Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: March 21: Super-duper-size-me

Super-duper-size-me: Rhys saw this in a Pokeno shop window in January.

Dunkin' Donuts on another planet
A handwritten letter from a schoolboy - thanking a TV weatherman for visiting his school - has gone viral. The boy known only as Flint told Texas weatherman Albert Ramon he was more awesome than "a monkey in a bacon tuxedo riding a cyborg unicorn with a lightsaber for the horn on the tip of a space shuttle closing in on Mars, while engulfed in flames" and even promised Ramon a place at his top table when he becomes 'supreme Ultra-Lord of the universe'. "I will not make you a slave, you will live in my 200 story [sic] castle where unicorn servants will feed you doughnuts off their horns," Flint wrote. "I will personally make you a throne that is half platinum and half solid gold and jewel encrested [sic]." The youngster also sketched a pencil drawing on the back of the letter showing a unicorn with donuts on his horn giving them to Ramon as he sits on a throne with the words "your doughnuts, Master." (Source: Mirror.co.uk)

Computer stunt bombs out
A stunt to promote a computer company caused a string of bomb scares across Germany. Convar Deutschland thought they had found an exciting way to attract new clients, when they began gluing hard drives to alarm clocks and sending them to companies with a note reading, "Your time is running out" - thinking the idea would be perfect for promoting their speciality - data recovery.

They sent out 40 "time bombs" to businesses, embassies and media. The stunt caused mayhem as terrified recipients called the police and prompted building evacuations. (Source: Tagesspiegel)

DNA dog pooper team called in
Dog mess could be subjected to DNA testing to identify the pets and owners responsible, under a proposal by Hyndburn Borough Council in Lancashire. The council is talking to a forensic vet over plans to analyse dog poop found on pavements and in parks. The scheme has been used effectively in Europe and the United States. Last year the council called on the Government to increase the maximum fixed penalty notices for dog fouling from £75 ($144) to £1000. (Source: Telegraph.co.uk)

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