Sideswipe: April 3: Not Loling in Switzerland


That was April Fool's Day

Tradition dictates anyone playing a joke after midday on April 1 is a fool themselves, but that's no reason not to share the best pranks from around the world ...

1. The Japan Times told its readers that stations on Tokyo's central loop metro line will soon get "scent alerts" to remind distracted commuters that it's time to get off.

2. In Germany a newspaper reported a council official wanted to introduce postage for emails to refill public coffers

3. Penguin Books, UK announced revised editions of classic books would have exclamation marks added to famous lines.

4. After being confused with the toothpaste company for years, Colgate University opens a Graduate School of Dentistry.

5. Don't believe any ads you see for whisky sunscreen, an app that keeps your drink cool, and a meditation CD featuring sounds of the distillery.

6. And in Switzerland a newspaper mooted an idea which may not seem that far-fetched to New Zealanders that Zurich councillors were in favour of a tax on cats to help protect singing birds.

Really, really slow news day

Stepping onto the career ladder

Rowan Hill writes: "After the Berlin Wall came down, an executive of the [West] German bank I worked for visited an East German bank, looking at work processes, meeting staff, and getting to grips with the communist 'full-employment doctrine'. When he asked one woman employee what her role was, she said, 'I take up the runs'. She explained that when female employees laddered their stockings, she darned them. The rest of the time she waited."

Best job lets you put feet up

Enough of the worst, let's have your Best Jobs Ever. John Burns worked as labourer on a large motorway construction site. "The tallyman went on two weeks' holiday and I scored his job. I sat in a hut , in a comfortable chair, out of the rain and wind. My job was to record the trucks bringing fill to the site by ticking a box each time one arrived - about one truck every five minutes. The foreman added it up at the end of the day. I read more books in that two weeks than I ever have since."

Waitress knows mum's limit

An Arkansas mother out with her family at a bar-restaurant wound up in jail after a waitress called police to say she was breastfeeding and drinking. Officers arrested her and charged her with child endangerment. Tasha Adams says she had two beers in about 90 minutes, but a waitress suspected she had more than that, and more than just beer. She eventually called police. The American Academy of Paediatrics advises breastfeeding mothers to wait two hours after having a drink, before feeding.

Local: Eminent local media personality, David Slack, calls this ditty in the Devonport Flagstaff "the cat story of the year". He's not wrong...

Silly Tumblr: For fans of Kevin Spacey's TV hit, House of Cards...

Picture this: Engraved rolling pins exist... Or if that's not your thing, how about a bedside table that converts to a shield and bat to battle intruders...

Video: Stairway To Heaven as you've never heard it before...

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