Blog Posts by Eric Pfeiffer

  • Watch corgis live 24/7 with the CorgiCam (VIDEO)

    If you can't get enough adorable corgi dogs in your life, we may have a solution for you: The 24/7 CorgiCam, which was launched today by The Pet Collective.

    A livestream showcases the moment-to-moment happenings of a newborn litter of four baby corgis and their mother, Brinkley.

    The baby corgis were born just two weeks ago, and with their doting mother, they will be under professional supervision at all times at a corgi specialist facility in Southern California.

    And who knows, one of this happy new breed may just prove to be the next "Corgi Rae."

    "Now, whenever they need a corgi fix, they can turn to The Pet Collective and share in the lives of these puppies, every minute of the day," said Ryan Kemp, producer of CorgiCam.

    And on the off-chance that you tire of watching this family of corgis growing together, The Pet Collective does offer a different, original set of programming 7-days-a-week showcasing the antics of other adorable animals.

    Brinkley and her litter of four baby corgis (The Pet Collective)

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  • Chinese military uses flamethrower to combat wasp nest (VIDEO)

    Most people have heard some variation of the saying "never bring a knife to a gunfight." But the Chinese government seems to have taken that to a heated extreme. This video shows three soldiers using a powerful flamethrower to douse a tree reportedly filled with wasps:

    Apparently, the wasps had already killed one man in the small village of Jiangjin Tsz Wan Yuen Tsuen and had stung dozens of others before the military was called in. As the KTLA anchor asks near the end of the video, "What would they have done if there was like, I don't know, bears in the neighborhood?"

    You can watch an extended video of the sequence from this Chinese TV station, which shows the giant wasp nest in greater detail and includes some interviews with locals and military officials reacting to the incident:

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  • John Goodman weighs in on Chick-fil-A controversy—as Colonel Sanders (VIDEO)

    Today is Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, which some customers have organized to support the fast-food chain, whose chief executive publicly stated opposition to same-sex marriage.

    In this new video from Funny Or Die, actor John Goodman portrays KFC founder Colonel Sanders as he weighs in on the controversy. Warning: the video does contain some mildly not-safe-for-work language.

    "When it comes to the subjugation of marriage rights, I reckon I'm a bit more progressive than my pals down at Chick-fil-A," Goodman says, wearing a wig and white suit. "Yup, let it be known that Colonel Sanders loves the gays. Hell, I might even be gay."

    The video is shot in a grainy contrast, mirroring some of KFC's famous commercials from several decades ago, featuring the company's founder.

    "I know what you're thinking as you're snuggling up there with your bear, 'How do I know you're not just gibberin' this jab to win more of my gay business? Well, you

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  • Imprisoned Dutch tourist becomes North Korean elections columnist for a day

    The column on North Korean elections attributed to van der Bijl

    North Korean officials imprisoned Willem van der Bijl during a recent visit to the communist state. So it might be a little surprising that the Dutch stamp collector became a columnist for a state-run publication, endorsing the country's elections system.

    The thing is, it was just as much of a surprise to van der Bijl, who did not actually write or endorse the column.

    In an interview with NK News, he explains that while visiting North Korea, he and a friend were suddenly arrested by 15 state agents after viewing a North Korean elections polling station.

    "They jumped out of the vans and one guy—I later found out he was a major secret police officer—yelled at me in Korean," van der Bijl tells the paper. "I was arrested for espionage and wrongdoings against the state. Next to him was a guy who translated the yelling into English."

    After being imprisoned and fed boiled rice for days, he was finally released back to his country. But later on, he heard about the fabricated elections

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  • World’s largest cupcake mosaic unveiled in Singapore

    The 20,000-cupcake mosaic on display (asiaonline.com)

    Singapore celebrated its 47th birthday in style with a mosaic of 20,000 cupcakes designed to look like a pair of hands in a heart shape around the city-state's flag.

    The overwhelming display of frosted cakes broke the previous Guinness Book of World Records mark for cupcake mosaics by a long shot. The previous record was a mere 5,900 cupcakes arranged for display in the U.S. in 2009.

    The record-breaking display was put together by approximately 1,200 youth volunteers at the Singapore Expo and required 16 decks of ovens and more than 18 hours of baking. The giant cupcake arrangement measured 52 x 26 feet and took 1,320 pounds of cupcake mix, 770 pounds of eggs and 660 pounds of vegetable oil to produce.

    And lest you think this was an over-the-top nationalistic indulgence, rest assured that all 20,000 cupcakes have been auctioned off to benefit local charities in Singapore.

    However, this is not the only record-setting cupcake acknowledged by Guinness. The world's largest single cupcake

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  • Rare mountain tornado photographed at 12,000 feet (VIDEO)

    A tornado was caught on film at the crest of Colorado's Mount Evans on Saturday. The twister was discovered at 11,900 feet, making it the second highest ever recorded by the National Weather Service.

    "It's not unprecedented to have tornadoes in the mountains. But they are rare," National Weather Service meteorologist David Barjenbruch told the Denver Post.

    An up close photograph of the tornado was captured by Josh Deere, who posted the picture to his Facebook page, writing, "Only a guy from Oklahoma could drive up to 12,000 feet and find this."

    Barjenbruch says the tornado was at such a high elevation that it was above the tree line and did not actually cause any measurable damage. However, it did reportedly come as a shock to some drivers who were above the tornado and had the opportunity to look down on it.

    The highest U.S. tornado on record was spotted in 2004 at California's Sequoia National Park. It just barely edges out the Colorado twister, breaking the 12,000-foot barrier.

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  • ‘Zombies’ show up to counter Westboro Baptist Church protestors

    Hundreds of protestors dressed as zombies turned out to support the troops (KIRO-TV.com)After reading this story, you may begin to see zombies in a whole new light. While they get a lot of criticism for their love of human flesh, it turns out that some zombies also go out of their way to support the troops.

    The Westboro Baptist Church had recently announced that it would be holding one of its protests outside the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in DuPont, Washington. But last Friday, the controversial group was met with a far larger group of counterprotestersdressed as zombies.

    The controversial, Kansas-based church did not explain exactly why it was protesting in DuPont, but it has  held a number of similar protests outside of military funerals in objection to gay rights.

    That's when Melissa Neace and three of her friends organized the Facebook event "Zombie'ing Westboro Baptist Church AWAY from Fort Lewis!"

    "I have decided that the most violent free way to protest back is simple... a zombie apocalypse. So I ask EVERYONE who is able to attend that day, please come dressed in

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  • Air Force officer creates database of every U.S. bomb dropped since World War I

    A U.S. Air Force plane drops munitions. (Department of Defense/AP)Lieutenant Colonel Jenns Robertson, 45, has spent the past six years working on one of the most unusual historical projects in modern times: compiling a database of every bomb dropped by U.S. forces dating back to World War I.

    "It has proven useful in the real world, in real time," Robertson told the Boston Globe. "You can pick any place you want and look at it in detail."

    The project is called THOR: Theater History of Operations Reports and allows people to use their computers to literally point and click to nearly any location on the globe and receive a near-instantaneous assessment of when and where U.S. bombs were dropped over the past century.

    Beyond the fascinating historical implications, Robertson's bomb project is being used by the U.S. and other countries to save lives. In places like German, Vietnam and Iraq, the database is being examined to identify locations where there may still be unexploded ordinance.

    Working from Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Robertson has been

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  • Returning military Dad throws surprise ‘Star Wars’ party for son (VIDEO)

    Rob Kiebler, center, and friends get ready to surprise his son, Danny. (YouTube)

    U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Kiebler had been in Afghanistan for 14 months, serving a tour of duty and performing training exercises. The Portland, Oregon, native was not scheduled to come home to visit his wife and young son, Danny, until the end of the summer.

    But Kiebler was able to schedule an early return and decided to make the surprise for his son a little more special by arranging for his "two favorite forces to coexist for one special event."

    Like many kids his age, Danny's favorite thing in the world is Star Wars. So Kiebler arranged for some friends to dress in costume as characters from the two film trilogies, including Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, an Imperial officer and a pair of stormtroopers.

    And thus begins what Kiebler calls, "Episode VII: A Big Surprise"

    While Danny is celebrating his birthday at a local Portland restaurant, the Star Wars entourage enters. The Imperial officer informs Danny that, "We have a new Jedi that wants to introduce himself to you. Would

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  • Washington, DC, tops list of cities where people curse at work

    The late comedian George Carlin famously listed the seven dirty words you can't say on TV. (AP)A new survey finds that employees who swear frequently on the job are less likely to get a promotion. And the worst offenders are workers in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

    The CareerBuilder study found some interesting and often conflicting results in their survey of 2,298 hiring managers and 3,892 nongovernment employees.

    For example, 81 percent of respondents said cursing in the workplace brings an employee's professionalism into question. And 64 percent of employees said they'd think less of a co-worker who swears regularly while on the job. In addition, 57 percent of managers said they're less likely to promote someone who swears. Majorities also said that swearing makes a co-worker appear less in control (71 percent), less mature (68 percent) and even less intelligent (54 percent)

    Nonetheless, 51 percent of the same respondents admitted to swearing in the office, with a full 95 percent of those who curse saying they do so in front of their co-workers. The same 51 percent

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