Jun 22, 2012

Great Britain’s Smallest House

The last inhabitant of Great Britain’s smallest house was a fisherman who left in 1900. Perhaps he bumped his head in the doorway one too many times. 

At 6 feet 3 inches tall he would have barely had a place to put his boots in the two-room abode, which is 9 feet high and six feet wide all said.

The house, located in Conwy, North Wales, is still owned by his descendants and open to the public during the high tourist season.

Jun 2, 2012

Strange Souvenirs: Jubilee Ma'amite

Mugs with the Queen’s (err hem) mug are typical souvenirs to bring back from the British Isles especially those marking milestones.

But Marmite has taken commemorating her Majesty a step further with a special edition Jubilee Ma'amite. After addressing the Queen as "Your Majesty" first, correct protocol is to call her "Ma'am" after. 

Marmite, which can be found in most kitchen cupboards in the UK, is a savory spread made from yeast extract. It can be an acquired taste, much in the same way people love or hate olives - there is no in between.
Those who managed to get their hands on a jar of Jubilee Ma’amite can spread some on their toast and literally toast the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Sixty years of reign is a long time.
I’d love to have a pint with the person who coined Ma'amite.