A new UCL exhibition showcases the men who swallowed everything from knives to balls of hair

Chew on this: UCL exhibition showcases the men who swallowed everything from knives to balls of hair

A macabre new exhibition at University College London looks at the 18th-century “extraordinary eaters” who would gobble up things one should not at sideshows. “They challenged their bodies to cope with swallowed knives, keys or balls of hair,” says curator Sarah Chaney, from UCL's Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines.

Peppa Pig hogs a new deal in Russia

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<p><b>What is it?</b></p>
<p><b>MAYDAY</b></p> <p>A BBC five-parter, screening every night this week. It's May Day in the village and the community assembles to watch the parade. But the May Queen, 14-year old Hattie never appears. Suddenly, everyone in the village is a suspect. </p>
<p><b>BROADCHURCH</b></p>
<p>An ITV eight-parter, screening on Monday nights. It’s Sports Day in the village school and the community assembles to watch the sack race. But 10-year old Danny never appears. He is later found dead at the foot of the cliffs. Suddenly, everyone in the village is a suspect.</p>
<p><b>WINNER?</b></p>
<p> A tie. It’s the same plot in different places. Which brings us on to…</p>

Mayday versus Broadchurch: Two strikingly similar murder mysteries go head-to-head

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6% of people want to be buried in their shed

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One of the eight Monopoly tokens is being relegated to history in favour of a replacement that 'reflects the interests of today's players'

Monopoly's Scottie dog has new nemesis as fans vote to add cat and eliminate iron token

Board game makers launched online vote for fans to scrap one of its famous playing pieces

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The mighty Etch A Sketch. Tell me more...

Inventor of the Etch A Sketch dies aged 86

The inventor of the Etch A Sketch, the famous red toy that generations of children drew on, shook up and started over, has died in France.

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A young child reaches out to pet an Old English Sheepdog

Back from the brink: Increase in number of puppies throws vulnerable British dog breeds a lifeline

Things are looking up for the English setter, a breed of dog which recently looked like it could be at risk of extinction, according to the Kennel Club.

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Toys really R us! How games reflect British culture

The big business players descend on London this week for the 60th annual Toy Fair. These games and gadgets that we love are more than mere ways of passing the time. They track the trends in the nation's cultural life, and tell the tale of post-war Britain

Thousands in Moscow protest over new adoption law

Tens of thousands of Muscovites braved icy weather to march through the centre of Moscow in protest at a new law that bans the adoption of Russian children by American citizens.

Luka Apps with his Jay ZX toys

Consumer affairs: Putting the (n)ice into customer service

As a piece of public relations, it was pretty deft. Seven-year-old Luka Apps from Highworth in Wiltshire had written to Lego's head office after losing his Jay ZX figurine during a post-Christmas shopping trip. "Daddy said to send you an email to see if you will send me another one," he wrote. "I promise I won't take him to the shop again if you can."

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