oops: June 2011 Archives

A baseball mascot had to be given emergency medical treatment and taken to hospital after being hit in the head by a speeding foul ball.

Phillie Phantaic had been doing his stuff in the stands at a Phillies recent game when a stray ball flew over the dugout and hit him in his green throat. But that meant it hit Tom Burgoyne - the person wearing the costume - squarely in the face.

Despite being in agony from the accident and falling to the floor, Tom continued to put a show on for kids - many of who'd gasped when the ball hit him - and tried to get them laughing again.

However, all of his good work was quickly been undone. We're guessing it's still fairly traumatising for children to learn that their favourite mascot has been rushed to hospital.

275x250.jpgA Russian man is said to have accidentally killed his wife as the couple attempted to slaughter a pig.

The pair were trying the kill the animal in Russia's Tula region with a homemade firearm, when the they had a problem loading the weapon.

As the 60-year-old was holding the gun, it inadvertently went off and shot his wife, killing her instantly.

It's been reported that the man now faces charges of negligent homicide and could be jailed for two years as a result of the accident.

But while it was certainly bad news for the man and his wife, animal lovers will be pleased to know the pig was uninjured in the accident.

Maybe it was an intentional stunt to get publicity (we don't normally cover the launch of new football kits) - but more likely this was just a moment of fail for FK Partizan.

The Serbian football team had decided to unveil their new black and white Adidas kit and gone to the effort of hiring singers and glamourously dresses women to add to the glitz.

But the evening took a turn to the fail when the moment finally came to take a cover off a kit-wearing mannequin and show the new outfit for the first time.

That's because as press cameras flashed the upper half of the mannequin fell clattering to the floor and the choir were forces to try to continue singing through their sniggers.

275x250.jpgA security guard who tried using a shotgun to remove an itchy wart from his hand has found the weapon to be a very effective treatment.

However, it might have been a bit too effective, because Sean Murphy lost most of his left middle finger after firing the 12-bore Beretta.

The 38-year-old said he resorted to the shotgun surgery after trying several creams without success (and after drinking several pints) he'd pointed the weapon at the offending digit.

But when he pulled the trigger, the gun recoiled and he shot off most of his finger. He said there was nothing left to even consider reattaching it.

And if losing his finger wasn't bad enough, the 'treatment' also landed him in court for possessing an illegal firearm where he received a 16-week suspended sentence. At least the wart has gone.

It's safe to say this is not the spectacle 'The Great Moodini' had in mind -- instead of impressing fans by escaping from a set of handcuffs he ended up getting dragged behind a car.

The magician - real name Michael Mooney - had been performing before a recent drag race in the US and was fastened into a set of handcuffs which were tied to the back of a car.

The idea was that he would free himself from the restraints in the time it took for the car to pull away and the chains become taut.

But when he failed to free himself in time, he was almost dragged to his death and suffered a broken ankle, wrist and finger… and pride, don't forget his broken pride.

In our opinion, it's never good to get run over by a car, but we guess there must be some sort of odd kudos in getting hit by a Formula One car.

At least we hope so for the sake of this F1 fan in Japan, who appears to run out in front of a Toro Rosso car driven by Sebastien Buemi during a Red Bull promotional event.

The man - understood to be a marshall at the event in Chiba, eastern Japan, to raise money for tsunami victims - seems unable to see the F1 car approaching, and tries to dash across the road.

But before he knows it there is a speedy car heading towards him and he's forced to try jumping over it. As you can see from these videos, that didn't quite work.

275x250.jpgBrave US police officers have successfully neutralised the threat posed by a deadly alligator, shooting it twice in the head.. then they realised it was a garden ornament.

The officers had been called to the Kansas City home after an alligator sighting had been reported by a member of the public.

And when they saw the powerful-jawed creature lurking in the grass, they were quick to reach for their rifle and shoot it twice in the head.

It was only when the second shot bounced of the stationary creature the officers realised it was made out of concrete and a garden ornament.

Homeowner Rick Sheridan said the 'reptile' was there to keep people off his land… maybe a creepy gnome would have been better.

275x250.jpgA pricing blunder on a supermarket beer promotion sparked such a stamped of shoppers that police had to be called to deal with the situation.

Computer errors are said to have caused some Tesco supermarkets in Scotland to start selling 45 bottles of lager, or 36 cans, for just £11.

The actual offer had meant to be "Buy three boxes of beer and save £11," - so when shoppers started getting it considerably cheaper, they quickly told friends.

This prompted other beer-lovers to go and try their luck and so many bombarded some stores that police were called to deal with congestion in and around the car parks.

Something tells us the officers may have wanted to pop into the supermarket and try the offer for themselves too… how many crates of beer can you fit in a police van?

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