oops: May 2012 Archives

275x250.jpg When BBC News needed an image to represent the United Nations Security Council on the News at One bulletin they presumably did an image search to find the logo … unfortunately they didn't do it too well.

We know this because rather than used the actual logo for the United Nations Security Council, they ended up using logo of the fictitious United Nations Space Command from Microsoft's Halo computer game.

So while Sophie Raworth talked about Amnesty International's criticism of the UN, the image behind her was one for United Nations Space Command. Oops.

A BBC spokesperson said: "BBC News makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all images broadcast, however very occasionally mistakes do happen."

Loud toilet noises prompt 911 call

275x250.jpg A Canadian man has been left red-faced after his excessively loud toilet grunting prompted a neighbour to call emergency services because she thought something serious was wrong.

Police rushed to the scene in British Columbian capital Victoria after receiving a 911 call reporting a yelling and shouting coming from a basement at 5am.

And when they got there, officers say they could hear low moaning and babbling coming from inside the suite.

Eventually after repeated and knocks and announcements by the officers a man opened the door.

When questioned about the amount of noise he was making the man explained that he had been essentially (in his own different words) on the toilet having his morning constitutional but he was done now.


A TV news reporter has been left red-faced after accidentally appearing on live TV with her skirt hitched up around her thighs.

Financial expert Sara Eisen was called upon to talk to camera when her Bloomberg TV colleague's microphone stopped working, but she wan't exactly ready … and neither was her red dress.

The blonde reporter had her skirt hitched up around her thighs and she was fiddling to make a microphone adjustment. After giving the camera a bunny-in-the-headlights look she blamed the gaffe on 'technical difficulties'.

However, despite the embarrassing wardrobe malfunction, Eisen quickly launched into a professional report on the eurozone crisis.

275x250.jpg If you think you've had a bad day recently, spare a thought for a 53-year-old man in Madrid who was struck by lightning… in his scrotum.

The unfortunate gent is said to have been walking down a street in the Spanish capital with his son when he was hit by a bolt of lightning and left unconscious.

The lightning is reported to have travelled down his leg before striking the ground. His son called for paramedics who took him to Hospital de la Paz.

Doctors say his heart and brain functions were not affected in the incident and that the man is now in a stable condition.

While we're glad about his heart and brain, we'd also like to know whether other body parts survived the lightning strike unscathed.

275x250.jpg When a man in Birmingham spotted a deadly-looking corba slithering on his patio he called the RSPCA for help… but he soon wished he hadn't.

That's because in his blind panic he hadn't noticed the 'slithering' snake was in fact a harmless plastic toy.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said the snake-phobic man had been so scared that he hadn't got close enough to realise how daft he was being.

The red-face gent from Moseley is said to have been incredibly apologetic about his gaffe. It's not known where the fake snake came from.




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