Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: Oct 15: Princess Diana's dentist

A Sideswipe reader has found the place Princess Diana got her teeth done. Photo / Supplied
A Sideswipe reader has found the place Princess Diana got her teeth done. Photo / Supplied

OMG, it's raining Chicken Licken!
A US teenager's horseback riding lesson ended abruptly after a 30cm-long hunk of raw chicken fell out of the sky and hit her on the head. Fortunately, what hit Cassie Bernard was the smallest of three or more poultry parts that rained down on Queen Hive Farm in Assawoman, Virginia. Cassie, who was not injured, was wearing a riding helmet when the chicken hit her. Officials from a nearby Tyson Foods processing plant denied that the flying chicken parts originated there. But no matter what brand of chicken fell, a scientist later said high-flying seagulls probably were involved. (wisconsinrapidstribune.com)

Fat backside or not, I'll see you in court, twerp
Sacha Boutros claims she was struck after a man driving a BMW didn't get the parking space he wanted at Seaport Village Shopping Centre in San Diego. Boutros said she was standing in the space, holding it for a friend, when a white BMW drove by and told her to move. She refused, and the motorist drove away, but then came back and said: "Move your fat [expletive] ass or I'll hit you." Boutros said the car slowly came closer and closer, then hit her.

Boutros said she suffered a hyper-extended knee and damaged ligaments. She complained to the police but the driver was not arrested. She has now filed a civil lawsuit. (ABC 10 News)

Health and safety warnings gone mad
"I was wondering if any other readers have health and safety co-ordinators in their office who believe we are all morons," writes an engineer. "Our health and safety officer has recently felt it necessary to label items in the office to identify all of the potential hazards... This included stairs and other similarly hazardous building elements, including this sign on a door. I'm so glad this sign has been put up. I have been trying to walk through that part of the wall for years, and just couldn't work out how to get to the other side."

Putting some bounce into sensationalism
A reader writes: "In the 2009 Will Ferrell movie Land of the Lost, there's a line on a fake news and current affairs show that goes, 'When we come back: Trampolines - summer fun or silent killer?' The gag is they're mocking and accusing the media of sensationalist scaremongering and ruining everyone's fun. So what was on Close Up on Thursday night? A warning to parents to be 'vigilant' about trampolines. Obviously the media have done Y2K, mad-cow disease, natural disasters, the global financial crisis, bird flu, swine flu, the P epidemic and terrorism, so now it's the turn of trampolines to terrify us."

The ayes have it for sugary drinks, eh?
L&P's aye vs eh ... A reader writes: "I don't think anyone who follows soft-drinks on Facebook or Twitter is the kind of person you should be asking how to spell things. I'll refrain from calling them stupid, but proclaiming your love for a sugar-laden beverage via the internet seems strange, to say the least. The phrase 'get a life' seems fitting. Do these 'fans' not realise they are being used as tools by marketers?"

- NZ Herald

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