Sideswipe
A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: March 3: Dangerous eating

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Cereal offender spotted in New Lynn.

Embarrassment and regret

1. "I was staying at a nice hotel in North Wales while travelling for work. They had a great pool. I went in one morning and started messing about, recreating the opening scene of Jaws, then engaged in lots of splashing like the shark had come back for the second go. Then I tried a bit of synchro, kicking my legs up in various shapes. Then I did a bit of goalkeeper practice by throwing my goggles and diving to catch them. Then I saw a window overlooking the pool and a family of six people eating breakfast and watching me. I'm a 51-year-old man."

2. "When I was in primary school I called my crush and sang the Celine Dion song from Titanic on his answering machine. A few days later I'm sitting in front of him and his mother and she says, 'Oh so you're so and so; I love your voice'."

3. "I'm a professor of computer science but a few years ago I had never heard the term 'meme' spoken. During a lecture I kept referring to it as 'maemae' and everyone just had this confused look on their faces.

At one point, a student piped up and said, 'do you mean 'meem'?"

4. "I have a social-worker friend who was interviewing for a job. The interviewer had a picture of Martin Luther King Jr on the wall behind her. He sat down and said, 'That's a nice-looking man, is that your husband?' Somehow he actually got that job." (Via reddit.com)

You say sell-by, I say hello bargain - Danes ignore the rules

A new grocery store chain in Denmark sells only "expired" foods and items with damaged packaging. Supermarkets routinely throw out foods that are still fine for consumption because of the "sell-by" dates on the packaging. This is often a waste of perfectly edible food. WeFood's products cost about 30 to 50 per cent less than the same foods at traditional supermarkets. "It is not just aimed at low-income shoppers but anyone who is concerned about the amount of food waste produced in this country," noted Per Bjerre of Folkekirkens Nødhjælp, the Copenhagen nonprofit behind WeFood. (Source: Mental Floss)

Correction. (Via Bad Newspaper)


On point: Seen in Takapuna on Barry's Point Road. "I think they should rectify their signage," says Kate.

Gif: Self loading laundry basket...

Good read: Maybe because I just saw Martian, but I really dug looking back on International Space Station Commander Scott Kelly's livetweeting his last year orbiting around the Earth, which ended this week...

Video: Japanese Lego fan builds a miniature, functioning sushi train restaurant...

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