Unsuspecting rail travelers at Antwerp Central station in Belgium were recently challenged to spend a minute as James Bond in a bid to win exclusive tickets for the movie SKYFALL.


After using a Coke Zero machine in the station, travelers were asked via a touchscreen if they wanted to win exclusive tickets to SKYFALL.

Once they had entered their name they were then told they had 70 seconds to get to platform 6. It shouldn't have been too difficult, but organisers had made it harder by introducing obstacles which needed navigating.

As the Bond theme was plays the would-be Bonds had to make their way past men carrying sheets of glass, fruit-stalls falling over, joggers, dogs, and an attractive woman who wanted to stop them

Queen's corgi from Olympic Bond film has died

275x250.jpg One of the Queen's corgis which starred in the James Bond sketch during the Olympic opening ceremony, has died.

Officials from Buckingham Palace say 13-year-old Monty - who was previously owned by the Queen Mother - passed away recently.

In the film Monty, along with two ofter Corgis, greeted actor Daniel Craig and performed tummy rolls before watching James Bond and the Queen take off in a helicopter.

The death leaves two corgis in the palace, Willow and Holly. Corgis have frequently been kept by royals since George VI bought his first Pembroke corgi in 1933.

George Osborne booed at Paralympics (VIDEO)


When George Osborne stepped out into the Olympic Stadium to present the medals for the Paralympics mens 400 meters T38 class he prompted the first mass boo of the games.


The Chancellor of the Exchequer initially looked shocked as the 80,000 capacity stadium booed and jeered him, but then managed to give a little fake smile.

Less upset by the not so odd news that Osborne is unpopular, was fellow medal presenter Chris Brownridge of BMW who smirked at the boos, and the grinning volunteers who were holding the medals.

And if that wasn't bad enough for George Osborne, even Gordon Brown got a mass cheer from the crowd when he presented medals at the Aquatic centre on the same evening.

275x250.jpg Last year we told you about how President Obama had started brewing beer at the White House. Well now officials have released the recipes which are being used.

It's said that the White House beers were created after Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen and started making recipes from a local brew shop.

Writing online it's said that a couple of home brewers who work in the White House helped to amend the recipes and produce the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the White House grounds.

"Like many home brewers who add secret ingredients to make their beer unique, all of our brews have honey that we tapped from the first ever bee-hive on the South Lawn," said a spokesperson.


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."


The problem with being the fastest man in the world is that sometimes it takes time to slow down … like when Usain Bolt recently crashed into a flowergirl at end of 100m sprint.


Bolt had just won the race at the Diamond League in Oslo with a time of 9.79 seconds when he found himself hurtling towards a flowergirl - there to give the gift to winners.

Despite still moving at some speed, the Jamaican did his best not to knock the blonde girl to the floor, somehow holding her up as he continued to move.

275x250.jpg Teachers are often presented with dubious-looking notes to explain the absence of a pupil. But while some kids try to get away with writing their own excuse notes, young Tyler Sullivan got one from US President Barack Obama.

The 11-year-old pupil has skipped a day of school to see Obama visit Honeywell factory in Minnesota and managed to get a seat in the front row.

After hearing Obama's speech, Sullivan even got to shake the hand of the president, who asked him about skipping class to be there.

But rather than tell the lad off for missing school, Obama used his official presidential notepad to write a signed note to the teacher saying: "Mr Ackerman -- Please excuse Tyler... He was with me! Barack Obama."


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 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.


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.


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.


An Australian MP has become an online hit after showing the sort of blind loyalty to his Prime Minister in a Sky News interview that could only normally be prompted by a Malcolm Tucker rant.


Bill Shorten was being interviewed about a statement made by PM Julia Gillard about whether the Australian Speaker should return to his role while there was an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

But rather than give his opinion he said: "I haven't seen what she's said, but let me say I support what it is that she said."

Bemused interviewer David Speers replied: "Hang on, you haven't seen what she said?" and then it got even more bizarre as Shorten added: "But I support what my prime minister said".

275x250.jpg Land Rover and Victoria Beckham have worked together to produce a luxury Range Rover which has been launched in China.

The Range Rover Evoque Special Edition is described as "bespoke luxurious, hand-finished" and will cost around £80,000 --- twice the price of the standard model.

Victoria was appointed Creative Design Executive in July 2010 and has worked with the Land Rover design team over the past 18 months create the car, of which just 200 will be made.

The Evoque Special Edition features a hand-finished matt grey paint, unique 20" gloss black forged alloy wheels along with a vintage tan leather interior, 'baseball' stitching and and ultra-luxurious floor mats.


A BBC business correspondent proved a hit with viewers to BBC Breakfast… when she forgot about the FTSE and performed an Irish jig on the morning show.


Steph McGovern -- a big fan of the movie Titanic which she has seen 11 times --  was apparently inspired by the dance moves Kate Winslet, a guest on the show, had shown in the film.

So she decided to show off her own skills and after kicking off her shows performed a quick-footed Irish jig which host Bill Turnbull said was 'brilliant'.

And her moves impressed viewers who took to social media websites to praise her dancing. Maybe in the future the BBC will re-release the jig in 3D.


Uninvited guests are not normally welcome at weddings, but John and Frances Canning decided to make an exception when one turned up on their big day… because it was the Queen.

The royal wedding-chasher -- who had been attending a Diamond Jubilee event with the Lord Mayor at Manchester Town Hall -- decided to pop in and see the wedding which was taking place in the same venue.

When John and Frances had booked the venue, they didn't know the Royals (Prince Phillip was there too) would be there, but when they found out they wrote a letter to Buckingham Palace.

However, after the lady in waiting replied thanking him for the invitation and saying that unfortunately the Queen would not be able to attend, they didn't expect to see her.


Everyone has seen news footage using the White House as a backdrop -- it's always the same, a reporter stood talking in front of the 'static' garden and building.


Or at least it normally is, but Spanish-language station Univision recently offered something different… when Barack Obama's dog Bo video-bombed a live report.

Reporter Adriana Arevalo had been talking to the camera when Bo -- the resident White House dog -- darted across the lawn behind her.

We don't know what Arevalo was saying in her report, but we do know it was made considerably more interesting (and cute) by the appearance of the Portuguese Water Dog.

275x250.jpg Last week we told you about the Fox News reporter who was caught sleeping during broadcast and thought nothing like that could happen here in Blighty.

Well it looks like we were wrong, because BBC News presenter Simon McCoy was recently seen by millions of viewers apparently asleep on his desk.

Viewers watching BBC breakfast saw the 50-year-old resting his head on his arms and slumped over his desk moments before he was due to deliver a bulletin.

It's not the first time McCoy has 'accidentally' amused viewers, he's previously been seen banging his desk during a piece on stock market news and performing push-ups.

275x250.jpg When organisations put the naming of something to a public vote on the internet, they must know it's not going to get the sort of name they would have liked.

And as if to prove our point, a bridge in Slovakia is looking like it could be named after US action film star Chuck Norris.

Officials had asked members of the public to offer suggestions of names for the bridge -- which crosses the Morova river into Austria -- and vote on which they liked most.

But while they were probably hoping for a inspirational name, the current leader, with a massive 75% of the vote, is Chuck Norris Bridge. Ask and the internet shall give.

While bosses have given themselves a get out clause, by saying the final decision will be made by the regional assembly, they probably should upset Chuck Norris.

275x250.jpg We learned one thing from the Academy Awards this year... that Angelina Jolie has got more social media clout in her right leg than we have in our whole bodies.

We know this because within a couple of hours of making an Oscars appearance from her black thigh-high slit gown it had it's own Twitter account and amassed 15,000 followers.

Presenting the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the 36-year-old actress had struck the pose -- showing off her delightful limb -- for several seconds before speaking.

And while it received a bit of a mocking from the award-winning screenwriters for The Descendants, that wasn't the end of it and 'Angelina Jolie's right leg' soon became a tending topic on Twitter.


Sacha Baron Cohen successfully managed to become one of the most controversial guests at the Oscars… by tipping an urn he said contained Kim Jong-il's ashes over a US TV presenter.

Attending as General Aladeen -- the lead character from The Dictator -- Cohen was being interviewed by E! Channel host Ryan Seacrest about things such as who he was wearing.

But after telling viewers he had brought with him the ashes of Kim Jong-il (his dear friend and doubles tennis partner) to sprinkle him over the red carpet, he pretended to fall over.

And as he did this he emptied the urn's contents all over Seacrest's Burberry suit -- which much of the 'ahses' ending up on the red carpet and getting Cohen dragged away by security.


The boobs of a Princess of Denmark almost caused a diplomatic incident recently -- when the Finnish president's husband got busted ogling them on TV.


Princess Mary of Denmark was attending a state banquet and had been seated next to Pentti Arajarvi who is married to Finnish president Tarja Halonen.

And when the princess was looking to her side, Arajarvi decided to have a sneaky look at her cleavage.

Only it wasn't that sneaky, he was caught by TV cameras and judging by the way she spun around and looked at him, the princess knew he wasn't just admiring her neckless.

275x250.jpg A US man was left red-faced when he accidentally played a porn film rather than the Smurfs movie at his child’s birthday party.

The unnamed man had apparently rented "The Smurfs" DVD for the occasion before loading it into his laptop which was hooked up to a projector.

But when he tried to play the blue movie, children and parents instead saw a series of pornographic images flash up on the big screen.

Presumably trying to suggest his innocence, the man then contacted police himself and reported that someone had tampered with “The Smurfs” DVD.

However, officers said they could not find anything wrong with the Smurfs movie (which must be the first time anyone has said that) and that the porn was probably on the laptop.


Sure US president Barack Obama could always hit the nuclear button if he really wanted to launch something -- but we think it's safer if he sticks to marshmallow cannon, wait what?


When Obama came across an 8th grader named Joey from Phoenix at a recent White House Science Fair, he was more than a little intrigued by what the youngster had created.

When he was told the air cannon was designed to shoot marshmallows, he couldn't wait to get it set up and going. And he wasn't going to get a little thing like being in the State Dining Room of the White House stop him.

After checking how far a marshmallow could be fire, he had the 'weapon' aimed at the wall and started pumping up the air pressure before firing the confectionary.


When Arnold Schwarzenegger went into hospital to have a operation on his shoulder, he couldn't believe who was in the next bed… Sylvester Stallone.

In an amazing coincidence* the two action stars had been booked in to have treatment on their shoulders at the same medical centre, on the same day.

Writing online Arnie said: ""After all the action, stunts & physical abuse shooting The Expendables 2 and The Last Stand, it was time for a little tune up on my shoulder.

"Look who was coincidentally waiting in line behind me for his shoulder surgery. Now we're ready for another round of great times and action when we shoot The Tomb."

275x250.jpg In bizarre 'they do know she's not real don't they?' news, it's been announced that Miss Piggy will be interviewing celebs at the Baftas.

The Muppets star will host a 'Orange BAFTA Red Carpet' show which could see her rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Gary Oldman.

Describing the show organisers said Miss Piggy would be "conducting interviews and analysis with the leading lights of the movie industry."

Speaking of the role Miss Piggy said: “Imagine the likes of Clooney, Dujardin, Fassbender, Oldman and Pitt achieving the very pinnacle of their careers by getting a chance to speak with the one and only moi—Miss Piggy!

"Naturally, I will be asking questions that only moi would dare to ask.


When TV news presenter Lisa Dutton was asked to be a judge a local sausage-tasting competition, she accepted, probably thinking, 'What's the worst that could happen?'


Well when she tried to give the event a bit of on-air to the event in Saskatoon, Canada, she got her answer, she accidentally said a rude word… well she was talking about sausages.

Her Freudian slip has since gone viral and videos of her blunder have been viewed more than one million times.

275x250.jpg The guys over at Top Gear sure know how to commemorate a milestone. Take for example how they celebrated reaching 10m Facebook fans… they exploded a caravan!

With their astounding Facebook following approaching the big 10 million, the Top Gear team had asked fans how they should celebrate.

A Top Gear spokesperson said: "We had 7,832 suggestions in little over six hours. Many of these suggestions featured caravans. Specifically caravans and some form of wanton destruction."

so when they reached the eight digit following it was obvious the caravan was going to get it.

275x250.jpg US TV news station CNN has issued a red-face apology after accidentally locating London in Norfolk on a news illustration graphic.

The geography gaffe appeared during a report covering a story about the phone hacking scandal and a map tried to show Cornwall and London.

However, the arrow identifying London was actually pointing miles away, pinpointing it in Norfolk.

Unsurprisingly the blunder was spotted and soon tweeted where it went viral -- prompting the apology.

Writing on Twitter CNN said: "CNN apologises for a map error which shifted London from its correct location! We have corrected this & are looking into how this occurred."


275x250.jpg Sir Richard Branson has advertised for a builder to rebuild his luxury Caribbean mansion, which burnt down in a devastating fire last year.

The advert on Building.co.uk says the Virgin tycoon is offering £57,000 a year for a Construction Manager to oversee the build on Necker Island, his £60m private hideaway.

For 18-months the lucky builder will manage and co-ordinate the construction, with duties including interpreting design and specification and issuing of formal instructions to contractors.

But it doesn't look like Branson thinks it will be an easy task, the ad also says the role will require problem solving, dispute resolution and diplomacy.

Being more specific it also states would-be builders must: ""Understand cultural issues involved and the requirements for a happy Caribbean team"

275x250.jpg The average British man has the face of England footballer Steven Gerrard, while Lorraine Kelly is the celebrity most girls resemble, it's been revealed.
 
Liverpool FC legend Gerrard was the typical man in the street’s celebrity look-a-like –- rated by an iPhone app which measures facial contours.

The app then uses a complex algorithm to perform high-performance face identification and facial feature recognition before telling users the star they resemble most.

The second most commonly matched face belonged to shapely comedian James Corden and then Prime Minister David Cameron.

As for women, Lorraine Kelly was the most common celebrity look-a-like, followed by Kelly Brook and Natalie Cassidy.


A home-made recreation of Star Wars: A New Hope -- with fans each performing 15 second segments of the movie -- has become an unsurprisingly huge hit online.


The movie, which was uploaded to YouTube on 18 January, has already been viewed more than 1.5 million times on the site.

The Star Wars Uncut project began in 2009 when Casey Pugh asked thousands of internet users to contribute by recreating scenes however they wanted.

In 2010 it won an interactive media Emmy and while the clips have been available online, they have now been put together into a full-length film.

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TV magician Paul Daniels has revealed how he accidentally made one of his fingertips vanish… in a circular saw accident.

The 73-year-old had been working in his garden shed creating new props for his act when he accidentally sliced through his left hand.

Doing so he chopped off top of his ring finger and also injured his forefinger and little finger -- requiring him to dash to Towlands Hospital for emergency surgery.

Luckily doctors were able to reattach his index finger and it's hoped he will be back to his quick-fingered magical ways soon.

Speaking of his upcoming tour Daniels said: "I decided that I had best write a plan A and a plan B. Plan A is that everything is working fine and plan B is that we take that trick out, because I physically cannot do it yet."

275x250.jpg BBC Stargazing Live has caused a 500% increase in the sales of telescope thanks to what retailers are calling "Brian Cox effect".

Bosses at Amazon.co.uk say they have seen a 491 per cent increase in telescope sales since the BBC2 series began on Monday evening.

A spokesperson for Amazon told Pocket-Lint.com: "In the three hours following Stargazing Live being aired we saw an almost six-fold increase in sales of telescopes.

"Each time the popular physicist appears on TV we see a jump in telescope sales and that would appear to point to a significant ‘Brian Cox effect’ encouraging a renewed interest in stargazing."


A BBC weather presenter has been left red-faced after being tricked into using a rude phrase during a live TV broadcast.


Reading out a supposedly weather-related tweet, Carol Kirkwood said viewer Alan from North Yorkshire had commented that it was "wetter than an otter's pocket" where he was.

Oblivious to the rude sexual reference meaning of the phrase -- we'll leave the explaining to the Urban dictionary -- Kirkwood added that it had made her laugh.

BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Williams then said: "Wetter than an otter's pocket.. I love that."

275x250.jpg Hit BBC children's TV show Rastamouse has the dubious honour of being the most complained about kids' TV show in 2011.

More than 200 people complained about the Bafta-nominated show -- which tells to all too familiar story about a crime-busting Rastafarian mouse.

Many claimed the patois-speaking puppet stereotyped black people and theat kids emulating the language used on the show could be accused of racism.

However, the BBC have defended the show saying: "We have had a huge amount of positive feedback about Rastamouse, which continues to be a hit with our young viewers."

275x250.jpg Kate Middleton and Prince William have received some strange gifts since marrying last year -- including q papier-mâché doll and a jar of Vegemite.

Revealed in an official list released by St James’s Palace the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also gifted a sleeping bag, snow goggles and mosquito traps.

After their trip to Canada and the US last summer they also came back with cowboy hats, hockey jerseys and stuffed toys.

The 14-page list of gifts given to the pair during overseas tour also includes a flying helmet and a tartan waistcoat.

But it's not all quirky gifts, there was an iPad from the Governor of California, a 302-diamond brooch and plenty of books.


A TV weatherman was left red-faced after falling for a prank inspired by the Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman.

Brian Niznanskyhad been doing his stint on the NBC affiliate WGBA when he suddenly blurted out the seemingly bizarre line "I love lamp!"

It turned out the director had slipped the lighting loving line (uttered by Steve Carell in the film) into his teleprompter notes.

So if Niznanskyhad didn't already have a reputation for blindly reading his teleprompter without thinking, he does now.


Stephen Conroy is the politician in charge of television and radio broadcast standards Australia -- which is what makes this clip so funny.

You see the blundering minister recently blurted out the F-word while addressing the National Press Club in Canberra, which was being broadcast on live TV.

"I love the debate about sovereign risk," he said. "If a tax goes up, God, that is sovereign risk. But if a tax goes down, F--king fantastic," he said.

Realising his gaffe, a red-faced Conroy added "Excuse me." 

275x250.jpg Police in the US are on the hunt for Chewbacca after the Star Wars character was involved in a shooting in Palm Beach last week.

Well more precisely they're looking for a man who wore a Chewbacca mask during a shooting incident.

Cops say the Wookie-face-wearing man was the passenger in a car which pulled up outside a house before the occupants opened fire.

It's thought the attack was a gang related incident but police say two of the men who were arrested (only the Wookie escaped) were extremely uncooperative.

For the record, neither of the other men were dressed as Star Wars characters.


We all know that when you hear a fire alarm, you're meant to drop what you are doing and calmly exit the building in an orderly manner.

But not NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams, when a alarm and siren sounded while he was delivering the news, he just carried on with what he was doing.

So as viewers heard the ringing and a fire alarm announcement, he continued talking about American Airlines' bankruptcy protection application.

Before passing coverage to the NBC Washington studio, he said: "You'll forgive us, we have a fire alarm announcement going on in the studio." 


They were being honoured together for the time they spent battling it out on the football field -- but for pensioners Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca old rivalries die hard.


The pair of 73-year-olds -- who were being celebrated at a Canadian Football League luncheon -- recently started brawling on a stage at the event.

Mosca had apparently tried to offer Kapp a flower to make up for the the grudge between the two which began during the 1963 Grey Cup -- but he wasn't having any of it.

He swung his walking cane at his aged rival, in turn prompting Mosca to swing his fists at him and knocking him to the ground.


She was meant to be reporting from the Christmas festivities at South Street Seaport in New York… but this journalist was far from full of the festive spirit.

As she talked about the lighting of the Christmas tree and the historic architecture of the area an overweight boy waved in the background.

But the MyFoxNY woman wasn't having any of it and rather than carry on and ignore the lad she said: "Alright, if you could stop waving for a second, we're going to showcase that building back there."

275x250.jpg Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian and Prince Harry are just some of the stars people would really like to see enter the jungle on ‘I’m a Celebrity... Get me out of Here!’

Almost 2,000 people were asked who they'd really like to see star in a series of I’m a Celebrity... -- and the line-up is unsurprisingly more impressive than the current ITV offering.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, emerged as the most desirable contestant, with 76% of the respondents, saying that they would like to see her in the ‘Celebrity Jungle’.

She was followed by Kim Kardashian, Lady GaGa, Prince Harry, Paul Gascoigne.

Other celebs people wanted to see eating kangaroo penis included Ant & Dec, Gary Barlow Frankie Sandford and David Cameron… though some people just wanted to see him leave the country.

Tear gas thrown in South Korean parliament


We thought politics was getting interesting when Baroness Trumpington recently gave a two-finger salute in the House of Lords.


But that hand gesture pales into insignificance when compared to the antics in the South Korean parliament -- where an opposition MP reportedly used tear gas.

Video footage shows what happened after Kim Sung-dong threw a powder substance towards the parliament's deputy speaker Chung Eui-hwa.

As Chung wiped his eyes other lawmakers covered their mouths with handkerchiefs and  security guards ushered a shouting Kim from the chamber.


Prime Minister David Cameron's attempt at putting on a funny Aussie accent at a recent event was so bad some commentators say it "it could cause a diplomatic row."

Cameron had been making a speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London when he recounted his trip to Australia for the Commonwealth heads of government meeting.

"After the meeting, I turned to the Australian prime minister and said, 'Thank you very much Julia for allowing us to have this meeting in Australia.',"

"And she said - I can't quite do the accent but I'll try - 'Not a bit David, this is good news for Sheilas everywhere.'"

275x250.jpg Baroness Trumpington recently became one of our favourite politicians -- after flicking the V to a colleague in the House of Lords.

Lord King had been talking about how the survivors of World War I "faded away" before adding that "then the survivors of World War II started to look pretty old as well".

He then noted that Trumpington, 89 -- who had served at wartime listening station at Bletchley Park-- was the House's only remaining survivor from WWII.

But unimpressed by the comment, Trumpington appeared to give a "two-fingered salute" to the 78-year-old former defence secretary.


Haunted house scares reporter off her feet


A TV journalist was left red-faced after being literally scared off her feet during a live report about a Halloween haunted house.


Kimberly Craig of ABC 7 Action News in Detroit had been chatting to bosses at the attraction in Michigan as a group of zombie actors moved around them.

Then as they got closer, a spokesperson for the attraction asked Craig to turn around and look at a projection screen. When she did, it exploded and the news reporter hit the ground.

The zombies and axe-wielding maniacs then gathered around her as she spoke to the studio saying: "You know what, they don't pay me enough…"

275x250.jpg A US actress is seeking $1m damages from Internet Movie Database… because the website revealed her real age.

The unnamed Texan says that she never gave IMDb permission to publish her real age and their doing so has cost her work.

It's claimed the woman looks too young to play roles of her own age and since beginning working in Hollywood in 2003 had been cast as much younger.

However since IMDb published her real age, the actress says she has repeatedly lost out on a number of roles and blames this on the publication.

She now hopes to receive $1m or more in punitive damages and $75,000 or more in compensatory damages… if having your age on the internet is worth that sort of money, I'm 31!


US singer and actor Harry Belafonte was left red-faced after arranging to be interviewed on an early-morning TV show… and then falling asleep in front of the camera.

The 'King of Calypso' had been due to promote his HBO documentary with a satellite TV tour -- but wasn't prepared when a show in Bakersfield, California cut to him.

In fact it appeared he was dozing and despite the presenter's best efforts to rouse him with calls of: "Wake up, wake up… this is your wake-up call." he did not stir.

However, his PR people claim he wasn't sleeping but meditating, and that a technical error meant the 84-year-old couldn't hear the host.

275x250.jpg Hackers reportedly took control of the Sesame Street YouTube page recently -- posting a series of sexually explicit clips.

Innocent video of puppets Bert, Ernie and Elmo were switched with pornographic ones‚ not featuring the puppets.

As a result of the hacker attack the Sesame Street page on YouTube was quickly removed "due to repeated or severe violations of community guidelines."

A spokesperson for Sesame Street said: "Our channel was compromised and we are presently working with YouTube/Google to restore our original content.

"We always strive to provide age-appropriate content for our viewers and hope to resolve this problem quickly."

275x250.jpgLast year Alan Billis was a taxi driver in Torquay, now he's become the first person in 3,000 years to be mummified like Tutankhamum -- all in the name of a TV show.

Before his death from lung cancer in January, Alan had signed on to be part of a bizarre experiment in mummification, to be filmed for Channel 4.

In a bid to better understand how the ancient Egyptians were able to preserve pharaohs perfectly for millennia the 61-year-old's corpse was put through a variety of special techniques.

Scientists now think -- thanks to Alan -- they've been able to crack the mystery of mummification and say their finding turn much accepted wisdom about the process it's bandaged head.



275x250.jpgTV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has irked animal lovers by defending eating puppies in an interview.

The River Cottage star -- who spent five months as a vegetarian for his new series -- was being interviewed by Radio Times about meat eating.

Asked about whether he would be willing to eat pets he said: "In principle, but not in practice, I have no objection to a high-welfare organic puppy farm."

Fearnley-Whittingstall said he'd have to be "on the point of starvation" before tucking into a dog -- but that ruling them out would be a cultural decision.

He also claimed that people who eat pigs should be prepared to eat puppies too… though we think it's highly unlikely he'll be releasing a 'how to cook your pets' cookbook any time soon.



An ice hockey cheerleader (we didn't know they existed either) has been left red-faced after wiping out on live TV.

A Fox 5 news crew had been chatting to the New York Islanders cheerers during coverage of the team celebrating their 40th season in the NHL.

And while a jersey wearing reporter stood on the ice and spoke to one, the idea was that the others kept it entertaining by doing their stuff in the background.

Unfortunately for one ice girl she was a little too entertaining and has become an online hit -- after embarrassingly taking a tumble as the live camera followed her.

275x250.jpgA Welsh gardener has found himself unexpectedly invited backstage at a Snoop Dogg concert -- after the rapper was impressed by the size of his swedes.

In fact, Snoop was so impressed with Ian Neale's 85lb swede -- which could gain a place in the Guinness World Records -- he took to YouTube to congratulate him.

Speaking in front of a cannabis leaf-covered background he said: "I do vegetation myself and I want to know your secret so I can show you my vegetables and see if you can grow that into a real big vegetable."

He then told the 68-year-old he had two free tickets to his upcoming concert in Cardiff and that he was invited backstage.

Unfortunately it looks like Snoop will have to find another way to entertain himself after the gig. Neale says he won't be going and is more of a country and western man.


All footballers sweat while playing -- but Walter Pandiani must perspire more than most… he's just been dubbed the world's sweatiest footballer.


The evidence against him, this post-match interview after a clash between this team Espanyol and Getafe.

Having netted the winning goal in the dying minutes press were eager to hear from the match-winner… but they'd have been forgiven for forgetting about his on-pitch performance.

That's because as he spoke, the 35-year-old began to perspire and sweat patches appeared on his shirt and within a few minutes it was hard to spot any dry patches.

Obama brews his own beer at the White House

obama beer Barack Obama has once again made history -- this time by becoming the first US President to brew his own beer in the White House.

Historians say Obama's 'White House Honey Ale' -- which lists honey from Whit House bees as an ingredient -- marks the first time 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been used as a micro-brewery.

Produced with equipment the Obamas have paid for with their own money, the brew was recently enjoyed when Obama sat down with war hero Sgt Dakota Meyer ahead of awarding him the Medal of Honor.

But it was first served at their Super Bowl party earlier this year where guests managed to drink the entire first batch of 90-100 bottles… prompting an embarrassing trip to the off-license.

275x250.jpg Nikolai Valuev -- the tallest and heaviest ever boxing champion -- has joined hunters on a search for the Siberian yeti.

The seven foot tall and 23 stone beast (the boxer, not the yeti) says he was inspired to join the hunt after hearing about recent sightings.

Reports say local hunters have seen "hairy humanoid creatures" wandering near the Azass Cave in Mount Shoriya.

As such the former boxing champ visited mountains of Kemerovo Region where he joined an expedition looking for Siberian snowmen.

Valuev says he would like to "talk to the yeti about life"… that's assuming the bigfoot isn't too sacred of him.

275x250.jpg London's skyline was recently turned into a giant Star Wars advert -- as BT Tower was transformed into the world's biggest lightsaber.

The large-scale sci-fi transformation saw 60 4,500-watt lights -- standing 1.3m high and weighing 124kg -- installed at the top of the iconic tower.

This sent a bright beam of blue light skywards and made the 189m tall cylindrical building look like the sword wielded by Luke Skywalker in the first Star Wars films.

It was all part of a special party to launch the Blu-ray versions of Star Wars: The Complete Saga and the event was attended by C3PO himself Anthony Daniels.

275x250.jpg Movie bosses at Warner Bros have come up with a interesting way to market the Steven Soderberdh film Contagian -- a living bacteria-based billboard advert.

The 'viral marketing' seems an apt fit for the film which follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days, though is still decidedly gross.

Scientists were recruited to create the two specially made Petri dishes and a range of specially grown coloured bacteria which was installed in an abandoned shop window in Toronto.

Over a period of five days mouldy movie advert -- made from bacteria including penicillin, mould and pigmented bacteria -- then grew into the bizarre billboard.

64-year-old stuntman breaks James Bond record

275x250.jpg A 64-year-old stuntman has smashed a world record previously set during the filming of James Bond -- by driving through a breakaway glass structure.

Rocky Taylor jumped a spinning BMW at speed through a 19ft 69in by 13ft 12in sheet of breakaway glass at the O2 Area in Greenwich south London.

This broke the previous record which was set during the filming of Die Another Day when actor Pierce Brosnan drove an Aston Martin through a 8ft 3.5in by 5ft 4.5in glass panel in the Ice Palace scene.

The new record was attempted to help raise awareness for 'Remember A Charity In Your Will' and was the second Rocky has done this year having previously jumped 40ft from a burning building. As you do.

275x250.jpg Comedian David Walliams has been forced to don a wetsuit for his epic charity swim of the River Thames after beginning to feel the cold.

He'd initially hoped to swim the 140-mile length of the river over eight days -- swimming for eight hours per day -- wearing nothing but his trunks, goggles and hat.

But after developing the early stages of hypothermia, he was forced to slip into a full body Sport Relief wetsuit.

Speaking of the swim, Walliams said: "The first section of the swim really shocked me. The water is two degrees colder than when I swam the Channel. It's a massive difference."

275x250.jpgSex, the explicit 1992 coffee-table picture book by Madonna is the most wanted out-of-print book in America, it's been found.

Online search engine BookFinder.com each year compiles a list of the 100 most requested and wanted out-of-print titles.

And over the past 12 months it's been the risque publication from Madonna which has been most in demand.

Other most wanted out of print books include Promise Me Tomorrow by Nora Roberts and In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting by Ray Garton.

Stephen King had two out-of-print titles in the top five with My Pretty Pony and Rage, which was published under the name Richard Bachman.


A Chinese TV reporter was left red-faced and drenched after a massive wave crashed down on her during a live report.


The journalist had been reporting on tropical storm Nanmadol which was hitting Haining, in Zhejiang Province, with heavy rain and strong winds.

But as she was chatting to camera, it appears she was unaware that there was a 20-metre-high wave heading straight for her.

Luckily, the wave did not injure the reporter or knock her off her feet and drag her out to sea… tough we bet she dresses a bit more appropriately next time she reports on a storm.

275x250.jpg A joke about a computer password has been named as the funniest at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, really!

Comedian Nick Helm won the accolade from digital TV channel Dave, for the line: "I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."

Helm's joke had been highlighted as one of the best by Dave bosses, and then went on to beat off competition from other comedians in a public vote.

Previous winner Tim Vine came second with the line: "Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels."


The GB rowing team are some of the best rowers in the world, that's why they are some of our best medal hopes for the London 2012 Olympics.

And as this video -- posted online by rower Nathaniel Reilly O'Donnell -- shows, if 'airport travelator rowing' was to become an Olympic event before then, they'd probably win gold in that too.

That's because on their way to the 2011 World Championships in Bled, Slovenia, the GB Men's Eight decided to have a little fun at Munich Airport.

Sitting in a line on the conveyor belt, the team mime their rowing to make it appear they are propelling themselves around the airport, much to the amusement of other travellers. 

275x250.jpg Ben Faulks, a CBeebies TV presenter from the show 'Mr Bloom's Nursery' has become a hit with randy mothers who are lusting after him online.

Moms - who may be watching too much of the gardening show aimed at toddlers - have taken to internet discussion boards describing exactly what they'd like to do with his marrow.

Discussions about the unlikely sex icon on Netmums.com include the comments "He could have his devious way with me 'round back o’t’compostarium’ any day" and "He looks like he might be a bit dirty – and I’m not talking the soil type."

Other randy moms added, "How many of you ladies would be willing to cuddle his courgette?" and "He can bed me down for the night anytime."


Did you hear the one about the traffic reporter who got stuck in traffic and missed his broadcast? Well that's what we'd like to think is going on here.

This 30 second video appears to show as viewers of Fox 17 in the US were left minus their traffic and weather presenter after a commercial break.

While the traffic and weather screens popped up as usual, there was no presenter standing in front of them… unless he was wearing a green suit in front of the green screen.

Bumbling news hosts gasped their way through the gaffe before a member of the production crew appeared, pulled a 'I-don't-know-where-he-is face' and then gave a brief audition for the job.

275x250.jpgBosses at Abercrombie and Fitch have offered Michael Sorrentino - a character in MTV's show The Jersey Shore - a 'substantial payment' NOT to wear their clothes.

The clothing company claim association between themselves and 'The Jersey Shore' (a reality TV show following the lives of a group of loud and hedonistic youngsters) is damaging their brand.

And while Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino has been singled out as the main offender and wearer of their clothes, a similar offer is also on the table for all other cast members.

A spokesperson for Abercrombie and Fitch said: "We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image."

"We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans.

275x250.jpg Mountain-bike ace Danny MacAskill - whose stunts have attracted millions of views on YouTube - is at it again, this time for a Channel 4 TV documentary about urban sports.

His latest video 'Industrial Revolutions' was shot for the 'Concrete' Circus and sees Danny take his incredible skills into an industrial train yard and derelict buildings.

In the five minute video, the former Edinburgh bike-shop worker can be seen pulling a series of quite frankly ridiculous stunts, jumps, bounces and flips.

Seriously, the stunts are so good you almost don't notice the beautiful Scottish countryside in the background. And while the video has already been viewed 45,000 times, it's still has some way to go to match the 26 million of his original.


The phrase 'news blooper' is possibly one of our favourites within the weird news field… and after seeing this clip you'll see why.

Eric Young was recently caught on camera giving the two-finger salute to camera while talking about a rugby match, thinking a video of the action was being screened.

The Prime news man was reading a sports news clip about the game between Auckland and Counties Manukau and made the gesture to a producer who supports Counties Manukau.

But the video clip finished early and cut back to Young, who was seen waving the Vs directly into the camera… and at the viewing New Zealand audience.

275x250.jpg The South Pacific island state of Niue, has issued a series of coins with the Queen on one side... and characters from Star Wars on the other.

Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, and even the Death Star all feature on the 40 coins which will be legal tender on Niue.

Produced by the New Zealand Mint, the reverse will feature Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II sovereign of the commonwealth of Niue and the coins have a face value of around £1.

However, you might not want to use them to buy a pint of milk -- because the coins (containing 1oz of silver) are selling for £238 per set of four.


Sky News reporter Mark Stone took to the streets of Clapham Junction last night to update view viewers on the London riots… and personally challenge looters about why they were doing what they were doing.

During his report the brave reporter confronted a series of looters and demanded to know what they where doing and how they justified their actions.

Filming youths walking out of a Currys digital store carrying their ill-gotten gains Stone confronted some and asked them if they were proud of what they were doing.

After inexplicably being told by one girl she was 'getting her taxes back' he continued to confront other looters. Best riot reporting ever!

275x250.jpg We remember when Emlyn Hughes International Soccer was the best football game your could get, and while we spent way too many hours enjoying its 8-bit glory, it wasn't exactly what you'd call lifelike.

Nowadays however, football games like FIFA 12 feature uber-realistic graphics and even include player details such as Ronaldo's boots, David Beckham's tattoos and Wayne Rooney's hair transplant. Wait, what?

That's right! Designers behind the latest version of the popular EA Sports game say they've had to update the computer likeness of the Manchester United ace to show his new hair do.

Previous versions of the game had shown the receding Rooney hairline, but after he underwent a £10,000 hair transplant they needed to add some more CGI hair to his character.

275x250.jpg Airports are normally the place people pick up a trashy novel to read on the beach, but author Tony Parsons will be basing himself at Heathrow for a week in a bid to write one.

Appointed as writer-in-residence, Parsons will live amongst passengers and airport workers for one week from today and chat to travellers and airport staff including pilots, air traffic control officers and immigration officers.

During the residency, he will also roam the terminals to unearth the stories of the people that pass through its doors, with the events inspiring the plotline and the passengers its characters.  

He will then write a book 'Departures: Seven Stories from Heathrow' capturing the many stories and emotions of departures and arrivals… we wonder how many characters will be moaning about Ryanair.

275x250.jpg You might think White House officials had more pressing matters on their mind at the moment, but staff recently spent their time 'Rickrolling' a critic via Twitter.

During a question and answer session on Twitter, the White House received a complaint from David Wiggs, from Tennessee, that the discussion was "not nearly as entertaining as yesterday's".

But rather than simply ignoring the message they replied: "Sorry to hear that. Fiscal policy is important, but can be dry sometimes. Here's something more fun: http://t.co/ca31My7 #WHChat"

The link, as you may have guessed, was to a video of Rick Astley's song Never Gonna Give You Up. It's not know who was behind the Rickrolling, but our guess would be Obama himself.


Everyones favourite octogenarian media tycoon has been attacked by a shaving foam pie wielding protester at a parliamentary select committee.

Rupert Murdoch had, along with son James, been answering MPs questions about the New of the World phone hacking scandal when the attack happened.

An assailant - believed to be comedian Jonnie Marbles - jumped up from the audience and lunged towards Murdoch with a paper plate covered in shaving foam.

But while the 'pie' made a direct hit, so did the wife of the News Corp Chairman, Wendi, who leaped to his defence and slapped Marbles across the face… instantly becoming the most popular Murdoch.


It sounded like a great way to begin a news broadcast from a boat show, the reporter would introduce his friend, who'd rise spectacularly powered by a water jet-pack.

Unfortunately it didn't all go to plan and a severe jet-pack fail almost knocked the journalist into the water and left his colleagues unable to do their job because they were laughing so hard.

Matt Johnson had been reporting live from the San Diego yacht and boat show for affiliate Fox 5 when the blunder happened and rather than shooting skywards, the jet-pack-wearing man fell and disappeared under the water.

This meant that when the cameras cut back to the studio the lauhging hosts were left holding their heads and open-mouths in disbelief at what had just happened. Oops.

275x250.jpgA giant 26-foot-tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe has been unveiled in Chicago.

Created by artist Seward Johnson, the work stands in a square on Michigan Avenue depicts Monroe in her most iconic pose from the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch.

That means giant Marilyn is seen in the Windy City, standing over a New York City subway grate as her dress blows in the blowing air.

Made from stainless steel and aluminium the statue weighs a hefty 34,000lbs and will be in position until spring 2012.

FYI - posing for a photo while standing between her legs and looking up is about as original as going to Pisa and pretending to told the leaning tower up.

275x250.jpg An artist has immortalised the famous derriere of Pippa Middleton using the classic medium of Marmite and crumpets… just like Leonardo da Vinci would have done.

Laura Hadland hired a team of more than a dozen people to help her spread different shades of butter, jam and Marmite on 15,000 crumpets and then position them.

The resulting artwork - featuring a close-up of Pippa’s face and a ‘cheeky’ recreation of the now infamous backside shot - measures 13m x 20m and took 24 hours to complete.

Laura recreated the iconic royal wedding day picture after Pippa topped a poll to find the woman Brits would most like to 'wake up to breakfast with'… though presumably they didn't mean a 13m tall crumpet version.


After a series of 'monster shark' sightings' in an Australian lake, the morning news TV show Today, decided to dispatch a fishing expert to go and investigate.


Unfortunately not everything went to plan when they linked to Paul Burt who was at Evandale Lake, on the Gold Coast, and the segment ended up being a rather awkward moment of live TV.

It started off badly enough when, after a big build up, Paul simply said "Hi Karl", causing the studio host to crack up laughing. But it got considerably worse when he asked the fisherman to have a go at catching the 'monster'.

That's because after casting off, Paul soon caught something… a duck which had been peacefully swimming on the lake. Oops. As he pulled it in he said to camera: "I'd go to another shot."


Suzi Theodory was reporting on a wildfire in Los Angeles. She'd mentioned the 10 acres of burning brush, the thick ash in the air and the helicopters dropping water.


Then that last one got handily demonstrated to viewers… when one of the helicopters unloaded directly above her, drenching the reporter and the rest of her TV crew.

But the Time Warner Cable pro wasn't going to be put off by a bit of falling water. After calming down a shrieking colleague the journalist said: "That's how close we are to the flames."

Despite giggling herself, Theodory added: "It's not a funny thing, but we definitely did not expect for the water to get dropped on us." Now even though you do expect to see that, it's still worth clicking play.

275x250.jpg David and Vitoria have had a baby girl and called her 'Harper Seven' prompting much online debate about where the name came from… so let's join in.

When David Beckham revealed the name on his Facebook page, many people questioned whether it was a case of Victoria giving a nod to fashion magazine Harpers Bazaar. But that was before it was pointed out that little Harper isn't the first celebrity off-spring with the name -- Dave Grohl, Neil Patrick Harris and Lisa Marie Presley got there first.

But it's also been suggested the name might have been inspired by a character from Disney series Wizards Of Waverly Place, which the Beckham boys are said to be fans of.

As for the name 'Seven' the general consensus is it's a celebration of Beckham's number when he played for Manchester United… though we like the idea he got it from George Costanza.



A TV presenter has been hospitalised after being run over while he recorded a show… aiming to find the worst driver in the Netherlands.

Ruben Nicolai -- who was filming the 'Who Is The Worst Driver In The Netherlands?' -- suffered the accident at contestants were being put through their paces.

The driver, known as  was completing a task where he was meant to drive along a track between traffic cones when he suffered an 'accelerator-as-brake' mistake which sent him speeding off the track.

His car then hit a cameraman and Nicolai, who was taken to hospital with a torn lip, and a sore shoulder and foot. At least he can now safely answer the question 'Who Is The Worst Driver In The Netherlands?'

275x250.jpg A Scottish band have released what's thought to be the world's first edible and playable chocolate record. And it's said to taste as good as it sounds.

Edinburgh-based three-piece 'Found' worked with a local baker to produce the chocolate disk version of their single 'Anti Climb Paint' which can be played in any record player.

After several weeks of trial and error, baker Ben Milne was able to make the working chocolate record by using the same negative metal templates used to produce vinyl versions.

While you will only get around ten 'recognisable' plays out of the record before it wears down, you can always munch it. And even the sleeve and label are edible having been made from rice paper and icing sugar respectively.

275x250.jpgA handbag one wielded owned by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has been sold at auction for £25,000.
 

The black Asprey handbag - which was being sold by Christie's to raise money for charity - was owned by Thatcher for more than thirty years before the sale.

It was famously pictured with the former Prime Minister alongside US President Ronald Reagan during her famous visit to the United States in 1985.

As such it had been expected to attract up to £100,000 during the sale organised by Jeffrey Archer and also containing donations from Eric Clapton, Bernie Ecclestone and Sir Michael Parkinson.

But it wasn't to be and an unnamed Cypriot was able to snap up the bag for £25,000… Thatcher would have got more out of them if she'd been there herself.

275x250.jpgA gun which once belonged to the famous gangster Al Capone has been sold at auction for a massive £67,250.

The Colt .38 (special) nickel-plated six-shot double-action revolver was ordered by Scarface just months after the infamous St Valentine's Day Massacre.

Bosses at auction house Christie's, which sold the weapon, say it was ordered in May 1929 and its authenticity has been confirmed by the sister-in-law of Capone.

The gun was the highlight of a recent 'Antique arms, armour and collectors firearms' sale in South Kensington.

While online buyer of the Colt .38 'Police Positive' has chosen to stay anonymous, we're sure they're a upstanding law-abiding member of the community.

275x250.jpgMarilyn Monroe's famous white dress from the movie The Seven Year Itch has been sold at auction in Los Angeles for £2.8m.

The garment shot to fame when Monroe's character in the 1955 film stood on a subway vent and it which blew it up revealing her legs.

Instantly the scene became an iconic movie moment and the dress (along with those legs) went down in Hollywood history.

The white dress was initially snapped up from the studio by Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds - who collected iconic film costumes and memorabilia

But this weekend it sold at the Profiles in History auction house in California for a massive $4.6million (£2.8m) -- and that was without a subway vent in sight.

275x250.jpg Samuel L. Jackson has lent his dulcet tones to the audio version of 'Go The F**k To Sleep' -- a foul-mouthed nursery rhyme book which has become a hit with sleep deprived parents.

The 62-year-old Pulp Fiction star, says he was inspired to record the audio version of the book after he was told about it by his agent who has young twins.

'Go The F**k To Sleep' is a mock bedtime story by Adam Mansbach which is written for parents who realise snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don't always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

Each page of the book contains an illustration and radically honest verse which ends with a variation of the words 'Go The F**k To Sleep'… so maybe not one to read to your little angels.

275x250.jpgThe Dam Busters dog, N*gger, is set to be renamed Digger in the Stephen Fry and Peter Jackson remake of the iconic movie.

In the original 1955 film - about scientists developing a bouncing bomb - pilot Guy Gibson’s black Labrador N*gger is featured heavily.

His name's even mentioned 12 times as a code word to RAF Bomber Command - but it was recognised that using this term today could offend American viewers.

As such, the decision was made to rename him Digger in the upcoming movie which is being scripted by Stephen Fry.

Speaking of the name change, Fry said: "It’s no good saying that it's the Latin word for black or that it didn't have the meaning that it does now – you just can’t go back."


Everyone on Britain's Got Talent appears to have a half-hearted emotional backstory to their performance, and as a result, we barely pay attention.


But this Korea's Got Talent contestant Choi Sung-Bong has melted even our ice cold hearts with his heartbreaking story from orphanage to performance stage.

Talking to judges on the show the singer revealed that as a young boy he'd been sent to an orphanage, only to escape at the age of five when he was beaten by people there.

Bringing them and the audience to tears, he told how he's been living on the street, fending for himself and sleeping on toilets or in stairwells… then he sang. Oh boy did he sing.

275x250.jpg The famous red and black jacket worn by Michael Jackson in his music video for Thriller is expected to sell for £250,000 when it is auctioned later this month.

Described as 'the most iconic piece of pop culture emphemera' to ever be auctioned, the jacket would be instantly recognisable to many people around the world.

Bosses from Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills - where the item will be sold as part of a Music Icons auction - say it was also autographed by Jackson when he gave it to costume designers, Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket will benefit The Shambala Preserve current home to Michael Jackson’s two Bengal tigers, “Thriller” and “Sabu”.


We all know what it's like to make a joke, only to find out it doesn't quite have the chuckle-inducing properties you were hoping for. Just ask David Cameron.

Luckily, unlike the PM, our tumbleweed moments have never been broadcast live around the world -- as was the case when he told a 'lead balloon' of a joke at the Obama Downing Street barbecue.

During his post-meal speech, Cameron told the assembled guests that the BBQ had been  "probably the first time in history a British Prime Minister has given an American president a bit of a grilling".

And then he paused for laughter, but was greeted instead with a deathly silence, there wasn't even one laugh. Not even from Nick Clegg. 



It's designed to withstand a terrorist attack - but it turns out Barack Obama's bullet-proof limo 'The Beast' has more of a problem with the humble speed bump.

Yesterday as President Obama was leaving the U.S. Embassy in Dublin in his custom General Motors Cadillac, en route to his ancestral home in County Offaly, the £400,000 vehicle got wedged on a ramp.

The car - which has eight-inch thick armour-plating and weighs 8 tons - was leaving the building, when crowds who had gathered heard a loud bang and saw the car come to a swift halt.

It then became clear the impressive vehicle was stranded and Barack Obama was forced to abandon it… though given it boasts its own oxygen supply he must have been tempted to sit it out rather than make the embarrassing walk of shame.

275x250.jpg A comedian has performed a one-off gig to a field of cows in a bizarre 'experiment' to see whether they have a sense of humour.

Mock the Week and BBC Radio 4 funny-man Milton Jones, traveled to Hertfordshire where he performed an exclusively written routine to the assembled crowd of Friesians.

His 'Pull the Udder One' stand-up set included a selection of visual and verbal one liners and puns and the performance was observed by a bovine behaviour expert to see how the cows responded.

Milton's jokes included: ‘So you cows say you’re vegetarians – but how come you all wear leather, eh?’ and ‘Went to one of those farmers markets the other day – bought a couple of farmers. Should taste lovely!’

275x250.jpg This unlucky motorist seems to have paid the ultimate price for making the error of telling his partner she wasn't as attractive as Pippa Middleton.

The red-faced driver of the Peugeot 206, was caught on camera driving through Birmingham with 'Is Pippa's Bum Still Better Than Mine???' daubed across the side of it in white paint.

It appears the scorned woman took revenge on the unknown man, who looks to have made the mistake of expressing his admiration for the royal maid of honour's most talked about asset, her bottom.

The scruffy message was painted in bright white letters down the passenger side of the blue vehicle which was spotted on Wednesday afternoon… onlookers said they thought the driver had received a bum deal.

A Beijing grandmother is the latest person to shoot to '… Got Talent' fame after performing an energetic Michael Jackson-inspired dance routine.

65-year-old Bai Shuying was appearing on the Chinese version of the show when she strutted her stuff in a black and white outfit.

After initially surprising China's Got Talent judges and viewers by telling them she was going to dance, the OAP then left them shocked by how sprightly she is.

While the granny admits she's inspired by Michael Jackson, she says she taught herself to dance and choreographed the entire routine on her own.

Talking on the hit TV show, Bai also said that she also loves "hip hop dancing"… which makes her considerably cooler than us.



President Obama has taken his revenge on Donald Trump by publicly mocking the famously-haired entrepreneur at a high-profile White House event.

Last week Obama released his long-form birth certificate to prove he was a genuine American, after months of demands from birth certificate obsessed Trump. And most people thought that was it over...

But over the weekend Obama got his own back by ripping into his would-be rival at the White House Correspondents' Dinner saying: "Donald Trump is here tonight. Now, I know that he's taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no- one is prouder to put this birth certificate to rest than The Donald.

"And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter… like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened at Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"


It probably didn't escape your notice that there was the little matter of a certain  royal wedding on Friday.

But while most people were talking about the dress or the kiss, the event of the day as far as we were concerned was the cartwheeling vicar.

Well after the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton had taken place and some 1,900 guests had left Westminster Abbey, one clergyman couldn't contain his excitement.

Thinking the TV cameras had been turned off, the verger proceeded to cartwheel along the red carpet-lined aisle of the abbey… later finding the cameras were still rolling and he'd become a YouTube star.

275x250.jpg With Kate Middleton set to become royalty when she marries Prince William on Friday, her whole life will change… apparently including her experience of things like roller coasters.

That's because theme park bosses have offered the happy couple an odd wedding present - a 24-carat gold plated roller coaster carriage to use whenever they visit the park.

Bosses at Alton Towers say the ‘Royaller-Coaster’ carriage used 20 square meters of 24-carat gold plating and will be reserved for the exclusive use of the royal couple on the free fall drop ride THI3TEEN

A spokesperson for the themepark said: "Everyone knows that marriage has its ups and downs but when Kate and Will tie the knot on April 29th the adage will take on quite a different meaning." Yes, they went there.

275x250.jpg The Wombles are set to recycle their musical career by reforming to play together at the Glastonbury Festival.

Great Uncle Bulgaria and co - who originally starred in a children's TV programme before turning their pointy noses to music - will play the the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury.

The five-piece had a number hits in the 1970s and all four of their gold disc-achieving albums plus the soundtrack to Wombling Free are to be re-released ahead of their performance on June 26.

The Wombles will appear alongside Barenaked Ladies, KT Tunstall and Newton Faulkner at the festival… and won't be the weirdest-looking people there. It's not known if they will take a tent of burrow under the fields.

275x250.jpgA musician has scooped a place in the record books, not for having a best selling album or massive attendance at a concert… but for having am overly wordy song title.

Mikhail Tank has secured his place in history by releasing a single with a 44 word title - that's more words than are included in the entire lyrics of some songs.

In fact the Russian born artist says the title of the digitally released single is so long it's not included on the cover-art.

While the single (available on Amazon) was released in October last year, Tank only recently received his Guinness World Records confirmation and certificate.

In case you were wondering, the song title is… "Simplify When You Get Crowded Inside, Certain Ones Prefer to Drink Your Energy, Falling Right Into The Hands of Time, Release Those Who Deprive, Throw Away Ties That Bind, Just Simplify, No Need to Overextend Yourself, When They Just Rely on Your Time. No."


A video of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev dancing has become an online hit - despite his moves making Ann Widdecombe look like Michael Jackson.

The footage - which shows Medvedev doing his stuff to the 1990s pop hit "American Boy" - attracted hundreds of comments within hours of hitting the web.

Wearing a silver jacket and no tie, he can be seen awkwardly moving from side to side and kicking his heels up at a university reunion last year.

Answering substantial criticism of his dance moves, Medvedev took to Twitter where he said: "The dances/music are those, from the past."

Many commenters said that he had some way to go before he was anywhere near as good as Boris Yeltsin at dancing.


275x250.jpg Our favourite brewers are at it again. And this time the crazy guys at Brewdog have created a beer called 'Royal Virility Performance' to mark the forthcoming Royal Wedding.

But as you'd expect from the people who created the world's strongest beer and served a brew in dead animals, this is no ordinary beer… it's said to be laced with viagra.

In fact they claim the aphrodisiac-filled India Pale Ale means that drinking three of the 7.5 per cent ABV bottles is the equivalent of taking one Viagra pill.

And it doesn't end there. Packaging on the bottles includes line like "Arise Prince Willy" and makers say they've sent some for the Prince to have a stiff drink on his wedding night.


Dame Helen Mirren has been left red-faced after accidentally swearing during an appearance on BBC Breakfast.

Mirren had been on the BBC1 show promoting the remake of Arthur - where she co-stars with Russell Brand - when she made the blunder.

Discussing John Gielgud's part in the original movie, and the language he used, she couldn't help herself from doing an impression.

And that's when Mirren said: "Well, in that sort of wonderful voice he had... You little s**t." Drawing gasps from Sian Williams and Bill Turnbull.

Instantly recognising her blunder, the 65-year-old actress gasped and covered her mouth… which even though she's an Oscar-winner, we think was a genuine response.

275x250.jpgA hotel chain is offering tourists in London during the royal wedding the chance to sleep with Prince William and Kate Middleton. Well almost.

On the evening of 28th April, guests staying in certain London Premier Inn hotels will have the chance to sleep under special royal wedding bedding.

Images of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s bodies, will be printed on a limited selection of duvets which can be requested by guests on a first come first served basis.

As sleepers then get into bed and line their head with the printed bodies, they can pretend to be the future King and Queen for the night.

Hopefully people don't have to try sleeping in those position though… and it might not work if your wife insists on sleeping on the left side of the bed.


Ooh ER! A spoof royal wedding video showing Prince William and Kate Middleton dancing their way up the aisle has become an online hit.

The video - which was produced by mobile phone firm T-Mobile and has been seen online five million times - starts off looking like someone has taken a camcorder into the upcoming royal wedding.

But that's only until the East 17 starts blaring out on a stereo and a series of regal look-a-likes from Princess Anne to Prince Harry (some more dubious than others) start dancing through the faux Westminster Abbey.

And while all your favourite dancing royals are there it's really the Archbishop Of Canterbury who steals the show… and if Rowan Williams sees this you just know he will be tempted to bust a few moves on the big day.


The President of the Czech Republic has been left red-faced after a video of him admiring and then pocketing a pen during a press conference, became an online hit.

Vaclav Klaus had been taking part in the news conference with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera when news cameras caught the leader admiring the writing implement.

He was then clearly seen to discreetly slide the pen under the desk before putting it in his pocket to take home from his visit to Chile.

However, while internet commenters have labelled him a pen thief, aides say that he has the right to keep pens given to him on state visits. Yes, free stationary… that's why these people get into politics.

275x250.jpg Continuing his one-man quest to conquer all environments, Sir Richard Branson has revealed his next target -- the deepest parts of the world's oceans.

Virgin Oceanic will see Branson and fellow adventurers exploring the bottom of the deepest oceans in a specially constructed craft, DeepFlight Challenger, which was designed by Graham Hawkes.

The submersible is built from carbon fibre and has a viewing capsule made from a single piece of quartz which can endure the pressure of 1,000 atmospheres at depth.

Over the next two years the Virgin sub will be used to dive to the deepest parts of each of the world's oceans… and some people said Branson couldn't sink any lower.


BMX rider Greg Powell has completed the world's first 'special flip' on his bike… and that's more impressive than it sounds.

It actually means he rode off a ramp and leaped into the air before leaving his saddle completing a mid-air backflip and landed back on the BMX.

Yes, you read that correctly, he did a mid-air backflip before landing back on his bike while it was still flying the 32ft between ramps. Really.

Powell, from Maryland in the US, recently performed the stunt at MTV's Nitro Circus Live tour in Australia where fans went crazy for the impressive trick.

While the 27-year-old made the 'special flip' look remarkably easy, you probably shouldn't try this at home… even if you have got giant twin ramps in your back garden.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.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.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.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.

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.

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.jpgBBC's The One Show was yesterday taken off air… when someone warming up a cup of tea accidentally triggered the fire alarm.

As hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones interviewed actress Tamsin Greig, the alarm started to sound, leaving them with bemused looks on their faces.

But just after Jones halted the interview and said: "Oh, I think that's our fire alarm." it stopped… briefly.

Within seconds the alarm was ringing out again after several minutes of confusion the show was pulled from air and replaced with cookery show.

Which is ironic… because Jones later revealed on Twitter: "Somebody was warming their tea up and the microwave set off the alarm!" Oops.

275x250.jpg Our favourite cross-eyed sooth-sayer opossum has started making her predictions about who will win Academy Awards… and it's good news for Natalie Portman.

Heidi the cross-eyed opossum, from the Leipzig Zoo in Germany, has become a hit in the US where she is appearing on the TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The confused-looking animal is being confronted by Oscar statuettes with the head of Academy Awards nominees affixed to the head and asked to touch the one she thinks will win.

After spending a considerable amount of time thinking about it, Heidi has so far predicted that Natalie Portman will win the Best Actress Oscar… though we are not sure that's the one she was looking at.

200x190.jpgNo-one likes having their cinema experience ruined someone noisily munching on popcorn when they're trying to watch a movie.

But most of us simply tut at the eating offender and carry on. Not so in Latvia, where a man has been shot dead after a popcorn-based argument.

It's been reported that an argument broke out during a screening of Black Swan in Riga, centred around the volume at which someone was eating their cinema treat.

As the credits rolled, the fight is said to have become heated and seen a gun fired. Police say a 42-year-old man has since died and a 27-year-old was arrested.

While we're all in favour of enforcing the Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo Code of Conduct… it's safe to say this is probably going a bit too far.

275x250.jpgNot wanting to be outdone by recent on-air double entendre, the team at Australia's Today show have got in on the action… and then some.

The discussion started off innocently enough with one of the hosts talking about an item he keeps by his bed in case of a home invasion.

But when Karl Stefanovic asked co-host Lisa Wilkinson if she kept something similarly 'long and stabby' in her bedroom, it all became a bit carry-on.

Wilkinson said she had 'swordy thing' before newsreader Georgie Gardner added that 'Tim’s my long stabby thing' - talking about her husband,

But the inadvertent innuendo was later turned up to 11 when Ben Fordham said he kept golf club for protecton, adding: "I’d want to be standing back and whacking them off from a distance."

Watson the IBM robot competes on Jeopardy!

275x250.jpg A super-intelligent robot called Watson is this week appearing on the hit US quiz show Jeopardy competing against human rivals.

Watson took IBM four years to create and is said to rival a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language.

While the computer actually takes up an entire room, it's represented on stage at the podium by a monitor monitor, between two former Jeopardy champions.

And though you might think having being programmed with 200 million pages worth of information from books is an advantage, we're not sure… during a practice session it confused Beethoven with the actor Jamie Foxx.

275x250.jpg In a bid to ensure Downing Street becomes rat free, a four-year old tabby cat called Larry has moved into No 10 with David Cameron.

The puss had been a resident at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home until a spate of rodent sightings in Downing Street saw David Cameron look to recruit a feline rat-catcher.

After talking to his two elder children, Nancy and Arthur, the Prime Minister is said to have chosen Larry, who had been found wandering the capital in January.

A Downing Street spokesperson said Larry had already shown a "strong predatory drive" and enjoyed playing with toy mice… only time will tell what rats he catches around No 10 & No 11. We're saying nothing.

ESPN reporter Nico Hueto thought the only thing he had to worry about was his umbrella getting blown away… until he was chased by an alpaca

The sports man had been covering a South American U21 football contest in Peru and was duly speaking to camera about the action.

And that's when it happened. An angry alpaca which had been happily standing in the background suddenly charged at him and the camera.

A panicked-looking Hueto quickly dropped his umbrella and ran screaming from the animal, which could now get signed by Manchester City as an aggressive mid-fielder.

While Hueto was convinced to give it another go the animal again disrupted the broadcast… no-one knows why there was a alpaca on the training ground.

275x250.jpgThe catchphrase made famous by Aleksandr Orlov the Compare the Market meerkat is the ad slogan most commonly used in everyday life, it's been found. Simples!
 

A poll of 3,000 people found the not-at-all-annoying catchphrase was the most used, beating Tesco's 'Every Little Helps' into second place.

In third came Should Have Gone to Specsavers' followed by the L'Oreal tagline 'Because you're worth it' made famous by stars such as Cheryl Cole and Jennifer Aniston.
 
Fifth was 'Have a break, have a KitKat' and other popular advertising catchphrases included, Finger lickin' good, You've been 'tangoed' and It's good to talk.

Personally 'I'm confused.com' as to how people use the phrases in everyday conversations, though 'I'm lovin' it' that they 'Just do it', 'They're grrrrreat'.

275x250.jpg We always enjoy the Super Bowl, not for the sporting event you understand, but because we get to see some of the best new TV adverts around.

With advertising rates running to a whopping $3 million per 30 seconds this year, it's no surprise companies go all out to create the best commercials they could.

While we're not sure the 100 million-plus TV viewers enjoyed anything quite as good as the Old Spice Man, there were plenty of great adverts packed with A-list celebs.

And anyway, they were all considerably more entertaining than the GoCompare opera singer which would be the high-light of the FA Cup ad break. Check out our top 10 Super Bowl commercials after the link.

TV weatherman Jim Cantore loves his job. Despite spending 20 years standing in various weather conditions he's still in his element in the elements.

Don't believe us? Just see how he responds to this thunder-snow storm which struck while he was reporting from Chicago.

While the blizzard conditions would have had other weathermen wishing they were in a nice warm studio, Cantore was positively revelling in the cold windy conditions.

And that was before he'd even heard a crash of thunder-snow which prompted him to flip out and start cheering during his live broadcast.

We could tell you exactly what he said, but to be honest it's better if you just click play. Keep reading for some other classic Cantore moments.

Snowboarder Torstein Horgmo has become even more of an extreme sport hero after becoming the first person to pull off an amazing triple cork.

Horgmo managed to land the trick on his final run of the big-air competition at the winter X Games in Aspen, bagging himself the gold.

And to make it all the more impressive, he did it despite having several broken ribs from an earlier accident.

After pulling the stunt the Norwegian snowboarder told reporters he should have held back and not attempted it: "It's probably the stupidest thing I've done in my whole life," he said.

But the cheering fans seemed glad he had… well all except the one who was hit squarely in the face as Horgmo threw his goggles out in celebration.

275x250.jpg A condom manufacturer has announced it will a special range of prophylactics to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Which is nice.

The protection - which comes with the slogan "Lie back and think of England" - are due to go on sale ahead of the April 29th wedding.

Makers say the condoms are a unique way to remember the royal wedding, adding that they 'combine the strength of a Prince with the yielding sensitivity of a Princess-to-Be.'

Each pack of three condoms comes with a leaflet including a photo of the happy couple (not like that) and is presented in a 'timeless souvenir heirloom collector’s box'.

275x250.jpgThere are going to be some pretty glum-looking vampire fans today* -- after Twilight Eclipse was nominated for a load of Razzie Awards.

Along with action fantasy The Last Airbender, the vampire click has the dubious honour of scooping nine Golden Raspberry Award nominations.

It is nominated in all categories with the exception of Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D, which it was not eligible for.

And undead Razzie nominations do not end there, The Twilight parody "Vampires Suck" is also nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay.

* When we say pretty glum-looking vampire fans, we obviously mean even more glum-loooking that usual.

Tennis courts come in a variety of different surface types, but one thing they have in common is that when a ball hits them, it bounces… or at least that's the theory.

But that wasn't the case at the Australian Open recently, when Maria Sharapova found a dead-spot on one of the courts.

The Russian ace says that as she was warming-up ahead of her third round clash with Goerges, she felt a noticeably bouncy spot on the court.

When umpires checked it out they discovered a heat bubble under the surface of the court which caused balls to seemingly defy the laws of physics land flatly rather than bounce.

Workers solved the problem by drilling a series of small holes in the court to release the trapped air… but not before this great video was filmed.

275x250.jpg An artist who specialises in creating LEGO based artworks has created a life-size statue of Conan O'Brien - for some reason.

Nathan Sawaya - whose works can sell for £10,000 each - says he was commissioned to make the brick-based talk show host, but won't say by who, or why.

Complete with orange hair and beard, LEGO Conan is wearing a power suit, shirt and tie, and stands with his hands on his hips.

Sawaya has more than 1.5 million Lego bricks in his New York studio and says he can use 150,000 in any one artwork… but not normally this much orange.


275x250.jpg Is this a foul-mouthed toy singing profanity-filled songs to toddlers -- or are over protective parents hearing swear words where there aren't any? You decide.

A mother says she was left shocked when a cuddly toy which she had bought for her baby daughter started singing a song littered with the F-word.

It's claimed the innocent-looking My Pal Violet toy sings: "If you're happy and you know it f*** with me, if you're happy and you know it f**k with me."

But makers insist it is actually singing: "If you're happy and you know it bark with me" and that there might be a misunderstanding in the UK due to the American accent. Listen to the clip after the link and tell us what you think. Unfortunately we hear bark.

275x250.jpg A robot uprising has begun and our future mechanical overlords seem to have decided the first stage in their domination should be beating us on TV quiz shows.

In February a robot from IBM called 'Watson' will begin competing against former champions on US TV quiz show Jeopardy to win $1 million.

And looking at this practice round (below) it's only going to end in one way. Supercomputer Watson - represented at the podium by a monitor - was easily able to answer most questions faster than its human rivals.

Experts say they spent four years building the system which rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence… but apparently not teaching it about 'Children’s Book Authors'. 

275x250.jpg There's a rat in Downing Street. No, Newslite isn't revealing our political beliefs, we're just describing what was recently seen on a BBC News report.

During a report on Sunday evening by political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue, a rat was seen scampering across the steps of Number 10 Downing Street.

As O'Donoghue talked about Government plans for NHS reform the uninvited visitor ran from right to left across the steps, pausing briefly before disappearing.
 
It's been three years since Downing Street had a 'Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office' and political pundits are almost certainly on tenterhooks to see if the Prime Minister appoints a new one.

275x250.jpg A movie and LEGO fan has combined his interests and spent hours recreating iconic scenes from famous movies using nothing but LEGO bricks.

The result are a host of striking photographs which have unsurprisingly gone on to become an online sensations.

22-year-old film student Alex Eylar from California says he started collecting LEGO when he was about five years old and now has around 30,000 pieces.

He can take several days to perfect the poses, background and lighting for the pictures, but we think it's worth it. Can you identify all the movies shown below?

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been left red-faced after falling to the floor as she boarded a plane in Yemen.

Clinton had been visiting Yemen to talk about security issues and the growing al-Qaeda threat in the country when the blunder happened.

After climbing the stairs to enter the plane, she turned around had turned to wave before walking inside.

But as she did, she tripped and fell embarrassingly to her knees, in front of a horrified flight stewardesses.

The lights were quickly switched off to prevent photographers taking pictures of her being helped from the floor… but luckily this video had already been taken.

275x250.jpg Elvis is alive! At least that's what you might think if you visit Birmingham this weekend, because 80 of Europe's best impersonators have descended on the city.

Complete with quiffs, sideburns and uh-huh's, the Priestley impersonators are currently battling it out a the three-day European Elvis Championships.

The top European Elvis will then secure a place at the International Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis.

As with any Elvis event, the Elvi (we think that's the correct plural) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. So far our favourite is 12-year-old Nicholas Tyler, who can be seen below.

275x250.jpgBosses of a pantomime staring Jim Davidson have been forced to change the costume of a nurse in the show… because the original one broke the Geneva Convention.

Producers of Pavilion Theatre were informed the outfit worn by Nurse Poltis in their Robin Hood show could see them landed in court.

The British Red Cross said the use of red crosses on her comedy hat and tunic were unauthorised use of their emblem and the theatre was in violation of the Geneva Conventions Act 1957.

Because this was also breaking the law and could see bosses face prosecution the costume was quickly changed to feature a green cross.

It sounds to us like someone at the British Red Cross has always fancied themselves as a panto villain. Oh yes they do!

275x250.jpg More than 26,000 fans of the TV series lost have won the lottery - by playing the same numbers as the character Hurley in the show.

In the series Hugo ‘Hurley’ Reyes, played by Jorge Garcia scooped $114m by playing the numbers 4,8,15,16,23 and 42.

But real-life lottery players were less lucky with the digits, they each won just $150 for matching four of the six numbers in the US Mega Millions this week.

It's said the chances of winning the $355 million Mega Millions jackpot is one in 175,711,536… about the same as having guessed what was going to happen next in Lost.

275x250.jpgAnatomist Gunther von Hagens, the man behind Body Worlds and the Institute for Plastination, says he is dying and plans to become part of his own exhibition.

The 65-year-old, dubbed 'Dr Death' thanks to his gruesome exhibitions of dead bodies in bizarre poses, has revealed he's suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

Having hidden the illness for two years, he says the symptoms have become too severe and that doctors suggest he could now have just seven years to live.

It's said he's planning to undergo the plastination preservation process after his death and already thinking about where he wants to be exhibited.

Given he has previously shown bodies playing sports or even having sex, we are curious about what pose he will want to be in… and whether he will still be wearing that hat.

A homeless man is seeing job offers pour in, after a YouTube video of him showing off his incredible voice became a viral hit.

Ted Williams used to work as a radio announcer, but hard times saw him jobless, homeless and holding a sign begging for cash at the side of a road in Ohio.

And that's where he was found when he recently became the subject of a viral video after a journalist noticed his sign, boasting he had a "God-given gift of a great voice".

After the exchange of a few dollars, Williams released his silky smooth FM voice saying things like: "we'll be right back with more after these words" for the camera.

Now, after gaining more than 4 million views on YouTube, the job offers are pouring in… we just wish we could get him to read Newslite stories to us at night.

275x250.jpg The net was as likely to catch a fish as be hit by the ball in this game. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have played against each other on a floating tennis court.

The duo took part in a bizarre exhibition match on the court which had been laid in the water of Doha Bay, Qatar, to promote the upcoming ATP World Tour.

And though the pair have the experience of winning 25 Grand Slam titles between them, neither had played on a surface anything like this before.

While we don't know what score the game ended at, it's not our main concern, we want to know what happened to the ball boys… or should that be ball buoys.

Lidia Camon thought she was doing well. She'd delivered a live TV report from a snowy park without being hit be snowballs or knocked over by a wayward sledge.

But then the Spanish reporter got on a sledge of her own and didn't notice that the cable from her microphone was wrapped around her leg. Oops.

This meant that as she slid down a snowy hill to end her report, she took the cameraman with her.

Footage shows Camon get halfway down the hill before the wire becomes tight and pulls on the camera which rolls down after her.

We think it's just a shame we didn't get to see the face the cameraman pulled as the camera was yanked from his hands.

Did Usher plagiarise a Homer Simpson song?

R&B star Usher has found himself in the middle of an bizarre plagiarism claim -- with people saying he's ripped off a song by Homer Simpson.

DJs in the US have noticed a striking similarity between lines in his single 'OMG" and a ditty sung by Homer in a Simpsons episode from 2003.

Usher's song, which features will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, includes the lines: "Honey got a booty like pow, pow, pow. Honey got some boobies like wow, oh wow."

This compares to Homer singing ""Christmas in December, wow wow wow. Give me tons of presents, now now now," in the episode Dude, Where's My Ranch?

Handily someone has already uploaded the two clips to YouTube for you to compare. As a warning, on once listened to, this cannot be unheard.

275x250.jpgA poll of movie fans has seen the Will Ferrell flick 'Elf' named as the best Christmas film of all time.

The 2003 movie beat of competition from the classic Miracle on 34th Street with Home Alone coming in third.

Other popular festive films included A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Snowman and Love Actually.

56 percent said they'd be sitting down to watch a classic Christmas film on Christmas Day while 41 percent said they'd be doing the same on Boxing Day.

Asked what makes a classic Christmas film, 64 percent said a happy ending was the most important thing... so they won't be watching Se7en then.

275x250.jpg Avatar had been named as the most pirated film of 2010 and was illegally downloaded more than 16.5 million times.

Experts from TorrentFreak say the record breaking James Cameron movie has the dubious honour of having been illegally downloaded more than any other movie.

Other frequently bittorrented movies included Kick-Ass (11.4m times) Inception (9.7m) Shutter Island    (9.4m) and Iron Man 2 (8.8m)

While studios complain this level of piracy harms the movie industry, it's worth noting Avatar has still grossed $2.8 billion.

275x250.jpg Snowmobile champion Levi LaVallee has been injured while preparing for an new stunt -- but he still set a new world record in the process.

The seven-time Winter X Games medalist had been practicing his 300ft snowmobile jump on a ramp in San Diego ahead of performing it on New Year's Eve.

He had been due to see in the new year by leaping over 300ft of water and setting a new world record. But that won't be happening now.

A spokesperson from Red Bull said that LaVallee had been hurt while practicing and the event would no longer be taking place… if only he'd had something to give him wings.

275x250.jpgWould-be actor Chuck Lamb has found fame after bombarding TV and movie producers with audition tapes… of him as a dead body.

After years of perseverance - and becoming an online hit - a computer programmer from Ohio, has finally secured a couple of movie roles.

Lamb, known to millions of internet users as 'Dead Body Guy' plays a sheriff in horror spoof ThanksKilling, and also features in Stiffs, a comedy based in a funeral home.

The 52-year-old says he decided to try and become a famous corpse when he realised he wasn't a great actor and not the best looking bloke.

Do you think this could be the the moment his career gets revived… or are these dead end roles?

275x250.jpg Given some of the profanity filled shows on TV, the word 'largebaps' seems fairly innocent -- but that's not the case for Countdown viewers.

Viewers were left stunned during the show yesterday when the final conundrum was revealed to be an anagram of the letters L-A-R-G-E-B-A-P-S.

But both host Jeff Stelling and contestants on the afternoon quiz managed to control themselves as they worked out the solution.

After it was revealed to be "graspable" Stelling said simply: "That's quite brilliant." To which we would like to add: "Largebaps, graspable, get it? see what they did there?"

275x250.jpgConfused fans of Coronation Street who watched the tram crash on the soap have been calling Manchester transport bosses… to see how it will impact schedules.

Struggling to separate fact from fiction, viewers have been calling Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive to check if trams are still running.

A spokesperson for GMPTE told Newslite: "We had approximately half a dozen calls to  after the Coronation Street crash episode on Monday.

"None were from people panicking or in distress, they were simply calling the next morning to ask if services were affected."

Personally we're now wondering if the confusion is a sign of the high quality of the special effects… or the intellect of some viewers.

275x250.jpg An X-ray of Albert Einstein's skull, taken 10 years before the physics genius died, has been sold at a auction for £24,000.

The bizarre lot - which dated from 1945 - surprised auctioneers in Beverly Hills, who'd only expected it to reach £1,200.

Other items sold at the Juliens Auctions sale included a jacket worn by John Lennon (£153,000) and a sequinned glove worn by pop king Michael Jackson (£191,220).

A fedora worn by the Thriller singer went for £45,890… which almost makes the  Einstein brain X-ray look like a bargain.

No matter how grown-up and sophisticated you think you are, there are some things guaranteed to make you laughing like an eight-year-old.

For us it's TV presenters making a fool of themselves - for Matt Lauer it's apparently the phrase "size of the package" -- as this clip shows.

The morning show anchor has been interviewing the show's financial editor, Jean Chatzky about food prices when he made a comment about package size.

That was it. As she responded while smiling, he cracked up, eventually causing her to also start laughing until the point neither of them could speak.

Eventually Lauer making the apology "Oh, I'm sorry, something struck me as funny there." We can't possibly imagine.

275x250.jpgThe sonic screwdriver, as wielded by Doctor Who since 1968, could become soon become a real-life tool, claim ultrasonic engineers.

Boffins at Bristol University say technology has already reached a point where a working sonic screwdriver could be produced.

By operating waves at frequencies beyond the realms of human hearing, they claim they could manipulate objects using ultrasonic force fields.

This would mean a sonic screwdriver could be used to dot things like open locks and undo screws.

So, while it might not be much good for fighting off the Daleks, researchers say it could tackle the other big enemy of mankind… furniture from Ikea.

275x250.jpgCheryl Cole could need subtitles if she becomes a judge on the US version of the X-Factor next year, according to a global poll of interpreters and translators.

The Geordie Girls Aloud singer - tipped to star on the US show - has been named one of the high-profile Brits most likely to need subtitles on US TV.

A poll of 226 linguists found Cheryl the fourth most difficult Brit celeb to understand - with only Wayne Rooney, Alex Ferguson and Susan Boyle were harder to decipher.

A spokesperson for Today Translations, which conducted the poll said: "We wanted to know whether Cheryl Cole might need subtitles when she becomes a judge on the US version of The X Factor."

Forget that, we could do with subtitles on the ITV version. Seriously we don't understand a word she says.

275x250.jpg If you were buying a Heston Blumenthal Christmas pudding at his restaurant The Fat Duck, you’d expect it to be pretty expensive.

And you'd probably think it would be far cheaper if you could pick one up on eBay which had originally been sold in Waitrose for £13.99… but you'd be wrong.

The Hidden Orange Christmas puds are currently changing hands on the internet auction site for vast amounts, some have already sold for more than £120.

This has prompted other scrooges (who are obviously struggling to find their Christmas spirit) to list their puddings for as much a £350 each.

275x250.jpgToy Story has been named as the movie which most likely to make men blubber after it topped a list of the top 10 films which make grown men cry.

A survey of male movie fans found the animated Pixar classic - which tells the story of a jealous cowboy toy - often makes men cry.

It was followed in the list by tear-prompters by Forrest Gump and Return of the Jedi, which ends with the heroic Luke Skywalker finally defeating the evil Empire.

Other movies which make men cry include ET, Jerry McGuire, Titanic and the Shawshank Redemption.

Bizarrely the Jennifer Aniston film Marley And Me was also on the list… presumably because men weep at being forced to watch such a more movie.

275x250.jpg A survey of British TV fans has found up to 67% of TV talent show viewers 'judge' the contestants along with the TV experts -- and many think they could do a better job.

In fact 19% of viewer think they would make a better X Factor judge than Simon Cowell… and 71% think they'd be better at judging talent than Louis Walsh.

51% of viewers said TV talent shows like the X Factor left then shouting at the television and 28% said they made then feel angry while only 24% believed the judges are usually correct.

However, only 16% of viewers have ever voted for their favourite contestant… which is why Wagner will probably be safe again this week.

275x250.jpgAfter using 9,852 slices of toast to create a portrait of her mother-in-law for a 50th birthday present, Laura Hadland is at it again.

This time as a 'present' for her movie fan husband, artist Laura has created a Avatar Navi mosaic -- using 4,000 blu-ray discs.

Over several hours the discs of varying colours were placed on the floor to form the face of a Navi alien from the James Cameron blockbuster.

Laura then revealed the image to her husband, and as we haven't been told how impressed he was with it we're guessing it didn't go too well.

Actually, if you know Laura and have got a birthday coming up soon, you might want to ask her for a gift voucher… before she goes and buys 8,654 slices of bacon.

275x250.jpg A 69-year-old granny who became a hit in European nightclubs thanks to her DJing skills has now performed her first gig in the US.

Ruth Flowers, also known as 'Mamy Rock', now looks set to become a star in the US after playing to a crowd of over 3,000 adoring fans.

The OAP DJ says she first caught the DJ bug at a birthday disco for her grandson five years ago, and has been playing gigs across Europe ever since.

Flowers enjoys mixing techno with the likes of the Rolling Stones… and she must be the only DJ who can call them a nice bunch of young lads.

275x250.jpgSpanish surrealist Salvador Dali's moustache has been named the best 'Tash of all time -- and it's hard to disagree.

The artist's rather striking tache came top of a poll beating wrestling star Hulk Hogan's trademark handlebar into second place.

A poll of 14,000 men had been  conducted by MSN Him to promote Movember - a charity which sees men raise money by growing a tache in November.

Albert Einstein's facial hair came in third place followed by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's bushy upper lip growth.

Charlie Chaplin's iconic moustache completed the top five… though if you grown one people probably won't think that's who you are copying.

275x250.jpgThe average British bloke looks like Peter Kay… but thinks he most resembles David Beckham, it has been found.

The TV funnyman was revealed as the typical man in the street's celebrity look-a-like by an iPhone app which measures facial contours before telling users which star they most resemble.

Using stats from over 27,000 downloads it was also said that more UK women look like Charlotte Church than any other female celeb.

David Cameron, Richard Hammond and Chris Moyles also emerged as top male celeb-a-likes while for women it was Kate Garraway and Cheryl Fergiso.

However, a poll of 3,000 revealed the majority of deluded blokes believe they share David Beckham's good looks... they also think they can play football like him.

TV news broadcasts are normally slick, uber-professional affairs… but not always, as this blunder-filled minute of disastrous television proves.

The clip from Channel 10 in San Diego has become an online hit for packing so many gaffes into a short space during a live broadcast.

The 11am newscast begins with a shot of a weather-girl caught unaware, before panning to hosts who promptly bungle their lines as the introduce a news item.

After cutting to the outside link, there's an uncomfortably long pause before the reporter starts talking and the cameraman seems to get distracted by a pensioner on a mobility scooter.

In fact it's all so blunderful, we can't help but question whether it's fake… though we really hope it's not, because it almost makes us look competent.

275x250.jpg An Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond movies Goldfinger and Thunderball has been sold at auction for £2.6 million.

The iconic silver car is the sole remaining '007' DB5 and came complete with front-mounted machine guns, a bullet-proof shield and revolving number plates.

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

But this didn't stop two bidders from gunning for it at an RM Auctions event in London… though with just two bids and over in less than 10 minutes it was less exciting than a Roger Moore chase scene.

275x250.jpgJack has been replaced by Oliver as the most popular boys’ name in England and Wales -- after fourteen years at the top.

Statistics released by the Office for National Statistics also show that Olivia was the most popular name for girls born in 2009.

There were no new entries in the top ten for either boys’ or girls’ names compared with 2008, although there were regional variations in names’ popularity.

Other common names included Harry, Alfie and Joshua, for boys, while Ruby, Chloe and Emily, were popular for girls

There were 706,248 births recorded 2009, with 26,800 different boys’ names and 34,100 different girls’ names registered… which means some must be more interesting than Jack.

275x250.jpg Today is a sad day for fans of psychic cephalopods -- Paul, the World Cup predicting oracle octopus, has died in his tank at an aquarium in Germany.

Paul shot to fame during the World Cup when he correctly predicted the winners of eight matches by eating mussels from a box draped in the flag of the team he thought would be victorious.

As a result of his 100% record all the way to the final, the eight-legged mystic mollusc became a hit with the media and there was even talk about a Hollywood movie being made about him.

But this morning staff at Sea Life Oberhausen say they were "devastated" to discover Paul had passed away overnight… no-one could have predicted it. Except for Paul.

275x250.jpg A US weatherman has been left red-faced after realising the storms he was warning TV viewers about appeared on his map as a giant penis.

The blooper was broadcast on KLST in Texas as meteorologist Nick Kraynok told people about incoming thunderstorms hitting the region.

What he didn't realise at the time -- or if he did, he managed to keep a straight face -- was the 'suggestive' phallic weather graphic he was waving his hands over.

However a video of the forecast has become a hit on YouTube where one commenter said: "Don't worry, the whole thing shrinks down when that cold weather hits it."

275x250.jpg X-Factor judge Cheryl Cole has come face-to-face with her life-size waxwork after it was revealed at Madame Tussauds in London.

The normally outspoken 27-year-old Geordie even says she was so impressed by the £150,000 wax double - wearing a long red Jean-Paul Gaultier dress - when she first saw it, she was lost for words.

However, the sculptors themselves were less impressed. At the public unveiling they realised Cheryl had a new tattoo on her upper thigh, which she'd failed to tell them about.

While the tattoo would currently be covered, Madame Tussauds say they plan to add it for when wax Cheryl is put into a shorter skirt… though we suspect their artists are just using this as an excuse to get a closer look.

275x250.jpg Kapow! The famous Batman logo has been found painted on the roof of a United States Air Force military base in Japan.

The massive logo was spotted in Okinawa using Google Maps and measures around 30m wide by 15m tall, appearing on the top of a building surrounded by F-22 Raptor.

Some have speculated the Batman logo suggests the US military is working with the comic book superhero on some sort of high-tech new weapon.

Unfortunately we think it's more likely to be because Kadena Air Base is used by the 44th Fighter Squadron… commonly known as 'The Bats'. 

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A Finnish newsreader has been sacked after he was caught drinking beer on live TV -- during a report about alcohol licensing laws.

As producers cut back to the studio camera from footage about Finland's alcohol licensing laws, host Kimmo Wilska was seen swigging from a bottle of beer.

After the footage was aired, his bosses were apparently quick to sack the boozy news reader, but he insists it was just a joke.

Kimmo claims he was pretending to drink from the bottle as a joke for colleagues in the studio and had not intended for it to be broadcast.

Fans of the news anchor have now started a Facebook campaign to get him his job back which 23,000 people have already joined… many of who think the news should be presented by a drink host anyway.

275x250.jpg A Dutch man has interrupted a current affairs talk-show on live TV...  by asking the hosts where the toilets were.

Student Barry Creemer shocked producers of the 'Pauw en Witteman' show when he stood up from his seat in the audience and walked in front of the cameras.

But it was when he then proceeded to ask the presenters of the show where the nearest toilets were, that really left them flabbergasted.

While the hosts calmly answered and pointed him in the right direction, their discussion soon descended into a round-table giggle-fest and they look like they might wet themselves laughing.

275x250.jpg X Factor boss Simon Cowell has officially changed his name from 'Simon Phillip Cowell' to 'Lightning Cowell'… but only for 24 hours.

Cowell had been annoyed at having to call X-Factor contestant Storm Lee by his legal name, and joked with fellow judges about changing his moniker to  "Lightning".

Unbeknown to him, Cheryl Cole contacted the UK Deed Poll Service and had the paperwork drawn up for Simon to legally change his name, which he was presented with live on ITV2's Xtra Factor.

After a few moments thought, Simon agreed to make the change for 24 hours by signing the contract in front of named witness Cheryl Cole… but only if he was allowed to hold the contract.

Hollywood movie star Johnny Depp shocked pupils at a London school by making an impromptu visit as his alter-ego Captain Jack Sparrow.

Taking a break from filming the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Depp  was responding to a letter sent by a pupil at Meridian Primary School in Greenwich.

The 47-year-old said nine-year-old Beatrice Delap had written asking him to lead a mutiny against her teachers -- and he was only too happy to oblige.

Along with other members of the cast dressed in full costume, the actor walked into a specially called assembly to address the children.

He suggested that if he were to take over the school, they could all eat sweets until their teeth fell out… he must have forgotten he was already in England.

275x250.jpg He is inextricably linked to the phrase "You're fired" -- but Lord Alan Sugar is far more likely to utter the words 'team' 'good' or 'leader' it's been found.

During of the current sixth series of The Apprentice, a website will be transcribing every word the diminutive businessman says, to discover his most common words.

They will then publish a word cloud of the words he uses most after each episode of the hit BBC1 reality TV show.

Bosses at MyJobGroup.co.uk say this will allow would-be Lord Sugars to model themselves on the business supremo by copying his lingo. They haven't said if you need to attempt the accent too.

275x250.jpg Barack Obama was left red-faced when the presidential seal fell off his lectern as delivered a speech in Washington.

Obama was mid-speech as he addressed the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit when there was a large clunking sound.

Leaning forward over the top of his lectern he said: "Oops. Was that my err… " before shrugging his shoulders.

Dismissing the prop failure the president then added, "It's alright. All of you know who I am." He has a point.


The Bolivian president has been caught on camera kneeing a political rival in the groin during a 'friendly' football match which was on TV.

Evo Morales had been taking part in the game against a group of political rivals to raise money for charity.

But the match quickly turned nasty and after being riled by a tough tackle to one of his team-mates, the President stepped in.

And by "stepped in" we mean kneed his victim, Daniel Gustavo Cartagenam, in the groin, sending him falling to the floor. All in front of TV cameras.

The foul-tastic game ended 4-4 and two players from each side were sent off -- making the match the only thing dirtier than politics itself.

When a US congressman took his grandson to the House of Representatives, he probably expected the lad to be fascinated by watching his granddad speak.

Not everything went to plan. As this C-SPAN video shows the young boy wasn't quite as engaged as Ted Poe would have liked… in fact, he fell asleep.

Reports state the representative for Texas and former judge had taken his grandson on the floor to hear him speak about domestic violence.

But by the time it was his turn to stand, the boy was already dozing off and as he speaks his eyes can be seen slowly closing before his head falls to one side.

We think someone will be double checking theme-parks and ice cream are on offer next time granddad says "Do you want to do something fun today?"

275x250.jpg Producers for the show Australia's Next Top Model have been left red-faced after announcing the WRONG WINNER on live TV.

The cringe-inducing blunder happened during the live final of the show which saw 16 women battle it out for a modelling contract and cash prize.

But shortly after the 'winner' had been announced as 19-year-old Kelsey Martinovich, host Sarah Murdoch was informed of the error via her ear-piece, and force to apologise for giving the wrong name.

Sarah then had to turn around and tell Amanda Ware she'd actually won, and ask her to say a few words… at least Amanda was able to pick up a few tips from her rival's heartfelt acceptance speech from seconds earlier.

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A journalist has been caught picking her nose on live TV and eating the contents - because she didn't know she was on camera.

As CBS 2 News anchor Dorothy Tucker wrapped up a report on bed bugs, the unfortunately positioned journalist was sitting behind her at her desk.

The unnamed journo didn't appear to think she could be seen by the camera (or anyone else) and reached up into her nose and had a good rummage around.

After examining her haul she then proceed to eat it - all while absent-mindedly looking directly at the camera - before quietly getting back to work.

Meanwhile Tucker, unaware of what was happening behind her, must have thought the cameramen were just grossed out by her bed bugs report.

Parliamentary bills about meat imports must be much more entertaining in Switzerland than they are in the UK.

How else could you explain the amusing reaction from finance minister Hans-Rudolf Merz in this video?

The politician became tongue-tied with the bureaucratic legalise used in the bill he was reading and started laughing.

After his initial verbal stumble he tried to go on, but he just couldn't stop himself laughing and was soon joined by most of the parliament.

When he was finally able to get through all of what he had to say he received a round of applause from other politicians. In odd news, no-one cares how they voted.

Remember the weird Dutch accent Steve McClaren developed while managing FC Twente? Well now he's started speaking in a German accent.

The former England boss - commonly known as 'the wally with the brolly' - has spent the past five months managing German Bundesliga team Wolfsburg.

But while the Yorkshireman is still giving his press conferences in English and through a translator he appears to have adopted a German twang.

During a recent outing he started of by saying "Ya, ya, ya" and then then followed it up by pronouncing 'we' and 've' and sounding like a right plonker.

And remember, this is even when compared to the average football manager who is not exactly know for his verbal eloquence, is he?

Ronnie O'Sullivan makes a reluctant 147 break

Snooker ace Ronnie O'Sullivan had to be convinced by the referee to pot the final black in a World Open match and score a 147 break.

Despite having otherwise cleared the table O'Sullivan initially said he didn't want to make the shot on the final black -- because there wasn't enough prize money.

While some competition offer a £25,000 payout for players scoring a maximum break of 147 there was only a prize of £4,000 for the highest break at the Glasgow World Cup.

However, after shaking the hand of Mark King, who he'd just beaten, Ronnie was eventually convinced to make the shot by ref Jan Verhaas.

As the ball went in the crowd cheered… but not as much as they would have done if he'd missed after staging his little protest.

TV newsreader caught not wearing trousers

A TV newsreader who thought no-one would notice he was broadcasting without wearing trousers has been caught out by a wide-angle shot.

Everything had appeared normal as the smartly dressed news anchor hosted the popular 24UR show on Slovenian TV.

It was only as the camera panned out at the end of the show and he turned to speak to a colleague his secret was revealed.

When the journalist rolled his chair back from the desk he was embarrassingly revealed to be reading the news with his pants down.

Like Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy the news reporter had been wearing a shirt, tie and suit jacket… but no trousers.

275x250.jpgWhen their on-screen clock failed, bosses at BBC Breakfast were forced to employ a low-tech solution… getting presenters to hold a clock.

Because many people use the on-screen clock to judge when they should be leaving for work, staff knew they needed to come up with a solution when the software running theirs failed.

Shortly after the clock disappeared from the BBC1 show, red-faced hosts Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams resorted to holding an analog clock between them on the sofa.

Studio bosses later added live video footage of an alarm clock in the bottom corner of the screen.

Some people have even claimed the clock failure was a publicity stunt to show what the Beeb might be like with proposed cut-backs.

275x250.jpgA British teenager has been banned from ever visiting America… because he sent an abusive email to Barack Obama calling him a 'prick'.

17-year-old Luke Angel from Bedfordshire is said to have sent the ranting email after getting drunk and watching a TV show about the 9/11 attacks.

The FBI intercepted the White House-bound email and contacted British officials who sent police to his parents house to let him know his behaviour had been 'unacceptable.'

The college student was also told he had been instantly banned from entering the United States for the rest of his life.

Suddenly our drunken escapades seem so boring -- how much do you need to drink before annoying a world leader and getting banned from a country.

Woman hit in face by watermelon on TV show

Hurling watermelons with a giant slingshot sounds like great fun. But as a  American reality show recently proved, that's not always the case.

A contestant on the CBS show 'The Amazing Race' was competing in an event where they had to aim watermelons at suits of armour. As you do.

But after a couple of misses, a watermelon got stuck in the slingshot and was flung back at Claire Champlain, straight at her head.

It smashed into her face where it exploded (the watermelon, not her face) leaving Champlain lying on the floor in agony.

Speaking after the accident, she said: "I can't feel my face, I have the worst headache ever." … we imagine the sensation is similar to being forced to watch The Amazing Race.

275x250.jpgA tiny teenager who's set to become the world's shortest man when he turns 18 next month, has gone on a promotional tour of New York.

22-inch tall Khagendra Thapa Magar drew huge crowds in Times Square as he visited the city to promote Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Enter if You Dare! book.

Magar will officially take the Guinness World Records title of world's shortest man from 27 inch Edward Nino Hernandez on his birthday, Oct 14.

This means Hernandez will have had the shortest shortest man reign after inheriting the title from China's He Pingping, who passed away in March.

Let's hope Magar, from Nepal, will be able to hold onto it for a little longer… and doesn't have any sudden growth spurts.

275x250.jpgMarilyn Monroe has been named the greatest blonde of all time after beating off competition from Cameron Diaz and Scarlett Johansson.

The 'Some Like It Hot' star - who died in 1962 - pipped other fair-haired women to take top slot judged be a poll of 3,000 people.

Actress Grace Kelly came second while French beauty Brigitte Bardot was third and Cameron Diaz was the highest placed modern day star, making it into fourth.

Other women named in 'Greatest Blondes of All Time' list were Holly Willoughby (5th), Madonna (11th), Tess Daly (18th) and Paris Hilton (20th)

The study also found men were significantly more likely to try and hit on a blonde haired women… and then rejected and go home with a brunette.

275x250.jpgPunning comedian Tim Vine has been judged to have the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.

The comic - who once set a world record for telling the most joke in an hour - beat  the likes of Jack Whitehall, John Bishop and Gareth Richards to take the annual title.

His one-liner: "I’ve just been on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. I’ll tell you what, never again," won 40% of public votes from TV channel Dave after being shortlisted by comedy critics.

It comes from his quickfire 'Joke-Amotive' show which is currently on at the Pleasance Courtyard.

Speaking of his win Vine said: "I am very happy to win this award and I'm going to celebrate by going to Sooty's barbecue and having a sweepsteak."

275x250.jpgCameron Diaz been awarded the dubious honour of being named the most dangerous celebrity to search for online.

Security experts warn that searching online for the Knight and Day star can frequently result in landing on sites laden with malicious software.

In fact searching for Cameron Diaz gives a 10% chance of landing on a website used by cyber-criminals to hit you with spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

Other dangerous celebs to search for were said to include, Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, Gisele Bündchen and Brad Pitt.

However, a risk the security bods didn't factor into their danger risk list was being caught by your girlfriend searching for Gisele Bündchen pictures.

A Star Wars fan has re-made the sci-fi classic by getting hundreds of people to record 15 second sections of the movie and cutting them together.

Casey Pugh used clips submitted by fans to create a scene-be-scene remake of Star Wars: A New Hope, which can now be seen online.

Some tryed to replicate the big screen action as faithfully as possible usinf LEGO, animation and CGI while other embraced the more low-tech.

Highlights include a slice of pizza which doubles as a spaceship and the countless people wrapped in foil.

George Lucas must be sitting at home and wondering why he didn't use more food based spaceships in the original.

275x250.jpgWhen Craig Bellamy joined Cardiff City from Manchester City it took many people by surprise, including staff at the club shop.

Within hours of the shock announcement that Bellamy would play with the number 39 on his back, thousands of replica shirts were sold.

But the club shop soon ran out of Ys and 9s -- so fans started buying shirts with "Bellam 3" printed on the rear.

Many say they plan on returning to get the rest of the shirt printed once the store has more letters in stock.

Cynics have suggested the fans should pop into a Manchester City store and they would probably top it up for them.


275x250.jpgSome say he never blinks, and that he roams around the woods at night foraging for wolves... and it would make a great chapter in his autobiography.

But BBC bosses are said to be launching a legal challenge to prevent Top Gear's mystery driver The Stig from writing his memoirs.

They claim he's subject to a confidentiality agreement and unmasking himself in a book could spoil Top Gear for millions of fans.

Along with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May The Stig became a cult icon on the BBC show though his real name has never been revealed.

People have speculated that he could be racing drivers Perry McCarthy, Ben Collins or Damon Hill … all we know is we really don't care any more.

275x250.jpgA video of Roger Federer serving a tennis ball and knocking a bottle off a man's head William Tell-style has become an online hit.

But is the clip real or fake? The internet is currently debating whether it was a great shot, or a great camera trick.

In the video -'leaked' from a Gillette shoot - Federer convinced someone to stand with a bottle on his head.

He then went to the other end of the studio and served the ball knocking the bottle to the floor. For good measure he then repeated the trick.

What do you think, is it a camera trick… or did the first 14 attempts  result in people breaking their nose? Let us know in the comments.

275x250.jpgA billionaire has said he's willing to pay someone $1million is they accept his dare of standing naked in front of US President Barack Obama.

Alki David, who runs dare website Battlecam.com, says he will pay the cash to the first person to streak Obama with "Battlecam" written on their chest while shouting "Battlecam."

To be in line for the payout, users must also stream the event live on the site and expect to use some of the money to pay for their inevitable fines and lawyers fees.

David had initially offered $100,000 for the stunt, but upped his bid after applicants said it wasn't enough given the audacity of the dare.

Something tells us Obama should get used to seeing naked people a lot more often from now on.

275x250.jpgSecret files revealed today show that Winston Churchill was accused of ordering a UFO cover-up - because he was worried people would panic.

The latest batch of UFO files released by the National Archives include a letter from the grandson of an RAF officer who was also one of Churchill's bodyguards.

In it he claims his grandfather overheard Churchill talking about aliens with US wartime General Dwight Eisenhower - in particular a UFO shadowing aircraft returning to Britain.

The letter goes on to claim Churchill said the incident needed to be classified because it would "create mass panic among the general population and destroy one's belief in the Church."

In odd news none of the documents have yet revealed whether Churchill really did have a hotline to the TARDIS and Doctor Who.

275x250.jpgArtist John O’Hearn has created an odd-looking portrait of Lady Gaga -- by using thousands of BB gun pellets.

The sculptor from Florida says can recreate any image using the odd medium which involves lining up red, green, blue, black and white balls in a grid formation.

His Lady Gaga creation measures 4 feet high and is 8 feet wide and contains a whopping 61,509 Airsoft BB pellets.

The image - which has been acquired by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! - took a month to complete.

But it won't be the oddest portrait on show, there's also a President Obama made from gumballs, an Elvis made from M&M and a  Marilyn Monroe of gummy bears.

275x250.jpgRapper Kanye West has given an unsuspecting fan a moment of fame - by choosing to follow him on Twitter.

The US star is followed by over 350,000 users on the social networking site but follows just one… a seemingly randomly picked man from Coventry.

Kanye started following Steven Holmes (@Ste_101) after the Coventry lad commented on a photo the rapper had uploaded of diamond teeth.

"Do you clean them with Colgate or polish?" said Holmes, prompting the US star to follow him and add the comment: "You are the chosen one dun dun dun dun."

Since receiving the Kanye seal of approval, Holmes has seen his own number of followers jump from 60 to over 1,800… I'm gonna let you finish, but Ste_101 has the best Twitter followers of all time!

275x250.jpg A set of false teeth designed and custom-built for Sir Winston Churchill have been sold at auction for £15,200.

The teeth - mounted on a gold structure - were constructed by dentist Derek Cudlipp and designed to preserve Churchill's natural lisp.

One of only three sets ever made, the dentures had been owned by the son of the dental technician, until the sale where they were expected to fetch £5,000.

But nine bidders all wanted to get their teeth into the odd piece of World War II memorabilia and the drove the price up to £15,200 at the Keys Auctions sale.

275x250.jpgITV has caused outrage among soap fans following an Emmerdale episode showing a shopping list featuring 'jam rags and 'piles cream'.

The crude reference to sanitary towels and hemorrhoid cream appeared on a blackboard shopping list in Marlon Dingle's house.

Fans of the soap were stunned by the slang term appearing in the 7pm show and the reference has been labelled 'inappropriate and unnecessary' by media watchdogs.

Vivienne Pattison of Mediawatch, an independent campaign for family values in the media, said: "Clearly whoever wrote that knew exactly what they were doing, and they certainly didn't need to."

A spokesperson for Emmerdale was unavailable for comment… maybe they're out doing the shopping.

275x250.jpg Police in New York are hunting for an armed robber who dressed in a Darth Vader costume to rob a bank.

The 6ft tall Star Wars movie character walked into the Chase bank branch on Long Island yesterday and demanded staff hand over cash.

But rather than brandishing a lightsaber or using a force grip to get what he wanted, the man was waving a handgun as he told staff what he wanted.

After being given the money 'Darth' ran out of the bank before escaping on a bicycle. Yes, a cycling Darth Vader bank robber is wanted by police, these are the sort of moments Newslite was made for.

A unfortunate news presenter on Taiwanese TV suffered an asthma attack on live TV -- after choking on a mosquito.

Huang Ching had been reading the news when a rogue mosquito entered the studio and headed straight for her mouth.

Being a true professional, Ching carried on despite the bug flying into her mouth and continued to read the headlines.

But the tiny bug set off a asthmatic reaction and TV bosses were forced to cut to adverts as while Ching was given medical treatment and rushed to hospital.

Experts say she would have been fine if she'd simply spat the bug back out, but Ching said it would have been rude to do that on TV.

275x250.jpg A red-headed music fan has become the latest unlikely internet hero after being filmed singing along to an Eminem performance at T in the Park.

The young fan - believed to be named Robbie Snowden - now even has his own Facebook fan page with over 11,500 fans after he was spotted on TV coverage.

In the clips - which are surging on YouTube - he can be seen staring wide-eyed into the camera, singing along with Eminem and waving his fists 'gangsta-style'.

Commenters and fans are now calling for Robbie to become a star in his own right -- and he's already more entertaining than many of the acts at T in the Park.

275x250.jpgKylie Minogue surprised GMTV viewers this morning -- by becoming a weathergirl and delivering a forecast in front of an Australian map.

The pint-sized Aussie singer was appearing on the morning programme to plug her new album Aphrodite by taking over all aspects of the show.

Title sequences were changed from 'GMTV' to 'KMTV' and Kylie had a go at previewing the weekend’s entertainment, directing the show and then being a weathergirl.

Wearing a blue leopard-print dress she stepped in front of an Australian weather-map to deliver the forecast for her hometown Melbourne.

But she wasn't quite sure and said "The weather down under is going to be…" before asking the normal weather presenter "What is it going to be?"

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

275x250.jpgAn Icelandic political party has won elections in Reykjavik -- by running a campaign based on free towels at all swimming pools.

The 'Best' party - which secured 34.7% of the municipal election vote - also pledged to get a new polar bear for the local zoo.

This will mean they will now hold six seats on the 15-member city council - more than the Independence Party's which got 33.6 percent of the vote.

Other key pledges they made included a "drug-free" parliament by 2020 and the addition of a Disneyland at the airport.

Established only six months ago by comedian Jon Gnarr, few had expected the party to do well, including some of those standing… who now have to find a polar bear.

He used to be the prince of darkness - but to promote his latest album, Ozzy Osbourne seems a bit more like Jeremy Beadle.

Ozzy has spent a day scaring visitors to Madame Tussauds waxwork museum  New York and posting the resulting videos on YouTube

The Black Sabbath frontman sat motionless at the attraction and then, when fans posed to have their photo taken with the lifeless looking dummy, shouted "boo".

As the visitors screamed so did he, and to be honest we are not exactly sure who looks the most scared.

The stunt was part of a promotion for Osbourne's newest album, "Scream" -- which is what Sharon Osbourne does every time she wakes up and sees Ozzy lying next to her.


275x250.jpgA book taken out of a New York library by George Washington, the first president of the USA, has been returned… 221 years late

He borrowed the book - Law of Nations" by Emer de Vattel - on October 5, 1789 but never returned it.

Earlier this year staff at the New York Society Library said they had calculated that he should have racked up a $300,000 (£195,000) fine, but they would not be pressing it.
 
However days after the announcement was made staff at Washington's home in Virginia, Mount Vernon, offered to replace the book another copy of the same edition.

Yesterday a ceremony was hosted during which the errant volume was presented to the head librarian… who will now see if any other US leaders were common library cheats.

A TV news presenter was shocked when the guest on her show (who was admittedly also her boyfriend) proposed to her live on air.

Anna Fedorova, host of Prime Time Russia, had been interviewing her partner Neave Barker, a journalist for the Arab news network Al-Jazeera on the show.

As the pair talked about various cultural activities in Moscow, Barker interrupted his partner saying: "Anya, it's time for me to ask you a question."

He then stood up and after letting he know her colleague and family were in on the stunt, he produced a diamond ring and asked her to marry him.

She quickly said yes and ran over to Barker who put the ring on her finger -- all while announcements about street battles in Kyrgystan scrolled along the bottom of the screen.

275x250.jpgThe Obama's Portuguese water dog Bo cost $1,600, it has been revealed.

But Bo - who was picked over a rescue dog - was not paid for by the Obama family and was a gift from the late Ted Kennedy and his wife, Vicki.

His price has only come to light now after it appeared on official annual financial disclosure forms, which were released yesterday.

The forms detail all personal financial interests of the President, from income from his books to his college savings plans for daughters Sasha and Malia.

Other notable income listed includes his Nobel peace prize medal, the value of which was listed as "not readily ascertainable" -- which is one way of putting it.

275x250.jpgAshes to Ashes actress Keeley Hawes will provide the voice of Tomb Raider heroine Lara Croft in the latest version of the hit game.

It had been thought Hawes - who first voiced Lara in 2006 - may have retired from the audio role after recent on-screen success in the BBC drama alongside old-school copper Gene Hunt.

But Eidos have now confirmed she will once again lend her dulcet tones to the upcoming 'Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light' game.

Guardian of Light will be the fist download-only game in the Tomb Raider franchise and is due to be released on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and Steam this summer.

Unfortunately for Hawes fans it is highly unlikely she will be squeezing into skin-tight Lara Croft outfit to promote the game.

275x250.jpgA UK university has launched a course based on the cult fight against crime TV series The Wire.

Students at the University of York will study the way in which race, class and political process are represented in the Baltimore-based show.

The 10-week module will be an option for sociology degree students and experts claim it is a great way of teaching social science.

Professor Roger Burrows said: "The Wire presents a challenge to what we do as academics. It promotes a huge amount of popular and intellectual debate, and we wanted to explore that."

Would-be students wanting to take 'The Wire as Social Science Fiction' course have been told they must watch all 60 episodes first… it's a hard life being a student, isn't it.

275x250.jpgFormer Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker has teamed up with the National Trust to produce an album of weird sounds including birdsong, creaky floorboards and trickling water.

Cocker worked with staff from the conservation charity to produce the 33 minute album which it is hoped will increase visitor numbers.

The three month project saw them searching stately homes for unique sounds which were recorded by sound engineers and compiled into 12 tracks.  

Odd tracks include; walking on gravel, birdsong, waves lapping along the shore, footsteps through house, murmurs of children, birds in water garden, and clocks ticking.

'National Trust: The Album' can be downloaded for free here… or you could just listen to the world around you.

275x250.jpgAfter recently joining Twitter, Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, has hired hundreds of staff to help him manage his account.

Chavez quickly gained more than 250,000 followers after signing up for the social networking and micro-blogging site where he has a 'verified account'.

But this meant he started receiving more messages that he was able to respond to, so he decided to hire in some help… an army of 200 Twitterers.

They will now respond to the incoming messages - which are said to be coming in at a rate of 30,000 per week - with official replies.

Chavez has described Twitter as "a weapon that needs to be used by the revolution -- which makes us feel bad for using it to talk about what we had for lunch.

275x250.jpg There's still a few hours until we know who's won the UK election 2010 - but in the meantime here are the crisp packet election results.

In the run-up to the May 6th vote, crisp manufacturer Real Crisps produced packets in the party colours of red, blue and yellow.

The packets - which features the faces Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg - were then given out around the country to asses political popularity, along with an online poll.

According to this (highly scientific) study Nick Clegg was this morning named the most popular with 50% of the 'vote' -- presumably people thought crisps with Cameron on would be too cheesy.

275x250.jpgAn Danish architect has revealed plans to transform the Hollywood sign into a luxury hotel with rooms inside each of the letters.

Christian Bay-Jorgensen has produced and impressive set of designs which would see the giant letters rebuilt twice their current size.

He says facilities like the bar, restaurant and pool would be built behind the letters giving the 10 floors of rooms stunning views of the LA skyline.

The 28-year-old added there would be roof terraces on the top of the letters which could house 308 rooms… more if they added a few extra letters.

275x250.jpgPerformers at a pantomime in Leeds were determined the show must go on - despite only NINE people turning up to see it.

The heavy snowfall meant that few people had been able to get to The Carriageworks Theatre, for the performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

In fact, because there were only four adult and five children, it meant that for some scenes the actors outnumbered the crowd.

But despite this, the actors carried on as though they were playing to the usual audience of around 350 people.

Are you impressed, we got through all of that without saying "There's no business like snow business." D'oh.

275x250.jpg Hackers have inserted a photo of Mr Bean onto Spain's official EU presidency website… because their Prime Minister looks like the slapstick character.

It has been a running joke for a number of years that Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero looks like the bumbling Rowan Atkinson creation.

But today users of Spain's official EU presidency website were confronted with an image of Mr Bean when they accessed a page which was meant to show Zapatero.

Between their laughs, Spanish officials confirmed the site had been hacked, but insisted that no information on the site had breached.

275x250.jpgA daredevil driver has set a new world record distance for jumping in a rally car, reaching a massive 269 feet.

Travis Pastrana drove flew his Subaru rally car from a ramp on a pier in Long Beach, California onto a a barge anchored in the harbour.

He had to reach exactly 91mph at the end of the ramp to make the jump which looked near perfect as he landed at the other side skidding his car sideways.

But completing the jump and missing the water didn't mean that Travis stayed dry… he celebrated by doing a backflip into the harbour.

275x250.jpgUK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has finally won something… unfortunately for him it's the title of the world's worst dressed man.

Brown has the dubious honour of topping a recent poll by GQ magazine to find the most unstylish man on the planet.

He even beat jump-suit-wearing North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, Peter Stringfellow and the entire BBC Match Of The Day team, to the title.

Describing the PM - who has the ability of making any suit look crumpled and uncomfortable -  GQ said he was "anything but a prime example of British Style."

It will come as a even bigger blow to Brown with rival David Cameron named as the eighth BEST dressed man … though he was still four placed behind the fictional character Fantastic Mr Fox.

275x250.jpgUS weather reporter Kim Perez didn't forecast this -- her boyfriend proposing to her live on TV.

The Weather Channel presenter was busy talking about rainfall in Florida when her policeman partner Marty Cunningham walked onto the set.

He quickly dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him, as he did music started playing and the US map switched to a screen saying "Will You Marry Me?"

Luckily he wasn't left embarrassed, Kim said 'I will,' before adding ‘You got me’ and ‘You make me so happy.’

Then came the traditional end to any good marriage proposal… a voiceover introduces the football forecast.

275x250.jpgA hypnotist has announced plans for a stunt where he intends to put users of Facebook and Twitter into a trance and stick their hands together.
 
Chris Hughes says his Socialtrance event on the 4th of January will be the world's largest mass online hypnosis session.

Using just the sound of his voice he claims the webcast will leave users of the social networks stuck to their chair and unable to open their eyes.

The 34-year-old says he wants to show people to the power of hypnotism and that all participants need is a computer with speakers and a Twitter or Facebook account.

But who is going to be more susceptible Twitter or Facebook users? Let us know which you think in the comments.

Star Trek is the most pirated movie of 2009

275x250.jpgStar Trek has been illegally downloaded around 11 million times this year - that's more than any other movie.

Experts from TorrentFreak say the J.J. Abrams sci-fi flick was the most pirated film of 2009, ahead of things like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Twilight.

Other popular BitTorrent downloads included The Hangover, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Guy Ritchie's crime movie RocknRolla was the third most downloaded film of the year -- you have to admit that watching it seems a suitable punishment for illegal downloading movies.

Top 10 most watched TV shows of the decade

275x250.jpgAn Only Fools and Horses Christmas special has been named as Britain's most watched programme of the decade.

BARB say more than 21 million viewers tuned in to 2001 show where the Trotters lose their fortune… so not even a good episode.

An episode of EastEnders where viewers found out who shot Phil Mitchell came in second with 20 million viewers, and a Coronation Street from 2003 came third.

Other shows in the Top 10 included Britain's Got Talent, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, The X Factor and I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!

While that might paint a depressing picture of UK TV, if sporting events had been included, six of the Top 10 would have been England football matches. Is that better or worse?

275x250.jpgPrince William has spent a night sleeping rough on a bed of cardboard boxes in a  London street - to raise awareness of the plight of homeless young people.

On Dec 15th the Prince - along with Seyi Obakin of charity Centrepoint - set up a 'bed' of cardboard boxes around Blackfriars bridge as temperatures dropped to -4C.

They then experienced first-hand what it is like for the thousands of young people who live rough in UK cities worried about being accosted by drug dealers and pimps.

At one point the Prince and fellow rough sleepers were almost run over by a road sweeper. Throughout the night they had also needed to keep an eye out for people who were out to give homeless people a kicking.

Maybe sensibly the Prince refrained from using the sleeping bag with the sentence "My other bed ... is in a palace" printed on it.

275x250.jpgTV show boss Simon Cowell is inadvertently helping Rage Against the Machine in their chart battle with X Factor winner Joe McElderry.

Cowell has previously spoken out against the 'cynical' Facebook group trying to get the RATM track to the number one spot over Christmas.

But now, anyone searching for Simon Cowell on Amazon.co.uk - one of the UKs biggest MP3 retailers - is being advised to buy 'Killing In The Name' over 'The Climb ' by McElderry.

The 1992 track appears at the top of a list of projects suggested by other customers - something which is sure to annoy Cowell in the run up to the Christmas number 1.

But what is guaranteed to hurt him more is that he hasn't worked out a way of making money out of the the RATM track… maybe we will see one of his other acts covering it soon.

275x250.jpgNew F1 boss Sir Richard Branson could soon be donning an air stewardess uniform and serving coffee on a rival airline, after placing a odd Formula One bet.

Branson has made a wager with rival F1 boss Tony Fernandes that his Virgin Racing team will do better than Lotus F1 next season.

If they do Tony will have to work for a day as a stewardess with Virgin Atlantic Airways - complete with unflattering uniform. But if Lotus F1 do better Branson will do the same on AirAsia.

AirAsia CEO Fernandes - who released this cheeky picture - said of the bet: "Our passengers will be delighted to be served by a Knight of the Realm."

Either way I think we can all agree the biggest losers will be the passengers on whichever flight gets the cross-dressing stewardess.

275x250.jpgThe son of Evel Knievel has announced plans to tackle the double-decker bus jump which defeated his dad and ended his career.

Robbie Knievel, 47 has revealed he will try to jump over 16 double-decker buses to mark the 35th anniversary of his dad’s failed attempt.

In 1975 Evel tried to jump his Harley-Davidson XR-750 over a row of 13 of the buses in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium.

But when his rear wheel clipped the last bus he summersaulted through the air and broke his pelvis - ending his career.

Now Robbie will try to recreate the jump in London during May 2010… well everything except the crash.

When MP Paul Gogarty shouted "F*** you" at a fellow politician in the Irish parliament he made a quick apology for his language.

But it now looks like he didn't need to -- the F-word is not on the list of words Irish MPs are banned from saying.

During a budget debate last week, Gogarty, of the Green Party, was heckled by the opposition for "bleating and blathering"

But rather than a witty riposte, he shouted back "With all due respect, in the most unparliamentary language, f*** you Deputy Stagg. F*** you," - before apologising.

As it turns out F**k is not on the list of banned words, though coward;  guttersnipe; hypocrite; rat; scumbag; brat and buffoon all are… in England some MPs want the word 'expenses' to be banned too.

275x250.jpgElton John and Judy Garland have been voted the greatest gay icons of all time.



The 62-year-old rock star was picked a the top gay male icon, in part for marrying David Furnish on the first day same-sex unions became legal.



Garland meanwhile, was named top female celebrity gay icon with many of the 5,000 people polled say her portrayal of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, resonates with the gay community.

Others celebrities to feature on the lists included Freddie Mercury, Kylie Minogue, Stephen Fry and Liza Minelli.

Gay icons or not, whatever way you look at it, that list would make one hell of a dinner party, don't you think.

275x250.jpgAlmost one million Strictly Come Dancing fans will injure themselves trying to replicate the moves they see on the hit BBC show, it has been revealed.

Experts say that as many as 44 percent of the nine million fans will try their hand at ballroom dancing after watching the likes of Laila Rouass and Ricky Whittle.

But 25 percent of the would-be dancers will end up injured trying to replicate lifts and spins - that's 990,000 people left Strictly Come Hobbling.

Experts from MBT claim most of the injuries are caused by the poor fitness and physiques of the couch-potatoes turned dancers who regularly hurt their feet and ankles or backs.

Others just find their partner watching Strictly Come Dancing every Saturday night a real pain in the neck.


Formula One legend Murray Walker was in pole position today, after being voted the greatest sports commentator of all time.



Walker, who has been broadcasting since 1948 and spent much of his career at the BBC, took the chequered flag with ease in a survey of 8,879 people.



He beat BBC Sports' voice of football John Motson into second place with world tennis ace John McEnroe coming in third.



Famous for his boyish enthusiasm and authoritative voice, Walker began his Formula 1 commentating in the 1970's and continued until his retirement in 2001.


To be honest he is probably better know for his gaffes and Murrayisms like, 'With half the race gone, there's half the race still to go' and 'here comes Damon Hill in the Williams. This car is absolutely unique - except for the one following it, which is identical'.


275x250.jpgFormer England cricket captain Michael Vaughan is hoping to knock art critics for six after switching the crease for the canvas.

The 35-year-old batsman has currently got an exhibition of his abstract works on show at a Cardiff art gallery.

Vaughan creates the Jackson Pollock-esque images with a technique he dubbed "artballing" - where he paints cricket balls with a symbolic colour and then bats it against a blank canvas.

He says he has been pleased with the results from his 100mph creative process in a Yorkshire warehouse… dnd who is going to argue with a artist waving a cricket bat.    

275x250.jpgPresident Obama has continued the Thanksgiving tradition of sparing the life of a turkey... which will now live at Disneyland.

Yesterday he pardoned Courage the turkey on the White House lawn after it was picked by his daughters Sasha and Malia.

The lucky 45lb bird, donated by the National Turkey Board, will now go to Disneyland where it will stay on at an exhibit on the settlers' early days in the US.

Speaking at the pardoning Barack Obama said: "Courage will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate."

"There are certain days that remind me of why I ran for this office… and then there are moments like this, where I pardon a turkey and send it to Disneyland," he added.

275x250.jpgA theme park has hired Simon Cowell's former bodyguard to help them protect a new secret ride they are working on.

Alton Towers will pay Tony Adkins the equivalent of a six-figure salary to protect the new ride - codenamed SW6.

Bosses say fans are so desperate to find out more about the £15 million roller-coaster - which is said to have a never-before-seen feature - they needed the extra security.

And Tony seems to have all the right credentials, he has spent seven years as a professional bodyguard also working for Princess Anne, Iron Maiden and Boy George.

He will now direct and provide advice to the in-house security team -- alternatively they could just put pictures of his face around the fence.

275x250.jpgCelebrities are being warned to check for funny or odd translations of any unusual names they pick for their children.

The problem was highlighted after it was revealed that Kai Rooney - the name picked by  Wayne and Colleen Rooney for their new son - has different meanings around the world.

Kai means "pier" in Estonian, "probably" in Finnish and "stop it" in Yoruba -- making him Stop it Rooney.

Now a translation firm has launched a £1,000 service for other celebrities who worry they might make the same sort of mistake.

And they say stars including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, David and Victoria Beckham and Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale should have all used it, find out why after the link.

Hit MPs with custard pies to win a new life

275x250.jpgAn online game where players pelt MPs like Gordon Brown with custard pies has become an online hit - not only for the obvious reasons, but because gamers could also win a new life in Spain.

Players on "MPs’ Expenses Custard Pie Shootout" who hit the MP of their choice six times or more in 30 seconds, could go on to win the £1 million new life in Spain.

The winner will get a £700,000 sports bar and restaurant in the sunny Costa del Sol, along with 12 months’ free accommodation in a two-bedroom apartment.

Unfortunately they will not get the chance to recreate their custard pieing in real life.

Funny Twitter feed to become TV show

275x250.jpgA US TV station has snapped up a funny Twitterer - to make a show based on his 140 character tweets.

CBS have bought the rights to @Shitmydadsays - which details the amusing ponderances of Justin Halpern's 73-year-old dad.

Typical pdates include things like, "You look just like Stephen Hawking... Relax, I meant like a non-paralyzed version of him. Feel better?... Fine. Forget I said it."

Justin is now expected to work with the creators of sitcom Will & Grace to produce the show which will air next year.

We are guessing the first this will be to change the name to something a little more TV friendly.

A spoof advert filmed by the Top Gear team - in which a man commits suicide by shooting himself in the head - breached broadcasting guidelines.

Ofcom say the mock advert for a VW Scirocco - part of a challenge in an August episode of the BBC show - was too graphic and prompted 50 complaints from viewers.

The Jeremy Clarkson advert was a remake of a classic VW car commercial, but with a  typical Top Gear twist.

The BBC had claimed the advert was a "ludicrous and obviously comic depiction of suicide" but Ofcom said it was too violent given that children were likely to be watching.

It sounds like the children probably have a better idea of what to expect when tuning into top gear.

World's largest cinema screen at Pinewood

275x250.jpgBosses at Pinewood Studios have announced plans for the world’s largest cinema screen which will measure a massive 73.1 metres wide by 18.3 metres high.

The screen - normally home to a under water filming facility - will be revealed this weekend with the movie Mission Impossible.

If successful, it will take beat the current record held by Norway's Spektrum in Oslo which held a screening of Independence Day which measured 40.24m in width in 1996.

Tickets for the outdoor drive-in screening start from £35 -- but with a screen that size you will probably be able to see it from miles away.

Mussolini car for auction

200x175.jpg(Off-beat News) A sports car built for fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini is set to sell for £1,000,000 at auction.

The dark red, 1935 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Pescara Spyder was built to the special order of Mussolini with a dickey seat and the engine was specially tuned to deliver 95bhp rather than the 68bhp of the standard model.

The car was driven in the 1936 Mille Miglia by Ercole Boratto finishing 13th overall and 3rd in class.

German Polar Bear becomes internet star

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The Polar Bear cub who shot to fame after being taken from its mother amid concerns she could harm the youngster has become an internet star.

The city of Nuremburg, Germany, which owns the zoo, have had over 1.5 million visitors on a website they setup for the bear.

Thy have also been bombarded with over 25,000 emails and postcards with proposed names for the five-week-old ball of fluff.

* Photo Credit: Ralf Schedlbauer / City of Nuremberg

Queen is a YouTube hit

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(Quirky News) The Queen has become a hit on YouTube after her annual Chrismas Day message was broadcast on the video sharing website.

At 81 she might be older than most users but her channel yesterday attracted more than 2,000 hits per second making it one of the most popular on the site.

50 years ago in 1957  she became the first monarch to televise a Christmas address and this year the broadcast also went out on radio, analogue TV and high-definition digital TV.




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