Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: Aug 28: Can't forget the Cabinet

The 1984 Labour Cabinet rug. Photo / Supplied
The 1984 Labour Cabinet rug. Photo / Supplied

This delightful beige/brown rug featuring the disembodied heads of the 1984 Labour Cabinet woven into it just sold for $1000 on Trade Me. There were supposedly only 20 made. Anyone know why they were made?

Wallet, check. Phone, check. Dad ...

In Memphis, Dad was left at a rest stop and no one noticed he wasn't in the van until they'd driven 160km. Everyone presumed he was in the back but he was still at the gas station, calling his own phone (which was in the back of the van). Dad finally reached Mum in the van by posting to Facebook. (Source: WMC-TV)

Sleeping beauties put it on the line

Ukrainian-Canadian artist Taras Polataiko is recreating the fairytale Sleeping Beauty as performance art where a cast of young maidens sleep in the National Museum of Ukraine until a kiss from a patron wakes them. To participate in the exhibit, potential princes have to sign a contract that states, "If I kiss the Beauty and she opens her eyes, I agree to marry her".

The female performers have also entered into an agreement that reads, "If I open my eyes while being kissed, I agree to marry the kisser". (Source: Huffington Post)

Shameful campaign

A reader writes: "A highly ineffective campaign from the pro-tobacco lobbyists; hundreds of leaflets littered down the length of Grafton Bridge and Park Rd. Shameful campaign, disrespectful practice."

Nudie nuptial shots

Forget the usual shots of couples smiling on the grass and cutting the wedding cake. A new breed of bridal photographer is capturing newlyweds "the morning after" in various states of intimate embrace, the New York Daily News reports. Couples who agree to the shoots are often snapped in bed (in whatever they're wearing - or not wearing) or sharing sexy showers. "We do it very sexy and implied," says photographer Michelle Jonne. "I wanted to do the shoots to show that [marriage] is happy ... it's sexy and it's not over." But not all are on board: "Do I think it's a little bizarre? Yes," says a New York bridal expert. "And I am far from a prude." One newlywed, however, loved it so much she plans to show the shots to her kids: "I wouldn't show this to them at the age of 10. But when they're older and can understand it." (Source: Newser.com)

- NZ Herald

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