oops: September 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgA US woman required hospital treatment recently -- after she was injured by an exploding toilet in Washington.

The unnamed woman had reportedly been doing her business in the federal government building when the accident happened.

Bosses say the bog blast at the GSA regional office was caused by a mechanical failure with high air pressure in the domestic water system.

This was triggered by her flushing and left herwith serious but non-life-threatening injuries, say doctors.

Other employees have been warned not to use the restrooms until engineering staff had completed work to correct the issue.


A baseball fan in Taiwan was so desperate to catch a foul ball that he accidentally dropped his young daughter in the process. Oops.

Embarrassingly, not only did he not get the ball -- but the moment of dubious parenting was caught on camera, as this footage shows.

The butter-fingered father can be seen jumping from his seat as the foul ball comes towards him, seemingly forgetting that he had the young girl on his lap.

As such she was flung into the row of seats in front of him and he had to recover her by pulling her back up by the legs. Let's hope her mom hasn't seen this.


ITV bosses have been left red-faced after it was revealed a documentary mistakenly used a clip from a computer game as footage of the IRA shooting down a helicopter.

The documentary 'Exposure, Gaddafi and the IRA' -- which aired on ITV1 on Monday -- had looked at links between the former Libyan leader and the Irish terrorist group.

During it, a pixelated-looking clip was played which was said to show an 1988 IRA attack on a British Army helicopter.

But it turned out the footage was actually from a military simulation game called Arma II -- as was quickly pointed out by the hundreds of gamers who contacted ITV about the gaffe.


A Copa Sudamericana football match in Uruguay had to be called off recently -- after a linesman was hit in the head with a roll of paper.


Crowd problems flared during the clash between Universidad de Chile and Nacional, and with the score at 2-0  several fans started hurling projectiles.

Then, as this footage shows, a roll of till receipt paper struck one unfortunate soccer official on the head, knocking him to the ground.

The battered linesman received medial treatment for several minutes before the match was eventually called off by the referee… who presumably feared getting hit with something himself.

Rock-eating dog wins annual dumb pet award

275x250.jpg A pug named Harley who ate, and subsequently passed, more than 100 rocks has the dubious honour of having won an annual dumb pet award.

Each year bosses of a US pet insurance form like to celebrate their most unusual claim of the year by shortlisting unfortunate pets for a pubic vote.

And this year the honour was bestowed on rock-eating Harley, a pug who decided to munch on stones while his owner was away and ended up filling half of his stomach.

After X-rays revealed what had happened, vets discussed what action to take… but as the rocks were small they decided to let him pass them naturally.

275x250.jpg A dumb would-be armed robber was caught by police after he returned to the scene of his attempted crime -- to get his coat back.

Anthony Gorman, 21, is said to tried robbing a store by threatening staff with a gun, but fled empty-handed after being fought off.

During the tussle, his grey jacket was ripped off and left on the floor when he ran away from the scene.

But a few minutes later the dopey gunman sheepishly returned to the store and asked if he could have his £200 coat back.

Unfortunately for him the shopkeeper said "Are you stupid? No, you can’t have it – get out."

275x250.jpg Three people have been arrested after a stunt they were recording for a TV comedy series sparked a major security scare at a New Zealand airport.

The TV stunt gone wrong had seen an actor dressed as a pilot try to gain access to a secure part of the airport, but he was stopped by police.

When he was unable to provide suitable forms of identification he left -- but not before airport staff contacted police, who in turn issued a national alert.

CCTV footage of the man was released and airports across the country were put on high alert with officials fearing a terrorist attack.

But it was later revealed the attempted security breach had been pat of a hidden camera TV comedy series. Surprisingly not many people were left laughing.

275x250.jpg Organisers of the Road Cycling World Championships in Denmark were shocked when, hours before the start of the race, they realised part of the course had disappeared.

It turned out an overly keen road sweeper thought someone had gratified the road outside Copenhagen city hall and cleaned it off.

A spokesperson said: "We went to sleep yesterday with a good feeling of being all and well prepared.

"But we woke up facing the challenge of a road sweeper by accident having destroyed the finish line."

It took two hours to re-establish the finish line and clean oil which had been spilt over other part of the course… oddly the road sweeper had ignored that.

He's a World Cup winner and one of the best strikers in the world -- but that didn't stop Fernando Torres from missing a howler against Manchester United this weekend.

The £50m Chelsea man had played well, scored a goal and had a good game, but all anyone will remember from the match will remember is his gaffe in the 82nd minute.

With a well-paced ball coming to him six yards from an empty net, it looked like there was no way he could miss.

But never one to shy away from a challenge, Torres somehow managed to slice  the ball wide in what's being described as the worst miss ever.

Man buries pet cat… uncovers C4 explosives

275x250.jpg When Adrian Ayers tried to bury his recently deceased pet cat in Ohio, it's safe to say things didn't exactly go as planned.

That's because as he dug a final resting place for the kitty he unearthed a metal box containing C4 explosives and bullets -- prompting a bomb scare.

Bomb squad officers were called after the discovery and residents were evacuated from a two city block radius until the explosives were removed.

Firemen were also needed to block traffic and keep unsuspecting pedestrians out of harms' way.

It was later revealed the box contained five three-quarter sticks of TNT -- which could have seen the remains of the cat blown high into the sky.


We don't know the Portuguese for "never work with children or animals" -- but something tells us these TV presenters could have done with hearing the phrase.

That's because a children’s show in Brazil recently suffered its own Blue Peter elephant moment, when a horse pooped on stage.

The horse had been led out into the middle of the brightly coloured stage when it lifted its tail and proceeded to poop on live TV.

Hosts held their heads in their hands, some children screamed, others laughed while some… well they whipped out their mobile phones 

275x250.jpgA man who was having a fish pedicure-style treatment at a Chinese spa had to be rushed to hospital when an eel swam up his penis.

The unlucky 56-year-old had been hoping that having the fish munch on his dead skin would leave him looking younger.

But as he was lying in the spa bath he felt a sharp pain in his penis and looked down to see a six inch eel working its way up his urethra.

He reportedly tried pulling it out, but it slithered up his penis and into his bladder and he was rushed to hospital.

There he underwent a three-hour operation to remove the six-inch critter - which had died inside him… you can stop cringing and unfold your legs now.


Think your football team has a bad keeper? Well we'd like to bet he's better than Torpedo Zhodino's Artem Gomelko… just look at this howler he recently let in.

Gomelko was standing by the net when rival Belarusian Premier League defender Anton Matveenko decided to have an audacious attempt from 70 yards out.

And thanks to being off-target and not very powerful, it never looked likely to going in or troubling the keeper, until he tried to keep the ball in play.

Reaching out he touched the ball and diverted it from going out… sending it straight into the back of the net. The game ended 1-1. Oops.

275x250.jpgUnfortunate and stupid pets who've done dumb things like eat more than 100 rocks and chase a fly onto a hot wood stove are in the running for a 'prestigious' prize.

A US insurance firm is looking for an animal to award their Hambone award to, for the most unusual claim of the year -- and they have plenty to pick from.

The 12 pet shortlisted for the title -- named after the inaugural winner, a dog who ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while stuck in a refrigerator -- all made full recoveries and received insurance reimbursements for their daft accidents

Previous winners include Labrador retriever who gobbled up an entire beehive and a bulldog who swallowed 15 baby pacifiers, a bottle cap and piece of a basketball.

275x250.jpgAn author has been left red-faced after an embarrassing typo made it through to the ebook version of her romantic novel.

Susan Andersen had meant part of her novel 'Baby, I'm Yours', to read: "He stiffened for a moment but then she felt his muscles loosen as he shifted on the ground"

But unfortunately for her, the 'f' in shifted was replaced by a 't' -- meaning he did something altogether different on the ground.

Speaking of the blunder, Andersen said:" "Shifted - he SHIFTED! I just cringe when I think of the readers who have read this.

"Hopefully, it's only in the iBook version that I bought, but if it's in yours as well, please let me know. I've contacted the editor and pray this will be promptly fixed.

275x250.jpg We didn't think it could get much worse for Happy Feet, the penguin which got lost, swam 3,000 miles in the wrong direction and then needed surgery after eating sand in New Zealand.

But experts now fear the 3-year-old emperor penguin has now been eaten by a shark or a whale after being being taken back to Antarctica on a research vessel.

A transmitter had been attached to the 80cm bird in a bid to monitor his movement and development, but on Friday the transmitter fell silent.

The firm monitoring the transmissions say this means it either fell off, or that the unlucky bird has become lunch for a predator… we really hope it fell off.


275x250.jpgA man in Florida was left with a serious gun-shot wound to his hand when he tried to kill a snake, but accidentally shot himself.

The 75-year-old is said to have found a large water moccasin snake near his front door and decided the best thing to do was shoot it.

After retrieving his .38 caliber handgun he fired a shot at the slithering snake, but missed.

As he fiddled with the weapon it once again fired, once again missing the snake… but this time his hand was not so lucky, and he shot two fingers on his left hand.

The elderly man was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital -- police say it's understood that the snake got away unharmed.


We can only imagine the pressure a professional footballer feels when taking a penalty (forwards or backwards) -- they're expected to score, and know they should.


It's embarrassing if they kick it wide, over the bar or directly at the keeper… or just make a huge gaffe of the entire thing like this guy.

Al Ahly striker Amir Sayoud recently showed what NOT to do from the penalty during a match against rivals Kima Aswan. And not even science can explain what he did.

Running up to the ball, he tried to do a wiggle and put the keeper off, but instead ended up kicking the ground, falling over and feebly nudging the ball towards the net. Oops.

275x250.jpgA hospital trust has been left red-faced after a job advert for a position with them included the phrase "usual rubbish about equal opportunities employer etc..."

The jobs as a Regional Anaesthetist Fellow with Broad Green hospital had been advertised online and the ad looked as you would expect… until you got the the bottom.

There is included the somewhat unpolitically correct line "Usual rubbish about equal opportunities employer etc..." rather than the actual equal opportunities text.

While the advert was swiftly changed after the gaffe was noticed, it clearly left the organisation behind it embarrassed.

A hospital spokesman said: "The wording on this on this advert in no way reflects the NHS Trust's position in relation to equal opportunities."

275x250.jpgA Canadian office workers accidentally made several of her colleagues 'ill'  after giving them chocolate brownies laced with cannabis.

The mix-up happened what the unnamed woman found the bag of brownies in her freezer -- not knowing they'd been made by her son and contained cannabis.

In fact, the blunder only came to light when workers at the office in Victoria started noticing strange symptoms and, thinking they'd been poisoned, contacted police.

Officers investigating the poisoning soon established the brownies could have been to blame for the dizzy and disorientated feelings suffered, and the son later owned up to what he'd done.

Police say that because there had been no criminal intent, they would not be pressing charges, though the son may be ordered to do community work… probably not baking.




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