Blog Posts by Henry Baker

  • This Creepy Spinning Clown Doll Head Should Set You Up Nicely for Halloween

    Around this time of year, even the most mundane scene can be something used to inspire fear. Or maybe it's just that clowns and dolls, and especially clown dolls, are creepy on their own. YouTube user Nick Packauskas posted this video, titled, scarily, 'CLOWNFUN,' where it's been scaring people for a couple of days. He simply put this bizarre clown doll next to some child dolls, played a music box, and let peoples' natural fear take course. Hopefully that'll get you in the spirit for further creepiness come Halloween itself. Do you know of any creepy videos you can share? Tell us on Facebook, or @YahooTrending.

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  • Car Salesman Becomes Web Star with Dance Video on YouTube

    Sales manager Joe Barzelay of Eastern Shore Hyundai in Daphne, Alabama, probably hasn't used his moves on the dance floor to seal the deal with any clients. However, those moves made him a Web star and they will soon give him plenty of foot traffic at the dealership. Barzelay was at work one day, talking to some dancers who were at the dealership to appear in one of its commercials. Their work reminded him of his own talents, and he offered to give them a demonstration. Charles Kelley, a co-worker of Barzelay's, sensed that this moment was something he had to capture on camera, so he pulled out his phone. And, boy, did Barzelay move! The video become an instant hit, with more than 150,000 views and counting. Adoring fans wrote in, with one saying in jest, "300 cars were sold that day." That might not be true, but we are sure anyone in the area in need of a car at least has to pop in to meet the Web's newest star.

    Barzelay's exploits reminded us of some other standout, unexpected

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  • New York CVS Overrun with Duck Invasion

    The YouTube video, 'There was an incident last night at CVS,' doesn't quite capture the hilarious and puzzling nature of what is contained within, but it's at least a start. According to uploader Aplue, around 50 ducks entered the pharmacy in Saratoga Springs, NY, last week. There is a park down the street where the ducks live most of the time, but somehow they managed to sneak past the front door and hold an impromptu shopping spree. In addition to the ones inside, there were dozens more outside the store as well. After using a swiffer to try to shoo them out, one enterprising employee was able to lure them out with a bag of popcorn. And really, who doesn't love popcorn?

    A pretty cute invasion.

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  • 'Sesame Street' Parodies 'Homeland' in 'Homelamb'

    Even though it appears on subscriber cable, "Homeland" is a cultural sensation among critics and viewers. And "Sesame Street," which is known for tapping into the Zeitgeist, has just proved how big a mark "Homeland" has made. In "Homelamb," a group of sheep is looking to catch the Big Bad Wolf, much like Carrie Mathison's tireless effort to catch Abu Nazir and, earlier, Nicholas Brody. Or, in the case of "Sesame Street," Nicholas Baaa-rody. Actually, throughout "Homelamb," there are a lot of baaas all around. The spoof begins with a spot-on interpretation of the Showtime series' intro, complete with black-and-white archival footage and jazz music. And all the characters are there — Saaa-ul, Caaa-rrie, and of course, Baaa-rody.

    The spoof reminded us of some of "Sesame Street's" other great parody videos, which number in the dozens. Here are a few of our favorites.

    The Old Spice Commercials                        

    '30 Rock,' or, in Muppet-land, '30 Rocks'

    And of course, 'Mad Men'

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  • Redditor Posts Video of Grandpa's Model Town Seen from Train's Point of View

    "Grandpa Bill" has spent the last 15 years building an incredibly ornate and humongous model train town in his house. His grandson, Ryan Crets, a.k.a. Redditor Im_Not_Batman, wanted to see what the place would look like from the POV of one of the town's trains. So Crets strapped a GoPro camera to the front of a locomotive and sent it around the track. The resulting footage is entrancing, and oddly convincing in a way that makes you think you might be traveling around a real town. The post became a hit on Reddit, and the views of the YouTube video of the trip soon surpassed 200,000. Commenters had high praise, such as, "That's crazy dedicated, nice job." People even remixed it with audio from things like the "Thomas the Tank Engine" theme song to put a different spin on it. Crets also posted another video featuring his family surrounding the village, which really highlights the difference in size between the town and actual humans. It's heartwarming to know that for Grandpa Bill, the

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  • Cockatoo Rocks Out on Tambourine

    There are plenty of humans who can jam out pretty well on a variety of musical instruments, but a recent video proves that the talent might be open to more species than we originally thought. Gary Jackson's cockatoo is featured in the video, gamely shaking a tambourine along with a cover of The Hives' "Walk Idiot Walk." Jackson told Storyful, "I was mixing and he was having all kinds of fun making noise on my tambourine and dancing." Put some more birds together, and you got a band my friend.

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  • Dog Eats, Returns $54 in Cash

    Dogs cost money to own, but Cindy Molzer-Aranguren never knew how literal that would become. She left the house to go to the grocery store one day, puttingher two dogs in her bedroom and planning to feed them after she got home. Unable to wait, however, was her dog Misty, who found a tin filled with cash and then began an impromptu and unappetizing feast. Upon discovering the cash was gone, Molzer-Aranguren took Misty to the vet, who took an X-ray showing the mass of cash in the dog's belly. The vet administered medicine that would induce vomiting, and they wound up with $18. Some time later, all the cash would be returned to Molzer-Aranguren — and in pretty good condition. As for why Misty ate the cash, the veterinarian believes it must have had something appetizing on it to entice the dog into eating it. Misty, for her part, is recovering well, but she's $54 poorer.

    What weird thing has your pet eaten? Tell us on Facebook or on Twitter @YahooTrending.

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  • Man Makes Remote-Control Flying Ghost with Quadcopter

    It's nearly Halloween, so that means it's time for people to decorate their houses with ghoulish displays of terrifying monsters or just put some pumpkins and other assorted gourds out on the lawn. If you are of the mind that your house should freak out as many neighborhood children as possible, you might want to take a look at Alton Porter's creation— a remote-controlled flying ghost. Aside from a quadcopter, it's actually pretty easy to construct. Porter took his own quadcopter; added some white fabric, a skull, and red LEDs; and voilà: a ghost able to sneak up on targets with the push of a button.Just think of the potential terror this thing could inflict. Heck, you could even take it for a walk — or float, so to speak. People on YouTube are huge fans of the video, with Porter himself writing, "Can't wait for Halloween."

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  • Norway Town with No Sunlight in Winter Installs Mirrors to Brighten Its Days

    As the popular "Game of Thrones" meme goes, winter is coming. In theNorthern Hemisphere, for some towns, that means a literally gloomy five to six months with no direct sunlight is on its way. But like one town before it, Rjukan, Norway, is adapting to the lack of light with a novel workaround — giant mirrors to reflect the sun into its town square. Viganella, Italy, began an experiment with mirror sunlight in 2006, setting up 430 square feet of giant mirrors on a hilltop that moved via robotic control along with the sun all day long. Like Viganella, Rjukan sits at the bottom of a deep valley, with the same sunlight problems. They used helicopters to install the mirrors recently and just tested the system last week. And voilà, the small town was suddenly alight with thousands of square feet of direct sunlight per day, much better than the permanent shadow that winter provided previously. That's one way to shed some light on a longtime problem.

    Got a cure for winter gloom

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  • Dash Cam Captures Scary Footage from Bush Fires in Australia

    Bush fires have been raging in Australia since October 17th, laying waste to everything in their path. One dash cam caught just how badly, and quickly, the flames can spread, on the Old Hume Highway near Yanberra in New South Wales. The video comes courtesty of the Bargo Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade, who must be doing some seriously difficult work out there, as well as Storyful.


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