Simon Crisp: January 2012 Archives

275x250.jpg A pub landlord and ­landlady have been ­suspended from their roles and told they could face the sack for serving 'big' pints of beer.

Brewery bosses are said to have complained that Pete and Debbie Gibson did not serve a big enough head on their pints of beer and lager -- meaning there was more to drink.

As such the firm, Samuel Smith, reportedly claim the pair owe them £10,733 in lost stock and ordered to close their Junction Inn pub at Royton, Greater ­Manchester.

The dispute is based around the idea that customers cannot expect more than 95% of their pint glass to be filled with liquid.

What do you think? Should your pint be filled to the top, or are you happy with a 5% foamy head.

We've seen some pretty odd sheepdogs in the past - Ci the sheepdog who is scared of sheep and Nancy the Chihuahua, we're thinking of you! -- but this is just getting ridiculous…

Meet Champis the rabbit which herds sheep in Sweden. After learning her skills from a friendly border collie little Champis started chasing sheep.

And surprisingly the sheep run away from the bunny as though it were a top contestant on One Man and His Dog and are easily herded.

Less surprisingly a video of the bunny herding the sheep has become a hit on YouTube where it has already amassed more than 100,000 views.

275x250.jpg A study which used covert surveillance of car parks across Britain has found that women are better parkers than men.

After hiding cameras in a series of car parks, researchers spent a month looking at how well 2,500 men and women were at various aspects of parking.

They considered aspects such as technique, accuracy, time taken and space spotting ability to produce a 'parking coefficient' score out of 20.

And in a move which will undoubtedly cause arguments across the country women scored an average of 13.4, with men scoring just 12.3.

However, when questioned about their beliefs, only 18% of women say they are better parkers than men and only 28% believe they're better parkers than their partners.

As if LEGO wasn't cool enough anyway, a pair of Canadian toy-fan have launched a yellow-headed minifigure to the edge of space -- as this video shows.

In a project which cost just £250 Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad used a helium weather balloon to carry the flag-waving Lego man 15 miles above the earth.

The lego man was joined on his journey by a GPS enabled mobile phone (for tracking his location) and three cameras to capture the momentous occasion.

Writing on YouTube the 17-year-old duo said: "After endless hours of hard work, we managed to capture stunning views of our atmosphere and put a 'Lego' man into near space!"

275x250.jpg Teachers in Linconshire were so appalled to find a child had been sent to school with a Smartie Sandwich for lunch -- they called for an overhaul of pupils’ eating habits.

After the discovery of the chocolate filled sarnie, health workers at NHS Lincolnshire were sent into schools to assess what pupils were bringing in for lunch.

They found that rather than a balanced diet kids were regularly tucking into crisps, sweets and chocolate for their lunch, which could explain why the region has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the country

As such, a free school meals for all system is being trialled which gives children more healthy lunchtime options including baked potatoes and lean meat.

Police in Liverpool are on the hunt for a burglar who was caught on CCTV breaking into a supermarket Spiderman-style while wearing a Scream horror movie mask.

Footage from a Supersaver store in Litherland shows the man dropping down in to the shop on a ropes and proceeding to fill bags with cigarettes and alcohol.

He's then seen climbing back into the ceiling of the store and using his ropes to pull his bags of swag (worth £10,000) back up and get away.

It's said the burglar used cutters, saws, a sledge hammer and possible a screw gun to cut his way through into the store.

275x250.jpg Sir Richard Branson has advertised for a builder to rebuild his luxury Caribbean mansion, which burnt down in a devastating fire last year.

The advert on says the Virgin tycoon is offering £57,000 a year for a Construction Manager to oversee the build on Necker Island, his £60m private hideaway.

For 18-months the lucky builder will manage and co-ordinate the construction, with duties including interpreting design and specification and issuing of formal instructions to contractors.

But it doesn't look like Branson thinks it will be an easy task, the ad also says the role will require problem solving, dispute resolution and diplomacy.

Being more specific it also states would-be builders must: ""Understand cultural issues involved and the requirements for a happy Caribbean team"

It's not just the top-ranking tennis players showing off their skills at the Australian Open -- the quick hands of this ball boy have made him an online hit.

During a match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Federer hit a long serve and after it was returned by Nadal hit it out of play towards the net.

And that's when 14-year-old Dylan Colaci grabbed the ball (and the spotlight) by plucking it out of the air as it flew towards him.

The speed of his reactions not only earned him a nod of a approval from two of the world's best tennis players, but also a round of applause from the arena.

275x250.jpg Kill-joy authorities in Uzbekistan have reportedly placed an unofficial ban  Valentine's Day and romance-themed activities on February 14th.

Uzbekistan is said to have cancelled a series of events which had been planned to celebrate Valentine's Day.

As such residents in the capital city of Tashkent will no longer be able to attend outdoor concerts but instead listen to readings of poems by 16th century Mughal emperor Babur.

The predominantly Muslim country has a long-standing dislike of Valentine's Day and last year a national newspaper described it as "the product of forces with evil goals bent on putting an end to national values".

What do you think is behind the unofficial Valentine's Day ban? Our guess is a civil servant with a hopeless love life.

A team of ice hockey players in Slovakia must have been glad their training session didn't last a bit longer recently -- because the roof of the rink collapsed seconds after they'd finished.

The players had just finished their training session at the rink in Námestovo and left the ice when the roof began to rumble and cracks began to form.

Seconds later -- with the players thankfully having moved to safety -- the snow laden roof then collapsed onto where they had previously been skating.

275x250.jpg The average British man has the face of England footballer Steven Gerrard, while Lorraine Kelly is the celebrity most girls resemble, it's been revealed.
Liverpool FC legend Gerrard was the typical man in the street’s celebrity look-a-like –- rated by an iPhone app which measures facial contours.

The app then uses a complex algorithm to perform high-performance face identification and facial feature recognition before telling users the star they resemble most.

The second most commonly matched face belonged to shapely comedian James Corden and then Prime Minister David Cameron.

As for women, Lorraine Kelly was the most common celebrity look-a-like, followed by Kelly Brook and Natalie Cassidy.

275x250.jpg A pair of US artists have recreated a series of classic artworks using nothing more than the ingredients for their lunch.

Brittany Powell and Tae Kitakata -- who plan to create a new art project every Monday in 2012 -- came up with the idea of replicating the works on a slice of bread.

As such the pair spent a morning turning toast into works inspired by the likes of Piet Mondrian, Damien Hirst, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

The Mondrian-esque grid system lunch used rectangles of cheese and a leaf of basil while the spotty Hirst one consists of blobs of mustard and ketchup.

A home-made recreation of Star Wars: A New Hope -- with fans each performing 15 second segments of the movie -- has become an unsurprisingly huge hit online.

The movie, which was uploaded to YouTube on 18 January, has already been viewed more than 1.5 million times on the site.

The Star Wars Uncut project began in 2009 when Casey Pugh asked thousands of internet users to contribute by recreating scenes however they wanted.

In 2010 it won an interactive media Emmy and while the clips have been available online, they have now been put together into a full-length film.

275x250.jpg A US man has tried to sell a unique edition of the classic novel Moby Dick -- one he spent hours typing onto a four-and-a-half toilet rolls.

Going by the eBay username The_Heppcat the man says he typed the 822 page Herman Melville novel onto loo roll as part of a weird wager.

Writing on the auction site he said: "My friend and I once joked that toilet paper should have instructions printed on them for certain people.

"One day, the conversation grew from there and turned into a wager that i couldn't (or wouldn't) be able to type out a novel on toilet paper.

"Yes, we did have some time on our hands but, as you can see from the photos, I won the bet."

Scientists who set up a series of hidden cameras in a remote area of Tajikstan to capture footage of snow leopards were shocked to discover one of their devices had been stolen.

But they were even more shocked when they uploaded footage from one the remaining cameras and discovered the culprit was a sneaky snow leopard cub.

Researchers from Panthera say camera trap thefts normally occur where jaguars and tigers live in very close proximity to human populations in warm climates.

"As far as we know, this is the first documented incident of a snow leopard stealing a camera trap… and he or she has now been added to Panthera’s Most Wanted List!" said a spokesperson.

275x250.jpg Many shoppers go online when looking for a bargain on a new outfit or the latest gizmo -- and it appears it's no different for those looking at undergoing cosmetic surgery.

Data released by the UK’s largest discount website has revealed that in the past twelve months, consumers have searched for discounts on cosmetic surgery on-site more so than in any other year.

Specifically searches for ‘cheap breast implants’ and ‘cheap Botox’ have drastically increased and were up 203% and 176% respectively in 2011.

A spokesperson for said searches for general ‘cosmetic surgery discounts’ also increased four-fold in the past 12 months.

Searches for ‘discounted nose jobs’ doubled while consumers also searched for deals on ‘liposuction’ 150% more, when compared to the same time period in 2010.

Anthony Albanese is the Australian Transport Minister -- we think it's also safe to say he's a big Michael Douglas and Aaron Sorkin fan.

We say this because he has been accused of recently using a speech from the 1995 film The American President to attack a political rival.

Speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra he said: "In Australia we have serious challenges to solve and we need serious people to solve them.

"Unfortunately Tony Abbot is not the least bit interested in fixing anything. He is only interested in two things, making Australians afraid of it and telling them who is to blame for it." … which sounded rather familiar.

275x250.jpg The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the most read children's book in Britain, a study revealed yesterday.

Researchers estimate Eric Carle’s 1969 classic is read an average of nine times a year by the nation's 5.5 million primary school children.
The second most popular book is the classic Cinderella fairytale which is read around 8.7 times a year by each family.
The third most reread books are Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men series while in fourth place were the Peppa Pig books based on the Channel 5 children’s television show with both being read eight times a year.

Parents and children read about Postman Pat’s adventures an average of 7.5 times a year while The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson's animated modern fantasy, is likely to be read at least 7 seven times a year.

This bank robber shot himself in the foot during a recent raid in Brazil, and not just metaphorically… but in a very painful bullet in the foot way.

CCTV footage shows the robber walking into the bank in northern Paraná, Brazil, along with two other gunmen and demanding that staff hand over cash.

And it was all going to plan until the hapless crook -- who was standing lookout at the door -- got an itchy-trigger finger.

He accidentally pulled the trigger and proceeded to shoot himself in the foot. He can then be seen in the footage limping behind he less bungling colleagues.

275x250.jpg The view from these homes really is rubbish -- because a refuse dump has been allowed to accumulate so much it is now piled higher than the flats around it.

The tip, in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, has now reached a point that it towers over neighbouring four-storey buildings and can be seen from a mile away.

Standing at more than 30ft tall the rubbish heap is made up of household rubbish, rubble and industrial refuse and residents claim it's a health hazard.

They also say rats have been spotted running around the rubbish and that clouds of black dust coat their windows… which we guess means they don't have to look at it.

An opera-singing pizza chef from Farmingdale, Long Island, has become an online hit after a video of him showing off his vocal talents was uploaded to YouTube.

In the footage Carmelo Raccuglia can be seen singing as he emerges from behind the salad-bar at a pizza restaurant.

After a few bemused looks from diners he ups the volume as he belts out the operatic vocals like a pro.

Once he has finished there is just a quick thumbs up to the applauding patrons and he heads off back into the kitchen.

275x250.jpg Racehorses carrying the No1 cloth win more races than any other nag, new figures have revealed.

A detailed analysis of results from 9,500 races in the UK during 2010-- which took six weeks to compile -- revealed No1 wins on 15 per cent of occasions.
It also emerged there is no such thing as a lucky No 7, with the hapless horse accounting for 20 per cent of all disqualifications throughout the season.
More jockeys are unseated by horses wearing the No 3 than on any other number and No 2 is the most likely to fall.

This dog is lucky to be alive after his hapless owner got into a lift and forgot his pooch -- which had his leash attached -- was still outside.

CCTV footage shows the horrified button-punching reaction of the dog owner when he realises what's happened and that his pet could be seriously injured.

As he travelled towards his Chicago apartment, the man realised that he is still holding the lead but that his 18-month-old bulldog cross is not in the lift with him.

Luckily, video from another camera shows that while the dog was lifted from the ground as the lead travelled upwards, it snapped and he survived the ordeal relatively uninjured.

275x250.jpg Amy Childs, Ed Miliband and Christine Bleakley might be among the UK’s most well known faces, but most of us think they have got less personality than a houseplant.

A bizarre study recently examined how interesting members of the public found a host of celebs -- and then compared this to the stimulation provided by a flower.

Research subjects were played footage of public figures in conversation and instructed to leave the room when they felt boredom or irritation kicking in.

Without fail, it was Amy Childs’ airhead TV observations and Ed Miliband’s wooden Westminster interviews that induced the fastest rates of tedium -- 19 and 28 seconds respectively.
However, when shown a Stephanosis and the aura of an Orchid, people found themselves mentally stimulated for a average of four minutes and 48 seconds. 

An artist yesterday installed a giant fake sun in London's Trafalgar Square -- in a bid to beat the morning blues for commuters.

The Trafalgar Sun is a giant luminous ball (slightly smaller than the real sun) which was raised in Trafalgar Square at 6.51am by art collective Greyworld.

Said to be 30,000 times bigger than a football and as bright as 60,000 light bulbs, the work was commissioned by Tropicana fruit juice and stayed illuminated until 7.33pm.

Some hardy Londoners and tourists even took time out of their day to sit in the provided deck-chairs and sunbathe… though it still looks a bit chilly to us.

It's no secret that musicians hate it when a rogue mobile phone ring interrupts their performance, but this violist has found a novel way to deal with the problem.

Lukas Kmit had been playing his violin at a Jewish Orthodox synagogue in Slovakia when a irritating Nokia ringtone sounded out from the crowd.

But rather than get angry with the mobile-holding recital-goer, Kmit instead played along with the ringtone on his instrument.

When he was finished the audience burst into a spontaneous round of applause -- as have many of the 1 million people who have viewed the clip on YouTube.

TV magician Paul Daniels has revealed how he accidentally made one of his fingertips vanish… in a circular saw accident.

The 73-year-old had been working in his garden shed creating new props for his act when he accidentally sliced through his left hand.

Doing so he chopped off top of his ring finger and also injured his forefinger and little finger -- requiring him to dash to Towlands Hospital for emergency surgery.

Luckily doctors were able to reattach his index finger and it's hoped he will be back to his quick-fingered magical ways soon.

Speaking of his upcoming tour Daniels said: "I decided that I had best write a plan A and a plan B. Plan A is that everything is working fine and plan B is that we take that trick out, because I physically cannot do it yet."

A woman who appeared on This Morning to talk about having two vaginas has now been offered $1 million to star in porn film.

27-year-old Hazel Jones has a rare medical condition (uterus didelphys) which means she has two vaginas and had to lose her virginity twice.

Speaking on the show Jones said that her "quirky condition" has not made her shy or hold her back -- something porn producer Steven Hirsch wants to put to the test.

The Vivid man has offered the duo-vaginaged Brit $1 million to star in an upcoming porn movie.

275x250.jpg Police in Mexico City have arrested a would-be bank robber who apparently used his skateboard to get between bank robbery attempts.

Sergio Ledesma allegedly attempted to rob two banks in Mexico City by riding to them on his board and then whispering threats to staff.

However, cops say Ledesma is no criminal mastermind and that staff it his first target simply ignored the dumb crook, who proceeded to leave the branch and then skate to another.

At the second, tellers hit the silent alarm to alert police and Ledesma was still waiting for them to count the cash when officers arrived.

A US man accidentally shot a three-inch nail into his brain -- and didn't realise until the following day.

Dante Autullo had been working in his Chicagow orkshop when a nailgun recoiled near his head, not feeling anything, he carried on.

It was only when he started suffering nausea the following day that he went to the hospital and doctors took an X-ray.

The X-ray revealed a three-inch nail had entered his brain, but because the brain doesn’t have pain-sensitive nerves he didn’t feel a thing.

275x250.jpg The traditional New York accent -- of 'cawfee' 'moider' and 'yoo' fame -- could be dying out, it has been claimed.

Researchers from Reed University say younger New Yorkers suffer from a linguistic insecurity and actively alter their accents.

This is thought to be because their traditional accents are associated with a number of negative attributes, like being unfriendly and unkind.

As such they try to change it by doing things like working to pronounce the final "r" in a word.

The older generation of New Yorker, Fuhgeddaboutit, they still speak the way they always have.

When this ball girl was asked to remove a cricket for the court at a Australian Open match, she knew she had to do it -- but she wasn't happy about it.

Cedrik-Marcel Stebe -- who had been taking on Lleyton Hewitt -- tasked the girl with removing the insect after it had landed on his side of the court.

And while she ran over to help, she then appeared to try to shoo the cricket away, before eventually picking it up and running off with a look of disgust on her face.

275x250.jpg Forget being green-fingered, gardening fans could soon be blue-fingered after a TV expert suggested the sex drug Viagra could perk-up their foliage.

On his website, David Domoney, the host of Garden ER on Channel 5, said chemicals in the little blue pill can stop flowers from drooping.

"Picture this, a vase a wilting cut flowers drop in a standard Viagra tablet.  Hey presto, it stiffens up your blooms a treat," he wrote.  

"Now it actually only needs 1 mg of an standard 50 mg tablet to do this but it does re-stiffen the blooms in a vase, believe it or not.  

"If you’re got wilting blooms, a touch of Viagra or a tablet of Aspirin and it re-stiffens your blooms for another day or so."

When several motorists in Texas, called 911 and reported seeing an escapee tiger sitting on the roof of an abandoned hotel, officers were dispatched to investigate.

But when the crew from Houston fire department got there, they soon realised there was nothing to worry about... because the fierce animal in question was a stuffed toy.

Admittedly it was a big 8ft toy tiger, but still nothing for the brave fire fighters to be overly concerned by -- though they did remove it before any distracted drivers had an accident.

275x250.jpg A selection of odd and bizarre coffins, including those in the shape of a car, ballet shoe and a lion, have gone of show at the Southbank Centre in London.

Bringing together designs from famous Pa Joe workshop in Ghana and Crazy Coffins in Nottingham the coffins are part of Death: Festival for the Living exhibition.

They are said to tell the story of the growing number of individuals around the world who choose to celebrate their life and death in the form of a uniquely designed coffin.

Other coffins on show include a skip, a giant cocoa bean and a flying kite. The exhibition runs from January 20 – 29. Check out some more crazy coffins here.

A TV showing a sex scene -- which appeared in the background of a live news broadcast -- has horrified viewers… well eagle-eyed ones anyway.

The STV broadcast, which was people debating Ed Miliband's Labour leadership, featured a political blogger talking to Scotland Tonight from ITN's London studio.

But as Dan Hodges spoke, some viewers were distracted by the TV over his left shoulder which was screening images of a topless blonde woman having sex.

It's thought the raunchy footage was from an episode of Channel 4 drama Shameless and apparently no-one in the newsroom realised the blunder had happened until it had aired.

275x250.jpg Five times British rhythmic gymnastics champion Frankie Jones recently performed at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, confusing travelers.

Jones performed as a sculpture was unveiled there in her honour and to celebrate gymnastics at the official Host Airport of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The 21-year-old, who earned a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games 2010, is hotly tipped for London 2012 and has spent the week competing in her test event.

The three metre high carbon fibre resin sculpture by artist Eleanor Cardozo has taken centre stage in Terminal 5 Departures.

Shunsuke Nakamura used to play for Celtic, but while there we're pretty sure he didn't make any shots as impressive as this on.

Appearing on Japanese television, Nakamura -- who now plays for Yokoham F Marinos -- took his skills to the street to perform the stunt.

Using mirrors to time his kick to perfection, the 34-year-old smashed a ball so that it flew through the open window of a passing bus.

We just hope the people on the bus weren't too shocked by the sudden inclusion of a ball to their morning commute.

275x250.jpg It might not be the best device for button-bashing -- but this is officially the world's largest video-game controller.

The record-breaking device -- revealed at London’s Liverpool St station to launch the Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition -- measures 30 times the size of a standard NES controller.

It was created by British Engineering student Ben Allen (23), who studies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and took five months to make at an estimated cost of £4,000

Commuters even got to have a go on the 366 cm x 159 cm x 51 cm joypad which weighs 18 stone, but it took more than their thumbs… it requires at least two gamers to press the buttons by jumping on them.

275x250.jpg It's happened on Countdown before, and it will happen again, but this was the first time new host Nick Hewer came up against a rude word on the Channel 4 show.

A contestant recently spotted the word w**ker among the letters "R, A, E, P, K, W, A, E, N" and was only too happy to point it out for six, even though bosses beeped it out.

Hewer, looking for guidance on what to do when confronted by a rude word asked Dictionary corner: "Where does Mark stand on this....?"

But Susie Dent pointed out that as the word is in the dictionary, he was fine.

An inventor who created a bizarre contraption to help him turn the pages of his newspaper has seen his device go viral on YouTube.

Joseph Herscher (who may have too much time on his hands) came up with the stupid, but brilliant invention in a bid to find an 'easier' way to turn the page of his newspaper.

In a video which has been viewed more than 4 million times, he can be seen reading his newspaper before reaching for a cup of coffee.

This pulls a pencil from the wall, which causes painting on the wall to tilt, in turn releasing balls which… oh forget this, just press play and see for yourself.

275x250.jpg The Moon is the place British kids would most like to visit on their next summer holiday, it has been revealed.

A poll of 2,105 British families found that 47% of children would like a lunar holiday, ahead of Disney World (41%) Lapland (25%) and Australia (4%).

But unlikely vacations don't stop at the moon, of the top 10 destinations 6 were fictional places from various kid’s television shows and films.

Children also want to visit a host of fictional locations including Narnia, Hogwarts and Bikini Bottom -- suddenly the Moon doesn't look so unrealistic does it?

Two lifeboat crews were called out to save a pony which had fallen from a 50ftcliff in Pembrokeshire, Wales into the water below.

The teams from Cardigan discovered the animal on a small gravel beach surrounded by rough waters after it had spent a cold few nights there.

Footage from RNLI shows the rescuers approaching the distressed and frightened pony - which tried to run away from them.

Eventually they were able to harness the pony and lead it out of the cove swimming behind a lifeboat, it was then returned back to her owner's farm.

275x250.jpg BBC Stargazing Live has caused a 500% increase in the sales of telescope thanks to what retailers are calling "Brian Cox effect".

Bosses at say they have seen a 491 per cent increase in telescope sales since the BBC2 series began on Monday evening.

A spokesperson for Amazon told "In the three hours following Stargazing Live being aired we saw an almost six-fold increase in sales of telescopes.

"Each time the popular physicist appears on TV we see a jump in telescope sales and that would appear to point to a significant ‘Brian Cox effect’ encouraging a renewed interest in stargazing."

275x250.jpg At Sci-Fi conventions there are always plenty of Stormtroopers, but they're usually just geeks in costumes… this one is a life-sized Stormtrooper cake.

Amanda Oakleaf says when she heard about the Arisia Sci-Fi convention in Boston, one thing which sprung to mind -- creating a edible life-sized soldier of the Empire. Obviously.

So with her husband Tiler and a team of ten cake artists, Amanda set about making the highly impressive 6-foot, 4-inch, 300-pound Star Wars inspired cake.

While a metal frame serves as the skeleton (and it has sculpted Rice Kripsy legs) the cake used some 208 eggs, 140lbs of sugar and 55lbs of marshmallows.

600 hungry convention-goers enjoyed tucking into the cake and each slice had three layers of cake and two layers of italian meringue buttercream… Mmm Stormtrooper.

Kitten from hell scares YouTube (VIDEO)

If you try to think of scary animals, the chances are sharks, bears and crocodiles will be top of your horror creatures list.

But after clicking play on this video we think fluffy kittens will also have you trembling in fear whenever you're in a dark room on your own.

That's because this video shows the 'Kitten from Hell' and comes with a much deserved "Don't watch if you're easily scared' warning.

275x250.jpg A US woman has been arrested after apparently offering McDonalds customers a sexual favours in exchange for some chicken McNuggets.

Khadijah Baseer was reportedly going car to car at a drive-thru in Los Angeles and opening doors before making her offer.

The 31-year-old is said to have told a number of men that she would give then a blow job if they bought her a portion of chicken McNuggets.

Baseer was charged with misdemeanor solicitation and will now appear in court where she could be handed a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Before you ask, it's not known what size portion of chicken McNuggets Baseer was after… we've have been holding out for a 20-piece sharer.

A BBC weather presenter has been left red-faced after being tricked into using a rude phrase during a live TV broadcast.

Reading out a supposedly weather-related tweet, Carol Kirkwood said viewer Alan from North Yorkshire had commented that it was "wetter than an otter's pocket" where he was.

Oblivious to the rude sexual reference meaning of the phrase -- we'll leave the explaining to the Urban dictionary -- Kirkwood added that it had made her laugh.

BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Williams then said: "Wetter than an otter's pocket.. I love that."

275x250.jpg Hit BBC children's TV show Rastamouse has the dubious honour of being the most complained about kids' TV show in 2011.

More than 200 people complained about the Bafta-nominated show -- which tells to all too familiar story about a crime-busting Rastafarian mouse.

Many claimed the patois-speaking puppet stereotyped black people and theat kids emulating the language used on the show could be accused of racism.

However, the BBC have defended the show saying: "We have had a huge amount of positive feedback about Rastamouse, which continues to be a hit with our young viewers."

275x250.jpg In a move which could make weather forecasts considerably more interesting, meteorologists in South Africa have been told they could be jailed if they get it wrong.

It's hoped the rules will prevent weathermen causing panic and economic damage by getting it wrong about things like drought or flash-flooding.

As such, those wanting to issue a severe weather alert will reportedly have to get written permission from South Africa's Weather Service Bill first.

Weather forecasters getting it wrong for the first time could face a four or five-year sentence and a £400,000 fine, while that's upped to 10 years or an £800,000 fine for repeat offenders.

The Musee d'Orsay in Paris, France contains artworks by the likes of Monet, Renoir, Gauguin and Van Gogh… but you'd be forgiven for not noticing them in this video.

That's because this video shows the moment fashion chain Etam pulled a marketing stunt by sending lingerie-clad women there to parade around.

Footage shows the women drop their coats in the middle of the busy gallery and then run towards the exit as bemused art-lovers watch on.

And while one or two men seem to have enjoyed the impromptu striptease, Musee d'Orsay less so -- their lawyers are making a formal complaint to Etam.

275x250.jpg A pair of abandoned kittens have become a online hit after a cats protection charity revealed that they have a combined 54 digits.

The polydactyl cats Ned and Fred -- who were taken in by Cats Protection in Gosport Town -- have a respective eight and ten extra toes than the typical cat.

Branch volunteer Kate Stapleford explains: “These two kittens were in poor condition when they arrived but with veterinary attention and a lot of TLC from their fosterer, Fred & Ned are now thriving.

"Fred and Ned are special in that as well as extra toes on the front paws, Fred has extra toes on his back paws. Our vet said he'd never seen that in 40 years in practice!

A red-faced TV news cameraman inadvertently became the story while filming David Miliband -- by falling over and dropping his camera.

Footage shows the newsman running alongside David Miliband -- brother of Labour leader Ed -- as he crosses a street.

But because he is having to walk backwards to get the shot, the blundering cameraman didn't see a traffic island in his path and toppled over it.

As such his resulting video show a brief shot of David Miliband, before deteriorating into a wobbly recording of the approaching ground.

275x250.jpg 42 percent of all iPhones currently in use in the UK are being used with a broken or cracked screen, it has been found.

A recent study found not all iPhones are kept in their original condition and that 57% have had a cracked screen at some point.

Phone owners who continued to use a broken iPhone handset said it was because the handset ‘worked fine’ despite the broken/ cracked screen or that they didn’t want to ‘claim on insurance’ for the break.

Of those that had broken the screen on an iPhone handset at some point in the past, over a quarter, 27% had done so after owning the handset for less than one month.

In contrast, the majority had broken/ cracked their handset having owned it for just 1-3 months.

Ikea have built a full apartment inside a Paris subway station -- and let five Parisians move in for six days.

The unusual marketing stunt in Auber station is intended to show commuters what they could achieve with a bit of Swedish furniture.

Glass walls allows people using the station between Jan 9 and Jan 14 to watch the five housemate who can also be seen in videos on the Ikea Facebook page.

This video shows a time-lapse video shows the construction of the 54m2 apartment and the tenants moving into their unusual accommodation.

Russian cows given bras to keep them warm

275x250.jpg It might sound udderly bizarre, but cows in Russia's republic of Yakutia are being given hand-made fur bras.

Because Yakutia is officially the coldest place in the northern hemisphere, even the cattle need to be prepared for very low temperatures.

And with it sometimes reaching minus 55 degrees Celsius, some farmers have taken to producing hand-made rabbit fur accessories for their animals, reports

The cow bras are said to consist of a rabbit fur pouch for their udders which is held in place through a series of straps.

Man proposes with LEGO stop-motion video

A filmmaker has come up with a novel way to propose to his girlfriend -- by producing a LEGO stop-motion animation.

Walt Thompson took more than 2,500 photos and editing them to tell the story of two Lego figures who fall in love and get married.

He then copied the animation to a DVD an directed his girlfriend of four years, Nealey Dozier, to watch it.

At the end of the video, when the words "Will you marry me?" appeared on the screen, Thompson dropped to his knee and produced a box containing the Lego bride and groom holding the ring.

275x250.jpg This amazing photo shows the moment a daredevil motorbike rider pulled an equally amazing stunt by flipping his motorbike over a stunt plane.

Petr Pilat teamed up with Red Bull champion pilot Kirby Chambliss to perform the acrobatic stunt at the Vive Puebla biking tournament in Mexico.

Split-second timing saw the two pass within metres of each other -- as show n in this composite image by Mexico City photographer Mauricio Ramos.

275x250.jpg Kate Middleton and Prince William have received some strange gifts since marrying last year -- including q papier-mâché doll and a jar of Vegemite.

Revealed in an official list released by St James’s Palace the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also gifted a sleeping bag, snow goggles and mosquito traps.

After their trip to Canada and the US last summer they also came back with cowboy hats, hockey jerseys and stuffed toys.

The 14-page list of gifts given to the pair during overseas tour also includes a flying helmet and a tartan waistcoat.

But it's not all quirky gifts, there was an iPad from the Governor of California, a 302-diamond brooch and plenty of books.

A street artist who creates amazing landscape pictures in just three minutes despite using nothing but his fingers, has become an online hit.

As this video shows, Fabian Gaete Maureira, from Chile, paints 'fingerscape' images containing mountains, waterfalls, trees and sunsets without picking up a paint brush.

Instead he simply dips his fingers in paint and then applies it directly to sheets of glass rather than canvas.

January is the month we tell the most lies

275x250.jpg We tell more lies in January than at any other time of the year, it has emerged.
Fibbing about New Year resolutions, exaggerating how we are doing on diets or detox means we each wheel out 217 fibs in January.
Lying to take sickies off work as the grim winter takes hold is also a regular occurrence and and four out of ten of us will make up excuses to get out of socialising.

Money is one of the top things that Brits were likely to lie about with many admitting to hiding how much they spent over Christmas and how much debt there was on the credit card.
But despite this, nearly half of those surveyed say they regularly get caught out because they are so bad at lying.

275x250.jpg Anti-terror officials in Canada have been left red-faced after a floating barrier designed to prevent a harbour from attack was ruined… by mussels.

A 1.6km fence had been installed to protect navy ships in Halifax harbour from terrorist attack in 2007 at a cost of more than £2.2milllion.

But the Royal Canadian Navy have now confirmed the structure had to be removed after it was weighed down by mussels and kelp.

It had been hoped the fence would foil small boats carrying explosives and prevent them from causing any damage.

The fence will be dismantled for maintenance… and the mussels interrogated under anti-terror laws.

A young girl has become an internet hit and been dubbed 'the world's littlest lion tamer' after her visit to Wellington Zoo in New Zealand went viral.

In the clip, three-year-old Sofia Walker can be seen staring at a lion called Malik through a thick pane of safety glass.

And it's a good job the glass is there, because after inspecting the girl for a few seconds, the beast starts frantically pawing at her, or rather the glass.

Malik then stops briefly before resuming his futile attack, though the girl barely flinches.

275x250.jpg These heart-stopping pictures of an office which appears to be floating in thin air have give high-flying business meetings a new meaning.

Designed by Scandinavian architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen, the new headquarters for Copenhagen-based mortgage bank Nykredit has captured people's attention around the world.

That's because the ten-storey glass structure features a large atrium complete with three suspended meeting rooms that are cantilevered off of the third and fifth floors.

Hanging 50ft above the ground floor, the private conference rooms are placed in hanging boxes clad in dark polished wood - meaning high-flying managers at the bank must have a stomach for heights as well as a brain for figures.

Kayak fisherman saves dog from sea (VIDEO)

A US fisherman couldn't believe his eyes when a traumatised dog appeared alongside his kayak off the coast of Florida.

This video shows the moment the exhausted pooch swam towards the man -- known only as midget2000x -- after running into the sea following a hit-and-run accident.

The fisherman was able to lift the bleeding and shivering dog from water of the Gulf of Mexico and take him to the safety of a local vets.

There it was discovered that the dog, Barney, had been out running with his owner Donna Chen when she was hit by a car and killed.

275x250.jpg The average dog will cause nearly 2,000 family arguments during its lifetime, a study has revealed.

A new study shows ‘man’s best friend’ can also be his worst enemy as it triggers up to three rows every single day.
That’s the equivalent of 156 quarrels every year – or 1,997 over the average pooch’s life expectancy of 12.8 years.
And the spats range from disagreeing about who should take the dog for a walk, feeding them too many treats and what to do with them when going away.
The poll also suggests that a quarter of owners regularly argue about where the dog should be allowed to go in the house.

Former football ace turned TV pundit Martin Keown received quite a shock while broadcasting during the recent FA Cup game between Arsenal and Leeds.

And it wasn't just the late winner by Thierry Henry -- it was the ball which smacked him in the side of the head.

Keown had been chatting on ESPN with Robbie Savage when a ball was whipped in by a Leeds United player during the warm-up and hit him hard.

Despite catching him by surprise, Keown showed his toughness by carrying on with the job as fans cheered. It's not known if the player had targeted Keown or it was accidental.

275x250.jpg Police have released an image of a would-be thief's bum in the hope it could help them crack (sorry) an armed robbery case.

Officers from Durham Constabulary say the man threatened staff at a petrol station with a kitchen knife and demanded cash.

However the woman at the Total Garage in Newton Aycliffe refused to comply and the crook was forced to flee empty-handed.

Because the man had been wearing a black balaclava, the CCTV footage didn't show his face, so police hope someone will recognise him from his bottom.

Anyone with information should call Newton Aycliffe CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800-555111 to help cops get to the bottom of it.

Deer crashes into US charity store (VIDEO)

A deer caused quite a fuss in a Philadelphia charity store -- when it crashed through the door and charged around inside.

As this security video footage shows, some shoppers quickly fled the store as the doors were pinned open in the hope it would leave.

Eventually the animal did dash back out into the car-park, where another five dee were apparently waiting outside.

The manager of the store said he initially thought a car had crashed through the window when he heard the bang… but in that case why did he utter "Oh deer!"

Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop mugshot

275x250.jpg In the past we've found police mugshots funny because of the criminals haircut, tattoo or even satanic tendencies and facial horns.

But today it's because this 30-year-old who was arrested for carrying a concealed knife, and possession of drug paraphernalia has an unusual name.

While he was born Jeffrey Drew Wilschke, he last year legally changed his name to Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop -- quite the criminal tongue-twister.

Zopittybop-Bop-Bop was reportedly arrested when local residents complained of excessive drinking and drug use near Reynolds Park.

While we don't like to be impressed by adverts, sometimes we can't help it. And given our fondness for funny CCTV footage this was always going to be one of those times.

Now we don't want to spoil it too much for you, but the plot of the viral LG advert is that a smart crook almost pulls of an amazing theft from an electronics store.

So far more than 1.5 million people have watched his daring crime on Youtube and most have been impressed, if not by the crime but by the advert.

275x250.jpg A dotty 82-year-old Japanese artist has created an artwork by getting children to decorate a totally white room with thousands of colourful spots.

Yayoi Kusama says she created her 'Obliteration Room' work as a way of getting visiting children to engage with an art gallery space.

As part of 'Look Now, See Forever' at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art a large room has been decorated like an apartment, but one which was entirely painted white.

But it didn't stay that way for long, because the kids were handed brighlty coloured stickers and told to redecorate as they saw fit.

275x250.jpgAn Iranian man has apparently been left with a permanent erection after coming up with the idea of getting his penis tattooed.

The 21-year-old reportedly wanted Persian script reading "good luck on your journeys" inked on his manhood, along with his girlfriend’s initials.

However, a side effect of the tattoo -- and the tattooist puncturing too-deep with his needles -- he's been left with a permanent semi-erection.

As he's still able to have sex and achieve a normal(ish) erection the man has apparently rejected the treatments suggested by his doctors, it's reported in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

We just feel sorry for him, he only had space on his penis for his girlfriend’s initials and not her full name.

This dad is desperate to be his daughters favourite parent… but she's not having any of it. As this battle of wits proves.

In this video -- which has gone viral on YouTube -- an Aussie dad can been heard asking his young daughter a series of innocent questions.

After asking her what noise a fish makes and where her ear is, he then slips in the query "Who is your favourite, Dad or Mum?"

Quick as a flash she says "Mum" prompting him to up his game in getting video proof of his parenting superiority by bribing her with sweets.

275x250.jpg A US man has been fined after being caught driving in a car pool lane despite his only passenger being a plastic skeleton.

The driver had initially been stopped after a Washington State Patrol trooper driving dangerously at 82mph.

But when the officer walked up to the car, he discovered the passenger which qualified the driver to be in the car pool lane wasn't real.

In fact he was a plastic skeleton wearing a white hoodie with a cookie tin between his legs. The motorist was handed $454 ticket for speeding, unsafe lane change and driving solo.

Truck driver John Nettifee had a bad day at work recently -- when he lost control of his rig and crashed into a frozen pond.

As this video shows, the accident in Minnesota left the vehicle -- which had crossed over lanes of oncoming traffic -- part submerged in the icy water.

Luckily Nettifee was able to crawl out of his cab and across the ice to safety before he was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The truck however is still stuck in the frozen pond and efforts are underway to extract it.

Woman rubbed her bottom on $30m painting

275x250.jpg A US woman has been charged with attacking an $30 million artwork by punching, scratching and sliding her buttocks against it.

36-year-old Carmen Tisch is said to have assaulted the work "1957-J no.2", by abstract expressionist Clyfford Still.

Tisch had been visiting the recently opened Clyfford Still museum in Denver when shepulled her trousers in front of the oil-on-canvas.

She reportedly then proceeded to rub up against the work and attack it before urinating on herself -- causing $10,000 worth of damage.

A spokesperson for the museum said: "On December 29, 2011, an incident of criminal mischief took place at the Clyfford Still Museum.

This lovestruck man hoped a popping the big question to his girlfriend on the big screen at a basketball game would win him a wife… WRONG!

The man had gone down on one knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him after appearing on the "mistletoe cam"  at a UCLA game

But rather than see the moment a couple decided to get married, fans (and now the internet) saw her take one look at the ring and say "Is this a joke?"

She then grabbed her bag and left the would-be groom on his knees as other fans jeered him. Harsh.

275x250.jpg A pilot in New Zealand couldn't believe his eyes when he saw a shark swimming/flying past him at 7,000ft.

He'd been preparing to land a passenger jet Christchurch International Airport when he spotted the 1.5m long shark staring back at him.

But there was no need to worry -- because the shark in question was actually an inflatable remote-controlled toy which had flown off.

The 'Air Swimmer' toys have been a popular present this Christmas and police have been bombarded with reports of escaped inflatable sharks.

Experts say that other than giving the pilot a shock, the helium-filled shark was unlikely to pose any threat to the flight.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has become the fourth goalkeeper to score in the Premier League after this amazing (albeit wind-assisted) goal

32-year-old Howard saw his clearance go in the back of the net after high winds carried it towards the Bolton net.

It flew straight over visiting keeper Adam Bogdan and ended up in the back of the net, prompting team-mates to mobbed him in celebration.

But Howard didn't celebrate the accidental goal, because he knows how it feels to be at the wrong end of a freak gaol, something similar happened to him in 2005.

275x250.jpg Scientists have discovered a deadly fly parasite which is said to be turning honey bess into mindless 'zombies'.

Researchers from San Francisco State University say the parasite starts off by laying its’ eggs inside the abdomen of bee.

The bees then flee their hive and are left walking round in circles and seeking out bright lights.

After the bees eventually die, the pupae emerge from their heads. Which is nice.

"They kept stretching them out and then falling over," said Andrew Core who observed the bees. "It really painted a picture of something like a zombie."

275x250.jpg For years people have used all sorts of things to explain the offside rule -- but now all you need is a 50 pence piece.

That's because the Royal Mint have released a coin with a diagram explaining the rule to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.

Designed by Neil Wolfson the 50p coin features a diagram of a football pitch with markers showing when a player is, or isn't, offside.

He came up with the idea after hearing that the Royal Mint wanted members of the public to suggest designs for a series of new sporting 50p coins.

Other olympic coinage includes ones featuring rowing, cycling, basketball and archery.

A TV weatherman was left red-faced after falling for a prank inspired by the Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman.

Brian Niznanskyhad been doing his stint on the NBC affiliate WGBA when he suddenly blurted out the seemingly bizarre line "I love lamp!"

It turned out the director had slipped the lighting loving line (uttered by Steve Carell in the film) into his teleprompter notes.

So if Niznanskyhad didn't already have a reputation for blindly reading his teleprompter without thinking, he does now.

275x250.jpg Police in China are investigating whether a billionaire was murdered with a  poisoned cat meat stew.

Long Liyuan died at the end of December after having a dinner with business associates during which they all ate the local delicacy of cat meat.

But while all three men were ill -- feeling dizzy and sick -- just 49-year-old Long died and a police investigation was launched, initially quizzing the restaurant owner.

However, a local official has now been arrested on suspicion of poisoning the dish with a toxic herb called Gelsemium elegans.

It's claimed the men had argued about money and it's suggested the official had embezzled money from Mr Long.

This video of a motorist driving along a snowy road in Scotland has gone viral online -- after it was claimed to contain footage of a flying saucer.

The footage is said to have been shot from a camera in Scottish Mountain Rescue vehicle in heavy fog with visibility reduced.

But after a car can be seen driving in the opposite direction, a pair of bright dots appear in the sky.

The lights then zoom across the sky before disappearing into the fog, prompting some  viewers to claim it shows aliens… others insist it's just lens flare.

275x250.jpg A US man has tried to buy a vacuum cleaner and a microwave from a Walmart store with a $1 million note. As you do.

His first problem, the store was never really going to have enough change. His second… there's never been a $1m note so it was clearly a fake.

Police -- who were called by staff -- say the man insisted the bill was real, despite them telling him the largest bill in circulation in the U.S. is $100.

He was later arrested and charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretence and using a forged instrument.

A wheelie bin which was blown down an Scotland street by 100mph gale force winds has become the latest wind-blown YouTube sensation.

Taking over where this trampoline left off, the wheelie bin has shot to internet fame after freak weather blew it down Leith Walk in Edinburgh.

Footage -- shot from a flat window -- show the bin hurtling more than 200 yards along the road.

And because no wind thrown object could become an online hit without a catchphrase a woman can be heard shouting: "Gust of wind! Gust of wind!"

275x250.jpg Police and coastguards jumped into action when a worried walker called 999 after spotting a 'body' floating by the shoreline.

But when they got to the scent in Old Portsmouth, they didn't find a body… they found a life-size replica of E.T.

The Spielberg character was retrieved from the water and taken to safety in the hope his owner would come looking for him.

And now E.T. will finally get to go home after they did. ET was identified as the property of 76-year-old Margaret Wells.

A coastguard spokesperson said of the film find: "It rolled up on the beach and gave somebody a bit of a fright."

Tennis players Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka served up fans some unusual entertainment at a charity tournament -- by dancing the macarena.

The world number one and number three had been playing each other to raise money for victims of the Thailand floods when they decided to get a groove on.

In front of the packed Thailand crowd, the duo exchanged a handshake before jigging around the court at the Thai beach resort of Hua Hin

Once they got around to the game, Azarenka won in straight sets 6-2, 7-5… but the dance was the highlight of the contest.

275x250.jpg A semi-final at the World Darts Championship had to be halted when Adrian Lewis and James Wade complained of a draught.

The darts aces said their game was being impacted by a draught coming across the stage at Alexandra Palace and affecting their arrows.

As such the duo refused to throw and the match was halted -- much to the annoyance of fans who reacted furiously.

Even after a restart the players said the breeze was noticeable and would not continue to play until all doors and windows were closed.

Organisers complied and after ensuring "every air movement was natural" the match started about 30 minutes later.

A young girl has become an online hit thanks to her ability to make her eyebrows dance in time to music.

Staring at the camera the 14-year-old girl from Australia starts off by giving an awkward grimace before the music starts and her facial feature spark into life.

Sarah then proceeds to make her eyebrows jump and dance in time to the music doing every arch in tempo and on point.

And while some online commenters have claimed the video is fake, Sarah has said she's now taking requests for songs people would like to see her shake her eyebrows to.

275x250.jpg A suspected thief in Somerset probably couldn't believe their eyes when they fled from a supermarket as the alarm sounded… because they were being chased by a giant banana.

More specifically the 22-year-old was being pursued by an off duty special constable dressed in a 6ft banana costume.

Luke Summerhayes had been working as a Tesco cashier when he heard the alarm sound and (ignoring the fact he was wearing the yellow costume for a fancy dress day) jumped into action.

He chased the man into the car park where he managed to tackle him before taking him back into the store and waiting for police to arrive.

The suspected crook - who is due to appear at South Somerset magistrates court-- is probably still wondering what happened.

American footballers had a lucky escape recently, when a camera which had been suspended above the field fell and almost hit them.

During the Insight Bowl between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Oklahoma Sooners, the ESPN camera became tangled in its own wires.

This meant that it fell as it was being repositioned after a kickoff and came plummeting down narrowly missing a huddle of players.

After hitting the ground it nearly took out Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt who dodged the bouncing the camera equipment.

275x250.jpg Breaking a world record can involve a lifetime of training, practice and dedication… which is all well and good if you are doing something worthwhile. But chances are that wouldn’t win you a DAFTAS Award.

WINNER: Chanel Tapper had got the competition licked in the DAFTAS category of odd record breaker -- because she has a massive 9.75cm long tongue. That means the 21-year-old student from California has a tongue twice as long as average and the equivalent length of an iPhone. (NewsLite)

RUNNER-UP:  Stunt driver Tanner Foust this year set a world record by jumping 332 feet in an off-road truck. After reaching 104mph the 37-year-old movie stuntman launched into the air in the Hot Wheels inspired stunt.(Daily Mail

It's always impressive to see professional sports people on the top of their game. Of course they are always more likely to win a DAFTAS award if they are having a nightmare.

WINNER: Not only did Sergio Ramos win the Spanish cup with Real Madrid in 2011 -- but he also won the DAFTA for weird sports story after dropping the national cup from the top of a double-decker bus while celebrating the win. (Guardian)

RUNNER-UP: Cristiano Ronaldo giving a fan a shirt is nothing unusual. But giving a fan a shirt after whacking a ball at his face and leaving him with a bloody and possibly broken nose, well that's good enough for us. (Asylum)

The best PR stunts from 2011 (DAFTAS)

We think the best examples of PR are the ones which not only sell cars or get people to change mobile phone network, but also entertain people by making the news as they’re doing so.

WINNER: Just before the Royal Wedding, T-Mobile decided to give us a glimpse into what they thought could happen on the big day and hired a hosts of royal lookalikes to perform a Royal Wedding Dance which went onto be seen by more than 25 million times. (YouTube)

RUNNER-UP: Marketing bosses for the Steven Soderberdh film Contagian Bacteria ad gives new meaning to viral marketing when they created a  living bacteria-based billboard advert which was installed in an abandoned shop window in Toronto. (NewsLite)

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