WNWDW: January 2011 Archives

WNWDW: Inventor creates DIY death-ray

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A young inventor claims he has used a fibreglass satellite dish and 5,800 tiny mirror tiles to created a "death-ray" which generates enough power to melt steel, vaporize aluminum and boil concrete. (Daily Mail)

The good folks at Aol Weird News look back the at the month of two-headed animals, or January 2011 as you might have called it. (Aol Weird News)

A Saudi farmer says he hopes to get a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records after selling a sheep for a record $55,000 (Emirates247) Thanks Ali... who would only ever spend $54,500 on a sheep.

A robber was caught after raiding a petrol station while wearing a mask he had bought from the same store days earlier. Police made the arrest after reviewing CCTV footage and discovering Neil Simons was the only person to have bought the Halloween mask. (Telegraph)

A gymnast has become an online star after performing an amazing dunk at a basketball game… and passing through the hoop himself. (Asylum)

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Fed-up with his wife constantly demanding sex, a Turkish man recently visited a police station in Germany and asked it there was anything they could do to help him. (Metro)

A Califorian inventor has come up with a new sport called Knokkers which is a bizarre cross between bowling and pool. (Aol Weird News)

A pair of PhD students from Sheffield University have launched their own space mission and recorded amazing footage from edge of space -- all for just £350. (GuVid) (Channel 4)

Measuring a massive 6ft 9in tall and weighing 36 stone, a Dutch prisoner has gone to court claiming that it is inhumane to keep him in a normal sized cell. (BBC)

A pair of men said to have scammed a Spanish property developer out of €200k have been cleared in court - because their hustle was so obviously fake no-one should have fallen for it. (Register)

Postmen are well aware of the dangers posed by dogs -- aggressive turkeys not so much. They will be soon. (Asylum

WNWDW: Lost penguin becomes Peruvian celeb

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Tomas the penguin has become a star in South America after getting lost from his colony and ending up wandering the beaches of the Lima, the Peruvian capital. (Sky News)

A family in Texas say they were shocked to discover and image of the Virgin Mary and the Baby Jesus in a tortilla. (Aol Weird News)

There are still a small number of skyscrapers which French Spiderman Alain Robert hasn't yet scaled… the 137 metre-high Hang Seng Bank HQ in Hong Kong, isn't one of them.  (ITN)

A plastic surgeon who has been performing cosmetic surgery for 35 years will finally go under the knife himself - because he looks like William Shatner. (Asylum)

Fed up with being upstaged by an attention-seeking rodent which appeared on several news broadcasts, Bosses in Downing Street have called in a rat catcher. (Daily Mail

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A US firm say they have scored a bizarre hit after launching a weird range of meat flavoured water including tastes like 'cheeseburger' and Italian sausage. (Aol Weird News)

Researchers say a polar bear was forced to swim continuously for nine days and cover 426 miles in a desperate bid to reach new ice floes. (CBS News)

The body of a popular Italian TV quizmaster who hosted a top show for 50 years and died is 2009 has been snatched from his grave. (STV)

We don't know too much about this video other than this is not the ideal start to a BMX race - all eight rider fell as the barrier refused to drop. (GuVid) (The Sun)

A 76-year-old pensioner say he drove his car into a church… because his sat-nav told him to. (Metro) Cheers Tom… it's better than the devil telling him to. (Metro)  

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A German man has won a new MINI Cooper after having the word 'MINI' tattooed on his manhood. The 39-year-old had entered a contest to see who would do the craziest stunt to win the car. (Austrian Times)

Indonesian rice farmers say they were shocked over the weekend, when they discovered a massive crop circle in one of their fields. (Aol Weird News)

Frank Neuhaeuser was enjoying a night in front of the TV when a police car chase ended with a man driving into the wall outside his house and ploughing through the living room wall. (NDTV) (YouTube)

Taiwan is said to be experimenting with a novel way to deal with the smell and excessive water use on pig farms… training the pigs to use a toilet. (Reuters)

A man from Canada says he has spent £16,000 taking his six sex dolls on trips around England and America. Dave Hockey says his wife "doesn't mind". (The Sun)

WNWDW: THIS is the greatest ever golf shot

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You might think the greatest golf shot of all time happened in a major tournament. But you'd be wrong. A man made an amazing off-a-wall putt when a fountain lifted his ball up up from a water hazard. (GuVid)

A bizarre range of underwear has gone on sale specifically designed for flat-bottomed man who want a bigger bum. (Aol Weird News)

When Gail Davis received a phone call from Apple telling her she'd won a a $10,000 gift card for downloading the 10 billionth app she thought it was a prank and hung up on them. (CNet)

Randy frogs have been blamed for leaving hundreds of people in New Zealand without broadband access and phone calls after getting into a roadside cabinet. (Stuff) Cheers David.

A 13-year-old Norwegian schoolboy says he used a song by the heavy metal band Creed to scare off a pack of four wolves by playing the track on the speaking in his mobile phone. (Spiegel)

This looks perfect if you can't decide whether you want to go bowling or play a game of pool. (Daily Mail)

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A crocodile at a Ukrainian zoo is set to undergo an operation after swallowing a mobile phone which was accidentally dropped into her enclosure. (GuVid)

Video gamers have set a new marathon record after playing Little Big Planet 2 on the Sony PlayStation for more then 50 hours. (Aol Weird News)

A live chicken was filmed being thrown through the window of a KFC restaurant in Warwickshire. RSPCA inspectors now want to speak to the men involved. (GuVid) (BBC)

A university student in Canada has worn the same pair of jeans for 15 months without washing them - in the name of science. (UPI)

Violence has erupted at a ride-on lawn mower race in Queensland (Stuff) Cheers David… who wants to fight whenever he's asked to mow the lawn.

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A US man says he hopes to cash in after creating a money-scented perfume and cologne which he claims will help make the people wearing them rich. (Aol Weird News)

The Ricky Gervais Golden Globes saga has been given the Taiwanese news animation experience in which he is confronted by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and attacked by a sex toy-wielding Hugh Hefner. (GuVid) (The Sun)

A group of very dumb crooks accidentally snorted the cremated remains of a man and two dogs because they thought they had stolen illegal drugs. (Asylum)

An armed robber tried to hold up a US store by indicating he had a handgun and demanding cash -- but then the cashier produced a samurai sword from under the counter and chased him out. (WTOC)

A monk was stopped at the airport when he told authorities he had the skeleton of a dead nun in his suitcase, and he had. (Mirror)

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Police in Germany have detained a paralytic owl which they say was found at the side of the road after drinking too much from two discarded Schnapps bottles. Officers say the bird will be release when it sobers up. (Spiegel)

A wheelchair user and carer were sent flying after trying to use a steeply inclined travelator ina Chinese department store. The carer clung onto the back of the wheelchair as it careered downwards. (GuVid) (NDTV)

If you can't understand a word rappers are going on about help could be on it's way, analytic hip-hop experts are offering translations and interpretations. (Aol Weird News)

Superhero fan says he spent six years learning ancient Ninja warrior skills so that he could fight crime himself. (Metro)

Boffins think we have gone long enough without a Wooly Mammouth and are now ready to start cloning them. It's said the hairy beasts could be with us within four years. (We Interrupt)

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A couple had to be rescued in Australia after getting into trouble while floating down a river on inflatable dolls. As you do. (Courier Mail)

Lacrosse fans were left shocked when the half-time entertainment at a recent game turned out to involve three scantily-clad performers giving the team mascot a lap dance. (GuVid) (Daily Mail)

An inventor has created a waterproof notepad which is designed to be used in the shower. We wonder where he was when he came up with that idea. (Aol Weird News)

A Polish tennis player was left staring at her hands during an Australian Open match, when the head of her racquet flew off. (Asylum)

A German bank clerk was left red-faced after failing to notice a fake £20 banknote, featuring the face of Elvis and issued by the 'Bank of Presley' was not legal currency. (Daily Mail)

WNWDW: Cat called up to do jury service

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A Boston cat has been called to complete jury service after his owner named him on a census in a question about pet ownership. (CBC)

The driver of a snow plough truck had a shock as he cleared snow in the US - he fell through the upper level of a two-storey car park. He escaped without injury - but the moment was captured on CCTV. (GuVid) (The Sun)

A man who had a hair transplant 19 years ago says he's only just discovered the doctor etched the word W****R into he head during the operation. (SWNS)

A refurbished vacuum cleaner which was given as a Christmas present was filled with $280k worth of crystal methamphetamine and cocaine, say police. (Aol Weird News)

Oops. A woman who was distracted by a text message as she walked through a US shopping mall took an unexpected dip when she fell into a fountain. (Asylum)


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We've all fallen asleep on the tube, luckily the worst thing which has happened to us was missing our stop. This guy wasn't so lucky, he was woken up by a rat running onto his face. (GuVid) (MSNBC)

A wounded fox fought back against a would-be hunter in Belarus and shot the man in the leg with the hunters rifle as the pair scuffled. (Asylum)

A US man who claims a rat bit his penis while in a jail has been told by a judge he can sue county officials. (BBC)

German firms now have the right to force female workers to wear bras to work after a court ruling in the case of airport security workers who challenged an employee dress code. (Metro)

A dog is not only a woman's best friend - it's also her housekeeper and personal shopper. (Aol Weird News)

WNWDW: Runaway armoured car smashes garage

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We've all seen the devastation which can be caused by cars crashing into buildings. But those are mostly normal cars, you should see the damage a runaway armoured car can do. (ITN)

They say a good engine is meant to purr, but not like this. A New Zealand man says he was shocked when he pulled over to investigate a strange noise coming from his car and found it was a kitten tucked into the wheel arch. (Stuff)

An eight-year-old boy had to be rescued by firefighters after getting his tongue stuck to a frozen signpost when his older brother dared him to lick it. (Aol Weird News)

Cheating on your partner is just plain wrong, but if a moral argument isn't enough to stop you, how about this? A jealous woman who suspected her boyfriend of cheating on her is said to have taken her revenge by setting fire to his genitals. (Daily Mail)

A flock of birds which were found dead in Romania had apparently drunk themselves to death say experts. The starlings are said to have eaten the grapes left over from the wine-making process. (Herald Sun)

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A Canadian body-builder who says he used a penis enlarger for 500 hours without seeing the desired results is seeking compensation in a small-claims court. Small-claims court, see what they did there? (Chronicle Herald)

Critics claim artist Damien Hirst has finally gone too far after revealing his latest offering, a diamond-studded baby skull.  (Aol Weird News)

We are still waiting for confirmation that the Dear Leader has a pair himself, but contraband skinny jeans are all the rage in North Korean. (We Interrupt)

Last week, his crime-fighting antics made Phoenix Jones an internet hit. But now the real-life superhero is just another man with a broken nose after trying to break up a fight. (NY Post)

A Chinese artist has spent more than a year building a life-size BMW out of hundreds of bricks. He now hopes to sell the creation, which weighs 6.5 tons, for £80,000. (Daily Mail)



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A young girl is lucky to be alive after her mother lowered her into a train track in front of an on-coming train in a bid to avoid paying their fares. (GuVid) (Sky News)

There is nothing too odd about someone cruising down the highway wearing sunglasses and feeling the wind in his hair... unless they're doing it while riding a mobility scooter. (Washington Post)

A TV news crew kept the camera rolling as they were attacked by a stick-wielding man while investigating a case of alleged animal cruelty. (GuVid) (MyFox)

Leopard attacks have prompted forestry officials in India to ask sugar mill owners to build then more secure concrete huts. (Telegraph) Cheers David… who emailed from his own concrete bunker.

A cow in Georgia has given birth to a two-headed calf which owners say eats with both heads - which could be why the cow is refusing to allow her strange offspring to suckle. (Aol Weird News)

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An turtle which was seriously injured and suffered a fractured spine when he was run over by a lawn mower has been fitted with a set of training wheels. (GuVid) (3News)

A man says he is lucky to be alive after he was hit by a stray bullet. He was saved because the mobile phone in his jacket pocket deflected the bullet. (MyFox)

Witches in Romania say they are planning a unique protest after tax rules were introduced governing their profession, they're preparing to curse the country's rulers. (Aol Weird News)

High school basketball player Austin Groff has become a YouTube hit after pulling off an impressive backwards buzzer shot. Unfortunately his team went on to lose the game. (Yahoo) (GuVid)

Driving a convertible car with the top down could damage your hearing. WE SAID DRIVING A CONVERTIBLE… (Telegraph) Cheers Tom… there's no need to shout.

When Lucy Wright wanted to help with her son's homework, she decided only the best would do… so she filed a Freedom of Information request to the Home Office. (Telegraph) Thanks David… who never needs help.

WNWDW: Chinese man grows three-inch horn

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Two years ago it was just a small bump on the top of his head, but Huang Yuanfan has seen the lump grow into a bizarre three-inch horn which has baffled doctors. (Metro)

The owner of a kleptomaniac kitty says she's embarrassed by the actions of her criminal cat which has recently returned home with items including, 60 shoes and a ski mask. (Stuff)

A real-life superhero, wearing a mask and skin-tight rubber suit, has chased off a would-be car crook in the US. Really. (Asylum)

A US man says he returned to his house after Christmas to discover his home had been accidentally demolished by contractors. (GuVid) (CBS)

Even royals are not immune to the occasional wardrobe malfunction, just ask Prince Henrik of Denmark. Must resist crown jewels joke… (Aol Weird News)

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A video of a cat putting on a rabbit hat has become an online hit -- but if the cat really putting it on or taking it off. Who cares, it's a cat in a bunny hat. (GuVid) (Metro)

A Filipino politician has managed to solve his own murder -- because while taking a photo of his family, he inadvertently took a photo of his killer as a gun was being aimed at him. (Sky)

An "unkillable" cow which withstood bullets and being rammed with a truck has attacked a rancher and put him in hospital. (NBC Miami)

A giant 342kg bluefin tuna has sold for a record £250,000 in Tokyo - where apparently the cats have too much money. (WTSP)

The man who created Jelly Belly jelly beans says he is about to release another hit sweet - a 2.5-pound anatomically correct gummy heart oozes candy blood in 11 spots. (Aol Weird News)

A week-long amateur bullfighting event in Colombia has seen some 48 would-be matadors being injured after jumping into an arena to taunt 1,000-pound bulls. No, we're not surprised either. (ITN)

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A woman says she is suing Disney, because Donald Duck groped her at a theme park in Florida. She says the nappy-wearing duck grabbed her breast. (Mirror)

A Chinese man has set a new world record for withstanding extreme cold, by immersing himself in ice for 120 minutes. (Xinhua) (YouTube)

Police in Vancouver say they are hunting thieves who drove a van into a bowling alley and knocking over a cash machine before loading it into the back of their vehicle. (KPTV)

The Queen's Christmas message has become a YouTube hit, but not the one from this Christmas… her first one from back in 1957. (Telegraph)

Researchers say our brains are shrinking… it's a good job they made the discovery now, otherwise we might all be too stupid to have worked it out. (NPR)

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A man wearing a Darth Vader mask and pink hospital scrubs has tried to hold up a bank inside the grocery store where he works. (WSBT)

Miniature panda-cows… apparently they are a real thing now. That is all. (GuVid) (Daily Telegraph)

Goldman Sachs job interviewees were asked: "If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?" (Telegraph)

Fortune-telling has been recognised as a legal profession in Romania, clairvoyants and astrologers said they saw the change in legislation coming. (Arbroath)

A pair of 'magic pythons' have been married in Cambodia in front of hundreds of well-wishers in the hope their union will bring prosperity and peace to the region. (AP)

A suicidal man who jumped from the ninth floor of a New York building failed to kill himself because he landed on a pile of rubbish bags which built up during the recent blizzard. (Aol Weird News)

James Jablon has announced an unusual New Years resolution… he plans to spend the next month living in a fenced enclosure with two African lions. (Click On Detroit)

Frogger is a fun game to play, but as a US man recently found out, it's best to stick to the computer-game version - he was hit by an SUV. (Stuff) Thanks David… please cross carefully.




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