they did what?: August 2010 Archives

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.

275x250.jpg A council has splashed out a whopping £190,000 on building a fancy bridge designed to help dormice cross the road safely.

The high-wire walkways were built across a busy new 4.6 mile road in the Rhondda Valley so the construction didn't upset the local rodent population.

Three interconnecting tubes - suspended from 20ft wooden poles - are said to offer dormice a way of crossing the road where they would have once used trees.

The move has been branded a wast of taxpayers money by some… who also now suggest the chicken crossed the road for a council handout.

A cycle lane in the US has been given a Nintendo inspired make-over with Mario Kart speed-up arrows and invincibility stars.

It's not know who decorated the lane but they added all the symbols from the game are there including boost mushrooms and slippery bananas.

And some gaming-mad cyclists on North Williams Avenue have even started responding accordingly when the pass over the symbols.

They speed up after traveling over the arrows and try to dodge the bananas which cause you to crash in the hit game.

Lets just hope the bike riders don't think they really are invincible after cycling over a star… otherwise they'll find out why Nintendo didn't add articulated lorries

If skydiving gets boring, some jumpers try to come up with odd ways of keeping hurtling towards to earth exciting.

Some even do bizarre things like jump from a plane while sitting in a rubber dinghy.

Ludewig Kleiner recently made such a jump from 14,000ft... but he also tried solving a Rubik's Cube on his way down

The 29-year-old only released his chute after solving the puzzle, which he was able to complete it in 31.5 seconds, during which time he'd fallen 5,905ft.

Kleiner said he took on the barmy challenge because no-body else had ever attempted it -- we can't imagine why!

275x250.jpgWhile football fans hoped they'd heard the last of it at the World Cup, the vuvuzela has made it onto the latest Oxford Dictionary of English.

The South African horn - which makes a droning monotone note - is one of 2,000 new words and phrases in the book.

Other words to the the seal of approval include Tweetup (a meeting arranged over Twitter) and Staycation (a holiday spent in one's home country).

Cheesebal (something lacking taste) Toxic Debt (high risk assets) and Paywall(restricting a website to subscribers) also made the grade and earned a place in the book.

Some current words also gained a new meaning like Blitz (the action of a food mixer) and Boss (A tough opponent in a video game).

275x250.jpgA video of Roger Federer serving a tennis ball and knocking a bottle off a man's head William Tell-style has become an online hit.

But is the clip real or fake? The internet is currently debating whether it was a great shot, or a great camera trick.

In the video -'leaked' from a Gillette shoot - Federer convinced someone to stand with a bottle on his head.

He then went to the other end of the studio and served the ball knocking the bottle to the floor. For good measure he then repeated the trick.

What do you think, is it a camera trick… or did the first 14 attempts  result in people breaking their nose? Let us know in the comments.

275x250.jpgA billionaire has said he's willing to pay someone $1million is they accept his dare of standing naked in front of US President Barack Obama.

Alki David, who runs dare website Battlecam.com, says he will pay the cash to the first person to streak Obama with "Battlecam" written on their chest while shouting "Battlecam."

To be in line for the payout, users must also stream the event live on the site and expect to use some of the money to pay for their inevitable fines and lawyers fees.

David had initially offered $100,000 for the stunt, but upped his bid after applicants said it wasn't enough given the audacity of the dare.

Something tells us Obama should get used to seeing naked people a lot more often from now on.

A Hungarian priest who performs skateboard tricks in a bid to encourage youngsters to go to church has become an online hit.

Roman Catholic Zoltan Lendvai claims skateboarding is the ideal way in which God can communicate with young people.

The 45-year-old preacher from Redics, says he learnt to skateboard as a child, but only recently rediscovered it as a way of spreading the religious word.

More than 250,000 people watched him on YouTube and Lendvai claims his skateboarding skills have already encouraged a number of local teenagers to start attending church.

Our only question is, if skateboarding can be a religious tool, does that make Tony Hawks God?

275x250.jpg BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker has been caught out giving the finger to a fellow BBC news host... on live TV.

Schafernaker had been preparing for his bit on BBC News at 10.54 this morning, when host Simon McCoy joked that his "Of course 100% accurate" weather forecast would be on shortly.

But apparently taking offence to the comment Schafernaker stuck his middle finger up -- not realising the camera was pointing at him and broadcasting his obscene gesture.

When he saw the gaffe on in-studio monitors red-faced Schafernaker tried to pretend he was only scratching his chin. Yes, just like a primary school pupil who's been caught swearing by the teacher.

An Icelandic football team who shot to fame after a goal celebration video went viral online say they're now under pressure to come up with more.

Stjarnan FC became web heros when their celebration of pretending to be fishing and landing a player on an imaginary line was viewed by millions.

But now the players say they feel under as much pressure to make fans laugh as much as they are to score goals and win games.

As such they've been working on new routines and got the chance to try a few out during a recent 3-2 win.

In odd news the manager has hinted that rather than buying a new centre-back they are on the lookout for a good choreographer in the transfer market.

275x250.jpg A group of dedicated drinkers have spent the last 26 years on a massive pub crawl which has seen them visit 15,000 boozers and drink 92,000 pints.

The four beer lovers have spent thousands of pounds and travelled 250,000 miles to every corner of the country during their epic beer quest.

Peter Hill, 54, John Drew, 46, Gary Mountain, 52 and Joe Hill, 79 set off in 1984 after getting bored of always drinking in the same pub, the Old Crown pub in West Bromwich.

They initially had a list of 'just' 300 pubs to visit, but this soon grew and the group kept finding new places to have a pint… now it's a surprise they can remember where they started.

275x250.jpgA US family who were facing having their home repossessed have been saved after finding a rare Superman comic in their basement.

The comic - a rare Action Comics No. 1 which features the first appearance of Superman - was only uncovered as they were packing up their home.

The unnamed family were facing foreclosure on their home and unable to come up with the cash to save it, were looking in their basement for boxes.

Realising it could be worth something the contacted comic book auction experts who said the comic could sell for $250,000.

The bank have agreed to wait until the sale on August 27… to see if Superman really can fly in and save the day at the last moment.

275x250.jpgA Kiwi adventurer has set off on a record-breaking four month and 31,000 km jetski journey from London to New Zealand.

Jeremy Burfoot says he will ride for up to 12 hours per day during the trip - and he knows you will probably think he is an idiot for doing it.

The 51-year-old airline pilot says he and pals came up with the idea after trying to think of ways to better his previous feat of circumnavigating New Zealand on a jetski.

Burfoot will be joined on his journey - which he's spent three years planning -  by four other adventurers also riding jetskis adapted to hold 250 litres of fuel.

When his mate first suggested the mega-journey Burfoot said his first response was to ask, "What kind of a fool would do that?" -- he's currently straddling his jetski somewhere in Europe.




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