Type in "let it snow" into a Google search this Christmas and you'll be treated to bit of festive fun from the internet giant.

After hitting the enter button snowflakes will start to fall from the top of your screen and slowly begin to cover the search results in snow.

Users can then use their mouse cursor to manually brush off some of snow or hit a 'Defrost' button to fully clear the screen.

For some other Google easter eggs, try typing "Do a barrel roll" or "Hanukkah" into the famous search screen.

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!

275x250.jpg Embarrassing photos of visitors to a haunted house being scared witless have become an online hit.

The images -- taken at Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls Canada -- show visitors screaming, clinging on to each other and running away.

Bosses at the walk-through attraction say they post the images of scaredy cats online on Flickr and YouTube to show just how terrifying it can be.

And they add that more than 100,000 would-be visitors have been too scared to complete their tour and chickened out by shouting "NIGHTMARES!" and getting a guide to take them out.

275x250.jpg Members of the public are being offered the chance to 'own' one of 16.7 million colours in a bid to raise £16.7 million for charity.

UNICEF have partnered with paint firm Dulux to let people buy one of the colours which can be displayed on the average computer, via the website ownacolour.com
Colour owners are then able to rename it, describe it and have it displayed on a dedicated website, with donations directly to the children’s charity.

Celebrities who already Own A Colour include Jemima Khan (CFC Blue), Duncan Bannatyne (Scottish Saltire Blue) and Sir Roger Moore (Swedish Blue).

A series of videos featuring cute kittens recreating scenes from Star Wars and waving lightsabres have become an online hit -- how could they not.

It all started when 21-year-old Zach King from LA recorded the first 16 second video of two kittens doing lightsabre battle on his sofa, until he asks them to cut it out.

The video was watched millions of times online and King decided to make his second instalment of Jedi kittens a bigger production.

This time Jedi Kittens Strike Back, sees the cats chasing each other down a corridor in X-Wing and Tie fighters before crashing in a music studio and whipping out their own lightsabres.

275x250.jpg We have something of a penchant for stories about odd gummy based products, having previously written about the world's largest gummy worm, bear and a bear-based chandelier.

Well we're at it again, this time thanks to a full size gummi brain -- which we presume is the ideal snack for gummy zombies.

Measuring a whopping 19.5cm x 15.6cm x 7.5cm, the life-sized gummy brain weighs approximately 3.18kg, is fruity bubblegum flavour and sells online for £20.

Online retailer Firebox says the giant gummi brain is "guaranteed to give anyone the heebie jeebies", yeah and a week-long sugar rush.

A pair of OAPs who accidentally filmed themselves trying to operate their new computer have become an online hit after the clip was uploaded to YouTube.

Bruce and Esther Huffman, from Oregon, apparently didn't know their camera was rolling as they tried to take a photo of themselves.

As such 86-year-old Bruce can be seen saying, "Look at the monkey. That's a pretty good monkey" as he pulls a funny face into the camera.

But our personal highlight is when he turns to his 79-year-old wife and says, "Just drop your dress a little bit and see your boobies"... who says old people don't understand the internet.

275x250.jpg It's less than a year until London 2012 and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games are looking for 'inspirational members of the community' to to act as Olympic torch bearers.

But if an internet campaign gets its way, one of the the esteemed torch bearers could be an 82-year-old tramp who has an uncanny ability to tell the time without a watch.

That's because thousands of Facebook users are backing Gordon Roberts, who is famed in Bournemouth where he can often be seen wandering the streets with his trademark beard and Manchester United scarf.

Eccentric Gordon is also known for his ability to accurately tell the time without looking at a watch… which means if he did get the gig, at least he wouldn't be late.

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.

275x250.jpg Roland Bunce may not look like the typical male model, but thanks to an internet campaign he looks set to win a high profile modelling competition.

When he entered himself in the 'Make me the Next model 2011' contest being run by Next, the tubby 24-year-old didn't think he had a chance of winning.

But his entry has gained support from a number of high-profile internet sites and the computer science graduate from Belfast now looks set to take the prize.

This mean he could win £2,000, a professional photo-shoot and an introduction to modelling agency Storm. Click here to help make it happen.  mfvkvfm3663 

275x250.jpgA pair of Facebook fans in Israeli have shown their love of the social network by apparently naming their baby daughter 'Like'.

Lior and Vardit Adler are said to have been looking for a "modern and innovative" name for their daughter when the thought about the famous Facebook like button.

After doing a search they realised that no-one else in Israel had the same name and set on giving their baby the unusual moniker.

The duo claim it's not that strange of a name and suggest it is the modern equivalent of names like Ahava, which means 'love'.

After announcing the birth of Like on Facebook, father Lior says the update was popular and gained 40 'likes'. Something tells us Like might not like the name Like when she grows up.

Facebook map shows worldwide connections

facebook social connections map An intern at Facebook has used data from the social network to produce an amazing map of the world, visualising where friends live.

Paul Butler took a random sample of 10 million pairs of friends and plotted on a blank screen the city where they live, and the relative position of friends.

This means each line represents the number of friendships between cities and after tweaking the graphics Butler said it produced a "surprisingly detailed map of the world."

While big chunks of the world appear out of the data, down to costal and international borders, others are obviously missing such as China and central Africa… until they begin to like Facebook there too.

275x250.jpgSocial networking websites like Facebook and Twitter are killing off good old fashioned 'people skills', it has been claimed.

Researchers found sites which encourage 'limited character' sentences are affecting peoples' confidence in holding face-to-face conversations.

They're also blamed for many of us losing the ability to use 'body language' to convey thoughts or feelings and a growing reluctance to chat to strangers.

Four out of ten surveyed claimed the social networks had a negative impact on their personal social skills.

In odd news, the researchers didn't note the number of potential respondents who simply grunted at them in the street and carried on walking as they fiddled with Twitter on their iPhone.

275x250.jpgSchool pupils who use social networks like Facebook and Twitter perform up to 20 percent worse in exams, claim researchers.

Academics say students active on Facebook also spend less time studying when they should be swotting up for the exams.

A team from the Open University Netherlands looked at 219 students and analysed their used of Facebook while they were studying.

It was found most were unable to multi-task, got distracted by what their online pals were doing and then performed worse in exams.

In fact grades were on average 20 percent lower than those who didn't use Facebook -- Newslite does not like this.

275x250.jpgComputer game-loving students could be in luck after a university started offing a course where they can get credit for playing.

The University of Florida has revealed an eight-week course entitled which requires students play the online game Starcraft.

It's claimed by instructor Nathaniel Poling just playing the game improves "Critical thinking, problem solving, resource management, and adaptive decision making".

But "21st century Skills in Starcaft" will also include viewing and analysis of recorded matches, written assignments and collaboration with other students.

Suddenly we feel (slightly) less guilty about spending so long playing Time Crisis when we were meant to be studying.

275x250.jpgMillions of Brits have tried to diagnose an illness online and ended up convincing themselves they're seriously ill or even dying, it has been found.

Researchers discovered more than six out of ten adults now turn to the web rather than their GP when they begin to feel under the weather.

And almost half of those have then convinced themselves they are suffering from a serious illness.

One-in-five even said they'd managed to worry themselves into believing they were in the early stages of a heart attack after Googling their symptoms.

In good news, the study give us hope the headache we're currently suffering might not be a brain tumour after all.

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.

275x250.jpg An image on Google Street View of a girl's body lying face down on the pavement sparked panic among local residents that crime had gone undetected.

Families in Middle Road, St John’s, Worcester, feared something terrible had happened to a young girl on their doorstep, when they saw the shocking image online.

But they needn't have worried and contacted police -- because it was just a youngster playing a prank on her friend by pretending to be dead and not realising the Google car was passing.

Nine-year-old Azura - who says she didn't know the Google car was passing - had fallen over and was 'playing dead' as a prank on her friend… and inadvertently the internet.

275x250.jpg Beatles fans are causing constant traffic chaos on the famous Abbey Road crossing where the Fab Four were shot their classic album cover, a new webcam has revealed.

A new HD webcam installed at Abbey Road Studios is now streaming live footage showing the dangerous lengths Beatles fans go to, in a bid to imitate the 1969 album cover.

Tourists and fans can be seen infuriating London cabbies and other drivers by posing as John, Paul, Ringo and George in the middle of the busy road.

Many fans (most of them Day Trippers) even keep dashing across the road and back again in a bid to get their picture just right.

275x250.jpgSocial media sites like Facebook and Twitter are costing the UK economy £14 billion per year in lost work time, it has been claimed.

Research has shown half of British workers accesses social media sites while at work -- with a third of those (roughly six million) spending more than 30 minutes doing so.

And a cheeky two million people claim they spend over an hour per day at work logging onto sites like Facebook, Twitter and Myspace.

In total all this 'lost time' means UK businesses are shelling out £14 billion for us to sit at the office chatting with friends online.

So, how long do you spend Facebooking while at work? Let us know... especially if you saw this story on Facebook or Twitter while you should have been doing something more productive.

275x250.jpgBy shopping online tech-savvy families have each saved £27,024 since the millennium, it has been claimed.

A study of 3,000 online shoppers found they each spend £2,702.42 less per year on purchases than if they'd shopped on the high street.

The biggest saving is being made on the weekly food shop - which has gone down from £71.22 spent in-store - to a reasonable £48.98 online.

With savings from buying holidays, insurance, clothes and electricals online, canny shoppers are claimed to have saved £27,024 over the last decade.

However, while there's now doubt huge saving can be made shopping online, we're not sure you'd have had too muck luck doing it all online in 2001.

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.jpgBrits are more trusting of the internet than their own friends and colleagues, when it comes to handing over personal information, it has been found.

Researchers discovered that while the average adult freely divulges a string of personal details on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, most would not give friends or colleagues their PIN number.

One in twenty people have their home address visible on social networking sites yet 86 per cent would not hand over their PIN to someone they know.

And while only five per cent of people would let their best mate have access to their PIN number, 50 per cent of respondents have their relationship status visible online.

Nearly two thirds of people also have their date of birth on networking sites which is always a security question when telephoning banks or building societies -- though many women have changed the year.

275x250.jpgYouTube has added a secret version of the classic arcade game Snake, which can now be played while videos are loading.

The game - a hit on early mobile phones - can currently be unlocked on the video site by pressing a series of buttons as a video buffers.

When the flashing circle of dots appear to signify the clip is loading, users wanting the play the game need to press the up and/or left cursor button.

At that point the game appears over the top of the video screen and you have to guide the growing snake around the screen, eating dots and avoiding running into your own body.

For the full 1990s/early 2000s effect the game should probably be played over the top of a video showing the screen of a Nokia phone. 

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.jpgPeople who use Twitter are more likely to have a good CV and therefore get shortlisted for job interviews, employment experts have claimed.

After analysing 500 CVs from UK-based jobseekers they found there's a great deal of repetition in what people write, with certain phrases and words being used again and again.

One-third (37%) used exactly the same opening phrase; while the three most popular first-line words are ‘experience’ (27.1%), ‘skills’ (23.2%) and, ironically, ‘individual’ (22.6%).
But it was noted that people who listed Twitter as a contact tended to write more interesting, eye-catching and succinct CV summaries which appeals to recruiters.

Obviously it could go against you if a potential employer checks out you Twitter page only to find you are constantly tweeting when you should be working.

275x250.jpg An image of a man with the head of a horse has become the latest odd sighting on Google Street View to go viral.

The man - dubbed Horse Boy by online fans - was snapped in the Hardgate area of Aberdeen, wearing dark trousers, a purple shirt… and a plastic horse's head.

After being highlighted on the BBC News website, Horse Boy has now been viewed more than a million times on the mapping site and many people are trying to work out who it is.

So can you help, there must be someone out there who can recognise him, let us know in the comments… but please restrain yourself from making any obvious Sarah Jessica Parker jokes.

275x250.jpgYouTube has started adding a special button to videos on the site, which plays the sound of a Vuvuzela over the normal soundtrack.

The football shaped button started appearing on videos this morning and when pressed plays the droning sound which has annoyed millions of football fans.

Just like being at a World Cup game the Vuvuzela sound will drown out whatever you are trying to listen to and can't be adjusted by the volume button.

While TV stations broadcasting the South African tournament have tried to reduce the Vuvuzela effect the button is sure to be a hit online.

It's expected the button will remain in place till the end of the World Cup BBBZZZZZZZZZZ.

275x250.jpgGoogle appears to be getting over-excited about the start of the World Cup 2010 if their search search results are anything to go by.

A search for "World Cup" displays upcoming fixtures and live group standing from the South Africa contest, all above the normal results.

Not only that but the traditional "Gooooogle" at the bottom, used for accessing additional pages of results, has been replaced with "Goooooal".

"World Cup" has also become one of the most searched for terms online and it's predicted a third of UK workers will watch games online at work.

In odd news, those who will not be streaming games to their computer have already decided which matches they will be phoning in sick for.

275x250.jpg A tweet by a Canadian who has only been using Twitter for six months has been dubbed the most beautiful ever sent, by judges at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales.

Broadcaster Stephen Fry - who has over 1.5 million Twitter followers himself - announced Marc MacKenzie had won the contest for the message yesterday.

The winning tweet read: "I believe we can build a better world! Of course, it'll take a whole lot of rock, water & dirt. Also, not sure where to put it."

Organisers had said a beautiful tweet could be one which was eloquent, impassioned, evocative, emotive or include a good pun… so non of ours then.

275x250.jpgAn author has spent the past four years scouring the internet for the world's most unintentionally funny URL website addresses.

Andy Geldman has now compiled his results, which include a music site called mp3shits.com and a wine site ipwine.com in his latest book.

'Slurls: They Called Their Website What?' features over 100 amusing URLs - normally created when businesses did not consider the impact of removing spaces from their name.

For example, Who Represents, can't have noticed the other meaning whorepresents.com might have. Nor can programmers site Experts Exchange, or expertsexchange.com

In odd news we know exactly how easily this can be done… we almost used News Hits, or newshits.com before we settled on NewsLite.

275x250.jpgAn 89-year-old pensioner says he was shocked when an internet search for a crossword clue left him looking looking at porn.

Jack Sedgewick had been trying to solve the clue "Wild Asian Ass (6)" which was 14 across on his puzzle when he got the rude results.

The great-granddad claims he had typed the clue into a search engine before clicking through various results trying to find the answer.

He's reported as saying he was then sickened and shocked by the photos and videos of naked Asian girls he saw, though he continued clicking because he is a dedicated crossworder.

But the story has a happy ending (as did many of the search results), Jack eventually found the answer "onager", by changing his search to 'donkey sanctuaries'.

275x250.jpgWhen Google added an interactive game of Pac Man in place of their logo this weekend, most people assumed it was a harmless piece of fun.

But business experts now claim the game - there to celebrate 30 year of Pac Man - has cost businesses big in the number of hours of lost work.

It's said office workers around the world spent almost 5,000,000 hours playing the game on the Google shaped maze… mostly when they should have been working.

This means firms lost hours of potentially productive time and taking an average office salary of £17.50 per hour this equates to about £85m in lost productivity.

However it's not know if this is more or less time than is typically wasted checking Facebook pages -- anyway what are yo doing reading this, shouldn't you be working?

275x250.jpgGoogle have celebrated the 30th anniversary of the classic arcade game Pac-Man by letting people play it on the Google homepage.

The traditional Google doodle has been replaced by a fully working version of the game - their first ever interactive illustration - with the maze spelling out the search engine name.

Users can still do a normal search but the 'Feeling Lucky' option has been replaced with a 'Insert Coin' button to start the game - clicking twice allows you to play two-player.

What's slightly worrying is that there's a whole generation of web users who have never played the classic 8-bit game before, now I feel old.

275x250.jpgA Facebook page set up by a lovestruck web designer in a bid to find a girl he met on a train journey has become an online hit.

26-year-old Keir Moffatt launched the page after wishing he had asked a girl he met on a train from Cardiff to Bristol, out on a date.

Moffatt says he'd been captivate by the 'gorgeous' girl, but barely spoke to her on the journey, something he instantly regretted after getting off.

So he set up the Facebook page appealing for her, or anyone who knows her, to come forward - with the only details being the journey she was making and that she wore a blue head band.

While he hasn't yet heard from her the page has already attracted over 13,500 Facebook followers… including a few women who wouldn't mind a date with him themselves.

275x250.jpgFacebook is bad for your marriage according to researchers, who say it's cited in one-in-five UK divorces.

Legal experts looked at the paperwork for 5,000 divorces, discovering that 989 (about 20 percent) had references to Facebook within the text of the divorce petitions.

They claim this shows that Facebook can be bad for marriage by allowing people to contact previous partners and lost loves.

It's also said many people have unfounded worries their partner is using the social networking site in this way, but that this doubt can turn a relationship sour.

Rumours Facebook are changing 'Relationship' status options to include "Ruined by Facebook" have not been confirmed.

Ecologists in Canada have discovered a giant beaver dam which stretches 850m and can be seen from outer space -- by using Google Earth.

Jean Thie says he spotted the huge beaver dam by using Google Earth and NASA satellite technology while conducting research into melting permafrost.

He was looking at images of the country's wetlands in Alberta's Wood Buffalo National Park, when he saw the giant odd structure which can be seen from space.

Using other archive aerial photography it is predicted that rodents started construction during the 1970s and are still going… sounds like the last builders we had in.

An advert for a fart smothering blanket which claims to quickly absorb the odour of flatulence has become a YouTube hit.

The 'Better Marriage Blanket' is said to contain the same type of carbon fabric used by the military to protect against chemical weapons.

Since the ad - which claims to offer a "real solution to a very real problem" - was uploaded to YouTube, it's already been watched more than 1m times.

Denver science teacher Francis Bibbo says he created the material 15 years ago but it is only now coming to market as a product for gassy couples.

Makers say the £30 blanket makes an ideal wedding or anniversary gift for your loved one… or you could just cut down on the baked-beans.

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 A dating website has been launched in the US which aims to introduce fans of Apple technology with each other.

Bosses at Cupidtino say Apple-fans tend to have more in common with each other, and that a shared love of Macs, iPhones and iPads can help romance grow.

They claim Apple users often have similar personalities, professions and sense of style, which means they are well suited to spending time with each other.

It's not known how many Apple-fans will sign up for the service, but can discriminating against people on the basis of their tech really be PC?

275x250.jpgA US man has scooped a prize of $1,000,000 -- by throwing a perfect game on a baseball computer game.

Wade McGilberry was rewarded with the cash after taking part in a competition organised by the makers of MLB 2K10, to find the top virtual pitcher.

Contestants had to record a video of themselves playing and then submit it to game bosses to prove they were better than anyone else.

Amazingly it was on the first day of the contest Wade threw a verified perfect game on the console -- a feat many people though was impossible.

His reward, the $1,000,000… and never having to apologise to his wife for playing video games rather than doing the washing up.

275x250.jpgEntrepreneurial-minded Icelanders have started selling jars of ash from the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier volcano online.

They're collecting the volcanic ash in buckets and then packaging it in 160g jars before selling it for £21.

Sellers say the idea started when locals began getting asked to send bits of ash to friends in the post.

Profits are being donated to ICESAR association which helps farmers clean up their property from ash damage.

It's claimed the ash cloud jars give people the chance to own a piece of modern history… just don't buy one for someone whose flights got delayed.

275x250.jpgA dating website only for attractive people says it has axed over 5,000 members -- because they put on too much weight over the holidays.

Bosses at BeautifulPeople.com claim they have kicked out many members seeking love, after they'd piled on the pounds during the holidays.

The newly chubby were apparently caught out after posting images of themselves celebrating Christmas and the New Year - revealing they have let themselves go.

Managing director Greg Hodge said as they no longer met the exacting standards of the community on the site, they had to reapply for membership, only a few hundred have so far been voted back in.

Interestingly Hodge didn't specify how exactly how many mince pies he had eaten this Christmas... or send us a photo of himself.

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.

275x250.jpgAn electrical retailer has revealed an unintentionally funny slogan on their website  -- suggesting you may want to shop elsewhere.

Dixons have launched the slogan "Dixons: The last place you want to go" which may not convey exactly the meaning they intended.

At first it was thought their website may have been hacked, but bosses confirmed it was planned and was meant to suggest you could find everything you could need, not that Dixons is a last resort.

After a brief moment of mocking online this morning, the high-street turned online store pulled the slogan from the site… but it remains true for many people.

275x250.jpgAlmost one in four people will look at the internet history of their partner, to see what Christmas present they might have been bought.

A study of 1,000 Brits found 23 percent would sneak-a-peak at their Christmas gifts online, rather than hunting the house and squeezing wrapped presents.

Nowadays they just load up the internet browser and look in the history folder to see what sites and products have been viewed or purchased.

A further 15 percent of people said they'd accidentally stumbled on what they had been bought by visiting a shopping website on a shared computer and seeing a message like "you recently bought…"

We only hope that not too many women out their think they're getting a porn related present after checking up on their boyfriend or husband's browsing history.

275x250.jpg77% of Blackberry owners won’t get a proper break from work this Christmas and many will even check their work emails on Christmas day.

A study of over 1,000 smartphone owners found that the vast majority of workers will check their mobile over the festive season, with two thirds doing it on a daily basis.

45 percent said they will keep their work Blackberry on them at all times - in case something important crops up - and 26 percent said checking emails is a habit they are unable to break.

All of this is despite the fact that 49 percent expect their Christmas Blackberry use to prompt a fight with family members... presumably via email or text.

275x250.jpgA mischievous best man has played a prank on an unsuspecting bride and groom, using Twitter to broadcast every time the happy couple have sex.

The unnamed man claims he started off by rigged up pressure-sensitive sensors to the newly married couple's bed while they were away on honeymoon.

These detect 'excessive' movements and trigger a computer to send an update to the Twitter account @newlywedsontjob with details of the 'action'.

Each update includes the duration, how frenzied their movement was, along with a 'judges comment'.

It is not known who the couple are but they got back from their honeymoon on Friday… they are already up to four times since then.

Man updates Facebook during own wedding

275x250.jpgA Facebook addict interrupted his own wedding to update his status on the social network from 'in a relationship' to 'married'.

As the minister had pronounced Dana Hanna and bride Tracy Page husband and wife, Danna shocked friends and family by pausing to get out his mobile phone.

The minister - who was in on the joke - then announced that the groom was updating his Facebook status. He was actually also updating his Twitter account.

While the guests laughed he then proceeded to get out a second mobile which he passed to Tracy.

Hopefully he didn't spend the rest of the evening tweeting every single detail of their first married night together.

275x250.jpgThe town of Darlington has appointed a "tweeter in residence" to tell people what is happening in the area.

Mike McTimoney - a social media fan and IT teacher at the town's Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College - will now get paid - though only £140 per year - for his tweets.

A spokesperson for the Darlington Partnership, which is behind the job, said that while many towns and cities have artists and writers in residence - they were the first to have a Twitterer.

Using the name @TheDarloBard Mike will now tweet about anything and everything going on in the town, sharing local news, insights and observations.

So lots of tweets about how much it is raining in Darlington then.

Twitter named top word of 2009

275x250.jpgTwitter has been named as the most popular word of the year - meaning it was discussed more than any other topic in the last 12 months.

The social networking site beat off competition from Obama, H1N1, Vamires and Stimulus, which made up the top 5 words of the year.

Texas-based Global Language Monitor looked at how many times different subjects had been discussed online and in the media with the 140 character site coming top.

Other popular words in 2009 included: 2.0, Deficit, Hadron, Healthcare and Transparency.

To be honest, looking at the top 10 words of the year we can't help but hope that 2010 is a bit more interesting.

275x250.jpgRun for your lives. This satellite image clearly shows a Zombie uprising has started in Washington. 

Oh, hang on. If you haven't already run off to get your shotgun, it turns out you don't have to worry. This is actually just a "zombie outbreak simulator."

The software which runs on Google maps has been created to let you see how a zombie attack would pan out in the real world.

Users enter a number of zombies and infection variables such as zombie speed, infection rate, number of civilians, how many are armed and their shooting accuracy.

Then you get to sit back and watch how you, your friends and family would get chased down, attacked and infected by the army of the undead - sounds like a chilling way to spend the evening.

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.

Facebook spy warning for employers

275x250.jpgCompanies have been warned that vetting potential job candidates on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter could land them in hot water.

The Law Society has warned the online spying could leave employers vulnerable to discrimination claims.

John Morris, Chair of the Law Society’s Employment Law Committee said: "Using these sites to canvass more information about an employee or an interview candidate is potentially risky for an employer.
"For example, it is possible to obtain information about a person’s sexual orientation or religious beliefs that can impact or is perceived to impact on the decision made to recruit or not recruit that person- this can lead to discrimination claims."
There is also the risk employers could see an update which says "Got an interview and that shit company, boring as, but at least they pay well."

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.

275x250.jpgCall Of Duty Modern Warfare 2, the most anticipated computer game of the year, has received a Hollywood movie-style launch bringing part of London to a standstill.

As fans queued for stores which were opening at midnight, trucks filled with actors dressed as military characters from the game passed by.

There was also a VIP party at Vue Cinema in Leicester Square attended by movie and TV stars and hosted was by Vernon Kay (never mind).

Modern Warfare 2 is expected to become the biggest-selling game of all time and the last game in the Call of Duty series sold over 13 million copies.

Experts predict more than 1,000,000 copies of the latest game will sell within the next week -- meaning any girlfriends should probably buy themselves a bottle of wine and a Friends box-set to keep themselves entertained.

Facebook group finds owner of lost camera

275x250.jpgA lost camera has been reunited with its owner after 230,000 people on Facebook launched a campaign to locate him.

The camera was found by Aussie Danny Cameron on the Greek island of Mykonos this summer, he looked around but couldn't find the camera's owner.

He then looked at the images and spent a day of his holiday trying to find anyone of the people in the images, to no avail.

He then turned to Facebook setting up a group 'Needle In A Haystack' which he hoped would find the camera owner as an experiment of Six degrees of separation.

After 230,000 joined the group someone finally recognised the people in the images and the French owner of the camera was located -- hopefully he is not friends with his insurance company on Facebook.

Over half of singles say they will 'research' a potential date on social network sites such as Facebook before saying yes.

53 percent of men and 54 percent of women claim they use websites like Facebook, MySpace and Google to check up on would-be love interests before agreeing to go out on a date with them.

This means they can see who the person is friends with, look at pictures of what they get up to and some even claim to contact the persons previous partners to ask them what they are like.

RAF break-dancing marshall

(Funny News) A RAF marshall has become an internet hit after a video of him directing fighter jets while break-dancing was posted online.

Senior Aircraftman Dean Tabreham can be seen doing 'the caterpillar' and  moonwalking to Michael Jackson all while controlling planes worth tens of millions of pounds.

The video was made by RAF staff and has raised £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

* The dancing start 90 seconds into the clip (it's worth waiting for)

Pupils leave adverts in homework

(Funny News) Dopey school-children who are trying to cheat by downloading their homework from the internet are even leaving in adverts, say their teachers.

58% of teachers surveyed from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) say they have come across plagiarism by their pupils.

Some are so happy to cut-and-paste they are even forgetting to delete Google Adverts and references to the website they are copying from.

A team of internet scammers have themselves been conned into wasting hours of their time - hand writing the entire 293 pages of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

When he received an e-mail offering him a slice of a $27 million fortune from the Federal Republic of Nigeria our 'scammer scammer' didn't just hit the junk button.

Instead he told them he could not reply because his company were conducting research into hand-writing adding that they could earn $100 per page if they wanted to help.

Police officers in the UK have been blasted by bosses after posting sick images of their crashed police cars on Facebook.

The group 'Yes I Have Had A Polcol' has over 300 members and features dozens of images - some with officers posing up next to the accidents.

Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said it was “totally unacceptable” for officers to post pictures bragging about hitting pedestrians and damaging police cars and vans.

Queen is a YouTube hit

(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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