Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: July 1: Pronunciation sought

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How exactly do you pronounce this brand of cream being plugged on Family Health Diary?

Sky's the limit

A reader writes: "Yesterday I phoned Sky to change our plan. I waited in the phone queue for 10 minutes, a real person answered and the call was disconnected. I phoned again, waited in the queue for 15 minutes, then the machine told me I could request a call-back instead of waiting. Good idea, I thought, so did as suggested. Ten minutes later Sky called me back. Great, I thought, but then waited another 20 minutes in the queue before a real person told me I couldn't change the plan as it was in my husband's name. I handed the phone to my young son who gave his father's name - job done!"

Trying time with a tripod

A reader writes: "Me and a group of friends, out photo-shooting one night last year at Auckland CBD, also got stopped by security staff at Britomart over our tripod use. Staff explained the use of a tripod posed a danger to other people walking by. We were allowed to use the tripod as long as we didn't spread out its legs, but a security staff member was assigned to follow us around, reporting back on his walkie-talkie frequently until we had finished and left the building."

Technoviking ruling upsets videographer

The man known as Technoviking managed to win his lawsuit against the videographer who made him famous - without testifying and without revealing his identity. A court in Berlin sided with the Technoviking against Matthias Fritsch over the 2000 video of him dancing at a street fair that went viral in 2007. The judgment means Fritsch must pay Technoviking the money he made from YouTube ads, most of the court costs, and €10,000 ($16,800) in compensation. He can also no longer use the original footage or derivative works.

Fritsch told the Daily Dot he was not pleased with the verdict. While he said he supported a person's right to privacy, he also firmly believed the video was a work of art and that, by forcing him to pay back his YouTube earnings, the court was essentially saying an artist cannot profit from their work. (Source: Neatorama.com)

Korean beauties cut from the same cloth

One of the most popular internet images recently consisted of face shots of the 20 contestants for Miss South Korea - revealing that all 20 appeared eerily similar, and Westernised. Commented one website: "Korea's plastic surgery mayhem is finally converging on the same face." Wrote a South Korean commenter, "Girls here consider eye surgery just like using makeup." Wrote another, "I loved this episode of the Twilight Zone." The country has the highest rate of cosmetic surgery per capita in the world. (Source: News of the Weird)

Cleverness: Playing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,' in all musical genres that you could possibly imagine...

Disease map of the world: "Illness and death are the common lot of humanity, but just how they get you depends in part on where in the world you live. This artwork makes that point by combining the beauty of microscopy with the geography of disease. Each continent is painted as microscopic views of the parts of the body that, when diseased or dysfunctional, cause most death or illness for the people who live there." It's diabetes for us downunder, folks.

Video: Skydiver retrieves other skydiver's lost shoe...

UPDATE: After that bungled answer her question, Miss Utah takes the piss out of herself on talk show...

Video: Conversations With My 2 Year Old (Episode 4: The Check)

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

- NZ Herald

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