It’s the end of another week (got to love a bank-holiday shortened working week!) which can only mean one thing… time to round up the week’s news in Five Lessons Learnt This Week.
This time around, we’ve learnt how to get a free pint (or a free wedding), why you can’t wear a colander on your head for your driving licence photo and that Facebook divorces are about to become a thing…
1. You can get divorced on Facebook
Facebook is fast becoming the font of all knowledge: the place where you find out about friends’ new jobs, new partners, new babies. But it’s about to reach a new level of authority after a US judge ruled that a woman is allowed to file for divorce via a Facebook account.
Brooklyn nurse Ellanora Baidoo was granted permission to send her husband divorce papers over the social media network since her husband is nowhere to be found and has only communicated with his wife via Facebook. The last address Ellanora has for her husband Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku is from 2011 and he has refused to make himself available to be served with divorce papers.
So Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper came up with an unusual solution – the man will be served with the divorce summons via a Facebook private message. The message will be repeated once a week for three weeks, or until he responds. Maybe the traditional marriage vows are in need of an update, then… ’til Facebook says do us part’?!
Hopefully you won’t ever need it to file divorce papers, but make sure your tech is up to date just in case. We’ve picked out the Best Tech and Apps for Traders in 2015.
2. What the best poster in the world looks like
Carlsberg have come up with a novel advertising approach this week – a billboard ad in Shoreditch, London with the slogan ‘Probably the best poster in the world’. The secret? At the bottom of the poster is a beer pump offering up free Carlsberg to passers-by.
Queues of Carlsberg fans were happy to indulge in the free booze outside Old Truman Brewery. And there’s more good news – if you don’t live on Shoreditch, don’t worry. Carlsberg announced plans to roll out the promotion across the country in the hope of getting the brand in front of as many beer drinkers as possible.
So keep your eyes peeled for a free pint near you – if Carlsberg did posters…
If Carlsberg isn’t your tipple of choice, give one of these Top 10 New Beers to Try a go.
3. You can’t wear a colander in your driving licence photo
But you might be able to soon, if Ian Harris has anything to do with it. The 51-year-old, who is a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is challenging the DVLA’s refusal to accept his driving licence photo on the grounds that he is wearing a colander on his head.
Ian is fighting for his right to wear the religious headgear of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, arguing that it is equivalent to Muslim women wearing hijabs for their photographs. He has already had one application turned down, but plans to continue fighting his corner, arguing that the DVLA “cannot determine whether or not his religion is valid”, and that allowing religious headgear of major religions in photos but not allowing his colander is discrimination.
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was set up in the US in 2005 to protest against the teaching of creationism as an alternative to evolution in science classes, and its followers call themselves “pastafarians”.
Once your driving licence is sorted, pick out a new set of wheels from the best cars on show at the London Yacht Jet and Prestige Car Show – we’ve got all the highlights in our LFX Guide.
4. Choose your name carefully
And you could get your wedding paid for. Mr. Burger and Ms. King were in for some good news this week when Burger King announced that they were going to cover their wedding expenses as well as providing gifts for the big day.
Joel Burger and Ashley King have been known as Burger-King to friends since they were in the fifth grade together, and announced their engagement with a photo next to the sign at their local restaurant. And their unusual name combo left the fast food restaurant feeling obligated to help the happy couple celebrate their upcoming marriage.
The Burger-King wedding will take place in Jacksonville on the 17th July. We hope it’s fancy dress…
5. Always dress to impress
Or you might just find yourself in a meeting with the president wearing a polo shirt. Lance Futch, from Utah, was in for a shock last week when he donned a white polo shirt and headed to Hill Force Air Base for what he thought was a chance to be in the audience during a news conference with a “senior White House official”.
Instead, he found himself sitting in a private meeting just one seat away from Barack Obama. Futch, who is a national guardsman, said that if he had known who the “mystery official” was, he would definitely have worn his blues.
A friend of Futch’s kindly leaked photographic evidence of the meeting, which has gone viral – can you spot which one accidentally turned up to a meeting with Obama?
Make sure you always look the part with the LFX Guide to Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion.