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The top 10 weird news photographs of 2010

275x250.jpg 2010 has been a great year for weird news, from a psychic octopus to 7,500 people accidentally selling their souls to a computer game store.

But it's some of the odd news images which we will remember the year for, so here are some of our most trafficked photo-based weird news articles of 2010.

Top 10 weird news photographs of 2010
A couple on a whale-watching trip near Cape Town, got a closer view than they expected when a massive 40-ton whale jumped from the sea and onto their yacht.

Amazingly, as they looked for whales, a massive 10 metre one leapt from the water off the coast of South Africa and headed straight for their diminutive yacht.

WNWDW: Skiers towed down street at 60mph

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A pair of daredevil skiers have been branded idiotic after being towed through the streets of a Romanian city by a car driving at 60mph. A video shows the duo pulling stunts as they dodge parked cars an bins. (The Sun)

How will you be spending this New Year's Eve? Hopefully you will be doing something a little warmer than Wim 'Iceman' Hof -- he is planning on spending two hours sitting in a tank of ice water. (Telegraph)

An orphaned elephant calf and a sheep have formed a surprising bond in an African nature reserve. The odd couple, who became palls in 2008, are due to feature in an upcoming National Geographic TV show. (National Geographic) (YouTube)

It's that time of year where the internet is awash with top 10 lists, but this one we like it's the Aol 'Top 10 Best of the Bizarre' (Aol Weird News)

A beauty competition has been held in Saudi Arabia…  for goats. More than 170 animals competed for the 'most beautiful goat' contest. (M&C)

As any football fan knows, it sometimes feels like your team are incapable of getting the ball in the net, no matter how easy the shot.

But for followers of Veria FC they now have video proof, their team recently missed five consecutive sitters… in just 11 seconds.

During a Greek second-division match against Levadiakos, Veria FC found themselves in front of goal with a clear chance of scoring.

But within just 11 dark dark seconds for Greek football, they'd missed five sitters, each of which should have ended with the ball in the back of the net.

Veria FC ended up losing 1-0 and will have to make do with internet fame… even if they don't look like they will be getting a chance to celebrate a goal like Stjarnan FC any time soon.

Amazon patent could mean no more bad gifts

275x250.jpgThe chances are you received a Christmas present this year that you were less than thrilled with. Well it could be the last one.

Scientists working at Amazon have developed a new technology which they claim could mean the end of unwanted presents.

The online retail giant has been granted a patent for a "gift conversion" system which allows users to swap dodgy gifts before they even arrive.

It's said the system would allow users to 'blacklist' friends and family who frequently give bad gifts and set 'rules' for their presents.

This could be an automated exchange for another item, a different clothing size or gift vouchers… all without upsetting Auntie Samantha.

275x250.jpgMonks producing one of the world's best beers have been forced to flee a fire which broke out at a Belgian abbey.

But don't worry, it's said none of their precious Rochefort 10 beer was harmed in the blaze, also the monks escaped uninjured.

Monks are said to have been enjoying their evening meal when the fire broke out at the abbey of Notre Dame de Saint Remy-Rochefort.

The 13th century abbey was immediately evacuated and firefighters were called to tackle the blaze.

A spokesperson said it would be possible to resume production within a few days, and we reiterate, it's okay none of the beer was harmed.

Lidia Camon thought she was doing well. She'd delivered a live TV report from a snowy park without being hit be snowballs or knocked over by a wayward sledge.

But then the Spanish reporter got on a sledge of her own and didn't notice that the cable from her microphone was wrapped around her leg. Oops.

This meant that as she slid down a snowy hill to end her report, she took the cameraman with her.

Footage shows Camon get halfway down the hill before the wire becomes tight and pulls on the camera which rolls down after her.

We think it's just a shame we didn't get to see the face the cameraman pulled as the camera was yanked from his hands.

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A pair of twins born in Poland were conceived by different fathers, DNA test have found. This is said to be only the seventh known case of its kind in the world. (Arbroath)

A US man has been crowned one of the world's best liars after telling a fib about his psychic girlfriend. No, really, he has… why won't anyone believe us? (CBS News)

Members of a Swedish fencing school have scored an online hit after taping a small HD camera to the tip of a sword and recording the view back towards the weapon-wielder as they swing the blade with considerable skill. (YouTube)

A pair of police officers in Berlin have used pepper spray on people throwing snowballs after they refused to end their fight and then pelted the cops with snowballs. (Asylum)

Jesus is always cropping up, whether it be in an old sock or on a telephone pole, and it looks like 2010 has been a bumper year - take a look at some of the best Jesus sightings of the year. (Aol Weird News)

275x250.jpg Animal rescue workers have saved an inquisitive dog who got his head stuck in a hole in a wall and ended up looking like a hunting trophy.

Rebel the German shepherd had become curious about a hole in a 18-inch block wall in California and stuck his head though to take a look.

But the eight-month-old was instantly unable to get back out and when a friend of the owner heard him whimpering the sent for help.

Officers from Riverside County Animal Services say it took 30 minutes to gently pull him back through the wall. He's now feeling a hole lot better.

Did Usher plagiarise a Homer Simpson song?

R&B star Usher has found himself in the middle of an bizarre plagiarism claim -- with people saying he's ripped off a song by Homer Simpson.

DJs in the US have noticed a striking similarity between lines in his single 'OMG" and a ditty sung by Homer in a Simpsons episode from 2003.

Usher's song, which features will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, includes the lines: "Honey got a booty like pow, pow, pow. Honey got some boobies like wow, oh wow."

This compares to Homer singing ""Christmas in December, wow wow wow. Give me tons of presents, now now now," in the episode Dude, Where's My Ranch?

Handily someone has already uploaded the two clips to YouTube for you to compare. As a warning, on once listened to, this cannot be unheard.

275x250.jpgOnly one in ten Brits is currently in the career they dreamed of as a child,  it has been found.

More than nine out of ten admit they are 'totally dissatisfied' with their current job and would 'quit tomorrow' if they had the chance.

Nearly two-thirds still harbour ambitions of pursuing their childhood dreams, with the majority having done so for more than ten years.

But a lack of contacts, courage and confidence means less than a fifth of the UK workforce has taken active steps towards making a career change.

In other news, if anyone knows how we can become a chocolate taster or astronaut (or an outer space chocolate taster) please let us know.

A man had a lucky escape after being hit by a lorry as he crossed a road in Turkey -- he somehow managed to outrun it.

Bekir Ozcan had been crossing a road in the city of Adiyaman when the driver of a lorry failed to spot him and as he pulled away from a red light.

CCTV footage shows the fuel lorry hitting the 53-year-old before he is able to make it to the other side of the road and pushing him along.

Fearing for his life, Ozcan then turned to face the same direction of the lorry and tried to outrun it rather then end up under the wheels.

As he ran along, other pedestrians waved at the driver and managed to get him to slow down… giving Ozcan what we think was an unfair advantage.

275x250.jpg We like to think we know a thing or two about weird news, but we're not the only ones. Ripley's Believe It or Not! have revealed their top 10 strange stories of 2010.

The firm which publishes books on weirdness and runs odditoriums around the world say they've scoured headlines from 2010 to find the strangest.

And it looks like 2010 was a bumper year for oddness with stories including a bearded woman finding her son and our very own spray on clothes and the invention of deep fried beer.

Other odd tales making the list include a cat which can predict deaths and a woman bidding to become the world's fattest. We dread to think what 2011 hold for odd news.

275x250.jpgWe're still busy digesting turkey, so there won't be any main posts on Newslite before Wednesday 29th December… until then here is a Weird New We Didn't Write.

Think you over did it with Christmas lunch? Chances are you gastronomic pigging-out can't come close to that of Donna Simpson - her Christmas dinner consisted of 30,000 calories. (News.com.au)
 
A Spanish woman faked her own kidnapping and sent her husband a photo of herself with bound hand and feet -- just to see if he would pay a ransom, say police. (Yahoo)

Nothing quite says Christmas like a series of public bare-knuckled fights to settle scores which have built up over the year. Welcome to the Takanakuy fighting festival in Peru. (BBC)

Daniel Balsam hates spam so much the daily offers of viagra and penis enlargements prompted him to quit his job as a marketer, train in law and pursue a career of suing spammers. (Stuff) Cheers David… Your news tips are not spam.

A 16th century book featuring diagrams of the world's first nose job has been sold for £11,000. (Daily Mail) Thanks Amy… Keep your nose out of it.

DNA tests are to be conducted on a bizarre looking creature which is claimed to be the mythical chupacabra… though some people think it's more likely a bald raccoon. (UPI) (YouTube)

Snowflakes are tiny. Unless they are being looked at under an electron microscope. That is all. (Wired)

A New Jersey man has produced a time-lapse video showing in 30 seconds the blizzard conditions which saw 32 inches of snow fall over a weekend. (Geekosystem) (Vimeo)

As Ben Muessig puts it: "On Christmas Eve, some people deck the halls -- others apparently deck their folks." A woman has been charged after attacking her parents with a Christmas tree. (Aol Weird News)

WNWDW: Dead woman comes back to life

275x250.jpgWe're still busy digesting turkey, so there won't be any main posts on Newslite before Wednesday 29th December… until then here is a Weird New We Didn't Write.

It's a Christmas miracle! A woman who had been declared dead and was being prepared for burial shocked funeral workers by coming back to life. (Telegraph) Cheers David… who thinks it was more likely a dodgy bit of doctoring.

More than 100 hardy swimmers joined in the annual chillathon which is the 100m race in London's Hyde Park, dodging chunks of ice as they swam. (Sky News) Cheers Tom… we understand, you were cold.

While people are happy with Santa entering their houses uninvited on Christmas Eve -- Lester Bagwell, not so much. He barged his way into a US home and vomited twice, say police. (Indy Channel)

Researchers say they could soon be able to develop even tastier chocolate after decoding its DNA and identifying the 28,798 genes in the genetic make-up. (Sky News)

Beer boffins say they've perfected a unique beer pouring device which fills glasses from the bottom upwards and gives a guaranteed perfect head on your pint even faster than usual. Who are we to argue. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

There are many ways to show off a new mobile phone and operating system. But the most excessive has got to be sending it into space. Step forward the Google Nexus S running Android Gingerbread. (Gadgets and Gizmos

A leopard has attacked villagers in Northern India injuring seven people after they tried to scare it away. Guess who is most scared now? (ITN)

275x250.jpgA poll of movie fans has seen the Will Ferrell flick 'Elf' named as the best Christmas film of all time.

The 2003 movie beat of competition from the classic Miracle on 34th Street with Home Alone coming in third.

Other popular festive films included A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Snowman and Love Actually.

56 percent said they'd be sitting down to watch a classic Christmas film on Christmas Day while 41 percent said they'd be doing the same on Boxing Day.

Asked what makes a classic Christmas film, 64 percent said a happy ending was the most important thing... so they won't be watching Se7en then.

You'd have thought he'd be busy making last minute preparations for tonight - but this surveillance footage shows Santa is still finding time to fight crime.

Police in Sicilly say this footage shows a policeman arresting a suspected mafia member who was collecting protection money from a shopkeeper.

The video - shot with hidden cameras - shows the alleged mobster going into the store and taking money from the cashier.

But as he walks out and to his car he is jumped on by undercover officer, and one in a less inconspicuous red Santa costume.

So far police haven't explained why the officers was dressed as Santa. By which we obviously mean (if any kids are reading this), police haven't explained why Santa was helping them out.


275x250.jpg What is it with nano-scientists and Christmas? Last year they created the world's smallest snowman - this time it's Christmas cards.

Engineers have produced the world's smallest Christmas card which measures just 200 micro-metres wide by 290 micro-metres tall.

In case you don't know exactly how small that is (a micro-metre is a millionth of a metre) the card is invisible to the naked eye and you could fit 8,276 of them on an area the size of a stamp.

Which means if you forgot to send anyone a card this year, you can always tell them you sent them one of these and they must have lost it.

Board games cause most Christmas arguments

275x250.jpgPlaying board games will be the biggest cause of family argument this Christmas, it has been found.

A new study discovered a third of families will argue over the Christmas holidays, and while they will be prompted by a variety of factors, board games will be the main cause.

Picking what game to play and then arguing over rules will prompt a number of arguments… but not as many as cheating family members.

Other things sure to cause family fights are disliked gifts and argument over which TV programmes should be watched.
 
And that's before you get to disagreements about whose turn it is to take driving or cooking responsibilities… despite this LACK of time spent with family also causes arguments.

WNWDW: Dog learns more than 1,000 words

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A border collie has been recognised as the dog with the world's largest vocabulary after being trained to understand more than 1,000 words. (BBC)

A man who became a web hit after making his own Tron bodysuit - but Jay Maynard says he was turned away from a screening of the new TRON: Legacy movie because cinema staff said his Lycra outfit was 'too distracting'. (Metro)

Police in Spain say a group of bungling crooks who stole a sculpture valued at more than $1 million, sold it to a scrap metal yard for just $40. (Aol Weird News)

A tight boss has had staff at his cobblers hypnotised into thinking they're warm in a bid to save money that would have been spent on heating. (The Sun)

Sure after the inevitable robot uprising we will all be slaves to our robot masters -- but at the moment it appears they are happy to serve us a wonton noodle soup. A restaurant in China has hired a team or robot waiters. (Telegraph)

Everyone's received a Christmas present they've been less than happy with -- but the secret is not letting on that you're disappointed.

But it looks like that's a skill this lad is yet to acquire… and something tells us he doesn't like getting books for Christmas.

A video taken last year showing a three-year-old boy unwrapping an unwanted present of books has become an online hit.

In it the pyjama-clad shouts "Books? … Books for Christmas? What the heck is that? I don't get books. That's not toys, that's books. I don't get books for Christmas"

Many commenters online have suggested that if he were their child, those books would be the last presents he ever received.

275x250.jpgThe military in New Zealand have officially released hundreds of previously classified UFO reports, including one about an alien with size 440 shoes.

Dating from 1954 to 2009 the documents which deal with hundreds of UFO and alien reports, have been released under freedom of information laws.

Coming in at around 2,000 pages the document details UFO encounters from members of the public, commercial pilots and military personnel.

While most reports are of the strange lights in the sky variety, others are more interesting like the man who in 1995 claimed he met an alien with size 440 feet.

He said the big-footed alien told him dying humans ascend as hydrogen atoms… he didn't mention where he bought his shoes.

275x250.jpgScientists studying the inner working of the brain say they were shocked to discover an image of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer inside a brain.

The picture, a close up image of a brain blood vessel, was discovered as boffins examined the workings of neurons in the hippocampal region of the brain.

Researchers from Newcastle University say they were amazed by how much the image looked like a reindeer with antlers flying through the starry sky.

And after overexposing the image, that was even more true, down to an eye and tail being visible… along with a glowing red nose.

Speaking of the find, Dr Claudia Racca, said: "It may not be very valuable scientifically but it looks nice on the eye."

275x250.jpgMillions of Brits will be left red-faced this Christmas spirit after kissing a colleague or flirting with the boss at the work X-mas party.

Researchers found one in five workers have snogged a colleague at the Christmas party, while another one in ten have flirted with the boss.

Another 31 per cent just spend the night gossiping about their colleague or boss and 24 per cent embarrass themselves by dancing wildly on the dance floor.

Flirting with colleagues, falling over and telling workmates what they really think of them also leaves Brits feeling sorry for themselves the morning after.

But for almost one in 20, they are so embarrassed following their exploits at the Christmas party they have even quit their job. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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Forget the season of goodwill and all that, North Korea has threatened to go to war over a gaudy display of Christmas lights set up along their border by South Korea. (Aol Weird News)

We've always found the claim that Santa can get around the world in one night with just flying reindeer a little dubious -- and it looks like we were right… this video proves he uses a helicopter. (YouTube)

It can be bad enough trying to cope with the snow outside -- but a US family were recently confronted with a layer of the white stuff inside their house after a blizzard filled it with snow. (WBIR) (YouTube)

A Japanese aquarium has revealed a shocking Christmas display - they're one again using an electric eel to illuminate the lights on their Christmas tree. (Daily Mail)

A pair of dogs have become a hit in Montpellier after patrolling a Christmas market and collecting litter while wearing a florescent jacket and pushing a cleaning trolley. (Asylum)

275x250.jpg A design firm have re-imagined what a collection of famous brands would look like if they were given a minimalist makeover.

Gone are the garish labels full of brightly coloured images and over complicated text. In their place stunning typography... and very little else.

ANTREPO say the project was a test in simplicity and a comment about the unnecessary use of images, patterns and logos by many global brands.

Brands given the minimalism treatment include Red Bull, Corn Flakes, Nutella and Durex. They would have done the same with Apple… but then the packaging would have disappeared entirely.


275x250.jpgNano scientists from the University of Nottingham have produced the world's smallest periodic table by etching it onto a human hair.

Using a combination of ion beam writer and electron microscope, the team carved the symbol of all 118 elements into the strand of hair.

And it wasn't just any hair, it was one plucked from the impressive head of Professor Martyn Poliakoff, an expert in Green Chemistry.

Experts say the etching is so small that a million of the periodic tables could be replicated on a typical post-it note.

Because its Christmas the boffins have also written the message "Merry Christmas" on a snow fragment. Those crazy boffins eh?

A Belgian football match had to be stopped twice when fans started pelting players with snowballs.

Anderlecht player Jonathan Legear became the target for Brugge fans just seven minutes into the game when the took a corner.

As dozens of frozen missiles hailed down at the player, he managed to take it in his stride - but the referee halted the game until calm as restored.

However it didn't last long, when fellow Anderlecht player Mbark Boussoufa went near the same corner flag he was also pelted.

The game ended in a 2-0 win for Anderlecht and the snow incident makes it the most interesting game in Belgian footballing history.

275x250.jpg Avatar had been named as the most pirated film of 2010 and was illegally downloaded more than 16.5 million times.

Experts from TorrentFreak say the record breaking James Cameron movie has the dubious honour of having been illegally downloaded more than any other movie.

Other frequently bittorrented movies included Kick-Ass (11.4m times) Inception (9.7m) Shutter Island    (9.4m) and Iron Man 2 (8.8m)

While studios complain this level of piracy harms the movie industry, it's worth noting Avatar has still grossed $2.8 billion.

275x250.jpgAn abandoned baby orang-utan has made his way to new home -- by travelling as a first class passenger on cruise ferry.

11-month-old Silvestre was rejected by his mother at Santillana Zoo in Spain and as a result was being taken to Monkey World sanctuary in Dorset.

But because he had to be kept close to his keeper, special permission was given from the British authorities for him to travel on board a ferry.

As a result, Silvestre had his own four-bed cabin for the journeyand spent most of the time swinging from the ladders and bunks.

With that sort of behaviour he should fit in perfectly on a EasyCruise holiday.

275x250.jpgWeird News We Didn't Write: Our daily roundup of the best odd news stories from elsewhere on the web.

Scientists have discovered that reindeer in the wild often munch on magic mushrooms in what's thought to be deliberate act to beat the monotony of dreary long winters. (The Sun)

Life-size rubber sharks will today be anchored off beaches in Sydney to test how whether shark spotting teams in helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft can see them best. (News.com.au)

A. earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale is said to have (very slightly) rocked Cumbria last night where it rumbled for up to 20 seconds and sent residents running into the streets. (Sky News)

A holiday "flash mob" of merry Christmas carollers forced the evacuation of a California mall when shoppers reported that the floor had begun to buckle. (Aol Weird News)

Star Trek fans looking for a festive treat in Chicago need look no further, a theatre there is putting on a Klingon Christmas Carol. (Telegraph) Thanks David… who is certainly not a SQuja.


275x250.jpgEight out of ten women are worried about their partner's unhealthy lifestyle, if has been discovered.

Long stressful shifts at the office, a lack of sleep and exercise and a poor diet are the main concerns for wives and girlfriends up and down the country.

One in three women expressed fears their husband or partner is under too much pressure at work, while one in four said their other half scoffed too much fatty food.

A fifth of the 3,000 women surveyed added that they were worried their partner had become a 'couch potato'.

37 percent also said the worry their partner is overweight… prompting men up and down the country to shout the words pot, kettle and black.

275x250.jpg Snowmobile champion Levi LaVallee has been injured while preparing for an new stunt -- but he still set a new world record in the process.

The seven-time Winter X Games medalist had been practicing his 300ft snowmobile jump on a ramp in San Diego ahead of performing it on New Year's Eve.

He had been due to see in the new year by leaping over 300ft of water and setting a new world record. But that won't be happening now.

A spokesperson from Red Bull said that LaVallee had been hurt while practicing and the event would no longer be taking place… if only he'd had something to give him wings.

275x250.jpgOne in three Brits already know what they're getting for Christmas - because they've uncovered hidden presents in their house.

Researchers found a cheeky 37 per cent of adults have hunted high and low for their gifts and eight in ten have ended up finding them.

One in five have ripped the wrapping paper enough to figure out what it was and put it back, while one in twenty have pulled the paper off completely.

And it turns out women are more likely to hunt out presents - with 40 per cent admitting to snooping around compared to one third of men.

If you are tempted to go and have a snoop now it's worth noting on top of cupboards, under the beds and stairs emerged as the most popular festive packages hiding places.

275x250.jpgWould-be actor Chuck Lamb has found fame after bombarding TV and movie producers with audition tapes… of him as a dead body.

After years of perseverance - and becoming an online hit - a computer programmer from Ohio, has finally secured a couple of movie roles.

Lamb, known to millions of internet users as 'Dead Body Guy' plays a sheriff in horror spoof ThanksKilling, and also features in Stiffs, a comedy based in a funeral home.

The 52-year-old says he decided to try and become a famous corpse when he realised he wasn't a great actor and not the best looking bloke.

Do you think this could be the the moment his career gets revived… or are these dead end roles?

WNWDW: Dog gives birth to 17 puppy litter

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A dog in Germany has defied odds by naturally giving birth to 17 puppies - nine dogs and eight bitches - which all survived. (BBC)

BMW have launched a new cinema-based advertising campaign which 'burns' their logo onto the eyes of movie-watchers. (Daily Mail) Thanks Tom… who sees the Newslite logo when he closes his eyes.

Scientists claim it might be possible to use the sun as a long-distance telephone to reach out and talk to aliens. (Aol Weird News)

Police in New York handcuffed a man and took him to a psychiatric ward because they thought he might commit suicide. He says he was only on the window ledge to smoke a cigarette. (WeInterrupt)

A Japanese woman has announced she is to sue Google for £4,500 because of the psychological distress she suffered when her underwear appeared on Google Street View. (Metro)

A police officer picking up CCTV footage of robbery, accidentally stumbled into the scene of another robbery.

The cop had been called to an Ohio pharmacy to collect security footage of a robbery which had taken place earlier that evening.

But as CCTV footage shows, when Officer Joshua Campbell got there he was required to do more than pick up a DVD… because another robbery was taking place.

As he got to the counter he saw another robber leaning over and grabbing money from the till - so he quickly drew his gun and wrestled with the man.

Speaking after the incident Officer Campbell said he'd thought: "This can't be happening"… which we guess is also what went through the mind of the robber.

275x250.jpgPaul the psychic octopus and an explorer who woke up with his head in the mouth of a polar bear are just some of the winners of a new odd news award.

Gongs were also awarded to police in Hampshire who released an e-fit which looked like a head of lettuce and makers of a bra which can be used to store a bottle of wine.

Celebrating the best weird news stories of 2010, the DAFTAS Awards (part of Newslite) had shortlisted bizarre stories in ten categories ranging from Crazy Crime and Weird Science to Odd Animal Tale.

A panel of judges then voted to pick the winners which were announced today on DAFTAS.com

Other winners included an artist who created a portrait using 9,852 slices of toast (Off-Beat Art) and a tattooist who was charged with assault after drawing a 40cm penis on the back of his friend (Crazy Crime).

275x250.jpgBrits will spend more than four hours trying to figure out their new presents on Christmas Day, a study has found.

Setting up new gadgets, reading instructions and removing complicated packaging will see the average person struggling for four hours and 12 minutes.

The largest chunk of that time - an hour and 45 minutes - is spent simply trying to figure out how to get their new gift working and ready to use.

Another 56 minutes goes on getting new gadgets set up and ready to go while more than 47 minutes is spent trying to master toys and other gifts.

And amazingly almost 45 minutes is even taken up just trying to get the new gifts and toys out of the packaging… you'd think Santa would have done that before dropping them off.

A coyote which found itself stranded on a block of ice floating on Lake Michigan had to be saved by rescue workers.

Passersby had notified Chicago Fire Department when they first spotted the trapped animal floating on a sheet of ice on the lake.

And for more than an hour the coyote floated around the lake as a rescue operation was mounted with animal control officers.

At one point the critter even tried jumping into the zero-degree celsius water to get back to shore, though it soon thought better of it and scrambled back onto the ice.

Eventually rescue workers on board a fire department boat pulled the shivering coyote to safety… presumably the snow meant there were no real fires which needed extinguishing.

WNWDW: Drunk man accidentally killed shark

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A Serbian man has been hailed as a hero after accidentally killing a shark which had terrorised tourists in Egypt. Dragan Stevic is said to have drunkenly jumped off a diving board and landed on the shark's head. (Newser)

Politicians in Ukraine have become the latest parliamentary brawlers after a fight broke out between members of the opposition and deputies from the ruling party. (UPI) (YouTube)

A man says he was kicked out of a Mississippi courtroom for having a "unique and festive" hairstyle. Bobby Todd has spiked pony tails and a holiday greeting shaved in back. (WX12)

Swedish medical students were shocked when they discovered the body they would be performing their first autopsy on belonged to their former teacher. (Asylum)

It's been claimed that an accident between a driver and a cyclist may have been caused because of the "new car smell" from the month-old Mercedes-Benz. (Aol Weird News)

Stolen snowmen and ducks blown over by wind



It's that time again, Weird Week is here with the latest odd news in video form. We've got an iceberg for you to keep in your freezer and an iPhone 4 made from meteor and dinosaurs.

We know it's dangerous, but it always looks like fun when it snows and you see people being dragged along behind a car on their sledge.

And it appears members of the Swedish airforce agree, because here's a video of them doing it… being towed by a fighter jet.

In the clip three nutty Swedes are pulled along by ropes as the jet weaves around the airfield. At least they have helmets on.

We just wish the video had ended with the fighter jet taking off and the  airforce guys clinging on for dear life.

It goes without saying that you should not try this at home… unless you have your own airfield and fighter jet.

subs belt saggy pantsMen wearing their jeans somewhere between their waist and knees, it's a trend which isn't going anywhere. Which is why an inventor has created a 'garter belt' for guys.

Andrew Lewis says his 'Subs' make the 'sagging' trend easier for men who struggle to keep the waist of their trousers where thy want.

Part suspenders and part garter belt, they are designed to keep jeans from falling down by suspending them from a waist loop.

The wearer can then control exactly how low the jeans hang by adjusting the fasteners -- all while knowing the won't fall down.

Oddly, the same reassurance that your trousers won't fall down can be achieved using an considerably older device… a tighter belt.

275x250.jpgMore of us will this year re-gift unwanted Christmas presents than ever before… and we'll even wrap them in festive paper we tore off our own presents last year.

A study of festive shoppers found that many of us are opting to re-use yuletide paraphernalia from last year in a bid to save money.

73 percent of people will apparently recycle unwanted presents they were disappointed with last year and 52 percent will re-use some old wrapping paper they have stored.

The poll of 1,000 people also found that 24% have given up sending Christmas cards altogether.

However, the re-gifting and re-wrapping does introduce one problem… remembering what someone gave you last year, so you don'e give it back.

275x250.jpgWasteful Brits needlessly spend £1,213-a-year each on unused gym memberships, clothes they don't wear and even food and drink, a study has revealed.
 

Researchers found that subscriptions to unread magazines, gadgets which don't get used and CDs and music downloads which never get played, add to the total.
 
With New Year's resolutions just around the corner, the biggest waste of money was said to be on gym memberships, slimming clubs and exercise classes (£303-a-year).
 
Night classes or courses which see Brits get bored and lose interest account for another £172-a-year, while unused sports clothes and equipment sees £158 thrown down the drain.

Other wastes of money include unwatched and unplayed DVDs or computer games and TV channels that don't get watched… because people are too busy avoiding going to the gym.

WNWDW: OAP beats attacker with frying pan

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Police say a 71-year-old woman in the US hit a man with a frying pan and knocked him out when he tried to attack her. The 25-year-old was still unconscious when police arrived. (MSNBC)

A firm has been launched in eastern Ukraine which offers to hire out drinking buddies who they claim are perfectly qualified for an evening at the pub and can play guitar, sing or talk about art. (Spiegel)

Freezing temperatures and big waves have combined on Lake Erie in Cleveland the transform a lighthouse into an unbelievable ice sculpture. (Aol Weird News)

Nintendo and Mario Bros has always been at the cuter end of gaming, but what if it wasn't? Well then we guess this could be an avert for the next release of the game. (WeInterrupt)

A trio of bungling robbers were caught after a cash machine they were trying to tow out of a Manchester post office became wedged behind the front door. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

275x250.jpg A retired teacher has entered the record books after being recognised as the biggest collector of Santa Claus-themed memorabilia in the world.

74-year-old Jean-Guy Laquerre from Quebec, Canada, has accumulated an incredible 25,189 festive items from 33 countries over the past 22 years.

His record-breaking collection, which is still growing in size, now take up most of his house, but it all started with a single Santa Claus statuette he was left by a dead relative.

That inspired he to acquire more and more, but now Jean-Guy has a band of helpers who send him Santa Claus gifts from antique shops and garage sales… whether he wants them or not.

275x250.jpg A potty author has spent years touring the world... in search of the most bizarre and picturesque toilets.

Luke Barclay has now assembled the world’s most scenic cisterns and panoramic privies for a new book 'Good Loo Hunting'.

Toilets in the book range from bogs on the top of Mount Baker in Washington (above) to loos with views of Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Also, if you are only able to do your business while watching elephants cross a river, there are also some toilets on the banks of the Zambezi.

275x250.jpgThe average mum will spend 42 hours preparing for Christmas by the time the big day arrives, a study has revealed yesterday.

That means the equivalent of almost two days will be taken up choosing, buying and wrapping presents and taking care of food shopping.

On top of that she will have spent time putting decorations up around the house and on the tree, and cleaning up in preparation for visitors.

Researchers found the biggest chunk of time is taken up by present buying, with a staggering 20 hours and 13 minutes spent visiting 42 different shops.

After the mammoth shopping spree, mums then spend almost four hours wrapping 39 different presents. Dads meanwhile begin their preparation at 5pm on Christmas Eve.

275x250.jpg The Mini is known for its pint-sized proportions - but for one mechanic it was still too big… because he wanted it to fit INSIDE his motor home.

As a result Lester Atherfold spent three months shortening his cherry red version of the 1964 Mini 850 from 10ft long to just 7ft 10ins.

That means the car - which still manages to reach speeds of 75mph - can now be transported in his AEC Reliance coach as he tours the world.

Speaking of his mini Mini, Atherfold said: "People often laugh at the car, especially young girls for some reason." 

LEGO bricks named as the greatest ever toy

275x250.jpgA poll of 3,000 parents has seen LEGO voted as the greatest toy ever made.

The colourful building bricks, invented in 1949 by Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen, were hailed as versatile and great value for money.

Slot car game Scalextric came second and was followed by the classic board game Monopoly - know as 'monotony' by some due to its reputation for being never ending.

Other top toys according to the parents included the Nintendo Wii, Play Doh, Barbie and the Etch-A-Sketch. They also liked Action Man, and Space Hoppers, and Twister…

Which sounds to us like there will be a few parents on Christmas morning desperately hoping their child gets bored quickly so they can have a play.

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Klaus Pubnaz has taken the prestigious title of world's best Christmas tree thrower after hurling a 1.5m tree a distance of 12m at an event in Germany. (Metro)

A high school basketball player flipped out after disagreeing with a referee who said he'd committed a foul… so he shoved him and then threw him to the floor. As you do. (CBS) (YouTube)

A man who was found naked in a Mississippi cemetery claims he was there trying to take photos of spirits' orbs of energy -- which he says show up best against the naked body. (CW Austin) Thanks Rebecca… we will resist making a comment about your orbs of energy.

After his laptop went missing when it was sent for repairs, Richard Lynch came up with a plan to catch the the people responsible. He sent another package - this time one containing a car alarm rigged to go off if the box was opened. (News 10)

Builders in Poland have created a giant snowman who stands at more than 30ft tall and is so big they had to use a traffic cone rather than a carrot as his nose. (Aol Weird News)


275x250.jpg Freediver William Trubridge has set a new world record by diving 100m (328ft) below sea level on a single breath of air.

What makes him different to other divers who've reached 100m is that he did it using only his hands and feet to propel him down and up.

The record was set on Sunday in the Bahamas when William dived into  Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island following his glow-in-the-dark descent line.

It took two attempts to secure the record (his 13th) and the 30-year-old attributes his success to using yoga techniques… and having a particularly heavy head. 

275x250.jpgA bus driver who was filmed veering into the wrong lane to 'brutally murder' a snowman has been forced to resign.

The Frostie killing happen on the University of Illinois campus after students built a large snowman in the middle of a road.

While other drivers were slowing down to carefully navigate around the obstacle, one bus driver seems to have taken exception to the snowman.

A video uploaded to YouTube shows him veering his bus onto the wrong side of the road to smash into the figure an obliterate it.

But while the students enjoyed the snow massacre, bus bosses were less impressed and say the driver has been forced to resign. And that's snow joke.

275x250.jpg Given some of the profanity filled shows on TV, the word 'largebaps' seems fairly innocent -- but that's not the case for Countdown viewers.

Viewers were left stunned during the show yesterday when the final conundrum was revealed to be an anagram of the letters L-A-R-G-E-B-A-P-S.

But both host Jeff Stelling and contestants on the afternoon quiz managed to control themselves as they worked out the solution.

After it was revealed to be "graspable" Stelling said simply: "That's quite brilliant." To which we would like to add: "Largebaps, graspable, get it? see what they did there?"

A young lad has become an online hit after getting up during a TV interview about the death of his father and performing a weird dance routine.

He was sitting in-between his mother and sister during a live TV interview on NBC's The Today Show when Keegan Roberts felt the need to groove.

As his mother talked to host Meredith Vieira about life after losing her husband the youngster spotted himself on a monitor and started to dance.

While his sister tried to calm him down the lad was having none of it and continued to strut his stuff.

But within seconds he was dancing a furious jig and pulling moves which would seem more suited to a Lady Gaga video than an interview about his dead dead.

WNWDW: Casino robber grabs $1.5m in chips

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A robber has made off with $1.5m in casino chips after raiding a craps table at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. But bosses say he will have to return to the scene of the crime if he wants cash in the chips. (BBC)

Oops. A Siberian town was turned into a giant ice rink when builders constructing a normal sized one broke one of the barriers and flooded half of the town centre with water, which quickly froze. (RT) (YouTube)

A scene from Piranha 3D which features Kelly Brook and Riley Steele swimming underwater wearing nothing but flippers has been named as the top nude scene of 2010. (Aol Weird News)

While we have a slight fear of an impending robot uprising -- we can't help but be intrigued by an upcoming episode of TV quiz show Jeopardy which will see contestants battle against an IBM supercomputer. (BBC)

Rather than use a traditional weapon while holding up a convenience store a man in Yellowstone County opted for of hot chocolate. He filled up his cup at a machine and threw it over staff when they opened the till. (Helenair.com)

275x250.jpg Bosses at an aquarium in the UK say they're planning to reduce waste this Christmas -- by feeding their fish leftover Brussels sprouts.

Staff say they stumbled on the finding that the fish have a 'surprising penchant' for the unpopular but festive vegetable.

As a result Alton Towers Resort have started recycling any left-over sprouts served in the hotel by dropping them in the tanks.

They say they're not sure of the impact the diet will have, or whether it will increase fishy flatulence but that they will 'monitor the situation'.

275x250.jpgTV Licensing has revealed a list of the most implausible excuses given over the past year for not having a TV Licence, and there are some corkers.

Odd excuses include a TV no longer working because a squirrel broke into the house and peed on it, and someone they were so drunk they ate the documentation.

But TV Licensing bosses say the number one excuse was someone who claims they rang up to pay, but didn't because staff were unwilling to barter.

The peeing squirrel came second, followed by the man who said he lives like a Buddha and someone who claimed they don't watch TV, they just use it as a light.

However, our personal favourite has to be the ballsy person who asked inspectors to come back later… because he wanted to watch the end of a show which was on.

Facebook map shows worldwide connections

facebook social connections map An intern at Facebook has used data from the social network to produce an amazing map of the world, visualising where friends live.

Paul Butler took a random sample of 10 million pairs of friends and plotted on a blank screen the city where they live, and the relative position of friends.

This means each line represents the number of friendships between cities and after tweaking the graphics Butler said it produced a "surprisingly detailed map of the world."

While big chunks of the world appear out of the data, down to costal and international borders, others are obviously missing such as China and central Africa… until they begin to like Facebook there too.

It's that time of year again. No, not Christmas... it's time for one man stunt show Aung Zaw Oo to release his annual showreel.

Each December the stuntman from Washington releases a video of himself performing impressive tricks, which goes on to become an online hit.

And this year looks set to be no exception, because in his latest YouTube video he can be seen doing stunts with diabolos, flower sticks and kung fu.

There are also some of his old favourites, such as jumping into a pair of shorts, flipping off walls and juggling while riding a bike.

Some people have been so impressed they suggest the only thing to slow him down would be Kryptonite… though Aung says this would just give him an advantage over Superman.

275x250.jpgBritain's dog and cat lovers will shell out an incredible £100million this Christmas - on presents for their pets.

Almost six out of ten pet owners say they will pamper their pets with gifts on December 25th, spending around £11.58 each on food treats, stockings, squeaky toys, bones and balls.

Given there are 14.5million cats and dogs in the UK, that means people will spend a staggering £99,096,800.

Common pet presents include Other a new lead, an outfit, tug and rope toys, gourmet food and grooming products.

I bought my dog a treat for Christmas once.. then he left one for me on the bathroom floor.


WNWDW: Man takes pet bison to pub in car

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A Canadian man says he enjoys visiting bars with his pet bison Bailey. But amazingly this isn't the strange bit… that's the fact that they get there with the bison riding in his car. (HuffPo) (YouTube)

A director at a hospital in Italy faces disciplinary action after issuing a memo to doctors and nurses asking them not to snort cocaine at work. (AFP)

A comedy sketch mocking gap year students who constantly go on about their experiences has been named by YouTube as the biggest homegrown comedy hit of the year. (The Sun)
 
A German dad castrated the boyfriend of his daughter with a bread knife and kept his testicles because he was not happy at their age difference. (Stuff) Cheers David… always be careful when you meet the parents.

An Indonesian housemaid who was caught mixing urine with food for her employers says she only did it because she thought it would make them love her (Emirates 24/7) Thanks Ali… we love you already, no need to find our lunch box.

sleeping at the office deskOne third of the British workforce have nodded off at their desk, a study has found.

Researchers predict millions of employees have craftily grabbed a few minutes by pretending to concentrate or read paper work.

And many have been caught out, more than one in ten admitted they had been found snoring on the job, while 16 percent have even been caught dribbling.

After conducting the study of 3,000 UK adults it was also found that Mondays at 1.40pm is the time most will have a cheeky snooze.

Which is funny… because if we hadn't been having a brief kip that's probably when we would have published this.


A US deer hunter claims to have taken a photo of a ghoulish creature with glowing eyes, which he spotted on a reserve in Louisiana.

The monster, which he insists it's not a hoax, is said to have been crawling towards him lay waiting to shoot a deer.

It's said to have crawled towards him and scared him so much that after snapping a quick photo he broke his camera.

While the internet has been almost unanimous in crying 'FAKE' at the image, it has been featured on a US news show.

But maybe that's not too surprising given some of the things that get reported on some news networks there.

275x250.jpgThe TV remote control causes more family arguments on Christmas Day than anything else, it has emerged.

Rows over who is in charge of changing channels beat a host of other reasons for bust-ups on the big day, including cheating at board games, who washes up and Dad getting drunk.

The second most common reason for family feuds is Mum getting stressed in the kitchen, followed by the kids not pulling their weight around the house.

Other reason for Christmas Day arguments include deciding what time to open presents, scoffing too much chocolate before dinner and deciding what Christmas day movie to watch.

Also on the like of argument triggers is cheating over a board game… Are you reading this Father?

Heavy snowfall in the US has caused the inflatable roof on a stadium in Minneapolis to collapse.

Over the weekend, much of the midwest was hit by massive snowstorms with some areas receiving as much as 20 inches of snow in just one day.

And in Minneapolis - which got about 17 inches of snowfall - this weighed down the Teflon-coated fibreglass roof the Metrodome stadium.

Initially the snow caused the roof to collapse in on itself - before splitting open and flooding onto the football pitch.

Unsurprisingly a scheduled game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants was moved to another venue… where the Giants received an equally icy reception.

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Something tells us there were no wise men involved in booking camel with a dodgy knee to perform in a church Nativity in the US. Lula Bell fell over while walking down the aisle. (UPI) (YouTube)

A police officer in the Polish city of Bialogard fined himself for walking on a railway line… because he says it was the only way of meeting his daily quota. (Metro)

A two-year-old girl apparently didn't think she could manipulate the crane and win a prize on a toy grabbing arcade game -- so she climbed inside and got stuck instead. (ABC News)

Space travel might still be a few years away for the majority of people -- but a new firm has launched a bizarre service offering to send photos 70 miles into the atmosphere. (Aol Weird News)

Vladimir Putin sings for Hollywood stars. That is all. (Yahoo)

A video of a salsa-dancing dog has become an online hit -- and how could it not, it's a salsa-dancing dog!

Since going online earlier this week the 34 second video has been viewed more than 300,000 times.

Wriggling against a glass door, the dog appears to be dancing the Mambo as salsa music by La Excelencia is played in the background.

The uploader of the video says the dancing dog "gets every door opened for him" by showing off his moves. And fans online have certainly been impressed.

However, some doubters claim he's not dancing… but more likely trying to get at some sausages he's being taunted with behind the glass door.

275x250.jpg Surgeons say they have found a new must-have tool which can help them when performing operations… the IKEA pencil.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, experts from University of Oxford and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford say the humble pencil is increasingly being used in operating theatres across the UK.

It's claimed the little yellow pencils are used because they're better at marking out cuts in the bone for facial and head surgery than normal surgical pens.

However, they say many doctors are surprised when the IKEA pencils are handed out halfway through a surgical case… they probably get worried they are going to be asked to assemble a bedside table.

A pair of dubiously-skilled DIYers accidentally caused a mini-avalanche on the roof of a house in Fife… while trying to make it safer.

The men had set out to clear their gutters of ice which was causing the pipes to sag and they feared could cause structural damage.

But as they tried to break some of the ice from the weighted down pipes, a piece of guttering attached to a satellite cable broke off.

At this point one of the men - being filmed by a pal - started to hit the ice-laden TV cable to break it off. And oh boy did it work, kind of.

Part of the guttering fell from the building, causing all of the snow on the roof to slide off avalanche-style… something tells us they won't be watching satellite TV for a while.

275x250.jpgConfused fans of Coronation Street who watched the tram crash on the soap have been calling Manchester transport bosses… to see how it will impact schedules.

Struggling to separate fact from fiction, viewers have been calling Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive to check if trams are still running.

A spokesperson for GMPTE told Newslite: "We had approximately half a dozen calls to  after the Coronation Street crash episode on Monday.

"None were from people panicking or in distress, they were simply calling the next morning to ask if services were affected."

Personally we're now wondering if the confusion is a sign of the high quality of the special effects… or the intellect of some viewers.

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Police officers rushed to the house of a retired lecturer in the early hours of the morning when they received a silent 999 call… and then found his cat sleeping on the phone. (Mirror)

A French woman needed to be rescued by a helicopter after getting stuck when a herd of wild pigs chased her up a tree. (Telegraph) Cheers Tom… no this story isn't too boaring.

Daredevil Valery Rozov has climbed Wolf's Peak, a mountain 3,000m above sea level where the temperatures are -30C -- just to jump off. It's okay, he's a base jumper. (Asylum)

Possibly jealous of the facial hair grown by men during Movember, a group of feminists are calling for women to grow out their eyebrows for Decembrow. Se what they did there? (Aol Weird News)

An unobservant traffic warden put a parking ticket on a car in Cambridge… before noticing there was a dead man slumped on the back seat. (SWNS) Thanks Jane… who often wishes traffic wardens dead.

Yeti hunter Mike Allsop An adventurer who conquered Mt Everest three years ago says he's now on the hunt to find a Yeti… or the purported remains of one anyway.

Several years ago while acclimatising in Nepal for an upcoming climb, Mike Allsop was told a story about a 'Abominable Snowman' hand and skull.

It was said examples of Yeti bones had been stolen from a monastery in the village of Pangboche in 1999 by a trekker, taking with it the income raised by charging to view them.

Allsop was so taken by the story he worked with a movie prop firm to produce replicas of the lost artefacts and vowed to track down the originals… which is safer than finding a live Yeti.

eyes make people behave better Scientists say people behave themselves more if they are being watched… even by a photograph of staring eyes.

Boffins put up two posters in a cafe telling people to tidy up after themselves, one with a picture of flowers, the other with staring eyes.

The team from Newcastle University then monitored behaviour and measured the impact each had.

It was found the presence of the staring eyes caused twice as many people to clean up as the floral posters.

In other news, students at Newcastle University noticed a lot of eye posters telling them to get on with their dissertations.

This is probably not what the 100 tourists on-board had expected when they booked a nice leisurely Antarctic cruise.

Dramatic footage show the moment a cruise ship broke down when it was battered by 30-foot waves as it sailed through Drake Passage towards Argentina.

The rough sea knocked out an engine and communications on the Clelia II,  as giant waves lashed onto the deck and smashed windows.

Looking at the clip, which was filmed from another ship, it's hard to believe, but non of the 100 passengers and 60 staff onboard were injured.

Repairs were made to the ship and it proceeded to limp back to Argentina an reduced engine power… by the time it gets to port the passengers might have dried off.

regreted purchasesHave you eve bought something only to later regret the purchase? Of course you have… a recent study found Brits will waste more than £49,000 in their lifetime.

In fact, researchers discovered we spend £68.44 each month on items which we later wish we hadn’t bought.

That adds up to £821.28 a year or more than £49,687 from the age of 18… suddenly all those shoes don't look so good do they?

Surprisingly, researchers found men are the worst offenders frittering away more than £968 a year compared to the £649 wasted by women.

And that's a statistic men will now hear quoted at them if they dare to suggest their partner has wasted money by buying a £800 handbag.

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A bungling arsonist was not only set on fire by his accomplice, but in a desperate bid to flee from the scene he ran straight into a lamp-post. (Telegraph) Thanks David… you're on fire today.

We're of the opinion that everyone has a nemesis, and for one unlucky motorist it's undoubtedly police officer Andy Flitton. He's stopped the driver twice for speeding, once on London and once in New Zealand. (AFP)

A teenager who stole a dump truck and led police on a 50-mile high-speed chase then proceeded to smash the truck into numerous police cars when they tried to stop him. (Ohio.com) (YouTube)

Two maids have been jailed after 'extorting money out of their employe using magic'. A Saudi court heard the pair used sorcery to drain their employer’s financial resources. (Emirates 24/7) Cheers Ali… who would have just used they credit card.

Do not try this at home! Jumping from a dilapidated tower block with what appears to be a makeshift bungee cord is never a wise thing to do. Really, even if you are Russian. (TheDailyWh.at)

275x250.jpg A photographer who scored a surprise hit with a quirky calendar featuring dogs in yoga poses is at it again, this time with puppies and kittens.

Dan Borris creates the wacky images with the help of his yoga instructor wife Alejandra, who coaxes the animals into certain positions.

He then takes photos of each animal and uses Photoshop to combine them and make it appear as though the cats and dogs are in actual yoga poses.

The calendars have become a hit around the world with orders flooding in from Russia, Japan and Europe… and people in each country think they're being original with jokes about Downward facing dog.

275x250.jpgAn advertising executive who had his laptop stolen from his car is offering a 'Fabulous Drug Stash' to anyone who can return his computer.

Kurt Shore had be preparing to leave his office car-park when a colleague triggered the alarm causing him to run briefly back inside.

But in the 30 seconds it took him to get back to his car, a crook had jumped out of their own car and grabbed a laptop from his front seat.

Now, in a bid to retrieve the laptop which contains photos of his children, he's produced a reward poster offering a "fabulous drug stash" to whoever returns the computer.

The poster also features a image of marijuana and Kurt says he has 'high' hopes of getting his MacBook back.

A trigger-happy US man is offering to 'chop' down Christmas trees for people by shooting at them with (the tree that is) with a shotgun.

Known only as Hickok45 or Greg, the man from Nashville, decided the unusual felling method could be a way to differentiate his Christmas Tree Farm from rivals.

And as this video advert shows, it does. Customers are asked to puck their tree in the normal method, but an axe is only used to clear the trunk.

Greg then gets his gun out and shoots at the base of the tree until it falls. It can then be taken home by the buyer.

The 'farm' has the slogan 'You Shop, We Chop' and a big sign which says 'No Refunds' … Like you'd be dumb enough to argue with a man who spends his days shooting trees.

275x250.jpg An X-ray of Albert Einstein's skull, taken 10 years before the physics genius died, has been sold at a auction for £24,000.

The bizarre lot - which dated from 1945 - surprised auctioneers in Beverly Hills, who'd only expected it to reach £1,200.

Other items sold at the Juliens Auctions sale included a jacket worn by John Lennon (£153,000) and a sequinned glove worn by pop king Michael Jackson (£191,220).

A fedora worn by the Thriller singer went for £45,890… which almost makes the  Einstein brain X-ray look like a bargain.

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A US department store has fired a veteran Santa Claus after a couple complained that a joke he told them was inappropriate. The 68-year-old had worked as a Father Christmas at Macy's for 20 years. (Aol Weird News)

A photo of a battered F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone - taken after he was mugged - is being used to advertise the £11,000 watch he had stolen from him. (The Sun)

We know all about the best office pranks. But what if your office happens to be a science lab -- pneumatic cannon pranks, that's what. Unless this is a hoax... but it almost doesn't matter. (YouTube)

A foodie photographer has produced an amazing slow-mo cookbook which captures the moments others miss, such as a kernel of corn popping or an egg starting to fry… which could explain why it takes up six volumes and 2,400 pages. (ShortList)

Inspired by watching the spy comedy Chuck, an Oregon man has legally changed his name from Douglas Allen Smith to Captain Awesome. Mr Awesome we salute you. (We Interrupt)

275x250.jpg A classical musician had her 300-year-old £1.2 million Stradivarius violin stolen when she stopped at a London sandwich store.

It's understood Korean violinist Min-Jin Kym was grabbing a bite to eat at a Pret A Manger cafe outside Euston station when her prized instrument was pinched.

Police say it was only as she tucked into her food that the 32-year-old musician noticed her black, rectangular violin case had been taken.

Given it contained a 1696 Antonio Stradivarius violin worth £1.2m and a Peccatte bow valued at £62,000 -- it made her sandwich one of the most expensive ever. Even more than this one.

No matter how grown-up and sophisticated you think you are, there are some things guaranteed to make you laughing like an eight-year-old.

For us it's TV presenters making a fool of themselves - for Matt Lauer it's apparently the phrase "size of the package" -- as this clip shows.

The morning show anchor has been interviewing the show's financial editor, Jean Chatzky about food prices when he made a comment about package size.

That was it. As she responded while smiling, he cracked up, eventually causing her to also start laughing until the point neither of them could speak.

Eventually Lauer making the apology "Oh, I'm sorry, something struck me as funny there." We can't possibly imagine.

275x250.jpgSanta, Sparkle and Rudolph have been revealed as just some of the bizarre festive names given to babies born around Christmas.

Researchers looking at the names given to millions of children found that since the year 2000, festive names have been given to some 73,495 babies.

The most popular was Joseph, given to 28,223 British children, followed by Holly, with 21,312 kids being given the moniker and then Faith with 5,183.

Less common, but more altogether more odd, are the five children called Sparkle and Santa, the three Rudolphs and the three called Claus.

We can only imagine what will happen when, at the age of seven, little Santa gets told by all the other children in his class he doesn't really exist.

A video showing a family of ducks being being blown around by a powerful gust of wind has become an online hit.

The clip, which has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube, shows a mother and nine ducklings waddling along at a racecourse in Toronto

But then, as they cross an open paved area, a gust of wind catches the ducklings and knocks the little ones off their feet.

As the wind hits again it sends them flyin all over the place and the mother begins to panic and runs around trying to make sure they are all okay.

At this point, if you listen carefully enough, you can probably hear the 'Awwws' of another YouTube user nearby watching the same clip.

275x250.jpgA designer who creates extravagant technology using rare materials has done it again -- making an iPhone 4 from 65-million year old dinosaur teeth and a meteor.

Stuart Hughes says only 10 of the 'HISTORY edition' phones will be made -- but given he's selling for £40,000 each that's probably enough.

The phone, dubbed the 'ultimate dog and bone', has a blinging 8.5ct IF flawless diamond bezel, platinum plates and a diamond Apple logo.

But this is nothing compared to the finish of the rear, it's carved from a  65-million-year-old prehistoric T-Rex tooth and meteoric stone.

If you don't think having a £40,00 dinosaur tooth and meteor iPhone is quite enough of a statement, remember there's always the £5 MILLION phone.

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Researchers in China have taken to dressing up as panda parents in full-body black and white suits as they work with young bears at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Centre. We don't know why. (Asylum)

Police in Sweden say a hunter accidentally killed an elderly skier when the bullet he fired at an elk passed through the animal and hit the 71-year-old. (The Local)

Joy-riders normally opt for flash or speedy cars to nick, but not this teenager in Ohio -- he stole a dumper truck and proceeded to take police on a 50-mile chase. (Washington Post) (YouTube)

For Sale: One remote forest hideaway as used by the Unabomber as he planned his terrorist campaign. The hideaway is expected to sell for $69,500. (Montreal Gazette) Thanks David… who emailed from his own forest hideaway.

When a Saudi man took his sick wife to hospital, he was so surprised to see his injured son also being admitted following a car accident, that he ran over… and slapped him in the face. (Emirates 24/7) Cheers Ali… who never borrowed the car without asking.

275x250.jpgHome Alone has been voted the greatest family Christmas movie of all time, ahead of classics like It's a Wonderful Life and... National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

The movie in which Macaulay Culkin fends off idiotic burglars after his parents abandon him took first place in a poll of 3,000 film fans.

It's a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart came in second place, followed by the animated classic, The Snowman.

Other Christmas movies in the Top 20 included The Muppets Christmas Carol, White Christmas, The Wizard of Oz and Elf.

The poll also revealed nearly a quarter of adults think settling down to watch a good film is one of the few relaxing aspects of Christmas.

275x250.jpgThe sonic screwdriver, as wielded by Doctor Who since 1968, could become soon become a real-life tool, claim ultrasonic engineers.

Boffins at Bristol University say technology has already reached a point where a working sonic screwdriver could be produced.

By operating waves at frequencies beyond the realms of human hearing, they claim they could manipulate objects using ultrasonic force fields.

This would mean a sonic screwdriver could be used to dot things like open locks and undo screws.

So, while it might not be much good for fighting off the Daleks, researchers say it could tackle the other big enemy of mankind… furniture from Ikea.

BBC radio presenters were left red-faced today after mispronouncing the name of culture secretary Jeremy Hunt… replacing the H with a C.

James Naughtie started it off by introducing the culture secretary on The Today Programme and calling him Jeremy Cunt.

Instantly realising his error, he tried to cover it up with a faux coughing fit… though he apologised 20 minutes later blaming 'Dr Spooner'.

And on the official Today Show Twitter account producers tried to laugh it off saying: "Yes, your ears deceived you. Move along now, nothing to see here..."

But that wasn't the end of it. Wile discussing the Freudian slip on another Radio 4 show, Andrew Marr repeated the gaffe right after saying he wouldn't. Oops.

275x250.jpgPeople named Mark and Susan are the most likely to have marriages which end in divorce, it has been found.

A study of data from thousands of recently filed divorces in the UK found these monikers appeared more often than any others.

David, Michael, Caroline and Nicola were also discovered to appear as divorce clients more often than those with other names.

However, men called Theo, Roy and Liam are the least likely to get divorced as are women called Penelope, Shannon and Sofia.

Are you a Mark in a relationship with a Susan? We'd ask you to leave us a comment below… but you'd probably be better off calling your lawyer.

A man who fell onto the track at a Madrid subway had a lucky escape when he  was dragged to safety seconds ahead of an incoming train.

The incident, which was caught on CCTV, happened on Friday when an unnamed passenger fell backwards onto the track and injured himself.

As the 41-year-old lay there fellow travellers saw an incoming train which looked certain to hit him and started waving and shouting at the driver to stop.

But it was the brave action of an off-duty police man which saved him when he jumped down onto the track and then lifted the man out of the way.

Dramatic footage shows the train then only missed the pair by inches… luckily there wasn't one coming in from the other direction at the same time.

WNWDW: Elephant herd go on drunken rampage

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A herd of elephants in India got drunk on a stockpile of booze and went on a rampage destroying dozens of homes and killing three people. Experts say the animals were later found sleeping off their hangover. (Nine MSN)

A university football mascot in the US has been arrested after starting a snowball fight with rival fans and then brawling with a police officer who told him to stop. (Cincinnati.com)

TV viewers in Germany were left horrified when a stunt in which a gymnast was trying to jump over moving cars on spring-loaded stilts went horribly wrong. The is no update on his condition. (The Sun)

The Iranian government is said to be furious after they spotted a Star of David painted on the roof of the Iran Air headquarters on Google Maps satellite images. (Stuff) Cheers David... our own star David.

A German man who is said to have put more than 500 live tarantulas in the mail to the US has been arrested in Los Angeles (Aol Weird News) Thanks Anne… who enclosed a tarantula in her tip email.


Police in Kent have warned people not to abuse the 999 system -- after a woman called the emergency number to report her snowman had been nicked.

The caller said she had just looked outside her house and noticed that the snowman had gone.

When asked if it was an ornamental snowman she said: "No a snowman made of snow, I made him myself," adding that she'd used money for the eyes.

Then she utted the classic line, "It ain't a nice road but you don’t expect anybody to nick your snowman."

Officers who branded the call "completely irresponsible" say the woman was told not to misuse the 999 service… and that her snowman may have flown away.

275x250.jpg Wang, talywhacker, chopper and schlong are just some of the words men across the UK use to refer to their willy, it's been found.

An interactive map has been launched to collect the various words men in different regions use when talking about their penis and see how they compare.

For example, while blokes in the North East talk about their 'Pork Javelin' and 'Wham Wacker' those in London prefer 'Pork Sword'. Other popular terms include 'Oldboy', 'Todger', 'Ballzooka' and the 'One-Eyed Milkman.'

The 'I Call Mine" map has been set up by Lloyds Pharmacy is a bid to make men less embarrassed when talking about their… you know what.

275x250.jpg Researchers at NASA say they've discovered a new form of life which is alien to anything else living on plant Earth.

The bizarre bacteria, catchily called GFAJ-1, was discovered in the toxic waters of Mono Lake in California and is able to thrive on arsenic - and incorporate it into their DNA.

This means the bacteria is radically different to all other life on Earth which is made of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulphur.

Boffins say the new form of "weird life" has huge implications for the search for extraterrestrial life as we now know habitable planets do not need to conform to what we previously thought… that means there could be intelligent life in Birmingham.


A barber in Alaska would have been forgiven for stopping what he was doing when a SUV smashed through the window of his barbershop.

But while Han Song simply paused to check the driver of the car was okay, he then continued to finish his haircut.

CCTV footage shows the moment the out of control driver dramatically smashed through the window into the store - luckily not injuring anyone.

And while Song stopped briefly to survey the damage with his hands on his hips, just seconds later he instructed his client back into the chair.

Song says he wanted to finish the job rather than send the man away with half a haircut. If that's not worth a tip we don't know what is.

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When a man in Brighton discovered the pavement outside his home was so icy hardly anyone could walk over it without falling over, he did what anyone would. No, he didn't warn people or get the salt out -- he set up his camcorder. (MSN)

Beekeepers in New York were baffled when their bees suddenly started producing red honey -- until they found they'd raided a local maraschino cherry factory. (Telegraph) Thanks David… who buzzed us with that one.

A man who was charged with indecent assault charges after twice grabbing the bottom of a nurse in an emergency room says it was just his way of expressing appreciation. (MSNBC) Cheers Rebecca… we're on our way around to show you our appreciation.

A stand-off in the US between local police and an eight-inch tall robot has ended with the figurine being blown to pieces because it looked suspicious. (Daily Mail)

Cold chickens braving the snow in West Yorkshire are being given little knitted jumpers to keep them warm. Yes there's a photo. (Aol Weird News)

275x250.jpgBritish cheese-makers have announced they are to release a beer made from Stilton cheese. No, we're not convinced either.

The unusual brew is said to capture the distinctive flavour of creamy and salty blue cheese and is made by combining stilton whey with beer wort.

This produces a 4.2 percent real ale "The Blue Brew" which drinkers will be glad to know is a traditional chestnut-coloured ale rather than a blue concoction.

Bosses from the Stilton Cheesemakers Association and Belvoir Brewery say it took several attempts to get the drink right but they are convinced drinkers will like the taste.

Would you try a cheese beer, what cheese would you like to see turned into a beer? Let us know in the comments. We're off for a pint of Cheddar Artois.

275x250.jpgAdolescent great white sharks may be too weak to capture and kill large marine mammals, scientists have claimed.

Though we still wouldn't want to find one in our swimming pool, boffins say that until they're about 15-years-old and three metres long, great white sharks lack bite.

It's claimed while sharks can maintain high bite forces no matter how widely their jaws are open - their jaw cartilage takes years to develop.

Researchers think this could explain why many attacks on humans are aborted, the young sharks would hurt their jaws on the first bite.

It will come as no surprise the team were not confident enough in their finding to present them from a tank filled with young sharks.

The Andrex puppy - which has starred in TV adverts since 1972 - has been replaced by a computer generated dog for a new ad.

In their latest advertising campaign, Kimberly Clark, the firm behind Andrex toilet paper opted for a CGI dog rather than the iconic Labrador Retriever puppy

The 40 second advert entitled 'It's the Little Things' shows the digitised dog using a computer, baking a cake… and briefly chasing a toilet roll.

A spokesperson for Kimberly Clark said: "We really believe we’ve given him a new lease of life and have evolved his character."

Something tells us viewers might disagree… if you put your ear to the computer you can almost hear them starting "Bring back the real puppy" groups on Facebook.

275x250.jpgCheryl Cole could need subtitles if she becomes a judge on the US version of the X-Factor next year, according to a global poll of interpreters and translators.

The Geordie Girls Aloud singer - tipped to star on the US show - has been named one of the high-profile Brits most likely to need subtitles on US TV.

A poll of 226 linguists found Cheryl the fourth most difficult Brit celeb to understand - with only Wayne Rooney, Alex Ferguson and Susan Boyle were harder to decipher.

A spokesperson for Today Translations, which conducted the poll said: "We wanted to know whether Cheryl Cole might need subtitles when she becomes a judge on the US version of The X Factor."

Forget that, we could do with subtitles on the ITV version. Seriously we don't understand a word she says.

275x250.jpgOne in six Brits will ONLY buy Christmas presents for friends and family if they are reduced, a survey of 5,000 shoppers has found.

Researchers into present buying habits discovered stingy Brits are taking advantage of sales and two-for-one offers to stock up on gifts ahead of the festive period.

Alcohol top the list of goods which are being snapped up from store shelves, followed by clothes and kids' toys. And two thirds of people say they will buy some discounted presents.

But a tight one-in-six say ALL the presents they buy will be on offer in some way, shape or form.

Just in case my wife is reading this, I will not be one of those. Honest. Not after last year anyway.

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A pair of women in the US were arrested after trying use their rolls of body fat to hide the items they were stealing. They stashed items including shoes under their belly fat and breasts. (Aol Weird News)

Compared to other possible consequences of a war breaking out between North and South Korea, this probably isn't that important -- but a Kim Jong Il lookalike says his business is being hit by the prospect of conflict. (MSNBC)

Gary Lineker has finally owned up to taking a Paula Radcliffe-esque dump on the pitch during game at the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy. With footage you can never un-see. (YouTube)

A group of four British tourists have been arrested in Latvia - after they were caught on CCTV stripping off in temperatures of -15C and riding a life-size wooden horse. (Asylum)

A Brazilian clown has been cleared to take his seat in the national congress after a judge ruled he can read and write well enough to act as a congressman. (MSNBC)

275x250.jpg A French artist says coastguards are constantly trying to 'save' him whenever he takes his boat out -- and it's not hard to see why.

Julien Berthier has created 'Love Love' a boat which permanently looks like it is sinking and sticking out of the water.

The zany 35-year-old from Paris took a wrecked boat which he found in Normandy, cut it in half and sealed the end with fibre-glass before fitting two electric motors.

It's said the result is a 'surprisingly stable' craft, where the sailor sits in an upside down seat. Of course the problem is, no-one will ever know if he is in real trouble.

A massive 16-floor hotel has been built in the Hunan province of China in a record time -- under six days.

The impressively speedy build, shown in time-lapse photography, saw the New Ark Hotel rise from an empty space in just 136 hours.

Developer Broad Sustainable Building, who worked until 10pm each night, say the five days and 16 hour construction time is thanks to the use of pre-fabricated parts.

The frame of the 50m building - which is built to withstand a magnitude nine earthquake - took just 46 hours to put together, with the building enclosure taking another 90.

Personally we'd love to see the face of someone who'd gone on holiday for the week and come home to discover the 16-floor hotel in front of their window.

275x250.jpgIf you've ever wondered 'Why are England so bad at football?' you are not alone -- it's been revealed as the most commonly asked question of 2010.

Search engine Ask Jeeves have trawled their statistics to discover the questions Brits have most wanted answering in the past 12 months.

Of the 360,000 direct questions posed on the site each day, many this year focused on South African World Cup -- in particular why England were so bad.

Other common questions asked online included 'Is the X-Factor fixed?' 'What is the Government going to cut next?' and 'Do all footballers cheat?'

Another of the most popular queries of 2010 was 'Who is Justin Bieber?' -- presumably typed in by bewildered parents who are still non the wiser.

275x250.jpgTeachers often seem to delight in the errors made by some students. Which is why sometimes it's particularly enjoyable to see a learned teacher come a cropper.

A head-teacher has been forced to make a grovelling apology after a teacher sent a school report to a pupil littered with FOURTEEN grammatical errors*.

The short report sent by the schoolgirl's form tutor at Gleed Girls’ Technology College, Spalding, was strewn with misspellings, incorrect apostrophe use and even had letters missing.

Shockingly, the first error can be instantly found in the subject line of the e-mail, titled: ' form tutor report for parents everning'.

But even more shockingly… we don't think it was a PE teacher who sent the error-laden email.

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A would-be restaurant robber was foiled by an unlikely hero -- a pastry-wielding cashier who pelted him with empanadas, think flying Cornish pasties. (MSNBC)

An agoraphobic hare has become a family pet -- where it's fed on puppy milk and watches TV from the sofa -- after a close shave with a farmer's plough left it too scared to go outside. (Daily Mail)

A game of hide-and-seek in China ended with firefighters being called to cut a toddler our of a washing machine. (Click On Detroit) Cheers Anna… you'll never fit in there.

As this rather gruesome X-ray shows, a builder is lucky to be alive after an accident with a nail gun saw him shot in the face and the metal spike stopped just 1mm from his brain. (The Sun)

Trying to avoid hitting an alligator in the road caused a US driver to lose control of their car and crash into another vehicle killing the driver. (Naples News) Thanks Tim… the alligator is fine.





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