July 2012 Archives

Shark expert Jim Abernethy was filming a shark documentary in the Bahamas when one of the sharks decided it didn't want a staring role ... and stole his $15,000 camera.

Abernethy had placed one of his cameras on the sea floor, while attending to something else, when one of the 14-foot tiger sharks swiped it and swam off.

Footage shot by another member of the "This is Your Ocean" team shows the moment the shark, known to the team as Emma, disappeared into the water.

After giving chase, Abernethy was able to retrieve his camera gear because Emma dropped it, not because he fought her for it.

275x250.jpg A Chinese man has claimed his penis was stolen as he was sleeping. Ouch.

The man from a village near Wenling City reportedly told cops a group of people entered his bedroom as he was sleeping and covered his head with a bag.

They are then said to have pulled down the 41-year-olds trousers and cut off his penis, before running off. It's not known what happened to the severed penis.

Police are investigating the possibility that the attack could have been perpetrated by the partner of a woman the victim was having an affair with.

The man insists that he is not involved in any affairs. His penis is still missing.

We've all tried throwing rubbish into a bin, only to see it land on the floor. But while you might have brushed it off as a bad throw, a Japanese inventor took it as a professional challenge.

As a result he decided to create a robot bin which moves around the floor to catch rubbish thrown at it.

The Smart Trashbox uses a Kinect-style 3D motion tracking camera to track rubbish thrown at it, while a battery and motorised wheels make sure it's there to catch it.

A video which shows the development of the Smart Trashbox has become a YouTube hit and been viewed by more than two million people.

275x250.jpg For most people, it would be a bad day at work if someone bombarded you with verbal abuse at you. But for workers in one German call-centre, it's just another day at the office.

That's because a 'swearing hotline' has been launched for angry Germans to call up and blow off some steam by swearing at the call-centre worker on the other end.

The team behind the "Schimpf-los" (swear away) line say they came up with the idea as a way of letting people release pent-up aggravation so they don't take it out on work colleagues, friends or family.

Costing 1.49 euros per minute, operators have even been trained to help extract extra sweary rants from callers with cheeky provocations such as, "That's the third time I've heard that today."

What do you think about the swearing line, let us know in the comments … but please don't be too rude, we haven't had the training of the Schimpf-los staff.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt was taking part in the All the Bells celebration on HMS Belfast when he dropped a right clanger … his bell broke, flew off and hit bystanders.

To make the odd news even better, Hunt had just been talking to journalists about potential hitches to do with the London 2012 Olympics when the gaffe happened.

After the accident Hunt said: "Oh, oh dear! Are you all right? Health and safety! Are you OK? There we are, disaster averted."

We are pretty certain this wasn't a clip from the BBC comedy Twenty Twelve.

275x250.jpg We hope they won't be drinking this beer in the Olympic Athletes' Village, because 'Never Mind the Anabolics' has been brewed containing eight ingredients that are banned for professional athletes.

The limited edition beer contains creatine, guarana, lycii berries, kola nut, Gingko, matcha tea, maca powder and steroids - all banned at the Olympics due to performance enhancing effects.

Scottish craft brewery, BrewDog says it launched the beer in a bid to undermine global sponsorship deals for this summer’s games.

James Watt, cofounder of BrewDog said: "It seems a beer laced with performance enhancing ingredients isn’t actually illegal, but it is definitely frowned upon.

275x250.jpg A Canadian man accidentally shot himself in the forehead while trying to kill a mouse with the butt of his rifle.

The man was reportedly intending to crush the rodent with the weapon at a camp on Anjigami Lake in Ontario, but didn't know the gun was loaded.

As such he got quite a shock when the gun fired, with the bullet grazing his forehead but luckily not causing too much damage.

Police say the man was admitted to and released from the hospital, before being charged with careless use of a firearm.

A spokesperson said: "He was very lucky." It's not known what happened to the mouse.

A Czech artist has created his own unique way of celebrating the London 2012 Olympics … by creating a double-decker bus which does push-ups.

David Cerny purchased a six tonne bus before going about adapting it by adding two mechanical arms which lift the bus up and down.

He says he wanted to make the bus do push-ups because it is one of the most common exercises practiced by almost every sportsperson.

The bus is now outside the Czech Olympic House in Islington and Cerny hopes it will inspire his fellow compatriots to win medals.

275x250.jpg An 11-year-old boy somehow managed to get through five airport security checks to board a plane and fly from Manchester to Rome on his own.

Liam Corcoran had been out shopping with his mom in Wythenshawe in south Manchester, when he decided to head to the airport and jump on a plane.

The plane-mad lad reportedly followed a family as they passed through Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport, and continued to pass through security checks unnoticed.

He even boarded a Jet2.com flight to Rome - despite not having a passport or boarding pass - and was not stopped by airport security staff, ground or cabin crew.

It was only noticed the boy was on the flight when other passengers raised concerns and after touching down in Rome the was put on an immediate return flight to Manchester.

275x250.jpg This isn't a story about a skateboarding giant, the UK’s largest skateboard has been created to mark the fact two thirds of children think the Olympics will only be worth watching when more extreme sports like skateboarding are included, obviously.

Measuring a staggering seven metres in length, two and half metres in width and at a metre high, the oversized board weighs as much as a baby African elephant – so any ‘ollies’ or ‘kick flips’ are probably out of the question.   

It was created by sweet brand Mega Mouth and took a team of six engineers 300 hours to complete. The mega-sized skateboard can also hold up to 30 children at one time and weighs 250kg.

British under-14 skateboard champ said: "This is the most awesome board I’ve ever seen and I think it’s fantastic that so many kids are keen to see skateboarders compete on such a grand stage.

275x250.jpg People who go on camping holidays in the UK will find their break less stressful than those who opt for a exotic holidays abroad, a study has revealed.

Researchers have found families who stay local instead of jetting off to sunny foreign climes are more likely to arrive relaxed and ready to enjoy their holiday.

Holiday-goers also find it easier to unwind without the worries of passports and visas, the language barrier and bugs and insects.

The study of 2,00 people found almost half of families who have been on both local camping and international breaks believe a foreign jaunt is more stressful, with just 20% saying the same about a camping trip.

A three-year-old girl has become an online hit after her dad filmed a video of her climbing a door frame.

Sofya Dickson from Leicestershire had been performing her trick when dad Peter decided he should film it and put it online for friends and family to see.

Writing on YouTube he said: "Not sure where Sofya got the idea for this but I should of known to be worried when she was quiet for 10 mins. Came downstairs and all I could hear was 'I can do it, I can do it'."

But he was shocked to find that more than 215,000 people have viewed the 38 second video of climbing Sofya and he's been fending off calls from international media.

275x250.jpg The typical new mom will lose 2.05 hours sleep a night throughout the first year of their baby’s life it's been found… that's the equivalent of an entire month.

A study of 1,091 mothers across the UK found that 98% of mothers experienced ‘broken sleep’ throughout the first year of their baby’s life with the typical bay waking 3.9 times.

When asked how long they were awake for whilst tending to their baby on each occasion, the study found that, on average, the respondents were awake for 31.6 minutes each time.

According to the study, prior to having children the respondents slept for an average of 7.8 hours a night. Therefore, if the average mother woke 3.9 times each night for 31.6 minutes at a time, they lost an average of 2.05 hours sleep a night

A policeman guarding the Olympic Torch as it made its way from Kent to London last week did his best to keep waiting flame-fans entertained, by dancing as they waited.

The cop decided to strut his stuff in front of hundreds of onlookers in Sevenoaks and jumped off his bike to do his thing.

He then broke out dance moves including a bit of breakdancing, spinning around and the occasional crotch thrust.

Obviously with that many people watching his routine was quickly uploaded to YouTube where it became a hit.

275x250.jpg Brits spend an estimated £118 million a year on forgotten holiday items, as nearly half (41 per cent) of us forget to pack one item per holiday.

A recent study discovered that nearly 15 million holiday essentials are left behind each year, as the nation suffer from 'suitcase haste', being too busy or stressed to pack properly in the lead up to a holiday.

Whilst we're forgetting essentials such as shoes (27 per cent), mobile phone chargers (25 per cent) and sun cream (13 per cent) people surprisingly find space for some British home comforts.

The study found food such as Brown Sauce, Pork Pies and Marmalade are often packed away for holidays alongside more bizarre items including fancy dress.

A spokesperson for Viking River Cruises which commissioned the study said: "We were surprised to discover that so many British holidaymakers are forgetting their holiday essentials."

A kids mini-golf game in America got a considerable upgrade recently, when the guys from Improv Everywhere decided it should be treated the same as a pro event.

The serial pranksters had worked with ESPN to pull the stunt with involved surprising young golfers on Pier 25 in Lower Manhattan with caddies, an ESPN camera crew, and a huge crowd.

Improv Everywhere even had the Claret Jug from The Open Championship to present to the winner of the suddenly serious mini-golf contest. Not a replica, the actual jug that's been held by all of the Open champions.

The stunt - which was used to surprise five groups of golfers throughout the day - even saw commentators sitting at a desk and describing the action.

275x250.jpg Ikea is best known for selling flat-pack furniture, but you're more likely to want a bottle-opener than a screwdriver for their latest products … because IKEA has started selling beer.

The Swedish furniture store has launched two beers, a dark lager and a regular brew, which are currently only available in the UK but are set to be rolled out world-wide in August.

Brewed by IKEA themselves, the dark lager 'ÖL MÖRK LAGER' and the lighter alternative 'ÖL LJUS LAGER' both retail for £1.75 and have a 4.7% ABV. Both bottle feature the famous blur and yellow logo.

While we are always happy to see more places selling beer, we're not sure this is going to make assembling that TV stand any easier.

Residents in a Harrogate cul-de-sac couldn't believe their eyes recently - when they looked of their window to see a stampede of 30 cows running through their gardens.

Video footage shows the sight which greeted residents (oh how we wish it had been in Uddersfield) at 6am on Sunday morning.

The cows can be seen plodding across lawns and it's surprising that no damage was caused to the street or any of the residents' property.

It's been reported that the cows came from a field around a mile away and that after walking up and down the street for about five minutes they headed back to their field.

275x250.jpg The man with the world's biggest penis claims his unusually large package prompted a security scare at San Francisco Airport.

Jonah Falcon - whose penis is 9 inches long when flaccid and 13.5 inches when erect - says he was traveling through the airport when TSA officials noticed his big bulge.

Apparently interpreting it as a 'biological threat' guards asked the 41-year-old if his pockets were empty, before carefully giving him a pat down.

Despite telling the security "It's my d**k", Falcon claims his trousers were sprinkled with a white powder to test for explosives.

In case you were wondering, the record holder told the Huffington Post he was not erect when he was stopped. It's a hard life isn't it?

A mayor in Alaska has recently been re-elected. Nothing strange about that you might think, but that's before we tell you the mayor of Talkeetna is a cat and has been in charge for 15 years.

The 15-year-old moggy - or Mayor Stubbs to give him his official title - was voted in as mayor just a few days after he was born.

Residents nominated the then kitten for the role because they did not think there were any other viable candidates and surprisingly he won. Since then he keeps getting voted in.

His main role as mayor seems to be getting publicity for the town and he's appeared in local and national magazines and newspapers. And well, we wouldn't be writing about Talkeetna if it wasn't for him, would we?

275x250.jpg Forget fad diets and gastric bands, the latest innovation in the war on obesity is fat busting paintball sessions.

A UK paintball company has announced what is believed to be the world’s first ever paintball fitness classes.

During the sessions, people wanting to get fit will be invited to dodge paintballs while running an assault course while paintball centre staff attempt to shoot them.

Organisers UKPaintball are targeting obese people with the sessions, which they believe will massively help weightloss.

A spokesman said: "Often all people need to start an exercise regime is a little encouragement, and what better motivation is there than being shot at?”

275x250.jpg A New York bus driver has become a hero after catching a seven-year-old girl who accidentally fell three stories from an apartment building.

The girl had reportedly been dancing on an air conditioning unit when the bus driver spotted her and ran towards the building.

And it's a good job he did, because seconds later the girl fell and Stephen Bernard found himself in the right spot at the right time.

"I just said 'Please, let me catch her, lord, please let me catch her," the bus driver told a local TV station.

While he suffered a torn tendon, it could have been a lot worse, as mobile phone footage of the accident shows.

A baseball fan has become an instant American hero after catching a foul ball between his legs.

The man had been holding his snacks and a drink as he walked back to his seat at the game between the Blue Jays and Indians.

But that wasn't going to stop him when Clevelands Jason Kipnis hit a high fly ball which ended up in the stands.

The ball bounced over fans and the man somehow managed to stop and hold the ball between his legs. The crotch catch got a standing ovation from other fans… when was the last time your crotch got that?

275x250.jpg In an apparent bid to make their new car as Italian as possible, Fiat have announced that the new version of the Fiat 500 will be available with a built-in coffee machine.

An unsurprising world first - there aren't any other cars which offer a fully integrated espresso coffee machine as an accessory - the FIAT 500L was launched in Turin earlier this week.

Designed in cooperation with famous Italian coffee-machine producer Lavazza and using the company's convenient "A Modo Mio" pod system, the espresso maker integrates into the passenger compartment.

There are no power cables and a dedicated set of accessories to keep the interior neat and tidy included, such as a spoon holder, pod dispenser and sugar container.

275x250.jpg With the economy as it is, you need to be really switched-on and with it to get a job. But job applicants at a recent interview weren't exactly full of life … because they were auditioning for the position of zombie.

More than 270 people had turned out to audition for the role of zombie at an experience day where members of the public pay to be armed with Airsoft weapon and hunt down zombies in a derelict manor house.

The zombie auditions were held at Pineapple Studios in London's Covent Garden. A panel of judges, including one expert zombie, auditioned the zombie hopefuls, as they explained their motivation and inspiration, including job interview perennials like, "Do you mind being shot with ballistic weapons?"

Zombie hopefuls included on person from Hull, whose local Jobcentre had funded his Megabus journey to London for the auditions. A teacher from London had come straight from her reception class at a nearby primary school, saying "I can't wait to show my kids the photos tomorrow!"

Beach-goers in California couldn't believe their eyes recently … because surfer Dana McGregor had decided to take his two pet goats along to catch some waves.

Goatee, a nanny goat, and her billy goat, Pismo stood on surfboards at San Onofre State Beach, and cruised along the waves, much to the surprise of bystanders.

McGregor - who initially Goatee to eat unwanted foliage at his home - says his goats got a taste for surfing after he took them to the beach when he wanted to surf.

We just think it's a good job McGregor isn't a fan of something more risky like sky-diving.

275x250.jpg Women who find parking their car at a new car park in the German town of Triberg particularly easy will have the local mayor to thank ...  he allocated easy' parking spaces for them.

Mayor Gallus Strobel made the bizarre decision - which sees certain spaces with male and female symbols - because he says men are better at parking than women.

The female allocated parking spaces are wider than normal and are easier to access. Those marked for use by men tend to be those close to concrete pillars and ones which can only be reversed into.

Denying claims of sexism, the 58-year-old mayor reportedly said that there were great women drivers and pointed out 10 spaces were reserved for women and just two for men.

What do you think, are men better at parking than women? Do you care? Is this just a marketing stunt for Triberg?

When Sarah Brame decided to give fishing a go during a trip at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, she couldn't have expected that she would end up netting a YouTube hit.

But that's exactly what happened after a shark decided to steal her catch from the end of her line.

As this video shows, Brame had been in the process of landing her catch when the cheeky shark dived in an swallowed the fish at the end of her rod.

What also helps the video reach internet fame was Sarah's responce, “It's a shark! A shark! It's a shark! It's a big-a** shark!” she screamed.

275x250.jpg Well the 2012 Olympics is almost here and the world's top athletes will be competing against each other and the record books. So we here at Newslite are celebrating in the only way we know how -- by looking at some of the weirder sporting champions.

Together with Guinness World Records, who have released the e-book 'Totally Bonkers Sporting Champions' we will count down to the London games with one quirky record holder per day.

Today we meet John Evans who balanced a gutted Mini car weighing a total of 159.6kg (352lb) on his head for 33 seconds at The London Studios, London, England, on May 24, 1999.

275x250.jpg We've seen our fair share of cat videos here at NewsLite Towers. Which is why we're kicking ourselves that someone beat us to the idea of launching an internet cat video film festival.

But kudos to the people over at Walker Art Gallery in Minneapolis who are currently looking for entries for their Internet Cat Video Film Festival which is part of their Open Field project.

Members of the public are being asked to nominate their top viral cat videos - with the most popular getting screened at the gallery on August 30th.

A spokesperson for the gallery said: "While YouTube may count views and decide Internet cat popularity on a global scale, we’d like to know which kitty clips are striking a chord with the local community.

Whether it’s sleepy kittens, piano cat, or mom cat hugging her kitten, these short feline-centric video clips continue to get more and more views every day.

Orangutans at Miami Zoo have started using Apple iPads to order what they would like to eat for lunch.

Keepers at Jungle Island started using iPads (in suitably durable cases) to communicate with the apes - which while intelligent lack the vocal chords and voiceboxes to talk.

But they soon realised the animals were able to do more than randomly poke at apps and started using the touch-screen as an interactive lunch menu.

Now the orangutans sometimes get to touch images of food options to select what they'd like to be served.

Keeper Linda Jacobs said: "Some of them like carrots more than they like beets. And don't we all want to have that choice?

275x250.jpg The world's tallest Lego tower has been built at LegoLand Windsor after thousands of helped to construct the gargantuan structure.

Topped off with nine Team GB LEGO Minifigures, the 32m tower takes the record from a 31.9m tower which was built in Seoul earlier this year.
"We are delighted to reclaim the record for Britain," said the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort’s Divisional Director, Sue Kemp. 

"We last held it in 2008 when it was a mere 29.26 metres tall. We’re very grateful to the thousands of people who helped create the tower, which is made from over 500,000 bricks.  It took four days to build and is certainly an impressive feat."

275x250.jpg Well the 2012 Olympics is almost here and the world's top athletes will be competing against each other and the record books. So we here at Newslite are celebrating in the only way we know how -- by looking at some of the weirder sporting champions.

Together with Guinness World Records, who have released the e-book 'Totally Bonkers Sporting Champions' we will count down to the London games with one quirky record holder per day.

Today meet pooch Cinderella May, a Holly Grey who set the world record for the highest jump cleared by a dog after clearing 172.7 cm (68 in) at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals in 2006.

Bosses at a Dutch TV news show have been left red-faced after accidentally giving Angela Merkel 'Hitler' moustache in a background graphic.

Nos television's six o'clock news had been covering a meeting between the German Chancellor and French President Francois Hollande and used a suitable photo.

But because of the way the image merged with the studio background, a black line appeared on her top lip, making it look like she had a Hitler-stlye moustache. Oops.

Speaking after the gaffe, bosses of the show said: "It was an unfortunate coincidence."

275x250.jpg Well the 2012 Olympics is almost here and the world's top athletes will be competing against each other and the record books. So we here at Newslite are celebrating in the only way we know how -- by looking at some of the weirder sporting champions.

Together with Guinness World Records, who have released the e-book 'Totally Bonkers Sporting Champions' we will count down to the London games with one quirky record holder per day.

Today meet Christopher Irmscher from Germany who in 2008 became the fastest man to complete 100 metre hurdles wearing swim fins. He finished in a impressive 14.82 seconds.

The Olympic Torch wasn't the only thing on show as the 2012 Torch Relay headed through Henley-on-Thames -- a naked streaker ran in front of crowds brandishing his … own fake torch.

The man, who had 'Free Tibet' scrawled on his back was wrestled to the ground by cops as he ran in front of the torch. A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: "A man is now in custody."

275x250.jpgThe 2012 Olympics is almost here and the world's top athletes will be competing against each other and the record books. So here at Newslite we're celebrating in the only way we know how -- by looking at some of the weirder sporting champions.

Together with Guinness World Records -- who have released the e-book 'Totally Bonkers Sporting Champions' -- we will count down to the London games with one quirky record holder per day.

Today we have the privilege of introducing you to Japan’s Kenichi who in 2008 recorded the Fastest 100m on All Fours in an astonishing 18.58 seconds; just 9 seconds longer than Usain Bolt! 

The 29 year-old self-proclaimed “monkey enthusiast” from Tokyo has spent years developing a style of running based on the movements of the West African Patas monkey.

275x250.jpg While most people in Britain were upset to see Andy Murray lose to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, Oxfam were torn -- because they netted £100,000 thanks to the Federer win and a bizarre bet.

When he died in February 2009, Nicholas Newlife left his entire estate to Oxfam. This included the outcomes of a series of outstanding bets he'd placed. One being that Federer would win Wimbledon seven times before 2020.

That meant the charity scooped more than £100,000 thanks to the win. William Hill's Graham Sharpe, who took the bet from Mr Newlife, said, "Normally we'd have mixed feelings about paying out such a hefty six figure sum, but in this instance it seems that it was meant to be."

A spokesperson for Oxfam said: "Oxfam was torn throughout this year's Wimbledon final - we wanted a win for Britain, but we also had a sizeable vested interest in Federer taking home the trophy."

Nicole DiDonato didn't exactly have the purrfect first day as a TV reporter for Fox-17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan … because she was upstaged by a stray cat.

As DiDonato was talking to camera about an upcoming feature about a microbrewery, a cat appears out of nowhere and jumped onto her back.

But despite looking suitably shocked, the presenter proved she was a true professional and managed to get out everything she had intended to say.

Speaking on Twitter after the incident DiDonato said: "Learned my lesson: Never making eye contact with a cat before a live tease ever again."

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