A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: July 27: Bus drifting in the Tron?

"Bus rides in Hamilton are not for the fainthearted," says Tony, who spotted this atop the Hamilton Transport Centre in Anglesea Street.
"Bus rides in Hamilton are not for the fainthearted," says Tony, who spotted this atop the Hamilton Transport Centre in Anglesea Street.

Class clown demoted to chairwoman of the bored

"I had been sent out of my math class for being disruptive - throwing books across the room, and pencils," Emily tells Vice Australia. "Outside the classroom were fire-hose pipe reels and fire extinguishers. I thought it'd be funny to let the hose off. It was much more powerful than I'd thought and when I let it go, water sprayed along the corridor. The hose was out of control, and I couldn't stop it. It was carpeted, so the whole thing was soaking. I panicked and ran off ... Unfortunately, it was all captured on CCTV. The flooding was so bad that it came through to the ceiling tiles on to the floor below. It blew the electricity and some of the ceiling rotted. I ended up causing hundreds of pounds of damage. My mother received a fine for the damages and had to fork out 500. I refused to attend the meeting, and that day I ended up getting permanently excluded. I didn't kick up a fuss at the time. I thought it was great. I couldn't wait to brag to my friends about it. But it didn't quite live up to my expectations: I just spent my days mostly in bed or on MSN. It quickly became boring because all my friends were in school while I was at home ... It's not my proudest moment in life, but you live and learn I guess: I have never let off another fire hose." Read more expulsion stories here...

Equal opportunism

The Orlando Sentinel reports that bank robberies by women are up 25 per cent over the last year, from 6 per cent to 7.5 per cent of all money-grabbers. Bank robberies were once meticulous operations, carried out by a team of masked gunmen and a getaway driver. Now it's not as dangerous - robbers can get a payday without taking hostages or using violence. One expert thought the trend would continue because of the non-violent nature of the note-passing robbery. Another thought a woman's role has evolved from working as an accomplice or sidekick to running the show. Without missing a beat, the commenters on Jezebel chimed in: "I wonder if they only get 77 per cent of the take that male bank robbers get," offered JujyMonkey. "Not until the majority of bank robbers are women and bank-robbing gets devalued for being 'women's work'," suggested Perravieja.

The human body designed to survive a crash

Adapt or die?
Adapt or die?

This handsome guy is Graham, a human designed by Australia's Transport Accident Commission (TAC) specifically to survive car accidents. Graham doesn't have a neck because these snap easily in car accidents. He also has a flat, fleshy face to protect his ears and nose. And if you're wondering about all those extra nipples, they're to protect his ribs like a natural set of airbags.
 More on Graham here...

Technology is a challenge

1. "My mum, who is 79, is quite computer literate," writes Denise. "But my father aged 82 was worried that while they were away on an overseas trip they wouldn't get emails because they had turned the computer off!"

2."I know an elderly person who chose the password 'INCORRECT' for her computer. When she types the wrong password, her computer says 'YOUR PASSWORD IS INCORRECT'."

Good read: This motorised suitcase may look ridiculous, but it's real....

Video: "Transforming a beatnik. It's no more difficult than discovering the hidden beauty that lies under the greasy unturned skin of any woman who hasn't surrendered a whole morning at least once a week to the experts."

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