video: September 2010 Archives

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After briefly being held by a Brit, the lawnmower land speed record is now back in the hands of American Bobby Cleveland.

Just a couple of months ago we told you how Don Wales set a 87.3mph record in Wales on lawnmower Project Runningblade, taking the title from the American.

Well it turns out Cleveland wasn't happy about losing his 2006 record and sponsored by goldeagle.com he decided to build an even faster mower to win it back.

Now, after a series of runs on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats he has upped the record to 96.5 miles per hour - to prove it was still a lawnmower he had to us it to cut grass on the same day.

Cleveland says he'd hoped to reach 100mph. In odd news, we've promised to cut the lawn when he does -- no rush Bobby.

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.

Bosses at car manufacturer Volvo were left red-faced when a demo of their new pedestrian avoidance system didn't exactly go as planned.

Journalists had been gathered in Verona, Italy, to see the technology which Volvo claim could save the lives of hundreds of pedestrians each year.

The system is supposed to detect pedestrians in the direct path of the vehicle and automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision.

But in several of the tests the test dummies were knocked flying when the automatic breaks were applied too late. Bosses say this was because the test dummy was not recognised as human.

We're just glad Volvo didn't decide to show off their system by driving AT the journalists… not all of who would have been easily recognisable as human either.

If this video of the All Blacks training is genuine, there will be more than a few terrified rugby teams around the world.

Similar to videos of stars like Kobe Bryant and Roger Federer it show the sports stars displaying superhuman like skills.

All Blacks players Piri Weepu, Cory Jane and Rene Ranger are seen in the video pulling off a series of unlikely kicks, throws and catches.

At one point balls are being thrown with such precision they are able to hit others at distance, this is quickly followed by balls being kicking into bins half a pitch away.

We're tempted to call fake, but this is only based on having watched the England team… and in comparison to them, most people look to display unfathomable skills.

A pilot has been branded a hero after somehow managing to land a plane safely despite one of the three landing gear wheels being stuck.

The Delta Airlines flight 4951 had been arriving at JKF airport in New York when the pilot noticed one of the landing wheels had failed to come down.

But after speaking on the radio to air traffic control, he managed to land the CRJ 900 twin-engine jet by balancing on two wheels before scraping a wing to come to a stop.

Footage shot by one of the 64 passengers flying from Atlanta shows sparks flying from the wing - which was full of fuel - as it dragged against the ground.

While it normally annoys us when clap-happy Americans applaud something like a movie ending or a pilot landing a plane… we think we will let them off on this occasion.

275x250.jpg The world's biggest game of dodgeball has taken place in the California with more than 1,700 students hurling rubber balls at each other.

Students came up with the idea for the game because they wanted to organise a mass-participation event and thought they may as well break a record while they were at it.

After looking at the record books, the student from the University of California decided the dodgeball record - which stood at just 1,198 - was easily beatable.

For anyone who wasn't subjected to ritual humiliation by dodgeball, the aim of the game is to hit all the members of the opposing  team by throwing the ball at them.

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.

Remember the weird Dutch accent Steve McClaren developed while managing FC Twente? Well now he's started speaking in a German accent.

The former England boss - commonly known as 'the wally with the brolly' - has spent the past five months managing German Bundesliga team Wolfsburg.

But while the Yorkshireman is still giving his press conferences in English and through a translator he appears to have adopted a German twang.

During a recent outing he started of by saying "Ya, ya, ya" and then then followed it up by pronouncing 'we' and 've' and sounding like a right plonker.

And remember, this is even when compared to the average football manager who is not exactly know for his verbal eloquence, is he?

Dramatic footage shows the moment a man in Croatia was airlifted from his sinking boat -- with just seconds to spare.

56-year-old Ivan Plevnik had gotten into trouble on the River Sava in Zagreb and emergency rescue teams were called.

But after several hours of attempting to drag his boat back to safety in the fast-flowing river, it began to sink.

Rescuers then resorted to using a helicopter and a lowering a team member on a rope to grab the captain of the rickety boat.

And as you can see, they only just got hold of him in time… we assume there weren't any passengers.

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.

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.

DTV Shredder: The motorised skateboard-tank

A motorised skateboard which looks like a ride-on tank could be the next military must-have, claim army experts.

The DTV Shredder can reach 30mph, travel across any kind of terrain and even be equipped with a machine-gun and other weaponry.

It is the creation of Canadian firm BPG Werks and makers say it's ideally suited to military tasks such as reconnaissance, rescue/recovery and mobile surveillance.

The device, which is powered by a Honda 200cc engine and has a turning radius of four feet, recently went on show at Military Vehicles conference in Detroit.

It's not known if the U.S. Army have already placed an order… but you should expect some pretty cool YouTube clips from Iraq if they have.

100 cats have been let loose in a London IKEA store… to see what they got up to.

The cats were given a free run of the Wembley store while several TV crews followed them around to see what they did.

Bosses had waited until the store was closed in the evening and then invited animal handlers and local cat owners to release their kitties.

Footage of them exploring the store and furniture will now be used in a new TV advert which will air for the first time during the X Factor.

In odd news at least this could explain why some people with cat allergies also thought they had recently become allergic to IKEA.

Woman hit in face by watermelon on TV show

Hurling watermelons with a giant slingshot sounds like great fun. But as a  American reality show recently proved, that's not always the case.

A contestant on the CBS show 'The Amazing Race' was competing in an event where they had to aim watermelons at suits of armour. As you do.

But after a couple of misses, a watermelon got stuck in the slingshot and was flung back at Claire Champlain, straight at her head.

It smashed into her face where it exploded (the watermelon, not her face) leaving Champlain lying on the floor in agony.

Speaking after the accident, she said: "I can't feel my face, I have the worst headache ever." … we imagine the sensation is similar to being forced to watch The Amazing Race.

69 Mexican cowboys have set a new world record for simultaneous lassoing, by all swinging their ropes for three minutes.

The charros (Mexican cowboys) made the record bid during the 17th annual International Mariachi and Charreria festival in Guadalajara.

Each with a marked-out area of the stadium they twirled and swung their lassos as best they could while  an adjudicator from Guinness World Records watched on.

At the end he verified they had beaten the previous record of of a meagre  23 simultaneous lassos.

Organisers hope the record will encourage more people to take up the rope-swinging activity… though you may want to check you have room first.

Dancing merengue dog becomes an online hit

A video of a golden retriever dancing the Merengue - while wearing a sparkly green dress - has become a hit on YouTube.

The three minute clip, filmed in Chile, shows golden retriever Carrie standing on two legs and dancing with a man in a red shirt.

Since it was uploaded six days ago it's already been viewed by over 1.5 million people who have been suitably impressed by her moves.

Cheered on by a crowd, the dog twists and turns to the Latin American music performing surprisingly complex moves.

Not bad considering she has two left feet… then again she has two right ones too.


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.jpgThe Apple iPhone just became a lot more useful -- after a protective case was revealed which also doubles as a beer bottle opener.

iBottleOpener functions as a normal run-of-the-mill iPhone case, protecting the device from all the usual scratches and drops

But on the rear it reveals a classic bottle opener which inventor Zack Cram, from California, says he couldn't believe hadn't been added earlier.

And Apple might want to consider building one into the next version of the iPhone because demand for the £15 case is so high it sold out within two days.

Makers say they're struggling to produce the bottle opening cases fast enough… but that they've already submitted a patent for a wine corkscrew iPhone case.





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