Derren Brown seems to have confused a lot of otherwise rational people by pursuading them that he can predict lottery numbers. I didn't see the show, but "Mentalism" (what magicians call this kind of trick) is one of the easiest to do and one of the most stunning when it works. All you need to do is to play a trick with time itself - that is, you convince somebody you wrote down the prediction before it happened, when in fact, you wrote it down after it happened or, you forced the result. I used to do magic shows myself, but never did mental stuff because to be honest, it does not require any skill whatsoever, though it can go wrong with disastrous consequences. (I remember a magical acquaintance from way back who nearly throttled himself on a gallows, after wrongly predicting the fake noose from a collection of real ones.)
I don't really do rumours, because by their nature they are speculative. But there is a story going around, now making its way into the MSM and held to have considerable credibility, about Gordon Brown's state of health - particularly his mental state, and specifically the allegation that he is taking strong anti-depressants.
The source of this revival of interest in the Prime Minister's mental health comes this time from
What it interesting is that a number of newspaper columnists are starting to back this story up. It looks as if this is an open secret among Westminster Villagers.
A nutter for PM? On heavy sedation? Yes, I know, the words "that would explain everything" comes to mind, but when you consider that Peter Mandelson is the de facto Prime Minister, and when you consider that Brown "disappears" quite a lot, and when you consider that when he does appear he is incoherent and unable to answer simple questions, then, yes, it does explain everything.