Oh the larks

This looks like an incredible amount of fun, if you like water slides

Which I do! (Like water slides.) Although I don't really like risking my life that much. But what the heck? Essentially, if you did this successfully you'd be under the impression you were immortal, so that would make up for the terrifyingly close brush with death you'd just experienced. Anyway, enough existential analysis of something very simple and fun. Thank you, Germany.


Does it throw a dampener on the whole thing to discover that it's a Microsoft viral campaign? Yes and no. Initially, yes. But then, once you've watched it again, a big fat NO. Watching a nutter splosh into a paddling pool does not, strangely enough, make me want to dress myself from head to toe in Microsoft products (although I'm imagining this now: PowerPoint presentations dangling from my ears, dress made out of Microsoft Office CDs, hat of Excel spreadsheets perched on my head).

I digress. The point is, I thought a big watery ramp might be the best possible way of signing off for a week. I'm going on holiday. While away, I intend to: a) construct a record-breaking water slide for my own amusement and b) spend at least 70 per cent of the time contemplating my impending doom. Oh, happy times!

Sophie Elmhirst is features editor of the New Statesman

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.