Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: March 25: Toilet side-saddle

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A reader writes: "Went to a recent open home in Owairaka, Auckland, and found this in the new bathroom. I guess you have to use the toilet side-saddle."

Coolest captain ever

Masterpiece of Understatement: On June 24, 1982, British Airways Flight 9 - from London Heathrow to Auckland - flew into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung southeast of Jakarta, resulting in the failure of all four engines. Captain Eric Moody made an announcement to the passengers ... "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress." Flight 9 was eventually able to make a safe emergency landing in Jakarta. Moody described the final approach to the runway with terrible visibility as "a bit like negotiating one's way up a badger's arse".

Giving public a whiff of trouble

A UK Crimestoppers group is handing out scratch and sniff cards to educate the public what marijuana smells like.

In doing this they hope it will help people detect when neighbours are growing pot so they can dob them in.

The neighbour from hell

An elderly man from Frankfurt, Germany has been dubbed the "country's worst neighbour" by a local tabloid, after he terrorised his neighbours with a series of antics. The 75-year-old man, known only as Gnter D, has been accused of posting mouldy bread through residents' letterboxes, urinating in flower pots and running naked through communal areas. He is also said to have called his neighbours prostitutes and drawn offensive graffiti on the walls of the building, reports the Bild newspaper. One neighbour said: "In January alone he rang me 284 times." Gnter D will soon appear in court to face charges of disturbing the peace, damaging property and making threats. He denies any wrongdoing.

Good Graphic: How did humans die in the 20th century? And which were the worst killers? The Guardian has looked at mortality data from around the world and created this nifty graphic.

Sound-alike: Do you think the BNZ's new KiwiSaver 'work-til-I-die' ad sounds a lot like the Aussie metro's safety video 'Dumb Ways to Die'?

Picture this: The fish of nightmares....

Video: Surfing Elephant...probably has some CGI here and there...

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