This week in Five Lessons Learnt, find out how Google Street View could land you in hot water, how a Minion could save your life and why a seagull stealing your sandwich isn’t a police matter…
1. Google is watching you
The infamous Google Maps Street View camera landed Merseyside man Donald Ryding in hot water with his better half this week after he was snapped on camera popping out for a cigarette… after promising his wife he’d quit smoking.
Ryding started a doctor-enforced health drive after suffering a heart attack – but apparently, hasn’t been sticking to his new regime. His wife Julie became suspicious after finding Hobnob wrappers in his car, and after hearing the Google Street View car had been round their estate, turned to technology to catch Donald lighting up at the end of their drive.
We can only imagine the row that ensued. Taxi driver Ryding has since warned other husbands to be more careful with their biscuit wrappers, but maybe the better advice would be to stop telling fibs – or to watch out for Google Street View cars…
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2. Minions are the new superheroes
Batman is old news and Superman so last year… Minions are the new life-saving superheroes. Or one stuffed Minion toy in particular, anyway. The cuddly toy saved a five-year-old girl’s life this week by cushioning her fall as she tumbled out of a third-storey window.
The tot was playing in her bedroom when she fell backwards out of the window clutching the Minion teddy bear. Fortunately, she managed to keep hold of the toy as she fell and it broke her fall – miraculously leaving the child with just a broken arm to show for her three-storey fall.
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3. How to win at Scrabble
If you’ve got a competitive streak that gets out of hand when faced with a board game, we’ll let you in on a little secret. The trick to Scrabble is learning as many random words as you can – and you don’t need to understand what they mean. Case in point? Nigel Richards, from Christchurch, New Zealand, who hit the news this week after winning the French-language World Championship – despite not speaking a word of French.
He beat a native French speaker at the final in Belgium on Monday after spending eight weeks with a French dictionary cramming random words into his head. His friend Liz told the press: “Nigel doesn’t speak French at all, he just learnt the words. He doesn’t know what they mean, and he wouldn’t be able to carry out a conversation in French I wouldn’t think.”
We’re not sure whether that says more about Scrabble as a game or about Richards’ memory – but winning a word game in a language you don’t speak is pretty damn impressive. And he gets an A+ for that facial hair, too.
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4. 999 is just for emergencies
And a badger chasing you down the street does not count as an emergency. In a bid to reduce nuisance calls, Avon and Somerset Police revealed just a few of the non-emergencies they were called to last week in a tweetathon. In just 24 hours, they dealt with 2,446 non-emergency calls.
Among the complaints were “a badger just chased me down the street”, “the owner of my hotel won’t cook me breakfast”, “my fish and chips are too expensive”, “my taxi seatbelt is too tight”, “there are sheep on the road” and our personal favourite… “a seagull just tried to rip my sandwich out of my hand”. (Hilariously, the operator who dealt with that particular call by asking what that had to do with the police. Well played!)
And that’s not even mentioning the guy in Bath who was reported missing… only to be found safe and well, and asleep in his own bed. So think carefully before you dial (or you might just find yourself Twittershamed).
5. Don’t burn loo roll
A cyclist in Idaho – who hasn’t been named, presumably because he’s too embarrassed – found himself in a spot of bother this week after stopping his bike ride for a call of nature. After relieving himself in a ravine, the biker tried to set fire to his loo roll to avoid littering – but the fire quickly spread to dry grass nearby.
The blaze spread 73 acres and took firefighters 7 hours to extinguish. The cyclist immediately handed himself over to police, and investigators found evidence at the scene consistent with his bizarre story (including a bike repair kit – and we don’t want to know what else).
The culprit has been fined for starting the inferno and could face thousands of dollars in fire-fighting costs. A spokesperson for the Bureau of Land Management warned others not to burn toilet paper – though she did admit that “when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go.”
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