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Sideswipe: March 26: Hogging the outside lane

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'My daughter and I spotted this unusual pillion passenger on the Northern Motorway, Sunday morning,' writes Richard Spicer. 'Someone was bringing home the bacon. He was actually hogging the outside lane. I should stop now before I become a bit of a boar.' Photo / Supplied
'My daughter and I spotted this unusual pillion passenger on the Northern Motorway, Sunday morning,' writes Richard Spicer. 'Someone was bringing home the bacon. He was actually hogging the outside lane. I should stop now before I become a bit of a boar.' Photo / Supplied

New Girl Guide biscuits not a patch on the old ones

"Is it just me or is this year's batch of Girl Guide biscuits the worst ever?" asks Dave Orchard. "The large plain ones appear to have become victim to some sort of food police - their taste now more akin to chalk. They definitely contain less sugar and the shortening is just weird. What happened to the delicious, more-ish, sweet morsels of bygone days? We always bought up large and happily supported the cause. Memo to Girl Guide powers-that-be: We are not fooled. I implore you to revert to the old recipe - you'll sell a LOT more."

Lennon's bloodied glasses used in gun-control debate
Yoko Ono has tweeted a picture of the bloodied glasses John Lennon was wearing when he was killed, to support stricter gun control in America. Ono also tweeted: "Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the USA since John Lennon was shot and killed on 8 Dec 1980."

Cheap beer? Yeah, right!
Bruce from Mt Albert writes: "Here'a Tui billboard you'll never see: 'Beer sure is varied and reasonably priced at Eden Park.' The brewery sponsor is taking full advantage of the captive audience at the cricket test by charging punters $8 for a small plastic bottle of pretty ordinary brown stuff. It's Tui, of course - the beer that provides everyone's favourite billboard. That sort of price is what you pay in top city bars and restaurants for premium beers.

It's different for a man ...
Teri James filed a lawsuit against San Diego Christian College because it fired her for being pregnant and unmarried - a violation of specific employee rules. She said the firing was illegal gender discrimination because her job was quickly offered to the next-most-qualified candidate - James' fiance, who was openly cohabiting with James all along and is the baby's father. (Source: News of the Weird)

UK police scramble to contain egg threat against Prime Minister
British police spent four weeks tracking down a Kent woman after she made a Facebook comment about egging Prime Minister David Cameron. Frustrated over government cuts, Debra Burt commented on a friend's wall. Officers knocked on her door the day before the inauguration of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Kent (which Mr Cameron would be attending) to assess whether she posed a "threat". (Source: Daily Mail)

Picture this: Mother asks son to clean bathroom "like the Queen of England is visiting"... son takes the direction well.

Good things: Twinsters is a project on Kickstarter by two young South Korean women who look remarkably alike, and who were born in the same year and are adopted are raising money to make a documentary about meeting for a DNA. Read about it here.

Hard News: A broadcast news outfit takes its brand spanking drone-like, high-def helicopter camera out to an alleged dog-fighting HQ and this is what they find....

Video: "Social Farter" PSA by Canadian Health Ministry.


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