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  • Fishing boat’s close encounter with gray whales

    A couple of fishermen on a small boat off the coast of Dana Point, Calif., had a (very) close encounter with several enormous gray whales.

    One whale surfaced just a few feet away from the 15-foot boat, spraying water and waving its tale in the ocean breeze. According to ABC-6, one of the 50-foot whales actually rubbed up against the boat's engine.

    While the encounter is amazing to watch, the World Wildlife Fund explains that gray whales are known for being friendly. "They have an unusual tendency to approach whale-watching boats and even let whale-watchers touch them and scratch their tongues," the WWF says.

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  • The crowd funding website Kickstarter has been on a roll recently, with supporters helping to launch a Veronica Mars feature film and a countless series of other fun and interestingly projects.

    However, the limits of the site might be tested with a recent campaign launched by Cobra Commander, the head of the fictional terrorist organization from the world of G.I. Joe.

    “I’d like to set the record straight, we are not a deadly, terrorist regime hell bent on world domination,” Cobra Commander makes clear in the video released by comedy sketch group D.S.MTN.

    All he really wants is some startup cash to help rebuild Cobra Island, which was destroyed in a recent assault from the commandos over at team Joe. As Cobra Commander explains on the Kickstarter page:

    “We are COBRA, a worldwide organization devoted to making advancements in science and defense technology.”

    “Recently our home and secret base of operations was destroyed in an attack by the terrorist militia known as G.I. Joe.”

    “So after

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  • If you were a child of the 1990s, there’s a good chance you were a devout viewer of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the long-running NBC comedy that helped elevate Will Smith from rap artist to one of the most successful actors of his generation.

    Well, the Pet Collective has tapped into our mutual love of “Big Willie” and dogs to bring viewers "The Fresh Pup of Bel-Air."

    “Petodies based on current, modern songs have been hugely successful, so for Throwback Thursday we thought it would be fun to revisit one of our favorite sitcoms,” Tom Maynard, channel head of the Pet Collective, said.

    The video reimagines the famous opening credits sequence of the show, this time showcasing a dog, “Will Sniff,” who is rescued from an animal shelter and taken in by none other than James Avery, the actor who portrayed Uncle Phil on the "Fresh Prince.”

    “In a West County shelter born and raised, in a kennel is where I lived with most of the strays,” begins the video’s narration. “Panting, barking and

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  • Vintage Venus rolls back the years
    Vintage Venus rolls back the years

    Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams rolled back the years to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals for the first time in five years on Monday, battling fatigue in a gruelling three setter. The 34-year-old American finished strongly to win 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 and stun Polish sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, sealing match point with an ace to celebrate her return to the big time. Cheered on from the stands by top-seeded sister Serena, an exhausted Venus somehow found the energy to get past highly rated Radwanska and set up a quarter-final with unseeded compatriot Madison Keys.

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