weird event: January 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgPop. Pop. Pop. You didn't think we'd forgotten did you? To day is one of our favourite days of the year… bubble wrap appreciation day.

Yes that's right, every year on the last Monday in January, people around the world come together to celebrate the humble sheet of bubble wrap.

The tradition was started in 2001 by a couple of bored DJs on an Indiana radio station who joked about honouring the packaging material, which started out life as a wallpaper.

But since then it's caught on and thousands of people are expected to celebrate today by doing things like dressing in clothes made from coloured bubble wrap.

Obviously the more traditional way to enjoy bubble wrap appreciation day is simply to sit and pop your way through an entire roll… which is what we are off to do now.

275x250.jpgThere are going to be some pretty glum-looking vampire fans today* -- after Twilight Eclipse was nominated for a load of Razzie Awards.

Along with action fantasy The Last Airbender, the vampire click has the dubious honour of scooping nine Golden Raspberry Award nominations.

It is nominated in all categories with the exception of Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D, which it was not eligible for.

And undead Razzie nominations do not end there, The Twilight parody "Vampires Suck" is also nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay.

* When we say pretty glum-looking vampire fans, we obviously mean even more glum-loooking that usual.

275x250.jpgIf you're feeling depressed this afternoon, the chances are you're not the only one -- today is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of year.

'Scientists' claim Blue Monday, celebrated since 2005, is depressing because of a combination of poor weather, the post-Christmas blues and mounting debt.

Other factors said to make us so glum on this day compared to others include failing new year resolutions and low motivational levels.

But while there's even an equation to prove just how depressing the day is, many claim it's dodgy pseudo-science devised by a PR person for SKY Travel.

As a result they get even more depressed on this day when they see news reports about the impact of Blue Monday… making it almost true.

275x250.jpg Hundreds of uninhibited New Yorkers have once again stripped off their trousers and skirts to participate in the 10th annual No Pants Subway Ride.

When the event launched 10-years-ago just seven people took part, yesterday an estimated 3,500 bared their legs and braved sub-freezing temperatures.

At 3pm the subway riders met at six points across the city before boarding subway trains and taking off their trousers or skirts. If asked why they'd removed their pants (trousers) participants said they were 'getting uncomfortable'.

After disembarking the trains the leg-baring subway riders stood on the platform admiring each others underwear… and confusing the life out of other passengers.

275x250.jpg Elvis is alive! At least that's what you might think if you visit Birmingham this weekend, because 80 of Europe's best impersonators have descended on the city.

Complete with quiffs, sideburns and uh-huh's, the Priestley impersonators are currently battling it out a the three-day European Elvis Championships.

The top European Elvis will then secure a place at the International Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis.

As with any Elvis event, the Elvi (we think that's the correct plural) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. So far our favourite is 12-year-old Nicholas Tyler, who can be seen below.

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