Five Lessons Learnt This Week

In this week’s Five Lessons Learnt, we’ve found out why missing out on an hour’s sleep makes us grumpy, how to make over 300 different cocktails without using a single recipe, why Creme Eggs will never be the same again and what the Pub Landlord is proposing in his Parliament bid…

1. An extra hour’s sleep makes all the difference

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 13.56.30There were some disgruntled (and tired) customers down under this week when a smartphone bug robbed them of an hour’s sleep. The glitch caused smartphones in Queensland to reset to daylight saving time, meaning hundreds of morning alarms went off an hour earlier than expected.

A lot of customers were oblivious to the error and set off on their morning commute an hour early, assuming it was time to get up and go – which caused early morning traffic to be much busier than usual (and probably more full of rage once commuters realised their mistake).

To apologise to their sleepy customers, mobile phone operator Optus offered all their affected customers a free coffee if they showed their smartphone at a coffee shop in Brisbane. Rightfully so, if you ask us – they’d need the extra caffeine to make up for the lack of sleep! The glitch has now been corrected, but we reckon more than a few Aussies will be setting a different alarm for a while, just to be on the safe side.

Check out the best mobile tech for traders – we promise they won’t wake you up early (and even if they do, it’ll give you a head start on the charts…)

2. Creme Eggs will never be the same again

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 13.51.38…and people aren’t happy about it. There’s been uproar this week after Cadbury’s US owners Kraft confessed to changing the recipe for the popular Easter treat, switching out the much-loved Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate shell for a standard milk chocolate one.

Chocolate fan Matthew Doherty from Liverpool was so shell shocked by the news that he started an online petition for Kraft to change the chocolate back – and it’s received over 800 signatures at the time of writing. And outraged Cadbury fans have taken to social media in droves to lament the loss of the beloved Creme Egg, claiming that Kraft have “ruined Easter” and “have no business tampering with a traditional and famous recipe”.

Clearly, people take their chocolate very seriously. Bad move, Kraft.

Will you be boycotting the new recipe Creme Eggs? If so, here are 10 chocolate treats that’ll fill the hole in your life. 

3. Al Murray’s taking on the world

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 13.52.50British comedian Al Murray announced his plans this week to stand for Parliament under the guise of his famous character the Pub Landlord. Murray will go head-to-head with Nigel Farage in Thanet South, Kent, representing his newly-founded Free United Kingdom Party.

The Pub Landlord said of his decision to stand for election: “It seems to me that the UK is ready for a bloke waving a pint around, offering common sense solutions.” The slogan for his campaign says: “Other parties offer the moon on a stick. We’ll do better than that: a British moon on a British stick.”

Of his campaign plans, the Pub Landlord has promised to revalue the pound to one pound 10p, so it will be worth 10p more, and to lock up the unemployed because “unemployment causes crime”. He also claims that the UK will leave Europe by 2025, and the edge of the Solar System by 2050. His argument for all of his proposals is that they are “common sense” – including lowering the price of a pint to 1p.

His opponent Farage seems unconcerned by his new rival, tweeting “the more the merrier!” and his spokesman remarking, “at last, serious competition in the constituency”. Quite…

Say “Cheers!” to the Pub Landlord’s proposals with one of our top 10 new beers to try – it’ll be a legal requirement soon (probably). 

4. Revenge is a dish best served glittery

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 15.00.58Got someone you need to get back at? Or just want to play a funny trick on one of your mates? Aussie company Ship Your Enemies Glitter claim they’ve come up with a genius (and slightly cruel) way to anonymously wind up your friends or punish your enemies: post them an envelope full of glitter.

Glitter might not sound like the most effective weapon, but the website promised to send “so much glitter in an envelope that [the recipient] will be finding it everywhere for weeks, guaranteed to go everywhere”. The surprise “Glitter Bomb” costs $9.99 to ship and will work particularly well on house proud friends or the guy from the office whose desk is meticulously clean and organised.

Bad news, though – after the company hit the news this week, they received so many orders that purchasing has been temporarily suspended. Founder Mathew Carpenter is currently trying to sell off his unexpected viral hit, and even tweeted “Please stop buying this horrible glitter product – I’m sick of dealing with it.” So you’ll either have to hang fire until someone else takes over, or you could always go for the DIY option.

For more startups to watch this year (whose products are much more useful, to be honest) check out our Startups to Watch in 2015

5. How to make 300 different cocktails

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 09.42.35…buy a machine and control it from your smartphone, of course. A crowd funded cocktail machine that makes over 300 cocktails in less than 5 seconds has smashed its $50,000 target, raising funds of $312,707 before the campaign closed.

The gadget is available for pre-order now and will be shipped in July, so you can get one just in time for those summer parties. Forget spending the night making sure everyone’s got a drink and trying to remember exactly what goes into a Cosmopolitan anyway and let people send their orders straight from their phones.

It can even make a vespa martini (shaken, not stirred, of course).

And for the next day, you’ll need this smart coffee machine that will wake you up when your cuppa is ready.