video: February 2012 Archives

A news assistant didn't know what to do with herself when she realised she was standing in the background of a TV broadcast -- and became a YouTube star in the process.

Dubbed 'Awkward Kristin' the woman looks like a rabbit caught in headlights after seeing the University of Florida TV news camera as she was doing her photocopying.

She suddenly froze and then, after contemplating what to do next, she decided to crouch down in a desperate bid to move out of shot.

But it didn't work and Kristin can be seen sitting on the floor… and has been by 1,900,000 people on YouTube.

The 29th of February is a special day, it doesn't come around each year, which is why Andrew Thomas decided to do something different with it.

The 35-year-old advertising man has decided he will spend today trying to find himself a date, so he's created a website and is setting up for a day of meeting people.

Singleton Andrew will now spend the day at Spitalfields Market meeting people who have been intrigued by his YouTube video.

More than 150 women have already said they will definitely be attending and given the possibility of a leap-year proposal, Andrew is hoping for an invite to Beefeater.

275x250.jpg We learned one thing from the Academy Awards this year... that Angelina Jolie has got more social media clout in her right leg than we have in our whole bodies.

We know this because within a couple of hours of making an Oscars appearance from her black thigh-high slit gown it had it's own Twitter account and amassed 15,000 followers.

Presenting the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the 36-year-old actress had struck the pose -- showing off her delightful limb -- for several seconds before speaking.

And while it received a bit of a mocking from the award-winning screenwriters for The Descendants, that wasn't the end of it and 'Angelina Jolie's right leg' soon became a tending topic on Twitter.

Sacha Baron Cohen successfully managed to become one of the most controversial guests at the Oscars… by tipping an urn he said contained Kim Jong-il's ashes over a US TV presenter.

Attending as General Aladeen -- the lead character from The Dictator -- Cohen was being interviewed by E! Channel host Ryan Seacrest about things such as who he was wearing.

But after telling viewers he had brought with him the ashes of Kim Jong-il (his dear friend and doubles tennis partner) to sprinkle him over the red carpet, he pretended to fall over.

And as he did this he emptied the urn's contents all over Seacrest's Burberry suit -- which much of the 'ahses' ending up on the red carpet and getting Cohen dragged away by security.

If we owned a bulletproof vest, we'd want to know it would work if needed… but we certainly wouldn't be testing it like this.

A US man decided to shoot himself in the stomach at point-blank range with a 10mm Glock to test his new protective clothing.

Luckily the bulletproof vest stops the potentially fatal shot… though the man is left doubled over in agony after pulling the trigger.

To get an idea of how much it hurt consider what he said after: "Oh f***, oh s***. Never mind it, I got - oh. That f****** hurt."

This sports presenter probably felt like a right fool (or should that be stool) after suffering and embarrassing blunder on live TV.

James Bates had been broadcasting from a basketball game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Dayton Fliers when the gaffe happened.

After yelling "we're ready to rock!" at his co-presenter Steve Wolf, CBS man Bates toppled  off his buckling stool and was left sprawled on the floor.

While crew members scurried to help the presenter back to his feet, Wolf tried to stay calm… just like the players who didn't even notice.

Dramatic video footage shows the terrifying moment a Brazilian rescue chopper shook itself to pieces -- and scared us from ever getting into a helicopter.

Taken by the local fire department, the video shoes the vigorous vibrations initially causing the chopper to shudder around on the ground.

But seconds later it begins to fall apart and doors drop off and the nose of cockpit fell as crew members sat inside.

It's said the bizarre accident was the result of ‘ground resonance’ which caused the gear box to become unstable and cause the vibrations which pulled the craft apart.

The boobs of a Princess of Denmark almost caused a diplomatic incident recently -- when the Finnish president's husband got busted ogling them on TV.

Princess Mary of Denmark was attending a state banquet and had been seated next to Pentti Arajarvi who is married to Finnish president Tarja Halonen.

And when the princess was looking to her side, Arajarvi decided to have a sneaky look at her cleavage.

Only it wasn't that sneaky, he was caught by TV cameras and judging by the way she spun around and looked at him, the princess knew he wasn't just admiring her neckless.

A video of a real-life superman flying besides a car in Costa Rica, has become a hit on YouTube, as well it might.

The 24 second clip appears to show the sunglasses-wearing man flying beside the car before knocking on the window and asking for directions to to San José.

But the Superman isn't really flying (sorry to spoil it for you) and the man is actually leaning forwards from the rear of the car.

Personally our favourite touch is the way in which he swoops up and down for added authenticity… and that he didn't clip a lamppost.

A 90-year-old granny has become an online hit after she was recorded performing a dancing tribute to Whitney Houston… rightfully so.

Jeanne can be seen saying: "''m doing this in honour of the late Whitney Houston. It's very hard to think of her being gone" before strutting her stuff.

The 90-year-old, who suffers from severe macular degeneration is legally blind and hard of hearing, then shows off her moves to the late singer's hit song 'I wanna dance with somebody'.

Since being uploaded by her grandson Adam Forgie, the clip has been viewed more than 300,000 times.

An adrenalin-junkie photographer/stuntman has filmed the moment he took a plunge on the world's largest rope swing… and instantly scored a YouTube hit.

Devin Graham and pals set up the giant swing with 150ft of rope in a Utah canyon by looping the rope around an overhang.

After testing the rope swing with a bag of rocks, they then proceeded to make the record-breaking 130ft free-fall, which they say included 20 seconds of screaming.

The footage was recorded using a Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Canon 60D, Epic Red One and an iPhone 4S, but it was worth the effort, it's already been seen 3.6million times.

While one Premier League handshake-snub gained most of the headlines this weekend, it wasn't the only one… and this snub is a lot cuter.

At the Aston Villa v Manchester City game, a claret and blue wearing mascot decided to copy Luis Suarez and refuse to shake hands with his rival.

TV footage shows the little lad shaking the hands of official and players… but refusing to meet palms with the Manchester City mascot.

Writing on YouTube, one viewer said: "The FA should send him to his bedroom."

Boffins at Goggle have used a complex algorithm and their computing power to discover what we already knew… a video of a cat saying 'no' is funny.

Researchers looked at the comments on videos to determine whether viewers had found them funny and identified candidates for YouTube’s Comedy Slam.

Google Researcher Sanketh Shetty, said: "We computed more text features based on words associated with amusement in comments.

"These included (a) sounds associated with laughter such as hahaha, with culture-dependent variants such as hehehe, jajaja, kekeke, (b) web acronyms such as lol, lmao, rofl, (c) funny and synonyms of funny, and (d) emoticons such as :), ;-), xP."

275x250.jpg A loved-up nerd has become an internet star after making possibly the geekiest proposal ever - in binary code.

Smitten geek Robert Hall used the computer code to propose to fiance Rachel Smith in a three-minute video while wearing a papier mache mask of a cartoon character.

In the clip, he proudly proposes to his girlfriend, in a somewhat unconventional way by asking:


The entire message, which took six attempts to record, simply translates as "Rachel, you are awesome! Will you marry me?".  

Forget swimming with dolphins, after seeing this video all we want to do is surf with dolphins… and after clicking play we think you will agree.

This video is said to show 15-year-old Mitchell Overton wake surfing alongside dolphins at St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Overton can be seen riding the waves as dolphins pop up and jump out of the water next to him. Pretty cool isn't it?

In Japan have an interesting way of practicing what they would do if a dangerous animal escaped… as this video conclusively shows.

Japanese police, paramedics and hundreds of zoo staff have taken part in a training exercise which saw them fending off a life-sized papier mache rhinoceros.

The odd exercise at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens was designed to see how they would cope with an emergency which resulted in an animal escape.

While many visitors duly rushed away from the faux-rhino, others stuck around and filmed the vision which was staff surrounding it with a net and pretending to tranquilise and capture it.

The typical Brit is so cynical they will turn down a genuine offer free cash, it's been found… by people who tried to give away money on the street.

Customer Loyalty firm Ice sent out a group of people to busy bus stations wearing a sandwich board that read "Ask me to pay your bus fare and I will."

And it was a genuine offer, but commuters in Newcastle, Medway, Manchester, Perth and Leicester didn't trust the offer -- which ran during morning rush hour each day for a week -- and kept clear.

In fact the people struggle to give away free money to the extent that just 38 people in total across the country accepted the offer.

This snowmobiler had a lucky escape recently -- when the cliff of snow he was just about to ride across dropped away inches in front of him.

Skirulefool (as he's known on YouTube) had been riding on the white stuff in on the Wyoming-Idaho border when the near-miss happened.

As this video footage shows, he'd been racing around when he got to the top of a hill and a huge chunk of snow disappeared from under him.

Luckily he was able to stop in time and then drag his snowmobile from the edge… shame he then hit a tree on his way back down. Oops.

We've met Colin Furze before, first when he invented the flame-thrower scooter (and promptly got arrested for it) an then when he created the world's fastest mobility scooter.

Now he's taken that 70mph mobility scooter and seen what it can do in the snow… the answer, quite a bit!

In his video Furze, who is now part of the Sky TV show Gadget Geeks, can be seen reaching speeds of 51mph in the icy conditions and having great fun skidding around.

Writing on YouTube he said: "This is my world record holding fastest mobility scooter being thrashed in the snow which as you can see was bloody wicked.

When TV news presenter Lisa Dutton was asked to be a judge a local sausage-tasting competition, she accepted, probably thinking, 'What's the worst that could happen?'

Well when she tried to give the event a bit of on-air to the event in Saskatoon, Canada, she got her answer, she accidentally said a rude word… well she was talking about sausages.

Her Freudian slip has since gone viral and videos of her blunder have been viewed more than one million times.

A cat has interrupted the action at the Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur match by running on the Anfield pitch… and instantly becoming the highlight of the 0-0 draw.

11 minutes into the game, the kitty made an unexpected appearance, prompting the referee to call the game to a halt.

The puss then proceeded to mooch around the Spurs penalty box as keeper Brad Friedel watched on, apparently not wanting to get fur on his gloves.

After a short while, and with some gentle coaxing from stewards, the cat -- instantly dubbed "Liverpool cat' and "Anfield cat' online -- left the pitch and the game resumed.

We're just glad it was a grey and white tabby and not a black cat. Only because that would have been bad luck… not because it would have been racially abused by a Liverpool player.

275x250.jpg The guys over at Top Gear sure know how to commemorate a milestone. Take for example how they celebrated reaching 10m Facebook fans… they exploded a caravan!

With their astounding Facebook following approaching the big 10 million, the Top Gear team had asked fans how they should celebrate.

A Top Gear spokesperson said: "We had 7,832 suggestions in little over six hours. Many of these suggestions featured caravans. Specifically caravans and some form of wanton destruction."

so when they reached the eight digit following it was obvious the caravan was going to get it.

There's something about videos of interspecies animal friendships which its hard not to find adorable! Don't believe us... just click play.

This video shows a pet wolf getting along terrifically with a young kitten -- in fact they're getting on so well it looks like the cat has been fostered by the wolf.

Adam Bilsing, who uploaded the video in which the two animals can be seen cuddling up to each other and then the wolf picking up the kitten gently in its mouth, did so with the simple comment "... and we were worried"

We just hope that after the camera stopped rolling this cute scene didn't take a gory turn and become something a whole less cute.

A team of water skiers from Australian have all become record breakers after becoming the most people ever to water ski together from a single boat.

The group managed to stay upright and afloat for one nautical mile, as they travelled behind the boat in Macquarie Harbour in Strahan, Tasmania.

A 114ft catamaran -- which normally takes tourists on tours -- had to be specially  modified for the task and five miles of rope was needed.

While nine of the 154 water skiers fell during the attempt, 145 was still plenty to beat the previous record of 114.

If washing machines could be turned up to 11 à la Spinal Tap, your clothes might get a bit cleaner -- but the kitchen would be a considerably more dangerous place.

We know this because the latest crazy viral video shows what happens when groups of Australian 'thrill-seekers' supercharged a Hotpoint.

After affixing the washing machine to a wooden pallet, the group ran extra power through it using a Yamabishi 10A Variac at 300V max.

This meant that the machine tore itself to pieces as it juddered and shook   … and that was before they started throwing metal parts into it.

It's something we've all tried doing, saying words backwards -- but we bet your attempts at the art of 'gnikaeps sdrawkcab', was not a patch on Alyssa.

This video -- which has been seen by more than 1 million people online -- shows US teenager Alyssa showing off her unique skill of being able to quickly pronounce any word backwards.

Within seconds she's able to say the reverse of words like fireworks, savings, download and kaleidoscope.

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