Weirder World Student News

Mark Hodgson takes a look at the lighter stories from the month gone by …

The Woking dead

Zombies being chased by armed police around a quiet town in Surrey, this may sound like a blockbuster movie – but it actually happened.

Students in Woking were filming a zombie movie – which involved a man running in and out of a derelict building shooting zombies with a toy pistol.

Unfortunately, they had failed to warn the council or the police about what was happening and the police received several calls saying there was an armed man on the loose.

The town centre ended up getting cordoned off as armed police raced to the scene.

Potty training for Swansea students

Students at Swansea University are being given advice on how to use toilets correctly after complaints about the state of loos.

The advice comes in the form of “informational” posters which show correct and incorrect use of toilets.

The university said it was “cultural differences” which were causing the problems and that since the poster campaign began there has been significant improvement.

At first the students thought they were a joke, but were shocked when they found out it was serious, with one calling it “belittling”.

Those flipping students!

It was Pancake Day last month and students in Sheffield took the tradition to the extreme – setting the world record for flipping pancakes.

BBC’s Dan Walker was one of those attending The Big Flip and he tweeted afterwards: “Sheffield University has smashed the pancake tossing record. All verified by Ben from Guinness #TheBigFlip”.

The challenge involved participants flipping their pancakes at the same time for 30 seconds. The final figure of new world record holders was 890.

The university was raising money for charity and the frying pans used were donated to a homeless charity.

Pop-up pizza

Students aren’t known for their kitchen skills and Marks and Spencer could have provided a solution to their problem in the form of a pop-up pizza.

The snack which comes in a “pocket”, and can be put in a normal toaster, takes around four minutes to cook.

M&S say it provides a good solution for people who just want a slice of pizza without the temptation of a full pizza. It also gets round the problem of the soggy base that you get from microwave cooking.

Though don’t be fooled by the cooking method, the average slice of pizza contains around double the calories of a slice of toast.

Oh na na, what’s my name?

It’s tough for anyone going into the jobs market currently – but maybe changing your name to a simpler one could help you progress in your chosen career.

A group of American and Australian scientists have found that people with easier to pronounce names have more success in the workplace and were promoted quicker.

Among the easiest names to pronounce were Sherman, Jenkins, Angus, Benson and O’Sullivan.

They also found that people with simple names made friends easier and were generally judged more positively.

Maybe you could take a leaf out of Rihanna’s book and chose to be addressed by your middle name.

This article can be seen in the Spark Magazine here

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