Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: July 20: Weren't they a NZ band?

Weren't they a New Zealand band? Trevor spotted this sign at the traffic lights on Sunset Rd and Albany Highway.

Better than a guard dog ...

David Clemow of Papakura was walking along the footpath, between a fruit shop and a car parked parallel to the road, when he noticed a medium-sized brown dog jump over from the back seat to the driver's seat, put its paws on the horn and push until the horn sounded. "The driver came out of a nearby shop, the dog went back to the rear seat and the driver got in and drove away. Could be handy if the dog can recognise an approaching parking warden."

Honey, you're home

A couple investigating brown liquid seeping through the ceiling of a Brisbane house were shocked when it turned out to be honey from a bee colony. The tenant in the house had complained about the discolouring on a ceiling. The property manager touched it with his finger and smelled it, and discovered it smelled like honey, so he tasted it.

The bees had left the hive, so with no bees to eat it, it just dripped and soaked through. The hives were removed from the ceiling cavity, but the bees returned six months later, when the tenant reported seeing thousands of them flying around in the backyard near the same room. A bee expert said it was likely there were more than 40,000 bees living in the house. She said it was not uncommon for bees to rebuild their hives after they are removed.

Top tip for driving tests

"In 1960, when I was 15 years old, a traffic officer took me for my driving test," writes Dawn Chote of Stanmore Bay. "He asked me five random questions and off we went in my father's immaculate 1939 Austin Big 7. All the officer could do was rave about the car and when we got back to the Glen Eden Council building Mum came to ask how I went. All he could do was go on and on about the car. I had to interrupt him to ask if I had got my licence ... yes I had, despite flunking a question."

A hairy situation

Failing driving tests is a rite of passage, says this reader: "I remember taking the test in the middle of summer. I had my window up and the sweaty instructor yelled at me that it was too hot and that I should wind my window down, which I did. Any female will know that you can't have two windows down in the car unless you like having hair in your eyes, so I did the test, while constantly tucking my hair back behind my ear. End of the test ... FAIL ... why? Not driving with two hands on the wheel at all times."

- NZ Herald

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