Friday Frivolities: Cats, cucumbers, computer overlords and a reality check

Five bits of frivolity for a dose of Friday distraction.

Cute and cruel

National Geographic may call this animal abuse but even they can’t deny the pleasure we all derive from skillfully terrorising a cat with cucumber.

ReAction Man

This Action Man is freshly back from the front and boasting just a little too much ‘realistic battle-damage’ for polite society. Featuring life-like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder for the uninitiated) and an uncanny thousand yard stare, our lonely vet’s suicidal tendencies, alcoholism and inability to function makes it unlikely he’ll be reporting for Christmas stocking duty this year.

You can't win 'em all, ladies

If there was a Christmas wish list for aspiring career girls, the team at Funny Girls have got it covered. Are batteries included with the body clocks?

I, for one, welcome our computer overlords

Can a machine write a boring news story faster than NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley? And whose boring story is better?

No joke

And while it’s not really frivolous, now seems like as good a time as any for this.