We're big fans of Hardy Bucks around these parts, but moreso, we're big fans of its best character Francis Higgins, aka The Viper, and his irreverent take on life.

That includes his regular 'World News' round-ups, where he takes a look at the big stories that have happened around the globe in recent months.

His January round-up includes old Italian men jumping into rivers, the craic with missiles in North Korea and Monica Lewinsky's TED talk.

Watch it below, and prepare to chuckle:


By the way, if you haven't seen The Viper's commentary on this 2012 Olympics boat race, rectify that immediately: