if it’s news to me, it must be news to you!
Tap tips: If you’ve ever been tempted to practise your tap-dancing skills in a lift think again, as the message on the left spotted at a Premier Inn hotel explains.
Tanks a bunch: Tank enthusiast Nick Mead got much more than he bargained for when he bought a £30,000 Russian T54 on eBay – £2 million of gold bullion hidden in the fuel tank.
Get your kicks: The Chipping Camden ‘Olympick Games’ that have been around for more than 400 years have been cancelled. Organisers blame dwindling audiences and health and safety concerns, particularly in the shin-kicking contest.
Up close and personal: The Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle have devised 3-D representations of cells, compiled by computers learning where thousands of real cells tuck their component parts and you can see them online at the Alien Cell Explorer.
Straight-laced: I’ve been tying my own shoelaces for the best part of sixty years, but it seems I’ve been doing it wrong all along. Scientists tell me that my poor shoe-tying technique is what leads to ‘catastrophic knot failure’ and this is the way I should do it. Mind you, the five-year-old on the right has a pretty clever trick.
Slowcoach: Scottish midfielder Gavin Stokes scored a goal after 3.2 seconds in Maryhill’s win against Clydebank last Saturday which was a bit of a dawdle compared to Vuk Bakic’s 2.2 seconds in the Serbian second division.
Generation hopeless: More than a third of young adults admit they are not confident about doing simple tasks, such as sewing on a button or reading a map, while one in five is unsure how to boil an egg.
Ant 999: African Matabele ants often get injured when battling termites and so they have developed a chemical distress signal so that they can be rescued and taken back to the nest to recover.
Tweet of the week: ‘So it turns out ‘confirmation bias’ means exactly what I expected it to mean.’ – cartoonist Moose Allain.
Brief lives: Lucky Gordon who played a part in the Profumo Affair; Christopher Morahan who directed The Jewel in the Crown; David Peel, folk singer and friend of John Lennon and; Charlie Murphy, comedian and older brother of Eddie Murphy;