oops: January 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgIt's not too often you can refer to someone who fell 1,000ft down a mountain as 'lucky' -- but Adam Potter certainly is.

The 36-year-old had been out climbing on Sgurr Choinnich Mor, five miles east of Ben Nevis, this weekend, when he lost his footing and suffered a potentially perilous  plunge.

Potter fell some 1,000ft down the 3,589ft Scottish slope, causing mountain rescue teams to fear that he could have been killed.

But when a nearby Royal Navy Sea King helicopter went to look for him, they could only see another standing near to where the accident had happened, or so they thought.

It was actually Potter, who had miraculously only suffered cuts and bruises and was stood up looking at a map, probably trying to plot the route he had fallen down.

A horse racing event in Australia had to be postponed last week, after the track was invaded by a group of kangaroos.

Due to be held on Australia Day, thousands of racing fans had turned up to watch the action at Hanging Rock Cup raceday

But just before the first event was due to take place, jockeys noticed a couple of kangaroos near to the track and officials were dispatched to shoo them off.

Despite initially leaving the track, about six kangaroos soon reappeared, jumped over a five-foot fence and began bounding around the track.

Race bosses say they eventually had to abandon the event… because it was either that or start betting on the roos.

275x250.jpgA serving soldier who tried to make a phone-call proposal to his girlfriend, accidentally left a voicemail popping the big question on a wrong number.

Now the unintentional recipient of the emotional answer phone message, is trying to find the woman he intended to propose to, in case she doesn't know.

Diane Potts says that in the message the soldier refers to a 'Samantha' and starts off telling her about a friend of his who has been blown up.

Presumably speaking from Afghanistan, he goes on to say how much he is missing her and then asks her to marry him. Only he didn't, because Samantha didn't get the message.

Diane has now revealed the message in the hope someone will recognise the voice and get let Samantha know her clumsy-fingered boyfriend wants to marry her... let's just hope he's not out there defusing bombs.

A man who'd been arrested in Utah on suspicion of burglary tried to escape from cops by jumping out of a moving police car.

As this footage shows, Nicholas Duffy was still handcuffed as he dubiously leaped from the speeding car and onto the highway.

The 20-year-old had complained to officers that he felt like vomiting and asked them to crack the rear window open a bit for for him.

But when they did he unbuckled himself before jumping out of the window as the car travelled along Interstate 15 at 30mph.

Unsurprisingly flying head-first from a car while his hands were cuffed behind his back didn't end well… he was soon back in custody and in need of a trip to hospital.

He'd already suffered an injury and needed to be stretchered off - so this footballer probably didn't think it could get any worse.

Boy was he wrong. Gladstony had picked up an injury during a Sao Paulo Youth Cup match between Desportivo Brasil and Flamengo.

But as he was loaded onto a stretcher to be whisked off the pitch, the stretcher bearer accidentally dropped the 17-year-old and fell backwards.

After picking himself up from sitting on the face of the injured player, he gave it another go, before falling back to reinstate the ass-face blunder.

Desportivo went on to lose the match in a penalty shoot-out… not that that's what Gladstony will remember the game for.

Tennis courts come in a variety of different surface types, but one thing they have in common is that when a ball hits them, it bounces… or at least that's the theory.

But that wasn't the case at the Australian Open recently, when Maria Sharapova found a dead-spot on one of the courts.

The Russian ace says that as she was warming-up ahead of her third round clash with Goerges, she felt a noticeably bouncy spot on the court.

When umpires checked it out they discovered a heat bubble under the surface of the court which caused balls to seemingly defy the laws of physics land flatly rather than bounce.

Workers solved the problem by drilling a series of small holes in the court to release the trapped air… but not before this great video was filmed.

275x250.jpg A Tory MP has apologised after interrupting himself in the Commons by accidentally triggering a musical tie he was wearing.

Nadhim Zahawi was speaking about education cuts when the tune started blaring out of his brightly coloured neck tie, which also features flashing lights.

To make matters worse, the muffled sound from the £10 Beating Bowel Cancer 'Loud Tie' was picked up by a microphone hanging in front of him.

After a few seconds on fumbling, the Stratford upon Avon MP was able to silence his tie and apologised to the deputy speaker like a naughty schoolboy.

275x250.jpg Is this a foul-mouthed toy singing profanity-filled songs to toddlers -- or are over protective parents hearing swear words where there aren't any? You decide.

A mother says she was left shocked when a cuddly toy which she had bought for her baby daughter started singing a song littered with the F-word.

It's claimed the innocent-looking My Pal Violet toy sings: "If you're happy and you know it f*** with me, if you're happy and you know it f**k with me."

But makers insist it is actually singing: "If you're happy and you know it bark with me" and that there might be a misunderstanding in the UK due to the American accent. Listen to the clip after the link and tell us what you think. Unfortunately we hear bark.

275x250.jpg A dog had to be rescued after becoming sandwiched in a six inch gap between two walls in the US, after it tried to chase a rabbit down the narrow passageway.

Animal rescue workers had been called out when residents in California heard strange noises coming from a space between two buildings.

When they got there, they found a dog wedged in the tiny six-inch space between two 6ft tall walls, and they say it's thought he became stuck after trying to chase a rabbit.

Because there was so little space, the only way to release the dehydrated Shar-Pei mix was to knock down one of the walls, but not before rescuers decided he should be called Wally.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been left red-faced after falling to the floor as she boarded a plane in Yemen.

Clinton had been visiting Yemen to talk about security issues and the growing al-Qaeda threat in the country when the blunder happened.

After climbing the stairs to enter the plane, she turned around had turned to wave before walking inside.

But as she did, she tripped and fell embarrassingly to her knees, in front of a horrified flight stewardesses.

The lights were quickly switched off to prevent photographers taking pictures of her being helped from the floor… but luckily this video had already been taken.

275x250.jpgBosses of a pantomime staring Jim Davidson have been forced to change the costume of a nurse in the show… because the original one broke the Geneva Convention.

Producers of Pavilion Theatre were informed the outfit worn by Nurse Poltis in their Robin Hood show could see them landed in court.

The British Red Cross said the use of red crosses on her comedy hat and tunic were unauthorised use of their emblem and the theatre was in violation of the Geneva Conventions Act 1957.

Because this was also breaking the law and could see bosses face prosecution the costume was quickly changed to feature a green cross.

It sounds to us like someone at the British Red Cross has always fancied themselves as a panto villain. Oh yes they do!

275x250.jpgAn accidentally spilled cup of coffee is said to have activated a hijacking alert on a flight from Chicago to Germany.

Earlier this week, United Airlines Flight 940 made an unplanned landing in Canada with the airline claiming it was because of a "communication issue".

But it's now thought the impromptu landing was made because a hijacking alert was activated when a pilot's coffee was spilled on radio equipment during turbulence.

Reports claim the pilot could have inadvertently hit the transponder knob sending out a signal indicating the Boeing 777 had been hijacked. Meaning a landing had to be made.

Federal aviation authorities are currently investigating… and they won't be happy if they find he landed in Toronto to top up his Mocha at the airport Starbucks.

A terrified deer has been rescued by firefighters in Poland after drifting out to sea on a chunk of ice.

The deer is thought to have became stranded on a floe when it ran onto ice near the village of Ustronie Morskie after being scared by dogs.

Luckily passersby spotted it drifting around 200 meters from the shore in the Baltic Sea and called fire services who launched a rescue mission.

Rescuers say their team faced serious risks navigating sharp ice sheets to save the animal, but managed to reach it at the "last moment".

Once recovered the deer was wrapped in a blanket and carried back to shore… and given a pair of ice skates and an inflatable rubber ring.

275x250.jpg A brave/stupid penguin escaped from a pool at Münster Zoo in Germany and ended up waddling around the lion enclosure.

Three-month-old African Penguin Leona is said to have somehow strolled out of her ice-covered pool and onto visitors paths and an ice-covered moat.

From there she climbed a snow-capped bank and jumped onto some nearby ice… which just so happened to be in the middle of the the lion enclosure.

Luckily staff at the German zoo noticed the feathered intruder before the lions - who were sleeping - and lured her to safety by throwing a trail of herrings.

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