Bad Santa hjacks helicopter

A Santa in Brazil is sure to make the naughty list after stealing a helicopter.

In a rather Grinch-like move, one Father Christmas gets light-fingered with a chopper.

Lightning rod house

Auckland was struck by 1300 lightning bolts in Saturday's electrical storm.

Struck by lightning twice last week, now trapped by arcing power line.

Seal on a hot tin roof

A startled seal scrambled up on to the roof of a shed in Kaikoura.

After a running jump, a seal finds itself on the roof of a shed.

Catitude in cabs gallery video

The SPCA's Jorja Bennetts and Uber driver Stewart Hendaryo will be out and about making kitten playtime deliveries around Wellington on Friday to promote pet adoption.

Craving a cuddle with a cute feline? Uber will deliver some to your office for a small SPCA donation.

Police called as man attacks spider

The huntsman spider is commonly found in Sydney although police did not reveal the identity of the spider.

Police were called thinking a man was beating up his girlfriend, but all was not as it seemed.

Injured bird takes free flight

An injured northern royal albatross found off the coast of Kaikoura was treated at Vet Care Kaikoura before being flown up to Wellington for further treatment.

Air NZ has flown an injured albatross, found off the Kaikoura coast, to Wellington for specialist treatment.

Man stole human brains

David Charles, of Indianapolis, pleaded guilty to six charges including receiving stolen property and burglary in a Marion County court.

Six jars of brain material were sold for for US$600 on eBay, a court heard.

Proud to be 'politically incorrect'

The 'un-PC' sign welcoming visitors to Harris County, Georgia.

Georgia sheriff personally pays for large sign to declare his town's attitude.

Chance gas stop saves kitten's life

SPCA chief executive Ric Odom cradles the kitten he discovered wedged in the back wheel of his motorbike.

A tiny tabby kitten hitched a ride in the wheel of the SPCA boss' motorcycle.

Meet the 'Condom Challenge'

The condom challenge

Done with planking, owling and mamming, the internet's going wild over water-filled condoms.

Walkshort Wednesday at the hospital

Doctors, from left,  John Fernando, 24, Christina Jenkins, 24 and Nick Jenkins, 25, dressed in iconic Kiwiana clothing for the annual Walkshort Wednesday at Taranaki Base Hospital.

Junior doctors were the height of sartorial elegance when they arrived at work in walkshorts, knee high socks and, tragically, sandals.

Jake the Peg - the lamb with 5 legs

Jake's extra front limb has no movement and just hangs from his body.

He was born with an extra leg, a floppy ear and misshapen head and jaw, but what now for this adorable Australian lamb?

Gone to the weirdest bidder

David Beckham's corn cob made the list.

David Beckam's corn cob, Natalia Kills' sheets, the PM's arm cast - Trade Me's weird and wonderful celebrity auction list goes on...

Vilson the gibbon vanishes again

Wellington Zoo's male gibbon Vilson made a great escape from his enclosure on Tuesday morning.

Wellington Zoo's resident houdini has made another escape.

Streaker strides through park

Queens Park, Invercargill.

Southland police warn of streaker spotted in Queens Park.

Little blue All Blacks

This little, or little blue, penguin, is one of a number living at South Bay Kaikoura. The breeding season is under way and they are enjoying an improved living space.

Who would you rather adopt - Richie or Dan? Sonny Bill or Savea?

'Ugliest man' causes riot

The crowd turned ugly at Zimbabwe's annual Mr Ugly pageant after an upset in crowning the victor.

Zimbabwe pageant turns ugly in more ways than one, after winner is deemed to be not unattractive enough.

Teen smashes Rubik's cube record

Lucas Etter from Kentucky has set a new Rubik's cube world record and he's only 14.

One teen's daily Rubik's cube speed training has earned him a new world record.

Big price for iconic Disneyland car

This Disneyland PeopleMover has sold for over NZ$700,000.

A car from Disneyland's long-running PeopleMover has sold at a Los Angeles auction for NZ$723,500.

Nelson's phantom cone climber revealed

Leo Luthje has shown an ability to climb to high places leaving road cones behind as a calling card.

Meet the teenager responsible for putting road cones on top of Nelson's tallest landmarks.

"Mega Cow" coming to Morrinsville

Artist Birgitt Shannon with the cow she painted, which was first to be unveiled during stage two of the Herd of Cows? launch at Wallace Gallery on November 19.

A 6.5m tall "mega cow" is planned for Morrinsville as part of the Herd of Cows? street art project.

Bats to be serenaded

After listening to the choir, members of the public will be able to catch a glimpse of the bats in their natural habitat at the Pelorus Bridge Scenic reserve.

An Australian choir is coming to Marlborough and they want to sing to bats.

Cute or cruel? Vet's warning over craze video

A cat leaps into the air in terror after noticing a sneaky long green thing lying behind it.

A viral video craze has revealed a surprising cat behavior, but pet owners should think twice.

Serial killer's home for sale

195 Melrose Avenue in the London suburb of Willesden Green was the scene of a dozen gruesome murders.

Dennis Nilsen killed at least a dozen people in a London house now on the market for NZ$1.2m.

One sweet street video

Winton Museum community service librarian Raewyn Patton with the gingerbread model of Winton's main street.

Hansel and Gretel would feel at home amongst a Southland town's latest addition - a gingerbread replica of the Winton town centre.

Pooch's pot scare video

Skooby was out walking with owner Sandra when he found some cannabis and ate it.

Perth pooch's 'limbs trembling' after getting into scooby snacks that were actually pot.

John Key: Czech politician

John Key was mistaken for a Czech politician by the Vietnamese press.

Our PM gets a new title: President of the Senate of the Czech Republic.

Motorised picnic tables turn heads

Video footage of a group of men riding on motorised picnic tables in Scarborough has spread like wildfire on social media.

A group of blokes have recorded themselves casually drinking beer while driving two motorised picnic tables down a road in Australia.

Stockholm haunted by ghost train

Travellers who board The Silvepilen (Silver Arro) in Stockholm are lucky to step off, according to legend.

A Stockholm train has been terrifying locals ever since in went into service 50 years ago.

Self-checkout seed thief slammed

Supermarkets report that customers cheating at the self-serve checkout is a regular occurrence.

Nelson man seeking cheap high used supermarket self-checkout to steal 10kg of poppy seeds.

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