How many two-minute noodles can a firefighter eat?
We couldn't help but ask ourselves this question when we heard about well-meaning folks inundating our hard-working fireys with food donations.
We hear two-minute noodles have been high on the list of donations, among other foods such as biscuits, lollies, chips and sugary drinks.
Surely our fireys could use some better grub than this? How are they supposed to stay strong and healthy while fighting bushfires on a diet on noodles and bickies?
Far be it from us to advise firefighters what to eat. We'll leave that to former American firefighter Rip Esselstyn, who has become a media darling for helping colleagues avoid early deaths.
In recent times, he appeared in the Netflix documentaries Forks Over Knives and The Game Changers.
Rip is a proponent of a wholefoods, plant-based diet. By promoting this way of eating, he's helped loads of firefighters avoid heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic and life-threatening diseases.
He wrote the best-selling book, The Engine 2 Diet. The book is about his mission to help his fellow firefighters in Austin, Texas, who were in dire physical condition with dangerously high cholesterol levels.
Now we're not saying fireys should go vegan, but we sure do reckon they could use some better grub than two-minute noodles.
Right as Rain
We were perusing the Bureau of Meterology's app on Sunday night when we noticed a decent storm in the drought-stricken Upper Hunter.
As you can see from this image, Scone seemed to get sconed. The bureau's weather data, though, shows Scone only received a few millimetres of rain.
Merriwa, though, copped 39 millimetres. The folks up that way must have been cheering. Singleton did even better. It received 42 millimetres.
Have rumours about the death of newspapers been greatly exaggerated? Maybe.
The newspaper could well end up making a comeback. Of course, newspapers aren't dead yet, as those reading a hard-copy version of this column could attest.
Anyhow, researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne have developed an ultra-thin and flexible electronic material that could be rolled up like a newspaper.
The touch technology is apparently 100 times thinner than existing touchscreen materials used for smartphones and tablets.
The nano-thin material can be bent and twisted and apparently it's pretty cheap to make.
Which reminds us of a scene in the movie Minority Report when Tom Cruise's character appears on the front page of a digital newspaper as being wanted for a so-called "precrime".