Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: April 15: I believe

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Carlos Angell of Titirangi took this photo on Sunday and even though he's 18 years old, he now believes in the Easter bunny again.

Statue of Jesus brings mixed response

A bronze statue which depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench in Davidson, North Carolina is confusing residents. One woman called police the first time she drove by, thinking it was an actual homeless person. Another local said it "creeps him out". While some felt it was an insulting depiction of the Son of God, and what appears to be a hobo curled up on a bench demeans the neighbourhood, the rector of the church, David Buck, is in favour of it. "This is a relatively affluent church, to be honest, and we need to be reminded that our faith expresses itself in active concern for the marginalised of society." He says it is also a good Bible lesson for those used to seeing Jesus depicted as enthroned in finery. The most high-profile installation of the bronze Jesus on a park bench will be on the avenue leading to St Peter's Basilica - if the City of Rome approves it. (Source: NPR)

Inane bystander comments on the royals

"I'm six months younger than the Queen."

"Isn't she tiny?"

"Their teeth were so white."

"I made a millisecond of eye contact and now my life is complete."

"Just seen her. She is the most beautiful woman in this world."

"They looked just like they do on TV."

Noise control gets sued

The Formula One circuit is thought to attract fans as a showcase of technology and racing skill, but organisers of the Australian Grand Prix threatened a lawsuit in March against Formula One management because the races should also be showcases of noise. F1 has softened cars' power this year to achieve fuel efficiency, but that also quietened down F1's "trademark ear-splitting roar", according to a Business Insider report. Fans are less likely to buy tickets, organisers fear, if they lose the deafening, 100-decibel vroom. (Source: News of the Weird)

Suit jacket blown away

Do-gooding: It must've been an odd sight, on Saturday at about 11am, when Raewyn found a man's suit jacket in the middle of Hill Rd, Manurewa, complete with hanger.

"Chances are it has blown out of an open car window. We hung it on a tree on our front lawn hoping for an owner to retrace his steps but it hasn't happened yet ... Maybe Sideswipe can help?"

Dog after a bag

A reader spotted this as he walked through Devonport Wharf. "I think he was after a doggy bag,'' he says.

Video: As a former Otago student I cringed watching this clip of the Hyde Street Keg party in Dunedin, we were never like that....

Quick Clip: A definite spring in his step...

On the Road: Some guy has converted a Toyota Lucida Estima into a compact campervan which even has an electric shower " with a big shower curtain which you can clip in the back door"...And it could all be yours...

Video: High profile San Francisco lawyers Bambo Obaro and Janice Jentz are getting married on July 12th. They sent this video to their guest to tell them not to double book themselves...

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