Posts by Henry Baker

  • Pilot Steers Hot Air Balloon Through Giant Underground Cave

    Henry Baker at Odd News 2 mths ago

    Rather than vault into the air, Trifonov took his balloon, complete with custom-made seat, into the depths of a cave. 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. 

    But even if it isn't confirmed, Trifonov already has four world records to his name, including having been the first to balloon over both of the Earth's poles, the Mediterranean Sea, Jerusalem, the Great Wall of China, and the Kremlin. What's more, Trifonov accomplished his balloon-spelunking mission at the age of 70. 

    It's just proof that age doesn't have to slow you down, even if you are traveling slowly down.

  • Couple Scale 2,300-Foot Peak to Say ‘I Do’

    Henry Baker at Odd News 2 mths 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 the day 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." 

    Let's hope the newlyweds keep taking their love to new heights.

  • Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader Call Out Interviewer for Not Seeing, Knowing Anything About Their Movie

    Henry Baker at Trending Now 2 mths ago

    Thesegment , 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.

    One person wrote in the comments, "They all handled it well. Totally hilarious. Wish all interviews were this entertaining." With all the buzz this clip has generated, perhaps Parente will make a habit of not researching in the future.

  • Vigilante on Motorcycle Throws Trash Back in Litterbugs' Face

    Henry Baker at Trending Now 3 mths ago

    In a video shot using her helmet cam , 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.

    One person wrote, "totally justified," while another said, "kinda does look fake." Still, one commenter wrote, "Looks like it's been staged, but it's real fun to watch :-)." Regardless, it kind of makes you think twice about throwing garbage onto the street — it might wind up coming back to you.

  • Tiny Hamster Takes On Kobayashi in 'Hot Dog' Eating Contest

    Henry Baker at Odd News 3 mths ago

    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.

    In the end, it's the hamster who takes the tiny first-place ribbon. Kobayashi must bow down to the new champion of feasting feats, but there's always next time.

  • Bear Takes Dip in Family's Pool

    Henry Baker at Odd News 3 mths ago

    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. A bear arrived 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.

  • What's Up, Dog? Dachshund Takes Part in Skydive From 13,000 Feet

    Henry Baker at Odd News 3 mths ago

    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.

    For those who might be concerned about whether falling out of the sky is the best activity for a dog, the dive went off without a hitch, and Nathan says that Riley had a blast. He told the Daily Mail , "Riley is very calm and very trusting when he's with me, and everybody got a kick out of it," adding, "It really was great fun, and the footage of Riley looking around once I'd opened the chute is awesome. It's been one of the best decisions of my life to get involved in skydiving, and I'm looking forward to more jumps with Riley." Riley really is what's up, dog.

  • Astronaut Tweets 'Saddest Photo' Orbiting Above Mideast Conflict

    Henry Baker at Trending Now 5 mths ago

    The image he posted on Wednesday was by far his most retweeted photo , 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.

  • This Pit Bull's Dance Moves Put Some Humans to Shame

    Henry Baker at Trending Now 5 mths ago

    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."

    Dog dancing, or "Canine Freestyle," is actually an organized activity in some parts of the world, so if you think your dog could have moves like this, you might look into it.

    If you'd like to share any pet tricks of your own, smart or stupid, share them with us on Facebook, or Twitter.

  • Beagle Gets 100-Ball Birthday Present

    Henry Baker at Trending Now 5 mths ago

    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.

    At the end of the video, we see just how tuckered out Maymo is. It's clearly bedtime for Maymo. In only a few days, the video has tallied nearly a million views, ensuring a steady stream of more subscribers to view the dog's antics. Commenters on YouTube put themselves in Maymo's mindset, writing things like "too much of the good stuff," and one commented that "now the poor dog's birthday expectations will be too high next year."

    Who knows, maybe Maymo's people have a 1,000-ball or 10,000-ball trick planned.

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