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A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: November 14: Suspicious cart

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Police in Victoria, British Columbia allege the unidentified cyclist may have been selling marijuana.
Police in Victoria, British Columbia allege the unidentified cyclist may have been selling marijuana.

Guests prove a bit spaced out

What was your "I am surrounded by idiots" moment?

I was at a small social at my parents' house and mentioned something about the National Space Centre in Leicester. A girl pipes up and says, "Oh I love taking my son there, he loves it, I just find it amusing because I don't believe in space." I asked if she meant she didn't believe in investing money in space exploration. No, she did not believe in space. She simply did not believe that anything existed above the sky, that pictures and videos were all fake and that all space agencies and anyone who claimed to have been to space was lying. The other girls in the group started nodding in agreement saying things like, "Now that you mention it, I've never really seen space." I just went home.

This person remembered it was rubbish day, but forgot by the time they got to the end of their driveway.
This person remembered it was rubbish day, but forgot by the time they got to the end of their driveway.

A novel approach

Toilet paper strips have been seen on various roads in Littleton, Colorado, but this is not a teenage prank; it is road repair. City repair crews fill cracks in the asphalt with tar, and then lay the toilet paper over top. The toilet tissue is applied with a paint roller and absorbs the oil from freshly laid tar as it dries, keeping it from sticking to people's shoes or car and bike tires. With the paper's protective abilities, asphalt isn't tracked all over the city or splattered on wheel wells. The biodegradable paper breaks down and disappears in a matter of days. The real benefit is that traffic can return to the road as soon as a crack is filled. There are industrial products sold for exactly this purpose, but single-ply toilet paper does just as well for a fraction of the cost. Double-ply will not work, because the top layer blows away and make a huge mess. (Source: Mental Floss)

In case you missed it: 1) The John Lewis Christmas ad, reimagined with a few familiar faces...Whatch the original here first and then this brilliant take.
2) Lorde said this was her favourite cover of Royals.

Picture this: A wonderful compendium of knitted 80s jumpers.

Protected species.
Protected species.

Video: The Butter dance. It's art apparently...

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