Quirky World: Stocking forecast gets us out of a tights spot

ENGLAND: A lecturer who spent months playing Robin Hood has developed a formula to work out the appropriate thickness of tights for any weather.

James Hind, who teaches statistics at Nottingham Trent University, was asked to make an equation using windspeed and temperature to determine the correct denier of tights to pop on in the morning.

The so-called stocking forecast was commissioned by BBC Radio Nottingham and will form part of its breakfast show’s weather bulletins.

Mr Hind said trouble while playing the famous outlaw at the former attraction the Tales of Robin Hood 15 years ago urged him on.

The 39-year-old statistician said: “I’ve got it wrong on a number of times — sweaty legs when my tights were too thick or freezing knees when they weren’t.

“I was asked to create this formula as I know the value of wearing the right tights and now work in statistics.

“It will work right across the UK — ranging from no tights because it’s far too warm through to freezing temperatures where you’ll need to wear trousers.”

The formula uses a sigmoid function to create an S shape graph which is then used to calculate the perfect denier of tights needed.

Double glory

ENGLAND:

Two golfers achieved an amazing double when they both sank a hole-in-one on the same hole.

Mark Avis and Aaron Saddleton were playing at the Royal Norwich Golf Club when they achieved the rare feat on the par-three ninth hole.

Bookmaker Paddy Power said the odds of two amateurs scoring aces at the same hole were 25m to one.

Mr Saddleton, 29, from Norwich, was the first to tee off at the 135-yard hole and was delighted to sink an ace.

He had little time to celebrate, however, as Mr Avis, 43, of Attleborough, Norfolk, quickly stepped up and repeated the achievement.

Morgan Thompson, assistant professional at the club, said it was “remarkable”.

Keep it fair

ENGLAND:

A flower show is using DNA technology to ensure a £1,000 giant tomato prize is not won by a cheating grower.

Organisers of the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show have responded to competitors’ concerns that an unscrupulous gardener might sneak in a rogue variety of tomato to the championship.

The show is running a Gigantomo class, with a £1,000 top prize sponsored by a mail order plant specialist, which means entries must be from that strain of the plant.

High as a deer

USA:

Deer got the munchies at an industrial hemp crop in southern Oregon in the US when they accessed the plants after bypassing barbed wire fencing.

“Generally, I don’t think they like cannabis. They liked ours though,” said Cliff Thomason, an estate agent who is the steward of the first industrial hemp crop in Oregon, which was planted near Murphy.

The company planted roughly 1,000 plants in the section the deer got into, and Mr Thomason said there are only about 40 left. Industrial hemp has a low level of THC, the psychoactive property of marijuana.

In the spirit

SOUTH AFRICA:

South Africa’s annual Zulu Reed Dance ceremony was disrupted by hallucinating girls who swarmed the country’s president, according to a Johannesburg newspaper.

Teenage girls dancing in the annual cultural festival heard voices and rushed towards the area where president Jacob Zuma and Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini were seated during the ceremony.

The president’s bodyguards escorted him away from the thousands of colourfully clad dancers, according to The Star.

Mr Zuma’s spokesman, who was at the ceremony, said the newspaper reports were exaggerated.

Body mix-up

USA:

A family is suing a funeral company after their relative’s body was misplaced and the wrong corpse displayed for a viewing.

The family of Nivina Cargill filed the lawsuit against Smoot Funeral Services, which works out of Edwards Funeral Home in Columbus, Ohio.

Ms Cargill’s sister, Pamela Merritt, said another woman was found in a casket wearing her sister’s clothing when relatives arrived the viewing, and the family waited five hours for staff to find and prepare the right body. The suit, filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, seeks more than $25,000 in compensation and damages.

Know the lingo

ENGLAND:

Parents concerned their children are offering to GNOC and give away their ASL will be able to decode social media using a language guide launched by government.

The dictionary translates “popular teen chat acronyms”, including ‘get naked on cam’ (GNOC) and ‘age, sex, location’ (ASL) often used by children using anonymous chat rooms.

The website was developed by the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and the Parent Zone


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