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German astronaut is midway through his six-month stay aboard the International Space Station. Gerst has tweeted a number of stunning images of the ISS, as well as of Earth as seen from space.
The image he posted on Wednesday was by far his , and its subject was grim.
Captioned "My saddest photo yet," the image shows an aerial view of Israel and Gaza, where ongoing tensions have turned deadly in recent weeks. He adds, "From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel." The photo has been retweeted more than 27,000 times. Web viewers have also stepped in to provide context for the photo.
Redditors overlaid maps and text noting the boundaries and cities involved in the conflict. One disputed the idea that anyone could see rockets or explosions from space, much less the photo. He surmised that the lights were more likely flares used to brighten dark areas in Gaza. Regardless of whether the photo was lit up with explosions or flares, Gerst captured the conflict from a rarely seen perspective.
We've all seen a dog or two in our lives sit, shake, or roll over. They're adorable and often-difficult tricks to teach to a pup. Then we see a video like "Dancing Pit Bull," and it kind of raises the bar for amazing canine abilities.
In the video, posted to YouTube two days ago, the dog and its human, a belly dancer, perform a routine that defies belief in its intricacy, at least as far as dog dancing is concerned. Not much is known about the provenance of the pair's moves, but the video was uploaded to YouTube by Alex Zhardanovsky, no stranger to viral videos himself, and it has since exploded into quite a hit.
It now has more than 150,000 views and a huge crowd of fans. People are commenting passionately, writings things like "That's one talented dog!" and "This pit bull should have opened the World Cup."
Maymo — or, as he's known, 'Cute Dog Maymo' — is only 3 years old and has more than 45,000 subscribers on YouTube. It's quite an accomplishment, even if it makes some of you humans out there a bit jealous. Maymo's "people," as they are called on YouTube, thought they'd surprise him with a big gift for his birthday. And, boy, was it big. Like, 100-new-balls-to-play-with big.
In the viral video of the gift presentation, Maymo is first confronted with a few different balls, which seems to confuse him enough. Then a deluge of balls comes crashing in, causing the beagle to run for the hills. But that many new toys is nothing to bark at, and Maymo eventually gets on board, running through the house and playing to his overwhelmed heart's content.
If you have the land, time, parts, and river to spare, you might have new plans this weekend after watching a video showcasing Derek Salamanca's latest project.
The Petersburgh, New York, native built a water slide to the tune of 300 feet in length. The homemade slip 'n' slide features a jump, wall ride, and drop-off into a river. After devising the plan and creating the luge, Salamanca filmed a combo first-person ride/how-to video with a GoPro camera.
"First off, I only spent $65 on this," Salamanca reveals. "It took me and my friends 40 hours."
And Salamanca, who has uploaded a number of videos documenting his DIY and adventurous exploits, says he could have finished it in a day with a little more help.
As for the money figure, a combination of crafty thinking and generous people helped keep his cost low. The only supply he paid for was a 100-foot roll of plastic. From there, he found ways to obtain cardboard, palettes, and other items for free. His mom chipped in with a few rakes and shovels, along with letting him use her land. Stores that were discarding the aforementioned cardboard and palettes in the morning gave them to Salamanca.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park put a baby cheetah and a puppy together, and the scene on camera is about as adorable as you might expect.
A 6-week-old cheetah cub named Ruuxa arrived in the care of the zoo after his mother rejected him. According to the zoo's blog, Ruuxa was born alone instead of as part of a litter, which is usually three to five cubs. In lieu of his mom, the baby cheetah had to be hand-raised by keepers.
Now with the San Diego Zoo, the cub will be raised with a 7-week-old Rhodesian ridgeback puppy named Raina.
"Because the cheetah was by himself and did not have any siblings we wanted him to have a companion immediately," animal training manager Susie Ekard said in the blog post. "They definitely like to play, and when they take naps together, they often will snuggle up together for that warmth and closeness."
The pair's bond is evident in a video the zoo posted on its YouTube channel. The cub and puppy casually roll around together, sneaking in a quick kiss or sniff in the process.
The World Cup begins in two days, and since you can’t enjoy any real soccer for the time being, we have a stop-gap measure in the form of Purin the Super Beagle. Purin may not be Clint Dempsey, but she at least seems to have a basic understanding of the beautiful game. She’s got good on-field awareness, can cut to the net on a dime, and even plays a mean keeper. Purin is already a huge star in her homeland of Japan, having gotten famous with an uncanny ability to catch with her paws.
Purin’s stardom is causing YouTube commenters to gush, but also use the opportunity to score points for their own favorite squads, or against their least. One commenter burned the Portuguese National Team by writing, “still better than Ronaldo,” while another gave props to Purin by calling her the “new Messi.” Perhaps in the future host countries can run a parallel dogs-only World Pup in addition to the main event.
Fans of DOTA 2 normally tune into the live-stream of a gamer known as "Sajadene" to watch her and teammates attempt to destroy opposing players' Ancients. But on Monday, what started as a normal match stream turned scary when two men broke into Sajadene's home in Tempe, Arizona, and part of the attempted robbery was caught on camera.
Viewers of the stream, as well as teammates, were immediately concerned when yelling could be heard off camera, and Sajadene (real name Nikki Elise) left her computer. Soon after, a man holding a handgun stepped into frame, and then out again.
People on the Web knew something was wrong. They immediately posted on message boards, Reddit, and the streaming service Twitch to find someone who might know something about where the Elise lives. After about 15 minutes, the man with the gun came back into the room, took Elise's own firearms, shut off the light, and disconnected the webcam. Viewers on Twitch uploaded the video to YouTube.
When looking at incredibly detailed satellite photos of the Earth, or following turn-by-turn directions on the street, it's easy to forget how much we still don't know about our planet. The deep sea, for instance, remains mostly unexplored. With all that mystery, it shouldn't be a surprise that sometimes scary and unpleasant questions present themselves, like, "What could have possibly eaten a 9-foot great white shark?"
The story is chronicled in the upcoming Smithsonian documentary, "Hunt for the Super Predator." As part of Australia's first-ever large-scale tagging and tracking program for great whites, cinematographer Dave Riggs and a film crew found the perfect specimen. They named it "Shark Alpha" and successfully planted a tracking device on the 9-foot female. Four months later, however, the tag washed up on the beach and was found by a passer-by.
- Henry Baker at Trending Now3 mths ago
Not everyone has the ability to draw in a photorealistic style, and it requires more than just the talent you're born with. It takes years of practice and a whole lot of patience. That's why the work of Heather Rooney is so amazing and also admirable.
In a recent YouTube video, she completes a painstaking drawing of LeBron James using only colored pencils. The 5-minute, time-lapse video undoubtedly translates into many hours of work in real time. In the end, the piece is hard to distinguish from a photograph.
The video has more than 697,300 views, and commenters are impressed, save for those NBA fans who happen to hate everything that LeBron James is even loosely associated with. One adoring commenter wrote, "I'm done. Lol i think I'm gonna resign from art. There is no way I could compete with this. Amazing!"
- Henry Baker at Trending Now3 mths ago
Flash mob videos are in some way all about one thing — surprising someone, or the world at large, with just how many people care about a given person, cause, or theme. It felt like perhaps the Web had seen them all, like the art form was getting stale.
But then a video like "A Flash Mob for Amy!" comes along, and you are surprised that they can still be affecting, even deeply moving. Amy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, and after treatment and surgery, she appeared to be in the clear. But last October, Amy received the tragic news from doctors that the cancer was back and this time was not responding to chemotherapy. Her diagnosis was that the disease would be terminal.
While many people and their families would be justifiably devastated and find it difficult to enjoy life after such terrible news, Amy prefers a different path. One of her favorite phrases is (in Latin) "Dum vivimus vivamus," which means, "While we live, let us live." The spirit of this is evident in the surprise flash mob her family arranged.