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The inquisitive pup who put his nose where it wasn't wanted

Dogs may be inquisitive by nature, but this eight-month-old German Shepherd was heading for trouble when he decided to check out this hole in the wall.

Rebel somehow squeezed his head into a tight spot in the 18in wall in his garden at home in Los Angeles, California, and got well and truly stuck.



It was only when a friend of the owner, who was out at the time, heard Rebel whimpering that he found the pup was in a bit of a tight spot and called the authorities.

County Animal Services officers arrived and decided the dog was not in serious danger. They also concluded that if Rebel could get his head into the hole, they would be able to pull him out, but their main concern was doing so without hurting him.

With officers on either side of the wall, they tucked in the pup’s ears and nudged him back and forth for about 30 minutes before freeing him none the worse for wear.

World's most expensive tequila

For this price, you'd think they would have included a worm.

A Mexican distiller has produced what it hopes will become the world's most expensive tequila in a platinum and diamond-studded bottle.

Hacienda La Capilla's 'The Diamond Sterling' comes in a 1.3-litre ceramic bottle coated in more than 5lbs of platinum.

But that's not all: the bottle is encrusted in more than 4,000 diamonds, totalling 328 carats.



The bottle is crafted by renowned designer Fernando Altamirano and is valued at around $3.5million.

The liquor inside is not half bad either: a rich seven-year aged tequila straight from the Mexican state of Jalisco.

Hacienda La Capilla already holds the Guinness record for the most expensive tequila with a bottle that sold for $225,000 (£142,000) in 1996.

But the company said they hoped their newest creation would fetch $3.5 million (£2.2 million).

Its latest creation will go on a world tour of tequila-appreciating hotspots, including London, Paris, Switzerland, Spain, Monaco and Dubai.

The diamond-encrusted bottle will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Bizarre new artwork embeds USB sticks in buildings for filesharing with strangers

A groundbreaking new project has created the first offline peer-to-peer file-sharing network - by cementing USB sticks into buildings.

The initiative, known as Dead Drops, is the creation of architect and artist Aram Bartholl.

He has been working on a number of projects that take digital moments into real space and real life for the last few years - and Dead Drops has stemmed from them.



Mr Bartholl. 37, has 'injected' USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in five spots across New York, with each dead drop containing a readme.txt file explaining the project.

People will then be free to upload or download whatever files they want when they pass.

He said: 'It's a development of different projects I have worked on, where I delve into and try to get between this intersection of online life and offline life.

'It's all about dealing with the question of how digital innovation of the internet through the last decade influences every day life.

'States and companies collect data online, everything is connected. We are all connected by Facebook and social networking.

'I like to convert this by making the digital meet-up an offline event again. You plug your laptop into a city, into the building and this electric device becomes part of the building.'



But commentators on Mr Bartholl's website have pointed out that the project will be an obvious target for people uploading malicious computer viruses or malware.

One reader wrote: 'It’s a shame these will be abused. Surely someone can put some sort of virus or keylogger on there. Not to mention people/rain will break them.''

But Mr Bartholl, from Berlin, Germany, aims to globalise the project by planting USB drives in major cities all over the world from the UK to China.

He said: 'I'm encouraging people to create their own dead drops on my website.

'Soon I want to create a short movie, map and a 'How to make your own dead drop' manual.

'I go back to New York soon and I will be able to see what has been shared so far. When I left there was music, movies and even some art on the dead drop at the art centre.'




Aram, who is a New York City resident for Eyebeam, a non-profit organisation focusing on art and technology, has a number of projects at the centre.

He added: 'I like to discuss online development offline - the whole idea of open web and open standards is very important.

'The iPad for example has already lost the USB connection so you have no real access to storage anymore.

'Everything is moving slowly to 'closed' and we will have a hard time to control what is stored on your hard drive.'

Armless musician won China Got Talent

An armless pianist who performs music using his toes has won the first series of China's Got Talent, the country's version of the hit Talent franchise.

Liu Wei, 23, who lost both his arms aged 10 when he was electrocuted during a game of hide-and-seek, defeated seven-year-old standup comedian Zhang Fengxi at the final on Sunday at the Shanghai Stadium, the Shanghai Daily reported.

The pianist, from Beijing, who taught himself to play the piano at age 18, impressed the audience with his performance of the James Blunt song You're Beautiful, singing and using his feet to play the piano.



He also won over the judges by commenting: 'At least I have a pair of perfect legs.'

Cai Xiuqing, 23, a student from Shantou in Guangdong province, won third place for singing Boundless Oceans Vast Skies, a hit for Hong Kong rock band Beyond.

At the awards ceremony, Liu was invited by Taiwan singer Jolin Tsai to be a guest performer on her world tour which gives him the chance to perform in Las Vegas for three months.

The awards ceremony also featured winners and finalists from the British and American versions of the show, including British singer Paul Potts - who won the first series of Britain's Got Talent - and dance group Diversity.



The British version of the show catapulted Scottish singer Susan Boyle to international stardom in 2009.

The Chinese version of the TV talent show made its debut in May and has steadily risen in popularity, with the semi-final on Sept 26 ranking as the most-watched programme nationally, according to ratings.

The show's director Jin Lei told the newspaper that its success ensured it would continue next year.

'China has so much untapped grassroots talent and we believe the show will maintain its nationwide vitality and popularity for three or five years,' said Jin.

Is this the world's longest cucumber?

A British grandmother may be heading for the Guinness Book of Records after apparently growing the two longest cucumbers in the world.

Clare Pearce, who used seeds which were two years out of date, was stunned when one of the fruits growing in her greenhouse reached 47 inches.

Although it has now decomposed, the 78-year-old pensioner has a second giant cucumber which measures 43 inches and is still growing.


The current world record for the longest cucumber was set two years ago by Frank Dimmock, from Thame, Oxfordshire, whose creation reached 41.25 inches.

Mrs Pearce is waiting for Guinness World Record officials to measure her cucumber and recognise it as a new world record.

‘I found an old packet of cucumber seeds which ran out of date in 2008 but I decided to give them a try,’ she said.

‘I've never grown cucumbers before and I didn't give them any special treatment, just watered them.

‘I couldn't believe it when two of them grew so long. It seemed like the biggest one was growing before my eyes.

‘When I went back at the end of the day it would be longer than it had been in the morning. It must have been beginner's luck.’


Mrs Pearce, who has 12 grandchildren, planted the Cucumber Melonie seeds in her greenhouse at her home in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire in May.

The largest cucumber fell from the plant in August and soon started to turn yellow and decomposed.

It measured a whopping 47 inches in a straight line from top to bottom or 50 inches if you included its curve.

The second vegetable already measures 43 inches and is still growing slowly.

‘We picked some of the earlier cucumbers and they had a nice fresh flavour and tasted good,’ she added.

‘We certainly didn't set off to grow large cucumbers, it just seems to have happened.

‘I've also discovered a giant aubergine in my greenhouse, which is heading towards the size of a football.’

Mrs Pearce is now confirming if the cucumbers have officially set a new world record.

The Amazing Cat with Four Ears

The brief Seventies craze for quadraphonic sound might have lasted a little longer if there were more cats like Luntik around.

The three-month-old kitten who lives in a garage in Vladivostok, Russia, has a 'spare' pair of vestigial ears just in front of his real ones.

It's not a completely unique condition. There's a cat called Yoda living in Chicago with an even bigger pair of spare lugholes.



Unlike the widespread reports of 'winged cats' - which are usually just the result of wishful thinking and extremely matted fur - Luntik really does have a fully formed extra pair of ears.


However, they don't have any of the internal 'plumbing' that would actually make them workable.

Best leave those old Pink Floyd LPs up in the loft then.


Switzerland police hired a Guardian angel to stop drivers speeding

Drivers in Switzerland who spot a winged man dressed in white at the side of the road shouldn't be alarmed – it’s not a vision, it’s a guardian angel.

Police in the state of Fribourg have hired the professional actor to deter motorists from speeding.

The ‘road angel’, who forms part of a safe-driving campaign, will wave and flap his wings at motorists travelling too fast.
He’s the real-life version of an angel that features in the initiative’s TV commercials who is hit by a young motorist as he hurriedly drives out of his garage.

The advert advises heavy-footed drivers to 'Slow Down. Take It Easy'.

'The idea is to provide a sort of concrete protection, to have a real angel telling drivers to be responsible,' BenoƮt Dumas, a Fribourg police spokesman, said.

'To have a physical presence like that makes the message more visible, and it's out of the ordinary.'
The actor, whose identity has not been released for privacy reasons, works 20 hours per week and will ‘appear’ in different parts of the 670-square-mile region of western Switzerland.

'The initiative will go on until at least end of October, but it could be prolonged. After all, you know, angels are eternal,' Dumas said.

Drivers who spot the angel are being encouraged to e-mail the police – they will then be entered into a lottery for a driving lesson.

Officers say it’s too early to tell if the ‘guardian angel’ has discouraged speeding in the mountainous country, where speed limits vary from 75mph to 31mph.

Barking photos of canines dressed in pop star's most famous outfits

If you thought there was nothing more gaga than GaGa, you'd be wrong.

Decked out in blonde wigs, a space age mask and a red lace 'dress' accessorised with matching hat this collection of dogs are doing their best to be as avant-garde as the lady herself.

Not that any of them look particularly thrilled with their new outfits. Instead, each canine has put on his best poker face for the camera.
The Doggie GaGa project was dreamed up by Jesse Freidin, an award-winning pet photographer based in San Francisco.

He was inspired by the pop star's extraordinary costumes and outre personality.
'I took two of the last remaining packs of Polaroid film in the world and created an original celebration of creativity, originality and fearlessness,' he said.

'This is a toast to instant photography. Oh, and dogs.'
Freidin has not met Lady GaGa - yet. 'I'd love to,' he said. 'I hope she enjoys the pictures.'

The photographer dressed his dogs in five of Lady GaGa's most iconic outfits.

His models were a Boston Terrier, a Mexican hairless, a Shiba Inu and two Pit Bulls and each outfit was custom made.

Lady GaGa has recently been named as creative director for a new line of Polaroid products.

One million baby slings are recalled over safety fears


More than a million baby slings were recalled yesterday by their manufacturer over fears that they pose a threat of suffocation.

The SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo slings, made by Infantino, have been implicated in three deaths in the U.S. in the past year.

Last night a spokesman for the company said consumers should stop using the slings 'immediately' and contact the company for a free replacement.

About 10,000 of the suspect slings have been sold in the UK while more than one million have been distributed in the U.S.

Baby slings have become fashionable with celebrities and so-called 'yummy mummies' and have been hailed for apparently helping to cement the bond between mother and child.

They are presented as a natural way to carry a baby, based on the notion that the warmth and closeness to the parent's heartbeat creates a feeling of security - and the parent can keep their hands free.

However, a sling's fabric can press against a baby's nose and mouth, blocking the breathing and causing suffocation within a few minutes. Very young babies have relatively heavy heads and weak neck muscles which leaves them unable to free themselves to breathe properly.

There is also a danger that the baby is cradled in a curved or 'C-like' position, nestling the baby below the mother's chest or near her belly.

That curved position can cause a baby who does not have strong neck control to flop its head forward, chin-to-chest, restricting the ability to breathe.

It is thought the suspect slings were sold in the UK through Halfords and various baby product websites.

The safety alert was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC). This triggered follow-up action by trading standards officials in the UK.

The CSPC is investigating a number of sling designs and manufacturers after 14 deaths in America over the last 20 years. It was not known last night whether there have been any deaths or problems in the UK.

Infantino president Jack Vresics said yesterday: 'Our top priority is the safety of infants.'

Officials at Infantino's UK office in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, were liaising with local trading standards officials yesterday.

The U.S. has a central product safety body. However, the situation in Britain is more haphazard and left to individual council trading standards bodies. The recall relates to all SlingRider models, which includes a variant called the Wendy Bellissimo.

Infantino has sold 14,000 of the SlingRider baby slings in Europe, including 10,000 to parents in the UK.

An Infantino spokesman said: ' Consumers should stop using the recalled slings immediately and contact us to receive a free replacement product.'

Girl 2, whose jaw was ripped off in horrific attack by family dog before father kills it with a kitchen knife

A two-year-old was in a critical condition tonight after she was horrifically attacked by her family dog.

Taylor Leadbeater has undergone facial reconstruction surgery and tissue from her cheeks following the vicious mauling.

The French Bullmastiff dog suddenly turned on her while she was playing with toys in her bedroom.



Her distraught father wrestled the dog off her, dragged it into the back garden and stabbed it to death with a kitchen knife on yesterday afternoon.

Taylor was taken to hospital and has had 70 stitches put into her face after an operation today. She is due to undergo another operation to deep wounds below her eye tomorrow.

Her parents, Gareth and Charlene Leadbeater and brother Ronnie, six, were at her side last night.

The male dog is not an illegal breed but had been kept at the family’s home with a female French Bullmastiff who is in season and an Alsatian.
Her grandmother Alison Leadbeater last night said her daughter had asked vets to put the dog down two weeks ago after it bit her brother Gary’s hand, but they had refused.

She said: ‘Taylor was playing with the drawers and toys in her bedroom and the dog suddenly snapped.

‘Her father Gareth heard him growl and grabbed the dog off of her, but it was too late.

‘Taylor has serious facial injuries and has already had 70 stitches following one operation. Her bone structure is fine, but there is a lot of damage to her face. She will have to have a lot of operations.’



Mrs Leadbeater said vets had offered to ‘retrain’ the dog after her daughter had asked for it to be put down because of its recent aggressive behaviour.

She claimed vets told the family that the breed was not illegal and not normally aggressive.

‘The dog was a family pet and only had been fine for years’, she added.

‘He only started getting aggressive recently when he bit my son’s hand.

Charlene was worried about his behaviour and spoke to the vets as she was concerned about the children.

‘But they said they could retrain the animal and they could not put it down.

'The dog was lovely but turned into a killing machine because of how aggressive it was getting.'

A next-door neighbour told how his wife saw the incident.

The man told the Evening Standard: 'He was playing with the dog and he turned away and the dog bit the girl on the face.

'He chased the dog out into the garden and was punching and kicking it and that's where he stabbed it with a knife.]

'My wife saw that and started screaming. We haven't been living here very long and their dogs do bark a lot and don't get on with the other dogs in the street.'

The French Bullmastiff breed is not covered under the Dangerous Dogs act.

The family's other two dogs have been taken from their semi-detached house in Eltham, South London and placed into police care while they are investigating. They are not described as dangerous.

It is understood the police received assistance from the RSPCA, who are believed to have taken away two other dogs that were at the house.

The incident comes amid growing concern about the use of dangerous dogs as status symbols and weapons.

Last week, Chrisdian Johnson, 22, was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 24 years, after using his powerfully-built pitbull-cross dog as a weapon to savage 16-year-old Seyi Ogunyemi.

As his slightly-built victim lay helpless on the ground, Johnson carried out a 'vicious murder' with a knife before fleeing the scene covered in blood.

Judge Christopher Moss, sentencing, told Johnson the dog had been used as a 'fearsome' weapon - 'trained to attack and bring down your prey'.

The French Mastiff - also called the Bordeaux Bulldog - is a relatively short, stocky mastiff.

According to breeders it usually has a good and calm temperament. They are renowned for being extremely loyal, patient and devoted.

Fearless and confrontational with strangers, they make a first class watch and guard dog.

The French Mastiff can be aggressive to other dogs unless they are socialised from an early age. The breed is usually gentle with children.

Dentist creates sculptures of tiny workmen repairing teeth to liven up surgery

A dentist's surgery is never the most welcoming environment, but one creative dentist has sought to change that by livening up his clinic with a series of sculptures featuring tiny workmen scrubbing, cleaning and repairing teeth.

Using a real patient's dental cast Dr Ian Davis used his steady dentist's hand to create the tiny models, which he then attached to the model teeth.
Photographs of the 'Toothville' series adorn his dental surgery in north London and he even uses them to explain treatment to patients.



Dr Davis, 36, said: 'The idea was conceived following an article in a photography magazine where the photographer used small toy men in his photos.
'Photography is my hobby and it got me thinking about if teeth were very large how they would be treated.

'I then came up with the idea of tradesmen and general workers using their skills on teeth, if the teeth were very large compared to my little 'worklings'.
'I thought it was a nice concept and would be something like painting and decorating.




'Even one set-up can take quite a long time. Because they're so tiny, they're extremely fiddly.

'Luckily I have a steady hand and lots of tools.'

Dr Davis said patients loved the works and they lifted the atmosphere of his surgery.

'I really enjoy doing them and, as dentists, we are very into things that are very small.

'Making the small, humdrum everyday things special is what we are all about.'

Hollywood director Kevin Smith booted off flight after pilot says he's 'too fat to fly'

Cult film director and actor Kevin Smith sparked an internet frenzy after he revealed an airline had thrown him off a flight for being too fat.

Smith claimed a pilot ejected him from a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Burbank, California, saying he didn't fit properly in a single seat.

The Clerks star raised a stink about the incident on his Twitter page yesterday, saying: 'I'm way fat, but I'm not there just yet.'




He added: 'If you look like me, you may be ejected from Southwest Air.'

He posted a picture of himself sitting on the plane with his cheeks puffed out.

'I broke no regulation, offered no 'safety risk' (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?)' he later Tweeted.

'I saw someone bigger than me on THAT flight! But I wasn't about to throw a fellow Fatty under the plane as I'm being profiled. But he & I made eye contact, & he was like "Please don't tell..."

After landing in Burbank, Smith wrote: 'Don't worry: wall of the plane was opened & I was airlifted out while Richard Simmons supervised.'

Southwest says its 'Customer of Size' policy require travellers must be able to fit safely and comfortably in one seat or make other arrangements.

After a storm of angry online comments from Smith and his fans, the airline issued an apology first from its own Twitter account and later in a statement on its Web site titled 'Not So Silent Bob,' a jovial jab at the Silent Bob character Smith plays in many of his films.

'We would like to echo our tweets and again offer our heartfelt apologies to you,' the statement said.

The airline said it also accommodated Smith on a later flight, gave him a $100 voucher and apologised by phone.

Both Smith and the airline acknowledged that he had bought two seats for his original flight from Oakland, where he had spoken at the Macworld Expo conference.

But he was flying standby in order to catch an earlier flight, and only one was available.

The movie man insisted that he was still able to put both armrests down and buckle his seat belt, which is Southwest's standard.

Smith is the director of the new Bruce Willis movie Cop Out, and previously directed the films Clerks and Chasing Amy.

Images of city's most wanted criminals to be beamed on to historic landmarks

Huge images of a city's most wanted criminals are to be beamed on to buildings as part of a groundbreaking crime-busting initiative, it was revealed today.

The scheme could also see pictures of missing person appeals projected on to historic monuments overnight in Southampton.

Hampshire constabulary are considering using the Bargate monument or the city's new police building, which is still being built, to display their messages.



They have already secured a £3,000 projector thanks to government funding from the Tackling Knives Action Programme.

Chief Inspector Alison Scott said the images would be beamed in a bid to engage more with the public.

She said: ‘It is all about communication with as many people as possible.

‘We are looking at using it at some of the entrances to the city where thousands of people can see it, possibly on the new police headquarters.’

The scheme could also be used to promote safe drinking messages to revellers on nights out in a move to cut alcohol-related crime in the city centre

Artist creates six-foot replica of Christ on 153 slices of burnt bread

An artist has created a giant replica of the Crucifixion using 153 slices of burnt toast.

Adam Sheldon, 33, designed the unique piece of art six months ago at the request of his mother who worships at the Anglican Church of St Peter, in Great Limber, Lincolnshire.

Using his toaster, Adam burned every piece of bread before drying each piece out and flattening them so they were ready to be positioned in a giant frame.



He then spent hours scraping the toast with a knife to create the lighter parts of the image, such as Christ's halo, and a blow torch to create darker patches.

Before embarking on the mammoth project, Adam also made a much smaller depiction of the Last Supper on three pieces of toast to perfect his scraping technique.

His Crucifixion picture now measures six feet by three-and-a-half feet and was mounted on the wall of St Peter's knave on December 30.

Reverend Felicity Couch, 50, said the ‘utterly unique’ image would stay up for two weeks and added many parishioners had not initially realised it was made from toast.

She said: ‘We asked Adam to create a piece of artwork for the church and this incredible picture made from toast is what he gave us.

‘It's not what we anticipated but it is amazing and although at first we were stunned to find it was made from bread everyone is now incredibly impressed.

‘A number of the congregation thought it was painted on tiles and were stunned to find it was actually scraped onto bread.

‘Adam spent a great deal of time on his knees in front of the image carving away at each individual piece of toast for hours at a time.

‘That in itself shows a great degree of religious symbolism and it seems the artwork has grown out of Adam's faith like so much great art from history.

‘People have asked us if the mice have got to it yet, but the image is still in one whole piece with no sign of mould or nibbles.’

The Parish of St Peter's was originally home to a Norman priory built before 1180 under the Abbey of L'Aulnay in Normandy.

The church has 350 seats and the Anglican parish register dates from 1562. The church was restored in 1875.

Prisoner trying to flee has to be rescued after he is stuck in bars of cell

He was presumably hoping to kick of 2010 a free man on the run but it seems he forgot to meticulously plan his escape route.

Prisoner Roberto Carrillo attempted to flee his cell in a Mexican jail in Valle Hermoso on New Year's Eve.

The 42-year-old tried to squeeze himself between the gap between the roof of the prison and the bars of his cell.



But instead of sneaking through, he ended up completely stuck and hanging upside down.

He was forced to call for help and laughing guards came to his aid and cut him free using a chain saw - before locking him up once again.

A source at the jail told The Sun: 'If he'd had a brain, it could have been embarrassing.