Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: May 30: Fancy some roadkill?

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"Is this a fancy name for roadkill?" writes Luen Jones of Te Atatu Peninsula.

Breast best for 36-year-old man

Gym-goer Anthony from Queens, New York has a secret fuel for keeping his stamina up - breast milk. "It gives me incredible energy I don't get from other food and drinks," he tells Nymag.com. He'd been buying breast milk from his neighbour for US$2.50 ($2.90) an ounce (30ml) and when she stopped nursing he bought it online. "I want natural stuff that's God-given ... " he says, but adds that he prefers not to tell people because being "a thirtysomething-year-old man drinking breast milk makes me sound weird". Father-of-four Jason believes drinking breast milk has kept him from getting sick. His wife isn't thrilled, but doesn't mind as long as the milk comes from a safe source. David first drank breast milk to help with his nausea while going through chemotherapy. It's easy to digest and breast milk can give much needed nutrients. For others it is a fetish. But buying bodily fluids from strangers online is always going to be risky, whatever your reasons. The New York Times reported that "64 per cent of the samples from milk-sharing sites were contaminated with staph, 36 per cent with strep, and almost three-quarters with other bacterial species."

Home delivery, with pizza

A reader writes: "A workmate (an accountant) was relating a story of her thriftiness while living in London several years ago. She was stuck 20 minutes from home and needed a lift. Her solution? She called into a pizza franchise and ordered a pizza to be delivered and then got into the delivery vehicle with the unbelieving driver who obliged by 'delivering' the pizza."

Australian cyclist

Sue Abbott is crusading against "sexist" bike helmet laws. The New South Wales woman was issued a $153 on-the-spot fine for riding without a helmet while in Adelaide this week. As part of a protest ride from the city to Henley Beach, organised by Freedom Cyclists, she will ride lid-less and police have promised not to fine non-helmet wearers during the event. Ms Abbott said it was "ridiculous" that only Australia and New Zealand had compulsory all-age helmet laws which she believes turn people - especially women - off cycling. "I firmly believe more people would ride bikes if helmets were optional," she said. "It is a very sexist law because a lot of women have maintained hairstyles and would end up with helmet hair - and women have told me that's one of the factors [for not riding bikes]." (Source: Adelaide Now)


"I'd like to put the whole 'O for Awesome' argument to rest," writes a reader.

Video: A cockpit view landing through thick cloud into Queenstown. Hold on to your seat. This is spectacular. It must take great faith in your instruments to pilot an approach like this but the rush must be amazing...

Bad call: Sainsbury's tasteless 12 Years a Slave DVD display.


Video: This "Beautiful Eyes" contest was held at a British holiday camp in 1958. The women's faces are covered below the eyes and their bodies are hidden below the neck, apparently to ensure the judges will properly isolate the single body part they're supposed to be evaluating.

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