oops: November 2011 Archives

Marmite spill causes sticky situation on M1

275x250.jpg A major clean-up operation had to be launched on the M1 near Sheffield -- when a tanker carrying more than 20 tonnes of Marmite overturned.

The accident happened overnight between junction 32 and 33 and the yeasty spill caused delays for rush-hour commuters.

And while we feel sorry for anyone stuck in the traffic backlog, we're more interested in the puns and jokes the accident prompted on Twitter.

Our favourites include: "Did it affect the yeastbound carriageway?" by @suthers, "My mum's driving down the M1 to see me. I'm worried marmite be late" by @malcolmcoles and Getting a bit bored of all the #Marmite jokes now across the media. At yeast the M1 is open again..." by @garethherincx

275x250.jpg When 16-year-old Luke Stillman bought a "deactivated" shell from a military memorabilia website, he hoped it would be a good example.

What the military-mad lad didn't expect, was for the 81mm mortar round to explode in his hand as he examined it.

But that's exactly what did happen, blowing off the tip of his thumb and requiring Luke to be rushed to hospital in Northants.

There doctors treated the weapon injuries and police have apparently now launched an investigation into what happened.

While it's thought the vendor had since been banned from trading it won't matter to Luke… his dad says he's not buying any more shells.



An 18-year-old student who bizarrely became trapped in a clothes horse after falling out of bed had to call the fire brigade to free her.

Danielle Morgan ended up with her neck and shoulders wedged between the bars in the odd accident and initially called friends to free her.

However, they seem to have been more interested in taking photos and videos to upload to YouTube and eventually the fire brigade and bolt cutters were required.

A team attended the incident at Sir Peter Hilton Court, Derby University and freed the red-faced first-year student.c


A New Zealand helicopter pilot has somehow escaped from a horror crash which happened as he was putting up a seven-story Christmas tree.


Greg Gribble had been using the copter to install the massive Telecom Christmas Tree at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour and the moment was being broadcast on live TV.

But as the pilot with 20 years of experience descended, the B2 Squirrel became tangled in cables attached to scaffolding and the helicopter was put into a spin.

As the back of the helicopter snapped, Gribble was thrown out and terrifyingly close to the spinning blades and everything came crashing down to the ground.


The captain of a flight from North Carolina to New York has caused a terror scare -- by accidentally locking himself in the toilet.


Fighter jets were even put on alert after the captain of the Chatauqua Airlines flight disappeared to the loo and didn't come back.

And what made it worse was that the co-pilot became suspicious when the captain sent a foreign-sounding passenger to the cock-pit to explain the situation.

"The captain disappeared. What I'm being told is he's stuck in the toilet and someone with a thick foreign accent is giving me a password to access the cockpit," the co-pilot said to air traffic control.


Prime Minister David Cameron's attempt at putting on a funny Aussie accent at a recent event was so bad some commentators say it "it could cause a diplomatic row."

Cameron had been making a speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London when he recounted his trip to Australia for the Commonwealth heads of government meeting.

"After the meeting, I turned to the Australian prime minister and said, 'Thank you very much Julia for allowing us to have this meeting in Australia.',"

"And she said - I can't quite do the accent but I'll try - 'Not a bit David, this is good news for Sheilas everywhere.'"


A near-miss which saw a man using a chainsaw fall towards the blade and nearly cut his face open was caught on live TV in the US.


WTVW man Drew Gardner had been reporting on storm damage in Illinois as a worker used the chainsaw on a downed tree in the background.

But then in a moment which will have had eagle-eyed viewer terrified, the man -- who wasn't wearing protective clothing -- fell in a ditch and towards the chainsaw he was holding.

Luckily he somehow managed to avoid cutting off his face and corrected his fall at the last second… depriving the news show of a scoop.


A gaffe at a firework display in Scotland saw pyrotechnics which should have lasted 30 minutes launched in a matter of seconds.


The result was that Oban Community Firework display went off with quite a bang -- or rather several at the same time.

While the display should have lasted half an hour, the technical hitch meant they were all launched within 60 seconds.

Apologising for the pyrotechnic premature-ejaculation Councillor Roddie McCuish told the crowd: "I have some terrible news -- the fireworks have all gone off at once." 


This video shows the terrifying moment a Boeing 767 was forced to touch down in Warsaw without wheels when its landing gear failed to open.


The flight from Newark, New Jersey was carrying 230 passengers onboard and circled above the airport for about an hour before crash landing.

None of the passengers were injured in the emergency landing which saw the plane slide along the ground with sparks flying.

Firefighters had sprayed the landing strip with fire-fighting substances before the plane came down and then sprayed it as passengers disembarked.


When Brittany Hillards' boyfriend decided to pop the question, he probably wanted to sweep her off her feet -- is so mission accomplished.

That's because after blindfolding her on their one year anniversary of dating he got down on one knee… and she promptly fainted and joined him on the floor.

Cameron had taken a blindfolded Brittany to a state park a few minutes away from their home after arranging for friends and family to be there.

Then after taking the blindfold off he dropped to his knee and asked her to marry him. When she finally came round after passing out, she said yes.




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