May 2012 Archives

275x250.jpg When BBC News needed an image to represent the United Nations Security Council on the News at One bulletin they presumably did an image search to find the logo … unfortunately they didn't do it too well.

We know this because rather than used the actual logo for the United Nations Security Council, they ended up using logo of the fictitious United Nations Space Command from Microsoft's Halo computer game.

So while Sophie Raworth talked about Amnesty International's criticism of the UN, the image behind her was one for United Nations Space Command. Oops.

A BBC spokesperson said: "BBC News makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all images broadcast, however very occasionally mistakes do happen."

We've previously met Maru, the Japanese cat who became an internet star by modeling haircuts with the aid of a cardboard box.

Videos of the hit moggie have each been viewed more than a million times and he has more than 10,000 Facebook fans and 15,000 followers on Twitter.

So when it became time to celebrate his 4th birthday, there was only one way to do it… with a compilation video featuring his highlights of the past 12 months.

As such you can see him fighting himself in a mirror and playing with paper bags and cardboard boxes. Happy Birthday Maru!

275x250.jpg A range of salts said to be collected from crying humans experiencing a range of emotions have gone on sale in London, for you to season your food.

The £7 salts - sold by Hoxton Street Monster Supplies - is billed as coming from tears of sorrow, tears shed while sneezing, tears shed while chopping onions, tears of laughter, and tears of anger.

Each salt is said to distinctly different flavour and could certainly add an interesting element to your next dinner party.

A spokesperson said: "Salt Made From Tears combines centuries-old craft with the freshest human tears which are gently boiled, released into shallow crystallisation tanks, then harvested by hand and finally rinsed in brine.

Eagle-eyed viewers have spotted Mark Zuckerberg and his new wife Priscilla Chan making an accidental cameo appearance in a Chinese TV documentary.

The pair - who had been strolling through Shanghai on March 27 - were filmed by a crew from China Central Television filming and episode of Chinese Police.

A grinning Zuckerberg can be seen looking at two uniformed officers who are walking in front of him.

275x250.jpg When police in West Yorkshire were called out to reports of a man covered in blood staggering close to a canal, they didn't know what to expect.

But when they got to the scene in Wakefield, they couldn't believe their eyes … because the 'injured' man was actually an actor filming a zombie movie.

Cops had initially been dispatched when a member of the public had spotted the zombie at around 7.45pm in the evening. An ambulance was also sent out.

But the soon discovered what was really happening and tweeted: "PC Saxon and PC Winfield have attended the canal between Stanley Ferry and Eastmoor in company with ambulance to reports of a male covered in blood staggering around.

"Once they arrived they located a group of film makers in the last day of filming a Zombie movie with some very realistic makeup on show."

275x250.jpg Chefs have created the world's meatiest sandwich which stands at 1.2 feet high, 24 inches wide and is packed with 41 different types of meats.

The substantial sarnie weighs in at over 2 stone thanks to being filled with 1,445 grams of ham, 2kg of salami, turkey and bacon, 1kg of sausages, 720 grams of chorizo and sprinklings of salad, cheese and gherkins for good measure.

The gargantuan sandwich was created by the Food Network UK and restaurateur Tristan Welsh to mark the launch of Food Network UK show Man Vs Food Nation.

The meaty masterpiece took more than 4 hours to make, and it is anticipated that it will take a whopping 10 hours to finish … they should bring it to Newslite Towers, we could devour it far quicker!

Loud toilet noises prompt 911 call

275x250.jpg A Canadian man has been left red-faced after his excessively loud toilet grunting prompted a neighbour to call emergency services because she thought something serious was wrong.

Police rushed to the scene in British Columbian capital Victoria after receiving a 911 call reporting a yelling and shouting coming from a basement at 5am.

And when they got there, officers say they could hear low moaning and babbling coming from inside the suite.

Eventually after repeated and knocks and announcements by the officers a man opened the door.

When questioned about the amount of noise he was making the man explained that he had been essentially (in his own different words) on the toilet having his morning constitutional but he was done now.

275x250.jpg A giant Union Jack flag with an image of Her Majesty the Queen has been unveiled on Heathrow's runway to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. As you do.

The 540 square metre artwork which measures 30 metres in length - three times the width of an A380's fuselage - is the first time ever an image has been painted on the airfield and was created using more than 400 litres of red, white and blue paint.

It has been positioned adjacent to the Northern runway so that passengers will be able to spot it from their flights, with Her Majesty's profile overlooking the runway and terminals. It is expected to be seen by 780,000 passengers.

Airport bosses say the flag marks the airport's role in six decades of regal globetrotting and that the Queen is the most travelled head of state in the world, having made 261 official overseas visits and 96 state visits to 116 countries.

275x250.jpg To help celebrate the London 2012 Games in their uniquely block-based way, LEGO have released a special edition line of nine Team GB LEGO minifigures.

With less than 70 days to go until the beginning of the games LEGO are bringing new meaning to the phrase 'starting blocks' with the yellow boxer, swimmer, relay runner and judo fighter.

There's also a tennis player, gymnast, weightlifter, horseback rider and archer in the collectible range which will only be available in the UK.

A spokesperson for LEGO said: "The Team GB LEGO Minifigures spark the sporting imagination, so you can stage your very own Games. There are exclusive Team GB LEGO Minifigures in the line-up."

A TV news reporter has been left red-faced after accidentally appearing on live TV with her skirt hitched up around her thighs.

Financial expert Sara Eisen was called upon to talk to camera when her Bloomberg TV colleague's microphone stopped working, but she wan't exactly ready … and neither was her red dress.

The blonde reporter had her skirt hitched up around her thighs and she was fiddling to make a microphone adjustment. After giving the camera a bunny-in-the-headlights look she blamed the gaffe on 'technical difficulties'.

However, despite the embarrassing wardrobe malfunction, Eisen quickly launched into a professional report on the eurozone crisis.

An industrial designer has created a portable swing which can be deployed quickly and easily apparently turning any surrounding into a playground.

Kevin Shay from San Francisco says he came up with the idea when trying to think of something which was fun and prompted interaction between an object and the user.

His resulting UpSwing is a canvas and leather swing which can be installed on trees, lampposts or anything you can throw it over.

Shay says the the best place he has used the UpSwing is in the middle of Valencia street during Cinco de Mayo. "Seeing people's faces turn from confused to genuine excitement as they see the swing unfold is truly satisfying," he said.

We've seen plenty of videos of mountain bikers riding ridiculous downhills, but this one from Marcelo Gutierrez is just crazy.

In the four minute 50 second clip the Colombian rider can be seen riding down 1,000 steps at Monserrate Mountain in Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia.

The death-defying descent was part of the Red Bull Downhill time trial and saw him descend 2,000 metres in just 4 minutes and 27 seconds.

However, it wasn't enough to win, Slovak mountain biker Filip Polc completed the course in a second less … but he didn't have a video camera on him.

275x250.jpg Brits are so desperate to get a suntan that half of them will burn on the first day of their holiday, a survey has revealed.

A study of 2,000 holiday-makers found that 14 per cent of Brits don’t even use sun tan protection on the very first day of their holiday, and 25 per cent use a really low factor.

Asked why they are so desperate to get a tan, 68 per cent of people blame their addiction to the sunshine on the terrible British weather.

Half of people travelling this summer said they will consider their holiday a complete and utter flop if they don’t walk away with a decent tan.

Even those people who start the holiday by religiously applying lotions and potions stop using them by day four if they haven’t achieved a perfect bronzed complexion. 

A team of 4,000 children have built the world's tallest LEGO tower in South Korea using an impressive 500,000 colored bricks.

Built to celebrate the 80th anniversary of LEGO, the mega-construction - which used a cross formation at the base for stability - even required a hydraulic platform to complete.

The final brick was stuck in place by the Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark… yes after all those children had done all the hard work!

275x250.jpg It's no secret that some pet owners spoil their animals, whether it's giving them the best food, constant belly rubs or £1,200 beds to sleep in … wait what?

A range of designer pet beds has gone on sale for pampered pooches and pussy cats which are made by master cabinetmakers and cost more than most furniture for humans.

The pet furniture from Cedel Pets and Style -- which is miniaturized versions of typical bedroom furniture -- can cost up to £1,200

Many models even include little pillows, duvets and tiny bedside tables, though we can't imagine what a cat keeps in a bedside table.

A surfer who caught a massive wave off the coast of Portugal back in November of last year has been told by Guinness World Records it was the largest wave ever ridden.

44-year-old Garrett McNamara somehow managed to ride the 78ft (24m) wall of water at Nazare and has video footage to prove it. This video then was analyzed by big wave and photography experts.

After the video was verified and measured it was declared that the wave was 12 inches taller than the previous record from 2008. McNamara was also awarded $15,000 (£9,309) for the ride at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.

However McNamara says he didn't know the wave was a record breaker at the time. "I knew it was big, but I didn't know how big," he said.

275x250.jpg One in five young adult British holiday-makers who go abroad will return home with a tattoo, it has been discovered.

A survey of 1,790 people found that a surprising number of Brits return from their holiday with inked skin to go along with their key rings, postcards and dodgy souvenirs.

19% of 18-25-year-olds said they had previously had a tattoo done while away. 54% said they knew someone else who had had a tattoo done whilst on holiday.

The majority of respondents who admitted to having a tattoo done whilst on holiday were female; comprising 65% of the total number of tattooed respondents.

Of those, two thirds, 67%, claimed to regret their choice. Not surprising when you think that 27% get tattoos of stars, 22% get a phrase and 16% a heart shape.

Last week Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited the BBC headquarters in Glasgow. While there they had a go at presenting the weather.

During Reporting Scotland BBC newsreader Sally Magnusson handed over to Prince Charles for his lunchtime weather forecast.

Reading a specially-written script -- which included references to royal residences in Scotland - Prince Charles delivered the bulletin to shocked viewers as he stood in front of the BBC's weather map.

Since then online clips of the bizarre forecast (Camilla also had a go) have been watched millions of times around the world and hundreds of articles written about it… like this one.

275x250.jpg Many city cyclists struggle to get themselves noticed as they do battle with cars, buses and lorries. But not any more, meet the Hornster ... a bicycle equipped with a horn that is louder than Concorde.

At close quarters the Hornster bicycle emits 178 decibels; a level of sound so powerful that if used in anger it could deafen any motorist who veered too close.
The Hornster bicycle was developed by the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) to highlight the dangers that cyclists face on city roads. Trucks are involved in over half of cyclist fatalities that occur in London.

The triple air horn fitted to the bicycle is an Airchime KH3A from an American locomotive, which has been adapted to run off a scuba diving cylinder. 

Have you ever seen an ostrich running down a busy road? No, well you should probably rectify that pretty sharpish by clicking play on this video.

This quick-footed bird is understood to have escaped from a farm in Saudi Arabia before heading onto a busy road where it (mostly) dodged cars.

It is not known whether the feathered critter managed to escape or was apprehended by authorities and returned to the farm… or went on to star in a cartoon.

275x250.jpg A presumably dinosaur-loving man from Nebraska has legally changed his name to 'Tyrannosaurus Rex'

23-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex Tyler Gold -- previously just Tyler Gold -- reportedly made the name change official at a public filing in a York County courtroom.

There he claimed that the Tyrannosaurus Rex moniker was "cooler" and that as a entrepreneur it's important to have an easily recognisable name.

Because he wasn't making the change to hide from creditors or law enforcement and had gone through the proper legal channels, Judge Alan Gless granted the request.

So now Tyrannosaurus Rex can enjoy using his new name on official documents including bills and his passport.

This dramatic video shows the horrifying moment a lorry was sliced in two by a speeding train, seconds after the truck driver had escaped.

The incident happened at Kings Mountain, North Carolina, when a truck got stuck on the level crossing at exactly the wrong time - as a train hurtled towards it.

Luckily the driver of the lorry and a passenger managed to escape before his vehicle took the impact and despite the cotton cargo being spread everywhere, no-one was injured.

At least five police cars attended the scene and the intersection has been temporarily shut while a barrier is installed. The 'Absolutely No Truck Crossing' signs obviously weren't doing the job.

275x250.jpg Flatulent dinosaurs may have cause an early bout of global warming 150 million years ago thanks to their belches and farting, scientists have claimed.

Researchers from Liverpool John Moores University say some giant dinos would undoubtedly have suffered from gas after eating a diet of leafy plants -- and that could have warmed the Earth.

Just like cows emit methane in their digestive process, boffins say sauropods would have done the same, but at 20,000 kilogram each there would have been a lot more produced.

In total experts predict sauropods may have emitted a total of 520 million tons (520 Tg) per year of global methane emissions. That's the same as all animals and industrial activity today.

275x250.jpg Women in the US fantasise about having a sexual encounter the Eiffel Tower, while men would rather have it away in the White House, a survey has found.

A recent survey of 1,000 people discovered that 33% women have fantasized about meeting for a sexual rendezvous on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Men however prefer the allure of power in the White House and 31% of blokes say their fantasy sexual encounter would occur there.

It was also found that not too many Americans are happy in the bedroom. 37% admitted the time they spend being intimate ends too quickly, while 14% revealed that sex lasts longer than they would like.

46% of respondents also believe they are more likely to see Big Foot than "finish" at the same time as their partner.

275x250.jpg If you think you've had a bad day recently, spare a thought for a 53-year-old man in Madrid who was struck by lightning… in his scrotum.

The unfortunate gent is said to have been walking down a street in the Spanish capital with his son when he was hit by a bolt of lightning and left unconscious.

The lightning is reported to have travelled down his leg before striking the ground. His son called for paramedics who took him to Hospital de la Paz.

Doctors say his heart and brain functions were not affected in the incident and that the man is now in a stable condition.

While we're glad about his heart and brain, we'd also like to know whether other body parts survived the lightning strike unscathed.

Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy has continued to push the boundaries of aviation by successfully completing a flight over the iconic skyline of Rio de Janeiro.

The former fighter pilot made the 11 minutes 35 seconds after dropping from a helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and flicking the switch on his carbon-kevlar Jetwing.

This activated the four engines, which each offer a thrust of 22kg, and propelled the Swiss aviator through the South American skies at between 200-300kph, controlled by a simple throttle in his hand.

The rest of the controls are left to the human-fuselage, Yves Rossy himself who simply usages his shoulders, body and legs to steer, pitch and descend. 

275x250.jpg This is na-cho average tortilla chip. The collosal snack is said to be the UK’s largest Tortilla Chip and weighs more than 50kg.

The record breaking chip was made by Brewers Fayre and uses normal ingredients of flour, salt and water baked in a special 3 metre deep oven. It includes more than 40 kilos of flour, 20 litres of water.  

The giant 200cm x 150cm creation, which took bakers more than 50 hours to make and six team member to carry, has a total area of 3 square metres, which is the equivalent of 10,000 normal size tortilla chips.

Emma Price, of Brewers Fayre, which created the dish to celebrate the launch of their new Tex Mex menu, said: “We are really excited to have created the biggest Tortilla Chip in the UK.

275x250.jpg Boffins are creating a buzz for Britain’s Olympic athletes after inventing an electric training suit - which VIBRATES when they perfect a routine.

Tiny sensors are attached to the wearer’s skin which sends a pulse to Olympic hopefuls when they move in the correct way.

A computer tracks the user’s movements in real time which can be monitored by the coach as the athlete practices.

The ‘MotivePro’ suit, pioneered at Birmingham City University, is being used on British athletes to improve their performances in the run-up to this summer’s Olympics.

275x250.jpg Richard Branson doesn't want you to feel alone while sipping your drink on a Virgin Atlantic flight -- that's why new novelty ice cubes come in the shape of his head.

The "Little Richard" ice cube heads have been created using the exact measurements of Sir Richard's head and feature details including his famous grin and facial hair.

The mould used to create the cubes took a team of four skilled designers six weeks to create using detailed photographic techniques and laser scanning technology.

Branson ice cubes will appear in the drinks of Virgin Atlantic Upper Class fliers on selected flights in May… but please don't ask your air stewardess for a little head during a flight.

A pair of Welsh tourists who stole a penguin after breaking into an Australian theme park -- where they also swam with dolphins -- have been fined $1,000 (£637).

Rhys Owen Jones and Keri Mules appearer at Brisbane magistrates where they admitted the bizarre theft from Sea World on Queensland's Gold Coast.

It's said the duo woke up the morning after the crime bleary eyed and heavy headed to find the 13-inch tall seven-year-old fairy penguin named Dirk in their apartment, not knowing quite how he got there.

It turned out the pair, who were in Australia on working holidays, had broken into Sea World where they jumped in and swam with dolphins, let off a fire extinguisher in a shark enclosure and p-p-picked up the penguin.

275x250.jpg When a man in Birmingham spotted a deadly-looking corba slithering on his patio he called the RSPCA for help… but he soon wished he hadn't.

That's because in his blind panic he hadn't noticed the 'slithering' snake was in fact a harmless plastic toy.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said the snake-phobic man had been so scared that he hadn't got close enough to realise how daft he was being.

The red-face gent from Moseley is said to have been incredibly apologetic about his gaffe. It's not known where the fake snake came from.

There are plenty of products on the market which promise to stop crooks from stealing your bike… but we don't think many can compete with Li Li.

The golden retriever has become something of a minor celebrity in China after standing guard when his owner goes to run errands -- and then jumping on the back when it's time to go.

More than 100,000 people have viewed a video of the dog (known locally as Bike Hugging Dog) sitting upright on his hind legs and holding the bike. That's better than any bike lock we've ever seen.

275x250.jpg Frustrated would-be fox hunters are being offered a wacky alternative by a paintballing company -- the chance to shoot at a 'human fox.'

Bosses at say they came up with the idea -- which sees paintball gun totting 'hunters' chasing a man in a fox costume -- to help satisfy the urges of people after the 2005 hunting ban.

Groups of up to 10 people can take part in the £400 hunts through dense woodlands at the paintballing centres and it's hoped they will be enjoyed by both the pro and anti-hunt brigades.

All participants don traditional hunting attire and there is even the sound of a bugle to start the hunt. A spokesperson for the organisers said: "The only difference is the fox is a human in fancy dress and he won't be harmed, well… maybe bruised a little. 

275x250.jpg Do you regret your child’s name? If your reaction is no, then you may be surprised to hear that for nearly half of British parents, the answer is yes.
A recent poll discovered 43% of parents confessed to having second-thoughts after naming their child. Of those 19% admitted to ‘not liking’ their child’s name and a further two per cent owned up to aggressively disliking it.
The survey also showed that of the 43% who had second thoughts, 22% claimed that their child’s name ‘grew’ on them.
It is believed that these relatively high percentages are due to some parents opting for trendy celeb names which go out of fashion when the stars fade from the spotlight.
A spokesman from, which commissioned the study, explained: "Modern British culture is saturated with so-called celebrities who after their 15 minutes of fame disappear into obscurity or have a spectacular fall from grace.

Visitors to the University of Colorado campus had to be on the watch for an unusual hazard recently, flying bears… or to be more precise, falling bears.

That's because a 200-pound male black bear had wandered onto the site, climbed up a tree and decided to get comfortable -- leaving staff and police wondering what to do.

Eventually after cops and Colorado Parks and Wildlife were called and after a couple of hours the beast was shot with two tranquiliser darts.

After a short wait, he fell 15ft from his perch onto mats which had been placed on the ground. The dazed bear was then moved into a large cage and transported to the mountains west of Boulder and released.

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