Nepal steps up to measure Mount Everest

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright AFP Image caption Everest’s “official” measured height has varied between 8,840 and 8,848 metres since 1856 Nepal is to spend two years measuring Mount Everest because its official height may have changed following the devastating April 2015 earthquake in the region. The country’s Department of Survey says the mountain, measuring 8,848 metres (29,029 [...]

Parents in the dog house after ‘Scooby Snacks’ mix-up

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ruh-roh! Scooby Snacks were a favourite of the popular cartoon dog Dozens of horrified New Zealand parents are not in their children’s good books after accidentally feeding them treats meant for dogs. The Wanganui Chronicle reports that the “Scooby Snack” brand treats – complete with pictures of Scooby Doo [...]

How quilting got ripped apart by American politics

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Eric Suszynski Image caption A traditional-style quilt made by the artist Eric Suszynski, who has found himself at the centre of a row between liberal and conservative quilters Social media has breathed life into many hobbies and skills that once might have seemed old-fashioned, and quilting is one prime example. But now, in [...]