Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: August 21: Spell check

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Nav saw this at a store in Papatoetoe.

Wild West parking

A reader vents: "Does anyone have a worse carpark than Lincoln North in Henderson? It is the worst planned and worst managed carpark I have ever seen. The turning circle is designed for go-carts not SUV trucks favoured by most Westies, and maintenance takes literally years to happen. There are craters in the seal up to a metre wide, but based on previous experience this could take until 2015 to be remedied."

Bogged down in life

Tracey writes: "This is from an insurance salesman, telling us what would happen if we didn't have life insurance and my partner or I died. We will be up to our ears in it if the result is this devastating! '... this will have a defecating impact on your way of living'."

Stand up straight

People concerned about their posture can buy a gadget to nag them about it. A new product called LumoBack straps around your lower waist to track your posture and vibrates whenever you slouch.

It also tracks steps while walking and running, standing time, sitting time, sleep positions and sleep time. The first nagging buzz comes after you've been exhibiting bad posture for four seconds, then it buzzes again at 11 seconds. If you don't correct your posture after that, LumoBack assumes you don't want to be corrected again and stops buzzing. When you change positions, it restarts this count." (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Riding with her nickname

Tine writes: "I have the numberplate TSPOON. Many think I am a chef or baker, or perhaps tea guru. But no ... as a child our family loved the kids' TV show Button Moon, where the characters are made of plates, bowls, cups and spoons, the youngest named Tina Teaspoon. It became a family nickname."

Norris on a mission

The owners of 2-year-old tabby Norris have written to their neighbours in an attempt to reunite an array of bizarre items, stolen by the animal, with their rightful owners. In the past year, Norris has brought food and dishcloths, dusters and dust mitts to his Bristol home. He has also pinched sports bras, support pants, jumpers, T-shirts, boxer shorts and even a bath mat. In addition, he has been caught with half a pizza, an unopened tube of gravy paste and a German sausage. Owners Richard and Sophie Windsor believe that Norris is taking some items from washing lines in the local area.
(Telegraph Group Ltd)

Web: Thirty years ago there was no internet. Twenty years ago there were only 130 websites total, Google wasn't around and you had to pay for an email account through an ISP. Ten years ago Skype, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Tumblr, Dropbox, and Instagram didn't exist. Take a look at what happens in one second on the internet today.

Classic radio: The Rock gets 'pwned' when their Valentine's Day Win A Divorce competition backfires ...

Niched meme: Sh*t People Say At Record Stores...

Video: Russian PE teacher's ridiculous baby yoga (warning: not for the faint-hearted) ...

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

- NZ Herald

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