WNWDW: June 2011 Archives

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By day Digit is your typical zoo gorilla, spending her time in an enclosure at an attraction in France. But come evening she goes home with the zoo manager and his wife after being 'adopted' by them. (Yahoo) (YouTube)

Politicians are often desperate make a good impression on a crowd, but not like this. Russian president Dmitry Medvedev almost ploughed into a crowd after forgetting the handbrake. (NineMSN)

A snake breeder from Nottingham who once had his photo taken kissing a King Cobra has died after being bitten by one of his venomous reptiles. Luke Yeomans died of a heart attack. (Telegraph)

A Canadian couple who held their wedding reception in an 18th century wine vault say they were shocked when a guest told them a ghost had crashed their wedding photos. Hmmm, can anyone say reflection. (Asylum)

One minute US tourist Ian Cole was having the holiday of a lifetime, snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef. But when he returned to the surface he realised he'd been accidentally left behind by his tour boat. (USA Today)

Heidi Withers has been left in no doubt about what her future mother-in-law thinks about her -- she's said to have received a ranting email accusing her of a lack of manners. (Telegraph)

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A US man has been warned he faces charges for not attending jury duty… apparently being dead for the last five years isn't a good enough excuse for not turning up. (KTBS)

This teenager appears to be stupid and luck in equal measure. After getting drunk he though it would be a good idea to climb the handrail of the escalator -- and promptly fell 20ft. (Boston Channel) (YouTube)

Blundering police in Seattle have accidentally left an AR-15 assault weapon sitting on the boot of an unmanned squad car. Luckily the person who found it just uploaded a pic to the internet. (The Stranger)

Maths geeks have celebrated "Tau Day" and reiterated their belief that the constant called tau should take the place of pi in a bid to make calculations easier. (BBC)

A TV journalist who was reporting on a fire in Texas has been left red-faced after being caught taking a quick fag break when cameras cut to him. (Asylum)


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You'd be forgiven for thinking Wimbledon was the only sporting event taking place at the moment -- but that would be doing a massive disservice to the world toe wrestling championship. (Telegraph)

The guys at NASA have some pretty amazing tech to play with -- like this Robotic lander prototype which recently completed an autonomous test flight. (Daily Mail)  (YouTube)

An artist has won acclaim after stripping off and having her photo taken in a range of situations which she says is a way of conquering her fears. (Daily Mail)

Scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences' Applied Astronomy Institute say they expect us to encounter alien civilisations within the next two decades. (Asylum)

Hitting a speedily hurled baseball has always looked hard enough to us, but this player managed to hit a ball twice -- in what we are assured is a rather rare occurrence. (Blippitt) (YouTube)

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Footage of fire fighters rescuing a four-week-old kitten from a pipe in California has prompted the internet to sigh with a collective "Awww!" (Nine MSN) (YouTube)

A suicidal boy who was threatening to jump from a bridge in China has been saved after a passing waitress offered him a kiss and as he locked lips rescuers grabbed him. (Aya Shii) (YouTube)

A Japanese pop star who was revealed as a singer with one of the country's most popular bands has been been outed as be a computer-generated creation. Aimi Eguchi was created using the eyebrows, nose, lips and mouth of other girls. (ABC) (YouTube)

Okay so she's no Rachel Riley, but we have to admire the way Lily Serna keeps a straight face after pulling out the letters PENISDUMP on the Australian version of Countdown 'Letters and Numbers'. (YouTube)

A video of an Elk saving a drowning marmot which fell into a water tank at a US zoo has become an online hit. (CBS) (YouTube)

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A man who was selling fireworks from under a tent decided to set fire to the explosives and direct them at his girlfriend after getting into an argument about a set of keys. But the best bit about the story… his name is Guy Fowlkes. (ABC News) (YouTube)

Scientists say that some women really do have a 'gaydar' and can tell a man's sexuality simply by looking at him (Daily Mail)

A driver smashed into the front of a US convenience store, knocking an employee through the window... then a passenger of the car got out and nonchalantly walked away like nothing had happened. (NBC) (YouTube)

Video footage of a Siamese cat not wanting to be sniffed by an inquisitive Anatolian Shepherd and sitting back on its hind legs before repeatedly punching the pooch in the face, has become an online hit. (Asylum)

A woman who stopped breathing for 25 minutes has 'come back from the dead'… only to discover family members had given her a haircut. (Telegraph)

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A porky pooch which weighs-in at a tubby 13.3 stone - and is said to be Australia's fattest dog - has finally been put on a diet. (Telegraph)

A first edition Charles Darwin book returned has been returned to a library some 122 years after it was originally taken out. Bosses have waved the $37,000 late fine for the copy of 'Insectivorous Plants' (Yahoo)

Tom Hanks decided to try his hand at interpreting a weather forecast with the medium of dance during a recent TV appearance. As you do. (Mirror) (YouTube)

A US shopper was so angered when she saw a group of men trying to steal few cases of beer from a Walmart, she chased them out of the store and jumped on the bonnet of their car, as this CCTV footage shows. (Fox) (YouTube)

There have been some odd baseball foul ball catches recently… and this beer-based catch is no exception. (Asylum)

WNWDW: Store duo tackle armed robber

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A customer and a member of staff in a US mobile phone store tackled an armed robber despite him wielding an assault rifle -- because they thought the gun was fake. Unfortunately, despite their bravery/stupidity the man was able to get away. (9 News)

Jiu-Jitsu experts are not normally known for their sense of humour, but all that could change thanks to this video of one dressing as a training doll and surprising other martial arts fans. (YouTube)

President Obama is probably the most powerful man on the planet… when it comes to calming crying babies. At least that's what we're taking from this video of him doing his stuff at a recent White House meet-and-greet. (Asylum)

It's funny because the cat thinks it's a dog. A video of a cat leaning out of a window and barking like a dog has become an online hit. (The Sun) (YouTube)

Tennis fans at Wimbledon were forced to flee from their spot in front of the big screen TV at Henman Hill when a huge swarm of bees descended. (Asylum)


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Last time we promised you a salsa dancing dog we 'may' have given you a hungry dog pawing at a window. But not this this time, this is a real salsa dancing dog… maybe. Either way it's become an online hit. (The Sun) (YouTube)

It's worth noting that when the inevitable happens and the robot uprising begins, hiding in a tree will not help you… meet Treebot, the robot that can climb trees by itself. (Metro)

A US man says he can make $500 per week by crawling around on his hands and knees in New York and finding gold or gems which have been dropped on the pavement. (Telegraph) (YouTube)

When they got married, this couple were not going to be happy with a 'normal' wedding -- so they created this stunning Inception-inspired film to mark the start of their reception. (TheNextWeb)

Despite his distinctive red and white outfit, it can sometimes be hard to spot Wally (or Waldo if you are American) not so during a recent record bid. (Daily Mail)

WNWDW: Racegoers brawl at Royal Ascot

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For years Royal Ascot, has been the prestigious highlight of the summer racing season, a chance for racegoers to schmooze with others exuding the same level of sophistication as themselves… now it's more likely to be brawling chavs in hats. (Daily Mail)

In the past we've seen that a hardware store isn't exactly the safest place to be during a tornado. Now - thanks to this footage from Christchurch - we know the same applies to earthquakes. (YouTube)

A massive lake in Argentina has been filled with ash from the Puyehue volcano in Chile transforming the normally clear water into a bizarre gunk. (Telegraph)

Rioters destroying their own city after a sporting loss is weird enough, but there were some strange things happening during the Vancouver riots, just take a look at this. (Daily Mail) (Guardian)

A Russian boffin has stripped off gone naked swimming with white whales in the Arctic because marine biologists believe the beluga whales do not like to be touched by artificial materials. At least that's what they told her. (Aol Weird News)

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A theme park in Japan is building the world's steepest roller-coaster. Called Takabisha it includes a 43m drop. (Daily Mail)

A pair of men have been discovered transporting a car from Germany to Kazakhstan, by wedging it on its side inside a van. The duo were hoping to save on the cost of a trailer. (The Sun) (YouTube)

If he was trying to deliberately outrage the entire internet, it appears this Filipino teenager as succeeded after pegging a puppy up on washing and posting the images to Facebook. (News.com.au)

A group of skydivers in Prague have been showing off their skills without needed to jump from a plane - by performing an incredible synchronised routine in a wind tunnel. (Asylum)

A pair of climbers have tie the knot on top of 3,352ft mountain. Jo Mellor and Rob Tearle wed on Buachaille Etive Mor at Glencoe in the Highlands. (Mirror)

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It's not often you could describe someone who fell from the window of a tenth floor apartment as lucky, but this man is -- his leg caught in the window grille of an eighth floor apartment and he was rescued. (Nine MSN)

Is a truck in a swimming pool any more bizarre than a cow? We don't rightly know, but it's certainly more dangerous when it crashes into a pool being used by 12 swimmers. Luckily none were injured. (Fox)

Oracle Racing were showing off a new class of catamaran by unveiling it in San Francisco. And it was all going well until the boat flipped over. Ooops. (CNN) (YouTube)

The most controversial aspect to this video of a kitten rolling around in a  hamster ball appeared to be debate as to whether it's trapped or having fun. But who cares, it's cute. (Daily Mail)

A businessman has been left fuming after flushing £20 notes down the toilet having been wrongly told they were fake. (STV)

WNWDW: Woman gets blown away by storm

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A 19-year-old woman who was caught in a storm in Wisconsin was quite literally blown away by the force of the winds as she pulled into a petrol station. Luckily she was uninjured. (CBS News) (YouTube)

The children of the late, great Steve Irwin have followed in his dangerous footsteps by wrestle crocodiles at Australia Zoo which were being moved into a new home. (MSN) (YouTube)

Critics have blasted an Iraqi playboy who has been filmed racing his turquoise Ferrari 599 supercar around London's busy streets at speeds of 'up to 120mph'. (Daily Mail)

A concept plane which features transparent cabins, seats that mould around your body and holographic gaming areas has been revealed as a possible vision of the future of flight. (Metro)

A New York state court has ruled that unlike enjoying a ballet performance, getting a lap dance isn't tax exempt. Who would have guessed. (Aol Weird News)

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It's a case of life imitating iPhone game. A group of angry birds in the US have started hurling themselves at pigs. Okay, not quite, but a group of crows have started dive-bombing police in Washington. (Metro) (YouTube)

They were meant to be getting a hot tub fitted in their back yard, but a US family were instead left with a damaged house when the crane lifting the tub toppled and fell into the home. (My Fox) (YouTube

A woman has been caught on TV stealing a foul ball from the fingers of a little girl at a recent baseball game. (NowPublic) (YouTube)


Gary Neville is a Manchester United legend, one of the football's best defenders his throwing however… just check out this baseball pitch. (Yahoo)

Who thinks the best way of finding yourself a date is to go online and declare your undying love for cats? Anyone? Just Debbie then. (Asylum)


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We've seen more than a few news-based TV gaffes. But until today we'd never seen a journalist flash a look of horror quite like that of WDBJ anchor Holly Pietrzak when she realised she'd just accidentally dropped the F-Bomb on live TV. (YouTube)

We normally has a policy of only covering bullfighting stories if the bull come out on top. However today we are going to make an exception to look at the dwarf bullfighters of Mexico. But it's okay, the calves they 'fight' are not injured. (Daily Mail)

In the hope of grabbing a foul ball, some baseball fans take a catcher's mitt with them to a game -- others find holding their child helps, even if they drop them -- but this guy was happy to use his popcorn bucket. (Total Pro Sports)

When we were young, we had to entertain ourselves with a stick, but toddlers at a chain of nurseries in Bath and Wiltshire will soon be playing with their own Apple iPads. (T3)

Forget planking, the new viral internet trend for the summer is going to be cone-ing -- the art of ordering an ice cream and then grabbing it by the ice cream not the cone. (YouTube)

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Okay so the bear wasn't flying of its own accord, but a Canadian couple have died in a freak accident after a 200kg beast was thrown through the windscreen of their car after being hit by another. (Reuters)

A Turkish policeman was forced to cling onto the bonnet of a speeding car for more than 3km when a motorist he'd stopped on suspicion o drink driving ploughed into him. (Telegraph)

A teenage girl showed professional baseball players how it's done when she made an amazing catch at a recent MLB game. Savannah Galati leaned over the barrier to snatch this foul ball. (ABC)

Something tell us the identity of this unnamed man whose drunken staggering and falling down has become an online hit won't stay that way for long. (Asylum)

Not every job firefighters get sent on is potentially life threatening, some are just cute -- like when they were called to free a toddler trapped in toy vending machine in Australia. (whereilive.com)

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Traffic wardens in Brighton have issued a toy bus with a £50 penaltyparking ticket after it was left on the street outside a hairdressers. (Metro)

Police who conducted a search of a Texas home after receiving a tip-off from a psychic about a mass grave, say they're now investigating whether it was a hoax after no bodies were found. (Guardian)

Cricketer Matt Prior has apologised after smashing a dressing room window at Lord's and injuring the leg of a female spectator. (Daily Mail)

Since we showed you this low pass flyby earlier this week, we've been asking ourselves: "If it looks like that for spectators, what did it look like for the pilot?" -- and now we have the answer. (YouTube)

Coffee-lovers who drink too much java are three times more likely to see or hear imaginary things than everyone else, it has been found. (My Fox DC)

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A video of a clever canine climbing between a post and a fence to get into a garden had become an online hit. (Nine MSN) (YouTube)

A group of skydivers had to jump from their plane earlier than expected when it suffered engine failure and the pilot called mayday. (HuffPo)

The robot uprising, and subsequent age of our mechanical overlords looks like it's going to begin in an unlikely setting… around a pool table. (Daily Mail)
 
A team of geeek pranksters have plastered an under construction Apple store with a giant Windows logo. As you do. (The Star) (YouTube)

Thousands of people have gathered to watch the annual shin kicking contest which takes place in the Cotswolds. It's amazing what counts as entertainment in the Cotswolds. (The Sun)

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News blunders come in many guises, but this has to be one of our favourites. Fox News have accidentally used an image of Tiny Fey doing an impersonation of Sarah Palin to illustrate a story about the presidentual wannabe. (Crooks And Liars)

1,500 people turned up at the birthday party of a 16-year-old girl in Germany after she accidentally marked it as a public even on Facebook. (AP) (YouTube)

In the Venn diagram of school life, there tends to be quite an overlap between 'members of the school band' and 'pupils who get bullied' -- which could go some way to explaining the creation of this flame-throwing trombone. (YouTube)

A stage hypnotist left three people in a trance when he tripped over the leg of an audience member and knocked himself out while bringing them out of a hypnotic state. Or did he? (Asylum)

A semi-professional football match in Brazil had to be suspended after a swarm of bees invaded the pitch and attacked players. (Nine MSN)

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A Chinese teenager was so desperate to get his hands on a new Apple iPad 2 that he's said to have sold a kidney to be able to buy one - unsurprisingly hi mother was not impressed. (Telegraph)

This young lad has just learnt how to ride a bike, now he's got a message for anyone else struggling to master two wheels -- believe in yourself and you can too. (Break)

A Twitter user from Malaysia who was involved in a defamation case with a magazine publisher has been given the odd punishment of being forced to Tweet an apology 100 times. (Aol Weird News)

Like YouTube doesn't already house enough quite frankly bizarre videos, an artist has created a range of over-sized babies' head masks which are fast becoming a hit on the video sharing site. (Asylum)

Okay it's not quite a war reporter keeping their composure as missiles explode around them - but we're still  quite impressed by how Steve Kuzj didn't let a little thing like getting soaked by sprinklers stop him doing his job. (Guyism) (Youtube)

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You'd have thought combining the words 'buried-alive' and 'test' was enough to highlight the potential peril of a situation. But that didn't stop a Russian man burying himself overnight to see if he could survive… he couldn't. (News.com.au)

As this CCTV footages shows, customers at a bank in Virginia were left shocked when a deer ran into their branch getting through two sliding doors before charging around the building. (YouTube)

At least it didn't break out into a cat fight, but an Australian politician has found himself at the centre of a sexism row after meowing at a female senior minister. (Telegraph) (YouTube)

It probably wasn't the first impression she was hoping to leave him with. But when Emma Carmichael fell at the feet of her idol Roger Federer at the French Open, she at least got a hug from the ace. (Asylum)

A humble patio umbrella has been blamed for knocking out the power to an entire Canadian city. The brolly blew up into high voltage lines and tripped a breaker. (CNews)

Officials in Italy claim to have foiled an attempt by North Korea to import tap-dancing shoes. (Yahoo)

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It's dangerous to use your phone while driving, and sending a text message at the wheel is particularly stupid. But some people refuse to heed the warning… maybe they will after seeing this video. (The Sun) (YouTube)

A couple of high school students in the US have been suspended and told they cannot walk in their graduation next week after holding a mock lightsaber fight during their lunch break. They are fighting the suspension… may the force be with them. (Neatorama) (YouTube)

Inspired by Lady Gaga and her meat dress, a team of fashion students in the UK have created a collection of dresses… made out of cheese. (Daily Mail)

A man has seen the person using his stolen Macbook arrested after using a secret bit of software to track the user and even take photos of him using it. (Boing Boing)

We have no idea why this man is being interviewed by several TV channels, nor what he is saying. But it doesn't matter, because it's the bearded gent in the background who steals the show. (YouTube)

A woman has suffered a broken leg after a fish jumped onto the boat she was travelling on and smashed into her. Local wildlife officials in Florida say Tina Fletcher is the fifth person this year to be injured by jumping sturgeon. (MSNBC)

Hackers have broken into the PBS website and planted a phony story which stated that the dead rapper Tupac Shakur was actually still alive and living in New Zealand. (Emirates 247)




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