Five Lessons Learnt This Week

This week a new month started, we fell for more than a few April Fool’s day tricks, and, of course, we learnt some valuable lessons. This week’s pearls of wisdom included how not to dance like your dad, why the Sahara desert is moving to London and that you can eat bricks (if you’re ever hungry enough)…

1. Why there was red dust on our cars on Monday

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What are spring Sundays for? That’s right: washing your car. So we imagine the dozens of drivers who woke up to find their cars covered in red dust on Monday weren’t too pleased.

Cars in Devon, Cornwall and London were all affected after an uncommon weather pattern blew specks of sand all the way from the Sahara desert. Apparently a combination of a sandstorm in the Sahara, a breeze from the South and the right sort of rain caused the sand to be carried all the way from the desert and across Europe.

Southern winds are set to continue for a week or so, meaning more dust is probably on the way. So don’t go washing your car again just yet. If the deserts want to send us sand, we hope they chuck in a bit of sunshine and a Pina Colada next time.

2. Scotland are switching to driving on the right

Just kidding – it turned out to be no more than an April Fool’s Day trick. But the Guardian fooled more than a few by posting an article which claimed that if Scottish independence gets the green light, they will scrap the current English inspired road signage system and switch to driving on the right-hand side of the road.

Maybe it’s a good job it was just an April Fool – the scheme was set to involve all of Scotland’s 2,174 miles of road, scrapping 58,000 road signs.

The Guardian weren’t the only newspaper to try their luck with a Scottish-independence related April Fool. The Telegraph also published an article stating that the new Scottish pound coin would feature Alex Salmond’s face in place of the Queen.

I think they might just make it onto our list of the best April Fool’s Day pranks of all time

3. You can eat bricks

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No, I’m not sure why you’d want to either, but this one’s not a joke. Indian builder Pakkirappa Hunagundia made the news this week after revealing his addiction to non-edible objects including bricks, mud and gravel.

He claims he acquired a taste for bricks at the age of 10. At 30, he has spent the last 20 years eating up to three kilograms of debris a day.

He insists he hasn’t suffered any ill-effects from his unconventional diet, and that his teeth are absolutely fine.

You’ll probably hear more from him, as he is trying to make a career out of his strange habit. Or, as he puts it, “make use of his talent”. Meanwhile, his mum is cooking up plate after plate of fried chicken in an attempt to stop him snacking on stones. Maybe he’s on to something…

4. Dad dancing can be cured

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You grew up cringing watching your dad dancing at family parties, and, let’s face it, you’re quickly heading the same way yourself. But those days may just be over, thanks to Northumbria University.

They filmed willing (we hope) volunteers before turning their movements into virtual avatars which went before a panel of judges in order to find out exactly what makes some people good dancers, and others look like a cat on a hot tin roof. And apparently, it’s all down to which part of the body is moving.

To avoid dad dancing, men need to learn to move the top half of their body fluently, while women are better off dancing predominantly with the bottom half.

And perhaps unsurprisingly, wild flailing of the limbs doesn’t look good on anybody…

5. “There’s more to see than can ever be seen…”

Passengers on a Virgin flight from Brisbane to Sydney got a bit more than they bargained for when they boarded the plane alongside the cast of the Australian production of the Lion King, who decided to put on an impromptu performance.

We’re not sure whether the fellow passengers look more bemused, impressed or annoyed… but they did film the A Capella version of ‘The Circle of Life’ for our enjoyment.

It’s certainly a bit different to a drunken rendition of ‘Three Lions on a Shirt’…