Sideswipe: July 09: Nice one, British transport

No-go zone

The pandemic has limited our exploration of the world for a time, but there are still quite a few places that are forbidden. Some locations don’t want visitors because they hold precious treasures, fragile artefacts, or have delicate ecosystems. Others are dangerous due to volcanoes, radiation or wild animals. The rest are top secret for one reason or another. The Island of Surtsey is both volcanic and a delicate ecosystem. “In the 1960s, an undersea volcanic eruption created a brand-new island off the coast of Iceland. It’s not every day that scientists get to study an island from the moment it emerges, so they decided to make the most of the opportunity. The island, named Surtsey, has become a case study for how ecosystems develop without any interference from humans. (Other than the ideally scientists who study the island, that is.) Some of the life forms that have found their way to Surtsey include moulds, fungi, at least 89 bird species, and, supposedly, one plucky tomato plant. In 1969, an Icelandic scientist named Agust Bjarnason was asked to make a trip to Surtsey to identify a mysterious plant, which he identified as a tomato. Bjarnason looked into the situation a bit further; as he later recalled, ‘Someone had done their business … and this beautiful tomato plant … had grown out of it’.”

Neighbours from hell

1.”My mother has a neighbour who literally looks through her window to try to see into the house. She’s had to call the cops on her multiple times. She usually just says something along the lines of ‘Oh hi! You’re home! I hadn’t seen you in awhile and I was so worried’ even though it’s complete BS. They aren’t friends or anything. She has turned the sprinklers on before while her neighbour was standing out there. She said it was pretty hilarious. Still didn’t stop her from coming back though.”
2. “I live in an apartment. The upstairs neighbour’s dog peed on their patio and it dripped down on to me while I was sitting outside reading. I yelled and ran to shower and when I texted them to ask them to take their dog out to pee in future, they said it wasn’t their dog and it must have blown over from somewhere else. What?”

The laws of burger stacking

The cheese goes directly next to the patty— for melting potential, and sauce should be spread on the bun. If you’re trying to avoid a mess of juices spilling out from the patty and soaking your bottom bun, put the cheese under the patty, to form a seal and put the lettuce beneath the patty to collect the juices. Toasting your bun can also prevent disintegrating. If you’re trying to stop your fillings from falling out, putting the tomato on top of the melted cheese (which is above the patty, in this scenario) will lock it in place; and a nice large lettuce leaf draped over it “acts like a blanket” to further mitigate slippage. (Via Mental Floss)

Melted mannequins


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