This ‘University Challenge’ contestant’s glorious name sent the Internet wild

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LONDON — Another episode of University Challenge, another legendary contestant who manages to single-handedly send Twitter into a frenzy.

We’ve had the student who wore a vest, the woman studying “sphincter preservation”, and even that guy who was scared by the sound of the buzzer, but now it’s time for all of them to step to one side because there’s a new player in town.

Yep, that’s right: Monday night’s episode of the BBC Two quiz show saw the return of Barto Joly de Lotbiniere, a.k.a the University of York student whose name is so spectacularly long it barely fits onto the placard in front of him. Read more…

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Partygoers go wild for mini-tornado after it appears at Aussie music festival

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This could be the best unexpected party guest ever.

A mini-sand tornado formed in the middle of Earthcore, a dance music festival in Victoria, Australia on the weekend — an event best thought of as Australia’s answer to Burning Man, but with a lot less Silicon Valley cash and more sunburnt Aussies — sending the crowd absolutely mental.

It was captured and uploaded to YouTube by user SynapticTV, with the superb title “DOOFNADO.” So you know, a “doof” is what Australians call outdoor techno parties in rural areas.

It would not be surprising if some Earthcore partygoers thought this “DOOFNADO” was a hallucination. It’s 100% real, folks. Read more…

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