A live broadcast of a panda giving birth was cancelled when experts discovered the "mother" was faking her pregnancy to get more food.
The replica Downton Abbey took 18 months to complete - and even features two of the show's stars, Lady Grantham and butler Thomas Barrow.
A brewery in Texas has ditched the traditional six-pack in favour of a whopping 99-pack of beer.
The chief executive of university admissions service Ucas has joined in on an internet prank that shows a student receiving a rejection letter from 'Hogwarts University'. The letter was posted on Twitter by @QuantumPirate as many received their A-Level results.
Ucas politely declines him a place at the fictional institution from Harry Potter due to "the fact that it does not exist". To confuse matters further, Ucas chief Mary Curnock Cook responded: "Of course it's genuine - silly muggles".
American astronaut Reid Wiseman has tweeted a photo of the UK as seen from the International Space station.
The snapshot shows part of southern Wales near Dale in Pembrokeshire, although the American flight engineer, who has been on the ISS since late May, claims it is a picture of England.
The First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge in response to an invitation from Alistair Darling.
In return, he nominated Prime Minister David Cameron remarking that he "saw him in a wetsuit the other day so I know he's got the equipment".
ALEX SALMOND HAS NOMINATED DAVID CAMERON FOR ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE. Over to you, PM. http://t.co/suHCvPby2e
He was joined by the deputy leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon.
Now plenty of celebrities have been taking part in the ice bucket charity challenge, but Bristol TV star Carol Vorderman has gone one step further.
She not only endured the ice, but then had 2,000 litres of water pumped from fire engines at Gloucestershire Airport where she's been learning to fly.
And yes, it was cold!
A man has been fined for wasting police time after he told his girlfriend he had been kidnapped when in fact he he had been out all night partying at a friend's house in Bolton.
Greater Manchester Police said in a statement:
– Greater Manchester Police
At about 6.30pm on Friday 22 August 2014, a woman called her boyfriend, a 32-year-old man, and was told by the person who answered that he would not be allowed home until he had paid a £50 debt.
A short time later she received a text that said he would be home shortly and when she spoke to him again not long after he said he was being held against his will.
The following day police located the man, who told officers it was a "wind up" and was promptly issued with a fixed penalty notice.
One man had even been arrested on suspicion of kidnap.
“Considerable resources and time then went into finding this man, who it transpires made the entire thing up so he could stay out and party," detective inspector Jo Clawson said.
Police in Kent appear to have been called out to rescue a snake trapped in a plant pot.
Job of the day. Rescuing a grass snake which had woven itself into 2 holes at the bottom of a plant pot and got stuck http://t.co/pywrrG9F1p
Sevenoaks Police later updated followers with the news that the grass snake had been freed but the plant pot had been destroyed.
#police update on stuck grass snake. Snake released unharmed. Plastic plant pot did not fare so well. It will be missed.