Sideswipe: April 21: I wood listen to her

I wood listen to her. Photo / Supplied

By Ana Samways

Weird ways of divining the future

We humans like to have a better sense of what the future holds, and we've come up with some ingenious ways of trying to get at that information, each of which has a name. According to "Words that end in a common suffix: -mancy, meaning 'divination'. Divination is the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events, or to discover hidden knowledge. Divination usually involves the interpretation of omens or, if you're really lucky, the assistance of supernatural powers.

1. Aeromancy requires that you keep your eyes on the skies. You'll have to watch for clouds, birds, precipitation, etc. This word doubles as a fancy word for weather forecasting, though we have yet to hear the word thrown around on the local weather report.

2. Anthropomancy is derived from the entrails of a human being.

Don't try this one at home-or anywhere else. Horrifyingly, it is widely reported to have been practiced by a great many of the ancient peoples of the world.

3. Ceromancy is when melted wax takes on interesting forms, and when you pour the melted wax into water the forms solidify and you can tell the future. According to ceromancy, that is.

4. Oomancy is the shape of the egg white as it cooks which is believed to offer clues about the future. Consider trying this the next time you poach an egg.

Mother Parker!

Living near a school is a nightmare. Photo / Supplied
Living near a school is a nightmare. Photo / Supplied

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"What is it about mothers dropping off and picking up their precious little packages at school that makes them so selfish?" writes a reader. "And, please, don't come out with the 'It's only for two minutes' line. It never is. This car was parked half-way across my drive, making it impossible to get in or out, for nearly half an hour. Living near a school is a nightmare. There is plenty of space further along the road without causing an obstruction. Of course, that does mean you have to walk a little further, which might take you an extra 30 seconds each day."

Last Word

Considering the state of Auckland's gridlocked traffic, David reckons an appropriate name for the new Waterview Connection might be Spag-Bog.

Look out! Shark!
Look out! Shark!

Picture this: Siblings recreate their photos from childhood.

Quick clip: A old woman, a pedestrian crossing, a good human being and a driver who should not have a license.

Video: Toddler weeps as he is overcome with emotion while listening to a moving aria from a Puccini opera.

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08:34 am Sunday 30 April 2017
Personally I've always been a fan of chronomancy, the fine art of determining the future by waiting to see what happens.

Michael M

- Avondale, Auckland
08:34 am Sunday 30 April 2017
It isn't just mothers that drop off their kids at school you know.....

bubble wrap

- Henderson
08:34 am Sunday 30 April 2017
I have cried like that every time someone suggests I listen to opera.

bubble wrap

- Henderson
08:34 am Sunday 30 April 2017
Parents and their school are very selfish. Every morning and afternoon the 2 schools near my house means 2 booked roads while the parents block the road to get into the queue through the school gates to collect their children without getting out of their vehicle.

Yet a few meters up the road the sides of the road are clear for parking and walking to the school gate.

Phone calls to the schools have made no difference.


08:34 am Sunday 30 April 2017
Re: Name game for new junction

We already have enough Spaghetti in Auckland. I vote for something totally different like "Can of Worms", "Worm Farm."


- New Zealand
11:03 am Friday 21 April 2017
To me it looks like the guy assisting the elderly lady cross the road IS the driver of the car, and he has not put the hand brake on/left it in gear.

Similar error with the twerker/motorcycle accident the other day. The car appears to turn in front of the motorcyclist.

Having clips is fun, but let's make sure they are accurately captioned.


11:03 am Friday 21 April 2017
And do knot let people screw things to you.


- Blockhouse Bay
11:03 am Friday 21 April 2017
In your quick clip, the driver forgets to put his handbrake on and that's why the car keeps moving. There's a hint in the name of the clip, called "handbrake" It's a left hand drive country, so the guy got out of the drivers side.

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