Five Lessons Learnt This Week

This week in Five Lessons Learnt, find out why you shouldn’t leave a squirrel unattended in a bar, how you should be tackling your commute to work and why whiskey is better than wine…

1. Watch out for those squirrels

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 13.51.54Especially after they’ve had a pint or two. One little critter in particular caused havoc this week in a Worcestershire member’s club, turning on taps, smashing glasses, stealing crisps and helping himself to beer.

He was discovered the morning after by the club’s secretary Sam Boulter, who at first though a person has broken into the bar before spotting the squirrel stagger out from behind a box of crisps, clearly still a little worse for wear after his night of debauchery.

Boulter estimated that the squirrel’s mischief cost him £300 (mostly in crisps), and after discovering the intruder, he caught the critter in a waste basket and released it out of the window. He could have taken him for a McDonalds breakfast to ward off the hangover first…

2. You’ve been commuting to work all wrong…

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 12.37.32If you’ve been hopping on the Tube or jumping in your car to make your morning trip to work, you’ve been doing it wrong. A bunch of thrill seekers in Colorado set to start a new commuting trend this week, by taking inflatable river rapids to work (yep, exactly like the type you went on in water parks when you were kid).

Already kitted out in suits, ties and smart shoes, hundreds of commuters grabbed an inflatable hoop and took the white water ride to work as part of Boulder, Colorado’s 8th annual #TubeToWork day. And participants loved it, commenting that “it’s a great way to start the day”, “a good adrenaline rush before you start work” and “much better than being in the car!”

It’s definitely got us thinking about new ways to get to work… space hopper? Skateboard?Zip wire? The possibilities are endless…

If you don’t fancy the river rapids, you could always give The AirWheel a go for a commute overhaul. And if cycling to work is adventurous enough for you, check out our Top Cycling Gadgets for your Bike Commute.

3. Peppa Pig is making children fat

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 11.08.27For any lucky souls who’ve yet to be acquainted with Peppa Pig, she’s the latest iteration of cartoon character obsession to fixate the toddlers of our generation. The round shaped cartoon pig  came under fire this week from critics for encouraging children to eat more indulgent food.

According to a study, youngsters perceived any round or egg-shaped cartoon characters as being overweight, and after watching these characters, ate twice as much high-calorie, low nutrition food than after watching cartoons featuring characters with a more ‘normal’ shape and size. Homer Simpson and Winnie-the-Pooh were also called out for their rotund shapes.

We’re just wondering if it’s fair to blame chubby cartoons for making toddlers (who clearly aren’t doing their own food shopping, just saying) for overeating… Isn’t that what parents are for?!

If watching too many cartoons is taking a tool on your waistline, tap into the Latest Fitness Trends to help get back in shape. 

4. Whiskey is better than wine

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 09.09.24In Scotland, anyway. They might be experts when it comes to haggis and the masterminds behind the wonder that is the battered Mars Bar, but when it comes to wine, the Scots aren’t quite up to par. Ambitious (and optimistic) Christopher Trotter set up his own vineyard in Fife in a bid to defy the notoriously wet Scottish climate and create Scotland’s first-ever home-grown wine – but it didn’t quite go to plan.

The first bottle of his brew, named ‘Chateau Largo’ was a success – kind of. The good news is, he did succeed in creating Scotland’s first wine. The bad news is that even Trotter himself described it as ‘not great’, with critics going so far as to brand it ‘an undrinkable, sherry-like concoction’ best paired with a very strong cheese. Tempting. Not.

Christopher won’t be quitting, though – he has enough land for 6,000 vines which could produce 70,000 bottles of wine a year, and is confident that next year’s efforts will be a big improvement. Keep on trotting – in the meantime, we’ll stick to the Scotch…

If you don’t fancy giving the new Scotch wine a try just yet, check out the LFX Guide to Wine for some other ideas. 

5. Don’t pinch old stones

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 13.33.06Now, maybe the real lesson here should be don’t steal, full stop – but we’re going to assume you’ve already got that one down. So should you ever find yourself stooping to a life of crime, choose something better than ancient stones to steal, or you might just get 20 years of bad luck.

Take it from the anonymous thief who nicked two 2,000-year-old sling stones from the ancient city of Gamla, Isreal back in 1995 – and this week returned them to the Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures in Beersheba, Isreal, along with a note that read “I stole them in July 1995, and they have brought me nothing but trouble. Please, do not steal antiquities!”

So there you have it. The thief didn’t elaborate on the nature of his bad luck, but here’s hoping things are looking up now that he’s ‘fessed up…

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