Cellphone Etiquette

April 16, 2016 at 9:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in his seat and closed his eyes.

As the train rolled out of the station, a woman sitting next to him pulled out her mobile phone.

She started talking in a loud voice: “Hi sweetheart. It’s Sue. I’m on the train”.

“Yes, I know it’s the six thirty and not the four thirty, but I had a long meeting.

No, honey, not with that Kevin from the accounting office. It was with the boss.

No sweetheart, you’re the only one in my life. Yes, I’m sure, cross my heart!”

Fifteen minutes later, she was still talking loudly.

When the man sitting next to her had enough, he leaned over and said into the phone, “Sue, hang up the phone and come back to bed.”

Sue doesn’t use her mobile phone in public any longer.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Strange urban wildlife: “Given the chance to search for new species to add to the world’s biodiversity databases, where would you go? Chances are, not Los Angeles. If so, you’d have missed a trick. Over the past two years, entomologist Emily Hartop at the city’s Natural History Museum has logged 43 species new to science from this concrete jungle. This week, Hartop publishes details of the latest finds in her record-breaking urban bug odyssey in Biodiversity Data Journal. All are flies of the genus Megaselia, her specialist area, and rather than being named after obscure biologists, they bear the names of the people in whose backyards they were mostly discovered. Hartop found the new species after spending a year using tent-shaped nets called Malaise traps to catch more than 40,000 flies in 27 private gardens and three community gardens across the city. Urban ecology is hot. City streets, industrial sites, parks and gardens were once seen as biological deserts. But their nooks and crannies are turning out to be rich in undiscovered species.

Never spill beer again! £25 ‘Mighty’ glasses grip to surfaces so drinks can’t fall over: “If you have ever experienced the embarrassment of knocking a drink over, or have mourned the loss of a pint that you queued ages to buy, this invention could be for you. Firebox, the company behind a range of spill-proof Might Mugs, is now selling an equivalent for alcoholic drinks. A grip on the bottom of the glasses creates an air-tight lock that means the glasses can’t be knocked over but can easily be lifted vertically when you want to take a sip. When the smartgrip base is placed on a smooth, flat surface, a small amount of air is trapped beneath it, creating a vacuum that locks the mug in place and prevent the possibility of someone accidentally knocking it over. ‘There are no buttons to push or levers to pull to get Mighty Mug to work. Mighty Mug is not a suction cup nor is it a magnet, but rather something entirely new.'”

‘No lycra shorts allowed please’: Hotel bans cyclists from wearing their riding kit: “The owner of a hotel in New Zealand has banned its cyclist patrons from wearing lycra, in an effort to remove ‘any unsightly bumps and bulges’ while other customers are eating breakfast. Mike Saunders owns The Plough Hotel in Rangiora, on the South Island, and said he wants to set some standards now that the hotel has started serving breakfast. A chalkboard outside the hotel reads: ‘The bicycle is a beautiful object but they should never have invented lycra! No lycra shorts allowed please!’ reported stuff.co.nz. ‘We get a nice group of customers out here, some elderly folk … when you’re trying to concentrate on your breakfast you just want to see the sausages on your plate,’ Mr Saunders said. He added that he hoped cyclist didn’t take the dress code personally.”

A squeaky clean getaway! Escaped SIX-foot-tall inmate found inside his girlfriend’s dishwasher: “A six-foot Texas inmate who escaped custody was found inside a dishwasher with only his handcuffs and boxers on, authorities said. Wesley Evans, 20, was found inside his girlfriend’s apartment on Wednesday morning after deputies searched the Timbers Apartment complex in Jasper a second time. ‘That’s pretty hard for a man that size to get in,’ Timbers Apartment owner Terry Tootle told KTRE. ‘He’s about six feet tall and slender in build. I imagine he must have taken the racks out to fit in there.’ ‘I’ve heard of them being found in the refrigerator, but I’ve never heard of them being in the dishwasher,’ Blank told the station.”

Clue that the Bible is older than thought: “Archaeologists and mathematicians in Israel have unearthed evidence that could suggest key biblical texts were composed earlier than previously thought. Using algorithmic handwriting analysis, the experts studied 16 inscriptions on ceramic shards from the remote desert fort of Arad, written around the 6th century B.C. The inscriptions, which were written by six different authors, indicate a higher level of literacy in the ancient kingdom of Judah than many scholars thought. The research continues a long-running debate about when biblical works were composed — did it take place before or after the Babylonian siege and destruction of Jerusalem in 586BC and the exile of its inhabitants to Babylon? The inscriptions indicate “a high degree of literacy in the Judahite administrative apparatuses and provides a possible stage setting for compilation of biblical texts,” the study says.

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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