Blog Posts by Mia Fitzharris

  • Japanese Commercial Features Instant Fried Shrimp Machine

    Wireless phone commercials hardly ever leave us wanting fried shrimp — that is, until we saw this ad from the Japanese carrier Docomo. The YouTube video features an awesome instant fried shrimp machine!

    That's right — the shrimp-gun contraption shoots shrimp through the entire cooking process in just under three seconds. The "shrimp cannon" is used to demonstrate the high-speed capabilities of Docomo's new LTE network. Oh OK, there's the connection! You don't need to speak Japanese to be amazed by the commercial.  
     
    Watch as the shrimp fly through a gauntlet of flour, egg, breading, and flames to produce tasty looking shrimp tempura:

     
    The video has gone viral, raking in more than 5 million views from curious foodies. Oddly enough, this isn't the first water creature that we have seen flying through the air this year. Remember the salmon cannon?
     
     
    I wonder if there's a Cyber Monday deal on an instant fried shrimp machine.

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  • Baby and Sloth Are Unusual Best Friends

    You already know that babies and sloths are both cute, even just on their own. Well get ready for this. We want you to meet 5-month-old Alia, whose best friend is an adorable sloth named Daisy. Alia's parents, Julia and Jason Heckathorn, say that ever since the pair met when Alia was just 2 days old, they have been inseparable. The couple decided to adopt the sloth just before they found out they were pregnant with Alia, so basically their friendship was fate.
     
    Alia and Daisy's favorite activities include napping and reading books. Mom Julia, who is a children's book illustrator, loves to include her pet animals in her Hidden Clover books to better educate children about caring for the environment. She said, "The sloth and baby have been growing up together, taking walks together, and working alongside mommy as I write my books and travel to schools. It may sound like an unusual situation, but the look on the schoolchildren's faces as they meet their favorite book characters in

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  • News station in hot water for tweet during Ferguson press conference

    WTVC, a local TV station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has apologized for posting a "poorly worded" tweet during the Darren Wilson grand jury verdict press conference in Ferguson, Missouri.

    The ABC affiliate tweeted: "Don't worry, Dancing with the Stars will be back on after the special report. #Ferguson."

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    Many social media users fired back at the station, calling its tweet racist and insensitive about the events taking place in Ferguson.

     

    The station replied back to several upset followers, but that only spurred more anger. 


     
    WTVC has taken down the tweet and has tweeted multiple apologies to its viewers.

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  • Bride Moves Wedding to Hospital So That Terminally Ill Mom Can Attend

    Cathryn Copeland and her fiancé, Conner Wood, spent months planning their Nov. 1 wedding, but when Cathryn's mother, Janet, was hospitalized with terminal cancer, their plans quickly changed.

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    The couple not only switched the date of their big day to Oct. 22 but also changed the venue: They moved the event to Janet's hospital, M.D. Anderson in Houston. Cathryn, who goes by the nickname "CC," and her mother had their hair and makeup done in Janet's hospital room.

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    Then, 75 friends and family members gathered in the hospital's garden for the ceremony. Photographer Jess Barfield, who captured the beautiful images of CC and Conner's day, said of the event, "I'll never forget the moment CC and her dad were ushered through M.D. Anderson and patients clapped and cheered all the way to the ceremony. The joy was contagious; the day was sacred."
     

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    Sadly, just two weeks after the couple's special ceremony, Janet passed away, but not before she got to see her daughter tie the knot with the love of

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  • Preview of the World's Tallest Roller Coaster Will Make Your Stomach Drop

    If you're a fan of roller coasters, then 2017 will be pretty exciting for you. That's when the world's tallest coaster, the Skyscraper,is set to open at the new Skyplex in Orlando, Fla. The ride's track will wrap around a 535-foot-tall tower and will send riders twisting up, down, and around for about four minutes with no downtime. If you want to experience a preview of what it will look and feel like, you're in luck. A point-of-view video popped up on YouTube. Check it out here if you dare:
     
    The Skyscraper will take the distinction of tallest roller coaster away from the 456-foot-tall Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. — it takes riders from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds.  
     
    The designer of the Skyscraper, US Thrill Rides, is hyping up the scary ride, saying, "The unique design of the coaster means more incredible, heart-pounding inside and outside loops, dives, spirals and inversions in a vertical area than riders have ever before experienced." So, does it seem too

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  • Comedian Impersonates Actresses Stuck in Traffic

    Stars, they're just like us — even when they're stuck in traffic — and now we have the evidence. Well, sort of. Los Angeles comedian Lauren O'Brien has been impersonating female celebrities stuck in traffic on her Instagram account for months using #celebritiesstuckintraffic. O'Brien recently compiled the spot-on clips into one hilarious YouTube video. There are 14 impersonations in all, and not only does she sound like the famous ladies, but in some cases she actually looks the part as well. Among the celebrities she covers are Ellen DeGeneres, the Olsen twins, Miley Cyrus, and Lena Dunham.
     
    Most of her inspiration comes from requests from fans, so if there's a celebrity you want O'Brien to impersonate, use the hashtag and ask away! My favorite is her rendition of sassy Sofia Vergara. Which impersonation did you like the most? Let us know in the comments below!
     

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  • Dad Loses It While Trying to Discipline Sons Covered in Paint

    Most parents know that disciplining kids is no easy task. And it doesn't get any easier when your kids are adorable, too adorable to scold. In a new viral video, a father discovers his two sons covered in paint. Dad starts to reprimand the tikes in the usual manner saying, "Who's idea was this? Did you think this was a good idea?"
     
    Then the wheels come off, and dad can't keep a straight face and breaks out in laughter. One of the boys appropriately asks, "What is funny?" Dad can't keep it together, especially after the boys ask if they have paint in their hair.  
     
    The video was uploaded to YouTube on Monday, where it has been viewed more than 3.5 million times so far! Hey dad, at least they are already in the shower for easy cleaning.  

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  • Tiny Hamster Enjoys Thanksgiving Like a Real American

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it brings dreams of turkey and stuffing dancing in our heads. Americans love the holiday, so why should tiny little hamsters be left out of the turkey day fun? The folks at Hello Denizen solved that problem by creating a tiny Thanksgiving feast fit for a hamster, several in fact.
     
    Hello Denizen works with animal trainers to make sure all of the food is safe for the hamsters. Also, the company is not unfamiliar with preparing tiny meals for teeny creatures. You may remember its video of a tiny hamster eating tiny burritos, which raked in a whopping 9 million views. Now it's up to you to come up with the next meal for the tiny hamsters. Tweet your suggestions using the hashtag #tinyideas to help cook up the next big little dish.  

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  • Dad Dresses Up as Spider-Man to Surprise Terminally Ill Son

    A dad in the United Kingdom had a bittersweet birthday surprise for his Spider-Man-loving son. Mike Wilson's little boy, Jayden, recently turned 5 years old. But sadly, Jayden has been diagnosed with a stage IV brain stem tumor and has been given just a year to live. So, to make number five a very special birthday, his dad had a replica Spider-Man suit made with the secret plan to delight Jayden.  

    Jayden's mom brought the brave boy outside just before his Spider Dad leapt off the roof of the house and onto the ground in front of his son. A delightful exchange was had between the undercover dad and Jayden. It was all captured on a hidden GoPro and posted to YouTube, where the heartwarming video's popularity skyrocketed to more than a million views.

    Wilson was overwhelmed with the response to his Spidey video. He tweeted "spider dad video has blown up. I'm so grateful for all the kind messages. Social media is amazing." Commenters on YouTube praised Mike, calling him the dad of year and

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  • Cricket Commentator Calls Play That Ends in Damage to His Car

    Everyone in the world of sports commentary knows that it's all fun and games until you become part of the play. Former cricket player turned commentator Ian Smith found this out the hard way during a lively cricket match in New Zealand. Smith gave the play-by-play as batsman Jesse Ryder from the Wellington Firebirds hit a ball out of the park. The ball soars into the parking lot and lands on the roof of a car, leaving a dent. Smith announces, "That's downtown. ... It hit my car. ... Don't believe it! Oh, the downside of getting a park so close. Oh, no!" When a fellow commentator asked if he paid for insurance, Smith replied, "No, it's a rental."
     
    Apparently, this is not the first time Smith had an incident with cricket-related damage to a rental car, but he said, "Usually it's a scrape on the door."

    In the end, Smith questioned whether it was actually his rental car. There was a moment of hope that perhaps it was someone else's ride: "I don't think I was that far down. For some reason, I

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