Will this madness never end?

Straight up, guv! Would I lie to you?

There are 15 posts tagged: "elementary, my dear Watson!"

27 July 2022

On 1 December, 1948, the body of a man was found lying against the seawall at Somerton Beach in Adelaide. He was well-dressed, wearing a suit and tie. There was no identification on him, and even the labels in his clothing had been cut out. His belongings included incoherent writings, thought to be in code, and a scrap of paper torn from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, with the Farsi phrase Tamám Shudfinished—printed on it.

Say cheese
28 May 2022

In Six unbelievable uses for cheese, BBC Food provides some imaginative, if not flat-out off-the-wall, uses for my favourite dairy product: as car fuel; sporting equipment; sculpture; collateral; a politcal statement; and…crime prevention. Although, in reality, that last one's a bit of a stretch.

Careless reading causes confusion
19 January 2022

I feel bad for this, but when I misread the byline as The resilience of a survivor of five suicide attempts, I couldn't understand why it was newsworthy. It makes a lot more sense when read carefully.

Ice one, Mrs LPL!
22 September 2020

The Lock-Picking Lawyer picks locks. He may also do lawyering stuff in his off-time, dunno.

Missiles, target,...?
23 August 2020

After initially denying its involvement, Iran has admitted downing a Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines in January.

No shit, Byomkesh
2 July 2018

According to BBC News, eleven members of an Indian family were found dead in a house in Delhi. Ten of them were hanging from the ceiling and most were blindfolded, gagged, and with their hands tied behind their backs. Apparently, police have not ruled out murder.

Policemen talking bollocks
30 May 2017

It's a strange thing, but when policemen talk to the press they use a special bollocks language.

The method of Sherlock
22 July 2013

The body of a woman has been found in a suitcase in Mill Hill, north-west London. The Metropolitan Police have applied their best brains to the case, and are treating it as murder.

An open letter to Google
20 April 2013

Dear Google,

Good caption
9 November 2012

In an otherwise boring article about Conservative MP Nadine Dorries' unscheduled sojourn to the Australian jungle, this caption struck me as pretty sage advice.

Pas de merde, Sherlock
6 September 2012

Yet another instalment in my exploration of the crime fighter's rapier mind; this time from France.

No shit, Sherlock: We got braynz
29 August 2012

According to the BBC, after his assassination Leon Trotsky's brain proved unusually heavy.

No shit, Sherlock: Sherlock returns
17 August 2012

From the gruesome files, a woman's head has been found in a park in Mississauga, Ontario. The previous day, a severed human foot, with painted toenails, was also found. It's not yet confirmed that they belonged to the same body, but that appears to be the working hypothesis.

No shit Tex
19 February 2010

A disgruntled pilot got into his monoprop and flew it into the IRS building in Austin, TX. So far, a human tragedy and a two-fingers to the tax man. But this comment from a local eyewitless had me in awe of deductive reasoning, Texas style:

No shit Sherlock
25 September 2009

Police investigating a woman's body found in a suitcase in a dried-up pond on Kent farmland are treating the death as suspicious. Because natural deaths so often end up with bodies in suitcases? (confused)