Christmas Crackers - filed under news you can't use
Along with "Father Christmas" and mince pies, crackers are a holiday staple throughout the Commonwealth. A cracker resembles an oversized wrapped candy, and when two people pull on either end, it splits with a bang produced by a card strip similar to that used in a cap gun. All manner of cheap goodies—paper crowns, trinkets, and jokes written on scraps of paper—spill out onto the dinner table. . .
So you may be surprised to learn that -
Britain has classified crackers as explosives since 1875, not long after Tom Smith of London invented them in 1847. The story goes that he added the "crack" element on the inspiration of a crackling log on a fire. Today crackers rank as Category 1 fireworks in Britain, meaning they can't be sold to anyone under the age of 16.
Sounds like just the silly sort of idea the government would think of today. But no, they prefer to generate real explosions among the young by raising tuition fees.
Don't the young demonstrators know that they are helping to make the world a better place by paying for the EU's budget increases with their higher school fees?