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Ladybird-cuts-1Thousands of nostalgic baby boomers have taken part in a Twitter challenge to spot the difference between popular Peter and Jane pictures in Ladybird books from the 1960s and subtle new versions drawn a decade later.

Helen Day, who has more than 10,000 Ladybird books, enjoys comparing the famous Reading Scheme books . These were printed in 1964 then updated in the 70s and 80s to reflect Britain’s changing society.

Fox-on-bedA schoolboy had a shock when he returned from the playground to find a FOX asleep in his BED.

Alexander West, nine, was stunned to see the baby fox snuggled in his duvet in his bedroom on the SECOND floor of his home.

The youngster had left the back door of the townhouse open when he ran outside to play and the female fox had crept inside and made herself at home.

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A BABY has been nicknamed Harry Styles after he was born with a thick head of black hair like the One Direction pop star.

Little Harvey Johnson was born with a full head of luscious locks much to the surprise of his parents.

The four-month-old stunned mum Lucy Carter, 26, and dad Ian Johnson, 32, when he arrived with a mane of hair, which has kept on growing.

Pimped C5 cuttingA man has pimped a Sinclair C5 and turned it into a MONSTER bike which can go more than 40mph. Colin Furze, 32, spent two weeks upgrading the electric three-wheeler into a petrol-powered machine, which towers five foot off the ground.

He souped up the slow Sinclair by fitting it to the frame of an old Honda bike, then added giant two-foot tall wheels.

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The original sketches and artwork for Ladybird Books’ FIRST title, "Bunnikin’s Picnic Party", has gone on public display for the first time 74 YEARS after it was published.

The beautiful pictures of Mrs Bunnikin and her family by Scottish illustrator Angusine Jeanne MacGregor have gone on show more than SEVEN DECADES after they were drawn.

Donald McGill Leap Year Card News CuttingA museum has unearthed a collection of rare marriage proposal LEAP YEAR cards from a bygone era when it was only deemed proper for women to pop the question on February 29.

The hilarious tongue-in-cheek cards by saucy postcard artist Donald McGill feature desperate women trying to ensnare a husband on the only day they could respectably propose.

Tank-Cutting-from-the SunMost people park a CAR on their driveway so residents were stunned to see a rare WW1 TANK in front of their neighbour’s house.

Military enthusiast Anthony Cooke, 57, has been keeping the huge 21ft long army tank on his driveway on a residential estate while he refurbishes it in time for next year’s centenary of the start of the Great War.

The massive vehicle, which is 13ft wide and weighs 6 ½ tonnes, is one of just two working replica Mark IV tanks in Europe.

 

Zebra crossing cuttingAs the ZEBRA CROSSING celebrates its 60th anniversary in Britain experts say it is facing EXTINCTION.

The first zebra crossing was officially opened in Slough, Berkshire, on October 31, 1951 and the crossings have been a prominent feature of the British landscape for six decades.

But over the last five years more than 1,000 zebra crossings have vanished and many others have been replaced by fewer more sophisticated alternatives with lights and flashing signs.

Fastest-toillet-cutting-1A plumber has built the world’s FASTEST fully-functioning TOILET – which whizzes along and even FLUSHES as an incredible 55mph.

Colin Furze, 33, has spent a month building the breakneck bog, which has a powerful 140cc motorbike engine hidden under the seat and four gears.


worlds-biggest-breakfast-3A man has become the FIRST person to eat the world’s BIGGEST English breakfast.

Steven Magee, 29, is the only person in six years who has been able to demolish the giant fry-up, which weighs a whopping THREE KILOS.

Car on cycle path cuttingCyclists were stunned to see a motorist driving his CAR on a narrow CYCLE bridge over a railway line.

They heard the £2 million bridge “creaking and cracking” as the Jaguar driver squeezed onto the famous covered bike bridge in Cambridge city centre.

Dobbey the reindeer riding in the taxiIt is not a sight you would normally expect to see in the back of a taxi. So shoppers do a double take when grandfather Gordon Elliott squeezes his pet REINDEER in the back of his cab to go Christmas shopping.

The 68-year-old stuns shoppers when he pulls up in his local high street and Dobbey the reindeer jumps out of the car.

Hottest Curry CuttingA doctor has become the FIRST person to eat an entire plateful of the world’s HOTTEST curry – 10,000 times hotter than a bottle of Tabasco sauce.

Ian Rothwell, 55, started hallucinating half way through eating the fiery Widower chicken curry, which hits a whopping six million Scovilles.

The dish at the Bindi Indian restaurant in Grantham, Lincs, consists of around 20 Naga Infinity chillis – the second hottest on the planet.

Jane Hartley with her parrotsA woman is so devoted to her pet parrots she takes them shopping, cycling, walking and even on her SKIING holidays.

Mum-of-three Jane Hartley, 52, rarely leaves home without black headed caique parrots Fiz and Buzz on her arm.

our dom reed article on msnA man has spent up to five hours EVERY day for TWO YEARS taking a wacky photo of himself and posting it online.

Dominick Reed, 40, has dedicated around 3650 hours to taking the bizarre snapshots, wearing false teeth, unusual wigs and using clever photo shop trickery.

Most Expensive Football Season TicketThe most expensive football SEASON TICKET in the WORLD has gone on sale at an incredible £15,000 for just one seat.

It is not for Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid or Barcelona but for minor team PETERBOROUGH UNITED.

World's Oldest Computer Cutting 1The world’s OLDEST original working digital computer has been rebooted - after lying forgotten in storage for 20 years.

The 61-year-old Harwell Dekatron (aka WITCH) computer has clattered back into action at the National Museum of Computing, based at Bletchley Park, Bucks, after a mammoth three-year restoration project.

Second Car CrashAn electrical store which had a car smash through its shop window was the scene of an almost identical crash – 76 YEARS AGO.

A green Volkswagen Passat caused thousands of pounds of damage after crashing through the shop window of Tavistock Sound and Vision in Bedford.

Fastest-Pram-Metro-CuttingA lazy new dad has built the world's FASTEST motorised pram to save the effort of having to push it.

Plumber Colin Furze has added a powerful engine to his silver metal pushchair which gives it an incredible top speed of 50mph.

Greyhound triple dead heatThree greyhounds who made history by winning a race in a TRIPLE dead heat at odds of MANY MILLIONS to one have been invited back for a REMATCH.

Killishan Masai, Ayamzagirl and Djokovic stunned Sky Sports viewers when all THREE dogs crossed the finishing line at exactly the same time in the 8.50pm race at Romford Stadium in Essex.