Sunday 5 August 2018

And Finally

Two words which have become the traditional introduction to that offbeat item at the end of the news. It is harmless, probably fun, and sadly sometimes involves water-skiing dogs. But this is not a modern phenomenon, for on April 3rd 1871 the Staffordshire Sentinel produced this gem - although in 1871 it was considered a very serious bit of reporting.

To the delight of Mr George Bridgwood of the Green, Stafford came the discovery of a mushroom some 12.1/2 inches in circumference. It was very well developed and grew in a spot not sheltered from the weather and growing in the asparagus beds.

You couldn't make it up - unlike the words 'mushroom' and 'asparagus', the etymology of neither word has ever been understood.

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