Proof, if it were needed, that you should never work with children or animals - or on live TV news.

Yes, if you need to indulge in a little end-of-year schadenfreude we can do no better than recommend this marvellous 15-minute compilation of bloopers, accidents and general all-round gaffes that befell news reporters around the world in 2013.

(Via Blame It On The Voices)

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  • Tesco horses around

    Retail giant <a href="" target="_blank">Tesco had a terrible January as it had to pull its Everyday Value burgers off shelves after food investigators found horsemeat made up nearly a third of them.</a> Pity the social media team didn't get the message as they let a pre-scheduled tweet go out with a decidedly equine 'hit the hay'.

  • HMV's "X Factor Firing"

    Entertainment chain HMV went through some choppy waters as it struggled to stay afloat - with a raft of job cuts earlier this year. However, the <a href="" target="_blank">staff fought back and livetweeted the "#HMVXFactorfiring".</a> Senior managers appeared to be struggling to shut the feed down, with tweets being deleted within minutes, but the perpetrator continuing to post. "We're tweeting live from HR where we're all being fired! Exciting!!" the first one read.

  • George Osborne joins Twitter, gets mocked

    George Osborne took the opportunity of delivering his 2013 Budget to sign up to Twitter. However, <a href="" target="_blank">as has become the trend with the coalition</a>, his<a href="" target="_blank"> first tweet</a> was met with a stunningly uncomfortable response. "Just wondering do you fold your own towels??"

  • No internet? Deal with it!

    Microsoft staffer Adam Orth was forced to resign after sarcastically telling a friend on Twitter wanting to use Xbox live while living in an area with poor internet to "deal with it".

  • Amy's Baking Company's Meltdown

    Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, owners of Amy's Baking Company, were clearly rattled after a bruising appearance on Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" show. So much so that the owners took to posting mad <a href="" target="_blank">ALL CAPS comments online defending themselves.</a>

  • Walmart doesn't get Facebook

    "What the f**k* was Facebook thinking?" asked Walmart in June on its Facebook, <a href="" target="_blank">in a question that lasted for a short time as it received over 30 million likes</a> - until it was finally taken down.

  • Get the right IDS

    In July, David Cameron unwittingly plugged a coalition parody account of his welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith. <a href="" target="_blank">Copying in the @IDS_MP account, Cameron tweeted in support of the welfare reforms Duncan Smith has been driving through.</a> However, the real IDS is not on Twitter and a cursory glance at IDS_MP would have found that his tweets weren't too party line - saying things like: "I've always supported a Mansion Tax. Your Tax buys my Mansion. Chin chin!"

  • Domino's Pizza gets insecure

    Domino'z Pizza was roundly mocked in August after seeming to react to a Facebook compliment that it was the "best pizza ever" and to "keep up the good work" with a grovelling apology. Domino's later tried to laugh off its gaffe saying "we meant we were sorry it took Jeaneth so long it took to enjoy the best pizza ever" but later admitted it was human error.

  • Marriot's 9/11 muffins

    San Diego Marriott Mission Valley hotel thought the ideal way to mark the 9/11 terror attacks would be to offer guests free mini muffins and coffee for thirty minutes. The "WTF?" responses it got online are unsurprising, to say the last...

  • British Gas' #fail again and again

    Fresh from announcing a 9.2% energy price rise,<a href="" target="_blank"> the energy giant's customer service director Bert Piljs</a> suffered a tough time on Twitter in a "#AskBG" Q&A session. Stumbling from one #fail to the next, a sponsored post on Facebook received over 20,000 mostly negative comments filled with terms describing British Gas as "shysters" and "thieves".

  • JP Morgan's "bad idea"

    Bank giant JP Morgan Chase thought it'd be a good idea to hold a Twitter question and answer session. Hours of ridicule later, the bank chose to cancel its Q&A rather than try to answer questions like: "What's your favourite type of whale?"

  • Justine Sacco shows what not to say

    <a href="" target="_blank">American PR exec Justine Sacco</a> showed how not to tweet about Africa just before travelling over there "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!" she wrote. The now-deleted tweet, posted from the account of Justine Sacco, went viral and was branded "outrageous" by her employer and she later had to resign after the outrage. Sacco was the corporate communications director for IAC, which owns popular websites OkCupid,, CollegeHumor, The Daily Beast and Vimeo.