WTF: February 2011 Archives

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.




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