It’s Friday! Time to kick back and relax and read our weekly-round up of unusual, funny and downright strange new stories in Five Lessons Learnt.
This week, find out who’s giving away free money, which smart watch is set to give the Apple Watch a run for its money and how your smartphone knows what mood you’re in (and is about to tell everyone)…
1. How to get £10 for free
Just keep your eyes peeled for origami dogs, apparently. A total of 500 folded-up £10 note ‘Beagles’ were released in London earlier this week in a clever stunt by online insurance provider Beagle Street.
The company’s managing director Matthew Gledhill said he hoped that “the £10 Beagles would put a smile on people’s faces and pounds back in their pockets”. Beagle Street topped off the giveaway with the hilarious hashtag pun “Release the pounds” and a Twittersphere hit was born.
Don’t live in London? Not to worry. Rumour has it the Beagles will be coming to other UK cities in the next few weeks, so keep a look out…
2. The Apple Watch has competition
Luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer are joining forces with Google and Intel to make a smart watch that the world reckons will give the Apple Watch a run for its money. TAG chief exec Jean-Claude Biver announced the new watch at this week’s Baselworld watch and jewellery show in Switzerland, but details were thin on the ground.
The Tag Heuer smart watch is expected to be released by the end of the year, but Biver remained tight-lipped about the price, functionality and design of the watch, stating “we don’t want the competition to know what we are going to do. We want them to be surprised.”
The TAG smart watch wasn’t the only timepiece making headlines at Baselworld – for our pick of the rest, read Best Watches of Baselworld 2015.
3. Sometimes you get more than you bargained for
Take it from fisherman Brendon Hilder, who set out this week in the hope of catching some salmon – only to find himself dragging a 13ft shark to shore instead. He was fishing on Shelby Beach near Albany, Australia when he caught the huge tiger shark using a hand line, and it took him and two other men two hours to wrestle the shark onto the beach.
Mr Hilder said that after hauling in the giant fish, his hand was so sore that he’s had to hang up his fishing rod for a while. Well, we reckon he’s probably caught enough fish to keep him going for a while, anyway.
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4. Your smartphone knows how you feel
Experts at Yahoo Mail want to use sensors in smartphones, smart watches and other tech to read users’ emotions and automatically add an ’emoticon’ symbol to text messages and emails, believing that this will “revolutionise communication” by making digital messaging “more intimate”.
It’s spread a bit of panic around the UK, though, with Yahoo users fearing that the new tech could put them in a tight spot by revealing their true feelings about acquaintances they’re less fond of, with work colleagues and mothers-in-law high on the list of people they fear offending. Besides that, it’s just a little creepy to think of a smartphone reading your emotions anyway…
If you’re not quite ready for this new tech development, stick to our Best Tech and Apps for Traders in 2015 – all the gadgets you need to give your trading strategy a boost.
5. Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet
A sentiment that’s never been better demonstrated than in this heartwarming story about a groom and his best man to-be. Jeff Minetti had never met Joey DiJulio when he sent a group email round about his stag do – and accidentally included Joey. Instead of speaking up straight away, Joey enjoyed being a fly-on-the-wall to the stag do plans, but eventually spoke up and pointed out the mistake, adding that “Although for a moment I thought it might be funny to just show up and be that guy that nobody knows but everybody wonders ‘who is that guy?’, buying a cross-country plane ticket just to crash a bachelor’s party might be a bit over the top (although it would be epic!)”
He thought that was the end of it. But groom Jeff had other ideas. He immediately emailed Joey back, saying: “I’m overnighting you a wedding invite. You show up at the bachelor party and I’ll make you my best man.” The rest of the stags got to work setting up an online fundraising campaign to pay for Joey’s trip – and smashed the $1,200 needed straight away. To date, the campaign has raised $5,500 (the rest of which will go towards Jeff’s honeymoon) and the stag do is headed to Philadelphia next weekend. And everyone’s gained a friend. All’s well that ends well.
If you’re off on a trip like Joey, you need our Coolest Travel Gadgets for Traders (and an equally cool story if you’re hoping to get your travels crowd funded like this lucky stag!)