Here are some bikes in front of Lloyds Bank, Pavement Branch. The second bike from the left is my bike. And the bank is my bank. My current awkward financial situation means I visit the bank quite often - but I always have a grin on my face when I do, because I can't go in there without thinking about Viking turds.
Let me explain:
One of the first things I did on arriving in York was google "Lloyds Bank York" to find myself a new local branch. As I cast an eye down the page of results, I spotted the following among the results:
"Lloyds Bank coprolite - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It was found in 1972 beneath the site of what was to become the York branch of Lloyds Bank and may be the largest example of fossilised human feces ever found ... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyds_Bank_coprolite - 21k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this"
Pardon, Wikipedia. Did you say feces? I quite urgently needed to find a bank, but couldn't resist clicking on this entry first, instead of the normal ones listing the bank's address. Would you like to know what it said, too? I thought so.
"Analysis of the nine-inch (23 cm) long stool has indicated that its producer subsisted largely on meat and bread whilst the presence of several hundred parasitic eggs suggests he or she was riddled with intestinal worms. (Nice) In 1991, paleoscatologist Andrew Jones made international news with his appraisal of the item for insurance purposes: 'This is the most exciting piece of excrement I've ever seen. In its own way, it's as valuable as the Crown Jewels.' "
And what's more, said turd is on display at the Jorvik Viking Museum. I need to go and see it.
(This post was actually going to be about cycling in York, and how awkward it can be chaining your bike up. I took the photo specifically for that purpose because it took me about 10 minutes to chain it today, with my nose in a petunia for most of the time owing to the cramped up position I was in. I don't know why I ended up writing about the Viking turd instead. Probably because it's far more interesting :-D)