A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: November 28: Size isn't everything

Could this be the smallest analogue TV to be converted to digital?
Could this be the smallest analogue TV to be converted to digital?

Graham Street of Papakura is getting ready for the analogue TV switch-off this weekend. "With a screen size of only two inches this must be the smallest TV to go Freeview," he enthuses. "Sitting on top of a Sanyo set-top box and using a five-inch UHF aerial and behind the remote control is a Jaycar modulator to convert the audio/video signal from the Freeview set-top box to an analogue TV signal for the small TV."

Ladies show tweeting twit the bird

Small victory for feminism and humour. A Twitter account called @talkSPORTdrive tweeted the following charming request: "It's #TitsoutTuesday girls give me some entertainment before the game starts!" Almost immediately, two women responded, but not as expected. The first wrote: "Here's a lovely pair" and attached a picture of a pair of birds, followed by another woman who added ... "and here are a nice pair of jugs" along with a photo of a matching pair of ceramic milk jugs. Another tweeter offered "a massive rack" and picture of her unemptied dishwasher.

"Here's a lovely muff" offered another with a picture of an ice-skater and the promise of "some big bazookas" included a pair of portable rocket launchers. Nice one ladies. (Source: The Guardian)

Smokers before pets

Dave writes: "We've been looking for a new rental house as our fixed term is expiring and the landlord is returning. Unfortunately most houses have a "no pets" policy and as a result we have been turned down because we have a cat even though we're a professional couple. I know it's an owner's right to choose who they want but I was blown away to read a Trade Me ad saying 'Smokers OK, no pets' ... Maybe I'll make the cat take up cigarettes."

Forget false fluoro fears

"The Hi-Viz Plague," writes Matt Petersen. "It seems that anyone doing anything more risky than picking up a pen has to wear one of these putrescent-coloured articles of clothing. On the news recently I saw a bunch of jurors being taken to a crime scene in a National Park, all decked out in fluoro yellow vests. Were they expecting a speeding forklift to come barrelling out of the undergrowth? Pah!" (Source: Column 8 SMH)

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