Yet another dubious equation – describing a recipe for a beloved late-night snack – has left some mathematicians unimpressed

Perfect cheese on toast: If b=bread, c=cheese and t=time, what is the point of all these formulae?

Yet another dubious equation – describing a recipe for a beloved late-night snack – has left some mathematicians unimpressed

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It's sliced bread's 85th birthday

Eighty-five years of the best thing since... This week marks the anniversary of sliced bread

As headlines go, “Sliced bread is made here” is perhaps not the most compelling in newspaper history. Still, those five words, splashed across the front page of Missouri’s Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune in 1928, marked the moment the world discovered the greatest thing since, well, ever.

Rubbish piles up on the streets of Brighton and Hove as the bin men strike continues

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A day trip to Brighton on the hottest day of the year should be a treat. But as the train pulls into the station, the words of the woman who answered the phone at the local Conservative Party office pop back into my head. “Bring a mask with you,” she said chirpily. “It's stinky.”

White asparagus, ham and Emmental sandwich

White asparagus, ham and Emmental sandwich

Serves 2

Schoolboy hurls sandwich at Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

What began as a straight-forward visit to a high school near Brisbane by Julia Gillard descended into farce when a schoolboy was accused of hurling half a Vegemite sandwich at the Prime Minister.

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Ian McGeechan: Leagues are wrecking Lions' chances

Former coach attacks lack of preparation for Australia caused by busy domestic schedules

25 workers taken to hospital after eating sandwiches laced with rat poison at German factory

Twenty-five workers from a German factory reportedly been sent to hospital after eating sandwiches laced with rat poison.

My life in food: Paul Hollywood

Hollywood has dough in his veins. His grandfather was head baker at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool and his father ran a bakery business. After a stint at the family firm, he worked at a serious of hotels, including The Dorchester and Cliveden. After appearing on a number of cookery shows he became a star  of The Great British Bake Off. His own show, Paul Hollywood’s Bread, is currently on BBC 2 and he will be be appearing at The Cake & Bake Show at Manchester Central 5-7 April. thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk

Urinating in flower pots, posting mouldy bread through letterboxes and running naked through the streets: is 75-year-old 'Terror-Günter' Germany's worst neighbour?

An elderly German gentleman dubbed “Terror-Günter” is due to appear in court accused of a raft of anti-social behaviour offences.

If food prices had risen like house prices the weekly shop would cost £453

The average UK house price in 1971 was £5,632...

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