Year's most inconsiderate parker

"I'd like to nominate the driver of the car in the attached photo for the stupidest, most inconsiderate park of the year," writes Robin. "For some reason, the woman decided it was okay to completely block my driveway while she had drinks with a friend across the road! She was there for well over over an hour (the time it took for Auckland Transport to organise a tow truck), and only turned up as the towie was loading up the car. What made it worse was that there was a perfectly good park across the road in a big community centre carpark."

Round-earth scepticism

If you ever doubted the power of social media to influence, read this: Only 66 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds in the US are confident that the world is round, according to a new national survey. But don't panic, there is not an epidemic of flat-earthism in the younger generations — only 4 per cent of the 18- to 24-year-old age group said they actually believe the world is flat. Rather, there are a large number in this age group who are willing to entertain doubts: 9 per cent said they had always believed the world was round but were recently having doubts, 5 per cent said they had always believed the world was flat but were becoming sceptical of that conclusion and 16 per cent just weren't sure. Flat-earth believers post videos and memes arguing their case with conspiracy theories to explain away everything that makes it clear that the planet is, in fact, a globe.

Mistaken identity

"I was back-ended on my way to work in the CBD Auckland," writes Robyn. "With the car still driveable, my daughter took it to Save Mart Onehunga for a shop a few days later. When she came out she found this note on the car. It seems Dana thought they had hit my car, then kindly left a sorry note. I tried to make contact to reassure the driver, however they had given false details."

Who's a pretty theyby?

Parents who themselves use they/them/their pronouns are choosing to raise their babies from birth without gender labels. Instead they refer to their children with the gender-unspecified singular "they", and now are blending "they" and "baby"' into "theyby". Baby already works for newborns as a non-gender-specific name, so maybe the term "theyby" will remain a very niche term. (Via The Cut)

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