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Today โ€” November 17th 2018Weird&Strange

Supermarket launches edible insects at ยฃ1.50 a packet

Sainsbury's has become the first UK high street supermarket to stock edible insects.

  • November 17th 2018 at 12:50

Sleepy sailor crashes boat as nap 'costs him victory'

A British sailor, who overslept and crashed into land, probably costing him victory in a marathon solo race, said he will "keep a brave face, keep smiling, come back and do it all again".

  • November 16th 2018 at 20:48
Yesterday โ€” November 16th 2018Weird&Strange

BA sued over injuries caused by 'Lomu-sized passenger'

British Airways is being sued by a holidaymaker who claims he was left badly injured after being forced to squeeze into a seat next to a passenger the size of rugby legend Jonah Lomu.

  • November 16th 2018 at 14:44

Heavy heart as kilograms get redefined

Scientists have voted to change the definition of a kilogram after more than 100 years in a landmark decision.

  • November 16th 2018 at 14:40
Before yesterdayWeird&Strange

Japan cybersecurity and Olympics minister: 'I've never used a computer'

(Corrects minister's time in parliament in second paragraph of this Nov. 14 story.)

Soccer: Referee banned by FA after rock, paper, scissors blunder

Referee David McNamara has been handed a three-week ban by the English FA for asking two captains to play rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off before a Women's Super League (WSL) match after forgetting his coin, British media reported on Tuesday.

'More than 7,000' still watching black and white TV

It has been half a century since the dawn of colour television, but more than 7,000 people across the UK are still watching in black and white, according to TV Licensing.

  • November 8th 2018 at 11:22

Man, 69, launches legal battle to drop age by 20 years

A 69-year-old pensioner who says he has the body of a 45-year-old is taking action to legally change his age to improve his job prospects and luck with women on Tinder.

  • November 8th 2018 at 05:06

'Frog ladders' help critters escape death-trap drains

A small group of British conservationists are installing mesh- covered ladders in roadside drains to save trapped amphibians from certain death.

Chinese city bans dog walking in daylight hours

A city in China has banned pet owners from walking their dogs in daylight hours.

  • November 6th 2018 at 13:30

'Dead' man turns up two months after burial

A man who was thought to be dead has turned up at his family's home two months after they apparently buried him.

  • November 6th 2018 at 10:18

Fans ridicule 'terrifying' statue of Mohamed Salah

A newly-unveiled statue of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has left puzzled football fans scratching their heads while others ridiculed the artwork.

  • November 5th 2018 at 02:44

Who use the Dafne Schippers bicycle bridge

By DIRKMJK

If all goes well, the Dafne Schippers bicycle bridge in Utrecht should reopen on Monday, after a short closure for maintenance. I have a special affinity with this bridge: it opened on the day I started working in Leidsche Rijn, west of the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, and it’s part of my favourite cycle route to work.

Who else use this bridge? With the usual caveats, data of the Fietstelweek can provide some insights. The charts below show, for each direction of traffic, at what time cyclists use the bridges across the canal.

There’s a morning peak in cyclists crossing the canal from Leidsche Rijn (west) to the city centre (east), and a peak in cyclists going the opposite direction around 5 pm. This suggests that the bridges are popular among commuters from Leidsche Rijn. That doesn’t really come as a surprise: if you cycle to Leidsche Rijn during the morning rush hour, you ride past huge numbers of cyclists going in the opposite direction.

The map below shows the routes of cyclists using the bridges. From top to bottom: Hogeweidebrug (or Yellow Bridge), Dafne Schippers bridge and De Meern bridge.

It appears that many cyclists use the bridges to go to the area around Central Station. Users of the De Meern and Dafne Schippers bridges tend to use nice routes that converge along the Leidseweg. Users of the Yellow Bridge use the not-so-nice route along Vleutenseweg, or the slightly better route along the railway track.

Research has shown that cyclists don’t always prefer the shortest route to their destination; the quality of the cycle tracks also plays a role.

Yet the map suggests that many cyclists opt for the shortest route, even if a nicer alternative is available. For example, few cyclists from the northern part of Leidsche Rijn seem to use the Dafne Schippersbrug, or the route along Keulsekade (the latter avoids long waits at traffic lights).

See also this analysis by DUIC, which shows that the bridge is not only popular among cyclists, but also among runners, which is fitting given the name of the bridge.

  • November 4th 2018 at 10:24

Rotten shark made you queasy? A vomit bag for every guest at the Disgusting Food Museum

The dead mouse in the Chinese wine sure looks nasty, and the maggots in the cheese tend to put people off. But nothing is more horrible to an unaccustomed palate than the Icelandic fermented shark. It's the worst. Or so says the expert.

Giant Boris Johnson effigy to go up in flames

An enormous effigy of Boris Johnson having his cake and eating it will go up in flames at an annual bonfire celebration.

  • October 31st 2018 at 13:30

HMRC spends ยฃ10,000 on 'sorry' flowers

HMRC spent more than £10,000 on flowers over the past five years to say sorry to taxpayers for mistakes, it has been revealed.

  • October 31st 2018 at 11:52

Logos of rider unions

By DIRKMJK

A nice map circulating on Twitter (here, here and here, via) shows where food delivery workers are organising. Many of their logos proudly feature bicycle parts. The Finland-based Foodora campaign is the exception; their logo appears to have been inspired by Alexander Rodchenko’s КНИГИ poster. Also note the elegant logo of Collectif des coursier-e-s / KoersKollectief.

While their fight is about the future of work, some of these groups are independent of established trade unions - and some don’t consider themselves trade unions in the first place. Riders have used wildcat strikes and other forms of direct action, as well as initiatives such as crowdfunding a strike fund. With employers like Deliveroo trying to «disrupt» the labour market, it makes sense that their workers don’t play by the rules either, it has been argued.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an example of the Swiss fiery backpack logo.

  • October 28th 2018 at 06:32

Guess who: The e-fit rogues gallery from hell

The Cheshire Cat from Wonderland and Zippy from Rainbow are unlikely to be the suggestions police had in mind when asking the public for help recognising potential criminals using their e-fit technology.

  • October 27th 2018 at 13:41

'Human Spider' banned from climbing any UK building

"Human Spider" Alain Robert has been banned from climbing any building in the UK after illegally scaling one of London's tallest towers with no safety gear.

  • October 26th 2018 at 17:38
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