The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen

Relaxed: A stormtrooper rests up to prepare for the world's biggest scavenger hunt.

Relaxed: A stormtrooper rests up to prepare for the world's biggest scavenger hunt.

It’s been dubbed the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.

The event involves thousands of people creating weird art, going on adventures, solving riddles, meeting new friends, pushing themselves and performing heartwarming acts of kindness and courage. 

The scavenger hunt runs this week, ending on Saturday.

One of the hunt’s missions is to photograph a stormtrooper driving or flying a large passenger vehicle.

It can’t be a car or a van. It has to be a train, bus, ferry or plane. Basically any type of mass transit vehicle. 

Enter stage left Glen Fredericks, Star Wars fanatic and owner of Empire Coffee Co at Honeysuckle.

Glen is well known for his posse of stormtroopers.

“I’m being inundated with requests from Newcastle participants,” Glen said.

Rather than have a bunch of stormtroopers running around Newcastle hijacking trains, planes and buses, Glen thought he’d do some organising.

He’s talking to bus companies about arranging a photo shoot with some stormtroopers before the end of the week.

Those participating in the scavenger hunt can message the Southern Cross Garrison 501st Legion Facebook page to get the details of the photo shoot’s time and place, once it's locked in. 

Can I help you, Madam?

Too Formal: It's time to put an end to this sir and madam business.

Too Formal: It's time to put an end to this sir and madam business.

Topics wrote yesterday about how we find it strange and awkward when retail assistants refer to us as sir.

Hamilton’s Leona Goodman had a similar bone to pick.

“Try being a woman and being greeted as Madam. It makes me cringe. I do not run a brothel,” Leona exclaimed.

We reckon that the word sir is way too formal.

“Speaking of being too formal, I often get addressed on the phone and at doctors’ surgeries as Mrs,” Leona said.

“I’ve never been married and get cranky that my identity as a person gets hijacked by a male who doesn't even exist.

“A funny example of this was when I was living with my father. We got a letter from the local member addressed to 'Mr and Mrs', assuming we were married.

“I rang the local member's office and left a message on the answering machine, telling them I was not married to my father! I did get a letter of apology. From then on our correspondence was addressed separately.”

Topics hereby calls for an end to the use of sir and madam, except at royal gatherings.

What should be used instead? Bloke and sheila is probably a tad informal. Any ideas? Let us know at topics@theherald.com.au.

Trolley Circle

Mystery: A circle of trolleys appeared in an Armidale shopping centre car park.

Mystery: A circle of trolleys appeared in an Armidale shopping centre car park.

Where’s Mulder and Scully when you need them? The X-Files’ crusaders may not be available just at the minute.

But God knows we need someone with a canny ability to comprehend strange phenomena to head to Armidale pronto.

You see, a circle of trolleys has appeared there in a shopping centre car park.

Conspiracy theorists were quick to compare this paranormal activity to crop circles.

The story has attracted hundreds of comments online from concerned locals and nutjobs.

Matthew Korodi suggested the event may well have been a “satanic trolley ritual”, The Armidale Express reported.

RJ Andrews had a perfectly rational explanation: “Aliens”.

May Zarb had a different take, suggesting it was a “postmodern expression of the never-ending cycle” of suffering in consumer society.

Shopping centre management made no comment. Must be some kind of cover-up.  

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