Tintin's quick-tempered friend Captain Haddock was renowned for his bizarre curses, which ranged from a simple "dogs!" to a complex "anthropophagus!" to a surreal "vegetarians!" He was also fond of exclaiming "Billions of blue blistering barnacles!" and also "Ten thousand thundering typhoons!" If he was really annoyed he would occasionally proclaim "Billions of blue blistering barnacles in a thundering typhoon!"

A small selection of curses include:

So next time someone annoys you, how about surprising them? Call them a gyroscope or an interplanetary goat, it should do the trick.