Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Another week over, another Five Lessons Learnt!

This week has taught us how the new Google headquarters will look, why Denmark want to ban cash, how to lose weight on a McDonalds diet, why DIY is a risky business and exactly how much power a Greggs sausage roll holds. Read on to find out all about it…

1. What Google’s new HQ will look like

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 14.31.30Construction plans are underway for a brand new Google headquarters, and the innovative tech company have come up with an unusual building plan. Eschewing traditional builders, they’ll use robot cranes to help build their new campus.

The hybrid robot cranes (or, as they’re properly called, ‘crabots’) will be responsible for lifting and moving pre-fabricated components inside the structure, creating a highly customisable workspace with room for 20,000 employees under a glass canopy.

It’s a pretty logical step for Google, one of the pioneers of self-driving technology, to put robots to work. And just think: robot builders will never want to take a “tea break”.

Speaking of breaks, we’ve rounded up the Top 10 Ways to Take a Break From Trading – because everyone (well, apart from Google’s robots) needs a time out every now and again. 

2. McDonalds can help you lose weight

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 14.34.58Probably best not quote us on that one, but the proof’s in the pudding (or the burgers). High school teacher John Cisna has defied the odds by managing to shed more than four stone while eating nothing but McDonalds.

The incredible feat began when the science teacher challenged his class to develop a meal plan for a 2,000 calorie, FDA-approved healthy diet using nothing but McDonalds food. He then tried out their diet plans for an initial three months and was so impressed with the results, he kept going for another three – and lost 60 pounds in the process.

The secret to staying trim on a fast food diet is to embrace the chain’s healthy options. John opted for oatmeal, egg sandwiches and salads alongside burgers and french fries, as well as walking for 45 minutes a day. Everything in moderation, folks. And McDonalds were so impressed with John’s achievement that they’ve made him an official brand ambassador. We bet he’s lovin’ it…

If you’re looking for a way to burn off any excess burgers, look no further. We’ve rounded up all the best Fitness Trends of 2015 – click here for new ways to get moving! 

3. Why Denmark want to ban cash

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 14.57.28A proposed new law in Denmark says the answers to ending “boom and bust” is a cashless economy. Officially, the proposal would allow shops to refuse payment in cash and insist that customers use contactless debit cards or electronic payments in order to ease “administrative and financial burdens” such as the cost of hiring a security service to send money to the bank.

But Norwegian academic Trond Andresen says there’s more to the proposal than practical advantages, arguing that if notes and cash became defunct, all our money would be held not with a bank, but with the government or central bank. Andresen reckons this would allow authorities to encourage or discourage spending – for example, to boost spending, the central bank could impose a negative interest rate on the money in everyone’s account – a tax on saving.

According to his theory, faced with watching their money slowly disappear, people would be more likely to spend it on goods or services, boosting the economy. This might all sound a bit far-fetched, but negative interest rates already exist in Denmark and Switzerland. While cash still exists, people can get around this by simply storing the physical cash at home. But if bank notes and coins were abolished, the only place to hold money would in a government-controlled bank – so there would be no escape. And “boom and bust” would become a thing of the past. Maybe…

4. Just how powerful Greggs sausage rolls are

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 15.02.07Powerful enough to make criminals turn themselves in to the police, apparently. 19-year-old thief Charlie Gunning spent two months on the run after being charged with theft. He failed to attend court in March, so a warrant was issued for his arrest.

But he gave up the ghost and strolled into Trowbridge police station on Monday morning, because he just couldn’t face life without his Greggs fix any longer. When asked why he’d decided to turn himself in after months on the run, he explained that he “just wanted to be able to walk through town and get a Greggs without looking over his shoulder all the time”.

The police saw the funny side, thanking Charlie for doing the right thing (and giving them a laugh in the process) and telling him to enjoy his future Greggs. The 19-year-old appeared in court on Monday as was subsequently released on bail (and probably headed straight for a pasty).

If you’re not as partial to a pasty as Charlie, try one of our Best Brunch Spots instead. 

5. Don’t DIY… leave it to the pros

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 11.11.18Retired teacher Edryd Jones was doing some home DIY when he accidentally cut off his left hand without realising. Jones was cutting wooden batons for his bedroom ceiling when he tried to pick up a piece of wood and realised his hand wasn’t there – it was actually lying on the floor.

Thanks to Jones’ quick-thinking neighbours who plunged his severed hand into a bowl of ice, surgeons were able to reattach his hand, and Jones is now able to move his hand and drive again. He’s even returned to DIY, though he admits he’s switched back to an old-fashioned hand saw and won’t be using the power saw again.

He’s not wasting time feeling sorry for himself, then. In fact, the 69-year-old says he feels lucky to be alive – and to have a good story to tell. And he’s donated £1,000 to the ward that treated him after his accident, saying he’s glad to “lend a hand” after they  gave him his back…

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