24 May 2010


Some more news - Petty Witter style of course.


"New York's Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA) is well accustomed to the challenges of protecting it's priceless collection from visitors' prying hands. But in it's current show it has rubbed up against an unexpected problem.
"The Artist Is Present features a rotating set of actors in teams of eight who stand facing each other or lie on the floor, dressed only in their birthday suits. The directors of MOMA knew the production would push against the boundaries of propriety for some, but what they hadn't anticipated (doh!) was that a few of the visitors would be overly tactile in their interaction with the art." - Ed Pilkington, the Guardian.


"An airline passenger ate his £8,930 winning scratch card after he was told he could not claim the money immediately.

"Ryanair crew on board the flight confirmed he had won the prize but told the passenger he would have to collect the jackpot directly from the company that runs the competition as it was such a large sum.
"The man then became frustrated and started to eat his winning ticket (well it was probably tastier than your average in-flight meal), ruling out any chance he had of claiming the prize money which will now be donated to charity." - the Sunday Sun.

(It seems that the days of leaving teacher with an apple are long gone.) "A survey by The Association Of Teachers And Lecturers has unearthed an embarrassment of extravagant gifts lavished on teachers by their students, including a Tiffany bracelet, England cricket match, and even a brace of pheasants.
"Other gifts reported by the union's grateful members included £1,000 worth of gift vouchers, a Mulberry handbag and £200 worth of opera vouchers." (I'll take the handbag, thanks very much.) - Rachel Williams, the Guardian. (FULL STORY)

It seems us women have more of an influence on men then we might have otherwise thought.

"A women's touch makes men more likely to gamble (I bet it would have stopped that 'idiot' from eating his winning ticket as well) new research shows.

"The Caress of a woman makes them feel more secure, and correspondingly more willing to take risks (A dangerous thing in the wrong hands, don't you think?), the study found. Experts say the effect stems from the feelings created from being held as babies.

"Tests showed that receiving a pat on the back from a woman made men willing to chance more money than a similar pat from a man. A handshake or a few words did not have the same effect." - Kate Devlin, The Telegraph. (Results published in the journal Psychological Science which is currently being updated and therefore results are not available on-line at this time.)
(Tell us something we didn't already know) HAPPINESS IS A MAN PREPARED TO WEAR MARIGOLDS*

"Research, featuring thousands of couples, dating back to 1970, shows that the greater the amount of housework a man does, the less likely the couple are to separate." (So that's what has kept us together all these years!) - Barbara Ellen, The Observer. (FULL STORY)

And finally, an article from Husband dearest.


"Almost everyone stood when the bride walked down the aisle in her white gown, but not the wedding conductor, because she was bolted to her chair.
"The nuptials at this ceremony were led by I-Fairy, a 4ft seated robot with flashing eyes and plastic pigtails. The wedding today was the first to be led by a robot, according to the manufacturer, Kokoro." - Jay Alabaster, the Guardian. (FULL STORY OR to view video, click HERE.)

* DISCLAIMER: Other household, rubber gloves are, of course available. (Do they have the same effect? I don't know but expect so.)


Nina said...

Oh my eating a winning ticket! Not that smart mister. :)

jason evans said...

Ha! I like this kind of news. Especially the studies.

Vivienne said...

blimey. I never got such extravagant gifts when I was teaching. It was normally something homemade. I was obviously teaching in the wrong schools.

Dorte H said...

You can´t eat your ticket and have it.

I never understood pupils who left appels anyway. I always tell my students that if they want to bribe me, they should try with liquorice - any time! I never thought about pheasants - but then I´d have to cook them before I could enjoy them, wouldn´t I?

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

A wedding led by a robot??
I 've never thought of it!
Hope you have a great week ahead!
Hugs B

Kelly said...

Why on earth did he eat his lotto ticket!?

You come up with some of the best stuff!!

Oddyoddyo13 said...

This was hilarious! I love this!

purplume said...

Funny, yet sad about the ticket. This guy has impulse issues.
Love the stuff about woman's touch.

Jenners said...

Darn ... we were in NYC recently and we missed that show.

And this reminds me NEVER to caress Mr. Jenners again! ; )

KLZ said...

I'm still pissed about that moron eating his lotto ticket. He should be locked up. To be protected from me.

GMR said...

Wow! Well, they do say the truth is far stranger than fiction(and yes, these prove that theory to be correct). Thanks for the laugh!