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A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: October 28: Meeeeeeoooooowwwwww ...

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"My family and I laughed until we cried when we saw this point of view on our local body politics," writes Sam Leander.
"My family and I laughed until we cried when we saw this point of view on our local body politics," writes Sam Leander.

British electrician Helen Stevens got in her work van and drove to a job in another town, reaching speeds of 110km/h, when she saw another vehicle flash its lights at her. She pulled over, checked her van, and found a cat clinging for life to the roof! She took the terrified animal to a veterinary clinic. The clinic put an appeal on Facebook to find the cat's owner and found a 5-year-old boy and his mother who were worried about their missing cat, named Kick Buttowski. They were reunited the next day. (Source: leicestermercury.co.uk)

Descriptive little darlings
Grandparents Day at Oratia District School was an opportunity for some wonderfully descriptive writing.
1. Jaden writes: "My poppa plays tricks on me. When I get off the bus my poppa boo's me. He sounds like a tractor. He looks as happy as a cheeky monkey. He feels warm and as cuddly as a teddy bear. He smells as nice as a feijoa."
2. Louis writes: "My pop is a policeman and he wears a blue uniform.

He sounds like a tiger and he looks like the wizard Gandalf the Gray. He feels spiky and smells normal. My pop is called Andy."
3. Jorja writes: "My nana bakes dinner. She sounds like a bird and she looks delicate like a petal. She feels cuddly and smells like she just baked."

Big or wee - all the same when going to pee
Scientists have discovered that all mammals urinate for roughly the same amount of time, regardless of their size. A study carried out by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta found that animals of various sizes - from an elephant to a rat - take about 21 seconds to relieve themselves. The team, who collated their findings using videos of animals going to toilet and combining them with data on mass, bladder pressure and urethra size, were able to come up with what they are calling the "law of urination". (Daily Mail)

The good ol' days ...
Joy writes: "In the late 1960s as a 17-year-old I applied for an office job at a large national newspaper. The interview came to an abrupt end when, upon hearing that my parents were divorced, the interviewer said they would not employ people whose parents were separated. Apparently they could be unstable of character. Good for the esteem of a teenager."

House comes with a shoulder-padded, permed gal in the back room.
House comes with a shoulder-padded, permed gal in the back room.

Best Headline: Never Drink Alone Again, With Wine for Cats...

Video: British Basketball commentary...

You've got to be kidding: A new credit union 'Loans for Ladies' (to go on a shopping spree or get plastic surgery)...

Picture this: The married Karma Sutra....

Video: No Woman, No Drive...(Here's a little background)

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