WNWDW: November 2010 Archives

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Almost half of Brits believe that aliens do exist a survey of 2,000 people has revealed. According to the Royal Society results, men are more likely to believe. (Daily Mail)

A Brazilian drug dealer known as Bigfoot hid his luxury palace in the middle of Rio slums -- complete with a swimming pool on the roof, a professional kitchen and… a mural of Justin Bieber. (MSN)

A truck driver recently had very lucky brake… and that’s putting it mildly he somehow ended up perched precariously over the edge of a cliff. (The Sun)

An elephant which fell down a ditch and became trapped upside down had to be rescued with the help of an excavator. (Daily Mail)

A passenger on a flight from Chicago to New York stripped naked -- which is  a long way to go to get a free blanket. (Aol Weird News)

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It’s official, Elvis Presley has died… at the age or 70 in his Birmingham home. This ‘Elvis’ had changed his name by deed poll so long ago no-one knew his original name. (Mirror)

A woman who has the Twitter name @theashes has been besieged by people wanting live cricket scores - despite normally tweeting about knitting and her toddler. (Courier Mail)

Three people in Florida have now been attacked by an aggressive otter. The latest assault was caught on video -- by the man being attacked. He hadn't heard of the previous attacks and wanted to film the otter. (CBS) (YouTube)

Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Usher have vowed not to use social media sites Facebook and Twitter until acharity raises $1 million. (BBC)

A Swedish man swallowed a 3cm plastic capsule containing a battery-powered audio device and then used a stethoscope connected to an amplifier to broadcast music from his stomach. As you do. (Asylum)


WNWDW: Woman trapped in toilet for 20 days

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An elderly French woman has finally been saved after surviving being trapped in her Paris bathroom for 20 days, she was only rescued after her banging on pipes annoyed neighbours. (BBC) Thanks Trevor… who always takes his phone to the loo.

A 73-year-old man says he was tricked into trashing a motel room when a prank caller told him to smash the TV and mirrors to destroy a network of sophisticated cameras and then use a wrench to bash through a wall in a bid to free a trapped midget. (MSNBC)

In yet another confined European story, a German man became trapped in his basement after building a wall… and being on the wrong side. The 64-year-old escapes by drilling his way through to his neighbours floor. (AFP)

Merton, the piano-playing hood-wearing man who shot to fame with his improvised songs on Chatroulette has now been hired to give a musical welcome travellers returning to UK airports. (Asylum)

Warner Bros, the movie studio behind Harry Potter, have trademarked the idea of "Quidditch lingerie". (Asylum

WNWDW: Car sex couple plucked from river

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A randy couple in Germany had to be plucked out of the Rhine by rescuers after they knocked the gearstick while having sex in a car and it rolled into the river. (Metro) Cheers Amy… the hand-break is your friend.

The DNA test results to prove whether a man is really the son of a bearded lady are  set to be revealed. Yes you read that correctly. (Aol Weird News)

There are times we're glad our job consists of sitting safely behind a keyboard and surfing the internet -- like when we saw this video of a rattlesnake removal expert. (KPHO)

A Czech TV host who made a bet with viewers he'd kiss Lady Gaga during her recent stay in Prague has worn a outfit made out of meat after losing the challenge. (Telegraph) Thanks Dan… no, we don't know where you can get one.

A group of Canadian pals have created a web hit by producing some of the world's most fattening meals - including a 5,434-calorie sandwich which they boast is also the world's greasiest. (Asylum)


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A penguin which was left unable to catch his own fish after a boat propeller hit and smashed his bill has been fitted with a prosthetic acrylic beak. (3News)

A video of an armless man using his feet to fire a gun has as he lies on the bonnet of a car has become a hit on YouTube. In the clip, the man known as Michael even reloads the weapon using his toes. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

We love it when live TV news reporters are having a bad day -- like when they wait three minutes to see a live bridge implosion on camera, but cut away as the action happened. (Asylum)

A man who dressed as sheep on a night out and covered with four bags of cotton wool has suffered horrific burns after being set alight. And it would have been worse it Jesus hadn't been there to smother the flames. Really. (SWNS)

A lazy monkey which lives at a hotel in Columbia is said to have started hitching a ride to the tree tops by sitting on the back of one of the birds. (Aol Weird News)


WNWDW: Dog chased sea lion 4km out to sea

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Sea rescuers saved a dog off the coast of Adelaide after it chased a sea lion 4km out to sea. The determined dog had been walking on the beach with his owner when he ran into the water and didn't look back. (Portside Messenger)

Crime gangs in Scotland are said to have have copied the CIA-style interrogation techniques and started "waterboarding" rival gangmembers. (Daily Record)

A court in Germany has ruled that a pony cannot be give a tattoo of the Rolling Stones tongue logo because it would break animal protection laws. (The Local)

Yesterday was Guinness World Records Day when 200,000 people around the world were said to have attempted breaking crazy world records. (Asylum)

Authorities in the US are on the hunt for a radioactive mouse which is believed to be on the loose in Washington. (Courier Mail)

WNWDW: Fake doctor did 'boob exams' at bars

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A woman was arrested in Idaho after pretending to be a doctor and conducting a series of 'breast examinations' on women at bars. (Digital Journal) Cheers Kim… we can't believe that worked either.

Forget about flying saucers. Flying crisps are where it's at in Dudley. An oddly shaped UFO - dubbed the 'Dudley Dorito' - has been seen flying over the West Midlands. (Daily Mail)

A koala walks into a bar… No, this isn't the beginning of a bad Australian joke -- but rather a factually accurate description of an event in Queensland. (Sydney Morning Herald)

It's easy to get distracted while watching beach volleyball, even if you are a player. Bikini-clad  cheerleaders have been blamed by the Yemen team for their defeat at the Asian Games. (Telegraph) Thanks David… we know you were looking too.

Invite a sword swallower to a museum and it's bound to happen:... he's going to swallow an exhibit. A 100-year-old one. (Aol Weird News)

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Scientists believe the best way to colonise Mars would be to start by sending elderly astronauts on a one-way mission to the red planet. (Daily Mail)

An irate OAP who was caught on CCTV intentionally shunting a car which was blocking access to his garage into the road outside a primary school has been banned from driving. (Asylum)

The American inventor of a range of fully functioning sex robots say he is seeing increased demand from randy Brits -- including a woman who wanted one which looks like Graham Norton. (The Sun)

A miniature horse used by a blind student at Michigan State University is thought to be the first 'guide pony' to attend college in the United States. (Digital Journal)

A 70-year-old woman was robed as she sat on the toilet in her Ohio home -- by a man wearing a clown mask. (Aol Weird News)


WNWDW: Zoo turns elephant poop into profit

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Some people think this idea stinks, but a US zoo is making money out of elephant poo -- by painting it bright colours and selling it to visitors as art under the title 'My Pet Poo' (Digital Journal) Thanks Kim… please don't try making your own 'art'.

Richard Branson will slip into a stewardess uniform and a pair of high-heels when he works for an airline rival as a air hostess after loosing a Formula One bet. (Stuff)

An Australian man is attempting to spend three weeks in a shop window with hundreds of poisonous spiders including redbacks, tarantula-like huntsmen and black house spiders. Like Australia isn't dangerous enough already. (Aol Weird News)

Allan Baillie was happily swimming laps at a pool in Australia when he was sucked down a pipe and spat out on a beach. A worker had accidentally opened a valve to drain the pool for cleaning. (Stuff) Cheers David… who will never look at a plug hole in the same way.

A man who crashed his car into a bank had an rather odd excuse -- he says the CIA was trying to have him killed with radiation guns because of his YouTube rants about the nation’s banking system (Naples News) Cheers Tim… who is wearing a foil hat to protect himself.

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When we heard James Blunt had personally prevented World War III, we assumed he'd sent trigger-happy world leaders a copy of his latest album and bored them to death. But it turns out he'd refused to carry out an order while serving as a soldier in the Balkans. (Mirror)

A truck dealership in the US has started using guns to sell more vehicles. No, they're not threatening would-be shoppers with a knee-capping if they don't buy… they're giving away a free AK-47 with every purchase. (WTSP) Thanks Tom… who got his gun and then demanded a discount.

Thirty years after China imposed a one-child policy to limit population growth, authorities in Shanghai are said to be considering a one-dog policy. (Aol Weird News)

A 12-year-old boy suspected of being a sadistic hitman who works for a drug cartel in Mexico has been arrested. It's thought the lad could be El Ponchis, a feared executioner and gunman. (NDTV) Cheer Amy… and you thought kids in Solihull were rough.

One minute spectators at a rodeo in Canada were enjoying watching the action and the next they had a 600-kilogram bull jumping over the barriers and at them. (CTV) (YouTube)

Overwhelmed with requests for exorcists, Roman Catholic bishops in the US are planning on running an exorcist training course where people will be taught to battle demonic possession. (Stuff) Cheers David… who was more than a little spooked by the news.

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A cat has been caught smuggling 15 grams of heroin into a Russian prison for his incarcerated owner. Unfortunately the cat was greeted by prison guard dogs. (Moscow Times)

We enjoy a good sandwich as much as the next man, unless the next man is Miguel Soto. The 25-year-old was recently shot twice after visiting a deli -- but still went home to eat his lunch before going to the hospital. (AZCentral)

A photographer was forced to watch helplessly as £7,000 worth of camera equipment was destroyed during a crash at a drag race --luckily it was a remote camera and he wasn't standing behind it at the time. (YouTube)

A man who claims he was forced to cut off and eat his own beard after an argument with pals over a lawnmower says he is looking forward to justice being served when his former friends appear in court. (Asylum)

A US woman tried to assault a police officer with a sex toy after walking out of a restaurant without paying her bill. As you do. (Aol Weird News)

WNWDW: Sleepy cat blamed for starting fire

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A tired cat who liked to sleep on the top of a warm toaster oven -- to avoid a pet dog -- has been blamed for starting a fire in the US which caused $20,000 worth of damage. (Seattle Times)

Israeli designer Kobi Levi has created a line of outrageously funny footwear where shoes resemble odd items like a peeled banana or a dog. (Aol Weird News)

A robber who tried to hold up a New York store with a knife was foiled when the store owner picked up a trash bin and attacked him with it. (WSBT) (YouTube)

A man who robbed a takeaway driver on the streets of Glasgow and left him stranded was shocked when he returned home and found his victim in his house on the phone to police. (Asylum)

Ladybirds have invaded a village in Croatia where thousands of the yellow critters have covered all surfaces and are landing on people. (Croatian Times)

WNWDW: Deer crashes through window of bar

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A deer smashed through the window of a US bar and knocked over tables and chairs before a quick-thinking employee opened a door to let it out. Well it wasn't going to order anything was it? (ABC Local) (YouTube)

Footatge of a 'ninja' hamster launching a vicious attack on a pair of Russian youths has become an internet hit. Seriously, how could it not? (Asylum)

A shopper at an adult bookstore in the US has got lucky… by buying the winning ticket for a $128.6 million Powerball jackpot at the shop which is more commonly associated with porn movies and sex toys. (Aol Weird News)

Dutch authorities are to distribute 30,000 marijuana-scented scratch cards -- in a bizarre bid to uncover illegal cannabis plantations. (BBC) Thanks Tom… it smells a bit dodgy to us too.

A woman says she was overcharged when buying fruit and vegetables at a supermarket… because the shop assistant serving her had her breasts resting on the scales. (BBC) Cheers Ellie… who has never been overcharged for her melons.



WNWDW: Earthquake doubled number of ghosts

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Supernatural events in New Zealand have more than doubled since an earthquake in September paranormal investigators have claimed. (Stuff) Thanks David… who is more scared of ghosts since the earthquake.

There's not too much information about this video - but that's probably a good thing. It appears to show members of Japanese Coast Guard dancing on the front of a boat… while dressed as schoolgirls. (We Interrupt) (YouTube)

A pair of jockeys who were caught on TV brawling after a race have been punished by race bosses over their punch-up. Calvin Borel and Javier Castellano came to blows after a race in Kentucky on Friday. (Asylum)

An error on Google Maps is said to be the reason Nicaraguan troops accidentally invaded Costa Rica last week. Oops. (Stuff) Cheers again David… who once tried to start a war on Flickr.

A chimp who lost his hair to alopecia has become the star attraction at a zoo in India… because he looks like bronze statue of a human come to life, apparently. (Aol Weird News) Cheers Amy… who spent a bit too long looking.

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An unfortunate holidaymaker was devoured by a pride of lions as he took an outdoor shower at a safari camp in Zimbabwe. (Vancouver Sun)

Around 150 sheep, goats and cows tried to make a bid for freedom after escaping from a New York slaughterhouse. Police eventually rounded up the animals as they ran around nearby streets. (WCAX)

If a dog bites a man it's not news, but if a dog goes fishing and catches a salmon you've got a story... or you have if you work for a US TV news station. (KRQE) (YouTube)

A film-maker has raided his toy box to create a video in which he superimposes ionic London landmarks with LEGO replacements which he holds in front of the camera. (Metro) (Vimeo)

Bosses at an aquarium in Germany have revealed the replacement for Paul the psychic octopus. It's not yet know if this cephalopod has the same abilities. (Aol Weird News)

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A news website has made an apology after publishing an error of epic proportions -- they incorrectly stated the Star Trek starship USS Enterprise-E was the successor to Captain Kirk's original USS Enterprise. (News.com.au)

A firm which specialises in all things bacon -- yes such a company exists -- has now introduced a drink which is flavoured to taste like the meat. (Aol Weird News)

A contestant on the TV game-show Catch 21 was left red-faced when she tried to show off a talent and ended up revealing a lot more. As she lifted her leg to display her flexibility, her top popped open Carry-On style revealing her breasts. (YouTube)

You know those boring conversations about the weather you have with strangers at the bus-stop? Well imagine if they were about weather like this. (Asylum)

A protective plastic case has gone on sale for doughnut fans who want to ensure their sugary treats remain in perfect condition on the way to the office. (Geekosystem)

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A US university has announced it will be running a course based on Lady Gaga. 'Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame' will look at the pop star "as a social event". (Aol Weird News)

An actor filming a scene where he played a masked gunman has been shot dead in the Philippines -- after he was mistaken for a real assassin. (Yahoo) Cheers Alex… who is now standing closer to the camera.

A Colombian bullfighter was forced to finish a recent fight wearing a pair of floral swimming shorts after this trousers were ripped by the bull and his bottom was revealed. (Asylum)

US teenager Dan Depaolis was suspended from school for two days after turning up for a 'medieval day' dressed as a knight and riding a horse. And there he was thinking he would get a prize for his efforts. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

A man in China has had a chopstick removed from his stomach -- 28 years after swallowing it. The 50-year-old says he thought he'd completely digested the chopstick, until he started having stomach problems. (Telegraph) Thanks David… remember to chew before you swallow.
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A weatherman who was celebrating Halloween by throwing pumpkins to polar bears on live TV was left lost for words (quite literally) when he accidentally hurled his microphone in to zoo enclosure. (Toronto Life) (YouTube)

A massive 40m wide and 20m deep hole has opened up in the middle of a German housing estate swallowing one car and leaving others precariously balanced. (BBC) Cheers Amy... who emailed us from the bottom of a hole.

We don't know which is most bizarre, the fact an 11-year-old boy has been given a detention for farting on a school bus -- or that the flatulence-detention incident made the local TV news. (Asylum)

A group of hard-up students in the Czech Republic have launched a nude cleaning agency saying "Nobody likes cleaning and everyone likes to look at a good body." (Metro)

A man who stayed awake for 40 days says he has set a new world record though Guinness World Records say they won't recognise his stunt because it's so dangerous. (Aol Weird News)

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A Romanian man who had his arm ripped off by heavy machinery stunned doctors by calmly walking into a hospital with his missing limb in a plastic bag and asking them to reattach it. (Austrian Times)

A blind cricket commentator is said to be so good at judging exactly what is happening on the field from the sounds he hears that many radio listeners do not even know he is blind. (Telegraph) Cheers David… Howzat!

Researchers claim moon photos show signs of alien life and that NASA have covered up their finding the remains of an ancient lunar civilisation. (Aol Weird News)

An elderly woman caused four accidents on her way to the dentist as she drove at 50mph on the wrong side of a busy road. (Daily Mail)

Actor Zach Galifianakis left US TV viewers of Real Time With Bill Maher shocked when he started smoking a joint on the political chat show... while talking about the upcoming vote for marijuana legalisation. (Asylum)




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