Newsreader suffers uncontrollable giggles during report on man who lived as a goat

Thomas Thwaites lived for three days as a goat in Switzerland. Photo / Twitter / Seedyebb
Thomas Thwaites lived for three days as a goat in Switzerland. Photo / Twitter / Seedyebb

News anchors are, by-and-large, sturdy and unflappable types, imparting the day's events to their viewers with all the gravitas that task demands.

It's therefore intensely gratifying when a newsreader loses her cool and surrenders to a giggling fit on live TV, as CTV Winnipeg News Anchor Maralee Caruso did over the weekend.

Ms Caruso was presenting an item on Thomas Thwaites, the British designer who was awarded an Ig Noble Prize over the weekend for a project that saw him spending three days living as a mountain goat - sporting prosthetic appendages while co-habiting with a herd of the animals in Switzerland.

As the clip shows, Ms Caruso had just started narrating a clip of Mr Thwaites on a mountain with the goats when her voice started to crack.

As the clip continues, her voice gets higher and more strained - until, by the end of the spot, she's in tears of laughter.

The Ig Nobel awards, now in their 26th year, exist to celebrate achievements that "make people laugh, and then think." Organised by the magazine Annals of Improbable Research, the prizes are intended to "celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative - and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology."

Mr Thwaites was jointly awarded the prize the Biology category alongside fellow Brit Charles Foster, who also lived in the wild and took on the perspective of a badger, an otter, a fox, a red deer and a swift for his work, Being A Beast.

Thwaites, who attended the ceremony in his prosthetic limbs, described the award as a "huge honour", adding: "I got tired of all the worry and the pain of being a human and so I decided I would take a holiday from it all and become a goat."

- Daily Telegraph UK

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