Celebrating Christmas with a bang: Americans pose happily by the tree with guns they were given as gifts despite wake of deadly shootingsNumerous Americans take to social networking sites to display the guns they received as Christmas presents The AR-15 was used in Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora Colorado, shootings as well as the deadly Christmas Eve ambush on Webster, New York, firefighters | UPDATED: 15:09 GMT, 26 December 2012 Santa Claus came to town – and he was packing heat – as numerous Americans were seen on social networks posing in front of their Christmas trees with the same assault rifle used by the gunmen in three recent bloody killings. Grinning from ear-to-ear, those who received AR-15 assault rifles took to sites like Twitter and Instagram, posting photos of themselves with their brand new toys. One Twitter user posted: 'I got just what I wanted.
Snowman and the Snowdog melts hearts of six million: Animation draws one of Channel 4's biggest audiences of the year (but it's still beaten by Coronation Street and Merlin) Sequel to Christmas classic The Snowman was big winner for Channel 4New animation got peak of 5.8m viewers and an average audience of 4.9mOriginal version of Raymond Briggs's story also performed well this year | UPDATED: 22:34 GMT, 25 December 2012 In an age of computer wizardry and high-tech animation, one might have expected its simple hand-drawn style to leave a modern audience slightly nonplussed. But the sequel to Christmas classic The Snowman has become one of Channel 4’s highest-rated programmes of the year
Anyone for Heinz Stitchup or Tabasew Sauce Artist creates woollen versions of classic dishes and treats | UPDATED: 03:29 GMT, 21 December 2012 Ever fancied some Hotdogs in Wool with a bit of Tomato Stitchup and a dash of Tabasew Sauce Some of the world’s most famous food brands have been given the woollen treatment by a British artist with a penchant for crocheting. Kate Jenkins, 41, spends hours turning balls of wool into well-known brands and packages, including Heinz ketchup, Campbell's tomato soup, Coca-Cola, and Starbucks. Cola knits: The artists spends hours with her crochet hook and wool to re-create iconic food and drinks brands such as Coca Cola Ms Jenkins, from Brighton, East Sussex, incorporates wordplays into most of her works, turning your average tins and tubs into 'Crochet Cola', 'Tomato Stitchup', and 'Woolin' Donuts', works which sell for over 600 each.
It's catman! Hilarious snap of cat that looks just like the caped crusaderCat looks just like Batman, the superhero protector of Gotham CityCute image is wildly popular internet meme | UPDATED: 16:11 GMT, 3 December 2012 A new dark knight detective has been prowling the rooftops and alleyways of Gotham City: Catman! Reddit user Hamsternose has posted a picture of a cat which bears a striking resemblance to Batman, the wildly popular superhero immortalised in film, video games, animation, TV, a stage show and, of course, comics, The cute, yet mildly intimidating, image took the internet by storm and at one point was even trending on Twitter. Scourge of criminals (and mice) everywhere: The unnamed cat bears an uncanny resemblance to the Dark Knight Detective Users of social media sites posted comments like 'now we know what happened to Robin' and 'can we somehow breed more' However, Bruce Wayne's feline alter ego hasn't quite won over everyone who has seen it
It's a long way from Call of Duty! How the multi-billion pound video games industry began 40 years ago with table tennis in black and white Classic video game was the first release by Atari in 1972They were later sued after another company claimed it stole their idea | UPDATED: 00:07 GMT, 27 November 2012 Now here's an anniversary to make you feel old. Pong is 40 this week. The classic video game, one of the first to reach mainstream popularity, was officially released on November 29, 1972 – 40 years ago this Thursday.