oops: May 2010 Archives

There's never a good time to get a parking ticket, just ask TV reporter Gayle Anderson -- she was recently issued several live on TV.

Gayle, a reporter with KTLA, had been doing a live segment from California about the ideal sort of car to take on a road trip.

But as she chatted with a motoring expert, they spotted a Santa Monica officer writing a parking ticket for a parked they were filming.

And after handing over the $50 fine, the officer moved straight on to the next of the ten cars being used in the show, and then the next…

But to her credit, Gayle managed not to react in the way most people do when getting a parking ticket (or 10) - which is good given there could have been children watching.

Workers moving a 100-year-old statue as part of renovation to a town square in Belgium have given the perfect example of how NOT to do it.

The team had been tasked with moving a statue of Flemish lawyer Gabriel Mudaeus while work was carried out in the public square in Brecht.

After attaching a harness to the base of the 10ft stone finger, which stood on a podium, they used a crane to lift Mudaeus onto the back of a lorry.

And that's when it all began to go wrong. As the crane lifted the figure, it toppled forward until it was dangling horizontally and had clearly suffered some damage.

But a split-second later the statue slipped out of the harness and plunged head first onto the back of the truck, decapitating Mudaeus… at which point the workers hoped they were on Just for laughs.

275x250.jpgAn Australian boffin has spotted an error in the Oxford English Dictionary which has gone unnoticed for 99 years.

While researching an article, Dr Stephen Hughes, from the University of Technology in Brisbane, noticed the definition for the word "siphon" was wrong.

The physics lecturer saw the famous dictionary stated it's atmospheric pressure makes siphons work, when (as we all know) it's the force of gravity.

Hughes says he was shocked to have spotted the error and quickly fired off a letter to OED to point out the mistake.

A spokesperson for the Oxford English Dictionary said the error was introduced in 1911 but it would be fixed in the next edition… they also said Dr Hughes's letter was perfectly written.

275x250.jpgBosses at car manufacturer Volvo were left red-faced when a press demonstration of their new collision avoidance system failed.

Volvo had arranged for photographers and journalists to see their new safety feature in action preventing a car from crashing.

The technology works by using a sensor on the front of a car which calculates if a crash is imminent and  automatically applied the breaks leaving the driver safe.

Or that's the theory. Unfortunately the demo didn't go to plan and as you can see from the below video the S60 car smacked straight into the back of a truck it should have avoided.

But all was not lost… at least you can see the windscreen wiper continues to function even after the smash.

Police officers arrived at the scene of a reported armed robbery, only to discover the 'crime' was actually a shoot for an upcoming movie.

Cops had been called out when a passerby saw what they thought was an armed robbery at a grocery store in New York.

But when the SEVEN police cars arrived and 15 officers burst into the store, they discovered they weren't needed.

That's because the weapon which had been seen was a prop and the person waving it at staff was an actor in a independent movie.

Police say the director had forgotten to notify them he was filming a scene involving a firearm… given how close his actors came to being shot, we don't think he will make that mistake again.

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