Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: August 8: The next volcanic hot spot?

Thar she blows! The Mount Wellington volcano of Auckland? Photo / Supplied
Thar she blows! The Mount Wellington volcano of Auckland? Photo / Supplied

Rhys took this photo of Mt Wellington erupting on Monday morning. "It may have been a factory behind the mountain - difficult to tell at this range," he adds.

Water, water everywhere ...
From News of the Weird: "New York City's tap water is already widely regarded as world-class, in safety and taste. However, two entrepreneurs recently opened the Molecule water bar in the city's East Village, selling 16-ounce bottles of the same water for $2.50, extra-filtered through their $25,000 machine that applies UV rays, ozone treatment and 'reverse osmosis' in a seven-stage process to create what they call 'pure H2O'.

What not to zap
British firefighters say they saved an apartment from destruction after its domestically challenged resident tried to dry his socks and underwear in a microwave oven. The fire destroyed the appliance, along with the underwear and socks inside it, and caused smoke damage to the apartment in Weymouth.

(Source: AP)

Props to builders
"Has anyone thanked those marvellous bridge builders who have built the Newmarket Viaduct in Auckland?" asks Susan. "What a wonderful achievement from the designers, engineers, construction crew, concrete jockeys and demolition team. Well done on a safe and considerate job done for the central city."

Don't text and drive
A Texas college student sent this text: "I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident." Then he drove off a cliff. Chance Bothe survived but had to have doctors bring him back to life three times. After six months' recovering, he's dedicated himself to convincing others not to make the same mistake.

Medals vs money
For the reader who points out that it is more than just population that is required for a level playing field of the Olympic medal tally, there is a "medals by GDP" analysis at medalspercapita.com. Moldova tops the list, then Jamaica and Mongolia take the next two spots. New Zealand comes in 11th.

More on the moron
"The MORON number plate belongs to my ex-husband" explains Kaysey without any malice. "I just have yet to get the car re-registered! I blame the busy life, impending baby for lack of time to get it done, but thanks for the reminder. I need to find time, lol."

- NZ Herald

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