video: July 2012 Archives


Shark expert Jim Abernethy was filming a shark documentary in the Bahamas when one of the sharks decided it didn't want a staring role ... and stole his $15,000 camera.

Abernethy had placed one of his cameras on the sea floor, while attending to something else, when one of the 14-foot tiger sharks swiped it and swam off.

Footage shot by another member of the "This is Your Ocean" team shows the moment the shark, known to the team as Emma, disappeared into the water.

After giving chase, Abernethy was able to retrieve his camera gear because Emma dropped it, not because he fought her for it.


Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt was taking part in the All the Bells celebration on HMS Belfast when he dropped a right clanger … his bell broke, flew off and hit bystanders.


To make the odd news even better, Hunt had just been talking to journalists about potential hitches to do with the London 2012 Olympics when the gaffe happened.

After the accident Hunt said: "Oh, oh dear! Are you all right? Health and safety! Are you OK? There we are, disaster averted."

We are pretty certain this wasn't a clip from the BBC comedy Twenty Twelve.


A three-year-old girl has become an online hit after her dad filmed a video of her climbing a door frame.

Sofya Dickson from Leicestershire had been performing her trick when dad Peter decided he should film it and put it online for friends and family to see.

Writing on YouTube he said: "Not sure where Sofya got the idea for this but I should of known to be worried when she was quiet for 10 mins. Came downstairs and all I could hear was 'I can do it, I can do it'."

But he was shocked to find that more than 215,000 people have viewed the 38 second video of climbing Sofya and he's been fending off calls from international media.


A policeman guarding the Olympic Torch as it made its way from Kent to London last week did his best to keep waiting flame-fans entertained, by dancing as they waited.

The cop decided to strut his stuff in front of hundreds of onlookers in Sevenoaks and jumped off his bike to do his thing.

He then broke out dance moves including a bit of breakdancing, spinning around and the occasional crotch thrust.

Obviously with that many people watching his routine was quickly uploaded to YouTube where it became a hit.


A kids mini-golf game in America got a considerable upgrade recently, when the guys from Improv Everywhere decided it should be treated the same as a pro event.


The serial pranksters had worked with ESPN to pull the stunt with involved surprising young golfers on Pier 25 in Lower Manhattan with caddies, an ESPN camera crew, and a huge crowd.

Improv Everywhere even had the Claret Jug from The Open Championship to present to the winner of the suddenly serious mini-golf contest. Not a replica, the actual jug that's been held by all of the Open champions.

The stunt - which was used to surprise five groups of golfers throughout the day - even saw commentators sitting at a desk and describing the action.


Residents in a Harrogate cul-de-sac couldn't believe their eyes recently - when they looked of their window to see a stampede of 30 cows running through their gardens.


Video footage shows the sight which greeted residents (oh how we wish it had been in Uddersfield) at 6am on Sunday morning.

The cows can be seen plodding across lawns and it's surprising that no damage was caused to the street or any of the residents' property.

It's been reported that the cows came from a field around a mile away and that after walking up and down the street for about five minutes they headed back to their field.


A mayor in Alaska has recently been re-elected. Nothing strange about that you might think, but that's before we tell you the mayor of Talkeetna is a cat and has been in charge for 15 years.


The 15-year-old moggy - or Mayor Stubbs to give him his official title - was voted in as mayor just a few days after he was born.

Residents nominated the then kitten for the role because they did not think there were any other viable candidates and surprisingly he won. Since then he keeps getting voted in.

His main role as mayor seems to be getting publicity for the town and he's appeared in local and national magazines and newspapers. And well, we wouldn't be writing about Talkeetna if it wasn't for him, would we?


A baseball fan has become an instant American hero after catching a foul ball between his legs.

The man had been holding his snacks and a drink as he walked back to his seat at the game between the Blue Jays and Indians.

But that wasn't going to stop him when Clevelands Jason Kipnis hit a high fly ball which ended up in the stands.

The ball bounced over fans and the man somehow managed to stop and hold the ball between his legs. The crotch catch got a standing ovation from other fans… when was the last time your crotch got that?

275x250.jpg We've seen our fair share of cat videos here at NewsLite Towers. Which is why we're kicking ourselves that someone beat us to the idea of launching an internet cat video film festival.

But kudos to the people over at Walker Art Gallery in Minneapolis who are currently looking for entries for their Internet Cat Video Film Festival which is part of their Open Field project.

Members of the public are being asked to nominate their top viral cat videos - with the most popular getting screened at the gallery on August 30th.

A spokesperson for the gallery said: "While YouTube may count views and decide Internet cat popularity on a global scale, we’d like to know which kitty clips are striking a chord with the local community.

Whether it’s sleepy kittens, piano cat, or mom cat hugging her kitten, these short feline-centric video clips continue to get more and more views every day.


Bosses at a Dutch TV news show have been left red-faced after accidentally giving Angela Merkel 'Hitler' moustache in a background graphic.


Nos television's six o'clock news had been covering a meeting between the German Chancellor and French President Francois Hollande and used a suitable photo.

But because of the way the image merged with the studio background, a black line appeared on her top lip, making it look like she had a Hitler-stlye moustache. Oops.

Speaking after the gaffe, bosses of the show said: "It was an unfortunate coincidence."


Nicole DiDonato didn't exactly have the purrfect first day as a TV reporter for Fox-17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan … because she was upstaged by a stray cat.


As DiDonato was talking to camera about an upcoming feature about a microbrewery, a cat appears out of nowhere and jumped onto her back.

But despite looking suitably shocked, the presenter proved she was a true professional and managed to get out everything she had intended to say.

Speaking on Twitter after the incident DiDonato said: "Learned my lesson: Never making eye contact with a cat before a live tease ever again."




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