video: May 2011 Archives

A man claims to have filmed a 'UFO squadron' flying over California in the night sky… cynics say he's merely captured a flock of birds.

YouTube user KevinMC360 - who claims this isn't his first UFO capture - says he saw the UFOs over Oakland, California, last week.

Describing the night-vision footage, Kevin points to three lights moving in a triangular pattern as being the 'UFO squadron' and uses a plane as his point of reference.

And while cynics suggest a host of more mundane explanations, Kevin insists these are the same spacecraft which he filmed around a year ago… which were also dismissed by more cynically-minded viewers.

Massive waterspouts 600 metres high have been filmed off the coast of Australia just north of Sydney… and presumably scared the life out of local residents.

The massive fountains of water sprouted up from the ocean and made an impressive sight as they moved across the surface of the sea.

Filmed from a helicopter by Australian Channel Seven News the swirling columns of air and water luckily dissipated before they reached land.

Waterspouts are caused when tornadoes develop over the sea and they can move as fast as 80 miles an hour picking up and then dumping sea-life… which could explain where Nemo went.

A woman says she was refused service at a McDonald's drive-through because she was riding a horse and carriage -- luckily she wasn't far from a friendly KFC.

Debbie Murden from Derbyshire had driven her two-wheeled carriage to the drive-thru window at the Alfreton branch and ordered her burgers and milkshakes.

Having done this before, she didn't think it would be a problem, but staff said that due to health and safety rules they couldn't serve her -- prompting her to angrily head off to a nearby KFC.

Commenting on the incident, a spokesperson for McDonald's said it was company policy not to serve customers in horse-drawn carriages… which suggests this happens more often than we would have thought.

275x250.jpg So, you quite fancy hopping into the jacuzzi in your back garden, but there's an enormous black bear already chilling in there, what do you do? You wait, that's what.

Scott Wright says he recently looked out of the window at his Florida home and saw a
black bear lounging around in his pool an jacuzzi… and she had no plans to leave.

In fact, the bear was there for 30 minutes and seemed to enjoy blowing bubbles in the pool, playing with toys and generally chilling.

Amazingly the 44-year-old private investor says this is not the first time a bear has made use of his pools, he says there are a number which live locally and enjoy the occasional dip.

No, no it's not. But seeing airport staff hurling what appears to be luggage into the back of a rubbish truck still isn't the most reassuring way to start your holiday.

This video was shot by a holidaymaker at Christchurch Airport in New Zealand and appears to show baggage handlers hurling unclaimed suitcases into a garbage truck.

In fact, after it was uploaded to the internet, the video sparked outrage from many flyers who feared this could be what happened to their lost luggage.

But not all is quite what it seems, a spokesperson for the airport says the binned bags were ones which had been used to test their new baggage handling system.

We all know what it's like to make a joke, only to find out it doesn't quite have the chuckle-inducing properties you were hoping for. Just ask David Cameron.

Luckily, unlike the PM, our tumbleweed moments have never been broadcast live around the world -- as was the case when he told a 'lead balloon' of a joke at the Obama Downing Street barbecue.

During his post-meal speech, Cameron told the assembled guests that the BBQ had been  "probably the first time in history a British Prime Minister has given an American president a bit of a grilling".

And then he paused for laughter, but was greeted instead with a deathly silence, there wasn't even one laugh. Not even from Nick Clegg. 

For TV journalists, the benefit of pre-recording a report is not fearing being made to look a fool on live TV… usually.

But Erica Grow has been left red-faced after the show she works for played the wrong clip during a broadcast -- an outtake in which she declared "I'm stupid".

Grow had been reporting on an injured child at a local school, but rather than play her polished report during the show they loaded her out-takes.

This meant they saw her fluff her lines, apologise to the cameraman and then say "It’s a lot to remember. Because I’m… Stupid."

Personally we think she was being too hard on herself… it's the person who clicked play on the wrong file which is stupid.

A man who was pulled over by police, suspected of trying to rob a supermarket, proceeded to steal the police car and then crash it.

Arthur Thompson had initially been pulled over after an alert was posted for the green Jeep he was driving in relation to the attempted theft of a computer.

But as officers were trying to talk to him, the 38-year-old assaulted them and then fought his way to their police cruiser. He then jumped into the vehicle and drove off a speeds of 100mph… until he smashed it into the back of a truck.

Luckily for us - and the rest of the internet going public - the whole thing was caught on a police dashcam. Have we ever told you how much we like dashcams?

It's designed to withstand a terrorist attack - but it turns out Barack Obama's bullet-proof limo 'The Beast' has more of a problem with the humble speed bump.

Yesterday as President Obama was leaving the U.S. Embassy in Dublin in his custom General Motors Cadillac, en route to his ancestral home in County Offaly, the £400,000 vehicle got wedged on a ramp.

The car - which has eight-inch thick armour-plating and weighs 8 tons - was leaving the building, when crowds who had gathered heard a loud bang and saw the car come to a swift halt.

It then became clear the impressive vehicle was stranded and Barack Obama was forced to abandon it… though given it boasts its own oxygen supply he must have been tempted to sit it out rather than make the embarrassing walk of shame.

Fashion model Lindsey Wixson has been left red-faced after falling over THREE times at an show for Japan earthquake survivors in Cannes.

The 17-year-old American had been strutting her stuff on the catwalk at the Fashion for Relief event organised by Naomi Campbell.

And it was all going well until she tripped on the hem of a ball gown and embarrassingly fell on all fours in front of the assembled crowd.

While she was quick to jump up and give a big thumbs up, it was all a bit premature… because as she made her way backstage she fell over another two times. Oops.

Until this morning we were fairly convinced Luna the showjumping cow would reign supreme as our odd showjumping animal of 2011… and then we saw this.

Zack the showjumping zebra come from Texas and took up the sport when owner Sammi Jo Stohler noticed the six-year-old enjoyed jumping.

After he jumped out of his field one too many times, Sammi decided to put up a series of jumps for Zack, and sure enough he started hopping over them.

She then began teaching Zack to be groomed and ridden and now thinks nothing of putting her showjumping garb on and taking him around the course… people who see her are less nonchalant.

A goalkeeper who is said to be a Manchester United target might not be the safe pair of hands Sir Alex Ferguson was hoping for -- he dropped a trophy off the top of a bus.

Coming hot on the heels of the Real Madrid, Copa del Rey open-topped bus debacle, Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg showed he was just as clumsy as Sergio Ramos.

Parading through Amsterdam with the newly-won Eredivisie league trophy, Stekelenburg had been waving the dish-like trophy from the top of a coach.

But then the vehicle passed under overhead tram wires, which knocked it out of his hands, sending the trophy crashing to the floor… where fans promptly picked it up and celebrated like they'd won it themselves.

A baseball fan who invaded the field during a recent game managed to escape  stadium security by displaying some impressive free-running skills.

During the MLB game between Astros and the Mets - at the bottom of the 9th inning - the spectator ran onto the field at Minute Maid Park, to cheers from the other fans.

But rather than quickly getting tackled by security, he somehow managed to give them the slip and run all the way to the infamous center-field incline.

From there he use his best parkour skills to vault back into the stands, before evading other officials by scaling another high wall and disappearing… it was probably the best athletic display of the day.

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.

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?

The owner of a skateboarding dog who was previously threatened with an ASBO, has been fined £80 and told he could face legal action over his boarding pooch.

Bodhi the Lakeland Terrier is said to like noting more than riding his skateboard around Brighton and pulling tricks.

And his kerbside antics have proved a hit on YouTube and even gained him an appearance on Britain's Got Talent… though council bosses are less impressed.

Owner Jonathan Fell, 51 says he's been fined £80 by the authority after complaints were made, and told to keep Bodhi on a lead… not a problem Tony Hawks ever had.

A Beijing grandmother is the latest person to shoot to '… Got Talent' fame after performing an energetic Michael Jackson-inspired dance routine.

65-year-old Bai Shuying was appearing on the Chinese version of the show when she strutted her stuff in a black and white outfit.

After initially surprising China's Got Talent judges and viewers by telling them she was going to dance, the OAP then left them shocked by how sprightly she is.

While the granny admits she's inspired by Michael Jackson, she says she taught herself to dance and choreographed the entire routine on her own.

Talking on the hit TV show, Bai also said that she also loves "hip hop dancing"… which makes her considerably cooler than us.

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.

A video of an apparently very unlucky man getting struck by lightning twice within a matter of minutes has become an online hit.

The clip starts off as mundane CCTV footage of a quiet residential street. But after a couple of people have passed across the screen an unfortunate jogger is seen been knocked to the ground by a bolt of lightning.

After lying on the floor for about 30 seconds he rolls over, stands up and begins to walk away… and is then promptly struck again, only to once more stand up and walk off.

However, experts say the video is likely fake as the chances of surviving a direct bolt of lightning are essentially zero… where as the chances of a YouTube video being fake are approximately 50 percent.

President Obama has taken his revenge on Donald Trump by publicly mocking the famously-haired entrepreneur at a high-profile White House event.

Last week Obama released his long-form birth certificate to prove he was a genuine American, after months of demands from birth certificate obsessed Trump. And most people thought that was it over...

But over the weekend Obama got his own back by ripping into his would-be rival at the White House Correspondents' Dinner saying: "Donald Trump is here tonight. Now, I know that he's taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no- one is prouder to put this birth certificate to rest than The Donald.

"And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter… like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened at Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"

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.

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