James Corden’s hilarious attempt at managing a football club

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James Corden has many talents: carpool karaoke, acting, and arguably comedy.

Coaching football, however, is clearly not his forte.

In this skit for his show, Corden takes over as the head coach of Arsenal Football Club — to the apparent bafflement and irritation of the club’s elite players.

Corden leads the team in a chorus of “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” forces them to undergo a wacky sport psychology session, and introduces some… unique new celebratory dances.

“I think I’m never going to get this hour back in my life,” footballer Héctor Bellerín says. Unclear whether the quote is an intentional part of the skit or a genuine sentiment!

Wales and their team photo formations

Wales employ the 3-8 formation before the Georgia World Cup qualifier. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

Wales employ the 3-8 formation before the Georgia World Cup qualifier. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

Anyone passing a glance over Wales’s pre-match team photos in recent months would notice there’s something just not quite right about them.

From the numbers not stacking up (four at the back, seven at the front anyone?) to the lopsided nature of the players’ arrangement when a more traditional six-plus-five formation is put into practice, it would appear members of the Welsh national team have a curiously skewed idea of what symmetry is.  Then again, it’s more likely that they’re just having a bit a team in-joke.

 

The 4-7 formation (before the Austria game at Euro 2016). Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

The 4-7 formation (before the Austria game at Euro 2016). Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Another lopsided effort from 2015 (before Belgium in the Euro 2016 qualifiers). Photograph: Getty Images

Another lopsided effort from 2015 (before Belgium in the Euro 2016 qualifiers). Photograph: Getty Images

Just loose (before a friendly with Australia in Cardiff in 2011). Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Just loose (before a friendly with Australia in Cardiff in 2011). Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Children accidentally added to the menu of wedding dinner

The moment when are “kid’s menu” becomes “children on the menu” rather than “a menu for children”.

A fancy wedding accidentally made that less-than-fancy mistake on RSVP invitations they sent out. In a photo uploaded to Reddit’s r/funny, the RSVP card asks you, sir or madam, for your name, whether you’ll be attending, and whether you’d like to eat beef, pork or young children (12 and under) for the entrée.

Just check off your favorite dish, and let them know about any dietary restrictions. They’re free range, completely organic and just a bit whiny.

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Man accidentally tips more than £1 million on dinner

Everybody makes mistakes, but not every mistake costs its victim masses of money.

In Scotland, a restaurant diner was shocked to realize that he’d accidentally tipped more than £1 million on a £100 meal. Oops.

The Evening Express reports that the massive transaction happened at an Indian restaurant in Inverurie, Scotland. After the diner finished his meal, he approached owner Abdul Wahid to settle his bill.

Pictured is the receipt for the meal at Rajpoot Indian Restaurant in Inverurie where a customer was accidently billed over a million pounds for their meal. Picture by DARRELL BENNS     Pictured on 21/07/2016

Pictured is the receipt for the meal at Rajpoot Indian Restaurant in Inverurie where a customer was accidently billed over a million pounds for their meal.

As Wahid tells the Express, when the diner input the tip amount in the restaurant’s credit card reader, the transaction didn’t go through. After phoning the diner’s bank and obtaining a confirmation code, the transaction was successful.

It wasn’t until the diner handed the card reader back to Wahid that the owner realized his customer’s £1,006,082.04 mistake.

All was not lost, however. After calling the bank to note his mistake, the customer got his money back and paid a more sensible amount.

Baby Falls Asleep as Daddy Plays Brahm’s Lullaby

I remember those nightmare evenings when your little one doesn’t want to sleep – you try anything to help them go to sleep.

5-month old Sam had an ear infection and was struggling to fall asleep. So his father, David Motola, turned on his electric piano and began playing Johannes Brahm’s classic lullaby. It was very effective. Within a few seconds, Sam yawned broadly, then faded into sleep.

What makes this performance even more impressive is that Motola didn’t have any sheet music. He was playing by ear and arranging the piece on the go.

The ultimate office makeover

I absolutely love this!

When we returned to work after New Year we had an email from our boss containing one simple task: do something to decorate our desks to help the team get over the January blues.

Being the creative team, we decided we needed to do something special. So we decided to build a giant cardboard castle in the office.

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In the end, construction took around seven hours, with planning and prep taking a further two hours. We were tired but it was all worth it when we saw our colleagues’ faces the next morning

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Go check out their blog at Viking-Direct to see more images.  I am now thinking what on earth could we do in our office at the church!

Milton Jones on comedy and Christianity

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The LICC have done a fascinating interview with comedian Milton Jones:

Comedians are well-known for mocking religion; do you think Christianity and comedy can happily coexist? 

It’s easy to see the church as a sort of bullied boy in the playground that won’t fight back. But God is big enough to take criticism or take a joke. There’s something pretty insecure about feeling the need to do God’s work or protect him. I did do a video a little while ago about the weirdness of Christianity, but honestly within comedy people don’t actually hate Christianity. They hate two-dimensional reactionary Christianity, but there’s actually quite a softness towards ‘thinking’ Christianity. Comedy is full of people who used to go to church but couldn’t quite go along with the whole package because it was too jingoistic. I know a heck of a lot of people in comedy whose parents were clergy or missionaries. Ultimately a lot of comedy is dealing with the truth, about life and what it’s all about. The same is true of faith. That said, I do still try and be sensitive when I make jokes about it and even after all these years I’m still trying to pin down what I feel comfortable with. I don’t really have any hard-and-fast rules, it’s more about instinct. Sometimes words written down can look fine, but it’s the way in which you say them and vice versa.

Do go and read the rest of the interview.

Hitting jelly in slow motion with a tennis racket is mesmerizing

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The Slow Mo Guys have returned yet again.  The YouTubers are famous for filming ridiculous events, in slow motion, like a man exploding out of a giant water balloon, or a taser hitting someone’s bare skin.

This time the video was inspired by a picture submitted to Reddit, a Jell-O advertisement claiming that their product will essentially be cut into rectangles if hit with a tennis racket. Although the advertisement is a bit exaggerated, this is essentially what happens:

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Sitting Inside A Giant Water Balloon When It Explodes

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The Slow Mo Guys are brilliant!  I love their slow motion videos.  This time Dan Gruchy and Gavin Free are exploring a whole new level of stunt strangeness by making Dan crawl inside a giant balloon, which is then filled with water until it explodes.

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The Slow Mo Guys filled another 6 foot long balloon with water a while back and jumped on it until it burst.  Seeing Dan sitting there with his head sticking out of a giant watery balloon sac is utterly hilarious!

Via Boing Boing