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Thoughts from author: Anna Clare

Pareidolia

Have you ever looked at a piece of toast and seen the face of Noel Edmonds? Or, halfway through eating a blueberry muffin, realised it was a dead ringer for your pet chihuahua? If you have, you're not alone – seeing faces where they shouldn't be is called pareidolia and it's surprisingly common. 

This week, Chantal and Chio thought they spotted the Mona Lisa in one of our smoothies and, we have to say, it is uncanny. 

 

Guys – get it up on ebay, sharpish.

The lost hour

The clocks are up to their old tricks again – we’ve only gone and lost an hour this weekend (and, no, it’s not down the back of the sofa). Here’s a few things you could’ve done with it:

1.       Read the Hungry Caterpillar 28 times.

2.       Read one page of ‘A Brief History of Time’.

3.       Taken off a pair of wellies/Doc Marten boots.

4.       Listened to ‘Stairway to Heaven’ 7.5 times.

5.       Watched 8.824% of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended editions).

6.       Completed a One Direction wordsearch (don’t bother looking for Zayn).

7.       Watched one episode of Downton Abbey with the ads. Or five episodes of Downton Abbey without the ads.

8.      Had a go at saying this poem all the way through.

9.      Gone for a run. Or thought about going for a run and then talked yourself out of it.

10.   Cooked four of Jamie Oliver’s fifteen minute meals.

11.   Successfully moved a picture on Microsoft Word.

12.   Booted up the computer you had in 2005.

13.   Sat on a park bench for exactly an hour.

14.   Watched a football match after turning up half an hour late because you had some errands to run.

15.    Completed an intermediate sudoku.

Although they are stealing an hour from you, it's probably best if you do change your clocks so give it a go using our handy guide below:

Water Savings Time

It’s World Water Day on Sunday, because water doesn’t get enough appreciation for keeping us all alive and clean and that. But it’s so great that we’re all using way too much of it, so we’ve come up with a few small things that you can do to help save the gallons:

10. Are you one of those people who gets accused of stalling when you leave the pans to soak after dinner instead of washing up straight away? Well, it’s actually much better than letting the tap run while you scrape the food off, so pop the telly on and get slacking.

9. Instead of building a swimming pool in your back garden, make the most of the facilities at your local leisure centre. They have floats, too. And the occasional plaster, but just ignore that.

8. Designate your water drinking glass for the day or use a refillable bottle. Saves on washing up. Nice.

7. Cook veg in less water. You don’t want to be known as the person who makes mushy broccoli you don’t have to chew anyway.

6. We have a grassy floor here in fruit towers. Never needs watering. Just saying.

5. Do you really need to wash that? You’ve only worn it once* (*not applicable to pants. Definitely wash those. Or at least turn them inside out).

4. Your chin/armpits/legs would look good with some extra insulation. Try not shaving for a while.

3. If your mind wanders during your shower and they’ve become a bit on the long side, try coming up with a few songs that, once you’ve sung them, you get out. Show tunes work particularly well.

2. Avoid recreational water toys. We’re looking at you Super Soaker.

1. Shower with a friend. Preferably a close friend, but anyone who’s willing will do.

 

How to make a piggy bank from an innocent juice bottle

Last week, our socks were well and truly knocked off by the brilliant piggy bank Emilie, 10, made out of one of our juice bottles.

 

So simple yet so effective. To be honest, we wish we’d thought of it first. Anyway, just in case you fancy having a go at making one yourself we’ve put together a little how-to below:

How to make a piggy bank from an innocent juice bottle

You will need:

A 900ml bottle of innocent juice

An A3 piece of pink foam

A bit of white foam

A waterproof black marker

Some tape (preferably double-sided)

A pair of scissors or a knife


Step one: drink your juice. Not a bad start, if we do say so ourselves.

Step two: rinse out the empty bottle.

Step three: cut a large strip of pink foam which will fit all the way around the empty bottle. Fix the foam with a bit of tape.


Step four: to make the pig’s curly tail, cut a strip of pink foam 15 cm long and 0.5 cm wide. Wind it around a pen or pencil to curl it and fix it in place with tape. Don’t remove it from the pen just yet.


Step five: draw round the cap of the bottle onto a piece of pink foam and cut it out to form the pig's nose. Draw on the nostrils with the marker and tape it on to the front of the bottle cap (make sure you screw the cap on the carafe tightly beforehand otherwise your pig will have slanted nostrils).

Step six: for the legs, cut four rectangles of pink foam, roll them up and tape them on to the bottom of the bottle.


Step seven: for the ears, cut two triangles out of pink foam and stick them on to the neck of your bottle.

Step eight: for the eyes, cut two ovals of white foam rubber. Draw the pupils on with the marker and stick them on to the neck of the bottle, just under the ears.

Step nine: Take the pig’s tail that you made on your pen earlier and glue it to the back of the pig.


Step ten: This is the last and, if we’re honest, most difficult step – making the coin slot of your piggy bank. Take your scissors or a knife (grown ups – make sure you give the little one’s a hand with this). Hold the bottle and the knife firmly so there’s no chance of your pig slipping. Then, carefully cut a straight slot along the pig’s back making sure it goes through both the foam and the plastic of the bottle.

 

Finished. Now all you need is a bit of pocket money to fill his belly and you'll be sorted.