Foster’s Irish Oddities need your help

fostsers.jpg Foster’s Irish Oddities is essentially an Irish version of Ripley’s believe it or Not crossed with the Fortean Times. For example, did you know that:
+ The tallest twins recorded were the Knipe brothers (b. 1761) of Magherafelt, Derry, who measured 7ft 2inches?
+ Muckanaghederdauhaulia, Galway, is the longest placename in Ireland?
+ To prepare for the World Monopoly Championships in October 2000, Ireland’s Nigerian-born champion, Ekumdayo Badmus, changed his surname to O’Badmus to make it sound more ‘Irish’?
+ The world record for riveting is 11,209 in 9 hours by J. Moir at the Workman Clark Ltd shipyard, Belfast, in June 1918?
+ The world’s oldest known manuscript of the New Testament is in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin?
But now Allen Foster needs your help. Allen contacted Blather to request that we ask you, the great unwashed, for submissions of facts and figures to be included in the latest edition. You can post suggestions in the comments below, or mail Allen directly.

Damien DeBarra was born in the late 20th century and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. He now lives in London, England where he shares a house with four laptops, three bikes and a large collection of chairs.

1 comment

  1. It’s been five years since “Schott’s Original Miscellany” came out and four years since the first blatant Oirish rip-off of it. At least this time they’ve taken the care to rip off the appearance of the original more carefully.

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