video: September 2011 Archives


It's not too often we get you use the phrase 'couch-potato daredevil' -- but in the case of Paul McKinnon it seems entirely appropriate.

That's because the Australian couch-potato daredevil and his team have just set a new speed record by driving a sofa at 101mph.

Powered by a Suzuki GSX 1400 motorcycle engine, their leather two-seater was put through its paces at Camden Airport in Sydney - reaching 101mph.

And we think there is more to come. After-all they could certainly improve on the aerodynamics… the record was set with a coffee table (and bowl of fruit) attached.


In a bizarre bid to make unicycling even more difficult, a German rider has navigated a line of beer bottles on his one-wheeler. Really!


Unicycling enthusiast Lutz Eichholz somehow managed to ride along 8.93 metres of bottles -- breaking his own record of 7.99 metres.

10 metres of bottles had been lined up ahead of the record and all had been opened and emptied beforehand.

However, given his amazing display of balance, something tells us Eichholz can't have enjoyed many of them. Though we hope he had a few after.


A baseball fan in Taiwan was so desperate to catch a foul ball that he accidentally dropped his young daughter in the process. Oops.

Embarrassingly, not only did he not get the ball -- but the moment of dubious parenting was caught on camera, as this footage shows.

The butter-fingered father can be seen jumping from his seat as the foul ball comes towards him, seemingly forgetting that he had the young girl on his lap.

As such she was flung into the row of seats in front of him and he had to recover her by pulling her back up by the legs. Let's hope her mom hasn't seen this.


ITV bosses have been left red-faced after it was revealed a documentary mistakenly used a clip from a computer game as footage of the IRA shooting down a helicopter.

The documentary 'Exposure, Gaddafi and the IRA' -- which aired on ITV1 on Monday -- had looked at links between the former Libyan leader and the Irish terrorist group.

During it, a pixelated-looking clip was played which was said to show an 1988 IRA attack on a British Army helicopter.

But it turned out the footage was actually from a military simulation game called Arma II -- as was quickly pointed out by the hundreds of gamers who contacted ITV about the gaffe.


All footballers sweat while playing -- but Walter Pandiani must perspire more than most… he's just been dubbed the world's sweatiest footballer.


The evidence against him, this post-match interview after a clash between this team Espanyol and Getafe.

Having netted the winning goal in the dying minutes press were eager to hear from the match-winner… but they'd have been forgiven for forgetting about his on-pitch performance.

That's because as he spoke, the 35-year-old began to perspire and sweat patches appeared on his shirt and within a few minutes it was hard to spot any dry patches.


That's it,
the internet must finally be full! How else can you explain this video of a unicyclist riding while wearing a kilt and playing the Star Wars theme on the bagpipes?



A Copa Sudamericana football match in Uruguay had to be called off recently -- after a linesman was hit in the head with a roll of paper.


Crowd problems flared during the clash between Universidad de Chile and Nacional, and with the score at 2-0  several fans started hurling projectiles.

Then, as this footage shows, a roll of till receipt paper struck one unfortunate soccer official on the head, knocking him to the ground.

The battered linesman received medial treatment for several minutes before the match was eventually called off by the referee… who presumably feared getting hit with something himself.


A wingsuit-wearing daredevil has performed a death-defying stunt by sky diving through a narrow slit in a mountainside. We don't know why.

Jeb Corliss, 35, jumped out of a helicopter over Hunan Province in China and proceeded to soar at speeds of 75mph.

Using his wingsuit to steer himself, he then aimed for a 1.2km tall and 100m wide natural archway in Tianmen peak and activated his parachute before landing safely on a bridge cheered on by fans.

"That was one of the greatest wingsuit flights of my entire life," Corliss said.


A thousand people have stripped off and floated naked in the Dead Sead to take part in a Spencer Tunick photo shoot.


Famous for his flesh-based photos, Tunick has previously snapped masses of naked people in all sorts of locations and settings - including this tribute to LS Lowry.

He says his latest shoot was intended to draw attention to the fact that the Red Sea, water level is currently dropping nearly four feet a year.

So he convinced 1,000 people -- aged from 18 to 77 years old -- to enter the salty lake and pose for a series of images.

He's a World Cup winner and one of the best strikers in the world -- but that didn't stop Fernando Torres from missing a howler against Manchester United this weekend.

The £50m Chelsea man had played well, scored a goal and had a good game, but all anyone will remember from the match will remember is his gaffe in the 82nd minute.

With a well-paced ball coming to him six yards from an empty net, it looked like there was no way he could miss.

But never one to shy away from a challenge, Torres somehow managed to slice  the ball wide in what's being described as the worst miss ever.

275x250.jpg Movie bosses at Warner Bros have come up with a interesting way to market the Steven Soderberdh film Contagian -- a living bacteria-based billboard advert.

The 'viral marketing' seems an apt fit for the film which follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days, though is still decidedly gross.

Scientists were recruited to create the two specially made Petri dishes and a range of specially grown coloured bacteria which was installed in an abandoned shop window in Toronto.

Over a period of five days mouldy movie advert -- made from bacteria including penicillin, mould and pigmented bacteria -- then grew into the bizarre billboard.


A pair of OAPs who accidentally filmed themselves trying to operate their new computer have become an online hit after the clip was uploaded to YouTube.


Bruce and Esther Huffman, from Oregon, apparently didn't know their camera was rolling as they tried to take a photo of themselves.

As such 86-year-old Bruce can be seen saying, "Look at the monkey. That's a pretty good monkey" as he pulls a funny face into the camera.

But our personal highlight is when he turns to his 79-year-old wife and says, "Just drop your dress a little bit and see your boobies"... who says old people don't understand the internet.

This video is guaranteed to make you laugh


It's good to smile and even better to laugh… and we defy you not to do both while watching this video of people giggling.


The two-minute video -- which feature people from babies to pensioners laughing into the camera -- has become a hit online.

Edited together with clips from YouTube, the video has apparently brought a smile to the faces of most of the 500,000 people who have seen it.


We don't know the Portuguese for "never work with children or animals" -- but something tells us these TV presenters could have done with hearing the phrase.

That's because a children’s show in Brazil recently suffered its own Blue Peter elephant moment, when a horse pooped on stage.

The horse had been led out into the middle of the brightly coloured stage when it lifted its tail and proceeded to poop on live TV.

Hosts held their heads in their hands, some children screamed, others laughed while some… well they whipped out their mobile phones 


This video footage shows the dramatic moment bystanders in Utah stopped being bystanders after a terrifying motorcycle crash and saved the rider from a fiery death.


21-year-old Brandon Wright had been riding his motorcycle when he slammed into to a BMW -- both vehicles caught fire and Wright was trapped under the car.

That's when passersby sprang into action in a desperate bid to save him, realising he was unconscious and trapped, they tried to lift the BMW off him.

As the car continued to burn, more and more people risked their own lives by joined in until they were able to lift the car enough to pull Wright out from under it. Heroic stuff.


Think your football team has a bad keeper? Well we'd like to bet he's better than Torpedo Zhodino's Artem Gomelko… just look at this howler he recently let in.

Gomelko was standing by the net when rival Belarusian Premier League defender Anton Matveenko decided to have an audacious attempt from 70 yards out.

And thanks to being off-target and not very powerful, it never looked likely to going in or troubling the keeper, until he tried to keep the ball in play.

Reaching out he touched the ball and diverted it from going out… sending it straight into the back of the net. The game ended 1-1. Oops.


We've previously discovered that cows have a sense of humour, get confused by power lines and that those with names even produce more milk.


And today we're also happy to bring you the useful information that cows also like jazz. Really, they do.

While this discovery isn't backed by university research or a hard-hitting scientific study, it is supported by a video which is currently proving a hit online.

In the clip, members of the Utah-based jazz band 'The New Hot 5' take time out of their European tour to perform for a field of cows in Autrans, France. Why? we don't know… and once you clip play you won't either.


A would-be Hollywood stunt man has filmed himself performing a series of impressive jumps and flip in the hope of landing a movie contract.


Culminating with a 'Ninja flip' over a speeding car, 22-year-old Aaron Evans hopes his stunts will be enough to do the trick, pardon the pun.

Watched by hundreds of fans Aaron can be seen warming-up by flipping over a man in a wheelchair and a group of sitting volunteers.

Then it's time for the main event and a Acura NSX speeds towards him as he runs and flips over it… given there was no 'fail' in our headline, you know he made it.


A video of a confused bird trying to walking the wrong way down an escalator has become a hit online -- with some suggesting it's a metaphor for life.


The video, thought to have been shot in Vancouver, Canada, shows a bird calmly walking the glass doors to a shopping centre among bustling shoppers.

But the bird-brain then attempts to get to a lower level by taking the wrong escalator and finds itself plodding along on the up escalator, never getting anywhere.

It's only when the feathered critter is spooked by shoppers coming towards it, that it turns around and tries to get out. Which it manages while trying to make it look like it meant to do that.

A man in Sweden recently returned home to find an odd decoration adorning his neighbour's tree -- a drunken moose.

After hearing an bizarre bellowing coming from the garden he headed off to investigate and found the inebriated animal stuck in the tree.
 
It's thought the beast got wasted by munching on apples which had fallen from other nearby trees and began to ferment.

Police were called and working with the fire brigade were able free the drunken moose… who promptly staggered for a few feet, collapsed and fell asleep.


We can only imagine the pressure a professional footballer feels when taking a penalty (forwards or backwards) -- they're expected to score, and know they should.


It's embarrassing if they kick it wide, over the bar or directly at the keeper… or just make a huge gaffe of the entire thing like this guy.

Al Ahly striker Amir Sayoud recently showed what NOT to do from the penalty during a match against rivals Kima Aswan. And not even science can explain what he did.

Running up to the ball, he tried to do a wiggle and put the keeper off, but instead ended up kicking the ground, falling over and feebly nudging the ball towards the net. Oops.

275x250.jpg 8,957 people armed with some 175,141 water filled balloons have set a new world record for the world's largest water balloon fight. And it looks like fun.

The record attempt took place at the University of Kentucky and was organised by the Christian Student Fellowship who spent hours filling the balloons.

It apparently took just seven minutes for all of the water balloons to be hurled, that's 25,020 per minute or 417 each second.

And just in case your maths isn't quite as good as ours, that equally a whole lot of fun. Really, just click play if you don't believe us.


A would-be robber who tried to raid a 7-Eleven store in California while dressed as the children's TV character Gumby failed… because staff thought it was a joke.

Why the dumb crook thought dressing as a good-natured claymation figure would help him strike fear into the hearts of staff is unknown.

What is known is that it didn't work and staff laughed at him thinking it was a joke -- prompting the green man to shout a threatening: "You don't think it's a robbery? Let me show you my gun!"

Less threatening was what happened next… he couldn't fit his costumed hand into his pocket to retrieve his weapon and ended up just dropping 26 cents in change on the floor before making a humiliated getaway.


This video shows the touching moment a group of chimpanzees which had been used for laboratory testing saw daylight for the first time.


Having being raised in cages for the purpose of medical testing the chimps range in age from 20 to 30 years old and are understood to have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis.

In 1997 the pharmaceutical company conducting the research was sold and the chimps moved to Gut Aiderbichl Animal Sanctuary, near Salzburg in Austria.

Now a 14-year-bid to introduce the 38 primates to the outdoors has finally taken place and the chimpanzees certainly look happy with the outcome.


A US student has become an online hit after realising a rare genetic condition means he can play the piano while facing away from the keys.

Evan Petrone has the ligament-loosening disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Hypermobility Type) which means he can bend his limbs in all sorts of odd directions.

Given he is also an accomplished pianist he decided to combine the two and play the piano backwards by rotating his shoulders out of socket and sitting facing away from the instrument.

His reverse rendition of Clocks by Coldplay has already become a hit on YouTube where it's been viewed more than 300,000 times… imagine the views if he'd picked a better song.


A man who tried to drive a 4x4 to the summit of Mount Snowdon reportedly did it because it was on a list of 50 things he wanted to do before he died.


The bizarre bid had come to an abrupt end when the Vauxhall Frontera became stuck 360m from the peak and the vehicle was later discovered abandoned.

Motorist Craig Williams told the BBC he'd made the attempt because it was on a list he'd made of 50 things he wanted to do before he died.

Given how it went, he said the remaining 49 items on his bucket list were unlikely to happen… unless one of them was to get arrested. Authorities are now considering how to remove the car.


Is it just us, or do children seem to be doing everything earlier nowadays? -- You know, like this four-year-old girl driving a car in China.

A two and a half minute video is currently doing the rounds online showing the young motorist behind the wheel of her father's car in Jinal, Shandong Province, China.

During the clip, the little girl can be seen calmly driving along the freeway and even overtaking other vehicles as she is filmed from the passenger seat and given her directions.

Towards the end of the video the girl pulls over and her father takes over behind the wheel removing a device she had been using to reach the pedals. And to think it took us several attempts to pass our driving test.


Ever wondered what it’s like to be shot at with an AK-47? No, neither have we. But a US team who build armoured cars say a lot of people have… and their sick of being asked what it's like.

So the guys from Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC) decided to make this video to give a better idea of how it feels.

In the clip, CEO Trent Kimball sits behind a screen of the bullet-resistant glass the firm use on their cars as a member of staff points a AK-47 at him.

Getting to live out the fantasy of disgruntled workers the world over, the member of staff then shoots the screen three times, before Kimball jumps up and jubilantly shouts "No penetration!"… we think he means the bullets.


A video of a bully cat stuffing another pussy into a cardboard box and then trapping it by sitting on top of the box has become an online hit.

The 90 second clip starts off with a white kitty sitting and playing in an discarded open box as couple of other kitties entertain themselves.

But then a grey moggie strolls up behind the pen open and jumps up on the open flap, closing the box on top of the white cat -- trapping it in the box.

The grey cat then jumps up on the box and sits on top of the lid as the white bullied cat tries to escape… without much look.




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