newslite: August 2011 Archives


A Chinese TV reporter was left red-faced and drenched after a massive wave crashed down on her during a live report.


The journalist had been reporting on tropical storm Nanmadol which was hitting Haining, in Zhejiang Province, with heavy rain and strong winds.

But as she was chatting to camera, it appears she was unaware that there was a 20-metre-high wave heading straight for her.

Luckily, the wave did not injure the reporter or knock her off her feet and drag her out to sea… tough we bet she dresses a bit more appropriately next time she reports on a storm.

275x250.jpgA new political party in Switzerland hopes to run the in upcoming October parliamentary elections with a single aim… to ban PowerPoint presentations.

Bosses of the 'Anti-PowerPoint Party' say that 250 million people around the world a subjected to a PowerPoint presentation each month and that the punishment must stop.

Party founder Matthias Poehm says not only do people hate watching PowerPoint presentations, but the time wasted preparing them costs the world economy €350bn each year.

As such the APPP party is promoting the use of the humble flip-chart and Matthias Poehm needs 10,000 signatures for his party to be free to run candidates in the election.

So far less than 1,000 people are thought to have signed up… maybe it would have gone better if he'd had a impressive PowerPoint presentation.

275x250.jpg An 86-year-old American man has been treated in hospital after accidentally impaling his pruning shears through his eye socket.

Leroy Luetscher had been working in the garden of his Arizona home when he slipped and dropped then into the ground, luckily they landed blade side down.

However, less luckily he then lost his balance and fell face first onto the handle which penetrated his eye socket underneath the eye.

Doctors at Arizona University Medical Centre -- where the shears were removed and his eye was saved -- said the handle had penetrated down into his neck… but you can probably see that from the x-ray.


A bad day for a pole vaulter might be not quite making the height they'd hoped for… which makes this a very bad day for Dmitry Starodubtsev.

The Russian athlete was recently taking part in the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, when his pole snapped in half.

He was attempting a height of 5.75 meters when the accident happened and it had looked good as he made his approach.

But after planting the pole and beginning on a upwards trajectory it snapped like a trig and he fell embarrassingly to the mat. But don't take our word for it, click play.


lost penguin The penguin who was dubbed Happy Feet after accidentally swimming to New Zealand rather than Antarctica has finally headed home.

The confused emperor penguin -- who also needed surgery after eating sand thinking it was snow - is being transported by a fisheries survey vessel.

And before he went, hundreds of people turned out to bid farewell to the bird who became a worldwide sensation after he exploits were reported.

He's also been fitted with a tracking device so that bosses at Wellington Zoo where he was treated, can monitor his progress.

usb vibrator At first glance it looks like any other USB drive. But this memory stick - which can hold 16GB of data - also doubles as a sex toy. Really.

The Duet is the creation of a team of designers from San Francisco who decided that what the world needed was to combine office supplies with bedroom toys.

Ti Chang and Michael Topolovac say the sleek-looking device is made from silicone and metal, charges from your computer's USB port and is virtually silent.

It comes with a leather case, is waterproof to more 3m and has four vibration modes and five power levels… it can also contain that PowerPoint presentation for Monday morning.


A pedestrian in Brazil had a rather lucky escape when a car swerved off the road and smashed into her -- only for her to get up seconds later uninjured.

As this CCTV footage shows, the woman had been walking in from of a supermarket in Nova Andradina when the near death incident happened.

The white VW Beetle can be seen swerving to miss a motorbike on a junction and then careering off the road and towards the unsuspecting woman who is knocked off her feet.

During the accident the driver of the car was also thrown from his vehicle and while the worst would have been expected, both he and the woman are seen standing seemingly unharmed in the video.


Forget Usain Bolt, we've got a new 100m hero… in the unlikely form of a 20 stone failed shot-putter who recently tried his hand at sprinting.

When 17-year-old Sogelau Tuvalu failed to qualify for the shot put at the at the World Athletics Championships, he didn't want to admit defeat and decided to switch to running.

The bulky athlete then laced up his trainers and spent the month before the World Athletics Championships in South Korea training for four hours per day.

And over the weekend he took part in the heats for the 100m where he put in a personal best… unfortunately it was only 15.66 seconds, almost 5s behind winner Mohammad Noor Imran A Hadi of Malaysia.


TV journalists reporting on Hurricane Irene were subjected to some pretty harsh conditions being battered why heavy winds and strong winds.

But none suffered more than Tucker Barnes of WTTG-TV who got covered in what he thought was "plankton or something" -- only to find out later it was probably raw sewage.

Barnes had been standing in front of a sea wall in Maryland as winds carried in a sandy foam which he told viewers "smells like ocean" and "doesn't smell great."

At the time he said it was "some sort of organic matter, plankton or something, mixed in with sand and salt", but it was later claimed to be the remnants of raw sewage. Yuck!


How do you wake up in the morning? Chances are it's something as boring as the alarm on your mobile phone or the sun coming in through the window.

Well not this boy, his dad recently got him out of bed by squirting a water pistol at him while humming the theme from Doom.

In the 41 second clip - shot to look like the classic first-person shooter - the father can be seen approaching the lads bedroom armed with a loaded Super Soaker.

He then bursts in the door and starts spraying the young lad with water saying "Wake up son, good morning" between humming the theme. Instantly becoming the world's coolest dad.

ipad shopping trolley In a bid to get more men into the supermarket, a Sainsbury's store in Kensington, London, has fitted iPad docking stations onto their shopping trolleys.

It's said this means blokes don't have to feel disconnected while doing the grocery shop and could even keep up-to-date with the latest scores by streaming football matches.

The high-tech trolley -- which could be rolled out to other stores if successful -- features a tilting iPad holder and speakers mounted to the handle.

Anticipating iPad using shoppers could find themselves distracted the trolley also has a front bumper with a sensor which lets off a warning beep if you get too close to other shoppers.

275x250.jpgA team of bungling thieves who thought they'd successfully stolen £240,000 of rhino horns from a museum actually made off with worthless replicas.

The gang had smashed their way into the Natural History Museum in Hertfordshire before using hammers to remove horns from two stuffed animals, an Indian rhino and a white rhino.

They probably thought they'd swiped valuable ivory horns in the break-in -- during which nothing else was taken -- but police have now revealed all they got away with were fakes.

Faux rhino horns made out of resin and with no commercial value had been fitted to the stuffed animals after a series of rhino horn raids on auction rooms, galleries and private collections.

Real rhino horns, sought after because of a belief it can cure cancer, are worth more than diamonds, gold and cocaine… fake ones, not so much.

false legSecurity bosses have been left red-faced after it was revealed they'd put a electronic tag on an offender's false leg.

This meant 29-year-old Christopher Lowcock was able to break a court-imposed curfew simply by leaving his leg at home.

It's understood the gaffe happened when Lowcock - who had the curfew imposed for offences involving drugs - wrapped his faux leg in a bandage.

Staff from security firm G4S then attached the electronic tag to the prosthetic limb and set up the curfew system at his Rochdale home.

The error was only discovered after Lowcock was returned to custody accused of another driving-related offence… presumably a driving-with-one-leg-related offence.

275x250.jpg The 16th Air Guitar World Championships have taken place in Oulu in northern Finland with performers enthralling of fans with their imaginary instruments.

Thousands of fans turned up to see contestants judged on their ability to move around the stage playing the air guitar realistically and their originality.

And they weren't disappointed as they watched two performances from each of the finalists -- one to a song of their own choice, and then the Rage Against the Machine's song Without a Face.

After much thought and consideration (this is a serious matter after all) Aline 'The Devil's Niece' Westphal from Germany was named the champion thanks to her energetic performance to Foo Fighter's Pretende.

275x250.jpg A team from Lithuania have set a new world record by preparing a cup of coffee in a air balloon flying at more than 20,000 feet (6.3km) high.

Nidas Kiuberis, Grazvydas Vilcinskas and Vytautas Samarinas had to don protective clothing and oxygen masks before reaching the impressive height.

Once there - with a temperature of around -20C - they used a special Aeropress coffee maker to push hot water through the filter and produce a quality cup of coffee.

Coffee expert Kiuberis then took off his oxygen mask and quickly tasted it before putting the mask back on. He said the brew was "as tasty as on earth" not better "as tasty" -- so worth flying to 20,000ft then?


A video of a cat and dog staring at each other in a Western-style standoff for more than 90 seconds before going for each other has become an online hit.


And this has obviously been helped by the fact someone has already added the theme song of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (below).

In the video, the pooch and pussy glare at each other as the cay slyly edges towards the dog, testing its nerves.

But it's the little dog which makes the first move by noisily charging at the kitty… before bolting and getting chased off by the feline.

275x250.jpg A rare litter of five all black miniature piglets has been born at Pennywell Farm. There's not much more news than that, but there is this very cute picture.

The tiny piglets, which each weighed less than 1lb at birth and are just six inches long, were born just six days ago and are all said to be doing well.

They're part of a special micro pig breed which has been grown by Pennywell Farm owner Chris Murray for the past fifteen years, and even when fully grown will only measure 14 inches tall.

So far staff at the farm have not picked names for the piglets and say they would like to hear suggestions… so let's see what you can come up with in the comments.

car raceThere are an awful lot of Scalextric tracks, Rubiks cubes and comics hiding in British homes, according to a recent into our hoarding tendencies.

A survey of 1,000 people found that old toys were the things we find it hardest to trow away thanks to our emotional connection with them.

While people also find it hard to throw away clothes that no longer fit family photos and love letters, it's toys which take up the most space.

The most commonly hoarded toys are said to be Scalextric tracks, Rubiks cubes, Star Wars collectables, Micro Machines, Barbie and Pokemon cards.

So what have you got hidden away in your house? Let us know in the comments.

275x250.jpg Police are on the hunt for a woman who was caught on CCTV attacking a cash machine in Wiltshire with her stiletto shoe.

The woman is said to have struck the Barclays machine almost fifty times during her bizarre ATM assault in Chippenham.

Part way through her attack - which left both the key pad and the screen out of order - she even paused and tried to use the machine.

When she couldn't get it to do whatever she wanted, she started whacking it again… luckily she hadn't given this CCTV camera a shoeing first.

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Rebels who took control of Colonel Gaddafi's compound say they have found an odd photo album the Libyan leader kept with pictures of Condoleezza Rice. (Daily Mail)
 
Free-running has always looked dangerous enough to us, and that's when you're just leaping around on stationary objects. Combine it with speeding trains and that just stupid. We can't believe this guy is still alive. (ABC News) (YouTube)
 
A strange phenomena which is being described as a 'bubble cloud' has been reported over the skies of Beijing. (CBS) (YouTube)

A dash cam on a police car in Oklahoma City has recorded the moment an alleged drunk driver drove onto the wrong side of the road and ploughed straight into the deputy's squad car head-on. (ABC Local) (YouTube)

A loyal dog who refused to leave the side of his fallen Navy SEAL master in an emotional funeral will now go to a good home. Hawkeye, a Labrador retriever -- who sat by the coffin of his master Petty Officer Jon Tumilson last week -- will be staying with Scott Nichols, who had previously looked after him. (Daily Mail)

Kittens are cute, we all know that! But what's cuter than your average cute kitten? A sleepy kitten stretching cutely as it slowly wakes up, that's what.

And with that we give you Banzai Kitten, a cute overload in video form which is currently going viral online.

In the 54 second video - which has been watched more than 75,00 times - the kitty can be seen snoozing away before slowly waking up.

As he does, he reaches upwards with a huge stretch and lets out a big yawn. He then gives a deserved glare at the person filming him and goes back to sleep… what's not to like.

275x250.jpgA paintball venue in Croydon has started offing extra protection for surgically enhanced women -- because one was reportedly injured after being shot in the chest.

Bosses at the UK Paintball centre in Whyteleafe say a 26-year-old woman recently suffered a ruptured implant after paintballs were fired at her boob.

The unnamed woman is said to have required medical treatment after the bizarre accident - thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.

In response to this the centre had added a line in its disclaimer stating that paintballs have the potential to rupture breast implants.

Women with breast implants are also now being asked to notify staff so that they can be give additional padding… like they don't have enough already.

275x250.jpg A joke about a computer password has been named as the funniest at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, really!

Comedian Nick Helm won the accolade from digital TV channel Dave, for the line: "I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves."

Helm's joke had been highlighted as one of the best by Dave bosses, and then went on to beat off competition from other comedians in a public vote.

Previous winner Tim Vine came second with the line: "Crime in multi-storey car parks. That is wrong on so many different levels."


The GB rowing team are some of the best rowers in the world, that's why they are some of our best medal hopes for the London 2012 Olympics.

And as this video -- posted online by rower Nathaniel Reilly O'Donnell -- shows, if 'airport travelator rowing' was to become an Olympic event before then, they'd probably win gold in that too.

That's because on their way to the 2011 World Championships in Bled, Slovenia, the GB Men's Eight decided to have a little fun at Munich Airport.

Sitting in a line on the conveyor belt, the team mime their rowing to make it appear they are propelling themselves around the airport, much to the amusement of other travellers. 

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She was covering a story about staff getting paid extra for being able to speak multiple languages, so it's a same NBC 5 news journalist Susy Solis wasn't even able to get through her report in English. (YouTube)

In the past we've seen the lengths people will go to to snag themselves a foul ball - whether that means dropping your child, or fighting someone else's - but this baby was less bothered at a recent Giants game, he threw it back. (NBC Sports)

NASA has activated a humanoid robot which was recently launched into orbit. Robonaut will initially be operated inside a laboratory on the on International Space Station. (Asylum)

Something tells us Philippe Senderos is going to get a bit of stick for this. The Fulham defender was discussing the tackling skills of Joey Barton when he uttered the line: "He's going to come strong in the tackle and come in your face." (SportsGrid) (YouTube)

A Dutch football fan was not happy when the referee gave his team six yellow card and they lost a recent game - so he tried to run over the official with his mobility scooter. (NBC Sports) (YouTube)

275x250.jpg Ben Faulks, a CBeebies TV presenter from the show 'Mr Bloom's Nursery' has become a hit with randy mothers who are lusting after him online.

Moms - who may be watching too much of the gardening show aimed at toddlers - have taken to internet discussion boards describing exactly what they'd like to do with his marrow.

Discussions about the unlikely sex icon on Netmums.com include the comments "He could have his devious way with me 'round back o’t’compostarium’ any day" and "He looks like he might be a bit dirty – and I’m not talking the soil type."

Other randy moms added, "How many of you ladies would be willing to cuddle his courgette?" and "He can bed me down for the night anytime."


How do you wake up in the morning? Chances are it's something as boring as the alarm on your mobile phone or the sun coming in through the window.

Well not this boy, his dad recently got him out of bed by squirting a water pistol at him while humming the theme from Doom.

In the 41 second clip - shot to look like the classic first-person shooter - the father can be seen approaching the lads bedroom armed with a loaded Super Soaker.

He then bursts in the door and starts spraying the young lad with water saying "Wake up son, good morning" between humming the theme. Instantly becoming the world's coolest dad.

275x250.jpg Obi is one tough police dog. Even suffering multiple fractures to his skull when a rioter in London hurled a brick at him, couldn't stop him from doing his job.

And X-ray images of the three-year-old German shepherd have now been revealed  showing the severity of the injuries he sustained during the London riots.

Staff at Queens Veterinary School Hospital at the University of Cambridge say 3D CT images show the impact site of the brick and surrounding bone damage.

Amazingly Obi carried on working for two hours after sustaining the injury - though he's now recuperating at home and is expected to be out of action for several months. 

275x250.jpg A rare miniature spider crab, which was last recorded in Cornish waters back in 1912, is set to on show after being re-discovered.

The 'Gibb's spider crab' was netted by Newquay fisherman Dan Gilbert earlier in the summer and has now been donated to the local Blue Reef Aquarium.

Bosses there say the creature is so rare, a marine life expert was called on to help identify it after they exhausted all of their reference books.

But they should be forgiven for not recognising it - there have only been 13 recorded sightings and all were during Edwardian and Victorian times.


Okay so maybe this isn't the most important bit of news coming out of Tripoli -- but rebel fighters have stolen the iconic hat worn by Colonel Gaddafi after smashing into his compound.


Appearing on Sky News proudly wearing the dictator's famous hat after storming the Bab al Aziziyah military compound buildings one rebel seemed most pleased with his haul.

He told reporter Alex Crawford he'd found the hat in Gaddafi's bedroom, saying: "I just went inside his bedroom and I was like 'Oh my God, I am in Gaddafi's room!' and then I found this and I was like 'Oh my goodness!'".

Other personal possessions swiped from Gaddafi’s compound included his jewellery, clothing and his personal golf buggy.

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First of all we want to assure you the TV sports presenter in question is not Gary Lineker. A Costa Rican TV soccer reporter surprised a footballer she was interviewing by lowering her jeans and asking him to autograph her arse. (NBC) (YouTube)

A 12-year-old girl has left police in the US red-faced - by using the knowledge she gained during a forensics class to solve the burglary of her great-grandmother before they were able to. (WSBTV)

We've seen plenty of swear words sneak their way into the media, normally it's tongue-tied news presenters who make the error… but something tell us this one - shouted at a news reporter live on TV - was very much intended. (YouTube)

Everyone is familiar with how monster truck shows work, the big-wheels trucks drive over normal-sized vehicle as petrol-heads cheer. Or that's what's meant to happen, this monster truck got stuck trying to take on a fire engine. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

A bungling crook who tried to steal a TV from the garden of a US bar left empty-handed after falling over as he climbed up to a shelf to swipe it and dropped it on himself. (All Voices) (YouTube)

It's meant to be the referee and officials who dole out the punishment during a football match, but this game in Uruguay saw a player slap a referee's assistant across the face. (The Sun) (YouTube)


Did you hear the one about the traffic reporter who got stuck in traffic and missed his broadcast? Well that's what we'd like to think is going on here.

This 30 second video appears to show as viewers of Fox 17 in the US were left minus their traffic and weather presenter after a commercial break.

While the traffic and weather screens popped up as usual, there was no presenter standing in front of them… unless he was wearing a green suit in front of the green screen.

Bumbling news hosts gasped their way through the gaffe before a member of the production crew appeared, pulled a 'I-don't-know-where-he-is face' and then gave a brief audition for the job.

275x250.jpgA kinky kangaroo has been caught red-handed by police in Prague who say he was stealing sexy underwear off washing lines.

Officers say the two year-old marsupial called Benji escaped from his owner and then proceeded to hop from yard to yard on a lingerie grabbing spree.

Soon after receiving a call from the distressed owner reporting their missing marsupial, calls started coming in about underwear being nabbed from washing lines.

But it was only when a woman looked out of her window and saw Benji rummaging through her knickers that they realised the incidents were related.

It's claimed that in each case the kinky kangaroo only the sexiest items off clotheslines before being apprehended and returned to his owner… who was keen to stress Benji didn't pick up the habit from him.


Kate Winslet and other guests have escaped a blaze at the Caribbean home of Sir Richard Branson which is thought to have started after lightning hit the house.

Around 20 people were enjoying a break at the luxury home on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands when the tropical storm broke out with winds up to 90mph.

After lightning struck the house at around 04:00 a fire broke out and the main house - which was eventually destroyed - was evacuated.

And just in case all that wasn't dramatic enough, Sir Richard says that Kate Winslet even helped to carry his 90-year-old mother from the blaze… adding: "she was wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!"

275x250.jpgA diving instructor was reportedly forced to swim 20 miles in shark-infested waters after being abandoned by a boatman off Borneo's Santubong peninsula.

Japanese diver Hishashi Koze had been had been exploring a shipwreckwith colleagues when the boatman they'd sailed out with, lost sight of them and their air bubbles underwater

Unable to locate them, it was assumed they were in trouble and he headed back to the shore, leaving the trio of divers at sea. Two were soon picked up by a passing fishing boat, but Koze was left behind.

The 39-year-old then spent the following 24 hours struggling in the water and swimming the 20 miles back to the shore. Which all sound bad enough… and that's before you consider the fact the waters were shark-infested.

Speaking after making to back to safety, an exhausted Koze said he swam backstroke against the waves throughout the evening and morning and kept telling himself "I must survive - I must survive."

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An ABC News presenter suffered a green screen fail when the colour of her short meant that she appeared as a floating head. (Examiner)

A US trucker who had his penis amputated during a circumcision when doctors found life-threatening cancer says it was done without his consent. (BBC)

A German golfer who was so determined to repay a debt of a drink - which he lost in a wager - he spent five years and thousands of pounds tracking down the man he owed the pint. (Telegraph)

At Newslite we have a strange relationship with baseball, while we couldn't really care less about the sport, it does throw up a surprising amount of off-beat occurrences and for that reason we are fascinated… what other sport give you things like this off-the-head catch? (CBS) (YouTube)

After watching this clip we guarantee you will want to deal with telemarketers like this guy who answered as though he was from 911. (Thedailywh.at)


A shocking crash which saw an SUV flip over twice and crash into a car on a gas station forecourt has been caught on CCTV.

The accident happened recently in Texas and as can be seen from this clip, two men who were walking across the garage forecourt are lucky to be alive.

That's because this SUV apparently clipped the sidewalk and was sent into the air rolling twice before crashing into another car and missing them by inches.

Amazingly neither of the men were injured in the accident, and even more amazingly the crash driver is also said to have escapes relatively unscathed… the same can't be said for his SUV.

275x250.jpgBrits planning on hiring a car while on holiday abroad this summer are being advised to swot-up on some of the odd driving laws around the world before jetting off.

It's hoped that a series of guides warning people about some of the stranger laws they need to abide by will reduce the number of Brits having a run-in with the police.

For example drivers in Spain should know they are required to carry an extra pair of specs when driving and female motorists in California are prohibited from wearing a dressing gown behind the wheel.

In Cyprus drinking anything (even water) whilst on the move is prohibited and in Vienna it’s prohibited to use your horn within the city.

But our favourite warning goes to anyone driving in Romania or Russia, where it's apparently against the law to drive a dirty vehicle.

275x250.jpgA Finnish ferry has run aground, apparently while the captain was trapped in the toilet thanks to a jammed lock.

Coastguards say the island-hopping tourist ferry was carrying 54 passengers  when it smashed into a rock near the shore of Helsinki.

It's understood that the accident happened while the captain was trapped in the bathroom (where he was shouting for help) thanks to a broken lock.

While other members of the crew were able to slow the vessel, they were unable to prevent the accident, which luckily didn't leave anyone injured.

Officials say they captain could now be charged with criminal endangerment… which is one serious trip to the toilet.


A clever ape at Tokyo zoo has become an online hit after displaying impressively human-esque towel skills in a bid to cool down during hot weather.


During this two minute video - which is going viral on YouTube and has been watched more than 300,000 times - the orangutan can be seen dipping a towel into a pool of water.

It then wrings the wet towel out in its hands, before dabbing it across its forehead and face in a nice cooling manner.

As one online commenter quite wonderfully put it: "This short clip is better than the whole of that new Planet of the Apes."

275x250.jpg Robbers have employed some dubious disguises in the past, but this one is up there with the most bizarre - he wore a dress and donned a pair of white underpants on his head.

Police in Dallas - where the idiot targeted a convenience store - say the man entered the store at 5.30am and demanded cash from out of the till and off customers.

Officers say he was able to get away with the money and are warning that he could have been armed - but hope his unusual attire could lead to an arrest.

Wearing the Y-fronts on his head to hide his face from CCTV cameras, it's not known why he chose to pair them with the black and white floral dress… talk about VPL.

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Players and fans at a Mexican first division football match were forced to run for cover when a gun battle started just outside the stadium in Torreon. (Telegraph) (YouTube)

With a lot of practice and some beige knitwear this little kid could become the American Paul Yarrow - just look at how he trolls the CNN coverage of Kim Kardashian's wedding. (YouTube)

It was meant to be an event to promote international relations but a recent match between a US and Chinese basketball team recently erupted in a brawl. (Mirror)  (YouTube)

Tightrope daredevil Freddy Nock has scaled a two inch thick cable to the top of the 10,000ft high Zugspitze mountain in Germany, with neither a balancing pole or a security harness. (Telegraph) (YouTube)

Police in China have recruited a team of monkey statues to help them stop drivers from speeding. The monkeys have been issued high-vis vests and situated at the side of the road. (Metro)


Hot on the prancing heels of "Thriller Cat" another kitty has become an online hit after showing off equally fancy footwork.

Just like the show off puss before him, this feline can be seen strutting along on its hind legs with an arched back.

In the 12-second clip, the white cat shoots across a room to hide behind a foot stool, before emerging like it's part of the Ministry of Silly Walks.

Initially it walks out with just a very hunched back, but when its owners laugh, it hops onto two legs to complete the wacky look.

275x250.jpgWhen angler John Goldfinch felt a tug on his fishing line, he thought he'd caught a massive fish… but when his line surfaced, he realised he'd hooked a scuba diver between his legs.

61-year-old John said he couldn't believe his eyes when the diver emerged at the end of his line 50ft offshore at Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

Almost before he realised what had happened. the diver’s girlfriend also appeared from the water, carefully removed the the tackle from his tackle and handed it back to a bewildered John.

The pair reportedly then disappeared underwater to continue their dive, without the safety buoy which they should have been using to signal to other people where they were.

John - who was fishing from the beach with friends - says he's glad the frogman was able to set himself free… because he's not sure he would have fitted in his net.


Police in Detroit have released dash-cam footage of a driver using his feet as brakes - à la Fred Flintstone - after his pickup truck suffered faulty brakes.

Officers had started following the 24-year-old driver after receiving reports of his odd behaviour from other motorists who said he was reaching speeds of 70kmh.

After trying unsuccessfully to pull him over, the pickup truck eventually came to a standstill after smashing into several other cars at a junction.

The idiot danger driver is said to have then told police he was aware his brakes weren't working and he was trying to get home to fix them. Looks like he's as bright as Fred Flintstone too.

275x250.jpgHere's a sobering thought ahead your weekend, the average Brit will down more than 5,800 pints of beer or lager in their lifetime.

Not only that but a recent poll of 2,000 people also discovered we sup a total 8,700 glasses of wine and 2,900 bottles of cider.

And while Brits were found to have an alcoholic drink on at least three nights a week, 57% of this booze is consumed in the home.

In total this will cost us a wallet-busting £58,201 in our lives and works out to a staggering 456 drinks a year.

But this isn't the only cost, along the way, the typical drinker with suffer 726 hangovers.  


A video of a UFO flying over the M11 in broad daylight - near to where BBC journalist Mike Sewell says he saw one - has become an online hit.

Described by UFO expert Nick Pope as: "One of the most bizarre pieces of UFO footage I've seen in a long time," the video was shot near Stansted Airport in Essex.

The 34-second clip shows a series of bright lights zipping around the cloud-filled sky above the motorway at high speed before vanishing.

All the time the passengers in the car can be heard screaming as thy drive along… that's if you ignore the fact it sound's like it's beed dubbed afterwards and the UFOs look like they were added with a bit computer trickery.

275x250.jpgParamedics called out to deal with a five-year-old in cardiac arrest were shocked when they arrived to discover their proposed patient was actually a cat.

The staff from the East of Emergency Ambulance Service are reported to have been dispatched after a 999 call was received from a desperate couple.

Fearing a young child was fighting for their life, a fast response car and ambulance were quickly sent out to the address in Crane Mead, Herts.

But when they got there, paramedics were "gobsmacked" by what they found… a tearful couple with a five-year-old feline who was feared to have had a heart attack.

Ambulance bosses are now asking people to think twice before calling 999… which isn't surprising after this snowman, this string-playing cat, this rabbit and this rapper.

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We're not going to lie to you, there isn't too much to this other than a cute photo of a cat and baby deer snuggling up and having a snooze together. (Metro)

We thought the story about French actor Gerard Depardieu peeing on a plane was pretty amusing, but apparently not as much as CNN presenter Anderson Cooper, who couldn't stop laughing as he worked his way through a pun-filled report. (VVV) (YouTube)

A man is apparently causing a stir in Mexico after claiming he discovered a fairy, which he's now charging people to look at. 3,000 people are said to have visited wanting to see the creature… which looks suspiciously like a plastic model to us. (LAHT) (YouTube)

TV viewers claim to have seen a UFO flying behind MP Tom Watson as he was interviewed on Channel 4. But is this an alien invasion… or a bird. (Asylum)

It was an odd broadcast from Fox 5 News, not only were TV news presenters were left in the dark when there was a power failure during a live sow - but they were reporting on an odd story about a couple getting married on a bridge. (YouTube)

275x250.jpg A confused cow had to be rescued from a tight squeeze by animal welfare officials… after somehow getting its head stuck in a ladder.

The blundering Belgian Blue bovine had been reported to the Scottish SPCA by members of the public who spotted the odd sight in a field in Troon, Ayrshire.

Inspectors promptly contacted the farmer who owned the cow and rounded up the rest of the herd before helping liberate the cow form the wooden jewellery and return the bewildered beast to the them unharmed.

The farmer says he has no idea how the ladder ended up in his field - let alone being worn as a neckless by the unfortunate cow - but it's thought it could have fallen off a passing van or lorry.


An Australian man has been banned from driving for ten months after he was caught drink driving on a motorised beer cooler full of booze.

23-year-old Chris Petrie was pulled over by officers when they saw him driving along on the odd contraption and presumably looking a little bit worse for wear.

Sure enough Petrie, who'd been doing 20km per hour, tested over the limit - he'd drunk a few while building the £400 Esky device which he'd bought online - and was arrested.

The drink driver said he did not realise the motorised beer cooler could be classified as a motor vehicle and therefore didn't think he could be arrested. He was wrong.

275x250.jpgBosses at Abercrombie and Fitch have offered Michael Sorrentino - a character in MTV's show The Jersey Shore - a 'substantial payment' NOT to wear their clothes.

The clothing company claim association between themselves and 'The Jersey Shore' (a reality TV show following the lives of a group of loud and hedonistic youngsters) is damaging their brand.

And while Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino has been singled out as the main offender and wearer of their clothes, a similar offer is also on the table for all other cast members.

A spokesperson for Abercrombie and Fitch said: "We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image."

"We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans.

275x250.jpg We all know what a meteor shower looks like, we've even seen what they look like from space, but have you ever wondered what they sound like?

Well if so you're in luck, because this audio clip was recently captured by the U.S. Air Force Space Surveillance Radar in Texas.

Boffins say this is the echoes of the Perseid Meteors passing over the monitoring facility which detects, tracks and catalogues artificial objects orbiting Earth

While we think it sounds a bit like aliens trying to make contact, the experts insist that it's not… and point out that we say the same everytime the radio isn't quite tuned in.

275x250.jpgA world record sword-swallower has been arrested while performing in New York… for "brandishing a sword in public".

Australian Chayne Hultgren (who performs under then name The Space Cowboy) says that he was busking in New York when he was approached by cops.

They told him it was illegal to have a sword in public (even if you are swallowing it) and as soon as his audience was dispersed, they arrested the 33-year-old.

After his props were confiscated the acclaimed performer was taken to cell where he spent 24 hours in the company of junkies and sexual offenders.

To make matters worse, as officers left him in the cell, they apparently said loudly through the bars 'don't tell these guys you swallow'.


A video of a dog being rubbed with a blanket so that static causes its hair to stick out has become a hit online… and as soon as you click play you'll see why.

In the 80-second clip - which has been viewed over a million times - the owner of the hairy mutt can be seen rubbing the dog with a blanket.

This, combined with the dry air, has the effect of causing its white hair to stick out and make it look like a cute porcupine as it prances around apparently showing off.

As the static effect wears off, the dog even runs along the sofa to get a 'recharge' from the giggling owner.

WNWDW: Bobby Charlton dances to Beyonce

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Sir Bobby Charlton is a footballing legend, he won the World Cup and is a hero to Manchester United fans around the world… but did you know he's also a rather impressive public dancer. (The Sun) (YouTube)

News reporter Shepard Smith was left red-faced after making a rude blunder on live TV -- rather than say 'top cop' the Fox News anchor said "top cock". (Asylum)

A Chinese TV news reporter has become a bit of a online sensation after covering his microphone with a condom to keep it dry as he reported on a typhoon. (Metro) (YouTube)

When we were younger and imagining the sort of flying car we'd be driving/flying by the year 2011, we didn't think it would look anything like this… then again we didn't think we'd still be relying on DIY Russian vehicles. (Daily Mail)

A two-legged robot called MABEL which was created by boffins at the University of Michigan has become the world's fastest… after reaching 6.8mph. (Daily Mail)



275x250.jpg Bosses at a UK safari park say they didn't know what to get for a silverback gorilla turning 50… but that flowers weren't their best idea.

Staff at Longleat Safari had wanted to do something special for Nico, Europe’s oldest silverback, when he celebrated his 50th birthday.

As such they gave the 200kgs beast an array of gifts including a bunch of flowers and a banana-shaped birthday cake for him to enjoy.

But as these photos show, the flowers didn't go down too well and got petulantly thrown on the ground… at least the banana cake was more appreciated and got devoured in seconds.

275x250.jpg A bid to set a new UK speed record for an electric car ended in failure when the 150mph Bluebird Electric vehicle hit a sand pothole on a beach in Wales.

Joe Wales, the great-grandson of speed legend Sir Malcolm Campbell, had been attempting to reach the record speed at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, West Wales, but unfortunately it wasn't to be.

Limited visibility within the cockpit and an alarming slide towards the sea at speeds in excess of 100mph caused the car to bounce severely on the uneven surface and hit a soft pothole of sand.

The resulting impact damaged the bodyshell, steering components and disconnected a bottom wishbone of the vehicle… we also assume it cause Joe to let out a few expletives.

275x250.jpgBritish parents spend over £1,400 per year in hush money for their children to keep their secrets, it has been found.

A recent survey of parents found that they imposing 83 'junior injunctions' each year by asking their children to keep secrets… often from the other parent.

And in order to keep their secrecy parents are willing to spend £27 each week on hush money and treats - ranging from new clothes to junk food.

The most common secret that parents ask kids to keep is a surprise gift for someone else, followed by their real age in order to pay a reduced price and being allowed to stay up beyond bedtime.

Slightly more worryingly five per cent of British parents were found to have asked their children to keep a secret when they had broken the law.

275x250.jpg A group of cosmonauts have set a new record for taking part in the longest ever space mission… despite not even leaving Moscow let alone the Earth.

The Mars 500 crew are part of a simulated mission to Mars investigating the feasibility of a real mars mission and are living in a special container on a Russian car park.

So far they have been in there for 441 days - breaking the previous space mission record of 437 days - surrounded by all the equipment they would have if really in space.

As part of the 520 day simulation they even spent two days exploring Mars (or a patch of red sand)… all within the delivery zone of the local Dominos. 

275x250.jpg A bank robber has been dubbed the 'Bad hair bandit' by the FBI after carrying out a series of more than 18 raids while wearing dodgy wigs.

It's said she's donned everything from a badly fitting bob to blonde dreadlocks in a bid to hide her identity during her crime spree.

During each of her raids, she slips the bank cashiers a note saying that she has a gun, and orders them to hand over bags of cash.

While it's not known if she actually has a weapon, officers advise against approaching her… or saying how bad her hair looks.


Not only does Emmitt Thunderpaws have an awesome name for a dog, but the colossal  Great Dane also gives good viral video -- as this clip shows.

The video, which is currently surging on YouTube, sees him welcoming his owner back from 9 month military deployment in Afghanistan.

During the 90 second clip the owners of the huge dog can be heard discussing whether Emmitt will remember the returning soldier.

And  we think it's safe to say from the response that he does. He bounds up to the uniformed man and jumps up to look him in the face before enjoying a good pat and play.


WNWDW: Street named after Justin Bieber

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When 11-year-old Caroline Gonzalez became "mayor for a day" in Forney, Texas, she knew exactly what she wanted to use her new-found powers to do… name a street after Justin Bieber. (E! Online)

What's a suitable birthday present for your ex-wife? Well, if you are anything like Canadian mayor Dany Lariviere - and you've had a bitter public divorce - how about a 20-tonne spray-painted boulder? (Asylum)

After hearing about Otis the skydiving pug, we're beginning to think the average dog is braver and lives a more exciting life than us. (Metro)

A US woman called 911 to tell police that a burglar had stolen the remote control to her TV and nothing else. She said it wasn't possible she'd misplaced it and that someone had taken it. Officers found it. (WLFI)

A raver at the Big Chill festival has become an online sensation after throwing more shapes than salsa-dancing dog or a young boy in a Mircosoft store. Oh how we love public dancing. (The Sun)

275x250.jpg Mountain-bike ace Danny MacAskill - whose stunts have attracted millions of views on YouTube - is at it again, this time for a Channel 4 TV documentary about urban sports.

His latest video 'Industrial Revolutions' was shot for the 'Concrete' Circus and sees Danny take his incredible skills into an industrial train yard and derelict buildings.

In the five minute video, the former Edinburgh bike-shop worker can be seen pulling a series of quite frankly ridiculous stunts, jumps, bounces and flips.

Seriously, the stunts are so good you almost don't notice the beautiful Scottish countryside in the background. And while the video has already been viewed 45,000 times, it's still has some way to go to match the 26 million of his original.

275x250.jpgAllied forces planned to make Adolf Hitler less aggressive and more like his sister by lacing his food with estrogen, it's been claimed.

Professor Brian Ford, reveals the bizarre plot in his book 'Secret Weapons: Technology, Science And The Race To Win World War II'.

The Cardiff University expert says British spies came up with the sex hormones plan as the Second World War raged on with no end in sight.

It was hoped the estrogen would have a slow and subtle effect and because it's tasteless, unnoticed by the Fuhrer's food testers.

Other odd plans, which could have come straight from a episode of Blackadder, included dropping glue from planes to stick Nazi troops to the ground and disguising bombs as tins of fruit.

275x250.jpg A group of bikini-wearing girls have lathered up on Bournemouth beach in a bid to help set the world record for the most people to shower together.

The 152 people - led by the group of Lynx girls - beat the previous American record of 145 people, despite the chilly weather conditions.

Stripping down to their swimwear, the record breakers lathered each other up under a giant six metre tall shower which had been specially constructed for the attempt.

Record adjudicators were pleased with the water and soap levels… as were the man who took part and for some reason tried to push their way towards the Lynx girls, we can't imagine why.


Sometimes we'd rather be hit in the face than listen to sports pundits - and if this baseball coach is anything like us, he just got his wish… on live TV.

Eagle-eyed ESPN viewers noticed that Colorado Rockies 3rd base coach Rich Dauer took a ball to the face before Sunday Night Baseball.

While presenter Bobby Valentine talked about the upcoming game the action behind him was far more interesting than he could be.

As the Rockies were working on a double play drill the ball was thrown from second base and smashed Dauer in the face, breaking his nose. He was then taken to hospital for observation.

275x250.jpgA man has reportedly been arrested by police after allegedly planning a mass water fight using the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service.

It's said the 20-year-old man was trying to organise the even by circulating messages on the service which was used heavily during the recent UK riots.

But while recent years have seen a number of mass water fights organised through social media, it turns out doing it so close to the riots was not a good idea.

As such the Colchester man has been charged with "encouraging or assisting in the commission of an offence" under the 2007 Serious Crime Act. Over a water fight.

He's now due to appear before magistrates next month and we'd like to suggest he doesn't take a water pistol with him.

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Workers at a US technology firm were devastated when they heard they were losing their jobs as part of lay-offs, but it was short-lived… because they won $7 million on the lottery the next day. (Todays THV)

As any parent will tell you, babies and young children will copy anything they see… which is why we think there should be more videos like this one of a baby copying Freddie Mercury, thank you very much internet. (Asylum)

An 11-year-old German boy alarmed police by calling to tell them he was being made to do 'forced labour' - but when officers arrived at the address he gave, they discovered his mom had just told him to tidy up his toys. (Yahoo)

A young boy who made an almost impossible $50,000 prize ice hockey shot may not get the money, because his identical twin brother had meant to be hitting the puck (The Star) (YouTube)

Parts of New Zealand have seen snow for the first time in 80 years. Meteorologists say the last time snow fell in Auckland city centre was in the 1930s. (China Daily)

275x250.jpgA Russian aviation-enthusiast is said to have accidentally killed his wife with a homemade missile as she watched him launch the makeshift rocket from a field.

Shortly after the DIY missile blasted off, it's reported to have veered off-course and straight towards her head.

Police in Vologda, northwest Russia say that while she was taken to hospital, she died shortly after the accident, which happened earlier this month.

The 42-year-old husband - who works for an aviation firm - could now face charges of manslaughter and up to two years in prison if found guilty.

And that's why we don't think it's a good idea to take an interest in your partner's hobby, even shopping can be deadly.


The phrase 'news blooper' is possibly one of our favourites within the weird news field… and after seeing this clip you'll see why.

Eric Young was recently caught on camera giving the two-finger salute to camera while talking about a rugby match, thinking a video of the action was being screened.

The Prime news man was reading a sports news clip about the game between Auckland and Counties Manukau and made the gesture to a producer who supports Counties Manukau.

But the video clip finished early and cut back to Young, who was seen waving the Vs directly into the camera… and at the viewing New Zealand audience.

275x250.jpg A NASA astronaut has taken an impressive photograph of a meteor slamming into the Earth's atmosphere from the International Space Station.

Ron Garan - who is coming towards the end of his six month stint on ISS - recently saw the Perseids Meteor Shower and quickly reached for his camera.

The resulting shot - which he duly tweeted on Twitpic - shows a piece of comet dust burning up as it enters into the Earth's atmosphere.

Sure photos of meteors are not that rare… but ones where the meteor is heading away from the photographer and not towards them certainly are.


Forget planking, or even owling, they are both so July 2011… nowadays all the cool kids are taking part in the new must-do web photo craze 'Horsemanning'.

Horsemanning, for the uninitiated, is when two or more people pose for a photo to make it appear as though they've been beheaded - one hiding their head, the other hiding their body.

Inspired by a 1920s image of two young girls who posed on a park bench to make it look like they were one girl who'd be decapitated, horsemnaning is now proving a hit on sites like Facebook.

And if you can get through this video from Horsemanning.com without wanting to get our your camera, your a better person than us.

Driver has lucky escape from flying cow

275x250.jpgA motorist is lucky to be alive after a 'flying cow' landed on the bonnet of his car and crushed the vehicle as he was driving in Leeds.

The Citroen C5 is said to have been left in quite a state after the cow leaped three feet over a fence and collided with the car.

Reports say that the car skidded almost 80 yards after the impact and ended up on the wrong side of the road and with a severely dented bonnet and broken wheel.

But while the driver escaped from the accident with just minor cuts and bruises, it wasn't so good for the bouncing bovine which was announced dead at the scene.

* Okay, so when we say 'flying cow' we might actually mean jumping cow.

275x250.jpg The South Pacific island state of Niue, has issued a series of coins with the Queen on one side... and characters from Star Wars on the other.

Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, and even the Death Star all feature on the 40 coins which will be legal tender on Niue.

Produced by the New Zealand Mint, the reverse will feature Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II sovereign of the commonwealth of Niue and the coins have a face value of around £1.

However, you might not want to use them to buy a pint of milk -- because the coins (containing 1oz of silver) are selling for £238 per set of four.

200x190.jpgWhile you might think sparrows' birdsong is a relaxing sound of the British countryside - but it's actually an aggressive exchange of insults, it's been claimed.

Academics say the soothing sounds are really more like an abusive rap battle between birds who are showing off and trying to appear macho.

The researchers from a number of Canadian universities discovered that when they're looking for a mate, male sparrows move away from their usual sweet tweeting.

Instead they become louder and more aggressive - often repeating the insulting noises of other birds - in a bid to attract attention and outdo other feathered rivals.

Personally we'd like to know what constitutes an insult for a sparrows, we're guessing it's all 'mother flapper' this and 'cockatoo' that.

275x250.jpg More than 14,000 sun worshippers hoping to get a have have tried to order a new "miracle" tanning cream -- without realising it's a spoof from a skin cancer charity.

The tan-seekers were apparently convinced by the Sunny-3 website which claimed the cream could "triple the power of the sun".

It was also said that using Sunny 3 meant people could sunbath at night and there was even a fake news report about "night tanning" parties on light summer evenings.

And in the week the site has been live, 250,000 people have seen it and 14,000 have tried to order the £7.99 cream. However, rather than a tan they instead receive an email warning them about skin cancer.

275x250.jpg A $300m hypersonic aircraft which was designed to fly at 13,000mph has gone missing as US military officials conducted a test flight, which is embarrassing.

The Falcon HTV-2 super-plane - which could fly from London to Sydney in just an hour - was being tested over the Pacific after being launched from a Californian rocket pad.

Taken to the edge of space, the unmanned HTV-2 was launched on the desired trajectory… and that's when it all began to go wrong for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Within ten minutes communications were lost to the hypersonic aircraft and it's thought to have crashed into the sea… and given some fish one hell of a shock.

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Sometimes it can be hard to find what you're looking for in the supermarket -- like if you're looking for real-life invisible man Liu Bolin who photographs himself camouflaged against different backgrounds. (Yahoo)

A language student who was struggling to get her tongue around Korean words and phrases has had it surgically lengthened to help her pronounce certain crucial sounds in the Korean alphabet. (Daily Mail)

Rupert Primelmoser was giving his daughter a driving lesson when she accidentally drove off the road and into a river which promptly swept them 150 yards downstream. Oops. (9 News)

A baseball fan and father has made an impressive one-handed foul ball catch while holding his baby in the other. All the more impressive is that he apparentlty attempted this while sitting next to his wife. (Yahoo) (YouTube)

Have you ever wondered whether a video of a cute kitten watching a video of another cute kitten could somehow cause the internet to break? We have… turns out we were wrong, you just get another cute cate video. (CBS News) (YouTube)

275x250.jpgThe latest batch of UFO files have been released by the Ministry of Defence  - including a sighting in East Dulwich which led to a visit from 'Mork and Mindy'.

It was claimed that after seeing a 'worm-shaped' UFOs 'wriggling around in the sky' over East Dulwich in London in 2003 a woman was visited by an odd duo who came to her door.

The unnamed woman reported to police that the pair - identifying themselves as Mork and Mindy - had been dressed in space suits and dark glasses.

Other reports released today include UFOs spotted by the pilot and passengers of an aircraft over the Channel Islands in 2007 and F-16s scrambled to intercept UFOs over Belgium in 1990.

There are also reports of mysterious lights seen moving over the Pyramid Stage at the 2003 Glastonbury Festival… though even we could probably explain that one.

275x250.jpg Lifeboat crews were called out to rescue a spooked horse which had thrown off his owner and then swam out more than half-a-mile into the English Channel.

The unseated owner had resorted to calling coastguards after being thrown off in shallow water then watching the beast swim off from Sandwich in Kent.

Walmer RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched after numerous 999 and by the time they caught up with the horse it half a mile offshore and was starting to tire.

Luckily the crew managed to attach a line to its bridle and then coax it back towards the shore. It's not known if the animal was actually trying to get to France.


In today's deserved comeuppance of the day we give you the looter who came out of court… and walked straight into a lamppost.


Primary school worker Alexis Bailey was holding a newspaper over his face as he walked out of Highbury Magistrates Court, in a bid to hide his identity.

But TV news footage of the fool - who had pleaded guilty to burglary with intent to steal from a Richer Sounds store in Croydon - was far better than a clear shot of his face.

That's because as he scarpered down the street with his dodgy newspaper disguise he walked straight into a lamppost. Needless to say the clip has become a hit in more ways than one.

275x250.jpgIt's no secret that the French like their bread, in fact they like it so much one baker has created a way of ensuring they never have to suffer the indignity of anything other than a fresh baguette.

Jean-Louis Hecht recently revealed a 24-hour freshly-baked baguette vending machine which provides hot bread around the clock.

The automated devices - which are already installed in Paris and Hombourg-Haut - heats up partially pre-cooked loaves on demand.

This means that whether they're on their way home to work, or walking home in the early hours of the morning, users can get a fresh 90p baguette.

And unsurprisingly the machines are proving a hit and sold around 4,500 baguettes in July. Next up are beret and garlic vending machines.



When police in Alabama heard that a runaway bull was charging along a road and causing danger to pedestrians and motorists, they dispatched multiple squad cars to deal with it.

But, after a four mile and 30 minute chase they were no closer to catching the elusive bull with huge horns, and they called in cowboys.

However, the cowboys were not riding in on their horses -- they sat on the front of the speeding squads cars to lasso the beast -- as this video shows.

Police say the bull was eventually brought under control and that no-one (including the bull) was hurt.

275x250.jpgA cow in Germany has not only managed to escape from a Bavarian sausage maker, but has spent 10 months hiding out with a herd of deer in woodland.

The brilliant bovine called Yvonne is said to have last year escaped from a sausage-based future after somehow escaping and going on the run in Bavaria.

Since then she's eluded capture by pretending to be a deer and even blending in with a herd which live in nearby woodland.

However, since the story was recently picked up by local media, it's not been looking good for Yvonne and there are reports hunters have been given permission to shoot her.

Luckily, Animal rights campaigners from Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary are on the case and are trying to lure her to safety with Ernst the breeding bull.

275x250.jpg The London and UK riots have been an unlikely boon for a rather specific sector of society… purveyors of baseball bats.

Sales of the sporting equipment come weapon have surged by 6,500% over the past couple of days… and we don't think it's because we're all taking up the sport.

It's thought many worried Brits are instead looking to tool-up and secure their homes from would-be looters.

On Amazon.co.uk many of the most popular items in their 'sport and leisure' category are aluminium baseball bats… it's just a shame many of them have a 4-6 week delivery delay.



A US flight had to be diverted after a flying creature - believed to be a bat - began flapping around the cabin. Where's Samuel L. Jackson when you need him?

The Delta Air Lines flight had been on its way from Madison, Wisconsin to Atlanta when the creature started flying around.

As this footage shows, it did several laps of the plane causing panic among passengers and the pilot to turn the plane around and head back to the departure airport.

On the way there, the critter was captured after flying into the toilets - though officials were unable to find it on a search of the plane once it had landed… it probably didn't want a TSA pat-down.

275x250.jpg An uncontacted tribe of Amazon Indians, who were discovered and filmed for the first time earlier this year, have gone missing after suspected drug-traffickers raided their village.

Brazil's National Indian Foundation says the tribe was recently over-run by heavily-armed men who are believed to be Peruvian drug traffickers and chased them away.

The remote outpost is reported to have been ransacked and while one of the traffickers’ rucksacks was found to have a broken arrow inside - a package containing 20kg of cocaine was also discovered nearby.

Carlos Travassos, the head of the Brazilian government’s isolated Indians department, said: "Arrows are like the identity card of uncontacted Indians. We think the Peruvians made the Indians flee. Now we have good proof."


A video of a baseball player hitting a ball around series of nets which it bounces between has become a hit online… despite almost certainly being fake.

The minute-long clip - believed to have been created for eastonbaseball.com - starts off by showing a baseball player hitting a ball towards a formation of pitch-back nets.

After hitting the first net the ball then appears to bounce between the three other perfectly aligned nets before returning to the hitter who whacks it into the nets again and again.

And while we'd really love to believe this was real, we think the YouTube shouts of  "FAKE1" could be true. Take a look and let us know what you think.

275x250.jpg A group of penguins have been given sand-sculpture friends in a bid to console them after the departure of another group to whom they'd become attached.

Staff at Sea Life Weymouth say their 11 Humboldt penguins recently became friends with a group of Gentoo penguins with which they were temporarily homed.

But when the other penguins moved on to an aquarium in London the penguins became lonely, so bosses called in a artist to create penguin sculptures to keep them friends.

While staff say the nine sand-based Gentoo penguin created by Mark Anderson seem to be doing the trick and that the birds have stopped moping around, we think they'd have to be bird-brained to think they could be real…


Cats, is there anything they can't do? When they're not entertaining us by popping up on Question Time or interrupting weather forecasts they're trying to fix our cars.

At least that's what we think is happening in this video which is currently going viral online and has been viewed more than 110,000 times on YouTube.

In the 21 second clip a cute ginger kitten can be seen muscling in as a man tries to change the tyre on his car and wrestling with the jack.

And while the uploader seems to think the cat was just getting in the way, we like to think he was trying to help out.

275x250.jpgWe've seen enough cases of people shooting themselves to know that even when it's not fatal, it's still rather embarrassing.

But Joshua Seto has taken this to a new level. Not only did he shoot himself with his girlfriend's pink handgun… he accidentally fired at his penis.

The 27-year-old is said to have had the weapon tucked into the waistband of his trousers when he walked into an Arizona grocery store.

Unfortunately, he somehow managed to accidentally fire the gun and the bullet promptly struck his penis before traveling through his left thigh.

Police say the incident it being treated as an accident but the man could face weapon charges… if he's still got enough of a weapon left.

275x250.jpg Britain’s female beach volleyball champions have turned their bottoms into their bottom line with their cheeky new kit design.

That's because the skimpy outfits will now feature advertising on the bikini bottoms and actively encourage fans to take photos of the athletic arses.

As shown off by Zara Dampney, 24, and Shauna Mullin, 26 - Britain’s female beach volleyball champions and currently ranked No 32 in the world - the kit has a Quick Response (QR) code printed on the rear.

Spectators have to point their camera-phone at this matrix barcode and will then be taken to the website of the advertiser Betfair… remember that in case you are caught taking a photo of and athlete's bottom by your wife.


Sky News reporter Mark Stone took to the streets of Clapham Junction last night to update view viewers on the London riots… and personally challenge looters about why they were doing what they were doing.

During his report the brave reporter confronted a series of looters and demanded to know what they where doing and how they justified their actions.

Filming youths walking out of a Currys digital store carrying their ill-gotten gains Stone confronted some and asked them if they were proud of what they were doing.

After inexplicably being told by one girl she was 'getting her taxes back' he continued to confront other looters. Best riot reporting ever!


As part of their Asian tour, footballers from Real Madrid have taken on a group of Chinese school children… 109 of them.

The bizarre match - which saw the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Iker Casillas take on the kids - took place at a stadium in the town of Guangzhou.

Despite having the numerical advantage, the kiddies were unable to make it count on the scoresheet and were left swarming around the pitch as the Madrid player knocked the ball around.

Organisers say the reason for having 109 children was because Real Madrid is 109-years-old… so maybe they should arrange a re-match for 50 years time.

275x250.jpg We remember when Emlyn Hughes International Soccer was the best football game your could get, and while we spent way too many hours enjoying its 8-bit glory, it wasn't exactly what you'd call lifelike.

Nowadays however, football games like FIFA 12 feature uber-realistic graphics and even include player details such as Ronaldo's boots, David Beckham's tattoos and Wayne Rooney's hair transplant. Wait, what?

That's right! Designers behind the latest version of the popular EA Sports game say they've had to update the computer likeness of the Manchester United ace to show his new hair do.

Previous versions of the game had shown the receding Rooney hairline, but after he underwent a £10,000 hair transplant they needed to add some more CGI hair to his character.


The words "bear attack" probably make you think of vicious animals, maulings and generally unhappy endings for the people on the wrong end of them.

But as this video proves, that's doesn't have to always be the case… meet the world's cutest ever bear attack.

Shot in Russia the minute-long video shows a tiny bear cub trying to attack a backpacker by grabbing and 'biting' his arms and legs. All in a ridiculously cute manner.

It appears that no-one got hurt in the making of the video and we just hope that the mother bear didn't come out and show the youngster how it's meant to be done as soon as the camera was put down.

275x250.jpg A abandoned baby wallaby is being hand reared by her keepers at a UK safari park and kept in a rucksack in lieu of his mothers pouch.

Staff at Longleat Safari Park say the young red-necked wallaby called Joseph was rescued from certain death after being found cold and alone in the park.

So now he's been adopted by three keepers who take it in turns to carry him around in a substitute pouch made from a specially adapted rucksack to keep him warm and safe.

The trio will have to keep up their role as adopted parents for up to 10 months until the youngster is fully weaned and ready to return to the rest of the 30-strong wallaby group… they grow up so fast.

275x250.jpg Bungling council workers have been left red-faced after making a glaring mistake when painting these new road markings.

Rather than paint the words 'Keep Clear' on this road in Kingswinford, West Midlands, they wrote the somewhat garbled 'Keep Claer'.

Local residents say they can't believe the stupidity of the workmen who made the error on the road at the junction with a foot and cycle path.

Irene Willis, 76, who lives nearby, said: "I can’t believe they could be so stupid – a child could spell that." -- which makes it a good job it wasn't painted outside a school.

275x250.jpgMittu, a two-year-old African grey parrot, really is a clever boy… the bilingual bird can speak in English and Urdu.

Owner Ghaffar Ahmed says the bird has picked up a number of phrases in both English and Urdu after being raised in a home in Bradford where both languages are spoken.

So in addition to being able to say typical parrot phrases like 'who’s a pretty boy?' Mittu can also say ‘come here’, ‘hello' and 'How are you?’ in Urdu.

But while Mittu has recently been re-homed to Stourbridge, West Midlands, Ghaffar says he won't be taking him to the local mosque -- because another parrot of his escaped recently.

Which is a shame, because the bird can apparently also speak a host of other religious passages… proving it is not bird-brained… though we really would have liked video evidence.


Tourists in Alaska were left shaken when a huge glacier disintegrated next to their tour boat and left it rocking in the sea at Tracy Arm Fjord.

The boat had been travelling along the 30 miles long fjord when a large chunk of ice fell from a glacier.

As it fell into the sea, the mass of ice caused a large wave which caused a (very brief) moment of panic from the sightseers before they realised there was no danger.

At that point any fear was instantly replaced by an urge to capture the moment on camera and get it uploaded to YouTube… which as you can see they managed.

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NBC17 weatherman Wes Hohenstein was trying to look professional, he didn't want to be seen swatting away a bug as he delivered his report on live TV so he didn't… but he probably didn't want to be seen swallowing a bug either. (NBC17)

A Chinese tightrope walker lost he footing as he tried to walk along a high-wire 100m above the ground and suspended between two hot air balloons -- luckily he was able to cling onto the 15m-long steel wire (Sky News) (YouTube)

The seven-year-old son of TV adventurer Bear Grylls has saved a girl from drowning after she fell into a river. (Daily Mail)

How's your driving, or more specifically your parking? Personally we look for a space the size of a small country before attempting a parallel parking manoeuvre, but Ronny Wechselberger doesn't he's set the world record for squeezing into a space just 26cm bigger than his Volkswagen Polo. (Asylum)

Thirty quick-footed babies in the US have competed  in New York's third annual 'diaper derby' to find the fastest baby. (YouTube)


Visitors to a US aquarium got a bit of a surprise the other day -- when a deer took an impromptu dip in the seal tank.

Staff at Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk were feeding the seals when they noticed an animal swimming around which didn't belong.

It was a small deer which had swim across a river to get to the aquarium and then hopped into the seal display -- luckily the seals were safely in the inside part of the display at the time.

A 30-minute rescue mission was launched and after attempts to net the deer failed, they placed a ramp in the water so the deer could get out himself, which he did.

275x250.jpgEveryone needs a hobby, but maybe not like this. A Swedish man has been arrested after he was caught trying to split atoms in his kitchen… as a hobby.

31-year-old Richard Handl is said to have spent several months trying to build his own nuclear reactor at his apartment and even kept a blog about his exploits.

Unfortunately for Handl, after acquiring the radioactive elements radium, americium and uranium he accidentally created a "small meltdown" on his stove. As you do.

Realising it could have been a lot worse, this prompted him to write to Sweden's Radiation Authority and ask them about the legality of what he'd been doing.

Their reply pretty emphatic… they sent around the police who arrested the would-be nuclear boffin who could now face fines or up to two years in prison.

275x250.jpgParis has been named as the destination of choice for business executives planning an extramarital relationship, it has been found.

A recent survey saw the French capital picked by 52% of people as the city business travellers would like have a sexual encounter while away without their partner.

Milan came second on the list of European cities, followed by Barcelona, Brussels, London, Geneva and Berlin.

A spokesperson for Gleeden.com, which conducted the survey, said loneliness and the freedom of being away from home were the main reasons for globe-trotting flings.

Apparently the ability to keep infidelities secret was less of a motive… though we doubt too many of the business travelers went home and told their partner what they'd been up to.


People have an amazing ability to see faces in objects - as proven by how often Jesus pops up - and we normally try to ignore such instances of pareidolia… but there is so a face in this cloud.

Filmed by Denis Farmer in the Canadian town of Grand Falls in New Brunswick the video shows a dark storm cloud rolling across the sky in an odd formation.

The three minute video has now shot to internet fame and been watched by more than 300,000 people, the majority of who say they can clearly see a face appear.

However, there seems to be some debate about whose face it is with suggestions being that of God, Zeus, the Mummy from the 1999 movie or even Heihachi from the video game Tekken.

275x250.jpgA New Zealand man is said to have been decapitated by a propeller on his home-made hovercraft as he showed it off to family.

Dr Alastair Kenneth Senior is reported to have been demonstrating his creation on Muriwai Beach, west of Auckland, when the hovercraft suffered a mechanical failure.

During a test run, one of the propeller blades sheared off and hit the 40-year-old in the head, killing him - early reports suggested he'd been decapitated, though this has since been disputed.

Engineers are now examining the device to determine exactly what went wrong and many are calling regulation of the hobby to build and hovercrafts.

A death notice said Dr Senior -- who had a PhD in mechanical engineering -- "died in pursuit of his dream".

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We're fans of facial hair and while we admired some of the examples we saw at the World Beard and Moustache Championships, we've found our new facial hair hero… a horse called Alfie who is sporting a seven-inch moustache. (Metro)

As CBS Baltimore reporter Mike Hellgren was covering the case of a who was wanted by police for a road rage assault, viewers couldn't help but notice he resembled the police efit himself. (Nine MSN)

When the tunnel he was building an a Californian beach collapsed on him burying him alive, the race was on to save 17-year-old Matt Mina. Luckily after a 30 minute rescue bid he was rescued. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

Weatherman Chuck Bell didn't see this coming. The NBC Washington man suffered a weather map fail recently when the wrong screens started appearing behind him and he had to run off camera and load the right ones. (YouTube)

It looks like Putin isn't the only politician who prompts women to strip off -- a group of woman have stripped down to bikinis in Moscow in support of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. (Yahoo)


275x250.jpg Britain’s oldest stuntman, who has appeared in a host of Hollywood movies, has recreated a stunt which almost killed him 26 years years ago.

64-year-old Rocky Taylor suffered a fractured spine, pelvis and horrific burns when the 40ft plunge from a burning building went wrong as he filmed Death Wish 1985.

But this week he plucked up courage to recreate the stunt in a bid to raise awareness of charitable legacies by throwing himself off a building at Battersea Power Station in London.

And as you can tell by the fact the headline of this article isn't "Britain’s oldest stuntman kills himself in fire dive" it all went to plan and Rocky survived uninjured.

275x250.jpgA BBC sports reporter says he saw a disc shaped UFO circling above a field as he traveled to work early in the morning.

Mike Sewell was driving to Stansted Airport when he claims he saw the disc-shaped craft zipping over the Hertfordshire countryside at 4.15am.

Speaking on Radio Five Live, he said he was "gobsmacked" when he saw the odd flashing lights just a few hundred yards from the road.

"I saw this big bright light in the sky and what looked like an aircraft, descending towards the road and as it got closer it banked to the left," he said.

"As it banked to the left it went across the countryside, I could see underneath and it wasn't an aeroplane and it wasn't a helicopter. And it was much bigger than a helicopter. It was kind of… I dread saying this… disc-shaped.


We promise this is the best video of a Mariachi band serenading a beluga whale you will see all day. If not you can have your money back.

The two minute clip was filmed at the Mystic Marinelife Aquarium as the band 'Mariachi Connecticut' took time out from performing at a wedding there.

In it a beluga whale called Juno can be seen attentively watching the instrument-wielding trio as it swims in time to the music.

And while Eduardo Rocha, the band's guitarist, says he's not sure Juno could hear the music, he sure seems to be enjoying it from where we are sitting.

275x250.jpg NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft will feature an unusual crew when it launches tomorrow… three little 1.5-inch tall LEGO figurines.

In a bid to inspire more children to explore science, minifigs of Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno will set off on the mission.

The trio will arrive at Jupiter at some point in 2016 and the mission will investigate the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

It's not clear exactly what role the toys will play in the mission… but who cares, it's LEGO in space.

275x250.jpgPolice have told a US man to stop wearing a bunny suit in public as he's beginning to scare children.  

That's because William Falkingham is said to have been spotted peeking at kids from behind a tree and then pointing his finger at them like a gun.

According to a police report, the 34-year-old from Idaho Falls has left a number of local residents "greatly disturbed" by his activities.

However, other neighbours insist that he's eccentric but otherwise harmless and just enjoys wearing the suit.

Falkingham is said to also have a cowboy outfit and a ballerina dress which he wears, though police have made no attempt to stop him wearing these. Really.

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The force is strong with this sushi chef… he's recreated characters from Star Wars as food, carving Yoda, R2D2 and Han Solo out of carrots, sweet potato and radish. (Metro)

A video of a cat rearing up on its hind legs and walking off camera has become an online hit after web users noticed it was reminiscent of Michael Jackson's dance routine to Thriller. (Asylum)

Always fancied going water-sking but can't be bothered to drag yourself off the sofa? Well this could be just what you need - a water-going retro 70s sofa. (Geekosystem) (YouTube)

Serbian tennis ace Bojana Jovanovski had an important game lined up in Carlsbad, California as part of the WTA San Diego Open… shame she flew to Carlsbad, New Mexico instead. (Yahoo)

This video looks kind of old to us, but it's currently doing the rounds online and given our penchant for on-air TV news bloopers, who are we to argue. (The Daily What)  (YouTube)

275x250.jpg The mayor of the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius is said to have become so angry at people illegally parking flash cars in cycle lanes that he's started driving over them in a tank.

43-year-old Arturas Zuokas took the unusual measure after noticing that drivers of Ferraris, Rolls Royces and Mercedes were parking wherever they wanted simply paying fines.

Not wanting to let them think they're above the law, the zany politician (and keen cyclist) hired an armoured vehicle to get his own back.

He then proceeded to drive over the top of a illegally parked Mercedes, leaving it crushed and triumphantly shouting "That's what will happen if you park your car illegally!"


Last year Aardman Animations - the folks behind Wallace and Gromit - created 'Dot' the world's smallest stop-motion character, now they've set their sights on a bigger record.

Specifically the record for the world’s largest set for a stop-motion film, which they set when creating Gulp - using a 11,000sq ft stretch of a Welsh beach.

The minute and a half long animation took a week to create on the shore at Pendine Sands in South Wales and was filmed using Nokia N8 smartphones from a cherry picker 36m in the air.

Designers created a life-sized fishing boat for the movie and while the fish, seagulls and sea were created with rakes, the fisherman was a real person… a real patient person.

275x250.jpg Airports are normally the place people pick up a trashy novel to read on the beach, but author Tony Parsons will be basing himself at Heathrow for a week in a bid to write one.

Appointed as writer-in-residence, Parsons will live amongst passengers and airport workers for one week from today and chat to travellers and airport staff including pilots, air traffic control officers and immigration officers.

During the residency, he will also roam the terminals to unearth the stories of the people that pass through its doors, with the events inspiring the plotline and the passengers its characters.  

He will then write a book 'Departures: Seven Stories from Heathrow' capturing the many stories and emotions of departures and arrivals… we wonder how many characters will be moaning about Ryanair.

275x250.jpgA game which lets fed-up Brits pelt those involved in the News of the World hacking scandal has become an online hit.

'Hacked Off' lets users hurl custard pies at Rupert and James Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and even Prime Minister David Cameron.

The aim of the game is simple, hit your hack-gate subject as many times as you can in 30 seconds - each time getting a satisfying splat visual and realistic noise.

More than 10,000 people are already playing the game each day and the game's inventor says it proving a big success with those left angry and frustrated by the phone hacking debacle.

While there's no word on who is the post popular person to pelt with pies, our money would be on Andy Coulson… we don't know why, it just would be.

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A video of a woman whose head has been "replaced" by four Apple iPads wandering around New York has become a hit online. (The Sun) (YouTube)

We can understand the urge to reach for a camera when you find yourself in the middle of a storm - we love freak weather too -- but you have to be careful not to get a little too close to the action. (YouTube)

When a Russian reporter asked Justin Timberlake “why movies?” at a press junket for Friends With Benefits, co-star Mila Kunis (who moved to California from Ukraine) jumped in and verbally slapped the reporter down. (Daily What) (YouTube)

While there's probably no-one in the UK who doesn't know about Pippa 'the arse' Middleton it appears she's not as well known in the US, a recent poll found two-thirds don't know who she is, but 2% think she's an adult-film star. (Guardian)

Manchester City footballer Mario Balotelli is said to have been on the end of a 'training ground prank' which has ruined his £150,000 Maserati sports car - pals hid kippers in the car for two weeks, meaning it now stinks of fish. (Asylum)

275x250.jpg A Millennium Falcon style UFO has been discovered on the bottom of the ocean between Finland and Sweden… maybe… probably not.

But that's exactly what some people are claiming sonar images of a 60ft disc-shaped object, taken by ship-wreck hunters, reveal.

The bizarre discovery was made by a team from Ocean Explorer as they scanned the 300ft deep ocean floor for a sunken wreck containing several cases of expensive champagne.

Lead researcher Peter Lindberg says the round object could is surrounded by scars on the earth which could be where the craft landed and skidded along… slightly more sensibly he also suggests it could be an underwater Stonehenge.

275x250.jpgA pregnant legal student went into labour as she was taking her bar exam… but finished the test before going into the hospital.

The determined Northwestern Law alumna is said to have gone into 'active labour' minutes after sitting down to the three-hour Multistate Bar Exam.

But rather than heading straight to the labour ward, the woman is said to have got her head down and started answering the questions.

According to Abovethelaw.com she raced through the questions, finished early and then told proctors she thought she might be having the baby and left at 4pm.

She then raced to the nearby Prentice Women’s Hospital and the baby was delivered via Caesarean section at 5:58pm. The student will find out how she did in the test in October.

275x250.jpg A hero police officer didn't let a little thing like being run over by a speeding car stop him from doing his job - he jumped back up chased the driver before shooting him with a taser.

PC Dan Pascoe from Surrey Police had been part of a road block set up on a slip road of the M25 to stop a criminal driving a stolen BMW car.

But the crook wasn't going to stop and ploughed into the police car which sent the officer flying violently to the ground. But PC Pascoe was determined to get his man, as this footage shows.

The brave officer quickly jumped back up and ran after the stolen car and he was able to use his Taser stun gun on the crook who tried to get away on foot. We didn't know Surrey Police was testing a Robocop.


A US family got the shock of their lives when a snake slithered out of the bonnet of their car… as they were doing 65mph down the highway.

Rachel and Tony Fisher had been driving along in Memphis when all of a sudden a snake appeared on their windscreen -- obviously prompting them to reach for the video camera.

In the resulting footage, shot by Tony as Rachel drove, the snake can be seen flapping about on the glass as the kids in the back of the car shout that they want to see it.

For several minutes the snake moved along the bonnet of the speeding car before getting to the wing mirror on the driver's side and falling off… who needs a Ferrari prancing horse when you can have a live snake.

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Climber and BASE jumper Toby Benham prefers to go by the name Lucky Chance, and we can see why -- he recently suffered a parachute fail as he jumped off a 590ft ‘Death Swing', but survived without a scratch. (Climber) (Vimeo)

We know a thing or two about sporting brawls, but this one which broke out at a junior basketball game between Bahrain and Kuwait had it all, fists, kicks… basketball shoes being brandished as weapons. (Washington Post) (YouTube)

A pilot had a lucky escape when his F-16 fighter plunged nose-first into the ground after running off the runway at an air-show. (Fox 11) (YouTube)

We have absolutely no interest in news surrounding the sacking of the Melbourne Demons' AFL coach Dean Bailey -- but that didn't stop us enjoying this link from Channel Seven News… "Amy Parks now joins us from AAMI Park." (Nine MSN) (YouTube)

A group of British troops in Afghanistan have recorded a video of themselves performing a mime of Glee's "Don't Stop Believin". (Asylum)

275x250.jpg In good news for fans of irony, a group of rowers raising money for lifeboat charity RNLI got into trouble on rough water recently... and had to be saved by coastguards.

The team of four guys had been completing a row, run and cycle from Fort William to Barmouth in Wales when they ran into trouble.

Rough seas off the Mull of Galloway meant the rudder line on their 10 metre vessel snapped and despite spending several hours trying to carry out makeshift repairs - they failed.

So, drifting further and further away from their target destination the guys from 3 Peaks Row were forced to make the embarrassing call for assistance.

275x250.jpgOne in four Brits has booked an exotic holiday because they are jealous of a friend's foreign jaunt, a study has revealed.

A study of 3,000 holidaymakers found a large percentage of us feel compelled to book a 'copycat holiday' after viewing someone else's holiday snaps or listening to tales from the trip.

One in ten also admitted arranging their own holiday after hearing about someone else's break, despite originally having no plans to go away.

And almost a fifth of jealous Brits have even booked an identical trip, right down to the same hotel, apartment or villa, after hearing about their friend's getaway.

After seeing the Facebook photos on a friend's profile, 13 per cent of people have gone on to book a similar holiday… can anyone say 'online stalker'?

275x250.jpg An animal charity say they've been bombarded by people offering to give a new home to a kitten which looks like Hitler* -- after previously struggling to find anyone willing to take her in.

Staff at Wood Green animal shelter said people had originally shunned the kitten because of her uncanny resemblance to the Nazi dictator and she'd repeatedly been overlooked for adoption.

However, after the six-week-old kitten - dubbed Kitler but also known as Luminus - appeared in several national newspapers on Friday, they've received hundreds of offers.

*Obviously when we say 'kitten which looks like Hitler' we don't mean you could mistake the two in the street, but rather that it has slightly Hitler-esque markings.


We've seen so many daredevils pulling amazing stunts, it can be all too easy to forget just how dangerous some of them are. But thanks to Travis Pastrana - who we previously saw do this - we just remembered.

That's because the 27-year-old recently broke his foot while trying to complete a ludicrous-looking spin/jump thing on his bike at the ESPN X Games.

While it all looked very impressive as he flew through the air, the landing was distinctively less so and he clattered to the ground and off his bike.

And that's why we always tell you not to try this stuff at home… like you have your own motorbike, arena and jumps there anyway.


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A video of a bizarre meal called 'dancing squid' being served in Japan has (unsurprisingly) become an online hit and officially freaks us out. (The Sun) (YouTube)

Leanne Suter is not a war reporter, but the ABC7 journalist was recently shot during a live TV report. Admittedly only by a BB gun shot at her hand, and most viewers wouldn't have noticed, but that's still getting shot, right? (ABC Local) (YouTube) (YouTube)

A group of women who are hoping to see Vladimir Putin win a 2012 presidential vote in Russia have held a bikini carwash to support him… which wouldn't really be worth mentioning if it wasn't for this awkward TV moment it prompted. (Nerve) (YouTube)

The baseball foul ball is possibly the best thing about the sport… especially when things like this happen and it hits a fan in the face. (NBC Sport) (YouTube)

Wu Zhilong wants to be entered into the Guinness World Records after pulling a car weighted down by 12 people by sticking a metal bowl-like object to his belly. (Telegraph) (YouTube)





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