Sideswipe: Our Sam’s murder plot

Flat out

An insight from Kiwi actor Sam Neill when he played General John MacArthur in the TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.

Did you know…

1. Juli Briskman gave the finger to a motorcade carrying Donald Trump when he was President. Trump was so angry he demanded that she be fired, and she was.

She was so angry she decided to run for office and defeated the local Republican candidate.

2. Out of 30,000 known edible crops, only 170 crops are grown on a commercially significant scale today and just 3 staple crops (rice, wheat & maize) provide 40 per cent of our daily calories intake.

3. George H.W. Bush disliked broccoli so much that he banned it from Air Force One. Afterwards, broccoli growers sent the First Lady 10 tonnes of broccoli. Most of it was donated away.

4. In computing, an octothorpe followed by an exclamation mark “#!” is called a Shebang.

5. In 2006, Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution in London had to change all of its locks and keys at a cost of nearly £300,000 after ITN broadcast images of the keys on TV.

6. Alternative early suggestions for the term vegan were “vitan”, “dairyban”, “sanivore” and “beaumangeur”.

Wallet returned

In 1967, Paul Grisham, a meteorologist in the US Navy, was unwillingly sent to Antarctica for a 13-month tour of duty. He found life at McMurdo Station to be tedious. Losing his wallet there was a notable event, although now, at the age of 91 and living in southern California, he can’t remember doing so. When a building at McMurdo Station was torn down, Grisham’s wallet was found behind a locker. The San Diego Union-Tribune describes its contents: Inside the recovered wallet was Grisham’s Navy ID, his driver’s licence, a tax withholding statement, a recipe for homemade Kahlua and several items other so-called “ice rats” who worked at the station might recognise. There was a beer ration punch card, receipts for money orders sent to his wife for his poker winnings at the station, and a pocket reference card with instructions for what to do in the event of an atomic, biological or chemical weapons attack. There was never any cash, as there was nothing to buy at the station.

Lighthouse locale

The lighthouse that appears in the One News titles is Castlepoint Lighthouse in the Wairarapa, east of Masterton.

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