A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: March 6: Listing the truth


Ain't that the truth ... this Trade Me listing for a Torbay property tells it like it is for Auckland's first-home buyers.

Tech-speak confusion contagious

A recent study found that many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11 per cent saying that they thought HTML - a language that is used to create websites - was a sexually transmitted disease. The survey conducted by also found 23 per cent thought an "MP3" was a Star Wars robot (it is an audio file), 18 per cent identified "Blu-ray" as a marine animal (it is a disc format used to store high-definition videos) and 27 per cent identified a "gigabyte" as an insect found in South America (a gigabyte is a measurement unit for the storage capacity of an electronic device). (Source: LA Times)

Building your Lego language

Tweet goodness: "There is no such word as Legos. The progression is A bit of Lego, 2 bits of Lego, several bits of Lego, lots of Lego, leave me alone, I'm making a tower." (@daibhidc)

Train upgrade timing needed jog along

Raymond writes: "With 40,000 plus people going into town on Sunday, why was this weekend picked to do the train upgrade with full network closure? To make it worse, if you go to the official site (as linked from there is no mention about the Round the Bays event. Come on Auckland Transport! Does no one jog at Auckland Transport?"

Art discovery

Frances writes: "A friend found six or seven hand-drawn pages of a graphic novel in a bush. The artist is extremely skilled and we think the pages would have taken a huge amount of work to complete - these must be the original drawings too. I know I'd hate to lose something like this." Email Sideswipe if they are yours.

Cat shows Hugo who's boss

A man suffered a serious facial injury after he was attacked by a neighbour's cat because it hated his aftershave. Ian Olver, 44, from Plymouth in the UK had splashed on the Hugo Boss Bottled Night cologne for the first time before popping down the road to see neighbours. Their cat Blue leaped up and began clawing at Ian's neck and ears as soon as it caught a whiff of him. He managed to fight off the crazed animal but was left with a 7.6cm gash to the back of his head which required hospital treatment.

Yes, it is entertaining. Spotted in Kerikeri.

Local: Check it out music fans! Neil Finn has released a new album (called Dizzy Heights) and online NZ music archive AudioCulture has just now published a hefty profile by NZ music historian Chris Bourke, which covers Neil's solo career highlights.

In Case You Missed It: Prime Minister John Key fully understands the power of social media...Or does he? Here he is posing pulling a 'derp face' with students , which is defined by Urban Dictionary as "a facial expression reminiscent of one who is retarded" and reminded me of the fracas over Ricky Gervais's use of the word mong. What do you think? Hilarious or cringe?

Fashion: 3D printing could revolutionise manicures....

Picture this: Large Pooh Blocks Sewer...

Video: Drone films a stampede of dolphins, grey whales and a humpback whale mother with her newborn calf, all from above...

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