video: April 2012 Archives


An Australian MP has become an online hit after showing the sort of blind loyalty to his Prime Minister in a Sky News interview that could only normally be prompted by a Malcolm Tucker rant.


Bill Shorten was being interviewed about a statement made by PM Julia Gillard about whether the Australian Speaker should return to his role while there was an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

But rather than give his opinion he said: "I haven't seen what she's said, but let me say I support what it is that she said."

Bemused interviewer David Speers replied: "Hang on, you haven't seen what she said?" and then it got even more bizarre as Shorten added: "But I support what my prime minister said".


A confused tourist in Paris was left red-faced after attempting to drive down into a Paris Metro station… after mistaking it for a car park.


The driver -- identified only as 26-year-old Johan -- had been hoping to find himself in a car park for the nearby Haussmann shops when he drove towards the entrance.

Instead he found his 4x4 Ducia Dustin mounting the pavement and heading down a flight of stairs into the Chaussee d'Antin-Lafayette stop.

Amazingly no-one was injured in the bizarre accident and as no damage was caused to the Metro or the public road Paris traffic police say he will not be prosecuted.


We've seen more than our fair share of escapee cows here at Newslite Towers, from ones on the run in New York to ones which ended un in swimming pools, but this is about the most bizarre yet.


After not getting the attention she wanted, Darcy the cow recently escaped from her pen in Colorado -- an a family-run farm -- and hoofed it down the road.

The four-year-old award-winning cow later turned up at a drive-thru window of a McDonald’s half a mile away where workers took photos and boasted about how fresh there meat was.


A video of a spider devouring a snake has become a YouTube hit… and no we didn't get the words snake and spider the wrong way around.


Filmed by Cairns kite surfer Ant Hadleigh in the forest of Cape York, the video shows a mid-air battle between a golden orb spider and a brown tree snake which was caught in a web.

Hadleigh says he thought the snake was going to be an easy winner, given its size advantage, but despite managing to attack the spider a couple of times, the arachnid’s had the advantage.

As the spider ate the snake one bite at a time Hadleigh was brave enough to hold his hand behind the attack to give a sense of scale… we hope all of his fingers are still intact.


A TV weatherman had to abandon plans to broadcast from an outside studio in Pennsylvania -- when two bears interrupted a live broadcast.


WNEP meteorologist Kurt Aaron was due to be give his forecast from the studio backyard during the 11pm show... and then the bears appeared.

So instead Aaron (quite sensibly) decided to hide out inside the studio and explain tp viewers what had happened.

"I walked out there, and I turn around and I hear the sound - and the bear's literally ten feet from me! And I ran like I stole something, I'm not gonna lie!" he said.


A teenage girl in China had to be rescued after falling into a sinkhole which opened up on a Xi’an pavement and swallowed her.

Video footage shows the moment the girl -- who was busy making a call on her mobile -- disappeared through the ground and into a 6m deep hole which had just opened up.

A taxi driver who witnessed the bizarre accident and ran to the rescue said the girl was unconscious when he found her and that he patted her to wake her.

Firefighters were called and lowered a ladder down to the pair. The girl was taken to hospital for treatment and is said to have recovered.


Don't you just hate it when you're reading the new in a TV studio and a dog pops up and makes an impromptu appearance?

Well while it's never actually happened to us, it did recently happen to Toronto newsreader Leslie Roberts.

As he was introducing a story, the pooch -- Storm the weather dog who belongs to weather man Anthony Farnell -- appeared over his desk as the show cut from the studio to a video clip.

After the gaffe Roberts said: "People may have noticed a few minutes ago I was reading the news when a dog suddenly popped up.


Of all the things we expected to see today, a rubber chicken wearing a knitted NASA suit and floating at the edge of space, wasn't one of them. Luckily High School students in California had other ideas.


Kids from Bishop Union High School used a helium balloon to send the bird, called Camilla (the mascot of the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory), to an altitude of 120,000ft in her lunchbox spaceship.

As part of their science project they wanted to test the levels of radiation during a proton storm -- a M8-class solar flare early on March 10, 2012. And Camilla, who was just the job.

She was joined on her mission by several insects and sunflower seeds and after rising to the edge of space the balloon which had been carrying her expanded so much it exploded and  came hurtling back to Earth at 500 mph.


You might not recognize the name Jesper Bruun, you might not even recognize his face, but it's almost certain you have seen him.


That's because Bruun one of the most photographed and featured men in the world and stock images of the Danish model have been used in countless advertising campaigns around the world.

Brun has been a happy tourist in Australia, a rockstar in France, a family man in Bolivia and worked in a German bank -- or rather that's what photos of him have been use to portray.

Upset that stock images of Bruun were being used by firms rather than specially commissioned photos Câmera Clara Photography Studio recently set out to meet hims and find out a bit more about him.


When Domino's Pizza in the Netherlands started using electric scooters they were presumably worried the silent engines could be hazard to pedestrians, because they added a sound effect.


But rather than record a traditional engine noise, they used the sounds of a man "Domino’s!" and "pizza!" between revving noises. Genius!

The result a scooter guaranteed to make you laugh when you hear it motoring by… however, that's go to be annoying for the delivery guy.


It's never too early to start exercising. That's clearly what this baby thinks -- either that or he is desperate to watch cartoons on YouTube.


Little Jonas has become an online hit after being filmed doing chin-up exercises on a desk, despite only being nine-months-old.

Then nappy-wearing youngster is seen repeatedly lifting himself off the floor to get a better view of a clip from The Jungle Book playing on the computer screen.

Writing on YouTube his mother joked "We're working on teaching him to rock climb now." At least we THINK she was joking.



Babies find the strangest things amusing, from ripping paper to bubble popping dogs… and now even a vacuum cleaner is apparently enough to leave them in fits of hysterics.


A video which is currently surging on YouTube shows a cute baby giggling as his mother used a vacuum cleaner on the floor and his T-shirt.



Machines might not be capable of emotions (yet) but that doesn't mean they don't like hug -- this one will even give you a free Coke for a wide-armed squeeze.

The hug for Coke vending machines have been installed across Singapore as part of an 'Open Happiness' campaign.

They feature the words "Hug Me" on the front in the traditional Coca Cola font and when a user squeezes them from both sides they spring into action, delivering an -cold Coca-cola can.

A spokesperson for the stunt said: "The Coca-Cola Hug Machine is a simple idea to spread some happiness. Our strategy is to deliver doses of happiness in an unexpected."


A big red button in the middle of a sleepy Belgian town square, it would be hard not to push it wouldn't it? Especially if there was a big 'Push to add drama' sign hanging over it.

Well luckily for the people behind the promotional video 'A Dramatic Surprise On A Quiet Square' the urge was too great for people in this Flemish town.

And when they did all sorts of chaos were unleashed starting with a man being carried out of building on a stretcher by ambulance workers toppling to the floor.

Then a cyclist hits the ambulance and brawls with a paramedic before a gang are involved in a shootout with police... oh yeah, there's also an American football team in there somewhere.


Vietnamese traffic cop Nguyen Manh Phan was determined to get his man. How determined? you ask. Well let's put it this way, he clung onto the windshield wipers of a moving bus for nearly a mile.


The unstoppable traffic officer had ordered a driver in Hanoi, Vietnam to stop for driving on the wrong side of the road. But after being told to produce his papers the driver jumped back on the bus.

In a bid to stop him, Phan stepped in front of the vehicle. However that didn't work and the driver started the vehicle… so Phan grabbed the windscreen wipers as the bus started moving.

As this video shows, he was then left clinging onto the vehicle as it drove for about a mile before the driver eventually pulled over and was arrested.


A sports firm have created an impressive viral video by attaching 100 tiny video cameras to the equipment of sports players.


Equipment maker Easton deployed the 100 GoPro cameras to capture the actions from baseball matches, ice hockey and lacrosse games.

The resulting footage was then edited together to create an amazing first-person view of the sports which even manages to make baseball look interesting.


Don't you just hate it when you are walking down the road sending a text message and come fafe to face with a bear? What do you mean this has never happened to you?


Residents of La Crescenta in California had recently been warned about a 500 pound black bear wandering the neighbourhood… but it appears this guy hadn't got the memo.

A news crew from KTLA5 have been flying over the area to get footage of the bear when they spotted local resident Vaz Terdandenyan walking down the road.

Terdandenyan was so distracted by his mobile that he didn't notice the bear until he was fafe to face with it. Then he noticed it.


Japanese brewery Kirin have come up with a solution to the beer-drinkers summer problem of a warm brew -- a drink which is served with a frozen foam head.


Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft features a frozen foam head which makers claim will act as an insulating lid and keep a drink cold for 30 minutes.

The foam is made by cooling the beer to -5C and then pumping it out Mr Whippy style on top of the glass.

275x250.jpg A team of engineers at Purdue University have created a machine to accomplish the simple task of popping a ballon... in the most over-engineered way possible.

The machine was an entry in this year’s Rube Goldberg Machine Contest -- where teams compete to design a machine that uses the most complex process to complete a simple task.

While some put a stamp on an envelope, screw in a light bulb or made a cup of coffee in 20 or more steps, this winning beauty takes a convoluted 300 steps to pop a balloon.

It was built by the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers and took 5,000 hours over six months to design and build. They should have got Wallace and Gromit in to help.


A video of a golden retriever saving a puppy from a swimming pool has become an online hit… and rightly so.

In the clip, a distressed little pup can be seen doing doggie paddle (obviously) in the middle of the pool after apparently being thrown in.

But within seconds the lifeguard dog mother has jumped in and helped the pup reach the side of the pool by supporting her above the water with her snout.

Then, as the little dog struggled to get out the mother climbed out of the pool ran around and grabbed it by its scruff before dragging it to safety.


Footage of a UFO darting across the sky over Seoul in South Korea has divided the internet with some insisting it heralds the arrival of little green men, and others repeatedly shouting "FAKE" at their computers.


The video was apparently recorded by a passenger flying over the city and zooms in and out to get a better view of the spherical object.

Moving at a similar pace to the plane, the object eventually shoots out of shot.

But online critics suggest all is not as it seems and that the UFO has simply been added onto the original footage.


A teenage burglar has been arrested after he was caught strutting his stuff on CCTV… and he dance moves were recognised.


The 16-year-old from Texas was apparently filmed as at scene of a burglary, during which an amphibious duck tour vehicle was broken into.

Police released the footage and soon received a call from a local high school… where the suspect was recognised from his dancing in school corridors.

The smooth criminal was later arrested after his mother was shown a copy of the dancing video and called him out of his bedroom.


A two-year-old has become an online hit after being filmed strutting his stuff to Elvis Presley's Jailhouse Rock.

Little William Stokkebroe was attending a dance event in Denmark when he took to the floor in his check shirt and jeans and proceeded to show off his moves.

The pint-sized dancer even threw in a theatrical bow as he received a round of applause from the appreciative audience. If only he knew 5 million more would see him on YouTube.

But he should be good… his parents are world champion Latin dancers Peter and Kristina Stokkebroe and claim he learnt from watching them in the dance studio.


A lorry driver in Norway has had a lucky escape when he survived an accident which saw his truck plunge 200ft down a snow-covered cliff.


The Lithuanian driver was being towed up a serpentine mountain road in Leirfjord, because it did not have the right tyres when it slid on the ice.

This caused it to tip over the guard rail and fall down the cliff taking the rescue vehicle with it.

While footage from another car shows the driver of the rescue truck jumping to safety at the last minute, the Lithuanian driver went down with the larger lorry and suffered several bone fractures.


A BBC business correspondent proved a hit with viewers to BBC Breakfast… when she forgot about the FTSE and performed an Irish jig on the morning show.


Steph McGovern -- a big fan of the movie Titanic which she has seen 11 times --  was apparently inspired by the dance moves Kate Winslet, a guest on the show, had shown in the film.

So she decided to show off her own skills and after kicking off her shows performed a quick-footed Irish jig which host Bill Turnbull said was 'brilliant'.

And her moves impressed viewers who took to social media websites to praise her dancing. Maybe in the future the BBC will re-release the jig in 3D.


Everyone knows dogs and cats fight… but did you know they sometimes do it with lightsabers? Well this video shows it so it must be true!

A video effects expert has taken a innocuous video of a cat and pitbull dog getting into a little scrape and added a helping of Star Wars weapons.

The result, a video which couldn't help but become a YouTube hit.




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