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Lord Lucan

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I guess it's all in the name...

LiHO Singapore selling duck shit tea that's not supposed to taste like duck shit​

The term comes from its Chinese name 鴨屎香 (ya shi xiang), which literally translates to "duck shit fragrance."

Legend has it the farmer who discovered or invented the tea deliberately chose an unappealing name to hide his secret gains.

Despite the name, the tea "tastes and smells nothing like duck shit." We'll have to take their word for it.

It's a variety of oolong that's lightly roasted, with floral and musky notes.

The tea leaves are half fermented and when brewed, produces a clear yellow-orange tea.
https://mothership.sg/2022/01/liho-duck-shit-tea/
 

Bad Bungle

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Two things I like about the duck shit tea article:

1. It's available hot.
2. Congratulations! You have made it to the end of the article (whether by speed-scrolling or otherwise). This alone qualifies you to apply for the role of a Lifestyle & Entertainment writer at Mothership. Click here to find out more.
 

Lord Lucan

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Two things I like about the duck shit tea article:

1. It's available hot.
2. Congratulations! You have made it to the end of the article (whether by speed-scrolling or otherwise). This alone qualifies you to apply for the role of a Lifestyle & Entertainment writer at Mothership. Click here to find out more.

Did you click to find out more? It could be the beginning of a new career path for you (and endless duck shit tea)!
 

Swifty

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I guess it's all in the name...

LiHO Singapore selling duck shit tea that's not supposed to taste like duck shit​


https://mothership.sg/2022/01/liho-duck-shit-tea/
If that was sold in the UK, it would be taken off the shelves for not containing duck shit, no joke, it would be classed as false advertising in the same way Hedgehog flavoured crisps were withdrawn for not containing actual hedgehog. The manufacturers unsuccessfully argued that the hedge part was herbs and the hog part was pork fat.

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Trevp666

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Yeah but 'flavoured'.....I doubt if 'Smokey Bacon' flavour crisps contain any bacon.
 

Swifty

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Yeah but 'flavoured'.....I doubt if 'Smokey Bacon' flavour crisps contain any bacon.
The bloke who came up with the idea for Hedgehog flavoured crisps died in 2017, I only know that because I was looking for a pic of the crisp packet and stumbled across a news article on his passing. That article states he'd used pork fat in his crisps (he used to sell them from his Shropshire pub in brown paper bags originally. Apparently, he got the idea for the name after learning about the gypsy method of slow baking hedgehogs in clay). I'd be as surprised if his crisps went on to be mass produced still using pork fat (I bought a pack in Birmingham in about 1980 that was in a plastic packet), I expect a flavouring substitute would have replaced actual pork fat for mass production.
 

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No explanation for 'mystery liquid' falling from sky over neighborhood​


https://www.ktnv.com/news/no-explanation-for-mystery-liquid-falling-from-sky-over-neighborhood

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — People in one Eastern Las Vegas neighborhood near Hollywood Blvd. and Charleston Ave. have been completely perplexed for weeks as mysterious brown or black droplets have fallen on their properties.


Marcos Cervantes said the droplets have rained on his home, cars, RV, basketball course, and just about everything else for the last three to four weeks.
 

Earthly oddity

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The bloke who came up with the idea for Hedgehog flavoured crisps died in 2017, I only know that because I was looking for a pic of the crisp packet and stumbled across a news article on his passing. That article states he'd used pork fat in his crisps (he used to sell them from his Shropshire pub in brown paper bags originally. Apparently, he got the idea for the name after learning about the gypsy method of slow baking hedgehogs in clay). I'd be as surprised if his crisps went on to be mass produced still using pork fat (I bought a pack in Birmingham in about 1980 that was in a plastic packet), I expect a flavouring substitute would have replaced actual pork fat for mass production.
I am sure those crisps were marketed as vegetarian or am I mistaken?
 

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I am sure those crisps were marketed as vegetarian or am I mistaken?
I think from memory the correct actual none hedgehog ingredients were listed on the back of the packet but, as they were called Hedgehog Flavoured Crisps and had a hedgehog as the design on the front of the packet as well as the above title, I think it's a given that they weren't being marketed as vegetarian. They were taken off the market for false advertising.
 

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I think from memory the correct actual none hedgehog ingredients were listed on the back of the packet but, as they were called Hedgehog Flavoured Crisps and had a hedgehog as the design on the front of the packet as well as the above title, I think it's a given that they weren't being marketed as vegetarian. They were taken off the market for false advertising.
I must have wrongly assumed they were vegetarian since they were sold in health food shops which were full of vegetarian food....I can't see any reference to being vegetarian on the wrapper - but there is no reference to any meat content in the ingredients list...
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Actually I don't think I ever knew why they disappeared from the shelves. I thought it a shame as they were quite nice.

According to this website they just had to change the description slightly to stay the right side of trade descriptions......So why they disappeared is still a mystery....

https://museumofcrisps.com/2020/08/10/hedgehog-flavour-crisps-the-first-novelty-flavour/
 
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Products weren't often marked as "Suitable for Vegetarians/Vegans" in the 1980s. As to why they disappeared, same reason you can't get Horror Bags or Wickers anymore, they were a novelty and the novelty wore off. They weren't profitable, no conspiracy about it.
 

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No explanation for 'mystery liquid' falling from sky over neighborhood​


https://www.ktnv.com/news/no-explanation-for-mystery-liquid-falling-from-sky-over-neighborhood

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — People in one Eastern Las Vegas neighborhood near Hollywood Blvd. and Charleston Ave. have been completely perplexed for weeks as mysterious brown or black droplets have fallen on their properties.


Marcos Cervantes said the droplets have rained on his home, cars, RV, basketball course, and just about everything else for the last three to four weeks.
Nobody WILL know what it is until it's chemically analyzed. Geez.
And why bug the FAA about it? I doubt the FAA can do anything about it, unless analysis shows it comes from aircraft.
Environmental agencies are definitely the ones to figure it out. It is concerning, because the goo might be toxic, as already stated by one of the witnesses.
Sounds gross.
 

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Nobody WILL know what it is until it's chemically analyzed. Geez.
And why bug the FAA about it? I doubt the FAA can do anything about it, unless analysis shows it comes from aircraft.
Environmental agencies are definitely the ones to figure it out. It is concerning, because the goo might be toxic, as already stated by one of the witnesses.
Sounds gross.
Might just be bird poo.
 

Lord Lucan

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This could have gone into any number of Covid related threads, but due to the wording itself, it's probably best left right here:

Drowned man tests positive for Covid-19 28 times​

Doctors examining the corpse of a man who died from drowning and showed no symptoms of coronavirus have made a disturbing discovery.
A Ukrainian man who died from drowning subsequently tested positive for coronavirus twenty-eight times over more than a month.
Doctors from Italy’s D’Annunzio University say the findings shed new light on the persistency of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in dead bodies, although more research is needed to determine the infection risk.
The main route of transmission of the virus is large respiratory droplets, and to date there has been no evidence of infection from a corpse.
“The present case shows the persistence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA up to 41 days after death,” the researchers from the university’s Center for Advanced Studies and Technology wrote in the Journal of Medical Case Reports.
“Data about its persistence are of fundamental importance for pathologists to understand when the handling of the corpse is safe, and further studies are needed to estimate the virus contagiousness.”
The 41-year-old man went missing after swimming in the sea with a friend during rough weather near Chieti on central Italy’s east coast.
His body was found wedged between rocks about 16 hours later and an autopsy was ordered.
https://www.news.com.au/technology/...s/news-story/f5c65589ad6d36b3f9be86adddbc48a8
 

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Foul-mouthed ghost haunts walkers by telling them to 'f*** off' at the site of an 18th-century murder in Somerset's Dead Woman's Ditch​

  • A ghost is haunting a famous beauty spot and where she tells walkers to 'f*** off'
  • Ramblers reported a 'women in white' scaring them with foul-mouthed rants
  • She was spotted at Dead Woman's Ditch, in Somerset, the site of a 1789 murder
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...ntury-murder-Somersets-Dead-Womans-Ditch.html

The smart money says this is someone messing about with a bluetooth speaker.
 

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If I didn't know the difference between "woman" and "women", I'd be told to fuck off too.
Well there wasn't an opportunity in this story for the Mail to describe the ghostly woman as showcasing her ample curves in a leggy display so it probably caused them some confusion. :chuckle:
 

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Foul-mouthed ghost haunts walkers by telling them to 'f*** off' at the site of an 18th-century murder in Somerset's Dead Woman's Ditch​

  • A ghost is haunting a famous beauty spot and where she tells walkers to 'f*** off'
  • Ramblers reported a 'women in white' scaring them with foul-mouthed rants
  • She was spotted at Dead Woman's Ditch, in Somerset, the site of a 1789 murder
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...ntury-murder-Somersets-Dead-Womans-Ditch.html

The smart money says this is someone messing about with a bluetooth speaker.

“The area was named after the murder of Jane Walford by her husband John in 1789.”

No, it wasn’t:

“Dead Woman's Ditch is sometimes associated with the murder of Jane Walford by her husband John in 1789 but the name predates the murder, appearing on an earlier map.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Woman's_Ditch

maximus otter
 

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Police officer on bike chases drunk woman on motorized suitcase through Florida airport

An intoxicated passenger who was barred from boarding an airplane at Orlando International Airport rode away from the gate on a motorized suitcase as a police officer on a bicycle followed behind her, court records and newly released video shows.

https://breaking911.com/raw-video-p...n-motorized-suitcase-through-florida-airport/
 
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