Posts by Henry Baker
- Henry Baker at Odd News24 days ago
Hot-air balloons are known for floating gracefully into the wild blue yonder and giving passengers a spectacular view of the horizon unfolding beneath them. This picturesque tradition is what makes Austrian Ivan Trifonov's balloon exploit such a head scratcher.
Rather than vault into the air, Trifonov took his balloon, complete with custom-made seat, into the . In a feat of aerial precision, Trifonov slowly descended into the Mamet Cave in Croatia, which is 675 feet deep. Video of the event, filmed on Sept. 18, was taken from all angles and looks stunning if claustrophobia-inducing.
The trip is being reviewed by Guinness World Records to verify that it is a new record (Trifonov figures it is). Of course, the boundaries of this cave are very difficult to maneuver for just about any pilot, so if verified, this world record will probably stand for quite a while.
- Henry Baker at Odd News25 days ago
Some would say that a wedding day is the peak of happiness in a relationship, but very few can use that word literally. Jamie and David Lamb are two people who can, having climbed 2,300 feet up a rock face to say, "I do." The two climbed the Stawamus Chief, a summit in British Columbia near the city of Squamish. The couple had seen a video their friends had made of a mock mountain-climbing wedding and decided to do the real thing.
The bride, Jamie, said of that she had never wanted a traditional wedding, adding, "What we really wanted was to enjoy a day without all of the other drama that comes with weddings."
They may have missed out on the kind of drama that didn't involve hanging thousands of feet in the air by ropes, but the day still cost a pretty penny (as most weddings do). The roughly $11,000 price tag included a wedding dress made for climbing. After an exciting climb to the top, the two exchanged vows and popped the cork on a bottle of champagne. Photos and video of the event are romantic, if not vertigo-inducing.
Let's hope the newlyweds keep taking their love to new heights.
- Henry Baker at Trending Now25 days ago
For reporters who interview actors about upcoming movies in which they're appearing, it always helps to see the film in question. Failing that, you can always do some quick online research. Those steps would have saved KWGN Denver's Chris Parente the embarrassment he experienced while interviewing the stars of "The Skeleton Twins," Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig.
The , like many entertainment interviews, began easily enough, with the actors describing the plot of the film. Then, the interview took a turn for the awkward when Parente asked Wiig if she had any advice for actors about appearing in nude scenes. The problem with the question? Wiig doesn't appear nude in "The Skeleton Twins."
Luckily for viewers, and for Parente himself, seasoned comedians Hader and Wiig made light of the errant question by talking about other scenarios that the film doesn't contain, like how Hader actually appears naked and upside down throughout the film and how the movie takes place on Mars.
The clip, which has become a viral hit, has more than 861,000 views on YouTube, with some fans even forgiving Parente's lapse in research.
- Henry Baker at Trending Now1 mth ago
Litter is an eyesore that most people would rather live without. It's especially galling to see someone in broad daylight toss a piece of trash on the ground. Apparently, this occurrence happens often enough in Russia that one GoPro-toting citizen decided to become a vigilante, of sorts.
In a video shot using her , a woman on a motorcycle rides around city streets sticking it to litterbugs — literally. She spots one person throwing a bit of trash out a car window. The woman picks up the trash, swiftly catches up with the person, and delivers the item back, which is usually greeted with fury from the driver. The video is called, naturally, "Elusive Girl on a Motorcycle Against Debris."
Some of the recipients of her ire fare better than others. While one person is covered in mostly solid garbage, another gets a lapful of liquid, after which he indicates his displeasure. Commenters have expressed varied reactions, from being outraged to loving her actions, and some have called the video staged.
Takeru Kobayashi has destroyed heaping amounts of food and numerous challengers over the years as a competitive eater. He once ate 110 hot dogs in 10 minutes. He smashed a world record when he ate 97 hamburgers in 94 seconds. The burgers were slider-sized, but still, it's impressive. Even though it has been a few years since he in competitive eating's largest event, Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest, he's still getting his name out there in the gustatory world. His newest challenger is the hungriest — — yet.
Tiny Hamster is the star of a few insanely viral videos, in which he has been seen first eating tiny burritos then transitioning to birthday cake. Though he may be small, this rodent is no slouch when it comes to wolfing down minifoods. In a YouTube video uploaded on Tuesday, Kobayashi and the Hamster go belly-to-belly eating "hot dogs," or in the hamster's case, a mixture of apple, grape, and carrot cut into tiny pieces, and stuffed into bread. Each competitor in the video holds his own.
Who doesn't love a good dip in the dead of summer? Well, for one family, that love of poolside fun extends to ursine visitors as well. at a family's home in Sierra Madre, California, and proceeded to enjoy the cool relaxation of the outdoor pool for 15 minutes before wandering off.
One of the house's owners, Thomas See, caught the visit on tape. It's hard to blame the bear — weekend temperatures in the area were in the triple digits. See mentioned that bears had been seen in the area scrounging for trash but that one had not visited his pool before.
The video is already the stuff of viral gold, with a ton of fans. Viewers feel for the bear, citing the "unBEARable" (sorry) heat. The population of black bears in California is about 25,000 to 30,000, though most of them live north and east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Luckily, they rarely attack, with the last recorded interaction being with a hiker who was injured in 2003.
Of course, this isn't the only news we have of bears interacting with humans. Over in Jellystone Park, and its young companion stealing picnic baskets have picked up this summer.
While most dogs are content to cover, at most, a couple thousand feet on a walk, Riley the dachshund is gaining international fame for traversing 13,000 — vertically. Riley's owner, Nathan Batiste, is a photographer from San Francisco, Calif., who has some experience with skydiving. He has more than 400 jumps under his belt, but he had always wanted to bring the dachshund he and his girlfriend adopted in 2009 along for one of them.
The two frequently brought Riley to the drop zone for walks, and he became fast friends with many of the frequent skydivers. Recently, Nathan made Riley's first jump a reality. He had a friend craft a special harness and "doggles" for the 4-year-old dachshund, and all that was left was to take to the sky.
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.