Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: Dec 4: Ugly wife made to pay up

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Tax-dodgers be afraid. Be very afraid. "This helicopter has been flying around Herne Bay for a couple of hours on Monday and by the sound of things has even been landing in various places! Has the IRD got a new flying squad launching Sunday lunchtime raids?" wonders Rob Webb. Photo / Supplied
Tax-dodgers be afraid. Be very afraid. "This helicopter has been flying around Herne Bay for a couple of hours on Monday and by the sound of things has even been landing in various places! Has the IRD got a new flying squad launching Sunday lunchtime raids?" wonders Rob Webb. Photo / Supplied

Chinese media have reported that Jian Feng won the equivalent of US$120,000 ($146,000) in a lawsuit against his well-to-do wife for deceiving him and subsequently giving birth to what Feng thought was an ugly baby. Feng discovered that his wife had had cosmetic surgery - and thus was not, genetically, the beauty that he married but, in reality, plain-looking. (Source: News of the Weird)

Frisky furniture for a loving home
If you live in Hamilton and are in the market for couches, you're in luck. This from Trade Me: Two Nipple-Pink Couches. In the style of classic domed "Chesterfield", these puppies have a lovely velour finish. Push the two together to create a womb-like snuggle nest for you and your loved one to watch a fave movie on a rainy night. Full back and side padding with low back making for easy yawn/arm-around action ... Great tool for transitioning a relationship from flatmates to something more intimate. Be quick - there is a buy now option of $100.

Breaking into hotel rooms 101
Burglars are taking advantage of a bug in the keycard locks on hotel room doors. And security experts expect more to follow given that the lock in question, made by Onity, is used in about four million hotel rooms worldwide. A Mozilla software developer made the flaw public at the Black Hat hacker conference, intending to publicise it so hotels could sort the problem, but that didn't happen, even though stories about several burglaries using the technique at the Houston Hyatt were published. Instead, the revelation has helped burglars, who can build their own master key for about $50. The Houston Hyatt has filled a hole in the locks with glue, but a longer-term fix remains unclear. (Source: Forbes.com)

A safer way to avoid parking tickets
Public Service Announcement: A reader reckons spraying your tyres with WD40 to repel the parking warden's chalk (as suggested yesterday) is a very stupid idea. "WD40 is a lubricant. Your tyres will not grip as well when they are lubricated. Which is dangerous." According to a number of level-headed readers, there is a foolproof way to avoid tickets - don't park illegally.

Website: When things turn to custard and you just can't handle it anymore go here and press the big blue button.

Stupid things for sale: The Milktent Breastfeeding Cover...er, what are you nourishing in there lady? Patent pending !? Eeek! Proof the world needs to grow-the-hell-up about breastfeeding.

Picture this: These incredible series of retouched pictures show the inner child in these adult subjects...(it's art ok)

Video: Move over Nigella, this cooking show will be the next big thing...

Got a Sideswipe? Send your pictures, links and anecdotes to Ana at ana.samways@nzherald.co.nz

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