Inspired by APRIL FOOLS DAY I thought I'd bring you these articles that could well have been hoaxes such is their strangeness.
First of all from the animal kingdom.
Hows this for one funny looking bird. Meet Sirocco the KAKAPO (pictured left) - New Zealand's mysterious Parrot of the night" who even has his own FACE BOOK PAGE.
How about these ........ SELF-SHEARING SHEEP? (Pictured right)
Yes you read correctly, there is a new breed of sheep (honest) - the Exlana - being bred here in Devon which loses its wooly coat automatically in the Spring. Much shorter and sparser then that on traditional sheep, the wool begins shredding and is picked up by birds for their nests, or simply composts into the soil.
More interested in architecture? I really thought this was the Guardian newspapers idea of an April Fool's Day hoax it being in the 1st of April edition but no, this has actually been built.
(Pictured below) Unveiled as the artistic centrepiece of the 2012 Olympic Park and officially titled the ARCELORMITTAL ORBIT (but given the nickname Hubble Bubble) this structure, at 400ft high, is taller than BIG BEN (315ft high) and the STATUE OF LIBERTY (152ft high), just short of the GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA (455ft high) and considerably shorter than that to which it is being compared - the EIFFEL TOWER (1,o63ft high). *
Not impressed? How about these other 'funny' buildings? Just click on the relevant link(s) to view.
THE BASKET BUILDING of Newark, Ohio. The headquarters of (what else but?) the Longaberger Basket Company.
In the seaside town of Sopot, Poland, THE CROOKED HOUSE which opened in 2004 and is said to be the most photographed building in the country.
As if a passing giant toppled this nineteenth-century US courthouse over, we have the gateway to Tennessee's WONDERWORKS THEME PARK complete with inverted streetlamps and palm trees.
Built as a water tower for the Thorpeness Holiday Village in Suffolk in the 1920's, the 'HOUSE IN THE CLOUDS' now serves as a highly unusual holiday home.
* All heights being approximates.