LED candles that light up like Hogwarts’ candles. Well at least Numskull realise ugly Christmas jumper are a joke. Not too sure about some of the people who buy them though! More info, including worldwide stockists, to be found on the Numskull website at http://www.numskull.com
We haven't had a music video for a while so here's a new track – My Mother and the Devil by Austin Lucas – for those of you who like your Americana flavoured with a dash of Southern Gothic. The track is on his new album Immortal Americans (Cornelius Chapel Records).
A random collection of weird, wonderful and just plain WTF stories I've spotted over the past few days, including... the Magic of Fairy Rings, Sir Richard Burton's Magical Meteorite Decoded, and, More Miracles Please, We're British. Sources: BBC News and Ancient Origins.
Weird Tales Radio Show #35: Michaelmas plus the Patron Saint of Sorcerers and Viking squirrels - 27th September 2018
And to think I spent my formative years living on baked beans on toast!
The 26th of September! Why that's the Feast of St Cyprian of Antioch, the Patron Saint of witches, magicians, sorcerers, occultists, demonologists and necromancers. Wait... run that one by me again!
I was so intrigued I wrote this article for Ancient Origins – see link to preview.
This is Urban Fantasist
On this infotainment site, barrister and Reuters correspondent turned writer, award-winning tech journalist, radio presenter, podcaster, and sometime werewolf-hunter Charles Christian chronicles his adventures in the worlds of writing, radio, geek, tech, media, music, and the weird. The site also has links to all Charles Christian's books including fiction, nonfiction, and the latest reviews. Plus links to his Weird Tales and Smart Radio shows.
The Latest Podcast
Episode 41 of the Weird Tales Radio Show podcast features a major interview with the writer Nik Perring in which he discusses the tips and trips associated with turning your real-life paranormal experiences into a book that will enthral and captivate your readers. We also look at the Urban Myths surrounding Daylight Saving Time, as well as some November folklore, including Martinmas, Fenny Poppers and Pully Lugs.
Follow this link to access episodes of the Weird Tales Radio Show podcast. The page contains links to all our other podcast platforms. Click the player button below to hear latest show.
Hear Charles Christian on Smart Radio
The Midweek Late Lunch
Wednesdays 2:00pm to 4:00pm (UK)
The UK Chart Toppers Show
Sundays 2:00pm to 5:00pm (UK)
and on mobile...
Apple iOS App: Smart Radio GY
Android App: Smart Radio GY
TuneIn Radio App: Smart Radio GY
Weird Tales Podcast Links
The Urban Fantasist website is now averaging over 4750 page views daily and 140,000 page views a month plus over 5500 unique visitors each week.
Tel: 44(0)1986 788666
Tel/Txt: 44 77 86 73 81 72
"Listening to your wonderful show now. I love the stories! Wonderful concept. Great work."
"Charles Christian defiantly makes my world a brighter, funnier place."
"Wonderful show tonight full of all the usual delights we've come to expect."
"The legendary Charles Christian at his eclectic best... his insight and humour alone make this a must-read blog."
"Charles Christian is my inner spirit animal, thank you for making me laugh."
"the funny, wonderful and slightly cantankerous Charles Christian"
"Carlsberg don't make clients, but if they did... they'd be Charles Christian"
"His tech journalism is always witty. He has a talent for pricking the overblown claims of suppliers."
"Charles Christian does awesome!"
Charles Christian's Books
Can I copy content from this site?
Yes... providing you properly credit it. Urban Fantasist content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License which means it may be shared, copied, remixed or used commercially as long as Urban Fantasist or the Weird Tales Radio Show are cited as the source.
This website uses marketing and tracking technologies. Opting out of this will opt you out of all cookies, except for those needed to run the website. Note that some products may not work as well without tracking cookies.Opt Out of Cookies
Copyright © Charles Christian
& WordsandVision Limited 2018
Tel: 44(0)1986 788666
Tel/Txt: 44 77 86 73 81 72
Urban Fantasist - infotainment fuelled by green tea and dark chocolate
Contact Address: Oak Lodge, Darrow Green Road, Denton, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 0AY, United Kingdom