Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Five Lessons Learnt is our weekly round-up of all the crazy, strange and fun 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 our fun news round-up: overpriced parking, spiders battles, a baby crawling race and the worst excuse there’s ever been for not going to work…

1. Where to find the most expensive parking space in London

car-parkIf you’ve ever been hit with a costly parking ticket, spare a thought for city worker Manish Wadhwani, who was hit with a whopping £3,700 fine for just six hours of parking in central London. Manish took his wife and three-year-old son to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, and pre-arranged a deal with a NCP car park for twelve hours’ parking for £5.

However, on his return to the car, the six-figure bill was waiting for him and parking attendants were unable to help – or explain why he’d been given such a hefty fine. After contacting NCP, Manish discovered that the bill was the result of a computer error that amounted to the equivalent of a three-month stay in the same car park.

It turned out Manish had visited the same car park back in August, and for some reason was never registered as having left the car park that day. So when he returned, the car park system believed he had overstayed from his August visit, and charged him accordingly. NCP have since given Manish a full refund (that must have been a relief…)

2. If you’re battling with a spider, try to keep the noise down

spiderAn unnamed Australian man was left just a little red-faced this week after a noisy dispute concerned his neighbours and police flocked to his apartment. Neighbours had reported hearing a woman screaming hysterically, followed by a man yelling: “I’m going to kill you, you’re dead! Die! Die!”

Now, you can understand his neighbours’ concern. However, when police arrived at the scene, they found the source of the ruckus was in fact a spider. When questioned about the whereabouts of his girlfriend, the rather confused man told officers he lived alone and was single, and then admitted he’d actually been shouting at a “really big spider” as he chased it around the room with a can of insect spray.

When asked about the woman screaming, his response was “Yeah, sorry, that was me. I really hate spiders”. Classic…

3. What happens when you put 601 babies in a shopping centre

crawlingThey set a crawling world record. An epic baby race took place in a shopping centre just outside Tokyo this week when over 600 babies gathered to attempt to take down the previous crawling record.

All 601 babies crawled a distance of 9.8 feet on their hands and knees, smashing the previous record and taking home the title. The event set a new Guinness World Record, easily beating the previous record of 451 infants who participated in a baby crawling race in China back in 2014.

The winner of the competition was awarded a headset digital camera (which presumably, he has no idea how to use – who picked the prizes?!) One small step for baby, one giant leap for baby kind…

4. How not to get out of going to work

workWe’ve heard some excuses for skipping work, but none quite as extreme as the elaborate hoax Aaron O’Neill created to get out of a day at the office. Not content with just ringing in sick or citing a family emergency, Aaron paid a friend to make a hoax bomb call and get his workplace evacuated.

The 21-year-old, who was (and we mean was) a subcontractor for technology company Intel paid his friend to make the call at 6am following a night out drinking claiming bombs had been placed at Intel and would go off in six hours.

As a result of the scare, a motorway was shut down, air traffic was disrupted, and 4,000 members of staff were prevented from going to work. Intel lost 6,000 hours of production as a result. O’Neill told police he was sorry about the incident, but that “he didn’t think it would be such a big deal”. Not the best defence we’ve ever heard…

5. The funniest joke ever (according to science)

Now, jokes and science may not seem to go together too well, but someone actually conducted a scientific experiment to find the ten funniest jokes ever.

Here’s one example – you can read the full list here:

Three guys stranded on a desert island find a magic lantern containing a genie, who grants them each one wish. The first guy wishes he was off the island and back home. The second guy wishes the same. The third guy says: ‘I’m lonely. I wish my friends were back here.’

Think you’ve got a better one? Tweet @LFXKatie and let us know…

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