they did what?: July 2011 Archives

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: #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?

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