newslite: September 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg For cyclists who are fed up of feeling the squeeze from other traffic, this could be the ultimate bike -- it's got a flame-thrower built into the handlebars.

But that's not all, the BOND (Built of Notorious Deterrents) Bike also features an ejector seat which can be activated if the bike is stolen.

Created by ilovemybike.co.uk after they quizzed cyclists about what makes them angry there's also a caterpillar track for smooth riding over pot-holed roads.

As far as we can see there is only one problem with the bike… it's not going to be available to buy.

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The 'modern gentleman' is now expected to text regularly and put the rubbish out rather than lay his coat down in a puddle or open doors, it's been found.
 

A recent survey discovered a combination of hectic modern lifestyles and technology have dramatically changed women's perception of what makes a true gent.
 
Other age-old traditions which are now all but dead are always paying for dinner and walking on the side of the pavement nearest to the road.
 
These have been apparently been replaced by bringing his partner a cup of tea in bed and looking after her if she has a hangover.
 
Another duty which is said to be expected of a modern gentleman is to let his partner watch her favourite soaps… which makes us think the women surveyed were seeing how far they could push it.

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Most people are non-discriminatory when it comes to their love of chocolate and enjoy it whether it's milk, dark or even white.

But all that could be about to change after it was announced a Marmite flavoured chocolate bar is set to go on sale.

Makers say the £3 treat - which will be sold at department stores including BHS and Debenhams - contains a hint of the sticky yeast-based spread.

Each 100g bar contains two percent Marmite flavouring including yeast extract, onion and garlic powder -- which should be more than enough to divide opinion.

It could also explain why the product is called "Very Peculiar Milk Chocolate". Do you think you will like it? Will you even try it? Let us know in the comments.

275x250.jpg Astronomers have discovered a planet which they claim is about the right distance from its Sun to have water and support life.

The catchily named 'Gliese 581g' is about 20 light-years away, is three times the size of Earth and orbits its sun in 37 days though it does not rotate.

However, boffins say it falls within the "Goldilocks Zone" - the right distance form the sun to have water and an right atmosphere - therefore it could potentially support life.

It's said finding a habitable planet so close means they must be more common than previously thought… but remember an astronomers definition of "so close" is probably different to yours.

A sailor dubbed 'Captain Calamity' because of his disastrous seafaring has destroyed his catamaran by crashing for the 13th time.

55-year-old Glenn Crawley is said to have taken up sailing in 2003 and the sea has been a more dangerous place since he did.

In his first year alone Crawley was forced to call 999 and get coastguards to rescue him and his catamaran 'Mischief'.

Since then he has called out the Royal National Lifeboat Institution an additional nine times - prompting them to come up with his Captain Calamity nickname.

his latest crash - which destroyed his catamaran - happened as he attempted to ride Britain's biggest wave at Newquay but ended up flipping over.  Ellen MacArthur he is not.

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After briefly being held by a Brit, the lawnmower land speed record is now back in the hands of American Bobby Cleveland.

Just a couple of months ago we told you how Don Wales set a 87.3mph record in Wales on lawnmower Project Runningblade, taking the title from the American.

Well it turns out Cleveland wasn't happy about losing his 2006 record and sponsored by goldeagle.com he decided to build an even faster mower to win it back.

Now, after a series of runs on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats he has upped the record to 96.5 miles per hour - to prove it was still a lawnmower he had to us it to cut grass on the same day.

Cleveland says he'd hoped to reach 100mph. In odd news, we've promised to cut the lawn when he does -- no rush Bobby.

WNWDW: Kevin Bacon statue made from bacon

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Artist Mike Lahue has built a larger than life-size bust of actor Kevin Bacon, made entirely out of bacon. As you do. (Aol Weird News)

You know what it's like, one minute you're paddling along on your kayak admiring the view of Sydney harbour, the next a massive humpback whale umping from the sea just metres away from you. (Metro)

A pedestrian in St. Petersburg had a lucky escape when two cars collided and swerved onto the pavement missing him by inches. (Asylum)

A butter-fingered man who dropped the ring while proposing to his girlfriend on Brooklyn Bridge watched in horror as it clinked through the walkway. (CBS)

Blokes visiting to a strip-club in Florida have got a good excuse if they're caught out by their wife -- they were just getting a free flu shot. (WALB)

275x250.jpg Boffins have revealed the latest version of an Iron Man-esque exoskeleton robotic suit which gives a wearer superhuman powers.

The Exoskeleton XOS2 is said to be lighter, faster and stronger than its predecessor while at the same time using only half the energy.

Developed for the U.S. Army the wearable robot is built from a combination of structures, sensors, actuators and controllers, and it is powered by high pressure hydraulics.

Makers say it allows a wearer to easily lift 200lbs hundreds of times without tiring and repeatedly punch through three inches of wood… so it they're wearing it we are not going to argue with them.

275x250.jpgVisitors to a Las Vegas hotel claim they have been left with burns and singed hair -- because its design creates a powerful 'death ray'.

It's said the concave shape of the plush Vdara hotel is reflecting sunlight into a powerful beam, which is directed at the swimming pool area.

The beam - which moves along the poolside as the sun moves - can increase temperatures by around 20 degrees.

One guest said the design of the building acts 'like a magnifying glass' and another cliamed it has melted plastic bags.

A spokesman for MGM Resorts said they're aware of the issue and designers are working to come up with a solution. It's worth noting they are not too keen on the 'death ray' name.

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James Bond's car manufacturer of choice, Aston Martin, has been named the coolest brand of the year.

The CoolBrands survey - carried out by The Centre for Brand Analysis - picks 500 brands which are then judged by experts and the public.

The Apple iPhone, which topped the list last year, dropped to second place and was followed by another Apple product the iPod.

Other technology which is officially cool includes the Blackberry (4th) Nintendo Wii (7th) Google (8th) and the BBC iPlayer (11th).

Excuse us while we drive off in our Aston Martin while making a call on our iPhone and listening to music our iPod.

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One in five women would forgive their man for having a one-night stand as long as he said it 'meant nothing', a study has revealed.

Researchers found many women would be prepared to 'do a Coleen' and take back a man who confessed to having one-off sex with someone else.

The figures emerged in a report which also revealed eight out of ten Brits couldn't care less if their partner became 'emotionally' involved with someone else -- as long as they didn't have sex.

Other things women claim are acceptable in a relationship include office flirting, after work drinks, suggestive remarks to another woman and buying gifts.

It should be noted that Newslite is simply presenting the finding of this study -- don't blame us is doing one of these things gets you into trouble.

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.

WNWDW: New beer created for drinking in space

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Ever since early man looked up at the night sky he's dreamed of traveling into space… and opening a bar there. Now a beer has been specially produced to be enjoyed in space and other microgravity environments. (MSNBC)

We got all excited at the prospect of covering the pole dancing world championship… and then someone said: "No, not pole dancing, pole climbing." (3 News) (YouTube)

Motorists were shocked when they saw a pensioner using his mobility scooter to carry a large roll of carpet along a busy road. But that didn't stop them filming it to post online. (Asylum) (YouTube)

Bosses at the Commonwealth Games have brought in a crack team of monkeys who will be deployed to guard athletes. Yes, really. (Aol Weird News)

A team of women have set a new world record for the fastest relay race in stilettos… obviously record adjudicators have never been to the opening of the Next sale. (Metro)

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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.

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Police have slammed the behaviour of a man who called 999 -- to report there was a cat in his kitchen.

Flabbergasted emergency staff say they even asked the man to repeat himself during the call, because they couldn't believe anyone was so stupid.

But he was that dim, repeating shouting "Cat, cat, cat!" and then asking them to send officers to get the kitty out of his house.

At one point the heavily accented man shouted: "I need to sleep. It's in my, my home." He was then politely advised to pick up the cat and remove it himself

The call has been released by Gloucestershire Police to highlight the problem of people misusing 999… and worryingly they said he wasn't the worst.

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More than two thirds of Brits struggle to get a good night's sleep, because of work worries, a survey has revealed.
 

A staggering 69 per cent of adults admit problems at work make it difficult to sleep with half blaming the lingering recession and gloomy predictions for the next 12 months.
 
Heavy workload emerged as one of the main reasons for restless nights with an anxious 19% saying they struggle with their sleep when they have a particularly problematic task ahead of them.

The survey of 3,000 people also found one in three of us dream about work at least twice a week - with Sundays the most common occasion.

61 percent said they believe they'd sleep more soundly if they landed their dream job… bed tester.

275x250.jpg A Brazilian racing driver has set a new stock car speed record by reaching a whopping 216mph (345.6kph) on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Caca Bueno was driving a Chevrolet Vectra V-8 Red Bull Racing Stock car when he beat the previous record of 303kph - which has stood since 2001.

Speaking after his run, the stock car champion said: "To reach 345 kph is much more than we expected.

"The car is a stock car, exactly the same as I ride in Brazil because we have changed nothing," -- That should be enough to scare his competition.

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A man who claims he was duped into getting the logo of a radio station tattooed on his forehead has appeared in an impressive police mugshot.

David Winkelman was last week arrested in Iowa for failing to appear in court for operating amotor vehicle without the owner's consent and his police mugshot has since gone viral online.

And it's not hard to see why. In 2000 Winkelman heard a stunt on hard rock station KORB which offered anyone who'd have their logo tattooed on their head a cash prize.

But when he turned up at the station with his head decoration - which he'd convinced his stepbrother to get too - he was told it was a practical joke.

Winkelman says he can't afford to have the tattoo removed… and is fed up of people asking him what radio station he listens to.

Parenting duties expected of moms and dads

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Modern dads are expected to repair toys, find batteries and teach kids to swim - while mums take care of shopping, washing and ironing, a study has found.

Researchers asked 3,000 mums and dads to list roles they believed was either theirs, or their partner's responsibility.

Dads' jobs' were deemed to include dressing the children, playing outdoors, toy assembly and teaching them to ride their bikes.

Mums' main roles meanwhile, emerged as mainly domestic chores such making packed lunches and  dealing with school paperwork.

So basically dads are expected to have more fun while mothers do all the hard work… we can hear a thousand moms questioning why a study was needed to discover this.

Bosses at car manufacturer Volvo were left red-faced when a demo of their new pedestrian avoidance system didn't exactly go as planned.

Journalists had been gathered in Verona, Italy, to see the technology which Volvo claim could save the lives of hundreds of pedestrians each year.

The system is supposed to detect pedestrians in the direct path of the vehicle and automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision.

But in several of the tests the test dummies were knocked flying when the automatic breaks were applied too late. Bosses say this was because the test dummy was not recognised as human.

We're just glad Volvo didn't decide to show off their system by driving AT the journalists… not all of who would have been easily recognisable as human either.

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A brewery in Belgium has created a beer which it claims is stronger and has a longer-lasting taste because it's brewed by the light of a full autumnal moon. (Reuters)

A journalist who was mindlessly sitting at her desk during a live TV news broadcast and didn't realise she was in the background of the shot has been caught out after she was filmed picking her nose... and then eating it. (Asylum) (YouTube)

Tourists visiting Lake Tahoe have shot some amazing footage of military helicopters plunging into the water before rising back out. We're pretty sure choppers are not meant to do that. (Tahoe Daily Tribune) (YouTube)

The British tycoon who owned the Segway company has died… after accidentally riding a one of the two-wheeled machines off a cliff and into a river. (Aol Weird News)

Let's be honest, very few people manage to look good in a police mugshot -- but it's got to be even harder when you have the logo of a defunct radio station tattooed on your forehead. (Smoking Gun)

If this video of the All Blacks training is genuine, there will be more than a few terrified rugby teams around the world.

Similar to videos of stars like Kobe Bryant and Roger Federer it show the sports stars displaying superhuman like skills.

All Blacks players Piri Weepu, Cory Jane and Rene Ranger are seen in the video pulling off a series of unlikely kicks, throws and catches.

At one point balls are being thrown with such precision they are able to hit others at distance, this is quickly followed by balls being kicking into bins half a pitch away.

We're tempted to call fake, but this is only based on having watched the England team… and in comparison to them, most people look to display unfathomable skills.

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The United Nations have said they will not be appointing an 'alien ambassador' who would be in charge of making contact with extra terrestrials - as has been claimed.

It had been reported that Mazlan Othman - head of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs - was to be appointed an ambassador to greet extraterrestrials if and when they contact.

The story which originated the in Sunday Times, but soon spread around the world, claimed the Malaysian astrophysicist would be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response to alien contact.

However, a UN spokesperson this afternoon told Newslite the story was "nonsense" and insisted there were no current plans to appointment anyone to the role.

Never-mind… we guess this just means any visiting aliens will have to continue asking to be taken to our leader.

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A meteor crater in the Egyptian desert which was only found thanks to Google Earth, could help us prepare for future impacts, claim scientists.

The Kamil crater - which measures 16 metres deep and 45 metres wide -  is said to be one of the best-preserved meteorite impact sites ever discovered.

It was created when a rare 10-tonne metallic meteorite travelling over 12,000 km/hour smashed into Earth's surface within the last several thousand years.

But it remained unfound until it was spotted on Google Earth in 2008 and the first expedition there took place earlier this year.

Experts collected over 1000 kg of metallic meteorite fragments, including one 83-kg chunk… unfortunately there was no signs of alien life. 

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One in three people have fallen out with their neighbours over hated council wheelie bins, it has been found.
 

A study of 3,000 homeowners found around 35 percent of people have argued with neighbours over bins with over-filled bins spewing rubbish onto the street the main problem.

However a similar number weren't happy with their neighbour's waste blocking a paths or driveways and one in five said they'd seen neighbours dumping their rubbish in another house's bin.

Other common rubbish rows included fights over bad smells, bing being left out for days before collection and an the number flies, bugs and maggots.

Suddenly we can understand why Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street was always so angry.

A pilot has been branded a hero after somehow managing to land a plane safely despite one of the three landing gear wheels being stuck.

The Delta Airlines flight 4951 had been arriving at JKF airport in New York when the pilot noticed one of the landing wheels had failed to come down.

But after speaking on the radio to air traffic control, he managed to land the CRJ 900 twin-engine jet by balancing on two wheels before scraping a wing to come to a stop.

Footage shot by one of the 64 passengers flying from Atlanta shows sparks flying from the wing - which was full of fuel - as it dragged against the ground.

While it normally annoys us when clap-happy Americans applaud something like a movie ending or a pilot landing a plane… we think we will let them off on this occasion.

WNWDW: RSPCA to interview owner of pink pussy

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RSPCA officers say they want to interview the owner of a cat which was dyed pink and thrown over a garden fence. (Mirror)

A stand-up comedian has set a new world record for the longest continuous stand-up routine by telling jokes for 40 hours straight. (Aol Weird News)

A New Zealand man is being treated in hospital after a flying canoe crashed through the windscreen of the truck he was driving and impaled him to the seat. (News.Com)

An Englishman has finally lifted a football World Cup after winning a penalty shoot-out… unfortunately Darren Clarke was playing Subbuteo at the time. (SWNS)

Researchers in New Zealand are trying to develop a deodorant for kiwi birds -- in the hope it could prevent them being killed by predators like cats and stoats. (Telegraph) (Cheers David)

You know what it's like when you put off going to the doctor for longer than you should -- like only having a knife removed from your head three year after being attacked (CBS4)

275x250.jpg The world's biggest game of dodgeball has taken place in the California with more than 1,700 students hurling rubber balls at each other.

Students came up with the idea for the game because they wanted to organise a mass-participation event and thought they may as well break a record while they were at it.

After looking at the record books, the student from the University of California decided the dodgeball record - which stood at just 1,198 - was easily beatable.

For anyone who wasn't subjected to ritual humiliation by dodgeball, the aim of the game is to hit all the members of the opposing  team by throwing the ball at them.

Nailympics: Hands-down the oddest contest

275x250.jpg Hundreds of manicurists have battled it out in an odd annual event where they are judged on the quality of their fake nails.

The Nailympics 2010 saw teams from 24 countries compete in events ranging from nail sculpture and fantasy nail art to nail embellishment.

Some of the entries even saw intricate sculptures and figurines attached to the nails of contestants.

Competitors say the elaborate faux nails show amazing quality of a nail technician's craft… and mean they never get asked to do the washing up.

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.

275x250.jpg Boffins in Canada have created the first aircraft which flies by flapping its wings like a bird and is powered by a pilot pedalling.

The 'Snowbird' HPO (Human-powered Ornithopter) has become the first man-powered aircraft with flapping wings to fly continuously.

It was developed by a team at the University of Toronto, who were determined to create the device first imagined by Leonardo da Vinci in his 1485 sketches.

After being pulled by a car and launched into the air, the pilot then pumps a set of pedals which are attached to pulleys causing the wings to flap and keep the craft in the sky… until he gets tired.

Top 10 most pointless iPhone apps revealed

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A talking cat, flying cow and a pretend pint of beer have been named and shamed as the 'Most pointless iPhone applications ever invented'.
 
Also making the top ten was the Cat Piano, a lighter app and Hold On!, which requires users to press a button down for as long as they can.
 
A crude app called Rate a Fart, where the smart phone gives the owner's flatulence a score out of ten, was also named.
 
However, while these apps are considered totally pointless, the average iPhone user admits spending 10 minutes a day on them - or 2.5 days a year.

People said the most common place to browse apps is in waiting rooms -- which is obviously a lie, but would you want to tell researcher what you do in the loo.

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A woman who was confronted by a 14 stone bear which attacked her dog has used an unlikely weapon to fend it off… a 12 inch courgette. (MSNBC)

Animators from Aardman have created the world's smallest stop-motion character, Dot - who was animated using a microscope and tweezers. (Asylum)

The origins of 13 weird superstitions revealed. Including why people say not to walk under a ladder or open an umbrella in the house. (Aol Weird News)

Going down, with something. The typical button in an elevator is said to be 40 times dirtier than a public toilet seat… which could explain the smell in many lifts. (Daily Mail)

I just hope this doesn't catch on in our local Starbucks... (About)

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There's now yet another good reason for dog owners to clean up after their pets -- their waste can be used to create energy.

A dog park in Massachusetts has revealed an ingenious system which uses dog poo to create energy to power a streetlamp.

Dog owners simply clear up after their dog and dump the waste into a steel oil tank on the edge of the park in a bio-degradable bag.

The then spin a wheel to 'stir things up' and generate burnable methane from the bacteria, which is then fed to gaslight street lamp above.

Oddly the idea did not come from an engineer but from artist Matthew Mazzott… though we dread to think what Tracey Emin would have suggested do with the poo.

275x250.jpg A pair of new dinosaur species have been discovered in Utah - including one with more horns on his head than any other dino.

Both dinosurs are said to have lived on the 'lost continent' of Laramidia during the Late Cretaceous period (70-100 million years ago) and were plant-eating relatives of the Triceratops.

While the Utahceratops had a particularly large horn over the nose, the Kosmoceratops richardsoni is said to have had a total of 15 horns on its head.

The name 'Kosmoceratops' was picked because it means "ornate horned face" and the 'richardsoni' honours the Scott Richardson for discovering two skulls… not because the researcher is particularly horny.

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The average British office worker shells out an incredible £2,000 a year - on their lunch, new research has revealed.

Despite the recession, a third of Brits still spend around £4 a day - that's £986.40 a year - on sandwiches, salads, baguettes and soup.

On top of that they will also shell out £1.33 a day on snacks between meals, adding up to £6.65 a week or £319.20 a year.

But it doesn't stop there. One in ten buys their breakfast every day, at a cost of £14.05 a week and one in 20 even heads to a cafe or restaurant for their lunch.

36 percent of people claim they do this because they're too lazy to make something at home… thought may just want any excuse to get away from colleagues.

275x250.jpg Dozens of water-loving dogs have competed in an annual surfing contest in the US, in front of more than 1,000 fans.

The event at Huntingdon Beach in California sees the dogs divided into sized-based categories before heading into the surf to show off their tricks.

Scores are then awarded on the basis of confidence, the wave they picked and their general boarding skills before the winners are announced.

All of the pooches are given specially designed life-jackets… though some also had surf t-shirts and board shorts. Really.

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?

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Toys R Us have revealed a list of the top selling toys from the past 25 years, including POGS, Transformers, Bratz Dolls and Go Go Pet Hamsters.

The store, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in the UK this month, looked back over sales figures to find the most popular toy from each year.

The toy giant say they have witnessed a dramatic shift. Two decades ago children were nagging their parents for football stickers, Sylvanian Families and Transformers Robots.
 
But in recent years some of the biggest sellers have been high-tech toys such as Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.
 
One thing which has remained consistent over the years… the increased nagging parents experience in the build-up to Christmas.

WNWDW: Parking tickets with yoga instructions

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What's the first thing you want to do after being given a parking ticket? How about slipping into yoga position? (CBS)

Which are you most scared of zombies or gnomes? Well Chuck Sambuchino says it's the red-hatted little men and not the undead you should be worried about (Aol Weird News)

Experts are stumped after an angler in South Carolina netted a freaky-looking fish which appears to have human like teeth. (Mirror)

A group of divers in Russia decided to mark the end of the diving season by competing in an underwater cycling competition. (Asylum) (YouTube)

A German holiday-maker had to be rescued from a beach in Tenerife after the hole he had spent hours digging collapsed burying him up to his head. (News.com)



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Theme park bosses have been forced to start offering visitors weird-looking umbrella hats -- to stop birds from pooing on them.

Zoo keepers at Chessington World of Adventure say they noticed many visitors to their walk-through aviary were ending up with poop on their head.

And while it's meant to be considered lucky, few guests agreed and many were even being put off visiting by the prospect of being pelted by parrot poo.

As they couldn't stop the 65 brightly plumed parrots - which are constantly being fed by visitors - from doing their business, they decided to shield the visitor.

Now everyone is offered one of the stylish umbrella hats to wear as they make their way around… we just wish they had a bullseye on the top.

A group of Russian artists are overturning police cars... to prompt discussion about law enforcement corruption.

Members of the dissident arts group Voina have started sneaking out at night and in groups of four or five, flipping police squad cars onto their roofs.

Videos uploaded to YouTube show that it takes under 10 seconds for them to flip each car.

It's claimed the move is part of a 'serious' campaign to highlight the problem of corruption and abuse of power which is said to be rife in Russian police forces.

But remember, these are the same people who painted a giant penis on on a drawbridge in St. Petersburg in June in a 'serious' protest about an international economic forum.

275x250.jpg The Apple iPad is the latest must-have high-tech gadget… but that doesn't mean it can't look like a retro 70s toy.

Makers have revelled a protective iPad case which makes the tablet look like an original Etch A Sketch - complete with the little white knobs.

But while the £25 case has the look of the classic toy which sold over 150 million units, there isn't currently an Etch A Sketch app.

And more to the point, many Apple iPad owners are too young to remember the Etch A Sketch from their childhood anyway.

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Some secrets about MI6 spies have been revealed in a new book -- including their odd use of semen as an invisible ink.

The weird revelation is one of many in a new book which documents the history of the Secret Intelligence Service from 1909-1949.

Aurthor Professor Keith Jeffery was given unparalleled access to MI6 archives to research the book on the famously secretive organisation.

One document from 1915 says Mansfield Cumming,the first chief of the SIS, had been trying to find a good invisible ink, before adding: "Heard from C that the best invisible ink is semen."

Come to think of it, this could explain why we don't remember ever seeing James Bond writing a letter* in any of the movies.

Millions of Brits are consistently mishearing some of the world's best known song lyrics and replacing them with their own baffling alternatives.
 

A poll found four-out-of-ten people sing the wrong words of popular tunes including Abba's Dancing Queen, Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
 
REM's 1993 hit The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite was revealed as the most confusing track, with Brits getting the line "Call me when you try to wake her" mixed up with "Calling Jamaica".
 
Purple Haze, by Jimi Hendrix was second in the poll, thanks to the line "Excuse me while I kiss the sky". Instead, Brits sing "Excuse me while I kiss this guy".
 
Other misheard lyrics include song by the Bee Gees, Annie Lennox and Take Twat… at least that's what we think they said.

WNWDW: UFOs visited nuclear weapons sites

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US Air Force officers claim that UFOs have monitored and possibly tampered with American nuclear weapons (Aol Weird News)

Lakes and rivers in Mexico are a little more dangerous today after hundreds of crocodiles escaped from an enclosure during heavy flooding. (MSNBC)

A Chinese man who says he has spent 24 years learning to sleep on a rope suspended between two trees now hope to get into the record books for his effort. (Joy Online)

A daredevil who dived into a river in Romania while tied to a piano as part of a  wacky flying machine competition broke her back and is feared paralysed. (The Sun)


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Parents will spend more than £5,000 on a baby before its first birthday, a study has revealed.

Nappies, clothes, nursery furniture and feeding equipment means mums and dads will part with a total of £5,213.25 during the pregnancy and the first 12 months.

And amazingly almost £1,500 of that is said to be splashed out on their baby… before it is even born on things like a pram, car seat and toys.

But the spending spree doesn't end there, the poll of 2,000 parents found nappies, clothes, toiletries and food see another £3,793 spent during the baby's first year.

The biggest chunk of the cash, £547, goes on buying furniture and a cot and getting the nursery decorated… and then redecorated when you find out it is a boy and not a girl.

Dramatic footage shows the moment a man in Croatia was airlifted from his sinking boat -- with just seconds to spare.

56-year-old Ivan Plevnik had gotten into trouble on the River Sava in Zagreb and emergency rescue teams were called.

But after several hours of attempting to drag his boat back to safety in the fast-flowing river, it began to sink.

Rescuers then resorted to using a helicopter and a lowering a team member on a rope to grab the captain of the rickety boat.

And as you can see, they only just got hold of him in time… we assume there weren't any passengers.

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Police have revealed an odd-looking e-fit of a suspected burglar who appears to have lettuce for hair.

The weird shape, texture and colour of the hair on the man - involved in a distraction burglary of an elderly woman - has led to him being dubbed 'the lettuce head burglar.'

Officers from Hampshire Police admit they suffered "technical issues" when producing the image and hope a software upgrade will allow better hair on e-fits soon.

However they hope the "clarity of the facial features" will lead to an arrest of the man described as being around 45-years-old, 5ft 8 tall and have wavy blonde or greying hair.

Our first stop would be to see if he is hiding by lying face down on an allotment somewhere. Check out our Top 5 Worst Photofits after the link.

Steve Weibe reclaims Donkey Kong high score

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US school teacher Steve Weibe has set a new high-score for the classic Donkey Kong arcade game -- meaning the record had changed hands three time this year.

Dedicated gamer Weibe - who has previously attempted the record at various live events - notched up a massive score of 1,064,500 points.

This beat the previous record of 1,062,800 set by Billy Mitchell and meant the world record title returned to Weibe, who last held it in 2007.

A spokesperson for Twin Galaxies, the official video game scorekeeping organisation, yesterday confirmed the new record.

And to think, when we were at school it was the teachers who told us we were wasting too much time playing computer games.

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.

WNWDW: Polar bear on Cornish beach was a cow

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Weird News We Didn't Write: Our daily roundup of the best odd news stories from elsewhere on the web.

When a polar bear had washed up on a Cornish beach, it was a great exclusive for regional TV station which broke the news, or it would have been… if the 'polar bear' hadn't actually been a cow. (SWNS.com)

A man who had been adopted as a baby was shocked when he managed to track down his biological birth parents… and discovered he was the son a hermaphrodite sideshow bearded lady. (About.com)

Loved-up pirate fans have got married in a swashbuckling ceremony in Devon where guests were asked to join the bride and groom by dressing and pirates. (Metro)
 
Ever heard of 'Caffeine Intoxication Insanity'? No, nor have we, but a man in the US is claiming it as his defence in a murder trial. (Aol Weird News)



275x250.jpgPolice in Colombia have 'arrested' a parrot after they found it was working as a lookout for a drug gang.

Officers say the bird called Lorenzo had been trained to squark "Run, run you are going to get caught." whenever it spotted a police uniform.

But unfortunately for the bosses of the drug cartel in question, when their hide-out in Barranquilla was recently raided by police… they were undercover officers.

As a result our men were arrested and it was only when uniformed officers seized the feathered look-out, he started squawking: "Run, run you are going to get caught."

A police spokesperson said more than 1,500 gang member birds in Colombia had been trained as lookouts… but many, like Lorenzo, are now jailbirds.

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The average 50-year-old now lives the sort of life normally associated with someone half their age, a study has revealed.
 
Researchers who examined the lifestyle of 4,000 Brits say the typical 'nifty fifty' is more sociable, happy and active than someone in their mid to late 20s.
 
They're also said to be considerably more likely to enjoy nights out, meet up with friends and travel further at weekends.

Experts calculate 50-somethings go out twice a week, catch up with four friends, have three weekends away a year and exercise for nearly two hours a week.

This compares with 20-somethings who only go out one evening a week, sees three mates and takes two short breaks -- on the bright side they only do one hour of exercise a week.

275x250.jpg More than a hundred of the world's fastest waiters have taken part in an annual race where they run with laden trays.

The waiters made their way around a 1.5 mile course in a Brussels park while trying not to spill the glasses of Pineau Charente they were carrying.

The first person to finish while still having three full glasses of the French aperitif was named the winner -- this time the honour went to David Bohne, 25, from Brussels, who also won last year.

The race is now in its 23rd year… but the service at our local is still as bad as it has ever been.

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Women get better value for money from pairs of jeans than any other item of clothing and they cost on average just 9p per wear, a study has found.

Experts studied every item of an average woman's wardrobe and found that the cost-per-wear ratio for a pair of denims was lower than that of any other piece of regularly worn clothing.

They concluded that the typical pair of jeans, which cost around £40, are worn around 428 times before they are thrown out - which works out as just nine pence every time they are worn.

By comparison, a pair of leggings, which cost an average of just £9.97, will only be worn 68 times before being binned - which averages 15p per wear.

The odd news will no doubt be popular with women who can now buy a new outfit and legitimately claim when asked if it is new, "It only cost 78p".

Pigeon vs Broadband: Which is the fastest?

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The chances are you're reading this via a broadband connection and not having had it delivered by a carrier pigeon… but if you were, you might have received it faster.

Broadband campaigners recently pitched the humble carrier pigeon against the latest tech in a bid to highlight connectivity problems in rural areas.

A race was organised to send a five minute video from a Yorkshire farm to a destination in Skegness 120km away and see which was quickest, rural broadband or pigeon.

Ten birds were released with USB sticks at the same time as someone started uploading the 300MB file via a 200 Kbps broadband connection.

By the time the pigeons arrived at their destination only 24% of a 300MB file had uploaded… which is all well and good, but you try giving your digital camera to a pigeon along with directions to YouTube.

WNWDW: Man with no arms or legs swims Channel

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Welcome to our new daily roundup of the best odd news stories from elsewhere on the web. WNWDW, or 'Weird News We Didn't Write' to those of you who don't like ridiculously long and very pointless acronyms (or RLAVPA's, if you do) is exactly what the name suggests.

Despite having no arms or legs a Frenchman has managed to swim the English Channel - 10 hours faster than expected. (Daily Mail)

Inventors have come to the aid of office slackers everywhere by creating an inflatable tie which doubles as a pillow - meaning no more waking up with the imprint of keys in your forehead. (Aol Weird News)

A would-be bus driver man stole a bus in Chicago so he could spend a day picking up and dropping off passenegers, he then returned the vehicle. (AZ Central)

In that time-honoured tradition of Brits only caring about baseball when something odd happens, here's a massive brawl breaking out between two teams. (Asylum UK)
275x250.jpg Boffins have created a cotton-based material which can be sprayed onto your body to create instant clothes, from t-shirts to trousers.

Fabrican -  literally a fabric in a can - is the result of researchers who have spent years with the aim of developing an instant, sprayable, non-woven fabric.

Spanish designer Dr Manel Torres - who worked with Imperial College London - says the resulting sprayed clothes can even be taken off, washed and worn again.

However, as the material is sprayed directly onto the body from an areosol, it means all resulting garments are skin-tight… and we don't know what happens to any stray hairs which get caught.

200x175.jpgMany men are left confused by fashion terminology and think the names of garments actually refer to other things, it's been found.

A recent poll quizzed 1,356 men on their knowledge of fashion terms by asking them to describe various clothing items.

But a surprising number of men were found to hold common misconceptions - such as the 41% who think a 'gilet' (a sleeveless jacket) is actually a type of knife.

34% also thought a 'pashmina' (a cashmere wool shawl) was a country, while another 22% said they thought it was a curry.

The odd news suggests there are plenty of men out there who you should NOT go shopping with… or for an Indian meal.

275x250.jpg Men who exhibit low stress levels are significantly more attractive to women, university researchers have found.

Psychologists at Abertay University took photos of men and measured their hormone levels before producing composite images of faces with low and high stress.

The images were then shown to women who were asked to judge how attractive the guys were - those with low levels of stress were said to be found much more attractive.

In unrelated news, we would just like to take this opportunity to point out how incredibly relaxed we are about the findings... and life in general.

275x250.jpgResearchers have discovered the fossil of a scary-looking bird which had a monster 17ft wingspan and was the biggest bird to ever fly.

The winged giant - which lived 5-10 million years ago in Chile - was twice the size of the biggest modern-day birds like the albatross.

Experts say the Pelagornis chilensis also had bony-teeth which would have been useful for catching slippery prey in the open ocean such as fish and squid.

The newly discovered and largely complete Pelagornis chilensis skeleton now said to be important for understanding the physics behind how birds fly.

However, given the bird could have coexisted with the earliest humans it may also explain why some people always paranoid about being attacked by birds.

275x250.jpgThe average in-car argument starts just 22 minutes into a journey and is about getting lost or finding somewhere to park, it has been found.

Research suggests many couples argue more while in a car together than anywhere else, and that these fights can be more aggressive than most.

The study of 3,000 motorists found 71% of people have argued with their partner while driving, often about the daftest of things.

Getting lost is the most common cause for a fight as experienced by 44% of people, followed by arguing about where to park (37%) and driving too fast (34%)

Other common complaints include backseat driving, having the heating too high or the air-conditioning too low… amazingly ogling a scantily-clad pedestrian wasn't on the list.

275x250.jpg The inescapable fact everyone loves odd animals has not been lost on Guinness World Records -- they've wheeled out a bevy of interesting animal-based records to promote the launch of their 2011 book.

Weird animal records include the dog with the longest tongue, the world's smallest cow and a Jack Russell which can burst 100 balloons in 44.49 seconds.

Swallow, a pint-(of milk)-sized cow from Yorkshire was the one named as the world's smallest bovine measuring just 33 inches from hind to foot despite being fully grown.

Owner Caroline Ryder says the micro cow has already become a star and her diva like demands could see The Wonder Stuff's 'The Size of a Cow' play every time she enters a field.

275x250.jpg60% of men in a relationship have ended up in the dog house after buying their other half lingerie which doesn't fit, it has been found.

A survey of 3,000 women discovered millions of blokes have fallen into the trap of buying their partner underwear which is too small.

It was found a similar number of men have accidentally bought lingerie a size too big -- interestingly both mistakes often lead to "Are you saying I'm too fat" argument.

However, the most common complaint was that men buy the 'wrong style' of underwear and only consider what they want to see their wife of girlfriend wearing.

While buying bras which are 'too tarty' was the fourth most common complaint, buying underwear which is 'too frumpy' and 'not tarty enough' are eighth and tenth on the list -- making us wonder who's buying underwear for Goldilocks.

275x250.jpgA pet camel which fell into a two metre deep sinkhole has been freed by firefighters who staged a rescue operation lasting several hours.

While they might be the perfect desert creature - with their hump and sand-proof sealable nostrils - it turns out camels are less adept at climbing out of sinkholes.

Moses, a 680kg beast, had fallen into the 2m deep hole on land in Oregon and been unable to get out of his own accord.

When his owners were also unable to get him out, they became worried he'd break his legs struggling and called fire-fighters.

The fire crew then spent several hours carefully digging mud out from around the animal to free it… but were glad it hadn't been stuck in a tree.

275x250.jpgIt has the traditional flashing blue light and is decorated in force livery, but this police vehicle is unlike any you have seen before.

A rural police force has revealed their latest vehicle in the fight against crime… a five ton 25mph tractor.

Lincolnshire Police say the £50,000 John Deere 6630 tractor will help them by raising awareness or rural crime when it appears at farmer's markets in the county.

It will be used to promote the use of SmartWater and schemes which encourage people who live and work in the countryside to be vigilant and report crime.

It's not known if the normal siren on the temporary loan tractor has been replaced by one which goes: "Oh Arr, Oh Arr, Oh Arr."

275x250.jpg An Australian man has won a unique place in the record books -- by having the world's widest tongue which measures 7.9cm across.

Jay Sloot - dubbed 'Tongue Boy' by pals - today found himself in the newly-released 2011 Guinness World Records book thanks to his whopping tongue.

Measuring 7.9cm (3.1 inches) wide, the 25-year-old claims his massive tongue is so strong he can even use it to lift a normal sized can of Coke.

We were going to get a few words from Jay about his record… but we guess it must be pretty tricky to talk with a tongue that size in your mouth.

275x250.jpgThe ever-annoying question "Who is making the tea?" has been found to be the biggest cause of office arguments in Britain.
 

A survey over 3,000 office workers discovered that a massive 60% of office fall-outs were prompted by arguments over whose turn it was to brew-up.

The poll also revealed there are on average two minor spats a day in offices and that women are more likely to fall out with colleagues than men.

Sarcastic comments were the second most likely thing to trigger an office fight, followed by rudeness and lateness.

Which means if you make a rude and sarcastic comment about someone being late to make the tea, you know what you are letting yourself in for.

275x250.jpgFour-out-of-ten people are so superstitious they avoid cracks in the pavement or dodge ladders, a study had found.
 

Research revealed more than 14 million adults regularly carry out everyday tasks they believe will bring them luck - or ward off bad luck.
 
For example third of wary adults said they believe putting up an umbrella in the house is lucky while one in six steer clear of passing someone on the stairs.
 
The study also found six in ten said they knew superstitions were unlikely to come to anything, but carried them out anyway 'just in case'.
 
Well we guess that is because of the old superstition about what happens to people who don't take  superstitions seriously.

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.jpgA pair of sisters who astounded doctors when they were born as black and white twins, have started their first day at school.

Marcia and Millie Biggs were near impossible to tell apart when they were first born in July 2006... but their incredible difference soon became apparent.

Amanda and the twins father Michael had been together 10 years when they conceived the girls through IVF treatment.

Marcia has inherited her mother's fair complexion and golden brown hair, while Millie takes after dad Michael, who is of Jamaican origin, with her tight dark curls and brown skin.

With Millie and Marcia now in their uniforms for the first time - they're one pair of twins who teachers shouldn't struggle to tell apart.

275x250.jpgExperts claim action computer games can help make players better at making quick and accurate decisions in the real world.

Researchers from the University of Rochester tested their idea by getting a sample of gamers and non-gamers to complete a series of decision tasks.

They were presented with images of dots and asked to identify the direction of the dots' motion.

It was discovered people who regularly played action computer games were able to complete the tasks faster and more accurately than non-gamers.

Please feel free to print this article out and hand it over to your mother when she tells you playing Halo: Reach for 18 hours per day will rot your mind.

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.jpgThe average British parent will have recently spent £1,000 kitting out their children to go back to school, it has been found.

A survey of parents discovered the cost of school uniforms, accessories and additional activities soon add up to a wallet-busting and surprising amount.

95% confessed to spending £500 on new school clothing and gear this summer and 81% said they'd spent as much as £500 on school trips and activities like music classes or swimming lessons.  

Almost half of of those polled also said they felt pressured into spending more money on 'branded' products for their kids to take to school.

25% say this is so their kids fit in with peers while 10% say it was to stop bullying… because everybody knows a pair of Nike trainers will stop a fat ginger kid from being picked on.

275x250.jpg You probably think costumed super heroes only exist on the pages of comic books and in Hollywood movies, don't you? It's an easy mistake to make.

But there are actually hundreds of ordinary people (without super-powers) who get dressed up each day to go out and fight crime or campaign for what they think is right.

And now Hollywood photographer Peter Tangen - who has shot images for Spiderman, Batman and Hellboy movie posters - is setting out to document the lives of the these anonymous costumed activists.

Along with a team of designers, he each week creates a Hollywood style movie poster for one of the real life superheroes… and to be honest most of them look more interesting than your average superhero film.

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.

Couple get married in odd mid-air wedding

275x250.jpg A pair of loved-up daredevils have walked down the aisle to get married -- but only after it was raised 160ft in the air.

Jeroen and Sandra Kippers were hoist into the air on a crane by Belgian firm Marriage In The Sky, along with a vicar and 20 dangling 20 guests.

Another platform was then raised holding an orchestra and pianist before the odd aerial wedding ceremony began, where it wasn't only the bride and groom who looked nervous.

After being pronounced man and wife, the Kippers' made another big jump… this time off the end of the platform while tied to a bungee rope.

DTV Shredder: The motorised skateboard-tank

A motorised skateboard which looks like a ride-on tank could be the next military must-have, claim army experts.

The DTV Shredder can reach 30mph, travel across any kind of terrain and even be equipped with a machine-gun and other weaponry.

It is the creation of Canadian firm BPG Werks and makers say it's ideally suited to military tasks such as reconnaissance, rescue/recovery and mobile surveillance.

The device, which is powered by a Honda 200cc engine and has a turning radius of four feet, recently went on show at Military Vehicles conference in Detroit.

It's not known if the U.S. Army have already placed an order… but you should expect some pretty cool YouTube clips from Iraq if they have.

275x250.jpgFour-out-of-ten dinner party hosts admit serving up desserts such as Creme Brulee - purely to give off an faux air of sophistication.
 
A recent poll found a large percentage of people who organise evening get togethers choose a 'posh pud' to impress their guests and come across as 'a bit of a foodie'.
 
The most popular posh puddings which are thought to impress diners include Creme Brulee, Panna Cotta, Tarte Tatin and Eton Mess.

However it was found hosts should stay away from 80s desserts like Arctic Roll, Trifle and Bread & Butter pudding as they are seen as being too common.

43% of the 3,000 polled believe puddings say something about social class and 19% have tried to pass off a supermarket creation as home-made… which is less common than we'd thought.

275x250.jpg A celebrity chef has created the worlds most expensive cheese sandwich by blending humble cheddar with white truffles… and then topping it with gold dust.

Martin Blunos says he came up with the extravagant cheesy creation to go on display at Frome Cheese Show in Somerset and highlight what could be done with the food.

Other ingredients used in the Pilgrim's Choice commissioned sarnie include a 100-year-old balsamic vinegar, slices of quail's egg, black tomatoes and fresh figs.

While the bespoke white truffle cheese costs £92 the whole sandwich comes in at £110.95… and we dread to think what they'd charge if you wanted ketchup on it too.

275x250.jpgPolitician in Romania have scrapped plans to introduce a tax on fortune tellers, witches and psychics… because they feared they could be cursed.

Officials in the economically struggling country had planed to start taxing witches in a bid to raise more money.

But despite drafting new laws - which would have also held psychics liable for wrong predictions - the politicians in Romania's senate bottled it at the last minute.

It's been claimed many opted against the witch-centric new rules, not because they could be hard to implement, but because they feared having a curse put on them.

However, there is always the possibility the witches were one step ahead and put a hex on the politicians preventing them from ticking the yes box.

275x250.jpgA team of monster hunters have started using sonar equipment to search Windermere for the English Nessie.

There are said have been seven sighting of a 'monster' in the lake over the past four years and experts say they are now hopeful of finding the beast.

Last year a film crew recorded a 20 metre long object below the surface of the lake and while some insist it was just a wave, others insist it was the mythical creature.

Over the weekend a team including a local hotelier and a psychic took to the water on a ship equipped with latest sonar equipment capable of scanning to a depth of 220ft.

While the tourist attracting stunt scientific search was unsucessul, they did come up with a good nick-name for the creature, Bow-nessie... after Bowness-On-Windermere.

275x250.jpg A German toy firm has started producing a range of cuddly-toys which each suffer a psychiatric disorder.

Creator Martin Kittsteiner, from Hamburg, says he came up with the idea for the soft toys after joking with his girlfriend about her teddy bear collection.

Between them they created and produced a collection of toys with mental illnesses ranging from depression and water phobia to bipolar disorder.

The £25 each toys are currently on sale online and Martin says they are proving a hit with children and adults… keep reading to discover the illnesses.

275x250.jpgA street in Luton has been named as the most 'spider-ific' in Britain after a massive number of spider sightings were recorded there.

According to research carried out by invertebrate conservation charity Buglife there are more spiders in Selbourne Road, Luton, than anywhere else in the UK.

In fact, experts conducting a study spotted 2,300 arachnids there and observed  a whopping 143 separate species.

This was considerably more than recorded anywhere else though Hornby in West Lancashire, Washingborough in South Lincolnshire, Doddington in Kent and Reading University Campus all had high numbers of sightings.

The odd news will not come as a surprise to residents of Selbourne Road… where the number of spiders constantly sends then up the wall.

Smelling toast triggers memories of happiness

275x250.jpgSmelling toast has been scientifically proven to trigger memories of happiness, researchers have found.

Professor Tim Jacob, from Cardiff University says the distinctive odour can trigger more emotions and memories than other foods.

Tests found that 49 percent of people are instantly reminded of home and their childhood when they smell toast cooking.

Known as the ‘Proust Effect' - where odour unlock memories - the smell of toast linked with memories that include family life, comforting weekends and time spent with family.

However, smell of liver cooking is just said to trigger memories of poor tasting meals. 

World's most expensive book to be auctioned

275x250.jpgAn incredibly rare book is set to be sold auction in where it's thought it could go for as much as £6 million.

Birds of America by John James Audubon was dubbed at the world's most expensive book when a copy sold at a previous auction for the record breaking price of £5.7m.

Only 119 complete copies of the 19th-century book are know to exist and 108 of them are held by museums and libraries. And only 750 were ever printed.

As such the book - which contains 1,000 life-sized illustrations of hundreds of birds - is much prized by collectors who will pay a fortune to get hold of it.

Obviously when we say "get hold of it" we mean "keep it in a glass box and never touch it".

275x250.jpgToddlers named Rose and Corey are the hardest to handle, according to a study of parents.

Children bearing these monikers are said to be more likely to throw tantrums, kick up a fuss and argue with their parents.

The names emerged in a study of 3,000 parents of children who were asked to reveal the name of their youngsters and rate their behaviour.

The study also showed girls are marginally more difficult to handle than boys - with 58 per cent of girls often throwing tantrums compared to 56 per cent of boys.

Other big handfuls include girls named Sophia, Victoria, Faith and Isabel and boys  called Jay, Bailey, Kyle or Kian.

275x250.jpgOne is the world's smallest teenager, while the other has the largest biceps in the UK -- we'll let you work out which is which.

22 inch tall Khagendra Thapa Magar has visited London as part of  a promotional tour for Ripley's Believe It Or Not! where he yesterday met body-builder Tiny Iron.

The ironically-named muscleman, who has the biggest biceps in Britain, acted as a climbing frame for the tiny teen as a crowd gathered to see them.
 
Amazingly, the 28-year-old Londoners massive biceps have a circumference of 24 inches -- that's two inches bigger than Magar is tall. He also weighs 28 times more than 10lb Magar.

Magar will become the world's shortest man when he turns 18 next month… unless he suddenly starts growing.


100 cats have been let loose in a London IKEA store… to see what they got up to.

The cats were given a free run of the Wembley store while several TV crews followed them around to see what they did.

Bosses had waited until the store was closed in the evening and then invited animal handlers and local cat owners to release their kitties.

Footage of them exploring the store and furniture will now be used in a new TV advert which will air for the first time during the X Factor.

In odd news at least this could explain why some people with cat allergies also thought they had recently become allergic to IKEA.

275x250.jpgTech-savvy schoolchildren are coming up with more extravagant excuses for failing to submit homework on time, it has been found.

Old favourites such as "the dog ate it" are being replaced by tech-laden excuses involving crashed computers, printer failures and broken email servers.

A survey of 500 teachers and 1,000 school pupils found three quarters of teachers are now hearing more tech-based excuses with eight in ten saying kids think they won't understand the tech.

The most common excuse for not handing in homework is now "I emailed it to you, but I got a bounce-back email" followed by "I deleted it by accident".

But home-work skiving traditionalists will be pleased, "The dog ate it" is still the third most popular… though no teacher has ever believed it.

Wine blunders: Top 10 mispronounced wines

275x250.jpgBrits claim to be a nation wine buffs -- but regularly embarrass themselves by making basic mistakes in restaurants.

A survey of 3,000 drinkers found three-out-of-ten adults have tried to pass themselves off as wine connoisseurs, but failed spectacularly.

Most common faux pas include mispronunciation of brands or wines and complaining
the waiter hasn't poured enough when the intention was for them to taste it.

Other excruciating wine errors include complaining about red wine being served warm and swilling the wine around in the glass so fast they spill it over themselves.

16% of people also admit to buying an expensive bottle just so it looks like they know their wine… which doesn't work if they ask for a Pea-not Noi-er.

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.jpgFalling asleep, asking for a cigarette and wearing a crash helmet are just some of the odd mistakes made by jobseekers in interviews.

A recent survey of 100 business leaders quizzed them about the strangest behaviour they'd seen from would-be workers.

Other odd actions included interrupting the interview to answer a call on their mobile and scratching the top of their legs inappropriately.

A spokesperson for CareerBuilder.co.uk which conducted the study, said people make mistakes because of the high-stress of the situation.

In odd news it's weird behaviour like this which can help secure a job at Newslite… we got our job by turning up for the interview in a pink bunny costume.

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.

Two graffiti artists who were caught vandalising a fence were forced to dance for a video camera until police arrived.

The men had been apprehended by a New Zealand home-owner who decided to administer his own unique brand of vigilante justice YouTube-style.

After calling police he's said to have ordered the men to dance in his living room while filming them on his mobile.

Once police had arrested the suspected vandals the clip was uploaded to YouTube - much to the amusement of crime victims everywhere.

However, the stunt could backfire as cops are now investigating claims officers also filmed the dancing youths… if found guilty they could be punished with an embarrassing YouTube appearance.

275x250.jpgFour out of ten women who go on a diet end up heavier than they were when they started watching their waistline, a study has revealed.

A 'foot off the gas' approach to weightloss once a target is reached coupled with a lack of willpower means many dieters quickly pile weight back on.

Partners who cook or buy unhealthy food or big portions were also blamed for backfiring diets as was the 'office feeder' whose desk is crammed with cake and biscuits.

It also emerged a large percentage of women will start noticing the pounds creeping back on just 21 days after reaching their ideal weight.

So this means diets are scientifically bad for you right? Will someone pass me that Mars bar?

275x250.jpgScientists say they have carried out a "rigorous scientific analysis" of dance moves to discover what makes a man attractive to women.

Using 3D motion-capture technology to film dancers and create computerised 3D avatars the team showed the footage to 35 women to see what they liked.

It was found dance movements which indicate health and reproductive potential - including large and movements of the neck and trunk -  were seen as the most attractive.

Unsurprisingly the psychologists from Northumbria University say twitchy and repetitive "Dad dancing" with too much arm waving isn't cool and won't help you pull.

The results showed that eight movement variables made the difference between a “good” and a “bad” dancer… which is why whenever there is music playing we will be standing in the corner tapping out toes uncomfortably.

Happy 08.09.10 Sequential Day number fans

275x250.jpgMathematicians around the world are said to be celebrating today because the time and date have formed a sequential number.

At 12.34pm and 56.7 seconds the time and date read 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 -- because it's the eighth day of the ninth month of tenth year this millennium.

This was said to be the first ‘pure’ time and date sequence day since 01.23.45am on 6.7.89.

Other numerically interesting days celebrated include Pi Day (3.14) and square root days - when the value of the month and year are the same number that make the last two digits of the year when multiplied together.

Obviously in countries like America - where they can't write the date properly - they will now have a little longer to wait for the next pure Sequential Day.

275x250.jpgA Belgian frite-frier has set a new world record by spending 83 consecutive hours frying chips… but he burnt his fingers in the process.

Chris Verschueren smashed the previous record by over 11 hours by producing and frying more than 1,500 kilos of chips.

But Verschueren says the record bid and processing all those potatoes left him with sore feet and wrists, and he brunt his fingers.

Record adjudicators allowed him to take a 100-minute break after 20 hours, but other than that he worked straight through.

Unfortunately for Verschueren he failed to set a new record for the amount of chips sold… meaning he now has his own personal potato mountain.

A 21ft speedboat has been converted into a pool table at a cost of £40,000… as a memorial to a dead waterskier.

Peter McKee, of Master Billiards in Australia was commissioned to make the table in memory of waterskier Brian Rix who died in 1999.

McKee says the job was incredibly difficult because he had to cut the slate to match the curve of the boat.

There was also the little matter of where to put the pockets, in the end he went with seven, six in a traditional pattern and then an extra at the end of the table.

This should make it easier for even bad players to sink the balls… which we guess is a particularly appropriate term.

275x250.jpgA course in 'Zombie Studies' has been launched for students at the University of Baltimore.

But unfortunately for those wanting to learn how to survive the undead apocalypse, the class is actually part of the English curriculum.

As such, topics discussed will not include whether flame-throwers or shotguns are the preferred method of killing the undead.

Instead students will watch zombie movies and read comics or books featuring the creature, to analyse how literature and mass media work.

Course credits will be awarded for the writing of zombie movie scripts rather than essays... and if the course it scheduled before 2pm most of the students will look undead too.

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.jpg An artist has created an amazing set of high-speed photographs which capture the precise moment bullets pass through objects.

Lex Augusteijn from the Netherlands uses a Canon 40D DSLR camera along with a flash unit to take the stunning images.

His equipment is all electronically controlled to achieve precise timing (as is the gun) -- though it still requires a lot of patience to create the scene.

Lex says it can take hundreds of shots to get a scene just right… meaning his neighbours must think they live next to a war zone.

275x250.jpgScientists say they have calculated the true price of happiness as £50,000.

Researchers from Princeton University analysed over 450,000 responses to a quality of life study to see what makes people happy.

They found that while a persons life evaluation rose with annual income, happiness stopped rising beyond a salary of $75,000 (£50,000).

After that everyday experiences and things like family and friend relationships have more of an impact than additional cash.

Should the boffins want to test this finding, we are more than willing to put ourselves forward to accept a £100,000 salary… for purely scientific purposes you understand.

275x250.jpgA police force has revealed a catalogue of more than 150 supernatural and paranormal cases which have been reported to them in recent years.

Details of investigations involving ghosts, UFO's, aliens and fairies were released by Devon and Cornwall Police after a Freedom of Information request.

In some examples people have called the police force to deal with spooks in their houses, or even to a field infested with fairies.

However, most of the paranormal reports revolve around UFO sighting, and peaked in 1996 when a variety of strangely shaped spaceships were spotted.

In odd news the 1996 peak also coincided with the release of the movie Independence Day and the popularity of the X Files on TV.

275x250.jpg Deep fried beer bites, which were revealed last week, have won an annual food award at the State Fair of Texas.

The ravioli-like pockets of pretzel dough containing beer were devised by chef Mark Zable who spent three years perfecting them.

Now the recipe - which is strictly for those aged over 21 - has been named "Most creative" at the Big Tex Choice Awards for fried foods.

However, the overall "Best taste" award went to a 'Fried Frito Pie' which consists of chili and cheddar cheese encased in chips and then battered and fried. It's probably best served with fried beer.

More women now opting to do DIY themselves

275x250.jpgBritish women are increasingly likely to pick up the power-tools and do DIY around the house themselves, a survey has found.

78 percent of women claim they actually enjoy performing odd jobs such as putting up shelves or hanging a door.

But it's a bid to save money which prompts most women to reach for the screwdriver, with 69% saying the reason they do DIY is to cut contractor costs.

48% of females surveyed say their creativity and style is useful when fixing up the home and puts them in a better position than a man.

And it looks like blokes agree, 72% of people claim women make great DIYers because they're more patient… and it give us a chance to pop to the pub.

275x250.jpgThe number of business meetings conducted over a breakfast is on the rise as workers find them more productive than lunches, it's been found.

A study of 3,000 workers discovered breakfast meetings are becoming more common as workers try to fit more into their schedules.

And while 42 percent of us now regularly attend biz breakies, they are also said to be more productive than a traditional working lunch.

64% think breakfast or morning meetings have more positive outcomes than those later in the day and 67% of people believe they're more likely to pay attention.

Or at least we think that's what they said… we were told about it over lunch and weren't really listening.

275x250.jpgA Colombian man who measures just 2ft 3inch tall has been named the new world's shortest man by Guinness World Records.

Edward Niño Hernandez - known as as Niño (meaning child) - has inherited the title from China's He Pingping, who passed away in March.

Hernandez currently lives in Bogota with his parents and four brothers and says his hobbies include playing soccer and dancing.

Despite being found during a search for the world's shortest man after Pingping's death, Niño is actually 4cm shorter than his predecessor at 70.21 cm.

But Hernandez’s reign as the shortest man could be the shortest in history... the current shortest teenager, Nepal's Khagendra Thapa Magar, will turn 18 on October 14th, and is 2 inches smaller.

275x250.jpgThey say football's a game of two halves. Unfortunately for these tired looking players those halves were a little longer than usual.

In fact, the players were competing in what was to become the longest football match ever played -- lasting a total of 57 hours.

The game between the Leeds Badgers and the Warwick Wolves had been arranged to set the world record and raise money for charity The Meningitis Trust.

While players started with vigour, by the end on Sunday evening - after only being allowed to rest for five minutes per hour - most looked shattered.

Goalkeepers looked particularly tired... though with a final score of 425 - 354 to the Badgers, they'd spent quite a while time picking the ball out from the back of the net.

Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has been named as the Greatest Rock Legend Of All Time.

Flamboyant Mercury, who sold 300 million records before he died of HIV induced bronchopneumonia in November 1991, beat Elvis Presley to claim the title.

The tragic star, who was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar in 1946, formed Queen in 1970 with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. They were later joined by bass player John Deacon.

British born rocker David Bowie came third in the survey carried out among 3,000 rock fans, followed by Jon Bon Jovi, Jimi Hendrix and Ozzy Osbourne.

Other rock gods in the top 20 list include Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison and Robert Plant… we can imagine many rockers will be smashing their guitars over their absence from the list.

69 Mexican cowboys have set a new world record for simultaneous lassoing, by all swinging their ropes for three minutes.

The charros (Mexican cowboys) made the record bid during the 17th annual International Mariachi and Charreria festival in Guadalajara.

Each with a marked-out area of the stadium they twirled and swung their lassos as best they could while  an adjudicator from Guinness World Records watched on.

At the end he verified they had beaten the previous record of of a meagre  23 simultaneous lassos.

Organisers hope the record will encourage more people to take up the rope-swinging activity… though you may want to check you have room first.

275x250.jpgSo Andy Murray is out of the US Open, at least British tennis fans still have one thing to celebrate… having the world's oldest working tennis court.

Bosses at the Edgbaston Archery and Lawn Tennis Society in Birmingham say their lawn playing surface of six courts is now 137 years old.

It was initially laid out in 1873 - 13 years after the club was founded - and officials at the society claim the courts are still in the same positions, to within a few inches.

This means the lawn courts have been in longer continuous use than other courts anywhere in the world.

Admittedly British tennis fans would rather celebrate seeing a Brit win Wimbledon (or anything for that matter) … but they've got to take what they can.

275x250.jpg Hundreds of Russians have competed in a bizarre race where they had to ride inflatable sex dolls down the Vuoksa River.

Now in its eighth year, the Bubble Baba Challenge sees brave men and women jump into the icy water and swim the length of the course.

All contestants are over 16 and are tested for alcohol before the event which takes around three minutes… with the assistance of an inflatable friend.

Organisers say the race was originally conceived as a drunken idea at a party where very few women arrived but the men still hit the vodka… we never would have guessed.

275x250.jpgFor the second year running Dan Brown, who wrote The Da Vinci Code, has been named as the author most donated to charity shops.

An annual survey of almost 700 Oxfam stores found that there were more unwanted copies of his books than any other author.

The charity stores are said to have countless copies of his books which include, The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and The Lost Symbol.

Ian Rankin’s books were the second most donated, followed by Patricia Cornwell and Alexander McCall Smith .

Other writers with the dubious honour of making the top ten unwanted authors include, JK Rowling, John Grisham and Jeremy Clarkson -- who we didn't even know could read.

275x250.jpg Farmers in the US have hit upon a cunning way of trying to encourage kids to eat more healthily… by packaging their produce them a junk food.

A current marketing campaign has seen baby carrots put in the sort of packets normally associated with bags of crisps and a funky website launched promoting them.

The 'Eat 'Em Like Junk Food' has been organised by a group of 50 farmers who say they hope to make people see their produce as a cool brand.

A carrot-based iPhone game has also been made along with TV adverts which overtly mimic junk food advertising tactics... unfortunately the product still tastes like carrots and not smokey bacon crisps.

275x250.jpgScientists say they've finally discovered science behind why men are able to kick a football harder than women.

Using 10 video cameras, 21 retroreflective markers and 16 electrodes researchers monitored what happens when men and women kick a ball.

They discovered significant differences in knee alignment and muscle activation between men and women, giving men more power.

Male players apparently activate the hip flexors in their kicking leg and the hip abductors in their supporting leg more than females.

Next up the researchers will study throwing like a girl and investigate whether their dad can indeed beat up your dad.

275x250.jpgDivers have recovered what's thought to be the world's oldest beer from a 200-year-old shipwreck in the Baltic Sea.

The find was made as researchers recovered drinkable Champagne from a Russian cargo ship which crashed in the 1780s.

The divers say they were surprised to find a handful of beer bottles during the salvage operation near the Aland Islands.

When one of the bottle just so happened to break, the divers tried some of the dark liquid and say they liked the taste.

However, experts doubt the old beer would still be drinkable… and that the divers might have been suffering from 'the bends' which could have impacted their taste-buds.

Dancing merengue dog becomes an online hit

A video of a golden retriever dancing the Merengue - while wearing a sparkly green dress - has become a hit on YouTube.

The three minute clip, filmed in Chile, shows golden retriever Carrie standing on two legs and dancing with a man in a red shirt.

Since it was uploaded six days ago it's already been viewed by over 1.5 million people who have been suitably impressed by her moves.

Cheered on by a crowd, the dog twists and turns to the Latin American music performing surprisingly complex moves.

Not bad considering she has two left feet… then again she has two right ones too.


275x250.jpgThe electric candle has been named as the most useless gadget of all time.

The flameless light source, which can be powered by batteries or mains, beat electric nail files and laser-guided scissors to claim the dubious honour.

Other engineering follies to make the top twenty dire devices include the bread-maker, electric fluff removers and the mini disk player, also made the top ten.

Three quarters of people admit to having bought a gadget they've rarely used and half said they've regretted a gadget purchase.

The list emerged from a poll carried out among 3,000 Brits… who probably all have that familiar drawer of useless tech.

A paraplegic teenage daredevil has managed to complete the world's first double backflip in a wheelchair.

18-year-old Aaron Fotheringham made the amazing double flip after several failed attempts at a skate park in Pennsylvania.

Footage shows him being propelled forward by an extended bungee rope into a ramp which then flings him into the air.

The first couple attempts make rather painful viewing, but then Aaron manages to land successfully to cheers from the crowd.

Something tells us children are going to suddenly want wheelchairs for Christmas so they can have a go too.

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.

Boffins say they have finally explained the science behind Roberto Carlos' amazing free kick goal against France in 1997.

The goal scored by the Brazilian in the Tournoi de France is widely regarded as one of football's best ever free-kicks.

Some commentators joked it "defied physics" and keeper Fabian Barthez was embarrassingly left standing still and red-faced by the strike.

But while some thought it was a fluke, physicists have now computed the trajectory equation and shown that Carlos' goal was all skill… and science, obviously.

They claim any ball kicked hard enough, with the right spin and from far enough away will follow the 'spinning ball spiral' -- so prepare to see lots of dodgy long range attempts this weekend.

275x250.jpgThe average mum is a master multi-tasker who carries out the roles of 23 different professions, a study has revealed.

Researchers found modern mothers have to be a cleaner, entertainer, chef and accountant, as well as travel agent, teacher and chamber maid.

On top of that they also have to have skills as a first-aider, dog walker, chauffeur and hairdresser.

The study also found the average mum works more than 13 hours a day while the kids are off school, getting out of bed at 7.16am and finally switching off at 8.41pm.

Personally we think moms carry out the duties of 24 different professions…  given the amount of time they spend watching soaps surely they could add TV critic to the list.

275x250.jpgA golfer accidentally started a 12-acre fire when he hit his club on a rock in California causing sparks and the resulting blaze.

The hapless golfer had been playing at the Shady Canyon golf course in Irvine, when the accident happened.

It's said he'd taken a swing at the ball but that his club struck a rock causing a small spark.

But this was enough to start a fire in the parched area and the blaze soon covered a massive 12 acres of the densely wooded hill.

Almost 200 firefighters attended the scene and the fire burnt for over seven hours… and we thought our golfing endeavours had been embarrassing.

275x250.jpg A new speed record has been set at the World Bog Snorkelling Championships... after the bogs were cleaned for the first time in ten years.

More than 150 competitors from around the world had attended the event - now in it's 25th year - near Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, to take part.

Once there they had to see how long it took to complete the 110 metre course by swimming two lengths of the murky - and still very muddy - trench.

Organisers said they'd anticipated fast times as the trenches had recently been cleaned but couldn't believe how much faster it was… we can't believe how murky the bog must have been last year.

275x250.jpg A French circus star has set a new UK record for the highest wire-walk, by crossing a 76 metre-high top cable in Newport.

Olivier Roustan made his bid over Newport City’s footbridge in front of thousands of expectant spectators after spending two days assessing the risk.

The aerialist from Toulouse was helped into position by three highly trained industrial climbers, before making his 90m stroll over the river.

After a few wobbles, and gasps from the crowd, Olivier made it to the other side… and then wondered why he hadn't used the footpath like everyone else.

275x250.jpgMillions of parents admit fibbing to their kids to get them to eat more healthy foods, a study has revealed.

Researchers found eight out of ten mothers regularly wheel out old classics such as 'carrots will help you see in the dark' or 'crusts will make your hair curl'.

Other popular food fibs include 'eating vegetables will make you big and strong' and 'Spinach will give you muscles like Popeye'.

A cruel claim the ice-cream van only plays music when it has run out of lollies is also still commonly used.

What, what? You mean ice-cream vans playing music do still have ice-cream left? Suddenly my parents have some explaining to do.

275x250.jpgUEFA, European football's governing body, has ruled that vuvuzelas should be banned from their matches.

This means the irksome plastic trumpet, which became infamous at the World Cup, will not be heard at Euro 2012 qualifiers or Champions League games.

Bosses say they came to the conclusion the instrument should not be taken into stadiums at matches in UEFA competitions after consultation with 53 member associations.

It was decided the noise could drown-out the singing and chanting of fans andthat "for reasons related to Europe's football culture and tradition" they should be banned.

However, we can think of the odd player who'd probably prefer the constant drone of a vuvuzela to fans chants… Yes Heskey, we're thinking of you.

275x250.jpgThe Apple iPhone just became a lot more useful -- after a protective case was revealed which also doubles as a beer bottle opener.

iBottleOpener functions as a normal run-of-the-mill iPhone case, protecting the device from all the usual scratches and drops

But on the rear it reveals a classic bottle opener which inventor Zack Cram, from California, says he couldn't believe hadn't been added earlier.

And Apple might want to consider building one into the next version of the iPhone because demand for the £15 case is so high it sold out within two days.

Makers say they're struggling to produce the bottle opening cases fast enough… but that they've already submitted a patent for a wine corkscrew iPhone case.


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.jpg A chef from Texas is set to become a hero to beer and fried-food loving men everywhere... after creating a recipe for deep-fried beer.

Mark Zable says he came up with the idea while sitting in a bar (where else?) and being bored by the majority of items on the menu.

Zable then tried countless ways of frying beer including using liquid nitrogen to freeze it before covering it in batter and submerging it in hot oil.

But it was only after three-years of trial and error he worked out beer could be placed in a ravioli-like pocket of pretzel dough and flash fried for about 20 seconds… personally we can't think of a better way of spending three years.




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