What else do theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Louie Spence have in common?  


This helicopter pilot is our new hero, after spotting a toy plane stranded in a tree, he rescued it and returned it to the boy who had crashed it.


Despite being busy flying a Robinson R-22 helicopter, the pilot saw the lad flying a scaled-down P51 Mustang, and then crashing it into a tree.

He quickly sprang into action and swooped down, hovered over the tree and got his co-pilot to lean out an grab the wing of the plane.

Once they'd retrieved the toy, they landed outside the house and returned it to the boy.

275x250.jpg The UK Foreign Office has spent £10,000 to have a giant 120-year-old dead snake re-stuffed.

Measuring 20ft long and known as "Albert" the snake - which hangs in a Foreign Office library - is said to be regarded as a departmental asset.

The odd spending was revealed after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from political blog Guido Fawkes.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office reportedly said of the spending: "It is quite a bit of money, but he is a very big snake."


Over the weekend Felix Baumgartner became the first person to jump from the edge of space when he stepped out of his capsule which had been carried by a giant helium balloon to over 128,000 feet (24 miles) above Roswell, New Mexico.


But of more interest to us at Newslite Towers is the fact the record-breaking jump has been recreated with LEGO, we're a bit like that!

The 1 minute 44 second video is said to recreate the amazing achievement at 1/350th the size of the real thing and is complete with footage from the balloon and a bird's eye-view  of LEGO felix diving back to Earth.

The video was created to promote the Model Maker Fair which is taking place in Vienna from 25th to 28th of October.


A pair of dumb crooks who tried to rob a sofa store ended up red-faced after bungling their crime so badly it has been likened to a scene from Benny Hill.

The duo had brazenly loaded two sofas into a van at the Sofa King store in Northampton after pulling up at the back of the store.

But they forgot to close the doors of their getaway van and staff were able to unload the swag before the would-be crooks drove off.

CCTV footage shows the men speeding off empty-handed as the store manager stands with the two sofas he's just rescued. The crooks really were Sofa King stupid!


What would you do if confronted by a giant black bear? If you're anything like us the answer probably involves much screaming and running, but not this woman … she shouted at him to go away.


A video showing exactly what happened when a bear paid a visit to Nishanto Grillo's home has been viewed by more than 500,000 people since being uploaded to YouTube.

In the footage the bear can be seen walking across the garden, before making it's way up some steps and onto the porch looking for food.

But rather than discover a tasty treat the bear was confronted by Nishanto  shouting: "Get down right now! No! No! No! Down." rather wisely he did

275x250.jpg A police officer has been left red-faced after launching an investigation into a "suspicious bright light" in the sky, which turned out to be the moon.

Detailed in the latest edition of Police magazine the gaffe happened when the office in question was one night duty in Worcestershire.

He contacted his sergeant he was going up into the Clent Hills to investigate a 'suspicious bright light' which was shining from the other side of the hills.

But 20 minutes later, rather than requesting the back-up he'd thought he might need, the PC contacted the station to let them know he'd found the source of the light … the moon.

275x250.jpg If you're going to The Prince Charles cinema in London, you will want to make sure to turn your phone off and not to create too much noise … because they have hired a team of "Ninjas" to patrol their screens.

The "Invisible Cinema Ninjas" stand in the background of auditoriums wearing dark Morphsuits to make them practically imperceptible to most cinema-goers. But if they spot any obnoxious behaviour they make themselves known.

Bad cinema etiquette which is clamped down on by the Ninjas includes popcorn throwing, feet on seats and the use of mobile phones during films.

However, rather than dish out the sort of punishments you might expect from Ninjas (stabbing, hurling a death star or a quiet slitting of the throat) cinema bosses say they will limit themselves to giving a harsh verbal warning, or asking people to leave.

Sleepwalking mum becomes YouTube hit (VIDEO)


Nick Foti's mother has become an online hit after he uploaded a video of her sleepwalking and waltzing around the kitchen in her pyjamas, something she's probably not too happy about.


In the footage - which has been viewed more than 2.5 million times - the pink pyjama-wearing mother can be seen dancing away before saying: "'I was trying to open up the tomato cage."

After uploading the bizarre footage to YouTube, Foti from New Jersey showed his mother the clip, and this being 2012 he recorded that too and also uploaded it to YouTube.  It's been watched 4 million times.

And in odd news, while clearly embarrassed by the sleepwalking film, she laughs and explains that she'd had a dream about cherry-picking or tomato-picking.


When the mother of these quadruplet brothers heard that teachers were having difficulty telling them apart, she shaved numbers out of their hair to help distinguish them.


So now the Chinese brothers are know to their teachers as 1, 2, 3 and 4 … and have the haircuts to prove it.

The barber is said to have printed the numbers onto sheets of paper before cutting them out, sticking them on the kids heads and cutting around them.

The parents behind the odd news don't blame the teachers for struggling to tell the boys apart, the father is said to have once punished number 3 for the bad conduct of number 2 … though he probably used their real names.


Eva Halpain and John Manassel thought they were getting their moment in the spotlight when a TV crew came to interview them after a tree fell and caused damage to their home.


But the elderly couple from Benton, Arkansas, were somewhat upstaged during the TV interview … when a naked man appeared wandering out of the woods near their home.

Prompted by Manassel asking "What is this out there that we got?" and then stating that he should "start an ass-kicking contest" the TV crew turned the camera onto the naked man.

Local police are reported to have said that the 22-year-old man was high on drugs when he walked out of the woods and that he was arrested and charged with public intoxication and indecent exposure.


When 81-year-old Cecilia Giménez thought that a painting of Jesus on the wall of her local church in the Spanish city of Borja needed restoring, she decided to offer her own artistic talents.

The problem, her artistic talent knows no beginning and the well-intentioned restoration saw the mural by 19th-century artist Elías García Martínez, ruined with bodge-job brushstrokes.

Described by some as "the worst restoration in history" the painting Ecce Homo at the church of la Misericordia de Borja has been said to now look more like a "bloated hedgehog" than the image of Jesus.

Professional restorers will now inspect the image to investigate whether it is possible to bring it back to its former glory. That said, the new version has gained more publicity than the original ever did.

275x250.jpg We've seen some crazy criminal excuses here at Newslite Towers - like the burglar who told cops he was a trainee locksmith - and here's another great one.

A man in Middlesbrough reportedly told police that aliens had instructed him to go into his mother’s home and steal food to give to the homeless.

A hearing at Teesside Crown Court also heard that John Kirby had smashed into his uncle’s home before stealing aftershave and toiletries … also at the behest of aliens.

29-year-old Kirby - who had previous convictions for burglary - had left fingerprints at the scenes of the two burglaries and representing himself in court entered guilty pleas.

The judge jailed Kirby for 12 months, of which he will serve half. There's no new if the instructing aliens will face any charges.

275x250.jpg Darth Vader stood at an imposing 6ft 7in tall, weighed over 500 lbs and his cape was made out of 100 lbs of our marshmallow fondant … wait what?

After the success of her Storm Trooper cake, master baker Amanda Oakleaf has created a life-size Darth Vader cake for the 15th anniversary of Star Wars fan organization the 501st Legion.

The Dark Lord cake - which also featured a light saber made out of a solid piece of watermelon flavored poured sugar - fed 600 hungry Legion members at the event at The Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.

While a metal frame serves as the skeleton of the Darth Vader cake, ingredients includes 386 eggs, 2 gallons milk, 3.5 cups vanilla, 118 cups/ 32 lbs flour, 46 lbs sugar, 57 lbs butter and 210 lbs of our home-made marshmallow fondant.

In case you were wondering, the Sith Lord tasted predominantly of sponge cake and buttercream icing.

275x250.jpg An Australian man has unsurprisingly ended up in hospital after showing off with his 'fireworks between the buttocks' party trick, and it backfired.

The 23-year old had reportedly been attending a party in the Darwin suburb of Rapid Creek when he decided to show off with his party piece.

So he dropped his trousers and placed a firecracker between his buttocks before lighting it. In a shock to no-one but the man himself, he ended up with burns to his butt cheeks and privates.

Other party-goers contacted paramedic, but by the time they arrived the man had already taken himself to hospital … probably not sitting in the drivers seat.

It's understood the man was later transported to a specialist burns unit and could be fined for being in possession of fireworks beyond an approved period.

There are few competitions at the London 2012 Olympics have gained as much public interest as this battle of the thighs where cyclists Andre Greipel and Robert Forstermann compared their legs on Twitter.

The German cyclists posed for a photo which was posted to the social network showing their monster-like thighs bulging with muscles … and it quickly went viral.

In the tweet, Greg Henderson said: "You thought Greipel has a big set of legs. There was a quad off in the German camp today. Greipel lost."


We've all tried throwing rubbish into a bin, only to see it land on the floor. But while you might have brushed it off as a bad throw, a Japanese inventor took it as a professional challenge.

As a result he decided to create a robot bin which moves around the floor to catch rubbish thrown at it.

The Smart Trashbox uses a Kinect-style 3D motion tracking camera to track rubbish thrown at it, while a battery and motorised wheels make sure it's there to catch it.

A video which shows the development of the Smart Trashbox has become a YouTube hit and been viewed by more than two million people.

275x250.jpg An 11-year-old boy somehow managed to get through five airport security checks to board a plane and fly from Manchester to Rome on his own.

Liam Corcoran had been out shopping with his mom in Wythenshawe in south Manchester, when he decided to head to the airport and jump on a plane.

The plane-mad lad reportedly followed a family as they passed through Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport, and continued to pass through security checks unnoticed.

He even boarded a Jet2.com flight to Rome - despite not having a passport or boarding pass - and was not stopped by airport security staff, ground or cabin crew.

It was only noticed the boy was on the flight when other passengers raised concerns and after touching down in Rome the was put on an immediate return flight to Manchester.


A three-year-old girl has become an online hit after her dad filmed a video of her climbing a door frame.

Sofya Dickson from Leicestershire had been performing her trick when dad Peter decided he should film it and put it online for friends and family to see.

Writing on YouTube he said: "Not sure where Sofya got the idea for this but I should of known to be worried when she was quiet for 10 mins. Came downstairs and all I could hear was 'I can do it, I can do it'."

But he was shocked to find that more than 215,000 people have viewed the 38 second video of climbing Sofya and he's been fending off calls from international media.


A policeman guarding the Olympic Torch as it made its way from Kent to London last week did his best to keep waiting flame-fans entertained, by dancing as they waited.

The cop decided to strut his stuff in front of hundreds of onlookers in Sevenoaks and jumped off his bike to do his thing.

He then broke out dance moves including a bit of breakdancing, spinning around and the occasional crotch thrust.

Obviously with that many people watching his routine was quickly uploaded to YouTube where it became a hit.


A baseball fan has become an instant American hero after catching a foul ball between his legs.

The man had been holding his snacks and a drink as he walked back to his seat at the game between the Blue Jays and Indians.

But that wasn't going to stop him when Clevelands Jason Kipnis hit a high fly ball which ended up in the stands.

The ball bounced over fans and the man somehow managed to stop and hold the ball between his legs. The crotch catch got a standing ovation from other fans… when was the last time your crotch got that?

275x250.jpg Women who find parking their car at a new car park in the German town of Triberg particularly easy will have the local mayor to thank ...  he allocated easy' parking spaces for them.

Mayor Gallus Strobel made the bizarre decision - which sees certain spaces with male and female symbols - because he says men are better at parking than women.

The female allocated parking spaces are wider than normal and are easier to access. Those marked for use by men tend to be those close to concrete pillars and ones which can only be reversed into.

Denying claims of sexism, the 58-year-old mayor reportedly said that there were great women drivers and pointed out 10 spaces were reserved for women and just two for men.

What do you think, are men better at parking than women? Do you care? Is this just a marketing stunt for Triberg?

275x250.jpg We've seen our fair share of cat videos here at NewsLite Towers. Which is why we're kicking ourselves that someone beat us to the idea of launching an internet cat video film festival.

But kudos to the people over at Walker Art Gallery in Minneapolis who are currently looking for entries for their Internet Cat Video Film Festival which is part of their Open Field project.

Members of the public are being asked to nominate their top viral cat videos - with the most popular getting screened at the gallery on August 30th.

A spokesperson for the gallery said: "While YouTube may count views and decide Internet cat popularity on a global scale, we’d like to know which kitty clips are striking a chord with the local community.

Whether it’s sleepy kittens, piano cat, or mom cat hugging her kitten, these short feline-centric video clips continue to get more and more views every day.


Bosses at a Dutch TV news show have been left red-faced after accidentally giving Angela Merkel 'Hitler' moustache in a background graphic.


Nos television's six o'clock news had been covering a meeting between the German Chancellor and French President Francois Hollande and used a suitable photo.

But because of the way the image merged with the studio background, a black line appeared on her top lip, making it look like she had a Hitler-stlye moustache. Oops.

Speaking after the gaffe, bosses of the show said: "It was an unfortunate coincidence."

275x250.jpg While most people in Britain were upset to see Andy Murray lose to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, Oxfam were torn -- because they netted £100,000 thanks to the Federer win and a bizarre bet.

When he died in February 2009, Nicholas Newlife left his entire estate to Oxfam. This included the outcomes of a series of outstanding bets he'd placed. One being that Federer would win Wimbledon seven times before 2020.

That meant the charity scooped more than £100,000 thanks to the win. William Hill's Graham Sharpe, who took the bet from Mr Newlife, said, "Normally we'd have mixed feelings about paying out such a hefty six figure sum, but in this instance it seems that it was meant to be."

A spokesperson for Oxfam said: "Oxfam was torn throughout this year's Wimbledon final - we wanted a win for Britain, but we also had a sizeable vested interest in Federer taking home the trophy."


Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse? Well if not you could do worse than visit Moss Jewellery and Guns in South Atlanta -- because they have created what is being described as the ultimate zombie destroyer.

The AR-15 Mall Ninja Tactical Zombie Destroyer features four flashlights, three lasers and three red dot sights to ensure the undead are in your targets. There's also the little matter that it's mounted with nine 30-round magazines.

Bosses at the store, who introduced the gun by saying, "We got some zombies that need killing" are now offering people who are fearing an undead uprising the chance to try the gun on a shooting range.

Are we sure they are the best people to be waving around a firearm like this?

275x250.jpg To celebrate the the launch of publishing its entire print edition online, newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) decided to release its inner geek ... and print their entire front page in binary.

As a result, all headlines and text on the front of the paper were replaced by 1s and 0s. Even the name of the newspaper was replaced with binary to become "01001110 01011010 01011010".

The only parts of the page which remained in the standard format were the price, date, photos and an advert for Omega.


The problem with being the fastest man in the world is that sometimes it takes time to slow down … like when Usain Bolt recently crashed into a flowergirl at end of 100m sprint.


Bolt had just won the race at the Diamond League in Oslo with a time of 9.79 seconds when he found himself hurtling towards a flowergirl - there to give the gift to winners.

Despite still moving at some speed, the Jamaican did his best not to knock the blonde girl to the floor, somehow holding her up as he continued to move.

275x250.jpg Teachers are often presented with dubious-looking notes to explain the absence of a pupil. But while some kids try to get away with writing their own excuse notes, young Tyler Sullivan got one from US President Barack Obama.

The 11-year-old pupil has skipped a day of school to see Obama visit Honeywell factory in Minnesota and managed to get a seat in the front row.

After hearing Obama's speech, Sullivan even got to shake the hand of the president, who asked him about skipping class to be there.

But rather than tell the lad off for missing school, Obama used his official presidential notepad to write a signed note to the teacher saying: "Mr Ackerman -- Please excuse Tyler... He was with me! Barack Obama."

275x250.jpg Chefs have created the world's meatiest sandwich which stands at 1.2 feet high, 24 inches wide and is packed with 41 different types of meats.

The substantial sarnie weighs in at over 2 stone thanks to being filled with 1,445 grams of ham, 2kg of salami, turkey and bacon, 1kg of sausages, 720 grams of chorizo and sprinklings of salad, cheese and gherkins for good measure.

The gargantuan sandwich was created by the Food Network UK and restaurateur Tristan Welsh to mark the launch of Food Network UK show Man Vs Food Nation.

The meaty masterpiece took more than 4 hours to make, and it is anticipated that it will take a whopping 10 hours to finish … they should bring it to Newslite Towers, we could devour it far quicker!

275x250.jpg A giant Union Jack flag with an image of Her Majesty the Queen has been unveiled on Heathrow's runway to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. As you do.

The 540 square metre artwork which measures 30 metres in length - three times the width of an A380's fuselage - is the first time ever an image has been painted on the airfield and was created using more than 400 litres of red, white and blue paint.

It has been positioned adjacent to the Northern runway so that passengers will be able to spot it from their flights, with Her Majesty's profile overlooking the runway and terminals. It is expected to be seen by 780,000 passengers.

Airport bosses say the flag marks the airport's role in six decades of regal globetrotting and that the Queen is the most travelled head of state in the world, having made 261 official overseas visits and 96 state visits to 116 countries.


Last week Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited the BBC headquarters in Glasgow. While there they had a go at presenting the weather.

During Reporting Scotland BBC newsreader Sally Magnusson handed over to Prince Charles for his lunchtime weather forecast.

Reading a specially-written script -- which included references to royal residences in Scotland - Prince Charles delivered the bulletin to shocked viewers as he stood in front of the BBC's weather map.

Since then online clips of the bizarre forecast (Camilla also had a go) have been watched millions of times around the world and hundreds of articles written about it… like this one.

275x250.jpg A presumably dinosaur-loving man from Nebraska has legally changed his name to 'Tyrannosaurus Rex'

23-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex Tyler Gold -- previously just Tyler Gold -- reportedly made the name change official at a public filing in a York County courtroom.

There he claimed that the Tyrannosaurus Rex moniker was "cooler" and that as a entrepreneur it's important to have an easily recognisable name.

Because he wasn't making the change to hide from creditors or law enforcement and had gone through the proper legal channels, Judge Alan Gless granted the request.

So now Tyrannosaurus Rex can enjoy using his new name on official documents including bills and his passport.


Swiss daredevil Yves Rossy has continued to push the boundaries of aviation by successfully completing a flight over the iconic skyline of Rio de Janeiro.


The former fighter pilot made the 11 minutes 35 seconds after dropping from a helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and flicking the switch on his carbon-kevlar Jetwing.

This activated the four engines, which each offer a thrust of 22kg, and propelled the Swiss aviator through the South American skies at between 200-300kph, controlled by a simple throttle in his hand.

The rest of the controls are left to the human-fuselage, Yves Rossy himself who simply usages his shoulders, body and legs to steer, pitch and descend. 

275x250.jpg Richard Branson doesn't want you to feel alone while sipping your drink on a Virgin Atlantic flight -- that's why new novelty ice cubes come in the shape of his head.

The "Little Richard" ice cube heads have been created using the exact measurements of Sir Richard's head and feature details including his famous grin and facial hair.

The mould used to create the cubes took a team of four skilled designers six weeks to create using detailed photographic techniques and laser scanning technology.

Branson ice cubes will appear in the drinks of Virgin Atlantic Upper Class fliers on selected flights in May… but please don't ask your air stewardess for a little head during a flight.


An Australian MP has become an online hit after showing the sort of blind loyalty to his Prime Minister in a Sky News interview that could only normally be prompted by a Malcolm Tucker rant.


Bill Shorten was being interviewed about a statement made by PM Julia Gillard about whether the Australian Speaker should return to his role while there was an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

But rather than give his opinion he said: "I haven't seen what she's said, but let me say I support what it is that she said."

Bemused interviewer David Speers replied: "Hang on, you haven't seen what she said?" and then it got even more bizarre as Shorten added: "But I support what my prime minister said".


We've seen more than our fair share of escapee cows here at Newslite Towers, from ones on the run in New York to ones which ended un in swimming pools, but this is about the most bizarre yet.


After not getting the attention she wanted, Darcy the cow recently escaped from her pen in Colorado -- an a family-run farm -- and hoofed it down the road.

The four-year-old award-winning cow later turned up at a drive-thru window of a McDonald’s half a mile away where workers took photos and boasted about how fresh there meat was.

275x250.jpg Eating competition normally include things like hot dogs or burgers, but a competitive eater in Russia has just won the world's first caviar speed eating contest.

49-year-old Alexander Lavrov munched his way through £3,000 worth of luxury black caviar in just 86 seconds and was the first person to finish their 500 grams of the delicacy.

His prize for munching his way through the expensive fish eggs, 10,000 rubles (£215) -- and even more caviar to take home.

The promotional event was held by a Moscow restaurant called Apartment which is said to have spent two million rubles on the contest.

275x250.jpg A group of models have taken park in a catwalk show with a difference… the catwalk was suspended vertically down the outside of a Boston hotel.

Each had to be strapped into a harnesses while wearing their Ted Baker outfits before rappelling down the 24-storey catwalk in the vertigo-inducing show.

The models -- actually climbers from Boston Rock Gym -- also showed off Revere hotel uniforms designed by students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.


When Domino's Pizza in the Netherlands started using electric scooters they were presumably worried the silent engines could be hazard to pedestrians, because they added a sound effect.


But rather than record a traditional engine noise, they used the sounds of a man "Domino’s!" and "pizza!" between revving noises. Genius!

The result a scooter guaranteed to make you laugh when you hear it motoring by… however, that's go to be annoying for the delivery guy.


Vietnamese traffic cop Nguyen Manh Phan was determined to get his man. How determined? you ask. Well let's put it this way, he clung onto the windshield wipers of a moving bus for nearly a mile.


The unstoppable traffic officer had ordered a driver in Hanoi, Vietnam to stop for driving on the wrong side of the road. But after being told to produce his papers the driver jumped back on the bus.

In a bid to stop him, Phan stepped in front of the vehicle. However that didn't work and the driver started the vehicle… so Phan grabbed the windscreen wipers as the bus started moving.

As this video shows, he was then left clinging onto the vehicle as it drove for about a mile before the driver eventually pulled over and was arrested.

275x250.jpg An Austrian man was reportedly so desperate to avoid going to work that he sawed his own foot off.

The unemployed 56-year-old was due to attend the labor office to check whether he was fit to return to work.

It's been said that just before his appointment in Styria, he held his leg against a saw and severed his foot just above the ankle.

But it doesn't end there. Before calling for an ambulance the now hopping gent threw his detatched foot into an oven.

Unsurprisingly doctors were unable to reattach the foot.



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 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.


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.

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 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 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.

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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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 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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Stephen Conroy is the politician in charge of television and radio broadcast standards Australia -- which is what makes this clip so funny.

You see the blundering minister recently blurted out the F-word while addressing the National Press Club in Canberra, which was being broadcast on live TV.

"I love the debate about sovereign risk," he said. "If a tax goes up, God, that is sovereign risk. But if a tax goes down, F--king fantastic," he said.

Realising his gaffe, a red-faced Conroy added "Excuse me." 


A bizarre police chase in the US came to an even more bizarre end when a naked robber was apprehended by a police dog.

The man has reportedly stolen a stretch Hummer in California and proceeded to take police an wild chase around a residential neighbourhood.

Then all of a sudden the man jumped from the ludicrous vehicle and made a run for it -- while stark naked. As this footage from a police helicopter shows.

He was then chased (and tackled) by a police dog and while he tried to shrug it off, the dog was having none of it and brought him to the ground.

275x250.jpg Police in Durham are handing out thousands of free boiled sweets to drunk revellers in a bid to keep them quiet.

After receiving complaints of drunk students making a noise on their way through residential areas from city centre bars, cops tried to think of novel solutions.

As a result they've ordered 10,000 fruit-flavoured sweets bearing either the message 'Shush' or 'Quiet Please' imprinted on the surface.

These will be kept in reserve for busy nights in the city and handed out whenever officers feel revellers need a reminder to keep the noise down as they make their way home.


We all know that when you hear a fire alarm, you're meant to drop what you are doing and calmly exit the building in an orderly manner.

But not NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams, when a alarm and siren sounded while he was delivering the news, he just carried on with what he was doing.

So as viewers heard the ringing and a fire alarm announcement, he continued talking about American Airlines' bankruptcy protection application.

Before passing coverage to the NBC Washington studio, he said: "You'll forgive us, we have a fire alarm announcement going on in the studio." 

A video of two idiot motorists racing each other drag race style at a set of traffic lights (and failing miserably) has become an online hit.

Filmed by another driver -- who says he had a feeling something bad was going to happen -- the action happened in The Woodlands, Houston.

Gerod Rush said he watched the drivers of the C5 Corvette and C6 Corvette rev their engines before speeding away as the lights turned green.

Then, as they headed off into the distance at 60mph one swerved into the other and both cars were sent crashing into nearby trees. Oops.

275x250.jpg A camera which spent a year at the bottom of the ocean has been returned to its owner after being discovered by a scuba diving wildlife photographer.

Markus Thompson had been diving Vancouver, British Columbia when he came across the submerged Canon EOS 1000D camera.

Despite the apparent state of the camera, Thompson was able to recover 50 images of a family vacation from the memory card.

He then posted the images on his Google+ page and asked if any one knew the people in them so that he could return the camera and their photos. And they did.


They were being honoured together for the time they spent battling it out on the football field -- but for pensioners Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca old rivalries die hard.


The pair of 73-year-olds -- who were being celebrated at a Canadian Football League luncheon -- recently started brawling on a stage at the event.

Mosca had apparently tried to offer Kapp a flower to make up for the the grudge between the two which began during the 1963 Grey Cup -- but he wasn't having any of it.

He swung his walking cane at his aged rival, in turn prompting Mosca to swing his fists at him and knocking him to the ground.

275x250.jpg A 16-year-old burglar who was ordered to write a letter to the victims of his crime did -- and he called them dumb in it.

The young criminal had been sentenced to a 12-month Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Plan, part of which included writing to his victims.

It had been hoped this would make him confront the way his crime had impacted others and make him see the emotional consequences of his actions.

Instead it gave him a chance to insult them (or would have if it hadn't been intercepted) using the sort of bad grammar and spelling mistakes you only normally see on Newslite.


An 18-year-old student who bizarrely became trapped in a clothes horse after falling out of bed had to call the fire brigade to free her.

Danielle Morgan ended up with her neck and shoulders wedged between the bars in the odd accident and initially called friends to free her.

However, they seem to have been more interested in taking photos and videos to upload to YouTube and eventually the fire brigade and bolt cutters were required.

A team attended the incident at Sir Peter Hilton Court, Derby University and freed the red-faced first-year student.c

Tear gas thrown in South Korean parliament


We thought politics was getting interesting when Baroness Trumpington recently gave a two-finger salute in the House of Lords.


But that hand gesture pales into insignificance when compared to the antics in the South Korean parliament -- where an opposition MP reportedly used tear gas.

Video footage shows what happened after Kim Sung-dong threw a powder substance towards the parliament's deputy speaker Chung Eui-hwa.

As Chung wiped his eyes other lawmakers covered their mouths with handkerchiefs and  security guards ushered a shouting Kim from the chamber.


This pair of crooks thought they'd planned the perfect crime, they filled a supermarket trolley with booze and legged it outside quickly filling their car.


But that's when their plan came unstuck -- because they'd forgotten to put any petrol in their getaway vehicle and it wasn't going anywhere.

Rose Devlin, 59, and Denise Egan, 52, then had to push the booze-laden car to the petrol station at the supermarket they'd just raided to fill up.

Unsurprisingly their antics were caught on CCTV and police soon caught up with them.

275x250.jpg Baroness Trumpington recently became one of our favourite politicians -- after flicking the V to a colleague in the House of Lords.

Lord King had been talking about how the survivors of World War I "faded away" before adding that "then the survivors of World War II started to look pretty old as well".

He then noted that Trumpington, 89 -- who had served at wartime listening station at Bletchley Park-- was the House's only remaining survivor from WWII.

But unimpressed by the comment, Trumpington appeared to give a "two-fingered salute" to the 78-year-old former defence secretary.


275x250.jpg Artist Erik Kessels had put on an unusual exhibition in Amsterdam -- by filling a gallery with print-outs of all the photos uploaded to Flickr in a 24 hour period.

And that's a lot of photos. Around a million in fact. Meaning Foam is filled with a positive avalanche of images, the majority of which can't be seen.

Kessels says the work is a response to the overload of images we are exposed to nowadays thought social networks and image-sharing sites.

"By printing all the images uploaded in a 24-hour period, I visualise the feeling of drowning in representations of other peoples' experiences," he said.


If you think you've seen some cumbersome and awkward dance moves on Strictly Come Dancing, think again and meet the man who dances with a digger.


Dominique Boivin, an experimental French choreographer, has recently scored an online hit after performing dance routines with a digger.

During his shows Boivin climbs on the digger, prances around the bucket and dodges the spinning excavator in time to classical music.

He also dangled precariously from the raised bucket and is lifted of the ground by the machinery... unsurprisingly he doesn't return the favour.

275x250.jpg A US man who is full of the festive spirit has been arrested after breaking into a home and decorating it ready for Christmas.

Terry Trent reportedly let himself into the Ohio home before he lit a candle and turned on the TV.

The 44-year-old then proceeded to put up the Christmas decorations and lights before sitting back on the sofa and continuing to watch TV.

When the 11-year-old son of the family returned home, Trent -- reportedly high on bath salts -- apologised for scaring the lad and offered to leave.

However the boy called 911 and cops say the man, who was carrying a pocket knife, was arrested and charged with burglary.


Police officers rarely get to live the high-octane life of action movie cops… but these guys from Brazil appear to.


Amazing video footage, which has found its way to YouTube, shows a team cops chasing a plane filled with $150,000 worth of stolen electronics.

After trying to shoot the plane the driver of the car decides the best way to stop the crooks from getting away would be to drive into their plane.

So that's what he does, smashing into the wing and preventing the plane from taking off. They then stormed towards the crashed plane waving their guns… so what did you do at work today?


275x250.jpg A Zimbabwean man has reportedly told a court that he's in love with a prostitute who turned into donkey after he hired her.

Sunday Moyo -- who came up with the story after being charged with bestiality -- insists that his ass started off as a $25 per night hooker.

According to state media, Moyo told a court that one morning he woken up and was surprised to hear people accusing him of sleeping with a donkey.

He insists he'd paid $25 for the prostitute in the town of Zvishavane, and that she'd obviously transformed into a donkey during the night.

The 28-year-old added that he's still "seriously in love" with the animal… making the story like Pretty Woman crossed with something we once saw online.


We hope wherever Tyler Card is going to spend Halloween is offering a good prize for the best costume because he deserves it.

Not only has he fashioned a impressive camera costume -- complete with hanging lens cap -- but his outfit is also a fully functional camera.

That's because while the body of the camera is mostly made from cardboard, it contains a real Nikon DSLR in the centre.

This camera is triggered from the costume shutter, also setting off a large flash over his head and displaying images on the rear thanks to a LCD display from an old Dell laptop.


A muscleman in Syria has been showing off his strength by pulling a train which he claims weights more than 100 tonnes.

Adnan Ismail al-Awad performed the stunt Kadam train station near the Syrian capital Damascus by pulling the 20 meter-long train.

After strapping himself into a harness the strongman was able to move the weighty vehicle on the rusty track.

While the actual train only weights 2.5 tonnes -- which obviously even we could haul -- al-Awad said this was increased to 100 tonne because of the incline.


A father from Michigan has been arrested after drunkenly making his nine-year-old daughter his designated driver… and then boasting about it on camera.


Shawn Weimer has appeared in court after CCTV footage emerged showing the child parking his van at a petrol station in Brownstown Township.

Once inside the station Weimer started bragging about his daughter's driving saying: "Nine years old. Nine! Gas, brake, listen, we're leaving, and she's driving. I'm drunk."

Police were called and soon pulled the underage driver over, prompting her to ask why and add that she was "driving good".

275x250.jpg A food artist had set a new world record for building the world’s largest edible Taj Mahal sculpture… using curry ingredients from pilau rice and poppadoms to Bombay potatoes.

Prudence Staite spent more than 5 days creating the 3ft X 10ft X 5ft poppadom palace -- complete with the iconic white domes of the Taj Mahal made from Chipati bread.

Commissioned by Food Network UK to celebrate the launch of its new series Reza, Spice Prince of India the edible Taj Mahal sculpture, pilau rice creates the main structure of the Taj.

Poppadoms make up part of the garden with green chillies placed as trees and mango chutney adding more garden decoration… Mmm yummy garden decoration.


When a US police officer approached a driver who was sleeping at the side of the road he probably thought it would be one of the easier duties of his shift. it wasn't.

That's because the dozing driver was a former wrestling champion who woke up apparently thinking he was in the middle of a bout.

As this dash-cam footage shows, as Deputy Josh Barrett, a Greene County (Ohio) Sheriff's deputy, tried to wake the man he found himself on the wrong end of a flurry of punches.

Eventually the deputy was forced to reach for his taser and was eventually able to wrestler as he walked away. which we think would get him disqualified in the ring.

275x250.jpgLast year Alan Billis was a taxi driver in Torquay, now he's become the first person in 3,000 years to be mummified like Tutankhamum -- all in the name of a TV show.

Before his death from lung cancer in January, Alan had signed on to be part of a bizarre experiment in mummification, to be filmed for Channel 4.

In a bid to better understand how the ancient Egyptians were able to preserve pharaohs perfectly for millennia the 61-year-old's corpse was put through a variety of special techniques.

Scientists now think -- thanks to Alan -- they've been able to crack the mystery of mummification and say their finding turn much accepted wisdom about the process it's bandaged head.




If you've ever wanted to quit a job (and who hasn't) you are sure appreciate the style with which this man ended his employment.

Not content with handing is letter of resignation in at a Providence hotel, Joey took along his 19-piece band, the 'What Cheer? Brigade'.

So when his boss turned up and demanded to know what was happening, Joey simply gave him the letter and the band began to play.

Joey then proceeded to jubilantly walk out of the building as the rest of the band -- including people on a trombone, drums and tuba - played and walked behind him.

275x250.jpgA US man claims he rode a great white shark for several seconds after it knocked him off his longboard.

Doug Niblack had been surfing off the coast of Oregon when his surfboard hit something and he stepped off it.

Then he says he looked down and saw a dorsal fin in front of his feet... and realised he was standing on a 10ft long great white shark.

Doug claims he then surfed the shark for several seconds as its tail thrashed back and forth, before he fell off.

Obviously we'd be a lot happier with  this story had there been a video to accompany it, but we'll have to take his word for it.

275x250.jpg A would-be bank robber was forced to flee empty-handed when staff were unable to read his note demanding they hand over cash.

Thomas Love had apparently walked into a WSFS Bank in Delaware and handed over a poorly penned note, which the teller was unable to read.

When she told him that she couldn't make out what wanted -- like the scene in Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run -- 40-year-old Love stormed off.

After realising he'd been trying to rob the bank, staff contacted police and gave them his description. He was arrested shortly after.

275x250.jpgA heavily pregnant woman has completed the Chicago Marathon -- and then went into labour shortly after crossing the finish line.

Despite being nearly 39 weeks pregnant with her second chile Amber Miller didn't have a problem finishing the 26.2-mile race.

And the 27-year-old even beat her (considerably less pregnant) husband Joe, finishing 34,339th to his 34,997.

After crossing the finish line -- to cheers of "Go pregnant lady" -- Amber sat down to eat a sandwich, but started to feel contractions.

She was then taken to Central DuPage Hospital where she birth to daughter, June… who we think should also get a marathon finishers medal.

275x250.jpgCity bosses in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, have come up with an odd way of dealing with road chaos -- they've employed 120 mimes to enforce traffic rules.

Officials in the municipality of Sucre say most drivers had little regard for the rules and something needed to be done about it.

As such the 120 mimes will now spend their days silently wagging their fingers and pulling faces at motorists who are breaking the rules.

It's hoped drivers will react better to mimes than they do to traditional traffic enforcement officers and as a result start driving better.

Mayor Carlos Ocariz says the scheme will stay in effect until the mimes have had the desired impact… hopefully irate drivers won't impact on the mimes.

275x250.jpgAn elderly motorist led police on a 27 mile low-speed chase when they tried to stop her for her unacceptable driving.

In fact Caroline Turner only came to a standstill when an officer ran alongside her car on a dual carriageway at 10mph... and tapped on the window.

Police in Essex say the 'chase' saw her veering onto the opposite side of the road before driving for eight miles on the dual carriageway and generally being rather dangerous.

When officers were finally able to get Turner to stop, she said she didn't know why she'd been stopped and added: "There is nothing to discuss, I'm going home."

Appearing at Colchester Magistrates' Court Turner admitted driving without due care and attention and failing to stop when asked by police.


Over her long life Clare Ormiston has probably received all the presents you could think off, which is why she wanted something special for her 100th birthday… a male stripper.

The cheeky centenarian told her family that not content with getting a card from the Queen on her big day, she also wanted to see a muscular man strip for her.

So not wanting to disappoint their mom, gran and great-grandmother they arranged for a buff stipper called Scorpion to attend her birthday bash at Glenfield Residential Home in Birmingham.

After watching Scorpion strip from his white uniform down to his underpants, 100-year-old Clare said: "I enjoyed that. It ­definitely put a smile on my face."

275x250.jpg A well-endowed squirrel has become a surprise internet hit after showing off what he's got on the BBC TV show 'The Great British Bake Off.'

Viewers who were watching Jo Wheatley being crowned winner of the show on BBC2 were shocked when the massive testicled squirrel suddenly appeared on screen.

In the brief clip -- which was played between baking footage -- the squirrel can be seen turning to camera and proudly displaying his huge nuts.

Minutes after the clip during the grand final, fans on Twitter were discussing squirrel anatomy rather than cakes and presenter Sue Perkins tweeted: "This week's GBBO features a shot of a squirrel with outsized nuts. Trust me, they are anatomically DAZZLING.



A lycra suit-wearing daredevil has shown off his extreme balancing skills by performing on Mountain Tai in China.

Eskil Ronningsbakken did his stuff on a 6ft platform located on a perilous-looking cliff without any safety harness or net.

Once in place the 31-year-old balanced on one arm before riding a bike and then doing a handstand on a pile of chairs.

He also swung on a trapeze as fans took photos and video… while secretly hoping he would fall so they could have a YouTube hit.

275x250.jpg A woman responsible for testing the comfort and quality of beds for a hotel chain is having her bottom insured for £4 million.

Natalie Thomas -- who can spent eight hours per day bouncing on beds -- says her rear is so sensitive it helps her detecting lumps and inconsistencies.

Charged with leading a team to ensure the quality of 46,000 Premier Inn bed, the 39-year-old from Bedfordshire (really) has been given the job title 'Director of Bed Bouncing.'

Natalie says she wears soft trousers so she can feel even the smallest lump or bump in a mattress and takes extra special care of her derriere, with regular moisturising sessions and being careful not to wear any hard wearing materials.

275x250.jpg Most couples only exchange their wedding vows once, but not Lauren and David Blair -- their just set the world record for doing it 100 times.

The loved-up couple from Tennessee are now featured in the Guinness World Records for 'Most Marriage Vow Renewals by the Same Couple'.

After meeting in 1982, the pair first married in 1982. Since then they've
renewed their vows a further  99 times, each ceremony taking place in a different location.

Asked why they continuously renew their vows, Lauren says: "I love to look into David’s eyes. I know that this man will love me until the day I die… of course, David will tell you that he does it for the honeymoons!"


In a bizarre bid to make unicycling even more difficult, a German rider has navigated a line of beer bottles on his one-wheeler. Really!


Unicycling enthusiast Lutz Eichholz somehow managed to ride along 8.93 metres of bottles -- breaking his own record of 7.99 metres.

10 metres of bottles had been lined up ahead of the record and all had been opened and emptied beforehand.

However, given his amazing display of balance, something tells us Eichholz can't have enjoyed many of them. Though we hope he had a few after.

275x250.jpg AA recovery driver Darren Foster got the shock of his life recently -- when he was called out to a car with a 7ft boa constrictor trapped behind the dashboard.

The snake had slipped free from the pillow case in which she was being transported by a children’s entertainer from Essex, forcing the driver to call for assistance.

Foster -- who is fairly new to the AA -- said he had to double-check the details when the job came through and that his manager checked that he wasn’t afraid of snakes.

When he arrived at the car, the seven-foot-long female boa constrictor wouldn’t come out and he had to set about removing the dashboard… carefully.

275x250.jpg The inventor of Doritos is set to have the popular tortilla chips tossed into his grave by family members at his funeral ceremony later this week.

Arch West -- who came up with the idea for Doritos after a family vacation in Southern California in 1964 -- died earlier this month at the age of 97.

After his initial idea he led the team at makers Frito-Lay which created and marketed the popular triangular corn snack.

And now it's been revealed he will be taking his legacy to his grave with him, with family planning to dust his grave with a layer of Doritos before dirt is put over the urn.

A spokesperson for the family said: "He'll love it!" But we want to know 'what about the dip?' surely there is nothing worse than an eternity with Doritos but no dip.

monkey typing shakepeare.jpg A computer programmer is testing the old adage about a million monkeys with typewriters recreating the entire works of William Shakespeare.

But Jesse Anderson is not dependent on primate keyboard skills and will run his experiment virtually with 'digital monkeys'.

Using a computer simulation of the theroretical simian typing pool, Anderson is seeing how long it takes them to randomly reproduce the works of the bard in nine character long snippets.

And it seems to be working. The first work completed was the poem A Lover's Complaint which appeared in a book of The Bard's sonnets.

"This is the first time a work of Shakespeare has actually been randomly reproduced," Anderson wrote on his blog… assuming he's not using monkeys to write that too.


A wingsuit-wearing daredevil has performed a death-defying stunt by sky diving through a narrow slit in a mountainside. We don't know why.

Jeb Corliss, 35, jumped out of a helicopter over Hunan Province in China and proceeded to soar at speeds of 75mph.

Using his wingsuit to steer himself, he then aimed for a 1.2km tall and 100m wide natural archway in Tianmen peak and activated his parachute before landing safely on a bridge cheered on by fans.

"That was one of the greatest wingsuit flights of my entire life," Corliss said.

275x250.jpg Organisers of the Road Cycling World Championships in Denmark were shocked when, hours before the start of the race, they realised part of the course had disappeared.

It turned out an overly keen road sweeper thought someone had gratified the road outside Copenhagen city hall and cleaned it off.

A spokesperson said: "We went to sleep yesterday with a good feeling of being all and well prepared.

"But we woke up facing the challenge of a road sweeper by accident having destroyed the finish line."

It took two hours to re-establish the finish line and clean oil which had been spilt over other part of the course… oddly the road sweeper had ignored that.

275x250.jpg London's skyline was recently turned into a giant Star Wars advert -- as BT Tower was transformed into the world's biggest lightsaber.

The large-scale sci-fi transformation saw 60 4,500-watt lights -- standing 1.3m high and weighing 124kg -- installed at the top of the iconic tower.

This sent a bright beam of blue light skywards and made the 189m tall cylindrical building look like the sword wielded by Luke Skywalker in the first Star Wars films.

It was all part of a special party to launch the Blu-ray versions of Star Wars: The Complete Saga and the event was attended by C3PO himself Anthony Daniels.

275x250.jpg Movie bosses at Warner Bros have come up with a interesting way to market the Steven Soderberdh film Contagian -- a living bacteria-based billboard advert.

The 'viral marketing' seems an apt fit for the film which follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days, though is still decidedly gross.

Scientists were recruited to create the two specially made Petri dishes and a range of specially grown coloured bacteria which was installed in an abandoned shop window in Toronto.

Over a period of five days mouldy movie advert -- made from bacteria including penicillin, mould and pigmented bacteria -- then grew into the bizarre billboard.

64-year-old stuntman breaks James Bond record

275x250.jpg A 64-year-old stuntman has smashed a world record previously set during the filming of James Bond -- by driving through a breakaway glass structure.

Rocky Taylor jumped a spinning BMW at speed through a 19ft 69in by 13ft 12in sheet of breakaway glass at the O2 Area in Greenwich south London.

This broke the previous record which was set during the filming of Die Another Day when actor Pierce Brosnan drove an Aston Martin through a 8ft 3.5in by 5ft 4.5in glass panel in the Ice Palace scene.

The new record was attempted to help raise awareness for 'Remember A Charity In Your Will' and was the second Rocky has done this year having previously jumped 40ft from a burning building. As you do.

World's longest fingernails measure 19ft 9in

275x250.jpgWe're having something of a Guinness World Records fest on Newslite today - to mark the release of the 2012 edition of the wonderfully bizarre records book.

And our first new record holder is Christine Walton from Las Vegas -- who has the world's longest fingernails measuring a freaky 19ft 9in (601.9cm).

That's 10ft 2in (309.8cm) on her left hand and 9ft 7in (292.1cm) on her right hand and the 45-year-old singer says she hasn’t cut her fingernails since 1990.

Christine insists the nails don’t prevent her from living a normal life; she can still braid hair, cook and drive, however, she does confess to struggling when shopping for clothes:

"I’ll see the cutest shirts, and they’ll have these skinny arms and I know that my nails would just rip straight through them, she said.


We don't know the Portuguese for "never work with children or animals" -- but something tells us these TV presenters could have done with hearing the phrase.

That's because a children’s show in Brazil recently suffered its own Blue Peter elephant moment, when a horse pooped on stage.

The horse had been led out into the middle of the brightly coloured stage when it lifted its tail and proceeded to poop on live TV.

Hosts held their heads in their hands, some children screamed, others laughed while some… well they whipped out their mobile phones 

275x250.jpgUnfortunate and stupid pets who've done dumb things like eat more than 100 rocks and chase a fly onto a hot wood stove are in the running for a 'prestigious' prize.

A US insurance firm is looking for an animal to award their Hambone award to, for the most unusual claim of the year -- and they have plenty to pick from.

The 12 pet shortlisted for the title -- named after the inaugural winner, a dog who ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while stuck in a refrigerator -- all made full recoveries and received insurance reimbursements for their daft accidents

Previous winners include Labrador retriever who gobbled up an entire beehive and a bulldog who swallowed 15 baby pacifiers, a bottle cap and piece of a basketball.


John Schuepbach is better at playing Tetris than you -- not content with making lines disappear, he uses the falling blocks to create images.

Recently he recorded himself playing the classic game and creating an image of the Nintendo character Luigi in the process. Yes, during a live game.

Schuepbach carved out the impressive image by keeping the right coloured bricks and lines in place, while clearing the ones he didn't.

This one attempt took him more than an hour and we dread to think how many attempts it took to get it right… but we're certainly glad Schuepbach didn't have anything better to do.


A would-be Hollywood stunt man has filmed himself performing a series of impressive jumps and flip in the hope of landing a movie contract.


Culminating with a 'Ninja flip' over a speeding car, 22-year-old Aaron Evans hopes his stunts will be enough to do the trick, pardon the pun.

Watched by hundreds of fans Aaron can be seen warming-up by flipping over a man in a wheelchair and a group of sitting volunteers.

Then it's time for the main event and a Acura NSX speeds towards him as he runs and flips over it… given there was no 'fail' in our headline, you know he made it.

275x250.jpgComedian Jason Schneider has hit upon a novel way of making money from his jokes -- by charging strangers $1 each to hear then in New York's Central Park.

After struggling to get a job with the likes of Comedy Central and HBO the 26-year-old funny-man decided to take matters into his own hands.

Holding a massive sign which reads: "Laughter guaranteed" he now offers to tell passersby jokes for $1 each and surprisingly it seems to be paying off.

Schneider earned $140 in his first six hours and has since gained international media coverage about his his pay-per-laugh joke telling.

Here's one of his jokes "Did you see MIT students invented a robot that can play video games? Yeah, even their inventions are virgins" -- if you laughed, send him a dollar.

275x250.jpgA 51-year-old Frenchman has been ordered by a judge to pay his wife £8,500 in damages for failing to have enough sex with her.

The odd ruling came two years after she was granted a divorce in Nice and the judge blamed the man and his lack of bedroom activity.

But this wasn't enough for her and she took her ex-husband back to court court demanding 10,000 euros in compensation for “lack of sex over 21 years of marriage”.

And while he tried to defent his actions (or rather lack of them) by saying he suffered tiredness and health problems -- the judge disagreed.

The unromantically-inclined man was then fined for £8,500 under article 215 of France’s civil code, which states married couples must agree to a “shared communal life”.


Ever wondered what it’s like to be shot at with an AK-47? No, neither have we. But a US team who build armoured cars say a lot of people have… and their sick of being asked what it's like.

So the guys from Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC) decided to make this video to give a better idea of how it feels.

In the clip, CEO Trent Kimball sits behind a screen of the bullet-resistant glass the firm use on their cars as a member of staff points a AK-47 at him.

Getting to live out the fantasy of disgruntled workers the world over, the member of staff then shoots the screen three times, before Kimball jumps up and jubilantly shouts "No penetration!"… we think he means the bullets.

Wooden iPad sold by scammers for $180

275x250.jpg A US woman found out the hard way why you shouldn't buy an iPad 2 in a McDonald's car -- she paid $180 for a piece of wood painted to look like an Apple device.

22-year-old Ashley McDowell says she was approached by two men as she went to buy a burger from the store in South Carolina and they said they were selling iPads.

The men claimed to have bought Apple iPads in bulk and were selling them for $300. they then showed her a working model and agreed to sell her one for $180.

But when she got her new iPad 2 home, she opened the FedEx box she had been given and discovered it contained a piece of wood painted black with an Apple logo. 

275x250.jpgA new political party in Switzerland hopes to run the in upcoming October parliamentary elections with a single aim… to ban PowerPoint presentations.

Bosses of the 'Anti-PowerPoint Party' say that 250 million people around the world a subjected to a PowerPoint presentation each month and that the punishment must stop.

Party founder Matthias Poehm says not only do people hate watching PowerPoint presentations, but the time wasted preparing them costs the world economy €350bn each year.

As such the APPP party is promoting the use of the humble flip-chart and Matthias Poehm needs 10,000 signatures for his party to be free to run candidates in the election.

So far less than 1,000 people are thought to have signed up… maybe it would have gone better if he'd had a impressive PowerPoint presentation.


Forget Usain Bolt, we've got a new 100m hero… in the unlikely form of a 20 stone failed shot-putter who recently tried his hand at sprinting.

When 17-year-old Sogelau Tuvalu failed to qualify for the shot put at the at the World Athletics Championships, he didn't want to admit defeat and decided to switch to running.

The bulky athlete then laced up his trainers and spent the month before the World Athletics Championships in South Korea training for four hours per day.

And over the weekend he took part in the heats for the 100m where he put in a personal best… unfortunately it was only 15.66 seconds, almost 5s behind winner Mohammad Noor Imran A Hadi of Malaysia.

275x250.jpg A team from Lithuania have set a new world record by preparing a cup of coffee in a air balloon flying at more than 20,000 feet (6.3km) high.

Nidas Kiuberis, Grazvydas Vilcinskas and Vytautas Samarinas had to don protective clothing and oxygen masks before reaching the impressive height.

Once there - with a temperature of around -20C - they used a special Aeropress coffee maker to push hot water through the filter and produce a quality cup of coffee.

Coffee expert Kiuberis then took off his oxygen mask and quickly tasted it before putting the mask back on. He said the brew was "as tasty as on earth" not better "as tasty" -- so worth flying to 20,000ft then?


The GB rowing team are some of the best rowers in the world, that's why they are some of our best medal hopes for the London 2012 Olympics.

And as this video -- posted online by rower Nathaniel Reilly O'Donnell -- shows, if 'airport travelator rowing' was to become an Olympic event before then, they'd probably win gold in that too.

That's because on their way to the 2011 World Championships in Bled, Slovenia, the GB Men's Eight decided to have a little fun at Munich Airport.

Sitting in a line on the conveyor belt, the team mime their rowing to make it appear they are propelling themselves around the airport, much to the amusement of other travellers. 


Okay so maybe this isn't the most important bit of news coming out of Tripoli -- but rebel fighters have stolen the iconic hat worn by Colonel Gaddafi after smashing into his compound.


Appearing on Sky News proudly wearing the dictator's famous hat after storming the Bab al Aziziyah military compound buildings one rebel seemed most pleased with his haul.

He told reporter Alex Crawford he'd found the hat in Gaddafi's bedroom, saying: "I just went inside his bedroom and I was like 'Oh my God, I am in Gaddafi's room!' and then I found this and I was like 'Oh my goodness!'".

Other personal possessions swiped from Gaddafi’s compound included his jewellery, clothing and his personal golf buggy.

275x250.jpgWhen angler John Goldfinch felt a tug on his fishing line, he thought he'd caught a massive fish… but when his line surfaced, he realised he'd hooked a scuba diver between his legs.

61-year-old John said he couldn't believe his eyes when the diver emerged at the end of his line 50ft offshore at Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

Almost before he realised what had happened. the diver’s girlfriend also appeared from the water, carefully removed the the tackle from his tackle and handed it back to a bewildered John.

The pair reportedly then disappeared underwater to continue their dive, without the safety buoy which they should have been using to signal to other people where they were.

John - who was fishing from the beach with friends - says he's glad the frogman was able to set himself free… because he's not sure he would have fitted in his net.

275x250.jpgParamedics called out to deal with a five-year-old in cardiac arrest were shocked when they arrived to discover their proposed patient was actually a cat.

The staff from the East of Emergency Ambulance Service are reported to have been dispatched after a 999 call was received from a desperate couple.

Fearing a young child was fighting for their life, a fast response car and ambulance were quickly sent out to the address in Crane Mead, Herts.

But when they got there, paramedics were "gobsmacked" by what they found… a tearful couple with a five-year-old feline who was feared to have had a heart attack.

Ambulance bosses are now asking people to think twice before calling 999… which isn't surprising after this snowman, this string-playing cat, this rabbit and this rapper.

275x250.jpgBosses at Abercrombie and Fitch have offered Michael Sorrentino - a character in MTV's show The Jersey Shore - a 'substantial payment' NOT to wear their clothes.

The clothing company claim association between themselves and 'The Jersey Shore' (a reality TV show following the lives of a group of loud and hedonistic youngsters) is damaging their brand.

And while Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino has been singled out as the main offender and wearer of their clothes, a similar offer is also on the table for all other cast members.

A spokesperson for Abercrombie and Fitch said: "We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image."

"We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans.


The phrase 'news blooper' is possibly one of our favourites within the weird news field… and after seeing this clip you'll see why.

Eric Young was recently caught on camera giving the two-finger salute to camera while talking about a rugby match, thinking a video of the action was being screened.

The Prime news man was reading a sports news clip about the game between Auckland and Counties Manukau and made the gesture to a producer who supports Counties Manukau.

But the video clip finished early and cut back to Young, who was seen waving the Vs directly into the camera… and at the viewing New Zealand audience.

275x250.jpg The South Pacific island state of Niue, has issued a series of coins with the Queen on one side... and characters from Star Wars on the other.

Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, and even the Death Star all feature on the 40 coins which will be legal tender on Niue.

Produced by the New Zealand Mint, the reverse will feature Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II sovereign of the commonwealth of Niue and the coins have a face value of around £1.

However, you might not want to use them to buy a pint of milk -- because the coins (containing 1oz of silver) are selling for £238 per set of four.


As part of their Asian tour, footballers from Real Madrid have taken on a group of Chinese school children… 109 of them.

The bizarre match - which saw the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Iker Casillas take on the kids - took place at a stadium in the town of Guangzhou.

Despite having the numerical advantage, the kiddies were unable to make it count on the scoresheet and were left swarming around the pitch as the Madrid player knocked the ball around.

Organisers say the reason for having 109 children was because Real Madrid is 109-years-old… so maybe they should arrange a re-match for 50 years time.

275x250.jpg Britain’s oldest stuntman, who has appeared in a host of Hollywood movies, has recreated a stunt which almost killed him 26 years years ago.

64-year-old Rocky Taylor suffered a fractured spine, pelvis and horrific burns when the 40ft plunge from a burning building went wrong as he filmed Death Wish 1985.

But this week he plucked up courage to recreate the stunt in a bid to raise awareness of charitable legacies by throwing himself off a building at Battersea Power Station in London.

And as you can tell by the fact the headline of this article isn't "Britain’s oldest stuntman kills himself in fire dive" it all went to plan and Rocky survived uninjured.

275x250.jpg The mayor of the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius is said to have become so angry at people illegally parking flash cars in cycle lanes that he's started driving over them in a tank.

43-year-old Arturas Zuokas took the unusual measure after noticing that drivers of Ferraris, Rolls Royces and Mercedes were parking wherever they wanted simply paying fines.

Not wanting to let them think they're above the law, the zany politician (and keen cyclist) hired an armoured vehicle to get his own back.

He then proceeded to drive over the top of a illegally parked Mercedes, leaving it crushed and triumphantly shouting "That's what will happen if you park your car illegally!"


Last year Aardman Animations - the folks behind Wallace and Gromit - created 'Dot' the world's smallest stop-motion character, now they've set their sights on a bigger record.

Specifically the record for the world’s largest set for a stop-motion film, which they set when creating Gulp - using a 11,000sq ft stretch of a Welsh beach.

The minute and a half long animation took a week to create on the shore at Pendine Sands in South Wales and was filmed using Nokia N8 smartphones from a cherry picker 36m in the air.

Designers created a life-sized fishing boat for the movie and while the fish, seagulls and sea were created with rakes, the fisherman was a real person… a real patient person.

275x250.jpgA pregnant legal student went into labour as she was taking her bar exam… but finished the test before going into the hospital.

The determined Northwestern Law alumna is said to have gone into 'active labour' minutes after sitting down to the three-hour Multistate Bar Exam.

But rather than heading straight to the labour ward, the woman is said to have got her head down and started answering the questions.

According to Abovethelaw.com she raced through the questions, finished early and then told proctors she thought she might be having the baby and left at 4pm.

She then raced to the nearby Prentice Women’s Hospital and the baby was delivered via Caesarean section at 5:58pm. The student will find out how she did in the test in October.

275x250.jpg We've long been fans of Professor Splash and his ability to jump from ridiculous heights into equally ridiculously shallow pools of water without hurting himself.

And now it looks like he's finally going to get the credit he deserves after appearing on America's Got Talent and impressing judges.

During a recent appearance he performed his trademark bellyflop from a height of 36 feet, 7 inches into a paddling pool just 12 inches deep - a new world record.

On the way down he reached 40mph and hit the water with a force equivalent of four tonnes… unfortunately he didn't land on judge Piers Morgan. 


A pickpocket in China has been caught on camera using chopsticks to steal a mobile phone - and to think we struggle when it comes to eating dim sum.

In the footage - which has been aired on Chinese TV news shows - the light-chopsticked man can be seen singling out his mark as he waits for a bus.

The cutlery crook then moves behind the young man and carefully uses the eating utensils to reach into the victim's pocket and pull out his mobile phone.

Even when the victim realises something is wrong and that his mobile phone has gone, the thief makes out that it may have been dropped rather than swiped - just check out his mime.

275x250.jpg You might think White House officials had more pressing matters on their mind at the moment, but staff recently spent their time 'Rickrolling' a critic via Twitter.

During a question and answer session on Twitter, the White House received a complaint from David Wiggs, from Tennessee, that the discussion was "not nearly as entertaining as yesterday's".

But rather than simply ignoring the message they replied: "Sorry to hear that. Fiscal policy is important, but can be dry sometimes. Here's something more fun: http://t.co/ca31My7 #WHChat"

The link, as you may have guessed, was to a video of Rick Astley's song Never Gonna Give You Up. It's not know who was behind the Rickrolling, but our guess would be Obama himself.

275x250.jpg The Beano has teamed up with the National Trust to produce a special edition of the comic with characters running riot at some of Britain's best-known buildings.

In the comic, Dennis the Menace and Gnasher conquer Powis Castle in Wales fooling National Trust staff with dozens of "hedge menaces" and the Bash Street Kids take over Devon family manor Arlington Court.

The Numskulls are sneezed out at Edwardian Surrey estate Polesden Lacey while Minnie The Minx takes her dad on a manic trip to Northern Ireland to discover the iconic Giant’s Causeway.

It's hoped the comic will encourage more families to visit National Trust sites… let's hope they know what they have let themselves in for.


We think Mario Balotelli may have read our post about Awana Diab's back-heel penalty last week, and fancied getting himself on Newslite… though probably not like this.


The Italian striker was playing for Manchester City in a recent friendly against David Beckham's LA Galaxy when he found himself in an ideal striking position.

But rather than simply smash the ball into the back of the net, show-boating Balotelli tried a pirouette and back-heel -- which failed spectacularly and went wide.

So, to a chorus of boos, from home and away fans alike, City boss Roberto Mancini immediately replaced the £24 million signing with James Milner… at least he can dress himself.

275x250.jpgFirefighters have heavy-duty cutting equipment which is used to cut people out of car crashes… but hopefully they didn't need to use them on this occasion.

A rescue team in Australia were recently dispatched to save a rather distressed man who had got his penis trapped in a metal ring.

The truck from Melbourne was called out at around 2.30am when the man called emergency services and told them of his embarrassing predicament.

While it's not known exactly how they removed the man's appendage from the ring… we'd have thought if they'd charged in with the 'jaws of life' it might have scared him out of it.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board said getting called out to a red-face man with his willy trapped in something was far more common than most people would suspect.

275x250.jpg We're all for anything that takes the tedium out of getting to Newslite Towers -- and as such we'd love to see a slide like this installed at our local station.

Unfortunately we don't live near Overvecht Station in Holland where this 'transfer accelerator' (slide) had been installed as an alternative to stairs.

Created by design firm  HIK Designers, the slide is said to be great for passengers who are running late or just want to add a bit of fun during their everyday lives.

The slide is also said to play music from Bach during the evening… which adds a nice little surreal moment to getting home after an evening drinking we thing you'll agree.


A footballer who shot to internet fame after scoring a cheeky back-heel penalty for UAE in their clash with Lebanon, may now be punished for it.


Awana Diab instantly became one the most watched footballers in the world after his unorthodox spot kick at the weekend.

But while many internet viewers were impressed by the goal - after which he was issued a yellow card - it went down less well with his team manager who branded it 'disrespectful'.

And it's now been reported that the 21-year-old Baniyas midfielder could be banned from playing for UAE or fined for his actions… unfortunately he's not eligible to play for England who could always do with a penalty scorer.


Everyones favourite octogenarian media tycoon has been attacked by a shaving foam pie wielding protester at a parliamentary select committee.

Rupert Murdoch had, along with son James, been answering MPs questions about the New of the World phone hacking scandal when the attack happened.

An assailant - believed to be comedian Jonnie Marbles - jumped up from the audience and lunged towards Murdoch with a paper plate covered in shaving foam.

But while the 'pie' made a direct hit, so did the wife of the News Corp Chairman, Wendi, who leaped to his defence and slapped Marbles across the face… instantly becoming the most popular Murdoch.

275x250.jpg At Newslite we have a bit of a thing for Lego - whether it's being used to make massive towers, sculptures, recreate works of art, the Royal wedding or even to propose.

We also enjoy anything to do with superheroes. So when someone combines the two they've got our undivided attention. Step forward Alexander Schranz who recently produced a stunning Batcave with 9,000 Lego bricks

The 31-year-old Lego fan from Germany - who works as a Concept Designer for The LEGO Group - says he came up with the idea after playing Arkham Asylum and being inspired.

A life-long Batman fan, Schranz started off by making the Batmobile before spending a week planing the Batcave and then 70 hours building it… it would have been quicker but there was no Alfred to help him.


It sounded like a great way to begin a news broadcast from a boat show, the reporter would introduce his friend, who'd rise spectacularly powered by a water jet-pack.

Unfortunately it didn't all go to plan and a severe jet-pack fail almost knocked the journalist into the water and left his colleagues unable to do their job because they were laughing so hard.

Matt Johnson had been reporting live from the San Diego yacht and boat show for affiliate Fox 5 when the blunder happened and rather than shooting skywards, the jet-pack-wearing man fell and disappeared under the water.

This meant that when the cameras cut back to the studio the lauhging hosts were left holding their heads and open-mouths in disbelief at what had just happened. Oops.

275x250.jpgA Taiwanese man has apparently been conned out of £200,000… after trying to buy a mail order croissant. Yes, £200,000 for a pastry.

The unfortunate pastry lover is said to have seen an online advert for a croissant which was "so delicious that it will make you cry."

But after paying the £2.00 for the french bread, he was contacted by the company and told there'd been a problem with the payment and he needed to process it again, so he did.

And this is where it gets weird. He received another series of calls asking him for money claiming that there had been an issued with his earlier payments and that unless he paid, he could be charged with money laundering.

In total he's reported* to to have shelled of 12-million Taiwan dollars (£200,000) over seven payment before he realised it was a scam. The never go the croissant, though the advert was true… it did make him cry.

275x250.jpg An Austrian atheist, has been allowed to wear a pasta strainer on his head for a driving-licence photo after arguing it was a "religious headgear".

Niko Alm, 34,  says he applied for the odd driving-licence after discovering headgear was only allowed in official photos for religious reasons.

On his application - which was sent with four photos of his wearing a pasta colander in his head - he stated it was a requisite of his religion, pastafarianism.

However, after receiving his application, Austrian authorities required him to convince doctors that he was "psychologically fit" to drive… well he did say he was part of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

275x250.jpg When the Columbia space shuttle first launched in 1981, Chris Bray and his father were there to see it happen.

And as you can tell from the image above, the pair were also there when Atlantis recently launched into space for the final time… recreating a photograph taken 30 years earlier.

Chris, now a marketing man from New York, says he and his dad have not been to any of the intervening launches, but wanted to "bookend" the program by going to the final one.

Writing on his Flickr page, where the image has been viewed more than 500,000 times, Chris described the shot as: "The picture we waited 30 years to complete."

275x250.jpgA US businessman who spends as much time in the air as on the ground has reached 10 million air miles… despite once having a fear of flying.

Sales consultant Thomas Stuker reached the landmark distance (the equivalent of travelling 400 times around the globe) after a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago.

In total he's made 5,962 flights with United Airlines over the mpast 19 years - a fact the firm wanted to celebrate by naming a plane after him.

Stuker, who saw George Clooney achieve the same milestone (albeit in a fictional manner) in the movie Up in The Air, is also being rewarded by never again having to queue at airports and always getting upgraded.

He also has enough reward points through the airlines' frequent flyer programme to take several foreign holidays a year… if he's not too busy jetting off somewhere with work.


It's Sweden v North Korea at the women's World Cup, nothing much can happen to spark the public interest can it, right?

Wrong! Sweden's Josefine Öqvist swapped shirts with a German fan after the game and instantly became one of YouTube's most viewed people in the process.

In the resulting footage, - shot after Sweden won 1-0 - the 27-year-old blonde player can be seen chatting to fans. One of who is wearing a German shirt and asks her to swap.

After an initial moment of hesitation, during which time he'd removed his shirt, Öqvist did the same (though she was wearing a black sports bra, he wasn't) they then exchanged shirts.

275x250.jpg Most nature enthusiasts would think nothing of getting up early and heading off to a country park in the hope of seeing wild deer close-up.

But residents in the Black Country industrial town of Walsall didn't have to when this pair of deer strolled into their estate just half a mile away from a busy town centre.

Locals couldn't believe their eyes as they saw the two impressive animals calmly walking along a road past them… which is why they took these photo.

Tim and Tom Kitchen, who were making their way to the local bus station at 7.15 when they saw them, say the deer looked relaxed and were in no rush… maybe they are thinking of moving to the area.

275x250.jpg Harry Monk has had enough of drunken revellers relieving themselves in the street outside his home, so much so he decided to out the public urinators online.

The 45-year-old tree surgeon from London spent a recent evening with video camera pointing out of the window of his Hoxton apartment and aimed it at anyone he saw peeing.

He then shouted at the urinators telling them not to pee in front of his home, that there's a council urinal just 50ft away and informed them footage of their actions would be uploaded to YouTube.

Harry says the issue has become a "major problem" and that during weekend evenings there can be 20 people peeing the street every hour… no, he's not taking the piss.


Police in New York confiscated more than 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks ahead of the national pyrotechnic holiday which is the fourth of July.


But proving they're not killjoys, cops didn't just dispose of the fireworks in a calm and moderate manner -- they piled them up and got their bomb squad to explode them.

What's more, they even filmed the resulting massive whizz-bang explosion at a Bronx firing range and released it on YouTube. Which was very good of them.

We suggest now would be a good time to click play, wait 14 very long seconds and enjoy. And remember, never return to a 5,000 pound pile of fireworks.


French rollerblader Taig Khris has set a new world record after completing a 29m jump in front of Paris' Sacre Coeur Basilica.


The 35-year-old sped down a 150-metre long ramp before being launched into the air and flying toward a landing ramp and inflatable cushion.

On his initial jump Khris managed to jump 28.4m (breaking the previous record of 24m) but cheered on by the crowd he had another go and this time reached 29m.

Okay so he didn't stay on his feet for long after landing, but it's still considerably better than we could have done. Though it does look like fun… where can we find a 150-metre long ramp?


Some people just don't like doing things the easy (and safe) way. Like this guy who trims his hedge by swinging a chainsaw on a rope around his head.

This is Steve McGranahan - who calls himself 'The World's Strongest Redneck - and spends his free time doing dangerous things like this.

Last year he filmed himself trimming his hedges with a lawnmower on a stick, so this year he wanted to go one better and came up with the chainsaw plus rope idea.

In the three minute video Steve (a future Darwin Award winner if ever we saw one) can be seen launching the chainsaw and then swirling it around his head so that it trims his hedge.


Red cards are normally dished out during football games if the referee spots a dodgy tackle… and you could say this one is no exception.


A referee in Australia has issued a player a red card after noticing mid-match that he had a genital piercing.

The odd call was made after Aaron Eccleston, who plays for the Old Hill Wanderers in Melbourne, jumped up to challenge for a ball and was hit squarely in his.

He proceeded to look down his shorts to "check that it was still there" and the official spotted something he didn't like the look of and marched him into the changing rooms.

275x250.jpgWhen he repeatedly found his cows out of their shed - knowing he'd locked them inside the night before - farmer Tom Grant thought cattle rustlers could be responsible.

So he set about installing CCTV cameras at his South Armagh farm, to catch them in the act, trying to steal his animals.

But when he reviewed the footage, he was shocked to discover that one of his prized cows was actually using her tongue to unlock a gate.

That's right, footage clearly shows Daisy using her tongue to help her bovine brethren escape, by sliding open the locks on her enclosure and letting them out.

Now the jail-breaking heifer has become an internet hit and has really raised the steaks when it comes to bovine brilliance. She's udderly amazing. Sorry.


No-one likes having to spend hours waiting at the airport, after all there are only so many John Grisham books you can read and so many over-priced coffees you can drink.


But a pair of guys who were stranded overnight at an almost empty Dallas Fort-Worth airport decided to make the most of their situation by filming themselves goofing around.

Photographer Joe Ayala and friend Larry Chen can be seen racing wheelchairs through a deserted departure lounge, having paper fights in the toilet and speaking over the tannoy.

Somehow evading security the duo also help themselves to drinks in the bar, riding the Skylink upside down and spinning on escalators… just click play to see what we mean.

275x250.jpgPolice in the US say they were shocked when a woman recently called 911 to report she'd received the wrong order from a Chinese takeaway.

officials have now released the audio of the odd call in a bid to highlight that it's a misdemeanour to call 911 unless it is an emergency.

During the two minute call, the woman asks for officers to be dispatched to the restaurant in Savannah to rectify her situation.

She states that she'd ordered food but had been given the wrong order - and that the staff were then refusing to give her a refund.

Officers WERE eventually dispatched… but only because she was getting disorderly and needed to be warned she could have faced 911 abuse charges.


Travelling by hot air balloon must be one of the most tranquil ways to navigate the skies… normally. But not when Zane Whitmore does it.

That's because the 34-year-old from Portland was recently suspended from the bottom of a hot air balloon by four piercings on his back.

In a stunt which is said to have been two years in the making, Whitmore was suspended beneath a tethered hot air balloon which was then launched.

The balloon then traveled to a height of 10,800 feet during the 75-minute flight which will feature in an upcoming movie… not it's not the sequel to UP.

275x250.jpg Casey Neistat was not at all happy when police issued him a $50 fine for riding his bicycle somewhere other than a bike lane in New York.

In fact, he set out to show them exactly what would happen if he only rode in the cycle lane… even if that meant picking up a few bruises on the way.

To make his point that there are frequently obstructions which make it impossible to keep to bike lanes he recorded this video of him crashing into them.

During the three minute video, which starts with his receiving the ticket, Neistat can be seen riding straight into construction work, parked vehicles and even a police car. Good point well made.


A traffic policeman in the Philippines has become a hit with locals, tourists and now the internet after starting to direct vehicles with dance moves.


Ramiro has become a cult figure on the streets of Pasay City where he can most often be found on the crossing of Edessa Street and Macapagal Street.

While the 54-year-old says his job is to keep traffic flowing, he also sees it as his duty to bring happiness to drivers and pedestrians.

And while his body-popping method of directing traffic is proving a hit on YouTube… there's no news on how many distracted drivers have crashed after seeing him.

275x250.jpgIt's safe to say that Don Gorske enjoys a good burger, or to be more precise, it's safe to say he is a fan of the Big Mac.

We know this because the McDonald's fan just ate his 25,000th. That's right 25,000 Big Macs since he first sunk his choppers into one 39 years ago.

Thought to have eaten more Big Macs than anyone else on the planet, the 59-year-old says he can't get enough of the two patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions all on a sesame seed bun.

Gorske ate his first ever Big Mac on May 17, 1972 and was so taken with the taste he ate nine that day alone.

Since then he's tucked into at least one on most days - he's only had eight Big Mac free days - and despite his slim figure, consumed a whopping 13.5 millions calories.

A drunk driver in Russia had so much to drink he tried to trick police into thinking he was making an important phone call using a packet of cigarettes.

When he was pulled over for driving erratically, the boozed-up motorist proceeded to make a phone call in which he asked if his father was on duty.

He then told the person he was speaking to, to "just deal with the situation" in the seemingly influential call.

And it might have worked and persuaded cops to go easy on him… if he hadn't been so drunk he'd just spent a couple of minutes having a chat with a packet of cigarettes.

As such the officers could barely contain their laughter in the video which is currently going viral on YouTube.




We've seen some fairly odd products, but brain wave controlled emotion indicating fluffy cat ears for humans, have got to by up there as some of the most bizarre.

Japanese firm Neurowear say their odd 'Necomimi' ears are a great way to exhibit your innermost feelings and could become a vital communication tool.

Using a sensor which is worn on the forehead, the ears - due to gon on sale later this year - are said to respond to the wearer’s emotions and change their shape.

If the user is sad, the ears will apparently flop down, if they're amused the ears will wiggle but if the wearer is tired the ears go flat… we don't know what they do if you are confused by seeing people with ears.

275x250.jpg This unlucky motorist seems to have paid the ultimate price for making the error of telling his partner she wasn't as attractive as Pippa Middleton.

The red-faced driver of the Peugeot 206, was caught on camera driving through Birmingham with 'Is Pippa's Bum Still Better Than Mine???' daubed across the side of it in white paint.

It appears the scorned woman took revenge on the unknown man, who looks to have made the mistake of expressing his admiration for the royal maid of honour's most talked about asset, her bottom.

The scruffy message was painted in bright white letters down the passenger side of the blue vehicle which was spotted on Wednesday afternoon… onlookers said they thought the driver had received a bum deal.


We've never had the desire to make our morning shave any more dangerous - given our bleary-eyed state it's often perilous enough - but Mikhail Nadimov obviously finds shaving boring.


That's because he recently took extreme shaving to a new level when a pal gave him a shave… with a razor attached to a flying helicopter. Yes you read that correctly.

And even though his mate, Sergey Piskunov, is a skilled helicopter pilot who'd just been showing off his aeronautical ability by manipulating his chopper to open a bottle, we're not sure we'd have been so brave.

Just ssk yourself this, would you trust a friend to shave you... even if it didn't involve blades attached to a helicopter?


A rollerblader who set off a speed camera by racing down a road at more than 40mph is sure to confuse people reviewing images from the Gatso camera.


Prankster and professional in-line skater Sam Tuffnell recently decided to see if he could build up enough speed to trigger a speed camera in Hastings.

So the 28-year-old got pals to film him speeding along the downhill road past the camera in a bid to trigger the flash which is normally the bane of drivers.

And on his fourth attempt - after reaching an estimated 40mph - the camera was activated, meaning camera control centre staff could soon be scratching their heads wondering what happened.



It probably didn't escape your notice that there was the little matter of a certain  royal wedding on Friday.

But while most people were talking about the dress or the kiss, the event of the day as far as we were concerned was the cartwheeling vicar.

Well after the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton had taken place and some 1,900 guests had left Westminster Abbey, one clergyman couldn't contain his excitement.

Thinking the TV cameras had been turned off, the verger proceeded to cartwheel along the red carpet-lined aisle of the abbey… later finding the cameras were still rolling and he'd become a YouTube star.

A dare-devil skier has filmed himself flying off a cliff and performing a BASE jump to escape from the avalanche he'd just started.

Matthias Giraud had been traversing his way down a slope in the French Alps with the aim of filming himself building up speed and doing a BASE jump.

But as he made the leap and pulled his parachute, the footage from his head mounted camera shows him realised he's caused an avalanche which had been chasing him down the mountain.

So as the 27-year-old sailed down to safety, followed by pal Stefan Laud, the snow poured over the cliff like a waterfall. In fact the resulting footage is so good it could be used to advertise the head-mounted cameras… oh, it just has.

275x250.jpgA taxi driver in New York has picked up the fare of a lifetime -- after a couple of passengers wanted taking all the way to Los Angeles.

Mohammed Alam charged the duo $5,000 to make the 2,448-mile trip which took six days to complete.

While that might sound pricey - it would have been much faster and cheaper if flying - it's estimated the trip would have cost $17,000 (£10,000) if the meter had been running.

Investment banker John Belitsky and pal Dan Wuebben say they picked up the cab at LaGuardia Airport because they wanted to do something "magical".

And helping the couple achieve this, when they stopped in Las Vegas where they won $2,000… making the trip a snip at $3,000.

275x250.jpg A group of thrill-seeking vicars have braved a series of theme park rides at Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, as they competed for the title of Extreme Vicar'.

The dare-devil clergy were auditioning to conduct a special service at the theme parks on Easter Sunday and had to prove they were up to the challenge.

Because the special service will be hosted both on the ground and whilst hurtling around at extreme speeds, the vicars were asked to try reading from the bible as they 'enjoyed' the rides.

A spokesperson for Alton Towers said they were judged on their willingness to hold an alternative service, experience of varied working environments and… their ability to hold mass at 50mph. Quite a test of faith.

275x250.jpgDutch traffic bosses have been left seeing red after someone altered a set of pedestrian lights to show a couple having sex.

Every time the light turns green in the town of Nimwegen, an illuminated image of a couple having sex flashes up, instead of the more traditional person walking.

And apparently the prank has been causing traffic congestion - because people want to see the risque image they're pressing the button, even when they don't want to cross.

Transport officials have now launched an investigation how the images was manipulated, with suspected computer hackery being top of the list.

A Town Hall spokesman said: "We are looking at who had access and opportunity"… presumably that will be cross-referenced with a list of people who have a good sense of humour.

275x250.jpgWe don't normally do 'On this day…' type posts, but it's not too common* for us to be able to say, on this day in 1930, the BBC announced there was no news.

But on April 18, 1930, during what should have been a 6:30pm radio news bulletin, that's exactly what happened.

A BBC presenter announced "Good evening. Today is Good Friday. There is no news." It had been apparently judged that nothing newsworthy had happened.

Piano music was then played instead of the current affairs update for a couple of minutes, before normal scheduling resumed.

* Okay, we would be able to say this once a year, but this is the first time, and we won't do it again next year. Honest.

Police in China say they were shocked to discover a man driving down a busy street on two bumper cars, which we think is understandable.

Bizarre CCTV footage shows the bonkers man driving along road in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, on the bright yellow cars.

He's seen positioned between the two cars - with one foot in each to operate the pedals - as he navigates other traffic and junctions.

When police pulled him over, he told them he was transporting them to a local park and it was the cheapest way of doing it.

Amazingly "because the law doesn't stipulate what punishment a bumper car driver should receive" he was apparently let off with a warning.


The President of the Czech Republic has been left red-faced after a video of him admiring and then pocketing a pen during a press conference, became an online hit.

Vaclav Klaus had been taking part in the news conference with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera when news cameras caught the leader admiring the writing implement.

He was then clearly seen to discreetly slide the pen under the desk before putting it in his pocket to take home from his visit to Chile.

However, while internet commenters have labelled him a pen thief, aides say that he has the right to keep pens given to him on state visits. Yes, free stationary… that's why these people get into politics.


A man has been arrested after being caught on CCTV stealing a judge's gavel from a courtroom... meaning he could be making a quick return for contempt.

When magistrate Chris Cook recently reached for his gavel during a hearing, he realised it had disappeared and ordered a search.

But security footage soon revealed that the small mallet had been swiped the day before, right from his legal bench at Lorain Municipal Court.

While staff didn't recognise the courtroom crook, they noticed that the man with him had appeared in court that day and police were able to locate the gavel grabber.

The magistrate said that if the crook is willing and able to return the gavel, he would be a lot less inclined to bring him back in for contempt… he just loves banging that little mallet you see.


Think about the worst aspect of your job, we bet it's nothing in comparison with this guy. He's in charge of cleaning out this cobra pit… with his hands and a broom.

This video has become a hit online and viewed more than 250,000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube last week.

In the two minute clip the brave worker can be seen grabbing snakes from their sleeping spots and hurling then across the cobra pit so he could clean up their mess, skin and eggs.

And if you can make it to the end of the video, it gets worse, just when you think all of the snakes have been moved the camera pans up to show he's only just beginning.


We've all been there, you've done something like throw a teabag across the kitchen and towards a mug, only for it to land in the target with almost superhero precision.

Well imagine what it would be like if that sort of thing happened to you all the time. Or alternatively click play... because your day might be something like this.

This is a 'best of' video from the good folks at a-normal-day.com who set out to film themselves pulling everyday tricks like throwing bread into a toaster or kicking bottles of water onto a table.

While the video lasts just two minutes, we dread to think how many takes were involved and how long it actually took to film… actually we think you can see Thomas and Sebastian age if you look carefully.


It's a good job Felice Cohen doesn't suffer from claustrophobia, because she lives in what could well be the smallest apartment in the world.

The tiny 12 feet by 7 feet New York home measures under 90 sq ft and is so small that Cohen has to sit sideways to fit on the loo and sleeps inches from her ceiling.

While there's no kitchen and the writer admits she had to discard many of her belongings before moving in, Cohen says her 'microstudio' is ideal for her her style of living.

She says the cramped conditions are worth it because she gets to live in New York's Upper West Side for just $700 a month while her neighbours pay $3,000… admittedly they don't have a panic attack every time they go to bed.


A football goalkeeper who shot to fame after recording a trick shot video of himself earlier this year, is at it again, and this one could be even better.

UNC Asheville keeper Lassi Hurskainen released his first video in February and it showed him kicking with amazing accuracy and making a series of great saves.

In fact many of the 2.5 million people who watched it on YouTube suggested that his accuracy was so good, it must have been digitally manipulated.

So, hoping to prove them wrong Hurskainen has recorded footage of himself performing another equally impressive set of tricks - including kicking a ball into a bucket on the back of a speeding golf-kart.

Other tricks include hitting the crossbar from almost unbelievable distances and making saves over the bonnet of a car… because you'd be surprised how often that comes up in a real match.

A monster truck driver has become the first person to complete a full backflip in one of the big-wheeled vehicles. And it's more impressive than it sounds.

The stunt by Ryan Anderson has become an online hit since he performed it in Las Vegas during the recent Monster Jam World Finals.

Anderson started off by revving the engine of his giant 12-ton truck and driving over a small ramp to help him build up speed.

From there he drove into another ramp which was angled at a wall and as the momentum carried him upwards the truck flipped.

While we've somehow managed to make that sound simple and as though anyone could do it, we're assured it wasn't and they couldn't.

275x250.jpgA man who can rotate his feet to the point that it looks like his legs are on backwards has seen his elastic abilities earn him a place in the record books.

Moses Lanham (aka Mr Elastic) recently gained world records by rotating his legs further than anyone else and being the fastest man to walk 20 metres with his feet turned backwards.

The 49-year-old from Michigan, says he first discovered his hyper flexibility in a PE class at school when he fell over and because of the position of his legs people assumed he was injured.

But he was fine and simply jumped back up… and then started showing off his new-found flexibility to anyone who would watch. Later going on to do a lot of charity work for Children.

Mr Elastic says he has "total flexability" in his lower limbs, but that his upper body is limited by more normal movement, which is probably a good thing... otherwise he could forget which way he is mean to face.

275x250.jpg Rose Jardine hopes her new job never loses its magic… because she's just been employed as the 'resident dragonologist' a Warwick Castle.

Her duties there will include, watching over any fire-breathing beasts, keeping staff trained in the latest developments in sorcery, and telling visitors all about dragons.

To get the job - advertised online earlier this month - Jardine had to demonstrate "extensive knowledge of dragon myth and legend, with particular reference to dragon summoning and dragon powers and riddles."

And bosses at Warwick Castle are confident they've got the right person, during her interview she's said to have performed a dragon summoning incantation… but luckily stopped before unleashing the beast.


A red-faced man had to visit hospital after superglueing a tiny hat to his head for a party… and then being unable to remove it.

Luckily (for us, but not necessarily him) a BBC TV crew happened to be recording a show at the hospital when he arrived and caught the whole thing on camera.

Shawn Merter resorted to using the superglue to attach his little black sequinned top-hat after fabric glue which he'd tried using wasn't adhesive enough.

But the following morning he realised his error and went to his local accident and emergency department, still wearing the tiny hat.

Doctors cut the top off the hat and sent Merter home to soak the bizarre headwear until it fell off… all while trying to hide their sniggers.


We know that shark attacks are incredibly rare, and we also know that Basking sharks are harmless -- but this would still have made us nervous.

A kayaker in Florida recently came face to face 25-foot long Basking shark as he was paddling along in the sea in his 14-foot kayak.

While a number of onlookers shouted words of warning to Josh Reeves, it appears he knew he wasn't in any danger from second largest species of shark in the world. He jumped into the water and started swimming with the huge plankton eater.

Animal authorities say Basking sharks do not normally swim south to the warmer Florida waters… just like they're not normally known to hurt humans.

275x250.jpgRemember Luke Seall, the guy spending 2011 trying to trade one penny into something impressive? Well he's now the owner of a penny based artwork.

After trading his way from a single one pence piece, to a week-long Yurt holiday in France, Seall has now swapped this for a portrait of a banker.

The particularly relevant image is of ex HBOS Chief Executive Andy Hornby… and was made out of 2,500 one penny coins by artist Adrian Firth.

Speaking of the trade, Seall said: "Trading up from 1 penny to a picture made of thousands of pennies would be good enough. But the fact the picture is of Andy Hornby is even better."

We're not convinced. In fact being an image of him may make the work worth even less than the pennies it is made up of.

275x250.jpg Fuel duty was cut by 1p, but it wasn't the most exciting of budgets, just ask Kenneth Clarke… it's claimed he fell asleep.

But at least his impromptu snooze has meant dozens of people benefited from the budget -- they'd betted on the Justice Secretary to doze off.

As commented on by Ed Miliband, it looked like the 70-year-old nodded off during George Osborne's announcement, and he certainly had his eyes closed.

While Conservative officias deny Clarke was sleeping, Ladbrokes said the CCTV footage was good enough and paid out odds of 16/1 to around 40 punters.

275x250.jpg Facebook users are said to be making life difficult for supermarket staff…  by constantly rearranging stock on the shelves to spell out rude words.

Known as Supermarket Scrabble the game has become a hit on the social networking site with users competing to see who can create the most offensive words.

Typical examples see people rearranging jars of spices and herbs to spell words like 'cock' tits' and 'boobs' -- then taking a photo which is uploaded to the Facebook page.

But supermarket staff say the popularity of the game is making life hell for them as they're constantly having to put the letters back… unless they can come up with something ruder themselves.

275x250.jpg Musicians form the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are used to playing to a packed auditorium… just not normally an audience made up solely of plants.

But that's exactly what happened when they performed a three-hour recital to over 100 different varieties of plants in a bit to see whether it helped them grow.

It's been claimed that classical music - and the reverberation of sound waves - stimulates protein production in plants, and could lead to increased growth.

While we're not sure the potted audience of geraniums, fuchsias and perennials enjoyed the performance which included Mozart's Symphony Number 40… at least none of them got up to leaf.


The Russian military are using artillery to shoot shells at snow in a bid to control avalanches and prevent them blocking important roads.

It's said that creating controlled avalanches with the blasts is the best way of preventing unwanted ones cutting off vital transport routes.

So, over the past couple of weeks the army have been targeting the snow on the only route between Russia and Ossetia, in the only way they know how, with some pretty big guns.

As this this video shows after several shots the military are able to 'force' an avalanche… but maybe they should do it from a bit further back next time.

275x250.jpgA man who returned his iPad 2 to Apple along with a note saying "Wife said no" has been given it back free of charge, with a note saying "Apple said yes".

At least that's the story currently doing the rounds after it was posted on MacRumours and picked up by several news outlets.

Apple keep a record of the reasons people give if returning a product to an Apple store and it's claimed this one was circulated by amused employees.

When two Apple VPs heard the story they are said to have decided to ship the iPad 2 back to the customer as gift along with the "Apple said Yes" note.

While it's a great story if true, we're not sure if we believe it… and neither will your wife if you tell her Apple gave you your new toy gratis too.


When you think about adverts selling houses, it's probably dubious estate agent clichés like "delightfully bijou" and misleading photos, which spring to mind.


Well that's all about to change the moment you click play on this video and witness the way an Australian firm markets houses, complete with a lingerie model and armed commandos.

Estate agents NEO Property say they prefer to sell houses by creating viral adverts which feature gratuitously sexy close-ups of breasts and action shots… oh yeah, and the house.

This particular one shows a woman being held hostage wearing just her underwear and phoning for help and then describing the house as armed commandos are dispatched to save her. Foxtons it is not.


When we first saw this video - seemingly showing AC Milan doing the limbo, fencing and dancing minutes before a match - we thought someone had spiked the water at the San Siro.


But it turns out that not all was quite as it seemed ahead of the Serie A match between AC Milan and AS Bari.

That's because the 'players' doing the bizarre and odd stunts are actually footballing lookalikes - hired to help advertise Italian sports newspaper Gazzete dello Sport.

We should have known something was up when we saw what we thought was Gennaro Gattuso ballroom dancing with the referee rather than head-butting him. But it's a funny old game.


A woman has given Stephen Fry an amazing ukulele serenade asking him to let her act as a surrogate and have a baby for him, so that his DNA can continue.

Molly Lewis made the unusual request to the actor as he was being awarded the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.

Getting up during a question session she sang to him about the various reasons he should have a child and why she would be an ideal surrogate mother.

To be fair we can't do Molly justice in words, so it's probably best if you just sit back, click play and enjoy the song almost as much as you will enjoy the way Fry responds.

275x250.jpg You might expect your granny to knit you a woolly jumper, but one pensioner has been defying expectations by using her needles to craft amazing knitted BREASTS.

Coral Charles-Dunne, 91, from Birmingham, has knitted dozens of the unusual educational tools as part of a project to inform expectant and new mums about breastfeeding.

She says spends about two hours creating each of the woolly boobs and makes them in a range of sizes, knitting for up to six hours per day.

The knitted breasts are then used by expectant moms to learn techniques for breast feeding… their partners probably use them to create an unusual game of football.

275x250.jpg In a bid to celebrate Pancake Day in the only way they know how, staff from TV channel Food Network UK have created the world's tallest stack of pancakes. And why not.

The impressive pancake tower took over 13 hours to produce and required a whopping 253 eggs, 11lbs of flour and over 26 pints of milk.

After the hours of hard work they were lest with 725 pancakes which were stacked into a 32 inch high tower to break the current record.

Should you fancy setting pancake-based record yourself when you get home, the highest pancake flip currently stands at 9.17m, the largest pancake measured 15m long and the most pancakes eaten in 1 hour by an individual is 855. Good luck.

275x250.jpg Lifting a house off the ground with balloons looked easy in the animated hit movie Up -- but it took a team of scientists and engineers to achieve it in real life.

This weekend the scientists and engineers, along with two world-class balloon pilots gathered at a airfield east of Los Angeles in a bid to recreate the iconic scene from the movie.

A lightweight 16 x 16ft 'house' was built and then attached to 300 coloured weather balloons making the experimental aircraft more than the equivilant of a 10 story building.

Filmed for the National Geographic Channel the ballon house was then taken to an altitude of over 10,000 feet and flew for approximately one hour. Carl Frederickson would be proud.

275x250.jpg An MP has been criticised for giving Liam Fox an air guitar accompaniment as the Defence Secretary delivered a Commons statement on troop cuts.

Graham Evans appeared to pluck away on a rolled-up copy of the Parliamentary order as Fox spoke about job losses announced in the Strategic Defence Review.

Rival MPs claim his behaviour was disrespectful to the armed forces and their families who are being impacted by cuts. In his defence Evans says he was "just tapping".

Check out the footage of the musically-minded Weaver Vale member below, and if you spot any other plucking Tory MPs be sure to let us know.

Footballers around the world often celebrate goals with gymnastic jumps and flips -- but only in Brazil do team medics get in on the action too.

During a recent Copa do Brasil match between Comercial PI and Palmeiras, one of the players went down and required medical attention.

Nothing too unconventional there right? Wrong! After running out onto the pitch with his bag the Comercial PI medic did a cartwheel before looking at the injured player.

This (quite understandably) prompted thousands of the fans in the crowd to cheer… which in turn prompted the medic to do backflips, wheels and rolls every-time he came out.

While the match ended with a 2-1 win to Comercial PI, we know who our man of the match was.

275x250.jpg A Japanese artist is struggling to keep her feet on the ground after her latest project became an online hit… featuring self-portraits of her levitating.

Natsumi Hayashi scored the viral hit by taking a series of striking photographs of herself jumping in everyday situations, meaning in the images she appears to float mid-air.

The blogger and artist’s assistant from Tokyo, came up with the idea two years ago when thinking about how most people are bound by societal conventions, much like  they are gravity.

She says she started playing around with the idea of being pictured levitating as a way of showing her true self and how she is different.

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naked sausage thief caught on CCTV (Video)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

275x250.jpg Cash-strapped Japanese tourists who can't afford to visit Europe themselves, have started sending their cuddly toys there on holiday instead, it's been claimed.

Bosses at 'Barcelona Toy Travel' say they've been inundated with requests from Japan to take soft toys on sight-seeing tours of the Spanish city.

The firm charges £60 to show a teddybear around Barcelona on a six-day trip and supplies owners with a selection of photos showing their beloved bear in front of various monuments.

A postcard is also sent back to the owner, followed by the well-travelled soft toy… which won't stop going on about Gaudi architecture. Don't you just hate pretentious teddy bears.


For most people the idea of riding 30ft waves off Maui is extreme enough, but not surfer Mark Visser - he did it at night.

Wearing LED lights so that his exploits could be caught on camera, the Australian was towed out by a jet ski to a notorious Hawaii surf spot known as Jaws.

There the big-wave riding 28-year-old waited to catch a monster 30ft swell which he rode for about 20 seconds, later saying it was the 'most exciting thing' he'd ever done.

He added that because it was so dark, he didn't realised quite how big the wave was… probably a good thing judging by this footage.

275x250.jpg Earlier this week we told you that Paul the psychic octopus - who shot to fame by predicting World Cup results - was to be immortalised in statue form… well here it is.

The 1.8m tall statue has been installed at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, where Paul made his predictions before his untimely death last year.

It shows a giant plastic Paul sitting on the top of a flag-laden World Cup football which contains a golden urn carrying his ashes.

Aquarium bosses say the statue was created after visitors asked for a memorial… funnily not too many bookmakers are expected to visit it and pay their respects.

A comedy writer who posted videos online asking for a billionaire to give him one million dollars says he's found a kind-hearted benefactor.

In the videos Craig Rowin - who writes for The Onion - said there was nothing in particular that he planned to do with the cash, but that it would be awesome.

He went on to list a series of millionaires and billionaire including Steven Spielberg, Lady Gaga and Susan Boyle as potential donors.

And shockingly it seems to have worked. Rowin says an anonymous billionaire known only as 'Benjamin' has offered him the money.

He now says he is due to be given a cheque on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Manhattan on February 2, and insists it's not a publicity stunt. Hmm.

A man has surprised his air stewardess girlfriend by booking onto a flight she was working... and using the intercom to publicly ask her to marry him.

Joao Vieira also had a video-camera there to record the moment he used the microphone to ask 29-year-old Vera Silva for her hand in marriage.

It all happened on what the Portuguese air stewardess assumed would be a routine flight from Lisbon to Barcelona - little did she know her bloke had been working with her colleagues to plan the stunt.

So after sneaking Vieira onto the flight, cabin crew gave him the intercom microphone to pop the question.

After hearing her say yes, passengers cheered… and then cheekily asked if there would be complimentary Champagne on the flight to celebrate.

275x250.jpg Everyone's favourite deceased psychic cephalopod Paul the octopus is set to have a 1.8m statue erected in his honour.

Bosses at the German aquarium he called home have announced plans to establish a "huge memorial" to the octopus which became a huge hit during the World Cup.

A spokesperson for the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen said the 1.8m tall statue is expected to be a hit with visitors and would feature Paul on top of a football.

This would in turn house a golden urn containing Paul's ashes… meaning he didn't end up on the plate of some angry football fan.

275x250.jpg A US woman has created a 14ft long replica of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper'… using lint from her tumble drier. Really.

Michigan-based artist Laura Bell says she had to do almost 800 hours of laundry to create enough lint for the reproduction of the masterpiece, and spent another 200 hours putting it together.

She began the seven-month project to compete in 'ArtPrize 2010' and says she was inspired to produce the 14-foot-long, 4-foot tall work after seeing other lint-based art-works.

To get the right colours, Bell bought towels in the colours that she wanted to use and then washed and dried them separately because laundromat lint isn't a suitable art medium. We're sorry if you think this it too much of a fluff piece.

275x250.jpgIf you're going to do public relations for a PR firm, you need to do something pretty special... like write the most amazing press release ever written.

Which is exactly what Mitch Delaplane did recently on behalf of PitchPoint PR in Chicago - he even entitled it 'The most amazing press release ever written'.

What followed was a 347-word press release all about how good the very same press release was, how well it was written and what impact it would have on readers.

In the release Mitch wrote: "The title alone grabs you and demands that it be read. Then there's this quote that completely takes things to an entirely new level."

As people who receive a lot of press releases every day we have to agree with Mitch that this one is something special, in fact it's so good you can see it in its entirety below.

275x250.jpg The inventor of an iPhone-controlled fridge which shoots cans of beer across a room from a CANNON says he now never needs to leave the sofa when he wants a brew.

25-year-old technology consultant Ryan Rusnak came up with the gadget because he was fed up with having to walk to the fridge every time he wanted a drink.

Working with a pal he turned a fridge in a basic vending machine which dropped chilled beers -- and then added a compressed air cannon, web server and iPhone interface.

Now when he wants a beer, he uses his phone to log into the fridge, picks what sort of beer he wants and fires it over to where he is sitting. Basically, he's created the worlds best ever invention.

275x250.jpg It looks like the result of a radioactive disaster, and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was populated by two-headed fish.

But Canadian officials say pranksters are to blame for this fluorescent green river and that it poses no threat to the local wildlife.

As these impressive images show the Goldstream river, which passes through the city of Langford, British Columbia was recently turned a bright green.

Experts were initially bamboozled as to what caused the colour change, but now believe it was caused by prankster with access to fluorescein… and a diary with St Patricks day in on the wrong date.


A previously unknown Irish footballer who became a web hit thanks to a video of him scoring a wonder-goal, has missed out on a prestigious award.

A bizarre moment of division defying skill had seen Glentoran striker Matthew Burrows in contention of winning the FIFA goal of the year award.

His frankly amazing 15-yard volleyed back-heel lob goal (really) put him up against the likes of Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben for the FIFA Puskas title.

But unfortunately the Northern Ireland Carling Premiership player last night lost out to Hamit Altintop's 22-yard volley for Turkey against Kazakhstan.

His team-mates hope it could bring an end to his incessant: "Do you remember the time I scored that 15-yard volleyed back-heel lob?" conversations.

275x250.jpg USS Kittiwake, a decommissioned US navy submarine rescue ship, has been intentionally sunk to create a scuba diving attraction.

Now lying on the ocean floor off the Cayman Islands, the 251-foot long, five-deck military ship, will become an artificial reef for divers to enjoy.

Officials say after acquiring the ship they cleaned it before flooding the rusty hull so it would sink upright and then punching holes into the hull and pumped in sea water.

This caused the Kittiwake to sink dramatically in a cascade of bubbles, but don't take our word for it, check out the amazing pictures below.

Snow causes some people to do daft things. Like being towed down Park Avenue on skis by a car driving at 40mph.

The masked man hopped onto his skis in the early hours of Monday morning and got a buddy to drive through Manhattan.

Video footage then shows him holding onto a rope suspended from the back of the car and being towed through the city.

It's said the daredevil completed two runs, from 34th Street to 26th Street, and then again from 28th Street to 23rd Street, doing around 40mph.

It's shocking isn't it? Not that he risked his life… but that anyone was ever able to do 40mph on Park Avenue.

275x250.jpg The net was as likely to catch a fish as be hit by the ball in this game. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have played against each other on a floating tennis court.

The duo took part in a bizarre exhibition match on the court which had been laid in the water of Doha Bay, Qatar, to promote the upcoming ATP World Tour.

And though the pair have the experience of winning 25 Grand Slam titles between them, neither had played on a surface anything like this before.

While we don't know what score the game ended at, it's not our main concern, we want to know what happened to the ball boys… or should that be ball buoys.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A little dancer has become a big hit on the internet after a video of him strutting his stuff was uploaded to YouTube.

During the dance, Angelo Baligad - known as Lil Demon - spins on his head, somersaults and supports his body weight with a single hand.

Now seen seen by more than 450,000 people, the clip was shot during a dance off contest in Hawaii where the pint-sized kid took on someone twice his size.

His rival Joshua Lee 'Milky' Ayers had pulled out some of his best moves but was left shocked when Lil Demon began performing in front of fans.

Then Ayers had to pull out his best ever performance… making out he wasn't embarrassed by getting owned by child. 

A video of an audience member vomiting into a plastic bag during the recording of a Spanish TV show has become an online hit.

Despite being filmed over a year ago the clip, from 'Know How To Live' has recently shot to internet fame.

The 42 second video shows a presenter talking to camera about how to achieve healthy skin as the audience member vomits into a clear plastic bag.

It's only when other members of the audience start waving their arms and calling for help that the camera zooms in to a point the puking can't be seen.

We can sympathise with the vomiter… watching This Morning leave us feeling in much the same way.

Most shoplifters try to discretely slip products into their pocket or bag… but not this one she had a more blatant approach.

Police in Ohio say Nakita Norman was arrested after being caught on CCTV cameras stuffing two fur coats in her trousers.

After casually walking around the store Norman removed the security tags from two coats while another man and woman distracted staff.

Then she opened her coat, lowered her trousers and proceeded to stuff the bulky fur coats - valued at £3,200 - into the legs.

Amazingly the 44-year-old was able to leave the store unnoticed… even though she had suddenly developed a slightly funny walk.

A footballer has been dubbed the 'Cannibal of Ajax' after being caught on camera biting the neck of a rival player.

Ajax and Uruguay ace Luis Suarez was playing in the match recent against PSV Eindhoven when a confrontation happened.

But rather than being part of the usual footballer slap and exaggerated fall, the striker opted for an altogether more vampiric approach.

Unseen by the referee he leaned forward and sunk his teeth into the neck of PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal.

Suarez was not punished during the game but has since been suspended for two games… and team-mates have started hanging garlic in the dressing room.

We once threw a ball of paper into a bin from eight metres away, bouncing it off two surfaces... unfortunately there was no-one else there to see it.

Luckily for this Japanese teenager -- who was recently equally in the zone while playing a basketball arcade game -- no moment now goes unrecorded for YouTube posterity.

As such she's become an online sensation after a video of her shooting an amazing series of consecutive baskets on the game was uploaded to the internet.

In the 70 second clip, the girl can be seen stepping up to the machine, grabbing the orange balls as soon as they're released.

She then proceeds to notch up 256 points by hurling them at the basket with the sort of speed and accuracy normally reserved for NBA players… and even then only the good ones.

275x250.jpg It was one small step for spud, one giant leap for spudkind. A potato has been dressed as Santa and launched to the edge of space. As you do.

The bizarre space mission was organised by a primary school in Devon with kids dressing the spud with a white beard and red hat.

It was then placed in a pop bottle 'rocket' christened Spudnik2 and attached to an extra large helium balloon and launched from a local car-park.

Also fitted with camera and a GPS system Spudnik then rose 17 miles up before the balloon burst and everything fell back to earth. Luckily no-one was injured the space potato -- that would be embarrassing.

It's good to keep an eye on world politics… if only so you can have a laugh when otherwise calm politicians resort to fisticuffs, just like this MP in Argentina.

During a recent budget debate in Argentina’s parliament MP Graciela Camano flipped out at a rival MP, Carlos Kunkel.

But she didn't limit her attack to a verbal assault, after standing beside him and shouting for several seconds, she then slapped him around the face.

It's said Camano had lost her rag after Kunkel made aspersions about her private life, rather than it being a policy-based disagreement.

Whatever happened, all we know is that Kunkel didn't retaliate… and this sort of thing could certainly liven up Westminster. 

275x250.jpgA brave/stupid kite surfer has used the recent high winds to perform a series of dangerous tricks -- including jumping over Brighton pier.

Lewis Crathern, the former British kitesurfing champion, made the death-defying leap by using the gales and choppy waves to launch himself into the air.

He then manipulated his kite to carry him over the iconic landmark, before landing safely on the other side.

Speaking of the stunt the 26-year-old said: "You only get one try. If you don't get it right you could die."

Which just goes to show he must have balls of steel -- in fact we're surprised he didn't catch them on the top of the pier.


275x250.jpg A group of British space fans have successfully launched a paper plane into space and captured some amazing images in the process.

The trio of amateur space enthusiasts created an impressive paper aircraft with a 3ft wingspan and launched it using a helium balloon.

A small onboard camera then took a series of photos as it soared to 23 miles (90,000ft) above the earth and the balloon burst due to air pressure.

The plane then glided back down from the edge of sapce landing 100 miles from where it had been launched… and to think the best I've ever made have only gone eight metres.

275x250.jpg A 69-year-old granny who became a hit in European nightclubs thanks to her DJing skills has now performed her first gig in the US.

Ruth Flowers, also known as 'Mamy Rock', now looks set to become a star in the US after playing to a crowd of over 3,000 adoring fans.

The OAP DJ says she first caught the DJ bug at a birthday disco for her grandson five years ago, and has been playing gigs across Europe ever since.

Flowers enjoys mixing techno with the likes of the Rolling Stones… and she must be the only DJ who can call them a nice bunch of young lads.

275x250.jpg A US woman has become an internet hit after solving a puzzle on the Wheel of Fortune TV show... despite just one letter being revealed.

Caitlin Burke, 26, was appearing on the popular show when she was presented with a 27-letter prize puzzle, knowing only that one letter wan an "L".

But much to the shock of the host, she said she was going to take a guess… and then he was left flabbergasted when she got it right.

Burke had said she'd got a good feeling when she made the guess "I've Got A Good Feeling About This!" and  she was right to, she won a trip to the Caribbean and $9000.

A pillow fight recently broke out on US flight with dozens of passengers hurling their complimentary pillows at each other.

Luckily this video doesn't end with an armed air marshal standing up, but rather a bunch of frequent fliers having fun at 36,000ft.

The impromptu pillow throwing took place on Continental Flight CO1905 from Phoenix Airport to Washington State as an air stewardess handed them out.

Members of the influential FlyerTalkers frequent fliers forum started throwing the soft missiles up and down the aisle at each other and the stewardess.

One commenter said after the incident: "Pillow fights are more fun at 36,000 feet!" -- they made no comment about anything else.

275x250.jpgSure you can get bored on the drive to work, but it's dangerous to use your mobile at the same time… let alone also reading a book and Kindle.

A motorist in the US had been filmed driving at 60mph while reading a book, answering his mobile phone and fiddling with a Kindle.

In the video the cameraman can be heard commenting that the man is reading a book -- which he has lodged between the steering wheel and dash -- while driving.

Then, as they film him, he pulls out a Kindle eBook reader… quickly followed by a mobile phone. Causing them to burst out with laughter.

All of this means the driver must be the world's best multitasker or very stupid. Or quite possibly both.

275x250.jpg A German artist yesterday set sail on the Thames, in an origami paper boat which he'd folded on the river bank.

Frank Bölter had created the boat -- named To The World's End -- with the help of members of the public as part of the Drift10 art exhibition.

After carefully folding the giant sheets of paper, which were reinforced with lightweight metal poles he jumped in and sailed in the Canary Wharf docks.

It's not known exactly how long he lasted, but he expected to sail for long enough to warrant taking a newspaper… unless he planned to use that as an emergency escape vessel.

A footballer was booed by fans after picked up a pitch-invading duck and callously hurling it over the advertising boards.

The bizarre incident happened during a Belgian First Division match when Zulte-Waregem's Mahamadou Habib Habibou spotted the stray bird.

After a goal-keeper tried and failed to contain the duck, Habibou ran into action chasing the bird briefly, before grabbing it by the neck.

But while fans had cheered the chase, they soon turned on Habibou -- when the player hurled the duck over advertising hoarding and into the ground.

While the duck appeared to waddle off uninjured the footballer has been dubbed the "Cat bin lady" of Belgian football. 

275x250.jpgA police marksman is being investigated after allegedly inserting song lyrics into evidence at the inquest of a lawyer who was shot dead.

The officer, known only as AZ8, had given evidence into the death of Mark Saunders, who was shot by police marksmen following an armed stand-off in London.

But while a jury recently ruled Saunders had been killed lawfully, the Metropolitan police firearms officer is now at the centre of a investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

It is alleged that, while giving evidence under oath, he deliberately inserted song titles into his verbal testimony.

He has currently been removed from operational firearms duty… at which point he probably started humming Put Your Gun Away by Ms. Dynamite.

275x250.jpg A man has won a place in the Guinness World Records for having a mouth so rubbery he can fit an entire Coke can in it... sideways.

Francisco Domingo Joaquim's mouth stretches to a massive 6.69-inch-long, which adjudicators from the famous record book say is the world's widest.

The 20-year-old record breaker from Sambizanga in Angola is said to have shot to fame after showing off his 'talent' at local markets and football games.

Dubbed the 'Jaw of Awe' he recently appeared on an Italian TV show where he managed not to out his foot in his mouth… but to be fair, he was busy putting everything from cups and saucers to beer bottles in there.

275x250.jpg The chances are her stay won't be as exciting as Ben Stiller's -- but it will certainly be longer. A woman has begun a month-long stay in a US museum.

After beating more than 1,500 applicants, Kate McGroarty has moved into the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry where she will live for 30 days.

During her stay the 24-year-old will have free run of the museum where she will be expected to mingle with visitors, but she also has private sleeping quarters.

The teacher and theatre artist, was picked as the museum resident because judges said she displayed "a true curiosity about science" … let's just hope she isn't too curious about what's beyond the exit door.

275x250.jpg Toast loving Laura Hadland has turned a photo of her mother-in-law into the world's largest toast mosaic - using a staggering 9,852 slices of bread.

The 27-year-old museum curator roped in 40 friends to help her make the massive mosaic out of 600 loaves of bread as an odd 50th birthday present.

Using nine toasters over six hours each slice was browned to a set degree before being carefully arranged to make the giant 32ft 8ins by 42ft 3ins picture of Sandra Whitfield.

Laura says her mother-in-law Sandra was amazed by the unique gift… and she now feels the toast of the town.

A quick fingered violinist has set a world record by playing Flight of the Bumblebee in a speedy one minute and 3.356 seconds.

39-year-old Oliver Lewis made his way through the famous Rimsky-Korsakov piece on the BBC One show Blue Peter.

Playing at 212 beats per minute (13 notes per second), he completed the piece in just one minute and 3.356 seconds - beating the previous record by almost a second.

Adjudicators from Guinness World Records said that after studying footage of his performance, they were happy he'd played to "concert level" accuracy.

However, if we went to see a concert and the performers sped through the music that quickly, we'd be pretty miffed.

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A bizarre £15,000 stone sculpture of a giant Marmite jar has been unveiled in Staffordshire to celebrate the famous yeast spread.

Dubbed 'Monumite' and carved from Portland Stone, the Marmite shrine is positioned in the heart of Burton on Trent, overlooking the river.

A spokesperson said this is because Burton is Marmite’s spiritual home and a town which has been closely associated with the brewing industry for many centuries.

They now hope the odd sculpture will encourage fans of the love it or hate it salty spread to "congregate and worship" at the site.

Just one problem… where are those who make the "pilgrimage" meant to cook their toast?

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A Finnish newsreader has been sacked after he was caught drinking beer on live TV -- during a report about alcohol licensing laws.

As producers cut back to the studio camera from footage about Finland's alcohol licensing laws, host Kimmo Wilska was seen swigging from a bottle of beer.

After the footage was aired, his bosses were apparently quick to sack the boozy news reader, but he insists it was just a joke.

Kimmo claims he was pretending to drink from the bottle as a joke for colleagues in the studio and had not intended for it to be broadcast.

Fans of the news anchor have now started a Facebook campaign to get him his job back which 23,000 people have already joined… many of who think the news should be presented by a drink host anyway.

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Real-life cars being rigged to be remotely driven via the internet - it sounds like an idea which could only have been dreamt up for Top Gear.

But Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have got nothing to do with this. It's actually a marketing stunt by car manufacturer Mitsubishi.

The Japanese firm have used a combination of remote control software and hardware modifications to make some of their Outlander Sport vehicles into giant remote control toys.

Using technology similar to that featured in a Top Gear challenge they will soon let members of the public take control of the cars via their personal computers at home.

During the online test drive, users will log-in to control the £14,000 car by using their keyboards as though playing a computer game -- what could possibly go wrong?

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has unveiled his latest installation at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall - he's filled it with 100 million sunflower seeds.

But the bizarre work gets even stranger when you realise the seed husks, covering the east end of the Turbine Hall, are in fact a unique porcelain replicas.

Weiwei says the porcelain seeds were specially produced by hand for the commission in the city of Jingdezhen, China, and they took thousands of people two years to create.

Each ceramic seed was moulded, fired at 1300°C, hand-painted and then fired again at 800°C.

The artist says the work is representative of the Cultural Revolution... or it could just be used to confuse the world's hungriest parrot.

275x250.jpg Graffiti artist Banksy has helped create a controversial title sequence for an episode of The Simpsons - which takes a swipe at Fox.

The introduction starts off by panning across a graffiti covered Springfield before seeing Bart write "I must not write all over the walls" over the walls of his schoolroom.

But it's only after the family have settled down on the sofa, the minute-long opening takes a trademark Banksy turn to the sinister, with a sweatshop of foreign animators painting cells for the show.

Kittens are also shown being thrown into a wood chipper to produce the stuffing for Simpsons toys and unicorn, chained to the factory wall, is being used to punch holes in DVDs.


275x250.jpg X Factor boss Simon Cowell has officially changed his name from 'Simon Phillip Cowell' to 'Lightning Cowell'… but only for 24 hours.

Cowell had been annoyed at having to call X-Factor contestant Storm Lee by his legal name, and joked with fellow judges about changing his moniker to  "Lightning".

Unbeknown to him, Cheryl Cole contacted the UK Deed Poll Service and had the paperwork drawn up for Simon to legally change his name, which he was presented with live on ITV2's Xtra Factor.

After a few moments thought, Simon agreed to make the change for 24 hours by signing the contract in front of named witness Cheryl Cole… but only if he was allowed to hold the contract.

The Bolivian president has been caught on camera kneeing a political rival in the groin during a 'friendly' football match which was on TV.

Evo Morales had been taking part in the game against a group of political rivals to raise money for charity.

But the match quickly turned nasty and after being riled by a tough tackle to one of his team-mates, the President stepped in.

And by "stepped in" we mean kneed his victim, Daniel Gustavo Cartagenam, in the groin, sending him falling to the floor. All in front of TV cameras.

The foul-tastic game ended 4-4 and two players from each side were sent off -- making the match the only thing dirtier than politics itself.


A photographer has taken some amazing video footage from 19 miles above the Earth - by attaching a camera and an iPhone to a balloon.

Luke Geissbuhler decided he wanted to take a look at the Earth from above without having to rely on the usual NASA equipment, so he built a miniature spacecraft. As you do.

The tiny ship featured a high-definition camera, an iPhone for tracking via GPS and was built to withstand the extreme conditions experienced travelling to the edge of space.

After eight months of fine tuning, the camera-ship was attached to a weather balloon and released from New York… with the obligatory countdown provided by his kids.

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A footballer has received one of the strangest bookings in the history of the sport -- the ref gave him a card for pointing out a dead mole on the pitch.

Winger Sean Williams was playing for Cradley Town in a recent game against  midlands rivals Shawbury United when he noticed something odd on the pitch.

After taking a closer look and realising it was a dead mole, the 28-year-old tried to get the attention of the ref and have the mole removed.

But the referee thought the player was contesting an earlier offside decision and issued him a yellow card for dissent.

It wasn't until half-time the ref realised his error, apologised and had the mole taken from the pitch … he is now bracing himself for a few choice 'blind' chants next weekend.

A man left staff at a McDonald's in Swansea more than a little bemused when he made a late night stop at their drive-thru… on a horse.

The unnamed man - who has been dubbed 'the horseman of the Happy Meal' - had calmly trotted up to the window of the McDonald's drive-thru.

Filmed by a group of guys, who appear to have enjoyed a night out, he then placed his order before making his way to the second window to collect his food.

Interestingly, staff act like this sort of thing happens every day and paused only briefly to compliment the rider-diner on his stallion before he rode off into the distance.

For those of you who were wondering he ordered a Big Mac and fries… well horses don't come with a drinks-holder do they.

275x250.jpg Producers for the show Australia's Next Top Model have been left red-faced after announcing the WRONG WINNER on live TV.

The cringe-inducing blunder happened during the live final of the show which saw 16 women battle it out for a modelling contract and cash prize.

But shortly after the 'winner' had been announced as 19-year-old Kelsey Martinovich, host Sarah Murdoch was informed of the error via her ear-piece, and force to apologise for giving the wrong name.

Sarah then had to turn around and tell Amanda Ware she'd actually won, and ask her to say a few words… at least Amanda was able to pick up a few tips from her rival's heartfelt acceptance speech from seconds earlier.

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The United Nations have said they will not be appointing an 'alien ambassador' who would be in charge of making contact with extra terrestrials - as has been claimed.

It had been reported that Mazlan Othman - head of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs - was to be appointed an ambassador to greet extraterrestrials if and when they contact.

The story which originated the in Sunday Times, but soon spread around the world, claimed the Malaysian astrophysicist would be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response to alien contact.

However, a UN spokesperson this afternoon told Newslite the story was "nonsense" and insisted there were no current plans to appointment anyone to the role.

Never-mind… we guess this just means any visiting aliens will have to continue asking to be taken to our leader.

Parliamentary bills about meat imports must be much more entertaining in Switzerland than they are in the UK.

How else could you explain the amusing reaction from finance minister Hans-Rudolf Merz in this video?

The politician became tongue-tied with the bureaucratic legalise used in the bill he was reading and started laughing.

After his initial verbal stumble he tried to go on, but he just couldn't stop himself laughing and was soon joined by most of the parliament.

When he was finally able to get through all of what he had to say he received a round of applause from other politicians. In odd news, no-one cares how they voted.

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Theme park bosses have been forced to start offering visitors weird-looking umbrella hats -- to stop birds from pooing on them.

Zoo keepers at Chessington World of Adventure say they noticed many visitors to their walk-through aviary were ending up with poop on their head.

And while it's meant to be considered lucky, few guests agreed and many were even being put off visiting by the prospect of being pelted by parrot poo.

As they couldn't stop the 65 brightly plumed parrots - which are constantly being fed by visitors - from doing their business, they decided to shield the visitor.

Now everyone is offered one of the stylish umbrella hats to wear as they make their way around… we just wish they had a bullseye on the top.

Ronnie O'Sullivan makes a reluctant 147 break

Snooker ace Ronnie O'Sullivan had to be convinced by the referee to pot the final black in a World Open match and score a 147 break.

Despite having otherwise cleared the table O'Sullivan initially said he didn't want to make the shot on the final black -- because there wasn't enough prize money.

While some competition offer a £25,000 payout for players scoring a maximum break of 147 there was only a prize of £4,000 for the highest break at the Glasgow World Cup.

However, after shaking the hand of Mark King, who he'd just beaten, Ronnie was eventually convinced to make the shot by ref Jan Verhaas.

As the ball went in the crowd cheered… but not as much as they would have done if he'd missed after staging his little protest.

275x250.jpgA pet camel which fell into a two metre deep sinkhole has been freed by firefighters who staged a rescue operation lasting several hours.

While they might be the perfect desert creature - with their hump and sand-proof sealable nostrils - it turns out camels are less adept at climbing out of sinkholes.

Moses, a 680kg beast, had fallen into the 2m deep hole on land in Oregon and been unable to get out of his own accord.

When his owners were also unable to get him out, they became worried he'd break his legs struggling and called fire-fighters.

The fire crew then spent several hours carefully digging mud out from around the animal to free it… but were glad it hadn't been stuck in a tree.

275x250.jpgIt has the traditional flashing blue light and is decorated in force livery, but this police vehicle is unlike any you have seen before.

A rural police force has revealed their latest vehicle in the fight against crime… a five ton 25mph tractor.

Lincolnshire Police say the £50,000 John Deere 6630 tractor will help them by raising awareness or rural crime when it appears at farmer's markets in the county.

It will be used to promote the use of SmartWater and schemes which encourage people who live and work in the countryside to be vigilant and report crime.

It's not known if the normal siren on the temporary loan tractor has been replaced by one which goes: "Oh Arr, Oh Arr, Oh Arr."

TV newsreader caught not wearing trousers

A TV newsreader who thought no-one would notice he was broadcasting without wearing trousers has been caught out by a wide-angle shot.

Everything had appeared normal as the smartly dressed news anchor hosted the popular 24UR show on Slovenian TV.

It was only as the camera panned out at the end of the show and he turned to speak to a colleague his secret was revealed.

When the journalist rolled his chair back from the desk he was embarrassingly revealed to be reading the news with his pants down.

Like Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy the news reporter had been wearing a shirt, tie and suit jacket… but no trousers.

275x250.jpgWhen their on-screen clock failed, bosses at BBC Breakfast were forced to employ a low-tech solution… getting presenters to hold a clock.

Because many people use the on-screen clock to judge when they should be leaving for work, staff knew they needed to come up with a solution when the software running theirs failed.

Shortly after the clock disappeared from the BBC1 show, red-faced hosts Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams resorted to holding an analog clock between them on the sofa.

Studio bosses later added live video footage of an alarm clock in the bottom corner of the screen.

Some people have even claimed the clock failure was a publicity stunt to show what the Beeb might be like with proposed cut-backs.

275x250.jpgA British teenager has been banned from ever visiting America… because he sent an abusive email to Barack Obama calling him a 'prick'.

17-year-old Luke Angel from Bedfordshire is said to have sent the ranting email after getting drunk and watching a TV show about the 9/11 attacks.

The FBI intercepted the White House-bound email and contacted British officials who sent police to his parents house to let him know his behaviour had been 'unacceptable.'

The college student was also told he had been instantly banned from entering the United States for the rest of his life.

Suddenly our drunken escapades seem so boring -- how much do you need to drink before annoying a world leader and getting banned from a country.

Couple get married in odd mid-air wedding

275x250.jpg A pair of loved-up daredevils have walked down the aisle to get married -- but only after it was raised 160ft in the air.

Jeroen and Sandra Kippers were hoist into the air on a crane by Belgian firm Marriage In The Sky, along with a vicar and 20 dangling 20 guests.

Another platform was then raised holding an orchestra and pianist before the odd aerial wedding ceremony began, where it wasn't only the bride and groom who looked nervous.

After being pronounced man and wife, the Kippers' made another big jump… this time off the end of the platform while tied to a bungee rope.

275x250.jpgPolitician in Romania have scrapped plans to introduce a tax on fortune tellers, witches and psychics… because they feared they could be cursed.

Officials in the economically struggling country had planed to start taxing witches in a bid to raise more money.

But despite drafting new laws - which would have also held psychics liable for wrong predictions - the politicians in Romania's senate bottled it at the last minute.

It's been claimed many opted against the witch-centric new rules, not because they could be hard to implement, but because they feared having a curse put on them.

However, there is always the possibility the witches were one step ahead and put a hex on the politicians preventing them from ticking the yes box.

275x250.jpg Farmers in the US have hit upon a cunning way of trying to encourage kids to eat more healthily… by packaging their produce them a junk food.

A current marketing campaign has seen baby carrots put in the sort of packets normally associated with bags of crisps and a funky website launched promoting them.

The 'Eat 'Em Like Junk Food' has been organised by a group of 50 farmers who say they hope to make people see their produce as a cool brand.

A carrot-based iPhone game has also been made along with TV adverts which overtly mimic junk food advertising tactics... unfortunately the product still tastes like carrots and not smokey bacon crisps.

275x250.jpgDivers have recovered what's thought to be the world's oldest beer from a 200-year-old shipwreck in the Baltic Sea.

The find was made as researchers recovered drinkable Champagne from a Russian cargo ship which crashed in the 1780s.

The divers say they were surprised to find a handful of beer bottles during the salvage operation near the Aland Islands.

When one of the bottle just so happened to break, the divers tried some of the dark liquid and say they liked the taste.

However, experts doubt the old beer would still be drinkable… and that the divers might have been suffering from 'the bends' which could have impacted their taste-buds.

A paraplegic teenage daredevil has managed to complete the world's first double backflip in a wheelchair.

18-year-old Aaron Fotheringham made the amazing double flip after several failed attempts at a skate park in Pennsylvania.

Footage shows him being propelled forward by an extended bungee rope into a ramp which then flings him into the air.

The first couple attempts make rather painful viewing, but then Aaron manages to land successfully to cheers from the crowd.

Something tells us children are going to suddenly want wheelchairs for Christmas so they can have a go too.

275x250.jpg A French circus star has set a new UK record for the highest wire-walk, by crossing a 76 metre-high top cable in Newport.

Olivier Roustan made his bid over Newport City’s footbridge in front of thousands of expectant spectators after spending two days assessing the risk.

The aerialist from Toulouse was helped into position by three highly trained industrial climbers, before making his 90m stroll over the river.

After a few wobbles, and gasps from the crowd, Olivier made it to the other side… and then wondered why he hadn't used the footpath like everyone else.

275x250.jpg A chef from Texas is set to become a hero to beer and fried-food loving men everywhere... after creating a recipe for deep-fried beer.

Mark Zable says he came up with the idea while sitting in a bar (where else?) and being bored by the majority of items on the menu.

Zable then tried countless ways of frying beer including using liquid nitrogen to freeze it before covering it in batter and submerging it in hot oil.

But it was only after three-years of trial and error he worked out beer could be placed in a ravioli-like pocket of pretzel dough and flash fried for about 20 seconds… personally we can't think of a better way of spending three years.

The French Spiderman, also know by the more mundane name of Alain Robert, has been arrested in Australia after climbing a 57-storey building.

Robert - who's previously scaled the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the New York Times building in New York - made it to the top within 25 minutes.

But police who had been alerted to his impromptu climb without safety equipment were less than impressed and were waiting for the 48-year-old at the top.

Fans who had gathered and the bottom of the Lumiere Building on Bathurst Street, Sydney, to watch the climb were no doubt unhappy to see their hero being led away by cops.

Police are now threatening to throw the book at him… which mean he could soon be climbing the walls of a prison cell.