Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: July 26: Honesty the best policy

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Honesty is always the best policy.
Honesty is always the best policy.

Paul writes: "Testament to the honesty of the Devonport community is this pile of firewood tantalisingly situated on the verge of a busy street which appears not to have reduced in size during the week to date. Let's hope the intended recipients are home before the temperature drops further!"

Bragging rights can be bummer

This week, Sideswipe found some footage from 1986 of Te Atatu North's Footrot Flats Theme Park and many readers remembered it fondly: "My first theme park visit ever was to Footrot Flats. When I was about 8 or 9 my 'boyfriend' at the time invited me to go with him and his much older brother and sister. Imagine the bragging rights I had over my sisters. I bragged and bragged so much about going to Footrot Flats that my sister started bawling her eyes out. She played the sympathy card perfectly - so much so that my 'boyfriend's' brother and sister invited her to join us as well. Imagine my horror! My first date EVER in my short life and my sister gatecrashes it! No chance of a snog at the top of the rollercoaster when she's sat behind us!"

Anchor's dildo boo-boo

A CNN anchor must have been mortified after he mistakenly said "dildo" when he meant to say "dodo". Jonathan Mann was hosting a segment about the impact of climate change on animal species when he said: "We hunted the dildo into extinction," before a split second later realising what he'd said. "Um, but, the dodo, rather, forgive me, I'm having trouble with my words today," he blurted out, no doubt with his producer screaming into his earpiece. The dodo was, of course, a flightless bird from the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean which become extinct during the 17th century.

Picture this: Sam said he stumbled upon these photos, by a guy from Auckland who appears to wander the streets of Auckland...
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Video: Rachel Wolf isn't married yet, but her father, Dr. James Wolf, is dying of metastatic pancreatic cancer. His fear is for the milestones in his daughter's life. So she planned a wedding dance just for them, complete with wedding gown and guests and recorded it...

Video: The Beijing Subway in morning rush hour makes you realise your crawl over the Auckland Harbour bridge in your 10 year old Toyota listening to The Breeze, just ain't that bad a way to travel...

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