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November 23, 2018

This week’s award goes to John Allen Chau, who thought it was his duty to preach about a magic Jewish prophet to the Sentinelese people, a protected group of humans who have no contact with the outside world and have long expressed a lethal desire to remain isolated. J...

November 23, 2018

This corpulent man who grows fatter daily on the sweat of the poor, is not content with people giving what they can afford. He wants to forcibly extract ten percent of people’s income in one of the poorest countries on earth. No doubt he knows he’ll have to share it wi...

June 13, 2018

Call me a sceptic but I’m willing to bet that 99% of people who voted for Brexit argued among other things that it was to ‘bring back sovereignty’, and 99% of those same people had no idea what sovereignty in Britain meant. I suspect a majority think it has something t...

June 8, 2018

How to tell if you or someone you know is a geek or just a nerd.

June 5, 2018

Bob has an IQ of 140. This makes him very smart but not a genius. Jane, Peter and Paul have IQs of 100, 90 and 70 respectively. The average IQ of this group is 100. The question is: would you rather have Bob make decisions, or would you prefer to live by the rules of t...

May 28, 2018

Dear Donald, Thank you for your application for membership of The League of Dastardly Dictators. I regret to inform you that having considered your application carefully, the board decided you fail to qualify...

May 27, 2018

In an outbreak of mass lunacy the people of Malawi have been killing people accused of being blood-sucking vampires. Malawi police are reported as having arrested more than 140 people for their part in these crimes.

What is it that turns ordinary people into an insane,...

May 11, 2018

Dear Bill,

It’s been a while since we spoke and I’m sorry, I should have called or sent a text. I know you’ve been avoiding me because I lost my temper, but it was a long time ago and we should let bygones be bygones. I hereby officially apologise for calling you a xeno...

May 9, 2018

When I was a boy I imagined the world of the future. Nowhere in my imagination were the wars, the famine, the brutality and mindless division of today’s world. It was the 1960s and mankind was reaching for the stars. The war to end all wars was still etched deep in rac...

March 16, 2018

It was back in the early sixteenth century that Nicholas Machiavelli wrote The Prince. It was a guide to his employers, the Medici rulers of Italy, on how to profit from waging war. Nick became so unpopular for this work that his name became an alias for the devil (Old...

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