A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: Jan 3: Come on, be honest

Something to LOL at. Photo / Sideswipe
Something to LOL at. Photo / Sideswipe

Great, now how about a realistic alternative to ROFL (rolling on the floor, laughing)?

Professions for a psychopath

Which professions have the highest percentage of psychopaths and which has the lowest? No surprise to see journalists on the more likely list, but chefs? Psychopathy is defined as a personality disorder characterised by shallow emotions (in particular reduced fear), lacking empathy, coldheartedness, lacking guilt, egocentricity, superficial character, manipulativeness, impulsivity and antisocial behaviours such as parasitic lifestyle and criminality. An explanation: "Most of the professions on the right require human connection, dealing with feelings and most of them don't offer much power. Psychopaths, by their very nature, would not be drawn to or be very good at these things. On the other hand, most of the roles on the left do offer power and many require an ability to make objective, clinical decisions divorced from feelings. Psychopaths would be drawn to these roles and thrive there." (Source: Via

Distracting jazz hands

A reader from Te Atatu writes: "I do like Miriama Kamo - she's easy on the eye and seems smart, warm and funny, but watching her fill in on the news over the silly season, I have to say she has a serious case of jazz hands! They are continually flapping about distracting me from what she's actually saying. Can someone please tell her to sit on them maybe?"

Eye test failings

Peet Dowrick writes: "Anyone who has one eye significantly dominant cannot pass the AA eye tests. A few months ago, I sought a New Zealand driver's licence after years away. I happily read all eight letters in two columns of the designated row and was quite perplexed when expected to continue. The third column was completely invisible to me - and a significant percentage of the driving public. These are the only machines authorised by NZTA, and they cannot test all eyesight. NZTA knows this, and has three choices: Authorise a better viewer, allow AA to use a wall chart as back-up, or send people to optometrists at $70 a pop."

- NZ Herald

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