WNWDW: May 2011 Archives

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Does this video prove the existence of Bigfoot? No, it doesn't. But that hasn't stopped it going viral since it was uploaded to YouTube by a hiker in Washington. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

If you were making a list of things needed for a successful rodeo, we bet 'horses' would be fairly high up there. Not so at a recent event in the US - because of an equine virus outbreak cowgirls competed on stick horses. (AP) (YouTube)

Something tells us this father is going to have some explaining to do when he gets home. A dad who was attending a baseball game in Los Angeles which his family dropped his daughter in a bid to catch a foul-ball… which he also dropped. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

A woman in Bangladesh has cut off a man's penis during an alleged rape and then took it to a police station as evidence. (BBC)

It's that time of year again. Hundreds of blonde women have paraded through the Latvian capital Riga in a bid to help the country out of recession. We're not sure what that says about their economic know-how. (AFP) (YouTube)

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Yesterday we saw a storm chasing weatherman have a near-death experience with a tornado in Oklahoma. In comparison with this lorry driver - who had his vehicle destroyed by the freak weather - it looks like he had nothing to worry about. (Fox 19) (YouTube)

We'd like to know at what point during the nine years it took Dan Reeves to build a plane in his basement the asked himself "How am I going to get this out?" --  In the end he and friends dug a trench and dismantled the basement wall. (UPI)

An irate teenage girl was so angry at her father for taking away her mobile phone that she's said to have shot him with a bow and arrow. (MSNBC)

A family in Florida got the shock of their lives when their 10-year-old son returned home from fishing with friends having wrestled with and caught a 6ft alligator. (WTSP)

A former dentist who was chased around a lake by an irate goose, tried to escape on a quad bike, but he broke his leg when he crashed into a tree after the bird tried to land on his head. (Telegraph)

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When Jesse Taylor heard a noise coming from his garage in California, he assumed a raccoon or other equally small critter had gotten inside and went to deal with it… that's when he found himself face-to-face with a fully grown mountain lion. (MSNBC)

A young Chinese boy had to be dug out by firefighters after somehow finding himself sandwiched in a 18cm gap between two houses in China's Guizhou Province. Bizarrely the rescue is not quite as cute as this fawn-filled one. (MSN)

We've never given too much thought to the diabolo before, thinking it was the poor relation to juggling, but that was before we saw this kid displaying some quite frankly Diabolo skills. (YouTube)

Think shell-dwelling turtles are slow? Think again, because this could be the world's fastest… and he looks like he could give Usain Bolt a run for his money. (Aol Weird News)

A man who accidentally dropped his high school ring down a toilet in 1938 has been reunited with it… after 73 years. (Telegraph)

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We like a good time-lapse video almost as much as we like a cute animal video - so it should come as no surprise that we're fans of this clip showing a puppy grow into a dog in just 40 seconds. (Daily Mail)

An unfortunate truck driver is said to have inflated "like a balloon" when he slipped while working on his vehicle and fell bottom first onto a compressed air nozzle. (Courier Mail)

Police in Mexico have seized a home-made tank which was used by a drug gang. The tank was capable of resisting explosives and had a small revolving turret which can fire shots from any angle. (9 News)

A woman who is said to have been doing the completely normal thing of firing an AR-15 rifle at a target in her husband's bedroom closet, flooded the home when she missed and shot the washing machine. (WPTV)

A video of a young boy playing with an otter at Sea World, San Diego which chased him as he ran around the tank has become an online hit… and made one or two adults wish they could join in. (CBS News)

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A Chinese farmer has started getting his chickens to wear little plastic glasses in an odd bid to prevent them from fighting. (Metro)

Okay he doesn't have a slick radio voice, and to our knowledge he's not an amazingly skilled puppeteer -- but this homeless guy has the most impressive begging sign we've ever seen. (Miami New Times)

A duo who prompted a rescue mission after rafting on a flood-swollen river without life preservers have been given an unusual punishment - standing in a paddling pool and handing out water safety leaflets. (Stuff)

A US student has scored an online hit (and a top grade) after a science presentation he gave looking at the physical impossibilities of My Little Pony was uploaded to YouTube. (YouTube)

A bizarre choking brawl broke out in the Ukrainian parliament after the vice speaker refused to let a politician make a speech. (Asylum)

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You may have noticed Saturday wasn't Judgment Day and that the rapture didn't take place - well apparently it's left many believers confused. (Aol Weird News)

When a US pensioner saw a 6ft long alligator chomping down on his pet pooch, he didn't think it was time to visit the pet store and find a new dog, he jumped on the back of the alligator and punched it until it released his West Highland terrier. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

When we told you about the man who drove around with a parrot clinging to his windscreen wipers, many of you asked why the police weren't doing anything… well they've now raided his home and quizzed him about several traffic offences. (Courier Mail)

Judy Pugh was being interviewed on TV about the damage a tornado had done to her house and the fact one of her cats had been missing since the freak weather -- when the missing cat wandered home and greeted her. (todaysthv.com)

It's never good to crash your car, and it's even worse to have the moment caught on camera. Unless that is, if you have an impressive escape like this, which just makes you look cool. (Jalopnik)

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The pony which tried to board a train in Wales has cropped up at a selection of other odd locations, this time including a hospital A&E department and a pub. (BBC)

A woman in the US has been taken of a train by a team of cops… for chatting on her mobile phone for 16-hour phone. (Stuff)

It turns out the middle of a police station, while being booked for a domestic dispute, isn't the best time to try attacking a police officer... as Anthony Thomas found out. (Asylum)

We've seen that bored baseball players can turn to human jousting in the event of a rain delay -- well it turns out that's not the only move they've got. These teams were probably worn out by the time the game began. (YouTube)

Oh how the mighty have fallen. One minute he was leading an Imperial starfleet -- now Darth Vader's playing trombone to a group of unimpressed looking OAPs. (Huffington Post)

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In our experience, a woman turning down the offer of a free drink isn't exactly a newsworthy event -- but apparently if the woman in question is the Queen and the brew she's refusing is a Guinness in Dublin, thats a different matter. (Irish Central) (YouTube)

A family of 15 ducklings have been rescued from a drain in Kent after the quacking mother raised the alarm and firefighters were called. (BBC)

Suffering a pesky accident which half-destroyed his bus wasn't going to stop this driver - he kept the vehicle going for hundreds of miles despite it being missing a windscreen and held together with sticky tape and wood. (Sky News)

A jilted bride in China tried to commit suicide by jumping from a building, but was saved with seconds to spare. (Daily Mail)

The world's 'new' oldest living person has been recognised by Guinness World Records. Maria Gomes Valentim is a whopping  114 years and 313 days young. (Aol Weird News)

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A poodle has somehow survived a massive drop from the sky after it was released from the talons of a bird of prey which had picked it up. (Metro)

Until someone finally comes up with the jet-pack we were promised all those years ago, we're still on the lookout for new and interesting ways of getting to NewsLite Towers. (Daily Mail)

Sheng Xianhui had gone to hospital for a routine operation to have gall stones removed -- but he claims that while he was under, someone also branded him with a buttock tattoo. (Metro)

Last year we stopped watching Mentos/Coke videos guessing that with this world record we'd seen it all. But it turns out there could be a whole sub-genre of explosive soft drink-based entertainment we are missing… as this Mentos + Coke = Fail video shows. (YouTube)

Scientists say they might have found the first habitable planet beyond our own. Unfortunately Gliese 581d is 3,000 lifetimes away. (Aol Weird News)

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We've always thought the idea of being a pro basketball player is pretty cool -- and that was before we knew it involved training with robots like this French team. (Deadspin)

A few seconds after you click play you're going to think 'why am I watching a video of a cat hunting an owl?' -- but let it play for a while and you will see that's not what is really happening, this pair are best friends. (Daily Mail)

The latest must-have fashion accessory in Mexico is apparently pointy dancing boots. Yes pointy dancing boots… here's the video. (MyFox DC)

A video of a dog leaning to catch a ball with his paws has become an online hit -- and how could it not. (CBS News)

A bag which had been accidentally soaked with Chihuahua urine prompted a bomb scare in New York when the owner hid it behind a bush rather than take it into court with him. (Aol Weird News)

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A 20-year-old man has died in Australia after taking part in the internet craze of planking. Acton Beale fell from the balcony of a high-rise building while trying to lie on the 5cm wide railings. (CNN)

We know this is fake as much as you know it's fake. But's let's pretend for a moment it's real. A baseball player has saved the life of a reporter by catching a ball which was speeding towards her head during an interview. (Nine MSN) (YouTube)

A bull which escaped when the truck transporting it in Brazil crashed, ran for about a mile and headed straight into a dress shop. (Nine MSN) (YouTube)

There was us thinking it was US Navy Seals who killed Osama Bin Laden… turns out it was actually the Klingons from Star Trek. (Stuff)

A bus driver in Rome has been caught on camera driving while using two mobile phone and steering with his elbows. Well it makes a change from reading a book or killing snowmen. (Asylum) 

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A woman who claims to have the world's biggest breasts says that despite already having a 164XXX cup, her boobs are still growing at a rate of one inch a month. (Metro)

Police in the US had arrested a tubby would-be Batman who they found hanging off the side of a building in a small Michigan town carrying the baton, a chemical irritant spray and wearing a pair of lead-lined gloves. (MSNBC)

A champion pole dancer was left red-faced when she fell from her pole during an appearance on live daytime TV. Natasha Wang recently won the 2011 US Pole Dancing Championship‎. (My Fox) (YouTube)

We cover so many weird news stories, that it's pretty hard to surprise us, but not all journalists are so well versed in oddities. Take TV newsreader Tatiana Subbotina for example, she couldn't help but laugh her way through a story about animals guarding cannabis. (Metro) (YouTube)

Police in the US say a man dressed as Batman recently got into a fight on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk and was body slammed into the floor. (Asylum)

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When the Stoiljkovic family in Croatia lose the remote control to their TV, they probably don't even bother checking down the side of the sofa, it's more likely to turn up on the chest of six-year-old Ivan -- he's said to have a magnetic body. (Daily Mail) (YouTube)

A scantily clad woman stole a tow truck, led police on a chase and then jumped out of the moving vehicle and sprinted along the road in her underwear. As you do. (NBC LA) (YouTube)

If you're of an at all squeamish disposition, we suggest you give this story a miss, it's really not for you. A man has survived a horrific accident which saw him impaled through the head with a 2-inch thick pole -- as this x-ray shows. (WAOW)

Do you remember your first kiss? These kids will -- their first smackeroo was not only recorded on camera, but has gone viral online where it has been viewed more than seven million times in a week. (My Fox NY) (YouTube)

Given our penchant for alligator stories, it will come as no surprise that we've got another for you. This time it's police in Florida trying to corner a snappy critter until the trapper arrived, and making a hard job of it. (WTSP) (YouTube)

WNWDW: Two-headed baby born in China

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A baby in China has been born with two heads. For those keeping count, that's one more than usual. The conjoined twins share a single body and born by caesarean to migrant farmer parents. (Telegraph)

You know what it's like, you're desperate for your mid-morning yogurt, but can't be bothered with all that parking outside the yogurt shop and walking inside. Yes this is the latest of our 'Driver ploughs into [blank]" story. (10 News)

If you ever find yourself playing a game of cards against Bai Dengchun, we suggest you don't do anything to upset him. Otherwise you could lose a finger to the kung fu card thrower. (Orange) (YouTube)

Pupils at a school in Scotland were shocked when their teachers performed a flash-mob style dance routine in the school canteen. (Daily Mail)

Did you know that May is Zombie Awareness Month? No, neither did we, but now we can't help thinking about a zombie apocalypse. (Aol Weird News)

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Tourists in London were surprised when 100 dancers emerged from crowds outside Buckingham Palace to take part in a "royal flashmob" where they performed to songs including Queen's We Will Rock You. (Telegraph)

A daredevil snowmobile rider has had a lucky escape after coming off his machine and proceeding to fall down a mountain for around 45 seconds - promptly followed by his tumbling snowmobile. (The Sun)

So you're moving house and have spent hours carefully boxing up your belongings ready to be transported by dedicated professionals… and then you discover they've apparently trained at the ACME school of removals. (YouTube)

Now this is a story all about how… a soldier became an online hit after dancing Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air on top of a M1068 tank. (Metro)

What do you get if you've got six million empty beer bottles? Other than a reputation for being 'a bit of a drinker' that is? Well if you're anything like Tito Ingenieri you get a rather unique castle to live in. (9 News)

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Ever since a certain Monty Python sketch, we've had a pathological fear of old women and thought they were up to no good. And it turn's out we might have been right, this group of women are believed to have stolen $500,000. (My Fox) (YouTube)

A pair of sandwich shop workers from the US are being hailed as heroes after interrupting a robbery of one of their customers and chased the robbers off. (ABC Local) (YouTube)

We don't know why this car was being loaded onto the back of a tow-truck, but we are guessing it's now got more problems than it did before the recovery vehicle was called in. (Nine MSN)

Bullfighters in Ecuador are protesting a ballot referendum which could see, a ban on the killing of bulls at the end of bullfights. (Aol Weird News)

It's easy to be jealous of sports cameramen with their 'work' being to attendf some of the world's best sporting events. But that's only because you don't see the perils they face… much like this cameraman didn't see this player coming. (Asylum)

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A Canadian man who'd arranged to go out on a date with a woman he met online, was probably suitably shocked when the mystery woman turned out to be his girlfriend... who proceeded to throw coffee in his face and slap him. (Metro)

When we told you about Smokey, the cat with a purr as loud as an airplane, it's fair to say we were slightly dubious about the claims made by his owners. But now the purr-tastic cat has officially become the world's loudest cat. (The Sun)

A riderless horse which mistakenly jumped over a safety fence at a race in Australia and into the crowd has injured several spectators. (Asylum)

A pet cat tried to come to the rescue of his owner, who suffered from sleep apnea… by repeatedly urinating into his mouth as he snored. (Aol Weird News)

A daredevil base-jumper has driven his motorcycle off a 4,000 cliff in the Chilean Andes in a bid to help promote the country. Julio Munoz said the stunt had taken three years planning. (Telegraph)




wnwdw.jpgWeird News We Didn't Write: Our daily roundup of the best odd news stories from elsewhere on the web.

A pair of traffic officers in the US have been suspended after allegedly making a porn film while on duty. In the movie the officers were seen spanking and fondling an actress. (MSN) (YouTube)

Air hostesses who have been taught Kung fu skills as a way of dealing with problem passengers have been showing of their skills. (Metro) (YouTube)

We'll admit we're not connoisseurs of baseball, but who doesn't like seeing a fan catch a speeding foul ball in one hand while holding his daughter in the other. (Asylum)

We really wish this wasn't a publicity stunt, but it almost doesn't matter when it means we get to see a team of pickup trucks demolish 140-tonne industrial chimney. (Telegraph)

Who would have guessed it? Apparently Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan compound wouldn't make a good holiday destination. Well that's according to a spate of bad reviews which have been added to Google Maps. (Aol Weird News)

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It appears this man wasn't too keen on being caught when police raided the brothel he was using in eastern China - he climbed down a drainpipe while naked and disappeared into the backstreets. (Daily Mail)

We don't watch enough ping pong to know exactly how this compares to other achievements in the sport… but that's not going to stop us questioning whether this could be the world's best ping pong shot? (NBC Sports)

A police helicopter team have been accused of wasting public resources after using a  £2,000 an hour chopper to play “guess the location” with photos on Twitter. (Mirror)

Golf clubs can sometimes be strict about what players wear on the course, and La Jenny Naturist Course in France is no different… except they insist you are naked. (Aol Weird News)

In our eyes he will never be as good as Paul the octopus, but a two-headed psychic tortoise in Slovakia is causing a stir after predicting the winner in a series of ice hockey games. (Metro)




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