A kitten with its head stuck in a bongo drum, a French man asking to translate a word and a swan swimming on a frozen lake are just three of the weird examples highlighted by the London Fire Brigade in a bid to drive down non-emergency calls and time-wasting.
Throughout the twelve days of Christmas the Brigade's twitter account will be sending out messages reminding people only to dial 999 in a genuine emergency.
In the past five years LFB has received 8,600 hoax calls, 1,543 instances of people stuck in everyday objects like toilet seats or furniture, and 2,868 calls to rescue animals. In these instances the London Fire Brigade says the RSPCA should be called instead.
The tweets will come with the hashtag #12DaysXmas, but despite the festive feel Director of Operations, Dave Brown said there was a serious reason behind the bizarre stories: "We are regularly called to deal with a lot of incidents which could be avoided. We want everyone to have a good Christmas, but remember that silly pranks and time wasting calls cost us time, money and resources."
The Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins has left Twitter following death threats.
In recent weeks, Perkins - who was born in Croydon - has been the subject of much speculation about her replacing Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson.
This morning she announced on Twitter that she was leaving the social media platform.
She wrote a series of tweets saying: "Guys, post the utterly fabricated story about me & Top Gear, my timeline has been full of blokes wishing me dead...
"This morning, someone suggested they'd like to see me burn to death.
"All of which goes to say that I am off Twitter for a bit. Love and peace x."
Fans took to Twitter to post messages of support and encouragement following her announcement.
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The Queen has sent her first ever tweet - from the opening of a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London.
It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.
Hey Majesty sent the tweet through the official @BritishMonarchy twitter account as she opened the Information Age exhibition, which charts the development of communication technology over the past 200 years.
The exhibition has taken three years to put together and is one of the most ambitious projects the Museum has ever attempted.
A Twitter troll has been jailed after bombarding a Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy with abusive messages.
33-year-old Peter from Bristol tweeted posts threatening to rape Stella Creasy and also branded her a "witch".
Nunn launched his campaign last summer after the politician supported a successful campaign to put Jane Austen on the £10 note.
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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred following comments made on Twitter after the Tottenham Hotspur versus West Ham United match on 6th October.
Police say the tweets were of an anti-Semitic nature and made reference to Hitler and the gas chambers.
A separate investigation last month also dealt with anti-Semitic tweets relating to the same match. A 55-year-old man was cautioned on for malicious communications.
A man has been arrested this morning in connection with a series of anti-Semitic messages on Twitter. Messages were sent on the day of the Tottenham v West Ham match on 6 October, making reference to the Holocaust and Adolf Hitler.
In addition to the anti-Semitic tweets, police also found messages on the suspect's account that were abusive to and incited violence against Muslims. The Twitter account has since been suspended.
It's emerged David Cameron has been following the exploits of a high-class escort agency on Twitter.
One of the Prime Minister's official accounts was linked to the Carltons of London's feed on the micro-blogging site, technology news website The Register found.
But Downing Street indicated that the agency may have first been followed under Gordon Brown's premiership.
The @Number10gov account is the official Twitter feed for the office of the Prime Minister and automatically followed anyone that chose to follow it until 2009 - while the former Labour leader was in power - when the practice was stopped.