Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: May 28: Lack of lycra arouses suspicion

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Tessa Boraston snapped this cloud on her way to work at McLeods Bay, Whangarei Heads. Photo / Supplied
Tessa Boraston snapped this cloud on her way to work at McLeods Bay, Whangarei Heads. Photo / Supplied

Lack of lycra arouses suspicion
A cyclist was stopped by police in Keynsham, Somerset, for not wearing "the right road bike clothing". PC Keith James stopped Tim Burton to check whether the bicycle he was riding was stolen after the rider's non-cycling clothes aroused his suspicions. Burton later tweeted: "Just got stopped by the police for 'not wearing lycra' but being on a road bike."

Facebook popularity a source of teen stress
A Huffington Post interview with a 14-year-old girl about how she uses her iPhone and social media was an eye opener: "The most important and stress-inducing statistic of all is the number of 'likes' she gets when she posts a new Facebook profile picture - followed closely by how many 'likes' her friends' photos receive. Casey's most recent profile photo received 117 'likes' and 56 comments from her friends, 19 of which they posted within a minute of Casey switching her photo, and all of which Casey 'liked' personally. "If you don't get 100 'likes', you make other people share it so you get 100," she explains.

"Or else you just get upset." Read full story here...

Baxter the boxer found ...
Update from yesterday: "Baxter, the boxer missing in Howick, was found on Saturday morning," writes Tessa. "He was found curled up on the rocks behind a wall above the high tide mark at a local beach by a wonderful searcher and his dog Abbey."

... but not training for the big fight
A reader writes: "As I read the story about Baxter my first vision was a muscly man wearing boxing gloves and a satin robe heading out for a jog ... didn't understand why the poor boxer would have people suddenly start chasing him. Facepalm."

Case of mistaken geography
Michael Dawson of Milford writes: "Before Dawn Chote of Stanmore Bay spends too much time looking for a whinging pom who previously owned her 'Greater Shepparton City Council' bin, she might like to focus on looking for a possible Indonesian asylum seeker who has entered the country in it from Aussie. Greater Shepparton City is northeast of Melbourne while the Shepperton in UK is a village southwest of London."

Waiter, there's a fly on the menu
Amanda writes: "Right in our travels around the Waikato we ended up in Putaruru with friends at a café with a menu of pictures, showing what their food looked like. When we saw this egg something dish, we cracked up at the fly perched on the glistening, love heart-shaped yolk. We figured it was squashed on the board, but when we tried to wipe it off we realised it was actually part of the photo and there was an actual fly on the dish when it was being photographed. We nearly ordered the dish and then complain when it came without a fly."

Opportunities: Skinny person required...

Picture this: Typical reactions to seeing a dinosaur...

Adornments: Nothing says get off the couch like a sloth ring...

Video: An actual conversation with Matthew Clarke's 2-year-old daughter, as re-enacted by him and another full grown man.

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- NZ Herald

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