Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Five Lessons Learnt is our weekly round-up of all the crazy, funny and strange news of the week. Perfect for a bit of Friday afternoon entertainment and a light-hearted look at what’s been going on away from the charts!

This week in Five Lessons Learnt, find out what robots were really invented for, how much you can trade using your smartphone and what it would cost to become Batman…

1. What robots were really invented for

A woman in Sydney has put a robot to what’s frankly one of the best uses we’ve seen for a robot so far by sending it to queue for a new Apple iPhone for her. Lucy Kelly skipped the hours of queueing and still secured the third place in line for the new iPhone 6s by rigging up an iPad attached to a Segway-style scooter, which she then operated by remote control from the comfort of her home.

Ms Kelly Facetimed staff in the Apple store to make her purchase and once payment had been made, Apple staff put the iPhone in a carrier bag and hung it from the robot, which Lucy then remotely wheeled out of the store and collected.

Customers have been known to pay others to queue for them in the annual iPhone clamour, but this is believed to be the first time a robot has joined the line…

Robots are just one of the future tech trends we’re looking forward to seeing develop – check out the rest in the Top 7 Future Tech Trends We’re Excited About

2. Why bodybuilders aren’t actually that strong

SupermanGood news for scrawny guys and anyone who doesn’t like lifting weights. It turns out that, gram for gram, your muscle is stronger than that of the guy who hogs the weight corner in the gym.

A study this week found that bodybuilders have lower muscle quality than people who don’t weight train, because excessive muscle growth has a detrimental impact on the metabolic rate of the muscle tissue. Bodybuilders only appear to be stronger than the average person because the sheer mass of muscle is enough to compensate for the weakness of each gram. In actual fact, the study would suggest we’re better off with normal-sized muscles than with metabolically expensive oversized muscles.

So you don’t have to feel bad about ditching leg day in favour of more time at your trading desk. But probably skip the arm wrestle challenge, just to be on the safe side.

Skip the weights and try one of the Fitness Trends That’ll Get You in Shape In No Time… 

3. The real solution to road rage

Is intervention from lollipop ladies, apparently. Yep, we’re talking about the same cheerful lady who saw you over the road on the way to school. A £10,000 campaign has been launched by Bristol City Council with the aim of reducing conflict between cyclists and motorists – and training lollipop ladies in conflict resolution is a key part of their strategy.

Another proposed solution is to station mediators on busy junctions to calm down those affected by road rage.

We’re not honestly sure that a well-meaning lollipop lady intervening in a bout of road rage won’t just make matters worse. But good luck with that…

4. People are trading big on their smartphones

GoldCommoditiesCornerIf you’re a fan of trading behind the security of your multiple monitors, the idea of placing a half a million pound trade on your smartphone is probably alien to you. But that’s exactly what one mystery buyer did this week, buying £500,000 worth of gold bars via online gold and silver trading platform Bullionvault.com.

The trade eclipsed the platform’s previous record of £365,000 to become the largest trade conducted by smartphone. But it’s not an industry record – a customer of investment platform Hargreaves Lansdown conducted a £2.5m sale of shares in an S&P500 exchange traded fund.

All of a sudden that mindless smartphone shopping at midnight has become a lot more risky…

If you’re a smartphone trader, check out the Best Tech and Apps for Traders in 2015

5. What it costs to become Batman

Fancy a change of career? Well, ditching trading in favour of becoming a real-life superhero would be quite an investment. If you’ve got a spare £451,372,815 lying around – congratulations! You could become Batman.

Someone with a lot of time on their hands over at Gizmodo listed exactly what it would cost to become Batman, including the cost of his suit, vehicles, training, equipment, house and staff. Batman’s suit alone (featuring elbow pads, armoured plates and a memory cloth polymer cape) would cost over £1 million. His love of gadgets would set him back a further £200,000. And the Batmobile and other vehicles would cost over £80,000.

So there’s some food for thought before you hand in your notice…

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