Four things that have me asking questions in a slightly ranty way

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!

Lottery unclaimed prizes

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.

September 2013 calendar

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?

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58 responses to “Four things that have me asking questions in a slightly ranty way

  1. I always wonder about those people who buy the lottery ticket, then throw it away or stick it on the fridge and never check, too. Nuts. Some here delay presenting the winning ticket while they get a good tax attorney/accountant to set up trusts and stuff – the government gobbles as much of your money as possible if you don’t.(I think the scheduled payments are one way around that?) How would I know? I never win – maybe I should just stop checking the winners’ lists?
    I also wish to know nothing about celebrities eating out. Some of them wish the reporters/photographers would leave them alone, too…then there are those who make a big deal out of anything to get publicity – even though we all keep saying Noooooooooo.
    Rant on (I’m tired -you’re doing just fine on our own)

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    • We don’t have to pay tax on lottery wins here, so we literally get given that whole amount that we win in one go (note how I keep saying ‘we’ in a very hopeful way). Those who have chosen a life of celebritydom have to be prepared for the constant reporters and photographers following them around, it’s those who get thrust into the limelight without really seeking it, and then get followed around by reporters and photographers, that I feel sorry for! Anyway, thank you, I’ll keep ranting.

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  2. 1/. what happens to unclaimed prize money, is it given to a charity or something similar? If not it should be, as it is money they would payout anyway so give it to the needy….
    2/. celebrity couples can’t do anything like normal people… even though they are just normal people of whom the public have placed on some pedestal, sometimes in my opinion un-warrented… I think I have more ‘romantic dinners’ with my wife than they do… and I don’t have them too often as eating out has now become so damned expensive…
    3/. Sunday is the end of the week… it’s the day in the Bible that God rested… and he is not like our Government employees that rest before they work, cause if it was so every second day would be Sunday…
    4/. “There’s nothing worse than…” is not heard here too often as the person one talks to is likely to tell you what is worse than say broken eggs…
    5/. What peeves me off more than most things is the “Have you heard the latest….?” and then tell me something that has been proven to be a hoax almost two weeks before… have people not heard of the hoax sites on internet…?? emails telling me the worst virus to hit the world has been found by the FBI and they are sending out a message to all email users not to open a certain email… BULL HOAX.. I think the FBI has better things to do… As for the sms informing you your cell number has won a prize of £1 500 000 sponsored by Bill Gates and to claim your prize please phone a number … if Bill was dishing out that kind of dole he’d probably phone you personally…

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    • 1) Yes, the unclaimed money goes to the good causes that the lottery supports – various charities and arts projects and so on, so that’s some consolation at least!
      5) Don’t get me started on those hoax things that people fall for! It drives me nuts on facebook, it’s the same people constantly sharing bits of “useful” information without ever checking it out first, and they never appreciate it if you direct them to the hoax sites!

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  3. Oh, yes, these are all worthy grievances. But I’m ashamed to admit I’ve likely said, ‘There’s nothing worse,’ on more than one occasion. But at least I’m usually aware how silly it sounds, because, as you point out, there is always something worse. Like not knowing you’ve won 12 million pounds…

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    • Well in fairness, I’m sure I’ve said “There’s nothing worse” many times too, in fact it’s probably noticing how silly it was in myself that made me then notice it more in others – that’s often the way isn’t it!

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  4. Oh hello, your blog’s gone different again, I like the different photos of you along the top there Vanessa. I agree with all those ridiculous sayings, another one is ‘at the end of the day’ then saying what could have been said without ‘at the end of the day’ at the end of the day I hate it…..

    Another one is, well, when all’s said and done,..blah blah blah….. it’s just not needed, I hate wasted words and that’s what they are. One more.
    Well, if I was you….. then something they wouldn’t do if they were you…. don’t people love giving out advice??? Rant over, thank you Vanessa.

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    • Thank you, yes I thought I’d showcase lots of my different looks at the top rather than just the one sultry one I had before! Better reflects the range of things I talk about on here. I agree about those sayings and phrases you listed, so annoying! Although I probably say them too sometimes. I often catch myself saying “Do you know what I mean?” at the end of sentences for no good reason and it irritates me when I do it!

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  5. 1. I had a roommate who had STACKS of unchecked lottery tickets. Madness. I couldn’t stand it any longer an had to move. Maybe some of the people on the list are deceased. Maybe one of them is that guy from my last post who passed out in the middle of the steakhouse and couldn’t be revived.

    2. Because they are NARCISSISTS. That’s why they became celebrities in the first place. It’s a psychological tick.

    3. Some? That’s how ALL the calendars are printed here in the U.S. It makes no sense for the very reasons you state.

    4. It’s just a metaphor. Down, girl.

    Why do we call them “cell” phones here in the States when the “mobile” is a much better descriptor? Sounds classier, too.

    The U.S. to Syria: “We’ll allow you slaughter your people in a hailstorm of bullets and bombs. But gas? Sorry…THAT we cannot allow.” WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?!

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    • 1 – Re your roommate – Didn’t you check them for him? He might have given you a cut!

      2 – Well, it’s the media descriptions I’m complaining about here rather than the celebrities, but you’re right of course!

      3 – We can’t seem to decide about calendars in the UK, some are printed with Sunday first, some Monday.

      4 – I know, but it still bothers me for some reason!

      Well, as we are sayers of “mobile” here, I can’t comment on the States’ choice of “cell”.

      Not sure what to comment about that last one!

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  7. Oh, that’s really something about those lottery ticket winners. That would be a shame not to collect on that! Maybe I should play the lottery and not care….that’s the sure way of winning. Your calendar question is a good one, and has perplexed me for decades now. When is the first day of the week. I think even according to religion, Sunday is the last day, the day of rest. Right? It should be at the end anyway, as it’s the WeekEND! The way it is on the calendar now it breaks up the weekend, making it look shorter than it already is. Why, oh why?! This makes little sense, Vanessa!

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  8. I have similar ranty-ness about the same questions, so I found this post both hilarious AND validating. 🙂

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  9. LOL! I wonder sometimes why celebrities don’t have family dinners when they go out to restaurants.

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  10. Well, WordPress has me asking questions in a slightly ranty way these days. Why can’t they fix the email notifications? for example. I don’t know how many posts I’m missing because of it. And I can only check the Reader so often. I’m tempted to do a poll post about the issues and tag it so that everyone on WordPress is likely to see it—unless, of course, it fails to appear in the Reader and other notifications…. 😛

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  11. I wouldn’t want to be a lottery winner (maybe that’s why I don’t buy tickets) because of the cameras and news people who descend on you and all the friends you didn’t know you had come out of the woodwork.

    I get traumatised when someone starts, ” Have I a tidbit for you…”

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    • Well I don’t know how it is over there, but over here, if you are a winner you have the choice of publicity or no publicity, so if you choose no, they are not allowed to announce your name as a winner, or tell the press or anything, I really fail to understand why anyone would choose yes to publicity! I guess the lottery people sell them on the idea of being treated like celebrities if they say yes. Of course keeping it quiet amongst those around you is another matter. I definitely agree that winning would come with some problems, but I’d still like to win! 🙂

      I’ll remember not to share my tidbits with you! 😉

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  12. That romantic dinner thing really got me. So true. So dumb.

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  13. I might have to emigrate to the UK and win some lotto, the Aus govt take up to half of your winnings in tax, what’s the point then?
    Celebrities can afford to eat out every day, every meal, why do we need to know about their so called romantic dinners. And what of the ‘romantic dinner turns nasty’ type of headlines. Ca’t have been too romantic in the first place. I don’t mind hearing about those that keep a very low public presence, it’s the others i get annoyed at.
    Sunday, end of the week. calendars are silly.
    There’s nothing worse? there’s always something worse. As for the eggs, i always open the lid and check them first. common sense people.

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    • Half your winnings in tax? Yeah, half of 12 million would hardly be worth the effort of cashing in the prize! 😉
      Haha, yes, either the romantic dinner turns nasty, or the romantic dinner was to make up for something nasty that happened before, or the romantic dinner was a couple of days before something nasty! No originality.
      I always check my eggs in store too, it’s usually on the way home that I break them…there’s nothing worse.

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  14. Ha, this gave me a good laugh! I have to admit I’ve forgotten a lottery ticket here and there, probably because I rarely buy them and would throw them in the bottom of my bag. But I always checked once I found them again. No, I never won and you know there is nothing worse than … nah, I won’t do that to you 🙂 Thanks for the laugh!

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    • That’s why buying lottery tickets online is good because you don’t have to worry about checking the ticket, or about losing it. There was a couple several years back who had won several million, but couldn’t find their ticket. I think they pretty much spent the whole 180 days you have to claim searching and never found it! I seem to remember that there was proof they had bought the ticket, like CCTV footage of them buying it, and the time matched up with the recorded time that ticket was bought, but the lottery people wouldn’t give them the money without the ticket. I did feel for them. Of course not every country has the facility to buy them online, but we do! 🙂
      What? What would you never do to me?! 🙂

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  15. Sunday will never be the first day of the week! Sunday is a part of the weekEND, because it comes at the END of the week! I especially feel your frustration over that one…

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  16. Nice post, Ness – I feel your frustration on all of those points.
    The calendars printed with a Sunday start really make me mad too. They’re almost unreadable. Why didn’t they just choose to start on a Tuesday or Friday instead – they’d be just as hopeless. It’s a bit like not having 12 at the top of a clockface. Why not put 1 there instead, and shuffle everything else round by one? Crazy.
    Still, worse things happen. Take eggs, for example…

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  17. Rant away, Vanessa!
    The lottery ticket one made me kind of sad. Only because I know of so many people who are struggling to pay bills, it’s disheartening to see so much unclaimed cash. Especially when you can get it all in one lump sum.
    The celebrity dinner thing is annoying, too. Really, who has time for so many “romantic” dinners? A bowl of soup on the sofa with my husband, with both of us in pyjamas, watching “Breaking Bad” – that’s a “romantic” dinner, for me. Gossip mags put so much spin on the mundane, it really is silly/stupid.

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    • I know, the lottery one is sad. Whenever we see publicity about people who have won big, they always seem to be people who were pretty poor beforehand, so I always assume that the unclaimed ones belong to people who are very much in need of it! No logic for that really.
      Your romantic dinner sounds much more romantic than the so called romantic celebrity ones 🙂

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  18. I don’t understand why people don’t check their tix either. I don’t play, but my husband does, and he is very religious about checking our numbers. Where does all that unclaimed money go?

    I pay no attention to celebrities because they annoy the heck out of me. So, I really don’t know what you’re talking about re the romantic dinners.

    We need to change the calendar, I agree. I hate looking at Sunday as the first day of the week. It makes no sense. Did we ever find out if there is a religious reason or something behind this craziness?

    I’ve used the expression ‘there’s nothing worse than…’ but my kids called me on it so now I don’t use it. Yay for wise kids!

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    • I don’t know about other countries, but here in the UK the unclaimed money goes to the good causes that the lottery supports, various charities etc, so that’s a good thing at least.
      I did look up the Sunday thing briefly, and there were a few different reasons given, but it varies from country to country anyway.
      Kids are often very logical aren’t they, so they look at the actual meaning of phrases and question their use which helps us realise how silly some of them are!

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  19. Well, I’m glad you got that out of your system! There are many, many oddities in life. Do you know why? Because life involves people and people are really messed up! 😉 We’re not rational–none of us, especially the ones of us who are convinced we are totally rational!

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  20. The lottery one really does me in. I can’t believe someone would just let a ticket sit and not check it. I’d be grateful to win £50, let alone £12m. £12m?!?! I want to punch them!

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  21. As I respond to your post, I have an UNCHECKED lottery ticket I bought last week. I could have won thirty-three gazillion pound …

    Or not. I will check, but I like to prolong the dream. Extend the hope and anticipation that I might have won and, for me, that is part of the thrill of buying the ticket. Once I know I haven’t won I have to go and buy another ticket. 🙂

    I agree about Sundays they are the start of NOTHING so do pretend they are!

    I do hate it when people say the nothing worse than phrase and then state something so trivial you want to smash their unbroken eggs in their face right there and then. Or, maybe that’s just me 🙂

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  22. Surfacing from a long and inexplicable absence…I have nothing original to add, but I will say I’m glad you brought up the calendar thing. It drives me insane. I have one of those desk pad calendars where each week starts with Sunday (NO IT DOESN’T!) When I’m trying to write down a future appointment, I have trouble finding the day. Still, I love that calendar. And I can never retire, because then I’ll never know what I’m supposed to do that day. Don’t ask me why I love that calendar so. I have a smartphone and two different email venues and never use the calendars or alarms. Hate them. As for “there’s nothing worse than…” a broken egg, or spending an hour on your hair only to have it rain and turn it into steel wool…yeah. I hate that for you.

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    • Ha! Nice to see you back, and I’m glad you agree about the calendars! Where are all the people who do think that Sunday should be regarded as the first day huh? Nowhere! So who are the calendar manufacturers catering to I wonder?

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      • I don’t know! Who are these calendar maker people? It also confuses my employees who are paid hourly wages, because they add up their hours starting on Sunday. NO! Our real, actual, workweek starts on Monday. Monday! I’m with you, Sunday is the last day of the weekend.

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  23. Buys season tends to inspire ranty queries like:
    Why are there so many Japanese tourist sin the lobby?
    Why are these Japanese tour guides so hyper?
    What have I done with my life?
    Is this all there is?
    How can i be so tired and not be dead?

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