So many things can go wrong during a live newscast, especially when animals are involved.
On Wednesday, an 85-pound Argentine Mastiff named Max bit Denver news anchor Kyle Dyer in the face during a broadcast. Dyer was interviewing Max’s owner and the firefighter who rescued Max from a frozen pond when the dog snapped at the anchor.
It took only a second for a baby stroller to slip away and roll onto train tracks in Australia, security footage released this week shows. The 5-month-old boy survived with barely a scratch, according to the UK’s Telegraph.
What’s really astounding: A passerby didn’t even look up from his phone as the baby rolled by him and off the platform.
Station officials confirmed that the baby was rescued uninjured before the next train arrived.
The incident at Fairfield station late last year is understood to be one of three involving prams rolling off platforms in 2011 alone.
An identical accident involving a 6-month old baby at a different Melbourne station in 2009 prompted the redesign of platforms in the Australian city, but so far only new platforms slope away from the tracks.
Chisinau, Moldova, Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/John McConnico)
The ice and snow covering Europe and beyond is creating problems for almost everyone. There is a baby elephant in Amsterdam, though, who seems quite thrilled to just play in the white stuff.
If only more people took the elephant’s point of view in Eastern Europe today, where record snow and harsh temperatures have closed schools and clogged public transportation in Serbia and Bosnia and trapped thousands in the region’s remote mountain villages.
Europeans across the continent were continuing to dig out from heavy snow after a week of bitter cold in which the death toll, mostly homeless people, continues to rise into the hundreds, the Associated Press reports:
Temperatures have fallen as low as minus 33 Fahrenheit (minus 36 Celsius) in Ukraine, the hardest-hit country.
The big freeze has caused traffic chaos throughout Europe, blocking roads, and shutting down airports from the U.K. to Russia.
But it has also offered opportunities for snowy fun: Ice skaters in the Netherlands were hopeful they could stage a race that hasn’t happened in more than a decade; children in Rome and along the usually temperate Adriatic coast in Croatia frolicked in rare snow; and Bosnians in the capital, Sarajevo, spontaneously organized a winter “Olympics” in which they boarded down main streets and leapt out of windows into deep snow banks.
A lion cub plays with a snowball at the Belgrade Zoo on Feb. 5, 2012, in Serbia, where almost 70,000 people are cut off from their villages and 32 municipalities have declared a state of emergency. (ALEXA STANKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Here is a scene from Overtoom Westzaan en de Gouw in the north of Holland in a video uploaded Feb. 4:
Giorgio Fareira set out to make the Sonic employee taking his order smile.
In doing so, he’s put a grin on the face of hundreds of thousands around the country who have watched the video of him singing his food order.
Fareira, 23, an aspiring musician who graduated from Bassick High School and now lives in Fairfield, starts his order by singing his name, and then, as a guitar plays along, he belts out his order at the Wallingford Sonic.
In his description of the video on Youtube, Fareira wrote, “I’m kinda strange and like to do random stuff to make people smile! Mission accomplished. They got everything on the order absolutely right and were super nice!”
It’s been a big week in Ellen’s world. First came Kristen Bell and her crazy sloth-love, now this.
Recently, DeGeneres was hired as a new spokesperson for JC Penney. She worked there as a teen and said “I’m excited to tell everybody about this partnership.” But not everybody was excited: Today, one organization called for the department store to fire DeGeneres and get off the “pro-gay bandwagon.” The organization One Million Moms said in a statement: “Degeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there.”
DeGeneres’ supporters swiftly responded. GLAAD’s online petition had more than 20,000 signatures as of this evening, and there was no reversal from JC Penney. Nor is that likely. When the move was first announced, new JC Penney CEO Ron Johnson (a former Apple exec) said “I think Ellen is someone we all trust. She’s loveable, likeable, honest and funny, but at her soul, we trust her.”
And despite that incident, DeGeneres managed to engage in a fierce push-up battle with the first lady on national television. Michelle Obama has been making the rounds to promote her “Let’s Move!” campaign. And after getting Jay Leno to eat some veggies, Obama got DeGeneres to move even more than normal:
The Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin has already gained a reputation for being a big dunker in his young career, but he topped himself Monday night with a far-out jam over the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins. See the dunk that sent the announcers and Twitter into a frenzy:
The dunk came only one night after LeBron James had an alley-oop that was an early favorite for Dunk of the Year. But even King James had to cede the floor to Griffin, tweeting “@blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!! Wow!! I guess I’m #2 now”