celebrity: August 2011 Archives

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.

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