Sideswipe: DIY policing in Grey LynnSave
By Ana Samways
1. Flawed logic: "The whole point of equality is to be the same, no more and no less. Women can't just pick and choose, that's discrimination and we can't have that now can we? I want to see women equally die in wars, equally work the garbage bins and equally mix it up with men in a fight." (Via Daily Mail)
2. Mum aware of other sub-cultures: "I admit I'm an old pearl-clutcher*," writes a Mumsnet user. "But I restrain these instincts and let my daughter (10) wear make-up now and then and wear here hair in a bun, wear crop tops and gladiators ... But I draw the line at a choker. I think they look like dog collars - the kind animals or submissives wear. She has argued for a lattice-type one, which is slightly less horrible but I'm still very reluctant." (*To clutch one's pearls means to recoil in horror at the impropriety of something.) (Via @mumsnetmadness)
Passport to perplexity
Due to its frequent name changes it's entirely possible a Russian was born in St Petersburg, went to school in Petrograd, got married in Leningrad and died in St Petersburg without ever having moved. (Via Reddit TIL)
1. Rembrandt was unsurpassed in his ability to depict light and shadow in his works, until the camera came out. then he got insanely surpassed.
2. ME: (meeting the devil) I love your eggs.
3. We get it poets: things are like other things.
4. Review of Black Holes: Zero Stars.
5. I want my friends and family at my funeral, but more than that, I want a mysterious stranger watching from behind a tree.
6. Use cauliflower as a substitute for mashed potatoes, rice, and any joy in your life. You have no friends now, there is only cauliflower. (Via Pleated Jeans)
Design a long-shot
Michael from Rotorua writes: "On a recent visit to the Britomart Transport Centre, I was reminded of the sign which British Rail once put over its urinals: 'We aim to please. Will you aim too, please.' Whoever designed or chose to install the urinals at the travel centre clearly had no wish to please the users, or those who have to clean up afterwards. The wide, square shape makes it impossible to approach them closely enough to have a sporting chance of hitting the right spot. Judging by the spillage on the floor, more ends up there than goes in the right direction."
Picture this: For added humour, just add googly eyes.
Good read: What bullets do to bodies. "The gun debate would change in an instant if Americans witnessed the horrors that trauma surgeons confront every day."
Quick clip: The North Korean Army is quite good at skipping.
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