Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Five Lessons Learnt is our weekly round-up of all the funny, strange and off-beat news of the week. Perfect for a bit of Friday afternoon entertainment and a light-hearted look at what’s been going on away from the charts!

In this week’s off-beat news round up, find out how you could make £50k selling absolutely nothing, why you should never give a donkey a lift and all about the new driverless motor race that’s coming in 2016…

1. Don’t give a donkey a lift

Donkey
Image Credit: Norman Police Facebook Page

Police in Oklahoma gave a donkey a lift in their patrol car after rescuing the roaming animal. Officer Kyle Canaan responded to report that a donkey was wandering around on the loose in Norman, near Oklahoma City. And when he arrived, he decided that the best way to get the donkey home was to give it a lift in his car.

He lured the donkey into his squad car with some food and drove it to a nearby home for safekeeping until its owner could be located. Although he later admitted he regretted his decision after the donkey made “a huge, huge mess” in the back of his car. Time for a trip to the valet we think.

The picture of the donkey enjoying its ride was a viral hit after being posted on the Norman police Facebook page. Well, it’s not every day you see a donkey in the back of a police car.

A police car is one thing, but definitely keep donkeys (and animals, and children, and particularly clumsy mates) away from these Top Cars of 2015

2. Driverless F1 is coming

RacingIt’s time to ditch the drivers… racing is going autonomous. The organisers of the first all-electric race series (Formula E) have announced plans to hold the first ever driverless racing championships as well. The new series will be called Roborace, and will see driverless cars reach speeds of 150mph as they battle it out for the title.

Races will take place in London, Bejing and Mexico City in the 2016-2017 season, and ten teams, each with two cars, will compete. All the teams will be racing the same cars, competing using real-time algorithms and Al technologies.

Which all sounds very futuristic and cool (if a little dangerous), but we’re just wondering who’s going to stand on the podium and pop the bubbly at the end – reckon they need any volunteers?

Stay tuned for more 2016 upcoming events – over the Christmas break, we’ll be updating you on all the events we’re looking forward to in the year ahead. 

3. What to do with a random $400k

By epSos.de [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By epSos.de [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
What would you do if $400k turned up in your Reddit account unannounced? That’s exactly what happened to Australian Reddit user woahdudehelp, who turned to the internet for advice on what to do with it. Naturally, people had plenty of suggestions.

But the sensible 22-year-old decided to just sit on the money – which was just as well, because a bank later discovered a bank employee had transferred home loan funds into the account in error. So while woahdudehelp was pondering what to do with his unexpected windfall, some poor home buyer was having a very bad day.

Woahdudehelp was allowed to keep the $25 interest accrued while the funds where in his account. So that’s something.

An unexpected $400k would definitely tick off one or two items from our Trader Toy Wishlist… 

4. Why your internet is slow

LightsIf you’ve noticed a drop in your internet speed since December the 1st, we know why. Turns out, all those Christmas lights that are decorating your street could actually be dragging down your broadband speed. Ofcom announced this week that Wi-Fi networks, particularly if they haven’t been set up correctly, can suffer interference from other electronic devices, including festive twinkly lights.

So if your charts are slow to load, it could be time to come over all Grinch-like and start removing all the fairy lights in sight.

We’re betting the internet isn’t too speedy in this ultra-festive home in Bristol (and we’d put money on them having a frightening electricity bill in January too).

Get your hands on these Must-Have Trader Tech and even dodgy broadband won’t be able to slow you down… 

5. How to make money selling nothing

Black FridayAs bargain hunters flocked to the shops for Black Friday deals, Cards Against Humanity (a.k.a. “a party game for horrible people”) somehow made $71,000 selling absolutely nothing.

A box on their website asked users for their name, email address and credit card details and to tick a box to confirm they understood that they were “paying Cards Against Humanity £5 and receiving absolutely nothing in return”. They added, “On Black Friday, everybody is selling something. We’re the only company to offer the superior Black Friday experience of buying nothing. How can you afford NOT to seize this incredible opportunity?”

And for some reason, their tongue-in-cheek technique worked a treat, making them almost £50k in one day. Either they’re geniuses or people are stupid – or a bit of both.

If you avoided the Black Friday rush and are now in a panic over your Christmas shopping – do not fear. We’ve made it easy for you to get all your gifts in one online swoop in our LFX 2015 Christmas Gift Guide

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