Blog Posts by Mia Fitzharris

  • Security Cameras Capture Horse Walking Into Police Station

    A horse walking into a police station sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but that scenario actually happened.The horse trotted into the Cheshire Constabulary Headquarters in Winsford, England, early Monday morning. The animal is seen on closed-circuit video casually entering the station through automatic doors before an officer walks him back out a short while later. Apparently the horse was from a nearby field, where it was returned by the staff. Police Superintendent Peter Crowcroft released this statement: "We were somewhat saddled with our unexpected guest, who in the early hours of the morning quickly became the mane event of the night shift. ... At neigh point did the horse pose a risk to security." That is probably the best example of British humor we have seen in a while.

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  • New Dance Video from 11-year-old Phenomenon Taylor Hatala

    Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably witnessed or heard about the incredible talent of dancer Taylor Hatala. The 11-year-old is known for impressively strutting her stuff with choreographer Laurence Kaiwai in a video that went viral on YouTube a few weeks ago in which she breaks it down to a remixed version of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda."
     

    That YouTube video is currently at over 8 million views.  Taylor even got to perform her famous dance steps on the "Ellen" show, where DeGeneres exclaimed, "They're amazing. I love that so much. That girl is so good. Give anything to dance like that ever in my life." Taylor was blown away by the experience, saying, "It was a dream come true. I'm so blessed."
     
    Now Taylor is back giving her fans what they want -- a fresh dance routine. In a new video featuring a different choreography partner, Matt Steffanina, the tiny dancer breaks it down to a remix of Meghan Trainor's catchy hit "All About That Bass." The new video has been viewed

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  • Cake Artist Sculpts Insanely Realistic Creations

    Surely you have seen your fair share of cakes in your lifetime, but have you ever seen one that could have been mistaken for a slab of ribs? Probably not, until now. Baker Debbie Goard has been making custom sculpted cakes since 2006. They are desserts that look nothing like a dessert.
     
    For example, these are not wings. I repeat, not wings. This is a cake:

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    And these are not real shoes:

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    The Oakland, Calif., native started her career in an erotic bakery, which might explain the name of her current business, Debbie Does Cakes. If you live outside of the Oakland area, you're out of luck. The cakes are too fragile to ship.
     
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    Making the sugary works of art is no piece of cake: Even the simplest ones can take eight hours, and the more involved desserts can take weeks! Her favorite themes for the cakes are animals and food, which you can see by her portfolio. The only rule she tries to follow when making the cakes is to "always try to be better than last time." If you're inspired to make some

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  • It's pretty hard to get away with scamming the public in a time when everyone has a cell phone with a camera. A woman in Oklahoma City found that out while begging for money on the street. The 78-year-old was holding a sign claiming she needed cash for food. According to Daniel Ayala, he had given her money on a few occasions even when he didn't have enough money to pay for his own lunch. The story could have ended there, but then one day Ayala noticed the woman sitting in the driver's seat of a bright red 2013 Fiat — not exactly what you would expect of a woman who begged for money. He couldn't contain himself and let the woman know how he felt by screaming at her in the parking lot.
     
    Brandi Newman was there to witness the confrontation and captured it all on her cell phone before posting the video to her Facebook page on Oct. 1. In the profanity-filled video, which has been viewed more than 3.2 million times, Ayala tells the woman, "I work hard for my money" and "Thursday I did not

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  • Throat Singer’s Performance Goes Viral

    Anna-Maria Hefele is the furthest thing from a traditional singer, and now a video of her performance is going viral. Hefele can sing using polyphonic overtone techniques, also known as "throat singing." She can sing two notes at the same time.
     
    The video has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on YouTube thanks to a nod from Reddit, where users gave it more than 4,105 upvotes. Hefele tries to explain the technique in the video saying, “You can sing the overtone scale on one fundamental. Another fundamental has its own overtone scale, so in order to have more overtones to sing nice melodies, you can use different fundamentals and change them while singing.”
     
    Commenters on the video are mostly baffled at Hefele’s unusual talent, which some are calling "otherworldly." In other words, we’re not sure if she's a human or an alien. One commenter suggests Hefele is not an alien but a witch, writing "Burn the witch! Burn! Seriously though, this is witchcraft."
     
    On her website, Xanmoo.com,

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  • The recent Ebola diagnosis of a man in Dallas has turned up the paranoia across the U.S. And now photos from a concert in Africa have scaremongers working overtime. Here they are, pictures of R&B star Akon performing at the International Day of Peace celebrations in Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is seen crowd-surfing over the hands of the 60,000 concertgoers in a giant bubble. Seems harmless enough, but some people are assuming that he chose this method of transportation as a way to avoid coming in contact with the deadly virus.

    Ah, Internet rumors.Ah, Internet rumors.

    It all started when the website the Source posted an article that read in part, "The Ebola virus is no joke, and to avoid contracting it from anybody, when Akon left the stage to crowd surf with the people that were attending his concert, he did so in a huge plastic protective bubble." Twitter took care of the rest of the assumptions about the man in the bubble. But let's take a step back and look at Akon's history with the giant

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  • Mom Follows Daughter Around School with Video Camera to Prove a Point

    It seems that parental humiliation of kids is a common theme on social media these days. Remember Tommy Jordan, who released a video in which he shot holes in his daughter's laptop after she posted a few status updates about how unfair her life was? That video has had more than 39 million views on YouTube. The latest parent to inflict social media punishment is Jeannie Crutchfield, from Casper, Wyo. When she found out that her 14-year-old daughter, Ricki Durant, had been skipping class, she decided to take matters into her own hands, and those hands were carrying a video camera. Crutchfield followed her daughter to school, through the hallways, making sure that she went to class, all while the camera was rolling. She posted the video to Facebook, where it has been viewed more than 100,000 times. In the video, Ricki is seen trying to walk away from her mom while Crutchfield asks her, "Why am I here, Ricki?" and a stream of other questions.

    There's probably nothing more embarrassing to a

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  • Jeff Goldblum Stars in Hilarious GE Light Bulb Commercial

    A great way for advertisers to have viewers remember their client's product is to use laughter. Just ask Geico, which had an insanely popular commercial in 2013 featuring a hump-day-loving camel. You remember it, right? "Guess what day it is?"

    There's a new ad to leave you in stitches — brought to us by General Electric. It features funny guy Jeff Goldblum promoting GE's new Link light bulb. In the over-the-top spot, the "Jurassic Park" actor plays Terry Quattro, a boastful, egotistical celebrity who owes his success to good lighting. In the commercial, the Terry tells the audience, "Now you can get successful-guy lighting at normal-guy prices."

    The Link light bulb lasts 22 years and costs $14.97, which works out to 66 cents a year. That, Terry explains, is what he spends on moist towelettes every 13 seconds. You can even control the lights by using the Wink app on your smartphone, which connects to a Wink hub that is plugged into the wall socket, Terry adds.  The video is going

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  • New Video Uncovers Life in IS-Controlled Syrian City of Raqqa

    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

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  • New 'Meow Mix' Country Anthem Pays Homage to Male Cat Owners

    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

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