A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: Something for the weekend

Pip Hall, co-founder of Wet Hot Beauties. Photo / Supplied
Pip Hall, co-founder of Wet Hot Beauties. Photo / Supplied

Local: Five years ago, Pip Hall co-founded Wet Hot Beauties, the amateur synchronised swimming troupe which took Auckland by storm. Now Pip has stripped down to her togs in front of an live audience to talk about the joy of jumping in and doing stuff - whether you're any good or not - as part of the TED global talent search. Wonderfully uplifting, unpretentious and a tonic for all.

Picture this: Combat Garden Gnomes...

Video: As a 12-year-old Jeremiah McDonald taped himself pretending to talk to his future self. Now at 32 and a film maker he makes "A Conversation With My 12-Year-Old Self: 20th Anniversary Edition", Uttterly brilliant deadpan comedy.

Science: A single drop of this venom from this viper is dripped onto a petri dish of blood, and in seconds the blood clots into a chunk of solid gunk. Now that's lethal *shudder*

Creepy: Photographer Harold Feinstein was born in 1931 and included in his body of work is a collection of photographs from when he was a draftee in the Korean War in 1951. One of those photos, GI In Photo Booth, caught the eye of a Photoshop whiz, who decided to give the picture a spooky spin.

Video: Ex-pat Tim McCready is living in London and set a goal of visiting every London Underground station. He didn't realise quite how long it'd take but he has finally finished visiting all 270 stations and documented it here.

Video: A clam eating salt off a table is something to see alright...

PS It's actually the clam's foot.

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