Simon Crisp: February 2012 Archives

Brits are becoming a nation of workaholics

275x250.jpg Whether emailing before they get up, working into their lunch break or taking calls after 10pm, more than half of workers admit they simply cannot escape work, a study has found.

Nearly half of Brits said they worry about work in their spare time, while two thirds work at times when they feel they shouldn’t have to.

In fact, the study of 2,000 people found that the average Brit spends 1 hour 13 minutes working outside of their contracted hours every single day.

A quarter of Brits go above and beyond because they are plagued with fears of redundancy, while 36 per cent constantly have an eye on targets they know they have to reach.

And the work-life divide is increasingly blurred for many – 60 per cent talk about work regularly when at home while one in three has worked on a weekend despite not being required to.

A news assistant didn't know what to do with herself when she realised she was standing in the background of a TV broadcast -- and became a YouTube star in the process.

Dubbed 'Awkward Kristin' the woman looks like a rabbit caught in headlights after seeing the University of Florida TV news camera as she was doing her photocopying.

She suddenly froze and then, after contemplating what to do next, she decided to crouch down in a desperate bid to move out of shot.

But it didn't work and Kristin can be seen sitting on the floor… and has been by 1,900,000 people on YouTube.

275x250.jpg When organisations put the naming of something to a public vote on the internet, they must know it's not going to get the sort of name they would have liked.

And as if to prove our point, a bridge in Slovakia is looking like it could be named after US action film star Chuck Norris.

Officials had asked members of the public to offer suggestions of names for the bridge -- which crosses the Morova river into Austria -- and vote on which they liked most.

But while they were probably hoping for a inspirational name, the current leader, with a massive 75% of the vote, is Chuck Norris Bridge. Ask and the internet shall give.

While bosses have given themselves a get out clause, by saying the final decision will be made by the regional assembly, they probably should upset Chuck Norris.

The 29th of February is a special day, it doesn't come around each year, which is why Andrew Thomas decided to do something different with it.

The 35-year-old advertising man has decided he will spend today trying to find himself a date, so he's created a website and is setting up for a day of meeting people.

Singleton Andrew will now spend the day at Spitalfields Market meeting people who have been intrigued by his YouTube video.

More than 150 women have already said they will definitely be attending and given the possibility of a leap-year proposal, Andrew is hoping for an invite to Beefeater.

275x250.jpg We learned one thing from the Academy Awards this year... that Angelina Jolie has got more social media clout in her right leg than we have in our whole bodies.

We know this because within a couple of hours of making an Oscars appearance from her black thigh-high slit gown it had it's own Twitter account and amassed 15,000 followers.

Presenting the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the 36-year-old actress had struck the pose -- showing off her delightful limb -- for several seconds before speaking.

And while it received a bit of a mocking from the award-winning screenwriters for The Descendants, that wasn't the end of it and 'Angelina Jolie's right leg' soon became a tending topic on Twitter.

Sacha Baron Cohen successfully managed to become one of the most controversial guests at the Oscars… by tipping an urn he said contained Kim Jong-il's ashes over a US TV presenter.

Attending as General Aladeen -- the lead character from The Dictator -- Cohen was being interviewed by E! Channel host Ryan Seacrest about things such as who he was wearing.

But after telling viewers he had brought with him the ashes of Kim Jong-il (his dear friend and doubles tennis partner) to sprinkle him over the red carpet, he pretended to fall over.

And as he did this he emptied the urn's contents all over Seacrest's Burberry suit -- which much of the 'ahses' ending up on the red carpet and getting Cohen dragged away by security.

275x250.jpg A 72-year-old man from Nepal who stands at just 55cm tall has been named by Guinness World Records as the world’s new shortest living man.

Chandra Bahadur Dangi (all 21.5in of him) takes the record from 59.9 cm (23.5in) Junrey Balawing of the Philippines, who was crowned world’s shortest man last June.

Weighing 14.5kg Dangi has spent his entire life in the remote Nepalese mountain village of Rhimkholi, about 250 miles west of Kathmandu.

It was only after being spotted by a forest contractor cutting timber in the remote village that the little 72-year-old was brought to the attention of Guinness World Records which invited him to London to be measured.

If we owned a bulletproof vest, we'd want to know it would work if needed… but we certainly wouldn't be testing it like this.

A US man decided to shoot himself in the stomach at point-blank range with a 10mm Glock to test his new protective clothing.

Luckily the bulletproof vest stops the potentially fatal shot… though the man is left doubled over in agony after pulling the trigger.

To get an idea of how much it hurt consider what he said after: "Oh f***, oh s***. Never mind it, I got - oh. That f****** hurt."

275x250.jpg Here's some bad news for arachnophobes. People who are scared of spiders will actually believe creepy crawlies they encounter are bigger than they really are.

Researchers conducted a study of arachnophobes to see how the condition impacted their impression of spiders.

Psychologist Professor Michael Vasey from the Ohio State University had his team recruit 57 arachnophobes who were then subjected to five encounters with live tarantulas.

The suitably scared participants were then asked to rate their anxiety and describe how big they thought the hairy spiders were.

It was found that the more scared people were of the spiders the more they tended to overestimate the size of the beasts.

Brunettes are better shoppers than blondes

275x250.jpg Researchers found dark-haired women are more decisive, better at finding bargains and more likely to find the item they set out to purchase.
Blondes on the other hand make rash decisions, end up with clothes they don't like and often buy for the short term rather than 'investing' in clothing that will last.
The study, which was commissioned by online market researchers OnePoll, also found brunettes usually spend less on a shopping trip than the average blonde and are far savvier when it comes to the sales.
And brunettes are the more decisive of the two, despite taking shorter shopping trips on average than their fair-haired counterparts.
The research examined 500 natural brunettes and 500 natural blondes to determine just who can claim to be the queens of retail… though it's not know how thorough the researchers were in fact-checking the natural status.

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach -- which is why a restaurant is offering ladies hoping to make a leap-year proposal the chance to do it with steak.

Beefeater Grill is offering would-be wedded women a romantically branded 7oz Rump Steak with the words 'Will you marry me?" to be served on Wednesday 29th February.

While it's tradition for men to drop to one knee and pop the big question this has been reversed on leap days -- with some claiming it's because February 29th had no status in English Law.
Amanda Barnett, a spokesperson for Beefeater Grill, said; “As all women know only too well, if we wait for the man of our dreams to make a move we could well be waiting for a long time!  

This sports presenter probably felt like a right fool (or should that be stool) after suffering and embarrassing blunder on live TV.

James Bates had been broadcasting from a basketball game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Dayton Fliers when the gaffe happened.

After yelling "we're ready to rock!" at his co-presenter Steve Wolf, CBS man Bates toppled  off his buckling stool and was left sprawled on the floor.

While crew members scurried to help the presenter back to his feet, Wolf tried to stay calm… just like the players who didn't even notice.

An entire French village has gone on sale for just £275,000 -- the same price as some one bedroom flats in London.

Consisting of 19 buildings including houses and a village hall, the village of Courbefy also boasts swimming pool, stables and tennis courts.

While it was once home to more than 200 people the village, in the region of Limousin, is now deserted after a downturn in the farming industry.

There had been plans to convert Courbefy into a holiday home, but it never materialised and the building are now over-grown and in a bad condition.

Courbefy was put up for auction by the Limoges judicial authorities last Monday, but nobody bids it will remain in the hands of Credit Agricole bank.

Dramatic video footage shows the terrifying moment a Brazilian rescue chopper shook itself to pieces -- and scared us from ever getting into a helicopter.

Taken by the local fire department, the video shoes the vigorous vibrations initially causing the chopper to shudder around on the ground.

But seconds later it begins to fall apart and doors drop off and the nose of cockpit fell as crew members sat inside.

It's said the bizarre accident was the result of ‘ground resonance’ which caused the gear box to become unstable and cause the vibrations which pulled the craft apart.

275x250.jpg One tenth of couples who live with each other sleep in separate beds -- with a fifth doing so for a ‘better sex life’ -- a study has found.

Research into the relationship habits 1,192 people who live with their partner discovered a host or reasons more and more Brits are opting to kip in different beds.

While the most common reason for separate beds was excessive snoring volume (24%), other reasons included it leading to better sleep (23%) and better sex (19%), while others said it was because of arguments (6%)

The study found 77% of people found it ‘strange’ that some couples do not share a bed every night. However in contrast, more than half, 57%, stated that if they argued with their partner, they slept in separate beds.
74% of those who slept in a separate bed said they didn't want their friends to know about this… but were obviously happy telling researchers about their sleeping habits.

275x250.jpg Police in Norway were shocked to see a motorist driving with three reindeer sitting on the back seat of his car… and that was before they stopped him and found two more in the boot.

The driver is said to have been moving the animals around 60 miles from Karasjok to Børselv and claimed to have clearance from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority to transport them.

A spokesperson from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration is reported to have said:  "There are no limits to what people will get up to in traffic. I've stopped being surprised,"

And before you ask, no, none of the reindeer were wearing seatbelts.

275x250.jpg More than a quarter of Brits have taken ‘sex’ photos or videos of their partner with their mobile phone, it has been found.

The poll also found that 34% of those with saucy photo or video on their smartphone had shared it with friends.

And even if they've not been actively shared the photos might not stay private, because 65% are kept on phones without a PIN lock.

12% of the almost 2,000 polled even admitted keeping sexy snaps of ex-partners on their mobiles.

Of the respondents who'd never taken a sexy snap or video on their phone, 38% said they would consider doing so in the future.

The boobs of a Princess of Denmark almost caused a diplomatic incident recently -- when the Finnish president's husband got busted ogling them on TV.

Princess Mary of Denmark was attending a state banquet and had been seated next to Pentti Arajarvi who is married to Finnish president Tarja Halonen.

And when the princess was looking to her side, Arajarvi decided to have a sneaky look at her cleavage.

Only it wasn't that sneaky, he was caught by TV cameras and judging by the way she spun around and looked at him, the princess knew he wasn't just admiring her neckless.

275x250.jpg The dining table is only the fifth most popular place to eat breakfast, a study revealed yesterday.

Despite being the traditional place to start your day, the dining table was beaten by our desks, the sofa and even the commute to work.
Researchers found a third of Brits say that they never sit down and eat breakfast at a table and those that do are unlikely to do it at any point other than at the weekend.
Instead the study revealed that people were likely to squeeze in brekkie while driving or even while getting dressed or showered.
Time emerged as the main factor for Brits who said they were too busy rushing around of a morning to take the time and sit down and eat properly.

275x250.jpg Sitting in a traffic jam on the M25 isn't exactly our idea of a good day out, but apparently for some people it must be…

Bosses of the Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company say their £15 coach tour of the M25 has proven a bizarre hit and sold out.

Complete with a commentary detailing "interesting facts about the motorway’s evolution" and pointing out landmarks the tour takes in the entire 117-mile London orbital.

A spokesperson for Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company said: "We’re keeping it as a surprise whether we’ll travel clockwise or anti-clockwise but all the great opportunities to see the amazing sights around this iconic motorway will be available."

Sights include including Epping Forest, Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five, Lakeside, the magnificent Dartford River Crossing bridge and much more… apparently.

A video of a real-life superman flying besides a car in Costa Rica, has become a hit on YouTube, as well it might.

The 24 second clip appears to show the sunglasses-wearing man flying beside the car before knocking on the window and asking for directions to to San José.

But the Superman isn't really flying (sorry to spoil it for you) and the man is actually leaning forwards from the rear of the car.

Personally our favourite touch is the way in which he swoops up and down for added authenticity… and that he didn't clip a lamppost.

275x250.jpg Norwich might not be the most likely location to find rhinos, but a gang of would-be rhino horn robbers recently struck there.

Police say the gang targeted the Norwich Castle Museum where they forced open a display case containing the head.

After failing to dislodge the horn -- which can sell for £50,000 per kilogram on the black market -- they tried to make off with the entire head.

However the heavy head slowed the four men and they were disturbed by museum staff who grabbed the rhino head and caused the men to flee.

A spokesperson for the museum said that as the robbers had paid to enter the museum and left empty-handed, they had done better of of the crime than the crooks.

275x250.jpg British women are hoarding 156 MILLION bras they don’t wear, it has been claimed.

Researchers found the average female has a collection of nine bras, but more than half of these are sat gathering dust in drawers.

Additionally nearly half of women own bras they have NEVER worn.

The biggest reason for discarded underwear was because women find their bras uncomfortable with a third keeping them despite being the wrong size.

Other reasons were that the bras were unflattering, unfashionable or made their breasts look funny under certain clothes.

Dogs teach baby how to chew toys (VIDEO)

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks… but old dogs are perfectly capable of teaching tricks to babies, as this video shows.

Currently going viral, the video entitled 'Puggles teach baby to chew' starts off showing a dog munching on a toy, before panning over to a little boy lying on his belly.

After examining what the dog was doing the baby then proceeds to chew his toy in a very similar manner.

The video has already been viewed more than 140,000 times. It's not known if the dogs went on to teach the lad how to chase cats or pee up lamp-posts.

275x250.jpg A Swedish man has somehow survived being trapped in a snowed-in car for two months, it's been reported.

The 45-year-old man is said to have crashed his car on a forest track near the city of Umea in the north of Sweden on December 19th.

And after being trapped in the vehicle by heavy snow, he's said to have stayed there until he was recently rescued after being spotted by snowmobilers.

Police were called and the man was rushed to a nearby hospital where he's said to be recovering and in a stable condition.

It's understood he survived by wrapping up in a sleeping bag and conserving his energy… not by munching frozen beer like this guy.

275x250.jpg Millions of Brits have never set foot on foreign soil - because they are scared of flying, a study revealed yesterday.

Researchers found one in twenty adults has never left the UK because they are petrified of getting on a plane.
Incredibly, a further one in ten Brits have travelled to Europe by ferry, the Eurostar or the Eurotunnel rather than board a holiday jet.
Holidays aren't the only thing fearful flyers miss out on, the poll also found millions have missed weddings, stag parties and funerals due to their phobia.

One in six said they have even failed to turn up at an airport to catch pre-booked flights because their fear is so strong.

A 90-year-old granny has become an online hit after she was recorded performing a dancing tribute to Whitney Houston… rightfully so.

Jeanne can be seen saying: "''m doing this in honour of the late Whitney Houston. It's very hard to think of her being gone" before strutting her stuff.

The 90-year-old, who suffers from severe macular degeneration is legally blind and hard of hearing, then shows off her moves to the late singer's hit song 'I wanna dance with somebody'.

Since being uploaded by her grandson Adam Forgie, the clip has been viewed more than 300,000 times.

275x250.jpg There was us thinking goats all went "Baaaa" and then scientists go and reveal that they all have distinctive regional accents.

Not only that but goats will apparently pick up the accented bleating of the animals around them.

Boffins at Queen Mary University of London tested five-week-old goats and monitored the development of their bleating when spending time in different groups.

They investigated whether contact calls were affected by social environment and kinship during early ontogeny in goats by comparing half siblings raised in the same or different groups.

It was found that full siblings had more similar calls than half siblings -- meaning you really do get Brummie and Geordie goats.

A BBC weather forecaster has been left red-faced after accidentally swearing and predicting 'bucket loads of c***' over Britain on live TV.

Alex Deakin was doing his bit on Saturday evening's BBC World and making his weather forecast in the usual manner when he suffered a brain to mouth fail.

"It is simply a lovely winter's day tomorrow, buckets loads of c***.... Sunshine across central and Eastern England," he said… inexplicably.

Realising his gaffe, Deakin soon tweeted: "I think the less said the better about that last broadcast #P45."

275x250.jpg Most teenagers can barely bring themselves to contemplate the idea that their parents are still sexually active.

So spare a thought for the 15-year-old German girl who is reported to have seen her folks visiting a sex club on a TV show.

That's right, she's said to have been watching the report on swinging on the website of TV channel RTL when her mom and dad popped up.

The sex club attending parents have since tried seeking damages from RTL -- they only agreed to the filming because they thought they'd be pixelated -- but a judge threw out the claim.

Speaking at the hearing the judge is understood to have told the parents 'I wouldn't want to be in your shoes. That's simply embarrassing.'

275x250.jpg There isn't a photographer out there who hasn't found themselves pressing the shutter button just as an unwanted character steps into frame and ruins a good photo.

And while until now we've been left seething behind a smile and and saying it doesn't matter, it appears there could soon be another way...

Swedish imaging firm Scalado have just revealed their 'remove' technology which can be used to delete unwanted objects and people who entered the frame.

The tech -- which is set to be shown off at Mobile World Congress -- takes a series of photos as people move around and then allows you to delete them with the composite photo filling in the missing background.

An adrenalin-junkie photographer/stuntman has filmed the moment he took a plunge on the world's largest rope swing… and instantly scored a YouTube hit.

Devin Graham and pals set up the giant swing with 150ft of rope in a Utah canyon by looping the rope around an overhang.

After testing the rope swing with a bag of rocks, they then proceeded to make the record-breaking 130ft free-fall, which they say included 20 seconds of screaming.

The footage was recorded using a Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Canon 60D, Epic Red One and an iPhone 4S, but it was worth the effort, it's already been seen 3.6million times.

275x250.jpg A couple who found £21,480 on their Lancashire doorstep have been told by police that as the bizarre windfall as it has not been claimed.

Ian Roberts and Pam Curtis found the cash -- in £20 notes -- in a wicker basket on their doorstep last month, but being honest citizens they handed it to cops.

However, as it has been unclaimed for 28 days, the pair have now been told they can keep it to do what they want with.

And while we might have been planning an around the world trip, civic-minded Ian and Pam say they assume the cash was an anonymous contribution towards the £400,000 redevelopment of a local park.

275x250.jpg A US man was left red-faced when he accidentally played a porn film rather than the Smurfs movie at his child’s birthday party.

The unnamed man had apparently rented "The Smurfs" DVD for the occasion before loading it into his laptop which was hooked up to a projector.

But when he tried to play the blue movie, children and parents instead saw a series of pornographic images flash up on the big screen.

Presumably trying to suggest his innocence, the man then contacted police himself and reported that someone had tampered with “The Smurfs” DVD.

However, officers said they could not find anything wrong with the Smurfs movie (which must be the first time anyone has said that) and that the porn was probably on the laptop.

A photographer has used his humble iPhone and a whole lot of ingenuity to record impressive footage of animals which even David Attenborough would be proud of.

Mark Rober says that on a recent trip to the zoo, he noticed how desperate people were to get the attention of the gorillas so they could get a photo.

That's when he hit upon the idea of using the screen of his iPhone to let the animals he was filming, to see themselves… and sure enough the idea worked.

In fact it worked so well he went on to produce a 'Gorilla cam' -- consisting of a  iPhone mounted behind a mirror with a hole cut in it -- to get some even more impressive footage.

275x250.jpg Mums spend 260 unnecessary hours slaving over a hot stove because of fussy kids, new national research has revealed.

The typical British mother wastes is said to notch up the extra hours every year by cooking up to three different meals every night.

Over half the nation’s under-pressure mums claim their time is wasted cooking different meals and different times for their fussy families.

Daughters have been pinpointed as the biggest ‘fussy’ culprits, with 35% of the UK claiming they are the pickiest of eaters and most likely to demand different food for dinner than their brothers and parents.

Some households are now cooking up to three different dishes every evening in a bid to please everyone’s taste buds. As well as fussy eaters, partners working late scores highly in the reasons why so many hours are being wasted.

275x250.jpg Some people complain about the cost of drinks in coffee shops, but not Logan Warren -- he recently ordered the most expensive Starbucks drink possible.

Armed with a Starbucks Rewards card entitling him to a "free birthday drink", the computer technician from Nacogdoches, Texas, decided to see what was the most pricey drink one of the barista could prepare for him.

Looking around online, the most expensive he could find was $14 (£8.80) and Logan knew he could do better, especially as there was no fine print or price limit on the offer.

So after consulting with the baristas for half an hour, the result was a $23.60 (£14.95) Java Chip Frappuccino in a Trenta cup with 16 shots of espresso and syrups, shots and powders.

Speaking of the drink, 22-year-old Logan told NewsLite: "We started with the most expensive base drink--a java chip frappuccino, and added 16 shots of espresso, along with a myriad of powders and fruits.

275x250.jpg Visitors to a shopping centre in London got a fright yesterday, when the doors to a lift opened and they were confronted with a collapsed floor and gaping lift shaft.

Luckily however, the shocked shoppers were never really in danger -- an artist had been hired to create the 3D illusion to promote the launch of a new ride at a theme park.

Bosses from Alton Towers had set-up the stunt to test the nerves of the public and see how they responded… and to plug their Nemesis Sub-Terra ride which opens on March 24.

One shopper said: "A deep, dark lift shaft is not what you expect to see on your average trip to the shops! It gave me a bit of a fright, but I quickly realised the joke was on me! I then had a laugh watching other people’s reactions a they walked past."

275x250.jpg The typical Brit is at their fittest when they're in their thirties, a study revealed yesterday.

Adults in their mid to late thirties are more likely to exercise regularly, be members of gyms and sport clubs and eat a healthier diet than their counterparts in their twenties.
A quarter of those polled said having children had a big impact on their fitness levels and more than one in ten started leading a more active lifestyle once they knew they were having children.
Thirty something's also said they were at their least fit at the age of 29 due to eating too much junk food and consuming too much alcohol.
Half of adults aged 30-39 now rate themselves as fit and spend more time exercising than people in their twenties. What do you think, when were you your fittest?

Wildlife rescue teams have been called out 27 times to help save a swan in East Sussex which members of the public think has been stuck in ice.

Rescuers from the Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service say they have even sent out ambulances three times in one day over the bird -- which was actually just resting.

A spokesperson said: "Most calls have been reporting the swan to have a leg stuck in the ice. The leg is actually tucked up under their feathers to keep warm.

"The most common reports are that the swan has been sat in the same position for many hours – swans do not move around the ice much if they don't have to, in order to keep warm."

275x250.jpg A street cleaner from Essex has struck gold after discovering a 18-carat gold Rolex worth £21K down a drain… and that was just the start.

Arron Large found the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph in a drain near Chalkwell railway station in Southend, last week.

Police told him that because the watch was not registered as stolen or lost, it would become his if not claimed within 30 days, and he couldn't believe his luck.

That was until yesterday, when the 28-year-old drain technician said he has found three more watches near to where he found the first… now he really can't believe his luck.

Arron says he thinks another of his latest finds is also a Rolex.

275x250.jpg A medical device salesman in the US has been jailed for three years after carrying out what's been dubbed the 'penis pump scam'.

Gary Winner is said to have committed health care fraud to the tune of $2.2million, partly by billing the healthcare agency for re-branded penis pumps.

His scam started with targeting men suffering from diabetes and then getting them to hand over their Medicare information in exchange for free medical supplies.

He then supplied them penis enlargers -- which he bought from sex shops for $26  each -- claiming they could be being to treat erectile dysfunction and diabetes.

Winner then charged Medicare an average of $284 for each penis pump… something they apparently found a bit hard to swallow.

CCTV footage has been released showing the moment a man decided to propose to his girlfriend from within the penguin enclosure at London Zoo.

James Roberts -- who won the chance to make the unusual proposal -- had told his girlfriend, Michelle Rogers, he'd won a VIP tour of the zoo.

But when she was waiting for him in the penguin enclosure, he surprised her by walking in wearing a tuxedo and getting down on one knee.

Michelle said yes… and promptly carried on feeding the penguins.

275x250.jpg An artist has spent 512 hours creating a life-sized tank out of 5,016 egg boxes, but it's no yoke, he did it for charity

Stuart Murdoch constructed the Challenger II to celebrate the launch of Eggs for Soldiers' national egg and spoon race on March 4 and raise money for Help for Heroes

He says he used 26 litres of glue, 10,100 nails, 15 litres of paint, 80 square metres of steel and 5,013 staples to make the model.

15p from the sale of every khaki green box of six Eggs For Soldiers goes directly to the charity, which is eggcellant news, don't you think.

275x250.jpg Did you get a Valentines gift yesterday? If so consider yourself lucky, because a third of people in relationships have called it quits on gifts this year.

A recent study has revealed the extent some Britons have gone to in order to cut back this year -- with not giving gifts topping the list.

1,445 UK adults -- who have been in relationships for at least 2 years -- were asked questions about their Valentine’s Day gifting intentions.

The main reasons given for not giving gifts this year included, saving money (62%), not seeing each other (11%) and no particular reason (9%).

Slightly worrying was the 8% who said their partner didn't deserve a gift.

While one Premier League handshake-snub gained most of the headlines this weekend, it wasn't the only one… and this snub is a lot cuter.

At the Aston Villa v Manchester City game, a claret and blue wearing mascot decided to copy Luis Suarez and refuse to shake hands with his rival.

TV footage shows the little lad shaking the hands of official and players… but refusing to meet palms with the Manchester City mascot.

Writing on YouTube, one viewer said: "The FA should send him to his bedroom."

275x250.jpg More than two million employees now take a "run-ch break" and exercise during their dinner hour, it has emerged.

Researchers found around one in 13 workers now swap their suits for jogging gear and pound the streets for more than 40 minutes while their not-so health conscious colleagues tuck into their packed lunches.

Incredibly, the study also found people clock up around 468 miles running during their lunch breaks during the course of the year, with the sporty employees most likely to run three miles three times a week.

One fifth of all working Brits regularly exercise during their lunch hour with those that aren’t running cramming in a gym session or going for a quick swim.

Boffins at Goggle have used a complex algorithm and their computing power to discover what we already knew… a video of a cat saying 'no' is funny.

Researchers looked at the comments on videos to determine whether viewers had found them funny and identified candidates for YouTube’s Comedy Slam.

Google Researcher Sanketh Shetty, said: "We computed more text features based on words associated with amusement in comments.

"These included (a) sounds associated with laughter such as hahaha, with culture-dependent variants such as hehehe, jajaja, kekeke, (b) web acronyms such as lol, lmao, rofl, (c) funny and synonyms of funny, and (d) emoticons such as :), ;-), xP."

275x250.jpg Keith Martin has the dubious honour of having been named as the world’s fattest man... after the previous record-holder went on a diet.

Martin, of North West London -- whose diet includes eating eight hotdogs for breakfast -- has 18 carers and has not got out of bed for 10 years.

When the 42-year-old, who says his weight got out of control in his teenage years when his mom died, goes to hospital it takes eight ambulance staff to lift him.

He will take the title from Manuel Uribe of Mexico, who once weighed 90 stone but is now close to 30 stone. Luckily Martin will not need to go anywhere to collect his title.

275x250.jpg A loved-up nerd has become an internet star after making possibly the geekiest proposal ever - in binary code.

Smitten geek Robert Hall used the computer code to propose to fiance Rachel Smith in a three-minute video while wearing a papier mache mask of a cartoon character.

In the clip, he proudly proposes to his girlfriend, in a somewhat unconventional way by asking:


The entire message, which took six attempts to record, simply translates as "Rachel, you are awesome! Will you marry me?".  

275x250.jpg Every bride knows she needs something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue at her wedding… but what about something explosive?

Food artists Bompas & Parr are launching a food explosion service for weddings where for a fee a trained explosives technician will lay charges within your wedding cake ready for you to detonate.

A spokesperson for the firm said: "Traditional wedding cakes are a triumph of spectacle over taste. Bompas & Parr’s food explosion service pushes this ethos to its ultimate conclusion.

"The ritual of cutting the cake is significantly enhanced through the explosion, the sense of occasion heightened by the blast and your guests are spared eating flavourless fruitcake."

The service starts from £800 and includes a risk assessment and an explosive technician liaising with your cake provider to tell them how their creation will be destroyed.

Forget swimming with dolphins, after seeing this video all we want to do is surf with dolphins… and after clicking play we think you will agree.

This video is said to show 15-year-old Mitchell Overton wake surfing alongside dolphins at St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Overton can be seen riding the waves as dolphins pop up and jump out of the water next to him. Pretty cool isn't it?

275x250.jpg Researchers have discovered what every chocolate-love has known for years -- the last chocolate really does taste best.

Psychologists from the University of Michigan conducted tests in which 52 students were each fed five small chocolates and asked to rate their enjoyment.

Students who were told when they were approaching their final chocolate tended to then rate their enjoyment of it as higher.

It's thought the preference of the final chocolate could be because of the "positivity effect" of ending.

This means that people expect an ending to be happy or want to get something good out of an experience while they can.

275x250.jpg A open-minded website has started offering romantic getaways with a difference -- they are for three people.

That's right it's a break intended for fans of free love, those in polygamous relationships or couples with a tag-along member.

Experience day website started offering the ‘Romantic Break for Three’ following an enquiry from a trio wanting to enjoy a romantic night together.

The £399 getaway is for three people, staying in a double suite at the Windermere Suites in the Lake District

It also includes breakfast for three and a complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival… if they remember to leave out three glasses.

Sure US president Barack Obama could always hit the nuclear button if he really wanted to launch something -- but we think it's safer if he sticks to marshmallow cannon, wait what?

When Obama came across an 8th grader named Joey from Phoenix at a recent White House Science Fair, he was more than a little intrigued by what the youngster had created.

When he was told the air cannon was designed to shoot marshmallows, he couldn't wait to get it set up and going. And he wasn't going to get a little thing like being in the State Dining Room of the White House stop him.

After checking how far a marshmallow could be fire, he had the 'weapon' aimed at the wall and started pumping up the air pressure before firing the confectionary.

When Arnold Schwarzenegger went into hospital to have a operation on his shoulder, he couldn't believe who was in the next bed… Sylvester Stallone.

In an amazing coincidence* the two action stars had been booked in to have treatment on their shoulders at the same medical centre, on the same day.

Writing online Arnie said: ""After all the action, stunts & physical abuse shooting The Expendables 2 and The Last Stand, it was time for a little tune up on my shoulder.

"Look who was coincidentally waiting in line behind me for his shoulder surgery. Now we're ready for another round of great times and action when we shoot The Tomb."

Woolly mammoth caught on video in Siberia

They were thought to have died out 4,000 years ago, but a video has emerged  which some people claim shows a woolly mammoth -- though others insist it's a hoax.

Shot in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug region of Siberia -- reportedly by a government-employed engineer -- the footage shows a beast walking through an icy river.

For years there have been rumours some woolly mammoth had survived in the Siberian wilderness, but there had never been any proof, and if this video is fake there still isn't.

275x250.jpg Millions of British children have never been to an art gallery, theatre or stage show, it was revealed yesterday.

The ‘culture starved’ generation emerged in a study carried out among 2,000 parents of five to 12-year-olds throughout the UK.

Incredibly, four in 10 children have never seen the inside of an art gallery, while 17 per cent haven’t visited a museum with their parents.

Culture can take many kinds of forms and it’s essential are children are encouraged to get involved with this at any early age.

It was also revealed that a quarter of children haven’t been to the theatre, while six in 10 have never heard or been to a classical music concert and one in 10 kids hasn’t even left their home town.

In Japan have an interesting way of practicing what they would do if a dangerous animal escaped… as this video conclusively shows.

Japanese police, paramedics and hundreds of zoo staff have taken part in a training exercise which saw them fending off a life-sized papier mache rhinoceros.

The odd exercise at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens was designed to see how they would cope with an emergency which resulted in an animal escape.

While many visitors duly rushed away from the faux-rhino, others stuck around and filmed the vision which was staff surrounding it with a net and pretending to tranquilise and capture it.

275x250.jpg A bungling police officer spent 20 minutes chasing himself after being mistaken for a burglar on CCTV, it's been revealed.

The unnamed officer from Sussex Police had been monitoring an area hit by a series of burglaries when a CCTV operative reported seeing someone 'acting suspiciously'.

That someone was the undercover officer, but failing to realise this, the operator proceeded to direct the officer to follow the "suspect".

Unsurprisingly the officer was unable to catch himself during a 20 minute chase -- but he did tell colleagues he was "hot on his heels".

The Keystone Kops-esque gaffe only came to an end when a sergeant came into the CCTV control room, recognised the “suspect” and started laughing.

The typical Brit is so cynical they will turn down a genuine offer free cash, it's been found… by people who tried to give away money on the street.

Customer Loyalty firm Ice sent out a group of people to busy bus stations wearing a sandwich board that read "Ask me to pay your bus fare and I will."

And it was a genuine offer, but commuters in Newcastle, Medway, Manchester, Perth and Leicester didn't trust the offer -- which ran during morning rush hour each day for a week -- and kept clear.

In fact the people struggle to give away free money to the extent that just 38 people in total across the country accepted the offer.

275x250.jpg Edith Ritchie and Evelyn “Evie” Middleton have been named by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living twins… well they are 102-years-old

Born on 15 November 1909, the pair from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, whose maiden name was Rennie, were born on a farm near Newburgh when Edward VII was on the throne.

After leaving school, the non-identical twins worked on farms before leaving to start their own families and had a total of 32 grandchildren between them.

The sisters say they have remained close throughout their life and now live together at Bonnyton House care home in Aberdeenshire, adding that they are still the best of friends.

This snowmobiler had a lucky escape recently -- when the cliff of snow he was just about to ride across dropped away inches in front of him.

Skirulefool (as he's known on YouTube) had been riding on the white stuff in on the Wyoming-Idaho border when the near-miss happened.

As this video footage shows, he'd been racing around when he got to the top of a hill and a huge chunk of snow disappeared from under him.

Luckily he was able to stop in time and then drag his snowmobile from the edge… shame he then hit a tree on his way back down. Oops.

275x250.jpg Chocolate, oysters and Champagne are all foods typically associated with Valentines Day -- bull testicles… not so much.

But that hasn't stopped a chef from creating a testicle-filled pie which he claims will act as an aphrodisiac this Valentines Day.

The aptly named 'Cock and Bull Pie' from artisan ready meal firm Charlie Bigham’s contains only ingredients selected for their aphrodisiac and arousing qualities.

As such the £7.99 pie -- available exclusively from Ocado -- features ‘Mama Juana’ liquor and Ginseng alongside the bulls’ testicles.

Rich in testosterone, the potent properties of bull’s testicles have long been used in India where lovers swear by their power to increase sexual vigour. But will you have the balls to try it this Valentine’s Day?

275x250.jpg Austrian adventurer Felix Baumgartner has announced that he will make his record attempt for the highest skydive in history later this year.

The Red Bull Stratos mission will see the 41-year-old jump from a balloon in the stratosphere from an altitude of 36,576 meters (120,000 feet) and perform a record-breaking freefall.

This means Baumgartner would fall so fast he could become the first person to break the speed of sound unaided by a machine.

While simultaneously collecting data never obtained before for the advancement of medical science he could break a total of four world records… hopefully that's all he'll be breaking.

We've met Colin Furze before, first when he invented the flame-thrower scooter (and promptly got arrested for it) an then when he created the world's fastest mobility scooter.

Now he's taken that 70mph mobility scooter and seen what it can do in the snow… the answer, quite a bit!

In his video Furze, who is now part of the Sky TV show Gadget Geeks, can be seen reaching speeds of 51mph in the icy conditions and having great fun skidding around.

Writing on YouTube he said: "This is my world record holding fastest mobility scooter being thrashed in the snow which as you can see was bloody wicked.

275x250.jpg It used to be that if you wanted to entertain a cat, you gave them a ball or a toy mouse… nowadays they apparently need an Apple iPad.

The RSPCA in Australia have developed an iPad app for cats which sees them play with a virtual ball of yarn and defend cheese from invading mice.

It's hoped the app could be used to enrich the lives of house-dwelling cats in Oz and promote the organisations 'Adopt a Cat Month'.

RSPCA man Michael Beatty said: "Basically, you place your iPad on the ground, start the game and your cat or kitten can interact with it on his/her own terms.

Sure everyone's heard of the Loch Ness Monster, but have you ever heard of the Lagarfljóts Worm, Iceland's answer to Nessie? Well you have now!

And not only have you heard about Lagarfljótsormurinn but here's a video which it's claimed shows the mythical monster swimming in Lagarfljót Lake.

Footage appears to show a giant snake (about 90m) swimming against the current in an icy river which runs in to Lagarfljót.

Reports of Lagarfjóts Worm date back to 1345 -- but some critics say this latest example looks more like frozen netting moving in the river.

275x250.jpg In bizarre 'they do know she's not real don't they?' news, it's been announced that Miss Piggy will be interviewing celebs at the Baftas.

The Muppets star will host a 'Orange BAFTA Red Carpet' show which could see her rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Gary Oldman.

Describing the show organisers said Miss Piggy would be "conducting interviews and analysis with the leading lights of the movie industry."

Speaking of the role Miss Piggy said: “Imagine the likes of Clooney, Dujardin, Fassbender, Oldman and Pitt achieving the very pinnacle of their careers by getting a chance to speak with the one and only moi—Miss Piggy!

"Naturally, I will be asking questions that only moi would dare to ask.

When TV news presenter Lisa Dutton was asked to be a judge a local sausage-tasting competition, she accepted, probably thinking, 'What's the worst that could happen?'

Well when she tried to give the event a bit of on-air to the event in Saskatoon, Canada, she got her answer, she accidentally said a rude word… well she was talking about sausages.

Her Freudian slip has since gone viral and videos of her blunder have been viewed more than one million times.

275x250.jpg There's something satisfying about a glass of beer with a pizza, but for a couple in the US it was too much hassle, so they combined the two -- meet the pizza-flavoured beer.

Tom and Athena Seefurth from St Charles, Illinois came up with the odd brew five years ago and since then their Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer has become a success in the US.

And now the uniquely flavoured beer -- which has tomatoes, basil, oregano and garlic added during the brewing process -- is on its way to the UK
Creator Tom Seefurth said: "It tastes like normal beer when it's on your tongue. But when you swallow you get an aftertaste of pizza topping.

A cat has interrupted the action at the Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur match by running on the Anfield pitch… and instantly becoming the highlight of the 0-0 draw.

11 minutes into the game, the kitty made an unexpected appearance, prompting the referee to call the game to a halt.

The puss then proceeded to mooch around the Spurs penalty box as keeper Brad Friedel watched on, apparently not wanting to get fur on his gloves.

After a short while, and with some gentle coaxing from stewards, the cat -- instantly dubbed "Liverpool cat' and "Anfield cat' online -- left the pitch and the game resumed.

We're just glad it was a grey and white tabby and not a black cat. Only because that would have been bad luck… not because it would have been racially abused by a Liverpool player.

275x250.jpg There are good photos, bad photos and truly appalling photos -- and as you would expect the finalists of Britain's worst photographer competition, often take the latter.

Here are some samples from the five finalists who are currently up for the dubious honour, in all their blurry, wonky and badly cropped glory.

Members of the public are now being asked to vote for the one they think is the best (by which we mean worst) and that photographer will win a free day's photography training. founder and contest organiser Lee Bown, said: "The photos have certainly bought a smile to our faces. We love the bad wedding pics – we’ve seen a lot of shots of headless brides.

Remi Gaillard is more commonly known as 'that French YouTube prankster' with good reason… because he spends his days doing things like this.

Gaillard recently donned a speed camera costume and filmed himself flashing (don't worry, we mean in the flashing light sense) a series of unsuspecting drivers.

In his two minute video, the human speed camera can be seen standing at the side of the road, flashing at passing cars -- and then running after them.

But he doesn't stop there, the French prankster also flashes at an airplane, a tractor and a police car… which he is seen being loaded into the back of at the end of the end of the footage.

275x250.jpg The guys over at Top Gear sure know how to commemorate a milestone. Take for example how they celebrated reaching 10m Facebook fans… they exploded a caravan!

With their astounding Facebook following approaching the big 10 million, the Top Gear team had asked fans how they should celebrate.

A Top Gear spokesperson said: "We had 7,832 suggestions in little over six hours. Many of these suggestions featured caravans. Specifically caravans and some form of wanton destruction."

so when they reached the eight digit following it was obvious the caravan was going to get it.

Some people go their whole life without discovering something they are great at... others have it cracked by the time they are a couple of months old.

A video of a table tennis-playing baby has become an online hit after his ping-pong skills were uploaded to YouTube.

In the footage little Jamie can be seen sitting on a table-tennis table clutching a bat as his dad and trainer knocks balls towards him.

And remarkably the tot consistently bats them back -- showing off an impressive range of backhands and smashes.

275x250.jpg Valentine's Day is the time of year you get to show a loved one exactly how much they mean to you… which is why you probably shouldn't send them this card.

UK supermarket chain ASDA has launched an economy card which costs just 7p, though it does feature the supermarket's value 'Smart Price' logo on the front.

Inside the card -- aimed at cash-strapped lovers -- there's the cheeky message "My love for you is priceless".

While the card could make the ideal surprise if your partner has a good sense of humour, thrifty shoppers should act with caution.

Because, though you only have to pay 7p for the cheapo card, it could actually cost you your relationship.

275x250.jpg We've all been there, you need to go to the loo, but it's so cold you physically can't. Well the Manneken-Pis -- the iconic statue of a urinating boy in Brussels -- knows your pain.

Officials in the Belgian city say they've been forced to turn off the peeing tourist attraction because it's currently too cold for him to continue urinating.

As sub-zero temperatures hit Brussels, bosses were apparently worried that freezing water could damage his internal mechanism and as such turned off the flow of water.

A spokesperson for the Brussels tourist office said that when the weather picks up he will once again piss for Belgium.

There's something about videos of interspecies animal friendships which its hard not to find adorable! Don't believe us... just click play.

This video shows a pet wolf getting along terrifically with a young kitten -- in fact they're getting on so well it looks like the cat has been fostered by the wolf.

Adam Bilsing, who uploaded the video in which the two animals can be seen cuddling up to each other and then the wolf picking up the kitten gently in its mouth, did so with the simple comment "... and we were worried"

We just hope that after the camera stopped rolling this cute scene didn't take a gory turn and become something a whole less cute.

275x250.jpg This amazing collection of art has been painted by artists who have one thing in common - they paint with their mouths.
The incredible artworks, which include landscapes of Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament have all been lovingly created by a group of disabled artists.
All of who are members of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists association which helps its members earn a living by creating artwork without the use of their hands.
Despite severe handicaps many of the artists have achieved international recognition through work produced with brushes held by their teeth or clenched between their toes.

Sometimes posting to Twitter can be too easy, after all you can do it from your phone, computer, tablet or TV -- but what if you want to go retro and make it a bit more difficult?

Well how about this Twitter telegraph key -- or Tworse Key -- a (very) old-school solution where you have to bash out your messages in morse code.

The inventor of the device says the standalone unit connects through a standard LAN cable, the Morse signals are decoded by a built-in Arduino Ethernet board, which delivers the final message though the Twitter API.

.-- .... .- -   .-   --. .-. . .- -   .. -.. . .-   -.. --- -. -   -.-- --- ..-   .- --. .-. . .

An artist has created a life-size human sculpture from more than 20,000 artificial and hand painted ladybirds.

Gabor Fulop, from Bulgaria, started off by producing the tiny beetles from artificial resin and then individually painting them.

He then proceed the attach them together to create a model of the female form, called 'The Lady Bug' which he says resembles a goddess of nature.

Speaking to Newslite of his work Fulop said: "The focus of my interest is on living organisms, their relationship with each other and their environment.

A team of water skiers from Australian have all become record breakers after becoming the most people ever to water ski together from a single boat.

The group managed to stay upright and afloat for one nautical mile, as they travelled behind the boat in Macquarie Harbour in Strahan, Tasmania.

A 114ft catamaran -- which normally takes tourists on tours -- had to be specially  modified for the task and five miles of rope was needed.

While nine of the 154 water skiers fell during the attempt, 145 was still plenty to beat the previous record of 114.

275x250.jpg US TV news station CNN has issued a red-face apology after accidentally locating London in Norfolk on a news illustration graphic.

The geography gaffe appeared during a report covering a story about the phone hacking scandal and a map tried to show Cornwall and London.

However, the arrow identifying London was actually pointing miles away, pinpointing it in Norfolk.

Unsurprisingly the blunder was spotted and soon tweeted where it went viral -- prompting the apology.

Writing on Twitter CNN said: "CNN apologises for a map error which shifted London from its correct location! We have corrected this & are looking into how this occurred."

If washing machines could be turned up to 11 à la Spinal Tap, your clothes might get a bit cleaner -- but the kitchen would be a considerably more dangerous place.

We know this because the latest crazy viral video shows what happens when groups of Australian 'thrill-seekers' supercharged a Hotpoint.

After affixing the washing machine to a wooden pallet, the group ran extra power through it using a Yamabishi 10A Variac at 300V max.

This meant that the machine tore itself to pieces as it juddered and shook   … and that was before they started throwing metal parts into it.

275x250.jpg A letter from a three-and-a-half-year-old girl who wanted to know why Tiger Bread was called that when it looks more like a giraffe has seen the product renamed.

Little Lily Robinson had initially written to Sainsbury's after being confused by the product in her mother's shopping basket and offering a new name for it.

And after customer service man Chris King (aged 27 1/3) replied saying "renaming tiger bread giraffe bread is a brilliant idea" the exchange went viral online.

Now, after a Facebook campaign the supermarket has announced it is officially renaming the loaf. Well done Lily!

Ewe won't believe your eyes when you see this! And presumably neither could the driver in this video when he saw a flock of sheep circling him.

Footage which has gone viral online shows a motorist driving on a farm and being followed by a baa-rmy flock of sheep who run rings around his pale blue car.

After a slow start the sheep build up pace and are soon charging around the vehicle in was some viewers have described as a 'Sheep Cyclone'.

275x250.jpg Blokes who are ‘too nice’ to their other half will spark fears that they are cheating, a study has revealed.

Researchers found two thirds of women become suspicious if their partner makes grand romantic gesture, takes them breakfast in bed -- or suddenly has ‘new tricks’ in the bedroom,
Other triggers for suspicion amongst mistrusting wives and girlfriends are if their man treats them to jewellery or sexy underwear.
Even helping out with housework leads to millions of females to believe her chap is ‘playing away’.
In fact 34 per cent of women said they would be happy to turn a blind eye to a minor indiscretion if it meant that their partner was nicer to live with.

275x250.jpg A farmer in Northern Ireland was left feeling lost at sea when a lorry crashed and spilled 20 tonnes of mackerel into his field.

Gordon Flinn says the lorry clipped a grass verge before ploughing through 30 yards of hedge and emptying the thousands of fish on his land.

He added that the silver fish were at some points 2ft deep and that it had taken a team of 12 men more than seven hours to clear them up… the local cat and seagulls could have done it faster.

275x250.jpg While we've always thought it was a myth, it turns out that when ill a bowl of hot chicken soup really can make you feel better.

A recent study of 1,000 UK adults found that chicken soup can have the same positive effect on our wellbeing as taking paracetamol.

More than half of those surveyed (55%) claim to feel better after eating chicken soup and one in ten (9%) said it was better than drugs such as paracetemol.

28% of people even believe chicken soup is at least as effective as over-the-counter medicines.
Incredibly, 7% said that they had sometimes felt “back to normal” after eating it.

275x250.jpg One of the toughest contests in the world -- the annual Tough Guy event in Staffordshire -- has been won by a 26-year-old German doctor.

Knut Hoehler started as just one of many racers setting off to complete the 12.9 kilometres cross country run before tackling an horrific looking assault course.

But after doing battle with the barbed wire, fire, tunnels and rope bridges Hoehler crossed the line first in a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 57 seconds.

And while he was covered in blood, he did better than some other competitors (who'd all signed a death disclaimer) who were treated for broken bones and hypothermia.

It's something we've all tried doing, saying words backwards -- but we bet your attempts at the art of 'gnikaeps sdrawkcab', was not a patch on Alyssa.

This video -- which has been seen by more than 1 million people online -- shows US teenager Alyssa showing off her unique skill of being able to quickly pronounce any word backwards.

Within seconds she's able to say the reverse of words like fireworks, savings, download and kaleidoscope.

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