It must be true…
I read it in the tabloids
Alarmed neighbors called police when a Utah boy set up a sidewalk stand with a sign that read “ICE COLD BEER.” When the cops arrived, Seth Parker, 11, showed them he was selling root beer, and had written “root” in very fine lettering above “beer.” Parker called his marketing ploy a “wisecrack,” and the stand has been a roaring commercial success, drawing some 60 customers a day. “We’re loving people stopping by and just having a good laugh,” said Seth’s mom, Alexis Parker. “It is a joy all the way around.”
A Japanese team known as Giga Body Metal has claimed victory in the first-ever Heavy Metal Knitting World Championship in Finland. The five-member squad featured a kimono-clad Manabu Kaneko furiously stitching while dancing to the slashing guitars and pounding drums of heavy metal music. The inaugural contest drew 200 competitors from nine nations to the city of Joensuu, including teams with names such as Woolfumes, Bunny Bandit, and Nine Inch Needles. “When I saw there was a combination of heavy metal and knitting, I thought, ‘That’s my niche,’” said Heather McLaren, who traveled from Scotland for her shot at the world title.
A British design student has engineered a chair to discourage “manspreading”—the male tendency to sit with legs wide apart in a display of relaxed dominance. Laila Laurel, 23, of the University of Brighton, said her inspiration “came from my own experiences of men infringing on my space in public.” The chair has a seat shaped like an isosceles trapezoid that tapers outward, forcing men to sit with their legs close together. Laurel’s chair won a major design award. ■