oops: 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.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.



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!

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.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.


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 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.

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.

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.


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 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 $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.

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.

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.


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.


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.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.


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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