A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: October 3: Helluva town one liner

Stating the blindingly obvious.
Stating the blindingly obvious.

Job description pedantry

There is a certain type of person who writes into a newspaper to correct their job title. Maybe not one who'd be super fun at a dinner party. If you've been called a sheet metal worker when in fact you're a technician, fair enough. But a correction last Thursday in the Irish Times seems a little petty. A story concerning a Tokyo property connected to Ireland's Ambassador to Japan, Anne Barrington, also made reference to her husband Ed Milano and referred to him as a 'designer and illustrator', but the paper was forced to print a correction saying Milano was in fact an artist.

Signs of the times

Q: What is something that is totally commonplace now, but 10 years ago would have been considered odd?

Everyone, including parents and grandparents, being on Facebook.

Having to recharge your book and cigarette.

Pink, blue, purple hair.

Binge-watching TV.

Not owning a TV, streaming everything.

Drinking from mason jars at fancy restaurants.

Same-sex marriage.

Skin tight workout clothes, as opposed to baggy.

People knowing what gluten is.

Having met your SO on a dating site.

Taking photos of everything you eat.

Saying Pluto isn't a planet.

Legal marijuana.


Kim Kardashian's behind.

Neck tattoos on non-criminals.

Gender-fluidity with no diagnosis.

Hating Bill Cosby.

A presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Probably not within WHO guidelines.
Probably not within WHO guidelines.

Another really weird teacher

"My male teacher in Standard 4 was a tall lanky man, a John Cleese lookalike," writes a reader. "But he had this bad habit of putting his left foot on my desk top - front seat for troublemakers - scratching his privates then picking his nose and wiping it on my desk. If I complained he would threaten me with the strap."

Syntheticity, by Amy Hill.
Syntheticity, by Amy Hill.

Arty: Syntheticity, by Amy Hill

New York-based artist Amy Hill uses the work of 15th century painter Hans Memling in her series of oil paintings titled Seven Deadly Sins. A social commentary on the faults of contemporary society,
Memling's sinner from "Triptych of Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation" becomes a modern woman, dressed in updated fashion including a band tee and crocs In "Apathy", the woman admires her manicure, unmoved by the calamity that unfolds behind her, such as a house fire, plane crash and warring soldiers. In "Syntheticity", she holds a can of energy drink, her back turned from a dismal slew of factories and piled up cars, the objects of mass consumption and industrialisation...

Picture this: Man given caution after his discreet greenhouse cannabis cultivation was found by police.

Picture this: Twin Peaks fashion shoot...

Video: Thirty-two metres above the ground slackliner Ryan Paul Robinson balances between the rock formation known as the Moai Tower on the south east coast of Tasmania.

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