celebrity: February 2011 Archives

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'.




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