In this week’s Five Lessons Learnt, find out why you should always check your tweets are factually accurate (especially if you’re spreading royal news), why you should clean out that junk room, how to get from the UK to the USA in just one hour and how to make sure you’re living life to the full. Read on to find out…
1. Always double-check your tweets
BBC reporter Ahmen Khawaja caused a bit of a stir this week after informing the Twittersphere that the Queen had been admitted to hospital. Her tweet read: “BREAKING. Queen Elizabeth is being treated at King Edward 7th Hospital in London. Statement due shortly.”
The tweet was quickly deleted… but not before rumours about the Queen’s health began to circulate. The BBC have since apologised for the gaffe, with Ms Khawaja initially claiming she was the victim of a “silly prank” after leaving her phone unattended, but the broadcaster later confirming that the the tweet was actually the result of a technical rehearsal for an obituary.
Despite the Twitter rumours, a royal spokesperson has confirmed that Queen Elizabeth is in good health – and still on course to take the title of longest reigning monarch in September. We bet “one was not amused” at the BBC’s slip-up, though…
2. Why you should clean out that “junk room”
If you’ve been putting off clearing out your clutter, this might just give you a prod to get going. A family in the UK (who do not want to be named) stand to make £300,000 from selling a vintage Bentley that has been gathering dust in their barn for 30 years.
The Bentley 4 1/2 was built in 1929, and bought six years later by the grandfather of the current owner. In 1985 it was taken off the road and parked in a barn in Surrey, where it has been ever since. The owner eventually decided to have the car valued, assuming it might be worth in the region of £30,000 and that a high-end auction house wouldn’t be interested in selling it. But he was in for a surprise – car specialist Rob Hubbard reckons he’ll rake in 10 times that.
So who know what could be lurking in that spare room you’ve been meaning to clear out…
Once you’ve cleared out that junk room, think of all the extra space you’ll have for all the latest trading gadgets and tech. Check out our favourites here.
3. How to live life to the full
Do you think you’re living your life to the full? Or will you look back in years to come and regret not being more adventurous? A study this week has listed the top 39 activities you have to partake in in order to live an exciting life, according to researchers. Here are the top 10:
Get married in Vegas. Dive with sharks. Surf in Hawaii. Travel on a private jet. Date a model. Gamble in Monte Carlo. Party on a super yacht. Do a sky dive. Climb Mount Everest. Have an illicit affair (erm, we don’t condone that one).
Also on the list are attending a red carpet event, owning your own company, getting a hole in one in golf and learning a foreign language. So how many can you tick off? (Check out the full list here).
If sky-diving’s not your thing (or you’ve already ticked it off the bucket list) we’ve got lots more outdoor activities that’ll get the old adrenaline going – check them out here.
4. What £72,000 weighs – in cash
Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. Or so is the motto of super-saver Mr. Gan, who shocked a car dealership in China this week by paying for a £72,000 vehicle with four tonnes of cash: over £70,000 in coins and the rest in notes.
Mr. Gan works in a petrol station and saved the cash from buses who used the shop. As banks are not common in his area, he filled up a piggy bank or two and eventually hauled the lot down to the garage to purchase his new wheels.
We bet that took them a while to count up…
If you’re after a new set of wheels to empty your piggy bank on, check out our favourite cars of the year here.
5. How to get from London to New York in an hour
You’ll have to wait a while, unfortunately, but technology for a hypersonic air vehicle that would reach speeds of up to 3,882 mph and fly you across the Atlantic in just an hour is in progress.
Experts reckon the vehicles could be ready in as little as eight years, but at the moment the tech is being used strictly for military purposes, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to pop across to the other side of the world for a day out any time soon. Chief scientist Mica Endsley says the US Air Force hope to be able to use their findings for missile testing by 2020.
Watch this space…
This hypersonic jet will definitely be top of our trader toy wish list in a few years’ time – but for now, we’ll have to stick with private jets, luxury yachts and the fastest super cars. Check out all the trader toys we wish we owned here.
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