Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: December 2: Need spellcheck?

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All some signwriters want for Christmas is ... spellcheck.
All some signwriters want for Christmas is ... spellcheck.

A smoker who doesn't see the big picture
A reader writes: "While waiting to pay for my petrol at a Gull gas station in Albany, I overheard the young woman in front of me asking that her packet of cigarettes please be changed as she 'didn't like the picture on that one'. The attendant was confused, so the young woman went on to comment that the picture on that particular packet, showing smoking consequences, made her feel sick. As she departed the scene with a smile on her, at this stage pretty young face, I was forced to comment that that was the general idea."

Post-natal selfie scores own goal
A footballer's wife has drawn fire after posting a picture of her flat stomach just four days after giving birth. Norwegian Caroline Berg Eriksen gave birth to daughter Nelia a week ago and posted a selfie on Instagram with the caption "I feel so empty, and still not ... 4 days after birth." The fitness blogger is married to Norwegian Premier League player Lars-Kristian Eriksen.
Writing for Norway's Dagbladet newspaper Suzanna Aabel wrote: "In my eyes, this picture is wildly provocative." On Ms Berg Eriksen's Instagram post, one user commented: "Seriously this is a joke!" (Source: News.com.au)

Extreme trust issues
An Associated Press-GfK poll asked Americans how much they trust others in everyday situations. It found 78 per cent have little faith in people they meet while travelling, 75 per cent mistrust people driving cars while they're driving, biking or walking and 67 per cent have little confidence in people who swipe their credit or debit card when they buy something. More than half said they didn't trust the people hired to work in their homes and almost half said they didn't even have confidence in people at the doctor's office or hospital who have access to their medical records. Asked how much of the time they trust the Government to do what is right, 81 per cent said only some of the time.

A 43m giant eagle has been installed to soar over the heads of visitors ahead of the release of the second instalment of Sir Peter Jackson's trilogy <i>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</i>.
A 43m giant eagle has been installed to soar over the heads of visitors ahead of the release of the second instalment of Sir Peter Jackson's trilogy The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

- NZ Herald

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