275x250.jpg Breaking a world record can involve a lifetime of training, practice and dedication… which is all well and good if you are doing something worthwhile. But chances are that wouldn’t win you a DAFTAS Award.

WINNER: Chanel Tapper had got the competition licked in the DAFTAS category of odd record breaker -- because she has a massive 9.75cm long tongue. That means the 21-year-old student from California has a tongue twice as long as average and the equivalent length of an iPhone. (NewsLite)


RUNNER-UP:  Stunt driver Tanner Foust this year set a world record by jumping 332 feet in an off-road truck. After reaching 104mph the 37-year-old movie stuntman launched into the air in the Hot Wheels inspired stunt.(Daily Mail


It's always impressive to see professional sports people on the top of their game. Of course they are always more likely to win a DAFTAS award if they are having a nightmare.

WINNER: Not only did Sergio Ramos win the Spanish cup with Real Madrid in 2011 -- but he also won the DAFTA for weird sports story after dropping the national cup from the top of a double-decker bus while celebrating the win. (Guardian)


RUNNER-UP: Cristiano Ronaldo giving a fan a shirt is nothing unusual. But giving a fan a shirt after whacking a ball at his face and leaving him with a bloody and possibly broken nose, well that's good enough for us. (Asylum)


The best PR stunts from 2011 (DAFTAS)


We think the best examples of PR are the ones which not only sell cars or get people to change mobile phone network, but also entertain people by making the news as they’re doing so.

WINNER: Just before the Royal Wedding, T-Mobile decided to give us a glimpse into what they thought could happen on the big day and hired a hosts of royal lookalikes to perform a Royal Wedding Dance which went onto be seen by more than 25 million times. (YouTube)

RUNNER-UP: Marketing bosses for the Steven Soderberdh film Contagian Bacteria ad gives new meaning to viral marketing when they created a  living bacteria-based billboard advert which was installed in an abandoned shop window in Toronto. (NewsLite)



For most of us, having a bad day means getting splashed by a car driving through a puddle. Not for this lot, they all almost died this year… and in ways we can hardly believe.

Winner: A helicopter pilot from New Zealand had people around the world asking "how is he still alive' after being involved in a dramatic crash which was broadcast on live TV. Greg Gribble had been using the copter to install a massive Christmas tree at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour when the accident happened. (Stuff)

Runner-Up: He would have been forgiven for feeling sorry for himself, but when climber Adam Potter fell 1,000ft down a mountain in Scotland, he picked himself up and started reading his map to find out where he had landed. (BBC

The best funny products from 2011 (DAFTAS)

275x250.jpg Oh commercialism, what would we do if you weren’t there constantly coming up with more and more bizarre products for us to spend/waste our hard-earned money on.

WINNER: The Icecreamists this year launched Baby Gaga ice cream, an odd product which was made from breast milk from local lactating mothers. Unsurprisingly the product drew criticism not only from people who didn't like the idea of the main ingredient, but also from Lady Gaga, who didnt' like the name. (BBC)

RUNNER-UP: A condom manufacturer launched a special range of prophylactics to celebrate the Royal wedding and marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The condoms came with the slogan "Lie back and think of England" and featured a photo of the happy couple on the front. (NewsLite)


There are times when only one word can accurately and comprehensively sum up the events which have just occurred… Oops. This category aims to celebrate the best fail moments of 2011.

WINNER: MythBusters is a US TV show where the hosts perform scientific experiments to prove or disprove commonly-held misconceptions or myths… usually, but this year the show took an unusual turn when they accidentally shot a cannonball into a home in California. (Business Insider)


RUNNER-UP: Carolyn Bourne didn't exactly get off to the best of starts with  her step son's fiancée in 2011 -- she sent an email to her, saying her behaviour "was staggering in its uncouthness and lack of grace". (Telegraph)


275x250.jpg Some people argue that modern art and artists can’t compete with the skill and ability of the old masters. We disagree… because as far as we know Leonardo da Vinci never turned breakfast into a dessert.

WINNER: Japanese artist Natsumi Hayashi is struggling to keep her feet on the ground after her latest project became an online hit this year… thanks to featuring self-portraits of her levitating. (Daily Mail)


RUNNER-UP: Dogs which were dyed to look like a dragon, a Liquorice Allsorts character and Lady Gaga were just some of the artistic entrants at the British Dog Creative Stylist Of The Year competition. (Daily Mail)


275x250.jpg Dumb crooks, bungling crooks and unbelievably ill conceived crimes, this category has it all. It you enjoy seeing would-be crooks come a cropper (and who doesn’t) this one is for you.

WINNER: A Swedish man was arrested after he was caught trying to split atoms at his home and keeping a blog about it. Richard Handl had the radioactive elements radium, americium and uranium in his apartment and had spent months trying to split atoms in his kitchen. When he realised it might not be legal he sent a question to Sweden's Radiation Authority and was answered by the arrival of police. (Yahoo)

RUNNER-UP: Primary school worker Alexis Bailey had just appeared in Highbury Magistrates Court charged with taking part in the UK riots/looting. But holding a newspaper over his face to hide his identity he proceeded to march straight into a lamppost. (YouTube)



Animals are constantly doing crazy things, but sometimes they do crazy enough to make the news… like flashing the camera on national TV.

WINNER: Fenton! the deer chasing dog shot to internet fame after he was filmed chasing a herd of deer through Richmond Park in London, followed by his shouting owner. (The Sun)

RUNNER-UP:  An Antarctic Emperor penguin which took a wrong turn this year ended up stranded on a New Zealand beach 2,000 miles from his intended destination of Antarctica. He then proceeded to eat sand (thinking it was snow) and needed an operation. (NewsLite)


275x250.jpg Some scientific discoveries develop our understanding of the world, improve the lives of millions and help to cure diseases that affect people around the world… but not this lot.

WINNER: A team of 'astronauts' this year completed a mission in which they simulated a mission to Mars -- without ever leaving a container in a Moscow car park. They donned spacesuits, conducted tests and even walked on red sand pretending it was the surface of Mars. (BBC)

Runner-Up: A Russian female scientist stripped naked and braved freezing temperatures to swim with beluga whales in a bid to tame them. It's believed belugas do not like to be touched by artificial materials such as diving suits… or at least that's what Natalia Avseenko was told. (Daily Mail)





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