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WTF News: It's Weird, True and Funny

November 27, 2013 08:40 IST

French weathergirl stuns viewers with nude report

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French weather woman Doria Tillier vowed after the first leg of the World Cup qualifiers, which France lost 2-0, that she would present her Canal+ forecast naked if France overturned the deficit in the second leg, and, true to her word, the former model and actress stripped off to present the bulletin after the side thrashed Ukraine 3-0 to book their place in Brazil.

Tillier vowed that she would present her Canal+ forecast 'a poil' -- French for naked -- if the France national football team managed to qualify for the World Cup finals.

But it may not have been what the millions of viewers were expecting.

Cleverly filmed from a distance in the small village of Poil (which translates to stark naked) the 27-year-old took to a field in her birthday suit and ran around screaming.

But some viewers who didn’t quite get the broadcast they were hoping for took to the Canal+ Facebook page to air their grievances.

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Mexican cuisine is 'world's most lethal'?

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A leading Mexican cardiologist has branded the Mexican cuisine as the world’s most lethal cuisine.

Dr Enrique C Morales Villegas, director of the Cardiometabolic Research Centre in Aguascalientes, Mexico, said that his national cuisine was more dangerous than the sludge that is served up by fast food chains, News.com.au reported.

He said that their food was a combination of fried food, junk food and soft drinks.

Dr Villegas then took a heavy-handed swipe at his countrymen, by saying that the philosophy of life is around comfort.

He said that in Mexico, people eat too much and every day they watch TV for 4 hours, spend 2 hours at the computer and do less than 10 minutes of physical activity.

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This is longest married pair in the US!

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A US couple recently celebrated their 81st marriage anniversary, making them the longest married pair in the country.

While revealing the secret behind their long term marriage, Ann Betar, who was 17-year-old when she married John Betar, said that if things feel wrong than they either straighten it out or just try to go along with it, Fox News reported.

Ann, now 97, asserted that 81-year long marriage hasn't been a lovey-dovey thing, but they have learnt to accept each other's way of life, agreements and disagreements.

The couple, who had eloped to evade Ann's father's plans to have her marry a man 20 years her senior, has 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

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Superman-JFK comic book sold for Rs 70 lakh

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The cover art of a Superman-JFK comic book has been sold for $112,015 (over Rs 70 lakh) at an auction in York County.

The 50-year-old comic book features Superman's alter-ego, Clark Kent, as President John F Kennedy in disguise, ABC News reported.

The original cover art by Curt Swan for Action Comics #309, shows Superman shaking hands with Clark Kent and a word arrow asks the reader, "Who is the mystery masquerader?"

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Record-breaking human Christmas tree

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One of the largest shopping mall in Thailand tapped into the holiday spirit by involving 852 schoolchildren to make a human Christmas tree.

The children, dressed in green and red hoodies, sought to break the Guinness world record for the largest human Christmas tree, News.com.au reported.

They succeeded in doing so by surpassing the previous record of 672 participants in Germany in 2011

A representative from Guinness Records was on hand to certify the feat.

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Want a 'digital lollipop'?

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Researchers have created a digital lollipop, which is capable of creating different taste sensations through virtual reality.

The electronic device is placed on the tongue and works by tricking the brain into thinking that you are tasting food by stimulating four main taste group-, sweet, sour and bitter- with electric currents, New Scientist reported.

According to engineer Nimesha Ranasinghe, who led the research at the National University of Singapore, the technology could one day be implemented in homes to allow viewers to taste the food made on cookery programmes.

The researcher told the publication that they have found noninvasive electrical and thermal stimulation of the tip of the tongue successfully generates the primary taste sensations.

Ranasinghe explained on his online portfolio that the system is capable of manipulating the properties of electric currents (magnitude, frequency, and polarity: inverse current) to formulate different stimuli.

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Armed bots will outnumber soldiers in just a decade!

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A robotics expert has predicted that armed bots will outnumber human soldiers within 10 years and push the robot-human ratio to 10-to-one.

Weapons systems developer Scott Hartley revealed that ten years from now, there will probably be one soldier for every 10 robots and each soldier could have one or five robots flanking him, looking for enemies and scanning for land mines.

According to news.com.au, Hartley announced this at a weapons test of armed robots in Georgia, where robots were required to accurately shoot a heavy M240 machine gun at ranges of up to 800m.

Hartley assured that the semi-intelligent machines were not just killers and they can also save lives.

A form of animal armour, called 'dragon fish', slender and spiked, is regarded as having one of the sturdiest and most flexible forms.

The inspiration behind such biomimic armour that mimics nature, is touted to be fish scales and desktop 3D printers, and scientists hope to use 3D printing to copy more accurately the minute variations in the scales that allow them to be so strong and mobile.

Researchers said that the armour is not only intended for use by the military as its ceramic versions could be used by firefighters who enter dangerous burning structures, the report added.

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Man willing to sell testicle for a car!

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To buy his dream car -- a Nissan 370 -- an American is ready to sell one of his testicles.

 

During CBS's The Doctors show, Mark Parisi announced that he is willing to give his testicle to medical science for 35,000 dollars so he can buy a new Nissan, News.com.au reported.

 

The asking price, which is in accordance to the standard going rate by American medical science, also happens to be about the same starting price for a Nissan 370Z V6 Coupe.

 

When he's not selling his testicles, Parisi works as a marketer for an upscale coffee shop and bakery. He says participating in clinical trials helps him avoid spending his full-time salary.

 

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UK PM following high-class escorts on Twitter?

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In what appears to be another bane of being tech-savvy, British Prime Minister David Cameron's Twitter account appeared to be accidentally following a 'high-class escorts' agency on the microblogging platform.

The Prime Minister's Office said that the account, which has posted only twice, had been followed due to an automated system they had in place in 2009 and were in the process of unfollowing 'inappropriate' accounts.

According to the BBC, the Carltons of London's website said that it offered the 'finest London escorts to gentlemen of distinction '.

The PMO further explained that the 'following' did not imply the PM's endorsement.

10 Downing Street explained that prior to 2010 an auto-follow process was used, meaning that @Number10gov automatically followed anyone who followed the account but was eventually discontinued in 2009.

The report said that this is the latest embarrassing social media incident that has involved Cameron, as last month an offensive tweet about foreign secretary William Hague was accidentally 'favourited' by Cameron's account, which was later blamed on his aides who help him run the account.

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Oops! Samsung just screwed up

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In one of the most embarrassing cases of spelling mistakes, smartphone giant Samsung is the latest to cause a stir with a billboard displaying 'the penis, mightier than the finger'.

Samsung apparently tried to get creative with the original idiom 'the pen is mightier than the sword', but brought in one of the most awkward phrase by itself, courtesy- lack of one space between the two words.

According to Channel24, the billboard was put up in Egypt, Pakistan, Kenya and France.

Samsung is yet to comment on the matter, the report added.

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Breaking records with a tuk-tuk

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Two British teachers have broken the world record for the longest journey in a tuk-tuk after pushing their vehicle the last 43 miles (70km).

Richard Sears and Nick Gough, currently in Peru, have travelled at least 23,300 miles (37,500km) in aid of grassroots education projects in Africa, Asia and South America.

If they can get their motorised rickshaw through northern Chile they will become the first people to have driven a tuk-tuk around the world.

They set off from London on August 13, 2012, and have crossed 37 countries.

The pair's tuk-tuk journey is scheduled to finish in Rio de Janeiro next month and they hope Guinness World Records will verify their feat soon after.

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