Strange encounters of the hairdresser kind

"An old chap who had scruffy hair came in for a wash and cut," shares a hairdresser on Reddit. "As I began to wash his hair my hand slipped into a large cave in his skull. One-quarter of his head was missing - at least a tennis ball-sized gap. Turns out he had a bad motorcycle accident and had to have brain surgery - and a lot was removed. A heads up would have been good."

"It's all about sending the right message to our impressionable young ones...not to mention the don't drink and drive message," writes a reader.

Absolutely historical

Daughter:

Was it hard to ride a penny farthing?

Mum: I'm not sure.

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Daughter: Well, it either was or it wasn't. How many times did you fall off?

Subway goes gender-neutral

When it comes to the New York City subways, there's no such thing as ladies and gentlemen. Conductors on subway trains have been told to stop addressing passengers as "ladies and gentlemen" when making announcements about delays, detours or other things, and instead use the gender-neutral terms "passengers", "riders" and "everyone".

The new train announcement scripts are part of an effort by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to improve communication with passengers frustrated with having to deal with a system troubled with delays, mechanical failures and even derailments.

Conductors have also been instructed to give subway riders more information about delays, departing from a longtime practice of making sparse announcements that sometimes obscure the real reason a train isn't moving. (Source: Washington Post)

Unnecessary signage

Judgemental maps - Auckland

And here's one for Wellington by Daphne Lawless‏ @daphlawless.
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Quick links

1.How tourist-friendly are those countries you planning to visit? Checkout the Travel Risk Map here.

2. Celebrities at airports in the 1970s.

3. Why incompetent people think they're amazing aka The Dunning Kruger effect.

Video Pick

Strangely similar objects, side by side...


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