A perfectly preserved cake taken to Antarctica by a party in Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition more than 100 years ago has been found near the South Pole.
The fruitcake, made by former UK-based biscuit makers Huntley & Palmers, was found in a remote hut in Antarctica wrapped in paper and encased in a tin.
Remarkably, researchers from New Zealand charity the Antarctic Heritage Trust said the cake looked – and even smelled – like it was still edible.
High up in the mountains of northern Italy, just a few kilometres from the Swiss border, the people of the tiny village of Gurro speak a strange dialect, incomprehensible even to the other villages in the same valley.
They have peculiar surnames, and the women’s traditional costume features a patterned underskirt that looks suspiciously like tartan.
One possible explanation is that their forefathers include a unit of Scottish soldiers – the Garde Ecossaise – who served the French King, Francis I, and were defeated with him at the Battle of Pavia, near Milan, in February 1525.
The story goes that while trying to make their way home the Scots stopped in Gurro, where they got snowed in for the winter. Many locals believe they never left.
An Irish MP has blamed damage to a road on fairies, saying that disturbance to their forts caused a dip in the tarmac.
In Irish folklore, tampering with fairy forts can cause one to become cursed.
A dip on the N22 road in Ireland was repaired recently, but re-appeared mysteriously.
Danny Healy-Rae claimed the issues with the N22 were caused by “numerous fairy forts in the area” in an interview with the Irish Times.
He said “there was something in these places you shouldn’t touch” and that the road passed by a place that was full of fairy magic and folklore.
The price of tomatoes has risen so much in India that armed guards have been deployed to protect shipments of them in one state.
The Hindustan Times on Sunday cited a wholesaler at a market in the city of Indore, in Madhya Pradesh state, saying that the security of tomatoes was of “considerable concern” because of their “skyrocketing” prices.
The wholesaler said the administrators of the Devi Ahilya Bai Holker market had appointed half a dozen armed guards to keep the tomatoes safe – particularly when they are being unloaded from trucks.
There have been reports elsewhere in the country this month of thieves making off with tonnes of tomatoes worth thousands of rupees.