they did what?: January 2010 Archives

Just days after it was officially opened, base jumpers have plunged off the 828m tall Burj Khalifa tower.

Daredevils Nasr Al Niyadi and Omar Al Hegelan were given special permission to jump from the giant Dubai building.

The pair - members of the Emirates Aviation Society who have completed thousands of base jumps between them - reached speeds of 136mph as they hurtled towards the ground.

Setting the world record for the highest jump from a man-made structure, they free-fell for ten seconds before pulling their parachutes.

The entire descent took just one and half minutes… though we think we would rather take the lift.

275x250.jpgPerformers at a pantomime in Leeds were determined the show must go on - despite only NINE people turning up to see it.

The heavy snowfall meant that few people had been able to get to The Carriageworks Theatre, for the performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

In fact, because there were only four adult and five children, it meant that for some scenes the actors outnumbered the crowd.

But despite this, the actors carried on as though they were playing to the usual audience of around 350 people.

Are you impressed, we got through all of that without saying "There's no business like snow business." D'oh.

275x250.jpgChihuahuas are being airlifted out of California after celebrities like Paris Hilton caused an overpopulation of the tiny dogs.

Animal shelters in California say many people wanted to emulate Chihuahua-toting celebs but have become bored of their pets, causing an overpopulation.

But while west coast kennels are overflowing with the dogs demand is said to be outstripping supply in places like New York.

As a result dozens of the unwanted Chihuahuas are being shipped out by San Francisco Animal Care and Control so they can be adopted into loving new homes.

Yesterday some made the journey in a style befitting the celebs which inspired their former owners, flying with Virgin America… though they hardly needed the extra leg room.

275x250.jpgA man tried to purchase a CD-ROM which was mis-priced on for $3billion (£1,800,979,540) -- just to see what would happen.

Brian Klug says he was browsing the online store when he came across a copy of the Discovery Channel's 'Cells' CD-ROM.

Nothing too exciting there you might think, but the CD was priced at a massive $2,904,980,000 (+ $3.99 postage) and it clearly intrigued Brian.

The brave/foolhardy man from the US, assumed there was some sort of error but wanted to see what happened if he clicked to buy it - so he entered his credit card details.

Luckily for Brain (and his bank account) he soon received an email stating that they were unable to complete his order,  meaning he doesn't have the sort of debt many countries would be jealous of. 

275x250.jpgAn NHS trust has been forced to install a reinforced steel toilet which can be used by obese patients weighing up to 70 stone.

The super-strong loo is part of a new £2.8m ward at Lincoln County Hospital - which also houses a special suite for obese patients.

It features extra-wide chairs and even beds with hoists and pulleys to get the increasing number of fatties on and off.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: "The ward contains a special bariatric suite designed to care for grossly overweight patients."

It is not know how close the obese hospital suite is placed to the canteen.

275x250.jpgA trainee hypnotist accidentally put himself into a five hour trance -- by practising in front of a mirror.

Helmut Kichmeier - who had been practicing his skills after taking a hypnotism course - was found staring vacantly at his reflection.

His wife says that when she returned home from work the Circus of Horrors performer, who was sat in front of a mirror, did not respond to her voice and was not moving.

She then phoned the hypnotherapist who Helmut had trained with, and he told her to hold the handset to Helmut's head, he then talked the would-be hypnotist out of the trance.

It turned out he'd hypnotised himself at 10am and was not found until 3pm. Mrs Kichmeier now has a keyword to get him out of a trance should it happen again… and she wants to.

275x250.jpgStaff at London Zoo have started their annual stock take, where they have to count every animal individually... last year their were 15,107.

While bosses at the zoo say they have a good idea of what animals they have, they claim the stock take is the only way to know exactly what is where.

As a result staff have the unenviable job of counting and logging them all, but with over 5,000 fish it is harder than it sounds.

There are more than 750 different species at the zoo including gorillas, squirrel monkeys and tigers -- as well as many smaller (and harder to count) critters.

Hopefully not too many of the animals are currently buried under the snow.

275x250.jpgA UK hypnotist who planned to put users of Facebook and Twitter into a trance live online had to abandon his attempt because of legal worries.

Chris Hughes had planned to use a live web-stream to simultaneously hypnotise over 10,000 people who had signed up on social networks.

But just before the event - which promised to leave people stuck to their chairs and unable to open their eyes - was due to begin, Chris announced it had been called off.

He said legal warnings meant he couldn't go ahead with the web broadcast and offered a MP3 download instead, meaning he couldn't set a new world record.

However there is alway the chance he could still appear in the next world record book… if he managed to hypnotise adjudicators.

275x250.jpgA daredevil driver has set a new world record distance for jumping in a rally car, reaching a massive 269 feet.

Travis Pastrana drove flew his Subaru rally car from a ramp on a pier in Long Beach, California onto a a barge anchored in the harbour.

He had to reach exactly 91mph at the end of the ramp to make the jump which looked near perfect as he landed at the other side skidding his car sideways.

But completing the jump and missing the water didn't mean that Travis stayed dry… he celebrated by doing a backflip into the harbour.

275x250.jpgAn Israeli man has spent 66 hours entombed in an eight-tonne frozen ice block… all to beat David Blaine's previous record.

Hezi Dayan had been sealed into a giant ice cube in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv in his bid to break the record of 63 hours set by Blaine in a similar stunt in 2000.

The 29-year-old then stood there for 66 hours - wearing only a T-shirt and jeans - before being cut out by a man with a chainsaw.

Though hundreds of fans had turned up to see him emerge from his frozen few days, he was said to be too weak to celebrate and was quickly escorted to a waiting ambulance.

While Dayan may have taken Blaine's ice record, he still has a long way to go before he also takes the title of the world's most annoying magician.

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