Posts by Ralphie Aversa

  • Dogs' Puzzled Reaction to Magic Trick Entertains Millions

    Ralphie Aversa at Trending Now 1 yr ago

    The premise is simple: Ahonen kneels down in front of each canine with a treat in his hands. But as soon as the dog moves to grab it, the biscuit suddenly disappears. From at least one angle, it looks as if Ahonen pulls the treat into his right sleeve. None of the pets notice this.

    Details of the trick itself though are insignificant. The driving force behind the 5 million views this video has received is the fashion in which the dogs react to Ahonen. Most dogs immediately look in each direction and then begin sniffing downward to see if they can find the hidden treat. A couple pets start walking around in circles. One pup barks at Ahonen, and another licks him. However Gado, one of the dogs, might have the funniest reaction. After the biscuit goes missing, the dog frantically walks in a circle and then in multiple directions as he sniffs his paws.

    In the video's description, Ahonen notes, "By the way, all the dogs got treats before and after the trick." He also says that a sequel is on the way.

    "Magic for Dogs" went live Friday. In addition to the millions of hits, the one minute 48-second clip has received about 38,000 likes.

  • Plane Crash Selfie Goes Viral

    Ralphie Aversa at Trending Now 1 yr ago

    A tweet that read "so my plane just crashed ..." — accompanied by a picture of the scene — is how this story began online. The photo was taken by Hannah Udren, 18, who goes by "skip" on Twitter. She followed the first tweet with a "selfie" that perfectly frames her and the downed jet. The text with the photo she took of herself simply says, "so yup."

    About 4,000 retweets later, a debate is growing about the intersection between social networks, civilians, and journalists. For her part, "skip" notes that she posted the photo "for my friends and family." She simply wanted to show them that she was OK.

    In addition to the tweet, social media also contributed to ABC News coverage of the crash. The network obtained footage from the crash site via Facebook. Another passenger, Dennis Fee, filmed a clip from the ground of people evacuating the plane. In all, ABC News posted three stills or video clips that came from first-person, online accounts of the crash.

  • Fans Reveal Arena's Beverage-Size Scam, Sue

    Ralphie Aversa at Trending Now 1 yr ago

    Heath Forsey and Gwen Gibbs cheer on the Idaho Steelheads, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars. The Steelheads play at Centurylink Arena in Boise. Inside of the venue, small 16-ounce beers cost $4 and large 20-ounce brews cost $7.

    But in a video posted by Forsey and Gibbs to YouTube on Sunday, the same amount of beer in a large cup fits in to a small one. The difference in the cups is in their shape, not size. The arena’s concessions are also open during NBDL Idaho Stampede games, concerts, and other events.

    On Monday, the lead story in Boise made international headlines. Eric Trapp, President of the Steelheads and Centurylink Arena, took to Facebook to explain the situation and the venue’s remedy.

    “It was recently brought to our attention that the amount of beer that fits in our large (20-oz) cups also fits in our regular (16-oz) cups,” Trapp said on The Steelheads’ official Facebook page. “The differentiation in the size of the two cups is too small. To correct that problem, we’re purchasing new cups for the large beers that will hold 24 ounces, instead of 20, for the remainder of this season to provide better value to our fans.”


  • Whales Inspire Meme for Vine Users

    Ralphie Aversa at Trending Now 1 yr ago

    "Whaling" is what the kids on Vine are calling it. The exact term for the surfacing of the whale above water is "breaching," but clearly that doesn't sound as cool. However, the social network references that in its definition of the action. The "whaling" page on Vine reads, "to dive backwards with one's body in a public or unusual place like a whale breaching the surface of the ocean."

    Videos are popping up all over the Internet of people leaping above a barrier and back below it. "Whaling" can apparently happen anywhere you have a bit of space, from the produce section of grocery stores to a booth in a restaurant. It clearly does not seem fit for someone with a bad back.

    If you're shaking your head in dismay at the latest weird thing that has captivated the short attention span of the Internet don't worry: This fad will probably be over faster than you can say "Free Willy." At least they're not mimicking any other whale movements. Besides "breaching," the mammals are known for "tail slapping." It sounds like a term Miley Cyrus would introduce to our pop culture lexicon.

  • Little Boys Get Clumsy When the Ice Cream Van Comes Around

    Ralphie Aversa at Trending Now 1 yr ago

    Selina O’Mearaof Nenagh, Ireland was babysitting her godchild Liam and his older brother Luke. The professional photographer decided to snap a few photos of the kids as they ate beans and toast.

    “Luke was putting all of the beans in the bowl (on his toast),” O’Meara tells us. “I thought, ‘This is gonna go wrong.’”

    Sure enough, moments after hitting record, young Liam takes a tumble off of a ledge in the kitchen. Not five seconds later, Luke hears a sound in the background.

    “The ice cream…” he yells, not able get the word “truck” out of his mouth before falling out of his chair. O’Meara begins laughing before exclaiming “Oh my God!” as she pans down to see Luke crying his eyes out.

    “He was okay,” she said. “The chairs aren’t really that high.”

    Luke and Liam’s mother thought it was hilarious. They decided to upload the clip to YouTube and post it on Facebook so that other family members could see it. Then, it went viral.

    “Everyone started ringing me,” O’Meara said of when the 26-second clip gained popularity. “I thought everyone was going a bit crazy.”

  • Skier Captures Footage of Daring Rescue of Brother Trapped by Avalanche

    Ralphie Aversa at Trending Now 1 yr ago

    The video first surfaced a few months ago. Davis LaMair, his brother Edwin, and a friend were on the slopes at East Vail Chutes in Colorado on Dec. 22, 2013. The brothers start at the same point but head downhill in different directions. Davis, who has the camera affixed to his head, stops as soon as he reaches a cliff.

    "Is that an avalanche?" he asks another skier who is off camera. "That's Edwin in an avalanche! Yo, I'm dropping, I'm dropping."

    Davis skillfully moves off the cliff, down the slope, and over to his brother. Edwin is mostly submerged in snow. After knocking off his skies and ripping off the camera, Davis digs Edwin out to safety.

    Talking to the website BroBible, Edwin recalled the incident that almost took his life.

    "The slide took me downhill and the front of my skis hit the tree trunk, and I fell headfirst downhill into the slide," he wrote. "I slid another couple hundred feet through small trees, still headfirst, my legs get thrashed back and forth whacking the trees."

    Edwin did not realize the injuries he sustained until after his brother dug him out from the snow.

  • Girl Flawlessly Sings 14 Genres of Music

    Ralphie Aversa at Trending Now 1 yr ago

    Since then, the video has been viewed 7.2 million times. A sequel video is on pace to hit a million views. Sara is now enlisting the help of a family member to act as a publicist. As you can probably guess, he’s fielding calls from “Ellen” and “Good Morning America.”

    The YouTube star’s latest original video is also gaining a lot of buzz. Uploaded Sunday, Sara moves from languages to music genres. In “One Girl, 14 Genres,” the teenager mimics what different musical styles sound like to her.

    Similar to her languages impressions, she lists a more descriptive term for the music instead of the actual genre. For her “jazzy” sound, Sara sings a bunch of gibberish in a deep, soulful voice. Moving “musical,” she sings in a more up-tempo, cheery tone. Then later during her rendition of “hipster indie” she jokes, “I don’t even have a melody but it’s okay cause it’s hipster… I’m gonna sing like I’m just talking.”

    Your move, Brooklyn.

    Crazy when you think that just eight days ago, she was a relatively unknown teenager contemplating what foreign languages sounded like.

  • Flight Attendant's Dance Routine Delights Online Viewers

    Ralphie Aversa at Trending Now 1 yr ago

    Michael Tongko became a YouTube star after the first of the year. In December, the flight attendant began entertaining passengers with choreographed moves during the opening safety announcements. There is an in-flight video of the dance that plays before takeoff, but first-class passengers cannot see it because their monitors are stowed.

    So Tongko brings the show right to the aisle.

    Zac Bowling posted the first viral video of Tongko's dance. The software engineer was flying back to San Francisco from Las Vegas, where he attended CES.

    "Grab my camera as fast as possible!" was Bowling's first thought when the flight attendant began running up and down the cabin, gyrating while demonstrating the proper use of a seat buckle and oxygen mask. "He likes showing off, but he's a great guy."

    By "this," Bowling is referring to #VXSafetyDance.

  • Kevin Bacon Gives Millennials a History Lesson About the '80s

    Ralphie Aversa at Trending Now 1 yr ago

    Kevin Bacon has an important message for you, and it has nothing to do with his hit TV show on Fox, his band, or any other project he's working on.

    Bacon is raising awareness for the times we know as the '80s.

    "Oh, hi. I'm two-time Saturn Award nominee Kevin Bacon," the actor starts off in a PSA parody. Bacon took home a Saturn Award last year for "The Following." He then removes his dark sunglasses. "And I would like to talk to you about 80's awareness," he says.

    "Awareness of '80s culture and technology has been in a significant decline," he continues, "especially amongst a certain demographic. I'm talking to you, millennials!"

    The actor claims that anyone born after 1985 has no idea how hard life was. For example, asking a girl out meant calling her house and having to talk to her parents, as opposed to texting or using an online dating app.

    Speaking of apps, Bacon notes that his favorite app was Rubik's cube. We assume he's referring to the physical cube and not an electronically re-created version.

  • Crowd Not So Happy to Hear "Happy"

    Ralphie Aversa at Trending Now 1 yr ago

    The World Indoor Bowls Championships were held over the weekend in Eastern England. For a point of reference, bowls is a sport that is in the same “family” as bocce. The men’s championships have been held since 1979. Competitions have since been added for women, men’s pairs, open pairs, and mixed pairs. For those keeping score at home, Scotland’s Darren Burnett took home the men’s title this year.

    There is a part of last weekend’s event that is becoming very popular on YouTube, and it did not involve the competition. During a break in the action, the hosts thought it would be a good idea to play “Happy” in the venue to get the crowd dancing.

    Other than the hosts, no dancing was involved. Thankfully though, the BBC captured the entire sequence and YouTube user Aaron Gillespie uploaded it for our enjoyment.

    Maybe some in the crowd weren’t fans of the song. Maybe others were simply annoyed that their favorite bowls player didn’t advance in the tournament. Regardless, at best people clap and smile. At worst, some just sit there motionless as if there is nothing playing in the venue.