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Sideswipe: July 15: Offensive slogans

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Child retaliates against camper van humour
Australian Wicked Campers is being hauled over the coals over yet another offensive slogan painted on one of its camper vans. Paula Orbea, of Sydney, was livid when her 11-year-old daughter told her about a van she spotted in the Blue Mountains which read: "In every princess, there's a little slut who wants to try it just once". She launched a petition calling on Brisbane-based Wicked Campers to remove slogans labelled as degrading to women and helped her daughter register a complaint with the Advertising Standards Bureau. Wicked Campers slogans condemned by the ASB this year include "Get out ya tits and we'll call it quits" and "Fat girls are harder to kidnap". (Via ABC.com.au)


Rob Powell took this picture of two young women on Great North Rd on Saturday. Yes, the passenger is riding side-saddle.

Handel brings out the inner crowd-surfer
Prominent theoretical chemist David Glowacki was ejected from a classical music concert at England's Bristol Old Vic for disrupting a performance of Handel's Messiah by attempting to crowd-surf in front of the stage.

Dr Glowacki was attending a special "informal" performance at which audience members were encouraged to stand and cheer loudly instead of showing the usual demure appreciation. He said that he could not control himself during the Hallelujah Chorus. (Source: Weird Universe)

Brutal answer to nail-biters
An email to advice column Annie's Mailbox is answered by the Bad Adviser. Q: Dear Annie: One of my best friends constantly bites her nails. She has cats and dogs, occasionally babysits a toddler and does a lot of gardening. This is a lot of dirt and germs under her nails. Doesn't she know she could make herself sick? ... How can I make her stop biting her nails? - Concerned Friend
A: Dear Concerned Friend, Cut off her hands."


Paul Muollo spotted Auckland's new ambulance fleet at the hospital.

Video: Sudden hail storm at the beach in Siberia is intense...

Picture this: "In the 50s, a Man's Life was terrible..."

Video: Onion Talks are a parody of the TED Talks...

Picture this: The TSA's Instagram feed is full of things punters try and board an aircraft with..."While around 40 firearms are seized at checkpoints every week, there are also plenty of knives, stun guns, grenades and disguised weapons that would make James Bond's Q proud."

Video: Not sure what this is, but it's something French and features some clever CGI of skydiving elephants?

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