WTF: November 2009 Archives

A video of a wrecking ball crashing into and flipping over a car in New York has become a hit online... despite being fake.

The clip uploaded to YouTube with the title "OMG! Car Hit and Flipped By Wrecking-Ball in NYC!" is shot on a camera phone and shows a wayward wrecking ball smashing into a car.

The car is knocked from the Manhattan road and flips through the air before crashing back down.

But eagle-eyed YouTubers have noted that the car movement looks like a stunt on a TV show or movie with others adding that it has been illegal to use wrecking balls in New York for a number of years.

For us the giveaway to the fakeness of the clip is a director can clearly be heard shouting "Cut."

275x250.jpgBeing transported to a new zoo looks like it was a right pain in the neck for this five-year-old giraffe.

It's understood the 11ft female giraffe suffered the injury as she was being moved from The Wilds park in Ohio to Tulsa Zoo in Arizona.

When Amali arrived at her new home in Oklahoma, keepers instantly noticed her normally long, slender neck had an odd crick in it.

Though she is not thought to be in any pain, vets say she will be kept in medical quarantine until X-rays are done next week to see if her neck is broken. Staff say they hope the crick will correct itself naturally but fear it could stay like that forever.

World's strongest beer launched at 32% ABV

275x250.jpgA controversial UK brewery has launched the world's strongest beer 'Tactical Nuclear Penguin' with a massive ABV of 32%.

The high alcohol volume of the BrewDog beer beats the previous record of 31% which was held by German beer brand Schorschbraer.

To make it so strong the imperial stout was aged for 16 months in Isle of Arran whisky and  Islay casks. It was then stored at -20 degrees for three weeks.
 
Boffins from Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh yesterday verified the beer at 32% ABV - the equivalent of six pints of lager per bottle.

It is not know if the same boffins made it in to work today or if they had a hangover.

275x250.jpgA man has been arrested after calling emergency services in the US... to ask for a police escort to a Lil Wayne concert.

Michael Kruse said he was dialling cops because he didn't think he was going to make the 350 mile journey to Miami in time, and didn't want to get stopped for speeding.

But the 20-year-old was not even deterred when a remarkably patient operator told him "we
don't do escorts" -- he then asked if they could fly him there in a helicopter.

Other gems in the call - which has been released by police - are the lines "We don't just send helicopters up for rappers" and "We can't give you a police escort to go see a rapper in Miami."

You can hear the guy - who was arrested on a missdemeanor charge for making false emergency calls - in his full idiotic glory after the link.

275x250.jpgThey are normally cut to celebrate the start of a marriage, but a baker is having success by selling a range of tiered 'divorce cakes'.

Rather than being topped by a miniature bride and groom standing happily together the cakes show the unhappy couples pushing each other over, stabbing each other or even shooting one another.

Fay Millar of Pink Rose Cakes in Brighton said she started baking the divorce cakes after hearing about their popularity in the US, where people often hold divorce parties.

She now hopes the trend will be picked up in the UK where she charges £60 to £800 for the cakes - topped with warring couples made out of icing.

Luckily the cakes have never been mixed up. You try explaining why there is a divorce cake at a wedding reception.

275x250.jpgThis may look like the world's worst photo-fit - but Bolivian police say it helped them secure an arrest in a murder case.

Cops claim that soon after they issued this image, people came forward with information allowing them to make an arrest over the case of a stabbed taxi driver.

The drawing - which looks more like the work of a child than a CSI expert - was done by a neighbour who saw the suspect.

It features a narrow face with a lopsided mouth, a thin nose, straight eyebrows and hair that seems to defy physics.

Check out newsreaders revealing the image on Bolivian TV, we don't know what they are saying… but we can guess.

Lego love leads to engagement for couple

275x250.jpgA lego-loving couple are hoping to build a future together, after the little bricks played a big part in their engagement.

When Joe Sparano decided to pop the question to his girlfriend of six years he knew Lego had to be involved.

Their eyes had first met over a box of bricks at a toy store where they both worked, and the pair have regularly bought each other Lego box sets as gifts since they started dating.

So 30-year-old Joe, a graphic designer from Nebraska, started planning a Lego based proposal where he wanted to pop the question to Kristin Kacerik, also 30, at a picnic for their dating anniversary.

275x250.jpgIn one of the more bizarre events on the UK sporting calendar, thousands of people yesterday turned out to watch the 7th annual pantomime horse race.

A parody of the traditional Grand National race at Aintree, the charity event sees competitors slip into pantomime horse and jockey outfits for the race in Birmingham city centre.

But it is not all laughs -- hundreds of pounds are bet on the racers at a special bookmakers which is set up on the site.

After the bets have been placed, the competitors then charge around the gruelling 12 jump course in the hope of scooping the (obviously prestigious) title. 

275x250.jpgA road kill calendar - which features a dead animal each month - has suprisingly become a huge success.

Kevin Beresford, the man behined the bizarre Road Kill Calendar 2010, says he came up with the idea while working as a courier and driving around the country.

He said he was 'inspired' by some of the road kill he came across and felt compelled to take photos of them.

He then set about creating the calendar and since putting it on sale online he says hundreds of copies have already been sold.

But despite boasting that it feature perished pigeons, deceased doves, mashed magpies and slaughtered sheep - he insists he is an animal lovers - we're not sure PETA would agree.

275x250.jpg Ever wondered what Stormtroopers get up to when they are not doing the bidding of Darth Vader and fighting for the Galactic Empire Army?

Stormtroopers 365 - a Star Wars inspired photo project - aims to show just that, by posting a new photo of them everyday for a year.

Images posted on Flickr show the Stormtroopers, making sand castles on the beach, searching the internet and even feeding pigeons in a park.

Stéfan Le Dû started Stormtroopers 365 on April 3rd of this year using two 12cm figures from Hasbro and says he will continue until April 3rd 2010 - unless a Death Star destroys planet Earth before then.

Artist makes realistic trainers from paper

275x250.jpgAn artist has painstakingly cut pieces of coloured paper and glued them together to recreate some of his favourite trainers.

David Brownings, from Brighton, says he can spend six hours producing his paper shoes - normally retro Nike Dunk models - which sell for £30 per pair.

The illustrator first came up with the idea while working in a vintage trainer store but since putting his creations online says he had been inundated with requests

Dubbed Nike-elangelo David warns potential buyers that while the shoes might look good on a shelf - they won't wear so well on a basketball court.

275x250.jpgA wallpaper has been released which promises to protect a wall from a wrecking ball or bomb blast - should you need it.

The X-Flex paper - developed with the US military - is not like the wallpaper your Granny had in the 70s, but is more suited to protecting soldiers in Iraq.

It is made from Kevlar-tye sheet which is held between to sheets of elastic polymer wrap which act to absorb energy of a blast or impact.

This means that after users roll it out onto a wall, just like a conventional wall paper, it will offer incredible levels of security.

The only problem we can see is that as soon as you put the wallpaper up, you are going to want to test it with a wrecking ball -- just like in the video after the link.

275x250.jpgAn artist has used 26 different types of fruit to recreate the London skyline.

Carl Warner and his team of five model-makers spent three weeks crafting the famous London landmarks out of foods ranging from melons and tomatoes to asparagus.

They carefully sculpted the buildings - while all the time fighting the challenge of how to keep the fresh and highly perishable fruit and vegetables looking their best for the final image.

After gluing it all together they then took this stunning image… before munching on the most impressive salad bar you have ever see.

Artist recreates masterpieces with coffee

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275x250.jpgA pregnant shark gave birth by a surprise 'caesarean' -- when another shark attacked it releasing four babies.

The shark had been swimming in a tank at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World in New Zealand when it was bitten by a tank-mate.

Visitors were shocked when they saw the bite rip the flesh of the pregnant shark and the babies emerged from the gaping wound.

Staff at the aquarium removed the babies from the tank - before they became food for stingrays and other sharks - along with the mother, who had another four babies still inside her.

The wound on the mother has now been stitched by a vet… a very brave vet. Mother and  all eight baby sharks survived.

A footballer has scored the worlds fastest goal - just 2 seconds after kickoff.

As the ref blew the whistle to start the game Nawaf Al Abed, lining up for the Saudi  team Al Hilal whacked the ball straight from the centre spot.

The opposition and fans could only look on in shock as the ball went straight over the keeper and into the back of the net.

As any pub quiz fans will know, this breaks the previous record of 4 seconds held by Jim Fryatt of Bradford Park  who played againt Tranmere Rovers, 25 April 1964.

For further point you may like to know that Al Hilal went on to win the game against Al Shoalah 4-0.


275x250.jpgCommuters on the London Underdround were left red-faced when the sounds of a couple having sex was played out over a station's loudspeaker system.

Rather than the normal messages of train delays, or warning about minding the gap, travellers heard the noises of an apparently over amorous couple.

The moans and groans echoed around West Ham station in east London during rush hour on Thursday evening - much to the embarrassment of those waiting on the platform.

A spokesperson for Transport for London confirmed the sexual noises were heard through the tannoy - but added that they didn't know where they came from.

They added that the broadcast - which is thought have been interference with the public address system - did not feature TFL staff… they don't enjoy work that much.

The hat which forces you to smile (Video)

A design student has created a hat which is guaranteed to make you smile -- because it will poke a spike into the back of your head if you don't.

Lauren McCarthy's "Happiness Hat" is described as a wearable conditioning device that detects if you're smiling and provides pain feedback if you're not.

While it looks like any other wooly hat, it hides a sinister secret, an arm which reaches down your face detects if you are smiling and if your not it inflicts pain.

If the smile sensor detect your smile is turning into a frown it send a message to a battery-powered servo motor which moves a metal spike into the back of your head.

The less you smile, the more painful the spike is said to get - so this is how Santa keeps his elves looking so happy. 

275x250.jpgA group of 25 bingo fans have hiked 17,500ft up to Everest Base Camp... to hold the world's highest game of bingo.

After two weeks climbing - risking dehydration, altitude sickness and frostbite - the team recently arrived at their destination.

Then then promptly whipped out their scorecards, the caller slipped on a sparkly gold jacket and they started their game.

In calling the highest house the group raised around £100,000 for their chosen charity Sue Ryder Care.

One of the team, organised by Gala Coral, said: "Other trekkers at base camp simply couldn't believe it - I'm sure they thought we had altitude sickness."

275x250.jpgGlasses which 'hear' a foreign language and automatically translate what's being said, before beaming it onto the lens, have been revealed.

NEC say their Tele Scouter glasses will let a wearer see exactly what people around them are saying, even in other languages.

It features a microphone and camera which record foreign languages before converting it to text and running it through a translation computer worn on the wrist.

The translation is them beamed onto a tiny retinal display for the wearer to read what was just said - the entire process happens in a fraction of a second.

Does this mean Brits will just start reading slower and louder? 

NASA say the Universe is beige not black

275x250.jpgExperts at NASA claim the universe is not black as you might expect - but rather a rather dull shade of beige.

Space boffins have found that if you were to average out the light emitted by galaxies currently analysed, you would be left with the dull-looking colour.

NASA say the shade is constantly changing and has become much less blue over the past 10 billion years (so not a quick change then) indicating that redder stars are becoming more prevalent.

It has now been dubbed "Cosmic Latte" after being discovered by astro-physicians Karl Glazebrook and Ivan Baldr.

You will notice it bares a striking resemblance to the shade of paint used in TV home makeover shows... suggesting that Sarah Beeny could be our supreme creator.

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275x250.jpg A publisher has come up with a novel way of advertising their books… by attaching adverts to flies.

The bizarre advertising campaign was launched (quite literally) by Eichborn at the recent 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair and involved somehow tying tiny ads to the flies legs.

This meant that as the fly took to the air, little banner adverts - which were light enough not to weigh the flies down - appeared to float around the halls.

While the final result certainly looks impressive (check the video after the link) please spare a thought for the poor German work experience kid who probably spent hours the night before tying the adverts to the flies.

275x250.jpgAn 848 mile long golf course has opened in Australia - and it can take over seven days to play.

Nullarbor Links is the world's longest golf course and with the next hole sometimes 100km away you will need a good driver… and we don't mean the club.

It will come as no surprise that the idea for the course was dreamed up by a few Aussies as they shared a beer or two - they now hope it will attract thousands of tourists each year.

The par 72, which spreads over South and Western Australia, is dotted with signs warning about wayward wombats and kangaroos. Golfers wanting to play must buy a $50 scorecard for the course.

The team behind the course say it's a unique way to see Australia… and ensuring your wife never talks to you again.

DUI La-z-boy chair auction up to $40,000

275x250.jpgA La-z-boy chair which shot to fame when a man got caught drink driving on it, has now been put on eBay by police.

The chair - converted with lawnmower engines to drive on the road - was used by Dennis Anderson to drive home in Minnesota, after drinking about eight beers.

He was arrested by police and later pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. Unsurprisingly, the odd news soon spread around the internet.

But police now hope to cash-in on the 'DUI La-z-boy' by selling it on eBay - all proceeds will be split between police, state and the prosecuting attorney.

The chair was put up for auction on Thursday with a starting bid of $500, though over the weekend this jumped up to $40,000… meaning someone had more to drink than Mr Anderson.




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