Runaway Pig Squeals The Spotlight From Journalist On Live TV

There was pig news coming out of Greek morning TV on Tuesday.

A large speckled sow took a liking to ANT1 journalist Lazos Mantikos, pestering him throughout a live broadcast as he attempted to report on the devastation to the beach town of Kineta, which was lashed by torrential rains on Monday.

The key word there is attempted. The lovestruck pig persistently chased a grunting and yelping Mantikos as he ran in circles trying to deliver his report.

As the viewers of “Good Morning Greece” watched, anchor Giorgos Papadakis announced that they were going to Mantikos for an update on the serious situation on the ground.

“Good morning, we have an issue,” a breathless Mantikos said as they cut to his shot. “Giorgos, can you hear me? We have a pig here that has been chasing us since the morning…. Sorry guys, I can’t stand because it’s biting me.”

The presenters in the studio, unable to contain their laughter (Papadakis at one point was doubled over), told Mantikos they’d give him some time to get his affairs in order. “Try to repair your relationship. I’ll leave you to repair,” Papadakis said, moments before the feisty sow chased the reporter out of camera range. 

Mantikos clearly wasn’t too disgruntled by his ordeal. He had a laugh, sharing a number of reports about his hog-wild story on Twitter.

James Corden and Kacey Musgraves’ 14-song Christmas medley is super impressive

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If you’re finding it difficult to get into the festive spirit, James Corden has just the ticket.

“Everybody loves Christmas songs, no one more than I, so we thought it might be fun to imagine a classic holiday rom-com using just Christmas music,” the Late Late Show host explains in the clip above. “We’ve got 14 songs, nine sets, one take and zero pressure — this is Kacey Musgraves in ‘Soundtrack to a Christmas Love Story.'”

The good news is they don’t mess up once, and they even manage to squeeze a Love Actually reference in there for good measure.

Influencers urge young people to vote in UK election to ‘cancel the haters’

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The “snowflakes” of the United Kingdom have something to say: get out and vote. 

High-profile influencers have teamed up to create a video urging young people to exercise their democratic right in the General Election on Dec. 12. 

The video urges young voters to #CancelTheHaters and make sure they head to polling stations to have a say in the election. 

“Fix the planet you destroyed, eradicate your misogyny with our equality, eliminate your homophobia with our openness,” influencers declare in the video. “We will strike, march, protest, rebel, vote for a better world and make sure our voice is louder than yours, we’re coming after your hate.”

The video — produced by ad and music agency Truant London — features former Love Islander Dr Alex George, grime artist Saskilla, grime MC and professional footballer Kamakaze, and many more.  

Stephen Colbert roasts the Democratic candidates with Baby Yoda burns

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The Democratic presidential candidates might be trying their best, but they’ve got some serious competition.

And we’re not talking about Donald Trump.

“There’s one candidate who’s exploding on social media: Baby Yoda,” says Stephen Colbert in the clip above, before explaining that The Mandalorian character is getting nearly double the social media interactions of any 2020 Democratic candidate. “Sad sign of our misplaced priorities, this is.”

Colbert went on to explain why this was particularly bad news for Michael Bloomberg, with his late bid clearly being overshadowed by everyone’s new favorite Star Wars character.

“Sorry, Mike,” says Colbert. “I guess voters were interested in a different tiny, wrinkled money-maker.”

Cows Swept Off Coast During Hurricane Dorian Survive ‘Gilligan’s Island’-Style

Three cows who were swept off the coast during Hurricane Dorian managed to miraculously survive in a manner perfect for a bovine-centered reboot of “Gilligan’s Island.”

The cows in question were part of a wild herd of 20 cows that roamed private land on Cedar Island, North Carolina, according to The Charlotte Observer.

When Dorian hit the area on Sept. 6, a lot of the wildlife swept off the island, including 28 wild horses.

The trio of cows were among those presumed dead — until recently, when they were all discovered living in the Cape Lookout National Seashore Park on the Outer Banks.

Cows on Cedar Island in North Carolina prior to Hurricane Dorian, as photographed by Paula O'Malley.

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Cows on Cedar Island in North Carolina prior to Hurricane Dorian, as photographed by Paula O’Malley.

“It’s a tremendous story of how they made it,” park spokesman B.G. Horvat told The New York Times. “If the cows could talk, imagine the story they can tell you of enduring that rush of water.”

He added: “That must be incredible.”

It seems the castaway cows managed to swim five miles to a barrier island, where they then survived by grazing off the land, according to the BBC.

Park staff noticed the first cow about a month after the storm. The others revealed themselves with the last two weeks. 

Now the National Park Service is determining the best way to return the cows to their home, but the frontrunner seems to be sedating them and taking them back to Cedar Island on a boat, according to The Washington Post.

Stephen Colbert skewers Trump with a devastating burn during impeachment update

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The Late Show may have paused for Thanksgiving, but impeachment news never sleeps.

In the clip above, Stephen Colbert returns with an update – using the intelligence committee’s impeachment report as a launching platform for a particularly brutal burn.

“Before the intelligence committee released their report, the GOP issued their own prebuttal, in which they concluded that Trump was acting on genuine and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine,” says Colbert. “Yes, because the two words everyone uses to describe Donald Trump are ‘genuine’ and ‘reasonable.’ Right after ‘athletic’ and ‘monogamous.’


UFO sighting: Conspiracy fears after NASA Space Shuttle photos reveal 3 ‘unknown objects’

And the trio were seen and photographed from NASA’s Space Shuttle, during the STS 32 and STS 61 Shuttle missions.

The first object discussed was spotted in a photographic burst outside of the Space Shuttle STS032 mission as it orbited over the ocean.

Waring said: “This object is moving fast as you can see the clouds moving in the background.

“The UFO is flat, metallic, black and also facing the Space Shuttle’s window at intervals.

READ MORE: ‘UFO city’ spotted on Google Moon map

“The anomaly would have to be matching the NASA spaceship for enough time for the seven photo sequence to be shot.”

Waring reveals the map location indicates the anomaly was shot over the east coast of South America.

The NASA site also reveals the image was shot on a Hasselblad – one of the best quality cameras available.

The next anomaly was captured by the STS 61 Space Shuttle mission, and is described as a “very long, jellyfish-like object” by the conspiracy theorist.

This is thought to have been photographed in the depths of space by the Shuttle.

The eerie object, when viewed in context off the full image, show a slither of Earth glowing white against the blackness of space.

The next object, captured on the same NASA mission is believed to have been viewed from the Space Shuttle window.

The bizarre anomaly is considered to be smooth, metallic with no discernible seams.

Waring addresses the inevitable claims the UFO is in fact a screw or nut.

He said: “Screws have lines across the bottom and they also have a line at the head – this one does not.

“At the most, if this a part of the Space Shuttle, this would be a rivet, an object resembling a screw.

“However, the mystery object does not have any lines on it.

“It is curved instead on its base, and rivets are not meant to have this feature.

“So I have no explanation for this or the other objects capable of dismissing them as UFOs.”

Apple unveils the most popular iPhone apps of 2019

Brace yourselves. The “best of” everything end-of-year lists are here. 

With 2019 coming to a close, Apple released its list for this year’s most downloaded iPhone apps. And … it’s not very different from last year. Taking the number one spot for the second year in a row is YouTube. Meanwhile, second and third place is again occupied by Instagram and Snapchat, respectively. 

While the list isn’t as extensive as 2018’s — in fact, it’s been cut down by half — here are the top ten free iPhone apps downloaded in 2019, according to Apple:

1. YouTube

2. Instagram

3. Snapchat

4. TikTok

5. Messenger

6. Gmail 

7. Netflix

8. Facebook

9. Google Maps 

10. Amazon 

None of the apps on this list come as a shock, either. It’s highly uncommon that anyone you meet nowadays doesn’t use at least one, if not all of them on a daily basis. 

But what is impressive is how high TikTok has jumped in just one year. Coming from spot number 16 on last year’s list, the app is now at number four. That’s also no surprise, though. Back in February, the viral video app hit one billion downloads and ranked #3 in Apple’s App Store. 

And, even though Instagram placed second on the list, it’s clear the social media platform might be feeling a tad threatened by TikTok’s rise. The company is currently testing its own video tool in Brazil, allowing users to create short 15-second clips, complete with music, that can be uploaded to their stories.

Who knows — maybe it’ll be enough to keep Instagram in that top spot? Guess we’ll have to wait until next year to find out. 

As for paid apps, Facetune took the number one spot for the third year in a row while scheduling app, HotSchedules, took second, beating out special effects app kirakira+ from last year. 

Apple tucked its top free iPhone games into a separate category. Fortnite was knocked from the top spot by Mario Kart Tour and ranked number eight this year instead. 

Here’s the full list:

1. Mario Kart Tour

2. Color Bump 3D


4. Call of Duty: Mobile

5. BitLife – Life Simulator

6. Polysphere – art of puzzle

7. Wordscapes

8. Fortnite

9. Roller Splat!

10. AMAZE!!

As for top paid iPhone games, Minecraft takes the crown followed by Heads Up! and Plague Inc. 

Apple also threw in its own top picks for 2019. Spectre Camera (Lux Optics), an AI-powered app that allows you to take long-exposure photos, took the title for Best iPhone app of the year. Meanwhile, Best iPhone Game of the Year goes to indie adventure game Sky: Children of the Light.

Man Tries To Sneak Gun-Shaped Toilet Paper Roller Past TSA

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Transportation Security Administration agents at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty Airport uncovered a more decorative than deadly item when they checked a passenger’s carry-on.

Agents on Tuesday thought there was a gun in the bag when they put it through the X-ray machine. However, a closer inspection revealed a gun-shaped toilet paper roller. The realistic replica gun was designed to spin paper instead of bullets.

Travelers are not permitted to bring real or replica firearms through security checkpoints.

TSA says it gave the man the option to place it in a checked bag, hand it off to a companion or surrender it. He decided to give it to TSA.

15 faux plants that look as good as the real thing

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Within five seconds of scrolling down your Instagram feed, you’re bound to come across some super aesthetically pleasing, boho-as-hell interior design photos. And what do you always see in them? Plants. So many damn plants. Where do they get the time to water all of those? 

Many of us want our homes to basically look like a nursery, but not all of us were gifted with a green thumb at birth (and that’s nothing to be ashamed of, by the way). Us plant-inept folk just can’t seem to stop accidentally murdering our photosynthetic friends, either due to pure obliviousness or a streak of bad luck (it’s definitely just bad luck, right?). But, that doesn’t mean we don’t also deserve a totally chic abode like the more graceful plant caretakers. 

SEE ALSO: What to get for someone who loves plants

Luckily, faux plants are a thing — ones that you don’t have to feed, water, re-pot, or place in perfect lighting conditions. Just try to kill one. You can’t. Because they are not real. 

And they look (almost) just as good as their living counterparts. Check these out. 

Who wouldn’t want to display this beautiful thing right in the center of their living room? Also, it’ll “live” forever. So that’s good!

You can’t really go wrong with The Sill, whether you’re getting something living or not. We liked this one, but they have a lot of other (albeit pricey) options on their website

Top off your zen sanctuary with this bonsai plant that’ll bring a sense of calm to any window sill or countertop.

You can group them all together, or spread them around like some sort of plant-based Easter bunny. 

A cactus that won’t actually prick you

Finally, a cactus that won’t attempt to kill you or your pets (although your cat might think it’s a scratching post). 

Well ain’t that pretty? Spruce up your nightstand or add a flourish to your dinner table with this dainty faux orchid. 

A smorgasbord of succulents? Yes, please. Mount this planter on the wall for bonus points (or don’t, that’s fine too). 

A tropical areca for year-round beach vibes

Can’t go on vacay at the moment? Bring the vacay to you instead and imagine that you’re poolside with a piña colada. 

This one also gives off that tropical feeling and has the capacity to hit most studio apartment ceilings. 

Some baby’s breath for a nice little accent piece

Extra credit: Put them in this little glass milk jar to really pull the look together. 

A staple for plant-loving homes, just without the stress of having to climb up on a ladder to water it. 

A floor plant with a little pop of color

This plant kind of looks like it has fingers, but it’ll add a cool splash of yellow to your space — and it’ll brighten up your day. We swear.

A decorative plant that’s perfect for your work desk

Have the whole office “oo-ing” and “ah-ing” at the new greenery in your workspace. Just be prepared to explain why nobody ever sees you watering it.

Add some pizzazz to that desk plant, baby!

Or just get a pair, because your desk can never be too cluttered (right?) 

Somebody is going to have to stop you soon if you keep putting plants everywhere (but you should keep doing it anyway).