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“New Zealand students say word ‘trivial’ in exam confused them.”  BBCNews Headline 16/11/18 Year 13 NCEA exam students (usually aged between 17 and 18) were recently asked to write a History essay based on the Julius Caesar quote: “In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.” More than 2,600 people signed an online […]


Watching tar fall makes watching paint dry instant gratification. It took a biblical life-span, three score and ten to witness the visual aspect of an experimental countdown started in 1944 at Trinity College in Dublin to show the high viscosity of pitch aka bitumen or tar….


We’ll never know if the turtles were happy together in their forever frozen pose after such a long engagement and an even longer honeymoon.The photographically featured duo, sticking their necks out eternally but forever making no progress -and certainly never going back into their shells-were one of nine couples (each a male and a female, no same sex couples here) of a species of aquatic turtle which perished while working on their survival strategy 47 million years ago and were then preserved in flagrante delicto (for our study rather than our delectation) as the first fossil record of its kind among vertebrates…


British American Tobacco has infuriated the Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon by branding some of its European Winfield packets with a kangaroo and the slogan: “An Australian favourite” … As BAT prepares to launch a legal battle against the Australian federal government’s plain packaging laws, the Attorney-General said the packets were outrageous. Roxon, who got her rocks off in her previous post as Health Minister by banning branding from cigarette packets from December 2012, is using it as an example of why branding should be scrapped. If they needed a smoking gun this was it…


““Ve haf vays of making you talk… …”, but apparently they didn’t quite work out in the case of the graduates of the Nazi Germany dog school, the Tier Sprechschule ASRA, based in Leutenburg near Hannover. This high docile canine academy was set up in the 1930s and continued throughout the war years as a curious demonstration of the irrational standards of the era. It wasn’t the Alsatian and German Shepherd students who were barking mad….”


Chefs can be naked but out of work teachers must keep buttoned up when in both the public and private eye. A former Auckland teacher has been deregistered after posing nude in Penthouse, a glossy magazine for which there is probably no great pent up demand these days, displayed (coyly wrapped, unlike the former teacher) at a wide range of non-porn shops… Apparently one picture showed her draped over an old fashioned school desk, though this was surely a political statement about antiquated furniture in an antiquated education system…


Is a teacher who picks up on a pupil’s nasal piercing just a nosey parker? The Leadership Group of New Plymouth Girls’ High School has issued an edict allowing facial piercings as part of the school uniform, permitting one lip and one nose piercing per pupil (or should that be per student?)….