Posts by Mia Fitzharris
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News19 hrs ago
You've heard of the British nursery rhyme "London Bridge Is Falling Down." Well, now there's a house in London that is melting down, literally. A new art installation by Alex Chinneck is made entirely of paraffin wax bricks — 8,000 of them, to be exact — with the sole purpose of melting down into a beautiful display. The exhibit is titled "A Pound of Flesh for 50P" but is also known simply as the Melting House. It's part of Merge Festival, in which artists are encouraged to draw upon the culture of Bankside, London. The Melting House actually reflects a bit of history in the area where a candle factory stood a few centuries ago. The melting will occur over 30 days with the help of heating tools mostly used in roofing. Constructing the exhibit was no easy task — Chinneck enlisted the help of chemists, wax manufacturers and engineers over the course of 12 months to achieve visually convincing wax bricks. If you will be in jolly old England anytime soon, pop on over to see the exhibit, but hurry — the Melting House will melt away for good on Nov. 18. Chinneck is no stranger to creating visual masterpieces in the shape of dwellings. His other projects include a sliding house and an upside-down house.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now1 day ago
The indie rock band OK Go has a new andalready crazy-viral music video for its song "I Won't Let You Down." The video was created in Chiba, Japan, outside of Tokyo. Released Monday on NBC's Today show, it features dancing Japanese schoolgirls with impressive umbrella skills and a ton of other feats, and it was shot in one continuous take. It got 2.6 million views in just one day! Since OK Go is always keeping up with the latest technology trend, frontman Damian Kulash enlisted Morihiro Harano to be the director; he brought in Japanese choreographer Airman and linked the group to Honda's ad agency. They used an octocopter drone controlled both by GPS and by hand to create the dramatic pull-out shots seen in the video. You may remember these guys from the famous treadmill video they made for their 2009 song "Here It Goes Again." OK Go also got a lot of attention for its 2012 Rube Goldberg-style machine video for "This Too Shall Pass," which raked in more than 45 million views. If you want to get your hands on a cool futuristic scooter like the ones used in the band's latest hit, they are called UNI-CUBs, aka electric personal mobility devices, and are made by Honda.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now5 days ago
Back in January, 17-year-old high school senior Lynzee Ford of Kilgore, Texas, was diagnosed with a nontreatable form of leukemia. Her friends rallied around her, even fixing her mother's home to be wheelchair-friendly. Then, after months of battling the disease with multiple rounds of chemotherapy, doctors informed Lynzee that she had only a few months to live. When her friends heard that she might not make it to graduation, they put together her own special early graduation. So on Monday, with the entire student body in attendance, Lynzee got to wear her cap and gown and accept a high school diploma. Principal Gregg Brown was the keynote speaker and said of the teen, "Lynzee is a very special young lady here at Kilgore High School and is loved by us all, and she wanted to graduate from here, and we wanted to make sure that happened." During the graduation speeches, Lynzee's teacher and assistant softball coach, Kathy Mehringer, shared a special memory of a talk they had following practice: "That day you became the teacher and I became the student, and you showed me what it's like to have family and to have dreams. And this is your day, this is an awesome day: your graduation day. I love you." Her friends didn't stop there. They began to plan a special early prom in November for Lynzee, but sadly she passed away Thursday night. Thanks to the school adminstration and her friends, Lynzee was able to call herself a high school graduate. A GiveForward donation page was set up to help her parents with medical expenses.
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now6 days ago
Eyebrow raising, eye rolling, and awkward pauses are not things news anchors hope to get out of guests during interviews. Aretha Franklin doesn't do a whole lot of interviews on live television, and now we might know why. During a recent press tour via satellite for her new album, "Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics," the Queen of Soul spoke to dozens of television news anchors, and to put it simply, it went really — and we mean really — badly. There were some audio delays and earpiece issues mixed with what Aretha calls a lack of sleep, telling a Fox 45 morning news anchor, "Listen I only had four hours sleep, OK? I'm a little slow." If you enjoy the video of Aretha's charming interviews,you can thank Brian McCoy, who took time away from reviewing gospel music online to compile the string of classic, sassy moments. McCoy really made it easy for Joel McHale and his team over at the "The Soup." During another interview on New York's PIX11, the studio crew decided to play some of Aretha's music softly in the background while she answered questions. She did not like this one bit saying, "Can you turn that down for the moment?" A nostalgic Mike Jerrick from "Good Day" in Philadelphia recalled his first Aretha Franklin concert as a kid and asked the star, "Do you ever remember being in Wichita, Kansas?" She replied simply, " No."
- Mia Fitzharris at Trending Now7 days ago
An odd but impressive video popped up on Vimeo recently, and we can't stop watching it. It's a CGI (computer-generated imagery) rendering of a horizontally rotating column knocking over and pushing around what looks like humans. The video is titled "I've fallen, and I can't get up!" It was uploaded by Dave Fothergill, a visual-effects artist from the U.K. Why can't we take our eyes off this? Because it's almost hypnotic!
Soon after the release of the original silent version, which has gone viral, an Internet entrepreneur, Andy Baio, got his hands on it and added his own horrifying sound effects to go along with the visuals.
Like many bizarre online works of art, the video was posted to Reddit, where commenters weighed in with their thoughts, such as "This is the most oddly-satisfying thing I've ever seen!" and "It's like watching a hundred euphoria enabled ragdolls."
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News8 days ago
John and Lois Lafferty were married later in life but shared a passion for travel and history. So when they passed away, Lois's daughter Misty had the perfect idea for scattering their ashes. Lois and John became the first customers of Mesoloft, which launches ashes via weather balloon high into the Earth's atmosphere. Yes, there actually is a company that offers this service. In a video posted by Mesoloft, whose slogan is "The last adventure," you can see the container, attached to a weather balloon, floating higher and higher into the sky. Then, at 72,000 feet, Lois and John's ashes are released from the container and scatter above the Earth. The company says the couple's remains will likely land on mountaintops, valleys, deserts, and oceans. Mesoloft even provides flight GPS data for families to track their loved one's journey. Misty said she used this service because Lois and John "were traveling buddies, and [they] had their little map and they would 'pin' all the places they had been. John loved history, and he really loved anything new and exciting. And Mom loved sharing new and exciting things with him." If you're looking for an out-of-this-world way to scatter your remains, a word of caution: It doesn't come cheap. Mesoloft's standard launch package starts at $2,800.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News13 days ago
A cat in Australia is responsible for not only sealing the deal on the sale of her owners' home but upping the sale price, too. Tiffany the cat belonged to the Perceval family in Glen Iris, a suburb of Melbourne. During a recent home auction, Fran and Michael Perceval were happy to see a top bid of $2,060,000 Australian, which is the equivalent of nearly $1.8 million U.S. When broker Glen Coutinho began negotiations with the bidders, they made an unusual request: They offered to raise their bid by nearly $140,000 Australian ($100,000 U.S.) to $1.9 million U.S. only if they could keep Tiffany. It turns out the buyers' child had taken a liking to 4-year-old Tiffany during tours of the five-bedroom home. Earlier, "we jokingly said that all the people coming through are loving her," Fran Perceval recalled. "I said to the agent, 'She goes with the house, ha-ha.' Not expecting at all to actually have a clause written into the contract saying that includes with cat." Coutinho said he thought he had seen it all in his career: "I've had plenty of people say they would throw in their partners, but not pets, no. It's the first time." The buyers' 19-year-old son, who had picked out Tiffany in a pet shop, isn't taking the news so well. But his mom said, "We're thinking we'll put $20,000 in a pile next to the cat and say to Sam, 'You choose'" (he's planning to travel overseas next year). This might be the first cat clause in real estate history.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News14 days ago
Mark and Brenda Voss of Missouri recently completed construction on their gorgeous 5,300-square-foot beach house in a gated community in Hammock Dunes in Florida. The only problem with their palatial new digs? It was built on the wrong lot. Contractors built the $680,000, 5-bedroom house on property that technically belongs to a couple from North Carolina. The couple purchased the lot in 2003 but never developed it. According to Keystone Homes, which built the house, the mistake is traced to a survey conducted last year that pointed out the wrong stretch of land on which to build the Voss's home. Renters had been living in the house for months until the slip-up was noticed in September. So what happens now? Keystone Vice President Robbie Richmond says the company is looking for a way to negotiate a settlement. "We are 100 percent committed to finding a resolution that is fair," he said. "I have built about 600 homes in Flagler County, and this has never happened to me before. It does happen, but it's rare." And as for the Vosses, they say they are in total disbelief. "We may have moved someday. But, with this headache and grief, we're not so sure," Mark Voss said. "The Midwest is looking pretty good right now." Another day, another weird story out of Florida.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News16 days ago
The relationship between cats and the Internet has stood the test of time, and it grows fonder by the minute. Just ask Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Maru, and Colonel Meow; they are just a few felines on the long list of Internet cat celebrities. And now that list just got a bit longer. Meet Napoleon, the Persian cat stealing hearts all over the Web for his creative photo shoots.