'Only 4 stars, because of the wax'

WTF: Weekly Trivia File

  • A man once recognised Dara O Briain queuing for a post-gig burger in Galway in the early hours of the morning. The fan grabbed the O Briain’s testicles and shouted: ‘Don't feed the bollocks.’

  • The Amazon page for Frankie Boyle’s new DVD, The Last Days Of Sodom, has been hijacked by pranksters – with very few of the 200-plus comments actually pertaining to the product in question. It started with Fiona Wynn on November 10, who commented quite randomly: ‘I quite like cheese. However, I do not like Edam. Why would you wrap delicious cheesy goodness in red wax? It's insanity, I tell you. So only 4 stars, because of the wax’. Other bizarre comments now include ‘As masturbation aids go this "Deluxe Monster Claw" glove is currently one of the best on the market’. ‘10/10 This Human Centipede Twister game is ace but don't play it in the "pet mode" as I'm still brushing dogs business off my teeth.’ ‘I have long been searching for a book that does justice to the history of the trombone. Finally this author has done just that.’ and ‘Imagine a thirteenth century rap of Lionel Richie's Hello in Hebrew by 80s gameshow host Roy Walker and you are nowhere close to the price of pipes.’

  • Products from Dunder Mifflin – the fictional paper supply company in the US version of The Office – are now available in real life. Online stationer Quill now sells Dundler Mifflin notepads, markers, sticky notes, tissues, storage boxes and paper cups.

  • Before he became a comedian, Dylan Moran was a florist... for a week.

  • A cancer charity named after the late American comedian Gilda Radner has decided to change its name because they think too many people don't know who Radner was. Gilda's Club will now be known as the much less snappy Cancer Support Community Southwest Wisconsin. So much for being named ‘in her memory’.

  • Australian stand-up Benny Boot got booed off stage at Butlins Minehead last weekend, and in the true spirit of owning your failures, made this film about it (or at least his pal Eric Lampaert did)

  • Atlanta’s Laughing Skull has become the first comedy club to sponsor a skateboarder. They say they are backing Troy Cobucci because: ‘Many comedians grew up with skateboarding being one of their primary creative outlets, which has created a parallel between the skateboarding and standup comedy worlds, due to their identities being deeply rooted in personal expression and the embrace of an alternative lifestyle.’

  • Rhod Gilbert says he was recently offered a gig on the same bill as his comedy idol Eddie Izzard, but turned it down because ‘I’m not worthy of sharing a stage with him.’

  • How PR works. A press release lands in Chortle’s inbox saying: Forget the literary classics, the book that authors themselves enjoyed most this year was Alan Partridge’s fictional memoir. I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan ‘topped a survey’ of more than 100 writers, beating other titles such as Martin Chuzzlewit and The Day Of The Jackal, we were told. But it’s not quite the amazing achievement Steve Coogan & Co might have wanted. The entire release is based on the fact that the 110 writers who replied to the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency survey, each came back with a different answer... except for two authors who both named the Partridge book.

  • American comic Jose Barrientos attended a full college course – pretending to be a newly arrived Mexican immigrant. He faked a Mexican accent in his four-month public speaking class in Los Angeles, giving presentations about his alleged heritage as a pinata maker, his love for actor David Hasselhoff and how he would ride to school on a donkey.

  • You might have seen Tatler’s pictures of a glammed-up Miranda Hart doing the rounds this week. But we are more intrigued by another item flagged on the supposedly upmarket magazine’s front page: Nipples – Are They The New Cleavage?

  • Tweets Of The Week
    Chris Hibble  (@ ChribHibble ): I’ve only gone and got amnesia again! What am I like?!
    Sebas ‏ (@OhLookBirdies ):The city of Siam is twinned with itself.
    Adam Hess (@adamhess1): I hate birthdays because they remind me that my face once touched my mum's vagina.

    Published: 30 Nov 2012

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