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157030.  Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:00 am Reply with quote

BBC Radio 5 Live reported on 16 March 2007 that Chelsey FC banned its fans from throwing celery to the pitch during the games.
Celery has become a symbol of dissatisfaction and boredom with Chelsey fans since 1980s, and there used to be a thriving celery market in the approaches to the stadium.
One of the Chelsey website bloggers suggested celery and sickle (as opposed to hammer and sickle, USSR herald) as the club's emblem.
Symbols of ennui with other clubs' fans: Razor blades (!) for "Bristol"; large inflatable bananas for Manchester City .
Any more?

Last edited by Vitali on Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:38 am; edited 1 time in total

157041.  Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:08 am Reply with quote

The banana inflatables really took off about 10 years ago, beginning with City fans and their bananas, but it went on to Grimsby fans with fish and West Ham fans with hammers.

I hadn't seen an inflatable banana at a ground for years until a couple of weeks ago when some City fans had bananas again at Blackburn. I think they're attempting to start the craze again.

157043.  Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:10 am Reply with quote

There's also the Green Bay Packers NFL team whose fans wear huge hats in the shape of cheese, called "cheeseheads". I saw Swiss football fans doing the same thing at Wembley in 1996.

157056.  Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:38 am Reply with quote

Great stuff, egg!

157078.  Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:11 am Reply with quote

This is rather the opposite of what you're talking about, Vitali, but for many years fans of Gloucester County Cricket Club used to take a frozen chicken to games with them.
Amid choruses of “He’s got the whole chicken in his hands,” the long-deceased bird oversaw an unprecedented period of success for the club. However, the “mystical chicken” was sacked after a bitter defeat to Surrey - some reports say it has since been replaced by a bass, which (though handicapped by death) ate the chicken.

157148.  Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:33 am Reply with quote


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157181.  Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:45 pm Reply with quote

Lunatics like to claim that there is a clue to the identity of Jack the Ripper hidden in Walter Sickert's c.1913 painting 'Ennui'.

The clue is supposely in the painting of Queen Victoria which hangs in the background of the scene. Hovering over the queen's left shoulder is a bird which is supposedly a gull, a reference to Sir William Gull, a Royal physician who, it is claimed, killed the Ripper victims to cover up a Royal scandal.

Sickert had studios in the East End where between August and November 1888 five prostitutes were murdered. In 1909, Sickert produced a series of paintings, known as the Camden Town Murders, which were based on these killings. One of Sickert's works was named "Jack the Ripper's Bedroom" which he painted in 1908. Here it is:

Other lunatics claim that Sickert was Jack the Ripper.

158022.  Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:50 pm Reply with quote


160716.  Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:48 am Reply with quote

Organic farmer Jerome Rodale was being interviewed on the Dick Cavett Show. When he appeared to fall asleep, Cavett quipped "Are we boring you, Mr. Rodale?", Rodale had just died of a heart attack.



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