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The 10-stone baby and the Human Fish: slow news days of old

They don’t make ‘human interest’ stories at the end of the TV news like they did in the 1940s.

“AND NOW FOR a dog on a surfboard…”

Think the wacky ‘light’ news story at the end of the evening news is a new phenomenon?

A trawl of the British Pathé newsreel archive would indicate otherwise.

And now…

The 10-Stone Baby

He’s not actually a baby – he’s three years old. And they dangle a bar of chocolate over at him at the end of the clip.

You wouldn’t get away with that on Six-One.
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The Woman who Wanted a 10-year Ban on Childbirth

Mrs Margaret Slee of America’s Planned Parenthood Federation in 1947.

Actual transcript:

“What about the women who want babies now and in ten years will not be able to have babies?”

“Oh John, you do ask hard questions.”
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The 8-Foot Tall 18-Year-Old Girl

Poor girl was shown off at Chiswick Baths in London in 1927. The newsreel is less pass-remarkable about the belly on her male pal.
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The Girl Water Diviner Who Acts Like a Zombie

Catherine Bent causes a bit of a stir by her very physical reaction to locating water for bemused-looking farmers. Turns out she was rather good at it.
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The “Museum of Animal Fantasy”

If taxidermied hamsters and cats playing mini croquet are your choice of animal fantasy.
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The Snogometer

Built by a teenage boy in the Swinging Sixties. Of course.

Some major over-the-jumper action required at 0:40 in the name of science.
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And now in your sports headlines…

The Angler and the Swimmer in a Human Fish Contest
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All from the very excellent British Pathé Youtube archive.

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