oops: May 2011 Archives

No, no it's not. But seeing airport staff hurling what appears to be luggage into the back of a rubbish truck still isn't the most reassuring way to start your holiday.

This video was shot by a holidaymaker at Christchurch Airport in New Zealand and appears to show baggage handlers hurling unclaimed suitcases into a garbage truck.

In fact, after it was uploaded to the internet, the video sparked outrage from many flyers who feared this could be what happened to their lost luggage.

But not all is quite what it seems, a spokesperson for the airport says the binned bags were ones which had been used to test their new baggage handling system.

For TV journalists, the benefit of pre-recording a report is not fearing being made to look a fool on live TV… usually.

But Erica Grow has been left red-faced after the show she works for played the wrong clip during a broadcast -- an outtake in which she declared "I'm stupid".

Grow had been reporting on an injured child at a local school, but rather than play her polished report during the show they loaded her out-takes.

This meant they saw her fluff her lines, apologise to the cameraman and then say "It’s a lot to remember. Because I’m… Stupid."

Personally we think she was being too hard on herself… it's the person who clicked play on the wrong file which is stupid.

It's designed to withstand a terrorist attack - but it turns out Barack Obama's bullet-proof limo 'The Beast' has more of a problem with the humble speed bump.

Yesterday as President Obama was leaving the U.S. Embassy in Dublin in his custom General Motors Cadillac, en route to his ancestral home in County Offaly, the £400,000 vehicle got wedged on a ramp.

The car - which has eight-inch thick armour-plating and weighs 8 tons - was leaving the building, when crowds who had gathered heard a loud bang and saw the car come to a swift halt.

It then became clear the impressive vehicle was stranded and Barack Obama was forced to abandon it… though given it boasts its own oxygen supply he must have been tempted to sit it out rather than make the embarrassing walk of shame.

275x250.jpg Police in Hampshire launched a major operation which involved dispatching armed officers and scrambling the force helicopter… because of a cuddly toy.

Of course they didn't realise it was a cuddly toy when they received reports of a live white tiger in a field close to the M27, near Hedge End.

As a result they contacted animal specialists at nearby Marwell Zoo, prepared a team of officers armed with tranquiliser darts and dispatched a police helicopter.

But when the helicopter approached it became clear this was no real tiger, firstly because it didn't move… and then because the downward force of the chopper knocked it over.

275x250.jpg Staff at an aquarium in Blackpool say they were shocked to discover there was a unknown shark swimming around their tank.

Bosses at the Sea Life centre only realised the presence of the mystery shark when they spotted two shark eggs in the massive half-a-million litre tank.

Because the sharks known to be in the tank only give birth to live young, they concluded there was another hidden one somewhere in there.

Experts think the still undiscovered shark is an easily camouflaged tropical carpet shark which may have been introduced by one of several former aquarium curators.

Fashion model Lindsey Wixson has been left red-faced after falling over THREE times at an show for Japan earthquake survivors in Cannes.

The 17-year-old American had been strutting her stuff on the catwalk at the Fashion for Relief event organised by Naomi Campbell.

And it was all going well until she tripped on the hem of a ball gown and embarrassingly fell on all fours in front of the assembled crowd.

While she was quick to jump up and give a big thumbs up, it was all a bit premature… because as she made her way backstage she fell over another two times. Oops.

French climber Alain Robert is known for illegally climbing some of the world's tallest buildings, often without any protection.

Luckily that wasn't the case when he scaled Istanbul's Sapphire building… because he slipped and fell while around 260 metres in the air.

Robert had made it most of the way up Turkey's highest building when he reached a section where there was grease and oil inside the grove where he put his foot.

This meant he slipped fell about 10ft, but he was soon caught by his safety harness and continued the remaining small climb to the top… in a slightly less cocky mood than usual.

A goalkeeper who is said to be a Manchester United target might not be the safe pair of hands Sir Alex Ferguson was hoping for -- he dropped a trophy off the top of a bus.

Coming hot on the heels of the Real Madrid, Copa del Rey open-topped bus debacle, Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg showed he was just as clumsy as Sergio Ramos.

Parading through Amsterdam with the newly-won Eredivisie league trophy, Stekelenburg had been waving the dish-like trophy from the top of a coach.

But then the vehicle passed under overhead tram wires, which knocked it out of his hands, sending the trophy crashing to the floor… where fans promptly picked it up and celebrated like they'd won it themselves.

275x250.jpgA man became trapped inside a women's prison in Germany after accidentally mistaking it for a shortcut to a nearby park.

The 24-year-old is said to have been walking in the city of Hildesheim when he strolled through a gate, thinking he was heading to a nearby park.

But he soon discovered he'd walked into a women's prison and turned around in a bid to get back out. However, in the 20 minutes it took him to  return to the gate, it had been locked, trapping him inside.

It was only when the local mayor, who happened to be walking past, heard his screams for help that police were notified and dispatched to free him.

It's understood the security blunder happened as repair work was being carried out on the gate and that a loose screw had briefly prevented it from shutting properly.

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