Five things worth sharing from the last week or so, brought to you by a different member of the Browser Media team every Friday.
This week’s My Five is by Will.
1. The alien invasion is coming!
Ok, I’ll admit that this is maybe a bit clickbait, but a few sharp-eyed individuals on Twitter have noticed something slightly odd about the recent Vanity Fair cover. The 2018 Hollywood cover is loaded with top celebrities including Robert De Niro, Nicole Kidman, and Tom Hanks. However, the couple who have got everyone online talking are Reese Witherspoon and Oprah.
On first glance, all seems fine, but on closer inspection, it seems that Reese Witherspoon actually has 3 legs… weird!
But what’s even weirder is the fact she isn’t the only star with an extra limb. Vanity Fair released behind the scene photos from the shoot and it turns out Oprah actually has three hands!
Also lololol pic.twitter.com/9Vh7z1Dids
— Bob (@DoHoBOB) January 25, 2018
The idea that they are in fact aliens is probably a bit far-fetched, it’s more likely to be a huge photoshop fail and someone is probably in a lot of trouble.
2. A wee bit of clever marketing
IKEA, the flat pack king, has released a new interesting advert aimed at pregnant women. The new advert is running in Amelia, one of Sweden’s most widely-read women’s magazines, and it encourages pregnant women to urinate on a patch of the advert to reveal a surprise – yes you read that right. If a pregnant woman’s urine is detected on this patch of the page then a discount appears below the Sundvik cot, taking the price down from £90 to £45.
IKEA’s marketing manager, Patrik Nygren-Bonnier, explains that “IKEA’s products are inspired by life itself, and are all a big part of the everyday life at home” and being there right at the beginning seems a good place to start. However, there are no plans to bring the advert to the UK so don’t start going around peeing on all your magazines just yet.
3. Put the Nutella down and nobody gets hurt!
As a police officer, when you are called to deal with a riot you are probably expecting the cause to be race, politics, or even sports related. However, the police in France were called to a supermarket as violence erupted over discounted Nutella. The French supermarket chain, Intermarché, offered a 70% discount on the hazelnut spread bringing the price down from €4.50 (£3.90) to €1.40 (£1.23). Because of this, shoppers rushed to the store to get their hands on the product and they ran out of stock in 15 minutes, causing violence to break out over the last few jars. These scenes were apparently reported in various stores across France, I guess people just really love their Nutella!
4. Get your head out of the clouds
The first few weeks of 2018 have seen most of Britain get battered by horrendous weather and various storms. The rubbish weather just seems to make everything that little bit harder, especially if you commute to work – something that has been causing me issues over the past few weeks. Well, it seems these days could be a thing of the past as inventor Franky Zapata has created a new way to travel, and it looks amazing!
? Zapata's new hoverboard is like a Segway for the sky. v/ @futurism #tech #Mobility #BigData cc @jblefevre60 @ipfconline1 @evankirstel @SpirosMargaris @jerome_joffre @Fisher85M @JimMarous @ahier @mallys_ @JacBurns_Comext @helene_wpli pic.twitter.com/L5geSRO1fD
— Christine Boursin (@chboursin) January 25, 2018
Zapata’s latest creation, the ‘Segway of the sky’, uses jet thrusters to push you through the air, at up to 80mph and up to as high as 10,000 feet! I’m fairly confident in saying that this isn’t going to replace cars or trains as the most popular method for commuting, but it looks pretty damn cool.
5. Getting Green fingers
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know anything about gardening, that probably won’t come as too much of a surprise. My gardening skills go a far as I know plants need water to survive, a chore that can often be forgotten until you’re reminded by the sight of another dead plant.
But, there’s one person who made it his duty to never forget to water the plants. Antonia Nicol, Twitter handle @Flaminhaystack, shared the story of how before her mum passed away she made her husband promise to never forget to water the plants in their bathroom. Her husband took it upon himself to make sure these plants were watered regularly in memory of his late wife. However, when they decided to move house and wanted to take said plants with them, Antonia and her dad found that everything wasn’t quite as they first thought. After watering these plants for four years, the pair realised that the plants in their bathroom were actually made of plastic and the whole thing was an elaborate prank from their late mother/wife.
Before my mum passed away, she gave my dad strict instructions to water the plants in the bathroom. He's been religiously watering them & keeping them alive. They look so amazing he decided to take them to his new home, only to discover they are plastic! Can hear my mum chuckling pic.twitter.com/N87giD5zKT
— Antonia Nicol (@Flaminhaystack) January 16, 2018
I can’t work out if this was pure genius or pure evil, but it’s definitely one of the best pranks I’ve seen for a long time.