Monthly Archives: January 2011

Truth is stanger than fiction…A missing thumb falls from the sky…

Yep, it’s true. This morning on the way to work The Poplar Tree was astonished to read the headline : “Killers trapped by falling thumb” which appeared on the front cover of the Metro, a free newspaper handed out to commuters at train stations across the UK.

After receiving so many hits about Missing Thoughts in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, The Poplar Tree’s initial thoughts were: “Flipping heck, is this some sort of mystical sign that apocalpyse is imminent?” Sadly not, because the headline actually refers to the tragic murder of Mahmood Ahmad, a fast food worker who was butchered by a gang. Mr Ahmad’s thumb is believed to have been dropped by a pigeon, where it was noticed by an office worker who at first thought it was a piece of chicken, and it’s easy to see why… Continue reading


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