Welcome to the innocent webnews // 25th November 2016 // issue #194
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Oliver Smoot
measurements rule
This week we've been learning about smoots - a unit of measurement based on the height of a man called Oliver Smoot. When he was a student, Oliver repeatedly lay down on the Harvard Bridge while his friends measured how many of him would make up its length. The result was 364.4 smoots, and, since then, the smoot has since become a semi-official measurement of distance. After discovering this, we got lost in a tunnel of other odd (and surprisingly real) ways to measure stuff:

1. the beard-second - 10 nanometers, the distance the average beard grows in a second.

2. the sheppey - the closest distance at which sheep remain picturesque.

3. the new york second - the time between the traffic lights turning green and the cab behind you beeping its horn.

4. a warhol - a measurement of fame. Fifteen minutes of fame equals on warhol.

5. the wiki-moment - the amount of time you accidentally spend on Wikipedia researching humorous units of measurement before realising you should probably get back to work.
Curry for change
 
eat curry, change lives
The patio furniture is firmly back in the shed and you probably won't be invited to a barbecue until that unexpectedly hot weekend in May. So, why not bring the party indoors and host a curry night for your friends and family? The innocent foundation have been working with UK charity Find Your Feet since 2004, and each year they ask people to have a go whipping up something spicy to raise money for hungry people around the world. If you sign up before the end of December, everything you raise will be doubled by Natco Foods, who will also send you a free packet of spices. Sounds like a fair trade to us.
Skatty the cat
 
Skatty the sailor cat
When thinking of helpful animals, cats probably aren't the first species that spring to mind. But Paul's cat, Skatty, has proven himself to be the perfect assistant by helping his owner become the first deaf person to single-handedly sail across the Southern Atlantic Ocean. Paul can't hear the sound of waves or the approach of other vessels, so he relies on Skatty to act as his own furry on-board alert system. Skatty even lets Paul know when his phone's ringing by putting his paw on it. Oh, and Skatty's full name is Strauss von Skattebol of Rebelpaws. Not relevant to the story but worth mentioning because it's the best thing we've ever heard.
Smoothie cake
 
drinker of the week
A few years ago, baking a successful Victoria Sponge would have been considered pretty impressive. But nowadays cakes have reached a whole other level. Baked goods have upped their game. Just look at Amy's creation. She's manipulated the sponge in a way that creates the illusion of a pouring smoothie. How has she achieved that effect? Witchcraft? Or the influence of the modern media which, for the last few years, has been perpetrating unrealistic images of baked sculptures like these? Probably a bit of both. Either way, we'd like to eat it with a cup of tea later.
#Handmadetweets
 
Inside Fruit Towers
We've been on Twitter for a long time – 8 years, 7 months and 25 days, to be precise. We've been on it so long that we'd almost forgotten how to use a pen and paper, so last Friday we decided to change all that by hand-writing and hand-drawing our tweets for the whole day. We gave out our best pick up line, drew a Star Wars Christmas scene, a sloth getting into the spirit, a pig in a blanket and loads of other stuff too. Thanks to everyone who sent in suggestions and gave us an excuse to use our coloured pencils for the day.
and finally
gift idea   E.T in bun form   please?