Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week

Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week

EP brings you a brief round-up of some of the news items which were perhaps as surprising as they were enlightening

  1. With a compensation claim for US$2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 from a list of defendants including The People’s Republic of China, Kmart and the City of New York, 62 year old Anton Purisima has filed the world’s most expensive/frivolous lawsuit after being bitten by a dog on a NYC bus and then having his photo taken by a Chinese couple “without his express permission”
  2. Don’t get caught with your pants down! The town of Pikeville, Tennessee is really ‘cracking down’ on men’s fashions with the introduction of an on-the-spot fine for anyone caught wearing pants below the waist
  3. Creepy or cuddly? Fun or frightening? Launched in France in 2009 and introduced to the US market this week, the new McDonald’s mascot “Happy” has been thrilling and terrifying people in equal measure
  4. A tale of two cities. Based on an analysis of the perceived friendliness of locals, helpfulness of taxi drivers, public transport links, nightlife, shopping and cleanliness of streets, a TripAdvisor survey of 54,000 travellers has listed Beijing, followed by Moscow, as the worst cities to in the world to visit. Overall, Tokyo came out on top and New York was the only American city to make the cut
  5. While many designers have been including “wearable technology” in clothes, one Japanese fashion house has launched a range of clothes specifically created to repel modern life by using a material which cuts out the wearer’s mobile phone and internet signal
  6. Sometimes, crime pays! A teenager who was initially furious at having had his car stolen has changed his mind after his car was returned and then his insurance premiums were reduced after the onboard “safety system” noted the joyrider scored a perfect 10/10 for safe driving
  7. “Legendary businessman and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs changed the way Americans live, think and work before his extra-terrestrial activity” A computer glitch at Netflix earlier this week resulted in some hilarious not-quite-right movie summaries
  8. It’s the conundrum which has baffled enthusiasts for years, but as the toy approaches its 40th birthday, finally instructions on how to solve the Rubix Cube have been published
  9. Think you’re getting some fruit in your diet by eating a banana? Perhaps not because technically the banana is a herb While we’re at it, did you know that plums, peaches and pears are actually members of the rose family and that in America – after much public confusion – the tomato has been legally registered as a vegetable not a fruit
  10. Think you’re having a bad week, spare a thought for 18 year old Robert Kelley who made the distinctly idiotic decision to upload a video entitled “Me driving like an idiot” onto YouTube. Having been airlifted from the scene of an accident where 4 cars were wrecked and 5 other people were injured, Kelley uploaded the footage from his hospital bed – the same place he was later arrested for reckless driving and driving without a licence

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