Daily: 6th January 2011

6 January, 2011 at 00:00 (GMT)

By Alex Andronov

Woah, hello there, you are LOOKING GREAT!!!


I mean have you lost some weight? Or is it something you've done with your hair? Have you zhooshed* something? Well whatever it is, it is making you look seriously wonderful, and I'm glad because we are being all positive today and we wouldn't want to start with me having to tell you to brush your hair or rubbing a damp hanky on your cheek! But I don't because you are looking great - honestly - brill skills.

* I wanted to include this word but it seems difficult to work out how to spell. It's pronounced like jujjed, but apparently spelt zhooshed or tszujed. It's from Polari (like the word Naff is). There is more detail in the Wikipedia page. Although that page doesn't explain what the word means, it kind of means, "to spice up ones image or make-up or clothing or style. To make your appearance more attractive and eye-catching to others".

So yes... F1 News and so on

So on to the Non-F1 Fun

  • Have you ever wanted to be like a human walking version of QI and say, “actually although a lot of people think that it’s actually not true”? Well now you can with the Wikipedia Page called List Of Common Misconceptions
  • Have you ever thought, “it would be really handy if I could just see these words in all of the different fonts I have so I could pick one”. Well now you can with this handy website: http://wordmark.it
  • Do you want to know why you go to work and why sometimes it seems easier to run a whole F1 website? Check this talk out:

Is this some kind of Joke

So I thought I would try and suggest to you all that it was a good idea to try out a new kind of joke. In fact it is a very old kind of joke but I think some of you might not have ever heard of it before. It’s a form of joke called a Tom Swifty. Tom Swiftys came from a series of books like Nancy Drew called, surprisingly enough Tom Swift. One of the authors of the series, Victor Appleton, disliked repeating the word “said”. To avoid saying, “Tom said” all the time he put other words in instead but of course this became even more ridiculously especially when the words sometimes seemed to go with the bit of dialogue, for example...

“We must hurry," said Tom Swiftly.

Of course once this sort of thing has been done accidentally millions of them have been created on purpose. Here are some of my favourites:

  • "That's the last time I'll stick my arm in a lion's mouth," the lion-tamer said off-handedly.
  • "Can I go looking for the Grail again?" Tom requested.
  • "We just struck oil!" Tom gushed.
  • "Who discovered radium?" asked Marie curiously.
  • "Hurry up and get to the back of the ship," Tom said sternly.
  • "Would you like to ride in my new ambulance?" asked Tom hospitably.
  • "A word that contains all six vowels? And I suppose you want those vowels to appear in alphabetical order?" asked Tom facetiously.
  • "The robber is coming down the stairs," said Tom condescendingly.
  • "Nnnn", Tom murmured forensically.
  • "I dropped my toothpaste," said Tom crestfallenly.
  • "I have a split personality," said Tom, being frank.
  • "It's great to be camping," said Tom with intent.
  • "Baa," said Tom sheepishly.
  • "It's obvious I've lost my job," said Tom redundantly.
  • "I'm the presenter of the South Bank Show," Melvyn bragged
  • "You seem to be wearing your mink coat inside-out," Tom inferred.
  • "I've had another look at your work, and I've decided to change your grade," Tom's teacher remarked.
  • "I worship the number 3.1415927," said Tom piously.
  • “I've stolen Guevara's puzzle cube” remarked Tom cherubically
  • "Henry VIII was very fat," said Tom unthinkingly.

I think that last one is my absolute favourite.

Surely we can work out some Formula 1 related ones and tag them #tomswifitys

Steven’s challenge

The other day Lou was getting ready to write a Daily and she was wondering if we were continuing with the whole idea of putting a picture in the daily or if it was a festive thing for December only. Steven replied with this suggestion:

Put a picture in your post. Free pluggage

Steven Roy

Now I read that and thought... Hold on he wants Lou to put a picture of her daily in the daily to help her plug the daily? What’s going on and Who’s on First?

But I wondered could I do it? I haven't attempted it here... as it’s tricky because of course I couldn’t publish the page before it was published. So I think you should all try attempt to take pictures of you out and about with todays daily. You could print it out or you could hold it up on your smart phone or even use a computer screen. But whatever you do put your pictures in the comments.

Ok, that’s it

And as Abraham Lincoln once said:

Sidepodcast are dedicated to a proposition which was true in my time, just as it's true today. Be excellent to each other. And... PARTY ON, DUDES!”

Abraham Lincoln