Posts by Mia Fitzharris
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now5 days ago
A new video is giving a rare glimpse of the terrifying life inside Raqqa, Syria. The area was overtaken nearly 18 months ago by the Islamic State militant group (also known as ISIL and ISIS). The video originally aired this week on the French TV channel France 2. The video portrays a society of forced prayers, a ban on music and entertainment, and mandatory niqabs (restrictive full coverings) for women. A brave Syrian female student shot the undercover video, which shows men and women carrying weapons in the busy streets, even near children. At one point in the video, a man pulls up to the camerawoman in a car and chastises her about her too-transparent veil. He tells her, "God loves covered women." The video was shot in February and April of this year. Its purpose was to expose the conditions under which Syrian women now live, and also to tell the story of 150 French women who have moved to the area to marry jihadists or join their extremist husbands fighting there, to care for orphans and support the cause. In one scene, French women speak to their loved ones via Skype in the women-only section of an Internet café. One woman says, "I'm not going back, mama.… You have to get it through your head that I am not returning."
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now6 days ago
Cats and the Internet go together like peanut butter and jelly, and Meow Mix is banking on that concept. The brand's advertising team came up with a new way to appeal to the less-talked-about cat owners — cat guys. In a new YouTube video titled "Country Cat," J.R. Moore (aka country music singer Justin Moore) sings about what he loves to do when he gets home from a long day of hard work. Spoiler alert: It's playing with his cat. The 2-minute video will have you tapping your foot, especially to this line: "Listen to that purrin' the records are turnin'…" This is the second Meow Mix music video in its "It's Meow Time" campaign, which features remixed versions of its famous jingle. The first was a trippy, electronic dance music version released in August. Whether you love or hate the two new videos, the company has come a long way since its original 1970s jingle. Good luck getting this country tune out of your head. If you're feeling inspired, you should upload your own version at www.ItsMeowTime.com for a chance to win a trip to Hollywood for you and your cat. And be sure to look out for the next Meow Mix video release, which appears to have something to do with a hipster orchestra.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now7 days ago
Apple's announcement on Sept. 9 of the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus was big. Really big. Huge even. You get the point. It seems like all anyone can talk about are the phone sizes, and that includes best friends Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, who appear in two new Apple commercials that were released on YouTube Monday night. In the first video, titled "Huge," the pair poke fun at the way everyone is obsessed with the size of the smartphones. If you can stop talking about the phones' sizes for a minute, you can watch the next Timberlake and Fallon collaboration, an ad titled "Cameras." This one is about the awesomeness of the phones' cameras, which feature slow motion and a new time-lapse setting. Both spots only feature Fallon and Timberlake's voices and hands, but still left us smiling. We didn't expect anything less from the funny duo, who have famously appeared in several sketches together, like their "Hashtags" bit on Fallon's "Tonight Show" and the "Wrappinville" musical skit on "Saturday Night Live." Fallon and Timberlake join a slew of other famous actors who have appeared in Apple commercials. Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Scorsese, and Zoey Deschanel are just a few of the celebrities who have lent their face and voice to the tech giant's ads.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now8 days ago
It's no secret that some professional football stars haven't exactly behaved like great role models recently, so it's refreshing to meet a young player who seems to be heading in the right direction. Apollos Hester is a wide receiver on the East View High School football team in Georgetown, Texas, where they take football pretty seriously. Hester's team was able to win Friday's game with an amazing comeback (the score was 42-41).
During his postgame interview with a sports reporter from TWC Austin, Lauren Mickler, Hester's words proved just as good as his moves on the field. The only question Mickler asked was "What were you guys able to do to come back and win this thing?" Hester responded with a motivational speech which included this quote: "Keep smiling, no matter what you're going through. If you fall down, just get up. If you can't get up, your friends are there to help you. Your momma's there, your daddy's there, God's there... hey, I'm there to help you up."
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News11 days ago
The Annals of Improbable Research Magazine announced the IG Nobel Prize winners at Harvard University on Thursday and seen on a live webcast. According to the magazine, the prizes are awarded for people who have done something to make people laugh, then think. The theme this year was food. Among the many categories, these made us laugh then think:
For physics, four people from Japan won from measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin and between a banana and the floor when a person steps on it.
For neuroscience, the winners in China tried to understand what happens in the brain of people who see the face of Jesus in a piece of toast.
For medicine, the prize was given out to several smarties from the U.S. and India who were able to treat uncontrollable nosebleeds using cured pork as nasal packing strips.
And then there was the category for arctic science. The winners are from Norway and Germany. They won for testing how reindeer react to seeing humans who are disguised as polar bears.
High Schooler Gives Up Crown After Friend Was Pranked Into Thinking She Was Nominated for Homecoming CourtMia Fitzharris at Trending Now11 days ago
Unfortunately, sometimes high school looks a lot like a real-life version of the movie "Mean Girls." Case in point, a group of girls at Grand Prairie High School in north Texas tricked 17-year-old Lillian Skinner into thinking she was nominated for the homecoming court.
The truth is, she wasn't actually nominated, but the story doesn't end there. Her two friends Anahi Alvarez and Naomi Martinez, who were nominated, heard about the cruel prank and came up with a plan. They decided that if either of them won, the winner would give the crown to Lillian. "We promised each other, and we were like, 'No matter what, no backing down. If one of us wins, we're giving Lillian the crown,'" Martinez told NBCDFW.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News12 days ago
Detecting a home that houses multiple cats is sometimes very easy, but none have as much cat-itude as Greg Krueger's home in St. James, Minn. The 49-year-old has been constructing the perfect (read: purrrfect) habitat over the last 15 years for his four cat friends/roommates. The house features about 100 yards of overhead catwalks, elaborate staircases, and secret hideouts that feature comfortable padding and soft lighting. Some of the openings in the walls are shaped like cats, and one is in the shape of a bird.
His reason for building the feline palace is a combination of his passions. He says, "I just love trails and paths, and cats, of course, and so I've just linked those passions together." But there may be a more scientific reason for why Krueger spends hours thinking of new designs for his cat home. Last year, he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger syndrome. He says of his diagnosis, "Obviously, my house would not be like this if I didn't have Asperger's. If it takes a long time, I don't care, because if I like what I'm doing, then I almost don't want to finish what I'm doing."
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now12 days ago
There's no shortage of tear-jerking commercials on the Web, and the two ads we are featuring are no different. The theme today is motherhood, both before and after a baby is born. The first stars real-life celebrity couple Dax Shepard and a pregnant Kristen Bell in an ad for Samsung's Galaxy Tab S. The spot shows that you can go about your daily life without stepping away from the precious tablet. But the real reason to love the spot is that it shows the adorable relationship between Shepard and Bell. It's gotten more than 9 million views on YouTube so far, and we can't stop watching it over and over again. Next up is a Pampers commercial out of Japan. In it, new moms are seen bringing their 1-year-old bundles of joy to the doctor for their one-year checkup. The moms, who don't look as if they know they are being filmed, share their concerns and questions with the doctor. (Hint: If you don't speak Japanese, turn on the closed-captioning option on the YouTube page.) Then, while they are still with the doctor, the dads get a chance to show how they feel about the job the mothers have done in the first year by setting up a gallery in the hallway. The payoff comes when the mothers leave the appointment and stroll through the hall to find the surprise photo gallery. The commercial might be in Japanese, but the feeling is something all new moms can understand. Pampers also has a site that lets you send new moms in your life a "Mom's first birthday" greeting. Now wipe off those tears, you big baby.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now13 days ago
If you're a fan of Uber as well as of electronic dance music, we have just the story for you. The wildly popular driver-on-demand app has taken over the world (it's in more than 205 cities), and one of its newest drivers got a lot of attention recently. Seen in a video on Uber's YouTube page, superfamous electric house music producer Deadmau5 got behind the wheel of his $300,000 McLaren 650S and spent the night picking up fans in Toronto to promote the app's low-cost alternative UberX service.
Most people would probably recognize DeadMau5, whose real name is Joel Zimmerman, in his typical mouse-head ensemble. When lucky riders got DeadMau5 as their driver, his famous symbol popped up on their app. On Sept. 10 he tweeted to his fans that he was working for Uber in downtown Toronto, and the rest is history. A pretty ingenious marketing move — we can't wait to see which celeb gets behind the Uber wheel next. Jerry Seinfeld would be a good pick, and he has a lot of cars to choose from.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now15 days ago
Never in the history of peekaboo has the outcome been so dramatic. One toddler learned the hard way that the fun game does not always end well.
In a new YouTube video, Bradley Bailey covers his face with a towel and has his adorable daughter look for him under it a few times. His wife catches the cuteness on camera. Then Bailey steps away, secretly shaving off his beard, and comes back to continue the peekaboo fun. But it isn't so fun for his little one — when the tot lifts up the towel this time, she finds a barefaced man she doesn't seem to recognize. It looks like she's thinking, "Who the heck is this guy?" before beginning to wail. Well, kid, beard or no beard, that's your father. The video was posted to YouTube on Sept. 11 and has been viewed more than 820,000 times. Some commenters think the trick was a cruel move on the part of the girl's parents, with one person writing, "It should be a crime to upload sick videos like this, poor girl. You KNEW that she liked the facial hair, but you still shaved it off, just to make the poor thing cry." We think the real crime here was shooting the video vertically.