WNWDW: October 2010 Archives

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A video of a pair of kittens suffering from a rare condition which causes them to faint has become a YouTube hit and been watched 700,000 times. (Stuff)

A sports reporter in San Francisco to cover the World Series seemed to get distracted during a live TV broadcast after realising nearby fans were smoking weed. (Huffington Post) Thanks Tom… that's potty.

An Australian man had a lucky escape when he got out of bed just minutes before a car crashed through his bedroom wall and landed on his bed. (Asylum)

People who work with dogs probably see being bitten and scratched in the line of duty an occupational hazzard… but we guess it's normally by the animals themselves rather than irate owners. (Naples News) Cheers Tim… that's some crazy b**ch!

Boffins say they could soon be able to use a sophisticated brain-machine interface to record and play back our dreams. Sounds like the stuff of nightmares. (Aol Weird News)

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Presumably after running out of skin to cover in ink a US man has had his eyeballs tattooed. Matt Gone already has 98% of his body covered with ink. (Aol Weird News)

A US an recently woke up to discover he'd been shot in the knee… and that he'd done it himself while sleepwalking. (Daily CameraThanks Matt… who sent us this tip in his sleep.

Signs you live in a rough neighbourhood #16. Your entire local police force have resigned after gunmen launched a 15 minute attack on their brand new headquarters. (USA Today) (YouTube)

When a US family heard a knock on their door in the early hours of the morning they wondered who it could be -- they certainly weren't expecting the 7ft alligator which was waiting for breakfast. (Asylum)

You know how annoying it can be when you're at the pub with a mate and he's downing pints faster than you and claiming it's your round? Well you should never pop for a drink with Zhang Fengzhong. (Metro)

And finally, is this a UFO hovering over a theme park in LA? One roller coaster rider seems to think so. (NBC LA) Cheers Tara… who may have been on one too many rides.

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Researchers claim to have found proof that Christopher Columbus didn't introduce Syphilis to Europe. (Aol Weird News)

When locals saw a shadowy figure crouched over a grave in Russia, they assumed it was a grieving relative paying their respect… turns out it wasn't, it was hungry bears digging up corpses. (Guardian)

Most students survive on a diet of Pot Noodle and beans on toast - but a course at Bournemouth University is teaching students how to butcher roadkill. (Metro)

It's not even Halloween yet and your already bored of carving faces into pumpkins. If only there was something more interesting to do with them… like crush cars. (Asylum)

It doesn't look like Pamela Anderson in a swimming costume, but a robot lifeguard has gone on patrol in Malibu. (CNN)

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Would you want to be buried in a shoe? How about a giant mobile phone or Coke bottle? Well in that case you might want to die in Ghana. (Aol Weird News)

A tattooist in Australia has been charged with assault after apparently inking a giant 40cm penis on the back of a 'friend' who he'd had an argument with. (Yahoo)

A driver had a lucky escape when he crashed a Lamborghini Gallardo at a race track in Texas. Richard Holt had reached 235mph when he hit the brakes, but a crosswind caused the sports-car to be launched into the air. (Asylum)

The sexuality of a celebrity isn't news. It really doesn't matter and we don't care… unless the star in question is Sesame Street's Bert, who has apparently hinted about his sexuality on Twitter. (Sky) (Twitter)

A bowling robot which is said to be able to bowl strikes on demand has taken on a professional bowler from the US -- and lost. (Huffington Post) (YouTube)

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A pet cat which stretches to a lengthy 48.5 inches from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail bone has broken the Guinness world record for world's longest domestic cat. (Aol Weird News)

When Nick Fortey received a text message telling him to 'break a leg' on his wedding day, it appears he took it a bit too literally. He crashed his hired Harley Davidson on the way to the wedding and broke his leg in three places. (Telegraph)

A group of Canadian footballers ran into the stands at a game in Ontario and started brawling with opposition fans who had been shouting insults at them and throwing bottles of water during the game. (Asylum)

Don't want to suffer the risk of staying in a hotel room with noisy neighbours? Then why not rent out an entire hotel in Tokyo for just £425,078 per night? (Weird Asia News)

A US man on holiday in Disney World says he was forced to helplessly watch thieves raiding his home after installing a high-tech video surveillance system. (Daily Mail)

WNWDW: Kayaker impaled by jumping fish

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Kayaking is an extreme sport and as such has certain inherent dangers associated with it -- it's just that being impaled through the chest by jumping fish might not be the first to spring to mind. (CBS 4)

Cooks in Mexica have set a new world record by producing the longest ever enchilada which measures a massive 230ft long. (Metro)

A woman who tried to rob a jewellery store with a black bin bag on her head and using a wheelchair as her getaway vehicle as unsurprisingly been arrested. (MSNBC)

Maybe he was jealous of the attention Rachida Dati received after her inflation/fellatio blunder, because French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux has made a similar mistake on TV, mixing genetic and genital. (Asylum)

Pterosaurs, giant, fearsome flying reptiles could fly almost 10,000 miles at a time, it has been claimed. (Aol Weird News)

WNWDW: Decomposing corpse wakes up

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Undertakers going to collect the body of an 89-year-old woman who was thought by police to have been dead and decomposing for several days received a shock... when she woke up in front of them. (HeraldSun)

The real reason journalists turn up for pre-match press conferences isn't to gain insight into an upcoming football game… it's the free sandwiches. And now, thanks to Ronaldo, the smoke bombes. (Yahoo) (YouTube)

They have a better quality of computer thief in Sweden. A university professor says days after his laptop was stolen the thief sent him back all of his important files on a USB memory stick. (Asylum)

Homer Simpson has been declared a true Catholic by the Vatican's official newspaper. Take that Ned Flanders. (Telegraph)

An Italian region is taking an odd approach to dealing with the problem of the local sex trade operating from a heavily wooded road… they are simply chopping down all the trees. (Aol Weird News)

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Spider-Goat, Spider-Goat… Goats in Italy have started climbing a near vertical dam wall in order to lick the stones for their salt and minerals. (The Sun)

Police in Florida have used a stun gun on an 18-year-old naked jogger who claimed to have 'super powers" -- and the whole incident was caught on camera. (NineMSN)

Spain launches nine day siesta contest to find the best post-luncheon sleepers. This is the sort of sport I could get into. (Stuff) Cheers David… if you're still awake.
 
Parts of New York came to a standstill yesterday as people flooded the FAA with calls claiming to have seen dozens of UFOs -- but were they just baloons. (Aol Weird News) Thanks Dan… our very own balloon boy.

A Russian man has come up with an ingenious way to get out of a traffic violation… offer the police officer who is giving you a ticket refuge from a pack of hungry looking wolves. (Asylum)

WNWDW: Euthanised dog comes back to life

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When Matt Olivarez took his ailing Rottweiler to the the vet to be put down, he was understandably upset. The following morning - when it greeted him with a wagging tail and was very much alive - he didn't know how to feel. (AP)

Edinburgh is set to honour a 6ft tall 500-pound brown bear which served in the Polish Army with a £200,000 monument. (Aol Weird News)

A pair of martial arts-mad Chinese sisters are planing on hosting a three-day fighting festival in a bid to find husbands who could beat them in a brawl. (Metro)

67cm tall Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal, the world's smallest teenager, has today be en upgraded to the world's shortest man as he celebrates his 18th birthday. (Asylum)

An 8-year-old boy was left horrified when he watched his pet turtle - which he'd donated to a local aquarium after it outgrew a tank at home - being eaten by an alligator. (USA Today)

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Thieves dressed in gorilla and chicken costumes have stolen a bike from a teenager in New York. Apparently one of two gorillas punched the boy before the chicken rode off into the distance on his bike. (Aol Weird News)

We don't know too much about this video. Just that somewhere today there's an very angry truck owner, and an equally lucky mechanic. (YouTube)

Have you ever wondered why there isn't a CSI: Kent? No, neither had we, but we think this could be the answer. (Asylum)

A kangaroo which was involved in a road accident 18 months ago now lives as a pet in South Australia where he enjoys Vegemite on toast for breakfast, drinking cider and watching TV. (Daily Mail)

A hermaphrodite dog has undergone a sex change to make it a bitch after it was abandoned by her owner when they learned of its sexuality. (Telegraph)

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A group of scientists in China say they want to launch a thorough search of a mountainous region - to see if they can find the "Yeren," or Chinese Bigfoot. (Aol Weird News)

A police car was accidentally involved in a crash with a Transformer during the filming of Transformer 3. The police SUV was responding to reports of a suspect package when it sped across the movie set and collided with Bumblebee. (MyFox)

A pair of blood-sucking 'vampires' have been arrested after attacking a homeless man. The man had previously let the duo drink his blood, but when he refused this time and mocked their 'religion' he was stabbed. (NY Daily News)

A Sesame Street spoof of the Old Spice man adverts has become an online hit and been viewed more than 2.6 million times. (Asylum)

A skydiver had to be rescued after he got caught by a gust of wind and ended up stuck 40 feet up a tree. (AZ Central)


WNWDW: Skeleton decoration was human bones

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When a guy in Orlando bought a skeleton decoration for $8 at a yard sale, he intended to use it as a Halloween decoration… until he realised the box of bones was a real human skeleton. (Aol Weird News)

Armies often make exaggerated claims about their military might in a bid to make themselves appear more powerful. But the Russian military really is full of hot air… they're investing in hundreds of inflatable tanks. (BBC)

A racing pigeon from the West Midlands which went missing during a six hour race has turned up five weeks later… and 5200 miles away. (Telegraph)

The winner of the annual World Conker Championships says his victory is down to a mathematical formula for "kinetic energy theory" which he calculate. This is the second time Ray Kellock has won the event. (Press Association)

Chocolate covered bacon goes on sale. That is all. (Daily Mail)

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A firm has started producing 'happy coffins' which are designed to take the stigma and fear out of death with messages like "Don't cry, I had a good life" printed on them. (Aol Weird News)

A college student had hoped his extra credit chemistry project could help him secure an A grade. Instead it prompted a bomb scare, caused the college to be evacuated and could now see criminal charges brought against him. (NBC)

What do you get a former KGB officer turned Russian leader for his 58th birthday? A group of female journalism students in Moscow have stripped off to find the answer. (Metro)

We like watching our teams play as much as the next man -- unless the next man is the guy who recently told doctors delay fitting him with a pacemaker until after he's watched an American football game this weekend. (KBOI2)

120 professional base jumpers from 22 countries have hurled themselves off the KLTower in Malaysia as part of the annual Kuala Lumpur Tower International Jump. (Asylum)

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A series of UFOs which have forced several Chinese airports to close show that 'great events' will soon take place, claim astronomers. (Aol Weird News)

A Parisian flat which was left uninhabited for more than 70 years has been hiding a €2.1 million painting under layers of dust, it's been discovered. (Telegraph)

Staff from airline Cebu Pacific Airlines say they're surprised a video of cabin crew performing a safety demonstration dance to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry went viral. (Yahoo)

A chimpanzee which became famous after developing a cigarette smoking addiction has died at a South African zoo, aged 52. It's a sad day for cigarette addicted chimps everywhere. (Asylum)

When the doors of an elevator closed before he could get in, a man on a mobility scooter was so angry he tried to smash through the doors. On his third attempt it worked… and he fell 15m to his death. (Boing Boing) (YouTube)

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A cancer patient in the US claims she's experienced a miracle because she can see the face of Jesus in a MRRI scan she had. Admittedly curing the cancer would have been a better miracle. (Today's THV)

Divers in Austria are currently exploring a park which has flooded. Every summer Green Lake becomes submerged and divers get to swim through trees and past park benches. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

An Australian woman has been left in critical condition after a wallaby leaped out into a road and collided with her bike. (Aol Weird News)

A group of daredevils have abseiled into a live volcano and stood perilously close to boiling lava lake -- to perform heat suit mobility tests. (Asylum)

Amazing amounts of beer always gets consumed at Oktoberfest. But drinkers this year got through a record seven million litres, it's been claimed. (MyFox)

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A photographer showed ultimate professionalism at the Ryder Cup when a stray ball from Tiger Woods came flying at his £4,700 camera and lens… and he kept shooting. (Daily Mail)

Officers in New York have seized a pet alligator from a liquor store after shoppers noticed the 3ft long illegal animal. (Aol Weird News)

A stunt cyclist has travelled up 48 flights of stairs on his bike. We don't know why he did it, but it's hard not to be impressed. (Asylum)

It's normally detrimental to your health to be a smoker. But not for a US man was saved by the Zippo lighter in his pocket when a burglar shot him. (Q13 Fox)

Members of Team England winning gold at the Commonwealth Games will hear Jerusalem being played -- but the official victory anthem could have been the Birdie Song if some athletes had got their way. (Mirror)

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We've all had left-over pizza for breakfast. But would you order a fresh one with eggs and bacon? Domino's thinks so. (Aol Weird News)

Some people see a dune buggy and can't help but imagine themselves hurtling around a beach, pretending to be Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair… others just want to decorate them with diamonds and gold. (ITN) (YouTube)

A Russian firm has announced plans to open a four-room guest house in space by 2016. They say it will offer wealthy space tourists a more comfortable stay than the ISS. (BBC)

The annual bizarre science awards the Ig Nobel Prize have been announced including a study into fellatio in fruit bats and the discovery that symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller-coaster ride. (Asylum)

A pig in China has become a local celebrity after learning to walk on two legs. Zhu Jianqiang was born with only his two front legs. (Telegraph)




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