Odd factoids

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
Robbie Coltrane's real name is Taff Jones.

He was born in the Rhondda valley, and because of his girth was nicknamed Robbie after Robbie the robot from Lost in Space, who's silhouette he shared. His schoolchum, @gavroche , was particularly mean to him about this.

Age 12 he ran away to sea and was so ashamed of his welsh roots he pretented to be a scotsman. While on shore leave in Amarica he became an admirer of Colt revolvers and amtrak trains, and changed his surname to Colt-Train. In later life his agent, Fred West, thought this too poncey so shortened it to Coltrane.

Coincidentally, in later life Gavroche fled Wales to avoid reprisals once Coltrane became famous and wealthy. He moved to France and changed his name to Gavroche. Prior to this he had a typical Welsh name, Wolfgang Von Hirohito-Sanchez.
 
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accountantpete

Legendary Member
Tomorrow is International Men's Day where males everywhere celebrate by stenciling the letter M on their forehead with a felt-tip pen.
 

bruce1530

Veteran
Location
Ayrshire
“Hamilton”, a musical which has found great success in both Broadway and the West End, tells the story of Lewis Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the Formula 1 circuit. It traces his life from his early days (his mother was Audrey fforbes-Hamilton of “To The Manor Born") through to his initial sporting success as an apprentice footballer with Hamilton Accies.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
Thr F1 driver's mother had an affair with Lewis Collins, and Lewis Hamilton was named in honour of his illegitimate father. Sadly, Lewis Collins died of shame in 2013 when he discovered what a nodder his son was.
 
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YukonBoy

The Monch
Location
Inside my skull
Men were invented by Women, to give them something to complain about.
Men is actually an acronym for “moan every night”
 

classic33

Legendary Member
Hans Heyer had a rather dismal foray into Formula 1. Driving for Germany's team ATS, he entered the 1977 Grand Prix at Hockenheim. But his speed was in touring cars, and wasn’t fully up to speed yet in open wheelers. So when qualifying was done, Heyer didn’t make the cut for the race. That didn’t stop him though. He decided to start the race anyway, retired after nine laps and was subsequently disqualified.

He is the only man in F1 to hold a DNS, DNF and DSQ for the same race.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
Christian Horner was born Catholic Horny in 1884. However, he fully lived up to the name by trying to s**g anything that stood still for more that 3 seconds. An incident involving the Pope and a tub of the gritty Swarfega saw him excommunicated by the Catholic church, whereupon he joined the church of England, where he was known as a horny Christian. Eventually he took Christian as his first name, and after a bar brawl with Little Jack, which he lost, was forced to adopt the surname Horner.

Jerry Horner, nee Turpin, was a Yorkie bar salesman from sheffield, and met Christian while dogging in a lay by in Doncaster. A crash diet and a sex change ensued, and the couple was duly wed.
 

Bonefish Blues

Banging donk
Location
52 Festive Road
Admirable attention to detail and historical accuracy there, Drago.

What is less known is that his tongue is prehensile, acting as a fifth limb enabling him to swing through the verdant canopy in the Home Counties, seeking out females to sing his mating song to (since adapted by Mousse T from the original, you will note) whose lyrics run:

"I'm Horner, Horner Horner Horner" and so on, ad nauseam.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
The Home Counties are ironically named, because until 1945 they were actually abroad.

As part of war repararions the counties of the Rhineland were taken back to England, and renamed the Home Counties as a final insult to the hun. This is why there are so many Volkswagens in the Home Counties, and why Rammstein is so popular with the locals.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
The river Rhine is named after the Rhini's that lived there. Alas, they were hunted to extinction as their horns were in great demand to make spikes for officers helments in the German Imperial army.
 
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