WNWDW: December 2010 Archives

WNWDW: Skiers towed down street at 60mph

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A pair of daredevil skiers have been branded idiotic after being towed through the streets of a Romanian city by a car driving at 60mph. A video shows the duo pulling stunts as they dodge parked cars an bins. (The Sun)

How will you be spending this New Year's Eve? Hopefully you will be doing something a little warmer than Wim 'Iceman' Hof -- he is planning on spending two hours sitting in a tank of ice water. (Telegraph)

An orphaned elephant calf and a sheep have formed a surprising bond in an African nature reserve. The odd couple, who became palls in 2008, are due to feature in an upcoming National Geographic TV show. (National Geographic) (YouTube)

It's that time of year where the internet is awash with top 10 lists, but this one we like it's the Aol 'Top 10 Best of the Bizarre' (Aol Weird News)

A beauty competition has been held in Saudi Arabia…  for goats. More than 170 animals competed for the 'most beautiful goat' contest. (M&C)

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A pair of twins born in Poland were conceived by different fathers, DNA test have found. This is said to be only the seventh known case of its kind in the world. (Arbroath)

A US man has been crowned one of the world's best liars after telling a fib about his psychic girlfriend. No, really, he has… why won't anyone believe us? (CBS News)

Members of a Swedish fencing school have scored an online hit after taping a small HD camera to the tip of a sword and recording the view back towards the weapon-wielder as they swing the blade with considerable skill. (YouTube)

A pair of police officers in Berlin have used pepper spray on people throwing snowballs after they refused to end their fight and then pelted the cops with snowballs. (Asylum)

Jesus is always cropping up, whether it be in an old sock or on a telephone pole, and it looks like 2010 has been a bumper year - take a look at some of the best Jesus sightings of the year. (Aol Weird News)

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Think you over did it with Christmas lunch? Chances are you gastronomic pigging-out can't come close to that of Donna Simpson - her Christmas dinner consisted of 30,000 calories. (News.com.au)
 
A Spanish woman faked her own kidnapping and sent her husband a photo of herself with bound hand and feet -- just to see if he would pay a ransom, say police. (Yahoo)

Nothing quite says Christmas like a series of public bare-knuckled fights to settle scores which have built up over the year. Welcome to the Takanakuy fighting festival in Peru. (BBC)

Daniel Balsam hates spam so much the daily offers of viagra and penis enlargements prompted him to quit his job as a marketer, train in law and pursue a career of suing spammers. (Stuff) Cheers David… Your news tips are not spam.

A 16th century book featuring diagrams of the world's first nose job has been sold for £11,000. (Daily Mail) Thanks Amy… Keep your nose out of it.

DNA tests are to be conducted on a bizarre looking creature which is claimed to be the mythical chupacabra… though some people think it's more likely a bald raccoon. (UPI) (YouTube)

Snowflakes are tiny. Unless they are being looked at under an electron microscope. That is all. (Wired)

A New Jersey man has produced a time-lapse video showing in 30 seconds the blizzard conditions which saw 32 inches of snow fall over a weekend. (Geekosystem) (Vimeo)

As Ben Muessig puts it: "On Christmas Eve, some people deck the halls -- others apparently deck their folks." A woman has been charged after attacking her parents with a Christmas tree. (Aol Weird News)

WNWDW: Dead woman comes back to life

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It's a Christmas miracle! A woman who had been declared dead and was being prepared for burial shocked funeral workers by coming back to life. (Telegraph) Cheers David… who thinks it was more likely a dodgy bit of doctoring.

More than 100 hardy swimmers joined in the annual chillathon which is the 100m race in London's Hyde Park, dodging chunks of ice as they swam. (Sky News) Cheers Tom… we understand, you were cold.

While people are happy with Santa entering their houses uninvited on Christmas Eve -- Lester Bagwell, not so much. He barged his way into a US home and vomited twice, say police. (Indy Channel)

Researchers say they could soon be able to develop even tastier chocolate after decoding its DNA and identifying the 28,798 genes in the genetic make-up. (Sky News)

Beer boffins say they've perfected a unique beer pouring device which fills glasses from the bottom upwards and gives a guaranteed perfect head on your pint even faster than usual. Who are we to argue. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

There are many ways to show off a new mobile phone and operating system. But the most excessive has got to be sending it into space. Step forward the Google Nexus S running Android Gingerbread. (Gadgets and Gizmos

A leopard has attacked villagers in Northern India injuring seven people after they tried to scare it away. Guess who is most scared now? (ITN)

WNWDW: Dog learns more than 1,000 words

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A border collie has been recognised as the dog with the world's largest vocabulary after being trained to understand more than 1,000 words. (BBC)

A man who became a web hit after making his own Tron bodysuit - but Jay Maynard says he was turned away from a screening of the new TRON: Legacy movie because cinema staff said his Lycra outfit was 'too distracting'. (Metro)

Police in Spain say a group of bungling crooks who stole a sculpture valued at more than $1 million, sold it to a scrap metal yard for just $40. (Aol Weird News)

A tight boss has had staff at his cobblers hypnotised into thinking they're warm in a bid to save money that would have been spent on heating. (The Sun)

Sure after the inevitable robot uprising we will all be slaves to our robot masters -- but at the moment it appears they are happy to serve us a wonton noodle soup. A restaurant in China has hired a team or robot waiters. (Telegraph)

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Forget the season of goodwill and all that, North Korea has threatened to go to war over a gaudy display of Christmas lights set up along their border by South Korea. (Aol Weird News)

We've always found the claim that Santa can get around the world in one night with just flying reindeer a little dubious -- and it looks like we were right… this video proves he uses a helicopter. (YouTube)

It can be bad enough trying to cope with the snow outside -- but a US family were recently confronted with a layer of the white stuff inside their house after a blizzard filled it with snow. (WBIR) (YouTube)

A Japanese aquarium has revealed a shocking Christmas display - they're one again using an electric eel to illuminate the lights on their Christmas tree. (Daily Mail)

A pair of dogs have become a hit in Montpellier after patrolling a Christmas market and collecting litter while wearing a florescent jacket and pushing a cleaning trolley. (Asylum)

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Scientists have discovered that reindeer in the wild often munch on magic mushrooms in what's thought to be deliberate act to beat the monotony of dreary long winters. (The Sun)

Life-size rubber sharks will today be anchored off beaches in Sydney to test how whether shark spotting teams in helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft can see them best. (News.com.au)

A. earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale is said to have (very slightly) rocked Cumbria last night where it rumbled for up to 20 seconds and sent residents running into the streets. (Sky News)

A holiday "flash mob" of merry Christmas carollers forced the evacuation of a California mall when shoppers reported that the floor had begun to buckle. (Aol Weird News)

Star Trek fans looking for a festive treat in Chicago need look no further, a theatre there is putting on a Klingon Christmas Carol. (Telegraph) Thanks David… who is certainly not a SQuja.


WNWDW: Dog gives birth to 17 puppy litter

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A dog in Germany has defied odds by naturally giving birth to 17 puppies - nine dogs and eight bitches - which all survived. (BBC)

BMW have launched a new cinema-based advertising campaign which 'burns' their logo onto the eyes of movie-watchers. (Daily Mail) Thanks Tom… who sees the Newslite logo when he closes his eyes.

Scientists claim it might be possible to use the sun as a long-distance telephone to reach out and talk to aliens. (Aol Weird News)

Police in New York handcuffed a man and took him to a psychiatric ward because they thought he might commit suicide. He says he was only on the window ledge to smoke a cigarette. (WeInterrupt)

A Japanese woman has announced she is to sue Google for £4,500 because of the psychological distress she suffered when her underwear appeared on Google Street View. (Metro)

WNWDW: Drunk man accidentally killed shark

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A Serbian man has been hailed as a hero after accidentally killing a shark which had terrorised tourists in Egypt. Dragan Stevic is said to have drunkenly jumped off a diving board and landed on the shark's head. (Newser)

Politicians in Ukraine have become the latest parliamentary brawlers after a fight broke out between members of the opposition and deputies from the ruling party. (UPI) (YouTube)

A man says he was kicked out of a Mississippi courtroom for having a "unique and festive" hairstyle. Bobby Todd has spiked pony tails and a holiday greeting shaved in back. (WX12)

Swedish medical students were shocked when they discovered the body they would be performing their first autopsy on belonged to their former teacher. (Asylum)

It's been claimed that an accident between a driver and a cyclist may have been caused because of the "new car smell" from the month-old Mercedes-Benz. (Aol Weird News)

WNWDW: OAP beats attacker with frying pan

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Police say a 71-year-old woman in the US hit a man with a frying pan and knocked him out when he tried to attack her. The 25-year-old was still unconscious when police arrived. (MSNBC)

A firm has been launched in eastern Ukraine which offers to hire out drinking buddies who they claim are perfectly qualified for an evening at the pub and can play guitar, sing or talk about art. (Spiegel)

Freezing temperatures and big waves have combined on Lake Erie in Cleveland the transform a lighthouse into an unbelievable ice sculpture. (Aol Weird News)

Nintendo and Mario Bros has always been at the cuter end of gaming, but what if it wasn't? Well then we guess this could be an avert for the next release of the game. (WeInterrupt)

A trio of bungling robbers were caught after a cash machine they were trying to tow out of a Manchester post office became wedged behind the front door. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

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Klaus Pubnaz has taken the prestigious title of world's best Christmas tree thrower after hurling a 1.5m tree a distance of 12m at an event in Germany. (Metro)

A high school basketball player flipped out after disagreeing with a referee who said he'd committed a foul… so he shoved him and then threw him to the floor. As you do. (CBS) (YouTube)

A man who was found naked in a Mississippi cemetery claims he was there trying to take photos of spirits' orbs of energy -- which he says show up best against the naked body. (CW Austin) Thanks Rebecca… we will resist making a comment about your orbs of energy.

After his laptop went missing when it was sent for repairs, Richard Lynch came up with a plan to catch the the people responsible. He sent another package - this time one containing a car alarm rigged to go off if the box was opened. (News 10)

Builders in Poland have created a giant snowman who stands at more than 30ft tall and is so big they had to use a traffic cone rather than a carrot as his nose. (Aol Weird News)


WNWDW: Casino robber grabs $1.5m in chips

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A robber has made off with $1.5m in casino chips after raiding a craps table at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. But bosses say he will have to return to the scene of the crime if he wants cash in the chips. (BBC)

Oops. A Siberian town was turned into a giant ice rink when builders constructing a normal sized one broke one of the barriers and flooded half of the town centre with water, which quickly froze. (RT) (YouTube)

A scene from Piranha 3D which features Kelly Brook and Riley Steele swimming underwater wearing nothing but flippers has been named as the top nude scene of 2010. (Aol Weird News)

While we have a slight fear of an impending robot uprising -- we can't help but be intrigued by an upcoming episode of TV quiz show Jeopardy which will see contestants battle against an IBM supercomputer. (BBC)

Rather than use a traditional weapon while holding up a convenience store a man in Yellowstone County opted for of hot chocolate. He filled up his cup at a machine and threw it over staff when they opened the till. (Helenair.com)

WNWDW: Man takes pet bison to pub in car

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A Canadian man says he enjoys visiting bars with his pet bison Bailey. But amazingly this isn't the strange bit… that's the fact that they get there with the bison riding in his car. (HuffPo) (YouTube)

A director at a hospital in Italy faces disciplinary action after issuing a memo to doctors and nurses asking them not to snort cocaine at work. (AFP)

A comedy sketch mocking gap year students who constantly go on about their experiences has been named by YouTube as the biggest homegrown comedy hit of the year. (The Sun)
 
A German dad castrated the boyfriend of his daughter with a bread knife and kept his testicles because he was not happy at their age difference. (Stuff) Cheers David… always be careful when you meet the parents.

An Indonesian housemaid who was caught mixing urine with food for her employers says she only did it because she thought it would make them love her (Emirates 24/7) Thanks Ali… we love you already, no need to find our lunch box.

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Something tells us there were no wise men involved in booking camel with a dodgy knee to perform in a church Nativity in the US. Lula Bell fell over while walking down the aisle. (UPI) (YouTube)

A police officer in the Polish city of Bialogard fined himself for walking on a railway line… because he says it was the only way of meeting his daily quota. (Metro)

A two-year-old girl apparently didn't think she could manipulate the crane and win a prize on a toy grabbing arcade game -- so she climbed inside and got stuck instead. (ABC News)

Space travel might still be a few years away for the majority of people -- but a new firm has launched a bizarre service offering to send photos 70 miles into the atmosphere. (Aol Weird News)

Vladimir Putin sings for Hollywood stars. That is all. (Yahoo)

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Police officers rushed to the house of a retired lecturer in the early hours of the morning when they received a silent 999 call… and then found his cat sleeping on the phone. (Mirror)

A French woman needed to be rescued by a helicopter after getting stuck when a herd of wild pigs chased her up a tree. (Telegraph) Cheers Tom… no this story isn't too boaring.

Daredevil Valery Rozov has climbed Wolf's Peak, a mountain 3,000m above sea level where the temperatures are -30C -- just to jump off. It's okay, he's a base jumper. (Asylum)

Possibly jealous of the facial hair grown by men during Movember, a group of feminists are calling for women to grow out their eyebrows for Decembrow. Se what they did there? (Aol Weird News)

An unobservant traffic warden put a parking ticket on a car in Cambridge… before noticing there was a dead man slumped on the back seat. (SWNS) Thanks Jane… who often wishes traffic wardens dead.

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A bungling arsonist was not only set on fire by his accomplice, but in a desperate bid to flee from the scene he ran straight into a lamp-post. (Telegraph) Thanks David… you're on fire today.

We're of the opinion that everyone has a nemesis, and for one unlucky motorist it's undoubtedly police officer Andy Flitton. He's stopped the driver twice for speeding, once on London and once in New Zealand. (AFP)

A teenager who stole a dump truck and led police on a 50-mile high-speed chase then proceeded to smash the truck into numerous police cars when they tried to stop him. (Ohio.com) (YouTube)

Two maids have been jailed after 'extorting money out of their employe using magic'. A Saudi court heard the pair used sorcery to drain their employer’s financial resources. (Emirates 24/7) Cheers Ali… who would have just used they credit card.

Do not try this at home! Jumping from a dilapidated tower block with what appears to be a makeshift bungee cord is never a wise thing to do. Really, even if you are Russian. (TheDailyWh.at)

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A US department store has fired a veteran Santa Claus after a couple complained that a joke he told them was inappropriate. The 68-year-old had worked as a Father Christmas at Macy's for 20 years. (Aol Weird News)

A photo of a battered F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone - taken after he was mugged - is being used to advertise the £11,000 watch he had stolen from him. (The Sun)

We know all about the best office pranks. But what if your office happens to be a science lab -- pneumatic cannon pranks, that's what. Unless this is a hoax... but it almost doesn't matter. (YouTube)

A foodie photographer has produced an amazing slow-mo cookbook which captures the moments others miss, such as a kernel of corn popping or an egg starting to fry… which could explain why it takes up six volumes and 2,400 pages. (ShortList)

Inspired by watching the spy comedy Chuck, an Oregon man has legally changed his name from Douglas Allen Smith to Captain Awesome. Mr Awesome we salute you. (We Interrupt)

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Researchers in China have taken to dressing up as panda parents in full-body black and white suits as they work with young bears at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Centre. We don't know why. (Asylum)

Police in Sweden say a hunter accidentally killed an elderly skier when the bullet he fired at an elk passed through the animal and hit the 71-year-old. (The Local)

Joy-riders normally opt for flash or speedy cars to nick, but not this teenager in Ohio -- he stole a dumper truck and proceeded to take police on a 50-mile chase. (Washington Post) (YouTube)

For Sale: One remote forest hideaway as used by the Unabomber as he planned his terrorist campaign. The hideaway is expected to sell for $69,500. (Montreal Gazette) Thanks David… who emailed from his own forest hideaway.

When a Saudi man took his sick wife to hospital, he was so surprised to see his injured son also being admitted following a car accident, that he ran over… and slapped him in the face. (Emirates 24/7) Cheers Ali… who never borrowed the car without asking.

WNWDW: Elephant herd go on drunken rampage

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A herd of elephants in India got drunk on a stockpile of booze and went on a rampage destroying dozens of homes and killing three people. Experts say the animals were later found sleeping off their hangover. (Nine MSN)

A university football mascot in the US has been arrested after starting a snowball fight with rival fans and then brawling with a police officer who told him to stop. (Cincinnati.com)

TV viewers in Germany were left horrified when a stunt in which a gymnast was trying to jump over moving cars on spring-loaded stilts went horribly wrong. The is no update on his condition. (The Sun)

The Iranian government is said to be furious after they spotted a Star of David painted on the roof of the Iran Air headquarters on Google Maps satellite images. (Stuff) Cheers David... our own star David.

A German man who is said to have put more than 500 live tarantulas in the mail to the US has been arrested in Los Angeles (Aol Weird News) Thanks Anne… who enclosed a tarantula in her tip email.


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When a man in Brighton discovered the pavement outside his home was so icy hardly anyone could walk over it without falling over, he did what anyone would. No, he didn't warn people or get the salt out -- he set up his camcorder. (MSN)

Beekeepers in New York were baffled when their bees suddenly started producing red honey -- until they found they'd raided a local maraschino cherry factory. (Telegraph) Thanks David… who buzzed us with that one.

A man who was charged with indecent assault charges after twice grabbing the bottom of a nurse in an emergency room says it was just his way of expressing appreciation. (MSNBC) Cheers Rebecca… we're on our way around to show you our appreciation.

A stand-off in the US between local police and an eight-inch tall robot has ended with the figurine being blown to pieces because it looked suspicious. (Daily Mail)

Cold chickens braving the snow in West Yorkshire are being given little knitted jumpers to keep them warm. Yes there's a photo. (Aol Weird News)

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A pair of women in the US were arrested after trying use their rolls of body fat to hide the items they were stealing. They stashed items including shoes under their belly fat and breasts. (Aol Weird News)

Compared to other possible consequences of a war breaking out between North and South Korea, this probably isn't that important -- but a Kim Jong Il lookalike says his business is being hit by the prospect of conflict. (MSNBC)

Gary Lineker has finally owned up to taking a Paula Radcliffe-esque dump on the pitch during game at the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy. With footage you can never un-see. (YouTube)

A group of four British tourists have been arrested in Latvia - after they were caught on CCTV stripping off in temperatures of -15C and riding a life-size wooden horse. (Asylum)

A Brazilian clown has been cleared to take his seat in the national congress after a judge ruled he can read and write well enough to act as a congressman. (MSNBC)




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