Testing out Qik. Not sure how well this will work.
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
The Sun has posted a slideshow of stunning underwater photographs of a polar bear in a North Carolina zoo.
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.
A Quebec man has earned $3,550 for charity after selling a "magnificent" two-metre-high snowbank in front of his home on EBay The buyer plans to use it for a snowball fight with his family.
A step-by-step guide to making a pair of headlight slippers. [via]
South Park's Mr Garrison explains evolution. [via]
Gadling's guide to renting an apartment in Tokyo. It's not cheap!
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.
Can't figure it out? Here's how it's done.
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.
An early advert from Honeywell advertising the benefits of email.
Or at least when you're climbing on top of a petrol tanker.
The hip hop grannies of China.
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
Apparently, this frozen sea is located somewhere in Russia. Lots more photos here.
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.
you don't want to be seeing one of these whilst doing your job.
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)
News story here.
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 thick blanket of fog that covered London yesterday left just the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf poking through. [via]
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.
Imagine finding these in the corner of one of your rooms. [via]
It's a pity that this very cool zipline is in Haiti, a country that you'd be crazy to visit.