WTF: April 2011 Archives

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.

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