Simon Crisp: April 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg Artist Ben Heine doesn't work on his photos in Photoshop -- he improves them in a decidedly more old-school (but original) way.

The Belgium-based graphic designer draws sketches, which he holds in front of his photo, adding things like UFOs, dinosaur or more mundane objects.

Heine says he first came up with the idea when he was watching TV and reading a letter he had just written - he noticed the way the TV looked behind the letter and decided to play with the idea.

He then embarked on his 'Pencil Vs Camera' project in which he holds sketches in front of about 1/4 of his photos. While they started off realistic they soon became more creative… unless dinosaurs with guns really are attacking Paris.

275x250.jpgSculptors at Madame Tussauds in London have started creating their biggest ever waxwork -- a 15ft Incredible Hulk.

The green-skinned creation is the star of an upcoming interactive attraction of superheroes where visitors will get locked in the lab with him, just after his transformation.

They will hear his thundering growls as the floor beneath them vibrates, his muscles ripple and his eyes glow.

It's all part of deal with Marvel to create a 900 sq metre exhibitino over three floors where visitors "turn hero" by walking on the ceiling with Spider-Man and stepping into Iron Man’s chest shield.

Other superheroes being recreated for the show inlude Wolverine, Nick Fury and The Invisible Woman… which has got to be the easiest waxwork ever.

275x250.jpgCops in Leicestershire are being given a marked BMX bike to use when they are out on patrol -- so they look cool to kids.

The force claim the bike - which is blue and white bike and even feature the force logos - helps build rapport with youngsters.

It's even been claimed the bike can help in pursuits through urban back streets and is better than a patrol car or mountain bike.

Officers say that by riding the Haro F3 BMX at parks and skateparks makes them more approachable.

But critics have blasted the force for trying to impress children instead of fighting crime... and said they will be issued with police hoodie tops next.

275x250.jpgThe average man spends almost a year of his life pottering around in a shed, it has been found.

A recent study discovered most blokes will retreat to their garden outbuilding for three hours and 20 minutes every week - that's more than seven full days per year.

This means between the ages of 30 and 76, men spend 11 months tinkering in their favourite wooden shack.

But what are they doing in there? Well the poll of 3,000 men found DIY, cleaning things and working on bikes were said to be the most popular shed-time activities.

However 1-in-10 men admitted to seeking solace in the shed to escape from the wife or kids, and 1-in-20 said they used the shed to have a crafty beer… while getting away from the wife.

275x250.jpgA wine fountain, which will flow with red and white wine, has been installed at Hampton Court Palace in London.

The fully-working replica, just like those used by Henry VIII, will run with wine at weekends and bank holidays for visitors to raise a glass.

It was built after the remains of a similar 16th century fountain were discovered during an archaeological dig at the palace a couple of years ago.

The wine fountain measures 14ft tall and is made from timber, lead, bronze and gold leaf.

Historians say that in the 16th century it would have been common for wine to run through public fountains during festivals… and we think we have a binge drinking problem now. 

275x250.jpg A specially designed lawnmower which it is hoped will set a new world land speed record of over 100mph, has been revealed in Wales.

The 'Project Runningblade' was shown off at Pendine sands where it will return next month in a bid to break the world record.

Driver Don Wales - grandfather Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the world land speed record at the seven-mile long beach in 1924- says he not only wants the beat the current 80.792mph record - set by American Bob Cleveland in 2006 - but he wants to do more than 100mph.

To qualify for the record the vehicle must be used to cut grass on the same day as completing the timed runs and be be fundamentally built from lawnmower components.

A space balloon which was due to be launched by NASA - carrying a £4m telescope - has crashed into a car during take off.

The balloon was being launched in Alice Springs, Australia, when a gust of wind caught it carrying it away from the launch area.

As this happened, the football pitch-sized balloon dragged its cargo of scientific equipment - including the rare £4m gamma ray telescope - towards the cars of spectators.

It then smashed into the cars, flipping one over and causing serious damage to another -- not quite the smooth float to 40km high NASA boffins had expected.

A spokesperson for NASA said the event was "very disappointing" -- If we had just ruined a £4m telescope and the work of dozens of scientists, we might have gone for a word a little stronger than "disappointing."

275x250.jpgKim Taylor suffers from a bizarre allergy which has left her living in the stone age -- because she is severely allergic to metal.

The 48-year-old housewife is so allergic to nickel that even the slightest contact can leave her skin covered in a red itchy rash and painful blisters.

And because nickel is used as an alloy in numerous metallic items, it means there is little Kim can touch without suffering a reaction.

She has now even resorted to covering things like her glasses, zips and buttons in nail varnish so her skin doesn't come into contact with the metal.

The condition means Kim cannot touch hundreds of everyday items like keys, coins, zips and saucepans… No, don't try claiming you've got it just to get our of the washing up.

275x250.jpgOne in four UK workers plans to pull a sickie to watch World Cup games this summer, it has been found.

And depending on how Rooney and co do, just over nine of us plan to skive for an average of 3.5 days.

That means between them footy fans will submit 31,850,000 excuses as they phone or text their boss and fake illness.
But the bad news for bosses is that it doesn't end there, 4-in-10 supporters plan on checking scores from behind their desk at work, for over 20 minutes a day.

The most common excuses will be a dodgy stomach (28%), feeling sick (23%), and a headache (20%)… which you could actually have after celebrating a win.

A snooker MC was left red-faced after giving Steve Davis a huge build-up before a match… and then calling him Dennis Taylor.

Rob Walker made the gaffe as he was introducing the six-time world champion to the crowd at the Crucible ahead of his match with Neil Robertson.

"He was the ultimate king of the 80s with six world titles. Still a force to be reckoned with now in his 50s…" said Walker over the loud speaker.

Then he added: "Ladies and gentlemen, he's a legend… he's Dennis Taylor" -- much to the amusement of the snooker crowd.

After Walker corrected himself Davis came out to find the embarrassed MC had gone the same shade as the red balls.

275x250.jpg A massive crab with a 60-centimetre claw span has been accidentally caught by lobster fishermen in Cornwall.

The colossal crustacean - one of the biggest crabs ever caught off Britain - was picked up in a lobster pot five miles south east of Falmouth.

Skipper Ned Bailey says he could not believe his eyes when he first saw the giant crab. But rather than tucking into the edible crab he contacted the local Blue Reef aquarium.

Once there, the crab, nicknamed Titan, was weighted at 3.5 kgs (8 lbs) and inspected by experts who marvelled has his fist-sized claws. And when we say 'marvelled' we obviously don't mean 'started mentally calculating how many people Titan could feed'.

275x250.jpgHoliday-makers jetting off with airline Flybe can now take out insurance to cover them in the event of more volcanic ash incidents.

The firm has just launched a £6.99 insurance policy which promises to pay out if flights are cancelled or delayed for over 24 hours due to volcanic ash.

As part of the offer - which runs to 30th October - anyone left stranded abroad could claim up to £1.050 in reasonable expenses.

Those not able to get on their holiday could also claim up to £2,000 for any holiday costs they have already paid.

It's hoped the odd policy - thought to be a world first - will stop tourists from blowing their top if a volcano does the same.

275x250.jpg Betting firm Paddy Power have spent £10,000 sponsoring the confession box in a Roman Catholic church.

Bosses at the bookmaker say they made the odd move after they were contacted by fundraisers for a church in the racing town of Newmarket late last year.

Officials from Our Lady & St Etheldreda church had asked if the firm would be interested in sponsoring an event to help pay for a new confession box.

A representative from Paddy Power half-jokingly asked if they paid for the confession box could they put their name on it… they were shocked when the priest say yes.

275x250.jpgA company has launched a range of bejewelled butt crack shields which are designed to be worn at the rear of low-riding jeans.

Makers say the Backtacular Gluteal Cleft Shield can solve the problem of unsightly bum cracks appearing over the top of jeans.

The odd product is applied to the skin in a bid to protect the modesty of the wearer, in the event their jeans slip down and their t-shirt ride up.

Each £8 patch features a rhinestone decoration ranging from a butterfly to a heart and inventor Kimberly Brewer say they can give you the confidence to wear the "lowest of the low rise jeans."

However, you could just buy a pair of better fitting jeans and a belt.

275x250.jpg Customs officials in the US have used a steamroller to destroy around 7,000 fake Rolex watches -- as a warning to other counterfeiters.

The faux Rolex - which would have been worth millions if real - were seized as part of a counterfeit goods investigation which saw Binh Cam Tran sentenced to six years in federal prison for creating the fakes.

It's thought he fabricated hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Rolex watches in a Philadelphia factory, a crime which also saw him ordered to repay $2,273,000 to the Rolex Co.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials looked on as the timepieces were yesterday crushed… and could't help looking at their wrists to check their watches hadn't fallen off. 

A fight has broken out in the Ukraine parliament during which food was thrown, a smoke bomb was let off... and the speaker of the house hid under an umbrella.

Politicians were meant to be meeting to ratify a treaty with Russia about it being allowed to keep a navy presence int the Crimean peninsula until 2042.

But heated discussion soon boiled over into violence as politicians against the deal started throwing eggs and tomatoes at opposition.

A smoke bomb was then let off and fists started to fly as speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn hid under an umbrella.

The new treaty was eventually ratified by a margin of 10 votes… like you care, it's nowhere near as interesting as the scuffle is it? 

275x250.jpgOne of the oldest whisky brands in the world has been given a Status Quo inspired rebrand after Francis Rossi invested in it.

Glen Rossie, which dates back to 1814, will now come in bottles featuring a plectrum-inspired label and logo in homage to its new guitar-playing Chairman.

The rocker says he first heard of the brand ten-years-ago when he was on tour and a caterer commented on how it was similar to his surname.

After that he always had a bottle on the tour bus whenever Status Quo were playing and has now jumped at the chance to invest in the tipple.

It certainly make a change for rock music to inspire alcohol, it's normally the other way around.

275x250.jpgA frustrated zoo keeper at a UK safari park was given unusual assistance when his jeep broke down… an elephant gave him a push start

Lawrence Bates was all set to call for assistance to the animal reserve when his jeep broke down, until Five the elephant decided to give him a helping (hand) trunk.

The keeper couldn't believe his eyes as the 18-year-old d African Elephant run behind the jeep and started pushing.

In a matter of seconds the trusty nelly had pushed the car out of trouble and out of the enclosure… and given the AA an idea about replacement staff.

275x250.jpgThey were once found in every office drawer, but since the introduction of CDs, DVDs and USB flash drives, the floppy disk has become a thing of the past.

Today Sony have officially announced the death of the 3.5-inch floppy disk by saying they will cease production of them in March 2011 - the firm currently accounts for the productions of 70 percent of all floppy disks.

Sony first launched the disks in 1981 and once sold over 47 million of them per year in Japan alone, but now sales are at an all time low as users find alternatives to physical media.

Each 3.5-inch floppy disk held just 1.4MB - now too small for an individual image from most digital cameras or an single MP3 downloaded from iTunes.

Upon hearing the odd news that the floppy was dead, most office workers said: "What, really? I thought those things died out years ago."

A group of MS sufferers have set up a formation display team to rival the Red Arrows... using mobility scooters.

The Red Wheelies drive their low-speed scooters in formation in much the same way as Red Arrows pilots fly their plane - pulling off stunts as they go.

And while not as quick or daring as their aeronautical role models, the sight of the red-jacketed team scootering around a car park is surprisingly entertaining.

The team was devised by Jackie Weeden as a way to help raise awareness of (and money for) multiple sclerosis and each of the drivers suffers from MS.

While the performances are already quite something to watch we can't wait until they've worked out how to get coloured smoke flowing from the back of each scooter.

275x250.jpgPolice once believed the existence of the Loch Ness monster was "beyond doubt" and even tried to protect Nessie from hunters with harpoons.

Documents released by the National Archives of Scotland reveal that 70-years-ago top Scottish cops wanted government power to protect Nessie.

The files show how ministers and civil servants in the 1930s considered proving the existence of the Loch Ness monster by conducting aerial photography and then trying to trap it.

And in a letter dated 1938, William Fraser, the Chief Constable of Inverness, said: "That there is some strange creature in Loch Ness seems now beyond doubt, but that the police have any power to protect it is very doubtful."

He went on to say that increased numbers of monster hunters were arriving at the Loch, some were even armed with specially made harpoon guns -- he didn't mention their vivid imaginations.

275x250.jpgA tiny horse which measures only 35cm tall is thought to be a record breaker, as the worlds smallest foal.

Little Einstein - a pinto stallion - was born last week weighing just 2.7kg at a farm in Barnstead, New Hampshire in the US.

Breeder Judy Smith of the Tiz A Miniature Horse Farm says he was so small staff that worried staff stayed with him for four hours after his birth and wrapped him in a dog blanket to keep warm.

However their fears were unfounded and the pint-sized foal now appears fit and healthy as he enjoys running around in the fields.

Judy added that unlike many miniature horses Einstein does not suffer from a form of dwarfism, he is just really, really small. And really, really cute.

275x250.jpgA diving dare-devil has set a new world record by plunging to a depth of 95m without using fins.

Freediver William Trubridge made the record attempt as part of the Vertical Blue free immersion competition at Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas.

The 95m dive breaks the previous record of 92m… which was set just last week.. also by Trubridge.

While people have gone deeper, this is a record because the diver did not use an air supply or wear fins to propel himself down faster during the four minute bid.

Holding his breath Trubridge wore a specially designed silicon-coated wetsuit while swimming a unique form of breast stroke -- unique in that not many strokes go downwards.

275x250.jpg Thousands of women from around the world have flashed the flesh today, to prove boobs don't cause earthquakes -- and a 6.5-magnitude quake has hit Taiwan.

The cleavage-baring outfits were meant to prove to Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, he was wrong when saying women who wear revealing clothes spread adultery… increasing earthquakes.

But shortly after Boobquake began, there was a 6.5-magnitude quake in Taiwan - causing building to sway for 20 seconds.

However, Boobquake organiser Jen McCreight, 22 said the quake did not prove Sedighi right: "If we get many of a similar magnitude in the next 24 hours, then we might start worshipping the power of immodesty" she said.

275x250.jpgFormula 1 ace Fernando Alonso has had his thumbs insured for £9 million as part of a accident package by a Ferrari sponsor.

Bank Santander took out the policy which would pay out if anything happened to the driver's digits meaning he could not race.

A spokesperson for the bank said:  "Alonso's thumbs are a symbol, as well as being essential in Driving a Formula 1 car, are a sign of victory and that everything is under control."

The announcement that each thumb is insured for £4.5m took place in Madrid  ahead of next week's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

Alonso will now also be sponsored by Santander's insurance branch… and will soon get bored of giving people a thumbs-up.

Sumo wrestlers in Japan have gathered at a temple in Tokyo to take part in the Naki Sumo baby crying contest.

The event - which dates back 400 years - sees amateur wrestlers battle it out by trying to make a baby cry for longer and harder than their opposition.

Each match is judged by a referee who monitors the wail of the babies which are held above the wrestlers heads. The baby which cries most is the winner.

This year 80 babies were taken to Sensoji Temple to take part in the odd event which is said to keep children in good health.

Wow, and there was us thinking that Sumo wrestling was an odd enough sport as it was.

275x250.jpgAt just 3ft 1ins tall, Amanda Moore, Britain's smallest mum, must have known it would not be long before her son was taller than her.

But after the rare bone disease which limited her height, also left her unable to stand, 14-month-old Aidan already is.

The 2ft 6ins tot towers above his 25-year-old mom when they are playing together - and she says his size can make him quite a handful.

It's now thought not-so-little Aidan - who did not inherit the disease - could end up closer to his Dad Steven's lanky 6ft 1ins.

Amanda says they are now looking at how she will cope moving him around the house when Steven is at work… she added that he will never be too big for a telling off from his mum."

275x250.jpgProfessor Stephen Hawking claims that while aliens are mathematically very likely to exist we shouldn't try to contact them.

In an upcoming documentary, the brainy boffin even goes as far as to suggest that we should hope they don't notice us.

68-year-old Hawking argues that by looking at ourselves we should be able to see how  intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet.

The former Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge suggests aliens might be looking to conquer and colonise planet or strip them of resources.

"I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their planet," said the eminent theorist… who has watched Independence Day too many times.

275x250.jpgA pirate going by the name of Mad Cap'n Tom is running as an independent candidate for Cities of London and Westminster in the upcoming General Election.

His policies include that all rum should be made tax free and instead a 50 per cent levy on all Cheryl Coles downloads, also all British school children should be taught gunnery and swordsmanship.

Mad Cap'n Tom - other wise known as Tom Scott, a freelance web and video designer - says he embarked on the road to parliament after losing a bet.

And while he knows there is only a (very) slim chance of winning the strong Tory seat, he hopes to his £500 deposit back and give voters something to smile about.

Mad Cap'n Tom say he will run under one of the more interesting campaign slogans, "He has polices, he has experience, he has a duck on his head"… a line peg-leg Clegg rejected.

275x250.jpg The world's first push-up bra has been discovered in storage at a museum in London.

Bosses at the Science Museum say this 200-year-old lingerie is the first known example of what would one day become the WonderBra.

The lacy creation dates back to the early 1800s and even features special pads designed to give the added appearance of "Hello Boys" cleavage.

While the aged bra might not meet modern design standards, most men still wouldn't mind seeing Eva Herzigova in it.

A hero dog helped guide lost emergency service officers to a fire after his owner told him to "Go get help".

Buddy, a German shepherd, ran from a burning building in Alsaka until he found officers who had been called out and were looking for the fire.

Officers say they'd been struggling to find the exact location because their GPS was playing up, but when they saw Buddy they decided to follow him.

Footage from their vehicle shows Buddy leading the officers to the house where his owner, Ben Heinrichs, had accidentally started the blaze while working on a car.

Alaska State Troopers say that Buddy's actions mean they were able to stop the fire spreading from a workshop to the family home… and that they were always fans of Lassie.

275x250.jpgA model who studied astrophysics at university has just scooped a £1,000,000 prize in a European poker tournament.

Liv Boeree, 25, beat off competition from over 1,000 other players in the European Poker Tour which culminated in the San Remo event in Italy.

Boeree, who has been playing poker for four years, took top slot by beating 22-year-old Swedish pro Jakob Carlsson with a  pair of fives to his ace high and a six.

In addition to the £1m Boeree also won a seat at the EPT Grand Final which kicks off in Monte Carlo on Sunday -- where she could pocket a further £2m.

Before you ask, no, you would not be the first person to try to pull the former TV presenter with a dodgy joke about having a "nice pair".

275x250.jpg A wildlife photographer has produced a stunning set of close ups of some of Africa's most dangerous animals, by using a remote-control camera.

Brothers William and Matthew Burrard-Lucas came up with the odd looking device to enable them to take photos of animals while sensibly keeping at a safe distance.

Their Beetlecam creation is essentially a digital SLR camera and two flash guns mounted onto a remote-control car - but it has taken images the BBC Wildlife department would be proud of.

Beetlecam was recently tested in Tanzania's Katavi National Park for two weeks where it was all going well… until they got a bit too close to a lion which predictably mauled it.

A baseball player has become a web sensation after footage of him dramatically diving over a catcher to score was uploaded to YouTube.

Brian Kownacki of Fordham University was running towards the home plate in the clash with Iona College when it looked certain he would be caught out.

But a charging Kownacki dramatically leaped into the air and dived over the waiting catcher landing with a handstand on home plate.

Fordham overcame an early 9-1 deficit en route to a 12-9 win, but to be honest all anyone was talking about was the leaping player and not the final score.

Over excited commentators called the play "unbelievable" -- we think it's unbelievable it took baseball so long to be interesting.

275x250.jpgThe average parent shells out more than £10,000 on toys and gadgets for their children, it has been found.

Gifts for Christmas, birthdays and Easter up until the age of five sets back mum and dad around £480-a-year.

Rewarding sporting and educational achievements on top of the usual landmarks then adds another £98.90 per year until the age of 18.

That means the average parent spends a staggering £10,021.72 on games, toys and gadgets.

A third of mums and dads say they buy the toys so their kids can fit in with their mates -- they fact they get to play on the Wii when the little ones have gone to bed can't hurt either.

A woman who was responsible for one of the worst ever attempts at parking a car has been fined $500.

Tripta Kaushal was caught on camera as she tried to park her BMW X5 in the car park of a gym in Thornhill, Canada.

As the 62-year-old tried to move into a space, she lunged forward, jumping her car onto the bonnet (and to be honest, roof) of two other vehicles.

She then fled the scene and was only identified after CCTV footage was reviewed by cops, who presumably took some time to stop laughing.

Kaushal appeared at Ontario Court of Justice for failing to report the incident and was fined the $500 -- meaning we get to laugh at this clip again.

275x250.jpg A rare species of deep-sea crab - normally found at depths of up to three kilometres - has been accidentally caught by Cornish fisherman.
The giant box crab was netted 80 miles west of The Scillies at a depth of just 60 fathoms (110 metres) by the boat Harvest Reaper while fishing for turbot.
As Britain’s largest crab species, the giant box crabs are said to reach lengths of up to two metres - though this one is just 1m (3ft 3in) - but because they normally live so deep not much is known about them.
It's thought giant box crabs are scavengers which live mainly off dead fish they find on the seabed… it's not known what they taste like. Yet.

275x250.jpgNASA have revealed a stunning set of photographs and videos of the sun showing its solar activity in more detail than ever seen before.

The images were taken from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) - a spacecraft specifically designed to study the sun.

Some show detail of material streaming outward and away from sunspots, while others revel extreme close-ups of activity on the sun’s surface.

NASA say it is important to remember that these solar activities directly affect everything on Earth and that each solar flare can explode with the energy of 100 megaton hydrogen bombs

SDO will take high-resolution measurements of solar flares and when NASA say high-res they mean it -- each day it will send 1.5 terabytes of data, that's the same as 500,000 songs on an iPod.

275x250.jpgThousands of women will show as much cleavage as possible on Monday - in a bid to prove to an Iranian cleric that boobs don't cause earthquakes.

The chest-baring Boobquake event was planned by a US student after a comment from Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi.

The Iranian cleric claimed that women who wear revealing clothes corrupt men and spread adultery… which somehow apparently increases earthquakes.

In reaction, Jennifer McCreight (a D-cup) started organising Boobquake to "test the cleric's claim scientifically" -- by getting a mass of women to flash the flesh.

Already over 30,000 women have signed up to take part and on Monday 26th April will wearing the most revealing outfit they have. On behalf of men everywhere we would like to say thanks to Jennifer.

275x250.jpgThe pub favourite of steak and chips has been named as the greatest pub grub meal of all time.

The classic British staple topped a poll of over 3,000 UK diners, followed by roast beef with all the trimmings.

Fish and chips came third followed by a cheeseburger and chips and then lasagne - other popular pub meals included bangers and mash and chilli con carne.

Researchers also found a third of Brits said classic home-cooked meals were their favourite type and three quarters felt nostalgic about the food they had as a child.

Four in ten even admitted asking their mom to make their favourite childhood meal whenever they go to see them... and then regretting it when they tasted it.

275x250.jpgA trio of wooly pigs which look more like sheep have arrived at a UK zoo in a bid to save the rare breed from extinction.

The three Mangalitza pigs - which are native to Hungary - have been taken to the Essex zoo as part of a breeding programme.

They're said to be similar to the Lincolnshire curly coat breed which died out in Britain 40 years ago and now face the same fate themselves.

But things are already looking up, staff at Tropical Wings Zoo say one of the females, Portia (black back) is pregnant from Buddy (blonde).

Many visitors see the pigs from the back and think they are sheep - it's only when they turn around it becomes apparent they are pigs… and then they start thinking of a bacon sarnie.

275x250.jpg An artist is currently installing a series of posters in the New York subway, in a bid to improve people's behaviour.

Jayshells surveyed over 100 people about their pet-peeves when traveling on the NYC subway before narrowing them down to a top 10 list.

He then produced posters - on the topics which range from seating priority to noise pollution - telling people how he thinks they should act.

It is hoped the official-looking signs will make people question how they act on public transport -- but in odd news there isn't one about putting up your own posters.

Conservative leader David Cameron has been hit by an egg hurled at him during a visit to a college in Cornwall.

Cameron has just finished talking to students at Cornwall College and was leaving the building when a youth in a grey hoodie threw the egg.

It hit the Tory leader on the shoulder and could clearly be seen dripping down his back after the attack -- though aides said a security officer had also been hit.

Police arrested the 16-year-old but released him after establishing he didn't have any more eggs.

Cameron was later seen wearing a fresh shirt as he toured Torquay and 'yolked' that the egging had been the "first of the campaign".

275x250.jpgResearchers have found that New Caledonian crows are capable of using three tools in succession in order to reach food.

Boffins from the University of Auckland set up a test to demonstrate the tool-using prowess of crows which has been seen in the wild.

In their experiment birds had to work out how to access food they could not initially reach.

This had to be done by first releasing a short string which was attached to a perch, and using this to reach a longer stick from behind bars.

The longer stick was then used to retrieve a scrap of food from within a perspex box… the scientists are now hoping the birds will write up the experiment themselves.

275x250.jpg A tourist attraction where thrill-seekers jump off the top of a 855ft tall building has opened in the US.

During the SkyJump decelerator ride in in Las Vegas, jumpers fall at 40mph from the 108th floor of the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino Tower held only by a thin cable.

A specially designed machine then controls the pace of the fall and guide wires keep riders - who each pay $99 - from straying off course.

Bosses say the attraction is said to offer stunning views during the 15 second fall… if you can bare to keep your eyes open.

A jeweller fought off a pair of would-be robbers who stormed into his store armed with an axe and a sword.

John Bradley somehow managed to defeat the men and even grabbed one of their weapons before chasing them out into the street.

The pair had entered the store in West Yorkshire and demanded John handed over some of £200,000 worth of jewellery he had in stock.

But it was not their lucky day, John charged at the raiders and pushed them to the floor. He even managed to wrestle the Samurai sword from one before forcing them to flee empty-handed..

And John became our hero of the day when he said of the incident that he was only too happy to give them "a bit of a hiding".

275x250.jpgContestants with bloodshot eyes and slobber dribbling down their chin may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a beauty pageant.

But it is these features which helped 'Meatball' win the 31st annual Drake Relays Beautiful Bulldog contest in the US.

Meatball will now become the official mascot of the 2010 Drake Relays team after beating off over 50 other mutts who came from all across the US.

As part of the win he received a key to the city along with a royal cape and crown. He will also be invited to make various public appearances throughout the year.

Organisers say Meatball won because they were impressed with one-year-old's  wrinkled face and pot belly -- if only they could see me.

275x250.jpg An artist has created a micro sculpture of the World Cup trophy using a tiny speck of gold.

Willard Wigan, 44, spent three weeks working on the 1.5mm bit of 24 carat gold, using a tiny diamond chisel to cut it into the shape of the famous trophy.

The result is a stunning work of art so small it can stand on the end of a nail and a microscope is needed to see it in full detail.

Previous Willard Wigan micro sculptures have sold for £100,000, but some have ended up lost -- he dropped three of the tiny World Cup sculptures before completing this one.

275x250.jpgThe average British adult doesn't go to bed until 11.41pm on week nights, it has been found.

A survey of over 3,000 people discovered that over the past three years the time we go to bed has been put back 54 minutes.

Hectic work schedules, busy lifestyles and money worries are said to be the main reason for the increasingly-late bed time.
It was also found that nearly half of people are still up at midnight and one in ten are still awake at 1am.

More than half of people (55 per cent) said they end up falling asleep on the sofa at least twice-a-week… and not just because they are in trouble with the missus.

275x250.jpg This may look like any other fried breakfast -- but it's actually an uber-healthy alternative with 70 percent less fat.

The good for you fry-up is currently being served at a London cafe which has been dubbed the healthiest café in the UK.

Cooks at the Greaseless Spoon Cafe use normal ingredients, including bacon, sausage and egg, chips, beans, mushroom and tomatoes, but cook them in a unique way.

This is said to result in each breakfast having 30g less fat and 300 less calories than the same meal elsewhere… meaning you can ask them to add an extra sausage without feeling guilty.

275x250.jpgEngland has been named as the least patriotic nation in Europe, with many people scared to fly the St. George's cross.

A survey quizzed almost 6,000 residents across Europe about their feelings towards their respective country.

Various rating of patriotism where then compared, including things like knowledge of the national day, patron saints and pride in the national flag.

It was found that English had the lowest score for patriotism with just 5.8 out of 10, while Scots came in at 7.1, the Welsh at 7.06 and the Irish at 6.72.

Over all the Dutch emerged as the most patriotic European country at 7.18… but then again, if we had cannabis-serving cafes we might be proud too.

A sporting mascot has learnt that for all his rallying of supporters, it's still coming a cropper which gets the biggest cheer.

Wolfie, mascot for the University of Nevada, had been doing his thing on top of the dugout at a recent baseball game against the Reno Aces.

Trying to upstage the rival mascot he decided to break out some special moves and slide into a Moonwalk.

But as soon as he did, he ran out of space and found himself falling 8ft onto the floor just in front of the athletes - much to the joy of fans and rival mascot Archie the friendly red blob.

In fact after looking down to check Wolfie was okay, Archie then tried to get supporters to cheer the fall… and that's the cut-throat business of sporting mascots.

275x250.jpgThe average mum spends five months of her life 'doing the laundry', it has been found.

A recent study discovered it takes the typical mother 26 minutes to go through arduous pre and post-wash tasks every time she turns on the machine.

With most mums ploughing through six loads of washing a week that means two hours and 36 minutes are spent on the laundry.

But on top of that, mothers spend 55 minutes a week ironing clothes. Bringing the total to 183 hours a year.

This means that before their child turns 18 they spend nearly five months sorting out the washing… and that's before you factor in the husband.

275x250.jpgA vintage Dom Pérignon has broken the record for the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at a British bar - for £35,000.

The methuselah of 1996 Rosé Gold, was sold at a top London hotel to a man believed to be a Russian billionaire.

Irrespective of his nationality the buyer certainly has a fiar bit of cash, he left an £10,625 tip on top of the £4,375 service charge.

But while that should have worked out to £1,562.50 per glass, it didn't.

That's because the rich but butter-fingered buyer spilled THREE glasses less than a minute after buying the bottle.

275x250.jpg Most people have looked for themselves on Google Street View, but few find themselves as many times as Wendy Southgate -- she appears a whopping 43 times.

Wendy was repeatedly snapped by the Google car as she walked her dog Trixie near her home in Elmswell, Suffolk.

The 52-year-old says she didn't know what the Google car was, and that it was only when her husband looked on Google Street View that she realised.

Husband Terry had been looking for himself on Goole when he spotted his wife, and then saw her again, and again, and again. 

275x250.jpgA publisher has pulped the entire print-run of a cookbook after a misprint called for 'salt and black people' to be added to a dish.

Penguin say the Pasta Bible recipe for 'spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto' was meant to use salt and pepper.

But an unfortunate error during the editing process somehow saw the word 'pepper' switched with 'people' - an error which was quickly spotted by readers.

As a result 7,000 copies have been destroyed and Pasta Bible will be re-released later this year when a revised edition is printed.

A spokesperson for Penguin said anyone who has an original copy of the book can exchange it for a revised edition -- and they should not attempt to cook the dish.

275x250.jpgA library has revealed that George Washington, the first president of the United States of America, was a common library cheat.

He borrowed two books from them back in 1789, but never returned them - meaning that to date he would have racked up a $300,000 (£195,000) fine.
Staff at the New York Society Library say they will not chase the fine, but they'd like the books back, if anyone finds them at The White House.

Washington 'borrowed' the books - "Law of Nations," a dissertation on international relations, and a volume of debate transcripts from the UK House of Commons - out on 5 October 1789. They were use back a month later.

Lending records show he didn't book them out properly either, rather than signing his name an aide simply wrote "President" ... We bet staff had to keep telling hims to be quiet too.

275x250.jpgAn eco-friendly hotel in Copenhagen has launched an offer where guests who produce electricity for them get a free meal in their restaurant.

The Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers has installed exercise bikes attached to a generator and anyone who pedals for long enough gets the reward.

Guests are being challenged to each produce 10 watt hours of electricity - which is about 15 minutes of hard pedalling.

The hotel also has the largest solar panel park in Northern Europe to be integrated into a building, covering all the hotel’s sunny facades.

Let's just hope Lance Armstrong doesn't stop by… he could probably bankrupt them in an afternoon.

275x250.jpgArtist Malcolm West uses Jelly Bean sweets to create stunning mosaics which critics are just to their taste.

Each portrait uses thousands of the little sweets which carefully sorted by colour before being glued into place.

Malcolm say each of his portraits - which include The Queen, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis - can take a week of eight hour days to complete.

That's because he even goes to the effort of making sure that Jelly Belly logo is facing out from the canvas on every single bean.

He's been producing the Jelly Bean art for over 10 years… a fact his dentist can attest to.

275x250.jpgA large meteor lit up the sky over the American midwest as it streaked across the sky turning into a massive fireball.

Residents across three US states say they heard a series of "explosions" just before the meteor lit up the sky, for a split second turning night into day.

Trees and houses are said to have rattled and the ground shook as the meteor passed overhead just after 10pm at night.

A camera on the roof of the University of Wisconsin caught images of the dazzling flash of light filling the sky.

Many panicked people even called 911 to report the incident which was also captured on a police car dash cam -- disapointingly we can't heae the cops reaction. 

275x250.jpgResearchers have discovered a new species of leech which has giant teeth -- after it was plucked from the nose of a young girl.

Measuring two inches long, the blood-sucking leech - dubbed the world's smallest T Rex - lives in remote parts of the Upper Amazon.

It was first discovered three years ago when one was pulled from the nose of a girl who had been bathing in a river.

When scientists examined the critter, they realised it was unique in that it had a single jaw with eight very large teeth and the sample was sent to the American Museum of Natural History.

Thanks to the enormous teeth it was named Tyrannobdella rex (tyrant leech king). However, researchers also noted it had "extremely small genitalia" -- which is probably why it's not named after one of them.

275x250.jpg Ever wondered what your car would look like with facial hair? No, neither have we… until now

A San Francisco based company has started selling a range of 'carstaches' - moustaches which are designed to attach to the front of cars.

The 3ft long furry 'carstaches' currently sell online for around £30 each and attach to the grille of cars with a series of rubber coated wires.

Makers say almost any car can be improved with a brightly coloured tache… even if they do then look like they've come from the 70s.

A man who gave a bizarre impression of a barking dog during a recent news interview - has become an online sensation.

The clip of Ray Graham, 57, being interviewed about dogs terrorising a street in Sydney became an instant hit online after it was aired on Channel Nine.

After outlining his concerns about the animals, he gave an impression of a vicious dog -- much to the apparent disgust of his wife.

The impression earned him the name 'psycho dog man' on YouTube and a Facebook fan page was set up in his honour which has over 6,000 fans.

As if the original clip was not good enough it has now been remixed with the song "Who let the dogs out?" -- Check it out after the link.

275x250.jpg A team of Arctic researchers were left shocked when they woke up to find a giant ice crack had opened up under their tent.

The three researchers were part of an Arctic surveying expedition which is conducted annually and had set up their camp on an ice pan.

But as they were resting, they heard a huge crack and felt the tent move, when they saw what had happened they realised they were lucky to be alive.

A large crack 30cm wide had opened up under the tent, much more and it would have plunged them into the ice cold waters… that would certainly have woken them up quickly.

275x250.jpgA young chick and a 36-year-old tortoise had forged an unlikely friendship at a farm in Devon.

Staff say Samantha the tortoise and Bonnie, a week-old chick, have become inseparable since using the same heat lamp to keep warm at night.

Now the pair stay together during the day and the little chick can often be seen riding around on the back of Samantha's shell as she slowly moves around at Pennywell farm.

A spokesperson for the petting farm attraction said they'd been using the same heat lamps for the newly hatched chick and the tortoises as they came out of hibernation.

But even they were surprised by the odd news that the pair had become pals… let's just hope Bonnie is not trying to hatch Samantha's shell.

275x250.jpgSports firm Puma have announced they are to ditch the traditional show box and start selling trainers in eco-friendly bags.

They claim the new design bags - which took almost two years to develop - use 65 percent less paper than boxes.

The distinctive packaging, dubbed Clever Little Bag, is made of sustainable cotton from Africa and recycled polyester. It's due to be used from next year.

Bosses at Puma claim the move will reduce the amount of paper used by the firm by a massive 8,500 tonnes each year and save 20 million megajoules of electricity.

However, it's not thought the new packaging will be anywhere near as good for storing random things in the bottom of you cupboards

275x250.jpg A bizarre service has launched in Switzerland where people can hire an 'Evil Clown' to stalk (and presumably terrify) their friends and family.

Dominic Deville says his Evil Clown service has been extremely popular as a birthday 'treat' since he launched it late last year.

For £400 (an ominous 666 Swiss francs) one of his terrifying-looking clowns will follow their victim for a week playing tricks on them.

Pranks include late night phone calls, leaving 'odd items' in your letterbox and generally lurking around where-ever you go… Personally I would head for the nearest circus.

275x250.jpgOne in five women believe there is no such thing as a true 'gentleman' any more, a study has revealed.

Research found many women claim the days of men holding doors open, paying the bill and offering their coat are long gone.

Instead, they say they are now being left to fend for themselves - especially when it comes to their boyfriend or husband.

Only one in ten said their partner regularly opens a car door for them and more than half said they were often left to carry heavy shopping bags.

In odd news, most of the men surveyed dismissed the claim… and asked the female researcher to go and make them a cup of tea. 

275x250.jpg A car-nut has spent over £8,000 fixing up an £800 Austin Allegro -- a car once voted the worst British motor ever made.

Isobel Billingsley, 43, has dedicated her last 13 years to restoring the car which she says she first fell in love with when she was 17-years-old.

She picked up her lime green Series 1 Allegro, with 58,736 on the clock, in 1997 for £800, before embarking on the monstrous project.

To restore the car to its former 'glory' Isobel sourced original parts from across the country... she didn't use this to drive around and collect the parts.

275x250.jpgA dopey deer which got trapped on a cliff and then jumped into the sea, had to be rescued by a lifeboat crew.

The terrified animal had become stranded at the base of Durlston Head, Dorset when Swanage RNLI were called out to try and recover it.

However before they could reach it, the deer panicked and dived head-first into the surf.

As the waves bashed the rocks, the lifeboat crew got closer and were able to drag the deer to the safety of the D class inshore lifeboat.

The RSPCA were called in and said that other than being shocked the deer was in good shape, it will now be released on the beach in Durlston Bay… like it will want to go surfing now.

Previously unseen BBC memos have revealed the regeneration between actors in Doctor Who were based on bad LSD trips.

An internal memo from 1966 - revealed now by the BBC Archive - shows that producers felt the regeneration should be a "horrifying experience".

In the document which revealed the manner and appearance of the second Doctor Who, they went on to describe the metaphysical change which he would experience.

Describing the regeneration from William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton, they said: "He re-lives some of the most unendurable moments of his long life, including the galactic war.

"It is as if he had had the LSD drug and instead of experiencing the kicks, he has the hell and dank horror which can be its effect." -- this could also explain how they came up with some of the show's aliens.

275x250.jpgA company is looking to employ someone who is capable of sleeping on the job -- for £600 a week.

Halfords are planning to recruit a 'sleeping bag tester' to snooze in a variety of products and report back about how good they are.

A job advert placed in a West Midlands newspaper states that would-be testers much be willing to sleep under canvas and normally be a good sleeper.

The successful applicant will get £10 per hour with a minimum of £600 for a 5-day sleep-in and bosses say it would suit someone interested in the factors that contribute to a good nights sleep.

We are tempted to apply, if only so we get the chance to phone the boss at 9.15 and tell him we overslept.. for him to say well done.

275x250.jpgAs fan items go it's about as odd as it gets -- but a chest X-ray of Marilyn Monroe is set to sell at a Hollywood auction.

The image - expected to sell for £800 - was taken in 1952 when Monroe attended a Florida hospital to be treated for endometriosis.

It clearly shows the ribs and the outline of Some Like It Hot star's breasts and is predicted to be a hotly contested item.

Other Monroe items due to be sold at the Julien's Auctions in June are the couch she had therapy sessions on, clothing and a pair of her vintage wooden skis.

However, it is the boob X-ray which stands out as a unique (if not a little creepy) celebrity fan collectors item.

275x250.jpgThe Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is giving Romeo and Juliet a modern makeover by performing the play on Twitter.

Yesterday they started their 'Such Tweet Sorrow' performance which is based on the classic play.

Over the next five weeks actors will tell the story via updates on the social networking site and by interacting with each other and audience members.

While the actors will stick to the general story, they have been instructed to improvise their text around the backdrop of modern Britain.

Updates so far include "My name is Juliet. I'm 15 and SO proud to be a Capulet! I turn 16 in 12 days and I am sooo excited!"

275x250.jpg More than 500 zombies staggered around Brussels this weekend with blood dripping from their mouths and organs spilling out of their bodies.

But it's okay, there hasn't been an undead uprising in the Belgian capital - the zombies were performers who were helping to promote a film festival.

The 'zombies' had teamed up with professional make-up artists to scare locals and tourists by staging their invasion and marching around the city.

During the hour-long attack the undead swarmed around a dozen designated victims who were coated in faux blood, much to the shock of some passers-by.

An Australian adventurer has set off on a 100 day 'survival' trek into the dangerous outback with no spare clothing or food.

Andrew Ucles says he wants to live off the land for 100 days and he has even told authorities not to rescue him if it all goes wrong.

The 22-year-old adventurer - who goes by the name Snake Hunter - set off on foot from Wollongong and says he is heading to a location in Queensland.

With him, he has just a tent, hunting knife and a kayak. He will survive on what foods he can find in the bush and hopes to raise awareness of conservation and wildlife issues.

In a video he uploaded to YouTube he told authorities not to search for him if he does not return… oh yeah, he also has a video camera with him.

275x250.jpgA football team dubbed Britain's worst are celebrating after notching up 1-1 draw - but the had lost their previous 40 games.

After losing every match since May 2009, AFC Aldermaston, had won the dubious honour of having the worst run in history.

But this weekend they managed to scrape a 1-1 draw against Warminster Town taking their first point of the season.

While this will not stop them getting relegated from the Wessex League Division One - already nine levels below the Premier League - they still celebrated the point.

And why not, during their losing streak they conceded more than 150 goals… we will spare them the embarrassment of telling you how many they scored.

275x250.jpgA council has revealed some of the weird excuses drivers have given to get out of paying motoring fines, including ones featuring a UFO and colour blindness.

Bosses at Southwark Council say they a regularly blown away by the imagination of people contesting they should not be liable for a parking or driving fine.

For example, one man wrote in to say he had been so shocked by seeing a UFO over the road that he had accidentally driven into a bus lane.

Another claimed they were colourblind so when they were caught parking on double yellow lines, they thought they had been green.

It will note come as much of a surprise to find that the bizarre excuses do not generally get people out of paying the fines… but they do cheer up some other-wise glum council workers.

275x250.jpg A sketch which Damien Hirst gave to a taxi driver as a tip for a £20 journey could be worth £5,000, experts believe.

The controversial artist drew the picture (above) for cabbie Jon Horsley during a 30 minute trip from Chelsea Harbour to Mayfair 18 months ago.

Was the pair chatted they discovered they shared interest in comic illustrations and  Hirst began doodling the shark and diamond skull - two of his most famous works.

The drawing is now set to be sold at auction where it could sell for £5,000… meaning Damien Hirst will never have to wait more than 15 seconds for a cab ever again.

275x250.jpgMillions of British families are now more likely to communicate via technology than have a face-to-face conversations, a study has revealed.

Almost a third of people now use mobile phones, email and social networks to talk to loved ones, instead of sitting down to have a conversation.

One in five admitted they only get to know what certain family members are up to because they are able to keep track of them on websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

30 percent of people even think their relatives now know more about their life thanks to social media and digital communication.

And they do… that's why they don't want to meet them face-to-face more often.

275x250.jpg Motocross madman Robbie Maddison has completed a jump over a 278ft wide ravine - during which he was 330ft above the water.

28-year-old Maddison made his jump across the Corinth Canal in Greece yesterday, by driving up a ramp at a speed of 77mph.

This launched his Honda 500 into the air and 85m over the massive drop, he then successfully landed at the other side.

Personally we can't understand why he didn't just use the bridge which can be clearly seen in the photo.

275x250.jpgThe humble packet of crisps has been revealed as the most dangerous food to eat while driving.

A study found that millions of UK motorists have crashed while holding the steering wheel in one hand and a crisp packet in the other.

Unwrapping chocolate bars and trying to open fizzy drinks bottles - which both require two hands - were also high up on the list of accident prompting foods.

10 percent of drivers admitted they have had a crash, or been close to one, while trying to unwrap food or open a drinks bottle in their car.

We dread to think what would happen if someone tried to drive while having a picnic of the top 10 most dangerous driving foods. No, that wasn't a challenge.

275x250.jpgBlokes trying to get their girlfriend's interested in 'The Beautiful Game' in time for the World Cup should look no further than this BARBIE-themed football table.

While many might joke that the likes of Didier 'Barbie-tov' and Francesco 'Totty' may be playing up front - this foosball table is actually a serious work of art.

The pink frilly world of the iconic doll has been fused with the masculine universe of table football by French designer Chloe Ruchon.

Called Barbie-Foot two teams of the popular doll spin their legs at the ball while keeping their fashionable locks in place.

The only thing missing is their arms, which have been replaced by poles, giving the dolls a zombie-like look… at least there will be no calls of handball.

275x250.jpg Solar Impulse, a plane designed to circle the world using just solar-power has completed its first successful test flight -- slowly.

The huge-winged plane slowly climbed up to 1200 meters where it glided for 87 minutes before descending back into Payerne military airfield.

Though it only weighs the same size as a family car, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA has wings the size of 747 planes covered with some 12,000 solar cells.

However the round the would trip bosses have planned for 2012 could take a while… the plane currently has a top speed of just 28mph.

275x250.jpgAmerica isn't exactly known for having healthy fast food - but the latest offering from KFC has even got nutritionists there worried.

The Double Down is a sandwich like no other, because the bap has been replaced with two pieces of deep fried chicken.

KFC say the snack, which goes on sale across the US next week, uses chicken filets in place of bread and is stuffed with cheese, bacon and sauce.

Last year they tested the sandwich in Rhode Island and Nebraska and say it was such a hit they decided to release it nationwide.

There are currently no plans to bring the sandwich to the UK - though that is probably a good thing for our waistlines. 

275x250.jpgA US man spent 58 consecutive hours playing the arcade game classic Asteroids, to beat a 28-year-old high score record.

John McAllister, 41, from Oregon scored a massive 41,338,740 points during the game on a original arcade machine in his mate's basement.

Because the 1979 game can't be paused, John was unable to sleep during the marathon gaming session and even had to build up enough extra lives to allow him to go to the loo.

But after 58 hours he achieved his aim, with tired eyes he beat the previous high score of 41,336,440 which was set back in 1982 by a 15-year-old called Scott Safran.

Luckily the previous record holder is now 37-years-old and probably doesn't care too much about losing his title.

275x250.jpgThe average woman will spend more than EIGHT YEARS of her life shopping, it has been revealed.

Each year women buying household essentials, food and clothes make 301 individual shopping trips - lasting a total of 399 hours and 46 minutes.

That means the typical female shops for a staggering 25,184 hours and 53 mins over a period of 63 years, claims the study of 2,000 women.

It was also found that women dedicate 90 shopping trips a year to keeping up appearances - 30 of which are shopping for clothes, 15 for shoes, 18 for accessories and 27 for toiletries.

This alone takes over 100 hours… though for some women that's just a good weekend.

275x250.jpgAn inquisitive family have uncovered a bizarre church which has been hidden under their Victorian home in Shropshire for 100 years.

The Farla family made the discovery while investigating what was under a metre-long rectangle metal grid in their hallway.

The hole under the grid was just big enough for son Gareth, 20, to squeeze down and see what was under their living room.

And he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the dark chapel complete with a large wooden cross on the floor.

But that was nothing compared the the shock the rest of the family got when he followed a staircase in the chapel and came out of a cupboard in the dining room.

275x250.jpg A surfer who was setting a standup paddle record couldn't believe her eyes when a 30ft whale swam alongside her for two hours.

Jodie Nelson had been making the record breaking 40 mile journey from Catalina Island to the California coastline in a bid to raise money for charity.

During the nine hour journey on her 14ft board she was joined by a 30-foot minke whale which swan with her for around two hours.

Jodie says she gave the whale the name 'Larry' and started talking to him as a way of keeping her sane… said the person talking to a whale.

200x190.jpgWomen believe they are more likely to win on the horses if they gamble on the colour of a jockey's jacket or horses with funny names.

And now researchers have found more than half of housewives who placed a bet simply because of the horse's name, have actually won.

Almost 1-in-5 who have bet based on the jockey's silks, have also ended up winning, and experts even claim a housewives' bet is often better than one placed after studying form.

Other common reasons for women to place a bet include the colour of the horse, random selection and having a tip.

Men were less willing to admit the odd reasons they place bets, though everyone enjoys hearing a commentator shouting the name of an amusingly named horse.

Researchers in the US have developed a high-tech robot which can fold and stack piles of towels.

While that may not sound too impressive, experts say the way the housework bot is able to perceive and manipulate "deformable objects" is a breakthrough.

This means that though most robots can only work with 'known' objects in highly structured settings, this one works out where the towels are and what they are.

It does this by picking up each towel and turning it around, using four cameras it then scans until the objects it finds two adjacent corners.

The robot then it finds a flat surface and starts folding -- now if only it could find my washing machine too.

275x250.jpg It might not be quite as scientific as your average Ipsos Mori poll, but packets of crisps could identify the winner of the UK general election 2010.

To mark the run-up to the election on May 6th, crisp manufacturer Real Crisps are producing political packets in the party colours of red, blue and yellow.

The packs - which feature the faces Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg - will then be given away at shopping centres and train stations around the country.

It's hoped the numbers in which they are picked up will show which party leader is the most popular… and not just that Britain has an obesity problem.

275x250.jpgIt costs more than most cars and won't improve your handicap, but makers of the world's most expensive golf cart expect it to be a hit.

The £35,000 cart features a carbon roof, custom paint jobs and hand-stitched luxury seats which are sure to make you the stand out on the course.

But it doesn't end there, the Garia Soleil de Minuit - which is the same price as a Porsche Boxster - even has a fridge in the dash and a host of other extras.

Makers say the cart will be revealed at the luxuary show 'Top Marques' in Monaco, April 15-18 where it will line up with yachts, planes and supercars.

While the pricey cart is guaranteed to make you the talk of the club house, just don't expect the chatter to be entirely positive.

275x250.jpgThousands of shoppers unknowingly signed their souls over to a computer-game store after failing to read the terms and conditions on their website.

GameStation added the "immortal soul clause" to online purchases earlier this month stating customers granted them the right to claim their soul.

While all shoppers during the test were given a simple tick box option to opt out, very few did this, which would have also rewarded them with a £5 voucher.

The store claims this shows 88 percent of people do not read the terms and conditions of a website before they make a purchase.

Bosses also say they will not be enforcing their rights and will now email customers nullifying any claim on their soul.

275x250.jpgHolidaymakers could soon be able to stock up on traditional comfort foods like Heinz baked beans, tomato ketchup and tomato soup at the airport.

Until now travellers who can't bare to miss out on beans on toast have had to pack the heavy items in their main luggage where airlines have strict weight limits.

But Heinz are currently in talks with World Duty Free to sell its products in airport duty free shop - making them available in departures or arrivals.

The move came after 21 percent of British holiday-makers admitted they missed  traditional comfort foods when faced with more exotic dishes while abroad.

Many even admitted to taking their own sauces on holiday… making the average bottle of tomato ketchup better travelled than owners.

A blind popstar has set a new world record by becoming the world's fastest unaccompanied blind driver.

Metin Senturk from Turkey reached speeds of 180mph in a Ferrari F430 as he raced along runways at Urfa airport in eastern Turkey.

Though he couldn't see where he was going, Senturk was guided by a rally driver in a following car and had to turn, accelerate and brake as instructed.

The drive broke the previous record of 176 mph which had been held by a British bank manager.

Senturk, who has been blind since the age of three, said the record breaking drive felt like "a dance with death"… imagine if he had seen this.

275x250.jpgAlmost a quarter of British men say they would forgive their partner if she was caught cheating on him, it has been revealed.

And the poll of 1,000 people also found one-in-ten men would 'allow' their partner to have a one-night stand with David Beckham, if the opportunity presented itself.

But this may not be a selfless gesture -- 28 percent of men said they would risk their relationship if the chance arose for them to sleep with the person of their dreams.

Women in Britain were also found to be equally forgiving of infidelity, 24 percent said they would not end the relationship if their partner cheated on them.

By this we assume they mean ending the relationship would be far too easy for their man and they can inflict a greater punishment if still dating. 

275x250.jpgMunching easter eggs and other chocolate could be good for your heart and even cut blood pressure, it has been claimed.

A ten year study of almost 20,000 people discovered that those who regularly ate one square of chocolate a day had lower blood pressure.

The team from the German Institute of Human Nutrition, Nuthetal say the chocolate fans also had a 39% lower risk of heart attacks or strokes.

It's thought the flavanols in cocoa mean chocolate can be good for blood pressure and heart health. Since there's more cocoa in dark chocolate, the boffins think this may have a greater effect.

But before you tuck into consecutive eggs, they disappointingly added that it only works if you are eating small amounts of chocolate… but what do they know.

275x250.jpgHot cross buns and chocolate eggs might be more common Easter foods -- but a Indian restaurant is launching a rabbit curry to celebrate the holiday.

Kashmiri Spice in Manchester have announced they will sell a special easter bunny curry from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

Inspired by the season and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the chef at the restaurant says the curry will be mild-medium in terms of spiciness.

They are expecting it to be such a hit they have even placed a special order for plenty of rabbit meat so they can keep up with demand.

As a side note, it's worth pointing out that you will not be the first person making "Waiter, waiter, there's a hare in my curry" jokes.

275x250.jpgThe Ferrari 250GT Spyder which appeared in the cult movie 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' is set to sell at auction with a estimate of just £40,000.

But the low asking price is not because the classic Ferrari got wrecked in the film -- it's because it isn't really a Ferrari.

When making the 1986 hit, Paramount didn't want to splash out on a real Ferrari and used a replica which was driven by a young Matthew Broderick.

The car - which will go under the hammer at Bonhams in London - is actually a modified MG with a fiber-glass body made especially for the film.

That will no doubt relieve any Ferrari fans who thought such a "choice" car had been destroyed towards the end of the movie. 

275x250.jpg Bungling council workers in Birmingham have spelt the name of their own city wrong on polling cards delivered residents.

The forms give an address in 'Birmingam' for the election office rather than Birmingham, leaving council bosses red-faced.

But that's not all, just last week a print-run of 60,000 postal ballot cards contained the wrong return deadline -- one that is almost a year in the past.

There were also a number of grammatical gaffes on the forms… but we are not going to mention those for fear of repeatedly seeing the words pot, kettle and black in the comments section.

275x250.jpgA bizarre fashion item has gone on sale which claims to do for you bum what a bra does for you cleavage.

The Biniki was developed by a Californian psychologist who says she came up with the idea when she noticed how much her own bottom sagged after losing weight.

After using self-adhesive tape to give her rear a lift, Dr Karin Hart set about turning it into a product and worked with engineers to develop a prototype.

Now protected by a series of patents, the Biniki - which has a waistband and two 'lifting' bands - has gone on sale online where it has proved a hit.

Users claim it goes unnoticed under most clothes… and scares the life out of their men at night.

275x250.jpgA driver has been left fuming after barmy council workers fined him £50 -- for parking on a toad crossing.

Motorist Ken Grahame was issued the Penalty Notice Charge last May when he parked on a 'migratory toad crossing' in Fowey, Cornwall.

The notice, which was left on his windscreen, stated that it was an offence to block the crossing during the migratory period for toads and that he would be fined £50 as a result.

Grahame explained he did not know that it was an offence to park on a toad crossing and even lodged a formal complaint with Cornwall County Council.

But now he has heard back from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal who have ruled the fine is legal because toads were migrating at the time... Grahame is still hopping mad.

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