TOPICS: Weird and unusual  Christmas gifts

NOW that Christmas is a  memory, you might find yourself baffled by some of your presents.

Not that you’re ungrateful. The gift of sensitive scalp shampoo would have been great if our dandruff hadn’t cleared up in, oh, 2004. Mother.

But with the Christmas lights packed away  how often are you really going to play Fifty Shades of Grey – the party game (pictured)?

A friend of a friend got a jar of honey and a Transformer called Bumblebee in his work Secret Santa. His colleagues thought he wanted ‘‘bees’’. He’d written ‘‘beer’’. 

For another reader, the gift of a cookbook called Footy Flavours – 75 recipes from your favourite rugby league stars, came as a surprise. This culinary equivalent of a Lowes catalogue contains gems like ‘‘Adam’s Healthy Pizza’’ by Adam MacDougall and Joel Edwards’ pumpkin pie.

Did you get a Christmas present that left you scratching your head?

The last place you’d look

Famed author Ernest  Hemingway, according to legend (and Google), was once challenged to write a story in six words.

The result was heart-rending: ‘‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’’

Someone who took out a classified in the Newcastle Herald earlier this month has arguably bettered it, needing just five words to capture our imaginations.

‘‘Hearing Aid Found in Pelican.’’

Bob Ingle, of Karuah, alerted us to the easy-to-miss literary gem, and correctly observed that anyone from outside the Hunter would wonder how a hearing aid could be found inside a pelican.

Definitely not local paper

JUST a small thing, but it’s got us thinking.

We told you recently about the meeting at Stockton between Norwegian Inger Watts and the parents of her late friend Karen White, Bob and Kerrie White.

It happened after Inger wrote to us about wanting to meet the Whites, and we ran something in Topics seeking them out.

When that edition of the paper went on sale, Inger’s daughter Emma, who studies in Newcastle, mailed her mum a copy of that edition to Trondheim. She had it with her on the visit to Stockton.

Now. With far too much time on our hands and the help of Google Maps, we make the distance from Newcastle to Trondheim to be about 15,734 kilometres.

Could that be the furthest away from Newcastle  a print copy of the Herald has ever been?

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