TWTW #74: Large Bois, Large Bets, and Large IQs

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26.07.2019

What a week. 

Boris Johnson was given the keys to Number 10, and a record-breaking heatwave (36.7 degrees!!) left us choking for air. 

A rather convincing case of pathetic fallacy if ever we saw one. 

Anyway. 

Welcome to the week that was. 

 

Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are

It’s been dominating both the nation’s timelines and soundwaves this week: BBC Radio One’s Hide and Seek – the biggest game of hide and seek, ever. 

Founded last year, the basic premise is that presenting duo Greg James and Nick Grimshaw hide somewhere – anywhere – in the UK. And it’s up to the listeners to find them. 

And boy, did the radio listeners get into it. 

 

The mayhem started on Tuesday and after a whole 22 hours of concealment, Greg and Grimmy were finally found by a listener in Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier.

It’s fair to say this threw a few of us in the office back to our childhood! 

World’s Shortest IQ Test

You would be forgiven for assuming the world’s shortest IQ test with just three questions (yes, three questions!) would generate a better pass rate than 20%.

Featuring short maths questions taken from the US, the test has stumped the majority who have taken it.

 

Think you’re a clever clogs? Give it a whirl…

  1. A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
  2. If it takes five machines five minutes to make five widgets, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets?
  3. In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake?

 

How did you do? And be honest…

 

Save Our Shirt 

The Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has launched a controversial ‘Save Our Shirt’ campaign, protesting against modern football’s increasing commercialisation. 

At the beginning of the week, they announced their ‘sash’ sponsorship across Huddersfield Town’s new shirt – which caused uproar amongst fans.

Source: PR Examples

The shirt was later revealed to be a fake, sparking a wider conversation about betting companies as sponsors.

As part of this innovative campaign, Paddy Power have agreed to ‘unsponsor’ the kits of various clubs, freeing space on football shirts, in an attempt to return the game’s soul to the fans.

 

So far, the likes of Huddersfield Town, Motherwell, Newport County and Southend United have signed up and more are expected to follow. 

 

Wherever you stand on the issue, it’s definitely a fresh approach.

 

Storm Loch Ness

You may remember the “Storm Area 51” Facebook group that went viral from last week’s TWTW.

Well it seems it gave the Scots an idea to create their own this week: ‘Storm Loch Ness, Nessie can’t hide from us all’

Over 26,000 have clicked ‘attending’ to attempt to “discover dat large boi” at 3am on the 21st September.

Source: The Metro

Much like the Area 51 situation, despite the event clearly being an online joke, not everyone is happy about it. 

And although the US Air Force won’t be actioning any military defences against cheeky Scottish invaders, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has issued a strict warning about the dangerous depths of the loch’s waters.

Not to mention the vicious sea monster…

 

And finally…

 

Wait For It

A frustratingly annoying video went viral on Twitter this week that has been testing people’s patience. 

Are you patient enough to watch till the end?

 


Happy Friday Folks!