A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: May 23: Looks like a big job

Spotted by Oscar in Halsey St. "Industrial podiatry? Looks like a big job," he says.
Spotted by Oscar in Halsey St. "Industrial podiatry? Looks like a big job," he says.

Watered down sunscreen

Media reports on the world's first drinkable sunscreen product are spreading misinformation, says the British Association of Dermatologists. The makers of Harmonised H20 UV claim a teaspoon will give three hours SPF 30 protection, despite the product not having been through SPF testing or having any FDA approval. The dermatologists say: "The formulation is 100 per cent water and, as far as our experts are concerned, it is complete nonsense to suggest that drinking water will give you a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30."

Bottle store sign.

Where everyone gets a what?

Pam Sims, of Howick, writes: "This evening while I was feeding the dogs and listening half-heartedly to the news, the ads came on and from one of our well-known chain stores (where everyone gets a bargain) I heard the following: 'A wide selection of homosexuals.' Wha-a-a-t? After some thought I realised it was 'a wide selection of home essentials' ..."

When a party isn't a party

A reader writes: "One Friday night my friends and I were having a couple of drinks at home while the neighbours were singing, laughing and sounding like they were having an all-round great time! Having never really spoken to them before we thought it was a great opportunity to pop over to meet them and join the party. So with a couple of beers, some cider and a glass of wine in hand (we even put Frank the dog on his lead) we went around to introduce ourselves only to find out that it was a Tuvaluan funeral. AWKWARD!"

Bovine blade runner

Hero the calf tries out his new prosthetic legs in Houston. The calf was rescued from a Virginia farm a year ago and brought to Texas after it nearly died. He got the prosthetics after his back hooves had to be amputated because of frostbite.

Innovation: Sliderunner turns your indoor staircase into a rainy day slide for kids...

Picture this: Rap Shirts For White People creates the two-tone T-shirts for middle-class suburban gangsta with zingers like "My self-respect brings all the boys to the yard" and "Fund Tha Police" ...

Newsy: Er, there's a pylon in the middle of the road...

Picture this: Doing marriage right...

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