Sideswipe: April 30: Mum's holiday flip-flop

Black humour in Christchurch with help from Photoshop. Photo / Supplied
Black humour in Christchurch with help from Photoshop. Photo / Supplied

Mum's holiday flip-flop

"With my four kids (plus two Christchurch and one Australian cousins) in the house we are running out of holiday activities," declares Melissa. "But I had a brainwave yesterday morning to sponsor the kids 20 cents a minute to bounce continuously on the trampoline. Two boys took up the challenge and 2.5 hours and a couple of timed toilet stops later I was $60 poorer! Seemed like a good idea at the time."

Don't bother us with irregularities, we're on a roll

A reader is suspicious after getting mail for a guy he's never heard of. "I have lived at my home for 11 years, we know the people we bought from and no one by this name has lived here. The mail is of a personal nature. Today a letter addressed to him arrived from the Electoral Commission. They advised I return the letter saying 'no longer at this address'. I let them know he had never been at this address and I think there is an irregularity with this registration suggesting someone may be creating an identity.

They replied saying 'we don't deal with irregularities, just send the letter back so we can amend the roll'. Maybe I'm mistaken but surely irregularities with the roll should be top of their responsibilities? Has anyone else experienced this?"

So that's why it tastes floury ...

Brian writes: "On a 5kg bag of Pam's flour ...'It is recommended that this flour is only consumed when cooked'. Thanks for the advice Aunty Pam. I don't know where I would be without your culinary tips."

Drug dogs brave teenagers' rooms

Denver parents can now hire drug sniffing dogs to go through their teenager's room. "It's just a tool that parents can use to x-ray into their kid's room and see what's going on in a non-invasive way," said Mark Haines, the owner of K-9 Force Security. Haines said he started out helping employers keep their businesses drug-free and thought this was a logical extension of his business. "At first of course, [my son] was just irritated and angry with us, but now he's adjusting well to it," said an alleged client who requested they not be named. "He's got a better attitude, his grades are improving, so obviously, things are looking up for him." (Source:

Calling trolley dollies from the 60s

TV researcher Damian Christie is looking for someone who was an air hostess in those golden days of aviation, the early 1960s, who is willing to be interviewed on the telly for a new history series. If you are a good talker with memories to share, please email him here.

Tech: An Australian Christian Lobby forgot to renew their domain name...

Picture this: Accidental Cookie Monster...

Bad decisions in TV: This Fox affiliate news show uses this footage for a story on women's history month. When the presenter hesitates you know she can't believe what the dickheads in the editing room have done....

Video: These giraffes are amazing high divers...

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