275x250.jpg Children out trick-or-treating in Manchester got more than a few sweets on Halloween, some were given packets of cocaine!

Greater Manchester Police say they were called to reports of trick-or-treaters in Royton being given packets of white powder amongst their sweets.

It was soon confirmed that the snap bags contained cocaine, not a sweet, and a 33-year-old man from Royton was charged with possession of class A drugs

Superintendent Catherine Hankinson said: “The parents and police acted quickly when this report was made, in the interests of public safety."

275x250.jpg Architects have created an interesting design for a possible new bridge in Paris … it consists of three inflatable doughnut trampolines.

The bizarre design was created as a response to an ideas competition for a new bridge in Pari - which will add to the 37 bridges which already cross the Seine.

A spokesperson for design firm Atelier Zündel Cristea said: "It appears to us that Paris has the bridges and passages necessary for the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic across its waterways.

"Our intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water. We propose, now, a distinctive urban feature: an inflatable bridge equipped with giant trampolines, dedicated to the joyful release from gravity as one bounces above the river.

275x250.jpg Visitors to London’s famous Smithfields Meat Market may have got a shock recently, after spotting a butchers which appeared to be selling edible human limbs including hands and feet packaged like cuts of meat.

But Wesker & Son was actually the creation of food artist Sharon Baker who had been commissioned to help promote the launch of computer game Resident Evil 6 and no real human flesh was on sale.

To create the odd cuts, Sharon used Prosciutto and sausage meat to create the effect of internal flesh. For the terrine-based limbs, Sharon has created a delicious pate of chicken and pork mince mixed with cranberries and pistachio.

Sharon created a number of moulds using her own body – hands, feet and arms to form the limbs … which must make looking at this even weirder for her than it is for us.

275x250.jpg Meet HotTug, the world's first wood-fired hot tub boat. Yes it is just as odd, weird and wonderful as it sounds.

While the HotTug can be used as a typical boat for six to eight people, it's when it's filled with 2000 litres of water it becomes interesting.

That's because it then becomes a portable hottub - constructed from wood and fitted with glass fiber reinforced polyester - which can be enjoyed while cruising along canals or on a lake.

A wood stove in front of the boat heats the water in about 2.5 hours up to 38 degrees Celsius and an integrated electric motor allows people to cruise around for about 8 hours.

275x250.jpg We've previously told you about the wonderfully odd underwater sculptures by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, well he's done it again with a series of underwater suburban homes.

But while they look like they are designed for you or us, theses homes are actually for various marine species … which is a good job because they are at the bottom of the sea at Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park.

Working with local marine biologists the units are designed with a variety of rooms, spaces, hideaways and textures all tailored for different reef inhabitants.

Located on an open stretch of terrain the houses also offer a place of shelter and refuge from reef predators such as Barracudas and Lion Fish.

Stingray photobombs go viral (PHOTOS)

275x250.jpg Everyone loves a good photobomb, especially when the photobomber in question is an animal … which could explain why these Stingray Photobomb photos went viral.

Seen by millions of people, the images show shocked swimmers being mounted by stingray as they enjoy the water and pose for a quick photo.

The images are thought to have been taken in the Cayman Islands Stingray City, a tourist destination where people get to touch and feed stingray amongst coral reefs.

Some online fans of the Stingray Photobombs have described them as "The photobomb to end all photobombs", and we have to agree.

275x250.jpg Can you remember what you were doing on 15th March 2003? Or what the weather was like on 30th May 2007? British student Aurelien can, in fact he can remember EVERYTHING!

The 20-year-old is one of just a handful of people in the world who are baffling scientists with their ability to recall every detail of every day of their lives, a condition known as superior autobiographical memory.

Aurelien - who is the subject of a documentary on Channel 4 - can apparently even recall exactly what he did on every day since the age of four, including details of conversations and what he had for lunch.

In the show Aurelien is put to the test by eight time world memory champion, Dominic O'Brien, and examined by memory expert Professor Giuliana Mazzoni.


When the mother of these quadruplet brothers heard that teachers were having difficulty telling them apart, she shaved numbers out of their hair to help distinguish them.


So now the Chinese brothers are know to their teachers as 1, 2, 3 and 4 … and have the haircuts to prove it.

The barber is said to have printed the numbers onto sheets of paper before cutting them out, sticking them on the kids heads and cutting around them.

The parents behind the odd news don't blame the teachers for struggling to tell the boys apart, the father is said to have once punished number 3 for the bad conduct of number 2 … though he probably used their real names.

275x250.jpg When Randy Tenley decided to dress as Bigfoot and stand by the side of a road in northwestern Montana to provoke sightings of the mythical creature, he probably thought it would be funny.

But what he didn't consider what that his military-style "Ghillie suit" would also camouflage him as he stood in the right-hand lane of a highway.

As a result he was killed when he was knocked over by one car and hit by a second as he lay in the road.

Montana Highway Patrol say his motives of trying to get people to call in a Sasquatch sighting became apparent after they interviewed his friends.

It's not known whether alcohol was a factor … but we could have a guess.

275x250.jpg An Australian man has unsurprisingly ended up in hospital after showing off with his 'fireworks between the buttocks' party trick, and it backfired.

The 23-year old had reportedly been attending a party in the Darwin suburb of Rapid Creek when he decided to show off with his party piece.

So he dropped his trousers and placed a firecracker between his buttocks before lighting it. In a shock to no-one but the man himself, he ended up with burns to his butt cheeks and privates.

Other party-goers contacted paramedic, but by the time they arrived the man had already taken himself to hospital … probably not sitting in the drivers seat.

It's understood the man was later transported to a specialist burns unit and could be fined for being in possession of fireworks beyond an approved period.

275x250.jpg The man with the world's biggest penis claims his unusually large package prompted a security scare at San Francisco Airport.

Jonah Falcon - whose penis is 9 inches long when flaccid and 13.5 inches when erect - says he was traveling through the airport when TSA officials noticed his big bulge.

Apparently interpreting it as a 'biological threat' guards asked the 41-year-old if his pockets were empty, before carefully giving him a pat down.

Despite telling the security "It's my d**k", Falcon claims his trousers were sprinkled with a white powder to test for explosives.

In case you were wondering, the record holder told the Huffington Post he was not erect when he was stopped. It's a hard life isn't it?


A mayor in Alaska has recently been re-elected. Nothing strange about that you might think, but that's before we tell you the mayor of Talkeetna is a cat and has been in charge for 15 years.


The 15-year-old moggy - or Mayor Stubbs to give him his official title - was voted in as mayor just a few days after he was born.

Residents nominated the then kitten for the role because they did not think there were any other viable candidates and surprisingly he won. Since then he keeps getting voted in.

His main role as mayor seems to be getting publicity for the town and he's appeared in local and national magazines and newspapers. And well, we wouldn't be writing about Talkeetna if it wasn't for him, would we?


A baseball fan has become an instant American hero after catching a foul ball between his legs.

The man had been holding his snacks and a drink as he walked back to his seat at the game between the Blue Jays and Indians.

But that wasn't going to stop him when Clevelands Jason Kipnis hit a high fly ball which ended up in the stands.

The ball bounced over fans and the man somehow managed to stop and hold the ball between his legs. The crotch catch got a standing ovation from other fans… when was the last time your crotch got that?


When Sarah Brame decided to give fishing a go during a trip at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, she couldn't have expected that she would end up netting a YouTube hit.

But that's exactly what happened after a shark decided to steal her catch from the end of her line.

As this video shows, Brame had been in the process of landing her catch when the cheeky shark dived in an swallowed the fish at the end of her rod.

What also helps the video reach internet fame was Sarah's responce, “It's a shark! A shark! It's a shark! It's a big-a** shark!” she screamed.

275x250.jpgThe 2012 Olympics is almost here and the world's top athletes will be competing against each other and the record books. So here at Newslite we're celebrating in the only way we know how -- by looking at some of the weirder sporting champions.

Together with Guinness World Records -- who have released the e-book 'Totally Bonkers Sporting Champions' -- we will count down to the London games with one quirky record holder per day.

Today we have the privilege of introducing you to Japan’s Kenichi who in 2008 recorded the Fastest 100m on All Fours in an astonishing 18.58 seconds; just 9 seconds longer than Usain Bolt! 

The 29 year-old self-proclaimed “monkey enthusiast” from Tokyo has spent years developing a style of running based on the movements of the West African Patas monkey.

275x250.jpg What better than sitting out in the garden with a BBQ? Sitting in the middle of a lake with a BBQ, that's what. Meet the Barbecue Dining Boat … yes you read that correctly.

The £30,000 boat - which can provide waterborne cookouts for up to 10 adults - even feature an umbrella should the weather take a turn for the worse.

Made from ABS and featuring a 30-watt electric trolling motor, the BBQ dining boat can maneuver at up to 2.5 mph through calm water for up to eight hours of continuous use.

10 seats are positioned around the boat's 24"-diam. steel charcoal grill each have a recessed plate holder, three beverage holders, and silverware tray.


It's not hard to make a bed, and it doesn't take more than a minute … but that doesn't mean we shouldn't look for complicated technical solutions to the problem of an un-made bed.


The Smart Bed OHEA Automatico is a mechanical bed designed by Spanish firm OHEA, which makes itself whenever you get out. After being put in automatic mode, the bed detects when a sleeper gets out and instantly springs into action.

Mechanical arms pop up on each side of the bed and position the blanket neatly where it should be while the pillows are lifted and then placed back down into position, all in 50 seconds.

Makers say the bed - which is due to be released soon - has safety feature which ensure it cannot operate when there is a person lying there.


Some computer games are best enjoyed in multi-player with friends, but we're glad this isn't one of them. Meet GuitarPee … a urinal-based version of games like Guitar Hero.


Guitar Pee is the creation of Billboard Brasil who went to the effort of converting a urinal into a working instrument before sending it on a tour of bars in São Paulo where they hoped to find.

Drinkers were then encouraged to play/pee the best riffs they could and become a 'Urination Hero'. Users could even log onto a website to listen back to their tune.

This video shows the faces (it's okay, just the faces) of some of the full bladdered would-be musicians doing their things … we just hope no-one rocked out too much and got the floor wet.


When his pet cat Orville was killed in a road accident Dutch artist Bart Jansen could have given him the usual pet burial. He didn't … he turned Orville into a flying work of art.


Working with radio controlled helicopter experts, Jansen a propellers to each of the paws on his deceased and stuffed pussy and Orvillecopter was born.

Currently the dead flying moggy (not a phrase I ever expected to write) can only sustain flight for a few seconds. Though that hasn't stopped it going on show at the Kunstrai art festival in Amsterdam.

Jansen says Orvillecopter will soon be fitted with more powerful engines and larger props. We can't wait to see.


A family in California couldn't believe their eye when they spotted a bear taking a dip in their luxury infinity swimming pool.

This being 2012 they instantly reached for their smartphone and started recording the impromptu swim session, before posting the clip to YouTube.

In the footage - shot by Rachel and Valerie Gasparini - the bear can be seen enjoying the posh pool and appears to be taking in the panoramic views across the Golden State.

"It's really good at swimming," the sisters can be heard saying. "It's like looking out at the view, taking a nice swim you know, what they hell!"

275x250.jpg Chefs have created the world's meatiest sandwich which stands at 1.2 feet high, 24 inches wide and is packed with 41 different types of meats.

The substantial sarnie weighs in at over 2 stone thanks to being filled with 1,445 grams of ham, 2kg of salami, turkey and bacon, 1kg of sausages, 720 grams of chorizo and sprinklings of salad, cheese and gherkins for good measure.

The gargantuan sandwich was created by the Food Network UK and restaurateur Tristan Welsh to mark the launch of Food Network UK show Man Vs Food Nation.

The meaty masterpiece took more than 4 hours to make, and it is anticipated that it will take a whopping 10 hours to finish … they should bring it to Newslite Towers, we could devour it far quicker!

Loud toilet noises prompt 911 call

275x250.jpg A Canadian man has been left red-faced after his excessively loud toilet grunting prompted a neighbour to call emergency services because she thought something serious was wrong.

Police rushed to the scene in British Columbian capital Victoria after receiving a 911 call reporting a yelling and shouting coming from a basement at 5am.

And when they got there, officers say they could hear low moaning and babbling coming from inside the suite.

Eventually after repeated and knocks and announcements by the officers a man opened the door.

When questioned about the amount of noise he was making the man explained that he had been essentially (in his own different words) on the toilet having his morning constitutional but he was done now.


An Australian MP has become an online hit after showing the sort of blind loyalty to his Prime Minister in a Sky News interview that could only normally be prompted by a Malcolm Tucker rant.


Bill Shorten was being interviewed about a statement made by PM Julia Gillard about whether the Australian Speaker should return to his role while there was an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

But rather than give his opinion he said: "I haven't seen what she's said, but let me say I support what it is that she said."

Bemused interviewer David Speers replied: "Hang on, you haven't seen what she said?" and then it got even more bizarre as Shorten added: "But I support what my prime minister said".


Of all the things we expected to see today, a rubber chicken wearing a knitted NASA suit and floating at the edge of space, wasn't one of them. Luckily High School students in California had other ideas.


Kids from Bishop Union High School used a helium balloon to send the bird, called Camilla (the mascot of the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory), to an altitude of 120,000ft in her lunchbox spaceship.

As part of their science project they wanted to test the levels of radiation during a proton storm -- a M8-class solar flare early on March 10, 2012. And Camilla, who was just the job.

She was joined on her mission by several insects and sunflower seeds and after rising to the edge of space the balloon which had been carrying her expanded so much it exploded and  came hurtling back to Earth at 500 mph.

275x250.jpg Eating competition normally include things like hot dogs or burgers, but a competitive eater in Russia has just won the world's first caviar speed eating contest.

49-year-old Alexander Lavrov munched his way through £3,000 worth of luxury black caviar in just 86 seconds and was the first person to finish their 500 grams of the delicacy.

His prize for munching his way through the expensive fish eggs, 10,000 rubles (£215) -- and even more caviar to take home.

The promotional event was held by a Moscow restaurant called Apartment which is said to have spent two million rubles on the contest.

275x250.jpg When an Egyptian man decided he was going to watch his first bit of online porn, he probably thought the worst thing that could happen was for his wife to catch him.

However, what actually happened was that he discovered the movie he was watching stared his wife of 16 years who he had four children.

It's been reported that the man -- known only as Ramadan -- went on to find that his unfaithful wife had appeared in 11 different films.

After being shown the movie, the woman confessed to being the online porn star and told Ramadan she never really loved him, before adding that the man in the films was her pre-marriage boyfriend.

Speaking in Egyptian newspapers Ramadan insisted that this was the first time he had watched online porn… and that he'd gone to an internet cafe to do so. Yuk.

999 crews rush to model train accident

275x250.jpg Two ambulance crews and a police car rushed to the scene of a model train accident after reportedly mishearing a 999 call.

It's claimed the 999 teams turned up at Canvey Island, Essex thinking they were attending a military railway not a miniature railway.

Staff at Canvey Railway had called for an ambulance after three passengers fell from the model train and suffered minor injuries.

But the train enthusiasts were shocked when the police and ambulance turned up to deal with the minor situation.

A spokesman for the attraction told the Telegraph: "The emergency crews said they thought they had been called to a military railway, which is why there was such a big response."

275x250.jpg A team of engineers at Purdue University have created a machine to accomplish the simple task of popping a ballon... in the most over-engineered way possible.

The machine was an entry in this year’s Rube Goldberg Machine Contest -- where teams compete to design a machine that uses the most complex process to complete a simple task.

While some put a stamp on an envelope, screw in a light bulb or made a cup of coffee in 20 or more steps, this winning beauty takes a convoluted 300 steps to pop a balloon.

It was built by the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers and took 5,000 hours over six months to design and build. They should have got Wallace and Gromit in to help.

275x250.jpg A typical Easter Egg hunt sees children running around and finding copious amounts of chocolate, but kids in Somerset found a hand grenade instead.

The event organised by a pre-school group near Holford -- and attended by more than 20 two to five-year-olds -- came to a bizarre end when the explosives were spotted.

One of the children had been seen standing on the device as the eggs were being counted, and organisers moved the kids calmly away from the hand grenade.

Police were called and after an evacuation and closing a road, the grenade was destroyed by bomb disposal teams who later declared the area safe.

It's not thought that they found any more chocolate eggs either.


Doctors in the US has come up with an interesting way to get men to have a vasectomy --  offering a free pizza and telling them they'll be able to watch basketball while recovering.

The Urology Associates of Cape Cod have produces an advert which suggests a vasectomy is a great excuse to sit on the sofa watching sports.

The 30 second advert even suggests that men book themselves in for the 15-minute procedure on a date which means they will get a week's worth of rest by watching the NCAA's college basketball tournament.

275x250.jpg There's something reassuring about seeing a boffin wearing a white lab coat isn't there?

Well apparently the feeling is justified, because researcher have discovered wearing a lab coat makes people concentrate on their work and make fewer errors.

The boffins from Northwestern University -- who we assume were wearing their own lab coats -- tested their theory with 58 undergraduates.

The students (half wearing lab coats) were asked to name the colour of a word flashed on a computer screen, while ignoring the word itself.

It was found that those wearing the classic white lab coat made half as many errors.

275x250.jpg A woman from Leeds -- who has a medical condition which makes people fall in love with inanimate objects -- says she's got the hots for the Statue of Liberty.

27-year-old Amanda Whittaker says the iconic New York monument is the only 'person' she could truly love.

Speaking to The Sun, Amanda said she first fell for the 151ft statue when a friend sent her a photo online.

Since then she has visited "Libby" four times, where she leans out of the window to kiss its hair and has a 6ft replica at home.

But this isn't the first time Amanda has been in love with an object… she apparently had a passionate love affair with a drum kit while still at school.

275x250.jpg A furniture store has been banned from using the slogan "Our prices are Sofa King low" after advertising bosses was a little too close to swearing.

The Sofa King -- which uses the slogan on its shop front and vehicles -- prompted complaints after running an advert in the Northampton Herald and Post.

Three people reported the catchphrase was "offensive and unsuitable for general display" to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

And now the ASA have upheld their objections and banned the firm from using the phrase… which is Sofa King annoying.

275x250.jpg What do you think of when you see all those sponges in the above photo? If you're anything like us it's probably a nightmare washing up session.

But if you are more like Kerry Trebilcock from Cornwall, it probably makes you a bit peckish -- because she's reportedly eaten more than 4,000 washing-up sponges.

In an interview with The Sun the 21-year-old said she suffers from a rare condition called pica, which causes victims to crave non-edible objects.

In addition to the washing-up sponges -- which she like with hot sauce or mustard -- Kerry says she has munched her way through 100 bars of soap.

275x250.jpg When organisations put the naming of something to a public vote on the internet, they must know it's not going to get the sort of name they would have liked.

And as if to prove our point, a bridge in Slovakia is looking like it could be named after US action film star Chuck Norris.

Officials had asked members of the public to offer suggestions of names for the bridge -- which crosses the Morova river into Austria -- and vote on which they liked most.

But while they were probably hoping for a inspirational name, the current leader, with a massive 75% of the vote, is Chuck Norris Bridge. Ask and the internet shall give.

While bosses have given themselves a get out clause, by saying the final decision will be made by the regional assembly, they probably should upset Chuck Norris.

275x250.jpg Police in Norway were shocked to see a motorist driving with three reindeer sitting on the back seat of his car… and that was before they stopped him and found two more in the boot.

The driver is said to have been moving the animals around 60 miles from Karasjok to Børselv and claimed to have clearance from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority to transport them.

A spokesperson from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration is reported to have said:  "There are no limits to what people will get up to in traffic. I've stopped being surprised,"

And before you ask, no, none of the reindeer were wearing seatbelts.

275x250.jpg A street cleaner from Essex has struck gold after discovering a 18-carat gold Rolex worth £21K down a drain… and that was just the start.

Arron Large found the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph in a drain near Chalkwell railway station in Southend, last week.

Police told him that because the watch was not registered as stolen or lost, it would become his if not claimed within 30 days, and he couldn't believe his luck.

That was until yesterday, when the 28-year-old drain technician said he has found three more watches near to where he found the first… now he really can't believe his luck.

Arron says he thinks another of his latest finds is also a Rolex.

275x250.jpg Every bride knows she needs something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue at her wedding… but what about something explosive?

Food artists Bompas & Parr are launching a food explosion service for weddings where for a fee a trained explosives technician will lay charges within your wedding cake ready for you to detonate.

A spokesperson for the firm said: "Traditional wedding cakes are a triumph of spectacle over taste. Bompas & Parr’s food explosion service pushes this ethos to its ultimate conclusion.

"The ritual of cutting the cake is significantly enhanced through the explosion, the sense of occasion heightened by the blast and your guests are spared eating flavourless fruitcake."

The service starts from £800 and includes a risk assessment and an explosive technician liaising with your cake provider to tell them how their creation will be destroyed.


Forget swimming with dolphins, after seeing this video all we want to do is surf with dolphins… and after clicking play we think you will agree.


This video is said to show 15-year-old Mitchell Overton wake surfing alongside dolphins at St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Overton can be seen riding the waves as dolphins pop up and jump out of the water next to him. Pretty cool isn't it?

Woolly mammoth caught on video in Siberia


They were thought to have died out 4,000 years ago, but a video has emerged  which some people claim shows a woolly mammoth -- though others insist it's a hoax.


Shot in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug region of Siberia -- reportedly by a government-employed engineer -- the footage shows a beast walking through an icy river.

For years there have been rumours some woolly mammoth had survived in the Siberian wilderness, but there had never been any proof, and if this video is fake there still isn't.


In Japan have an interesting way of practicing what they would do if a dangerous animal escaped… as this video conclusively shows.


Japanese police, paramedics and hundreds of zoo staff have taken part in a training exercise which saw them fending off a life-sized papier mache rhinoceros.

The odd exercise at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens was designed to see how they would cope with an emergency which resulted in an animal escape.

While many visitors duly rushed away from the faux-rhino, others stuck around and filmed the vision which was staff surrounding it with a net and pretending to tranquilise and capture it.

275x250.jpg Chocolate, oysters and Champagne are all foods typically associated with Valentines Day -- bull testicles… not so much.

But that hasn't stopped a chef from creating a testicle-filled pie which he claims will act as an aphrodisiac this Valentines Day.

The aptly named 'Cock and Bull Pie' from artisan ready meal firm Charlie Bigham’s contains only ingredients selected for their aphrodisiac and arousing qualities.

As such the £7.99 pie -- available exclusively from Ocado -- features ‘Mama Juana’ liquor and Ginseng alongside the bulls’ testicles.

Rich in testosterone, the potent properties of bull’s testicles have long been used in India where lovers swear by their power to increase sexual vigour. But will you have the balls to try it this Valentine’s Day?

275x250.jpg In bizarre 'they do know she's not real don't they?' news, it's been announced that Miss Piggy will be interviewing celebs at the Baftas.

The Muppets star will host a 'Orange BAFTA Red Carpet' show which could see her rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Gary Oldman.

Describing the show organisers said Miss Piggy would be "conducting interviews and analysis with the leading lights of the movie industry."

Speaking of the role Miss Piggy said: “Imagine the likes of Clooney, Dujardin, Fassbender, Oldman and Pitt achieving the very pinnacle of their careers by getting a chance to speak with the one and only moi—Miss Piggy!

"Naturally, I will be asking questions that only moi would dare to ask.

275x250.jpg We've all been there, you need to go to the loo, but it's so cold you physically can't. Well the Manneken-Pis -- the iconic statue of a urinating boy in Brussels -- knows your pain.

Officials in the Belgian city say they've been forced to turn off the peeing tourist attraction because it's currently too cold for him to continue urinating.

As sub-zero temperatures hit Brussels, bosses were apparently worried that freezing water could damage his internal mechanism and as such turned off the flow of water.

A spokesperson for the Brussels tourist office said that when the weather picks up he will once again piss for Belgium.


A US man accidentally shot a three-inch nail into his brain -- and didn't realise until the following day.

Dante Autullo had been working in his Chicagow orkshop when a nailgun recoiled near his head, not feeling anything, he carried on.

It was only when he started suffering nausea the following day that he went to the hospital and doctors took an X-ray.

The X-ray revealed a three-inch nail had entered his brain, but because the brain doesn’t have pain-sensitive nerves he didn’t feel a thing.

275x250.jpg A selection of odd and bizarre coffins, including those in the shape of a car, ballet shoe and a lion, have gone of show at the Southbank Centre in London.

Bringing together designs from famous Pa Joe workshop in Ghana and Crazy Coffins in Nottingham the coffins are part of Death: Festival for the Living exhibition.

They are said to tell the story of the growing number of individuals around the world who choose to celebrate their life and death in the form of a uniquely designed coffin.

Other coffins on show include a skip, a giant cocoa bean and a flying kite. The exhibition runs from January 20 – 29. Check out some more crazy coffins here.


An inventor who created a bizarre contraption to help him turn the pages of his newspaper has seen his device go viral on YouTube.


Joseph Herscher (who may have too much time on his hands) came up with the stupid, but brilliant invention in a bid to find an 'easier' way to turn the page of his newspaper.

In a video which has been viewed more than 4 million times, he can be seen reading his newspaper before reaching for a cup of coffee.

This pulls a pencil from the wall, which causes painting on the wall to tilt, in turn releasing balls which… oh forget this, just press play and see for yourself.

275x250.jpg In a move which could make weather forecasts considerably more interesting, meteorologists in South Africa have been told they could be jailed if they get it wrong.

It's hoped the rules will prevent weathermen causing panic and economic damage by getting it wrong about things like drought or flash-flooding.

As such, those wanting to issue a severe weather alert will reportedly have to get written permission from South Africa's Weather Service Bill first.

Weather forecasters getting it wrong for the first time could face a four or five-year sentence and a £400,000 fine, while that's upped to 10 years or an £800,000 fine for repeat offenders.

Russian cows given bras to keep them warm

275x250.jpg It might sound udderly bizarre, but cows in Russia's republic of Yakutia are being given hand-made fur bras.

Because Yakutia is officially the coldest place in the northern hemisphere, even the cattle need to be prepared for very low temperatures.

And with it sometimes reaching minus 55 degrees Celsius, some farmers have taken to producing hand-made rabbit fur accessories for their animals, reports rt.com.

The cow bras are said to consist of a rabbit fur pouch for their udders which is held in place through a series of straps.

Kayak fisherman saves dog from sea (VIDEO)


A US fisherman couldn't believe his eyes when a traumatised dog appeared alongside his kayak off the coast of Florida.


This video shows the moment the exhausted pooch swam towards the man -- known only as midget2000x -- after running into the sea following a hit-and-run accident.

The fisherman was able to lift the bleeding and shivering dog from water of the Gulf of Mexico and take him to the safety of a local vets.

There it was discovered that the dog, Barney, had been out running with his owner Donna Chen when she was hit by a car and killed.

Woman rubbed her bottom on $30m painting

275x250.jpg A US woman has been charged with attacking an $30 million artwork by punching, scratching and sliding her buttocks against it.

36-year-old Carmen Tisch is said to have assaulted the work "1957-J no.2", by abstract expressionist Clyfford Still.

Tisch had been visiting the recently opened Clyfford Still museum in Denver when shepulled her trousers in front of the oil-on-canvas.

She reportedly then proceeded to rub up against the work and attack it before urinating on herself -- causing $10,000 worth of damage.

A spokesperson for the museum said: "On December 29, 2011, an incident of criminal mischief took place at the Clyfford Still Museum.

275x250.jpg A pilot in New Zealand couldn't believe his eyes when he saw a shark swimming/flying past him at 7,000ft.

He'd been preparing to land a passenger jet Christchurch International Airport when he spotted the 1.5m long shark staring back at him.

But there was no need to worry -- because the shark in question was actually an inflatable remote-controlled toy which had flown off.

The 'Air Swimmer' toys have been a popular present this Christmas and police have been bombarded with reports of escaped inflatable sharks.

Experts say that other than giving the pilot a shock, the helium-filled shark was unlikely to pose any threat to the flight.

275x250.jpg Police in China are investigating whether a billionaire was murdered with a  poisoned cat meat stew.

Long Liyuan died at the end of December after having a dinner with business associates during which they all ate the local delicacy of cat meat.

But while all three men were ill -- feeling dizzy and sick -- just 49-year-old Long died and a police investigation was launched, initially quizzing the restaurant owner.

However, a local official has now been arrested on suspicion of poisoning the dish with a toxic herb called Gelsemium elegans.

It's claimed the men had argued about money and it's suggested the official had embezzled money from Mr Long.

275x250.jpg The RSPCA have revealed some of the odd requests they received in 2011 -- including a mute blackbird and radioactive seagulls.

While the majority of the million plus requests made to the animal welfare charity involved genuine concerns, some were a bit bizarre.

One person called to complain that their neighbour's power shower caused their dog to go to the toilet and another wanted advice on microchipping a guitar.

A RSPCA spokesperson said: "Although we may have a little laugh at these stories, the RSPCA does want to remind members of the public that the 24-hour advice and cruelty line is for reporting serious cases."

As for the supposedly radioactive gulls, it turned out that nearby garden lights were illuminating them and turning them green.

275x250.jpg Police in Manchester have revealed a burglar’s to-do list of potential targets after it was found lying in the street following a burglary.

Entitled "Lined Up Grafts", the handwritten note details keys to cars which have been left on view, bikes left insecure and accessible to everyone as well as homes where items have been left on view.

The thief also wrote the tools needed to carry out each job including hammers, screwdrivers and even a coat hanger.

While it's hoped the would-be burglar doesn't have a good memory, the fact we've just published his list probably doesn't help matters.

Pensioner spent two days lost on the M25

275x250.jpg An 82-year-old pensioner spent two days and two nights driving around the M25 after getting lost on his way to visit his daughter

Dennis Leighton had set off from his home in Windsor on what should have been an hour-long journey.

But when, several hours later, the octogenarian had not arrived, his worried family called police and reported him missing.

30 hours after he'd initially set off, police found his Vauxhall Estate on the M25, with a confused Dennis still behind the wheel.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "He got a little bit lost but was found safe and well in the early hours."

275x250.jpg It's not uncommon for hotel visitors to try stealing a robe from their room -- but a hotel chain in Australia is setting their guests a bigger challenge.

Art Series Hotels are hiding a $15,000 Banksy in one of their Hotels and telling guests that if they can steal it without getting caught, they can keep it.

A spokesperson for the hotels said: "The $15,000 masterpiece is one of just a handful of signed and authenticated Banksy's available in Australia. Find it, as it does the rounds of our hotels, and it could be yours...

The artwork "No Ball Games" will hang in a corridor in one of their hotels for 30 days from today… unless someone get it sooner.


275x250.jpg A mountain rescuer in the Austrian Alps says he recently spent eight hours trying to rescue a toy frog which had fallen from a 2000m peak.

Markus Fleischmann was hired by a German couple who accidentally dropped a cuddly green frog while taking a photo and desperately wanted it back.

The couple had spent two days looking for the toy themselves before hiring the professional mountain rescuer at a cost of £350.

Fleischmann says that it was not a dangerous mission searching the 2192m Hinteren Goinger Halt peak because it was off-season.

After eight hours he found the toy and returned it to the middle-aged couple.

275x250.jpg Police in the US are on the hunt for a pair of children who robbed classmates for sweets and crisps... appropriately armed with a toy gun.

Cops in Michigan say the duo -- aged eight and 10 -- held up victims as they walked home from school.

In total they targeted five victims and are said to have pointed the fake gun at them before demanding they hand over the treats.

A spokesperson for Michigan Police said: "I can honestly say I cannot ever remember anything like this happening with such young suspects."

The criminal twosome could now be charged with armed robbery.

275x250.jpg The London Dungeon has become a bit more spooky with the discovery that a fake skeleton on display there is actually real.

The grim discovery -- the bones are thought to have be on display in the  'creepy crypt' exhibit since 1975 -- was made after bosses realised real bones have to have a licence.

Experts were called in to examine skeletons at the attraction (because they didn't know if any were real) and it was confirms that one set of bones were real.

Because the skeleton -- thought to date from the early days of anatomical research -- is real, it must now be licensed by the Human Tissues Authority at a cost of £2,000 a year.


Can't decide whether to go and sit on a bar stool at your local or go water-skiing? Why not do both!

This intrepid water sports fan from Missouri opted to combine his love of sitting at the pub and zipping across lakes at high speed.

After attaching the wooden bar stool to the back of a speed boat the  man was towed along as he held on to it.

He then jumped up and sat on the speeding bar stool, before performing a series of stunts including standing on top off the seat and spinning 360°.

275x250.jpg An email hoax about flesh-eating bananas being on sale in Mozambique has apparently caused scared shoppers to stay away from the fruit.

The decline in sales is said to have been so serious a health minister reassured members of the public they would not be killed by rogue bananas.

Emails had been circulating stating that bananas on sale were infected by necrotising fasciitis, a skin-eating disease which can destroy skin, fat and tissue covering the muscles.

The faux warning went on to say bananas from KwaZulu-Natal province in neighbouring South Africa were the most likely to carry the virus.

And despite the fact Mozambique does not import bananas from South Africa, sales plummeted.


The dad of French rugby international Imanol Harinordoquy ran onto the pitch during a match in France's top division -- in a bizarre bid to defend his son.


Harinordoquy's father was worried his 6ft 3in and 17st son was taking a beating during the Basque derby clash between Biarritz and Bayonne.

So after running down from the stands, he charged onto the pitch and faced up to the player his son had earier been involved in a punch-up with.

However, his stand didn't last long -- he was tackled him to the ground by Bayonne fly-half Benjamin Boyet.


A woman from London has apparently been arrested after a video of her launching into a racist rant on a tram was uploaded to YouTube.

The two-minute video -- which instantly went viral -- featured a mother, with her young boy sitting on her knee on the Croydon to Wimbledon service in South London.

In an expletive-filled tirade she complained that other passengers were not English, saying: "You ain't English. You ain't English either. None of you are f***ing English. Get back to your own...

"My Britain's f*** all now. My British is f*** all." she added… and with people like her it really is.


A mad-capped pianist has dragged his piano up a mountain in Kanchanaburi, Thailand to serenade a group of blind elephants. As you do.


50-year-old Brit Paul Barton -- who played Slow Movement 2 from Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata for the beasts -- made the odd bid in order to raise money for charity.

He says he hopes to raise enough money to install an electric fence at the sanctuary where the injured and handicapped elephants live.

Barton was also quick to point out that the keys on his piano were made from synthetic plastic and that no elephants were injured for the making of his music.

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It's more pee than Wii for gamers at a bar in London -- where urine-controlled video games have been installed in their toilets.

Loo-goers at the Exhibit Bar in Balham get to play games -- including askiing game and a quiz -- every time they go to the toilet.

Users (men only) aim their pee in the specially-crafted urinals to control the games which are displayed on LCD screens mounted above.

Bar bosses hope the games will not only attract new customers, but that regulars will drink more in order to play longer and set news high scores.

275x250.jpg A 16-year-old burglar who was ordered to write a letter to the victims of his crime did -- and he called them dumb in it.

The young criminal had been sentenced to a 12-month Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Plan, part of which included writing to his victims.

It had been hoped this would make him confront the way his crime had impacted others and make him see the emotional consequences of his actions.

Instead it gave him a chance to insult them (or would have if it hadn't been intercepted) using the sort of bad grammar and spelling mistakes you only normally see on Newslite.


It's amazing how salmon know to swim upstream to lay their eggs and are able to find their way negotiating rapids and waterfalls… usually.

But a video of lost and confused salmon trying to cross a flooded road in Washington State has become an online hit.

Experts say the salmon were filmed on the side of the Skokomish Valley Road in Seattle after heavy rain had caused flooding to nearby rivers.

The unusual footage shows them wriggling in the water as cars driver past… and answers the question 'why did the salmon cross the road?' -- which no-one had ever asked before seeing this.

275x250.jpg American Samoa -- ranked as the worst international football team in the world -- have finally won their first game… after 17 years of trying.

The US protectorate have previously suffered some embarrassing loses -- including a 31-0 thrashing by 31-0 and are bottom of Fifa's rankings.

But following 30 straight defeats the team have this week managed to get a 2-1 victory over Tonga.

Reports say the players and coach reacted to the win like they'd just won the Premiership, Champions League and World Cup all at the same time.

However, coach Thomas Rongen isn't getting carried away and described the win as "part of soccer history" okay maybe he was getting carried away.

275x250.jpg A doctor in Germany has apparently been sued by a patient after playing a vuvuzela in front of his practice.

The patient claims that during the South African World Cup last summer, the doctor played the annoying instrument near her, causing ear trauma.

She is now demanding £4,500 in damages and £700 in compensation and a civil suit is being heard at a court in Augsburg this week.

The woman -- who was already suffering from tinnitus -- had been offered £1,700 in damages, but is holding out for more.

Well either that or she didn't hear the doctor make her the offer.

275x250.jpg A team of researchers in the US have created the world's lightest material -- which is about one hundred times lighter than Styrofoam.

The new material is said to redefine the limits of lightweight materials because of its unique “micro-lattice” cellular architecture.

That means researchers were able to make a material that consists of 99.99 percent air by designing the 0.01 percent solid at the nanometer, micron and millimeter scales.

"The trick is to fabricate a lattice of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness 1,000 times thinner than a human hair,” said lead author Dr Tobias Schaedler.


The captain of a flight from North Carolina to New York has caused a terror scare -- by accidentally locking himself in the toilet.


Fighter jets were even put on alert after the captain of the Chatauqua Airlines flight disappeared to the loo and didn't come back.

And what made it worse was that the co-pilot became suspicious when the captain sent a foreign-sounding passenger to the cock-pit to explain the situation.

"The captain disappeared. What I'm being told is he's stuck in the toilet and someone with a thick foreign accent is giving me a password to access the cockpit," the co-pilot said to air traffic control.

275x250.jpg When he couldn't get his iPhone to work Michael Skopec didn't know what to do, so he called 911… five times.

Police have now released his frankly bizarre series of calls in a bid to prevent other idiots wasting their time.

Kendall County Sheriff's Department say an intoxicated Skopec called them asking "Why is my iPhone not working?" and adding: "My emergency is my fucking phone don’t work."

In other calls he asks "Why can’t I dial the numbers I used to be able to dial?" and "Why can’t you direct me to the AT&T people?"

When 911 operators told him they were sending an officer round to his house “That’s pretty dumb,” Skopec remarked. “On whose part?” the operator replied.

275x250.jpg A new course has launched in the UK which promises to teach zombie apocalypse-fearing folk everything they need to survive an undead uprising.

Zombie Boot Camp -- which runs in Driotwich, Worcestershire and costs £59 -- has been specially created in order to help train and prepare people for the eventuality of a zombie invasion.

The experience day sees would-be zombie battlers take part in training from expert military instructors before being kitted out in helmets, safety goggles and Kevlar body armour.

Then it's on to learning how to fight zombies with weapons including a pistol, grenades a rifle and a chainsaw -- before taking part in a training exercise and tackling a warehouse full of zombies.

275x250.jpg A series of bizarre images on Google Maps showing strange structures and patterns in the Gobi desert in China have sparked conspiracy theories.

Images show massive grid-like and spiral patterns marked into the ground in the less than 100 miles from the headquarters of China's space programme in Jiuquan.

Some people believe the markings prove that China is planning an attack on the US and that one grid is similar to the layout of streets in the US capital.

The spiral pattern also appears to be peppered with military trucks and planes while another grid is 18 miles long and contains giant metallic-looking squares or holes.

275x250.jpg Animal rights campaign group PETA has launched a scathing attack on an unusual target -- the Nintendo video-game mascot Mario.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say that in the latest Mario game, Super Mario 3D Land, the famous plumber appears to wear fur.

This is a reference to a magical Tanooki suit which grants the mustachioed one special powers in the game.

However it appears that even wearing digital fur is a no-no for PETA who point out that in real-life tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur.
 
PETA have also released a parody online game which sees ethical gamers take control of a skinned raccoon pursuing Mario.

275x250.jpg A London council has revealed a list of the strangest items residents have tried to recycle -- including sex toy and an urn containing ashes.

Bosses at Enfield Council decided to produce a list of the top 10 strangest items placed in recycling bins in a bid to highlight the recycling properly.

In addition to used nappies and tissues being placed in recycling bins, residents there also tried to recycle blow up dolls, vibrators and an urn containing ashes.

Cllr Chris Bond, said: "It beggars belief what some people have placed in their recycling."

Other items on the list include dead pets, dumb bells and oil paintings… hopefully this wasn't all from the same family.

275x250.jpg Train passengers in Yorkshire couldn't believe their ears when they were told they couldn't exit a train -- because of reports of a lion on the loose.

West Yorkshire Police had received a call from a woman driving in the village of Shepley, stating that she thought she'd seen a lion.

This prompted them to launch a 12 officer search for the beast and notify rail operators that it may not be safe for passengers to disembark at the nearby station.

National Rail Enquiries said on Twitter: "Passengers are currently unable to alight from trains at Shepley due to reports by police of a lion in the area."

However officers were unable to find the elusive lion, and because no-one had reporting their lion going missing, the two-hour operation was called off.

275x250.jpg Police in Pennsylvania say two men have been arrested after stealing a teenager's meatball sandwich at gunpoint.

The dopey duo apparently robbed a 13-year-old-boy by threatening him with a gun and telling him to empty his pockets.

But they then proceeded to take just his tasty meatball sandwich before fleeing in a nearby car.

Officers say they soon arrested the sandwich-nabbing men because the teen called 911 from his mobile… which the duo failed to take.

Police say they recovered a gun and the sandwich… it's not clear what happened to the sandwich after it was taken into police custody.

275x250.jpg A Scandinavian lingerie firm has come under fire from unions after apparently making employees wear tags displaying their breast size.

Staff at 'Change' in Sweden say they are getting fed up with dirty old men going into the store and commenting on the size their boobs.

It's claimed that workers at the store felt pressured into wearing the tags -- designed to help shoppers -- which some feel are demeaning.

However, bosses at the firm say that wearing the breast measurement tags is voluntary and that they had been introduced after being suggested by staff.

Unions say they could now sue the firm… adding that men selling underwear are not forced to wear a badge with their size.


A bride has seen her wedding video become an online hit after the cameraman caught her sending a text message during the ceremony.


Jim Costa, who shot the video back in 2008, recently posted the video to YouTube, commenting on the bride's unusual behaviour.

"It was otherwise perfectly normal except for this one funny clip of the bride TEXTING just after her dad walked her down the [aisle]!" he wrote.

"The minister was busy reading his opening comments and her back was to everyone in attendance. I was the only one to see her." That was until he uploaded it and the clip went viral.


A footballer in Romania has been punched in the head by a crazed fan who ran onto the pitch and disrupted the game.


Steaua Bucharest had just scored in their clash against Petrolul Ploiesti -- taking the score to 2-0 -- when the man invaded the pitch.

After running past security staff the man, dressed all in black, he ran behind defender George Galamaz and whacked him in the side of the head.

Other players then grabbed the man and knocked him to the ground before repeatedly kicking him -- two were sent off for their actions.

275x250.jpg A couple of years ago we made up a April Fools story that iPods get heavier with more music -- so  we approached this story with some trepidation.

But according to respected scientists from University of California, Berkeley, E-readers really do get heavier with each book. Honest.

Prof John Kubiatowicz recently claimed that holding more books on your Kindle does make it heavier -- even though each new book is only as heavy as a single molecule of DNA.

Kubiatowicz claims this is because storing new data involves holding electrons in a fixed place and take up more energy. Personally we preferred our explanation about the ratio of ones to zeros.

275x250.jpg A Zimbabwean man has reportedly told a court that he's in love with a prostitute who turned into donkey after he hired her.

Sunday Moyo -- who came up with the story after being charged with bestiality -- insists that his ass started off as a $25 per night hooker.

According to state media, Moyo told a court that one morning he woken up and was surprised to hear people accusing him of sleeping with a donkey.

He insists he'd paid $25 for the prostitute in the town of Zvishavane, and that she'd obviously transformed into a donkey during the night.

The 28-year-old added that he's still "seriously in love" with the animal… making the story like Pretty Woman crossed with something we once saw online.


Bizarre dash-cam footage shows the moment a 128mph police chase ended with a topless woman wearing a G-string surrendered to officers.

The 28-year-old from Ohio had only been stopped when cops used stingers along the route 422 to disable two of her tyres.

She then proceeded to emerge from the vehicle -- wearing just fishnet stockings, a g-string and high heels -- and stagger across the road before surrendering.

Unsurprisingly the woman has been charged with operating a vehicle impaired refusing a blood alcohol test, fleeing and eluding, criminal damage, driving under a suspended licence, speeding and reckless operation.

275x250.jpg If they were granted one wish, more people would ask for an iPad 2 than world peace… a rather depressing study has found.

A poll of 1,200 Brits found that while the most popular wish would be for one million pounds, it was closely followed by an Apple iPad 2.

Wishes for world peace came in third, followed by being famous, cosmetic surgery and a new sports car.

Other popular wishes included, a mansion, meeting a celebrity and owning a designer wardrobe. Less popular ones were 'McDonalds in their kitchen' and an 'unlimited supply of new trainers'.


A video of an irate man chopping down a parking meter with a chainsaw has become an online hit with empathetic motorists.

Unfortunately the 30 second clip -- which shows a white van driver arguing with a traffic cop -- is a fake.

We'd hoped that the driver's mate really had flipped out, grabbed his chainsaw an felled the parking meter in an act of defiance for everyone who has ever had a parking fine.

However, a spokesperson for the NYPD has confirmed the video is a fake. Which is a shame.

275x250.jpg It may look like typical Full English breakfast, but this meal is actually an impressive sweet dessert made by a talented cook.

Vicky McDonald -- a food blogger at Stasty.com -- says she spent weeks perfecting the dish to make sure it looked just like the real thing but tasted wonderfully sweet.

As such the bacon is really coloured brandy snap biscuits, the egg is a dollop of panna cotta topped with lemon curd and the sausages are caramelised peanut butter sponge cakes.

The hash browns are brioche coated with panko breadcrumbs, the black pudding is chocolate biscuit cake and the beans are tiny biscuits coated in white chocolate and coated in a fruit coulis.

275x250.jpg A US couple have been accused of beating their 16-year-old daughter and forcing her to take part in a medieval-style duel.

It's been reported that the duo even made the girl dress in armour for the battle with her stepfather.

The pair are said to have fought for two hours with wooden swords and police say the stepfather beat the girl with a tree branch prior to the duel.

Reports also claim the girl was being punished for going to a party without the parents permission and that the couple are Renaissance enthusiasts.

They apparently enjoy recreating fights from the medieval era‚ and due to appear in court they could well be heading to the stocks themselves.

275x250.jpgLast year Alan Billis was a taxi driver in Torquay, now he's become the first person in 3,000 years to be mummified like Tutankhamum -- all in the name of a TV show.

Before his death from lung cancer in January, Alan had signed on to be part of a bizarre experiment in mummification, to be filmed for Channel 4.

In a bid to better understand how the ancient Egyptians were able to preserve pharaohs perfectly for millennia the 61-year-old's corpse was put through a variety of special techniques.

Scientists now think -- thanks to Alan -- they've been able to crack the mystery of mummification and say their finding turn much accepted wisdom about the process it's bandaged head.



275x250.jpg There were calls for a contestant at the World Scrabble Championship in Warsaw to be strip-searched -- after one of the tiles went missing.

British letters man Ed Martin had been accused of hiding an all important letter 'G' during a match with a Thai player.

This is said to haveprompted his opponent to call for Martin to be taken toilet so he could be search.

However, authorities refused and as no evidence was presented to support the Thai player's allegation, Martin was declared the winner.

New Zealander Nigel Richards took the overall title after scoring 95 points with the word 'omnified', scooping a £12,700 prize.


275x250.jpgA US man claims he rode a great white shark for several seconds after it knocked him off his longboard.

Doug Niblack had been surfing off the coast of Oregon when his surfboard hit something and he stepped off it.

Then he says he looked down and saw a dorsal fin in front of his feet... and realised he was standing on a 10ft long great white shark.

Doug claims he then surfed the shark for several seconds as its tail thrashed back and forth, before he fell off.

Obviously we'd be a lot happier with  this story had there been a video to accompany it, but we'll have to take his word for it.

275x250.jpg A would-be bank robber was forced to flee empty-handed when staff were unable to read his note demanding they hand over cash.

Thomas Love had apparently walked into a WSFS Bank in Delaware and handed over a poorly penned note, which the teller was unable to read.

When she told him that she couldn't make out what wanted -- like the scene in Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run -- 40-year-old Love stormed off.

After realising he'd been trying to rob the bank, staff contacted police and gave them his description. He was arrested shortly after.

275x250.jpgA heavily pregnant woman has completed the Chicago Marathon -- and then went into labour shortly after crossing the finish line.

Despite being nearly 39 weeks pregnant with her second chile Amber Miller didn't have a problem finishing the 26.2-mile race.

And the 27-year-old even beat her (considerably less pregnant) husband Joe, finishing 34,339th to his 34,997.

After crossing the finish line -- to cheers of "Go pregnant lady" -- Amber sat down to eat a sandwich, but started to feel contractions.

She was then taken to Central DuPage Hospital where she birth to daughter, June… who we think should also get a marathon finishers medal.


Mountain biking can be dangerous with all that hurtling around on rough terrain at high speeds… especially when charging antelope are added into the mix.


Just ask 17-year-old mountain bike racer Evan van der Spuy who was recently competing in a event in South Africa when a 30mph Red Hartebeest wiped him out.

In this video -- which was shot on a camera mounted to fellow rider Travis Walker -- Evan can be heard shouting "Watch the buck!"

A split-second later the 150kg Red Hartebeest can be seen charging across the plain and straight into the rider who is unsurprisingly knocked from his bike.

275x250.jpgCity bosses in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, have come up with an odd way of dealing with road chaos -- they've employed 120 mimes to enforce traffic rules.

Officials in the municipality of Sucre say most drivers had little regard for the rules and something needed to be done about it.

As such the 120 mimes will now spend their days silently wagging their fingers and pulling faces at motorists who are breaking the rules.

It's hoped drivers will react better to mimes than they do to traditional traffic enforcement officers and as a result start driving better.

Mayor Carlos Ocariz says the scheme will stay in effect until the mimes have had the desired impact… hopefully irate drivers won't impact on the mimes.

275x250.jpgA Welsh gardener has found himself unexpectedly invited backstage at a Snoop Dogg concert -- after the rapper was impressed by the size of his swedes.

In fact, Snoop was so impressed with Ian Neale's 85lb swede -- which could gain a place in the Guinness World Records -- he took to YouTube to congratulate him.

Speaking in front of a cannabis leaf-covered background he said: "I do vegetation myself and I want to know your secret so I can show you my vegetables and see if you can grow that into a real big vegetable."

He then told the 68-year-old he had two free tickets to his upcoming concert in Cardiff and that he was invited backstage.

Unfortunately it looks like Snoop will have to find another way to entertain himself after the gig. Neale says he won't be going and is more of a country and western man.

275x250.jpg What do you do if a friend or loved-one loses their job? Well card maker Hallmark hope you'll reach for one of their "unemployment cards".

That's right they now offer a range of six sympathy cards which they say are "appropriate to send to someone who has lost their job."

One card, which feature a photo of a cat on the front, reads: "Is there anywhere I could hack up a hairball, like, say, on a former employer's head?  Just wonderin' …" on the inside.

Another says: "Don't think of it as losing your job, think of it as time between stupid bosses."


It's not too often we get you use the phrase 'couch-potato daredevil' -- but in the case of Paul McKinnon it seems entirely appropriate.

That's because the Australian couch-potato daredevil and his team have just set a new speed record by driving a sofa at 101mph.

Powered by a Suzuki GSX 1400 motorcycle engine, their leather two-seater was put through its paces at Camden Airport in Sydney - reaching 101mph.

And we think there is more to come. After-all they could certainly improve on the aerodynamics… the record was set with a coffee table (and bowl of fruit) attached.

275x250.jpg AA recovery driver Darren Foster got the shock of his life recently -- when he was called out to a car with a 7ft boa constrictor trapped behind the dashboard.

The snake had slipped free from the pillow case in which she was being transported by a children’s entertainer from Essex, forcing the driver to call for assistance.

Foster -- who is fairly new to the AA -- said he had to double-check the details when the job came through and that his manager checked that he wasn’t afraid of snakes.

When he arrived at the car, the seven-foot-long female boa constrictor wouldn’t come out and he had to set about removing the dashboard… carefully.


All footballers sweat while playing -- but Walter Pandiani must perspire more than most… he's just been dubbed the world's sweatiest footballer.


The evidence against him, this post-match interview after a clash between this team Espanyol and Getafe.

Having netted the winning goal in the dying minutes press were eager to hear from the match-winner… but they'd have been forgiven for forgetting about his on-pitch performance.

That's because as he spoke, the 35-year-old began to perspire and sweat patches appeared on his shirt and within a few minutes it was hard to spot any dry patches.


That's it,
the internet must finally be full! How else can you explain this video of a unicyclist riding while wearing a kilt and playing the Star Wars theme on the bagpipes?



This video footage shows the dramatic moment bystanders in Utah stopped being bystanders after a terrifying motorcycle crash and saved the rider from a fiery death.


21-year-old Brandon Wright had been riding his motorcycle when he slammed into to a BMW -- both vehicles caught fire and Wright was trapped under the car.

That's when passersby sprang into action in a desperate bid to save him, realising he was unconscious and trapped, they tried to lift the BMW off him.

As the car continued to burn, more and more people risked their own lives by joined in until they were able to lift the car enough to pull Wright out from under it. Heroic stuff.


We've previously discovered that cows have a sense of humour, get confused by power lines and that those with names even produce more milk.


And today we're also happy to bring you the useful information that cows also like jazz. Really, they do.

While this discovery isn't backed by university research or a hard-hitting scientific study, it is supported by a video which is currently proving a hit online.

In the clip, members of the Utah-based jazz band 'The New Hot 5' take time out of their European tour to perform for a field of cows in Autrans, France. Why? we don't know… and once you clip play you won't either.


A would-be robber who tried to raid a 7-Eleven store in California while dressed as the children's TV character Gumby failed… because staff thought it was a joke.

Why the dumb crook thought dressing as a good-natured claymation figure would help him strike fear into the hearts of staff is unknown.

What is known is that it didn't work and staff laughed at him thinking it was a joke -- prompting the green man to shout a threatening: "You don't think it's a robbery? Let me show you my gun!"

Less threatening was what happened next… he couldn't fit his costumed hand into his pocket to retrieve his weapon and ended up just dropping 26 cents in change on the floor before making a humiliated getaway.


A man who tried to drive a 4x4 to the summit of Mount Snowdon reportedly did it because it was on a list of 50 things he wanted to do before he died.


The bizarre bid had come to an abrupt end when the Vauxhall Frontera became stuck 360m from the peak and the vehicle was later discovered abandoned.

Motorist Craig Williams told the BBC he'd made the attempt because it was on a list he'd made of 50 things he wanted to do before he died.

Given how it went, he said the remaining 49 items on his bucket list were unlikely to happen… unless one of them was to get arrested. Authorities are now considering how to remove the car.


Is it just us, or do children seem to be doing everything earlier nowadays? -- You know, like this four-year-old girl driving a car in China.

A two and a half minute video is currently doing the rounds online showing the young motorist behind the wheel of her father's car in Jinal, Shandong Province, China.

During the clip, the little girl can be seen calmly driving along the freeway and even overtaking other vehicles as she is filmed from the passenger seat and given her directions.

Towards the end of the video the girl pulls over and her father takes over behind the wheel removing a device she had been using to reach the pedals. And to think it took us several attempts to pass our driving test.

ipad shopping trolley In a bid to get more men into the supermarket, a Sainsbury's store in Kensington, London, has fitted iPad docking stations onto their shopping trolleys.

It's said this means blokes don't have to feel disconnected while doing the grocery shop and could even keep up-to-date with the latest scores by streaming football matches.

The high-tech trolley -- which could be rolled out to other stores if successful -- features a tilting iPad holder and speakers mounted to the handle.

Anticipating iPad using shoppers could find themselves distracted the trolley also has a front bumper with a sensor which lets off a warning beep if you get too close to other shoppers.

275x250.jpg Robbers have employed some dubious disguises in the past, but this one is up there with the most bizarre - he wore a dress and donned a pair of white underpants on his head.

Police in Dallas - where the idiot targeted a convenience store - say the man entered the store at 5.30am and demanded cash from out of the till and off customers.

Officers say he was able to get away with the money and are warning that he could have been armed - but hope his unusual attire could lead to an arrest.

Wearing the Y-fronts on his head to hide his face from CCTV cameras, it's not known why he chose to pair them with the black and white floral dress… talk about VPL.

275x250.jpgWhen angler John Goldfinch felt a tug on his fishing line, he thought he'd caught a massive fish… but when his line surfaced, he realised he'd hooked a scuba diver between his legs.

61-year-old John said he couldn't believe his eyes when the diver emerged at the end of his line 50ft offshore at Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

Almost before he realised what had happened. the diver’s girlfriend also appeared from the water, carefully removed the the tackle from his tackle and handed it back to a bewildered John.

The pair reportedly then disappeared underwater to continue their dive, without the safety buoy which they should have been using to signal to other people where they were.

John - who was fishing from the beach with friends - says he's glad the frogman was able to set himself free… because he's not sure he would have fitted in his net.

275x250.jpgAllied forces planned to make Adolf Hitler less aggressive and more like his sister by lacing his food with estrogen, it's been claimed.

Professor Brian Ford, reveals the bizarre plot in his book 'Secret Weapons: Technology, Science And The Race To Win World War II'.

The Cardiff University expert says British spies came up with the sex hormones plan as the Second World War raged on with no end in sight.

It was hoped the estrogen would have a slow and subtle effect and because it's tasteless, unnoticed by the Fuhrer's food testers.

Other odd plans, which could have come straight from a episode of Blackadder, included dropping glue from planes to stick Nazi troops to the ground and disguising bombs as tins of fruit.

275x250.jpg We remember when Emlyn Hughes International Soccer was the best football game your could get, and while we spent way too many hours enjoying its 8-bit glory, it wasn't exactly what you'd call lifelike.

Nowadays however, football games like FIFA 12 feature uber-realistic graphics and even include player details such as Ronaldo's boots, David Beckham's tattoos and Wayne Rooney's hair transplant. Wait, what?

That's right! Designers behind the latest version of the popular EA Sports game say they've had to update the computer likeness of the Manchester United ace to show his new hair do.

Previous versions of the game had shown the receding Rooney hairline, but after he underwent a £10,000 hair transplant they needed to add some more CGI hair to his character.

275x250.jpgEveryone needs a hobby, but maybe not like this. A Swedish man has been arrested after he was caught trying to split atoms in his kitchen… as a hobby.

31-year-old Richard Handl is said to have spent several months trying to build his own nuclear reactor at his apartment and even kept a blog about his exploits.

Unfortunately for Handl, after acquiring the radioactive elements radium, americium and uranium he accidentally created a "small meltdown" on his stove. As you do.

Realising it could have been a lot worse, this prompted him to write to Sweden's Radiation Authority and ask them about the legality of what he'd been doing.

Their reply pretty emphatic… they sent around the police who arrested the would-be nuclear boffin who could now face fines or up to two years in prison.


People have an amazing ability to see faces in objects - as proven by how often Jesus pops up - and we normally try to ignore such instances of pareidolia… but there is so a face in this cloud.

Filmed by Denis Farmer in the Canadian town of Grand Falls in New Brunswick the video shows a dark storm cloud rolling across the sky in an odd formation.

The three minute video has now shot to internet fame and been watched by more than 300,000 people, the majority of who say they can clearly see a face appear.

However, there seems to be some debate about whose face it is with suggestions being that of God, Zeus, the Mummy from the 1999 movie or even Heihachi from the video game Tekken.

275x250.jpg NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft will feature an unusual crew when it launches tomorrow… three little 1.5-inch tall LEGO figurines.

In a bid to inspire more children to explore science, minifigs of Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno will set off on the mission.

The trio will arrive at Jupiter at some point in 2016 and the mission will investigate the gas giant's origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.

It's not clear exactly what role the toys will play in the mission… but who cares, it's LEGO in space.

275x250.jpgPolice have told a US man to stop wearing a bunny suit in public as he's beginning to scare children.  

That's because William Falkingham is said to have been spotted peeking at kids from behind a tree and then pointing his finger at them like a gun.

According to a police report, the 34-year-old from Idaho Falls has left a number of local residents "greatly disturbed" by his activities.

However, other neighbours insist that he's eccentric but otherwise harmless and just enjoys wearing the suit.

Falkingham is said to also have a cowboy outfit and a ballerina dress which he wears, though police have made no attempt to stop him wearing these. Really.

275x250.jpg An animal charity say they've been bombarded by people offering to give a new home to a kitten which looks like Hitler* -- after previously struggling to find anyone willing to take her in.

Staff at Wood Green animal shelter said people had originally shunned the kitten because of her uncanny resemblance to the Nazi dictator and she'd repeatedly been overlooked for adoption.

However, after the six-week-old kitten - dubbed Kitler but also known as Luminus - appeared in several national newspapers on Friday, they've received hundreds of offers.

*Obviously when we say 'kitten which looks like Hitler' we don't mean you could mistake the two in the street, but rather that it has slightly Hitler-esque markings.


A pickpocket in China has been caught on camera using chopsticks to steal a mobile phone - and to think we struggle when it comes to eating dim sum.

In the footage - which has been aired on Chinese TV news shows - the light-chopsticked man can be seen singling out his mark as he waits for a bus.

The cutlery crook then moves behind the young man and carefully uses the eating utensils to reach into the victim's pocket and pull out his mobile phone.

Even when the victim realises something is wrong and that his mobile phone has gone, the thief makes out that it may have been dropped rather than swiped - just check out his mime.

275x250.jpg We're all for anything that takes the tedium out of getting to Newslite Towers -- and as such we'd love to see a slide like this installed at our local station.

Unfortunately we don't live near Overvecht Station in Holland where this 'transfer accelerator' (slide) had been installed as an alternative to stairs.

Created by design firm  HIK Designers, the slide is said to be great for passengers who are running late or just want to add a bit of fun during their everyday lives.

The slide is also said to play music from Bach during the evening… which adds a nice little surreal moment to getting home after an evening drinking we thing you'll agree.

275x250.jpg An Arab sheikh has carved his name out 1,000 metres high and two miles long, on an island he owns - making his moniker the only one visible from SPACE.

63-year-old Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan had workers cur the 'HAMAD' part of his name into the sand of Al Futaisi island in the massive letters.

After coming up with the barmy idea, his workers are said to have spent several weeks digging out the sand to create the bizarre name-shaped waterways.

While most people are in awe of the inscribed island we want to know why he didn't have his entire name carved in the sand… maybe he just needs a bigger island.

275x250.jpg Researchers say the heft of some medieval armour was so great that it may have even affected the outcome of some famous battles.

And to prove their point, boffins at Leeds University have even released a video of a man wearing full medieval armour being put through his paces on a treadmill.

Academics say during warfare in the 15th century, soldiers wore steel plate armour, typically weighing 30-50kg which played a role in whether an army won or lost a battle.

Their study - which saw armour-wearers completing running exercises while their oxygen usage was measured - showed they used twice the amount of energy… and got some odd looks at the gym.

275x250.jpg A Malaysian businessman has splashed out a massive £3 billion on a gold and platinum yacht made using 100,000kg of precious metals... it even has a solid gold anchor.

The 'History Supreme' yacht - which stands out even when compared to other billionaires' toys - was created by Liverpool-based jeweller Stuart Hughes.

It took him three years to complete and the entire base of the 100ft vessel is wrapped in solid gold, along with most other features on-board.

The main sleeping quarter is adorned with platinum accents and has a wall feature made from meteoric stone and a genuine T-Rex dinosaur bone. Take that Roman Abramovich!


A footballer who shot to internet fame after scoring a cheeky back-heel penalty for UAE in their clash with Lebanon, may now be punished for it.


Awana Diab instantly became one the most watched footballers in the world after his unorthodox spot kick at the weekend.

But while many internet viewers were impressed by the goal - after which he was issued a yellow card - it went down less well with his team manager who branded it 'disrespectful'.

And it's now been reported that the 21-year-old Baniyas midfielder could be banned from playing for UAE or fined for his actions… unfortunately he's not eligible to play for England who could always do with a penalty scorer.

275x250.jpg Between 1% and 5% of the population - including certain Bond villains - are said to have an additional nipple… but until recently none were recorded as having one on their foot.

However, that all changed with the discovery of this foot which belongs to a 22-year-old woman and was recently featured in a dermatology journal.

Researchers say the foot nipple is particularly rare because the condition (supernumerary breast tissue) is normally found above the waist.

Unsurprisingly the owner of the nipple-totting foot has chosen to remain anonymous fearing she'd be mocked with people asking her to put her breast foot forward and dodgy puns like that… some people would really milk it.

275x250.jpgWhen two would-be armed robbers stormed into a store in California and demanding a bag was filled with cash, they probably didn't expect anyone to put up much of a fight.

But that's because they didn't know about Paco, the diminutive Chihuahua who took umbrage at their attempts to steal from his owner.

After the duo waved a gun around and made their threats at the store, Paco ran straight towards them and started biting at their ankles.

The pint-sized pooch continued to snap at the pair until they ran out of the door and across the street - he didn't even stop when they pointed a gun at him.

And while some doubters suggest this was probably because he has no concept of what a gun is, we'd like to think it was just because he's brave.


A boy in Brazil has baffled doctors by having an apparently magnetic chest. Paolo David has unsurprisingly also been given the nickname 'Magnet Boy'.


11-year-old Paulo is said to have discovered his odd ability after his father asked him to fetch a knife and fork and they suddenly stuck to his chest.

Since then the youngster and his family have had plenty of fun sticking scissors, spoons, coins, mobile phones and even saucepans to his 'magnetic' body.

Doctors say they're baffled by the magnetic properties of the young lad and have no idea what causes it… though they do enjoy sticking their clipboards to him.

275x250.jpgSometimes the headline is the best part of the story… and we have to admit that this is one of those times.

But if you want a bit more info, police in Ohio say a gorilla-suit-wearing mobile phone store employee was recently attacked in an odd assault.

The mascot for the 'Wireless Center' had been standing outside the store waving a advertising sign when the attack took place last week.

Staff say they saw someone wearing a banana costume run out of nearby bushes and charge towards the gorilla, before knocking him to the floor.

As the assailant ran off and the mascot continued his sign waving duties, it's safe to say neither the banana or gorilla were seriously injured.

275x250.jpg A Scottish band have released what's thought to be the world's first edible and playable chocolate record. And it's said to taste as good as it sounds.

Edinburgh-based three-piece 'Found' worked with a local baker to produce the chocolate disk version of their single 'Anti Climb Paint' which can be played in any record player.

After several weeks of trial and error, baker Ben Milne was able to make the working chocolate record by using the same negative metal templates used to produce vinyl versions.

While you will only get around ten 'recognisable' plays out of the record before it wears down, you can always munch it. And even the sleeve and label are edible having been made from rice paper and icing sugar respectively.

275x250.jpg If you doze off at the theatre, it's normally a sign the show you're at isn't very good. But that not the case at the Barbican in London… they've got a show designed to send you to sleep.

Their production 'Lullaby' has been specially created to send the audience to sleep and consists of things such as soothing storytelling and singing octopuses.

If that wasn't enough, the audience lie in pre-booked beds and attend the 'sublime sleepover' in their pyjamas - ready to be lulled to sleep by the slumber-inducing show.

After watching the action and falling asleep, the audience are left to sleep before being woken and served breakfast the following morning at 7.30am… which sure beats a Travelodge.

275x250.jpgA pub in New Zealand has started selling a rather odd drink… apple flavoured horse semen. Yes you read that correctly.

Bosses at The Green Man Pub in Wellington say they started offering the spunky 30ml shots after coming up with it for a food contest.

And they have been blown away by the demand for the £12 drink which is served chilled and is said to contain about 300 million individual horse sperm cells.

Steve Drummond said women have been more curious than men about the unique drink.. though men have often dared each other into downing one.

He added there was also one female customer who's commented she was concerned because she thought she might conceive children with long faces. It's not known how much she'd had to drink first.



Some people just don't like doing things the easy (and safe) way. Like this guy who trims his hedge by swinging a chainsaw on a rope around his head.

This is Steve McGranahan - who calls himself 'The World's Strongest Redneck - and spends his free time doing dangerous things like this.

Last year he filmed himself trimming his hedges with a lawnmower on a stick, so this year he wanted to go one better and came up with the chainsaw plus rope idea.

In the three minute video Steve (a future Darwin Award winner if ever we saw one) can be seen launching the chainsaw and then swirling it around his head so that it trims his hedge.


A video featuring dozens of Asian carp jumping out of a river and bombarding a boat in the US, has become an online hit, unsurprisingly.

The 70-second clip shows a family travelling down the Spoon River in Illinois which is heavily populated by Asian carp. As they soon find out.

That's because -- as anyone who has ever been on YouTube will know -- Asian carp have a fear of boats, and are blessed with an amazing jumping ability.

So when a boat passes over them, the 5-10lb fish leap up to two metres from the water en mass. Something you can see for yourself if you just click play.


Something tells us this video clip will be cropping up in a fair few sporting 'What happen next?" quizzes over the next few years.

That's because when Alex Bogomolov Jnr threw his racquet to the ground in a fit of anger during a game at Wimbledon, it took a very unlikely bounce.

After hitting the ground, the tennis racket flew back up and above the shocked -looking 28-year-old from America.

It then continued to fly over the 10ft wall of Court 17 and disappeared from view until it was returned by an official... Yes, we are serious.


Travelling by hot air balloon must be one of the most tranquil ways to navigate the skies… normally. But not when Zane Whitmore does it.

That's because the 34-year-old from Portland was recently suspended from the bottom of a hot air balloon by four piercings on his back.

In a stunt which is said to have been two years in the making, Whitmore was suspended beneath a tethered hot air balloon which was then launched.

The balloon then traveled to a height of 10,800 feet during the 75-minute flight which will feature in an upcoming movie… not it's not the sequel to UP.


A traffic policeman in the Philippines has become a hit with locals, tourists and now the internet after starting to direct vehicles with dance moves.


Ramiro has become a cult figure on the streets of Pasay City where he can most often be found on the crossing of Edessa Street and Macapagal Street.

While the 54-year-old says his job is to keep traffic flowing, he also sees it as his duty to bring happiness to drivers and pedestrians.

And while his body-popping method of directing traffic is proving a hit on YouTube… there's no news on how many distracted drivers have crashed after seeing him.

275x250.jpg Most 16-year-olds would find it cringe-worthy enough to be waved off to school by their parents, but Rain Price knows a whole new level of embarrassment.

That's because his dad Dale has spent the past year waving to him in bizarre costumes including a bride, an evil clown and Harry Potter.

Since his lad became a high school freshman last June, Dale has each morning donned a new outfit and waved to his son as be boarded the school bus.

In total there have been 170 different costumes with highlights being Batgirl, the Little Mermaid and Princess Leia. Rain may use a word other than highlights.


275x250.jpg A US man who describes himself as an 'armchair astronomer' claims he's found a strange structure on the surface of the red planet after using the Google Mars.

Though more professional astronomers are yet to be convinced, David Martines has already dubbed his find "Bio-Station Alpha" and claims it's evidence of extraterrestrial life.

Martines says he was scanning Google Mars when he stumbled on the discovery which he says is a 700ft long and 150ft wide cylindrical structure.

Speaking on YouTube - where great astronomers release their findings - Martines said: "It could be a power station or it could be a biological containment or it could be a glorified garage — hope it's not a weapon."

275x250.jpgBritish intelligence bosses have hacked into a al-Qaeda website and replaced instructions on how to make bombs with a recipe for cupcakes.

The operation is understood to have been launched by MI6 and GCHQ after the website - which included a 67-page magazine download - was identified as a terrorist threat.

The magazine included an article on how to 'make a bomb in the Kitchen' detailing the construction of a pipe bomb using sugar, match heads and a miniature lightbulb.

Or it did until the culinary counter-strike which saw boffins replace the article with one published by the Ellen DeGeneres chat show detailing how to cook "The Best Cupcakes in America".

It's not known how al-Qaeda will respond to the cyber-warfare operation… but we've got a mean creamy caramel flan recipe waiting for them.

275x250.jpg Roland Bunce may not look like the typical male model, but thanks to an internet campaign he looks set to win a high profile modelling competition.

When he entered himself in the 'Make me the Next model 2011' contest being run by Next, the tubby 24-year-old didn't think he had a chance of winning.

But his entry has gained support from a number of high-profile internet sites and the computer science graduate from Belfast now looks set to take the prize.

This mean he could win £2,000, a professional photo-shoot and an introduction to modelling agency Storm. Click here to help make it happen.  mfvkvfm3663 

275x250.jpg If you frequently find yourselves craving ice cream while sailing, you could be in luck… because the world's first amphibious ice cream van today set sail on the River Thames.

The bizarre vessel - which has a top speed of five knots and chimes Rod Stewart's classic 'We Are Sailing' - has been fittingly been dubbed the 'HMS Flake 99'.

It was the brainchild of David Mounfield, a stand-up comedian from Brighton, who got to she his dream realised after winning an online competition.

This morning David captained the amphibious ice cream van along the famous London river, much to the surprise of commuters on the riverbank… though non seemed desperate enough for an ice cream to swim over to him.


Massive waterspouts 600 metres high have been filmed off the coast of Australia just north of Sydney… and presumably scared the life out of local residents.

The massive fountains of water sprouted up from the ocean and made an impressive sight as they moved across the surface of the sea.

Filmed from a helicopter by Australian Channel Seven News the swirling columns of air and water luckily dissipated before they reached land.

Waterspouts are caused when tornadoes develop over the sea and they can move as fast as 80 miles an hour picking up and then dumping sea-life… which could explain where Nemo went.


A woman says she was refused service at a McDonald's drive-through because she was riding a horse and carriage -- luckily she wasn't far from a friendly KFC.

Debbie Murden from Derbyshire had driven her two-wheeled carriage to the drive-thru window at the Alfreton branch and ordered her burgers and milkshakes.

Having done this before, she didn't think it would be a problem, but staff said that due to health and safety rules they couldn't serve her -- prompting her to angrily head off to a nearby KFC.

Commenting on the incident, a spokesperson for McDonald's said it was company policy not to serve customers in horse-drawn carriages… which suggests this happens more often than we would have thought.

275x250.jpg It looks like we will soon find out which side of the Marmite 'love it or hate it' debate the Danish government stands -- because the spread could be banned from shops.

The potential ban comes as part of a clampdown on foods fortified with vitamins and minerals, and the sticky stuff will need to be accessed by food officials.

It had been reported earlier today that Marmite had already been pulled from shelves in Denmark, but officials say they are yet to make a ruling.

The Danish Food and Veterinary Administration say an application for sale could take up to six months to be decided… whereas most people know if they love or hate Marmite in an instant.


What's wrong? You look like you've never seen a man trying to board a train with his friendly pet pony before.

A rail passenger in Wales recently barred from boarding a train from Wrexham to Holyhead after taking his pony down to the platform in a station lift.

According to Arriva Trains Wales, the unnamed traveller had arrived at Wrexham station and promptly tried buying ticket for himself and the animal for the 7.02pm service.

As these images show, despite being told the pony was too big to travel in a carriage, he then proceeded to take it down to the platform where he was stopped from boarding. Thank goodness for CCTV.

We don't know too much about this video, but we do know it shows a mechanic pulling a massive snake from the engine of a car.

And really... what else do you need to know?

Engineers can be seen working on the engine of the Renault, before discovering the snake and slowly pulling it out.

As they lift it from the vehicle gathered onlookers gasp in shock, and it's not surprising, because the snake is massive.

It's not know what happened to the snake after it was extracted from the car… or whether the driver ever dared to get back in their car again.


No, we're almost certain it doesn't. But that hasn't stopped the footage - which claims to show the body of a dead alien - from going viral online.

Uploaded last week, the clip is said to be shot in in Russia's Irkutsk region and shows the mangled remains of an alien lying in the snow.

It's claimed the person filming it went out with their camcorder after villagers saw a series of bizarre pink and blue lights in the sky.

He then found the familiar triangular-faced 'alien' which appears to have suffered a horrific accident, including the loss of one leg.

But while the scene is said to have been investigated by Emergencies Ministry staff, most online commenters are calling fake.

There's nothing new about tall buildings being struck by lightning, but that doesn't make seeing the Empire State Building getting hit three times in rapid succession any less impressive.

Which explains why footage showing the moment the iconic New York building was recently hit several times, has gone viral online.

Since it was uploaded to YouTube after the storm on Tuesday night, the video has been watched more than 110,000 times.

While some people have said they're 'shocked' the lightning didn't cause any damage, it's hardly surprising… the 103-story skyscraper is struck an average of 100 times a year.

So should you ever find yourself trapped in the past and in need of 1.21 gigawatts of power, may we suggest you hang around the Empire State Building.

275x250.jpgSongs like 'I Will Survive' 'My Way' and 'Dancing Queen' could soon be getting competition on the karaoke circuit… from sea shanties.

Karaoke firm Sunfly say that they've recently been bombarded with requests from people who want to sing sea shanties on a night out.

As a result they will now be adding classics like 'When the boat comes in' 'Drunken sailor' and 'Leave Her Johnny' to their music library.

It's thought the demand is being driven by the popularity of the Young’s Seafood adverts featuring the famous ‘When the Boat Comes in’ and ‘Drunken Sailor’

Either way you should expect to hear more drunk renditions of sea shanties coming to a karaoke bar near you fairly soon.

275x250.jpgHe may not have quite as much money as Bill Gates, but Scrooge McDuck has topped the Forbes list of the wealthiest fictional characters.

Each year Forbes magazine - known for their coverage of all which is wealthy and powerful - turns their eye to fictional empires.

Using the same rigorous scrutiny as used when compiling their various lists of the wealth, they produced the Fictional 15, a list of the richest characters from television, film, comics and books.

And it was gold coin collecting Scrooge McDuck who came top, with it being judged that he has a worth of $44 billion this year as a result of soaring gold prices.

Carlisle Cullen from Twilight came second with an estimated wealth of $36.2 billion and Artemis Fowl II was third with $13.5 billion.

275x250.jpg Boffins at BAE Systems have successfully tested the ejector seat for the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet... but only after building a rocket sled first. As you do.

Because the fighter jet will be capable of travelling at 600mph, they needed to be sure the ejector seat would work fast enough, and they needed to test it.

So they set about building a 600mph rocket sled on rails at Chalgrove Airfield in Oxfordshire, and then gave the job of testing it to a crashtest dummy.

The dummy was then fired from the replicated F-35 cockpit as the sled sped along with flames coming out of the back... Wow our job feels boring now, how can we become BAE engineers?

275x250.jpgA prosthetic leg and a bag of human hair are just some of the odd items which have been donated to a homeless charity, it has been revealed.

Other bizarre donations made to Emmaus, in Gloucestershire, include a birds nest, an urn containing either human or animal ashes, and a (unused) coffin.

Bosses - who decided to compile the list of the top 10 strangest donations - say while they appreciate all donations, they frequently receive ones they are unable to sell.

Recently such charitable gifts also included 10 blown light bulbs, a used diary and a sack of potatoes

And that's before you get to the set of dentures and bag of used and unwashed underwear… which we for some reason hope didn't come from the same person.

275x250.jpgA Swedish magazine has been bombarded with hundreds of job applications after advertising a for a 'beach bum' position. And we can't say we are surprised.

Amelia magazine last week launched their search for a "beach tester" who would be charged with spending four weeks touring the world trying out different beaches.

The ad stated: "Included in the job assignment is going on outings, lying on beach chairs, drinking wine in local taverns, and other ordinary assignments found in a commercial beach and tourist environment.

"In certain areas, receiving a full-body massage, testing drinks, snorkelling, and book reading may be required."

Despite many people thinking the stunt was an April Fools joke, the Swedish National Public Employment Service received a fair few applications… including ours.

275x250.jpg A house in Swansea has become the centre of world-wide internet attention after it was noticed the residence bares more than a passing resemblance to Hitler.

The terrace house in Swansea shot to fame after a photo of it was posted to Twitter and subsequently tweeted by celebrities including Jimmy Carr and Chris Addison.

Some people claim the slanting roof of the Port Tennant Road house resembles the Hitler fringe while the door lintel is his famous moustache and the top windows are his eyes.

If you want to find the house for yourself, one Twitter user offered the hand directions: "Go through the lights, take the third reich and youll find it on your extreme right."


Imagine if the popular iPhone game Angry Birds was made into a movie, and imagine that movie was directed by Michael Bay… or alternatively just press play below.

That's because someone has done all the imagining for you and this faux-trailer shows what it could be like if Angry Birds become the latest computer game to receive the Hollywood treatment.

In the two-minute trailer a soldier is tasked with rescuing eggs which have been left behind enemy lines. He is then introduced to the catapult and disturbing real-life Angry Birds.

The video was created by Rooster Teeth and is very-much a spoof… for now. Although given what has happened to other games-turned films this could well happen.

275x250.jpg Boffins say they've come up with a way to keep footballers cool at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar… UFO-style robot clouds which hover over stadiums.

The bizarre solution is the brain-child of researchers at Qatar University who were trying to come up with a way of cooling temperatures on the pitch.

Dr. Saud Ghani says the carbon fibre and solar panels would be around the size of a jumbo jet and automatically programmed to move as the sun moves in the sky

The helium gas-filled remote controlled clouds could then be used to hover over the stadium - lowering pitch temperatures by 10 degrees. Making playing conditions just mildly unbearable.


NHL fans were recently left scratching their heads in disbelief, when a shot which looked destined for the goal changed direction at the last minute.

Seemingly defying the laws of physics, the shot had looked sure to end up in the back of the net during the game between the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames.

But out of nowhere the puck appeared to veer off to the right and away from the goal - much to the dismay of fans and confusion of experts who have tried to explain the bizarre miss.

Possible explanations have including an unseen glance from the keepers stick, and optical illusion… and the goalkeeper secretly having superpowers.


275x250.jpg Musicians form the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are used to playing to a packed auditorium… just not normally an audience made up solely of plants.

But that's exactly what happened when they performed a three-hour recital to over 100 different varieties of plants in a bit to see whether it helped them grow.

It's been claimed that classical music - and the reverberation of sound waves - stimulates protein production in plants, and could lead to increased growth.

While we're not sure the potted audience of geraniums, fuchsias and perennials enjoyed the performance which included Mozart's Symphony Number 40… at least none of them got up to leaf.

A cartoon attempting to explain the Japanese nuclear crisis with a story about a flatulence problem and toxic poo, has become an online hit.

Aimed at educating children, the four and a half minute video tells the story of 'Nuclear Boy' who has had a bad stomach ache since the big earthquake.

It says he has notoriously stinky poo and that people are worried he will do one soon if he doesn't get enough medicine (sea water an Boron). Aready watched more than one million times, the cartoon goes on to say doctors are helping, but that Nuclear Boy has already done some stinky farts making some areas smell bad.

There's also talk of the time he had diarrhoea in Chernobyl. We just wish this had been played on BBC news to help us understand the situation a little earlier.

275x250.jpg A record-breaking cosmetic surgeon who specialises in breast surgery has revealed how he spends his spare time -- throwing knives.

And bizarrely Dr Ted Eisenberg attributes his knife-throwing to winning a place in the record books for "the most breast augmentation surgeries performed in a lifetime."

Eisenberg says it was only while competing in a knife-throwing tournament and watching someone attempt to break the "most bullwhip cracks" record, a friend asked him how many boob jobs he had done.

After totting them up, the plastic surgeon realised he'd performed 3460 operations and contacted Guinness World Records to see if it was more than anyone else. Let's hope he doesn't make a boob while knife throwing.

275x250.jpg A designer has created a bizarre cycle which is powered solely by two screwdrivers and can carry the rider at speed of around 20mph - as long as they don't mind being uncomfortable.

Dubbed The EX, the odd skeleton contraption sees daredevil riders lie close to the ground with their hands on two triggers above the front wheels.

From there they can control the two 18-volt Bosch screwdrivers which act as the engines on the bike and steer by leaning their weight on specially developed joints.

Designer Nils Ferber says the bike cost just £900 to produce and is considerably more environmentally friendly than most other vehicles… and haw many of them can be used to put up a shelf.

275x250.jpg The sand's too hot and the women look too good in bikinis are just two of the odd complaints made by holiday-makers it's been revealed.

Customer services at an online travel agency have taken a look at some of more bizarre complaints they received in 2010 and produced a top 10 of the silliest.

1 - On arrival to the airport in the UK, when asked to present their passports, some ladies found themselves in a sticky situation as they claimed they were not reminded to bring their passports and thought that they didn't need them.

2 - On a trip to the Canary Islands, a lady who took her family of four on holiday put in a complaint about their beach experience. She claimed that, due to the warm weather, the sand was too hot and her children could not walk down to the sea for a swim.

275x250.jpgEveryone thinks the potholes on their street are worse than those anywhere else… but we think residents on Patshull Road in Shropshire might be right.

That's because a 4x4 pickup truck recently became trapped in a massive water-filled pothole as it was driving down the country road.

Chris Nedic had been driving home along the road in Albrighton on Monday evening when his front wheels of his Nissan Navara sank into the 4ft deep hole.

He and his brother luckily managed to leap from the the vehicle shortly before the road collapsed and the car was left sticking up from the hole.

Police say it was only the size of the vehicle which prevented it from becoming fully submerged.

275x250.jpgCans filled with the delightful odour of cow farts are said to have become a popular gift after going on sale in Germany.

Selling for £5 each the 'Stable Fragrance' tins are said to let people take the "original Bavarian stable smell" home with them.

The canned cow farts are the brainchild of designer Daniela Dorrer who says they would be good for people who have moved from the countryside to the city.

She says the farts are captured by hanging industrial cotton wool in stables to adsorb the smell and this is then packaged in the aluminium containers.

While early online interest suggests Dorrer could be onto a winner with this idea, other people say it stinks.


What's better than seeing a great basketball shot where the ball swoops straight through the hoop? Seeing one where it doesn't.

And basketball misses got get much better or more bizarre than this odd missed foul shot during a game between UConn and West Virginia.

Alex Oriakhi had stepped up to take a free throw for UConn at 22-22 when his shot hit the back of the rim, bounced off the front and then landed on the back.

That's right, the seemingly physics defying ball was left balancing at the back of the hoop as the players looked on in disbelief. West Virginia went on to win the game 65-56.

275x250.jpgA referee has set what is thought to be a new footballing record… by issuing a massive 36 red cards during a single match.

In case you are wondering how that is even possible, Damian Rubino showed red to all 22 players and substitutes and technical staff.

It all happened during a fifth division match in Argentina between Claypole and Victoriano Arenas when a brawl broke out between players.

The fighting got so bad the ref is even said to have begged police to lock raging players in their respective dressing rooms.

For any pub quiz buffs out there the previous record for red cards was a 1993 game in Paraguay which saw 20 players sent off.

Footballers around the world often celebrate goals with gymnastic jumps and flips -- but only in Brazil do team medics get in on the action too.

During a recent Copa do Brasil match between Comercial PI and Palmeiras, one of the players went down and required medical attention.

Nothing too unconventional there right? Wrong! After running out onto the pitch with his bag the Comercial PI medic did a cartwheel before looking at the injured player.

This (quite understandably) prompted thousands of the fans in the crowd to cheer… which in turn prompted the medic to do backflips, wheels and rolls every-time he came out.

While the match ended with a 2-1 win to Comercial PI, we know who our man of the match was.

Some football fans know how to make the best of a bad situation - whether that's pretending to score while getting hammered, or swimming in the stands.

No you didn't mis-read that last bit. The rain was so bad at a recent football game in Brazil, some fans were quite literally left swimming in the stands.

The torrential downpour hit the 80,000-seat Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo just before a game between Palmeiras and Sao Paulo.

And while it would have been enough to cancel any Premiership game, they are more hardy in Brazil and fans simply packed their swimming trunks.

They then proceeded to splash, swim and float their way though the 1 - 1 draw.


A US man has formed an unusual friendship with goose at his local park, after it started following him around whenever he was there.

Dominic Ehrler says Maria the goose now waits for him at the side of the road each morning and then dutifully follows him around Echo Park in Los Angeles.

Maria is also said to get over protective if Dominic gets too close to anyone and has even been know to chase off dogs which dare to come near him.

The besotted Toulouse goose will even fly along at the side of Dominic as he rides his scooter. Which is something you just have to see, click play, you know you want to.

275x250.jpg Going up and down stairs can be such a bore… which is why team of Japanese architects have created a house with slides instead of stairs.

Level architects say they were given the brief of designing a family home which would give the children memories which would last forever.

So after thinking about the challenge they decided to build an element of play into parts of the house which would otherwise just be there to perform a function, the stairs.

The result is a three-storey family home in Nakameguro, Tokyo, which has stairs on one side and slides on the other. What's next… a ball pool in the bathroom?

When Evan Petkau and Luke Willms went on a tour of Kenya's Lake Naivasha, they understandably wanted to see a hippo… but probably not like this.

The Canadian holiday-makers had travelled out on a motorboat to take a look at a group of hippos (or a bloat for you collective noun fans) and were happily filming the beasts.

That was until the they realised they'd gone a little too close and startled one of the notoriously aggressive beasts which started charging at them.

Before the duo knew what was happening there were several hippos coming at the boat as they hit the engine and made a hasty retreat back to the shore.

While the pair can be heard laughing on the video, they claim this was nervous laughter rather than them mocking the hippos… well would you mock a 2,000kg beast with a bad temper.

275x250.jpg A steady-handed engraver has completed what he claims is the world's smallest engraving by human hand - by writing on the sharp edge of a razor blade.

Graham Short - who is famed for his microscopic engraving work - etched the words "Nothing is impossible" onto the thin blade with letters measuring just a tenth of a millimetre.

That means they're invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen under a medical microscope at 400 times magnification.

Short says because of vibrations he can only work at night when there is less traffic and that he even has to slow his heart rate to keep a steady hand and works between beats.

Given the work took seven months and around 150 attempts to get right we're impressed he didn't change the wording from 'nothing is impossible' to 'this is impossible'.

275x250.jpg Staff at a pub in Staffordshire say they don't mind that one of their regulars always has a long face -- because it's not like Basil could do anything about it.

The nine-year-old Welsh Cob stallion has become a regular at the Meynell Ingram Arms in Burton where he is allowed to walk right in and up to the bar.

Over the past few years he's even said to have started enjoying the occasional tipple of Marson's Pedigree which is always served to him in his own glass.

Manager Guy Wallis insists locals don't mind sharing the bar with the 14.2 hands pony… though there have been complaints he doesn't ever get a round in.


There are good basketball shots, there are great basketball shots… and then there's this 90ft buzzer shot.

High school student Marvin Le Fridge made the amazing shot as the buzzer sounded dutring a recent game between his team the Corcoran Panthers and the Strathmore Spartans.

While it wasn't a tie-breaker - the Panthers won 69-52 - the shot is sure to be remembered for many years to come… and luckily it was caught on video.

Speaking of the shot, Le Fridge said: "At first I was in shock, but then I started jumping around." He's now waiting for a call from the Harlem Globetrotters.

275x250.jpg A bizarre iPhone and iPad app which digitally helps gizmo-wielding Catholics to confess has been officially approved by the Catholic Church.

"Confession: A Roman Catholic App" has been designed to be used in the confessional and guide sinners through the process.

In addition to logging how long it has been since their last confession, the £1.19 app provides a step-by-step guide to the sacrament and prayers.

Makers are keen to stress the app is not designed to replace confessing before a validly ordained Roman Catholic priest… because then if your iPhone crashed you would go straight to hell.


Britain today has an unlikely crime-fighting hero in the form of an elderly woman who used her handbag to tackle a gang of robbers who were raiding a jewellers.

It all happened in Northampton yesterday, as a gang of six men on motorbikes arrived at a high street jewellery store and smashed windows with sledgehammers.

While most onlookers were happy to keep their distance, call police and film the robbery for YouTube, one elderly woman decided to take matters into her own hands.

As this footage shows, she sprinted down the road before letting the guys have it with her handbag and generally giving them what-for.

TV weatherman Jim Cantore loves his job. Despite spending 20 years standing in various weather conditions he's still in his element in the elements.

Don't believe us? Just see how he responds to this thunder-snow storm which struck while he was reporting from Chicago.

While the blizzard conditions would have had other weathermen wishing they were in a nice warm studio, Cantore was positively revelling in the cold windy conditions.

And that was before he'd even heard a crash of thunder-snow which prompted him to flip out and start cheering during his live broadcast.

We could tell you exactly what he said, but to be honest it's better if you just click play. Keep reading for some other classic Cantore moments.

275x250.jpg A Star Wars fan who legally changed his name to Darth Vader, has been named and shamed by a train company this week for failing to pay for his ticket.

On a recent journey, Vader was caught without a ticket by London Midlands trains. But when he gave conductors his name, they were reluctant to believe him.

After checking with British Transport Police to confirm his identity, Vader - a 41-year-old bouncer from Walsall - was prosecuted and slapped with a £376 fine.

But Vader insists he's normally a law-abiding citizen and the only reason he didn't have a ticket was because he was rushing home to his wife (Sue Vader) was having an asthma attack… yes, a Vader with a breathing problem.

275x250.jpg Cash-strapped Japanese tourists who can't afford to visit Europe themselves, have started sending their cuddly toys there on holiday instead, it's been claimed.

Bosses at 'Barcelona Toy Travel' say they've been inundated with requests from Japan to take soft toys on sight-seeing tours of the Spanish city.

The firm charges £60 to show a teddybear around Barcelona on a six-day trip and supplies owners with a selection of photos showing their beloved bear in front of various monuments.

A postcard is also sent back to the owner, followed by the well-travelled soft toy… which won't stop going on about Gaudi architecture. Don't you just hate pretentious teddy bears.

It's been more piano bar than sandbar in Miami's Biscayne Bay - after a grand piano weighing 300kg mysteriously appeared there.

No-one seems to know exactly how the instrument came to be positioned on the highest point of the sandbank some 200 yards from shore.

And because of the placement, the piano doesn't even disappear underwater during high tide (or the high Cs if you will) and seems to float above the sea.

Because it's not currently causing a 'navigational hazard' coast guard bosses say they're not responsible for removing it and will leave it in place.

Theories about how it got there include it being a leftover prop from a Kanye West video or a prank by fellows at a local music school… it all seems a but fishy to us.

275x250.jpgA hawk is on the loose in the US Library of Congress where it is said to have been flying around for the past week.

Librarians say they first spotted the literary bird flying around the public reading room on January 19th and have been keeping a close eye on her.

It's thought the young Cooper's hawk may have entered the building via an open hatch while maintenance was being carried out on the roof.

Attempts to capture the feathered intruder have so far failed - with the not so bird-brains hawk managing to swoop down and take food from a trap without getting caught.

A net has now been fitted to the library dome to prevent her descending into the main reading room… or accessing the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

275x250.jpgWebsites allow people to do more and more things online - but not this one, it challenges you to do nothing for two minutes.

Launched by Alex Tew - the man behind the Million Dollar Homepage - donothingfor2minutes.com is decidedly lacking in functionality.

Displaying an image of a sunrise over the ocean and a clock counting down from two minutes, it tells people not to touch their keyboard or mouse for two minutes.

And that's it. Tew says the site is designed to make the point about the way we spend all of our time surrounded by an unlimited supply of information.

But can you do it? Can you spend two minutes online without doing anything to get back entertainment or information in return? Silly question, of course you can… your reading Newslite.

275x250.jpg Earlier this week we told you that Paul the psychic octopus - who shot to fame by predicting World Cup results - was to be immortalised in statue form… well here it is.

The 1.8m tall statue has been installed at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, where Paul made his predictions before his untimely death last year.

It shows a giant plastic Paul sitting on the top of a flag-laden World Cup football which contains a golden urn carrying his ashes.

Aquarium bosses say the statue was created after visitors asked for a memorial… funnily not too many bookmakers are expected to visit it and pay their respects.

A comedy writer who posted videos online asking for a billionaire to give him one million dollars says he's found a kind-hearted benefactor.

In the videos Craig Rowin - who writes for The Onion - said there was nothing in particular that he planned to do with the cash, but that it would be awesome.

He went on to list a series of millionaires and billionaire including Steven Spielberg, Lady Gaga and Susan Boyle as potential donors.

And shockingly it seems to have worked. Rowin says an anonymous billionaire known only as 'Benjamin' has offered him the money.

He now says he is due to be given a cheque on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Manhattan on February 2, and insists it's not a publicity stunt. Hmm.

275x250.jpg Everyone's favourite deceased psychic cephalopod Paul the octopus is set to have a 1.8m statue erected in his honour.

Bosses at the German aquarium he called home have announced plans to establish a "huge memorial" to the octopus which became a huge hit during the World Cup.

A spokesperson for the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen said the 1.8m tall statue is expected to be a hit with visitors and would feature Paul on top of a football.

This would in turn house a golden urn containing Paul's ashes… meaning he didn't end up on the plate of some angry football fan.

275x250.jpg It looks like the result of a radioactive disaster, and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was populated by two-headed fish.

But Canadian officials say pranksters are to blame for this fluorescent green river and that it poses no threat to the local wildlife.

As these impressive images show the Goldstream river, which passes through the city of Langford, British Columbia was recently turned a bright green.

Experts were initially bamboozled as to what caused the colour change, but now believe it was caused by prankster with access to fluorescein… and a diary with St Patricks day in on the wrong date.


It's said more women are beginning to play video-games, but not this one -- the SEGA Toylet is very much only for men.

That's because the bizarre console is only fitted to urinals and is used by players peeing at a sensor to control the action

Toylet games consoles are currently being installed on the toilets at metro stations in Tokyo and will offer bladder-emptiers four mini-games.

As men target their pee, LCD screens above the urinal shows the games which rewards the strength, length and accuracy.

Games include ones to compete with previous 'players' to see who has the strongest flow or who can pee the longest… they undoubtedly cause many missed trains.

275x250.jpgA life-sized Dalek and a set of gold teeth worth £6,500 are just some of the odd items left in rooms by guests, a hotel chain has revealed.

Bosses at Travelodge say other bizarre things left in their rooms in 2010 include an antique rocking horse, a 4ft yam and £10,000 in cash.

After reviewing their lost and found offices staff were also surprised to find a superintendent’s ID badge, Keys to a Rolls Royce Phantom and a traffic lollipop stick.

Meanwhile the most common items left behind were mobile phones, gadgets, laptop computers, teddy bears and books.

Slightly worryingly artificial limbs were the seventh most frequently forgotten items… followed by adult toys.

275x250.jpgBosses of a pantomime staring Jim Davidson have been forced to change the costume of a nurse in the show… because the original one broke the Geneva Convention.

Producers of Pavilion Theatre were informed the outfit worn by Nurse Poltis in their Robin Hood show could see them landed in court.

The British Red Cross said the use of red crosses on her comedy hat and tunic were unauthorised use of their emblem and the theatre was in violation of the Geneva Conventions Act 1957.

Because this was also breaking the law and could see bosses face prosecution the costume was quickly changed to feature a green cross.

It sounds to us like someone at the British Red Cross has always fancied themselves as a panto villain. Oh yes they do!

275x250.jpg More than 26,000 fans of the TV series lost have won the lottery - by playing the same numbers as the character Hurley in the show.

In the series Hugo ‘Hurley’ Reyes, played by Jorge Garcia scooped $114m by playing the numbers 4,8,15,16,23 and 42.

But real-life lottery players were less lucky with the digits, they each won just $150 for matching four of the six numbers in the US Mega Millions this week.

It's said the chances of winning the $355 million Mega Millions jackpot is one in 175,711,536… about the same as having guessed what was going to happen next in Lost.

Noodling, a crazy sport where anglers use their arms as bait to catch catfish has become an internet hit.

But experts warn sticking your arms in riverbed holes and waiting for the fish to latch on with their sharp teeth is also a great way to lose a finger.

It's said some noodlers have even drowned as they tried to wrestle the huge creatures - which can weigh 30kg - to the surface of the water.

Others have been left with serious lacerations to their arms or come into contact with alligators or snakes while noodling.

Which might leave you wondering why the odd sport has become a hit… and that's before you've even watched some of the videos on YouTube.


A homeless man is seeing job offers pour in, after a YouTube video of him showing off his incredible voice became a viral hit.

Ted Williams used to work as a radio announcer, but hard times saw him jobless, homeless and holding a sign begging for cash at the side of a road in Ohio.

And that's where he was found when he recently became the subject of a viral video after a journalist noticed his sign, boasting he had a "God-given gift of a great voice".

After the exchange of a few dollars, Williams released his silky smooth FM voice saying things like: "we'll be right back with more after these words" for the camera.

Now, after gaining more than 4 million views on YouTube, the job offers are pouring in… we just wish we could get him to read Newslite stories to us at night.

275x250.jpg A busty would-be model has been proudly showing off her brand new E-cup boob job -- which she won in an online auction for just £3.90.

20-year-old Danielle Sheehan recently underwent surgery at a private clinic in Norwich after winning the chance to boost her size 34C breasts to a 34E.

The healthcare worker, who has always wanted bigger boobs, says she placed a bid on millibid.co.uk for an "ultimate ­makeover" and was shocked to win for just £3.90.

She then used the prize to have the £4,100 boob job carried out by a leading cosmetic surgeon… all for less than the price of a push-up bra.

275x250.jpg The net was as likely to catch a fish as be hit by the ball in this game. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have played against each other on a floating tennis court.

The duo took part in a bizarre exhibition match on the court which had been laid in the water of Doha Bay, Qatar, to promote the upcoming ATP World Tour.

And though the pair have the experience of winning 25 Grand Slam titles between them, neither had played on a surface anything like this before.

While we don't know what score the game ended at, it's not our main concern, we want to know what happened to the ball boys… or should that be ball buoys.

As any football fan knows, it sometimes feels like your team are incapable of getting the ball in the net, no matter how easy the shot.

But for followers of Veria FC they now have video proof, their team recently missed five consecutive sitters… in just 11 seconds.

During a Greek second-division match against Levadiakos, Veria FC found themselves in front of goal with a clear chance of scoring.

But within just 11 dark dark seconds for Greek football, they'd missed five sitters, each of which should have ended with the ball in the back of the net.

Veria FC ended up losing 1-0 and will have to make do with internet fame… even if they don't look like they will be getting a chance to celebrate a goal like Stjarnan FC any time soon.

A man had a lucky escape after being hit by a lorry as he crossed a road in Turkey -- he somehow managed to outrun it.

Bekir Ozcan had been crossing a road in the city of Adiyaman when the driver of a lorry failed to spot him and as he pulled away from a red light.

CCTV footage shows the fuel lorry hitting the 53-year-old before he is able to make it to the other side of the road and pushing him along.

Fearing for his life, Ozcan then turned to face the same direction of the lorry and tried to outrun it rather then end up under the wheels.

As he ran along, other pedestrians waved at the driver and managed to get him to slow down… giving Ozcan what we think was an unfair advantage.

Everyone's received a Christmas present they've been less than happy with -- but the secret is not letting on that you're disappointed.

But it looks like that's a skill this lad is yet to acquire… and something tells us he doesn't like getting books for Christmas.

A video taken last year showing a three-year-old boy unwrapping an unwanted present of books has become an online hit.

In it the pyjama-clad shouts "Books? … Books for Christmas? What the heck is that? I don't get books. That's not toys, that's books. I don't get books for Christmas"

Many commenters online have suggested that if he were their child, those books would be the last presents he ever received.

275x250.jpgThe military in New Zealand have officially released hundreds of previously classified UFO reports, including one about an alien with size 440 shoes.

Dating from 1954 to 2009 the documents which deal with hundreds of UFO and alien reports, have been released under freedom of information laws.

Coming in at around 2,000 pages the document details UFO encounters from members of the public, commercial pilots and military personnel.

While most reports are of the strange lights in the sky variety, others are more interesting like the man who in 1995 claimed he met an alien with size 440 feet.

He said the big-footed alien told him dying humans ascend as hydrogen atoms… he didn't mention where he bought his shoes.

275x250.jpgScientists studying the inner working of the brain say they were shocked to discover an image of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer inside a brain.

The picture, a close up image of a brain blood vessel, was discovered as boffins examined the workings of neurons in the hippocampal region of the brain.

Researchers from Newcastle University say they were amazed by how much the image looked like a reindeer with antlers flying through the starry sky.

And after overexposing the image, that was even more true, down to an eye and tail being visible… along with a glowing red nose.

Speaking of the find, Dr Claudia Racca, said: "It may not be very valuable scientifically but it looks nice on the eye."

275x250.jpg Snowmobile champion Levi LaVallee has been injured while preparing for an new stunt -- but he still set a new world record in the process.

The seven-time Winter X Games medalist had been practicing his 300ft snowmobile jump on a ramp in San Diego ahead of performing it on New Year's Eve.

He had been due to see in the new year by leaping over 300ft of water and setting a new world record. But that won't be happening now.

A spokesperson from Red Bull said that LaVallee had been hurt while practicing and the event would no longer be taking place… if only he'd had something to give him wings.

We know it's dangerous, but it always looks like fun when it snows and you see people being dragged along behind a car on their sledge.

And it appears members of the Swedish airforce agree, because here's a video of them doing it… being towed by a fighter jet.

In the clip three nutty Swedes are pulled along by ropes as the jet weaves around the airfield. At least they have helmets on.

We just wish the video had ended with the fighter jet taking off and the  airforce guys clinging on for dear life.

It goes without saying that you should not try this at home… unless you have your own airfield and fighter jet.

275x250.jpg A potty author has spent years touring the world... in search of the most bizarre and picturesque toilets.

Luke Barclay has now assembled the world’s most scenic cisterns and panoramic privies for a new book 'Good Loo Hunting'.

Toilets in the book range from bogs on the top of Mount Baker in Washington (above) to loos with views of Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Also, if you are only able to do your business while watching elephants cross a river, there are also some toilets on the banks of the Zambezi.

Heavy snowfall in the US has caused the inflatable roof on a stadium in Minneapolis to collapse.

Over the weekend, much of the midwest was hit by massive snowstorms with some areas receiving as much as 20 inches of snow in just one day.

And in Minneapolis - which got about 17 inches of snowfall - this weighed down the Teflon-coated fibreglass roof the Metrodome stadium.

Initially the snow caused the roof to collapse in on itself - before splitting open and flooding onto the football pitch.

Unsurprisingly a scheduled game between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants was moved to another venue… where the Giants received an equally icy reception.

275x250.jpgAn advertising executive who had his laptop stolen from his car is offering a 'Fabulous Drug Stash' to anyone who can return his computer.

Kurt Shore had be preparing to leave his office car-park when a colleague triggered the alarm causing him to run briefly back inside.

But in the 30 seconds it took him to get back to his car, a crook had jumped out of their own car and grabbed a laptop from his front seat.

Now, in a bid to retrieve the laptop which contains photos of his children, he's produced a reward poster offering a "fabulous drug stash" to whoever returns the computer.

The poster also features a image of marijuana and Kurt says he has 'high' hopes of getting his MacBook back.

A trigger-happy US man is offering to 'chop' down Christmas trees for people by shooting at them with (the tree that is) with a shotgun.

Known only as Hickok45 or Greg, the man from Nashville, decided the unusual felling method could be a way to differentiate his Christmas Tree Farm from rivals.

And as this video advert shows, it does. Customers are asked to puck their tree in the normal method, but an axe is only used to clear the trunk.

Greg then gets his gun out and shoots at the base of the tree until it falls. It can then be taken home by the buyer.

The 'farm' has the slogan 'You Shop, We Chop' and a big sign which says 'No Refunds' … Like you'd be dumb enough to argue with a man who spends his days shooting trees.

275x250.jpg Wang, talywhacker, chopper and schlong are just some of the words men across the UK use to refer to their willy, it's been found.

An interactive map has been launched to collect the various words men in different regions use when talking about their penis and see how they compare.

For example, while blokes in the North East talk about their 'Pork Javelin' and 'Wham Wacker' those in London prefer 'Pork Sword'. Other popular terms include 'Oldboy', 'Todger', 'Ballzooka' and the 'One-Eyed Milkman.'

The 'I Call Mine" map has been set up by Lloyds Pharmacy is a bid to make men less embarrassed when talking about their… you know what.

275x250.jpg A French artist says coastguards are constantly trying to 'save' him whenever he takes his boat out -- and it's not hard to see why.

Julien Berthier has created 'Love Love' a boat which permanently looks like it is sinking and sticking out of the water.

The zany 35-year-old from Paris took a wrecked boat which he found in Normandy, cut it in half and sealed the end with fibre-glass before fitting two electric motors.

It's said the result is a 'surprisingly stable' craft, where the sailor sits in an upside down seat. Of course the problem is, no-one will ever know if he is in real trouble.

A massive 16-floor hotel has been built in the Hunan province of China in a record time -- under six days.

The impressively speedy build, shown in time-lapse photography, saw the New Ark Hotel rise from an empty space in just 136 hours.

Developer Broad Sustainable Building, who worked until 10pm each night, say the five days and 16 hour construction time is thanks to the use of pre-fabricated parts.

The frame of the 50m building - which is built to withstand a magnitude nine earthquake - took just 46 hours to put together, with the building enclosure taking another 90.

Personally we'd love to see the face of someone who'd gone on holiday for the week and come home to discover the 16-floor hotel in front of their window.

Spanish woman claims she now owns the sun

275x250.jpgA woman claims she's now the legal owner of the sun after registering the star at a local notary public as being her property.

What's more, 49-year-old Angeles Duran from Spain says she now wants to start charging everyone on the Earth for using it.

While an international agreement states no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, Duran says there is nothing stopping an individual.

As such she says she's now the rightful owner of the sun and wants to charge anyone who uses it, in a bid to raise money for the Spanish government, research, ending world hunger… and herself.

Speaking to El Mundo, she said: "I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law." --- Wow, where do you start?

Weird Week: Big, Pig, Potato In A Wig

 

More weird news in video form. This week there is the world's largest custard cream biscuit, a piggy bank made from the body of a dead piglet and -- like that wasn't enough -- a potato in space.

275x250.jpg A French photographer has transformed his 91-year-old granny into a spandex  and cape-wearing superhero for a stunning set of images.

Sacha Goldberger came up with the idea as a way of spending more time with his Hungarian-born grandmother who was showing signs of depression.

But the subsequent images -- which feature her scaling building and lifting cars --  have become an online hit and turned Frederika into something of a star.

Goldberger uses a mixture of studio techniques and photo manipulation to create the images… though we are assured she really was flying in the treadmill image.

A video of a heavily pregnant woman with a baby apparently trying to burst out from her stomach Alien-style has become an online hit.

In the one and a half minute clip, the French mom-to-be is seen lying on her back as her unborn child kicks and wriggles inside.

This causes her stomach to contort and wobbly - much to the amusement of the mother, her partner and another child.

And the video has also become an online hit gaining more than 150,000 views of YouTube since it was uploaded earlier this week.

But while many viewers have been amused and drawing comparisons with the chest-busting creature from Alien -- several expectant mothers have been left terrified. 

275x250.jpg There are some pretty strange sights on Google Street View -- but a baby being born on the streets of Berlin isn't one of them.

This odd image did the rounds yesterday seemingly showing the Google car capturing the moment of birth on a street in the Wilmersdorf borough of the German city.

But all is not as it seems, Google have now confirmed the image is a fake and that real image taken of the street in question is a lot more mundane.

It's not known why the fake was created, but it's worth noting the building in the image is home to an advertising agency. Does this mean we can't believe everything we see on the internet?

Police in Turkey say they've busted a bizarre gang of crooks who were stealing sheep from the back of moving trucks.

And in a bid to prevent further crimes, the officers then got them to re-enact their crime for a video which has been uploaded to YouTube.

Officers say the arrests were made after they discovered the gang were driving behind sheep-carrying tucks on a motorbike and cart.

One gang member would then climb onto the moving truck and start unloading sheep into the cart without the driver knowing.

Officers claim getting the gang to recreate the crime on video is to  dissuade others from similar crimes… but we all know they really just want more views for their account.

A footballer has been dubbed the 'Cannibal of Ajax' after being caught on camera biting the neck of a rival player.

Ajax and Uruguay ace Luis Suarez was playing in the match recent against PSV Eindhoven when a confrontation happened.

But rather than being part of the usual footballer slap and exaggerated fall, the striker opted for an altogether more vampiric approach.

Unseen by the referee he leaned forward and sunk his teeth into the neck of PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal.

Suarez was not punished during the game but has since been suspended for two games… and team-mates have started hanging garlic in the dressing room.

We once threw a ball of paper into a bin from eight metres away, bouncing it off two surfaces... unfortunately there was no-one else there to see it.

Luckily for this Japanese teenager -- who was recently equally in the zone while playing a basketball arcade game -- no moment now goes unrecorded for YouTube posterity.

As such she's become an online sensation after a video of her shooting an amazing series of consecutive baskets on the game was uploaded to the internet.

In the 70 second clip, the girl can be seen stepping up to the machine, grabbing the orange balls as soon as they're released.

She then proceeds to notch up 256 points by hurling them at the basket with the sort of speed and accuracy normally reserved for NBA players… and even then only the good ones.

275x250.jpg It was one small step for spud, one giant leap for spudkind. A potato has been dressed as Santa and launched to the edge of space. As you do.

The bizarre space mission was organised by a primary school in Devon with kids dressing the spud with a white beard and red hat.

It was then placed in a pop bottle 'rocket' christened Spudnik2 and attached to an extra large helium balloon and launched from a local car-park.

Also fitted with camera and a GPS system Spudnik then rose 17 miles up before the balloon burst and everything fell back to earth. Luckily no-one was injured the space potato -- that would be embarrassing.

275x250.jpgA video of a horse travelling in the back of a car along a US motorway has become an online hit -- well how could it not.

The odd footage was shot by the Potter family as they drove between Osage City and Topeka on the way to the supermarket.

Dad Rick says he'd spotted a mane of hair flowing from the window of a car and as he drove past took a closer look.

At that point he realised it belonged to a horse which was happily travelling in the back of the car on folded down seats.

As his family shouted "Smile, horsey!" the the horse turned around to look at them… presumably this distraction reduced the horsepower of the car.


275x250.jpg A group of British space fans have successfully launched a paper plane into space and captured some amazing images in the process.

The trio of amateur space enthusiasts created an impressive paper aircraft with a 3ft wingspan and launched it using a helium balloon.

A small onboard camera then took a series of photos as it soared to 23 miles (90,000ft) above the earth and the balloon burst due to air pressure.

The plane then glided back down from the edge of sapce landing 100 miles from where it had been launched… and to think the best I've ever made have only gone eight metres.

275x250.jpg A gardener who prides himself on growing boot-iful looking vegetables says he was shocked to discover a foot-shaped carrot in his allotment.

Stuart Boulton was harvesting his crop in Darlington when he noticed one of his carrots was oddly shaped, after clearing the soil from it he realised what it looked like.

With five knobbly ends growing off the main body the carrot looks just like a foot - albeit a slightly deformed and bright orange one.

Stuart then did what any proud gardener would, he posed for a picture with the carrot foot and made a soup with the it… he insists it didn't taste in the slightest bit sweaty.

275x250.jpg Most people are happy playing racing games on a PS3 or Xbox 360. But others want something special… like a £120,000 simulator.

A professional racing simulator used by Formula One teams is now being made available in time for Christmas, for hard-core gamers with a big budget.

The Hexatech is an interactive motion-based racing simulator which makers Cruden say offers full motion and realistic g-Force simulation.

It includes three 42 inch screens and allows users to race Formula One, NASCAR and rally cars… which makes the £120k a positive bargain, right?

275x250.jpg A man has won a place in the Guinness World Records for having a mouth so rubbery he can fit an entire Coke can in it... sideways.

Francisco Domingo Joaquim's mouth stretches to a massive 6.69-inch-long, which adjudicators from the famous record book say is the world's widest.

The 20-year-old record breaker from Sambizanga in Angola is said to have shot to fame after showing off his 'talent' at local markets and football games.

Dubbed the 'Jaw of Awe' he recently appeared on an Italian TV show where he managed not to out his foot in his mouth… but to be fair, he was busy putting everything from cups and saucers to beer bottles in there.

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Other than not wanting to end up in the lion enclosure, you've probably never given a second thought to what animals at the zoo eat.

But London Zoo has just revealed their annual food shopping list -- and if you thought your family eat like animals, their mega-order should put it into perspective.

Every week the zoo gets through more than a tonne of bananas and apples and each years their 600 different species eat nearly nine tonnes of meat.

Other items on their giant annual shopping list includes thirteen tonnes of carrots, four tonnes of eggs and two tonnes of cabbages.

Unusual foods also on the menu include 240 coconuts for the hyacinthine macaws and bearded pigs plus 78 kilos of popping corn for its four gorillas… who love movie night.

275x250.jpg A giant advertising billboard made from 110kg of cheese has been revealed in Covent Garden, London -- bizarrely to promote broadband internet services.

The 5m x 4m cheese sculpture features an image of Speedy Gonzales the cartoon mouse (the only link to cheese we can think of) and the text "Super Speedy Broadband."

Virgin Media say the billboard is made from 10 cheeses and took food artist, Prudence Staite and her 13-strong team eight days to create in a specially chilled studio.

Asked what they made of the advert, some passers-by thought it was 'grate' while others said it 'stinks' adding that the advertising men must be 'crackers'… sorry I camembert any more cheesy puns.

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Amazing footage of a unicorn running through the woods has been released by a science centre in Canada who said they were investigating the clip.

Staff at Ontario Science Centre issued a press release claiming a video was submitted them by a Toronto resident who accidentally caught the 'unicorn' on camera.

Peter Hickey-Jones was meant to have been filming a woodpecker when he saw the mythical horned creature and pointed his camera at it briefly.

A OSC spokesperson even said: "The Science Centre is reviewing the footage frame-by-frame to determine whether the claim is legitimate."

However, later -- when it was pointed out how coincidental the timing of the find was (they have an upcoming exhibition on mythical creatures) -- they finally admitted it was a fake.

275x250.jpg Kapow! The famous Batman logo has been found painted on the roof of a United States Air Force military base in Japan.

The massive logo was spotted in Okinawa using Google Maps and measures around 30m wide by 15m tall, appearing on the top of a building surrounded by F-22 Raptor.

Some have speculated the Batman logo suggests the US military is working with the comic book superhero on some sort of high-tech new weapon.

Unfortunately we think it's more likely to be because Kadena Air Base is used by the 44th Fighter Squadron… commonly known as 'The Bats'. 

275x250.jpg Felix Baumgartner has been forced to cancel plans to skydive from the edge of space after a legal challenge was launched against his Red Bull Stratos project

The daredevil had been scheduled to complete a stratospheric balloon flight to 120,000 feet and attempt a free-fall jump that would reach supersonic speeds later this year.

But that's now been cancelled after organisers Red Bull received notice that a multi-million dollar lawsuit had been filed against them by another skydiver.

Daniel Hogan claims he "owns certain rights to the project" and that Red Bull stole confidential plans he had developed for the stunt. We bet they now wish they could push him out of a plane.

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has unveiled his latest installation at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall - he's filled it with 100 million sunflower seeds.

But the bizarre work gets even stranger when you realise the seed husks, covering the east end of the Turbine Hall, are in fact a unique porcelain replicas.

Weiwei says the porcelain seeds were specially produced by hand for the commission in the city of Jingdezhen, China, and they took thousands of people two years to create.

Each ceramic seed was moulded, fired at 1300°C, hand-painted and then fired again at 800°C.

The artist says the work is representative of the Cultural Revolution... or it could just be used to confuse the world's hungriest parrot.

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This baby was born on a date to remember after arriving early on the tenth day, of the tenth month in the tenth year of the millennium… and at 10.10am and 10 seconds.

Little Niamh Bond couldn't wait any longer and was born eight weeks premature on what some have hailed as the luckiest day of the century.

The tiny tot weighed just 3lb 7oz when she was delivered at Good Hope Hospital, after her mom Keelie, 20, was rushed in on Saturday evening.

Niamh had not been due for another eight weeks -- but obviously thought it would be better to have a birthday no-one has an excuse for forgetting.

Proud Mum Keelie Hearne said she couldn't believe it when she realised the timing and was just glad her partner Dean Bond was there… yes, he arrived 10 minutes before Niamh was born.

The Bolivian president has been caught on camera kneeing a political rival in the groin during a 'friendly' football match which was on TV.

Evo Morales had been taking part in the game against a group of political rivals to raise money for charity.

But the match quickly turned nasty and after being riled by a tough tackle to one of his team-mates, the President stepped in.

And by "stepped in" we mean kneed his victim, Daniel Gustavo Cartagenam, in the groin, sending him falling to the floor. All in front of TV cameras.

The foul-tastic game ended 4-4 and two players from each side were sent off -- making the match the only thing dirtier than politics itself.

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An tiny apartment which measures just five square meters has gone on sale in Rome… for a not so small price.

Said to be the world’s smallest apartment, the micro-pad is situated on the prestigious Piazza di Sant' Ignazio in the Italian capital and has amazing views.

But it's barely big enough to fit a bed, and the apartment consists of a ground floor bathroom with a shower, sink and loo, along with a ladder to a raised single bed.

However, despite this the bijou property is currently on the market for €50,000 (£42,000) and the current owner says he has been besieged by interest.

That said, we imagine much of that interest consists of people asking, "Really? £42,000 for that, and it's really just this big, really?"

275x250.jpg For cyclists who are fed up of feeling the squeeze from other traffic, this could be the ultimate bike -- it's got a flame-thrower built into the handlebars.

But that's not all, the BOND (Built of Notorious Deterrents) Bike also features an ejector seat which can be activated if the bike is stolen.

Created by ilovemybike.co.uk after they quizzed cyclists about what makes them angry there's also a caterpillar track for smooth riding over pot-holed roads.

As far as we can see there is only one problem with the bike… it's not going to be available to buy.

275x250.jpg Producers for the show Australia's Next Top Model have been left red-faced after announcing the WRONG WINNER on live TV.

The cringe-inducing blunder happened during the live final of the show which saw 16 women battle it out for a modelling contract and cash prize.

But shortly after the 'winner' had been announced as 19-year-old Kelsey Martinovich, host Sarah Murdoch was informed of the error via her ear-piece, and force to apologise for giving the wrong name.

Sarah then had to turn around and tell Amanda Ware she'd actually won, and ask her to say a few words… at least Amanda was able to pick up a few tips from her rival's heartfelt acceptance speech from seconds earlier.

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A man who claims he was duped into getting the logo of a radio station tattooed on his forehead has appeared in an impressive police mugshot.

David Winkelman was last week arrested in Iowa for failing to appear in court for operating amotor vehicle without the owner's consent and his police mugshot has since gone viral online.

And it's not hard to see why. In 2000 Winkelman heard a stunt on hard rock station KORB which offered anyone who'd have their logo tattooed on their head a cash prize.

But when he turned up at the station with his head decoration - which he'd convinced his stepbrother to get too - he was told it was a practical joke.

Winkelman says he can't afford to have the tattoo removed… and is fed up of people asking him what radio station he listens to.

If this video of the All Blacks training is genuine, there will be more than a few terrified rugby teams around the world.

Similar to videos of stars like Kobe Bryant and Roger Federer it show the sports stars displaying superhuman like skills.

All Blacks players Piri Weepu, Cory Jane and Rene Ranger are seen in the video pulling off a series of unlikely kicks, throws and catches.

At one point balls are being thrown with such precision they are able to hit others at distance, this is quickly followed by balls being kicking into bins half a pitch away.

We're tempted to call fake, but this is only based on having watched the England team… and in comparison to them, most people look to display unfathomable skills.

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The United Nations have said they will not be appointing an 'alien ambassador' who would be in charge of making contact with extra terrestrials - as has been claimed.

It had been reported that Mazlan Othman - head of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs - was to be appointed an ambassador to greet extraterrestrials if and when they contact.

The story which originated the in Sunday Times, but soon spread around the world, claimed the Malaysian astrophysicist would be tasked with co-ordinating humanity’s response to alien contact.

However, a UN spokesperson this afternoon told Newslite the story was "nonsense" and insisted there were no current plans to appointment anyone to the role.

Never-mind… we guess this just means any visiting aliens will have to continue asking to be taken to our leader.

Nailympics: Hands-down the oddest contest

275x250.jpg Hundreds of manicurists have battled it out in an odd annual event where they are judged on the quality of their fake nails.

The Nailympics 2010 saw teams from 24 countries compete in events ranging from nail sculpture and fantasy nail art to nail embellishment.

Some of the entries even saw intricate sculptures and figurines attached to the nails of contestants.

Competitors say the elaborate faux nails show amazing quality of a nail technician's craft… and mean they never get asked to do the washing up.

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There's now yet another good reason for dog owners to clean up after their pets -- their waste can be used to create energy.

A dog park in Massachusetts has revealed an ingenious system which uses dog poo to create energy to power a streetlamp.

Dog owners simply clear up after their dog and dump the waste into a steel oil tank on the edge of the park in a bio-degradable bag.

The then spin a wheel to 'stir things up' and generate burnable methane from the bacteria, which is then fed to gaslight street lamp above.

Oddly the idea did not come from an engineer but from artist Matthew Mazzott… though we dread to think what Tracey Emin would have suggested do with the poo.

Remember the weird Dutch accent Steve McClaren developed while managing FC Twente? Well now he's started speaking in a German accent.

The former England boss - commonly known as 'the wally with the brolly' - has spent the past five months managing German Bundesliga team Wolfsburg.

But while the Yorkshireman is still giving his press conferences in English and through a translator he appears to have adopted a German twang.

During a recent outing he started of by saying "Ya, ya, ya" and then then followed it up by pronouncing 'we' and 've' and sounding like a right plonker.

And remember, this is even when compared to the average football manager who is not exactly know for his verbal eloquence, is he?

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Theme park bosses have been forced to start offering visitors weird-looking umbrella hats -- to stop birds from pooing on them.

Zoo keepers at Chessington World of Adventure say they noticed many visitors to their walk-through aviary were ending up with poop on their head.

And while it's meant to be considered lucky, few guests agreed and many were even being put off visiting by the prospect of being pelted by parrot poo.

As they couldn't stop the 65 brightly plumed parrots - which are constantly being fed by visitors - from doing their business, they decided to shield the visitor.

Now everyone is offered one of the stylish umbrella hats to wear as they make their way around… we just wish they had a bullseye on the top.

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Some secrets about MI6 spies have been revealed in a new book -- including their odd use of semen as an invisible ink.

The weird revelation is one of many in a new book which documents the history of the Secret Intelligence Service from 1909-1949.

Aurthor Professor Keith Jeffery was given unparalleled access to MI6 archives to research the book on the famously secretive organisation.

One document from 1915 says Mansfield Cumming,the first chief of the SIS, had been trying to find a good invisible ink, before adding: "Heard from C that the best invisible ink is semen."

Come to think of it, this could explain why we don't remember ever seeing James Bond writing a letter* in any of the movies.

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Police have revealed an odd-looking e-fit of a suspected burglar who appears to have lettuce for hair.

The weird shape, texture and colour of the hair on the man - involved in a distraction burglary of an elderly woman - has led to him being dubbed 'the lettuce head burglar.'

Officers from Hampshire Police admit they suffered "technical issues" when producing the image and hope a software upgrade will allow better hair on e-fits soon.

However they hope the "clarity of the facial features" will lead to an arrest of the man described as being around 45-years-old, 5ft 8 tall and have wavy blonde or greying hair.

Our first stop would be to see if he is hiding by lying face down on an allotment somewhere. Check out our Top 5 Worst Photofits after the link.

TV newsreader caught not wearing trousers

A TV newsreader who thought no-one would notice he was broadcasting without wearing trousers has been caught out by a wide-angle shot.

Everything had appeared normal as the smartly dressed news anchor hosted the popular 24UR show on Slovenian TV.

It was only as the camera panned out at the end of the show and he turned to speak to a colleague his secret was revealed.

When the journalist rolled his chair back from the desk he was embarrassingly revealed to be reading the news with his pants down.

Like Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy the news reporter had been wearing a shirt, tie and suit jacket… but no trousers.

275x250.jpgA pair of sisters who astounded doctors when they were born as black and white twins, have started their first day at school.

Marcia and Millie Biggs were near impossible to tell apart when they were first born in July 2006... but their incredible difference soon became apparent.

Amanda and the twins father Michael had been together 10 years when they conceived the girls through IVF treatment.

Marcia has inherited her mother's fair complexion and golden brown hair, while Millie takes after dad Michael, who is of Jamaican origin, with her tight dark curls and brown skin.

With Millie and Marcia now in their uniforms for the first time - they're one pair of twins who teachers shouldn't struggle to tell apart.

275x250.jpgWhen their on-screen clock failed, bosses at BBC Breakfast were forced to employ a low-tech solution… getting presenters to hold a clock.

Because many people use the on-screen clock to judge when they should be leaving for work, staff knew they needed to come up with a solution when the software running theirs failed.

Shortly after the clock disappeared from the BBC1 show, red-faced hosts Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams resorted to holding an analog clock between them on the sofa.

Studio bosses later added live video footage of an alarm clock in the bottom corner of the screen.

Some people have even claimed the clock failure was a publicity stunt to show what the Beeb might be like with proposed cut-backs.

275x250.jpg You probably think costumed super heroes only exist on the pages of comic books and in Hollywood movies, don't you? It's an easy mistake to make.

But there are actually hundreds of ordinary people (without super-powers) who get dressed up each day to go out and fight crime or campaign for what they think is right.

And now Hollywood photographer Peter Tangen - who has shot images for Spiderman, Batman and Hellboy movie posters - is setting out to document the lives of the these anonymous costumed activists.

Along with a team of designers, he each week creates a Hollywood style movie poster for one of the real life superheroes… and to be honest most of them look more interesting than your average superhero film.

Couple get married in odd mid-air wedding

275x250.jpg A pair of loved-up daredevils have walked down the aisle to get married -- but only after it was raised 160ft in the air.

Jeroen and Sandra Kippers were hoist into the air on a crane by Belgian firm Marriage In The Sky, along with a vicar and 20 dangling 20 guests.

Another platform was then raised holding an orchestra and pianist before the odd aerial wedding ceremony began, where it wasn't only the bride and groom who looked nervous.

After being pronounced man and wife, the Kippers' made another big jump… this time off the end of the platform while tied to a bungee rope.

Woman hit in face by watermelon on TV show

Hurling watermelons with a giant slingshot sounds like great fun. But as a  American reality show recently proved, that's not always the case.

A contestant on the CBS show 'The Amazing Race' was competing in an event where they had to aim watermelons at suits of armour. As you do.

But after a couple of misses, a watermelon got stuck in the slingshot and was flung back at Claire Champlain, straight at her head.

It smashed into her face where it exploded (the watermelon, not her face) leaving Champlain lying on the floor in agony.

Speaking after the accident, she said: "I can't feel my face, I have the worst headache ever." … we imagine the sensation is similar to being forced to watch The Amazing Race.

275x250.jpgA Colombian man who measures just 2ft 3inch tall has been named the new world's shortest man by Guinness World Records.

Edward Niño Hernandez - known as as Niño (meaning child) - has inherited the title from China's He Pingping, who passed away in March.

Hernandez currently lives in Bogota with his parents and four brothers and says his hobbies include playing soccer and dancing.

Despite being found during a search for the world's shortest man after Pingping's death, Niño is actually 4cm shorter than his predecessor at 70.21 cm.

But Hernandez’s reign as the shortest man could be the shortest in history... the current shortest teenager, Nepal's Khagendra Thapa Magar, will turn 18 on October 14th, and is 2 inches smaller.

Dancing merengue dog becomes an online hit

A video of a golden retriever dancing the Merengue - while wearing a sparkly green dress - has become a hit on YouTube.

The three minute clip, filmed in Chile, shows golden retriever Carrie standing on two legs and dancing with a man in a red shirt.

Since it was uploaded six days ago it's already been viewed by over 1.5 million people who have been suitably impressed by her moves.

Cheered on by a crowd, the dog twists and turns to the Latin American music performing surprisingly complex moves.

Not bad considering she has two left feet… then again she has two right ones too.


275x250.jpgComputer game-loving students could be in luck after a university started offing a course where they can get credit for playing.

The University of Florida has revealed an eight-week course entitled which requires students play the online game Starcraft.

It's claimed by instructor Nathaniel Poling just playing the game improves "Critical thinking, problem solving, resource management, and adaptive decision making".

But "21st century Skills in Starcaft" will also include viewing and analysis of recorded matches, written assignments and collaboration with other students.

Suddenly we feel (slightly) less guilty about spending so long playing Time Crisis when we were meant to be studying.

The French Spiderman, also know by the more mundane name of Alain Robert, has been arrested in Australia after climbing a 57-storey building.

Robert - who's previously scaled the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the New York Times building in New York - made it to the top within 25 minutes.

But police who had been alerted to his impromptu climb without safety equipment were less than impressed and were waiting for the 48-year-old at the top.

Fans who had gathered and the bottom of the Lumiere Building on Bathurst Street, Sydney, to watch the climb were no doubt unhappy to see their hero being led away by cops.

Police are now threatening to throw the book at him… which mean he could soon be climbing the walls of a prison cell.

275x250.jpg A council has splashed out a whopping £190,000 on building a fancy bridge designed to help dormice cross the road safely.

The high-wire walkways were built across a busy new 4.6 mile road in the Rhondda Valley so the construction didn't upset the local rodent population.

Three interconnecting tubes - suspended from 20ft wooden poles - are said to offer dormice a way of crossing the road where they would have once used trees.

The move has been branded a wast of taxpayers money by some… who also now suggest the chicken crossed the road for a council handout.

275x250.jpgA massive traffic jam in China has now been slowing traffic heading into Beijing for over nine days.

The monster queue - containing thousands of lorries and cars crawling towards Beijing - stretches back over 100km (60 miles).

It was triggered by road construction and repairs to highways used by cargo lorries, but some experts now claim the problem could last to mid-September.

Drivers trapped in the jam are said to be spending their time playing cards, sleeping on the road and bargaining with local food vendors.

There's also the little matter of there not being any loos for the length of the queue -- and there was us thinking our annual eight-hour slog to Cornwall had been bad this year.

If skydiving gets boring, some jumpers try to come up with odd ways of keeping hurtling towards to earth exciting.

Some even do bizarre things like jump from a plane while sitting in a rubber dinghy.

Ludewig Kleiner recently made such a jump from 14,000ft... but he also tried solving a Rubik's Cube on his way down

The 29-year-old only released his chute after solving the puzzle, which he was able to complete it in 31.5 seconds, during which time he'd fallen 5,905ft.

Kleiner said he took on the barmy challenge because no-body else had ever attempted it -- we can't imagine why!

An impromptu pillow fight has broken out on a German airline flying at 20,000ft.

As the stewardess on the Lufthansa flight from Tel-Aviv to Frankfurt handed out complimentary pillows, some passengers started to throw them at each other.

But rather than tell them to stop the feather-filled mutiny, or call for the plane to be turned around or grounded, the good-natured stewardess joined in.

Soon enough there was a mass pillow fight in the cabin, and passengers were screaming with joy as the pillows flew all over the place.

In the end the besieged stewardess was forced to jokingly run off to safety… fortunately (and proving this wasn't a US Airlines flight) she didn't return with an armed air marshall.

275x250.jpgAn unlucky 13-year-old boy was hit by lightning on Friday the 13th… at exactly 13:13.

The teen had been visiting an air show in Suffolk when the incident happened where he and two others were struck by lightning at 13 minutes past one, according to witnesses.

Fortunately the boy - who had been holding an umbrella - only suffered minor burns from the lightning strike which can cause serious burns and even cardiac arrest.

A spokesperson for St Johns Ambulance service said the lad had been conscious and breathing when their team arrived and took him to hospital to be checked over.

Unfortunately the unlucky 13-year-old has not been identified… if he had we could make sure we never got on the same bus as him.

275x250.jpgStressed-out and bored Brits are being lured to Australia with the offer of wacky jobs including koala catcher and kangaroo poo harvester.

The mass recruitment drive was recently launched by the government of South Australia after they discovered 60% of Brits are bored with their jobs.

They've brought together a host of jobs all of which will be available to Brits visiting Oz on a one year 'working holiday' visa.

It's hoped one year will be enough to convince workers to move Australia - which is due to suffer a workforce shortage - permanently.

Other off-beat and odd jobs include beer taster, Little Penguin home remodeller and shark personality profiler… I know which one I don't want.

Normally when you see 'Cops' style reality TV show arrests people are hiding their faces and non-too-happy about being filmed.

But a US woman had an unusual reaction to police and a TV crew knocking on her door and arresting someone from the house -- she was ecstatic about it.

As soon as the elderly woman spotted the camera she quizzed officers about what it was for. When she was told it was "County Law' she couldn't hide her excitement.

After asking when the show would air she repeatedly whooped "County Law, County Law, County Law!"

So cringe-worthy was her outburst that her pal - who was (let's not forget) being arrested on TV - begged her to stop because it was embarrassing.

A Japanese baseball player has stunned fans by performing an amazing Spider-Man-esque jump to catch a ball.

Masato Akamatsu made the impressive catch during the Nippon Professional League game between the Yokohama BayStars and Hiroshima Carp.

After Shuichi Murata hit the ball it looked destined to fly over the wall and into the crowd - but Akamatsu was not having any of if.

The never-say-die fielder ran at the ball and jumped at and off the wall before plucking it out of the air some 15ft up.

Since the clip was uploaded to the internet it has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of fans and almost makes baseball look interesting, almost.

275x250.jpgA US family who were facing having their home repossessed have been saved after finding a rare Superman comic in their basement.

The comic - a rare Action Comics No. 1 which features the first appearance of Superman - was only uncovered as they were packing up their home.

The unnamed family were facing foreclosure on their home and unable to come up with the cash to save it, were looking in their basement for boxes.

Realising it could be worth something the contacted comic book auction experts who said the comic could sell for $250,000.

The bank have agreed to wait until the sale on August 27… to see if Superman really can fly in and save the day at the last moment.

275x250.jpgA man who constantly pops up in the background of live TV broadcasts has now invaded over 100 live news reports.

Paul Yarrow, a 42-year-old community worker from London can often be seen lurking in the background as reporters talk to camera.

Sometimes he's talking on his phone, sometimes he's reading a newspaper, but he always stands in front of the camera.

In fact his plump frame, balding head and trademark beige jumper made Yarrow and online sensation and sites were even set up to chart his appearances.

So far he's appeared on BBC1, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News, Al  Jazeera… and now NewsLite, which means he has really made it.

275x250.jpgA US newspaper has hired a marijuana critic who is paid to get high and write about his experiences like a restaurant reviewer.

The Denver Westword will run a regular column by "William Breathes" as he goes around reviewing local medical marijuana dispensaries.

The writer, who goes by the pen-name so he is not recognised while 'working', will offer his insight into the quality of service and the quality of the marijuana served.

In Colorado, where medical was legalised 10 years ago, more than 100,000 have applied for medical marijuana licenses, including the critic who suffers from chronic stomach pains.

After the marijuana critic job was advertised earlier this year the paper was inundated with applications. Bosses say he stood out because he "could punctuate and he could spell".

275x250.jpgThe world's new strongest beer has gone on sale… in controversial bottles made using the bodies of dead animals.

Brewery BrewDog's 'The End of History' beer - which has a 55% ABV and sells for £500 per bottle - is the strongest and most expensive beer in the world.

It's a blond Belgian ale infused with nettles and juniper berries to give unique taste.

But it will be the bottle which stands out for most people, they're encased in the bodies of animals which have been specially produced by a taxidermist.

Stoats, squirrels and hare have been used… and just in case it wasn't odd enough already, some of then are dressed in eccentric outfits.

275x250.jpg A couple on a whale-watching trip near Cape Town, got a closer view than they expected when a massive 40-ton whale jumped from the sean and onto their yacht.

Amazingly, as they looked for whales, a massive 10 metre one leapt from the water off the coast of South Africa and headed straight for their diminutive yacht.

The Southern Right whale then smashed into the 33ft boat and snapped the mast before eventually sliding back into the water an swimming away.

Luckily the accident was caught on camera by a nearby tourist… otherwise no-one would have believed their whale of a tale.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a parasailing donkey flying over the sea in Russia, obviously.

A Russian leisure firm is being investigated by police on animal cruelty charges after using a flying donkey in a stunt to promote their parasailing service.

Beach-goers looked on in a mixture of intrigue and horror as staff at the private beach club in Golubitskaya led a unwitting donkey towards their parasailing equipment.

The ass was then attached to the parachute harness, and before many sunbathers had worked out what was happening, it was launched high into the air.

Shocked holidaymakers watched as the terrified donkey spent the next 30 minutes flying over the the Sea of Asov… and wondered if they'd had one too many holiday cocktails.

275x250.jpg A red-headed music fan has become the latest unlikely internet hero after being filmed singing along to an Eminem performance at T in the Park.

The young fan - believed to be named Robbie Snowden - now even has his own Facebook fan page with over 11,500 fans after he was spotted on TV coverage.

In the clips - which are surging on YouTube - he can be seen staring wide-eyed into the camera, singing along with Eminem and waving his fists 'gangsta-style'.

Commenters and fans are now calling for Robbie to become a star in his own right -- and he's already more entertaining than many of the acts at T in the Park.

275x250.jpgPaul the psychic octopus - fresh from a string of correct predictions at the South Africa World Cup - is retiring from the soothsaying business.

Correctly predicting the result of eight football games in a row, Paul - known as 'oracle of the deep' - became a bigger star than Wayne Rooney.

But now bosses at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, where he lives, say he's retiring from making predictions, despite his uncanny ability.

A spokesperson said the two-year-old cephalopod will go back to his old job of "making children laugh" ratherr than the "oracle business".

She added they'd received several offers for Paul from betting firms, but insisted he was not for sale… we wonder if he can foresee being kidnapped by a gambling ring any time soon.

275x250.jpgA psychic octopus dubbed 'oracle of the deep' has predicted Spain will win the World Cup final against Holland on Sunday.

Paul - who lives at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen - currently has a 100% prediction record after correctly foreseeing all the Germany results.

He predicts winner by eating mussels from a box draped in the flag of the team he thinks will win, sometimes taking as long as an hour to pick.

But this time the canny cephalopod took just ten minutes to predict Spain will win the South Africa World Cup final.

The news will no doubt go down well in Spain… much like a squid paella. 


275x250.jpgThe humble jacket potato has been given a gastronomic make-over by a foodie chef who is selling them for £40 each.

Ben Kingdon says his 'Tuxedo spud' creation - which is topped with a spoonful of luxurious Italian caviar - justifies the cost with an unbeatable taste.

It comes served on a wooden board with roasted vine tomatoes and features creme fraiche, lemon, chives and spring onions in addition to the pricey caviar.

And bosses at Cary Arms, in Torquay, Devon - which launched the dish to weeks ago - say several people have already splashed the cash on the lavish spud.

Customers are described as being "affluent people wanting to try something different" -- we have a gold-plated tin of baked beans with their name on.

275x250.jpgPaul the 'psychic' octopus has done it again, he correctly predicted the result of the World Cup clash between Spain and Germany.

Dubbed 'oracle of the deep' Paul - who lives at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany - kept his 100% record if foreseeing the results of his homeland.

Earlier in the week the eight-legged mystic made his prediction by eating mussels from a box draped in the flag of the team he thought would make it into the final.

And last night, as a Carlos Puyol goal sealed the 1-0 win for the Spanish, Paul notched up yet another correct prediction, reaffirming his position as the real star of this World Cup.

In fact, his predictions have been so much better than pundits like Gary Linekar and Adrian Chiles we think Sky Sports should snap him up to front their Premier League coverage, what do you reckon?

275x250.jpgA "psychic" octopus with an uncanny ability to predict the result of World Cup football matches has tipped Spain to beat Germany in the semi-final.

Paul the octopus, from he Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany has so far correctly predicted all the  games involving the national team.

His predictions involve handlers at the attraction putting two boxes of tasty mussels into his tank, each with the flag of one team on the front.

The mussels he goes for first are then taken to be his "psychic" prediction and bookies claim many people even place bets on the back of them.

However, the creature has a less then perfect record when these two teams meet - during Euro 2008 he wrongly picked Germany as the victor against Spain. If he is right this time he could end up in a paella.

275x250.jpg Six-time hot dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi was arrested when he stormed the stage at this year's New York International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Speed-eater Kobayashi had refused to take part in the event because of contract issues - but tried to get on stage after the champion was crowned.

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut was gobbling his way to his fourth title by (munching 54 hotdogs in 10 minutes) when Kobayashi jump onto the stage as fans shouted "let him eat".

After wresting with police he was arrested and taken into custody overnight --  it's not know if he was given a hot hog while in jail.

275x250.jpgSomeone who spends far too long staring at their computer has claimed they've found an image of Jesus... on Google Earth.

Zach Evans, from Southampton, says he was looking at possible holiday destinations when he stumbled upon the christ-like image in a Hungarian field.

He insists he's not the sort of person to look for religious icons everywhere he goes, but found the image on farmland near Puspokladany too striking to ignore.

Obviously this isn't the first time, and it won't be the last, that Jesus is spotted in everyday items with previous examples including toast, irons and drainpipes.

However, if you have a pareidolia predilection we want to see what you see -- feel free to send us photos of any odd sighting in everyday objects.

275x250.jpgPolice in New York are hunting for a woman who robbed a store while wearing a Catwoman mask -- and have released comic book inspired wanted poster.

In fact the wanted image looks like it could have come straight from a DC comic and can't be too helpful in tracking down the crook.

Officers say the woman went into a high-end shoe store and spent over half an hour looking and shoes while wearing the feline mask.

She then went to the till and handed over a note which said Give me the money. I have a gun.’ before grabbing the cash, stuffing it into her bag and leaving.

Cops have now released CCTV of the incident and the less than purrfect photofit in the hope someone can help locate her -- we think they are hoping Batman is around.


275x250.jpg A country hotel designed specially for dogs has opened in Wales - complete with luxury rooms and a swimming pool.

The Royvon Pet Hotel in Merthyr Tydfil should mean you don't feel guilty about jetting off on holiday and leaving your dog behind… because they'll probably have a better room than you.

Charged at £29 a night pampered pooches enjoy a private room, an extensive selection of spa/grooming services and a swimming pool. There are also indoor and outdoor play areas.

The Presidential Suite even includes a 22 inch TV mounted on the wall -- ideal for watching Animal Planet or old episodes of Lassie.

275x250.jpg An image of a man with the head of a horse has become the latest odd sighting on Google Street View to go viral.

The man - dubbed Horse Boy by online fans - was snapped in the Hardgate area of Aberdeen, wearing dark trousers, a purple shirt… and a plastic horse's head.

After being highlighted on the BBC News website, Horse Boy has now been viewed more than a million times on the mapping site and many people are trying to work out who it is.

So can you help, there must be someone out there who can recognise him, let us know in the comments… but please restrain yourself from making any obvious Sarah Jessica Parker jokes.

275x250.jpgThe record for the longest ever Grand Slam tennis match has been broken at Wimbledon… but despite lasting TEN hours, it hasn't finished yet.

France's Nicolas Mahut was taking on John Isner of the United States in the match which started on Tuesday and was expected to finish early today.

But after going into a fifth set (6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6) the monumental match carried on, with the pair matching everything the other was able to offer.

After playing for a total of 10 hours, and reaching an almost absurd score of 54-54, poor light stopped play and the weary looking players were forced to leave the court.

The record-breaking match will continue tomorrow… if Mahut and Isner are able to get out of bed.

275x250.jpg A tailor and jeweller with a taste for the extravagant have joined forced to produce the world's most expensive suit.

Made from cashmere wool, skill, and studded with 480 high quality diamonds it's easy to see why the suit is expensive.

But at a whopping £599,000, the price-tag could be enough to make even the most wealthy Russian oligarch think twice before handing over his credit-card.

Jeweller Stuart Hughes said he and pal Richard Jewels spent over 600 man hours putting the suit together but they haven't dared try it on themselves, "I was scared too" he said.

275x250.jpgA dating website which only accepts 'beautiful' members has launched a virtual sperm and egg bank for would-be parents who want attractive offspring.

Before joining BeautifulPeople.com would-be members have to pass a public beauty test with current daters decideding whether they are hot enough.

But now the controversial site has launched a service for less attractive couples wanting to have children who are more blessed in the looks department.

Users of the 'Beautiful Baby Service' can pick to receive sperm and eggs donated by 'officially attractive' users - guaranteeing better looking kids.

In odd news, the service can also be used to insure that your little one grows up to be inherently vain.

A Japanese violinist has shot to fame after posting videos of himself playing the violin to classic Nintendo games.

Rather than simply playing the theme tune, Teppei Okada plays the sound to 'live' games including the sounds of things like jumps and power-ups.

Okada has videoed himself playing other classic games tunes such as Donkey Kong, Yoshi's Cookie and Dragon Quest 4 -- all while wearing a classy (and very white) suit.

The 34-year-old classically trained musician also offers lesson to other game/music fans, which makes us wish we could play the violin.

Actually forget that, we just want enough money to pay him to come and play like this whenever we are playing Mario.

A Brazilian baby with remarkable dancing skills has become an online hit… and once you hit play, you'll see why.

Standing on a kitchen table wearing only a nappy, the little tot starts thrusting his hips in time to the music.

Within seconds he is pointing, waving his arms and pulling complicated dance moves which seem almost impossible for a child so young.

Perched precariously on the table he dances away as family members film him with mobile phones.

The video has now been watched by over 500,000 people online with many YouTubers suggesting the lad could be the reincarnation of Michael Jackson.


275x250.jpgThey look like a science fiction movie special effect gone wrong, but these ugly cats are said to be the latest must-have pet.

Sphynx cats are currently selling for up to £3,000 each and their rare breed has only recently become available in the UK.

Their weird hairless bodies have made them a hit with asthma sufferers or those who are sick of cleaning fur from their furniture.

Pam Williams, of the Sphynx Cat Association, said: "They’re a bit like Marmite – you either love them or hate them."

She added that they have a good temperament, snuggle put to owners to keep warm… and can scare mice just by looking at them.

275x250.jpgFrench psychiatrists have diagnosed Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars - who later became Darth Vader - with borderline personality disorder.

Eric Bui of the Toulouse University Hospital says he made the diagnosis after watching the prequel movies and comparing Anakin to diagnostic criteria of mental disorders.

He says the young Jedi matched six out of the nine borderline personality disorder criteria, thanks to his separation from parents, his impulsiveness, violent outbursts and anger management issues.

His illusions of invincibility and crises of identity are also said to have made him a classic example of the disorder.

Suggesting they may be in need of a stint one the psychiatrists couch themselves, the experts even claim with psychotherapy the fictional character may not have turned to the dark side.

275x250.jpgAnimal experts say lions, tigers and cheetahs have a strange 'obsession' with Calvin Klein aftershave.

Zookeepers from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo in New York claim CK Obsession stimulates the curiosity of big cats.

Tested against 23 other fragrances - by spraying it on objects in an cheetah enclosure - Obsession was found to hold attention for longest.

In fact, the cats spent over 11 minutes nuzzling up to a tree sprayed with Obsession for Men, compared to a couple of minutes with other sprays.

The results were so compelling Obsession is now used in zoos and wildlife areas around the world… and quite a few nightclubs too.

A 5-tonne elephant which escaped from a circus in Zurich spent two hours walking through the city's streets.

Sabu, a 10ft tall dumbo, escaped from his trailer as circus workers tried to load her onto it

After taking a quick dip in Lake Zurich, he then proceeded to walk down normally busy roads in the Swiss city centre, leaving passers-by terrified.

Police closed a number of roads and vets tracked the elephant before he was eventually lured into the back of a lorry and returned to the circus.

Admittedly we can be a bit bleary-eyed on our morning commute -- but we're pretty nothing like that has ever happened here.

275x250.jpg A bizarre ice cream flavoured to taste like fish and chips has been released to get Brits eating something other than vanilla.

A recent survey found that nine out of ten Brits opt for the traditional taste rather than more adventurous flavours. As a result ice cream makers created this…

The cod-flavoured ice cream - which is being launched nationwide - is coated in a vanilla and pepper batter and comes served with potato ice cream chips.

But it's not the sole odd flavour on offer at plaices -- others include Barratt Refreshers, Vimto and Golden Syrup Sponge.

275x250.jpgA Kookaburra which was addicted to sausages has been taken to a zoo for rehabilitation after it was attacked by a dog -- because it was too fat to fly.

The bulky bird was found at a park in Mosman, Australia, running along the floor as it was being chased by a group of dogs.

Initially it was thought the bird had a broken wing and couldn't get away because of the injury -- but then experts found it was just too fat to fly.

They claim the 545g bird piled on the pounds - to 40% heavier than the typical Kookaburra - after eating sausages fed to it by barbecuing park-goers.

While a Kookaburra would normally feast on lizards and small rodents eating too much from a BBQ can be bad for them… which means more for us.

275x250.jpg A movie buff and petrol-head has spent the past 25 years (and presumably a lot of money) building up an ultimate collection of movie motors.

Mark Perkins owns cars including the Batmobile, James Bond's Aston Martin, The Ghostbusters 'Ectomobile' and Starsky and Hutch's Ford Torino.

Insured for £500,000 the collection - stored in the basement of of his home in Ascot - mixes original vehicles used in films and TV shows with exact replicas.

The 47-year-old say he gets great enjoyment out of owning the odd cars -- and loves seeing the look on peoples faces when he nips to the local drive-thru in the Flintstones car.

275x250.jpg A UK man has become the first person in the world to be infected by a computer virus - and he did it himself, intentionally.

Mark Gasson contaminated a computer chip which had earlier been inserted into his hand as part of research into human enhancement and implantable devices.

The the University of Reading scientist had been implanted with the RFID chip to do things like access buildings, unlock his mobile phone and be tracked.

But then he infected the implant with a virus to prove that (he) could then pass on the virus to other computers.

275x250.jpgBosses at a dinosaur park in Wales say they are so strapped for space they are trying to give away a 30ft replica Brontosaurus, for free.

And while the long-necked dinosaur is being offered gratis, there it a catch, you have to collect it and get it home yourself.

Which is easier said than done given the faux Brontosaurus - said to be worth around £20,000 - weights two-and-half-tonnes, and is massive.

It's suggested Bronto would make an ideal gift for a dino-mad youngster (with a big garden) or that he could be used as a mascot for a football or rugby team.

If we had room we'd certainly want him, if only to see the face of our postman when he read the "beware of the dinosaur" sign and saw a green head sticking out from the bushes.


275x250.jpgA video has been uncovered by film buffs which appears to show the worlds first ever mobile phone… all the way back in 1922.

Archivists at British Pathé say they stumbled on the silent film - titled 'Eve's Wireless' - in their archives, and could't believe what they saw.

The clip shows two well dressed women in New York carrying the hefty-looking device which they connect to a fire hydrant via a long cable.

An umbrella is then erected, which appears to act as an aerial, and the pair to use the phone to make a call.

They are then shown chatting to an operator who then plays a gramophone record for them… kind of like a rudimentary Spotify.

A £275 million bridge in Russia has been closed after it started severely bouncing up and down in high winds.

The wobbling of the 4.5 mile bridge was so bad it threw some cars into the air as they tried to drive across it and into Volgograd.

Engineers had spent 13 years planning and building the beam bridge which opened eight months ago and claimed it would be more stable than a suspension bridge.

But high winds proved them wrong with drivers saying their commute suddenly felt more like a roller- coaster -- and looking at this video we can see what they mean.

The bridge was closed while safety checks were carried out and will reopen shortly. Bosses say