Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: February 17: This is true love

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This Valentine's Day prank classified ad was published in the Launceston Examiner in Tasmania. Jodie and Alex work at the newspaper which is why it turned out so well.

Play the game, you guys
Sports Illustrated likes bikini models, but sportswomen aren't so popular. Checking the magazine's cover archive, blogger Jason Kottke counted the covers featuring active female athletes out of 65 issues each year. He only needed one hand: in 2013 there were none, in 2012 there was one - the US women's gymnastics team. In 2011, also just one cover - Hope Solo. In 2010 three female athletes were on the cover (Serena Williams, Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso), in 2009 back to zilch. "And ESPN the Magazine isn't any better," he says. "Most of the female athletes on their covers over the past five years are naked. Well, except for this one of the incredibly talented skier Lindsey Vonn with her face photoshopped on to Sharon Stone's body in the leg-uncrossing scene from Basic Instinct." (Source: Kottke.org)

Safe as money in the bank
Matthew was surprised when he got a replacement debit card from ANZ that "not only do these cards no longer need to be activated by phone or in a bank but the 'ready-to-use' card is already set up with Pay Wave so any letter thief has the most hassle-free way of stealing my money in handy $80 transactions! Anyone else think this is bad security?"

Sochi so condescending
A reader writes: "Have people watched the Sochi Winter Olympics highlights on Prime TV at 6pm? Where is the show coming from? Has anyone noticed how the narrators speak as if the show is made for an ESOL audience? Great for English language learners, but just a wee bit patronising for native speakers."

Fixing the mother(s) of all problems
On the photos of the father of all the Rawhiti St kittens, a reader writes: "How about the owners of the mothers of all the kittens get their cats spayed! Or if it's a stray population, ring the appropriate agencies to deal with them! If you go to the effort to name and shame the poor cat that's only doing what nature intended, get off your butt and make the effort to assist rounding up these unneutered animals and get them fixed!"

Hey, Browns Bay bar....you may like to rename your newsletter Tid Bits.
Hey, Browns Bay bar....you may like to rename your newsletter Tid Bits.

Humans can be so good: Read this if you need a bit of uplifting on a Monday morning...

Good read: Do Internet trolls have personality traits that are either Machiavellianism (willingness to manipulate and deceive others), narcissism (egotism and self-obsession), psychopathy (the lack of remorse and empathy), and sadism (pleasure in the suffering of others)? Yes, indeedy.

Audio: A man in Washington County called 911 because the zipper was stuck on his wife's jacket and she couldn't get it off. You have to hear it to believe it...

Video: Toddler boxing match...

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