Simon Crisp: March 2012 Archives

275x250.jpg A coffee machine which lets caffeine-addict drivers make an espresso from the comfort of their car has gone on sale. Finally.

The Handpresso Auto is powered by a car's cigarette lighter and takes just two minutes to prepare a high-quality espresso coffee.

Users simply fill the device with water, insert a coffee pod and plug it in. The £125 device then heats the water and after reaching 16 bars of pressure beeps and pours your coffee.

As an added bonus the Handpresso will also make your car smell of coffee… especially if you end up spilling espresso all over your interior.


For many adults, learning to ski is one of the most difficult things they will do. Children however, find it considerably easier… like this little guy who can do it in his sleep.


Filmed by his dad the poor lad appears to have had such an exhausting day that he dozes off while still wearing his helmet and standing on his skis.

And while he rocks in his ski-boots for nearly a minute, the inevitable finally happens and he falls over backwards.

275x250.jpg The world’s first stair lift for dogs is being trialled after research revealed a worrying rise in number of porky pooches.

It has been found that if obesity levels in dogs continue to rise at the current rate over half of all pooches will be severely overweight (52 per cent) by 2022 and unable to carry out basic tasks.

As a warning to pet owners, MORE TH>N has designed a prototype of the world’s first stair lift for dogs, a product that could become common in British homes unless we change our approach to our dogs’ diets.

Based on a conventional stair lift, the ‘Stair of the Dog 2022’ concept has been in development for the best part of six months and has a number of high tech mutt-modifications that make it dog friendly. 


When this shoplifter decided to strike on a post office in Edinburgh, he probably thought it would be an easy target -- but that's because he didn't know Arfan Hussain was behind the counter.


You see Arfan might be a grocer and sub-postmaster, but he is also a former Tae Kwon Do champion and second degree black-belt… and he doesn't like being stolen from.

As such, when he saw the would-be shoplifter pocketing a couple of milkshakes worth £2.30 and heading for the exit, he tackled him and wrestled him to the ground.

The resulting CCTV footage has since been uploaded to YouTube in a bid to deter other would-be shoplifters visiting the store. We can see how that could work!

275x250.jpg If you are anything like us, being chased around an abandoned shopping centre by an army of zombies might not sound like your ideal way of spending an afternoon.

But following on from a 'Zombie Boot Camp' which taught zombie-survival skills, it's the latest zombie experience day which has just launched in the UK.

'Zombie Shopping Mall' takes place in a disused and condemned Reading shopping mall where participants shoot zombies in a series of video game-style missions.
 
Participants are put through an intense training regime with a police firearms squad before trying their luck with the undead.


Uninvited guests are not normally welcome at weddings, but John and Frances Canning decided to make an exception when one turned up on their big day… because it was the Queen.

The royal wedding-chasher -- who had been attending a Diamond Jubilee event with the Lord Mayor at Manchester Town Hall -- decided to pop in and see the wedding which was taking place in the same venue.

When John and Frances had booked the venue, they didn't know the Royals (Prince Phillip was there too) would be there, but when they found out they wrote a letter to Buckingham Palace.

However, after the lady in waiting replied thanking him for the invitation and saying that unfortunately the Queen would not be able to attend, they didn't expect to see her.

275x250.jpg Brit holidaymakers start to miss home four days and 14 hours into their sunshine break, a study has revealed.

Researchers found a yearning for popular television shows, home cooking and the perfect cup of tea leads our thoughts drifting back to Britain.

Drinking tap water without worrying was a huge miss for 40 per cent of the survey, while one fifth missed keeping up with the news.

A dedicated one in ten Brits miss their job while on holiday and even admitted sneaking a call to work while away, to catch up on news or gossip.


This playful golden retriever is Tom and despite being a dog, he likes nothing more than playing in children's parks.

Specifically the thrill-seeking pup loves going down a slide -- as this video so wonderfully shows.

In the clip Tom looks excited as his owner asks him "Would you like to go on the slide?" and then runs over to a helter-skelter and up the steps.

He then slips down the slide before bounding over to his owner safe in the knowledge he has just become an internet star.

275x250.jpg A theme park has hired an real-life Inuit family to help them test a new 4-D cinema which will be showing Ice Age The 4D Experience.

Bosses at Alton Towers decided that the only way to test their screen (which will feature icy conditions) was to fly in a family from Nunavut, located in northern Canada, to test the effects.

So the Inuit family -- who spent the winter months in sub-zero temperatures of up to -30°C -- made the 96-hour trip to Staffordshire to watch the 3D footage which is brought to life with a variety of special effects designed to chill the audience.

Katherine Duckworth from Alton Towers Resort commented, “We’re thrilled the Inuit family has agreed to trial the new attraction for us. 


For most people, testing their new iPad 3 might involve looking at images on that high-resolution screen or seeing how fast the internet access is -- bit not for Richard Ryan.

Instead the gun-owning Apple fan decided to shoot his new gadget with a series of weapons including a Tech Assassin HK53 assault rifle.

His resulting slow-motion video -- filmed on a shooting range -- shows the iPad 3 being set up and them targeted with the guns.

When the first weapon doesn't quite do the damage Ryan was hoping for, he opts for something with a little more firepower. The result? An iPad no amount of AppleCare could help.

275x250.jpg British adults will misplace an incredible 198,743 items in their lifetime, it has been revealed.

Research revealed the average Brit will lose up to NINE items every day, some briefly, with car keys, house keys, mobile phones and paperwork vanishing most regularly.

The findings emerged in a study of 3,000 adults, which also revealed ten minutes a day is spent searching for items such as sunglasses, wallets and phones.

Furthermore the study found men are far worse at losing things than women – with a third of wives claiming their husband regularly misplaces household items.

Nikki Sellers, of  esure, which conducted the research, said: "Most Brits blame their bad luck or a hectic lifestyle for constantly misplacing items or even losing them completely.


A 'sweet-toothed ghost' has been caught on camera flinging a packet of sweets from a supermarket shelf after closing hours.


CCTV footage shows the moment the item was hurled the IGA store in Adelaide -- despite there being no-one around.

Bosses say they now believe the store is haunted by a sweet-toothed ghost, adding that they think it's pretty cool.

The video has recently become a hit on YouTube… where obviously no-one is calling it a fake.

275x250.jpg Twelve million men are sat at their desks this morning wearing something which was chosen for them by their wife or partner, it has been found.

Researchers have found two thirds of blokes rely on their partners to pick out clothing such as a tie, shirt, shoes or even suit, with many blaming their lack of confidence in the style stakes.

It also emerged half of men were physically ‘dressed’ by the significant other this morning in the shape of a helping hand doing up their tie, or inserting collar stiffeners and cuff links.

A spokesman for StylePilot.com said: "Many men want to be better dressed, but lack style knowledge and confidence.

"That’s why millions of men are relying on other women in their lives – particularly their wives or partners – to help choose what to wear to work so they look good not just at work but for other occasions."


A one-armed pole dancer has scooped the top prize at the International Pole Championships in Hong Kong.

Deborah Roach from Australia took the 'Ultimate Pole' title despite only having one arm to help her swing around the pole.

She only took up pole dancing in 2006 after apparently being inspired by a circus-themed show and by 2009 she was winning competitions against able-bodied dancers.

275x250.jpg Some people are only happy if they have the latest technology and the newest gizmo, but not Jason Bognacki -- he enjoys shooting on a 100-year-old camera.

Admittedly Bognacki wanted digital images so has to hack his ageing camera to his DSLR, but it's still a 1919 Piccolette Contessa-Nettel folder.

And the results are pretty impressive, sure they have an old-timey feel to them, but what do you expect from an almost 100-year-old camera.

Bognacki snapped some lovely photos of his dog and shots of streets which look like they could have come straight off an iPhone with the Instagram app.


Doctors in the US has come up with an interesting way to get men to have a vasectomy --  offering a free pizza and telling them they'll be able to watch basketball while recovering.

The Urology Associates of Cape Cod have produces an advert which suggests a vasectomy is a great excuse to sit on the sofa watching sports.

The 30 second advert even suggests that men book themselves in for the 15-minute procedure on a date which means they will get a week's worth of rest by watching the NCAA's college basketball tournament.


A handwritten letter from a schoolboy -- thanking a TV weatherman for visiting his school -- has gone viral online… but it was more awesome than a monkey in a bacon tuxedo.

More specifically it told Texas weatherman Albert Ramon he was more awesome than a monkey in a bacon tuxedo riding a cyborg unicorn.

Just in case the impressively imaginative wording wasn't enough, little Flint had also including a drawing of unicorn with donuts on his horn giving then to Ramon.

The lad also promised the meteorologist that should he ever become 'supreme Ultra-Lord of the universe' Ramon would not be made a slave. Awesome.


The set-up to this video is that the amateur lumberjack featured has decided to chop down a tree in case it at some point fell onto his home… can you guess what happens next?

That's right, the giant evergreen tree comes clattering down onto the house in question -- prompting the axe-wieldling would-be lumberjack to shout "my house!" and a few seconds later, "my bedroom!"

It's not known exactly where or when the video was shot, but that hasn't stopped armchair lumberjacks on YouTube from sharing their opinions on what he should have done.

275x250.jpg A daredevil who plans to complete a sky-dive from 23 miles above the Earth has completed a  test flight and jump from a not too shabby 13 miles high.

Felix Baumgartner was carried -- the Red Bull Stratos capsule -- to the impressive height by a 100ft helium balloon in an ascent lasting about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Once there he ran through his 39-step safety checklist before manually depressurizing the capsule, opening the door and stepping off the external platform.

During the fall he reached a top speed of 364.4 miles per hour and continued to freefall for a total of three minutes and 43 seconds before deploying his parachute at 7,890ft.


A snowboarding opossum has become an online hit after demonstrating his skills on the slopes of a Pennsylvania ski resort… obviously.


Little Ratatouille -- who was wearing a stripy jumper and ski pass -- can be seen tearing up the slopes on his Burton Riglet Snowboard

Using his long tail for balance the marsupial snowboarder even appears to grin at a video camera mounted to the front of his snowboard.

275x250.jpg Boffins from Russia and South Korea have signed an agreement which will see them attempt to clone a woolly mammoth.

That's right the researchers hope to go all Jurassic Park and  recreate a creature which last walked the earth 10,000 years ago.

North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic and Hwang Woo-Suk of South Korea’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation will work on the project.

They will start by working with thawed woolly mammoth remains which were recovered after global warming thawed Siberia’s permafrost.

If they are able to restore mammoth cells (after suitable science-pokerey) the eggs will be implanted into the womb of a live elephant.

275x250.jpg A Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix dog dubbed 'The World's Ugliest' has died at the age of 15, her owner has announced.

Yoda -- who won the title in the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog contest at Sonoma-Marin Fair -- is said to have died in her sleep on Saturday night.

The 1.8 pound pooch was praised by judges for her wiry hair, protruding tongue, gangly legs and the scruffy fur between her toes and was an audience favourite.

Contest organisers say Yoda will keep the title 'World's Ugliest Dog' until a new ugliest dog is crowned in June.

275x250.jpg A would-be photographer has been crowned UK's worst after his over exposed image of his baby daughter was entered into a contest to find the best/worst blurry, wonky and badly cropped images.

Stuart McGhee says he took the "glowing baby" photo his daughter Jasmine not long after she was born and admits he didn't know what he was doing with the camera.

As a result the extreme close-up ended up giving little Jasmine glowing white thanks to her proximity to the flash.

But it's not all bad news, Stuart has won a place at a free training course at RedCloudDays.co.uk for his hopeless family portrait.


We've seen some pretty impressive basketball shots in the past -- like this 90ft buzzer shot and this record-breaker -- but this is out new favourite.


That's because it's not everyday you see someone finding the net from a helicopter hovering 192 feet in the air.

In the video, which is sure to go viral, a basketball player can be seen flying by in the helicopter before hovering over the net and attempting a shot, which sure enough goes in.

It's claimed to be a new world record for the longest shot from a helicopter, not the longest shot, that honour goes to a shot from 219 feet.

275x250.jpg More than half of men prefer their mum's cooking to their wife's, a survey has revealed.
 

Research found blokes favour their mother's culinary skills because they rustle up more traditional, hearty dishes than their missus.
 
The study also found mums rarely serve up ready meals, have a wider repertoire of meals and always cook something they know he likes.
 
Wives and girlfriends on the other hand are likely to dish up pre-prepared meals from the freezer or even microwavable meals.
 
The study also found more than one in ten blokes think their wife feels under pressure to live up to her mother-in-law's cooking skills.


A gorilla and rabbit have become best friends at a US zoo… yes you read that correctly a gorilla and rabbit really have become best friends.

Officials at a Pennsylvania zoo say the best buds have become inseparable since being introduced to each other last month.

Panda the Dutch rabbit had been put in the same enclosure as Samantha, a 47-year-old western lowland, because she is too old to be paired with another gorilla.

But while staff hoped seeing the rabbit would provide Samantha with a bit of stimulation, they did not expect her to start caring for it an sharing meals with it.

275x250.jpg Staff at a pub in Birmingham say they are being haunted by the ghost of a former landlord who knocks over glasses and throws beer mats at customers.

Henry Skinner -- who was murdered 116 years ago -- is claimed to haunt the Birmingham city-centre boozer The Trocadero.

Skinner served in the military before running the pub and was well-known in the city and ran a popular boxing academy.

But nowadays he's said to spend his time knocking over glasses, throwing beer mats, moving things around the pub at night and making the money in fruit machines rattle.

275x250.jpg Online shoppers couldn't believe their eyes yesterday when they saw that Tesco was selling the new Apple iPad for just £49.99 rather than £659.

And it looks like they were right to think it was too good to be true… because despite taking orders, the supermarket giant is now refusing to honour the offer.

Social media websites had been set ablaze when the 'offer' first appeared on the Tesco website, with some people claiming it was a publicity stunt.

But it looks like those insisting it was a glitch were right, because Tesco have since emailed all those who placed an order an told them they won't be getting new iPad.


Everyone has seen news footage using the White House as a backdrop -- it's always the same, a reporter stood talking in front of the 'static' garden and building.


Or at least it normally is, but Spanish-language station Univision recently offered something different… when Barack Obama's dog Bo video-bombed a live report.

Reporter Adriana Arevalo had been talking to the camera when Bo -- the resident White House dog -- darted across the lawn behind her.

We don't know what Arevalo was saying in her report, but we do know it was made considerably more interesting (and cute) by the appearance of the Portuguese Water Dog.

275x250.jpg Traditional household skills - like making pastry and sewing buttons are dying out - because modern mums are too busy to learn them, it has been claimed.
 
Researchers found millions of mothers struggle with a string of skills their own mums would have carried out with ease.
 
Knitting, baking cakes, making jam and altering clothes also made the list of tasks that many mums just don’t know how to do.
 
The study also found most modern mums wished they had the skills their own mothers had but said they didn't have the time or patience to learn them.
 
It was also found nine out of ten younger mums don't know how to starch a shirt, while more than half struggle to sew name tags in their children's clothes.

275x250.jpg Brits have a massive £2.4bn stashed away for a rainy day, mostly in their underwear drawers, it has been found.

A recent study discovered people have an average of £85 hidden in their home, which they try to leave untouched until an unexpected bill or something similar crops up.

71% of people were found to have an emergency cash stash, which means across the country there is £2.4bn hidden, with the most common hiding place the underwear drawer.

More than half of people say they will try their hardest not to touch the cash until they are faced with an emergency such as an unexpected bill.

However, 34% of respondents admitted they'd previously hidden their emergency cash too well and forgotten where they'd put it until they discovered their substantial amount of money.


Because everyone likes an interspecies intermingling to brighten up their morning... here's a one-eyed cat making friends with a squirrel.


Not that you need any more information, but Mikey from New York apparently likes nothing more than sitting on the windowsill and watching the world go by through his one working eye.

And not too long ago the ginger tabby was doing just this when a plucky nut-eating squirrel appeared on the other side of the window and wanted to become his friend.

We say 'become his friend' though we're not exactly sure that was his plan, but that's what we want to believe.

275x250.jpg The average woman will spend the equivalent of four-and-a-half months of her life chatting on the phone – to her mum, it emerged yesterday.

Research revealed most women make at least one call a day to their mum with the conversation lasting 21 minutes.

Incredibly, one in ten ring their mother at least three times a day, spending a total of 63 minutes chatting.

By contrast poor old dad is lucky to grab a brief chat with his daughter once every couple of days, with the call ending after just 15 minutes.

Topics of conversation with mum range from health issues and money worries to what’s happening in EastEnders, via gossip about other family members, work, food and shopping.


A couple have welcomed their baby daughter Amelie into the world by creating a viral video of her which has been seen by more than 2 million people.

More specifically, the minute and a half video "Introducing…" is a view of the pregnancy -- told through the magic of time-lapse photography.

In the footage the mom and dad can be seen with the father kissing his pregnant partner's burgeoning bump as it grows.

Then -- without any gory time-lapse shots of the actual birth -- little Amelie is seen being held by her proud parent… and you'd be proud too if you'd just scored a viral video hit.

275x250.jpg There's something reassuring about seeing a boffin wearing a white lab coat isn't there?

Well apparently the feeling is justified, because researcher have discovered wearing a lab coat makes people concentrate on their work and make fewer errors.

The boffins from Northwestern University -- who we assume were wearing their own lab coats -- tested their theory with 58 undergraduates.

The students (half wearing lab coats) were asked to name the colour of a word flashed on a computer screen, while ignoring the word itself.

It was found that those wearing the classic white lab coat made half as many errors.


A NASA astronaut has announced the release of a new space-based Angry Birds game -- by teaching some basic physics principles from on-board the International Space Station.

Don Pettit used characters from the game as props to explain trajectory in microgravity -- which could come in handy for players of the new game.

He even catapulted an Angry Bird through the space station to promote. A spokesperson said: "Game developers have incorporated concepts of human space exploration into the new game.

"From the weightlessness of space to the gravity wells of nearby planets, players use physics as they explore the various levels of the game set both on planets and in microgravity."

275x250.jpg Boffins have proposed creating the world's most accurate clock -- a device tied to the orbiting of a neutron around an atomic nucleus.

Researchers from the University of New South Wales say the proposed clock would neither gains nor loses 1/20th of a second in 14 billion years, the age of the Universe.

Because the neutron is held so tightly to the nucleus, its oscillation rate is almost completely unaffected by any external perturbations, unlike those of an atomic clock’s electrons, which are much more loosely bound.

"This is nearly 100 times more accurate than the best atomic clocks we have now," says one of the researchers, Scientia Professor Victor Flambaum, of the UNSW School of Physics.

"It would allow scientists to test fundamental physical theories at unprecedented levels of precision and provide an unmatched tool for applied physics research."


Passengers onboard Delta Flight 486 from Atlanta to New York would have been forgiven for thinking they were imagining things when they heard the captain enquire: "Is anyone here allergic to penguins?"


But then, when a pair of foot-and-a-half tall penguins waddled down the aisle of the plane cruising at an altitude of 30,000 feet, they probably realised they weren't.

Pete and Penny -- aged 6 and 12 -- were travelling from Atlanta to New Yorkt to the premiere of "Frozen Planet," a new Discovery Channel documentary.

One passenger said: "This is video proof that penguins CAN fly -- and that they have absolutely no fear of flying at all! 

275x250.jpg Simply typing words like LOL, holiday and money -- which are based on the righthand side of a QWERTY keyboard -- can make us happy, scientists have found.

Researchers from University College London were investigating the psychological impact that typing can have on users.

Test subjects were asked to type a series of words and then rate how positive they felt after each one.

It was found that based on the keys on the righthand side of a QWERTY keyboard consistently left people feeling happier than words based on the left.

Researcher Kyle Jasmin said: "We seem to be connecting the meanings of the words with the physical way they’re typed on the keyboard.


At Crufts, there are some of the best bred dogs in the world. They're immaculately turned out and trained to follow every order -- but sometimes a dog has got to do what a dog has got to do.


And recently one such dog -- which was putting in a pretty impressive performance -- was disqualified after stopping to take a dump on the arena floor.

That's right… meet the Paula Radcliffe of the canine world.

275x250.jpg Last week we told you about the Fox News reporter who was caught sleeping during broadcast and thought nothing like that could happen here in Blighty.

Well it looks like we were wrong, because BBC News presenter Simon McCoy was recently seen by millions of viewers apparently asleep on his desk.

Viewers watching BBC breakfast saw the 50-year-old resting his head on his arms and slumped over his desk moments before he was due to deliver a bulletin.

It's not the first time McCoy has 'accidentally' amused viewers, he's previously been seen banging his desk during a piece on stock market news and performing push-ups.


This isn't the sort of hard-hitting interview that the this TV news reporter had intended to broadcast… but it certainly was hard-hitting.


The reporter had been chasing a lawyer and asking questions like "You've failed to prove it the first time around, what have you got up your sleeve to be more successful this time?"

But it appears that he got too distracted by his own performance, because as the lawyer said "I've already said I will not be making any comment." the interview came to an abrupt ending.

The unfortunate microphone-wielding journalist had walked straight into a lamppost. The accident was so bad even the man he'd just been badgering turned round to ask: "Are you alright?"

275x250.jpg Durham County Council has reportedly announced that will ban using the number 13 on council houses… because superstitious residents think it's unlucky.

As such the number will not feature on any new builds or conversions in existing streets.

The move was introduced after the authority noticed that they and house-builders were having problems findind tennants and owners for number 13s.

A spokesperson for Durham County Council said the new street naming and numbering policy also meant streets should not be named after living people.

He added that in the past the council had been asked to re-number a property as 12a rather than 13 by developers or homeowners.

275x250.jpg The Uffington White Horse is a prehistoric hill figure said to date back some 3,000 years, the jockey on his back… that's an altogether more modern marketing stunt.

Sightseers to the Oxfordshire hill carving, were this morning were left gobsmacked when they noticed monument had mysteriously acquired a jockey!

Mischievous betting firm Paddy Power had added the lightweight canvas rider to celebrate next week’s Cheltenham Festival.

The covert installation took place over a six hour period under the cover of darkness on Wednesday night and Thursday morning just days ahead of this year’s Cheltenham Festival.


A Fox News reporter has been left red-faced -- after apparently falling asleep just before  the cameras cut to him on live TV.


Doug Luzader had been due to be appear live from Washington to give a run down on the Republican race for the presidential candidacy.

But when news station KTBC Fox 7 in Austin tried to link up with him, the DC correspondent was slumped in his seat and not quite ready to give his insight.

Anchor Joe Bickett was left saying: "Hello Doug, hi Doug…I guess not" as he tried to rouse
snoozing Luzader. Unsurprisingly the clip has become a hit online.

275x250.jpg A man from Kent was reportedly mugged by a fox, which forced him to hand over his dinner.

Civil servant Seb Baker said the wily fox recently followed him into an alleyway before getting aggressive and circling him like prey.

The 29-year-old says that after the animal made several attempts to snatch his shopping bag he realised he was going to have to hand over his food.

So he offered the fox a garlic loaf he'd just purchased in Tesco and it must have been enough because the animal scampered off.

Wildlife experts say that fox attacks on humans are very rare… and that even they didn't know foxes liked garlic bread.


Can you remember what you did last year? New York based animator Cesar Kuriyama can -- because he filmed one second snapshots of his life every day for the past year.


The clips -- which begin with his thirtieth birthday -- were then edited together into a six minute video which has become an online hit.

Covering everything from world changing events to the banality of everyday life, Kuriyama says he was so pleased with the outcome, he plans to do the same for the rest of his life.

Kuriyama says the project encourage him to do more with his life because even spending just a few days on the sofa would impact the video.

275x250.jpg A woman from Leeds -- who has a medical condition which makes people fall in love with inanimate objects -- says she's got the hots for the Statue of Liberty.

27-year-old Amanda Whittaker says the iconic New York monument is the only 'person' she could truly love.

Speaking to The Sun, Amanda said she first fell for the 151ft statue when a friend sent her a photo online.

Since then she has visited "Libby" four times, where she leans out of the window to kiss its hair and has a 6ft replica at home.

But this isn't the first time Amanda has been in love with an object… she apparently had a passionate love affair with a drum kit while still at school.

275x250.jpg School children in Birmingham have burst their way into the record books and made science history by taking part in the World’s Biggest Practical Science Lesson.

More than 250 pupils from Bishop Challoner Catholic College took part in the science lesson led by world bubble mastermind, Samsam Bubbleman, and hoped to master the science behind bubble-blowing.

Equipped with bubble swords, and under the watchful eye of an official Guinness World Records adjudicator, they were blown-away with a lesson in gravity and light refraction, producing thousands of gigantic soap spheres and bouncing bubbles.

Samsam said: "Today has been un-bubble-ievable! (oh yes he did!) I can’t think of a better way to celebrate The Big Bang Fair coming to Birmingham than blowing our way into the books of Guinness World Records.


A talented pooch has become an online hit after being filmed playing the piano and singing at the same time.


Okay, so in the interest of factual accuracy we feel obliged to point out that the the dog is more pawing at the keys (rather than playing) and howling out of tune (rather than singing)

That said with more than a million view online, it really has become an online hit. Bonus points to anyone who can name that song.

275x250.jpg The average British female will spend 26 YEARS of her life suffering with bad hair, it was revealed yesterday.
 

The incredible findings emerged in a poll of 2,000 women, and shows most wake up with unruly hair at least three days a week.
 
This means women will spend the equivalent of 156 days a year in a mood because their locks are limp, greasy, uncontrollable or lifeless.
 
That's a grand total of 9,828 'bad hair days' across the average woman's adult lifetime of 63 years.
 
Indeed, when waking with a dodgy 'do', the average lass will spend an hour and a quarter feeling moody and depressed about her hair.

275x250.jpg Kids face a north-south divide when it comes to pocket money – with those further up the country earning more, it has been claimed.

Researchers found youngsters north of the border earn on average £175.76 more throughout their childhood compared to their southern counterparts –- but are MORE likely to have to work for it.

Children in the south were likely to get their pocket money regardless of whether they lifted a finger around the house or not.

While those in the north were likely to be given cash only if they completed chores like washing up, vacuuming and helping out with the family pet.

They were also more likely to have their pocket money stopped if they misbehaved; with parents in the north more likely to use it as a bargaining tool to ensure they are well mannered and polite.


Every bride wants her big day to be a memorable affair and one which people can't stop talking about… though probably not like this.

 
A embarrassing wedding video is currently doing the rounds which shows a bride being left red-faced after her skirt falls down to the tune Bittersweet Symphony.

The unnamed bride had been walking down the aisle when she tripped on the carpet and unintentionally (assuming the video is not a fake -- which it probably is*) exposed her rear.

After picking up the discarded wedding attire the bride can be seen running back away from the ceremony -- as the photographers aim their lenses at her and cameras keep rolling.

275x250.jpg A study which quizzed 2,000 people about all aspects of their lives has revealed those who live in homes with a red front door are the happiest.

Over half of those polled were convinced the front door colour gives a lot away about its owner and the type of person they are.

And as such researchers found red front door owners are the biggest extroverts and are more relaxed in their approach to life.

Those with scarlet coloured doors are also the happiest generally, with white, green and brown all colours of the people who were most content in life.

The study also revealed that black front door owners are the most successful in their careers, while those with purple doors are the most sociable and the most likely to have a group of very close friends.


He's a one-man viral video machine who has previously enthralled the internet by disguising himself as a player in the Coupe de France final and bringing Mario Kart to life.


And now the French prankster -- who has more than four million fans on Facebook and claims to have more than a billion views of his videos -- is at it again.

This time he decorated the inside of an elevator to look like an apartment and promptly made himself at home, and waited for an unsuspecting member of the public.

When she pressed the button to call the elevator, Gaillard came out, looked at her like she was going crazy… and proceeded to call another lift which he'd decked out as his fridge.

275x250.jpg British holidaymakers start to miss home four days and fourteen hours into their sunshine break, a study has discovered.

Researchers found a yearning for popular television shows, home cooking and, crucially, the perfect cup of tea leads our thoughts drifting back to what’s going on in Britain.

Just being able to drink the tap water without worrying was a huge miss for 40 per cent of the survey, while a fifth long for a dose of news from their local paper.

And a dedicated one in ten Brits even misses their job while on holiday and even admits to sneaking a call to work while away.


Many parents rely on a strong cup of coffee to keep them going while looking after a baby -- and this mother has found a way to get a caffeine fix without taking her eyes off her little one.


In a video entitled 'Baby making coffee' -- which has gone viral on YouTube -- a little tot can be seen preparing a coffer for her mother… and looking very cute in the process.

Sitting on a kitchen work surface, the Baby Barista opens the coffee machine for fresh water to be poured in before flipping the lid and removing the pod before adding another.

She then hits the button to produce the cup of coffee… and given how cute she looks we're even willing to forgive her for using a pod system and not grinding fresh beans.

275x250.jpg The key to a perfect night’s sleep is going to bed at exactly 10pm, wearing pyjamas and enjoying a nice cup of tea beforehand, it has been revealed.

A study of 2,000 adults who claim to enjoy a wonderful sleep every single night of the week has highlighted how to achieve a decent slumber.

It shows the events of the evening have an impact on the night ahead – with most people ensuring they have at least two hours and seven minutes ‘down time’ before hitting the sack.

The average person will watch at least an hour and three quarters of television, opting for soap operas or comedy quiz shows.

And when going to bed, Brits have another 20 minutes rest time before finally falling asleep at 10:26pm.


We've always been of the opinion that no matter how good your photo of a lion is, it's no use if you had your head bitten of three seconds after taking it.


That's why we're impressed by the ingenuity of nature photographers William and Matthew and Burrard-Lucas who came up which a canny way of not going home from Kenya minus their noggins.

The brothers very wisely decided that the best way of getting near to the lions would actually be to keep their distance and just send their DSLRs to capture shots including a male feasting on wildebeest on the plains of the Masai Mara.

So they set about creating a device known as BeetleCam -- a DIY contraption which is remote controlled and houses their DSLRs -- and could be operated from the safety of an open-top Land Cruiser.

275x250.jpg A furniture store has been banned from using the slogan "Our prices are Sofa King low" after advertising bosses was a little too close to swearing.

The Sofa King -- which uses the slogan on its shop front and vehicles -- prompted complaints after running an advert in the Northampton Herald and Post.

Three people reported the catchphrase was "offensive and unsuitable for general display" to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

And now the ASA have upheld their objections and banned the firm from using the phrase… which is Sofa King annoying.


We could tell you all about how and why these 850 people won themselves a place in the record books by world's largest line of human dominoes.


Or you could just press play an witness the joy which is seeing 850 people in New Orleans toppling backwards onto mattresses one after another. Enjoy!

The bizarre stunt was enough to break the previous record of 550 human/mattress dominoes which was set in Belgium in 2011 and the mattresses used have now been donated to charity.

But will someone beat this new record soon? We'd say it will be a pushover.

275x250.jpg 41% of women would rather have bigger breasts than a high IQ… and a third would actually swap their IQ for bigger breasts if they could, a study has found.

A poll recently quizzed 1,142 women (aged 18–25) about what they valued more, brains or beauty, to better understand perceptions that women have of beauty.

While more than two fifths would rather have bigger breasts than a high IQ, 24%, said it was because bigger breasts would make them ‘feel happier’ and a third said they'd swap their IQ for bigger breasts.

44% also said they'd rather have a ‘slim figure’ then be brainy -- with 37% willing to swap their IQ in order to be their ‘ideal dress size’

More than half, 57%, of the respondents believed that men would be ‘more interested’ in them romantically if they had bigger breasts. In contrast, just 43% of the women asked felt that men would be ‘more interested’ in them if they had a higher IQ.

275x250.jpg A fascinating rogues' gallery compiled by a Manchester police officer 100 years ago is set be sold at auction.

Put together by Det Insp Robert Mather, the scrapbook was designed to help him nab more crooks and he used it to log their details.

Covering 65 convicts from between 1909 and 1912, Mather details physical descriptions, aliases and notes of subjects' crimes along with photos.

Pictured above are "Safebreaker" Thomas Frieth who used the alias Thomas Wilson and Ernest Learson who had a scar between his eyebrows and received six months for shopbreaking.

275x250.jpg Men are more attracted to women who wear red coloured clothing… because they think they'll be more interested in having sex, it has been found.

Researchers at the University of Rochester say that in many non-human primate species, female red displays are a signal of sexual receptivity and this signal attracts male conspecifics.

As such they decided to look at whether the same in humans and conducted experiments in which man were asked to rate the attractiveness of women and gauge, on a scale of 1 to 9, if they was "interested in sex."

It was found that not only did men perceive women in red as sexually receptive, but that they  also perceive sexually receptive women as attractive… like we needed a scientific study to tell us that.

275x250.jpg What do you think of when you see all those sponges in the above photo? If you're anything like us it's probably a nightmare washing up session.

But if you are more like Kerry Trebilcock from Cornwall, it probably makes you a bit peckish -- because she's reportedly eaten more than 4,000 washing-up sponges.

In an interview with The Sun the 21-year-old said she suffers from a rare condition called pica, which causes victims to crave non-edible objects.

In addition to the washing-up sponges -- which she like with hot sauce or mustard -- Kerry says she has munched her way through 100 bars of soap.




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