WTF: July 2011 Archives

A pickpocket in China has been caught on camera using chopsticks to steal a mobile phone - and to think we struggle when it comes to eating dim sum.

In the footage - which has been aired on Chinese TV news shows - the light-chopsticked man can be seen singling out his mark as he waits for a bus.

The cutlery crook then moves behind the young man and carefully uses the eating utensils to reach into the victim's pocket and pull out his mobile phone.

Even when the victim realises something is wrong and that his mobile phone has gone, the thief makes out that it may have been dropped rather than swiped - just check out his mime.

275x250.jpg We're all for anything that takes the tedium out of getting to Newslite Towers -- and as such we'd love to see a slide like this installed at our local station.

Unfortunately we don't live near Overvecht Station in Holland where this 'transfer accelerator' (slide) had been installed as an alternative to stairs.

Created by design firm  HIK Designers, the slide is said to be great for passengers who are running late or just want to add a bit of fun during their everyday lives.

The slide is also said to play music from Bach during the evening… which adds a nice little surreal moment to getting home after an evening drinking we thing you'll agree.

275x250.jpg An Arab sheikh has carved his name out 1,000 metres high and two miles long, on an island he owns - making his moniker the only one visible from SPACE.

63-year-old Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan had workers cur the 'HAMAD' part of his name into the sand of Al Futaisi island in the massive letters.

After coming up with the barmy idea, his workers are said to have spent several weeks digging out the sand to create the bizarre name-shaped waterways.

While most people are in awe of the inscribed island we want to know why he didn't have his entire name carved in the sand… maybe he just needs a bigger island.

275x250.jpg Researchers say the heft of some medieval armour was so great that it may have even affected the outcome of some famous battles.

And to prove their point, boffins at Leeds University have even released a video of a man wearing full medieval armour being put through his paces on a treadmill.

Academics say during warfare in the 15th century, soldiers wore steel plate armour, typically weighing 30-50kg which played a role in whether an army won or lost a battle.

Their study - which saw armour-wearers completing running exercises while their oxygen usage was measured - showed they used twice the amount of energy… and got some odd looks at the gym.

275x250.jpg A Malaysian businessman has splashed out a massive £3 billion on a gold and platinum yacht made using 100,000kg of precious metals... it even has a solid gold anchor.

The 'History Supreme' yacht - which stands out even when compared to other billionaires' toys - was created by Liverpool-based jeweller Stuart Hughes.

It took him three years to complete and the entire base of the 100ft vessel is wrapped in solid gold, along with most other features on-board.

The main sleeping quarter is adorned with platinum accents and has a wall feature made from meteoric stone and a genuine T-Rex dinosaur bone. Take that Roman Abramovich!

A footballer who shot to internet fame after scoring a cheeky back-heel penalty for UAE in their clash with Lebanon, may now be punished for it.

Awana Diab instantly became one the most watched footballers in the world after his unorthodox spot kick at the weekend.

But while many internet viewers were impressed by the goal - after which he was issued a yellow card - it went down less well with his team manager who branded it 'disrespectful'.

And it's now been reported that the 21-year-old Baniyas midfielder could be banned from playing for UAE or fined for his actions… unfortunately he's not eligible to play for England who could always do with a penalty scorer.

275x250.jpg Between 1% and 5% of the population - including certain Bond villains - are said to have an additional nipple… but until recently none were recorded as having one on their foot.

However, that all changed with the discovery of this foot which belongs to a 22-year-old woman and was recently featured in a dermatology journal.

Researchers say the foot nipple is particularly rare because the condition (supernumerary breast tissue) is normally found above the waist.

Unsurprisingly the owner of the nipple-totting foot has chosen to remain anonymous fearing she'd be mocked with people asking her to put her breast foot forward and dodgy puns like that… some people would really milk it.

275x250.jpgWhen two would-be armed robbers stormed into a store in California and demanding a bag was filled with cash, they probably didn't expect anyone to put up much of a fight.

But that's because they didn't know about Paco, the diminutive Chihuahua who took umbrage at their attempts to steal from his owner.

After the duo waved a gun around and made their threats at the store, Paco ran straight towards them and started biting at their ankles.

The pint-sized pooch continued to snap at the pair until they ran out of the door and across the street - he didn't even stop when they pointed a gun at him.

And while some doubters suggest this was probably because he has no concept of what a gun is, we'd like to think it was just because he's brave.

A boy in Brazil has baffled doctors by having an apparently magnetic chest. Paolo David has unsurprisingly also been given the nickname 'Magnet Boy'.

11-year-old Paulo is said to have discovered his odd ability after his father asked him to fetch a knife and fork and they suddenly stuck to his chest.

Since then the youngster and his family have had plenty of fun sticking scissors, spoons, coins, mobile phones and even saucepans to his 'magnetic' body.

Doctors say they're baffled by the magnetic properties of the young lad and have no idea what causes it… though they do enjoy sticking their clipboards to him.

275x250.jpgSometimes the headline is the best part of the story… and we have to admit that this is one of those times.

But if you want a bit more info, police in Ohio say a gorilla-suit-wearing mobile phone store employee was recently attacked in an odd assault.

The mascot for the 'Wireless Center' had been standing outside the store waving a advertising sign when the attack took place last week.

Staff say they saw someone wearing a banana costume run out of nearby bushes and charge towards the gorilla, before knocking him to the floor.

As the assailant ran off and the mascot continued his sign waving duties, it's safe to say neither the banana or gorilla were seriously injured.

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