Simon Crisp: February 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg If you're anything like us, you probably spend most of your waking day thinking about how you would survive a zombie apocalypse.

Well now a Google Street View mashup game has been released where you can see how long you could survive if the rise of the undead happened near your home.

After inputting your postcode, you start the Streetview Zombie Apocalypse by looking at the Google view of your own home and have to instantly start dodging and running away from the zombies.

While it's almost certain you will soon become zombified yourself, it's interesting to see how long you would last… and plan for what you will do when it really happens.

275x250.jpgA police officer has escorted a group of ducklings to safety after coming across them on a busy road. And become an internet hero.

Glenn Eppler had been driving in Fort Myers when he encountered the unusual suspects - ten tiny ducklings - holding up traffic.

Footage from his dash-cam shows the officer jumping out of his vehicle and trying to guide the little feathered critters to safety.

But it wasn't as easy as he expected and the birds - which had somehow dodged traffic - were uncooperative.

Luckily a passer-by helped the officer to pick up the tiny ducklings and moved them to somewhere a little safer where they were reunited with their mother.

Stefan Ager had climbed to the top of a mountain and was just planning his route his route back down, when he lost his footing and ended up taking an altogether different trip.

Footage shot from his helmet cam shows that after making it to the top he celebrated by taking a look around, capturing a clip of himself and putting his skis on.

But as the skier clipped himself into the skis, he tripped backwards and tumbled down the rocky-looking mountain.

After the 15 second fall, Ager let out an audible gasp of pain before looking up at the route he had just fallen. Amazingly he escaped unscathed… we've got bruises just from watching it.

275x250.jpgThe Greek city of Athens has been named as the world's most flirtatious city… when it comes to online flirting.

A study of more than 12 million online interactions found people in Athens were more likely to make contact with someone they fancied than anywhere else.

The second most flirtatious city - according to the study by - was found to be Moscow, followed by Kuwait City.

Apparently people in Athens initiate almost twice as many online flirtations per month  as people in Rio, Warsaw or Prague.

Other flirtatious world cities include Rome (8th), Madrid (31st), Paris (38th), London (57th), Berlin (79th), and New York (89th).

Sometimes we wish we could drive straight into our favourite coffee shop on the way to work… a bit like this woman.

A hapless motorist says she doesn't know what happened to cause her to accidentally crash straight into the front of a coffee shop.

As this CCTV footage shows, one minute 42-year-old Joan Herrity was parking her car in Boston -- the next she was parked in the middle of a coffee store.

After smashing through the glass entrance, her Toyota Sienna came to a halt and Herrity staggered to the counter. It's not know if she ordered a coffee.

Luckily for the driver, the store was empty of customers at the time and no-one was injured… luckily for us, they had well positioned CCTV cameras.

WNWDW: Police dog invades football pitch

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We don't know too much about this video other than there is probably one very embarrassed police dog handler in Brazil -- after his pooch ran onto the pitch and grabbed the ball during a football match. (YouTube)

Shomari Stone was preparing to record a piece to camera when he noticed a fight breaking out between a group of nearby men. Seconds later they were brawling and Stone ran over to pull them apart. (NECN)

The latest energy drink to appear on the market might just give you enough of a kick to run away from whoever came up with the recipe… in includes stallion semen. (Aol Weird News)

We've all seen cheating and diving footballers, but Napoli fans got in on the diving action during a recent game when they tumbled over a broken stadium barrier while celebrating a goal. (Asylum)

A primary school near where England ace Steven Gerrard grew up has banned children from playing with footballs and given them sponge balls instead. (Telegraph) Cheers David… No ball games.

Weird Week: Crab Kong and Royal Gnomes

A video of a cat giving his owner the thumbs-up has become an online hit… and how could it not, it's a cat giving his owner the thumbs-up.

In the 38 second clip, Jimmy's female owner can be heard asking him to do his thing for the camera… and then he does.

Keeping his front left leg out-stretched on the sofa, he squeezes his paw to make an easily identifiable thumbs-up.

While some have said the Fonz impression is due Jimmy having an extra toe, others don't care -- and why should they, it's a cat giving his owner the thumbs-up.

275x250.jpg Artist Ben Heine shot to fame last year with is amazing surreal Pencil v Camera landscapes -- and since then they've only become better and more bizarre.

The 27-year-old says his images have become increasingly popular online and that he's exhibited in Belgian and US galleries, with ones in the UK, France and German to follow.

While Heine used to create all of the images by holding a drawing in front of a landscape and taking a photo he now adopts a variety of methods.

These include taking a photo a a drawing being held in front of a background, taking two images and joining them digitally and create a digital drawing over a digital painting.

275x250.jpg Boffins have unveiled the world's smallest computer which measures an amazingly small one square millimetre.

Despite it's diminutive size, the team from the University of Michigan say the device still packs an impressive amount of power.

It contains an ultra low-power microprocessor, a pressure sensor, memory, a thin-film battery, a solar cell and a wireless radio with an antenna that can transmit data to an external reader.

Makers say the tech could one day be used to track pollution, monitor structural integrity, perform surveillance, or make any object trackable… as long as they don't lose it.

275x250.jpgA fox with a head for heights has been discovered living at the top of a 288m tall skyscraper at London Bridge.

The animal, named Romeo by staff, was found 72 storeys off the ground in the UK's tallest skyscraper, the Shard.

It's thought he got there by climbing 71 sets of stairs and a ladder and survived for two weeks by eating food left by builders.

While the building is still under construction, the fantastic fox will have enjoyed sensational panoramic views of London before he was caught in a special cage.

The fearless intruder has now been brought down to earth after being released back on to the streets of Bermondsey.

275x250.jpg A wacky restaurant in London has started selling ice cream which is made from human breast milk… and served with a rusk and shot of Calpol.

Bosses at The Icecreamists in Covent Garden say the £14 per serving 75% breast milk ice cream - dubbed Baby Gaga - is surprisingly tasty and good for you.

After the breast milk has been expressed on site it is pasteurised and then churned with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest. Then it's ready to go on sale.

Because of demand, the restaurant is now appealing for breast milk donations and say women will be paid £15 for every 10 ounces of milk… who's going to be nipping out to give it a try?

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Dolphins have being credited with saving a dog's life after it became stranded in a canal. The group of dolphins are said to have stayed with the dog and alerted passers-by by persistently splashing. (GuVid) (WCSH6)

A man who was shot in the face by his brother survived the incident because the bounced off his gold tooth, it's been claimed. (ArcaMax)

A basketball fan has been left with a bloody nose after being knocked in the face by a mascot after a crowd-surfing stunt. (GuVid) (NewsNet 5)

Saturday is World Sword Swallower's Day (like you'd forget) and Lady Aye is here to tell you how to start relax three layers of your esophageal muscles. (Aol Weird News)

So we know robots will at some point soon be our mechanical overlords, but if this video is anything to go by we should be okay at the moment, well all but the slowest of us. (ABC)

275x250.jpg Going up and down stairs can be such a bore… which is why team of Japanese architects have created a house with slides instead of stairs.

Level architects say they were given the brief of designing a family home which would give the children memories which would last forever.

So after thinking about the challenge they decided to build an element of play into parts of the house which would otherwise just be there to perform a function, the stairs.

The result is a three-storey family home in Nakameguro, Tokyo, which has stairs on one side and slides on the other. What's next… a ball pool in the bathroom?

275x250.jpgBBC's The One Show was yesterday taken off air… when someone warming up a cup of tea accidentally triggered the fire alarm.

As hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones interviewed actress Tamsin Greig, the alarm started to sound, leaving them with bemused looks on their faces.

But just after Jones halted the interview and said: "Oh, I think that's our fire alarm." it stopped… briefly.

Within seconds the alarm was ringing out again after several minutes of confusion the show was pulled from air and replaced with cookery show.

Which is ironic… because Jones later revealed on Twitter: "Somebody was warming their tea up and the microwave set off the alarm!" Oops.

275x250.jpg We can't think of much worse than having to run a marathon -- except maybe running a marathon while wearing a bizarre and uber-geeky harness which would broadcast our every step online.

But that is exactly what Joseph Tame will do when he runs in the Tokyo marathon on Sunday after building himself a 'Mobile Social Media Studio' out of iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices

The 33-year-old media producer will use his balmy-looking iRun gizmo to stream the entire 26.2 miles live to social networking sites.

During the race he will communicate with followers on Twitter, broadcast his position vis GPS and stream video on Ustream… if anyone wants to see and increasing exhausted man making his way around Tokyo.

275x250.jpg37% of Brits say they live on a diet of ready meals, snacks and left-overs from Monday to Friday and never cooking a mid-week evening meal.

A survey of 3,000 people found that many never cook their mid week evening meal from scratch and always go for the easy option.

70% attribute their dependency on convenience meals and snacks to hectic and stressful lives blaming working longer hours and parenting commitments.

And despite one in three thinking their health is suffering due to their eating habits the average Brit spends only 32 minutes creating their mid-week evening meal.

32 mintute, I know, it's crazy... haven't these people ever heard of a microwave.

275x250.jpg Our favourite cross-eyed sooth-sayer opossum has started making her predictions about who will win Academy Awards… and it's good news for Natalie Portman.

Heidi the cross-eyed opossum, from the Leipzig Zoo in Germany, has become a hit in the US where she is appearing on the TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The confused-looking animal is being confronted by Oscar statuettes with the head of Academy Awards nominees affixed to the head and asked to touch the one she thinks will win.

After spending a considerable amount of time thinking about it, Heidi has so far predicted that Natalie Portman will win the Best Actress Oscar… though we are not sure that's the one she was looking at.

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When a Brazilian mother saw her 3-year-old son petting something behind the sofa, she probably thought he was displaying his imagination. Wrong! It was a 5-foot-long which had found its way in during a flood. (AZCentral)

A time-traveller from 33AD has arrived in Ohio on a mission from God to visit a dance club… at least that's what man told police when they asked why he'd stopped his car in the middle of the road. (Aol Weird News)

Video of a car speeding over a pedestrian bridge in an Italian city, it's got to be another remake of the Italian Job, right? Nope, it was a pair of young couples looking for a shortcut to their night out. (Daily Mail)

Chris Hopper wasn't going to stand there and take it when a pair of armed robbers tried to raid his jewellery store. He wrestled with the thugs before throwing one of them over the counter and chasing them out onto the street. (Asylum)

If there's one neighbour you don't want to have a fight with, you'd think it was the military enthusiast with the tank parked outside his home. But that hasn't stopped residents in Wolvercote from complaining about the eye-sore. (Telegraph)

Police in Essex are on the hunt for a boy-racer who filmed a video of himself driving at 167mph in a 50mph area and then posted it to YouTube. (Daily Mail)

275x250.jpgLucas Jatobá had enjoyed living in Barcelona so much, that when it was time to move, he wanted to say a big thank you to the city.

And the 29-year-old Brazilian did it in style, he released 250 balloons containing free tickets to a theatre production into the sky.

After sticking the tickets to cards along with a note, he visited several key tourist spots and let the balloons go.

Jatobá said he hoped this would give the people who found the heart-shaped foil balloons the chance to have as much fun in the Spanish city as he had.

Speaking of the stunt, he said: "For the last 3 years I’ve been really happy living in Barcelona and that’s why I’d like to say goodbye being grateful to the city in a special way."

It appears zoos in Japan have an interesting way of practicing what they would do if a dangerous animal escaped. As this video conclusively shows.

One of the trainers at Tama Zoo in Tokyo recently donned a tiger costume and ran around while colleagues chase him with nets and guns.

26-year-old Shuhei Yamaguchi had to pretend to be a Siberian Tiger which had broken free during an earthquake and go on an hour-long rampage of the attraction.

Dressed in a none too convincing bright yellow costume, other staff used sticks and nets to restrain him, luckily they refrained from pulling the trigger on their tranquilliser guns.

275x250.jpgA German brewery has started touting its no-alcohol beer as the latest sports drink for athletes claiming it has "regenerative benefits".

Erdinger Alkoholfrei is now being given out at the finish line of sporting events - like the World Cup biathlons - and sports stars are even being signed up to help promote it.

Brewery bosses say the no-alcohol beer is "a very healthy product" and that being isotonic and vitamin-rich makes it an effectine drink to sip on post exercise.

However, unlike traditional sports drinks, it's served with a frothy head and is a familiar golden colour -- not in a squeezey bottle.

While we certainly think this is a step up from most isotonic drinks, we've always been partial to a glass of Rochefort 10 after working up a sweat.

Thunder-thighs dinosaur We love it when a new dinosaur is discovered. And when that dino is called something bizarre like 'Thunder-thighs' it's even better.

Scientists in Utah say they've discovered a new species of dinosaur which may have used it's powerful and huge legs to kick predators.

Also known as Brontomerus mcintoshi the dinosaur lived 110 million years ago during the Early Cretaceous Period was the size of a large elephant, and measured 14 meters in length.

Researchers say Thunder-thighs probably had to contend with fierce "raptors" and could have also used its huge legs to fight with love rivals… and anyone who called it Thunder-thighs.

275x250.jpgAn Australian township called Speed, in Victoria, has been officially renamed as SpeedKills -- in a bid to improve road safety.

The name-change is part of a road safety campaign which aims to reduce rural road trauma and increase awareness of the dangers associated with speeding.

Signs welcoming drivers to 'SpeedKills' will be installed at the north and south ends of town for one month, along with extensive media coverage for the campaign.

Bosses from the Transport Accident Commission and Victoria Police say they hope the driving past signs saying SpeedKills will encourage more drives to slow down.

While we sincerely hope they are right, we can't help but wonder what that means drivers in place like Fucking, Wank and Knob Lick do when they see those signs.

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A Chinese man who spent three days straight playing an online game at an internet cafe - forgoing little things like food and sleep - has died after collapsing and slipping into a coma. (Fox Atlanta)

A steady-handed Russian artist has created the world's smallest working aquarium. Despite measuring just 30x24x14mm it features a working water purification filter. (GuVid)

Ordering a pizza every day isn't exactly the most healthy of things - but for one US woman, her regular large pepperoni has saved her life. When staff didn't get their normal order they checked Jean Wilson was okay - she'd fallen over and couldn't get to the phone. (GuVid) (WMCTV)

Dave Cummings will turn 71 in a few weeks, and how will he celebrate… by becoming the oldest actor to be entered into the porn hall of fame. (Aol Weird News)

A US teenager is being forced to wear a sign on the corner of a street declaring he got bad grades in school and asking motorists to honk if they think he needs an education. (CBS 19)

275x250.jpgAn artist has worked full-time for three months to create a replica of a a Lincoln penny… using 84,000 pennies.

Wander Martich had started collecting the coins in 2006 when she was going through a tough period during which she got divorced, lost her job and lost her home to foreclosure.

And even after getting a job she and her two daughters continued putting $20 of pennies into a jar each week - which later developed into a savings account.

That was until 2010 when Martich decided to use her plethora of pennies to create a giant Lincoln penny for an art contest.

Martich said she embarked on the penny creation as a way of telling her story and the work has now been acquired by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!… we hope they paid at least $840 for it.

When Johnny McEntee shot to internet fame with his American Football trick shot video, we knew we'd soon see other player showing off their skills online.

Well today it's the turn of Alex Tanney, a quarterbacks from Monmouth College who can pull of a seriously impressive selection trick throws.

In his video Tanney can be seen hurling balls amazing distances with crazy precision - like hitting the posts from 60 yards.

And that's before we get to him throwing the ball to his mate in a speeding truck or shooting it off a trampoline and into a basketball hoop.

While some claim the trickster have digitally enhanced their skills, we think they just have too much time on their hands… with the right editing we could look that good to, right?

275x250.jpgSports coaches who wear suits on match days and tracksuits on training days get the optimum out of their teams, according to new research.

Scientists from the University of Portsmouth studied the effect a coach's appearance had on the players' impressions of their competence.

This was done by rating the reaction of 97 people to photographs of four different "coaches" - lean and large physiqued men in a tracksuit or suit.

It was found that those wearing a tracksuit were rated best for technical and character-building abilities while those who were suited and booted were seen as better strategists.

This means managers who wear tracksuits when training and suits on match-days, get the best of their teams… but not mater of costume changes will help Mick McCarthy and Wolves.

275x250.jpgThe inventor of the world's most complex Rubik's cube - complete with 1,539 segments - says it's so hard to do, it's even left him puzzled.

Oskar van Deventer says that after hearing about people building their own larger Rubik's cube style puzzles, he decided to give it a go.

However, while others were happy to make a cube only slightly bigger then the classic 3x3x3, he set about creating a 17x17x17 monster.

It took the electrical engineer from the Netherlands, more than 60 hours and £1,500 to produce the colossus, which was 3D printed by

But that appears to have been the easy bit. Because while he can finish a classic Rubik's cube in about two minutes, Oskar hasn't yet been able to do his own creation. Oops.

275x250.jpg The force is strong with this one. UK census officials say they're powerless to stop people declaring themselves as Jedi on the upcoming mega-form.

When the last UK census was conducted in 2001, around 400,000 people claimed to be members of the Star Wars Jedi religious movement.

This was understandably a source of embarrassment for statistics bosses who consider the record one of the most important pieces of information about the UK population.

And now it looks like the rise of the Jedi could be repeated, because while not on the official religion list, the ONS will once again include Jedi in the official numbers.

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Ksyusha the cat has become an internet star after her fondness for squeezing into jars, bowls and washing machines was revealed by her Russian owner. (Asylum)

People from around the world will tomorrow gather in Arizona to participate in a UFO conference to discuss topics including alien technology, government cover-ups, black projects and crop circles. (Aol Weird News)

CCTV footage has been revealed showing the moment a car fell from the third floor of a car park in Brazil. No major injuries were reported. (Zoom In)

We don't know who Uncle Gerald was. We do know however that he like fireworks - because it was his final wish to the sent off with a 320,000 exploding firecracker memorial. (Reddit) (YouTube)

A Saudi woman is seeking a divorce after her husband broke her hand for changing the TV channel from one of young girls performing sexy dances. (Asia One) Cheers Ali... don't go changing.

Police are on the lookout for Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble after statues of the pair disappeared in the US. (NaplesNews)  Cheers Tim… who asks: 'Yabba-dabba-do you know who took them?'

Would-be NFL prospects taking part in training camp seemed surprisingly relaxed when being told that a gorilla had escaped from a near-by zoo.

That was, until the 'gorilla' ran out of the bushes and towards them - leaving the American Football players scurrying away screaming like little girls.

Luckily the escaped animal was in fact a man in a costume there only to show how easily the the big and strong athletes could be scared. And oh boy did it work.

The prank was arranged by the organiser of the training camp who had tipped of a local news crew about what was going to happen. Which is why there is this great footage.

Sheep are smarter than previously believed

275x250.jpgSheep are considerably smarter than we have previously given them credit for, researchers from Cambridge University have claimed.

Tests found sheep, which have historically been perceived as being dim-witted, are actually as smart as animals such as monkeys.

Neuroscientist Professor Jenny Morton made the baa-rmy discovery after conducing a series of tests to test their logic and memory.

These included giving sheep different coloured buckets with one colour containing food and seeing how many times they had to be presented with the buckets before knowing which contained food.

It's said the sheep were able to learn this after the same number of attempts as rodents and monkeys… and they weren't just behaving like sheep, well they were, but you know what we mean.

275x250.jpg A hotel housekeeper has won a place in the record books after becoming the fastest person in the world to make a king-sized bed.

Putting most people to shame, it took Louise Waller took just 95 seconds to transform the bed from unmade to a professionally smart finish, during a recent event in London.

In that time she had to deal with two pillows with pillow cases, a mattress cover, a king size bed sheet, a king size duvet and duvet cover and a bed runner.

While 30-year-old Waller is understandably happy about the record, she also realises it also means she will have a hard time convincing her partner to to it at home.

200x190.jpgNo-one likes having their cinema experience ruined someone noisily munching on popcorn when they're trying to watch a movie.

But most of us simply tut at the eating offender and carry on. Not so in Latvia, where a man has been shot dead after a popcorn-based argument.

It's been reported that an argument broke out during a screening of Black Swan in Riga, centred around the volume at which someone was eating their cinema treat.

As the credits rolled, the fight is said to have become heated and seen a gun fired. Police say a 42-year-old man has since died and a 27-year-old was arrested.

While we're all in favour of enforcing the Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo Code of Conduct… it's safe to say this is probably going a bit too far.

Naked sausage thief caught on CCTV (Video)

There's a reason Joshua Abernathy has been dubbed the 'sausage thief' -- and it not just because he's said to have robbed a retirement centre of their breakfast meat.

It's also because he revealed his own wiener during the raid in Florida… on a security video.

When centre bosses found their breakfast sausages had been stolen, they reviewed CCTV footage to find the crook responsible, and it's safe to say they were shocked by the images confronted them.

Footage showed a man wandering through the facility before going into a back room, stripping off and then re-emerging minus his clothes.

The naked robber then proceeded to help himself to the meat, a first aid kit and napkins… thankfully in this version of the footage the thief's own sausage has been blurred out

WNWDW: Robbers hold-up gun store - lose $40

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A pair of crooks have been left $40 out of pocket after trying to rob a gun store in the US. Unsurprisingly staff at the gun store were armed and had a beter understanding of their weapons. (My Fox)

An English Loch Ness Monster has been photographed emerging from Lake Windermere near Bowness… and promptly beed dubbed Bownessie. (Aol Weird News)

Judges are not normally known for their sense of humour, but Julian Lambert is said to have had a court room in fits of laughter after congratulating a police dog for biting a thief on the bottom. (Mirror)

A cyclist who crashed during a world title race and ended up with a 25cm wooden splinter through his leg, still (somehow)  managed to finish third. (Asylum)

An inquisitive Jack Russell which fell into a irrigation distribution box has been rescued after spending 19 hours underground. (Daily Mail)

275x250.jpgMeasuring a mouth-burning 1.17 million on the Scoville Scale, this is the the hottest chilli in the world… and it was grown by accident in Lincolnshire.

Dubbed the 'Infinity Chilli' the fiery food has been tested by boffins who say it's considerably hotter than previous title holder, the Bhut Jolokia, from India.

It was grown by green-fingered Nick Woods who runs 'Fire Foods' from his home and says one day he notices the crossbreed chilli in his greenhouse.

Intrigued, he decided to sample it, but he soon regretted the move when a powerful burning sensation hit the back of his throat and was so strong he couldn't talk.

Speaking of the chilli he said: "I felt physically sick. I really wouldn't recommend anybody eat it raw like that"… obviously we didn't ask him for a quote straight after eating one.

275x250.jpgNot wanting to be outdone by recent on-air double entendre, the team at Australia's Today show have got in on the action… and then some.

The discussion started off innocently enough with one of the hosts talking about an item he keeps by his bed in case of a home invasion.

But when Karl Stefanovic asked co-host Lisa Wilkinson if she kept something similarly 'long and stabby' in her bedroom, it all became a bit carry-on.

Wilkinson said she had 'swordy thing' before newsreader Georgie Gardner added that 'Tim’s my long stabby thing' - talking about her husband,

But the inadvertent innuendo was later turned up to 11 when Ben Fordham said he kept golf club for protecton, adding: "I’d want to be standing back and whacking them off from a distance."

275x250.jpg Sure it looks like a dubious model of a hummingbird which would be at home on a shelf at your granny's house - but this is actually a $4million spy drone.

The mini spy plane has been developed by a major Pentagon contractor over a period of five years and is said to contain revolutionary new technology.

Called a 'Nano Hummingbird' the two-wing, flapping aircraft is capable of climbing and descending vertically, and flying sideways left and right.

It's thought army bosses could eventually use it to spy on enemy positions in war zones without arousing detection… or just use it as a really cool toy.

275x250.jpgThe honeymoon period in a marriage ends after just 14 months, a study into the lives of married couples has revealed.

Researchers found a year and two months after walking down the aisle, couples stop saying 'I love you' as regularly as they did during their courtship.

Around this time women are also likely to wear less make up and start plodding around the house in an unflattering dressing gown.

But the romance dies for men too, this is said to also be the point they begin shaving less often and start leaving the door open when they go to the toilet.

The 14 month point also sees couples beginning to argue more about things like money and future plans… and leaving to loo door open.

275x250.jpg Rally champion Juha Kankkunen has set a new world speed record on ice after driving at 205.48 mph on an sheet ice off the coast of Finland.

Kankkunen was behind the wheel of a 6-litre, 12-cylinder, Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible when he made the drive - which beat his own record of 199.83mph from 2007.

Despite temperatures of -30 degrees and snow blizzards along the perilous 70cm-thick layer of sea ice he was driving on, Kankkunen was happy to put his foot down and speed along the 16.5km track.

His record - measured over two runs - was certified by officials from the Finland Traffic Police… though hopefully they won't be issuing him with a ticket.

WNWDW: Super-sized supermodel has big plans

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Amazon Eve, a 6ft 8inch tall model, says she is due to be declared "the world's tallest model" (Aol Weird News)

A group of Japanese robots have begun training for a mechanical marathon which will take place next week. The androids will complete a 100 metre course 422 times during the full 42.195-km race. (The Sun)

A clown who won a seat in the Brazilian national congress has messed up his first vote by pressing the wrong button. Well he is a clown, it was either that or spray colleagues with water from a flower. (Yahoo)

Fan Zengxu is a man who means business. The Chinese traffic cop recently clung to the hood of a speeding taxi for 1km after being hit by a driver he'd caught parking illegally. (Asylum)

A bizarre video of an apparently drunk man eating a napkin in a Los Angeles diner has become a YouTube hit. (Metro)

275x250.jpgA DIY firm says it expects to score a bizarre royal wedding hit… by launching a pair of special royal wedding inspired gnomes.

The gnomes are set to go on sale in B&Q stores mid-April in the build up to the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton £12.98 each.

As you may have noticed, the wedding gnomes are not caricatures of the duo - unless Wills is expected to grow an impressive white beard in the next couple of months - but traditional gnomes.

While the male "patriotic garden ornament" has a blue suit on, she is wearing a wedding dress - both are topped off with union flag pointy hats.

And there was us thinking the strangest royal wedding memorabilia we'd see this year was the 'Crown Jewels Condoms' -- If you see any equally odd Wills and Kate items, please let us know.

275x250.jpg Remember dumped Janie Brown who spent Valentine's Day weekend standing at the side of a road in a bid to find a date… well it only went and worked.

Janie took to the streets of Birmingham in search of her Valentine, by standing by the roadside wearing the desperate sign after getting dumped by her boyfriend.

And while there she caught the eye of motorist Dave Bergomi, who quickly made a U-turn, pulled over and gave Janie his phone number.

Since then the couple have met up and enjoyed a belated romantic date, by going out for champagne and a candlelit meal for two… Janie wore something a little more glamorous than her placard.

An ice hockey fan who made an amazing shot for charity has been told they will not get the cash, because an insurance company deemed the shot illegal.

Richard Marsh had been watching the Indiana Ice minor league hockey game when he was pulled out of the crowd and offered the chance to win $50,000.

Asked what he'd do with the cash if he made the seemingly impossible shot - knocking a 3-inch puck 175ft into a hole just over 3-inch wide - he said he'd give it to the St. Vincent Heart Center

And then he stepped up, took the shot and remarkably got it in - much to the shock of watching fans, officials… and the insurance firm responsible for the payout.

They have now said the charity will not get the money because Marsh had his foot over the line when he made the shot -- like a 174ft shot is that much easier.

275x250.jpg We'd advise you not to take these armed notepads to the airport, even if you do only want to use them to jot down your thoughts.

That's because the 3D weapons moulded onto the PVC covers are almost certain to irk security… and probably get you singled out for a rather thorough inspection.

Makers say the weapon-inspired notebooks - created by Taiwan based designer Megawing -  are: "Designed to remind us to turn violence into beautiful words and drawings with our creativity."

Personally we were expecting them to go with a dodgy "The pen is mightier than the sword… but what about the notebook" comment. But we're glad they didn't, so we could.

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A man who suffered years of stabbing headaches says he was shocked to discover he'd had a 4in knife blade stuck in his brain for more than four years. (Daily Mail)

A poster which was said to have been graffitied by Banksy in a bid to promote his Oscar nomination has been ripped down in Hollywood. The poster had a inebriated Mickey Mouse added with his hand placed on a model's body. (Yahoo) (YouTube)

Ancient human bones have been discovered in an English cave which not only show signs of cannibalism but that skulls were used as cups. (Aol Weird News)

Australian fisherman Andrew Wilson, who was knocked overboard by a rogue wave, has survived a eight-hour and 4.7 mile swim back to shore… in shark-infested waters. (Huffington Post)

A group of Russian customs officers have annoyed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after uploading a video celebrating the lavish lifestyle they say comes with government jobs, to YouTube. (Stuff)

275x250.jpg A huge spider crab has been dubbed Crab Kong by staff at a UK aquarium, after being recognised as the biggest in captivity.

The monster from the deep - who measures 3m across and weighs 15kg - was originally caught in Japan by fishermen working from Suraga Bay, south-west of Tokyo.

However, rather than sell him to a local restaurant, the fishermen called UK-based biologist Robin James, who'd visited the village just weeks earlier.

He then arranged for the colossal crustacean to be spared the saucepan and be shipped to the Sea Life Centre in Weymouth. To go on show you understand, not to go on the menu.

275x250.jpgCampaigners who want to see a statue of RoboCop erected in the centre of Detroit say they've reached their fundraising target of $50,000.

The call for statue to be built honouring the mechanical law-enforcement officer, had initial been suggested to city Mayor Dave Bing via Twitter.

But the city boss quickly dismissed the idea of celebrating the classic 1987 film - despite Philadelphia having a statue honouring Rocky Balboa.

However RoboCop fans were not taking no for an answer and - after being offered a piece of property in Roosevelt Park - set about raising the $50,000 needed to produce the statue themselves.

After setting up a fund on and launching a social media campaign they soon reached the target, with 38 days to spare. Don't you just love the internet.

Watson the IBM robot competes on Jeopardy!

275x250.jpg A super-intelligent robot called Watson is this week appearing on the hit US quiz show Jeopardy competing against human rivals.

Watson took IBM four years to create and is said to rival a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language.

While the computer actually takes up an entire room, it's represented on stage at the podium by a monitor monitor, between two former Jeopardy champions.

And though you might think having being programmed with 200 million pages worth of information from books is an advantage, we're not sure… during a practice session it confused Beethoven with the actor Jamie Foxx.

A cat burglar who stole 600 items has been outed as an actual cat, after a night-vision camera was used to capture footage of the feline.

Residents in San Francisco had initially wondered what was happening when clothes, teddy-bears and other small items started disappearing.

But it soon became apparent the crook was a kleptomaniac kitty called Dusty who kept returning home with other peoples belongings.

After setting up night-vision camera they recorded footage of him going out under the cover of night and dragging back his loot.

Over the past three years the cat is said to have stole 600 items from neighbours and is partial to women's bathing costumes… naughty kitty.

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A US man was arrested after allegedly starting a bar fight when he discovered the group of women he'd just bought a round of drinks for were actually men in drag. (Aol Weird News)

We like to think we're as committed to our journalistic endeavours as the next man. Unless the next man is reporter Aaron Baskerville, that is, he asked to be tasered on TV just to show how painful it can be. (MLive) Thanks Oliver... it's quite simply shocking.

It's never good to have your goalkeeper sent off. But it's especially bad when  you don't have a substitute keeper and it happens just 10 seconds into a match. (SWNS) Cheers Tom… no red card for you.

Sure it's not up there with sporting occasions like the Superbowl or FA Cup final but the US has just crowned its top grocery bagger. (YouTube)

A teacher has been suspended from her school for spraying an air fresher on her Asian pupils because she said they smelt like curry. (Telegraph) Cheers Sharon… who obviously smells of roses.

When a TV newsreader commented on the Ashes urn by asking: "How can something so small be so impressive?" he probably wasn't expecting his co-presenter to come back with a "Well Mark you would know about that". Awkward. (Aslyum)

275x250.jpg A team of astronauts who are simulating a 520 day mission to Mars have finally 'landed' at their destination… a car park in Moscow

After spending 257 days locked together a steel tube the six researchers - investigating the feasibility of a real mars mission - have 'arrived' at their faux Red Planet.

In actual fact it's a car park outside a block of flats in Moscow, but that hasn't stopped the astronauts from jubilantly emerging amid the sandy surroundings.

The Mars500 team will now spend two days 'exploring' the site before getting back into their metal tube for the 250 day return flight… we bet they can't wait.

275x250.jpgResearchers have discovered that Van Gogh's famous yellow sunflowers are beginning to lose their shine, actually they're turning brown.

A chemical change in one of the yellow pigments favoured by Vincent van Gogh is said to be slowly changing the look of his images.

It's been know for some time that the bright yellows which once featured in van Gogh paintings, are slowly fading and being covered by a brown shade, but no-one knew why.

But art boffins have now used sophisticated X-ray techniques to identify the problem, a "reduction" reaction that alters the chromium in the paint.

Using the results, a team from the University of Antwerp have been able to predict how the the images will now deteriorate over time… though they still look pretty good to us.

275x250.jpg In a bid to ensure Downing Street becomes rat free, a four-year old tabby cat called Larry has moved into No 10 with David Cameron.

The puss had been a resident at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home until a spate of rodent sightings in Downing Street saw David Cameron look to recruit a feline rat-catcher.

After talking to his two elder children, Nancy and Arthur, the Prime Minister is said to have chosen Larry, who had been found wandering the capital in January.

A Downing Street spokesperson said Larry had already shown a "strong predatory drive" and enjoyed playing with toy mice… only time will tell what rats he catches around No 10 & No 11. We're saying nothing.

275x250.jpgA team of 25 firefighters were recently dispatched to rescue a stranded swan from a frozen pond… only to discover it was plastic.

The 999 call had come in when a passer-by in Straubing, Germany saw the bird and assumed it was trapped in frozen ice.

Attending firefighters say they then had to search for ages to find the 'bird' and get to the middle of the lake where there was dangerously thin ice.

And it was only then that discovered the bird was actualy made of plastic and had been left there by fishermen to scare away other birds.

Lucking on the bright side, officers said that no-one was hurt in the wasted rescue mission and that they were glad to have got a bit of training in.

WNWDW: 'Alien' tumour found inside US man

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A US man who visited the doctor with persistent back pain was shocked when an X-ray revealed a football-sized "alien" tumour with growing tentacles. (Aol Weird News)

It may not look the most romantic of smooches but a Thai couple have set a new world record the the longest kiss after locking lips for 46 hours, 24 minutes and nine seconds. (Yahoo)

Making the best of recent snowfall, a Pennsylvania family have created a DIY luge course in their back-garden which can can propel riders up to 30 mph. (NBC)

Going where basketball and American Football have gone before, football is the latest sport to get a trick shot video, this time courtesy a goalkeeper. (NBC Sport)
A naked drunk protester had to be shot down from electricity pylon after climbing it in protest about a police crackdown on beggars. (Metro)

When Evan Petkau and Luke Willms went on a tour of Kenya's Lake Naivasha, they understandably wanted to see a hippo… but probably not like this.

The Canadian holiday-makers had travelled out on a motorboat to take a look at a group of hippos (or a bloat for you collective noun fans) and were happily filming the beasts.

That was until the they realised they'd gone a little too close and startled one of the notoriously aggressive beasts which started charging at them.

Before the duo knew what was happening there were several hippos coming at the boat as they hit the engine and made a hasty retreat back to the shore.

While the pair can be heard laughing on the video, they claim this was nervous laughter rather than them mocking the hippos… well would you mock a 2,000kg beast with a bad temper.

rabbits having sexDid you know the barnacle's penis can be 30 times its body length, snakes are doubly endowed and roman snails enjoy S&M foreplay.

Neither did we, until the Natural History Museum announced their Valentine's Day exhibition looking at the sex lives of animals.

The Sexual Nature exhibition which will run from now until October offers a surprising exploration of the bizarre world of animal sex.

Bosses say it's the museum's first adult exhibition - aimed at over 16s - and shows that "anything goes in the animal kingdom."

It sounds to us like the ideal place to take your date this Valentine's Day… as long as they like discussing promiscuous chimps and looking at stuffed animals doing it.

road date advert Love causes people to do some strange things. Just ask Janie Brown, she's spending the day wearing a sandwich board at the side of the road looking for love.

The 20-year-old History student from Birmingham University has turned herself into a human-advert in a bid to find a Valentine's Day date after recently getting dumped.

Over the weekend her boyfriend Steve called time on their six-month romance yesterday but rather than mope, she decided to fix herself up with a date straight away.

Broken-hearted Janie said she hoped a passerby would take pity on her because spending the day alone would be 'depressing'… unlike standing beside a road in Birmingham begging for a dat.

ESPN reporter Nico Hueto thought the only thing he had to worry about was his umbrella getting blown away… until he was chased by an alpaca

The sports man had been covering a South American U21 football contest in Peru and was duly speaking to camera about the action.

And that's when it happened. An angry alpaca which had been happily standing in the background suddenly charged at him and the camera.

A panicked-looking Hueto quickly dropped his umbrella and ran screaming from the animal, which could now get signed by Manchester City as an aggressive mid-fielder.

While Hueto was convinced to give it another go the animal again disrupted the broadcast… no-one knows why there was a alpaca on the training ground.

275x250.jpgThe catchphrase made famous by Aleksandr Orlov the Compare the Market meerkat is the ad slogan most commonly used in everyday life, it's been found. Simples!

A poll of 3,000 people found the not-at-all-annoying catchphrase was the most used, beating Tesco's 'Every Little Helps' into second place.

In third came Should Have Gone to Specsavers' followed by the L'Oreal tagline 'Because you're worth it' made famous by stars such as Cheryl Cole and Jennifer Aniston.
Fifth was 'Have a break, have a KitKat' and other popular advertising catchphrases included, Finger lickin' good, You've been 'tangoed' and It's good to talk.

Personally 'I'm' as to how people use the phrases in everyday conversations, though 'I'm lovin' it' that they 'Just do it', 'They're grrrrreat'.

WNWDW: Dog taking on Dalek is an online hit

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A video of a confused boxer dog taking on a radio controlled toy Dalek has become an online hit after being uploaded to YouTube. (GuVid) (The Sun)

There's no looking back. A photography professor who had a camera surgically implanted in the back of his head has had it removed. (Aol Weird News)

Inspired by the soothsaying power of Paul the psychic octopus, cross-eyed opossum Heidi is set to appear on US TV and predict the winners of the Academy Awards. (Yahoo)

Super-prankster Remi Gaillard is at it again. He's dusted off his Mario Kart kart and is once more surprising people at traffic lights, speeding along roads and around car parks… and supermarkets. (GuVid) (Joystiq)

Every time we see a parliamentary punch-up, we wish it was happening in the UK - if only because we can't help wondering what sort of fighter George Osborne would be? - alas, this one comes from Venezuela. (GuVid) (MSN)

This week we bring you news that holiday-makers in Canada are going swimming with polar bears, there's a horse who drinks at a British pub and a criminal genius has the tattoo to prove it.

275x250.jpg A steady-handed engraver has completed what he claims is the world's smallest engraving by human hand - by writing on the sharp edge of a razor blade.

Graham Short - who is famed for his microscopic engraving work - etched the words "Nothing is impossible" onto the thin blade with letters measuring just a tenth of a millimetre.

That means they're invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen under a medical microscope at 400 times magnification.

Short says because of vibrations he can only work at night when there is less traffic and that he even has to slow his heart rate to keep a steady hand and works between beats.

Given the work took seven months and around 150 attempts to get right we're impressed he didn't change the wording from 'nothing is impossible' to 'this is impossible'.

loo romancePutting the bins out, offering to make a cuppa and putting the toilet seat down are just some of the odd things men think are romantic, it's been found.

A survey of 2,000 people discovered many men seem to mistake doing their fair share of the housework with making a romantic gesture.

Asked what they might do as a romantic gesture for their partner, suggestions also included ironing, cooking dinner and letting their partner hold the TV remote.

But our favourites are the one in ten men who said putting the toilet seat down is a thoughtful and romantic act, and the guys who simply answered, 'Not farting in bed'.

Unsurprisingly, women were of a (slightly) different opinion and said they'd a box of chocolates and a candle-lit meal… not that she does want her bloke to fart in bed.

Ski and surf fan Chuck Patterson has combined his passions… by skiing a big wave in Hawaii while wearing skis, boots, binding, and even holding ski poles.

The former professional freeskier - who enjoys catching waves almost as much as he does hurtling down mountains - says he initially tried sea surfing a few years ago, but quickly gave up.

But then in 2009 he saw a couple of other surfers riding waves on skis and decided it was time he revisited the off-beat sport. While making it even more extreme.

So in January of this year he travelled to the famous Jaws surfing spot off the northern coast of Maui where he wanted to conquer the 'big mountains' of water.

275x250.jpg Five weeks ago Luke Seall decided to see what he could swap a penny for. Now, after a series of bizarre trades, he's the owner of a plot of land in Bulgaria.

It all started for the 27-year-old from Brighton when he decided to spend a year trying to swap his way up from a 1p coin to something cool.

Initially he used the 1p to buy two goldfish from a friend, these were then traded for an old guitar, which was in turn swapped for a mountain bike and then £50.

And after putting an appeal online, Seall was offered a 10 square metre area of land in Bulgaria for the £50. But he's not finished yet and says he will continue swapping 1st January, 2012… or until he gets something good.

275x250.jpgPeople who work in the IT industry are the most likely to consider sleeping with someone on a first date, it has been found.

A survey of UK workers found that a whopping 46% of randy IT people would consider sleeping with someone on their first date.

At the other end of the scale healthcare workers are the most prudish and only 6% say they would do the same. The average across all professions is slightly less than one in five (17%).

IT people were also found to be surprisingly hung up on looks, with 23% claiming it was the most important thing in potential partner.

Which is surprising, because in our experience most IT people don't normally have the option of being so fussy… and we think 'willing' should be changed to 'desperate' in the title.

WNWDW: Faulty fire alarm was noisy parrot

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A woman who was plagued for a week by the recurring sounds of a faulty fire alarm and spent ages trying to find it, has discovered the noise actually originated from a parrot in her garden. (Telegraph)

Boxer Usman Ahmed has become an online hit after a video him prancing his way into the the ring for a fight was uploaded to YouTube. At least he can become a dancer if the career as a boxer doesn't work out. (GuVid) (The Sun)

Rail bosses say the number of people involved in near-misses with trains at level crossings increased in 2010 - and they've released the videos to prove it. (Asylum)

April 13, 2036. Mark that date in your diary and don't make any plans after it. Russian scientists say that's the date the estimate the Earth will be hit by an asteroid. (Aol Weird News)

Officials who asked people to vote and select the name of a new government building in Fort Wayne, have rejected the winning option, because they think naming it after former mayor Harry Baals could lead to it being mocked. We can't imagine what they mean. (GuVid)

275x250.jpg Staff at a pub in Staffordshire say they don't mind that one of their regulars always has a long face -- because it's not like Basil could do anything about it.

The nine-year-old Welsh Cob stallion has become a regular at the Meynell Ingram Arms in Burton where he is allowed to walk right in and up to the bar.

Over the past few years he's even said to have started enjoying the occasional tipple of Marson's Pedigree which is always served to him in his own glass.

Manager Guy Wallis insists locals don't mind sharing the bar with the 14.2 hands pony… though there have been complaints he doesn't ever get a round in.

275x250.jpgAn American football player looks set to become an internet hit after recording a video of himself throwing an impressive set of trick shots.

In the video - which has already been seen 1.5million times on Youtube - 21-year-old Connecticut quarterback Johnny McEntee makes a series of amazing throws.

During the four minute clip McEntee can be seen breaking plates thrown in the air, knocking a water bottle off someone's head and opening a door with a ball.

Dubbed the 'trick shot quarterback' he also does things like throw a ball from the back of a lecture theatre and knocks a magazine out of a friend's hand

Many commenters have praised the accuracy of his throws… others say he must have too much time on his hands to record so many takes.

275x250.jpgResearchers say they've finally solved a 44-year-old mystery of exactly how fleas are able to jump so high… it's all about their toes.

While scientists in 1967 discovered that fleas store the energy needed to catapult themselves into the air, they didn't know exactly how.

For years debate raged between academics as to how fleas harness this explosive energy, but only now has technology advanced enough for them to find out for sure.

Using high-speed recording equipment and sophisticated mathematical models, a team from the University of Cambridge took a close look at jumping fleas.

Analysing the footage they discovered the fleas use their toes to push off and propel themselves into the air… now we know that we will finally be able to sleep at night.

275x250.jpg A robot walks into a coffee shop… no, not the beginning of a bad joke, but a factual description of an event which recently happened.

Caffeine-sippers in a Californian coffee shop were left wondering if they'd had one too many espresso when they saw a robot walk in.

After queuing up at the till the robot then asked what sort of scones they had and ordered a berry-flavoured one which was slipped into a bag around his neck.

But this wasn't the beginning of the robot uprising, the robot was the virtual presence device of an engineer from a nearby robotics firm who didn't fancy leaving the office.

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A US inventor has created what he claims is a head-shaving helmet capable of removing your hair in just 20 seconds. It's said to work by containing four blades on rails -- but it all sounds a little suspect to us. (GuVid) (Daily Mail)

A 90-year-old yoga instructor hopes to be recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest. She says she'll bend over backwards to get her place in the famous book. (Aol Weird News)

The shirt worn by David Trezeguet in France's 1998 World Cup final win has been destroyed by French customs officers… because they thought it was a fake. (Mirror)

Rail bosses say the number of people involved in near-misses with trains at level crossings increased in 2010 - and they've released the videos to prove it. (Asylum)

Residents in a Sydney street couldn't believe their eyes when they saw a single-engined aircraft plough through power lines, lose a win and crash land just outside their houses. (GuVid) (Telegraph)

275x250.jpg Don't worry, this girl is not really in danger of being ripped limb from limb by a polar bear -- there's a screen of two-inch thick Plexiglass separating them.

The optical illusion is created at a Canadian holiday resort where children are encouraged to swim with the world's largest land predator.

Bosses at Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat near Ontario installed between their polar bear enclosure and wading pool to give people a unique experience.

And it certainly is… though you might want to double check the glass hasn't been removed for maintenance before you get in.

275x250.jpgJapanese speakers of English find the Glaswegian accent 'most attractive', a new study has found.

Academics surveyed more than 500 Japanese learners of English in a bid to better understand the impact of the globalisation and the language.

The team from Northumbria University played a variety of English examples and asked subjects to rate them on a range of personality traits.

It was found Glasgow and Alabama accents rated top for qualities such as social attractiveness, though somewhat less positively in terms of social status.

The odd news will undoubtedly come as a surprise for many native English speakers who struggle to understand many Glaswegian people themselves.

There are good basketball shots, there are great basketball shots… and then there's this 90ft buzzer shot.

High school student Marvin Le Fridge made the amazing shot as the buzzer sounded dutring a recent game between his team the Corcoran Panthers and the Strathmore Spartans.

While it wasn't a tie-breaker - the Panthers won 69-52 - the shot is sure to be remembered for many years to come… and luckily it was caught on video.

Speaking of the shot, Le Fridge said: "At first I was in shock, but then I started jumping around." He's now waiting for a call from the Harlem Globetrotters.

275x250.jpg A bizarre iPhone and iPad app which digitally helps gizmo-wielding Catholics to confess has been officially approved by the Catholic Church.

"Confession: A Roman Catholic App" has been designed to be used in the confessional and guide sinners through the process.

In addition to logging how long it has been since their last confession, the £1.19 app provides a step-by-step guide to the sacrament and prayers.

Makers are keen to stress the app is not designed to replace confessing before a validly ordained Roman Catholic priest… because then if your iPhone crashed you would go straight to hell.

275x250.jpgResearchers have discovered that when a woman is looked at with an 'objectifying gaze" - her mathematical ability suffers.

Boffins from the University of Nebraska conducted their study on the impact of being ogled, by using 150 undergraduates.

After training some of the men to 'visually scan women’s bodies and then to stare at their chests' they were asked to interview them.

It was then discovered the ogled women suffered decreased math performance in the interviews. When the roles were reversed, there was no impact on the maths ability of men.

Interestingly, the objectified women also wanted to spend more time with the men who were looking at them… but that had to wait until after the study.

WNWDW: Man owes his life to a doner kebab

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A man who had his throat slit by a knife-wielding thug owes his life to a doner kebab which he held to his neck to slow the gushing blood. (The Sun)

A truck which had several feet of snow on the top caused what is being described as a 'snow explosion' when it passed under a bridge, as this dash-cam footage shows. (GuVid)

Police are investigating the death of a British woman who died in a US hotel after after undergoing a butt-enhancement procedure there. (Aol Weird News)

Beer which was recovered from a 19th century shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea is being analysed by scientists in the hope it could be recreated. (KEPTTV)

Here's something you don't see every day -- Prime Minister David Cameron posing for a photo with David Hasselhoff (The Sun)

It doesn't make what he did any better, but this could be the world's most polite and apologetic armed robber.

The elderly man had walked into a Shell petrol station in Seattle and made a purchase before asking the cashier to do him a 'favour'.

As this CCTV footage shows he then produced a gun and told the man "Could you empty that till for me please … I'm robbing you sir."

Retaining impeccable manners throughout the raid the man said he was committing the crime to feed his family and repeatedly apologised for what he was doing.

Taking $300 he even said he'd return the money if was ever back in a better financial position… but after being arrested he we first have to show how polite he can be to judge.

275x250.jpg At first glance you might think there are enough Apple products here to satisfy the technological cravings of even the most ardent Mac fan.

But these iPhones and iPods are all fake (bad apples if you will) and were recently  seized at the Port of Los Angeles.

Port officials say the faux Apple stash was part of $10 million load of counterfeit electronics which was seized after being shipped from Asia.

To be honest the thing which surprises us is that there's a $10 million market for knock-offs of out-dated gadgets.

275x250.jpgTheme park bosses say they're been forced to move to location of a new ride… because workers kept seeing ghosts including a headless monk.

Staff at Thorpe Park claim they encountered a series of strange phenomena while constructing their new Storm Surge water ride which started with objects being moved.

But this soon developed into ghostly sightings and bosses decided to appease workers worries by consulting a forensic team and paranormal detection agency.

After investigating, they discovered the site, known as Monk's Walk, was actually an ancient burial ground or settlement and could have been disturbed during construction.

As a result they moved the ride to somewhere a little less spooky… well at least they know where to put the haunted house if they build one.

275x250.jpgThe average person will pile on over half a stone in the first year of a new relationship, research has revealed.

And if you think that's bad, couples are likely to gain one stone and four pounds EACH after ten blissful years together.
Three quarters of the 3,000 adults polled admitted to putting on weight when they are in a happy relationship.
And a quarter of people went as far as to say they knew they had had 'let themselves go' after meeting their current partner.

While many women have been horrified by the not altogether odd news, most men just say there is now more of them to love.

Britain today has an unlikely crime-fighting hero in the form of an elderly woman who used her handbag to tackle a gang of robbers who were raiding a jewellers.

It all happened in Northampton yesterday, as a gang of six men on motorbikes arrived at a high street jewellery store and smashed windows with sledgehammers.

While most onlookers were happy to keep their distance, call police and film the robbery for YouTube, one elderly woman decided to take matters into her own hands.

As this footage shows, she sprinted down the road before letting the guys have it with her handbag and generally giving them what-for.

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We have no idea how he managed it, but a motorcyclist who was rear-ended in an accident which left his bike crushed, somehow landed on his feet. (GuVid)

Ouch! A X-ray image has been released which showed just how close a Chinese teenager came to dying when he tripped while peeling an apple and stabbed himself in the face. (Aol Weird News)

More than a thousand people have gathered in Japan to take part in a bizarre annual hole digging contest where the have 30 minutes to create the deepest hole they can. (GuVid) (Reuters)

In what can only be described as an unusual move, Iranian TV channels have been banned from showing cookery shows featuring foreign food. (Telegraph) Cheers David… at least it means no English recipes.

Anapka, the para-sailing Russian donkey which shot to fame after being strapped to a parachute as part of a stupid publicity stunt had died of heart failure. (WeInterrupt)

275x250.jpgToday is National Sickie Day in the UK, and it's nothing to be sneezed at -- an estimated 375,000 lazy workers have taken the day off.

It's said more people will have an impromptu duvet-day today, than any other day this year -- and that it could cost the British economy £32m.

Experts from business advisers ELAS claim low staff morale, poor weather and the flu outbreak have all combined at the same time making many people want to stay at home.

And apparently there's never been a easier time to call in sick, because many managers are willing to accept an "I'm too sick to work" text message or email.

I just wish I had known it was National Sickie Day today… then maybe I wouldn't be sitting in the office on my own. Again.

275x250.jpg We always enjoy the Super Bowl, not for the sporting event you understand, but because we get to see some of the best new TV adverts around.

With advertising rates running to a whopping $3 million per 30 seconds this year, it's no surprise companies go all out to create the best commercials they could.

While we're not sure the 100 million-plus TV viewers enjoyed anything quite as good as the Old Spice Man, there were plenty of great adverts packed with A-list celebs.

And anyway, they were all considerably more entertaining than the GoCompare opera singer which would be the high-light of the FA Cup ad break. Check out our top 10 Super Bowl commercials after the link.

275x250.jpgThis wine store worker is probably still feeling a little red-faced (and red-footed) after having an accident with a stack of wine filled shelves.

That's because he was carefully placing bottles of wine on the shelves when they collapsed sending hundreds of bottles of red crashing onto the floor and into him.

As this CCTV video shows, the unfortunate worker had been loading the shelves with bottles of wine but as he walked away they began to slowly fall.

Despite his best efforts to hold it up the bottles were soon falling onto the floor and smashing - leaving a sea of wine pouring forward.

Given the best way to stop red wive from staining is to pour white wine on it, we hope he was able to find 500 bottles of Chardonnay. 

275x250.jpgBritish women spend more money on their looks than they do on their health, a study has revealed.

The typical female forks out an average of £336 a year on hair products, make-up and fake tan in a bid to look young, but just £228 is spent on vitamins and gym membership.

And while three quarters enjoy spending cash on looking their best, just 41 percent say they like heading to the shops for healthy stuff.

The statistics emerged in study of 3,000 women aged between 18 and 65 who were quizzed on their spending habits and attitudes when faced with choosing between image or health.

Maybe that's because 56 percent said they could cover up the effects of a late night with make-up and going to the gym just sounds like hard word.

While most of the world won't have noticed, many Americans are said to be angry after Christina Aguilera fluffed the lyrics to the US National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

She'd been happily warbling her way through The Star Spangled Banner - ahead of the clash between Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers - but made a gaffe mid-way through.

Instead of singing: "O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?," the 30-year-old sang, "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming?"

Though that might seem a minor error to you (and us) it was quickly picked up on by many viewers who started criticising her on social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

In fact, the blunder was deemed so important that the Grammy winning singer issued an apology stating the error in no way undermined her love of the country… though her entire apology didn't last as long as THAT last note.

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Running a marathon sounds a bit like too much hard work to us -- so we can't even imagine what prompted Belgian runner Stefaan Engels to complete 365 in a single year. (Yahoo)

We don't know too much about this video other than this man in Rio de Janeiro is very drunk and very lucky to be alive after almost being hit by a train as he staggered across a track. (GuVid)

A man who fell on his driveway during a heavy blizzard and was buried under snow for several hours, has been saved after a neighbour spotted him while looking through binoculars at what she thought was a small animal. (Aol Weird News)

A holiday resort in the Maldives which planned to be entirely staffed by blonde women will now be issuing blonde wigs to any dark haired employees because of laws which state 50 percent of staff must be from the local population. (GuVid) (Metro)

A bad break-up used to be one which resulted in your clothes being cut to shreds or a rumour circulated about you having an STD - now revenge is more likely to be executed online, as  Jack Weppler found out when he did a Google Images search for himself. (ValleyWag)

275x250.jpg Owen Conflenti thought he was being pretty clever, sticking his middle finger up at colleagues off-camera while at the same time reading the headlines on live TV.

Turns out it didn't quite go to plan, because the show was being broadcast in widescreen HD, and as a result viewers saw him flipping the bird.

The KPRC Houston man had been staring directly at the camera as he said: "Hey it's just about 9:30 - good morning to ya, I'm Owen Conflenti"

But his hand, which was visible in the bottom left corner of the screen, told a different story… specifically it was saying "screw you" to someone, it's not known who or why.

Just because you can walk around while playing a game on your PSP or Nintendo DS doesn't mean you should… as this young lad recently found out.

The boy had been playing on his Sony PSP as he walked along the platform at a subway station in Milan when he became distracted by his game.

He was so engrossed in the action on the screen, he didn't even notice he was walking off the edge of the platform and fell onto the track below.

Luckily help was at hand in the form of an off-duty police officer who leapt into action and onto the track, lifting the boy out of the way of oncoming trains.

As the pair got back onto the platform other commuters cheered… well if it had hit him it would have caused delays.

200x190.jpgJust because the iPhone is one of the most technologically advanced communication devices known to man, doesn't mean it has to look it.

At least that's the idea behind a new case which is designed to make your Apple gizmo look more like a 1980s-style handset.

Makers Thumbs-Up say they hope the retro styling of their £12.99 80s iPhone Case will be a hit with phone users who are looking for something a bit different.

After sliding their iPhone into the retro holder, users have a device which looks like it could have come straight out of Del Boy's hand, but still has all the mod cons.

And because the iPhone can sometimes have a dubious call quality, your shouting into the handset just makes the whole thing look more authentically 80s.

275x250.jpgIt's not good news for gamers. No matter how much time you spend racing around tracks on Gran Turismo 5, it won't make you a better driver.

In fact researchers have now discovered that when you get behind a real wheel you're actually more likely to crash and generally drive dangerously.

Game-playing motorists were also found to run more red lights, attempt dodgy over-taking moves and suffer from road rage.

The study, which compared the driving skill of2,000 gaming and non-gaming drivers found gamers thought they had superior reaction times and understanding of car dynamics.

However, they actually just had a heavier right foot and more results… they also has sore thumbs from excessive gaming.

275x250.jpgWe think it's safe to conclude from this mugshot that Jerome Smith isn't exactly what you would describe as a criminal mastermind.

And that's not only because the 27-year-old has been caught after allegedly pistol whipping a pregnant woman, but because of his facial tattoos.

It's not even just the fact he has a collection of various eastern symbols tattooed on his cheeks… but the giant misspelt word on his forehead.

Smith - who was arrested earlier this week in Ohio - had meant to get a tattoo claiming to be a 'Genius'… but actually says reads 'Jenius'.

But it almost doesn't matter if it's spelt correctly or not… we think it's highly unlikely anyone with an above average IQ would want the word inking on their head anyway.

WNWDW: 7-year-old bought £70k fighter jet

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A click-happy schoolboy tried to buy a £70k fighter jet on eBay by pressing the 'Buy it now' button while logged in on his farther's account. The dad was forced to phone the seller and beg to be let out of the deal. (My Fox)

A US driver didn't struggle to get the details of a recent accident to her insurance firm… she'd crashed into their office and smashed a hole in the wall. (Aol Weird News)

The competition for the best Super Bowl TV advert is almost as important in the US as the sporting event itself - and Volkswagen's Mini Darth Vader is already looking like a championship contender. (YouTube)

Unlike most children, Lyndon Baty wants to go school, but because he suffers from a kidney disease and has virtually no immune system it's too dangerous -- which is why he now sends a robot in his place. (CNN)

A video of a fox licking a window clean has become a YouTube hit and attracted more than 500,000 views. Yes, it's really come to this. (Asylum)

275x250.jpgItalian art historians have claimed the model for the Mona Lisa was a male apprentice and possible lover of Leonardo da Vinci.

Silvano Vinceti says they have finally unraveled the mystery behind the secret identity of the model in the world-famous painting.

The chairman of the Italian National Committee for Cultural Heritage says it was actually a young man called Gian Giacomo Caprott - also known as Salai.

Salai worked with Leonardo da Vinci for 25 years starting in 1490 and had what was described by Vinceti as an "ambiguous" relationship with the artist.

It's know that he modelled for several of da Vinci's other works and the experts argue similarities can be identified with the Mona Lisa's nose and mouth.

We've seen enough car crashes to know they're no laughing matter… usually.

But on this occasion we think it's okay, because a US driver has skidded off a snowy road and ended up parking vertically.

It all happened in New Hampshire where snowfall has been causing chaos for motorists and Interstate 93 in Salem was no exception.

While there were several accidents, the most interesting has to be
this one where a driver careered off the road and upended their car in the snow.

Despite the precarious-looking nature of the vertically parked car, police say no-one was injured… though many are still trying to work out exactly how this happened.

275x250.jpg The red swimsuit worn by Charlie’s Angels star Farrah Fawcett in that poster has gone on show at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

The iconic cossie - along with other Fawcett items including include her personal Charlie’s Angels script - will now from part of the museum's pop culture collection.

Also donated by the estate of the actress, who died of cancer in 2009, is a Charlie’s Angels 1976 edition of Time magazine and original 1977 Farrah Fawcett doll.

But it's Fawcett's red swimming costume which is certain to attract the most attention… just like it did in the famous girl-next-door poster which sold an amazing 12 million copies. It was the swimsuit you were looking at, right?

TV weatherman Jim Cantore loves his job. Despite spending 20 years standing in various weather conditions he's still in his element in the elements.

Don't believe us? Just see how he responds to this thunder-snow storm which struck while he was reporting from Chicago.

While the blizzard conditions would have had other weathermen wishing they were in a nice warm studio, Cantore was positively revelling in the cold windy conditions.

And that was before he'd even heard a crash of thunder-snow which prompted him to flip out and start cheering during his live broadcast.

We could tell you exactly what he said, but to be honest it's better if you just click play. Keep reading for some other classic Cantore moments.

275x250.jpgHalf of Brits say they have endured a bitter bust-up with friends or family - over a board game, a study has revealed.

A petty one in 12 adults have even got so outraged with other players that they have never spoken to them again. We repeat, over a board game.

30 percent of the 3,000 polled say board game 'issues' have got so heated they've seen another side to their mates.

However, it looks like the board game bust-ups will continue because 42 percent of folk say they like to play the games to show off how intelligent they are.

But it doesn't always work, 19 percent of people say board games have made them realise their friends were thicker than they thought… think about that next time you've challenged to a game of Trivial Pursuit.

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A woman in the US tried to send a live 4-month-old puppy through the post as a birthday gift for a family member. Luckily the barking package was intercepted  by postal workers. (Aol Weird News)

Brazilian goalkeeper Saulo recently headed in a 90th minute winner for his team… and then injured himself trying to celebrate, ruling himself out for six months. (Asylum)

If we were the sort of people who feared an animal apocalypse (and we are) this could make more than slightly nervous. A pilot has spotted a mass of more than 100,000 sharks swimming together just 100m from beaches in Florida. (GuVid) (Daily Mail)

Grab a hot cup of cocoa. Grab a hot cup of cocoa. It's not exactly a tongue-twister, but something tells us Weather Network Canada presenter Gary Archibald won't be trying to say it on live TV again any time soon. (GuVid)

There's never a good time or way to find out your house has caught fire but walking in on a live TV report about the blaze has got to be one of the worst. (WTVR)

A bungling burglar broke into a bakery, found himself trapped in a locked store room and then struggled to get back out.

As this CCTV footage shows, the youngster had entered the Melbourne building via a skylight but soon discovered he wasn't where he wanted.

After a moment of panic he tried to climb back out by stacking a pile of containers, but they toppled and he fell.

He then tried using some shelves to get out… but again ended up on the floor when they too collapsed.

While he did eventually manage to get out, it wasn't before looking directly into a security camera. After the image was released by police a 19-year-old handed himself in.

275x250.jpgA feline fanatic has spent the last 60 years amassing a bizarre collection of over 2,000 ceramic cats… and she won't stop until it's purr-fect.

Pamela Cole, 60, from Birmingham, has been collecting the cats since the late 1940s, after her mother gave her a replica of a beloved kitten.

The collection, thought to be worth over £50,000, contains ornaments worth anything from 10p to over £1,000 and she even has one cat dating back to 600BC.

Pam, who now has a staggering 2,222 cats of varying shapes and sizes, says she keeps them in her spare bedroom and has stopped anyone sleeping in there.

But despite already being short of space to display them, she said she can't wait to get her paws on more.

Snowboarder Torstein Horgmo has become even more of an extreme sport hero after becoming the first person to pull off an amazing triple cork.

Horgmo managed to land the trick on his final run of the big-air competition at the winter X Games in Aspen, bagging himself the gold.

And to make it all the more impressive, he did it despite having several broken ribs from an earlier accident.

After pulling the stunt the Norwegian snowboarder told reporters he should have held back and not attempted it: "It's probably the stupidest thing I've done in my whole life," he said.

But the cheering fans seemed glad he had… well all except the one who was hit squarely in the face as Horgmo threw his goggles out in celebration.

275x250.jpgScientists say we're one step closer to a Star Trek-style cloaking device... after making a paper clip invisible.

Physicists from the University of Birmingham say they were able to successfully make the paperclip disappear - by using a light bending crystal.

While studies have previous used used meta-materials to hide tiny scale objects, the use of calcite crystal has allowed this to be scaled up thousands of times.

This is said to be the first time an object visible to the naked eye has been made to disappear and was achieved by covering the object with the double-refraction crystal.

It works by bouncing light around the object and rendering it totally invisible to the naked eye… either that or the office stationery thief nicked it off their desk without them noticing.

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Oops. Yesterday was 'Working Naked Day' and we forgot to drop trou in order to celebrate. Don't worry, you didn't miss much. (Aol Weird News)

We're pretty certain Turkish football boss Umit Ozat wasn't too happy when an intruder ran onto the pitch during a recent game. He hit the guy in the head and then tried to stamp on him. (Asylum)

No, The Daily Mail haven't finally flipped and started bringing you pictures of supermarket shelves and claiming they will cause cancer. This is actually a self portrait by Chinese camouflage artist Liu Bolin. (Daily Mail)

A French man is taking GlaxoSmithKline to court claiming a drug from the pharmaceutical giant to treat Parkinson's disease left him as a gay sex and gambling addict. (Yahoo)

IKEA stores are designed to confuse customers out of their money, claim architecture academics… who are still trying to find their way to the cheap meatballs. (WeInterrupt)

275x250.jpg A massage for a Barbie doll, help finding a glass eye and directions to the on-board McDonald’s are just some of the odd customer requests received by airline cabin crew.

A recent survey of 3,000 cabin crew has revealed some of the strange and down-right weird requests made of them. Yes, someone really did want to book a massage for a doll.

Virgin Atlantic staff say the most common crazy requests they hear at 35,000 feet are; 'please can you open the window?' and 'can you show me to the showers?'

But other less frequent stupid questions include the passengers who asked for the captain to stop the turbulence and turn the engines down because they are too noisy. Thankfully they didn't get their request.

275x250.jpgZoo keepers in the US say they've been shocked to see a wild bald eagle repeatedly visit and make friends with one of their captive birds.

Bosses at Orange County Zoo say the bird has started spending every morning and evening perched nearby the enclosure of a female bald eagle.

They say the rare visitor, believed to be a male, can spend hours squawking with their 6-year-old who cannot be released due to an eye injury.

While many visitors insist his constant presence is a sign of true love, others claim it's simply because he's worked out there's an abundant food supply at the zoo.

In other words what they are trying to say it that he's a typical bloke.

275x250.jpg A condom manufacturer has announced it will a special range of prophylactics to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Which is nice.

The protection - which comes with the slogan "Lie back and think of England" - are due to go on sale ahead of the April 29th wedding.

Makers say the condoms are a unique way to remember the royal wedding, adding that they 'combine the strength of a Prince with the yielding sensitivity of a Princess-to-Be.'

Each pack of three condoms comes with a leaflet including a photo of the happy couple (not like that) and is presented in a 'timeless souvenir heirloom collector’s box'.

275x250.jpgA Chinese Canadian inventor who impressed the internet by creating a water-powered jet-pack says it is now due to go on sale.

The JetLev device can power a user 30ft into to air and allows them to travel at 22mph across water by  constantly sucking it up via a hose and then blasting it back down.

Users control the thrust and direction via an arm which hangs over their shoulders from the light weight backpack.

Raymond Li - who spent 10 years perfecting the device - says it's finally ready to go on sale for £60,000 each and sure to become a must-have toy for  fancy holiday resorts

But he also reckons the JetLev could also be employed in search and rescue missions. Unfortunately it won't be any good for your daily commute… unless you're a fisherman.

275x250.jpgThe most stressful time of the working week is at 10am on a Tuesday morning, it has been claimed.

Researchers say they quizzed 3,000 people about stress levels and discovered that half pin-pointed mid-morning on Tuesday as their 'stress peak'.

The majority of workers said they coast through Monday getting their brain in gear and catch up with gossip from the weekend and discussing TV shows they've watched.

But on Tuesday reality sets in and staff spend the very first part of the day going through emails they ignored on Monday before planning the week ahead.

At this point they are faced with a mountain of a to-do list to tackle and struggle with impending deadlines. That sounds about right… and explains why we didn't get this post uploaded earlier.

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A woman who was believed to be the world's oldest person has died at the age of 114. Or at least that's what the record books will say… Eunice Sanborn insisted she was actually 115. (Aol Weird News)

Wes Moschetto was pretty pleased with his two-week-old Ferrari 458… until someone accidentally parked a Ford pick-up truck on top of it. (Asylum)

A Russian inventor has created a propeller backpack which can be used to power the wearer along on skis at high speeds - although weighing in at 15 kilograms it may feel a tad heavy. (Telegraph)

John Wade Agan says he is the unluckiest man in the world, and we are not going to argue with him. In addition to being struck by lightning he's been stabbed with a butchers knife, robbed at gunpoint, locked in a taxi boot and bitten by two snakes. (UPI)

Manchester airport has introduced holograms of real-life customer service staff in an odd bid to speed up security queues. (Stuff) Cheers David… who will be sending a hologram of himself to work from now on.

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