Blog Posts by Mia Fitzharris

  • Shocking New Video Explores Food Industry’s Treatment of Animals

    Have you seen this video shared on your Facebook feed lately? There’s a good chance that you have, and if you have not watched the clip yet, we can break it down for you. The YouTube video was posted on Upworthy with the title "No One Applauds This Woman Because They're Too Creeped Out At Themselves To Put Their Hands Together."

    It starts out by showing a group of people watching a talk on "The secrets of food marketing." A woman who tells the group she is a marketing consultant to the food industry proceeds to explain a few of the tips and tricks she and other food marketers use to get people to buy a company’s product, like changing one cereal from square shape to diamond shape.

    Next, the topic turns to meat and animal products. The first lesson, she says, is not to trust a label that says something like "farm fresh" or "100% natural." A picture of a crowded chicken farm is shown, and the eyes of people in the audience widen. Then she shows the audience a few more startling photos

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  • Designer Used Internet Submissions to Create Massive Microdrawing

    A graphic designer in the U.K. launched an incredible crowdsource drawing experiment called "Internetopia," and it is now complete. Benjamin Redford specializes in highly detailed art and wanted to get the Internet involved in his latest creation. He put the call out for submissions on Kickstarter, where participants submitted requests for what they wanted Redford to draw in a tiny cube on a large, detailed poster. At the cost of $1 per cube, participants could ask for anything their heart desired. Redford accepted submissions between November 27 and December 29, 2013. In total, $11,347 was raised and 3,042 cubes were requested.

    Redford posted the drawings to his Kickstarter page and Internetopia's Twitter account. Here are just some of the submissions: "An airplane with the head of a tuxedo cat that has fangs too big to fit in his closed mouth, wearing over-the-ear headphones. 5 cubes," "A giant frog made of the universe. 10 cubes," "A classic 1965 Alfa Romeo GTA. 6 cubes."

    People who

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  • Strangers Join in on Impromptu Jam Session

    An impromptu jam session in Dallas, Texas, has prompted a flurry of questions from truthers around the Web. Jaime Tatos Maldonado uploaded a video to his Facebook page of a scene he caught outside of a Kroger supermarket. It appears that all three men involved in the performance are complete strangers. As one man, local musician Jesse Rya, strums on his guitar, two other men join in and start singing a song, adding in their own words to make a beautiful harmony.

    And of course, Internet fame never comes without controversy. Commenters on the video are crying foul, writing things like: "Obviously staged, still good, just don't lie about it." and "So staged, can clearly see they practiced all the lyrics to the song never missed a word."

    Another person thought the third man’s entrance to the jam session seemed a little too choreographed. Rya took to Facebook to dispel the rumors, writing: "just for the record... It's not a Jimmy Kimmel setup and i do not know the other 2 gentlemen in the

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  • Vogueing EMT Catches the Attention of Rihanna

    Move over every single YouTube video of people singing and dancing to Pharrell Williams's "Happy," there's a new viral video in town that will put all the rest to shame.

    YouTube user mastekz hv uploaded a dashboard-camera video featuring an EMT who is having the best day ever at work while driving an ambulance. He is using a walkie-talkie to chat with a friend, when the paramedic spontaneously busts out his hottest vogue moves — while driving. You should never try this yourself, as the man is seen taking both hands off the steering wheel several times. Although it was nice to see that he saved his most intense moves for when the vehicle is stopped at a traffic light.

    Obviously the EMT is not dancing to Madonna's classic "Vogue." Instead, the jam that got him so amped up and triggered his ambulance performance is a mashup of Rihanna's "Pour it Up" and Juicy J's "Bandz a Make Her Dance." In this case, it seems bands make him dance as well.

    Not only are fans all over YouTube loving his

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  • Couple Documents Pregnancy With Time-Lapse Video

    Bump photography has become a hot trend in the pregnancy world, or so I'm told. And one couple's clever way of recording their little one's growth is very, very cool. British singer and YouTube celebrity Tom Fletcher and his wife, Giovanna, took one photo every day for nine months, and then strung them together for this stop-motion video:

    Like the song? It's called "Something New," and as you might have guessed, Tom wrote it himself for his new baby boy, Buzz Michelangelo Fletcher. Little Buzz makes his debut at the end of the YouTube video, which has racked up more than 438,000 views so far. One commenter exclaims, "This is absolutely beautiful."

    The Fletchers are very popular on YouTube already, with their other viral video of the speech at their wedding garnering more than 12 million views. I bet Buzz will be appearing in a video or two in the near future.

    We are really glad the Fletchers chose such a decent way to show off their impending bundle of joy. As you may know, some

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  • Help, I've Started Playing 2048 and Can't Get Up!

    If you were to drop by the Yahoo Studios office in New York City, you would notice employees playing the hottest, new computer game sweeping the nation (on our downtime of course). It's known simply as 2048. In case you have never heard of it, here's how you play. There's a square grid with 16 tiles. You have to keep combining the like numbers together using the arrow keys until a tile reaches 2048, hence the name of the game. The downside is that it seems so impossible to ever reach that number, but that won't stop you from trying at least 10,000 times.

    Dr. Who 2048 Game

    You really have to play it to understand how addictive it is. And if you start to experience signs of a 2048 obsession, you have a 19-year-old Web developer from Italy to thank. Gabriele Cirulli created the game and released it on March 9. He says of 2048's boost to fame, "I have yet to hear stories about people fighting, breaking up, or getting fired due to my game, which is good I guess." 

    If you think Cirulli is rolling in the

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  • Swedish Soldiers Perform Awesome Rendition of 'Greased Lightning'

    Countless recreations have been done of the classic movie “Grease” over the years, but you probably have never seen one quite like a new parody lip synching video released by a group of Swedish soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. The Swedish Coastal Rangers, or the equivalent to what would be the Marines in the US, are seen jamming out to the 1978 movie’s cult hit ‘Greased Lightning’.

    The video, directed by Boris Zeleda, was uploaded to YouTube, but received it’s viral bump thanks to a post on Reddit by user ‘Masterkrabban’ over the weekend. The original YouTube video racked up about 500,000 views, but has since been taken down. It now lives via embeds on several blogs.

    For those of you who are wondering if the group might be getting in trouble for spending their time in service learning choreographed dances, you are dead wrong. Sweden’s Armed Forces spokesman Philip Simon told the Dagens Nyheter Newspaper "It's a professional parody that was made during their free time. This doesn't

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  • Website Helps Bring Long-Lost Sisters Together

    Lorin Mills received one of the best gifts she could have wished for this holiday season: a reunion with her long-lost sister.

    A homeless couple gave birth to Mills and her two younger siblings, a boy and a girl, in California. When authorities alleged that the parents were abusive and addicted to drugs, the children were taken away and put up for adoption. Mills was raised with her half-brother; her other two siblings were separated. All four of their names were changed, and they wouldn't see each other for over 30 years.

    Lorin Mills as a child
    Donna Azar as a child

    When Mills turned 18, Adoption Services told her that she had a younger brother and sister. She spent 17 years looking for Donna Azar. A search through Adoption.com led her to Facebook, where Mills found Azar's profile. As soon as Mills saw Azar's picture, she immediately knew she had found her sister.

     

    "It was quite a search," Mills told KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. The query included finding Azar's adopted name, then using her wedding registry to find her new last name. "My

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  • Parents Stage Famous Movie Scenes Using Their Baby

    I've been told that new parents often get bored staying inside with their precious new bundle. Well, Lilly and Leon Mackie found a perfect and pretty awesome way to deal with it. Not only had the pair just welcomed their new baby, Orson, into their lives, but also they had accumulated a bunch of cardboard boxes from their recent move from New Zealand to Australia. So, instead of just throwing the boxes out, they turned them into something wonderful and started the blog Cardboard Box Office. Lilly and Leon have been setting up famous movie scenes starring their favorite male lead character, baby Orson.

    Here's "Jaws"...

    "Jaws"

    "The Dark Knight"...

    "Dark Knight"

     

    This supercreative rendition of "Jurassic Park"...

    "Jurassic Park"

     

    Lilly told Buzzfeed, "For 'Apollo 13,' Leon had to set the five-second timer, run around the cardboard space capsule, grab my legs, and pull me into a headstand position before quickly getting himself into position," she said. "We had to do this about six or seven times. … We're avoiding any more space

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  • If you saw the movie Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the thought of being in space and looking down at Earth might give you the chills. But now a time-lapse video released by NASA might calm your fears. It’s called ‘The World Outside My Window”, and it was all shot from the International Space Station.

    According to the description of the video on YouTube, the goal of the sequence was to bring more attention to the ISS, including the humans aboard it. It also points out exactly what part of the world each section of the footage is showing. Even though the video makes me a little dizzy, it’s still out of this world!

    For more cool videos like this one, visit us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @YahooTrending.

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