The Daily: August 15
Friday, 15 August 2014

The Daily: August 15

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Joelle Jefferis
Surprising friends: the 500-pound lion and the dachsund
Bonedigger, the 500-pound lion, has an unusual best friend, Milo, an 11 pound dachsund. The pair have been friends since Bonedigger was a cub, when Milo and two other dachsunds sensed his disability and sought to comfort him. Bonedigger suffers from a metabolic bone disease but this doesn't stop him playing with Milo and sharing a meaty bone with his diminutive friend.

Brits spend on average £142 on drunken shopping sprees
It all seems like a good idea at the time it emerges as a survey shows that on average Brits spend £142 on drunken shopping sprees, with one in 20 splashing out more £500 on their credit and debit cards. While Amazon profits most from these drunken expenditures (52%), inebriated buyers also purchase mobile phones, televisions and holidays. One man admitted to buying ten lobster pots while under the influence.

The end of unspreadable butter
Newly developed knife, ButterUp is set to end the problems of spreading butter straight from the fridge. The ingenious design grates the butter using the 21 small triangular holes on its blade. These strips are then easier to spread than a solid lump of cold butter. The other side of the knife blade being a standard serrated edge for cutting off the crusts. Still in development, the knife will hopefully be on the market for under eight pounds.

Disused Thames fort for sale at £500,000
Estate agent terms like 'unique location' and 'character property' have rarely seemed so relevant as a disused 'bomb-proof estuary gun emplacement' in the river Thames has been put on the market. A Victorian brick fort with added 20th century red-brick barracks and concrete guntower, The Grain Tower Battery is on the market for £500,000. The striking address of "No. 1, The Thames" may make up for the inconveniences of access; at high tide the only way to reach the fort is by boat or helicopter.

20% of us lie to insurers
Findings by global insurer Zurich have shown one in five of us lie to insurers, despite 82% knowing that wrong information registered on an insurance form can render the policy invalid. One in 10 of us will knowingly lie because we are scared of the consequences of being totally truthful, while just under a third us lie as we are unsure of the correct information or didn't understand the process to begin with – 8% even admitting to lying as they don't take the process seriously. Fortunately 87% of people would not lie to an official body like the police or the council in order to save money.

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