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A 12-year-old fan of the cult comedy "Napoleon Dynamite" was treated to a big surprise by the film's leading man, actor Jon Heder.
Leukemia patient Mary Elizabeth Paris is currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, in Georgia. Meanwhile, she's been constantly watching the 2004 hit movie to lift her spirits. Mary had mentioned to one of her favorite nurses that the cult comedy was one of her top movies, so the nurse brought in the DVD for her the following day. After getting wind that Mary was a devotee of the flick, Heder decided to give her one of the best "get well" messages of all time.
In a 1-minute video, Heder went . He delivered a heartwarming message along with some of the character's catch phrases and unique movements, including his signature salute: the butterfly lotus, where interlocking fingers make a butterfly motion away from the face.
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now10 days ago
How's this for a warped sense of reality? Swedish artist weaves the real with the surreal in collages that implement veritable landscapes and bizarre visual conundrums. The result: out of this world.
A large portion of each piece of Johansson's artwork is real. The key to tweaking it all into something colorful and whimsical is that the he takes hundreds of photographs for a single piece, and then he incorporates raw materials and other objects and uses graphics software to push and pull the boundaries. The end products of his work are lifelike scenes that prompt viewers to question where reality ends and fantasy begins.
On his website, Johansson writes that photography is his way of "collecting material to realize the ideas in my mind." The process of putting his masterpieces together takes weeks. Not surprising, considering that he might have to drift in and out of reality to get to where he's going.
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now10 days ago
Blackboard. Blackberry. Black widow. But a black burger?
Yup. A — that isn't burnt — is now being sold in Japan by fast-food giant Burger King. Called the Kuro Burger, it features a black bun, meat with black pepper, and black cheese. The bread and cheese contain bamboo charcoal, popular in Japanese cuisine. The sandwich also has an onion-and-garlic sauce made dark with squid ink. But don't be alarmed — squid ink is commonly used for cooking, food coloring, and flavoring. The other use is confined to the ocean.
Burger King is offering Japanese customers two varieties of the Kuro — the Pearl and the Diamond. The Kuro Pearl is filled with basic ingredients (listed above); the Kuro Diamond is spruced up with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, which add a little color to the dark sandwich.
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now10 days ago
One of the most anticipated global tech announcements of the year took place Tuesday at the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch, which were hotly anticipated by fans and consumers alike and could potentially change the game in the smartphone universe, once again. But a surprising star at the big release of Apple's new gadgets is the infinity scarf worn by Dutch gaming executive Tommy Krul, which we have coolly dubbed the "iScarf."
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now11 days ago
Car crashes happen all the time due to extreme weather. And a lot of people face death, straight in the eye, and live to talk about it. But there's no way to describe this video other than "miraculous."
During a full-fledged tornado in Bashkiria, Russia, a man driving evades death by a narrow margin — and it's all recorded on his trusty dashcam. Dashcams are extremely popular in Russia, where millions of drivers use them for surveillance and evidence in court, as well as a precautionary tool against police corruption or insurance fraud. Unfortunately, you can't prosecute Mother Nature or any sort of god for this unspeakable act.
After the man reverses his Toyota RAV4 from his driveway onto a rural road, things go from calamitous to chaotic with rain and wind picking up vigorously. At full force, the tornado destroys all the property in its path. As the man alters his direction to face his home, his garage is whipped away right before his eyes — it's gone within 60 seconds. One can only speculate on what the man is feeling and thinking.
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now12 days ago
The just might be "The Best Damn Band In The Land," a moniker it often gives itself. This past weekend at halftime during the Buckeyes' first home game of the college football season, against Virginia Tech, the 225-member marching band paid tribute to cable network TV Land. Even though the Buckeyes lost the game to the Hokies 35-21, the band still scored — bigtime.
The OSU marching band turned out classic TV theme songs, incorporating its all-brass and percussion sounds as well as its highly stylized visuals, which are best viewed from what some might consider "crappy seats" in the higher nosebleed sections.
Commenters on YouTube are huge fans. One person wrote, "Never ceases to amaze me," while another added, "That was amazing. More exciting than football itself! That takes a lot of training for sure! Great job, Buckeyes!"
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now15 days ago
Veteran comedian Joan Rivers on Thursday afternoon surrounded by friends and family. She was 81.
On Aug. 28, Rivers was rushed in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City after an emergency call that she was in cardiac arrest during throat surgery at a clinic. The E! television host was placed on life support, where her condition fluctuated. She died Thursday.
Rivers's death was announced by her daughter, Melissa, on Facebook. "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother," Melissa Rivers said.
Joan Rivers started out as a stand-up comedian in the 1960s and first appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1965. She later became a regular guest-host and then was given her own show on NBC. She had guest-starring roles in a number of TV shows and films and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 1990 for her work on "The Joan Rivers Show."
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now16 days ago
The worlds of TV, movies, music, and basic human communication all rely on the innate physical abilities to see and hear. But how many people actually recall their reaction to hearing sound for the very first time? This moment was captured in a of Lachlan Lever of Victoria, Australia, when he received the gift of hearing after getting hearing aids at just 7 weeks old. Lachlan has had moderately severe sensorineural hearing impairment in both ears since birth.
In the video, the blue-eyed beau isn't thrilled about having the hearing aids placed into his ear canals. But his reaction to hearing the voices of his parents, Michelle and Toby, for the first time is definitely priceless. And two very elated parents decided to share their happiness with the world.
Although the actual event dates back to July 2012, the Levers posted the video to YouTube only in late August, and the emotional moment has since received almost 2 million views. The video has also garnered attention on Facebook, with more than 325,000 likes and 527,000 shares since it was initially posted in November 2012.
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John Hawkins, a teacher who has been traveling the world since 2008, recently captured some uncanny footageat the Modisa Wildlife Project in Maun, Botswana. Hawkins witnessed a heartwarming moment with Sirga the lioness, who was exiled from her pride as a cub and rescued by conservationists Valentin Gruener and Mikkel Legarth. In this candid footage, Sirga is shown displaying some wild emotions and a lot of appreciation for Gruener, including lunging, cuddling, and play-fighting. She weighs 110 pounds, and you can see that she is almost the same height as her rescuer. Now, insert flashback here. Remember Christian the lion? This domesticated, oversized feline lived in London throughout the 1960s after being purchased by John Rendall and Anthony Bourke. It was later released into the wild in Kenya because it had outgrown the living space of its former owners. After a year, Christian was reunited with the two men. The reunion was captured in a documentary, and that moment in the film became a world-famous clip on YouTube. All of these men, brave and kind as they are, definitely have a connection with these animals and were able to earn their trust since they were cubs. But do they have the gall and guile to hug other lions in the African wild? That remains to be seen, and the footage just might trump the cute hugs bestowed by Sirga and Christian.
- Richard Cazeau at Trending Now18 days ago
Even after waiting several hours near Buckingham Palace, you'd be lucky to catch a glimpse of the queen of the United Kingdom. But now it's even cooler if you can get a selfie with her. And she's about it if you do. In the modern age of self-absorbed cellphone photography and social media postings (and very awkward moments), the British monarch is having a hard time adjusting to this mainstream medium.
In a conversation last year with U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun at Buckingham Palace following his appointment, Queen Elizabeth remarked that she finds it all "strange" and "disconcerting." Barzun recently told British publication Tatler, "She was essentially saying: 'I miss eye contact.' " The queen also regards the act of taking a selfie as bad manners due to the lack of human contact with the person being photographed.
The 88-year-old head of state is no stranger to technological evolutions, as she often tours tech facilities and other industrial factories around the world. But she's conveyed that she dislikes the sea of mobile phones that capture every move she makes when in public.