Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: July 8: Paperless budget

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A reader spotted this in Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch, just before a newly repaired bridge. "Over the bridge it is full-on roadworks and potholes no matter what route you take."
A reader spotted this in Fitzgerald Ave, Christchurch, just before a newly repaired bridge. "Over the bridge it is full-on roadworks and potholes no matter what route you take."

"Hey Wellington domestic airport, what's up with the no toilet paper in the ladies loo!" writes a frequent flyer. "Eight cubicles and not one with paper!" Another passenger said there was no paper on Tuesday either ... "all ladies beware only one sheet each, the budget may not stretch too far".

Easing the leftover squeeze
A new invention might save us from thumping the tomato sauce bottle to coax out the last of the sauce. Scientists have created an edible non-stick coating known as Liquiglide which when applied to the inside of the bottle creates a slippery surface allowing the contents to slide straight out. According to the inventors, each year an estimated one million tonnes of condiments are thrown away globally because leftovers cannot be scraped from jars and bottles, with up to 15 per cent of a product remaining in its container. (Source: Daily Mail)

Jail-time for lawyer
Attorney Erubey Lopez went to a San Diego, California, jail to meet a client and ended up trapped in a visiting room by himself for four hours.

Lopez entered the room thinking deputies would bring his client soon. After about a half hour, he tried to reach jailers with the intercom, but no one answered. He tried shouting and pounding the door. But that didn't work. Finally, a guard heard him and let him out.

Bra ban aims to beat exam cheats
Education chiefs in northeast China have a new tactic to clamp down on cheating in the annual university entrance exams: they have banned bras. Before this week's exams, schools in Jilin province outlawed any metal object or item of clothing that sets off detectors being installed outside exam halls. The measure is reportedly an attempt to prevent increasingly brazen and sophisticated cheats from sneaking listening devices or transmitters into the exam. Students would only be allowed to enter the exam venue if their clothes, accessories and equipment they are carrying does not set off an alarm, a letter outlining the policy said. "Therefore, any article that contains metal and can trigger beeping from the security machines will become obstacles for the candidates." Bras with metal clips or underwires were banned and students with metal fillings or implants would have to produce a doctor's note, Xinhua reported. (Source: National Post.com)

Picture this #1: Men wearing their girlfriend's clothes...

Picture this #2: Priorities in the modern world...

Local: New Zealand screenwriter Nick Ward is selling his printer on Trade Me because he reckons it's cursed...

Video: This kind of TV requires someone to be hate bait - ie someone with a personality disorder to express their unfortunate opinions to garner outrage and ratings...

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