WTF: August 2010 Archives

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.




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