March 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg Rose Jardine hopes her new job never loses its magic… because she's just been employed as the 'resident dragonologist' a Warwick Castle.

Her duties there will include, watching over any fire-breathing beasts, keeping staff trained in the latest developments in sorcery, and telling visitors all about dragons.

To get the job - advertised online earlier this month - Jardine had to demonstrate "extensive knowledge of dragon myth and legend, with particular reference to dragon summoning and dragon powers and riddles."

And bosses at Warwick Castle are confident they've got the right person, during her interview she's said to have performed a dragon summoning incantation… but luckily stopped before unleashing the beast.

Another day, another cute baby video here on Newslite. Today it's the turn of Chevelle, the world's littlest hip hop fan.

At the start of the clip, Chevelle gazes around in a slightly dazed state, as though she's just woken up, and to be honest she doesn't appear too happy.

But her apparent grumpiness doesn't last too long, as soon as her dad puts on the Kid Cudi hip-hop tune Cleveland Is The Reason on, she sparks into life.

Breaking out the hip hop gangsta moves Chevelle waves her arms around as her  impressed father exclaims "That's my boo!," and "She's going to be a STAR!"

If there's a better baby dancer out there, we're yet to see them… and if you have got the video proof, we want that YouTube link.

275x250.jpgForget chocolates, presents and breakfast in bed - all most mums want for Mother's Day is a long lie-in.

At least that was the result of a study of 3,000 mums which found most placed more emphasis on an extra couple of hours in bed than they did on material gifts.

It also emerged what many mums hope for on Mothering Sunday and what they will actually get are poles apart. While one in three said they were dreaming of a lie-in only one in six are confident they will actually get to enjoy one.

And while one in four would love someone else to clear up after dinner it will only happen for around one in ten. Mums who would like a day without arguments will be similarly disappointed.

So it almost goes without saying that the one in six who said they hoped to be waited on 'hand and foot' will not get their wish.

This is the terrifying moment a lorry driver came face to face with a car driving the wrong way on a dual carriageway.

The driver of the white Vauxhall Corsa had joined the A90 near Aberdeen via the exit slip road and then soon realised her error.

As the 20-year-old woman veered around an oncoming lorry, she was confronted with another and couldn't avoid a collision.

The second lorry then rolled over, dropping a shipment of cement bags and landing at the side of the road.

Amazingly, no one was injured in the crash. And after watching this video one too many times we're really not sure how that can be the case.

275x250.jpgThe average adult in Britain is so unhealthy they're left gasping for breath after running up a flight of stairs, a study has discovered.

This shocking statistic emerged in a report into Brits' level of fitness which also found 31 per cent - or £15m - feel 'puffed' after rushing to catch a bus.

Three in five went as far as to admit they often feel 'shattered' after running the hoover around the house for just 15 minutes and 37 per cent 'need a sit down' after mowing the lawn.

Staggeringly, many of us can also only manage to run 88 metres before coming to an abrupt halt and three in ten said they feel achy after lifting shopping in and out of the car or to the house.

29 percent even claim to work up a sweat doing something like cleaning the bathroom and toilet… which is the worst excuse we've ever heard.

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Police and firefighters in Russia have been given the runaround by a raccoon which escaped from a zoo and then evaded their capture for several hours. (Asylum)

This labradoodle would be forgiven for having something of an identity crisis. Not only is his part labrador retriever and part poodle, he's also been dyed with orange with black stripes to look like a tiger. (The Sun)

There's something strangely satisfying about seeing a sales gimmick go wrong, like it did for store bosses in China who had a car gold-plated to attract shoppers. Police noticed the car didn't have road tax and towed it away. Owners must now pay a fine or the gold car could be crushed. (Orange)

A student from the University of Southern California who was photographed allegedly having sex on the roof of a campus building has been suspended from his Kappa Sigma fraternity. (Daily Mail)

Air Force experts claim that the upcoming royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton will see a surge in UFO sighting. (Aol Weird News)

Maybe they're discussing whether the nappy and sock look is going to be the next big fashion trend.

Or they could be planning how to get an ice cream out of the freezer… all we know is these twin babies look like they are having one great conversation.

A video of two 17-month old boys chattering away to each other, appearing to have an unintelligible conversation has become a hit online.

Their parents say Sam and Wren sometimes sound like they have a secret language of their own, but that even they are not sure what was being discussed.

If there are any baby translators out there we would love to know exactly what is being said… though we're pretty convinced it's something about the odd socks.

275x250.jpg We've all experienced that horrible moment when you realise you've sent an email to the wrong person. Luckily our gaffes have never been so bad it made made international headlines.

Unfortunately - according to an email exchange which is currently doing the rounds - the same can't be said for for this property surveyor.

Harry Fildes had apparently been chatting to one of his mates when the subject of his "hot" ex girlfriend came up, and he was asked if he minded his pal pursuing her.

He replied that is was okay, but went on to give a rather forthright and unflattering impression of her. The problem was, he also accidentally copied her in on the email. Oops.

A red-faced man had to visit hospital after superglueing a tiny hat to his head for a party… and then being unable to remove it.

Luckily (for us, but not necessarily him) a BBC TV crew happened to be recording a show at the hospital when he arrived and caught the whole thing on camera.

Shawn Merter resorted to using the superglue to attach his little black sequinned top-hat after fabric glue which he'd tried using wasn't adhesive enough.

But the following morning he realised his error and went to his local accident and emergency department, still wearing the tiny hat.

Doctors cut the top off the hat and sent Merter home to soak the bizarre headwear until it fell off… all while trying to hide their sniggers.

275x250.jpg A house in Swansea has become the centre of world-wide internet attention after it was noticed the residence bares more than a passing resemblance to Hitler.

The terrace house in Swansea shot to fame after a photo of it was posted to Twitter and subsequently tweeted by celebrities including Jimmy Carr and Chris Addison.

Some people claim the slanting roof of the Port Tennant Road house resembles the Hitler fringe while the door lintel is his famous moustache and the top windows are his eyes.

If you want to find the house for yourself, one Twitter user offered the hand directions: "Go through the lights, take the third reich and youll find it on your extreme right."

It's not too often you can describe someone who get's buried in an avalanche as being lucky.

But we think Chris Bilbao is... as this video shows his pals were able to rescue him after he was recently engulfed by snow in British Columbia, Canada.

Bilbao - who was wearing a chest mounted video camera - was skiing down a slope in the Monashee mountains when the avalanche struck just behind him.

Within the time it took him to shout "Avalanche!" he was engulfed by the white stuff and his muffled screams for help can be heard on the dramatic video footage.

Luckily, after a very scary five minutes, his friends were able to locate him and dig him out with shovels. Those are the sort of friends you want.

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Shark fishing just became a lot easier. An 8-foot 375-pound shark has leapt from the sea in the Gulf of Mexico and straight onto a boat. (MSNBC)

The Australian RSPCA have blasted a man who filmed himself as he drove around at high speeds with his pet parrot dangerously grasping his windscreen wiper. (Asylum)

A high school student in Canada has been suspended after confronting a school secretary about her extracurricular work as a porn star. (Aol Weird News)

If the loud barking of a dog has ever annoyed you, you'll no-doubt be impressed by this pup who appears to have come with a volume control. (Buzzfeed)

The famous Shaolin Temple martial arts centre seems to be branching out into football skills after these monks were photographed showing off their ball skills. (The Sun)

275x250.jpgShould you fancy starting your own armada - the former Navy flagship HMS Ark Royal is up for sale on a online auction website.

After 25 years in service - playing important roles in in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the Bosnia conflict - the Ark Royal was decommissioned as part of the government's defence budget review.

And while there were a series of proposals about what could be done with it - with ideas ranging from it becoming a commercial heliport, nightclub or even a school - it could now be sold.

The famous ship has been listed on, a website run by the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support arm which works a bit like eBay, but where bidders have to submit their "intentions regarding the vessel" along with their offer.

And given the aircraft carrier weighs a whopping 22,000 tonnes, you might want to factor in postage costs before making a bid.

Is this video conclusive proof of a Poltergeist haunting a family in Coventry… or simply someone off-camera moving a chair with a piece of string?

Lisa Manning insists it shows supernatural the goings-on in her home which are making the life of her and her children a misery.

The terrified mother says items are constantly moving around the house including pot and pans falling on the kitchen floor, and that lights are always turning themselves on and off.

She also says she's even had to flee the house via a window on occasion, when doors have tried to lock her in, and she thinks a ghost may have killed her dog.

Now, in a bid to convince her social housing landlords to give her a new house, she's filmed this footage which she claims is proof of a ghost. Do you think anything spooky is going on?

275x250.jpg It's hard to believe these stunning image of Britain were not taken with a high-end camera, in fact they were taken with just a humble mobile phone… and a helicopter.

In a bid to show off the photographic capabilities of their latest phone, Nokia commissioned aerial photographer Jason Hawkes to do his stuff using the N8 handset.

Leaving his usual DSLR and array of lenses at home, Hawkes took to the skies above Hampshire, Isle of White, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, and London armed with the 12MP cameraphone.

And the results are impressive, they're better than any photos we've taken with a mobile phone… his thumb is not in any of them for one thing.

275x250.jpgA 12-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after accidentally skiing into a bear's lair and being mauled by a mother protecting her cubs.

Olle Frisk had been enjoying the skiing in Funäsdalen, northern Sweden, when he took a wrong turn and found himself heading straight towards the lair.

The next thing the unfortunate lad remembers is seeing the irate mother bear jumping onto him and viciously attacking him in to bid to protect her three cubs.

In fact, she only stopped her assault when he 'played dead' and his pals were able to scare her off while Olle escaped and made his way down the slope.

While Olle was bitten on both legs, clawed on his back and says he thought he was going to die, he's now said to be recovering in a suitably bear-free hospital.

Imagine if the popular iPhone game Angry Birds was made into a movie, and imagine that movie was directed by Michael Bay… or alternatively just press play below.

That's because someone has done all the imagining for you and this faux-trailer shows what it could be like if Angry Birds become the latest computer game to receive the Hollywood treatment.

In the two-minute trailer a soldier is tasked with rescuing eggs which have been left behind enemy lines. He is then introduced to the catapult and disturbing real-life Angry Birds.

The video was created by Rooster Teeth and is very-much a spoof… for now. Although given what has happened to other games-turned films this could well happen.

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Friends of a teenage football fan who was shot and killed in Columbia, swiped his coffin from the funeral and took him to  one more match. (NBC Sports)

TV reporters are often nervous about doing live broadcasts when surrounded by animals. Charlotte Bellis found out why when two alpacas at an event she was covering started shagging the moment she went live Breakfast on TV New Zealand. (College Humour)

While animals getting their heads stuck in jars while on the hunt for food are nothing new, but it doesn't often end up with the trapped animal on the top of a utility pole and becoming the neighbourhood entertainment. (Aol Weird News)

We've all seen animal pitch invasions before, but it usually ends quickly with the critter being led from the sports-field. That wasn't the case during a women's football game when this dog got a good belly rub from players. (NBS Sports)

Okay let's get this straight, these are fake pets, no-one is skateboarding or rollerskating on their real pets and no animals were hurt during the making of this video. (YouTube)

We know that shark attacks are incredibly rare, and we also know that Basking sharks are harmless -- but this would still have made us nervous.

A kayaker in Florida recently came face to face 25-foot long Basking shark as he was paddling along in the sea in his 14-foot kayak.

While a number of onlookers shouted words of warning to Josh Reeves, it appears he knew he wasn't in any danger from second largest species of shark in the world. He jumped into the water and started swimming with the huge plankton eater.

Animal authorities say Basking sharks do not normally swim south to the warmer Florida waters… just like they're not normally known to hurt humans.

275x250.jpgRemember Luke Seall, the guy spending 2011 trying to trade one penny into something impressive? Well he's now the owner of a penny based artwork.

After trading his way from a single one pence piece, to a week-long Yurt holiday in France, Seall has now swapped this for a portrait of a banker.

The particularly relevant image is of ex HBOS Chief Executive Andy Hornby… and was made out of 2,500 one penny coins by artist Adrian Firth.

Speaking of the trade, Seall said: "Trading up from 1 penny to a picture made of thousands of pennies would be good enough. But the fact the picture is of Andy Hornby is even better."

We're not convinced. In fact being an image of him may make the work worth even less than the pennies it is made up of.

Weatherman Jim Cantore isn't the only person to go nuts for freak weather, a US teen has become an online hit after flipping out over a tornado.

15-year-old Tyler Tubbs had been filming a hail storm in Pennsylvania when he spotted a funnel cloud which was approaching.But it's what he did next which made the teenager and his footage go viral

He started screaming hysterically about what he was seeing. "We got a twister, do you see that twister," he shouted. Speaking to he mom on the phone he then added, "It's right above us, Mom. It is HU-mongous. It's hailing golf balls."

The video then ends with the lad screaming "It landed! Oh my God -- tornado, tornado!" -- Luckily he wasn't hurt, but there was much structural damage in the area… not all of it was caused by his high-pitched screaming.

275x250.jpg Boffins say they've come up with a way to keep footballers cool at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar… UFO-style robot clouds which hover over stadiums.

The bizarre solution is the brain-child of researchers at Qatar University who were trying to come up with a way of cooling temperatures on the pitch.

Dr. Saud Ghani says the carbon fibre and solar panels would be around the size of a jumbo jet and automatically programmed to move as the sun moves in the sky

The helium gas-filled remote controlled clouds could then be used to hover over the stadium - lowering pitch temperatures by 10 degrees. Making playing conditions just mildly unbearable.

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Video of someone dancing manically in a giant Google Android costume at a Taiwan shopping centre has become an online hit. (The Sun) (YouTube)

A learner driver is said to have assaulted her examiner after he refused to accept the cash-filled red envelope she tried to bribe him with. Jin Su has failed her driving test five times. (Metro)

Surfer Gary Saavedra has set a new world record by successfully riding a 41.3 mile wave created by a boat moving through the Panama Canal for 3 hours, 55 minutes. (Asylum)

A reptile house at Bronx Zoo has been closed after a poisonous cobra vanished from an enclosure and is missing. The highly venomous 20-inch-long Egyptian cobra disappeared on Friday. (Aol Weird News)

Air New Zealand know most passengers don't watch air safety videos, which is why they make theirs a little different - just like this one featuring retro fitness guru Richard Simmons. Previously they have used ones with staff in body-paint and the All Blacks. (SMH) (YouTube)

A US man claims to have captured the elusive Bigfoot on video. Unfortunately, he seems to have been using the world most blurry camera.

Thomas Byers - who promptly contacts various news outlets -  claims that he was in North Carolina when he saw the 7-foot-tall, 300-pound Bigfoot right in front of him crossing the road.

He says he quickly stopped his truck and whipped out a video camera and started shooting the video of Bigfoot disappearing into the roadside bushes.

Byers also says the creature turned towards him and "snarled or growled" as it crossed the road and describes the event as "one of the most amazing things I have ever seen".

Unfortunately the internet-going public - who are quick to call "fake" at the best of times - are not overly convinced… and we can't say we blame them.

275x250.jpg It's taken some getting to the bottom of, but the woman who adorned the walls of teenage boys everywhere after posing for a cheeky tennis poster, has finally been revealed.

35-years-ago, at the age of 18, Fiona Walker posed for a photo on a tennis court in Birmingham where she stood with her back to camera and lifted her short tennis dress to reveal her bottom.

The image - taken be her boyfriend Martin Elliott - went on to become one of the world's best selling posters and instantly recognisable around the world. Though Walker was never identified as 'tennis girl'.

But now - as the poster goes on show as part of an exhibition celebrating art about tennis - she's decided to show her face for the first time… and this time that's all she's showing.

275x250.jpgEight out of ten women have flirted to get a discount in a store, it has been revealed.

A study of 3,000 shoppers discovered 80% of women have tried tossing their hair, holding eye contact and giggling while haggling over price, to get a good deal.

And more than half of the women who were polled said they'd even managed to get things completely free of charge because they flirted.

One in ten women were found to have flirted in the last month in a bid to get a few quid shaved off the price of goods - while men offer to pay in cash for a cheaper deal.

It was found that women who flirt in stores can save and average of £150 a year… and that's before you consider the free drinks they get bought.

There are some pretty crazy extreme sports out there - from chess boxing to extreme ironing -  but horse boarding has got to be up there with the most bizarre.

That's because it involves being dragged at 35mph behind a galloping horse on a mountain board… you that is, not the horse, that really would be odd.

Thrill-seeker start off by standing on a mountain board and holding onto a rope which is attached to a horse, it then gallops off pulling the horse boarder along.

They then have to maintain their balance for as long as possible. It's like water skiing but with a horse instead of a boat and a muddy field instead of the sea.

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By taking a naked shower in public a pair of models hoped to get attention for animal rights group Peta. They got a little more attention from this driver than they would have liked, he crashed his car. (Daily Mail)

Latasha Williams did not want to be taken into custody during a court case in Nevada - in fact she put up such a protest it took three officers to restrain her. (MyFox)

A baby boy who was born with one eye in the center of his forehead - and promptly dubbed "Cyclops Baby" has sadly survived only one day. (Aol Weird News)

A local TV news presenter has been left red-faced after accidentally saying the word 'c*nts' when he meant to say 'cuts' during a report on the business impact of the budget. (SWNS) (YouTube)

A cat had to be rescued by firefighters and vets after chasing a bunny into a pipe and getting stuck. It was only when they cut the pipe they discovered why it was there. A bunny it had been chasing ran out. (Metro)

275x250.jpgA puppy which was dumped by a breeder when he realised she was deaf, has been found a new home and is now learning sign language.

Yes this story is just as cute as it sounds. Alice, an 8-week-old black and white springer spaniel, was taken to an animal rescue centre after she was abandoned in Ireland.

Staff at the centre which took her in instantly knew the puppy would need specialist training and that most people would not want a pup who could not hear commands.

But luckily a deaf couple, Marie Williams and Mark Morgan happend to be looking for a dog and decided Alice would be the perfect pet for them.

The pair have now started teaching the pup sign language and can use it to instruct her to sit down, sit up, come and roll over.

275x250.jpgGood table manners have become a thing of the past, as traditional sit-down meals are ditched in favour of TV dinners, it's been claimed.

A study of British diners found that a quarter of people now believe table manners are no longer important -- a far cry from 15-20 years ago.

And it's clearly true… because 44% of people say they start to eat their food before others arrive at the table, while 38% regularly answer phone calls while they are eating.

33% of those polled also admitted to not thinking twice before stealing food off other people's plate and 10% never say please or thank you during meal times.

Another one-in-ten people also claim they regularly wear headphones to dinner… well you've got to drown out the sound of The One Show somehow.

NHL fans were recently left scratching their heads in disbelief, when a shot which looked destined for the goal changed direction at the last minute.

Seemingly defying the laws of physics, the shot had looked sure to end up in the back of the net during the game between the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames.

But out of nowhere the puck appeared to veer off to the right and away from the goal - much to the dismay of fans and confusion of experts who have tried to explain the bizarre miss.

Possible explanations have including an unseen glance from the keepers stick, and optical illusion… and the goalkeeper secretly having superpowers.

275x250.jpg Fuel duty was cut by 1p, but it wasn't the most exciting of budgets, just ask Kenneth Clarke… it's claimed he fell asleep.

But at least his impromptu snooze has meant dozens of people benefited from the budget -- they'd betted on the Justice Secretary to doze off.

As commented on by Ed Miliband, it looked like the 70-year-old nodded off during George Osborne's announcement, and he certainly had his eyes closed.

While Conservative officias deny Clarke was sleeping, Ladbrokes said the CCTV footage was good enough and paid out odds of 16/1 to around 40 punters.

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When an animal rescue centre arranged for a miniature horse with a missing leg, to be fitted with a prosthetic limb, they hoped he'd be able to walk on it. They were shocked when, within minutes, he was running around. (GuVid) (Yahoo)

Think you have got a good aquarium at home? Think again, Jack Heathcote has a better one which is home to several stingrays, two turtles, a catfish and a 4ft (1.2m) alligator gar fish. (BBC)

Let's hope the groom stuck the knife into the right one for the photos when his wife arranged her wedding cake to be a 5ft replica of herself. (Aol Weird News)

A news reporter who suffered what is being described as a ‘minor medical issue’ was left speaking jibberish on live TV. (GuVid) (Mediaite)

A Chinese physics professor says he has become addicted to doing push-ups on the blades of chopping knives. 57-year-old Xie Guanghai says his secret it knowing how to balance -- and the thick calluses on his palms. (Telegraph)

275x250.jpg Facebook users are said to be making life difficult for supermarket staff…  by constantly rearranging stock on the shelves to spell out rude words.

Known as Supermarket Scrabble the game has become a hit on the social networking site with users competing to see who can create the most offensive words.

Typical examples see people rearranging jars of spices and herbs to spell words like 'cock' tits' and 'boobs' -- then taking a photo which is uploaded to the Facebook page.

But supermarket staff say the popularity of the game is making life hell for them as they're constantly having to put the letters back… unless they can come up with something ruder themselves.

275x250.jpgAn artist has come up with an interesting way to breathe life into the humble celebrity portrait, by creating them with circles.. and lots of them.

Ben Heine uses thousnads of tiny coloured circles to build up his impressive  'Digital Circlism' portraits which he describes as a mixture of Pop Art and Pointillism.

Using Photoshop to create the works, Heine says he starts off by focusing on the dynamic movement of someone's face and placing circles there.

He then works his way outwards, carefully placing hundreds of circles of varying size on the page until he's created an image, which when viewed from a distance looks amasingly life-like.

Given that each portrait can take 180 hours to produce, we wouldn't be surprised if Heine was seeing spots by the time he finished.

A laptop-thief has found out the hard way why you should never mess with a geek after his techno-savvy victim decided to humiliate him online.

Internet entrepreneur Mark Bao was understandably not happy when his MacBook Air was stolen earlier this year, and the 18-year-old assumed he would never see it again.

However a couple of months later he realised a remote backup program he'd installed on the laptop was still running and backing up files… presumably belonging to the crook.

After looking through the files Bao was able to discover the identity of the person in possession of the computer and reported them to the police.

But he didn't stop there. He also looked at photos and videos of the alleged crook, including a cringe-worthy one of him dancing in front of the webcam and uploaded it to YouTube

275x250.jpg Musicians form the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are used to playing to a packed auditorium… just not normally an audience made up solely of plants.

But that's exactly what happened when they performed a three-hour recital to over 100 different varieties of plants in a bit to see whether it helped them grow.

It's been claimed that classical music - and the reverberation of sound waves - stimulates protein production in plants, and could lead to increased growth.

While we're not sure the potted audience of geraniums, fuchsias and perennials enjoyed the performance which included Mozart's Symphony Number 40… at least none of them got up to leaf.

275x250.jpgA third of office workers now regularly work from home on a weekend in a bid to catch up with their heavy workload, it has been found.
Researchers say millions of people are forced to check emails, answer calls or even start or finish projects on Saturday and Sundays in preparation for Monday morning.
One in ten admit they constantly have to check work emails over the weekend and it also emerged that the average weekend worker now devotes nearly four hours of their weekend to work issues.

A quarter of those surveyed said they often miss out on treasured time with their families due to work commitments, but over said if they didn't work over the weekend they would be completely snowed under during the week.

Yet, despite putting in the hours at home, only 17 per cent get paid for slogging away at home over the weekends… which probably makes up for the time they spend on Facebook when they should be working.

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A policeman in India who hoped protecting a former politician from six unidentified armed men would win him a bravery award, is recovering in hospital… after admitting he make the story up and shot himself. (Yahoo)

Pole dancing for Jesus… has become a real thing in Texas where Christians are encouraged to writhe around on a pole to show their love for the big J. (YouTube) (LA Times)

We never get tired of seeing electronic road signs getting hacked to warn of Zombie attacks, and neither shout you. (Aol Weird News)

A man who makes a living by dressing as a real-life transformer and performing for tourists in California says he's stumbled on an unexpected benefit, in his own worlds he says: "I can confirm chicks find Transformers sexy." (Asylum)

A 92-year-old woman has been arrested after using a handgun to shoot her neighbor's house when he refused to give her a kiss. Randy Helen Staudinger is said to have had a crush on the man who is 40 years her junior. (NBC)

275x250.jpgApple have today released the official prices of the iPad 2 which goes on sale on Friday -- and they are a lot cheaper than this one.

That's because Apple have set prices of £399 to £659 for their versions of the iPad 2 and this one comes in at a whopping £5,000,000.

It's been given the bling treatment by jeweller Stuart Hughes who created a  24ct gold back with 53 individually set sparkling gems making up the iconic Apple logo.

The front - which normally only comes in black or white - is made from Ammolite, 75 million-year-old rock which has been finished with T-REX Dinosaur’s thigh bone.

If you are set on spending £5m on an iPad 2, but don't fancy the diamond home button, you could always buy 12,531 of the basic 8GB wifi only iPad 2, or 7,587 of the 64GB 3G version.

275x250.jpg Which university would you rather go to, one which promised great job prospects… or one that taught you to survive a zombie apocalypse? We think it's an easy choice.

A University of Lincoln student has made a selection of impressive adverts adverts for his esteemed academic institution featuring dinosaurs, fire and zombies.

Media Production student Tom Ridgewell, 20, says his 'banned' adverts - shot in his own time around his course - are a step up from the usual bland and boring university TV adverts.

And while we doubt we'll see them on TV anytime soon, they've certainly proved a hit online… and probably even prompted some prospective students to consider going to the University of Lincoln.

The Russian military are using artillery to shoot shells at snow in a bid to control avalanches and prevent them blocking important roads.

It's said that creating controlled avalanches with the blasts is the best way of preventing unwanted ones cutting off vital transport routes.

So, over the past couple of weeks the army have been targeting the snow on the only route between Russia and Ossetia, in the only way they know how, with some pretty big guns.

As this this video shows after several shots the military are able to 'force' an avalanche… but maybe they should do it from a bit further back next time.

275x250.jpgA man who returned his iPad 2 to Apple along with a note saying "Wife said no" has been given it back free of charge, with a note saying "Apple said yes".

At least that's the story currently doing the rounds after it was posted on MacRumours and picked up by several news outlets.

Apple keep a record of the reasons people give if returning a product to an Apple store and it's claimed this one was circulated by amused employees.

When two Apple VPs heard the story they are said to have decided to ship the iPad 2 back to the customer as gift along with the "Apple said Yes" note.

While it's a great story if true, we're not sure if we believe it… and neither will your wife if you tell her Apple gave you your new toy gratis too.

A cartoon attempting to explain the Japanese nuclear crisis with a story about a flatulence problem and toxic poo, has become an online hit.

Aimed at educating children, the four and a half minute video tells the story of 'Nuclear Boy' who has had a bad stomach ache since the big earthquake.

It says he has notoriously stinky poo and that people are worried he will do one soon if he doesn't get enough medicine (sea water an Boron). Aready watched more than one million times, the cartoon goes on to say doctors are helping, but that Nuclear Boy has already done some stinky farts making some areas smell bad.

There's also talk of the time he had diarrhoea in Chernobyl. We just wish this had been played on BBC news to help us understand the situation a little earlier.

Passengers on a US flight were surprised to see a penguin calmly waddling down the aisle of their plane -- well it's better than snakes.

Pete the Penguin was flying from San Fransisco (where he'd appeared at a national science convention) back home to SeaWorld in San Diego.

Special dispensation had been arranges with cabin crew for the South American Magellan to stretch his legs on the 40 minute flight rather than be in cramped conditions.

As he strolled around the plane, his SeaWorld keepers gave a free lecture on penguins over the in-flight intercom… not that you could hear it over all the oohs and aahs.

Passengers say they were amazed to see the bird on the plane… because they'd always been told penguins can't fly.

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We think it's safe to say this Spanish commentator enjoyed this basketball game, as the game came towards the end his shouting became more and more frenzied until he lost his voice… and possibly mind. (GuVid)

A Romanian ostrich which was stolen from a farm managed to escape her captors and run home at speeds of 40mph. (Metro)

Police say an intimate examination of a woman they were arresting found she had more than 100 items - including 54 bags of heroin and loose change - in her vagina. (Aol Weird News)

A US man was so outraged that the price of burritos had gone up at his local Taco Bell, that he held an armed standoff and shot at staff and police. (MSNBC)

As all public transport users know, there are some 'interesting' people out there, you see them but don't know their name, normally. Bloody Loco wanted to make sure this guy knew who he was sharing his subway carriage with. (GuVid) (Now Public)

275x250.jpg A troop of monkeys at a UK safari park have been given their very own Mercedes -- to prepare them for the re-opening of their enclosure to cars.

Longleat Safari Park say their Monkey Jungle enclosure - which has which has been closed for the past two years - will soon reopen, so they wanted to make sure their macaques were prepared.

To ensure this, they parked a battered old Mercedes for them to play on. And they clearly hadn't forgotten what to do… the 100 Rhesus monkeys promptly dismantled it.

The cheeky monkeys jumped on the bonnet, ran off with wing mirrors and rolled hubcaps gleefully away to play with -- striking fear into the hearts of dads everywhere.

275x250.jpgA group of friends playing cricket in Manchester say they were bowled over when a team of armed police turned up at their practice session.

It turned out a passerby had mistaken the sound of the cricket balls hitting metal shutters on a industrial park as gunfire, and called 999.

Responding to this, a team of specially-trained firearms officers were rushed to the scene -- scaring the life out of the cricket players.

After ordering the cricketers out of the factory where they were playing, it soon became apparent there was no crime being committed, other than those against good batsmanship.

Once the officers were convinced they'd have been better off with cricket pads than bullet-proof vests, they left.

There are lots of things which can go wrong when appearing on live TV, but few can be more embarrassing than blowing a bogey bubble from you nose.

And if you disagree, we suggest you hit play on the video above and they try telling us you'd be happy for this to have happened to you.

The unfortunate chap in the video is former Going Live presenter Peter Simon who was appearing on Bid TV where he was flogging diamond rings.

In the middle of describing the rings he complained of a dry mouth, then when he thought he was about to cough, it happened and the snot bubble expanded and popped.

275x250.jpgBritish women are so doubtful of the partners DIY skills, they'd rather call in a professional than let their bloke loose with a hammer.

A recent survey found that 61% of women think their man is incapable of completing the most basic of DIY jobs.

Top of the list of the jobs women felt their partners could not complete to a good standard was fitting a kitchen, with 57%.

This was followed by tiling a bathroom (47%), laying flooring (43%) and perhaps most worryingly, replacing a plug socket (34%) and wallpapering (35%).

And it seems women are smart not to trust men, 24% of partners say they would never admit to their lack of DIY skills and press on regardless. 

A sports reporter almost got run over on live TV when a car accidentally reversed into him as he was busy talking to the camera.

ABC 10 reporter Ben Higgins was talking about San Diego State’s recent win in the NCAA basketball tournament when the accident happened.

As the studio hosts cut to Higgins, he started his broadcast… but in the far left of the screen a over-sized SUV could be seen backing up towards him.

And it soon got closer. Within the twelve seconds it took Higgins to get his introduction out, the car was right next to him and still moving.

It was only when a member of the production crew bang on the back of the car it stopped… impressively Higgins did not, after a brief "Whoa" he calmly finished his report.

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Anthony Robles has won the NCAA wrestling championships despite being born without a right leg. (GuVid) (Daily Mail)

Proving that no amount of water can stop play in Brazil, a Carioca Championship Serie B match has taken place on the most waterlogged pitch we have ever seen. (GuVid) (EuroSport)

It's with great sorrow we bring you the news that Knut, the Berlin Zoo's world-famous polar bear has died after hundreds of fan saw him fall in his enclosure. (Aol Weird News)

Last week we told you about Casey 'the Punisher' Heynes fighting back against a bully and body-slamming him to the floor - now Casey explains why he did it himself. (YouTube)

Is there anything Facebook can't do. A student has recently been able to stop a robbery mid-crime by hiding in the attic with his laptop and updating his Facebook profile as his mother and sister were being tied up downstairs. (Asylum)

275x250.jpg A group of Dutch artists have fulfilled the dreams of DIY-haters everywhere…  by creating a room which can be redecorated at the flick of a switch, almost.

Going by the name of Mr Beam, the artists created a plain white room and then set up two projectors which were used to 'decorate' the room with light.

They took two months programing the setup to create the nine different rooms in various styles with things ranging from psychedelic wallpaper to a leather sofa.

But before you get your hopes up that this is the future of decorating, it's worth remembering that you really would become part of the sofa if you sat down.

When robbers stormed into US store with guns, they probably expected an easy time - little did they know the owner had his own gun.

Not only armed, but he'd also served for seven years in the Iraqi army and wasn't going to give up without a fight.

CCTV footage shows the robbers bursting into the Nashville store and appearing to point a gun at the store owner and knock him to the floor.

But it was when they went after one of his employees that Kamil Alakabi retaliated by producing a weapon himself and conducting an impromptu shootout.

The criminal duo then fled the scene and it's quite frankly remarkable that no-one was injured.

275x250.jpgA British man has undergone surgery to reattach his testicles after his girlfriend allegedly bit them off in a bizarre attack.

Martin Douglas, from Newcastle, is repopted to have called 999 after the attack, but was in so much pain operators couldn't understand what he was saying.

Paramedics attending the scene where horrified by his injuries and  contacted police, who in turn are said to have arrested the girlfriend charging her with grievous bodily harm.

Douglas, meanwhile, underwent emergency surgery to reattach his testicles and had to spend several days in hospital while he recovered.

The alleged testicle-biting girlfriend is due to appear in court next month… hopefully her lunch will be provided.

When he returned home, this pet owner found an empty bag of cat treats on the floor and decided to quiz his pets about who was responsible.

And by the look of this video it didn't take much 'interrogating' of his two dogs to find the culprit. The man started off by holding the empty 'Party Mix' packet in front of Masey and asking "Did you do this?" to no response.

He then turned his attention to his other dog, a Labrador named Denver who refused to make eye contact as the questions were asked and hung his head in shame.

The ridiculously cute response seems to be the proof that Denver had stolen the food… and should never take up poker.

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We've always been reassured by those big thick glass walls at ice hockey games which keep fans safe from flying pucks and angry-looking players. After seeing this video, not so much. (Asylum)

A police car which was parked to block traffic on a US highway as cops investigate a road accident was damaged… when another car ploughed into it. (KSDK) (YouTube)

We already know the importance of TV presenters not getting caught drinking beer or with their trousers down- sports analyst Doug Gottlieb would like to add 'having a ringing phone in your pocket' to the list. (ABC) (YouTube)

A squirrel has 'gone nuts' and started terrorising a neighbourhood in Vermont where it is jumping on residents and assaulting them. (Aol Weird News)

There's a reason behind alcohol age limits, and it's to stop toddlers being treated for alcoholism. Unfortunately it doesn't always work - like with this 3-year-old who is addicted to booze. (We Interrupt)

275x250.jpg It's a good job Vanessa Dualib forgot everything her mom told her about not playing with your food… because its now part of how she makes a living.

The 29-year-old artist and photographer creates amazing animals out of misshapen food and then takes photos of then before then go rotten.

She also create a back story about the fruit animals - like this blowfruit (above) which she says lives in South China but once a year swims to Brazil.

Vanessa has so far created around 70 different fruit animals… and if she doesn't fancy what's for dinner this evening it could be 71.

When you think about adverts selling houses, it's probably dubious estate agent clichés like "delightfully bijou" and misleading photos, which spring to mind.

Well that's all about to change the moment you click play on this video and witness the way an Australian firm markets houses, complete with a lingerie model and armed commandos.

Estate agents NEO Property say they prefer to sell houses by creating viral adverts which feature gratuitously sexy close-ups of breasts and action shots… oh yeah, and the house.

This particular one shows a woman being held hostage wearing just her underwear and phoning for help and then describing the house as armed commandos are dispatched to save her. Foxtons it is not.

There was a bit of a balls up during a Comic Relief competition... when a toddler accidentally released hundreds of balls into a shopping centre.

Bosses at St John’s Shopping Centre in Perth had filled a car with red balls and hoped to raise money for Comic Relief by charging people to guess how many there were.

But it turns out they'd forgotten to lock the doors - as this inquisitive three-year-old discovered when he pulled the handle and released the play pools balls.

Hundreds of the plastic balls fell out of the Alfa Romeo MiTo prompting passersby to cheer as security guards were forced to scurry around picking them up.

However, we think the wiser shoppers were the ones who took advantage of that time to enter the contest. Well there were a lot fewer balls in the car to count.

275x250.jpg"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" has been named as the greatest line of dialogue uttered in any movie, ever.

A poll of 5,000 movie fans saw the line from Clark Gable's character Rhett Butler in the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind, named the best ever.

It beat off competition from Arnold Schwarzenegger saying "I'll be back" in Terminator and the "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates" from Forest Gump.

Other popular lines included Patrick Swayze's cheesy line from Dirty Dancing: "Nobody puts Baby in the corner" and Michael Caine's "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off" from the Italian Job
And if you managed to read all of those without breaking into a rather dodgy impression, you're a better person than us.

275x250.jpg While we can think of other politicians who we'd rather see held medieval-style in the stocks, we will settle for former Liberal Democrat MP, Lembit Opik.

The notorious political figure - who lost his seat last year - will be held in stocks at the Tower of London today in a bid to raise money for Comic Relief.

It's all been arranged by the makers of the game Sims Medieval who say they will donate £1.00 to Comic Relief for every member of the public that gets involved.

Speaking of the stunt, Lembit said: "I understand there’s even going to be a jester on hand, to ensure I really am a laughing stock." … like a jester is needed to ensure that.

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A disgruntled Lamborghini owner in China wasn't happy with the service he'd received from a garage - so he hired a group of men to destroy the car with sledgehammers. (GuVid) (The Sun)

An Amish man in Ohio has been accused of drag racing in his horse-draw buggy after being involved in an accident in which it clipped an oncoming car. There's no news on whether he won. (Aol Weird News)

When this woman returned to her home in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami she found the all too familiar scene of destruction -- and then she discovered her pet cat had survived. (GuVid)

A entrepreneurial 13-year-old from the US has scored himself a hit by producing and selling a range of manly candles which smell of things like bacon, fresh cut grass and buttered popcorn. (The Star)

An overweight bullying victim has become an internet sensation by fighting back and slamming his tormentor onto a concrete floor. Both students have since been suspended from the Australian school after the incident. (Daily Mail)

275x250.jpgA T-shirt which can be use as a musical instrument when the wearer plays it air-guitar-style, has been shortlisted for a SXSW technology award.

The interactive 'AiR Guitar' is a t-shirt with a "barcode"-type symbol on the front, which - when picked up via a webcam and augmented reality app - becomes a guitar.

Wearers can them play the virtual air guitar by strumming away in real-time with the relevant notes sounds from the computer.

AiR Guitar was invented by design company FauvelKhan, which was founded by Swansea Metropolitan students, and created for south Wales band The Last Republic.

But after being shortlisted for a SXSW Accelerator award they now hope it could be sold across the music industry… they are not Fret-ing about it though.

275x250.jpg A hungry squirrel almost destroyed a man's car after deciding it was a suitable place to store hundreds of nuts.

John Gold was having a bit of a problem with his Vauxhall Astra, when he took it into a garage in Warwick to get fixed, expecting it to be a standard problem.

Instead, mechanics told the 59-year-old his trouble was being caused by hundreds of peanuts which had been crapped into vehicle’s air intake system.

Gold says his mother-in-law regularly puts seeds out for the birds near his car and thinks a hungry squirrel has been hoarding these in his air box. He didn't say she was nuts. Honestly.

A video of a baby repeatedly switching between unbridled terror and joy as his mother blew her nose has become an online hit.

And as soon as you click play, we think you'll see why.

In the 59 second clip, five-and-a-half-month old Emerson clearly doesn't know what to make of the noise his mom makes as she blows her noes.

When she's in the middle of it, he looks like he is witnessing the most horrific thing in the world. When she finishes, he can't stop giggling.

The video has already been watched more than 400,000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube earlier this week… but we probably account for a fair few of those.

275x250.jpgAn author has produced a hit book by accurately putting into print a summary of all the things men think about apart from sex.

But don't go expecting any great insight, because his book 'What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex' consists of 200 blank pages.

Sheridan Simove says he came up with the idea of the empty book after spending hours slaving away over another book only to see it flop.

And his £4.69 book - which has a printed front cover - is proving a hit on where it last week outsold both Harry Potter and the Da Vinci Code.

In addition to being given as a novelty gift, the book is also being used as a lecture notebook by students… most of who are thinking about sex while they should be working.

When we first saw this video - seemingly showing AC Milan doing the limbo, fencing and dancing minutes before a match - we thought someone had spiked the water at the San Siro.

But it turns out that not all was quite as it seemed ahead of the Serie A match between AC Milan and AS Bari.

That's because the 'players' doing the bizarre and odd stunts are actually footballing lookalikes - hired to help advertise Italian sports newspaper Gazzete dello Sport.

We should have known something was up when we saw what we thought was Gennaro Gattuso ballroom dancing with the referee rather than head-butting him. But it's a funny old game.

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At NewsLite we like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost almost as much as we like Star Wars, so it's no surprise we enjoyed seeing the duo recreate the movie on the cheap, well one scene, almost. (College Humor)

We're in no way trying to take away from the human tragedy which is the Japanese earthquake - but this video of dogs dealing with the aftermath and in particular one refusing to leave his injured pal, really tugs at our heartstrings. (YouTube)

A less than bright bank robber has been arrested in the US after showing the cashier two forms of identification which she said she needed to see to authorise his robbery. (Aol Weird News)

It appears that Fox New have problems distinguishing between a Japanese nightclub and nuclear power plant. Oops. (We Interrupt)

Zheng Guigui may have been born with no fingers on her right hand - but that hasn't stopped her wowing viewers of a Chinese TV show with her amazing piano playing. (Asylum)

275x250.jpg It was installed in Trafalgar Square as a countdown to the 2012 London Olympics and was designed as a focus for the build-up to the big event.

But the Olympic countdown clock which was due to count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the the opening ceremony, has stopped… 499 days too early.

A suitably red-faced spokesperson for Omega, the Official Olympic timekeeper, today confirmed a "technical issue" caused the countdown clock to stop only a day after it was unveiled by Lord Coe and London mayor Boris Johnson.

They added Omega are currently trying to work-out what happened and get the 6.5m high and 4 tonnes clock running again. Hopefully they'll get it fixed before the London games are due to begin… if only we knew how long away that was.

275x250.jpgA quite frankly terrifying one-in-five Brits think that the lightsabers used in the Star Wars movies really exist, it has been found.

In a bid to discover just how blurred the line has become between science and fiction the people behind Birmingham Science City decided to conduct a poll.

It was discovered that not only do a fifth of adults believe light sabres exist, but 24% think teleportation technology already exists too.

40% said they were under the impression Back to the Future hover boards exist and half think your memory can be erased like in Men in Black.

The survey also asked people what inventions they would most like to see created. Men wanted time machines or teleportation with women opted for a universal cure for all diseases.

275x250.jpg Funny shoes which have been made to look like real horses' feet and use genuine horse hair have gone on sale at the Cheltenham Festival.

The zip-up hoof shoes were commissioned the celebrate 100 years of the racing festival and come in knee and ankle-length versions.

Each of the 'Horseshoes for Humans' features a imitation carbon fibre hoof and are stitched with around 5,000 individual horse hairs.

But they do not come cheap -- they come with a £1,300 price tag… so let's hope you back a winner first if you want to buy a pair.

We don't know too much about this video -- but we do know this man is very lucky to be alive.

That's because he narrowly avoided getting crushed by a car as it careered into a wall in Los Angeles at about 50mph.

The fortunate pedestrian had just walked around a FedEx truck when a car swerved off the busy road an into his path.

As this CCTV footage show the car missed him by a matter of inches as it smashed into the wall.

Amazingly the man and the passengers in the car all escaped uninjured… and don't worry, that's oil or coolant pouring out, not blood.

275x250.jpgWhen a suspicious package was identified at a post office in Russia, anti-terrorist bomb squad experts were promptlt called to investigate.

But instead of a discovering a bomb inside the ticking box, they found… and accidentally activated vibrator.

Police say the sextoy-scare had prompted the building in Petrozavodsk to be evacuated and a security cordon installed.

It's not known exactly how the sex toy had been activated while in delivery or who the intended recipient had been.

But we're sure to find out when the some vibrator manufacturer starts claiming their sex toys are so good they can evacuate entire neighbourhoods.

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JoAnn Lorak enjoys dolphin watching… just not normally as up close as this. She recently suffered a sprained ankle when a dolphin in florida jumped into her boat and landed on her foot. (Naples News)

So you've been given a burnt meat pie, do you: a.) Throw it away (well it is burnt), b.) Eat it anyway (well it is a meat pie) or c.) Spend 40 years taking around the world and declare it a family heirloom? (Metro)

More than one inch of rain on the morning of April 8th could win you a free car in an odd promotion launched by a US car dealership. (Aol Weird News)

Jeremy Clarkson has been involved in an alleged altercation with a fan who tried to take his photo with an iPhone in an Australian restaurant. Clarkson is said to have confiscated the phone. (Telegraph)

For many people, lent means giving up chocolate and alcohol. But we prefer the way J. Wilson is approaching it -- he's planning to consume only beer for the 46 days. (The Star)

275x250.jpg A record-breaking cosmetic surgeon who specialises in breast surgery has revealed how he spends his spare time -- throwing knives.

And bizarrely Dr Ted Eisenberg attributes his knife-throwing to winning a place in the record books for "the most breast augmentation surgeries performed in a lifetime."

Eisenberg says it was only while competing in a knife-throwing tournament and watching someone attempt to break the "most bullwhip cracks" record, a friend asked him how many boob jobs he had done.

After totting them up, the plastic surgeon realised he'd performed 3460 operations and contacted Guinness World Records to see if it was more than anyone else. Let's hope he doesn't make a boob while knife throwing.

A driver in Turkey has been hailed as a hero after leaping into action when a fuel tanker he was unloading caught fire at a petrol station.

This CCTV footage shows the terrifying moment flames shoot up out of the top of the tanker and everyone runs away. Everyone except Koçak, that is.

Realising a massive explosion could take out the entire station, Koçak jumped back into the burning vehicle and drove it 1km to safety.

As he drives off, leaking fuel can be seen catching light and it took 60 fire fighters to extinguish the subsequent flames which caused much damage.

Several witnesses have since congratulated Koçak and say his heroic actions saved many peoples lives. We are not sure the word hero quite does him justice.

275x250.jpgQuentin Tarantino is suing an Oscar-winning screenwriter neighbour… because his pet macaws keep letting out "blood curdling, pterodactyl-like screams".

The Pulp Fiction director - who is no stranger to blood curdling screams - says the noisy birds are even stopping him form working on his latest movie.

According to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the birds belong to Alan Ball, the man behind American Beauty and TV series True Blood.

He and his wife are said to have installed an "exotic bird menagerie" over a year ago and their macaws now scream for seven to eight hours each day.

47-year-old Tarantino claims the "obnoxious pterodactyl-like screams" have "seriously disrupted" his ability to work… we would have though they acted as inspiration.

There are not many good news stories coming out of Japan, which is why we have to look for positives where we can -- like this dramatic rescue.

A 60-year-old man has been saved from the roof of his house despite the Japan tsunami washing it 10 miles out to sea.

The man had reportedly gone back to his house to collect belongings after hearing that a big wave was coming, but not made it away in time.

As a result he was left stranded and forced to climb onto his roof when the wave struck, destroying his home in Minamisouma. Luckily, two days later, he was spotted floating at sea on the tin roof and rescued.

275x250.jpgA boss at fast-food chain Burger King has landed himself in hot water after describing English women as ugly.

Speaking to students in Chicago, Burger King chief executive Bernardo Hees went on to dismiss the quality of food in the UK as "terrible".

The 40-year-old had been talking about time he spent studying at the University of Warwick when he is reported to have said: "The food is terrible and the women are not very attractive."

He also said that his time in Britain had offered few distractions beyond work -- but he was later forced to issue an apology for any offence caused.

While we wouldn't claim the UK has the world's best cuisine, it's worth remembering a Double Whopper contains 950 calories. As for defending English women, two words, Kelly Brook.

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You would be forgiven for not noticing, but boffins at NASA say the giant earthquake off the coast of Japan increased the speed of the Earth's rotation and made Friday shorter. 1.6 microseconds shorter. (Aol Weird News)

Sure you are a fan of Julia Roberts, but we bet Miljenko Parserisas Bukovic is a much bigger one -- he's got 82 portraits of the actress tattooed on his body. (Asylum)

In the past we've owned up to being made to feel physically insecure by children a fraction of our age… now it's the turn of 69-year-old Frits Mansvelt Beck to make us think about joining a gym. (YouTube)

A curious fox made its way onto the pitch at Twickenham shortly before kickoff in the Six Nations match between England and Scotland, much to the amusement of 82,000 fans. Stewards managed to catch it before the game. (Canadian Press) (YouTube)

The Queen Mother is said to have had a surprising taste in music. Details revealed about her record collection at the Castle of Mey has revealed she was a ska music aficionado. (Telegraph)

275x250.jpg If you live in London you should be careful where you tread… because you could inadvertently crush one of these fantastic tiny artworks.

That's because an artist called Slinkachu places 1:87 scale installations of little people in real world locations and reacting with their comparably giant surroundings.

He says the little sculptures represent the way in which many city-dwellers feel overwhelmed by the urban environment and that passers-by should empathise with their vulnerability.

But the guerrilla artist - who takes photos of them in situation - rarely hangs around to see how people react… which probably is a good job, because we which we may have accidentally trodden one one.

275x250.jpgDogs barking through the night, cats using the lawn as their personal toilet and finding the garden has been dug up are just some of the annoyances caused by rogue pets.

The study of 2,000 homeowners shows a third feel constantly tormented by animals next door, and regularly have to check their grass and flower beds for damage.

And one in ten people even say they have had a war of words with their neighbours about their annoying pet.

Other common complaints include footprints left on the car by cats, dogs jumping up and wiping their muddy paws all over clothes.

Food being stolen from inside the house by opportunistic four-legged neighbours also made it to the list… making us think some people live in Tom and Jerry cartoons.

275x250.jpg A designer has created a bizarre cycle which is powered solely by two screwdrivers and can carry the rider at speed of around 20mph - as long as they don't mind being uncomfortable.

Dubbed The EX, the odd skeleton contraption sees daredevil riders lie close to the ground with their hands on two triggers above the front wheels.

From there they can control the two 18-volt Bosch screwdrivers which act as the engines on the bike and steer by leaning their weight on specially developed joints.

Designer Nils Ferber says the bike cost just £900 to produce and is considerably more environmentally friendly than most other vehicles… and haw many of them can be used to put up a shelf.

275x250.jpg The sand's too hot and the women look too good in bikinis are just two of the odd complaints made by holiday-makers it's been revealed.

Customer services at an online travel agency have taken a look at some of more bizarre complaints they received in 2010 and produced a top 10 of the silliest.

1 - On arrival to the airport in the UK, when asked to present their passports, some ladies found themselves in a sticky situation as they claimed they were not reminded to bring their passports and thought that they didn't need them.

2 - On a trip to the Canary Islands, a lady who took her family of four on holiday put in a complaint about their beach experience. She claimed that, due to the warm weather, the sand was too hot and her children could not walk down to the sea for a swim.

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We've seen enough criminals getting their comeuppance at the most unlikely of hands, to think that almost anything is possible -- but even we find it hard to believe that this puppet foiled a robbery. (YouTube)

We kind of feel sorry for this kid, he's only young and he's already achieved the best sporting moment he is likely to. Sorry kid, it's all downhill from now. (Shortlist)

This is serious. The US is this weekend holding its first-ever laughing championship. And that's no joke. (Aol Weird News)

When a 52-year-old woman from Pennsylvania stubbed her toe, she probably shouted a profanity… then she definitely called 911 to report the accident and ask for an ambulance ride to the hospital. (UPI)

A crash involving a lorry carrying commercial ink cartridges has created what has to be one of the most colourful road accidents ever. The trailer carrying ink to a newspaper company rolled over spilling the ink on the road. (

When his trusty guide dog lost his sight, Graham Waspe knew what he needed to do -- he got a new guide dog to lead the pair of them around. (Asylum)

275x250.jpg Commuters were left scratching their heads yesterday, after car makers confused them by 'parking' a life-size bright blue Play-Doh vehicle an a street in London.

Chevrolet say they picked the unusual way of promoting the launch of a new car after research found Play-Doh is our favourite nostalgic toy. Though we don't know what that's got to do with new cars.

It apparently took a team of eight model makers around two weeks to hand-craft the 4.6 metre by 1.8 metre Chevrolet Orlando out of 1.5 tonnes of the famous modelling putty.

Say what you like about over the top stunt marketing like the Play-Doh car… but it really sticks to the road better than most vehicles out there.

A woman has given Stephen Fry an amazing ukulele serenade asking him to let her act as a surrogate and have a baby for him, so that his DNA can continue.

Molly Lewis made the unusual request to the actor as he was being awarded the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.

Getting up during a question session she sang to him about the various reasons he should have a child and why she would be an ideal surrogate mother.

To be fair we can't do Molly justice in words, so it's probably best if you just sit back, click play and enjoy the song almost as much as you will enjoy the way Fry responds.

275x250.jpgIf it all goes wrong for Premiership referee Peter Walton, he could always pursue a career as a mime artist.

That's because forgetting his cards didn't stop him booking players in the clash between Everton and Birmingham last night -- he simply waved an imaginary one.

Walton only realised his blunder after midfielder Jordon Mutch committed a foul and he reached into his pocket to pull out the yellow card.

After a couple of seconds of fumbling he obviously decided the best thing to do would be carry on and hope no-one would notice.

So he held up his arm as if brandishing a card booked the player… well if they can be injured by imaginary fouls, why can't they be punished by imaginary cards.

275x250.jpg Beards can be divisive, people either love them or hate them. And while we're big fans of facial hair, it appears viewers of BBC Breakfast are not.

Bosses of the show say they received hundreds of complaints after presenter Richard Westcott appeared on Wednesday morning with a newly grown beard - that's more comments than any other topic.

Westcott, who was returning from holiday, was presenting an item on council toilets from a convenience in Loughborough and everything seemed to go ok.

But hundreds of people are said to have emailed, texted and even phoned the show to complain that he looked "unkempt" and "dirty"… some even questioned whether he'd slept in the WC.

275x250.jpgEveryone thinks the potholes on their street are worse than those anywhere else… but we think residents on Patshull Road in Shropshire might be right.

That's because a 4x4 pickup truck recently became trapped in a massive water-filled pothole as it was driving down the country road.

Chris Nedic had been driving home along the road in Albrighton on Monday evening when his front wheels of his Nissan Navara sank into the 4ft deep hole.

He and his brother luckily managed to leap from the the vehicle shortly before the road collapsed and the car was left sticking up from the hole.

Police say it was only the size of the vehicle which prevented it from becoming fully submerged.

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A video of a dog riding a scooter has become an online hit, obviously. Norman the briard is said to have taken up riding the scooter after seeing children playing on them. (GuVid) (Metro)

French cops say they've recovered £15m worth of gems which were stolen from a Harry Winston store - after they were discovered in a rain sewer under a house where they had been stashed by the crooks. (Independent)

Police raiding a pot farm in California say they found a 4-foot alligator guarding the crop. (Aol Weird News)

A dog trainer has been filmed in a dramatic video resuscitating a seemingly dead dog which is not breathing by using CPR. (Asylum)

It looks like the world will soon have yet another world's shortest man… unless 56cm tall Junrey Balawing has a sudden growth spurt before his 18th birthday later this year. (Metro)

275x250.jpgA comic fan has spent a massive $1.1m on a near-mint condition copy of Amazing Fantasy No. 15 featuring the debut of Spider-Man.

When the Marvel comic originally went on sale in 1962 it cost just 12 cents - a fay cry from the £679,000 paid on US online auction

The cover features Spidey swinging from a building saying: "The world may mock Peter Parker, the timid teenager… it will soon marvel at the awesome might of Spider-Man."

Comic experts say the value of the comic comes from the fact that is is not only rare but also in amazing condition.

The buyer has chosen to remain anonymous, and we can't blame him, would you want your wife finding out you'd just blown £679,000 on a comic.

275x250.jpg You might expect your granny to knit you a woolly jumper, but one pensioner has been defying expectations by using her needles to craft amazing knitted BREASTS.

Coral Charles-Dunne, 91, from Birmingham, has knitted dozens of the unusual educational tools as part of a project to inform expectant and new mums about breastfeeding.

She says spends about two hours creating each of the woolly boobs and makes them in a range of sizes, knitting for up to six hours per day.

The knitted breasts are then used by expectant moms to learn techniques for breast feeding… their partners probably use them to create an unusual game of football.

A footballer has been sent off during a game... for tackling a streaker who was running around the pitch dressed in a Borat mankini.

The incident happened as Havant & Waterlooville and Dorchester battled it out in the Blue Square South when the man ran onto the pitch.

Wearing the revealing lime green swimsuit and a wig he evaded hapless match stewards for almost a minute as fans from both sides cheered.

Then Dorchester player/manager Ashley Vickers decided enough was enough and tackled the streaker by the neck and wrestled him to the floor.

Unfortunately for Vickers, the referee felt this constituted violent conduct and pulled out his red card dismissing him. You don't want to know what the streaker pulled out.

275x250.jpgDavid Davis is probably feeling rather embarrassed about now, he was arrested mid-haircut and become the subject of one stupid-looking mugshot.

The 21-year-old from Stamford was getting his hair cut when he is said to have been approached by another man and got into an argument.

During the fight it's been reported that he picked up a pair of scissors and slashed the man across the back. Prompting cops to be called.

Davis was subsequently arrested by Stamford Police Department - who released this photo - while the victim was taken to hospital where he received treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

He's now due to appear in court on March 22 charged with first-degree assault… we wonder if he will be getting his hair cut especially for his day in court.

Surfer Zoltan Torkos has completed what's believed to be the world's first recorded kickflip on a surfboard. And we have to say it's pretty impressive.

Torkos had been hoping the trick would bag him a $10,000 prize from Volcom, who in 2007 said they would first surfer to film themselves successfully landing a kickfilp on a wave.

But unfortunately for the Santa Cruz surfer, competition bosses say that as impressive as his trick was, it doesn't qualify because the board didn't entirely leave the water.

While he didn't scoop the prize this time around we're sure Torkos will keep trying until he manages to get some proper sea air.

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A daredevil water-skier has set a new speed record after being towed by a helicopter in Acapulco at 153mph. As you do if normal water-skiing isn't dangerous enough for you. (ABC Local)

Police are on the hunt for a would-be armed robber whose face was revealed on CCTV footage when he repeatedly struggled to put his mask on as he tried to raid a US convenience store. (Asylum)

The winner of a German radio contest will receive an all expenses paid, once in a lifetime… funeral. (WeInterrupt)

A man who made himself at home inside somebody else's house and took a shower, was so surprised when the actual homeowner returned… he called 911 himself. He was worried the homeowner may have a gun. (MSNBC)

Captain James T Kirk has made a wake up call to the crew of the space shuttle Discovery. Well William Shatner has. (Aol Weird News)

A video of a cat modelling new hairstyles by pushing his face through a cardboard box has become an online hit… well how could it not.

In the clip 'Various hairstyles and Maru' Maru, a Japanese cat, is seen walking up to a cardboard box and poking his face through a hole.

But what make this video particularly internet worthy is that Maru's owner has drawn a series of haircuts onto the side of the box. Wait, it's better than it sounds.

The video has already been watched more than 300,000 times since being uploaded to YouTube last week. May we put a request in for a kitty mow-hawk.

275x250.jpg In a bid to celebrate Pancake Day in the only way they know how, staff from TV channel Food Network UK have created the world's tallest stack of pancakes. And why not.

The impressive pancake tower took over 13 hours to produce and required a whopping 253 eggs, 11lbs of flour and over 26 pints of milk.

After the hours of hard work they were lest with 725 pancakes which were stacked into a 32 inch high tower to break the current record.

Should you fancy setting pancake-based record yourself when you get home, the highest pancake flip currently stands at 9.17m, the largest pancake measured 15m long and the most pancakes eaten in 1 hour by an individual is 855. Good luck.

275x250.jpgFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has created a public page for his new puppy beast - and it already has more friends than you.

23,000 people have already liked the page which was set up by Zuckerberg and girlfriend Priscilla Chan yesterday after they adopted the Puli Hungarian sheepdog called 'Beast'.

On the page, Beast has his interests listed as "Cuddling, Loving and Eating" and it states he was born on 10 January 2011 in Grants Pass, Oregon.

His biography goes on to say he now lives in Palo Alto with Mark and Cilla before adding, "I am extremely cute".

There are several photos of the pair cuddling and playing with the pup on the page which also includes the wall status update: "I just took a dump and made Mark Zuckerberg pick it up. It was glorious."

275x250.jpgCans filled with the delightful odour of cow farts are said to have become a popular gift after going on sale in Germany.

Selling for £5 each the 'Stable Fragrance' tins are said to let people take the "original Bavarian stable smell" home with them.

The canned cow farts are the brainchild of designer Daniela Dorrer who says they would be good for people who have moved from the countryside to the city.

She says the farts are captured by hanging industrial cotton wool in stables to adsorb the smell and this is then packaged in the aluminium containers.

While early online interest suggests Dorrer could be onto a winner with this idea, other people say it stinks.

Ryan Shaw used to say the most interesting thing to happen when he was working at the gas station was seeing the odd drunk customer. Not any more.

That's because over the weekend an irate customer - who was reported to be angry at new pre-pay rules - ploughed his car into the Oregon garage.

The vehicle smashed through the window, knocked displays flying and shunted serving counters into each other narrowly missing the 27-year-old worker.

Amazingly he escaped with just a bruised thigh, a scraped knee and a knocked elbow… we suffered more injuries than that just watching the video.

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An Oscar awarded to The King’s Speech has been damaged after the 15-month-old daughter of co-producer Simon Egan dropped it onto a concrete floor. (Telegraph)

A gutsy/stupid Barcelona fan took his life into his own hands when he played trumpet version of Barcelona's club song on the steps of Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium while wearing a Barca shirt! (The Sun)

ARRRRR! Could this be the best horse racing commentary of all time? In the interest of full disclosure this clip is not new, it was filmed in 2008, and it hasn't only just made it to the internet, it was uploaded in 2010. (YouTube)

A professor in Denmark has commissioned a lookalike robot which will be used  to study human interactions with robots in different cultural contexts. (Fox News)

George Lucas is striking back against a prop designer who is selling iconic Star Wars Stormtrooper helmets. Lucasfilm has launched a court case to see whether U.S. copyrights on "three-dimensional works" can be enforced in England. (Aol Weird News)

275x250.jpg Lifting a house off the ground with balloons looked easy in the animated hit movie Up -- but it took a team of scientists and engineers to achieve it in real life.

This weekend the scientists and engineers, along with two world-class balloon pilots gathered at a airfield east of Los Angeles in a bid to recreate the iconic scene from the movie.

A lightweight 16 x 16ft 'house' was built and then attached to 300 coloured weather balloons making the experimental aircraft more than the equivilant of a 10 story building.

Filmed for the National Geographic Channel the ballon house was then taken to an altitude of over 10,000 feet and flew for approximately one hour. Carl Frederickson would be proud.

275x250.jpgResearchers say a spider venom which can cause four-hour long erections could help develop treatments for erectile dysfunction.

Scientists say a single bite from the Brazilian wandering spider can have the side-effect of causing long-lasting erections in victims.

A team from the Medical College of Georgia say the venom from the spider - also known as armed spider, banana spider or Phoneutria nigriventer - is a rich mixture of several molecules.

And tests on "erection-challenged rats" found that the venom gave then a much needed boost - a side-effect which has also been observed in bitten humans.

However before you buy a Brazilian wandering spider to keep in your bedside table, it's worht noting other side effects include severe pain, difficulty breathing and possibly death.

275x250.jpgA NASA astrobiologist claims to have found evidence of alien worms inside meteorites discovered from the depths of space.

Dr Richard Hoover says he has discovered microscopic fossils of worm-like bacteria inside three meteorites which landed on Earth.

In research published in the Journal of Cosmology, he claims this proves that life must be widespread in the universe and that we are not alone.

The fossilised space worms are said to have been found in a rare class of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites - of which only nine are known to exist on Earth.

Hoover believes his find suggests life on earth could have been seeded by meteors and comets - critics claim the fossils were contaminated after they landed.

What's better than seeing a great basketball shot where the ball swoops straight through the hoop? Seeing one where it doesn't.

And basketball misses got get much better or more bizarre than this odd missed foul shot during a game between UConn and West Virginia.

Alex Oriakhi had stepped up to take a free throw for UConn at 22-22 when his shot hit the back of the rim, bounced off the front and then landed on the back.

That's right, the seemingly physics defying ball was left balancing at the back of the hoop as the players looked on in disbelief. West Virginia went on to win the game 65-56.

A woman who thought it was taking staff at an off license too long to server her has smashed bottles of booze worth £1,000.

CCTV footage shows the woman waiting a the counter of Rite-Buy Wines & Liquors in New York, before arguing with staff and telling them they were being too slow.

Angered by the delay in service she then stormed off down an aisle with her arm outstretched to knock bottle after bottle off the shelves

Bosses say she destroyed around £1,000 worth of alcohol by knocking it onto the floor, including several bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label scotch.

But no matter what the irate customer did, it's nothing compared to this clumsy wine store worker.

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When we saw a report on Fox News that staring at breasts was good for men's health, we thought it was too good to be true… and it looks like it was. The reported study is said to be a 10-year-old hoax. (My Fox) (Snopes)

Sometimes the main content of a news report isn't the most interesting aspect. Take this Sky Sports News for example… and pay particular attention to the way this police officer types. (Shortlist)

An elderly woman who is believed to have mixed up the accelerator and break pedals in her car, accidentally sped across six lanes of traffic and crashed into a house. (Daily Mail)

After the recent spate of trick shot videos you have got to do something special to stand out -- long snapper Zach Enyeart hopes throwing throwing the ball between his legs is his something special. (YouTube)

The Virgin Mary has made an impromptu appearance on a cliff on Newquay's Western Beach in Cornwall. (Aol Weird News)

A stuntman and ski-fan has come up with an interesting way of making skiing even more dangerous… the addition of a jet-pack.

Troy Hartman used a pair of engines from decommissioned UAVs to build the jet-pack which is used to power him along.

In fact on flat terrain Hartman says he jet-pack is capable of powering him 47mph at just half throttle.

Next up he plans to incorporate a wing suit so that in addition to never needing to use a ski lift he can perform aerial stunts.

Or that's the plan… alternatively he could just end up winning a Darwin Award.

275x250.jpg An MP has been criticised for giving Liam Fox an air guitar accompaniment as the Defence Secretary delivered a Commons statement on troop cuts.

Graham Evans appeared to pluck away on a rolled-up copy of the Parliamentary order as Fox spoke about job losses announced in the Strategic Defence Review.

Rival MPs claim his behaviour was disrespectful to the armed forces and their families who are being impacted by cuts. In his defence Evans says he was "just tapping".

Check out the footage of the musically-minded Weaver Vale member below, and if you spot any other plucking Tory MPs be sure to let us know.

275x250.jpgA referee has set what is thought to be a new footballing record… by issuing a massive 36 red cards during a single match.

In case you are wondering how that is even possible, Damian Rubino showed red to all 22 players and substitutes and technical staff.

It all happened during a fifth division match in Argentina between Claypole and Victoriano Arenas when a brawl broke out between players.

The fighting got so bad the ref is even said to have begged police to lock raging players in their respective dressing rooms.

For any pub quiz buffs out there the previous record for red cards was a 1993 game in Paraguay which saw 20 players sent off.

A video of a Turkish grandpa dancing his heart out David Brent style has become an online hit after being uploaded to YouTube.

In the clip - believed to have been shot in Germany - the elderly man can be seen strutting his stuff in front of a TV.

But it appears this isn't the first time, because the grandkids who are sitting in the room look thoroughly unimpressed by his dance moves.

The rest of the internet, that's a different matter, since being uploaded just over a week ago the clip has already been seen more than 3.5 MILLION times.

Now we're just waiting to see the unnamed dancing granddad appear in a Lady Gaga music video. 

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A quarter of people in the UK claim they have had a ‘ghostly encounter’ claims ghost expert Professor Richard Wiseman, who doesn’t believe in ghosts himself. (Metro)

If you've ever wondered what the most average person in the world looks like, this is for you. (Asylum)

The Ministry of Defence has revealed their latest batch of UFO X Files, including the fact that a fake flying saucer incident sparked government fears of a full-scale alien invasion. (Aol Weird News)

Sure there have been loads of trick shot videos from high school students showing off their skills recently, but in this one it's the turn of 8-year-old quarterback Daron Bryden. (Zoom In)

Students in Chicago received quite an education at a recent lecture, when a woman was reportably brought to orgasm with a mechanical sex toy in front of them. (Digital Spy)

Footballers around the world often celebrate goals with gymnastic jumps and flips -- but only in Brazil do team medics get in on the action too.

During a recent Copa do Brasil match between Comercial PI and Palmeiras, one of the players went down and required medical attention.

Nothing too unconventional there right? Wrong! After running out onto the pitch with his bag the Comercial PI medic did a cartwheel before looking at the injured player.

This (quite understandably) prompted thousands of the fans in the crowd to cheer… which in turn prompted the medic to do backflips, wheels and rolls every-time he came out.

While the match ended with a 2-1 win to Comercial PI, we know who our man of the match was.

275x250.jpgThe average Brit hits the bottle at 7.11pm to 'unwind' on a weekday night, a study has found.

Research revealed a stressful day at work leaves the typical adult reaching for an alcoholic beverage one hour and 25 minutes after arriving home.

Given the typical time we get home that makes 7.11pm booze o'clock and the time many of us enjoy a beer or glass of wine.

The study of 3,000 people also found that four out of ten adults regularly drink alcohol on a workday evening.

Thursday and Friday emerged as the booziest nights of the week, with one in four drinking on a Thursday and almost seven out of ten boozing on a Friday night. Here's to Thursday evenings!

275x250.jpg A Japanese artist is struggling to keep her feet on the ground after her latest project became an online hit… featuring self-portraits of her levitating.

Natsumi Hayashi scored the viral hit by taking a series of striking photographs of herself jumping in everyday situations, meaning in the images she appears to float mid-air.

The blogger and artist’s assistant from Tokyo, came up with the idea two years ago when thinking about how most people are bound by societal conventions, much like  they are gravity.

She says she started playing around with the idea of being pictured levitating as a way of showing her true self and how she is different.

275x250.jpgMillions of house proud mums won't let their kids paint or draw at home - in case they make a mess, it has been found.

Researchers say one in two mothers would rather ban messy children's pastimes than spend hours cleaning up after them.

In fact, many mums would rather their kids to watch TV and play computer games instead and half of the 2,000 polled said they're on edge if their children start drawing or painting in the house.

The study revealed the extent to which mums are obsessed with keeping the house tidy - with plaster of Paris, charcoal and modelling clay banned in one in ten homes.

One-in-five also said they won't even put their children's art work on display in the home because they are concerned that it will look untidy and won't match their decor. Really. 

It's safe to say a 3am news broadcast on a local Australian radio station wouldn't normally get the biggest of audiences.

But when newsreader Kate Wilson suffered a hiccuping fit during a recent report, it made it a viral hit all around the world.

Wilson had only just started the early morning report on 3AW when she first hiccupped while giving the time as "three o'clo-HIC".

Over the next three minutes she proceeded to hiccup another 20 times as she spoke about Gaddafi, the New Zealand earthquake and the sports headlines.

While a lesser newsreader would have given up or burst out laughing, Wilson tried to carry on… and listening to this we are glad she did.

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Wedding dresses can be expensive, but designers are proving that they don't have to be… by producing ones made out of toilet paper. The ' Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest' is now in its seventh year. (Aol Weird News)

A driver in China who was parking his car accidentally hit the wrong pedal and sped forwards crashing through the second floor wall of a car park. (Metro)

We thought people only slipped over on banana peels in cartoons. Apparently not, a women in the US is suing a store where she slipped on a banana peel and suffered a herniated disk and tissue damage. (Yahoo)

Footage of a what is said to be a UFO hovering over the city of Sao Paulo before disappearing in a flash of light has been shown on Brazilian TV. (Telegraph)

A couple claim they have found the likeness of E.T. in the rings of a tree. We're not convinced, but they seem happy with their log. (WeInterrupt)

275x250.jpgAn animal charity is hoping to find a home for a pup which suffers from a rare condition meaning he can only eat when standing on his hind legs.

Ronnie, a seven-month-old Labrador rottweiler-cross suffers from megaoesophagus, meaning that he can’t swallow foods or liquids.

This means that whenever it's feeding time, he has to stand on his hind legs and allow gravity to take food and water into his stomach.

The incurable disease means the feeding process takes 20 minutes each time and that his food has to be made into a jelly so he can digest it

Dogs Trust Leeds are now hoping someone will come forward and offer Ronnie a home… and yes, he does come complete with the natty feeding station.

275x250.jpgMen are better at going shopping than women, and more productive at buying what they want, research has revealed.

A study discovered that even though women shop more frequently, they're more likely to come home empty-handed after a shopping trip.

Meanwhile, men have an 'in and out, no messing about' approach and purchase item within 26 minutes of spotting them - while women browse for long periods first.

Three quarters of guys said they always get what they set out for when they hit the shops, compared to only 45 per cent of females.

The poll of 3,000 adults also found men are willing to spend more money updating their wardrobe than women… a new TV counts as 'updating their wardrobe' right?

Some football fans know how to make the best of a bad situation - whether that's pretending to score while getting hammered, or swimming in the stands.

No you didn't mis-read that last bit. The rain was so bad at a recent football game in Brazil, some fans were quite literally left swimming in the stands.

The torrential downpour hit the 80,000-seat Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo just before a game between Palmeiras and Sao Paulo.

And while it would have been enough to cancel any Premiership game, they are more hardy in Brazil and fans simply packed their swimming trunks.

They then proceeded to splash, swim and float their way though the 1 - 1 draw.

275x250.jpg A couple of days ago, we saw some helmet-cam footage of what happens when it all goes wrong at the top of a mountain -- today Filip Polc shows us a more conventional descent.

The Slovakian BMX bike pro recently filmed some of the most impressive downhill footage we have ever seen with a GoPro HD camera.

He was speeding down a specifically designed course down a steep hill in Valparaiso, Chile and can be seen racing down steps and flying over jumps as fans cheer him on.

Seriously, we have no idea how he completed the route - which won him place in the Valparaiso Cerro Abajo - it made us dizzy just watching it.

A video of a baby laughing hysterically as his father rips up a job rejection letter in front of him, has become an hit online.

The clip of ten-month-old Micah has already been viewed more than 2 million times since it was tweeted about by actress Alyssa Milano.

In the two minute long video, Micah's father can be seen ripping up a rejection letter for a professorship as his child squeals with delight.

With each tear of the paper, Micah laughs hysterically, until there is just a pile of shredded paper in front of him… not that he seems to care.

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A puppy which was euthanised, declared dead and disposed of, has shocked animal control officers by rising from the dead. A veterinary clinic which took it in is now looking for new home for the zombie puppy. (News 9)

Out of all the Charlie Sheen headlines we've seen recently, this is the one which grabbed our attention most 'Charlie Sheen offends armless person' (Aol Weird News)

A motorist who swerved his truck to miss a deer and ended up driving into a river, is lucky to be alive after bailing out of the vehicle before it went over a waterfall. (Asylum)

A Russian art group have revealed their latest stunt in which young women approached hundreds of random police woman in Moscow and tried to kiss them on the lips. (AFP) (YouTube)

A young boy accidentally shot his mother in the neck after his father accidentally shot himself in the leg and called for help. (Asylum)

A US man has formed an unusual friendship with goose at his local park, after it started following him around whenever he was there.

Dominic Ehrler says Maria the goose now waits for him at the side of the road each morning and then dutifully follows him around Echo Park in Los Angeles.

Maria is also said to get over protective if Dominic gets too close to anyone and has even been know to chase off dogs which dare to come near him.

The besotted Toulouse goose will even fly along at the side of Dominic as he rides his scooter. Which is something you just have to see, click play, you know you want to.

275x250.jpgLast year more than 17,000 USB memory sticks were left in clothes at dry cleaners and laundrettes in the UK, it's been claimed.

A recent study found that laundrettes are, more often than you'd expect, the place forgotten memory sticks turn up -- all too often inside washing and drying machines,

It's said this is because we absentmindedly slip them into shirt or trouser pockets and then forget all about them, even if they contain important data.

And because USBs are the cheapest and most convenient means of storing private data, it's getting worse, this is four times the amount found in 2009.

We would tell you the other most common ways USBs get lost or destroyed… but that info is on another memory stick and we can't find it at the moment.

275x250.jpg Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has become the first person to high-wire walk between the chimneys of Battersea Power Station.

The 27-year-old took just 14 minutes to complete her crossing on the 150 metre stretch of wire, at a height of 66m (216ft), to raise money for Comic Relief.

She had undergone months of training to learn how to balance on the wire the which has just the same diameter as a 10 pence piece.

Speaking after the stunt Skelton said she'd rather have done it without a safety harness so the wire walking community would take her seriously.

275x250.jpgA London council is said to have confiscated a batch of breast milk ice cream which was due to be sold at a wacky restaurant in Covent Garden.

The Icecreamists had launched their Baby Gaga breast milk ice cream last week with much fanfare and media attention.

But since then Westminster council say there has been a number of complaints from members of the public and the FSA have expressed concerns.

Apparently they were concerned that viruses - in this case potentially hepatitis - could be passed on to diners making it unfit for human consumption.

As a result council officers have visited the premises and removed all ice cream being sold as containing breast milk… we dread to think what they will use instead.

Being in the front row and with a great view of the action, these people were probably pretty pleased with their rodeo seats… until this happened.

Butch Trimnal and his wife had been enjoying a North Carolina rodeo when one of the bulls began running towards them.

The beast continued to get closer and closer until it leaped up and over hoardings, landing in the stands right next to them… making the outing a little more exciting than the pair may have wanted.

While the couple were briefly thrown around by the irate bull, they were not injured even though they did go to the hospital to be checked over.

The bull was also uninjured and was used again later in the show… no bull.

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Supatra Sasuphan could easily be self conscious about her condition - but the 11-year-old is said to be celebrating being named the "World's Hairiest Girl" by the Guinness World Records. (Aol Weird News)

A pair of drunk men in Sweden decided to test the effectiveness of a knife-proof vest and one of them unsurprisingly ended up in hospital with stab wounds. (The Local)

Footballers in Colombia are at the centre of an animal cruelty outrage after kicking an owl from pitch during a recent game. The bird had already been hit by the ball during the game. (EuroSport)

A robber was so determined to smash his way into a Chinese bank with a hatchet that he hit a toughened glass window 198 times to get behind the counter… and was then arrested. (Asylum)

A 14-month-old girl spent four hours locked inside a time-locked bank vault after wandering off from her mother. A locksmith was called when she was spotted on security cameras inside the vault. (Ripleys)

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