A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: June 29: Tough spuds, anyone?

"These spuds would take some boiling to mash," says Darcy. Photo / Supplied
"These spuds would take some boiling to mash," says Darcy. Photo / Supplied

Sarcastic office humour

1. In the work lunch room:

Co-worker: "What's for lunch?"

Me: [eating] "Food, generally".

Co-worker: "No. I mean what are you having?"

Me: "An unwanted conversation".

2. Adorable idea. Colleagues have been writing names on their food in the office fridge. I am currently eating a yoghurt called Debbie.

3. Stages of working from home:

Yay, I get to work from home!

It would be nice to talk to people.

I hope that pigeon sits in the window today.

4. Trying to use the office microwave anytime around noon is like The Hunger Games.

5. I'm still pissed off that birds get to spend their days flying about and cats get to sleep for 16 hours a day and I'm stuck dealing with capitalism and expectations.

Photo / Supplied
Photo / Supplied

Veging their bets

Aside from a role in the Toy Story trilogy, Mr Potato Head has kept a low profile and not exploited his commercial potential since 1952, when he was dug up by Hasbro. Now the UK-based grocery store Asda's marketing department has issued a wonky version of the classic toy. The reason? To promote the idea that misshapen vegetables often get passed up for more aesthetically pleasing selections. (Via Mental Floss)

Stating the obvious. Photo / Supplied
Stating the obvious. Photo / Supplied

If Mainlanders get voting this is what it might be called

"I believe there are still rumblings about the South Island wanting to cut the cable and leave the North Island," says Ian. "Would that be a 'sexit'?"

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