Hope she's got a heifer heights! Stranded Lulu is airlifted home by cable car

The farmer warned Lulu and her pals that the path from the pasture was too steep - but it went in one ear and out the udder.

So the three silly moos had to travel by cable-car to get home again before it was time for milking.

Lulu and the others didn't cowculate how steep the pathway they ambled down near the historic German castle of Neuschwanstein in Bavaria was.

By the time they got to the bottom for some scenic cud-chewing in a juicy, virgin pasture, there was no way back up.

The path was too difficult and they were in no mood for mountaineering.

Help came in the form of the local mountain rescue who hitched the hapless heifers one by one to the local cable-car used by hikers for a free ride home.
For the mountain rescuers, it was all in day's work.

'It happens quite a lot,' said one, 'but usually we end up airlifting the cows back home via helicopter.

'It just so happened this trio ended up stuck near the cable car station so we were able to use the cable car. They were quite cool about it.'

After some fresh grass and a good milking, the cows were settled in their stall for the evening with the high-life behind them for good.

House of cards? Too easy! Here's a hotel made from plastic keys (200,000 in fact)

If you’ve ever wondered what to do with unwanted hotel key cards, then think no more.

Because, providing you”ve somehow amassed 200,000 plastic slips, the solution is simple – use them to build your own guest house.

That, at least, is what one hotel chain decided to do.

Holiday Inn’s Key Card Hotel, which opened today in New York, includes a guest bedroom, bathroom and lobby, all fully equipped with life-sized furniture all made out of, yes, well, you get the point.

The 400 sq ft, two-ton construction in Manhattan , which will be in business until September 21, was built by world record-holding 'card-stacker' Bryan Berg.

He said: ‘This is my largest card-stacking challenge to date and the only card creation I have ever made at full human scale.’

During the five day event, Mr Berg will build a freestanding 9ft replica of New York’s Empire State Building in the lobby using Holiday Inn playing cards.

It marks the relaunch of the chains 1,200 hotels around the world.

Kevin Kowalski, senior vice president of global brand management at Holiday Inn, said:

‘The Key Card Hotel is a fun and interactive way to showcase the changes happening at our hotels and is the only structure of its kind to ever be created by a hotel brand.’

Mr Berg first broke the world record for World's Tallest House of Freestanding Playing Cards in 1992 at the age of 17, with a tower 14ft 6in.

Since then, he has been commissioned to break his own record ten times.

His most recent tallest record was a 25ft 9in inch tall tower built at the African-American Museum at Dallas, Texas.

For this record, he tried a new technique involving stacking cards vertically instead of horizontally, which reduced the number of cards needed by nearly half.

In 2004, Guinness created a new record category for World's Largest House of Freestanding Playing Cards to recognize a project Mr Berg built for a replica or Cinderella’s Castle for Walt Disney World in Florida.

Longing for love, the world's tallest man... and the first to top 8ft for ten years

At 8ft 1in tall, he stands head and shoulders above the competition.

But finding love is still proving a tall order for Sultan Kosen.

Yesterday, as the 27-year-old Turk officially claimed the record of the world's tallest man, he said he hoped his new-found fame would help him find a wife.

'The first thing I want to do is have a car that I can fit in, but more than that I want to get married,' he said.

'Up until now it's been really difficult to find a girlfriend.

'I've never had one, they were usually scared of me.

‘Hopefully now I'm famous I'll be able to meet lots of girls.'

Mr Kosen's hands measure 10.8in across and his feet are 13.7in long - which are also world records.

The farmer, whose height is due to a condition called pituitary gigantism, is one of only ten people ever to top 8ft and the first in a decade.

The gentle giant grew normally until he was ten but a tumour then caused him to develop the medical condition.

When other children were little more than 4ft, he was already well over 6ft.

'The kids used to tease me and I found that very difficult,' he said.

'But now I am really proud of being tall.'

The tumour was removed last year and his growth stopped.

His visit to the UK is the first time he has travelled outside Turkey, and he will go on to visit the US and Germany.

Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday said: ‘We only know of ten confirmed or reliable cases in history of humans reaching 8ft or more.

‘Sultan's an imposing figure, but a gentle, quiet man who's totally relaxed and unfazed about his unique standing in the world.

‘It's a pleasure to welcome him into the Guinness World Records family and celebrate his mark as one of the most important record holders of this decade.’

107-year-old woman is looking for her 23rd husband (because her current, 37-year-old partner is a drug addict

A 107-year-old Malaysian woman says she is ready to marry for the 23rd time because she fears her current drug addict husband might leave her for a younger woman, it was revealed.

Wook Kundor first hit the headlines when she married a man 70 years her junior, Muhammad Noor Che Musa.

But Wook is now looking for new love. Muhammad, 37, who is undergoing voluntary drug rehabilitation treatment in the capital Kuala Lumpur, and Wook fears he will leave her once the programme ends.

'Lately, there is this kind of insecurity in me,' she said, showing a photograph of the smiling, wrinkled-faced centenarian wearing a Muslim headscarf.

'I realise that I am an aged woman. I don't have the body nor am I a young woman who can attract anyone.'

'My intention to remarry is to fill my forlornness and nothing more than that,' she said, adding that she felt lonely without her husband by her side to celebrate the coming Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr next week.

Wook said she planned to visit Muhammad on the second day of Eid if her neighbours were willing to drive her to the capital.

Muhammad, who was a lodger in Wook's house, had previously said it was 'God's will' that the couple fell in love.

Want the dream marriage? Then sleep in separate beds

The secret to a long and happy marriage could be having separate beds, an expert on sleep claims.

Not only will a couple escape arguments over duvet-hogging and fidgeting, but they will have a proper night's rest.

This will have a huge impact on both their health and the relationship as poor sleep increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and divorce, said Dr Neil Stanley.

The consultant, who set up sleep laboratories at Surrey University, said: 'Poor sleep is bad for your physical, mental and emotional health. There is no good thing about poor sleep.

'If you sleep perfectly well together, then don't change. But don't be afraid to relocate.'

If a husband or wife snores, twin beds might not be an option either, and they should sleep in separate bedrooms, he told the British Science Festival.

Dr Stanley, who follows his own advice and sleeps in a different room to his wife, said that double beds are just not conducive to a good night's sleep.

He said the tradition of the marital bed began with the industrial revolution, when people moved into cities and found themselves short of living space.

Before the Victorian era it was not uncommon for married couples to sleep apart.

He said that now the British way is to have a 4ft 6in double bed. 'A standard single bed is 2ft 6in or 3ft, that means you have nine inches less sleeping space in bed than your child does in theirs.

You then put in this person who makes noise, punches, kicks and gets up to go to the loo in the middle of the night, is it any wonder you are not getting a good night's sleep?' He added:

'Poor sleep increases the risk of depression, heart disease, stroke, respiratory failure and increases the risk of divorce and suicidal behaviour.'

A recent large- scale Japanese study concluded that seven and a half hours of sleep a night is optimal for good health.

A third of British adults regularly have fewer than five hours. Dr Stanley's advice follows studies at Surrey University on the impact of tossing and turning on sleeping partners.

When one partner moves in his or her sleep, there is a 50 per cent chance the other will also change position.

Despite this, couples are reluctant to sleep apart, with just 8 per cent of those in their 40s and 50s bedding down in different rooms.

Separate bedrooms are much more common in old age, with more than 40 per cent of those aged 70-plus sleeping apart.

This could be because long-established couples feel more secure in their relationships.

They may also find it easier to bring up the touchy topic of one moving out of the marital bed and could also be more likely to have a spare room than a younger couple.

Dr Stanley said the argument that it is comforting to sleep beside someone else holds little water.

He said: 'Sleep is the most selfish thing we can do. People say that they like the feeling of having their partner next to them when they are asleep. But you have to be awake to feel that.

'We all know what it is like to sleep in a bed with somebody and have a cuddle.

'But at one point you say, "I'm going to go to sleep now".

'Why not at that point just take yourself down the landing?

'Intimacy is important for emotional health. But good sleep is important for physical, emotional and mental health.

'Getting a good night's sleep is something we should all aspire to.'

Woman builds house using clippings from local hairdressers

With a knowledge of ancient building techniques and her own 16th century cottage, Paula Sunshine wanted to renovate her home the traditional way.

But the lack of long-haired livestock in modern Britain meant it would be difficult to recreate the lime render plaster once used by builders who added animal hair for strength and flexibility.

Instead, she turned to local hair salons which allowed her to collect the clippings from their floors.

Over the past ten years she has replaced plaster inside her home and coated a 15ft by 6ft timber-framed extension. She is now using the unusual technique to render an outside wall.

'It might sound weird but human hair does a fantastic job,' said Miss Sunshine, 45, who teaches historic home renovation techniques.

'It is just as good as animal hair. In some respects it is better because it adds real strength and texture to the plaster. It also has great insulating properties.

'There is no problem getting hold of it because salons are more than happy to give it away.

'It is a brilliant product that they would otherwise just sweep up and throw away. If it were not for me collecting hair, it would end up on a landfill site.'

She added: 'A lot of builders giggle and think I am crazy when I tell them that human hair works just as well as animal hair.

'Some say it is not thick enough but I just put more hair in and it works brilliantly. Professional plasterers who have seen my work have complimented me on it.'

The practice of putting hair in plaster began hundreds of years ago when Tudor craftsmen favoured clippings from long-haired cattle.

Builders using the traditional technique today to renovate historic buildings tend to use hair from yaks or goats.

Miss Sunshine's series of projects have been carried out on the four-bedroom farmhouse in Lawshall, near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, she shares with husband Barry Harber, 60, a PR consultant for a construction firm.

She said her lime render plaster mix - comprised of one part of lime putty to three parts of crushed chalk and as much hair as she can cram in - was best for historic buildings as it was flexibile and does not crack if the timber frame moves.

First she used the plaster to replace in-fill panels inside the house which were covered with modern gypsum plaster.

She then made a traditional wattle and daub mix from clay and straw to build around the timber frame of a porch extension and used several dustbins of human hair to plaster over the outside and finish the interior walls.

Miss Sunshine, who has written two books on house restoration, added: 'The extension was finished two years ago and it still has not got a single crack in the plasterwork.

'My current project is replacing the modern cement render on the north side of the house.

'I will be using a couple of rubbish bins full of hair which is probably only a couple of weeks' worth of clippings from a salon.

'The hair is supposed to be cut into lengths of about two inches but I find that longer hair is just as good.

'I have only ever used women's hair because men have their cut shorter so the bits of hair that are swept up are too short.

'I also always go to female hair salons because women usually have their hair washed before a cut which means it is very clean.

'People think the hair is going to smell awful but the opposite is the case. I have to say, my bin full of hair smells divine with all the products used.'

The walls of her home probably contain some of her own hair as she collects supplies from the local salon she uses.

She has also thrown in hair moulted by her cat, miniature daschund and black labrador.

Viv Cawston, owner of VMC Salon in Bury St Edmunds, said she was impressed someone had come up with a use for leftover hair.

''It's great that it's used, otherwise it just gets thrown away,' she added.

'I have never had anyone else asking to use it and I think Paula is very clever to come up with the idea.'

Tattoos for tots: New child-friendly transfers could help kids stay safe

Losing sight of a wandering child on a packed summer beach or at a crowded football match is every parent's worst nightmare.

But now, the frantic search for a distraught child could be a thing of the past - simply brand your child with a temporary tattoo.

The temporary transfer tattoos can be stuck on children of any age, with just the necessary contact details to reunite them with mum and dad.

They come with a customised message containing a mobile phone number and the message "I'm lost." Now, instead of waiting for an embarrassing tannoy call or expensive search-and-rescue mission, tots will be able to show the tattoo to their rescuers.

The sticky transfers, known at "tottoos," were the brainchild of mum-of-five Virginia Lu, who came up with the idea after finding a lost child on a family day out.

When the little girl couldn't remember her mother's name or number, tearfully calling out for "Mum," Mrs Lu decided to take matters into her own hands.

She said: "With five kids of our own, we're always concerned about them getting lost or hurt when we're visiting places like amusement parks and museums.

"We had tried other things like bright T-shirts and shoe tags, but it wasn't until our chance encounter with the little girl at the football stadium that we came up with the temporary tattoo idea.

"We were at a very crowded football game and came across a crying girl standing by herself.

"She didn't know her mother's name or anything that could help us help her find her mum. We were feeling helpless, just as she did.

"My husband got a hold of the stadium security, and after what seemed like the longest 25 minutes of our lives, were we able to locate an equally hysterical woman searching around the concourse.

"One of the first things I noticed was her mobile phone was on a hip holder.

"I was thinking the whole time how worried the girl's mother must have been and wished I could have just called her to let her know where her child was, and that she was safe.

"I also thought that this sort of thing must happen all the time and it could easily have been me.

"Even what we teach the children, their home phone number, really isn't helpful when they're with their parents and get separated.

"And I was alarmed that if a lost child was very young, anyone at all could walk up and pretend to be the parent.

"That's when it occurred to me that temporary tattoos with the parent's cell phone number would be a great solution.

"It's just enough information to contact the parent, without revealing too much or putting pressure on the child to produce that information." The family-run business is based in America but can send tattoos worldwide printed in any language.

Any message can be included on the tattoos, which are also used to highlight life-threatening medical conditions.

The tattoos, which cost 18 pounds for a pack of 15, are temporary and can be washed off with soap and water.

Don't look down: French 'Spider-Man' on top the 1,482ft Petronas Twin Towers... but he could end up in a Malaysian jail

Perhaps it was a protest against yesterday's announcement that the Disney corporation had bought the rights to his image.

Or maybe it was just another heart-stopping stunt by renowned free climber Alain 'Spider-Man' Robert, who today scaled Malaysia's iconic 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers - that's 1,482ft without any ropes.

The New Straits Times reports that Robert sneaked past security before dawn on Tuesday and climbed to the top of Tower 2 of the landmark Kuala Lumpur building.

The building was the tallest in the world until 2004 - and this was Alain's second attempt, after he was arrested 60m up in 2007.

City deputy police chief Abdul Samah Mat said he has been informed about the feat but that he could not provide more details.

Robert was arrested once he reached the top, just like he was on a previous attempt in 2007 after reaching the tower's 60th floor.

The 47-year-old has climbed more than 80 skyscrapers worldwide, including the Empire State Building, the Sears Tower and Taipei 101.

He is also no stranger to Australia, having previously scaled the Sydney Opera House.

At 5ft 5in, he is short and light, which helps with his climbing. He also sometimes uses a bag of chalk powder to absorb sweat.

He suffered two serious accidents in 1982 - including a head-first 15 metre fall which left him in a coma for five days and with multiple fractures.

The married father-of-three rarely has permission from the authorities to attempt his dangerous exploits, so he has been arrested many times at the end of his climb.

Yesterday, Disney announced it had bought the rights to all Marvel Comic characters, for $4billion.

The move will bring characters such as Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man into the family of Mickey Mouse and 'Toy Story.'