1) Why do some people buy lottery tickets and then not check the numbers after the draw?
If you buy your lottery tickets online, then fine, they have your details and they email you if you win, but if you’ve bought your ticket in a shop, then you know they don’t have your contact details, so why buy the ticket if you’re not going to check? Why?! Below is a screenshot from the UK’s National Lottery website of current unclaimed prizes (click on the picture for a bigger version if you can’t read it). At the top there, somebody in Dudley only has a few more days to claim their £76,842. And look further down. On 31 May, somebody in Birmingham won £12m, TWELVE MILLION!!! And presumably they don’t even know it. They have until 27 November to claim. And here in the UK we don’t have to wait for our big wins to be paid out over 20 years or whatever like some countries do, no, we get a nice lump sum. So that’s a lump sum of £12m (approx $18m US) just sitting there waiting for them. This list pains me, it really does, maybe some of the people on the list are currently struggling to pay their rent, or even to buy a loaf of bread, who knows? Wake up and check your tickets people!
2) Why can’t celebrity couples just have a normal dinner out together? Why can they only have a ‘romantic dinner’?
Read any media report which mentions any kind of celebrity couple having dinner out (and it is mentioned suprisingly often for such a mundane thing), it doesn’t matter whether it is an illicit fling, or a couple that have been married for 20 years, their dinner out is ALWAYS described as a ‘romantic dinner’. Why? I guess it’s some kind of attempt to make a celebrity story about nothing sound more interesting. But it doesn’t sound more interesting, it just sounds more stupid. Stupid, stupid.
3) Why do some people, and calendar manufacturers, insist on classifying Sunday as the first day of the week?
Sunday is part of the weekend right? The clue is in the name, weekEND. Saturday and Sunday are the weekEND. I’m sure there is some historical religious reason for classifying Sunday as the first day of the week, but I go back to this – weekEND.
4) Why do so many people start sentences with “There’s nothing worse than…” and then go on to say something which would be way WAY down the list of worse things that could happen?
Maybe it’s a British thing, I don’t know, perhaps those of you from other shores could confirm whether it’s the same there or not. In my local village shop a few days ago, somebody was checking inside an egg carton, they turned to me and said, “There’s nothing worse than getting home and finding a broken egg in your carton is there!” Yes, there are plenty of worse things. Plenty! I hear this sort of thing all the time. I know it’s just a phrase, but it’s a silly phrase. Silly, silly.
Has anything got you asking questions in a slightly ranty way lately?