WTF: September 2010 Archives

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.




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