Oddstuff

Big Ben's bongs wrong

The bongs on Big Ben are running fast, say clocksmiths.

The bongs of London's Big Ben have been mysteriously running fast.

When inanimate objects attack

Police in Palmerston North rounded up 15 various garden ornaments, including four gnomes, when they came across them sitting on a traffic island.

Why gnomes, balloons and bouncy castles are not to be trusted.

Bearded lady on lookout for love

Lynn Werrett and her bearded dragon lizard Ember.

Dating scene can be tough when you've been asleep for five months.

Giant red ball runs amok video

Ever wonder what a 100kg giant Jaffa would look like rolling down the street?

Ever imagined a 100kg giant Jaffa at large in the streets? Well, take a look at this.

Creepy figure linked to bag of raw meat

While online commenters have linked the meat and the figure, local police have not confirmed any connection.

Hooded figure seen dropping raw meat in US playgrounds unnerves locals.

Nasa: World not going to end

The Biederman half of the comet Wolf-Biederman strike the Earth in a still from the 1998 movie Deep Impact.

America's space agency says there's "not one shred of evidence" that a huge asteroid will hit Earth near Puerto Rico next month.

Toddler locked inside hotel safe

A three-year-old girl on holiday at Niagara Falls got locked in the safe in the family's hotel room during a game of hide-and-seek.

Three-year-old girl on holiday at Niagara Falls got locked in the safe in the family's hotel room during game of hide-and-seek.

School sells entire playground

Summerland Primary School's entire playground has been sold on TradeMe.

Could it be a zombie play area? Does it come with mud? These are the questions you face when you sell a playground online.

This circus features 14 amazing cats

Alley "The Athlete" holds a Guinness World Record for the longest recorded jump by a cat.

The Acro-Cats circus features cats jumping through hoops, walking on high wires and balancing atop balls. Really.

English - NZ's unofficial language

Look it up: Pouring over a French-English dictionary might increase your white brain cells.

Unlike te reo and sign, English is not an official language - at least, not yet.

Dropped spiders appear to steer video

Flat Selenops spiders appear to be able to steer themselves as they glide among tree trunks.

Spiders that can glide between trees and steer themselves are more agile than cats.

Video shows how rats swim into toilets video

Rats are remarkably good swimmers. Photo: National Geographic

Viral video shows how rats can escape sewer pipes and enter private homes.

Man stuck in washing machine

Rescue crews work to extricate a Sydney man trapped in the washing machine.

Man trapped in a front loader for at least three hours when rescuers arrived.

UK PM flies budget, chomps Pringles

John Key in 2008, showing why politicians should think carefully before eating in public.

David Cameron captured squashed into ordinary seat on a plane belonging to a low-cost airline - eating paprika Pringles.

Cub's Pooh Bear moment

Colorado police has to tranquilise a bear so they could remove a plastic tub from her head.

A bear cub has been freed from a plastic tub of protein powder.

'Angel' Groban croons Trump tweets

Josh Groban admits he has the 'voice of an angel' before launching his album, Donald Trump Tweets.

Josh Groban has released his next hit album ... Donald Trump's greatest tweets.

Inventor's mum rescues Roofliss

Dan Melling and Adam Turnbull on board amphibious van Roofliss during their voyage across Cook Strait.

A mother's love has saved Marlborough's history-making amphibious van from the scrap heap.

Forgetful truckie destroys sign video

Truck driver smashes through an overhead motorway sign after forgetting to lower the tipper section of his vehicle.

A truck driver smashed through an overhead motorway sign after forgetting to lower the tipper section of his vehicle.

The Noodly Magnificence made manifest

A creature called a siphonophore found about 1325 metres underwater, near the seabed off the coast of Angola.

It grows up to 40 metres long and its worshippers believe it created the universe.

Brazen bear breaks in

This brazen black bear saw a cat flap as an opportunity.

The bear enjoyed a feast of brownies, Toblerones and Pepsi - then came back for more.

A tongue-in-cheek look at bad cars gallery

A 1964 Ford Fairline drives off after winning the "Worst of Show" award at the Concours d'Lemon.

Prestigious Pebble Beach car show also has its its fun side with the Concours d'Lemon.

A flexible off-road friend video

The French Swincar is tougher than it looks and negotiates difficult terrain more safely than most four-wheeled vehicles.

This spindly-looking electric off-roader is tougher than you think and will likely save lives if used instead of the traditional quad bike.

Bear botherer hassles grizzlies

A rescued female grizzly bear lies in the snow in its new habitat at New York's Central Park Zoo January 9, 2015. The Central Park Zoo introduced to the public two new inhabitants on Friday, grizzly bears Betty and Veronica, who were rescued in 1995 by the Wildlife Conservation Society. They are living in a remodeled habitat previously occupied by polar bear Gus who died in 2013. According to the Society both bears had become too accustomed to humans, and local authorities considered them a danger to people. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

A man in a full-body bear costume approached a grizzly and her cubs in front of shocked spectators by a river in Alaska.

Corduroy's oldest living cat

Corduroy has a taste for sharp cheddar and doesn't let his advancing years get in the way of him catching mice.

Is it his penchant for chasing mice and eating cheese that's helped Corduroy reach the ripe old age of 26?

A playground for grownups?

An aerial photograph of the Trafalgar Centre and Rutherford Park which will be redeveloped.

A Nelson councillor says the city's biggest playground shouldn't just cater for kids.

Secret world of octopuses video

An octopus snares another victim.

What's got eight legs and is right behind you? If you're a shrimp, then you better hope it's not this guy.

New Plymouth flag theft leaves staff fuming

ITL Engineering have had five flags stolen from the front of its New Plymouth offices. From left are employees Juan Gutierrez (Colombia), Jun Lamorena (Phillipines), Andrea Connor (New Zealand), German Jara (Chile) and Josue Hernandez (Venezuela).

Five flags have been flogged from a New Plymouth engineering company, leaving staff fuming.

Get married or go to jail

Smith County judge Randall Rogers has declined to comment on his bizarre ruling.

"Is she worth it," the judge asked. Then, the ultimatum: get married in 30 days or go to jail.

Savage attack on pet alpacas

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British police are hunting for two men behind an "unprovoked and mindless" attack on a British nursing home's pet alpacas.

Baby rhino cuddles grey car

Kruger Park ranger Don English helped get the rhino to safety.

Hearts broke when this orphan imprinted on a car. Then came a heart-stopping moment.

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