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A newly-wed couple got back from honeymoon to find their home painted in the style of Mr Blobby – as part of a revenge prank by the groom’s brother.
Plasterer Russell O’Rourke, 35, spent two days on the makeover of his brother Steve’s home in Hamstel Road, Southend.
It was in retaliation to a joke six years ago when Russell was on honeymoon and Steve, a builder, put up a brick wall across his driveway.
The design has prompted mixed reaction from neighbours.
Mr O’Rourke, 32, and his new wife Hayley, 31, arrived home at about 04:00 BST on Sunday to discover the house “glowing” pink, despite the early hour.
Mrs O’Rourke, a mother of two, said: “It was pure shock to start with.
“We were quite horrified, but then we just laughed and had to see the funny side of it.
“Everyone seems to love it and is taking pictures, they think it’s hilarious. The neighbours have said it brightens up the street and we should keep it.”
Staff at the Bakers Box, a sandwich bar opposite the pink property, said the house has “brightened people’s spirits” and “everybody is smiling and talking about it”.
However, one person told the BBC it was a “disgusting eyesore”.
Mr and Mrs O’Rourke said they did not intend to keep the colour scheme long-term but admitted removing it may take some time.
“Russell thinks it’s very funny and has no intention of helping to paint it over, but because we’ve been away and my husband has got such a backlog of work, it may well be sometime before the Blobby house goes,” said Mrs O’Rourke.
Mr Blobby, who was pink with yellow spots, was a popular character on the Saturday evening TV programme Noel’s House Party, starring Noel Edmonds, which ran on BBC One throughout the 1990s.
He disappeared from the public eye after the show was dropped in 1999.
A theme park in Morecambe based on the fictional village featured in the programme, Crinkley Bottom, closed after just 13 weeks in 1994, losing Lancaster City Council £2m.
Blaming a faulty printer is a convenient excuse for failing to get work done – but this explanation has helped a woman in China’s Hubei province save hundreds of marriages.
Xiong Ling, a clerk at the Wuhan city marriage registry was given the title of China’s “Most Beautiful Matchmaker” last week for helping to thwart 500 of divorces for nine years, news portal cnhubei reported.
Her marriage-saving strategy was to cite excuses such as “the office printer is out of order” and “the network is down” as soon as couples came in requesting divorce. She would often apologise to them for the technical problems and tell them to come back another day.
She said most couples would go home, take time to re-think their decision and end up not divorcing.
Xiong, 39, who has helped process marriages for more than 30,000 couples during her career, said “love fatigue” was the most common driver of divorce and the best cure was to spend some time apart to think.
Her story was met with mixed reactions online. It spurred debate as to whether her actions were “professional” because divorce was a couple’s legal right.
“I think it’s a good thing. She’s just telling couples to take some time to reconsider, nothing wrong with that,” said one user on microblog Sina Weibo.
Xiong said she respected people’s choice to divorce but would often mediate between couples if she saw there was hope for reconciliation.
“In the past it’s taken us several weeks to get a hold of him,” Inspector Umer Khan, who runs the department’s Facebook page, told NBC News.
But the very next day, the runner, 19-year-old Sam Greenwood, was spotted and arrested by a squad car out on patrol.
Before the police had deleted Greenwood’s mug from Facebook — standard procedure once a perp had been caught — the shot had gathered 82 “Likes.” “Underneath that thread there were comments from his mates, saying ‘Go on Sam,’ and other bravado-type comments,” Khan said. In response, once they’d arrested him, Khan replied to his note on police department’s official page: “Caught you. Do not pass Go, do not collect £200, go straight to jail.”
Some Facebook readers from the area (and abroad) were tickled by the exchange and Monopoly reference, Khan said. “A lot of people have sent messages saying it brought a smile to them, and showed that the police have a sense of humor.”
But at least one commenter called the retort unprofessional. Khan replied that “the Monopoly-themed comment was a spur of the moment thing” that was removed soon after it was posted. “I said to that, it’s a fair comment and it’s constructive,” he explained to NBC News. So even though he deleted his own words, Khan has chosen to leave up the critical commentary, and is letting people “have their opinion on the issue.”
The aspiring Frank Abagnale (Remember that Leonardo DiCaprio movie?), Greenwood, was arrested in January for a driving infraction, and served four months at the Young Offenders Institute. He attracted the attention of the police when he skipped out on appointments at the Rochdale Probation Service and broke the conditions of his release.
GMP Rochdale North, like many police departments in the U.K. and U.S. is active on Facebook and often asks for the public help looking for wanted people. The page, which got its start only last fall, is manned by Inspector Khan — which explains why posts are sometimes more personal than other official accounts — all the way down to the frequent “Inspector’s Blog” contributions. The department also posts updates on YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest.
There have been many unusual internet crazes down the years but could cat beards be among the strangest?
Forget breading or dressing up your favourite feline friend to look sushi, this new cat phenomenon looks set to eclipse them all.
A pet owner shows off his impressive beard (Picture: Tumblr)
Pet owners across the world have embraced the wacky trend which began when a Tumblr user uploaded a snap of his fake feline beard.
‘Cat beards is a photo fad that involves positioning a cat in front of one’s face in such a manner that the feline’s furry chin appears as if it is part of the model’s facial hair,’ explains knowyourmeme.com.
Another awesome cat beard example (Picture: Tumblr)
The earliest example of a ‘cat beard’ first emerged last year but has since spread across platforms including Twitter, Tumblr and Reddit.
Interest in the meme spiked this week when Tumblr user Captain Awesome Sauce collated some of the best cat beard examples across the web, which has been shared over 85,000 times.
The original cat beard? (Picture: Tumblr / Catasters)
A dedicated cat beards website has also been launched via Tumblr, showcasing the best snaps of pet owners embracing the trend.
In a blistering, foul-mouthed rant, the former Cabinet minister said the Prime Minister had “f****d things up” by pressing ahead with same-sex marriage legislation despite growing resistance from his own party.
His criticism comes as Mr Cameron was dealt another blow yesterday when he was forced to do a deal with Labour to keep his gay marriage legislation on track.
Tory rebels defied him by tabling an amendment to the Equal Marriage Bill aimed at stalling it.
He was also forced to write a grovelling letter to Tory activists in a bid to repair the damage wreaked by “Loongate” .
Lord Tebbit warned the Government had not thoroughly considered possible implications and the problems arising from passing new legislation in a hurry/
The 82-year-old warned that plans for gay marriage could allow families to avoid inheritance tax.
He told the Big Issue: “It would lift my worries about inheritance tax because maybe I’d be allowed to marry my son. Why not?
“Why shouldn’t a mother marry her daughter? Why shouldn’t two elderly sisters living together marry each other?”
The Conservative Party Chairman also questioned how the gay marriage bill could impact on Royal succession.
He added: “When we have a queen who is a lesbian and she marries another lady and then decides she would like to have a child and someone donates sperm and she gives birth to a child, is that child heir to the throne?
“It’s like one of my colleagues said: we’ve got to make these same sex marriages available to all.”
Lord Tebbit warned that disunity over gay marriage and Europe would push voters in the direction of UKIP, who are just two points behind the Conservatives in a recent opinion poll.
He said: “If they (UKIP) make significant gains in the European elections, I know there’s people rich enough to get involved and fund a significant campaign at a general election.”
A woman from Jiehe, a rural town in Shandong, China, attempted to kill herself because she feared her husband would reprimand her for causing the potatoes of their 2,700 square meter field to spoil.
She apparently tried jumping into a well, but her large size stopped her from falling down farther than three meters.
With her endless cries for help, she was rescued by the police in no time. With only scratches on her body, she told the reporters later on that she felt embarrassed about what had happened.
It’s not everyday you see a naked man riding a scooter with giant cross.
Warning: This article has content some readers might find objectionable.
Last month, Kotaku brought word of a Beijing man who ran through the streets nude while carrying a sex doll. Online in China, the images soon went viral, and one Chinese blogger compared the incident to a real-life Temple Run.
This month, the same gentleman returned; however, this time he was carrying a huge crucifix. According to Chinese social networking sites, he was once again spotted in Beijing’s Wangjing area, which is known as the city’s Koreatown and which also houses many tech companies.
The Chinese media even reported this latest incident by the “Wingjing Streaker”. Besides the dash, there was also a buck-naked moped ride. Both with a giant crucifix.
Last night on social networking site Sina Weibo, a man Li Binyuan admitted that he was the Wingjing Streaker. “I’ve done this about ten times,” Li admitted. “So far, only six times have been recorded and put online by spectators.”
Photos of the Wangjing Streaker started to go viral in China last month.
Li, a graduate of the prestigious China Central Academy of Fine Arts, works as an artist in China. He’s still young and is still trying to make a name for himself. But this isn’t necessarily an art project per se—though, it certainly does have elements of performance art.
“At first, it all started because I was bored and this seemed fun,” said Li. “Later, it just became something to do.” Li said that he had hit a wall with his work and was frustrated. He needed a release, and for him, streaking fulfilled that.
“Every time I finish a run, I always check online to see what people online are saying about me,” said Li. “The internet creates such a wonderful way to interact, and I really want to see what others think of this thing I’m doing. It makes conversation online.”
Li’s art can break the public and private spaces in arresting ways. For example, in 2010, Li had himself filmed on the subway in China as he brushed his teeth, washed his face, and then lathered up to shave his face with a razor. He even brought a bottle of water, a cup, and a bowl so he could gargle and wash up after he finished. All this occurred on a crowded subway. Onlookers either ignored Li or took digipics.
While there’s probably no law against brushing your teeth or shaving on a train, public nudity is a crime in China. Li doesn’t think what he did was wrong, adding that when people are stressed out, they need to cut loose. A Beijing lawyer named Liu Xiaoyuan is quoted as saying this is illegal, but added that since the incidents occurred at night (and perhaps didn’t disturb the peace), criminal charges are unlikely.
After admitting he was the Wangjing Streaker, Li wrote online this was the last time he will run naked in public, saying, “I’m done. Bye-bye.”
Eric Jou contributed to this article.
Accidentally butt dialing someone is embarrassing or inconsequential to most, but for two Fresno, Calif., men, their cell phone mishap landed them in jail.
The call, which went to 911, started like any other call to the police dispatcher, with the operator asking, “What is your emergency?”
But when no one answered, the operator didn’t hang up, instead staying on the line and listening to the pair, who police identified as Nathan Teklemariam and Carson Rinehart, both 20, as they talked about wanting to do drugs. It wasn’t long before the conversation turned to breaking into a car.
“Get the bolt and give me the hammer just in case,” one of the two voices on the phone said.
Shortly after that statement, the dispatcher heard a window shatter and the people on the phone started yelling that they found prescription drugs.
As the two were driving away, police were already in the area searching for the men based on clues that the 911 dispatcher was feeding to them.
The police finally tracked the suspects down and pulled them over. The suspects acted confused and questioned what why they were being pulled over, police said.
“Oh, he’s following me, dog,” one of the suspects said in the recording. “Wow, what the [expletive] did I do?”
As they were being questioned, the suspects allegedly denied any wrongdoing, but after searching the car, police said they found items that allegedly were taken from the burglarized vehicle.
After being cuffed, the suspects were finally told how they were caught.
“This fool really called 911?” one of the suspects said. “Damn.”
“I have never heard of something like this,” Sgt. Jaime Rios of the Fresno Police Department told ABCNews.com. “There have been times where the dispatcher hears something like this, but never has a call come in before a crime being committed and staying on all the way to the end.”
Rios said the suspects are being charged with burglary, conspiracy and possession of stolen property.
MADISON, Wis. — On the list of things to do at a bachelor or bachelorette party, pedaling a bicycle-like device probably doesn’t often come up.
But for a group of women pedaling through a campus bar district here to the sounds of 1990s pop music one recent Friday night, pedaling a quadracycle was a hoot.
“It’s like being in a parade,” said Jen Johnson, part of a bachelorette party that rented the quadracycle, a pedal-powered tavern, to bar hop in Madison. Johnson’s group honked horns and waved at amused pedestrians as they ambled down the road.
“We’re smiling, they are smiling,” she said.
Within the last few years, human-powered taverns have become fixtures in more than two-dozen U.S. cities, including San Diego; Nashville; Houston; Flagstaff, Ariz.; and Minneapolis.
The bikes represent new downtown attractions, as well as new regulatory challenges for city and state officials who never anticipated such a device rolling down the street.
Life, they say, is about learning to appreciate the small things.
For proof, look no further than the first-ever “Smallest Penis Contest” at King’s County Bar in Brooklyn, New York, on July 20.
According to a Craigslist ad seeking “less endowed men” to prove that “good things can come in small packages,” the contest will be “pageant style” and involve “talent, evening wear, and swimsuit elements.”
And this won’t be just another pissing contest, either. As the Village Voice notes, winners will be selected by a “small member expert panel.”
Entrants must be 21 or older and must be present the day of the contest (no photos or remote entries), the ad states. They also “should be comfortable getting hosed down while wearing only skimpy underwear.”
Competitors scheming to get ahead with a Borat-style man thong (or worse), take note: Promoters will level the playing field by handing out standard-issue undies for all contestants to wear.
According to Gothamist, the victor will receive a crown, the dubious title of “2013 Smallest Penis in Brooklyn” and a cash prize, which — should the winner choose — can be donated to charity.
Presumably there will be no large trophies.
The Huffington Post reached out the bar for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
A similar contest, held online by a Danish erotica website, hopes to raise awareness of what it says should not be a sensitive subject.
“It’s incredible how the media has frightened people from showing themselves as they are,” Morten Fabricius, the website’s owner, told the Agence France-Presse.