June 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg Felix Baumgartner - who plans to do a free-fall skydive from the edge of space - has tested his pressurised space suit by doing bungee jumps.

During his Red Bull Stratos mission Baumgartner will use a helium balloon to float to the edge of space before plummeting back to Earth at speeds of 690mph.

To make sure he is comfortable in his suit, which needs to protect against temperatures of -56C, his team are now conducting a series of tests which have included stepping-off from the actual capsule, high-altitude skydives and the bungee jumps -- carried out in a deserted fairground.

But at just 200ft fall per bungee jump, Baumgartner will have to do 600 to match the 120,000ft he will fall during the actual jump.

275x250.jpgA 245-year-old mummified man has been given a CT scan at a US hospital -- to see what illnesses he might have suffered when alive.

The remains are currently on loan from the Hungarian Natural History Museum to the California Science Center in LA and due to go on show to the public.

But while he's there, experts wanted to conduct a computerised tomography scan to get a 3D record of his condition and insight into the way he lived.

It's hoped the non-invasive scan will show if Michael Orlovits - born in 1765 - suffered from tuberculosis like his wife who was also preserved by the cool, dry air of the family crypt.

There was us thinking hospital waiting lists were a new thing. This poor guy had to wait 245 years -- including the time it took for the tech to be invented.

275x250.jpg Supermarket chain Tesco has started selling DIY flatpack log cabins -- just don't try fitting one in your trolley.

The £10,000 five room 'Helsinki' cabins are being offered alongside groceries, booze and clothes on the Tesco Direct website.

Measuring 32ft by 16ft it features a decking area, double-glazing and underfloor heating. Tesco bosses suggest that if you have got room for one in your garden it might make a good home office or gym.

If you're thinking about splashing out on the log cabin you might also want to spare a thought of what you will do with the clubcard points -- all 19,998 of them.

275x250.jpgA sentence which describes a kiss as being like a thirsty gerbil "lapping and sucking" at a cage-mounted water bottle, has won an annual bad writing award.

Each year the contest rewards bad opening sentences to imaginary novels - in honour of  Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton, who penned the famous, "It was a dark and stormy night."

This year the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winner was Molly Ringle of Seattle, who wrote: "For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity's affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss.

"A lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity's mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world's thirstiest gerbil."


In odd news, yes we are aware we're opening ourselves up for a pot, kettle, black situation in the comments section.


275x250.jpgA car which also doubles as a plane will go into production after getting a classification exemption from the FAA.

The Terrafugia Transition 'flying car' will now be classified as a "light sport aircraft" despite being heavier than is normally allowed.

Makers claimed they would not be able to fit safety features, like airbags and crumple zones while adhering to the normal weight limit.

The plane/car runs on unleaded fuel, can cover up to 450 miles on each tank, and when not flying drivers can fold up the wings and go on normal roads.

Because of the FAA exemption they will also only need 20 hours flying time to get a light sport pilot’s permit… unfortunately they will still need £130,000.

275x250.jpg A spectacular 300 dish dessert banquet believed to have been served to Queen Elizabeth over 400 years ago has been recreated.

Bosses at Kenilworth Castle decided to reproduce the food-fest - originally served at the castle by Sir Robert Dudley in 1575 - as part of their summer celebrations.

The meal took 700 man-hours to research and create in authentic detail and was presented on a massive banquet table dressed with towering sugar sculptures.

Desserts on offer to luck members of the public included gold gilded jelly, custard tarts, jams and candies -- the no so lucky ones got dried sturgeon stomach and pigs bladder skins which were also on the menu.

275x250.jpgMore than half of Brits feel so stressed at the end of their working day they turn to alcohol to relax, it has been found.

A survey of over 3,000 employees discovered one in ten feel stressed out before they even start work and six percent say they feel stressed all the time.

A third claimed to have called in sick because they were feeling stressed and 12 percent said they had quit a job altogether.

57 percent also said they had recently felt the need for a beer or a glass of wine when they got home to get over their day.

Construction workers were the most likely to drink after work -- though we are not sure that means they are more stressed than a brain surgeon.

275x250.jpgFormula One car designer Gordon Murray has revealed designs for a new eco-car - the T.25 City Car - which is even smaller than a Smart car.

He claims it had been designed specifically for use in the city with features like a small turning circle and a zero emissions engine.

The T.25 - which Murray says will be "a new British Icon for the 21st Century" - is also so small you could park three of them in a normal car park space.

But despite measuring only 1.3m wide it's expected to achieve a 4* Euro NCAP safety standard and reach 90mph.

It's also said the odd one door system means driver and passengers can get out when parked closely to other vehicles… unless they're tall.

275x250.jpg Pairs of designer stiletto shoes which are made from solid gold and diamonds have gone on sale in the UK for £100,000.

The Eternal Diamond Stiletto was created by bespoke jewellers House of Borgezie to be the most extravagant pair of shoes ever created.

Each pair - which are made to order - are decorated with over 2,000 brilliant cut diamonds (30 carats) and are shaped out of solid gold by experienced jewellers.

Makers say the design was inspired by the "elegant stamens of a lily" and each shoe comes with a 1,000 year guarantee… unless you lose it on a night out. 

275x250.jpgCutting edge science is being used to reveal the hidden secrets of some of the world's most famous paintings and uncover fakes, it has been revealed.

The National Gallery has teamed up with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to cast a scientific eye over the Gallery's priceless works of art.

They are now using a high-tech device called a gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometer to reveal how images have changed over time… and uncover the fakes which tricked experts.

An exhibition called "Close examination: fakes, mistakes & discoveries" will now display 40 painting which have had something revealed about them.

The public airing of mistakes includes a painting acquired as a 15th-century work proven to be a 20th-century forgery… you'd have thought the digital watch would have given it away.

275x250.jpgA saucy calendar has been produced which shows parts of models you never though you would see - but it's more X-ray than X-rated.

The Eizo Pin-Up Calendar shows models in typical 'glamour' poses but has been taken with an X-ray machine rather than a traditional camera.

All that can be seen in the images is bone structure, the outline of the body… and the high-heel stilettos the models are wearing.

The promotional publication was devised by Berlin-based advertising agency BUTTER for their client Eizo, which makes medical display monitors.

It was initially sent to doctors and other prospective clients, but has since proved a massive hit online… and no-one can complain it prompts unhealthy body-types.


275x250.jpgA slide has been installed in place of stairs at a Berlin subway to give fun-loving commuters a 'fast lane' to their train.

Unfortunately this isn't new German public transport policy but a marketing stunt by Volkswagen.

Their "Fun Theory" team set up the giant red slide next to the escalators inside Alexanderplatz station - much to the confusion of bemused travellers.

They then stood back and watched to see how many people chose to use it rather than the traditional stairs of escalator.

Volkswagen say the scheme shows how people will voluntarily change their behaviour for the better if offered a fun way of doing it. Admit it, you would too.

275x250.jpg The world's largest gold coin - which has a face value of £640,000 has been sold at auction for £2.6 million.

The Maple Leaf coin is an official bullion gold coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint which was revealed in 2007 with a face value of CA$1m.

It weighs 100kg, has a diameter of 50cm and is over 3cm thick. With a gold content of .9999 millesimal fineness it is also one of the purest gold coins ever made.

But while the coin is actually legal tender in Canada, we think the new owner could have a problem finding a store which has enough change to break it.

275x250.jpgAn odd-looking chihuahua called Princess Abby has won the dubious title of world's ugliest dog 2010.

The grey and white pooch - which has a curved back and legs (as well as a scrunched up left eye) won the annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Northern California.

Each year the strangest looking dogs are rewarded, this years winner was malformed Princess Abby - rescued off the streets just five months ago.

Owner Kathleen Francis - who won $1,000 - says she ignored how the four-year-old looked when she took her in from the Humane Society which had found her malnourished and flea-infested.

To scoop the title, Princess Abby beat 14 other dogs in her category before making it to the final… where one look had her competition howling in horror.


275x250.jpgFootball fan Thulani Ngcobo has set a new world record - by attending more World Cup matches than anyone else.

Today he was celebrated by Guinness World Records as he notched up his 18th game by watching Chile v Spain at Pretoria, beating the previous record of 17 matches.

The 29-year-old from South Africa now intends to carry on and has plans to have watched a total of 38 live games by the time of the final.

Since the opening ceremony and the match between South Africa and Mexico, Ngcobo will have travelled 17,000 kilometres to nine host cities and watched 3420 minutes of football.

Check out what Ngcobo had to say of his attempt, and the Top 10 World Cup Records after the link… and hope England don't set a record as the team which has been most knocked out the tournament on penalties.

275x250.jpg A country hotel designed specially for dogs has opened in Wales - complete with luxury rooms and a swimming pool.

The Royvon Pet Hotel in Merthyr Tydfil should mean you don't feel guilty about jetting off on holiday and leaving your dog behind… because they'll probably have a better room than you.

Charged at £29 a night pampered pooches enjoy a private room, an extensive selection of spa/grooming services and a swimming pool. There are also indoor and outdoor play areas.

The Presidential Suite even includes a 22 inch TV mounted on the wall -- ideal for watching Animal Planet or old episodes of Lassie.

275x250.jpgApple iPhone 4 users have been given official advice on how to deal with a problem of dropping signal -- "don't hold it like that.'

After the new phone launched yesterday many users complained they lost signal strength when holding it by the bottom left corner.

The problem is thought to be because holding the £500 in this way connects two parts of the case which also act as antennas.

Particularly bad for left-handers, the signal reduction can even mean the iPhone 4 stops working as a basic phone.

But when one users emails Apple boss Steve Jobs for advice he wasn't expecting the blunt reply which simply said: "Just avoid holding it in that way."

275x250.jpgA theme park is being forced to spray a roller coaster with insect repellent -- because open-mouthed riders are swallowing flies.

Bosses at Alton Towers say too many people riding TH13TEEN ended up chewing insects because it's located in a wooded area.

And after looking into the impact of eating bugs - the majority carry illness-causing bacteria - they decided to do something about it.

The park will now trial the use of natural essential oil of the lemon eucalyptus in a bid to minimise the amount of insects swallowed and killed.

A spokesperson said flies are also surprisingly calorific… 20 flies are apparently the equivalent of a small bag of jelly beans.

275x250.jpg An image of a man with the head of a horse has become the latest odd sighting on Google Street View to go viral.

The man - dubbed Horse Boy by online fans - was snapped in the Hardgate area of Aberdeen, wearing dark trousers, a purple shirt… and a plastic horse's head.

After being highlighted on the BBC News website, Horse Boy has now been viewed more than a million times on the mapping site and many people are trying to work out who it is.

So can you help, there must be someone out there who can recognise him, let us know in the comments… but please restrain yourself from making any obvious Sarah Jessica Parker jokes.

275x250.jpgA Job Centre has started advertising for a rather unusual position - bikini-wearing mud wrestlers.

A posting on the official UK government website DirectGov states the job pays between £10 and £15 per hour and 'bouts' will be filmed for broadcast on a pay-per-view site.

The ad says all applicants should be "bubbly, confident and outgoing," and "not object to being covered head-to-toe in mud."

It also tries to reassure would-be wrestlers by adding: "This is not porn or adult work but light-hearted fun mud-wrestling"

Are you are convinced and fancy getting dirty at work? If so you have until next Tuesday to apply… sorry guys, the job is only open to women.

275x250.jpg A web designer from New York has revealed a home-made nuclear reactor which he's constructed himself in a Brooklyn warehouse.

Mark Suppes is said to be the 38th independent physicist in the world to achieve nuclear fusion from a self-built reactor.

The 32-year-old amateur physicist says the device cost him £25,000 and he built it because he sees it as a possible future energy technology.

Suppes and other "fusioneers" are hoping to work out how to create more power from fusion then the process currently consumes. But the odd news of their neighbours activities will no doubt concern local residents... then again, this is Brooklyn.

275x250.jpgYouTube has started adding a special button to videos on the site, which plays the sound of a Vuvuzela over the normal soundtrack.

The football shaped button started appearing on videos this morning and when pressed plays the droning sound which has annoyed millions of football fans.

Just like being at a World Cup game the Vuvuzela sound will drown out whatever you are trying to listen to and can't be adjusted by the volume button.

While TV stations broadcasting the South African tournament have tried to reduce the Vuvuzela effect the button is sure to be a hit online.

It's expected the button will remain in place till the end of the World Cup BBBZZZZZZZZZZ.

275x250.jpgPostal workers will not be making their normal deliveries in Paignton -- because they keep getting attacked by seagulls.

While dogs are the more traditional nemesis of the posited, Royal Mail say a gang of seagulls are making life unbearable for workers in Devon.

For the past couple of weeks a gang of 20 gulls have been dive-bombing delivery staff as they try to make deliveries in Berry Drive, Paignton.

To start with postal workers tried to to shield themselves with a golfing umbrella but it didn't offer sufficient protection and they complained to manager.

As a result residents will now have to collect their own post -- which nerve would have happened in the days of Postman Pat.

275x250.jpg A giant 100ft tall replica of the doomed Titanic has been built in the US -- as a museum attraction.

The 50 percent scale ship - which cost £16million to build - is the world's largest museum attraction and will teach visitors all about the ill-fated voyage.

Visitors enter the Missouri attraction via a 30ft iceberg on the starboard bow and are presented with a 'boarding pass' bearing the name of a Titanic passenger.

Once inside the 30,000 square foot museum there are replica rooms and interactive exhibitions -- just try to ignore all he people singing like Celine Dion.

275x250.jpgUS President Barack Obama has once again been upstaged by a humble fly which buzzed around him as he delivered a speech at the White House.

While the President talked about healthcare in the famous East Room, the pesky insect repeatedly buzzed close to his face.

But while the fly distracted Obama enough to stop him talking, he was careful not to lash out and swat it.

Last year Obama was criticised by animal rights group PETA after killing a fly which interrupted a TV interview he was giving.

Speaking at the time he proudly said: "I got the sucker…" However, now they know he's not going to retaliate, we can expect to see more insects plaguing the President.


275x250.jpgThe record for the longest ever Grand Slam tennis match has been broken at Wimbledon… but despite lasting TEN hours, it hasn't finished yet.

France's Nicolas Mahut was taking on John Isner of the United States in the match which started on Tuesday and was expected to finish early today.

But after going into a fifth set (6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6) the monumental match carried on, with the pair matching everything the other was able to offer.

After playing for a total of 10 hours, and reaching an almost absurd score of 54-54, poor light stopped play and the weary looking players were forced to leave the court.

The record-breaking match will continue tomorrow… if Mahut and Isner are able to get out of bed.

275x250.jpg A tailor and jeweller with a taste for the extravagant have joined forced to produce the world's most expensive suit.

Made from cashmere wool, skill, and studded with 480 high quality diamonds it's easy to see why the suit is expensive.

But at a whopping £599,000, the price-tag could be enough to make even the most wealthy Russian oligarch think twice before handing over his credit-card.

Jeweller Stuart Hughes said he and pal Richard Jewels spent over 600 man hours putting the suit together but they haven't dared try it on themselves, "I was scared too" he said.

A rapper is tying up police emergency lines in Manchester -- by repeatedly calling 999 and singing at operators.

Police say he's called THOUSANDS of times in the past 18 months, but because of regulations they're not allowed to hang up on him.

His calls - where he sings, raps, preaches and plays loud music - are said to have cost over £1,000 per month to deal with, and officers have blocked over 60 mobile phone numbers.

But whenever they do, the man, who speaks with a Jamaican accent, just gets a new SIM card and carries on - possibly blocking real emergency calls.

Recordings of his calls have now been released in the hope someone might recognise his singing… maybe you have seen him on the X Factor.

275x250.jpgMotorists who drive black cars are significantly more likely to be involved in an accident, it has been found.

In fact, university researchers claim they are 47 percent more likely to be involved in a crash -- and that's after excluding commercial vehicles.

The team from Monash University in Australia claim it's all because of the visibility of the vehicles (or lack of) against the background of the road.

Other coloured cars which merged with the road and other traffic included grey, silver and blue ones - with these suffering even more accidents when it's dark.

The safest colour cars to drive are orange and white one… which explains people don't crashes into police cars more often.

275x250.jpgBad news for anyone about to celebrate their 45th birthday -- your sex life is about to be finished.

A recent study found many over-45-year-olds are so worried a bit of nookie could result in them having a hear attack, they don't bother.

The poll of 1,752 over-45s found that of those who do still enjoy sex, 31 percent admit to cutting a session short because they are too exhausted to carry on.

Almost half consider sex their main exercise workout and the average 45 year old has sex just once a week, with it lasting  22 minutes – including foreplay.

Six in 10 of those quizzed said don’t feel sexy anymore and the majority of over-45s agree they were having the best sex at age 36 -- which gives younger people something to look forward to.

275x250.jpgA roe deer whose mother was killed in a car accident before she was even born is now making good progress at a Cheshire wildlife centre.

An RSPCA officer had been called to the pregnant deer hit by a car near Turton, Bolton at around 1.00am on Sunday 23 May 2010.  

While he could't do anything for the mother - her abdomen had been ruptured in the accident - one of the unborn fawns was still alive,

The tiny deer was quickly taken to an RSPCA centre where it is being hand-reared by veterinary a nurse and appears to be making great progress.

Staff at the wildlife centre say they decided to give the deer a name, you guessed it, Bambi.


275x250.jpg Scientists have created underwear which has sensors printed directly on the elastic and can detect the blood pressure and heart rate of the wearer.

The team from University of California San Diego say their electronic biosensor innovation could lead to a range of life saving smart underwear.

Professor Joseph Wang says the system looks at the biomarkers in human sweat and tears to make autonomous diagnoses.

In the future it's thought the clever pants could even administer drugs -- and maybe say when they need to be changed.

275x250.jpgBoffins have developed a complex mathematical formula which they claim reveals the secret to riding a bicycle.

The formula - which includes 31 numbers and symbols - explains the motion of a bicycle by combining a variety of forced.

For anyone with their maths head on, it states: Inertia forces + gyroscopic forces + the effects of gravity and centrifugal forces = the leaning of the body and the torque applied to the handlebars of a bike.

Or put more simply: If you don’t peddle fast enough to keep moving while keeping the bike straight, you fall over.

Our advise is to just peddle and hope for the best, the last time we got out the calculator and started doing maths while riding, we ended up in a ditch.

275x250.jpg A book which details the best (and wurst) ways to prepare and eat German sausages has become a surprise international hit.

The 'Essential Weisswurst Etiquette Guide' by Dr Werner Siegert details the   "noble art" of correctly preparing and eating German bangers.

Released in 2003 the book enjoyed success in Germany but after being inundated with requests, publishers decided to launch translations.

It's said English and Japanese editions have now become a massive hit -- much to the surprise of everyone involved.

A man who was loading his clothes into a washing machine had a lucky escape when a van crashed in through the wall of the laundrette.

CCTV shows John Osambo, from New Hampshire, was forced to jump out of the way of the vehicle, which came to a stop next to him.

The van had been driven by a woman who was trying to park her car outside while chatting on the phone.

She says her foot slipped off the break and the van shot forwards and through the wall of the Lee Laundermat.

Still, at least John now has an excuse not to do the washing -- he has claim he's suffering flash backs to his near-death experience.

275x250.jpgA dating website which only accepts 'beautiful' members has launched a virtual sperm and egg bank for would-be parents who want attractive offspring.

Before joining BeautifulPeople.com would-be members have to pass a public beauty test with current daters decideding whether they are hot enough.

But now the controversial site has launched a service for less attractive couples wanting to have children who are more blessed in the looks department.

Users of the 'Beautiful Baby Service' can pick to receive sperm and eggs donated by 'officially attractive' users - guaranteeing better looking kids.

In odd news, the service can also be used to insure that your little one grows up to be inherently vain.

275x250.jpgResearchers claim women are more likely to agree to a date with a man if they've been listening to romantic music before he asks.

The French boffins (yes, they even research romance) set up a scenario where 87 women each met an 'average' looking man as background music played.

He then asked them out on a date and it was found those women who'd been listening to 'Je l'aime à mourir' by Francis Cabrel were significantly more likely to say yes.

52% of those listening to romantic music say yes to the date compared with 28% who had been listening to 'neutral' tunes.

In odd news there is now a French psychologist with a very busy social life -- by our reckoning he now has 32 dates lined up.

A 10-year-old boy has set a new world record -- by wearing 215 pairs of underpants at the same time.

Jack Singer set the prestigious pants record at his 10th birthday party after several months of training.

While the youngster was able to slip the bottom layers of underwear on himself the weight and girth of them meant he soon needed help from his parents.

Jack says the excessive weight of the pants even meant he had to lie on his back towards the end of the 18 minute effort, and caused him to lose sensation in his feet.

A Guinness world record adjudicator confirmed he had beaten the previous record of 215 pairs of pants… and that his mom was now bidding for a laundry word record.


275x250.jpgFlyers lose more than 25 million luggage items each year at major airports, it has been revealed.

According to the 2010 Air Transport Industry Baggage Report this means one in every 100 tourists will suffer the dreaded missing bag.

Of the 25 million lost bags, 52 percent go missing during a transfer, 16 percent never get loaded.

A further 13 percent get mixed up in a security or ticketing error and 7 percent get lost during loading or unloading.

While it's incredibly annoying to lose your case (normally stranding you somewhere without underwear) at least you can be sure it annoys the airlines too -- it costs them £1.6 billion per year.

275x250.jpgA team of window cleaners were left dangling outside the 44th floor of a US tower-block when a piece of scaffolding fell from the device that moved the cleaners.

The trio had been cleaning the (many) windows on the Wells Fargo Plaza building in Houston, when the accident happened.

When their device broke it meant the platform they were standing on fell, snapped and left the men clinging on.

They were then left hanging by their harnesses for over two hours while rescuers removed a window from above them and pulled them to safety.

When they were finally yanked in from their precarious position one of the rescuers said: "you missed a bit".

275x250.jpg Thousands of fans turned out in Kiev to see a series of mad-cap inventors leap off a six metre high platform to show off their 'flying machines' -- but ultimately fail.

The eccentrics used their extravagantly decorated vehicles to see who could fly the furthest, though if they hand't ended up in the river the crowds would have been disappointed.

Rules state the devices mist not be motorised and can only be launched by the push from six team-mates - the distance they fly is then measured.

Luckily - especially for those who have 'flying' machines comparable to a lead weight - marks are also given for creativity and showmanship.

A Japanese violinist has shot to fame after posting videos of himself playing the violin to classic Nintendo games.

Rather than simply playing the theme tune, Teppei Okada plays the sound to 'live' games including the sounds of things like jumps and power-ups.

Okada has videoed himself playing other classic games tunes such as Donkey Kong, Yoshi's Cookie and Dragon Quest 4 -- all while wearing a classy (and very white) suit.

The 34-year-old classically trained musician also offers lesson to other game/music fans, which makes us wish we could play the violin.

Actually forget that, we just want enough money to pay him to come and play like this whenever we are playing Mario.

275x250.jpgPeople who read lots of books are generally thought to be smarter than their less well read counterparts -- but that idea could soon be challenged.

Bookstore owners across the UK are compiling a list of the most stupid and amusing they have heard from shoppers.

Examples so far include the customer who asked if Anne Frank wrote any more books after her diary - and the man who when asked to specify what sort of map he wanted said "mappy maps."

Another of the gems compiled to celebrate Independent Booksellers Week is the lady who asked "Did Charles Dickens write any shorter versions of his books?"

But our personal favourite is the teenager who wanted to return a copy of Douglas Adams'
Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy -- because it didn't even contain anything about Italy where she was going Euro-railing.

275x250.jpgA patriotic parrot will be cheering for England tonight -- after owners spent a month training it to squark "Come on Rooney".

Feathered football fan Benji - and African Grey - is said to enjoy watching matches and squarks whenever he recognises the England team.

Owner Ruth Borrill from Peterborough says she has taught his to support our boys in South Africa by also cheering 'Come on England' and 'Goal!'.

African Grey Parrots are originally from West and Central Africa, so it is quite surprising Benji is supporting England.

As you can see from the video after the link, Benji currently says "Come on Roon" rather than Rooney -- maybe by the time we are in the World Cup final he will have got it right.

A Brazilian baby with remarkable dancing skills has become an online hit… and once you hit play, you'll see why.

Standing on a kitchen table wearing only a nappy, the little tot starts thrusting his hips in time to the music.

Within seconds he is pointing, waving his arms and pulling complicated dance moves which seem almost impossible for a child so young.

Perched precariously on the table he dances away as family members film him with mobile phones.

The video has now been watched by over 500,000 people online with many YouTubers suggesting the lad could be the reincarnation of Michael Jackson.


275x250.jpgBosses at a theme park are supporting blundering goalkeeper Robert Green -- by letting people who share his name go on rides for free.

Tomorrow the first 100 people who can prove they are really called Robert Green will get free entry to Alton Towers and rides like Oblivion and Th13rteen.

A spokesperson for the Staffordshire attraction said the move was because the Robs have probably suffered a week of flack flowwing their namesakes high profile howler.

To qualify, all would-be roller-coaster riding Rob Greens will need to provide a passport or driving licence.

They will then have a ball slowly rolled at them and if they fail to stop it they will be allowed in for free.

275x250.jpg An archaeologist believes she's discovered a good luck omen for England in their bid to win the World Cup -- a 700-year-old Three Lions badge.

Caroline Rann, a field archaeologist with Warwickshire County Council’s Archaeology Projects Group, discovered a copper badge emblazoned with the three lions.

The badge, which has been in the ground for at least 700 years, clearly shows the three lions, the emblem close to the hearts of all England football fans.

Let's hope Caroline is right this his means we can win the World Cup in South Africa… and not that it will be 700 years before we are champions again.

When Eric Boehs thought he'd accidentally put his iPad and iPhone in a rubbish truck, he started tracking it via GPS -- and videoing his attempt to get them back.

His Apple toys had gone missing as Eric rushed to take the bins out on his way to work, so he started off by trying to contact refuse collectors.

But when that didn't work he used the MobileMe 'Find My iPhone' facility to discover where his gadgets were - as they were on the move, so he started chasing them.

When he finally caught up with then, he was surprised to find they were not at a rubbish tip or the back of a truck - but that's because he hand't put them in the bin.

Instead he'd left them on the roof of his car and they had fallen off while he was driving… they'd then been tun over and picked up by another motorist.

275x250.jpgA professional pooper scooper says he recently found ripped banknotes worth $58 (£40) in the dog mess he was clearing.

Steve Wilson had been picking up poo in St. Louis when he noticed one particular mess contained something odd.

On closer inspection, Steve, who works for 'DoodyCalls Pet Waste Removal' realised it was a number of banknotes - presumably having previously been swallowed by the pooing pooch.

He then proceeded to pick the notes - which totalled $58 - out of the mess and sanitise them, before returning them to the dog's confused owner.

As many of the notes were ripped (but still had an intact serial number) they will now be paid into a bank… so they can be taken out as another deposit.

275x250.jpgTwo thirds of British women say they are 'completely bored' with their lives, a study has revealed.

A lack of variety amid a daily routine, a limited social life and pressures at work are the main bones of contention for the nation's females.

Not enough holidays and coming home every night to be faced by a list of household chores to crack on with also leaves women feeling fed up.

Nearly half said they were 'sick and tired' of doing the same things day in and day out, while 46 blamed their dissatisfaction on their terrible social life.

Maybe they should try finding something more interesting to do in an evening than filling in surveys.

275x250.jpgThe faeces from Southern Ocean sperm whales removes the same amount of carbon as emissions from 40,000 cars each year, scientists have claimed.

Researchers from Flinders University in Australia say their discovery highlights the important role of whales in removing carbon from the atmosphere.

While it had been thought whale respiration would increasing atmospheric carbon levels, it turns out this is more than offset by their poo, which is rich in iron.

The iron-rich poo stimulates phytoplankton to grow in turn trapping carbon. When the phytoplankton dies the trapped carbon sinks to the bottom of the ocean.

It's hoped the research will create enough of a stink to renew calls for a ban on whaling.

275x250.jpgA magazine has been released which contains no text or images -- instead it has a variety of different smells on each page.

Mono.kultu is a German arts magazine based in Berlin which each issue dedicates itself to the work of one artist, from fine arts to film.

But when they decided to base an issue on the Norwegian 'scent scientist and artist' Sissel Tolaas they needed to come up with a way to convey her work in the magazine.

Using a process called microencapsulation they produced a copy of the magazine which contains smells created by the artist. To give it more impact there are no accompanying words or images.

'Readers' then rub the page to release the smell. One fan of the magazine saying: "If your favourite part of magazines are the perfume inserts, this is your lucky day."


A four-year-old boy from western India has set a new record -- by doing 1,500 push-ups in just 40 minutes.

His parents say Ronak Vitha started doing pushups when he was two and he enjoys doing them so much he is constantly dropping and doing the odd twenty.

As the months past he slowly started doing more and more push-ups until he was doing hundreds at a time -- prompting his mother to wonder what the record was.

After some investigation she discovered he might be able to set a record for the most push-ups in a limited time and organised the bid at a local gym - where he did 1,482 in under 40 minutes.

Adjudicators from the India Book Of Records confirmed the record… which was about 1,463 more than we could have managed, though we don't think much of his form.


275x250.jpgThe average Brit will spend more than £350,000 on foreign holidays, during their lifetime, it has been found.

A study of 3,000 adults revealed the typical sun-seeker will pay for their first trip abroad at the age of 17 and will go away twice a year until the age of 78.

The average holiday package costs around £1,100 but other costs such as spending money, food and drink and hidden charges pushes the bill up to £2,981.41.

Things like luggage, clothes, sun tan lotion and sunglasses all push the price of a holiday up, to levels that surprise most holidaymakers.

The total holiday yearly spend is £5,962.82 - or £366,713.43 over the 61.5 years of the average adult lifetime… enough to have moved to Spain.

275x250.jpgHenpecked British blokes have to put up with an entire week of nagging from their wives every year, it had been found.

A study discovered the average woman moan at their man for  more than two-and-a-half hours a week about helping out around the house and cutting back on booze.

That works out to a total of around 11 hours a month - the equivalent of five-and-a-half days a year or more than one working week.

Not helping to tidy the house emerged as the most common bug-bear for a woman to nag about, followed by not doing the dishes.

Other common complaints included spending too much money, not being romantic enough… and not listening when they are busy nagging.

275x250.jpg A bald penguin at a UK wildlife centre have been given a specially designed wetsuit to protect him getting sunburn over the summer.

Ralph, a ten year old Humboldt penguin suffers from a moulting problem which causes him to lose all of his feathers within a couple of days.

This means that unlike other penguins - who moult as new feathers grow - his pink skin is left exposed and he could easily get sunburn.

A spokesperson for Marwell Wildlife in Hampshire said the wet suit is made from neoprene, has velcro fastening and was made to measure… well even we didn't think you could buy penguin wetsuits in the average surf shop.

275x250.jpgNews magazine Newsweek.com is reporting on zombie attacks in New York -- but only after you enter the Konami Code on their homepage.

While the site looks zombie-free to most visitors, those pressing the buttons familiar to 80s Nintendo gamers are treated to alternative articles.

After pressing the Konami Code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, enter) all normal articles are replaced with ones about a zombie invasion.

The lead article has the very un-Newsweek headline of "ZOMBIES ATTACK!" and others detailing their quest for brains and the cause of the invasion.

We can't decide which is more surprising the fact a coder hid this in the new Newsweek.com site… or that people are still typing the Konami Code everywhere they go.


275x250.jpgThey look like a science fiction movie special effect gone wrong, but these ugly cats are said to be the latest must-have pet.

Sphynx cats are currently selling for up to £3,000 each and their rare breed has only recently become available in the UK.

Their weird hairless bodies have made them a hit with asthma sufferers or those who are sick of cleaning fur from their furniture.

Pam Williams, of the Sphynx Cat Association, said: "They’re a bit like Marmite – you either love them or hate them."

She added that they have a good temperament, snuggle put to owners to keep warm… and can scare mice just by looking at them.

275x250.jpg More than 20,000 people have gathered to watch an annual event where racers run through a town carrying someone in a bed.

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race saw 91 teams of bed-carrying racers complete the three-mile course in a bid to win the (obviously prestigious) title.

While some racers, like the winners Ripon Runners - who finished in 13.56 minutes - take the event seriously, others compete in fancy dress and with decorated beds

The Bed Race dates back to 1966 and with over 630 competitors this year is still growing -- in case NewsLite enters a team next year I'm putting my name down for the position in the bed. 

275x250.jpgA four-man mountain rescue crew were called out to save the life of a dog which became tired on a Snowdonia mountain walk.

Nero, a 10-year-old black labrador had been trekking above the Ogwen Valley near Bangor, when he became tired and the stoney path caused him to suffer sore paws.

His owner, a woman in her 30s, didn't know what to do and dialled 999 for mountain rescue - asking them to help the poor pooch back down.

A team was dispatched and located the dog and owner before taking it in turns to slowly carry Nero down on their shoulder

The mountain heroes say it took three hours to get off the mountain -- and that the phrase 'rescue dog' is normally a description rather than an instruction.

275x250.jpgFor many people there would be nothing sweeter than receiving an Apple iPad as a gift -- unless it was coated in chocolate.

Stefan Magdalinski knew his Apple obsessed wife Kay would love an iPad for her birthday so had one imported from London to South Africa.

But he didn't stop there, he also wanted to give her a special treat and delay the surprise of her finding out.

So he commissioned a luxury chocolate shop in London to coat the high-tech gadget in milk chocolate using a carbon-freezing process.

After somehow getting through customs - we can only imaging what this looked like on an x-ray - the package was shipped to South Africa.

275x250.jpgFrench psychiatrists have diagnosed Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars - who later became Darth Vader - with borderline personality disorder.

Eric Bui of the Toulouse University Hospital says he made the diagnosis after watching the prequel movies and comparing Anakin to diagnostic criteria of mental disorders.

He says the young Jedi matched six out of the nine borderline personality disorder criteria, thanks to his separation from parents, his impulsiveness, violent outbursts and anger management issues.

His illusions of invincibility and crises of identity are also said to have made him a classic example of the disorder.

Suggesting they may be in need of a stint one the psychiatrists couch themselves, the experts even claim with psychotherapy the fictional character may not have turned to the dark side.

Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has helped set a new world record by leading baseball fans in the longest and loudest scream, ever.

The record bid took place at Dodgers Stadium in LA during a match between the Dodgers and LA Angels, with Ozzy taking to the field at half time.

Ozzy - dubbed the Prince of Darkness - stood in the centre of the field and waves his arms to encourages fans to scream the word 'scream' for over a minute.

Adjudicators from the Guinness Book Of Records were on hand to measure the volume and longevity of the scream, which they confirmed as a new record.

In odd news, many fans said they were not aware of the Thinkcure event and were just screaming because they had seen Sharon Osbourne.

275x250.jpg An artist has spent over six months and £10,000 creating a life-size but lightweight pedal-powered Porsche -- using plastic pipes, duct tape and kitchen foil.

Hannes Langeder says he wanted to recreate the super-car using everyday objects as a "socio-environmental statement" about sustainability and practicality.

There's a bicycle at the heart of the 'car' and the frame was built from plastic pipes and rolls of duct tape before being covered in foil to give a metallic finish. In total it weights just 99.6 kilograms.

The Ferdinand GT3 RS is legally seen as a bicycle, meaning it can be taken on Austrian roads… though other motorists might expect him to pull away from junctions a little faster.

Millions of fans missed England's opening goal of the World Cup -- because blundering button pressers at  ITV HD cut to an advert.

Just three minutes into the game against USA the channel - which promised to show the World Cup in more detail than ever before - cut to a Hyundai ad.

This meant fans who were watching the high definition broadcast, didn't see Liverpool ace Gerrard score.

In fact the first they knew about it was when the 24 second interruption ended and the match returned to screens, with a 1-0 scoreline and Fabio Capello celebrating.

More than 1m fans are said to have shelled out on a HDTVs specifically to watch England games in HD at home… something they are no doubt regretting.


275x250.jpgWhen England take on USA at the South Africa World Cup tomorrow they will be two team divided by a common language.

That's because, in addition to calling the beautiful game 'soccer' rather than 'football', the Americans use a whole host of odd footballing phrases.

For example rather than a header, their players make head-shots, the goal line is called the end-line and swearing at the ref can get them ejected rather than sent off.

As a result a translation firm have produced a guide to US footballing lingo so that, should you end up watching coverage from America, you will still know what they are talking about.

Also, rather than keeping a clean-sheet, US teams want to perform a shut-out on the opposition… which hopefully they won't manage tomorrow.

275x250.jpgMotorists have been warned to keep off the roads during England World Cup matches -- because they're much more likely to have an accident.

Research has found that as matches draw to their conclusion, fans listening on their car radio can get distracted and are therefore liable to crash.

Dubbed ‘Last Minute Syndrome’ fans heart rates are said to increase, their hands get sweaty and they feel nauseous as they listen and drive.

This, along with decreased levels of concentration, is claimed to have resulted in almost 500,000 minor accidents as England have conceded late equalisers or losing goals in recent tournaments.

So, would you drive during an England match? -- No, if you are from Scotland or Wales there's no need to answer.

275x250.jpgMore than FIVE MILLION England fans will carry out pre-match rituals before World Cup games in the hope it will help us win.
 
Researchers quizzed 4,000 England fans finding that 15 per cent of superstitious supporters will stick to tried and tested superstitions.
 
One in ten will don lucky pants, one in five will watch matches with a 'lucky' group of mates while 11 per cent will retire to their lucky armchair.
 
Another 16 per cent will kiss the badge on their shirt, 14 per cent will sing a football chant and eight per cent will insist on the same food or drink before each kick-off.
 
A third of people said they felt guilty if they didn't carry out their ritual… so if we don't end up World Cup winners, these are the people to blame.

275x250.jpgA bird which became too-fat-to-fly after bingeing on sausages has taken to the sky again thanks to a diet and exercise regime.

The bulky Kookaburra had found at a park in Mosman, Australia, running along the floor as it was being chased by a group of dogs.

Experts said that because people had been feeding it BBQ leftovers it had put on too much weight and was unable to fly.

But staff at Taronga Zoo took the bird in and gave it a healthier diet and encouraged it o be more active.

Yesterday - after shedding almost 1/5 of its weight - the bird mad its first flight… straight to the nearest Burger King.

275x250.jpg A car which does the equivalent of 300 miles per gallon and produces water instead of exhaust fumes is set to be trialled in Leicester.

Makers say that if all goes as expected in the 12-month test, they will start production of around 5,000 of the eco-friendly vehicles per year.

The Riversimple car is a two-seater which has a range of 240 miles on each tank of hydrogen and accelerates from 0-30mph in 5.5 seconds.

In tests, 30 of the cars will be made available for drivers in Leicester to rent… presumably the test being how many people point an laugh.

Toucans at Leeds Castle have started playing a specially adapted version of the classic 1970s hit game KerPlunk.

But rather than marbles falling when they lose, the birds at the aviary in Kent are rewarded with falling fruit when they pull out the right sticks.

Staff at the attraction adapted the game in a bid to keep the birds active in their cage and they appear to take it in turns.

Watching the 'games' has also proved a hit with visitors, may of who have uploaded videos the feathered KerPlunk players to YouTube.

But we are not surprised, isn't it well known that the animal kingdom has a fascination with 1970s board games… unless we dreamt about the turtles with a penchant Connect Four that is.


275x250.jpg A 5,500-year-old leather shoe - the world's oldest - has been discovered in a cave in Armenia perfectly preserved, and complete with laces.

Archaeologists say the cow-hide shoe dates back to 3,500 BC (Chalcolithic period) and was made of a single piece of leather and was shaped to fit the wearer’s foot.

The shoe is the equivalent of a current size 4 (or EU 37) and it's thought the cool and dry conditions in the cave resulted in exceptional preservation.

Experts say the shoe could have belongs to a man or a woman… though if it belonged to a woman, we would expect them to find another 14 pairs at the back of the cave.

275x250.jpgAnimal experts say lions, tigers and cheetahs have a strange 'obsession' with Calvin Klein aftershave.

Zookeepers from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo in New York claim CK Obsession stimulates the curiosity of big cats.

Tested against 23 other fragrances - by spraying it on objects in an cheetah enclosure - Obsession was found to hold attention for longest.

In fact, the cats spent over 11 minutes nuzzling up to a tree sprayed with Obsession for Men, compared to a couple of minutes with other sprays.

The results were so compelling Obsession is now used in zoos and wildlife areas around the world… and quite a few nightclubs too.

A powerlifer competing at an event in Chicago tried to squat 1,008 pounds -- and ended up projectile vomiting on a judge.

Logan Lacy was trying to lift the heavy weight at the American Powerlifting Federation contest when the embarrassing accident happened.

As he tried to stand, raising the weight, his cheeks puffed out and then he proceeded to vomit onto judge Garry Frank... who was sitting two metres in front of him.

Logan than passed out and collapsed to the floor, luckily he is okay, other than his dented pride.

In his defence, the phrases "Lift this" and "Do an Exorcist impression" can sound surprisingly similar.


275x250.jpgGoogle appears to be getting over-excited about the start of the World Cup 2010 if their search search results are anything to go by.

A search for "World Cup" displays upcoming fixtures and live group standing from the South Africa contest, all above the normal results.

Not only that but the traditional "Gooooogle" at the bottom, used for accessing additional pages of results, has been replaced with "Goooooal".

"World Cup" has also become one of the most searched for terms online and it's predicted a third of UK workers will watch games online at work.

In odd news, those who will not be streaming games to their computer have already decided which matches they will be phoning in sick for.

275x250.jpg Daredevil athletes have jumped from the edge of a 90ft deep sinkhole in a remote part of Mexico, as part of a cliff diving contest.

Divers in the 'Cliff Diving World Series' performed stunts and reached speeds of 40mph before hitting the dark water of Cenote Ik Kil.

Gary Hunt, from Southampton was the overall winner and managed to pull off a Triple Quad – one of the most difficult dives in the world.

The Red Bull event lasted for two days -- though most of that time was probably taken up trying to get back out after each jump.

275x250.jpgA book has been released which translates classic texts by Charles Dickens into modern urban slang.

For example in Oliver Twist it now reads: "Oi, mate," he said in da littlest voice ever, "gimme some more!"

And 'A tale of two cities' - or 'Da Tale Of Two Turfs' - now begins: "It was da best of times, and not being funny or nuffing, but it was da worst of times, to be honest."

Author Martin Baum says he wrote the book to make the works of Dickens 'fun and accessible' for a younger audience.

He also said the book makes the text less intimidating while still retaining the potency and beauty of the stories… like whatever init.

275x250.jpg A company has announced it is giving away free 233mph super-cars. The catch... you first have to by a £17million 122ft super-yacht.

The luxury yacht has four double state rooms, a reception area, and salon with 52" LED TVs. It can reach top speeds of 43 knots, though you'd never know it from the calm Art Deco interior.

Meanwhile, when you get back to dry land you can drive off in the 'free' matching supercar, which is powered by a 880hp twin turbo V12 engine, can do 233mph and is be parked in the built in garage.

If you have the sort of money to splash out on a £17m toy you will have to act quick as only six are being produced… also, we don't suppose you want to buy an odd news website do you?

275x250.jpgA baker has started selling the most expensive bread in the UK -- for a whopping £21 per loaf.

Tom Herbert says his 'Shepherd Loaf' is pricey because it uses organic Somerset spelt flour, Cotswolds spring water, and Cornish sea salt.

But the upper crust prices are not putting customers off and Tom sells over 100 of the loaves each week from the Hobbs House Bakery.

Celebrities including Liz Hurley, Damien Hirst and Keith Allen are all said to be fans of the bread which take two days to produce.

Wow, and we think it it annoying enough already when we burn a slice of toast... imagine if you knew it had cost £2.14. 

275x250.jpg Firefighters were forced to rescue a cow from a family's swimming pool after it broke through a fence to their garden and jumped into the water.

Unfortunately after taking the dip in Motcombe, Dorset, the bovine was unable to get back out and had to be rescued by firefighters.

A total of 18 firefighters were needed to attach a harness to the half-tonne animal - which had been sedated by a vet - and lift it out from the chilly water with a hydraulic crane.

After a quick check from a vet the cow was able to trot back to the field, but given the traumatic day it had, we think it will probably be producing milkshake for a while.

275x250.jpgMore than 400 competitors have battled it out in a range of sports at the Wattoluempiade (Mud Olympics) in Hamburg, Germany.

Events included football and volleyball matches as well as bicycle races… all on mud.

The Mud Olympics are held each year on the mudflats of the river Elbe and organisers say the weather this year was a good combination of warm and wet.

Other events included skiing competitions, where, you guessed it, dirty racers competed on mud rather than snow.

After the events were finished mud-caked participants where hosed off with industrial hoses… though we are sure some didn't clean behind their ears.

275x250.jpgA pair of wellington boots which can charge your mobile phone by converting energy from the heat in your feet, have been revealed by boffins.

Makers say the eco 'Power Wellies' use a unique power generating sole which creates a electrical current to charge portable gadgets.

Thermoelectric modules are connected electrically forming an array of multiple thermocouples, which are sandwiched between two thin ceramic wafers.

When the heat from the foot is applied on the top side of the ceramic wafer and cold is applied on the opposite side, from the cold of the ground, electricity is generated.

The charge is stored and at the end of an average day it's said your phone will have an extra hour of talkative… unless you've been dancing, in which case you may have a couple of hours.

A 5-tonne elephant which escaped from a circus in Zurich spent two hours walking through the city's streets.

Sabu, a 10ft tall dumbo, escaped from his trailer as circus workers tried to load her onto it

After taking a quick dip in Lake Zurich, he then proceeded to walk down normally busy roads in the Swiss city centre, leaving passers-by terrified.

Police closed a number of roads and vets tracked the elephant before he was eventually lured into the back of a lorry and returned to the circus.

Admittedly we can be a bit bleary-eyed on our morning commute -- but we're pretty nothing like that has ever happened here.

275x250.jpgA poker player has recorded the longest game in history -- after playing for a record 115 hours.

Phil Laak was only allowed a five minute break for every hour he played at the Bellagio Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas.

The 37-year-old pro poker star had started his game on Wednesday and continued until yesterday - beating the previous record of 72 hours.

Not only that but he also finished $6,766 up, and has said he will give half of his winnings to charity Camp Sunshine.

Laak - the boyfriend of Jennifer Tilly - didn't consume any caffeine or other stimulants during his bid… which must have mades the game even more boring the average poker match.

275x250.jpgThousands of fans have gathered to watch an annual shin-kicking championships which date back to the 17th Century.

16 competitors battled it out in the vicious contest in Gloucestershire where they grasp each others shoulders and quack at their rivals shins.

Wearing traditional white smocks and with their socks stuffed with protective straw, fighters then have to push their competitors to the ground after landing a good kick.

This year Londoner Kieron Lee was named champion after beating Gareth Price - part of a stag party from Wigan - in the final.

While the shin-kickers left with cuts and bruises they should consider themselves lucky -- steel toe caps were banned from the event in the 1950s and before that broken legs were commonplace.

275x250.jpgA tent which has more similarities with a hotel than the average camping trip has proved a hit with celebrities visiting festivals.

Stars including Billie Piper, Charlotte Church and Mathew Horne have stayed in the Yurtel tents when visiting events from Glastonbury to the Hay Literary Festival.

While most campers make do with a cramped tent and uncomfortable roll mattress, those staying in a 14ft Yurtel get a proper king-sized bed.

Making it even less like normal camping, each tent also has Egyptian white cotton bedding, lighting, an electricity socket and a lockable front door.

So, if you were trying to impress colleagues with stories of your camping, you might want to leave out certain details… you know, like the fresh cut flowers and chocolates on the pillow which greeted you.

275x250.jpg A bizarre ice cream flavoured to taste like fish and chips has been released to get Brits eating something other than vanilla.

A recent survey found that nine out of ten Brits opt for the traditional taste rather than more adventurous flavours. As a result ice cream makers created this…

The cod-flavoured ice cream - which is being launched nationwide - is coated in a vanilla and pepper batter and comes served with potato ice cream chips.

But it's not the sole odd flavour on offer at plaices -- others include Barratt Refreshers, Vimto and Golden Syrup Sponge.

275x250.jpgMany book shops are filled with CCTV cameras in a bid to catch would-be shoplifters -- but not this one, meet the Honesty Bookshop.

Based in the grounds of Hay Castle in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, the odd store allows shoppers 24-hour access to their secondhand books.

There are no staff (and certainly no CCTV cameras) and bosses rely on the honestly of buyers to make a profit.

All paperbacks are priced at 50p and hardbacks £1, with shoppers encouraged to pay by slotting their cash into 'pay here' boxes dotted around the shelves.

It's not known how many books get stolen from the store each year -- but when we visited the crime section was looking a little bit thin.

275x250.jpg A tweet by a Canadian who has only been using Twitter for six months has been dubbed the most beautiful ever sent, by judges at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales.

Broadcaster Stephen Fry - who has over 1.5 million Twitter followers himself - announced Marc MacKenzie had won the contest for the message yesterday.

The winning tweet read: "I believe we can build a better world! Of course, it'll take a whole lot of rock, water & dirt. Also, not sure where to put it."

Organisers had said a beautiful tweet could be one which was eloquent, impassioned, evocative, emotive or include a good pun… so non of ours then.

275x250.jpgThe Tate Modern have released a bizarre iPhone game which turns their works of art into a version of the classic card-based battle game Top Trumps.

In their 'Tate Trumps' game, users are each assigned a number of artworks which are given scores for things like, exhilarance, absurdity, strenght, size and agility.

Players then 'battle the artworks' via wi-fi by comparing the scores and winning each others 'cards'.

The game is ideal for less high-brow visitors who can't visit a gallery without asking themselves "But who would win in a fight  Salvador Dali or Leonardo Da Vinci?"  

275x250.jpgA translation firm has produced a guide to international terrace chants for England football fans going to the World Cup.

They claim it could come in handy for those wanting to impress/insult opposition fan, or just understanding what is being chanted at you.

Bosses at Global Lingo say there is often no point translating English football songs and clichés, because there is no equivalent.

Instead they say fans should learn foreign chants, and handily provided a few, which you can find below, ready for you to mispronounce.

And isn't it good to know that at least the Italians agree the referee's a w**ker -- "L'arbitro è una sega"

Details are a bit scarce on this video, but we do know one thing for certain -- this cyclist is very, very lucky to be alive.

The rider was crossing a junction in Asia when a crash between two cars  sent one flying in front of him and the other behind.

The first car had stopped at the junction waiting for the lights to change before pulling out when the second sped into the back of it.

As the two vehicles were carried forward by the force of the impact, an unwitting cyclist was crossing the junction in front of them.

Anyway as we said, we don't have too many details… just press play and enjoy.

275x250.jpgA dog which became world famous for her bizarre looks has died at the age of 17.

Miss Ellie, a Chinese crested hairless from Tennessee with a lolling tongue and crazy hair won Animal Planet's "World's Ugliest Dog" contest in 2009.

Her odd look - which many found strangely cute - made her an internet favourite and she made many public appearances raising over $100,000 for rescue animal charities.

Owner Dawn Goehring, who took a seven-year-old Miss Ellie in as a rescue dog almost ten years ago, said the death was "not unexpected even though she had been doing well."

And ss a make of respect to little Miss Ellie we have not made any 'looking woof' jokes in this article, well we tried not to.

275x250.jpgSix volunteers have begun 18 months of isolation in a Russian research centre - to see what a mission to Mars would be like.

The men - an Italian, a Frenchman, three Russians and one Chinese man - will spend 520 days in the sealed facility to see if they could cope psychologically.

While in there they will have to survive on the limited rations that would be available on a mission to Mars, and their only contact without he outside world will be email.

The study will recreate a real mission as much as possible, with the centre mimicking the size and shape of a space craft and the team will be given daily roles.

However, given they will not leave Moscow the chances of them encountering aliens it considerably slimmer.


275x250.jpgStaff at Madame Tussauds in London are putting the finishing touches on an upcoming exhibition of giant superhero waxworks.

Odd sights included a cleaner hanging off the ceiling with Spiderman, the Hulk having his teeth brushed and someone polishing the thighs of Ironman.

Their Marvel Super Heroes 4D show features models the comic strip favourites including their biggest ever waxwork, a 15ft Incredible Hulk.

The 900 sq metre exhibition covers three floors and allows visitors "turn hero" by stepping into Iron Man’s chest shield and even walking on the ceiling with Spider-Man.

It will also feature a specially commissioned animated 3D Marvel film when it opens on June 23 -- bonus points for anyone who can find the waxwork of The Invisible Woman.

A Japanese magician who has started using the Apple iPad in his street show has become an online hit.

Shinya uses a mix of pre-programmed clips and props in his tricks which include producing a pigeon out the the tablet device.

Filmed outside a Apple store in Tokyo, he also creates smoke from the screen and then 'connects' with a friend who bends a fork via the power of the iPad.

A video of his his tricks - based around a theme of communication - has already been viewed over 700,000 times online.

But no matter how hard he tries, Shinya will have not be able to improve on the Steve Jobs trick of getting people to pay £429 for an iPad.

275x250.jpg A collection of memorabilia relating to Sir Winston Churchill has been sold at auction for £600,000.

The items had been amassed by US publishing magnate, Steve Forbes and included candid letters from Churchill, speeches and personal belongings.

Described as "the most important and comprehensive private collection of letters and books related to Winston Churchill ever assembled" they were sold by Christie's - the first of three plans sales.

Included in the lots were letter which sold for £34,850 and an unsmoked Havana cigar which fetched £2,125… a small price to pay to be able to do the most authentic Churchill impression.

275x250.jpgResearchers have found 80 percent of poker players around the world use drugs and other substances to enhance their performance.

Cocktails of marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, valium and caffeine are said to be used by players to get an edge over their opponents.

A team from Nova Southeastern University say that while the substances allow people to play for longer and concentrate more - they can be harmful too.

After conducting hundreds of interviews with professional, semi-pro and amateur player the researchers said short-term and long-term side effects were also being caused.

73% of players had said they used drugs to focus and concentrate better, while the rest used then to calm their nerves and stay awake. Some just wanted to make poker interesting.

275x250.jpgAn embarrassed zoo produced a cardboard cut-out of a baby antelope when a rare oryx failed to give birth in time for a visit from a children's choir.

The children's choir from Uganda had been invited to visit and name the animal which was due to be born over the weekend.

But the birth did not happen when it was expected to, meaning the 15-strong group from Kampala Children's Centre would have nothing to see and name.

In a desperate bid to save face zoo bosses decided to create a cardboard baby deer for the children to see.

As the bemused choir posed for photos with the faux deer, expectant mother, Zola, calmly grazed oblivious to the embarrassment she had caused.

275x250.jpg An Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Bond movies Goldfinger and Thunderball is set to be sold -- for more than £5million.

The iconic silver car is the sole remaining original '007' DB5 and will come complete with the 'rather interesting modifications' made by Q.

These include front-mounted machine guns, a bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, oil slick sprayer, wheel-mounted tyre slashers and smoke screen.

All the gadgets are said to be in working order… though the machine-guns were never able to fire bullets and the ejector seat was only ever a special effect.

Police are investigating a group of holiday makers who were filmed inflating a rubber dinghy through the window of their car… as they drove.

As the car sped through the streets of Llangollen, North Wales, a passenger held a dinghy out of the window and started blowing.

Possibly over-eager to get to the beach, they then proceeded to inflate the blue dinghy as they traveled at 40mph - despite it nearly hitting several pedestrians.

A motorcyclist who was following the car filmed the shocking incident and uploaded the video to YouTube, where it was seen by cops.

A spokesperson for North Wales Police said they could prosecute for dangerous driving… we think they were talking about the dinghy and not the biker with a camcorder.

275x250.jpgRachel Stevens has been revealed as the face (and scantily-clad body) of a new World Cup perfume.

'Eau De Stade' has been released ahead of the tournament in South Africa and is said to embody all the smells of a football match.

Makers claim the unisex fragrance combines the aromas of fresh grass, the leathery scent of a football and the musky odour of dressing room sweat and tears.

Promotional material features sexy images of Rachel Stevens draped in an England flag and using a union flag bowler hat to cover her breasts.

However, the sexy image becomes slightly less appealing if you imagine Stevens smelling like Wayne Rooney's boots after 90 minutes.

275x250.jpgAn author has spent the past four years scouring the internet for the world's most unintentionally funny URL website addresses.

Andy Geldman has now compiled his results, which include a music site called mp3shits.com and a wine site ipwine.com in his latest book.

'Slurls: They Called Their Website What?' features over 100 amusing URLs - normally created when businesses did not consider the impact of removing spaces from their name.

For example, Who Represents, can't have noticed the other meaning whorepresents.com might have. Nor can programmers site Experts Exchange, or expertsexchange.com

In odd news we know exactly how easily this can be done… we almost used News Hits, or newshits.com before we settled on NewsLite.

275x250.jpg Hundreds of blonde Latvian women marched throughout the streets of Riga this weekend - to raise morale.

The 'Go Blonde' event, now in its second year, aims to bolster national spirits during the recession and make men people forget their economic blues.

Organisers say seeing blonde women parade through the city takes peoples mind off the dire economic situation in the Baltic state. Other events during the two-day festival included concerts and a Marilyn Monroe look-alike competition.

But the parade of 800 blondes wearing pink and high-heels was the main attraction for men… and source of annoyance from brunette women in Latvia.

A pair of motorcycle-riding handbag thieves in China have been arrested after they were chased by a group of irate shoppers who saw them attack a woman.

The incident, which was caught on CCTV, happened in Wenzhou last week and started when the motorbike-riding crooks drove past a woman and grabbed the handbag she was carrying.

As the pair sped off down the road, the victim tried to run after them, and passers-by who had seen what happened they joined in.

Within seconds, dozens of shoppers and store-owners were following the bike which was forced to double back on himself.

At that point the men were pushed off the bike and attacked by the gang with whatever they had to hand… including one guy who threw a chest-of-drawers at him, really.




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