Testing out Qik. Not sure how well this will work.
Renee Williams became the largest person ever to have gastric bypass surgery earlier this year after ballooning to nearly seventy stone – but died 12 days later.
The bedridden 29-year-old begged doctors to perform the operation when she became so large that she couldn't hug her two children.
Her astonishing size meant that the operating table had to be specially widened for the procedure.
The operation was successful and Renee lost four stone due to her reduced stomach capacity before dying of a sudden heart attack less than two weeks later. Link
Amateur footage of a Boeing 737 hitting a utility car left on the running on Henri Coanda Airport in Bucharest during freezing fog. The plane veered off the runway, banked powerfully on one side, and came to rest on a field 150 m from the runway. No injuries were reported.
South Park's Mr Garrison explains evolution. [via]
A life-saving operation on a man's brain had to be halted after they realised they were cutting into the wrong side of his head. As a result, Andrew Stedman has been left with numbness and scars to both the left and right of his skull after the surgery was eventually completed successfully in the correct place.
Alfie the Afghan has had more than 11lb of matted hair removed in a 3 hour operation by four vets. Alfie's coat had been neglected for so long that when he was found abandoned in Bradford he was barely able to walk.
Or at least when you're climbing on top of a petrol tanker.
18-year-old Sam Hamilton decided to take his Christmas present to Blackpool beach for a spin but a wheel got stuck just before the tide rolled in. The power of the waves flattened the roof and ripped off the bonnet. The boy was quoted as saying, “My dad went mad”.
The Sun has another photo.
Two scientists working on the remote US-operated Amundsen-Scott South Pole station in Antarctica had to be airlifted to New Zealand after they got injured during a "drunken Christmas punch-up". One man suffered a broken jaw and was discharged from a hospital in Christchurch whilst the other flew back to the United States. Link
According to the Yomirui, the 2m x 3.5m TV is big enough to display a full-scale adult. It won't be available until 2009 and will surpass the current largest plasma - 103" and also from Panasonic. No pricing is available yet but you can bet it will be very expensive.
Seven people were injured on Thursday when Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests came to blows in a dispute over how to clean the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Following the Christmas celebrations, Greek Orthodox priests set up ladders to clean the walls and ceilings of their part of the church, which is built over the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born.
But the ladders encroached on space controlled by Armenian priests, according to photographers who said angry words ensued and blows quickly followed.
For a quarter of an hour bearded and robed priests laid into each other with fists, brooms and iron rods while the photographers who had come to take pictures of the annual cleaning ceremony recorded the whole event. Link (w/ video)
One of the most famous flawed postage stamps has sold for $825,000 at auction, slightly less than the record price ($977,500) another "Inverted Jenny" copy fetched at auction last month.
Maybe he'll stick it on a postcard and mail it ala Brewster's Millions.
A 2-year-old girl is expected to make a full recovery after running with a screwdriver and stabbing herself in the head, just above her eye.
A 50-stron gang of rampaging drunken Santas ransacked a cinema frightening customers, damaging property and swearing.
Police believe the Santas, who went on the rampage in New Zealand, were a group of university students. (Link w/ video)
Any ideas what this show is all about? [via] (btw, clicking on the 'Pornkolt' logo will take you to a porn site)
If you are unfortunate enough to be in work today, why not pass the time away with WeDigTv. The site has a collection of interactive quiz shows like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Countdown, Bullseye, Catchphrase and The Price Is Right and are all really well produced.
A Christmas tree built from 1050 stubbies (250ml bottles), equivalent to 462 pints. Tied together with 300 meters of wire and decorated with 200 lights, with a bubble lamp in the centre. Tree stands 2 meters high and 1 meter wide at the base.