Posts by Henry Baker
- Trending Now20 days ago
Since its invention, language has gradually moved from being primarily a spoken medium to a text-based one, as in the words you're reading now. Communication by text has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, as people forego phone calls to text or instant-message. But, as Ben Crair notes in a recent article in the New Republic, a new phenomenon in how we communicate has been born: Punctuation that was once completely neutral is now seen as having inherent emotion. Take the period (like the one at the end of this sentence). It was one of the first punctuation marks, and its purpose was to note a definitive pause, as it was first used to mimic speech.
- Trending Now21 days ago
Some people can go beyond chucking bottles and cans into a blue bin, and really take recycling to the next level. Either because of lack of materials, money, a desire to create something new, or stubborn ingenuity, the creative forge on creating things we would have never imagined. Model hobbyist Wesley Pereira de Souza is one of them. In a recent video, de Souza is seen operating a scale model excavator, which seems totally normal, until you realize how it is operated. Using old syringes (don't try this at home!), tubes, and wood scraps, the excavator's movements mimic almost perfectly the hydraulic movements of a large-scale, diesel-powered backhoe. The video is partly titled, "Lack of resources is no problem..." and this kid really proves it. Now, we just need to find him some kind Smurfs-size village to use it on. If you'd like to see more innovative videos like this one, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
- Trending Now21 days ago
Xena, the "Warrior Dog," is a Staffordshire terrier mix who was rescued from the brink of death by veterinarians and a loving family. Jonny Hickey, part of that family, is an autistic 8-year-old boy who had problems coming out of his shell. The way the two have helped each other is nothing short of remarkable. Xena was taken to the Dekalb Animal Services Shelter in March of this year at just four pounds, deeply malnourished. Veterinarians were able to bring her slowly back to health, and she was shortly thereafter adopted by the Hickey family.
Jonny's mother, Linda Hickey, says that immediately, Jonny and Xena were pals. She says that Jonny went from being "painfully shy" to being an "outgoing chatterbox." She added, "These two were destined to be together, to save each other at a level that humans just can't understand."
- Trending Now22 days ago
We love a good animal rescue story, but this one today is dog gone amazing. Tourists visiting the world’s largest man made hole in Kimberley South Africa spotted a dog swimming at the bottom, 700 feet below the ground!
The pooch, nicknamed ‘Underdog’ survived 8 days at the bottom of ‘The Big Hole’ which was used as a diamond mine up until 1914. During days of rescue attempts, she was kept alive by Good Samaritans who dropped food down into the hole.
On day eight and after five hours of work, she was brought to the top by the fire department and search and rescue teams. It took so long to rescue underdog because ropes were not long enough to reach her, and at first attempt, she got scared and jumped into the water. After reaching the top of the mine, underdog was taken to an animal shelter. And we are happy to report, hundreds of applicants have requested to adopt the adventurous canine. The shelter said they will go through all applicants in order to find Underdog the best home possible.
- Henry Baker at Trending Now23 days ago
We all know that the high-altitude peaks and valleys of Colorado become a winter wonderland this time of year. But along with that snowcapped majesty comes a lot of complaints. However, news anchor Kyle Clark of Denver's KUSA has a gripe unrelated to icy roads and frigid toes, and he devoted a special segment on a recent broadcast to airing it. In the segment, Clark implores viewers to stop sending in photos of their snowy patios. The station receives a multitude of pictures taken of people's patio furniture, and Clark spends more than two minutes proving it, with image after image of snow-laden tables, chairs and outdoor grills. But Clark's speech is not merely a message about frigid photography taken from the comfort of a living room or kitchen — it is a call to arms, an inspiring plea for KUSA's viewers to do better. He asks them to at least put props, like dogs or family members, into the photos, and it's all the better if the pictures are action shots. He builds to a grand finale, saying, "If we asked you for pictures of springtime, would you really send us a photo of your skis in a closet? No, it's depressing. Come on, Colorado, we love winter. We own winter." People on the Web are huge fans of Clark's editorial, writing things like "Kyle Clark, you are too funny for evening news" and sharing their own complaints about snowy patio pics. Despite Clark's segment, however, KUSA management notes that the station will continue to accept, and feature, viewers' photos of outdoor furniture covered in snow.
- Trending Now25 days ago
Reddit has been obsessed with actor Nicolas Cage for a while now. Really obsessed. Unhealthily so. And so perhaps it's understandable that user Toucantwist created the app, The app is simple, but also intricately designed. It's a web app that basically takes your Instagram photos, and replaces faces seen within with Nicolas Cage's face. That's it. Of course, if you are tired of someone's constant selfies, you might see the advantage to having a chuckle when you see a cliche duckface photo plastered over with Cage's self-serious mug. According to the Daily Dot, the Reddit user, real name Josh, said, "I put the thing together in a weekend after having a discussion in the pub about face detection and then thinking what a great idea it would be to apply the world's best movie star to Instagram selfies through it." We can argue with that logic. Luckily, Josh works for a graphics company that uses face recognition, so he was able to put it together very quickly. So far, the Reddit link to the app sent around 30,000 people to it, so it's at least a mild success. And Josh doesn't take it too seriously. He says, "It's nice to do something stupid every once in a while." It may be stupid, but it's also hilarious.
- Trending Now25 days ago
Instagram released, to much fanfare, the ability to share videos on the service earlier this year. People have used the new tool to share some amazing clips, inventing and innovating social media along the way. But we've never quite seen anything as cool as the work of French filmmaker Thomas Jullien. Jullien collected 852 Instagram photos, many of them from famous landmarks. He arranged them, with all their various angles, to create a stop-motion walking tour of everywhere from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to the Statue of Liberty in New York City. The result, especially with all the filters Instagram has to offer, is both trippy and stunning. It really does seem like walking by the Brandenburg Gate or on a multicolored path that a train would travel.
- Trending Now26 days ago
You know how sometimes you look through your Facebook feed and think, "wait, how did I become friends with this person? Where do I even know them from? Have we even met?" It happens to a lot of us, and it is a problem that YouTube filmmaker Greg Benson thought of a novel solution for: He would find these people in real life, and after meeting them, ask them if they would like to remain Facebook friends. It's a decidedly brave adventure to talk in person with people one has never met, but they are "friends" after all, right? Benson's experiment comes to some interesting conclusions, and he definitely has some fun along the way. The people he meets are fascinating, with interesting lives that he might have otherwise missed. What is surprising is just how friendly some of these otherwise strangers are in real life. Of course, if you want to duplicate this experiment yourself, you definitely have to have a high threshold for how much awkwardness you can take. But hey, meeting new friends, even if they are already "friends," pays back in the long run. Do you have a problem with friends on Facebook? Spill the beans about it on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @YahooTrending. And if you're curious, here's Extremely Decent's comical take on Facebook terms of service updates, in real life.
- Trending Now26 days ago
Aaron Fotheringham was born with spina bifida, and started using a wheelchair full time at age 8. He would visit a skate park with his older brother, who one day suggested that he use his chair on some of the park's ramps. Thus began Fotheringham, a.k.a "Wheelz'" lifelong passion for what he calls WCMX (think BMX, but in a chair.) In a recent video, directed by Devin Graham, we see how not only is Wheelz' chair not a hindrance, but is actually an incredibly awesome vehicle for some gravity-defying stunts. The chair is actually a custom-made, 4-wheel suspension version made by Box Designs, which Fotheringham describes as "pretty much indestructible."
- Trending Now27 days ago
Over the past few months, or maybe even years, web users have uncovered a shocking amount of footage pointing to a previously overlooked phenomena, if it can be called one: goats, rams, and other mammals, that sound like humans. Either they are all getting smarter, more human-like, or they just want to be part of a new viral meme. Today, we get the latest entry in the pantheon, thanks to Digg Videos. The video features a ram, or barbary sheep, as it notes, screaming like a human. And boy howdy does it. The video is now skyrocketing in popularity, with commenters writing horrific suggestions like, "I want to hear a chorus of yelling rams." A more understandable reaction, or perhaps tribute to the video, was commenter Linkzor24, who wrote, "AAARRRGGHHHHHHHHH." As with many YouTube videos, the rest of the comments don't bear repetition. What is it that causes this? Ram nature, or ram nurture? And since we are all suckers for a good "Animal X sounds like Thing Y" video, check out the other ones below. But don't say we didn't warn you! If you have any cool videos to share, show them to us on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @YahooTrending. Check out these other weirdos.